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Tough Guy Lindsey Graham Is Now Threatening China With War

Now that he’s no longer on the White House’s speed dial and has become largely irrelevant, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is desperate to pretend he still has some modicum of power.

Proof of that was on display when Graham appeared on Fox News Monday, rattling the proverbial saber as he threatened China, even though he doesn’t make foreign policy.

Graham was asked this question by host Ben Domenech of The Federalist:

“What do you think we need to be doing in terms of sending China a clear message, given their increased military activity and all the different ways that they’re challenging us on the world stage?”

Graham responded:

“Stand up for the Uighurs. Your father-in-law is rolling over in his grave now, the America John McCain fought for and was willing to die for is changing in front of us. I like what Trump did, he stood up to the Chinese. You steal our stuff, you’re going to pay a price. Human rights still matters. Let the Chinese know that if you try to take Taiwan, we’ll have a war and you’ll lose it.”

Human rights still matter? Is that supposed to be a joke? Donald Trump never talked about human rights in China. He was far too busy starting a trade war that he lost and that may have also played a part in costing him a second term in office He even told Chinese President Xi Jinping that he completely approved of putting the Uighurs into concentration camps.

Now, however, we’re is supposed to listen to Graham the hypocrite and believe he’s earnest in his concern for minority groups in China? When will Lindsey do the same for minorities in his own country?

Sen. Graham needs to sit down and let the experts shape U.S. foreign policy, because it’s clear he’s auditioning for the 2024 GOP cattle call. As if he has a chance in hell of winning.

 

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WH Press Secy. Says Comparing Niger To Benghazi Is ‘A Cheap Attempt’ To Taint Trump (VIDEO)

As more details become available about the ambush in Niger which led to the deaths of four American special forces troops, more questions are being asked about the U.S. mission in the African country and what may have contributed to the loss of those four brave soldiers.

There is also talk on Capitol Hill of Congressional hearings on the ambush, and comparisons are even being made to the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which killed the ambassador and three Marines. Could Niger be Donald Trump’s Benghazi? Not to hear Republicans and the White House tell it.

Last week, Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe (R) said that equating Niger with Benghazi is ridiculous:

“Every time I hear people compare this to Benghazi, it makes me physically sick.”

Of course, Inhofe’s feigned sickness would probably clear up immediately if the ambush had happened on President Obama’s watch or if he thought he could blame it on Hillary Clinton.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was a guest on Fox & Friends Tuesday, and she too said that the two incidents are in no way similar:

“Look, these are not comparable events. I know the Democrats want to make this a big negative attack piece against this president.”


Not comparable? Let’s take a closer look:

  • 4 Americans died in Benghazi; four Americans died in Niger
  • The details of the attack in Benghazi were murky; the details of the ambush in Niger remain unclear

And yet, Republicans were offended by what happened in Benghazi and demanded endless investigations which costalmost $7 million. But now they urge restraint when it comes to Niger.

Sanders went on to add this:

“But to try to compare the two is simply just a cheap attempt by the Democrats to try to taint this president.”

Apparently Ms. Sanders has forgotten that this president, who may well have committed treason with Russia, is already tainted. His personal behavior, his unchecked avarice, and his endless lies have left him with low poll numbers and the overall distrust of the nation. Donald Trump inflicted shame and dishonor on himself and the United States long before the attack in Niger ever took place.

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

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Medal Of Honor Winner SHREDS Trump And John Kelly For Their Hateful Words (VIDEO)

During the back and forth this week between the White House and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-FL), you may have asked yourself: How do veterans feel about the fact that President Trump and his Chief of Staff chose to attack a member of Congress at a time when they should have placed the focus on the four soldiers who were ambushed and killed in Niger?

If you’ve ever watched MSNBC, then you’ve seen Colonel Jack Jacobs, who serves as a military analyst for NBC News. Jacobs is also the recipient of the Medal of Honor, the highest award given to military personnel. Colonel Jacobs earned this honor during his service in Vietnam.

Jacobs was a guest on AM Joy and was asked by host Joy Reid:

“Donald Trump likes to hide behind his generals, he likes to push them out front in order to give himself credibility. What do you make of General Kelly’s willingness to be used in that way this week and then to add this extraneous story that turns up not even to be true slamming the congresswoman?”

And it was immediately clear that Colonel Jacobs couldn’t understand why General Kelly chose to defend Donald Trump:

“Well, it’s quite surprising because I know — I don’t know him very well, I’m not that close to him — but I know General Kelly…I’m quite surprised. Attacks like this don’t make any sense from anybody.”


Then Jacobs said Kelly should call Congresswoman Wilson and apologize:

“I’d pick up the phone and say, ‘look, this has gone far enough, I apologize.’ But that should have been the case from the very beginning when whatever is emanating from the White House was inaccurate as well.”

Jacobs also had some criticism and advice for Trump:

“I can say this about Donald Trump, he’s not real good at talking. If I were Trump, I would have picked up the phone and said, ‘look, that was my ham-handed way of being sympathetic, I’m not good at that and I apologize.’ And all this stuff would have been over.”

But Trump won’t. He will never apologize, which tells you that he’s incapable of genuine sympathy or self-reflection.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUD0XvctCSU

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

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REPORT: Trump, White House Slow-Walked Niger Response

As criticism continues to swirl around President Trump’s statements, denials, and outright lies regarding the death of four Green Berets in the African nation of Niger, it now appears the administration had a response to the deaths less than 24 hours after they occurred, but held back on releasing it.

Politico reports:

“Staffers at the National Security Council drafted and circulated a statement of condolence for President Donald Trump to make almost immediately after a deadly ambush of U.S. soldiers in Niger earlier this month.

“But Trump never publicly issued the statement, and, some two weeks later, is now in hot water over his initial silence on the soldiers’ deaths and alleged controversial comments he made to a widow of one of the dead.”

The statement, which Politico was able to see a copy of, was written on October 5, just a day after the deaths of the four service members. It reads:

“Melania and I are heartbroken at the news that three U.S. service members were killed in Niger on October 4 while providing guidance and assistance to Nigerien security force counter-terror operations. We offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of these brave American soldiers and patriots. They will remain in our thoughts and prayers.

“We are also praying for the two U.S. service members who were injured in the incident. We wish them a complete and swift recovery.

“The heroic Americans who lost their lives yesterday did so defending our freedom and fighting violent extremism in Niger. Our administration and our entire nation are deeply grateful for their sacrifice, for their service, and for their patriotism.”


So the question arises: Why did the White House not release the statement when it was written? Could it be because in doing so the administration would have had to reveal there were American boots on the ground in a nation they had not previously disclosed?

Or could the answer lie in the fact that this administration is filled with rank amateurs, many of whom have zero experience in governing? Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta commented:

“Somebody screwed up here, okay? You don’t let that amount of time pass when our men and women in uniform have been killed.”

And now, as usual with Trump, he’s trying to cover his ass after screwing up yet another duty of his office.

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

 

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WATCH A Fox News Host Call A Hateful Trump Aide A Backstabber

If you’ve ever seen White House aide Sebastian Gorka on television, then you know that he’s a lying jackass who tries to pretend he’s an intellectual even though he has a fake Ph.D. which he never actually earned. He’s a poseur, an arrogant jerk, and a combative weasel.

Appearing on Fox News Thursday, Gorka was asked about comments he had made earlier in the day to the BBC in which he said this about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the tensions with North Korea:

“The idea that Secretary Tillerson is going to discuss military matters is simply nonsensical. It is the job of Secretary Mattis, the secretary of defense, to talk about the military options, and he has done so unequivocally…That is his mandate. Secretary Tillerson is the chief diplomat of the United States, and it is his portfolio to handle those issues.”

Fox Host Liz Claman wondered why Gorka would have said something so insulting to Tillerson, which led Gorka to snap:

“I never said the secretary of state was — that’s fake news 101.”


How typical of any member of the Trump administration. When they get caught lying or saying something they regret, they whine about fake news instead of owning their remarks. They have all the debate skills of a second grader.

After a back and forth with Gorka about what he had meant by his obnoxious remarks, Claman finally slammed Gorkawith this:

“Sebastian, you know this is going to be all over the papers. And whether you had the exact meaning that people have now interpreted it as, it looks like, to some people, it looks like — forget backstabbing — that you front-stabbed the secretary of state.

And, you know, people look at that and say, who — who was he to admonish any process that secretary of state would state? He’s hand-picked by the president.”

A backstabbing frontstabber. Damn! Now that’s one hell of an insult. But it’s exactly what a pompous ass like Sebastian Gorka deserves.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tgs91Qi114w

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