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Over the weekend, Donald Trump gave the world a preview91联盟彩票开户 of what his leadership would look like during a theoretical war with Iran and, not surprisingly, the look was “even more unhinged and belligerent than usual.” The president threatened to commit war crimes against Iran, lashed out at allies, and declared that if and when he wages a new war in the Middle East, he’ll do so via 91联盟彩票开户 and without Congressional approval. And just in case you were still clinging to a tiny shred of hope that there was anyone left in the administration who knew his or her ass from his or her elbow, and could serve as a proverbial “adult in the room” during a conflict with Iran, the Department of Defense laid that question rest Monday, when it accidentally told Iraq it was pulling out of the region—a position they reversed within minutes.

In a letter sent to Iraqi Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir, Marine Brig. Gen. William Seely wrote: “Sir, in due deference to the sovereignty of the Republic of Iraq, and as requested by the Iraqi Parliament and the Prime Minister, [the Combined Joint Task Force–Operation Inherent Resolve] will be repositioning forces over the course of the coming days and weeks to prepare for onward movement.” The letter, which came one day after the the Iraqi Parliament called for the U.S. removal, concluded: “We respect your sovereign decision to order our departure.”

The problem, of course, is that apparently the letter was a draft that was never meant to be sent. In an extremely vague statement, Defense Secretary Mark Esper that “We are re-positioning forces throughout the region number one. Beyond that with regard to the letter which I’ve read once, I can’t tell you the veracity of that letter and I can tell you what I’ve read. That letter is inconsistent of where we are right now.” Later, during an impromptu question-and-answer session with reporters, Army Gen. Mark Milley the missive “was a draft, it was a mistake, it was unsigned, it should not have been released.” Milley added that he had just spoken with Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command, about it, and that McKenzie had “used other words that were a little more colorful than mistake.” (“Colossal fuckup” comes to mind, as does “the kind of shit I’d expect from the president’s dumbass sons.”)

The “oops, our bad” comes after Trump ranted to reporters aboard Air Force One that if Iraq thought the U.S. was going to leave it alone, it had another thing coming. “We have a very extraordinarily expensive air base that’s [in Iraq],” Trump explained, Sunday night, presumably foaming at the mouth. “It cost billions of dollars to build—long before my time. We’re not leaving unless they pay us back for it…. If they do ask us to leave,” he added, we won’t do it on “a very friendly basis. We will charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before ever. It’ll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame.”

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Nancy Pelosi announces plans to childproof the presidency

If doesn’t work the House Speaker’s next move is to rap Trump’s snout with a rolled-up newspaper while telling him “NO—NO. Bad President, very bad.”

Pelosi, D-Calif., announced the House will vote soon on a war powers resolution to limit President Donald Trump’s military actions after he ordered the killing of a top Iranian general last week, escalating tensions with Tehran. “As members of Congress, our first responsibility is to keep the American people safe,” she [wrote]. “For this reason, we are concerned that the administration took this action without the consultation of Congress and without respect for Congress’s war powers granted to it by the Constitution.“ She said the House resolution is similar to one introduced in the Senate by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va.

91联盟彩票开户“It reasserts Congress’s long-established oversight responsibilities by mandating that if no further Congressional action is taken, the Administration’s military hostilities with regard to Iran cease within 30 days,” she said.

Mitch McConnell, of course, was having none of this Congressional oversight crap, complaining in a speech on the Senate floor that Democrats are just sooo91联盟彩票开户 quick to judge the president for taking out a top foreign general without any regard for the consequences and lying about the “imminent” attack that preceded it. “Unfortunately, in this toxic political environment, some of our colleagues rushed to blame our own government before knowing the facts, rushed to split hairs on intelligence before even being briefed on it,” McConnell said. “Can we maintain a shred of national unity for five minutes before deepening the partisan trenches,” he asked, perhaps mentally replaying the night in 2017 he was summoned to the Rose Garden, handed a shovel, and pointed in the direction of a couple of corpses and told “The president likes Senate leaders who prove their loyalty.”

Bolton happy to bring his mustache to the Senate, tell lawmakers everything he knows about Trump and Ukraine

This could certainly change things, if Republicans suddenly chose not to simply acquit the president and :


The development is a dramatic turn that could alter the dynamic of the impeachment proceeding, which has been stalled over Democrats’ insistence on hearing from critical witnesses Mr. Trump blocked from testifying in the House inquiry into his pressure campaign on Ukraine. Mr. Bolton is a potentially vital witness, with crucial knowledge of the president’s actions and conversations regarding Ukraine that could fill in key blanks in the narrative of the impeachment case.

Mr. Bolton’s willingness to tell the Senate what he knows could change the political calculus around a trial for Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, who has steadfastly refused to commit to calling witnesses. Now that the former national security adviser has essentially told senators that he has information relevant to their proceeding that he is willing to share, Mr. McConnell, the majority leader, may face new pressure from some moderate Republicans, such as Senator Susan M. Collins of Maine, Senator Lisa S. Murkowski of Alaska, and Senator Mitt Romney91联盟彩票开户 of Utah, to allow him to testify.

Luckily, McConnell still has plenty of spine-lacking colleagues like Marco Rubio, among others, to back him up. The senator from Florida said Monday that he’d rather not see new information further incriminating the president, thank you very much.

If local officials get on their knees and beg Trump for assistance taking care of the homeless, and throw in that he has an IQ of 287 and could do a sub-4-minute mile, maybe he’ll think about throwing them a bone


91联盟彩票开户He won’t but he’ll pretend to think about it just to f--k with people, so that’s something.


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