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Opinion | Mike Pompeo: Last in His Class at West Point in Integrity
Nov. 18, 2019 | The New York Times | By Thomas L. Friedman

....Pompeo has just violated one of the cardinal rules of American military ethics and command: You look out for your soldiers, you don’t leave your wounded on the battlefield and you certainly don’t stand mute when you know a junior officer is being railroaded by a more senior commander, if not outright shot in her back.........Pompeo instead let his ambassador to Ukraine — who depended on him for protection — be stabbed in her back with a Twitter knife, wielded by the president, rather than tell Trump: “Sorry, Mr. President, if you fire her, I will resign. Because to do otherwise would be unjust and against my values and character — and because I would lose the loyalty of all my diplomats if I silently went along with such a travesty of justice against a distinguished 33-year veteran of the foreign service.”............“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, but lose his soul?” — Mark 8:36......As two now retired, longtime State Department diplomats, Aaron David Miller and Richard Sokolsky, wrote on CNN.com on Saturday, “At the very least, Pompeo enabled the smear campaign to go unchallenged, acquiesced in the Giuliani back-channel effort with Ukraine and failed to say a word in defense of Bill Taylor, George Kent or Marie Yovanovitch. These are breathtaking acts of craven political cowardice and beneath the dignity of any secretary of state.”

Mike Pompeo: Last in his class at West Point on ethics in leadership.........Reporters and columnists need to ask Pompeo every chance they get: “What moral code are you operating by that would justify such behavior?’’.....it’s now clear that Pompeo had not taken an oath to defend and protect the Constitution. He took an oath to defend and protect Donald J. Trump and Pompeo’s own future political career — above all else — and that’s exactly what he’s been doing. Shame on him.
character_traits  conspiracies  cowardice  diplomacy  disinformation  Donald_Trump  ethics  integrity  leadership  Michael_Pompeo  moral_codes  political_expediency  principles  scriptures  Tom_Friedman  Ukraine  U.S._State_Department  U.S.foreign_policy  values  West_Point 
november 2019 by jerryking
Conspiracy theorists, rejoice: Brexit proves you don’t need the truth to win - The Globe and Mail
ELIZABETH RENZETTI
The Globe and Mail
Published Saturday, Jun. 25, 2016

We now live in a world where three-quarters of the supporters of the presumptive Republican nominee for president believe the sitting President is “hiding something about his background,” i.e. that he was born in Kenya and leads a second life as an imam when Michelle lets him leave the White House. Mr. Trump, one of the first and most prominent of the birthers, is supremely canny at peddling his conspiracy theories – that vaccines cause autism, Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination of JFK, and foreign governments have “blackmail” files on Hillary Clinton.

He uses coded language that may seem innocuous to average citizens, but rings a rewarding bell in the brains of people with the right receptors. The Washington Post recently looked at Mr. Trump’s favourite aspersion-casting phrase, “there’s something going on,” which he likes to use to suggest the President might not just be a Muslim, but an Islamic-State-supporting Muslim at that. “That phrase, according to political scientists who study conspiracy theories, is characteristic of politicians who seek to exploit the psychology of suspicion and cynicism to win votes,” the Post concluded.
conspiracies  Brexit  birthers  Donald_Trump  MI5  Elizabeth_Renzetti  referenda  presumptions 
june 2016 by jerryking
Manufacturing dissent
Jun 8th, 2002 | The National Post | by Matt Welch
anti-Americanism  conspiracies  Daniel_Pearl 
june 2012 by jerryking
Global Village Idiocy -
May 12, 2002 | New York Times |By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN.

the writer George Packer recently noted in The Times Magazine, ''In some ways, global satellite TV and Internet access have actually made the world a less understanding, less tolerant place.''
globalization  flat_world  Tom_Friedman  Indonesia  conspiracies 
january 2012 by jerryking
Bigotry Again Raises Its Ugly Head and Voice - WSJ.com
FEBRUARY 28, 2003 | WSJ | Oren M. Spiegler, Upper Saint Clair, Pa.

spelling : anti-Semitism
Daniel_Pearl  letters_to_the_editor  leaders  conspiracies  anti-Semitism 
november 2011 by jerryking
Bret Stephens: What Ahmadinejad Knows - WSJ.com
SEPTEMBER 28, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By BRET STEPHENS.
What Ahmadinejad Knows
Iran's president appeals to 9/11 Truthers. What Ahmadinejad knows is
that there will always be a political place for what Michel Foucault
called "the sovereign enterprise of Unreason." This is an enterprise
whose domain encompasses the politics of identity, of religious zeal, of
race or class or national resentment, of victimization, of cheek and
self-assertion. It is the politics that uses conspiracy theory not just
because it sells, which it surely does, or because it manipulates and
controls, which it does also, but because it offends. It is politics as a
revolt against empiricism, logic, utility, pragmatism. It is the
proverbial rage against the machine.
Bret_Stephens  Ahmadinejad  conspiracies  anti-Americanism  empiricism  grievances  resentment  victimization  identity_politics 
september 2010 by jerryking
Claire Berlinski on Turkey as a Nation of Conspiracies
MARCH 13, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | by CLAIRE BERLINSKI. A Nation of Conspiracies
Coup plots and growing extremism. Why the West can't ignore Turkey's paranoia
Turkey  conspiracies  paranoia 
march 2010 by jerryking
Diagnosing A Strange Foreign Policy Disease
Mar 5 2010 | The Atlantic | by Jeffrey Goldberg is a national
correspondent for The Atlantic. Discusses the "Israel Lobby Syndrome:"
Israel  U.S.foreign_policy  conspiracies 
march 2010 by jerryking
Let's refocus: Kashmir, not Kabul
Feb. 20, 2010 | The Globe & Mail | by Doug Saunders.
Throughout most of the Afghan war, Pakistan's military had argued that,
while it was worth using its soldiers to expel the Pakistan-based
Taliban from places such as the Swat valley and North Waziristan, they
weren't interested in going after the Afghan Taliban leaders
headquartered along the border in Pakistan...The Indian threat is a
constant and popular trope in Pakistani politics. It is used by every
elected leader to gain victory, and by every military dictator to
justify seizing power. It's a national obsession.
Doug_Saunders  Pakistan  India  conspiracies 
february 2010 by jerryking

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