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The Daily 202: Trump’s embrace of earmarks underscores the peril of a president who doesn’t know history - The Washington Post
Sometimes you read an article about, say, Congressional earmarks, and buried in a list of points you see amazing things like the following:
-- It’s not clear that the first family even thinks history matters. A senior European diplomat complained to Politico last week that Jared Kushner, the presidential son-in-law who had been given an expansive international portfolio that includes shepherding Middle East peace talks, has been “very dismissive” about the role of international institutions and alliances. The diplomat said that Kushner has also been uninterested in hearing Europeans recount how closely the United States has partnered with Western Europe since World War II. “He told me, ‘I’m a businessman, and I don’t care about the past. Old allies can be enemies, or enemies can be friends.’ So, the past doesn’t count,” the diplomat told Susan Glasser. “I was taken aback. It was frightening.”
-- That mentality has manifested itself in a myriad ways over the past year. To wit:
Without an American security guarantee, the freedom-loving people of the Baltic States — Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania — would almost certainly be gobbled up by the authoritarian Russians. These Eastern European countries were occupied by the Soviets until the end of the Cold War, and they’ve lived in fear of Russian invasions since Peter the Great. To guard against their annexation, they were invited to join NATO in 2004.
In a chilling story that posted overnight, two former administration officials tell the Daily Beast that a senior National Security Council official proposed withdrawing some U.S. military forces from Eastern Europe as an overture to Vladimir Putin during the early days of the Trump presidency. “While the proposal was ultimately not adopted, it is the first known case of senior aides to [Trump] seeking to reposition U.S. military forces to please Putin — something that smelled, to a colleague, like a return on Russia’s election-time investment,” Spencer Ackerman reports.
Kevin Harrington, who pushed the idea, remains the NSC’s senior official for strategic planning. He came to the White House with neither military experience nor significant government experience. He got the job because he worked for Trump donor Peter Thiel’s hedge fund. “The ex-colleague considered the idea dangerously naïve,” Ackerman reports. “A second former senior Trump administration official [said] that Harrington had enthusiastically discussed this proposal with several senior staffers…”
trump-Russia  Kushner  foreign-policy  trump-doesn't-understand-stuff  trump-congress 
february 2018 by Peony43
The Partisan, Nihilist Case Against Robert Mueller - The Atlantic
The critique of the Mueller probe throws that concept out, asserting that everyone must be fanatically and foremost partisan, and that people can be thrown off the job without having to demonstrate wrongdoing. It far exceeds the demands of even a strong conflict-of-interest policy, and rejects the value of expertise and experience in favor of an illusory neutrality. This resembles similar right-wing critiques of academia and the press, and it is essentially nihilistic, seeking to disqualify not only avowed partisans but also those like Mueller, whose reputation Gingrich could praise heartily in May, denigrate in June, and call corrupt by December. The very idea of a reputation for fairness is obsolete before this totalizing partisanship. It doesn’t matter that Rosenstein last week rated Mueller’s work so far highly; as another lifelong Republican with a reputation for fairness, he can just as easily be written off, as Trump’s attack on him demonstrated.”
Mueller  gop-nihilistic  trump-Russia  newt 
december 2017 by Peony43
You should care about the Trump-Russia scandal
It's not a distraction. It's about holding the president accountable to the public and not his bottom line.
trump-crooked  trump-Russia  trump-conflicts  trump-swamp  trump-deregulation 
july 2017 by Peony43

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