Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!
3:25 PM – 19 May 2019
Wait, they haven’t erected the statues to honor George W. Bush yet.
Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq
Event: The U.S. State Department has ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. Government employees from Iraq, both at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and the U.S. Consulate in Erbil. Normal visa services at both posts will be temporarily suspended. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Iraq.[….]
Iraq Travel Advisory
May 15, 2019
Iraq – Level 4: Do Not Travel
Do not travel to Iraq due to terrorism, kidnapping, and armed conflict.
U.S. citizens in Iraq are at high risk for violence and kidnapping. Numerous terrorist and insurgent groups are active in Iraq and regularly attack both Iraqi security forces and civilians. Anti-U.S. sectarian militias may also threaten U.S. citizens and Western companies throughout Iraq. Attacks by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) occur in many areas of the country, including Baghdad.
The U.S. government’s ability to provide routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens in Iraq is extremely limited. On May 15, 2019, the Department of State ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and the U.S. Consulate in Erbil; normal visa services will be temporarily suspended at both posts. On October 18, 2018, the Department of State ordered the temporary suspension of operations at the U.S. Consulate General in Basrah. The American Citizens Services (ACS) Section at the U.S. Embassy Baghdad will continue to provide consular services to U.S. citizens in Basrah.
U.S. citizens should not travel through Iraq to Syria to engage in armed conflict, where they would face extreme personal risks (kidnapping, injury, or death) and legal risks (arrest, fines, and expulsion). The Kurdistan Regional Government stated that it will impose prison sentences of up to ten years on individuals who illegally cross the border. Additionally, fighting on behalf of, or supporting designated terrorist organizations, is a crime that can result in penalties, including prison time and large fines in the United States.
Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or in the vicinity of Iraq, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR). For more information, U.S. citizens should consult the Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions and Notices.
And, in April:
Iran Travel Advisory
April 9, 2019
Iran – Level 4: Do Not Travel
Do not travel to Iran due to the risk of kidnapping, arrest, detention of U.S. citizens.
There is a very high risk of kidnapping, arrest, and detention of U.S. citizens in Iran, particularly dual national Iranian-Americans. Iranian authorities continue to unjustly detain and imprison U.S. citizens, particularly Iranian-Americans, including students, journalists, business travelers, and academics, on charges including espionage and posing a threat to national security. Consular access to detained U.S. citizens is often denied.
The U.S. government does not have diplomatic or consular relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran. The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Iran.
Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or in the vicinity of Iran, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR). For more information U.S. citizens should consult Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions and Notices.[….]
The Tweet of War (May 14, 2019)
From Josh Hawley (r), yesterday evening, via Twitter:
Josh Hawley @HawleyMO
One year since the U.S. withdrew from the terrible Iran nuclear deal and Iran is already threatening to stockpile & resume uranium enrichment unless we prop up their failing economy. Our partners and allies should not give in to nuclear blackmail
6:35 PM – 8 May 2019
WTF? Uh, Donald Trump (r) withdrew the United States from the deal.
Some of the responses:
Yes, Josh. When one side fails honor their end of a deal, the other side tends to not keep their end up either. One year of Trump’s policy and what do we have? Iran back to enriching uranium. Americans still in jail or missing. More chaos in the region.
Call me a skeptic but I doubt any man who negotiated his way to losing $1 billion over a decade is going to how the hell to negotiate a complex nuclear deal.
So maybe the “terrible deal” was actually a pretty good deal?
Ironic or sarcastic? Your guess is as good as mine.
Don’t you have some kid’s video game to ruin?
That’s definitely sarcastic.
The 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council+Germany+Iran were signatories.The only country to break the treaty & exit the deal is the US.
Deal was verifiable.
The US is pushing Iran into a corner.
Mortifying but true: our country is the one destabilizing this situation.
We abandoned the deal unilaterally, and somehow the Iranians are supposed to be the bad guys for adhering to the deal we abandoned for an additional year?
Does anyone in your office have _any_ respect for your constituents? Your contempt for us and reality is pathetic.
This is perhaps the most dumb tweet you’ve made. And that is an impressive accomplishment.
I’m sad that I have to wait so long to vote against you.
Josh, I’m no foreign policy expert, but it might have something to do with the #BillionDollarLoser withdrawing from the deal for no good reason and against advice from both his Sec. of Defense and National Security Adviser. Also, you are an embarrassment to Missouri.
Well, compared to Donald Trump (r) you certainly are a foreign policy expert.
Hey genius, they weren’t threatening to stockpile & resume uranium enrichment when the “terrible” deal was in force. You sure you went to an elite law school? [….]
One of those fancy ones.
What did we expect to happen? I don’t get “already.” We walked out on the agreement. This had to have been expected, no?
Expect Kim Jong-un to be thinking that it would be stupid to make any deal with Trump.
Your complicity to this failed white house is putting our country in danger.
Thanks to orange Nixon’s tax cut the deficit is higher than ever, you and your cronies are trying to get rid of what little healthcare we have, and now you’re advocating for another war?
Sign up for your own damn war and take the 1% with you.
Whatever trump says the puppet repeats. You are a dangerous sycophant.
We noticed that, too.
What would you expect them to do-we pulled out of the deal. Spare us your fake outrage. It’s similar to how you ran your Senate race running commercials about health care-straight up lying -you were part of the lawsuit. We’re on to you #Gaslighting
You realize you’re owning yourself in this tweet, right?
No. But he did attend one of those fancy law schools.
What allies? We ditched them all when we unilaterally backed out of the agreement.
Senator, I’m not really hearing a solution here. What’s the GOP’s plan here? So far Trump broke America’s word, removing all incentive to slow down Iran’s enrichment program, all while making incendiary comments increasing tensions. What are you doing as my senator to solve this?
Dumbest fucking thing I’ve read today. Good job.
I can’t believe you’re actually whining about Iran not holding up their end of a deal your boss walked away from. You are an empty shirt, and a syncophant of the highest order. A soulless automaton that cannot think for itself.
You and your idiot ignorant party will drag us into a huge war. The republican party has zero clue with regards to common sense, let alone geo-political affairs.
You effing morons.
“Only an idiot would fight a war on two fronts. Only the heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Idiots would fight a war on twelve fronts.”
— Londo Mollari, “Ceremonies of Light and Dark”, Babylon 5
Who’s in charge?
Statement from the National Security Advisor Ambassador John Bolton
National Security & Defense
Issued on: May 5, 2019
In response to a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings, the United States is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the U.S. Central Command region to send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force. The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces.
Like anyone is surprised?
[….]Question: …Why does the United Nations allow Iranian President Ahmadinejad to address the U.N. Assembly and then recognize his government when he frequently denies the Holocaust and says it was an elaborate falsehood circulated by Jews and Jewish friendly nations such as the U.S.?
Ambassador Bolton: Well, this, that, that’s because that’s the U.N. is. I mean, this is a, uh, this, this is, it’s not, it’s not, I think most Americans look at Ahmadinejad and the fact he is a Holocaust denier, uh, and say we shouldn’t even let him into the country. But, uh, we have agreed, uh, as a member of the United Nations through what’s called the Headquarters Agreement, obviously it’s headquartered in New York, that, uh, heads of state, foreign ministers, diplomats from any U.N. member who come to the United States to come to New York to do U.N. business will be admitted to the country. We can restrict their other activities, uh, but that’s what it, that’s what it means to, uh, have the U.N. functioning. Uh, and it’s also part of one of the basic premises of the U.N. that I think, uh, it’s, it’s very hard for us to understand, and that’s the so called principle of sovereign equality. Is that every member of the U.N. in the General Assembly is equal to every other member of the U.N. So the United States has one vote in the General Assembly and so does Palau. Uh, and, and you can go on down the list of the hundred and ninety-two member states of the U.N. The way the U.N. functions, uh, is a, is the product of decades of cultural development. Uh, and it is the way that it is and it is extraordinarily difficult to change. What that means to me is that, uh, the U.N. has very limited, uh, functionality. It can do some limited number of things well. Some of the specialized agencies of the U.N. do important humanitarian work, uh, they do important scientific work, they do, uh, work in areas that nobody even thinks about the, like the Universal Postal Union that helps handle the transfer of mail between countries, uh, and which functions with, us, essentially no attention at all. Where the U.N. doesn’t work is in the political decision making area, the field of human rights, the field of international security which should have been, uh, one of its, uh, principal responsibilities, in large part because of this culture that has developed, uh, and that, uh, basically requires treating every country just like it’s every other country. So, Fidel Castro, when he was able, would come and speak at the U.N. During the cold war you’d have dictators from all over the world. Uh, today you have, uh, uh, countries like Iran and North Korea, uh, that use the U.N. and, and, and it’s, uh, and the opportunities that presents just like any other country. Uh, we, we may find this very difficult to accept. We do find it very difficult to accept, but that’s the way the U.N. is. That doesn’t mean it’s a good thing it just means that’s the way the U.N. is and to me it indicates how limited, uh, are the benefits we’re gonna get from a system that is developed that holds those kinds of cultures. [applause]
[….]Question: …Tonight during your discussion you were talking about Iran’s developing nuclear program. I was wondering what the U.N. or the U.S. would do, um, to intervene when the, um, the, Iran’s, um, threatening Israel, um, Israel’s sovereignty? And do you think it would make a difference if Mousavi got elected in the past Iranian, um, election because most of the power lies within the theocracy and, aya, Ayatollah Khamani?
Ambassador Bolton: Well, I, I don’t, I don’t think the election fundamentally would have changed very much. But I think that the fraud that was, uh, so visible in last year’s election, uh, actually helped demonstrate to a lot of Iranians just how, uh, illegitimate, uh, the Islamic Revolution nineteen seventy-nine has become. I think it’s a very unpopular government in many respects. And I wish the United States, both during the Bush administration and the Obama administration, had done more to supply the opposition with support so that when that fraudulent election had occurred, if we had really given them the resources we might have had an opportunity to see the regime overthrown. Uh, that didn’t happen, we didn’t give them adequate support, either in two thousand nine or in the years preceding that. Uh, and so that opportunity has slipped away and I think it will be quite some time before it comes back. The fact is that, uh, because we have engaged in, uh, now nearly eight years of diplomacy with Iran they have used that time to overcome essentially all of the complex scientific and technological obstacles that stand in the way of a nuclear weapons program. They’re very close to having a weapons capability, it’s really a matter for them when they decide they’re gonna do it. Uh, the diplomacy has failed, the sanctions have failed, uh, so I think today, uh, there are really only, uh, two options facing us with respect to Iran’s nuclear weapons. One is, and this is the most likely option, that indeed they do get nuclear weapons and we’ve got to deal with the consequences of a nuclear Iran. The only thing that will stop that is the second option, which is that some outside power uses preemptive force to strike against the nuclear weapons program, uh, and destroy as much of it as, uh, might be possible, thus setting Iran back, two, three, four, maybe more years. That that is in itself not a complete solution to the problem, but two to four years in, in this business is nearly infinity. I think there’s no chance that the Obama administration will use force. I once thought there was a chance that President Bush would use force. That obviously didn’t happen. I’m not even holding my breath on this administration. Which means that the choice, it’s a very [applause], it’s a very, it’s a very unpleasant choice for Israel, is between seeing Iran get nuclear weapons and taking preemptive action. Uh, military force here is a very unattractive, uh, outcome. It’s very risky, uh, there could be enormous, uh, potential consequences, uh, but in Israel’s case, uh, nuclear weapons in the hands of Iran, uh, could bring, uh, a second Holocaust, this time a, a nuclear holocaust. And, uh, I don’t think that’s something that they want to wait and find out about. When Israel has faced, uh, a potential nuclear threat in the past it has not hesitated to act, uh, preemptively. It destroyed, uh, Saddam Hussein’s Osirak reactor outside of Baghdad in nineteen eighty-one, as I mentioned a few moments ago it destroyed the North Korean reactor in Syria, uh, in September two thousand seven. Uh, so given, given the alternative of a nuclear Iran I think the military option is very much on the table for the Israelis. I don’t know what they’re gonna do but I don’t think they have much time. Both because, uh, that Iran is increasingly close to actually having a nuclear weapons capability and because, uh, at, at some point the Russians may yet deliver the, uh, what we call the S three hundred air defense system, a very sophisticated air defense system that Israel couldn’t penetrate, uh, which would effectively eliminate the Israeli military option.
So, I think we’re very close to a decision by Israel and, uh, and the consequences that will, that will, that will flow from that. [applause]
“No blood for oil.”
Ambassador John Bolton at Missouri Boys State: Q and A, part 1 (June 18, 2010)
Ambassador John Bolton at Missouri Boys State: Q and A, part 2 (June 20, 2010)
Ambassador John Bolton at Missouri Boys State: Q and A, part 3 (June 20, 2010)
Blood for oil (November 22, 2018)
What a hack. He’s all in, but, then, we already knew that.
Via Twitter from Josh Hawley (r):
Josh Hawley @HawleyMO
You want to know why the FBI spied on @realDonaldTrump & launched multi-year investigations? It’s about @realDonaldTrump VOTERS. Unelected progressive elites in our govt have nothing but contempt for them. Total, complete contempt
1:34 PM – 1 May 2019
He hasn’t figured out yet that he has over six million constituents. What a hack.
“Executive time” his morning:
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
“The Democrats can’t come to grips with the fact that there was No Collusion, there was No Conspiracy, there was No Obstruction. What we should be focused on is what’s been going on in our government, at the highest levels of the FBI….” Senator Josh Hawley
5:36 AM – 1 May 2019
Michael Bersin @MBersin
On the somewhat brighter side when it comes to Congressional oversight – at least Missouri is represented by a U.S. Senator who has first hand experience with an Attorney General who obstructs and lies. Oh, wait…
6:16 AM – 1 May 2019
A runaway freight train to…
“No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.” – United States Constitution, Article I, Section 9, Clause 8
“…(f)Disclosure to Committees of Congress
(1)Committee on Ways and Means, Committee on Finance, and Joint Committee on Taxation
Upon written request from the chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives, the chairman of the Committee on Finance of the Senate, or the chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation, the Secretary shall furnish such committee with any return or return information specified in such request, except that any return or return information which can be associated with, or otherwise identify, directly or indirectly, a particular taxpayer shall be furnished to such committee only when sitting in closed executive session unless such taxpayer otherwise consents in writing to such disclosure…” – 26 U.S. Code § 6103.
From Representative Jason Smith (r):
…For the first time in history, the new Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee is using the oversight power of the IRS to target the President of the United States and his tax returns. The Chairman has ordered the IRS to turn over six years of President Trump’s tax returns, allegedly so he can review how the IRS enforces tax laws against a president. Clearly he is going after President Trump for political purposes, as he didn’t request President Obama’s tax returns or individual returns from President Bush, President Clinton, or any other president…
What a hack.
“…he didn’t request President Obama’s tax returns or individual returns from President Bush, President Clinton, or any other president…”
The new Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee wouldn’t have to request the tax returns for Presidents Obama, Bush (both) and Clinton.
Jason Smith (r) thinks your awl stoopit. Presidents Obama, Bush (both), and Clinton, up to Gerald Ford (in 1976) released their tax returns to the public.
“…If the partisan Dems ever tried to Impeach, I would first head to the U.S. Supreme Court…”
This morning, via Twitter:
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
The Mueller Report, despite being written by Angry Democrats and Trump Haters, and with unlimited money behind it ($35,000,000), didn’t lay a glove on me. I DID NOTHING WRONG. If the partisan Dems ever tried to Impeach, I would first head to the U.S. Supreme Court. Not only……
7:10 AM – 24 Apr 2019
He doesn’t have a clue, does he? What a maroon.
United States Constitution, Article I, Section 2.
The House of Representatives [….] shall have the sole power of impeachment.
United States Constitution, Article I, Section 3.
…The Senate shall have the sole power to try all impeachments. When sitting for that purpose, they shall be on oath or affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two thirds of the members present.
Judgment in cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States: but the party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to indictment, trial, judgment and punishment, according to law…
It might help to actually read what’s in the United States Constitution.
Last Thursday, from Representative Jason Smith (r):
Rep. Jason Smith @RepJasonSmith
Special Counsel Mueller’s report has delivered the final nail in the collusion coffin. Anyone who pushes the false collusion narrative after today is playing into Russian hands to divide our country and cast doubt on our elections. The case is closed; it’s time to move on.
4:54 PM – 18 Apr 2019
Thus spake Nathan Thurm.
Some of the responses:
I guess you didn’t read it.
Now that’s some quality spin right there
Not really. I don’t even think it’s a mediocre lie.
So, nothing to say about a lying Press Secretary, 10 possible obstruction charges, 12 other charges that have been out sourced, or a lying AG?
Trump on appointment of Mueller. “This is the end of my presidency. I’m fucked.” That’s the statement of an innocent man?
I’m still struggling to understand why 140 different contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia doesn’t both you. Why don’t you care that it’s been *proven* that they interfered? Do you love Trump *more* than America?
why all the lying? why hasn’t trump acknowledged the Russian interference and vowed to do something about it? do you suppose it’s because he couldn’t win without it? so many questions
I’m not surprised that you don’t know how to read.
Looks like a clear case of obstruction. Mueller in reports says he “can’t clear the president of obstruction,” and list 10 times he tried to.
Really Jason? Do your eyeballs not connect to your brain? Either you are just blind lying to your followers about the report, or you haven’t even skimmed the report. 10 different impeachable obstruction events are listed – only need 1.
Read the report you half-wit
You should probably take a moment and read it first. Then, you should take a moment to rewrite your stupid tweet.
I need to move to your district just to run against you. Your language alone is a disservice to your constituency.
You apparently didn’t read the report.
The investigation was never looking for “collusion” Bc that’s not a legal term.
But you are excellent at regurgitating talking points that your gullible, Fox-watching supporters are sure to lick up.
You clearly haven’t read it. take the time to soak it in. its just begun, trump is f*cked anyone who pushes the false narrative that it’s over and we must move on is enabling a con man
This is just getting started.
Your boy is an immoral, unpatriotic opportunist.
Really? It established that Russia interfered in our elections for the express purpose of electing Donald Trump. Trump did *nothing* to stop that, in fact, he *encouraged* it. He’s lied repeatedly to the American people. And you’re still his bitch, instead MOO8s.
Reading is fundamental.