President Trump’s selection of the Neocon “godfather” of the Iraq War and Islamophobe John Bolton as his National Security advisor, Trump betrays his supporters with John Bolton pick, signaling more ‘stupid wars’, and fellow Islamophobe Mike Pompeo narrowly confirmed as Secretary of State last week, Pompeo as secretary of state makes Mideast war more likely, makes recertification of the Iran Nuclear Deal on or before the May 12 deadline unlikely, despite pleas from the other major powers to the agreement for the U.S. to honor its commitment to the Iran Nuclear Deal. U.S. allies press Trump to keep Iran nuclear deal alive:
Western allies stepped up pressure on U.S. President Donald Trump to keep alive an international nuclear deal with Iran,
Trump has said that unless European allies fix what he has called its “terrible flaws” by May 12, he will restore U.S. economic sanctions on Iran, which would be a severe blow to the pact.
French President Emmanuel Macron, who was in the U.S. last week for a state visit and addressed a joint session of Congress (video), emphasized there was no “Plan B” for keeping a lid on Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
And then there is this old Neocon war monger who, like Trump, is the subject of a criminal investigation by his attorney general’s office, who would welcome the distraction and nationalistic unifying effect of yet another Mideast war:
Trump’s opposition to the deal has been welcomed by Israel, which has rejected the pact since it was being hammered out under former U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration.
“Israel will not allow regimes that seek our annihilation to acquire nuclear weapons. This is why we opposed so resolutely the Iran deal, because it gives Iran a clear path to a nuclear arsenal,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a speech to foreign diplomats on Monday in Jerusalem.
Listing objections, Netanyahu added, “This is why this deal has to be either fully fixed or fully nixed.”
Posted in AZBlueMeanie, Congress, Constitution, Corruption, Ethics, International, Justice, Law Enforcement, Party Politics, President, Scandals, War
Tagged Attorney General, Foreign Policy, Intelligence, iran nuclear deal, Iran Sanctions, Iraq War, National Security, nuclear weapons
“It’s déjà vu all over again.” – Yogi Berra
The headline at POLITICO reads As Korean leaders make history, Trump stands ready to take credit:
A dramatic Friday meeting between the leaders of North and South Korea is stoking optimism that President Donald Trump might strike a historic nuclear deal with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un — leading skeptics to worry that expectations are growing dangerously high.
Trump sycophants in the personality cult of Trump are already spiking the ball before having scored in the end zone, saying that Trump – rather than the leaders of North and South Korea – should get a Nobel Peace Prize.
Trump himself wasn’t talking about peace prizes on Friday. But as remarkable images emerged of the bellicose Kim stepping for the first time across his country’s border with South Korea, the president’s excitement — and desire for credit — was plain to see.
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However stirring the images of Kim’s visit to south were, the resulting talks between the Koreas produced few specifics and left open numerous crucial questions, including whether and how the Korean War — which halted in 1953 without a formal peace treaty — might be ended.
Dear Michelle Wolf:
I’ll keep this short.
I’m one of the millions you inspired with your performance Saturday night.
Whatever you do, please, please, don’t surrender to the attacks. Don’t apologize.
The line drawing the fire, as you know, is your brilliant and courageous comparison of Sarah Huckabee Sanders to Aunt Lydia in the Handmaid’s Tale.
No surprise. The attacks on you are not about impropriety or stepping over the line or being mean. They are about truth spoken to power in a way that, for those in power, was alarmingly dead on. After all, what is Sarah Huckabee Sanders if not a high-level functionary for a corrupt regime, just like Aunt Lydia.
You exposed Sanders as a modern-day brown shirt, just as Colbert once exposed the ineptitude of the Bush administration and Larry Wilmore exposed the brutality of Obama’s drone bombing. On each occasion, the room fell silent. Ugly truth wrapped in humor can be unsettling.
So, when pressed to apologize, respond by saying that you’ll apologize as soon as Sarah Huckabee Sanders apologizes to Jim Comey, Hillary Clinton, and countless others she has smeared at the behest of the wannabe tyrant to whose black hole she has so willingly, eagerly and treacherously hitched her wagon.
“On May 1, International Worker’s Day, workers, unions, students, parents, teachers, support staff, and the entire community of Tucson will rally around the #RedforEd campaign in a show of support for public education in Arizona.”
Armory Park is a 221 S. 6th Avenue, south of Broadway Blvd in downtown Tucson. The Arizona State Building is at 400 W. Congress St.
Carolyn’s note: If you’re in Tucson and been on the streets of Broadway (last Wednesday, a day before the Teacher Strike/walk out), and at the corner of E. Congress/N. Granada on Thursday/Friday April 26 & 27 — you will know that thousands have been demonstrating, with lots of honking by supportive drivers.
Posted in Carolyn Classen, Community, Education, Tucson
Tagged #RedForEd, Arizona Educators United, Armory Park, International Worker's Day, May Day March & Rally, State Building, teacher strike, Tucson May Day March for Educators