Markets tank, shutdown looms, turmoil mounts as Defense Secretary James Mattis, the last of the "Axis of Adults," quits. His fiery resignation letter, described as "a 21-gun fuck you" to an idiot king who's out of control, declares one last time that tyrants are bad and allies are good and Trump is wrong about everything. With just him and his mindless ghouls left, the consensus is we're all gonna die. In the meantime, be kind to each other.
If the warcriminal Mathis is what passes for “the adult in the room” there really is no hope.
That an individual nicknamed “Mad Dog” was the “adult in the room” pretty much says it all about the Trump regime.
Nobody who volunteers to be a lackey of a narcissistic monster like Trump is an “adult” in your sense of that word, my friend. Mattis wallowed in filth and reeks of filth.
More morally filthy than mad, actually.
Thanks Abby for the great advise. It should be pointed out that Abby only hit the high points of the news this wacko week. The high power dem’s coming in next year aren’t much help either considering the “green deal thingy” or Medicare for All or any of the things we think of as sane and sanity. The world laughs at us and is freaked-out scared at the same time. Our country has turned to shit and you best be really good friends with the person sitting next to you!
Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position.
Who will be the totally unqualified (think Matthew Whitaker, Ronnie Jackson types) Trump installs as his defence-lackey over the Christmas congressional recess?
One of the wacky Fox News military analysts? Ollie North?
Water is life.
Similarly, I believe we must be resolute and unambiguous in our approach to those countries whose strategic interests are increasingly in tension with ours. It is clear that China and Russia, for example, want to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian model - gaining veto authority over other nations’ economic, diplomatic, and security decisions - to promote their own interests at the expense of their neighbors, America and our allies. That is why we must use all the tools of American power to provide for the common defense.
This from a guy who represents the Armed forces of a Country that has been at war 90 percent of its history, that has sponsored Coups from Greece to Chile, from Iran to the Honduras , that destabilizes nations from Venezuela to Nigeria , supporting thugs from the Saudi Government to that in Indonesia , all to IMPOSE The Corporatist US Centric view on the rest of the world.
So Russia and China are the ones that seek to promote THEIR Interests at the expense of their neighbors?
You mustn’t say things like that in polite company. Tsk.
I just couldn’t help myself. Plus it seems within Trump’s window of the possible, doesn’t it?
“While the US remains the indispensable nation in the free world …”
And there it is.
Frankly, I’d rather hear from the “adults” in a Charlie Brown animated special. They may all sound like muted trombones, but they make more sense.
Excerpts from this article: ‘US and world imperialism threaten to destroy human civilization. It can be prevented only by the revolutionary mobilization of the international working class to put an end to capitalism.’
Anyone not as batshit crazy as Trump is considered an adult.
And still we will be bombing nations that did nothing to us----and build 800+ bases more so we can continue to pollute the air, water and land----When WMD was a lie and every one seemed to know it and yet-------did nothing----and we are a nation that spends millions -------------money which devalues what America could be----
Was the Marshall Plan really a good thing, as it seemed like it was—but then America has the King Midas curse in reverse-------everything we touch seems to be defoliated and obliterated, and turns to death.
Who ever thought that children for in Iraq would have their organs on the outside of their bodies---------- there are too many," mad dogs," in this country! : (
Question: Why has a person who is so obviously to so many people unfit for the power and position he still holds not been removed from that position? Are we really going to continue to risk world peace and quite possibly the planet because this person was duly “elected “? (By a corrupt system?) If we allow it to continue, we are complicit in whatever happens.
What leads you to believe that We the People are “allowing it to continue”? What would you suggest “We the People” do to remove Trump?
Truly, I do believe most of what can be done, within our system, is being done. I am. a bit anxious, hoping that the process would be complete before Trump manages to do very much more damage.
By speaking my mind I’m simply adding my voice to the growing resistance to this dangerous situation. I do wish I could come up with more of a solution. Where I live, not many people even seem concerned and it frustrates me and makes me question myself, at times. We’ll never see a perfect political system but I’ve never seen anything this…dangerous…where so much is at stake.
I agree that the system we have in the US is limited because the people have no power in a system of “representative” democracy. That’s why so many people don’t bother to vote. They know that voting in this system really doesn’t have any effect on the things they care about. This article today from CounterPunch is very informative about what the problem is from a systemic perspective.
Yes, misguided influences have rendered our supposedly representative system impotent. “We” who believe change can happen shouldn’t settle for the way things are but try, in whatever way we have to offer, to bring those who don’t know or don’t care around, I think, or am I out of line thinking that? Sometimes I think I should just go off the grid!