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Pompeo Openly Admits He Asked Trump to Fire Inspector General Because He Wasn't Doing What 'We Had Tried To Get Him To'

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/19/pompeo-openly-admits-he-asked-trump-fire-inspector-general-because-he-wasnt-doing

This is exactly what fascism looks like folks.
“Yeah, I did it. So what? Fuck you. Do something about it, if you can.”

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Call it the imperial presidency or the unitary executive, it matters not, it is unAmerican to the core. The checks and balances among three independent and co-equal branches of government are central to the founders vision. Washington, in his farewell address of 1796, clearly expressed his grave concerns as to the development of political parties in the nation and how they would threaten the proper functioning of the American way. Corporations did not really exist in the US at that time. Lincoln correctly saw the threat that they posed to strip power from the people. We are left with very small minds in DC compared to those who guided this nation in the past. It is no wonder we are fading fast.

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A side note on the $7billion in emergency arms sales to the KSA:

That’s money in the pockets of the MIC, and money down the drain for the KSA.

I mean, damn, the Saudis (despite our strategic help, lots of our high-tech weapons, and repeated resort to starving the masses and bombing school buses) are clearly losing a war in Yemen against ragtag Houthi rebels supplied by Iran.

And a message to the State Department dogwalkers, Uber Eats drivers, and laundry errand boys: I laugh at people like you – signed up to be patriots but ended up Pompeo’s lil’ bitches instead. Nice Work!

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" Asked a fellow for fifteen cents.
See the fellow jumped the fence,
Jumped so high he touched the sky,
Never got back 'til the 4th of July.
Walking the dog
Just walking the dog,
If you don’t know how to do it,
I’ll show you how to walk the dog. "
Rufus Thomas
Mike Pompeo’s theme song. He went to West Point, after all. He knows how to handle and distribute power, hold people to account and get the Saudis their weap…er, close the deal. And, get those campaign contributions.
Mike Pompeo: " that dog can hunt! "

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Another example of the “sweeping assault on government oversight".

Not a rhetorical question: What oversight remains?

Nathan Robinson has a piece in The Guardian today that lays out how the minority can overtake the majority:

Wisconsin is starting to resemble a failed state

(h)ttp://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/19/wisconsin-coronavirus-supreme-court-failed-state)

What is happening in Wisconsin is what is happening to the u.s. as a whole.

Excerpts:

“A failed state is one that can no longer claim legitimacy or perform a government’s core function of protecting the people’s basic security.”

“Wisconsin’s Republicans have succeeded in capturing power in the state even without having to capture popular approval.”

“The easier it is for the masses to participate, the more difficult it is for Republicans to protect the 1%, who really should be winning exactly 1% of the vote. Donald Trump admitted that if voting were easy enough Republicans would never win another election.”

This is exactly what is happening in the u.s. Add to that massive ignorance along with institutional racism/sexism/ageism and I see no way out of this except collapse -----which is not an “out” given the state of our biosphere thanks to humans.

Again, what to do? Does any oversight remain anywhere?

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<< IG Steve Linick was reportedly investigating at least two State Department matters, including whether Trump violated the law with his emergency declaration last year approving billions of dollars in U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which Pompeo approved. Linick was “in the final stages” of the probe when Trump announced his firing on Friday. >>

Let’s not forget the PURPOSE of those arms sales: continued assistance to Saudi Arabia in their Yemeni genocide project, as the US continues to provide targeting assistance in order to spot and target for mass death school busses full of children.

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White makes might, which means white makes right. And, so it goes…
Big White Brother & Big White Mother are speaking for the 1%ers. They’re telling the infants and juveniles ( the hordes of peons and the little people ); who really has access to state power, the private purse strings of the financial sector and the levers of gov’t.
Realpolitik is a loaded gun at the negotiating table. Who’s holding the gun hasn’t been in doubt for 40+ years. The gun is now pointed and cocked; guess what, the 1%ers are way more into homicide than suicide.
Yes, it’s time to start sweating.

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The George Washington administration’s military attacked *Tripoli and carried out a successful
coup to replace the mayor. A two hundred fifty year slime trail of first killing its own natives,
then natives all over the world.

  • Tripoli was a city state now Libya’s capital…literally no end. As Clinton said: We came we killed.
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“A failed state is one that can no longer claim legitimacy or perform a government’s core function of protecting the people’s basic security.”

Government has two core functions, which need to be balanced judiciously: 1) protecting the civil rights of citizens, and 2) keeping citizens safe.

When governments begin pretending to perform function # 2 to the exclusion of function # 1, citizens should probably become concerned. Remember the words of Ben Franklin. To paraphrase: Those who are willing to sacrifice liberty for safety should expect neither.

No liberty, no safety: This is where the covid19 hysteria, and all the fear and hysteria over other supposed enemies and demons, have dragged the world.

As Aldo Leopold wrote about the howl of a wolf, and about the misguided campaign to exterminate wolves:

“We all strive for safety, prosperity, comfort, long life, and dullness. The deer strives with his supple legs, the cowman with trap and poison, the statesman with pen, the most of us with machines, votes, and dollars, but it all comes to the same thing: peace in our time. A measure of success in this is all well enough, and perhaps is a requisite to objective thinking, but too much safety seems to yield only danger in the long run… Perhaps this is the hidden meaning in the howl of a wolf, long known among mountains, but seldom perceived among men.”
“Thinking Like a Mountain,” ^http://www.uky.edu/OtherOrgs/AppalFor/Readings/leopold.pdf

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Couldn’t make him corrupt like you, huh Pompous Maximus?

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We tried to get the inspector general to lie for us, but the sumbitch just would not do it. He had to go.

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From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli… we are here to make you free!

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“They asked me to terminate him,” Trump continued. “I have the absolute right, as president, to terminate.”

And we the American people have the absolute right to fire you!

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Pompous, Pompeo, one of the Mafia, Dons Lieutenants, is one of the people that Thomas Jefferson was talking about when he said: " THE TREE OF LIBERTY MUST BE WATERED WITH THE BLOOD OF TYRANTS".

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Wonderful quote, thank you for bringing Aldo Leopold to us today-----and for your response.

Plus SA has been a refuge for U.S. military operations in our forever wars. Air bases in particular. A needed asset for invasion forces. Or to hold in reserve for an Israeli adventure.

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Hi WiseOwl:
Oh yes, George Washington’s farewell speech where he said, " Beware of entangling alliances." He got that right!

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Read some actual history. This link will give you a pretty good start. ~https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Barbary_War
** The US made several treaties with the Muslim nations on the Southern Mediterranean Coast. Tripoli was the hub of a number of Muslim ports that were sending pirates into the Med to capture ships and enslave the crews of any nation that didn’t pay baksheesh to the Muslims. For most nations, it was cheaper to pay the blackmail than to fight. The US finally decided no more tribute, no more slaves, no more lost ships and went in to clean out the pirate mess. Sweden was also at war with Tripoli and they worked together. If you will take a little time and read the above link, you’ll see that that wasn’t a case of going in to take over a country and rob its resources. That had to wait for the twentieth century and Reagan, and then with the twenty-first century’s destruction of our constitution by our present fascist/Nazi government that feels that any place, any people, (that includes here at home) that doesn’t agree with them and do what they are told is the enemy. You take them, kill them, or extract tribute from them.
** Ye gods! Kinda sounds like the Tripoli you just read about, doesn’t it?
;-})

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