The death of four American special forces soldiers in Niger has raised many questions especially since our worthless excuse of a leader, Trump, has refused to talk about them. Rachel Maddow explored the issue last night on her show and hinted that it could be related to Exxon owing Chad millions, if not billions, in royalties.
An article published by Reuters a year ago entitled: "Exxon in negotiations with Chad over record $74 billion fine: Bloomberg" claims that Exxon owed at least $808 million in unpaid royalties. Maddow linked this unpaid sum to the Chadian army withdrawing their support from Niger and other partners' counterterrorism activities to this dispute. She also raised the question as to why Chad was placed on Trump's list of countries subjected to his Muslim ban which has been struck down by the courts.
Connecting the dots here is not difficult. First, the current Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, was the CEO of Exxon at the time of the Chadian court's decision. And knowing the history of Exxon, the largest corporation in the world and one of the greediest, they naturally did not want to pay for stealing Chad's oil. Second, Chad wants its money whether it is $808 million or $74 billion, it ain't chump change for a poor country run by a dictator. Hence, Chad's obvious reaction is to not expend blood and treasure to help the US in any form when the US is too cheap to pay its bills which is certainly the case under the bill-dodger Trump. Third, the area in which Chad possibly had troops provided a safe zone for US forces operating in the area of Niger where the men were ambushed by terrorists. The Chadian troops left, the intelligence was lacking and hence the four men died.
It is the same old story. Trump's pathetic administration protected a greedy corporation and violated agreements with its allies and these men paid the price. Placing Chad on the Muslim ban list was a petty tactic deployed by Trump, which is his nature, thinking it would embarrass Chad. A miscalculation which has resulted in these men dying. No wonder, Trump has kept his mouth shut. After all, he doesn't want to seen as a MORON!
The election of Donald Trump to the presidency is providing an excellent view of the underbelly of America's hate and hypocrisy. President Barack Obama inspired hope and decency in dealing with allies, in forging humanitarian goals, and speaking to injustices even while being subjected to hatred and obstruction by the faux patriots of the GOP. Obamacare (ACA) saved people's lives, he tempered down the war machine's killing of civilians in the Third World and fought for women's and minority rights. On the other hand, Trump personifies the exact opposite of what Obama stood for and has actively tried to wipe out his legacy.
Trump has exacerbated racial divisions by his blindness and acquiescence to the alt-right, Neo - Nazis, KKK sympathizers, and other white supremacists. He has done this not because he is a white supremacist, which he is, but because he knows the race card works in America. The GOP has used it since the criminal/traitor, Nixon, was in the White House and expanded it even more under the traitor, Ronald Reagan.
The race card, plus anti-women's rights, and anti-immigration policies, is just a tool by the GOP and its collaborators to maintain a kleptocracy. Rule by the one percent is their goal and one that has been in play for most of this country's history. Real equality and justice are the enemies of the GOP and Trump is but another tool to fight those values. Using Trump's racism and stupidity, the GOP is steadfast in benefiting the one percent at the expense of everyone else. Hypocrisy and lying are the weapons for Trump and the GOP to obfuscate their real objectives:
The world sees the hypocrisy and lies and asks "what is wrong with America"? What happened to the country that stood with us against injustice and tyranny? And they see Trump. They hear the lies, they see the greed and corruption, the Muslim ban and they realize that the "shining beacon on the hill" is nothing more than a sputtering candle.
Have people in America ever wondered what kind of country republicans want? When see headlines like this:
*House passes $4.2 trillion budget, sets up tax cuts for the rich and guts Medicare, Medicaid
*House Republicans taking children's health hostage, as usual
*Sessions takes aim at affirmative action as the DOJ investigates admissions policies at Harvard
One has to wonder. Republicans want to to give the wealthy more tax cuts and gut the social safety net. Do Republicans ever consider the consequences of their policies? How could they? People starving, children going hungry, seniors and children dying from a lack of healthcare. Do any of these things concern them? Obviously not!
What is important is tax cuts for the greedy who contribute nothing to society. Workers be damned! The middle class be damned! The poor go away! Make the suckers who are so stupid to vote for them feel good by playing to racism, hate, and bogus stereotypes which soothe their willful ignorance.
How about building a country with good roads, bridges, and other infrastructure suitable for future growth? Clean air and water for people to drink? How about expanding research and development that helps the populace and promotes a better life or everyone?
They promote discrimination and whine about affirmative action programs for minorities when if truth be told, white people in this country have been on affirmative action for four hundred years. Indentured white slaves gained their freedom and jobs, ex-slaves didn't even get their forty acres and a mule, instead they got Jim Crow.
So, what kind of country do they want? What kind of country do you want, citizen?
As I predicted last week, Trump went to the United Nations General Assembly and showed the world that he is a TURD. He threaten North Korea and Iran. He tweeted an image of himself hitting Hillary Clinton with a golf ball. He bragged about himself and his real estate empire, the stock market, how screwed up the Paris Agreement was. He topped off the week by insulting sports figures, calling Colin K' s a "sob". He also said fans should boycott sporting events when players kneel during the playing of the national anthem.
So in all respects, this piece of trash succeeded in totally embarrassing the USA in front of the whole world while playing to his racist base of losers and fools.
LeBron James summarized it best when he said that "the White House was fine until you(Trump) showed up".
All of this took place while the head of HHS and Treasury departments are spending taxpayer money ($300,000) on private jets for personal use; the racist GOP is trying to pass a healthcare bill that denies millions healthcare; and plans are in progress to lower taxes on the rich.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters has been right from day one, impeachment is more than necessary for this clown. Have a nice day, folks.
This week the entire world will see in living color the embarrassment of the United States of America when the clown leader of the free world Donald J. Trump speaks in front of the UN General Assembly. The world will see the descent of America into a "third world' country led by a liar, a racist, a homophobic, and a criminal who the ignorant people of America elected as its leader. They will here a man bragging about how he is a great businessman and the lies about how he is making America great. They will be asked by him to ignore the war crimes he is committing in the Middle East, the lies he tells about Iran, Cuba, and North Korea. They will also be expected to ignore his collusion with Russia, racist Muslim Ban, and anti-immigrant rantings.
Trump's visit will show the world that America which once was considered a beacon of hope for many is really a kleptocracy run by bigots and the greedy. He will demonstrate for all to see that ignorance, science, and facts are a things of the past in America. That equal opportunity and liberty for all are just words of convenience spoken to cover-up the underbelly of America's reality.
The world will compare him to past presidents who showed respect for the UN, for NATO, for helping the developing world and conclude that he nothing but a charlatan and conman. World leaders will compare him to President Barack Obama and realize that Trump cannot be respected as a member of their club. They will conclude that he lacks integrity and moral compass that is essential to building trust and faith in knowing they have a partner in moving forward to address the world's most urgent problem: climate change. They will wonder how the American people could be so ignorant, apathetic, and narrow-minded as to elect him as their leader.
America will be embarrassed this week by Trump who represents everything that is wrong in the civilized world and who more epitomizes a "third world dictator" driven by self-interest and greed. A sad week indeed for the United States of America!
ESPN's Jemele Hill was reprimanded by her employer for calling Pr*sident Trump a white supremacist and for being unfit for the office he holds. She was right, of course, since she based her opinion on Trump's history of racist behavior even before Charlottesville, Va. Trump's long history of housing discrimination in New York, his creation of "birtherism" against our last qualified president, his hiring of anti-Semites, like Steve Bannon, Jeffrey B. Sessions, and many others, provides us with undeniable proof that Trump is a racist.
Unfortunately, calling a racist out in America is perceived by the racists as being racist. For there are two things that racist hate more than anything else: one, being called a racist and two, being caught engaging in racism, like attending the Charlottesville Nazi rally carrying a Nazi sign, etc. Racism has always been the parasite lurking underneath the veneer of America's so called civil society. The fact that racism and its brother discrimination has been sanctioned, endorsed, and spread by all manners of government entities remains an open secret and ignored by the mainstream media, not unsurprisingly. (Read "The Color of Law" by Richard Rothstein)
Ms. Hill simply stated what is obvious to most thinking, honest people in America. Not only did she make her statements based on observable facts but she also had plenty of anecdotal evidence about Trump. The only ones who condemn her statement are racism's facilitators such as the mainstream, the GOP, and those suffering from guilt and willful ignorance. ESPN for its part rehired a racist singer for its Monday Football show. A little hypocrisy goes a long ways. Then there are the people who deny the GOP's racism even when their own candidates are outed as attending Klan/White Citizen's Council meetings, such as Steve Scalise. Or they ignore their great idol, Ronald Reagan, kicking off his presidential campaign in Philadelphia, Ms where three civil rights activists were killed by Klansmen. How about Nixon's southern strategy?
The legacy of racism in America goes back to when the first greedy, hypocrite Pilgrim came to these shores and began stealing the Indigenous People's land, raping their women, and enslaving or murdering them. By declaring the Indigenous People as savages and anti-Christian, they justified their crimes which only multiplied with the arrival of the first African slaves.
This history cannot be ignored or repressed. Everyday the true history is revealed for all to see and no amount of condemning Ms. Hill will hide it. Deal with it, Motherfuckers!!!
The thief, racist-in-charge has developed a new reason for sending additional troops to Afghanistan: $1 trillion in minerals. This follows the historical American playbook of raping and pillaging Third World countries for their minerals, resources, land, water, or anything they feel is valuable based on "national security" reasons. Laurel Miller, former State Department special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, appeared on Rachel Maddow's show Thursday and explained how this strategy plays right into the hands of the Taliban who have claimed that the US was only interested in pillaging Afghanistan and that the Agfhan government was nothing more than a puppet regime beholden to the US.
On August 21, Reuters wrote:
As Afghan officials sought to raise interest in Afghanistan with the incoming U.S. administration earlier this year, they pushed the idea of the mineral reserves.
“President Trump is keenly interested in Afghanistan’s economic potential,” Hamdullah Mohib, Afghanistan’s ambassador to Washington, told Reuters in June. “Our estimated $1 trillion in copper, iron ore, rare earth elements, aluminum, gold, silver, zinc, mercury and lithium. That’s new.”
U.S. officials have told Reuters that Trump argued at a White House meeting with advisors in July that the United States should demand a share of Afghanistan’s mineral wealth in exchange for its assistance to the Afghan government.
Given the corruption of the current Afghan regime, it is hardly surprising that they would support such a move.
Trump's move follows the Bush Administration's hidden strategy to steal Iraqi oil with the overthrow of Saddam Hussein a decade ago. It also is consistent with previous US history outlined by Michael Parenti in "Historical Snapshot of Capitalism and Imperialism".
So after over one hundred years of robbing the world, this clown in the White House is maintaining the same policies of the past and creating more enemies for America because of greed and the disrespect of another country's sovereignty. This is Making America Great Again. Bullshit!!!
Donald Trump stood at a podium yesterday and claimed that white supremacists were "good people" and that both the Nazis and the anti-Nazis were both guilty of violence in Charlottesville, Va. For the past twenty-four hours media pundits have been trying to determine whether Trump is a racist. I will answer that for you. FUCK Ya!!
Donald Trump is a racist and his history proves it. More than forty years ago he was fined millions for racial discrimination in renting his properties in New York (click). In 1989, Trump sponsored ads claiming that the Central Park Five (all minorities) were guilty. Even after the five were exonerated by DNA evidence, Trump still proclaimed they were guilty (click). Trump claims that Latinos are rapist, he reviles Muslims, berates women, and criticizes the disabled. He spent seven years making racist assertions about President Obama's birthplace and claiming that he was not legitimate.
He was elected by voters supposedly disgusted and angry about their economic status, jobs, and Washington's dysfunction. Post - election analyses have shown that many of Trump's voters were supporting him because of his racial dog whistles. And these same voters supported the Republican Party for the same reasons. The support of Trump and the GOP is a benefit of the southern strategy initiated by Nixon and moved forward by Ronald Reagan.
Even today, you see GOP House members campaigning with the Confederate flag(click), opposing civil rights, voting rights, and maintaining their silence when confronted with racist outburst by their constituents. Steve Scalise of Lousiana was documented speaking at white supremacist rallies(click).
So, there is no confusion about Trump and the GOP for that matter. They are racists and have used racism for decades to win elections playing on the ignorance of their voters while robbing them of their economic security. This is the reality. Just be patient more will be exposed.
The pathetic man who is president of the United States showed the world today what he truly is: a racist, low intelligent, corrupt man consumed with greed. When he had the opportunity to be a leader of America, he failed again because he is ultimately nothing but a failure and a loser. Thru multiple failed marriages, multiple bankruptcies, and thousands of lies he showed the world community that he deserves no respect from anyone. He is an empty shell of a man thrust into office by racists and America's fools on the pretense of being a leader.
From four decades ago when he inherited his KKK affiliated father's money he has forged a business "empire" built on racist practices, non-payment of debts, possibly money laundering, Mafia connections, both US and Russian, and outright theft. Now in office, he continues to make money off of hotels leases and golf clubs at the expense of the American people(see Trump) without any checks and balances from his party of thieves, the GOP.
Trump's administration employs racists in the White House, the Department of Justice, Homeland Security, etc who have direct links to white nationalist groups and condone white supremacy. He is congratulated by KKK leaders, and evangelical Christians who hail his racist code words and applaud his efforts to undermine civil rights. As Father Michael Pfleger said: Racism is in the DNA of America. It is certainly in the DNA of Donald Trump.
Senator Elizabeth Warren appeared on Rachel Maddow's show this evening saying she was hoping that some republicans would vote against the McConnell tax plan(otherwise called a healthcare bill). Unfortunately, she is hoping against a storm of disdain for the people, and a group of fifty-one people who owe their allegiances to the oligarchs.
The GOP is the party that obstructed any progress in America for eight years of Obama's presidency. They are the party that advocates for war with Iran, hates Cuba, supports Israel's genocide of the Palestinians, obstructs the Russian investigation, denies food stamps and school lunches for poor children, is actively trying to destroy public education, and abides and facilitates institutional racism. How can they possibly have any values that a responsible human being would have?
How does a party that rigs the democratic processes to suppress the vote of citizens, claims climate change is a hoax, and constantly lies about Obamacare, taxes, the economy, and the state of the nation have any values? Where are their policies to move the country forward? They don't have any because they don't know how to govern, they know how to steal!
The republican party's policy is to maintain the status quo which benefits their donors at the expense of their stupid supporters. Sixty million voters supported the GOP and the criminal Donald Trump based on lies, racism, homophobia, and false promises of helping them economically. Suckers!!!
After six months of this corrupt administration and undemocratic Congress, the payback is coming. This regime is doing more to destroy America than the Russians or terrorists could ever accomplish because the GOP has no values that concern American citizens.
Comments to think about.