Right now, every couple of hours, the United States starts lurching toward some sort of military confrontation with Iran, and then it lurches back. It's what The Guns of August would have read like if it had been written by Tom Robbins. It makes the high diplomacy portrayed in Duck Soup look like the Congress of Vienna.
I doubt we’ll ever know the full extent of the crimes committed in our names and with our tax dollars. Keeping us from knowing and, perhaps, acting, is what’s behind the “national security” exception to press freedom, and documents are classified far more often to prevent embarrasment of officials than to protect sources, methods or innocent parties.
And Pierce is spot-on in reminding us that this kind of lawlessness will only proliferate if not firmly dealt with.
Nothing is wrong, it’s all trumped up nonsense:
Feel secure. A president on the take for peace with anti environmental fossil fuel oligarchs and an assorted number of other criminals is good. We true progressives know it’s all a deep state conspiracy and Trump’s just shaking things up.
Trump and his whole administration need to be investigated, and then forced to be analyzed.
This is in line with the unitary theory of the executive according to which the Congress has no oversight power with respect to the executive branch, no oversight to see how well its legislation is being executed, to see what legislative changes may be needed, to see if impeachment may be called for, to see if the President is enriching himself, to see if we really need to send forces to the Middle East, etc. In short, no oversight, the only function of Congress being legislative – so, with regard to the executive, Congress can go take a running jump and legislate blind, without the benefit of oversight except for some specific explicit legislative purpose. The executive effectively can do anything it likes, even make the executive a vehicle to enrich himself, his family and friends, all without Congress looking over its shoulder causing trouble.
It’s a really, really, good theory. We could have our own Fährer.
“If these regulations are put into effect, they will almost certainly be shredded in court as soon as a case against them is brought.”
This may be true, but also can be time consuming and a waste of effort that could be used on something else. Congress needs to drag this little shit Shanahan in front of them right now and explain to him under no uncertain terms that he’s not running the show, Congress is. Wont comply, JAIL HIS ASS!!
Oh wait, this is the US Congress, never mind.
It is the House of Representatives who control the purse strings. They need to close the money spigot until Mr. Shanahan adopts a more respectful attitude. After all, no one elected him.
What else is “pure authoritarian audacity”? For a cabal of US warmongers and Israeli sycophants, bolton, pompeo, pushing their and Israeli agenda along with the Saudi saw-murderers, all three nations the butchers of Yemen, to actively foment a new war against Iran with only lies and fabricated BS for “justification”!
The Persian nation was victim to a US (and Brit) coup deposing their democratically-elected Mosaadeq government in 1953 installing the hated brutal “Shah” and his brutal “Savak” secret police. That action began the “conflict” and the Israeli extremist terrorists now use the US and craven politicians from both sycophant parties to further their racist ethnic cleansing of Palestine, the West Bank, and Golan.
Now That’s Pure Authoritarian Audacity…and numerous crimes against humanity!
So now instead of being held in contempt, DOJ gen. Barr is being granted excessive power to investigate the investigation. What could go wrong with a nest of liars, stonewallers, and supporters of wrong doing, doing the presidents bidding?
Well that didn’t take long to develop. I posted earlier today that we should begin to watch for the right-wing spin machine, and fake news to hit the fan, and spread due to big money and the liars spending it.
So I see on this evenings news cycle that it has begun. A fake news altered video of Nancy Pelosi is being run on Fox Noise and already has had over two million views. We are in for more ugliness than we ever knew before.
Unfortunately it is the willingness of Congress to fund our government’s little adventures since the mid-60s that now counts in the courts as a declaration of war. See John Bonifaz, Warrior-King: The Case for Impeaching George W. Bush (2004).
Is your comment snark? or what? Trump may be going for WAG THE DOG WAR on IRAN & we’ve no moment for being anything but STRAIGHT TALKING about these issues!
Snark and a bit of a play on members of the left that continue to give Trump breaks they wouldn’t give other politicians.
Putting Barr under the microscope to amplify fascism in Amerika.
Thanks for the clarification. I was a little concerned about that too.