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Madison Cawthorn Praises Russia’s Military And Slags US Forces During Fox News Appearance

Republicans and Russians go together like peas and carrots. That’s not exactly the motto the GOP wants you to focus on, but it’s the one that’s most applicable to the modern-day Republican Party in the Age of Trump.

If anyone needed further proof of the R&R connection, it was provided in full-throated fashion by Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) during a Sunday appearance on Fox News during a discussion of the Russian military massing on the border with Ukraine, which has caused many national security experts to suggest Russia is preparing to invade its neighbor.

Asked about the moves being made by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has long been known as a loose cannon who will assassinate or invade anyone who disagrees with him, Cawthorn remarked:

“We’ve been fighting in a sandbox and in caves for the last 20 years. Meanwhile, they’ve been creating hypersonic missiles that can sink our entire fleet in the Black Sea.”

Is that right? Well who focused American foreign policy on sandboxes and caves for the past 20 years? Republicans. Who started the War on Terror? Republicans. Who defends the Saudi royal family no matter who they kill? Again, it’s the Republicans. And Putin laughs as we let the GOP mismanage U.S. foreign affairs while he eliminates his political foes, murders women and children in Moscow and Chechnya, and takes Crimea while the international community shakes its head.

Of course, no one has kowtowed more to Putin and the Russians than Donald J. Trump, who refused to criticize anything his buddy Vlad said or did during his failed term in the White House.

Maybe Madison Cawthorn needs to pack up his shit and move to Russia. And he needs to take the rest of the GOP with him when he goes.

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Three Former Generals Warn: Trumpian ‘Coup’ And Civil War Very Possible In 2024

Imagine, for just a moment, that it’s a couple of weeks after the 2024 election and yet we still don’t know who has been elected president, leading to a dangerous power vacuum that might be filled by portions of the U.S. military loyal to one candidate or the other.

Such a scenario, according to three former high-ranking generals, could result in a coup d’etat and civil war that would rip the American republic apart, possibly destroying the entire country and leaving us with an authoritarian state.

Gens. Paul Eaton, Antonio Taguba and Steven Anderson say they’re terrified of such a thing happening, and are warning in an op-ed published by The Washington Post that we have to start preparing for such an eventuality and doing everything possible to make certain it doesn’t.

The diversity of U.S. armed forces, the generals write, has long been seen as a strength, but it could become a dangerous vulnerability:

One of our military’s strengths is that it draws from our diverse population. It is a collection of individuals, all with different beliefs and backgrounds. But without constant maintenance, the potential for a military breakdown mirroring societal or political breakdown is very real.

The potential for a total breakdown of the chain of command along partisan lines — from the top of the chain to squad level — is significant should another insurrection occur. The idea of rogue units organizing among themselves to support the “rightful” commander in chief cannot be dismissed.

Two leaders would claim to control the military as commander in chief, and that would cause a fracturing of the armed forces, they continue:

[C]ommanders in chief — a newly reelected Biden giving orders, versus Trump (or another Trumpian figure) issuing orders as the head of a shadow government. Worse, imagine politicians at the state and federal levels illegally installing a losing candidate as president.

All service members take an oath to protect the U.S. Constitution. But in a contested election, with loyalties split, some might follow orders from the rightful commander in chief, while others might follow the Trumpian loser. Arms might not be secured depending on who was overseeing them. Under such a scenario, it is not outlandish to say a military breakdown could lead to civil war.

The only solution, the generals conclude, is for the military to begin preparing for such a nightmare outcome in three years. And that includes using military intelligence services to weed out possible “mutineers” and “propagandists” who will be actively spreading disinformation in order to take control of the country via a military crackdown on the population.

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Unearthed Memo Shows Trump Wanted To Turn The US Military Into His ‘Personal Goon Squad’

Failed, one-term, twice-impeached former President Donald Trump had plans to fire Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and replace him with a toady who be amenable to the idea of the U.S. military being used for the purpose of keeping Trump in power with overwhelming force.

That startling revelation is found in the new book, Betrayal, written by ABC News White House correspondent Jonathan Karl, according to Max Boot of the Washington Post:

Karl … has unearthed a memorandum from Johnny McEntee, Trump’s director of presidential personnel, listing 14 reasons for ousting Esper. That document was dated Oct. 19, 2020. Three weeks later Esper was fired by a Trump tweet.

The very premise of McEntee’s memo was both sinister and ludicrous — a 30-year-old of no professional or intellectual distinction, whose path to power was carrying Trump’s bags, was making the case for getting rid of a senior Cabinet officer for insufficient loyalty to the president. This revealing and chilling document deserves to be read not as a historical curiosity but as a terrible portent of what could be in store if Trump wins another term. He appears determined to turn the military into his personal goon squad.

Yes, you read that correctly: McEntee and Trump were planning to give Esper the boot so that the megalomaniacal ex-president could turn the military into a personal protection force, even though that was never set forth by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution.

Boot goes on to note that if Trump had such a sinister plan in place during his first administration, he would definitely try the same thing again if he happens to run for the White House a second time in 2024 and win the election:

“The next time around, Trump would want to ensure that the ‘guys with guns’ are on his side. If he wins a second term, Trump’s next defense secretary (Johnny McEntee perhaps?) would almost certainly be somebody more devoted to him than to the Constitution. For anyone concerned about the future of U.S. democracy, that should be a cause of considerable alarm at a time when Trump and Biden are running almost neck and neck in polling matchups.”

What could be more terrifying than Donald Trump having the military to use as he pleases, including against his political enemies? It’s likely he would turn the United States into a banana republic, complete with him installed as dictator for life and using the armed forces to make those who disagree with him disappear.

If indeed Trump does run again, it would be wise for every American voter to contemplate a president with unchecked power and vote to make sure that never happens. Otherwise, we’ll all be living in a country with a government reminiscent of the one that took control in Germany during the 1930s.

 

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Trump Managed To Make His Pathetic Veterans Day Message All About Himself

Donald Trump (a.k.a. Cadet Bone Spurs) decided he’d release a message in honor of Veterans Day 2021, but he should have gone and played golf or hidden in the nearest bunker instead of issuing what turned out to be little more than a self-serving whinefest and a pathetic attempt to remain relevant a year after he lost in a landslide to President Joe Biden.

In the 38 second video, which was posted on Twitter by his spokesperson, Liz Harrington, Trump said he wanted to pay tribute to “all of those incredible people” who “serve so well and so strong and so powerfully.”

And then came the whining:

“We love you, our nation respects you, the world respects you, and we will come back. Our country has gone through a lot. The last period of time has been very, very tough, watching what you had to watch, but our country will be back and will be back stronger than ever. Happy Veterans Day.”

It’s important to keep in mind that this is the very same Donald Trump who reportedly said that Americans who fight and die for their country are nothing but “suckers” and “losers.” And yet he he loves them? The only person Trump loves is himself. That’s all a malignant narcissist like him is capable of.

The failed, one-term, twice-impeached former president was immediately hit with furious internet backlash:

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Tom Cotton Gets Taken To School When He Asks Joint Chiefs Chairman Why He Hasn’t Resigned

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) got a lesson in military discipline and patriotism when he attempted to suggest that Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, should have have resigned when President Joe Biden decided to withdraw American forces from Afghanistan despite military leaders suggesting some U.S. troops should remain.

Cotton, who served in the Army, specifically asked Milley why he didn’t resign in protest when his recommendations weren’t followed. To that, the general replied:

“Senator, as a senior military officer, resigning is a really serious thing. It’s a political act if I’m resigning in protest. My job is to provide legal advice or the best military advice to the president. That’s my legal requirement. That’s what the law is. The president doesn’t have to agree with that advice. He doesn’t have to make those decisions just because we’re generals.”

Milley added that resigning just because a president doesn’t take his advice, “Would be an incredible act of political defiance for a commissioned officer to just resign.”

“This country doesn’t want generals figuring out what orders we’re going to accept and do or not. That’s not our job. It’s critical. My dad didn’t get a choice to resign at Iwo Jima. They can’t resign, so I’m not going to resign. There’s no way. If the orders are legal, we’re in a different place. If the orders are legal from civilian authority, I intend to carry them out.”

The fact that Cotton would ask such a question proves his only goal was to try and trash Biden as commander-in-chief and score political points instead of giving a damn about what’s in the long-term best interests of the United States.

If Sen. Cotton is unhappy with American foreign policy under this administration, then he should toss his hat into the 2024 presidential race and see if voters like his ideas. Otherwise, he should sit quietly and be thankful we have a president who gives a damn about our troops.