Post by Rich Ulrich
On Tue, 7 Jan 2020 07:04:00 -0800 (PST), "Peter T. Daniels"
Post by Peter T. Daniels Post by Peter Moylan
BTW, the pentagon has just said that they will not carry out revenge
attacks on cultural targets. It will be interesting to see what
happens if Trump, as CiCh orders them to do it nevertheless. A mutiny
of generals? Massive resignations?
I am puzzled by the announcement that US troops will be withdrawn from
Iraq, following by an announcement that the previous announcement was
wrong. That, to me, sounds very much like a disagreement between Trump
and his advisers.
It wasn't an "announcement," but a draft of a letter from the commander
of US forces in Iraq that was being circulated for comment.
Or was it a draft? Oddly (for a draft), it was on letterhead,
had the current date, and had no marking to show that it
was a draft (those were mentioned on MSNBC).
but, they keep saying, it was "unsigned"
Post by Rich Ulrich
My first thought was about how this White House, unlike
previous ones, is known for announcements with typographical
errors, misspellings, and other evidence of sloppy review.
And, "Trump taints everything he touches."
Someone talking to Brian Lehrer this morning (I missed both the beginning
and end of the segment, so I don't know who he was, but he seemed somewhat
favorable to the Administration) said it was "much more than a draft" --
it had been translated into Arabic for transmission to the Iraqis, for
instance. What it shows mostly is the utter chaos within the Administration.
Even Pompeo said our troops wouldn't attack "scultural ites" -- whereupon
Trump doubled down on the threat.
Is it too late for Pompeo to extricate himself from the mess and run for
Senate, or would his seat be all but guaranteed to return to the D
incumbent for six more years?
Post by Rich Ulrich Post by Peter T. Daniels Post by Peter Moylan
Could a US military revolt cause a collapse of the administration? I'm
awaiting further developments.
There are two sources for tweets under Trump's name: the immediately
identifiable ones from him, and the ones that are grammatical and
innocuous. The latter are done by an aide whose job is to get ordinary
information out as needed.