Cross Post: Pointman Dismantling Obama’s darker legacy.

If you look at the political headlines lately, the press and TV are really running two stories to the exclusion of all else. The first is Trump firing James Comey as FBI director. It’s a bone they just can’t let go of but most people aren’t too interested. Comey stopped having the trust of the FBI rank and file last year over his refusal to prosecute Hillary, and after most people watched his slippery testimony to congress, he didn’t enjoy their trust either.

If Bill Clinton can fire his head of the FBI, there’s no reason why Trump can’t do the same. At the end of the day as with all senior government posts, there are no jobs for life and you “serve at the pleasure” of your president. Comey was hopelessly compromised by the Obama regime. When you and the people have no trust in the highest law enforcement officer in the land, you fire him. It’s as simple as that. His behaviour since has vindicated that decision.

The Democrats blamed him and the Russians for them losing last year’s election and have been howling for his dismissal ever since. Within twenty-four hours of Trump firing him, they were protesting about his unfair dismissal. Like Steve Bannon said, Trump’s true opposition is the media.

The other story is about Trump divulging military secrets to the Russian foreign secretary. Why on Earth he should do such a thing, the press have yet to share with us. Despite all the five people present at the meeting declaring this to be fake news, the story rages on. Will it dominate the current news cycle? Yes. Will it harm the Trump presidency? No.Why won’t it harm Trump? Because the pattern of the false news is apparent to everyone.

First of all, the lying press invent a story based on the information supplied by always anonymous sources. Then, on the same day, all the rest of the media pick up on the story and run with it as headline news presenting it now as established fact simply because they’re all reporting it. As if on cue, the Democrats become outraged and denounce Trump as being nefarious or incompetent depending on whether he’s being accused of being a traitor or an idiot. Not too far down the line, the story proves to be 100% false, but no retraction is ever made, and anyway by that stage another fake news story has been manufactured and the cycle begins anew.

I’ve said before that Trump doesn’t need the legacy media since he communicates to his voters directly using social media, but what he does need is for their current level of juvenile behaviour to continue, and for two very good reasons.

The first is the same reason he didn’t fire Comey on the first day of his administration; that would have looked petty and vindictive. Instead, he left him hanging out and dangling in the wind for months until he’d thoroughly discredited himself, because the average viewer watching him in the hearings knew he’d bent over backwards to prevent charges being laid at Hillary Clinton’s door that would have left anyone else but her facing serious consequences in a court of law.

In the same way, Trump is not minded to interfere in the media throwing one invented accusation after another at him. What’s actually getting eroded is any residual trust in them, and at some point he’ll carry out his threat of cancelling the daily White House briefings.

Then they’ll have to live on his scraps of press handouts, tweets and his weekly White House briefing to America, plus the usual fake news backed up with the usual fake anonymous sources. That’s his longer term thinking about the media, and they’re certainly cooperating Lemming-like in their own eventual destruction. By the time he eventually pulls the plug on them, few tears will be shed over their effective demise.

The shorter term reason for letting them carry on as they are, is that while they’re busy compulsing on one or two manufactured stories, they’re not reporting at all on what Trump is actually up to, and he’s making so many changes it’s difficult to keep track of them all, but they all share one common denominator; they are all aimed at rolling back the excesses of the Obama regime and restoring respect in the offices and institutions of government that Obama subverted.

Part of that rollback has been in public and to some extent or another has been covered with the usual howls of pain by the media. Because Obama couldn’t get what he wanted done past an elected Congress, he resorted to rule by diktat otherwise known as executive orders. Trump, from his first day in office, and as promised on the campaign trail, signed masses of executive orders to reverse most of Obama’s executive orders. What the Obama regime forgot was that anything enacted using an executive order, can just as easily be struck down by simply signing another executive order.

He appointed a man in charge of the EPA who’s busy cutting it down to a fraction of its size under Obama and rolling back all the regulations that were used to cripple industries such as coal mining and which would never have got past elected representatives of the people. The other very public rollback he did was replacing Obamacare with something more financially viable, and that’s a bullet he could have easily avoided.

The whole scheme was heading for collapse anyway, and in some ways it would have been more politic to let that happen so he could swoop in and fix the problem to popular acclaim, except that the people at the bottom of the economic pile would be badly hurt by it imploding. He has a genuine concern for them. If he has a vulnerability, that’d be it.

Domestically on the jobs front, he stopped the hemorrhaging of jobs to cheaper offshore locations by promising import tariffs on any of their goods being brought into America. On the foreign imports issue, he’s picked a fight with Canada over subsidised timber which should stay safely jammed up in a commercial court for years to come while in the meantime he levies a charge on Canadian lumber. He’s making an example of one exporter to America but no doubt won’t hesitate to make a second one should that become necessary.

By the end of his first term, I can see America out of NAFTA and possibly later the WTO, since its membership in both of them hasn’t been doing it any favours for a long time. Economically, Trump’s priority is America and American workers; it starts there and it ends there.

The other big area he had to address was the shambolic foreign policy mess left behind by Messrs Obama, Clinton and Kerry. With the simple expedient of dropping fifty-nine cruise missiles on Assad’s air force and destroying twenty percent of it, he let the world know that the good old days of any old ragged-assed tinpot dictator thumbing their nose at America were over from the minute Barack Obama dragged his sorry ass out of the White House.

Assad made the mistake of assuming that since he was under Russian protection, Trump wouldn’t give him a slap. Obama would never have done it because he was afraid of Putin who’d humiliated him on several occasions, Trump isn’t.

On the diplomatic front, Obama laid some poison behind mainly directed at Israel. Like a typical left-winger, he’s pro-Islam and anti-Zionist, which is liberal speak for hating Jews. Anti-Semitism seems to be an endemic disease of the liberal Left these days.

In the last days of his presidency he could safely show his true colours and directed Kerry to get Israel into difficulties at the UN as well as immediately funneling $200M of taxpayers’ money to the Palestinians. No doubt whatever was left after the usual off-shore accounts had their cut will be used to kill Israeli civilians. Why any American-Jewish association still contributes a red cent to the Democratic party is beyond me.

Since Trump has at least three Jewish grandchildren and had a reputation of being fair with both Jews and Blacks long before he got into politics, he didn’t have much trouble healing that rift. Perhaps it also explains why he’s moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem? Nice one Obama, the law of unintended consequences strikes again because that’s an implicit recognition that Israel owns that city and is there to stay.

In the interregnum when Trump was president-elect, Obama and the Democrats tried substantially the same poisoning of the well with Russia, but since neither Putin or Trump would fall out over such a childish neo-McCarthyite narrative, it’s since fizzled out of its own accord under a barrage of complete indifference to anyone outside the Washington Beltway or the legacy media.

Apart from those highly visible areas, the rest of Obama’s legacy consists of nothing more than various disconnected odds and ends that beyond having a feel good factor to be spun to massage his over-fed ego, never amounted to anything of note. If they aren’t patently doing some good, Trump will either ditch them or starve them of budget.

However, in my opinion Obama left a darker legacy behind and this is what Trump is addressing under cover of the legacy media massively fixated on gnawing its own hind legs off in a forlorn effort to get him removed from office.

Obama corrupted and brought into disrepute the grand offices of state. He actively encouraged federal bureaucrats like the IRS to suppress political opposition. He manipulated the judicial system by not only installing stooges like AG Lynch in it, but by packing the lower courts with judges of a liberal bias. He suborned the intelligence services to conduct illegal domestic surveillance of political opponents on a scale that I think has yet to become apparent.

He starved the armed services of budget and threw the cop on the beat onto the mercy of savages like BLM who had his tacit support murdering policemen responding to emergency call outs. Instead of the much hoped for bringing together of all the people of America irrespective of their colour, he became the most racially divisive president America has ever had.

In short, the Obama regime did nothing but corrupt and debase the government, judiciary, law enforcement and intelligence services of America and now that damage is being undone by Trump.

He gave little or no support to the police, instead opting for a light-touch approach to law enforcement by encouraging his congressmen to support elections of liberal police chiefs who were quite happy to enforce the law or not, dependent only on who was breaking it. That’s the reason left-wing antifa hooligans could riot in Berkley, attack people indiscriminately and destroy private property while the local police stood by and watched because they’d been ordered to stand down.

To compound his complete disrespect for policemen, he never once denounced their murder by organisations like BLM who actively encouraged luring them into lethal ambushes using phoney emergency calls. His final fuck you to law enforcement was to free over 300 drug dealers using presidential pardons as he left the White House. Obama used presidential pardons on 1,715 occasions, more than the previous 13 presidents combined, with the vast majority of them conferred on drug dealers. Note, drug dealers, not drug addicts. Someone really needs to look into his activities as a “community organiser” in Chicago.

Obama’s more than lax attitude to drug dealers wasn’t anything new to either law enforcement or state attorneys. He had instructed his Attorney General (AG) Eric Holder to relax sentencing on drug related crime by doing things like withholding details of amounts of drugs being carried by the dealer when they’d been arrested, thereby not automatically triggering mandatory minimum sentences.

He made it hard to catch drug dealers, and then when they were tried and found guilty, they did slap on the wrist jail time because of state attorneys constrained by what they could say when it came to sentencing using AG Holder’s new guidelines.

Trump was left with a huge morale problem he’s diligently addressed by doing simple things like never missing a photo opportunity with a bunch of cops, phoning the widows of officers killed in the line of duty, inviting surviving family to party rallies and most recently instituting a police memorial day to acknowledge those killed or injured on the job. The simple things like showing some support and seeing the White House lit up in blue are all part of building up morale again.

He’s still got a way to go on fixing that problem, but at least most policemen now think they’ve got a friend in the Oval Office, rather than an implacable enemy relentlessly determined to undermine all their efforts.

Trump’s AG Jeff Sessions has recently abolished Holder’s guidelines, much to the satisfaction of both law enforcement and prosecuting attorneys, who are battling what’s called the opioid crisis across America and need to put drug dealers away for as long as possible. Obama’s hometown of Chicago is the poster boy for that crisis and also suffers from a huge rise in the attendant number of homicides and shootings that come with a drugs blight on any community.

In any light, Obama bending over backwards to go easy on drug dealers is inexplicable. They rot the heart out of any community. By the way, most of those drugs are coming over the border from Mexico, which is why Trump wants the wall.

That’s not the only bit of tinkering Obama did with the judiciary. In 2013, the Democrats removed using what’s called Reid’s Rule, the filibuster from the process of the president appointing people to both the lower courts and federal positions. Essentially, Obama used it to pack the lower court with judges who were seen to be sympathetic to his liberal views on crime amongst other things. If you thought a whole judiciary couldn’t be politically rigged, think again.

Trump and Sessions have already started counter-packing the judiciary to rebalance it, and with more than a 100 appointments to be filled and more opening up each day, the Democrat’s Reid Rule has come back to haunt them and is now very much working in Trump’s favour.

To underline what eight years of administrative tinkering with the wheels of justice can do, Judge Neil Gorsuch after being newly appointed to the US Supreme Court, looked at the petitions being presented to him by the court’s cert pool of law clerks with an attached recommendation to grant or deny. He very quickly and to his surprise found out they were in too many cases making that recommendation not on points of law but political leaning. He immediately dispensed with the services of the cert pool and hired his own clerks to pre-process the petitions.

The military, after nearly a decade of micro-management from the White House, are just loving the change of working for Trump. Your orders are quite simple, gentlemen – kill ISIS. You need more budget? Yes Mr. President. How much? Probably north of $40B. Here’s $64B extra, go git them.

They knew the change was there from the first week onwards, because they rang the White House late at night to get permission to drone a high value target and expecting the usual hours-long delay while a target of opportunity slid off the radar. After he’d gotten out of bed he raged at them “You’re supposed to be good at killing terrorists, do it, you don’t need my permission every time” and that’s how a new relationship between Washington and the military was struck.

What also came out in last year’s presidential election was that election fraud seems to be a business as usual activity for the DNC. Though this was well known, the undercover filming done by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas of activists doing things like bussing people in from neighbouring states really revealed how widespread it was.

The cynical old aphorism, vote early, vote often and even the dead can join in too, very much reflects the current situation in polling booths across America.

To give you some idea of how endemic this problem is, in Wisconsin the Democrats lost an estimated 300,000 votes in the presidential election when a voter Id law was passed just before it. The conservative foundation Judicial Watch recently put 11 states on warning to clean up their voter registration lists or face a federal lawsuit; they all have counties with more voters on their books than they have residents eligible to vote.

About a week ago, Trump established by executive order a Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity the details of which you can find by clicking the previous link which’ll take you directly to the White House announcement. The days are numbered of America having the most lax voter Id rules in the world, and knowing Trump he’ll chivvy that commission along in order to get something in place by next year’s mid terms. I have a suspicion that this move alone will mark the difference in the Dems doing poorly or catastrophically badly in certain states.

A slower and more grinding part of the rollback is going to be various hearings to shed a light on the darker and menacing activities of the Obama regime. Congressmen with a prosecutor’s background like Trey Gowdy, will be finding out who exactly within the federal IRS bureaucracy ordered yearly oppressive tax audits of political opponents, their families and their businesses. Some careers in government service are going to come to an abrupt and ignoble end.

It’s only a matter of time until a similar process kicks in with regard to the security services which were used to surveil political opponents or anybody they liked without seemingly any justification. Allegations of widespread surveillance on people like Senator Rand Paul and other senators are by now commonplace, with even Judge Scalia of the US Supreme Court harbouring suspicions that their private discussions in chambers were on too many occasions becoming common knowledge in the higher corridors of power.

As you can see, it’s not just Obama’s more public legacy which is being dismantled, but the darker bits of it as well, and none of it being remarked upon by a juvenile press which much prefers to manufacture fake news or make a mountain out of a mole hill story.

Trump goes to a restaurant with family and friends and the press are all over the story, probably by bribing yet another anonymous source. He prefers two scoops of ice cream, with the sly inference that as everyone else around the table only has one, it’s somehow unfair on everyone else except for Mike Pence, who prefers no ice cream on his fresh fruit dessert.

If such displacement activity masquerading as reportage is the best the self-proclaimed newspaper of record can come up with these days, it’s not hard to see why its circulation is plunging.

Over the space of nearly a decade, too many people in the judiciary, law enforcement and federal service got used to the idea that the path to advancement was to serve a liberal agenda in the shape of the Democratic party, rather than the people and the republic they’d sworn to serve. They need to be rooted out and replaced with people of integrity, otherwise all those institutions will increasingly be seen as serving the interests of various elites rather than the common citizen of America.

What Trump is doing is not just dismantling, it’s a necessary rebuilding of respect in national institutions such as offices of state, the courts, the police and the security services. Without first reversing the damage Obama did to the very fibre of the Republic, anything more constructive Trump attempts to do will be constantly sabotaged and undermined by the residual minions of Obama’s dark legacy.

©Pointman. This essay was first published at Pointman’s.

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47 Responses to Cross Post: Pointman Dismantling Obama’s darker legacy.

  1. BorisG

    Why on Earth he should do such a thing,

    Because he is a clown.

  2. BorisG

    And likes to entertain.

  3. iampeter

    This is a big essay but it still avoids the facts of whats actually happening. Trump didn’t fire Comey for the perfectly correct reasons stated here, instead he fired him over 100 days after taking office and for reasons we’d expect Hillary to fire him. He then contradicted these reasons and made it clear he was firing him because he wasn’t dropping the Russia thing.

    What did everyone think was going to happen?

    None of your points are wrong, they are just beside the actual point. The point is that Trump made this mess by royally mismanaging Comey’s firing. This is all his fault.

    And the bigger issue that Conservatives are evading talking about by focusing on the media is the fact that they have no alternative agenda to that of left wing Democrats. That’s the real issue: Conservatism is pretty irrelevant politically.

    Conservatives blaming the media is the same as the Hillary campaign blaming the Russians – you are just evading your real problems.

  4. herodotus

    Shining a light into the dark recesses of stage left. Thank you very much.

  5. herodotus

    Piss off Peter. Your schtick is worn out and useless.

  6. Mark A

    BorisG
    #2386136, posted on May 21, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Why on Earth he should do such a thing,

    Because he is a clown.

    Debate closed. I mean who could stand against a powerful argument lake that.
    Full of facts and explanations an all.

  7. David

    Good to see your are posting Pointmans articles. Have followed him for awhile. Great strategic thinker.

  8. iampeter

    Debate closed. I mean who could stand against a powerful argument lake that.
    Full of facts and explanations an all.

    Yea why can’t you be a better debater like Herodotus for example.

  9. Michel Lasouris

    That essay was the most illuminating I have seen in many a long year. It put into sharp focus just what the sly Obama was up to and how he hoodwinked blue collar America. Many of the seemingly absurd comments about Obama are at last being seen in a more rational way; Did he really get to be President so quickly just because he was coloured, or are there really more skeletons in his cupboard? I expect there will be many many more expose from truly investigative reports heron in. I can’t wait!

  10. Mark A

    iampeter
    #2386163, posted on May 21, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Yea why can’t you be a better debater like Herodotus for example.

    I wasn’t offering an opinion on the piece but on a comment.
    Herodotus has a point, you are a phoney ‘conservative’ and a one trick pony.

    Whatever the subject you come out with the same stuff, rewritten to suit.

  11. Herodotus has a point, you are a phoney ‘conservative’ and a one trick pony.

    Careful, Mark. Peter is just trying to bait you.
    He is a bit of a Master Baiter.

  12. iampeter

    I wasn’t offering an opinion on the piece but on a comment.

    So was I.

    Herodotus has a point, you are a phoney ‘conservative’ and a one trick pony.

    If Herodotus has a point then so does BorisG. They did the exact same thing.

    God I love the Cat. There’s is no bottom to the stupid and lack of self awareness.

    “Master Baiters”, indeed.

  13. Confused Old Misfit

    The unreasoned disdain evidenced by some of the bien pensants is somewhat boring. If the man had done things that were out of character for any of the previous holders of the office of President of the USA I might better understand. But he stand s head and shoulders above the previous holder of the office and bids fairly to leave a more lasting mark than the penultimate office holder.

    He is a worker. I empathise with what must be his extreme frustration with Ryan and the Republicans of Congress. To want to fix something but be reined in by “No, we can’t push that just yet because…” must be horribly frustrating.

    The “Wise Men” of the Catallaxy files could, however, instruct him in the nuances of playing the “Presidential” game. THEY know how it ought to be done. THEY know how one ought to behave. THEY know it ALL!

  14. johanna

    Pointman is a very fine writer, much better than the overpaid illiterates employed in the legacy media.

    His site is well worth a bookmark.

    He’s a Pom, but also uses Australians to do guest posts and has a solid Aussie following.

    Kudos for giving him a plug.

  15. John constantine

    Their short filth doesn’t play golf.

    Every minute of their shortfilth regime will be spent on Hussein Obama style bastardy.

    Poor fella my country.

  16. Snoopy

    BorisG
    #2386136, posted on May 21, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Why on Earth he should do such a thing,

    Because he is a clown.

    Debate closed. I mean who could stand against a powerful argument lake that.
    Full of facts and explanations an all.

    I suspect Boris works at the US Studies Centre. He’s one of their more incisive analysts.

  17. .

    1. The executive appointments are at the pleasure of the President.
    2. The President has prerogative powers to decide what is a state secret and what isn’t.

    NAFTA is good for America and so is the WTO. Unilateral free trade is better, but it probably won’t happen.

    The drug law thing is dumb. Biden was instrumental in creating the position of “Drug Czar”. Tells you all you need to know.

  18. Jannie

    The Fury of the MSM occurs inside an echo chamber, from the outside its just piss and wind. Trump sacked a subordinate who he did not trust. The more they wail about it, the better the decision looks.

  19. Ian

    The Dems were complaining endlessly about Comey (Hillary said he cost her the election), then complained when Trump sacked him. Who cares when Comey was sacked, as long as it was done?

  20. jupes

    This is a big essay but it still avoids the facts of whats actually happening.

    LOL

    Says this site’s second most clueless clown.

  21. Ian

    Peter, Comey said under oath recently that no politician had ever tried to stop an investigation. He said that this would be a big deal if it had, but it has not.

    These are Comey’s words under oath. The timing of Trump’s firing of him has no significance.

  22. Dr Fred Lenin

    I really loved the cnn fake news lie attributed to “. Someone who is familiar with Trumps thinking”,now that would be admissable in a court of law as conclusive evidence wouldnt it ? The writer. editor and media owner ought to be in jail for deception in the next cell to hilarity. bill and hussain .

  23. Wow, a race warrior who is even more tribal than USSR. Quite a feat to find him, Sinc. At least USSR has enough shame to avoid talking Trump up at times when he is really screwing things up, like now.

    This will be a fine historical document for those who can’t believe in future that the rabbit hole went that far down.

  24. A very good round-up of the situation.

  25. Tom

    LOL. Monty’s instructions-du-jour from his Soros-GetUp-Liars handlers are to describe anyone objectively analysing what Trump is doing as a “race warrior”. As in everything else the left does, pissing other people’s money against the wall on crap trolls is no problem.

    Would it help if we campaigned to get you a pay rise, Mont? Would that improve the trolling?

  26. struth

    These days the likes of Iampeter and Monty keep showing how good Trump is.
    They are so completely devastated and lost it is actually beyond belief.
    Their comments are just the dribble of the insane.
    They have absolutely nothing.
    This was a great post for a number of reasons even though the average Trumpster has probably already worked it all out anyway, it’s nice to read commonly held views.

  27. iampeter

    There seems to be endless confusion between something like Trump firing Comey, which is good and how Trump fired Comey, which is a complete disaster for his administration.

    If pointing something like this example out reduces you to ad hominems immediately, why even post on a blog dedicated to talking politics?

    Likewise, the media being incompetent and biased is one thing, but it has nothing to do with the fact that the agenda of the Conservatives controlling every branch of government in America is effectively Obama’s third term.

    These things can be discussed separately with equal validity, but again if pointing something perfectly reasonable like this sends you to the ad hominems straight away then you are probably on the wrong blog.

    The most interesting thing about the Cat remains the bizarre spectacle of people who know nothing about politics and don’t want to discuss it at all, utterly dominating the comments sections and telling everyone trying to have a discussion to shut up.

    There’s nothing like this on the internet. It’s endlessly entertaining.

  28. iampeter

    Anyway, I wouldn’t want to derail a Cat threat so let me put it back on track:

    Durr Trump good!
    Hurrr Media bad!

    Rabble, rabble, rabble, rabble, rabble, rabble.

    There we go 🙂

  29. There seems to be endless confusion between something like Trump firing Comey, which is good and how Trump fired Comey, which is a complete disaster for his administration.

    The desperation is showing. There is always an unending line of eunuchs who will never have to make these decisions providing advice on just how they should be made.

  30. john constantine

    does iampeter have the leftie insight to inform us what numbers of refugees Trump should open Americas doors to?. Should welfare and english classes be part of landing on American soil?

    Should Trump continue hussein obama war on american shale oil?.

  31. cynical1

    Durr Trump good!
    Hurrr Media bad!

    Fuckwit.

    Media and: SSM, global warning, Islam, Abbott, trans people, and on and on.

    But it works with unthinking moronic cheerleaders like you.

    Fuck off and choke on your SMH.

  32. OldOzzie

    Excellent Article,

    and Excellent Trump’s Speech to the Muslim World From Saudi Arabia

    Full Transcript of Trump’s Speech to the Muslim World From Saudi Arabia

    In first speech on foreign soil, Trump lashes out at Iran, says its own citizens are victims of its policies and that terror groups ISIS, Al-Qaida, Hezbollah and Hamas are responsible for generations of vanished dreams

    I want to thank King Salman for his extraordinary words, and the magnificent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting today’s summit. I am honored to be received by such gracious hosts. I have always heard about the splendor of your country and the kindness of your citizens, but words do not do justice to the grandeur of this remarkable place and the incredible hospitality you have shown us from the moment we arrived.

    You also hosted me in the treasured home of King Abdulaziz, the founder of the Kingdom who united your great people. Working alongside another beloved leader – American President Franklin Roosevelt – King Abdulaziz began the enduring partnership between our two countries. King Salman: your father would be so proud to see that you are continuing his legacy – and just as he opened the first chapter in our partnership, today we begin a new chapter that will bring lasting benefits to our citizens.

    Let me now also extend my deep and heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of the distinguished heads of state who made this journey here today. You greatly honor us with your presence, and I send the warmest regards from my country to yours. I know that our time together will bring many blessings to both your people and mine.

    I stand before you as a representative of the American People, to deliver a message of friendship and hope. That is why I chose to make my first foreign visit a trip to the heart of the Muslim world, to the nation that serves as custodian of the two holiest sites in the Islamic Faith.

    In my inaugural address to the American People, I pledged to strengthen America’s oldest friendships, and to build new partnerships in pursuit of peace. I also promised that America will not seek to impose our way of life on others, but to outstretch our hands in the spirit of cooperation and trust.

    Our vision is one of peace, security, and prosperity—in this region, and in the world.

    Our goal is a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing our children a hopeful future that does honor to God.

    And so this historic and unprecedented gathering of leaders—unique in the history of nations—is a symbol to the world of our shared resolve and our mutual respect. To the leaders and citizens of every country assembled here today, I want you to know that the United States is eager to form closer bonds of friendship, security, culture and commerce.

    For Americans, this is an exciting time. A new spirit of optimism is sweeping our country: in just a few months, we have created almost a million new jobs, added over 3 trillion dollars of new value, lifted the burdens on American industry, and made record investments in our military that will protect the safety of our people and enhance the security of our wonderful friends and allies – many of whom are here today.
    Now, there is even more blessed news I am pleased to share with you. My meetings with King Salman, the Crown Prince, and the Deputy Crown Prince, have been filled with great warmth, good will, and tremendous cooperation. Yesterday, we signed historic agreements with the Kingdom that will invest almost $400 billion in our two countries and create many thousands of jobs in America and Saudi Arabia.

    This landmark agreement includes the announcement of a $110 billion Saudi-funded defense purchase – and we will be sure to help our Saudi friends to get a good deal from our great American defense companies. This agreement will help the Saudi military to take a greater role in security operations.

    We have also started discussions with many of the countries present today on strengthening partnerships, and forming new ones, to advance security and stability across the Middle East and beyond.
    Later today, we will make history again with the opening of a new Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology – located right here, in this central part of the Islamic World.

    This groundbreaking new center represents a clear declaration that Muslim-majority countries must take the lead in combatting radicalization, and I want to express our gratitude to King Salman for this strong demonstration of leadership.

    I have had the pleasure of welcoming several of the leaders present today to the White House, and I look forward to working with all of you.

    America is a sovereign nation and our first priority is always the safety and security of our citizens. We are not here to lecture—we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship. Instead, we are here to offer partnership – based on shared interests and values – to pursue a better future for us all.

    Here at this summit we will discuss many interests we share together. But above all we must be united in pursuing the one goal that transcends every other consideration. That goal is to meet history’s great test—to conquer extremism and vanquish the forces of terrorism.

    Young Muslim boys and girls should be able to grow up free from fear, safe from violence, and innocent of hatred. And young Muslim men and women should have the chance to build a new era of prosperity for themselves and their peoples.

    With God’s help, this summit will mark the beginning of the end for those who practice terror and spread its vile creed. At the same time, we pray this special gathering may someday be remembered as the beginning of peace in the Middle East – and maybe, even all over the world.

    But this future can only be achieved through defeating terrorism and the ideology that drives it.
    Few nations have been spared its violent reach.

    America has suffered repeated barbaric attacks – from the atrocities of September 11th to the devastation of the Boston Bombing, to the horrible killings in San Bernardino and Orlando.

    The nations of Europe have also endured unspeakable horror. So too have the nations of Africa and even South America. India, Russia, China and Australia have been victims.

    But, in sheer numbers, the deadliest toll has been exacted on the innocent people of Arab, Muslim and Middle Eastern nations. They have borne the brunt of the killings and the worst of the destruction in this wave of fanatical violence.

    Some estimates hold that more than 95 percent of the victims of terrorism are themselves Muslim.
    We now face a humanitarian and security disaster in this region that is spreading across the planet. It is a tragedy of epic proportions. No description of the suffering and depravity can begin to capture its full measure.

    The true toll of ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, and so many others, must be counted not only in the number of dead. It must also be counted in generations of vanished dreams.

    The Middle East is rich with natural beauty, vibrant cultures, and massive amounts of historic treasures. It should increasingly become one of the great global centers of commerce and opportunity.

    This region should not be a place from which refugees flee, but to which newcomers flock.
    Saudi Arabia is home to the holiest sites in one of the world’s great faiths. Each year millions of Muslims come from around the world to Saudi Arabia to take part in the Hajj. In addition to ancient wonders, this country is also home to modern ones—including soaring achievements in architecture.

    Egypt was a thriving center of learning and achievement thousands of years before other parts of the world. The wonders of Giza, Luxor and Alexandria are proud monuments to that ancient heritage.

    All over the world, people dream of walking through the ruins of Petra in Jordan. Iraq was the cradle of civilization and is a land of natural beauty. And the United Arab Emirates has reached incredible heights with glass and steel, and turned earth and water into spectacular works of art.

    The entire region is at the center of the key shipping lanes of the Suez Canal, the Red Sea, and the Straits of Hormuz. The potential of this region has never been greater. 65 percent of its population is under the age of 30. Like all young men and women, they seek great futures to build, great national projects to join, and a place for their families to call home.

    But this untapped potential, this tremendous cause for optimism, is held at bay by bloodshed and terror. There can be no coexistence with this violence. There can be no tolerating it, no accepting it, no excusing it, and no ignoring it.

    Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person, and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith.

    Terrorists do not worship God, they worship death.

    If we do not act against this organized terror, then we know what will happen. Terrorism’s devastation of life will continue to spread. Peaceful societies will become engulfed by violence. And the futures of many generations will be sadly squandered.

    If we do not stand in uniform condemnation of this killing—then not only will we be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, but we will be judged by God.

    This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations.

    This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it.

    This is a battle between Good and Evil.

    When we see the scenes of destruction in the wake of terror, we see no signs that those murdered were Jewish or Christian, Shia or Sunni. When we look upon the streams of innocent blood soaked into the ancient ground, we cannot see the faith or sect or tribe of the victims – we see only that they were Children of God whose deaths are an insult to all that is holy.

    But we can only overcome this evil if the forces of good are united and strong – and if everyone in this room does their fair share and fulfills their part of the burden.

    Terrorism has spread across the world. But the path to peace begins right here, on this ancient soil, in this sacred land.

    America is prepared to stand with you – in pursuit of shared interests and common security.
    But the nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them. The nations of the Middle East will have to decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their countries, and for their children.

    It is a choice between two futures – and it is a choice America CANNOT make for you.
    A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and extremists. Drive. Them. Out.

    DRIVE THEM OUT of your places of worship.
    DRIVE THEM OUT of your communities.
    DRIVE THEM OUT of your holy land, and
    DRIVE THEM OUT OF THIS EARTH.

    For our part, America is committed to adjusting our strategies to meet evolving threats and new facts. We will discard those strategies that have not worked—and will apply new approaches informed by experience and judgment. We are adopting a Principled Realism, rooted in common values and shared interests.
    Our friends will never question our support, and our enemies will never doubt our determination. Our partnerships will advance security through stability, not through radical disruption. We will make decisions based on real-world outcomes – not inflexible ideology. We will be guided by the lessons of experience, not the confines of rigid thinking. And, wherever possible, we will seek gradual reforms – not sudden intervention.

    We must seek partners, not perfection—and to make allies of all who share our goals.

    Above all, America seeks peace – not war.

    Muslim nations must be willing to take on the burden, if we are going to defeat terrorism and send its wicked ideology into oblivion.

    The first task in this joint effort is for your nations to deny all territory to the foot soldiers of evil. Every country in the region has an absolute duty to ensure that terrorists find no sanctuary on their soil.
    Many are already making significant contributions to regional security: Jordanian pilots are crucial partners against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Saudi Arabia and a regional coalition have taken strong action against Houthi militants in Yemen. The Lebanese Army is hunting ISIS operatives who try to infiltrate their territory. Emirati troops are supporting our Afghan partners. In Mosul, American troops are supporting Kurds, Sunnis and Shias fighting together for their homeland. Qatar, which hosts the U.S. Central Command, is a crucial strategic partner. Our longstanding partnership with Kuwait and Bahrain continue to enhance security in the region. And courageous Afghan soldiers are making tremendous sacrifices in the fight against the Taliban, and others, in the fight for their country.

    As we deny terrorist organizations control of territory and populations, we must also strip them of their access to funds. We must cut off the financial channels that let ISIS sell oil, let extremists pay their fighters, and help terrorists smuggle their reinforcements.

    I am proud to announce that the nations here today will be signing an agreement to prevent the financing of terrorism, called the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center – co-chaired by the United States and Saudi Arabia, and joined by every member of the Gulf Cooperation Council. It is another historic step in a day that will be long remembered.

    I also applaud the Gulf Cooperation Council for blocking funders from using their countries as a financial base for terror, and designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization last year. Saudi Arabia also joined us this week in placing sanctions on one of the most senior leaders of Hezbollah.

    Of course, there is still much work to do.

    That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires. And it means standing together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews, and the slaughter of Christians.

    Religious leaders must make this absolutely clear: Barbarism will deliver you no glory – piety to evil will bring you no dignity. If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and YOUR SOUL WILL BE CONDEMNED.

    And political leaders must speak out to affirm the same idea: heroes don’t kill innocents; they save them. Many nations here today have taken important steps to raise up that message. Saudi Arabia’s Vision for 2030 is an important and encouraging statement of tolerance, respect, empowering women, and economic development.

    The United Arab Emirates has also engaged in the battle for hearts and souls—and with the U.S., launched a center to counter the online spread of hate. Bahrain too is working to undermine recruitment and radicalism.
    I also applaud Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon for their role in hosting refugees. The surge of migrants and refugees leaving the Middle East depletes the human capital needed to build stable societies and economies. Instead of depriving this region of so much human potential, Middle Eastern countries can give young people hope for a brighter future in their home nations and regions.

    That means promoting the aspirations and dreams of all citizens who seek a better life – including women, children, and followers of all faiths. Numerous Arab and Islamic scholars have eloquently argued that protecting equality strengthens Arab and Muslim communities.

    For many centuries the Middle East has been home to Christians, Muslims and Jews living side-by-side. We must practice tolerance and respect for each other once again—and make this region a place where every man and woman, no matter their faith or ethnicity, can enjoy a life of dignity and hope.

    In that spirit, after concluding my visit in Riyadh, I will travel to Jerusalem and Bethlehem, and then to the Vatican – visiting many of the holiest places in the three Abrahamic Faiths. If these three faiths can join together in cooperation, then peace in this world is possible – including peace between Israelis and Palestinians. I will be meeting with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

    Starving terrorists of their territory, their funding, and the false allure of their craven ideology, will be the basis for defeating them.

    But no discussion of stamping out this threat would be complete without mentioning the government that gives terrorists all three—safe harbor, financial backing, and the social standing needed for recruitment. It is a regime that is responsible for so much instability in the region. I am speaking of course of Iran.
    From Lebanon to Iraq to Yemen, Iran funds, arms, and trains terrorists, militias, and other extremist groups that spread destruction and chaos across the region. For decades, Iran has fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror.

    It is a government that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing the destruction of Israel, death to America, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room.

    Among Iran’s most tragic and destabilizing interventions have been in Syria. Bolstered by Iran, Assad has committed unspeakable crimes, and the United States has taken firm action in response to the use of banned chemical weapons by the Assad Regime – launching 59 tomahawk missiles at the Syrian air base from where that murderous attack originated.

    Responsible nations must work together to end the humanitarian crisis in Syria, eradicate ISIS, and restore stability to the region. The Iranian regime’s longest-suffering victims are its own people. Iran has a rich history and culture, but the people of Iran have endured hardship and despair under their leaders’ reckless pursuit of conflict and terror.

    Until the Iranian regime is willing to be a partner for peace, all nations of conscience must work together to isolate Iran, deny it funding for terrorism, and pray for the day when the Iranian people have the just and righteous government they deserve.

    The decisions we make will affect countless lives.

    King Salman, I thank you for the creation of this great moment in history, and for your massive investment in America, its industry and its jobs. I also thank you for investing in the future of this part of the world.
    This fertile region has all the ingredients for extraordinary success – a rich history and culture, a young and vibrant people, a thriving spirit of enterprise. But you can only unlock this future if the citizens of the Middle East are freed from extremism, terror and violence.

    We in this room are the leaders of our peoples. They look to us for answers, and for action. And when we look back at their faces, behind every pair of eyes is a soul that yearns for justice.

    Today, billions of faces are now looking at us, waiting for us to act on the great question of our time.
    Will we be indifferent in the presence of evil? Will we protect our citizens from its violent ideology? Will we let its venom spread through our societies? Will we let it destroy the most holy sites on earth? If we do not confront this deadly terror, we know what the future will bring—more suffering and despair. But if we act—if we leave this magnificent room unified and determined to do what it takes to destroy the terror that threatens the world—then there is no limit to the great future our citizens will have.

    The birthplace of civilization is waiting to begin a new renaissance. Just imagine what tomorrow could bring.
    Glorious wonders of science, art, medicine and commerce to inspire humankind. Great cities built on the ruins of shattered towns. New jobs and industries that will lift up millions of people. Parents who no longer worry for their children, families who no longer mourn for their loved ones, and the faithful who finally worship without fear.

    These are the blessings of prosperity and peace. These are the desires that burn with a righteous flame in every human heart. And these are the just demands of our beloved peoples.

    I ask you to join me, to join together, to work together, and to FIGHT together— BECAUSE UNITED, WE WILL NOT FAIL.

    Thank you. God Bless You. God Bless Your Countries. And God Bless the United States of America.

  33. jonesy

    Drive your enemy…and his legacy…before you. With the lamentation of the sycophant media…sounds like victory to me.

  34. srr

    struth
    #2386378, posted on May 22, 2017 at 7:00 am

    These days the likes of Iampeter and Monty keep showing how good Trump is.
    They are so completely devastated and lost it is actually beyond belief.
    Their comments are just the dribble of the insane.
    They have absolutely nothing.
    This was a great post for a number of reasons even though the average Trumpster has probably already worked it all out anyway, it’s nice to read commonly held views.

    Yep, I must admit I only skimmed it at first, as I saw it as walking the slow through what normal people have instinctively recognised in Trump.

    Maybe ‘normal’ is the wrong word in this age when everything wrong has been normalised, and everything good, right, wise and courageous has been demonised, but the Trumpsters get what I mean, the Anti-Trumpers will twist whatever I say into some sort of Dot-esque David Icke inspired insult to basic intelligence, and everyone else genuinely wanting to understand the historic importance of Trump, can be grateful for detailed articles this and those always found at The Last Refuge/The Conservative Treehouse.

  35. OldOzzie

    Good Analysis of Trump’s Speech to the Muslim World From Saudi Arabia

    by John Hinderaker of Powerline Blog

    MORE ON TRUMP IN RIYADH

    I agree with everything Paul wrote here about President Trump’s magnificent speech in Riyadh. Having reviewed the transcript, I want to offer a few more observations.

    * Trump’s tone was a refreshing change of pace from the Obama administration. Trump issued no apologies, and he didn’t bow to Islam rhetorically any more than he did in person to Saudi Arabia’s king.

    * Trump referred obliquely to the tension in American foreign policy between what are conventionally called Realist and Idealist schools. He said his foreign policy will be one of “Principled Realism, rooted in common values and shared interests.” That is probably as good a formula as any, but it doesn’t mean much. Formulas are easy, decisions can be hard.

    * Most notable was the uncompromising priority that Trump gave to terrorism as “the great question of our time.” Here is some of what he had to say about Islamic terrorism:

    We now face a humanitarian and security disaster in this region that is spreading across the planet. It is a tragedy of epic proportions. No description of the suffering and depravity can begin to capture its full measure.
    ***
    Terrorists do not worship God, they worship death.
    ***
    This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations.

    This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it.

    This is a battle between Good and Evil.
    ***
    Religious leaders must make this absolutely clear: Barbarism will deliver you no glory — piety to evil will bring you no dignity. If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and YOUR SOUL WILL BE CONDEMNED.

    There was more in this vein. Trump, to my knowledge, has not been known for religiosity, yet this speech was suffused with it. I assume it is sincere: being President, like being in a foxhole, seems to make men more religious. Maybe especially so if you are a president who feels like he is in a foxhole.

    * It was nice to see that Trump was unequivocal in including Hezbollah and Hamas in his denunciation of terrorist groups. Did Obama do this? I am not sure:

    The true toll of ISIS, al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, and so many others, must be counted not only in the number of dead. It must also be counted in generations of vanished dreams.

    * Trump aggressively called on Islamic countries to do their critical part to deal with the scourge of Islamic terrorism. This is of a piece with his call for other NATO countries to pull their weight, but in a more problematic context:

    [W]e can only overcome this evil if the forces of good are united and strong — and if everyone in this room does their fair share and fulfills their part of the burden.

    Terrorism has spread across the world. But the path to peace begins right here, on this ancient soil, in this sacred land.

    America is prepared to stand with you — in pursuit of shared interests and common security.

    But the nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them. The nations of the Middle East will have to decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their countries, and for their children.

    It is a choice between two futures — and it is a choice America CANNOT make for you. A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and extremists. Drive. Them. Out.

    DRIVE THEM OUT of your places of worship.
    DRIVE THEM OUT of your communities.
    DRIVE THEM OUT of your holy land, and
    DRIVE THEM OUT OF THIS EARTH.

    Not a lot of ambiguity there–again, a refreshing change from the Obama administration’s “nuanced” view of terror-spawning organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood.

    * Trump directed heavy fire against the mullahs of Iran, with whom Barack Obama quixotically sought an alliance:

    [N]o discussion of stamping out this threat would be complete without mentioning the government that gives terrorists all three—safe harbor, financial backing, and the social standing needed for recruitment. It is a regime that is responsible for so much instability in the region. I am speaking of course of Iran.

    From Lebanon to Iraq to Yemen, Iran funds, arms, and trains terrorists, militias, and other extremist groups that spread destruction and chaos across the region. For decades, Iran has fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror.

    It is a government that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing the destruction of Israel, death to America, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room.

    Among Iran’s most tragic and destabilizing interventions have been in Syria. Bolstered by Iran, Assad has committed unspeakable crimes, and the United States has taken firm action in response to the use of banned chemical weapons by the Assad Regime — launching 59 tomahawk missiles at the Syrian air base from where that murderous attack originated.

    * President Trump took advantage of the opportunity to circumvent the CNN/New York Times filter by touting his brand-new administration’s achievements:

    For Americans, this is an exciting time. A new spirit of optimism is sweeping our country: in just a few months, we have created almost a million new jobs, added over 3 trillion dollars of new value, lifted the burdens on American industry, and made record investments in our military….

    What? I thought the only news of the last four months was the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate…something…no one can quite remember what.

    * Finally, I suspect that Trump’s address to 50 or so leaders of Islamic states came as a great relief to them. Finally, a leader who makes sense! Finally, someone who speaks the lingua franca of international power!

    What must they have made of a president who seemed determined to sell out his own people, who sucked up to his nation’s worst enemy, who apologized repeatedly for his own country’s non-existent sins, who assured another enemy that he would have more freedom to give the store away once he had been re-elected, who starved his own country’s military, who intervened in other countries’ elections, who systematically tried to undercut several of his country’s main allies, who arranged for the payment of $100 billion to his country’s worst enemy in exchange for empty promises, who catered to, and worked to increase the influence of, the extremist organization that has spawned most of the world’s Islamic terror groups?

    My guess is that they thought he was crazy. For leaders of other countries, the Trump administration represents a return to sanity.

  36. President Trump’s speech has the potential to become as crucial to world peace as
    Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate!
    Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

  37. cohenite

    Trump has beaten the MSM once and make no mistake the main motivation of the MSM in pursuing Trump is petty revenge not ideology or any meaningful philosophy.

    He is doing everything possible to keep beating the bastards but the test will be the mid-terms. I hope he wins those and I hope he has a plan for them.

    As for the firing of Comey, who is a rat but admittedly a cornered rat between the shrew and the Trump avalanche, I think Trump handled the dismissal well. How Muller is handled and what he comes up with will be crucial.

    As I said before without the MSM creatures like the grotesques, maxine waters and nancy Pelosi, and traitors in the GOP ranks, would be unnoticed.

  38. JohnL

    BorisG
    #2386136, posted on May 21, 2017 at 5:13 pm
    Why on Earth he should do such a thing,

    Because he is a clown.

    Maybe he’s a clown, albeit a very clever one. But BorisG is an idiot – not maybe!

  39. John A

    The difference between Mr Trump’s actions as recorded here and the supposed restoration of sanity by conservatives in Australia is that he and his team have a clear idea of the extent of the problem, and the depths within the structure of their country’s governance to which they must apply the surgery.

    By contrast, very few in the “conservative camp” here have much idea of how extensive the cancer is within our bureaucracy, unions, media, teaching establishment, the professions, and the other so-called intellectual elites who inform us and shape our political debates. We often talk about the “march through the institutions” but have we any idea how many of our local court magistrates have absorbed the mantra that says “the war on drugs/crime generally is futile”?

    We may have to lose two generations before we can overturn the “gimme, gimme” thinking and the demand for bread and circuses. We will most likely have to scrap the entire education system, rewrite the curriculum from K-University, and re-train all the teachers to teach children HOW to think instead of WHAT to think.

    Maybe Cory has more of an idea (he isn’t telling us much about what he actually plans to do, so maybe he has learned from the Trump campaign) but PHON is stuck on the Musslim immigration problem, and the rest of the cross benchers are twiddling their thumbs and getting their knickers in a knot over spending cuts hurting the electorate.

    I suppose this is the long version of various Cat comments along the lines of “Australia is screwed” but I remain relatively optimistic that HMAS Australia is more akin to Noah’s Ark (built by amateurs) than to the Titanic (built by “professionals”).

  40. OldOzzie

    cohenite
    #2386512, posted on May 22, 2017 at 10:27 am

    As for the firing of Comey, who is a rat but admittedly a cornered rat between the shrew and the Trump avalanche, I think Trump handled the dismissal well. How Muller is handled and what he comes up with will be crucial.

    Comey, Mueller bungled big anthrax case together

    Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, revealing a lack of self-awareness worthy of Trump himself, gleefully predicted disaster for the president.

    “Mueller is a Trump nightmare: a pro, who ran the FBI for 12 years and is broadly respected in both parties in Washington for his competence and integrity,” Kristof wrote. “If Trump thought he was removing a thorn by firing Comey, he now faces a grove of thistles.”

    Kristof never mentioned why he had as much reason to recuse himself from this subject as Attorney General Jeff Sessions did. I’ll explain later. First, I’ll say that when I heard Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had appointed Bob Mueller as a special prosecutor, I didn’t experience the same rhapsody as my capital compatriots. Why? Three reasons.

    First, Jim Comey and Bob Mueller have a long history as professional allies. For Mueller to be brought in to investigate the behavior of the guy who sacked Comey seems a conflict of interest. Perhaps this is the wrong way to look at it, and Mueller’s professionalism will supersede any personal loyalty. OK, but here’s a second reason: These two guys, working in tandem, have a track record of bureaucratic infighting — with another Republican White House as their shared adversary — that belies their reputations for being above political intrigue.

    The third and most important factor tempering my enthusiasm for the new special prosecutor is that Comey and Mueller badly bungled the biggest case they ever handled. They botched the investigation of the 2001 anthrax letter attacks that took five lives and infected 17 other people, shut down the U.S. Capitol and Washington’s mail system, solidified the Bush administration’s antipathy for Iraq, and eventually, when the facts finally came out, made the FBI look feckless, incompetent, and easily manipulated by outside political pressure.

    Comey, in turn, was asked by a skeptical Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz if Hatfill was another Richard Jewell — the security guard wrongly accused of the Atlanta Olympics bombing. Comey replied that he was “absolutely certain” they weren’t making a mistake.

    Such certitude seems to be Comey’s default position in his professional life. Mueller didn’t exactly distinguish himself with contrition, either. In 2008, after Ivins committed suicide as he was about to be apprehended for his crimes, and the Justice Department had formally exonerated Hatfill — and paid him $5.82 million in a legal settlement — Mueller could not be bothered to walk across the street to attend the press conference announcing the case’s resolution. When reporters did ask him about it, Mueller was graceless. “I do not apologize for any aspect of the investigation,” he said, adding that it would be erroneous “to say there were mistakes.”

    While running for president, Donald Trump promised to “drain the swamp.” He won enough votes, in the right states, to make him president. So here’s the question: How does official Washington, which clearly does not want to be drained, think the 63 million people who voted for Trump will feel about an investigation run by D.C. insiders with a history of grandstanding — an investigation that some Democrats and commentators are saying aloud they hope will end in impeachment? And what will those Trump voters think of uncritical media coverage of this effort by a self-righteous press corps that has suddenly rediscovered its investigative-reporting impulses, and which behaves as if little of this relevant context is even worth mentioning? .

    Carl M. Cannon is executive editor and Washington Bureau chief of RealClearPolitics.

  41. mh

    Obama’s darker legacy

    Sounds a bit racist.

  42. Empire

    Trump has beaten the MSM once and make no mistake the main motivation of the MSM in pursuing Trump is petty revenge not ideology or any meaningful philosophy.

    I don’t think so. Trumps tax policy is a disaster for the status quo. The US MSM is now owned by a small cartel of influential interests with strong lobbying power. They will do whatever they can to make sure the policy never becomes law.

    THE MSM financial press last week were talking up a correlated historic event (Watergate and Dow decline). The emerging meme is the Dow will crash because Trump is a clown.

    Perhaps heispetro has bet big on shorts and needs a Dow slide to clean up.

  43. Tom

    Well done Pointman, better than much of what’s on here usually. Trump Derangement Syndrome is an epidemic that will implode in 2018 elections. Those who voted for Trump are right behind him, the al
    ternatives don’t bear thinking about.

  44. Felix Kruell

    The other story is about Trump divulging military secrets to the Russian foreign secretary….Despite all the five people present at the meeting declaring this to be fake news, the story rages on.

    Except that Trump has since admitted it (noting that he’s allowed to de-classify information at will)

    Whoops

  45. Empire

    Here’s the Yahoo Finance article from last week.

    The implication is that the stock market and growth tanked because of the political turmoil of Watergate. Yet no mention at all of the abandonment of the gold standard. On the same page is a popup hit piece equating Watergate with daWussians.

    h/t Marty Armstrong

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