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WATCH John Kirby Swat Down A Fox Host For Saying Al Qaeda ‘Feels Pretty Good’ After Drone Strike

National Security Council Coordinator John Kirby gave Fox News host Brian Kilmeade a lesson in foreign policy and how to fight terrorism during an interview on the network Tuesday.

Kilmeade began the interview by trying to downplay the killing of Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri by a drone strike in Afghanistan:

“I do think that one would believe if the leader of the Taliban — excuse me — the leader of Al Qaeda is not in a cave or hiding out in the mountains of Pakistan. That he’s on the balcony in the capitol, that Al Qaeda feels pretty good about their presence in that country and there’s more than just one guy.”

“But that’s not good news for us.”

Kirby, a retired Navy rear admiral, responded:

“I’d actually throw that back a little, Brian. I don’t think they’re feeling too good about being in Afghanistan right now.”

Kilmeade:

“Really? If they were worried about it, they would be hiding in Pakistan where we couldn’t even find them.”

And that’s when Kirby took Kilmeade to school and gave him a lesson in how to fight terrorism abroad:

“I mean, I don’t think Al Qaeda can look at what happened over the last 48 hours and feel like Afghanistan is going to be much of a safe haven for them. We have proven that over-the-horizon counterterrorism capability works.”

Al Qaeda is on the run and trying to find a new leader. Their power and reach are greatly reduced, and we are all safer as a result.

If Trump had killed Zawahiri, Fox would be ready to hold a ticker tape parade. But because Joe Biden pulled it off (much the same way former President Barack Obama sent Osama bin Laden to a watery grave), Brian Kilmeade is trying to make sure the current president doesn’t get any credit. It’s the same old shit from Fox.

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Fox News Terrorism The Biden Administration

Psaki Says What We’re All Thinking When Asked Yet Another Asinine Question By Fox’s Peter Doocy

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki managed to shut down Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy yet again at Friday’s daily press briefing when he asked how the terrorists who murdered 13 U.S. service members in Afghanistan yesterday would be dealt with.

Mediaite reports that Doocy asked Psaki:

“What does that look like? Is he going to order a mission to kill the people responsible or would he be satisfied if they are captured and brought to trial?”

Psaki responded:

“I think he made clear yesterday that he does not want them to live on the Earth anymore.”

For a follow-up question, Doocy inquired:

“Are we going to try to bring those known terrorists to justice before we leave the country?”

The press secretary replied:

“Peter, I think our focus right now is on doing everything we can to get the remaining American citizens who want to depart out of the country, to get our Afghan partners out of the country. This is not a preferred relationship or a situation that we would have designed if we had started from scratch. I think that’s very clear.”

Is Doocy so clueless that he doubts the prowess of the U.S. military and their ability to track down those responsible and mete out the necessary punishment? Or is he trying to suggest that President Biden isn’t capable of making a decision to order the elimination of those who killed our brave troops as they tried to evacuate people from a hellhole?

Thank you, Jen Psaki, for putting Peter Doocy in his place yet again.

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Right Wing Morons Terrorism WTF?!

Right-Wing Kook Charlie Kirk Gets Swatted Down For Saying The Florida Condo Collapse Was ‘Terrorism’

Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA, has decided to join the Bullshit Parade being conducted by right-wingers across the country and circulate an unsubstantiated claim that the collapse of a condominium in Surfside, Florida, was an act of “domestic terrorism.”

Kirk posted this on Twitter:

There’s not a shred of truth to that tweet, as Mediaite noted:

“Authorities have yet to give an update on the reason for the collapse, but during a Thursday news conference, the county’s mayor, Daniella Levine Cava (D), said it was a ‘structural engineering question.’

According to the New York Times, ‘The building had been about to undergo extensive repairs for rusted steel and damaged concrete, Kenneth S. Direktor, a lawyer involved in the project, said on Thursday. The repairs had been scheduled as part of a review and recertification process for 40-year-old buildings.'”

Be sure and note what Kirk did, because it’s the very same sort of thing failed, one-term former President Donald Trump has been known to do: Claim that “some people are saying…” Then you add whatever lie you want and pretend it’s true. Since people are saying it, you don’t have to own the lie because you can always claim you heard it from someone else.

Kirk got plenty of pushback on social media for his dose of fake news:

If we’re lucky, maybe Charlie will have his Twitter account suspended, just like his tangerine Lord and Savior. The world would be a better place without the two of them spreading lies.

 

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Crime Donald Trump Terrorism

Former Federal Prosecutor Warns That Trump’s Supporters May Launch Terrorist Attacks If He’s Indicted

Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner says that the news Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. has stepped up his investigation of former President Donald Trump by empaneling a grand jury that will meet three days a week for six months could well lead to some of Trump’s supporters turning to violence and domestic terrorism.

Appearing on MSNBC’s “The Reid Out,” Kirschner began by discussing the acceleration of efforts by Vance as he looks at Trump and the Trump Organization:

“I agree that the DA empaneling this extraordinary grand jury, which will sit for six months as opposed to four weeks, doesn’t guarantee Trump will be indicted. It’s clearly the last stop on the road to an indictment. And every data point we have seen from the district attorney’s office trends toward indictment, whether it was the two-year battle to get his tax returns and his financials, two trips to the Supreme Court, they finally got ahold of it. They spent considerable New York taxpayer dollars hiring an expensive forensic accounting firm to help them unravel those documents. They then brought on board an expert mob former prosecutor as part of the team. Now they have empaneled a special grand jury to hear all the testimony of the witnesses and lock them in.”

Then Kirschner — who once worked for former Special Counsel Robert Mueller — warned that in a statement the ex-president released after the Washington Post broke the story about the new Manhattan grand jury, Trump claimed the entire investigation was an attack on not just on him, but on “us,” meaning those who still support him. That could set off a wave of terror attacks and violence by his supporters:

“I think there is a threat of violence. In the statement that Donald Trump made — we have seen this movie before. What did he put out a statement saying in response to [D.A. Cy] Vance’s announcement that there is a special grand jury being empaneled? He said, this is an affront not to me, to my 75 million followers, supporters, voters. What is he doing? He is trying to pull them in his criminal orbit. He is sending a signal, if I get indicted, you are figuratively getting indicted. What are you going to do about that? We have seen this movie before. He did it on January 6th when he lost the election.”

Thankfully, we now have a president and attorney general who will not tolerate such actions and are more than capable of responding to anyone who carries out violence in the name of Donald Trump.

 

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Elections Terrorism WTF?!

Trump Privately Hoping For Terror Attack Right Before Midterms: REPORT

The latest poll numbers are dismal for Republicans, with the so-called “generic ballot” showing Democrats with a double-digit lead over their GOP opponents if the midterm elections were held today.

But the news may be even more dire for President Trump. If Republicans lose control of both houses of Congress and Robert Mueller returns a report that proves the Trump team conspired with Russia to rig the 2016 election, Trump will likely be facing impeachment.

Party leaders have been trying to put a happy face on the midterms, with Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) noting:

“Who knows what 2018 will be like? Nobody called 2016, right? Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was going to get elected and that Chuck Schumer was going to be the majority leader. And none of that turned out to be true.”

But as a recent report from The Washington Post reveals, Trump himself seems to be entertaining a much different scenario:

“In private conversations, Trump has told advisers that he doesn’t think the 2018 election has to be as bad as others are predicting. He has referenced the 2002 midterms, when George W. Bush and Republicans fared better after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, these people said.”


You read that right: Trump is referencing September 11 and seems to be suggesting that a similar terror attack on the United States would pay political dividends for him and his party, meaning that even a damaging report from Mueller would be survivable. How twisted is that?

Matthew Yglesias, who writes for Vox, took the entire matter to its dark but logical conclusion, writing:

“If the president and his top staff are not so concerned with democracy but purely political power, that’s a terrifying proposition. And given Trump’s willingness to put his own interests before democratic norms — from keeping his business interests, to firing his FBI director to protect a friend — the absurd idea feels almost plausible.

If Trump thinks a terrorist attack would serve his political interests — either through a blind rally ‘round the flag effect or by specifically validating anti-immigrant demagoguery or what have you — how hard is he really working to keep the country safe?”

Is Trump capable of such a sick, depraved outcome in order to save himself? Of course he is.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org