Tag Archives: Trump regime

Trump won't tell Americans how many troops he is risking

Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

"In his speech unveiling his plan for Afghanistan, Trump declared, 'We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities. Conditions on the ground, not arbitrary timetables, will guide our strategy from now on.' As John M. Donnelly observed, 'In framing the issue this way, Trump conflated three things that are distinctly different: disclosing military plans; announcing deadlines for withdrawal; and informing Americans how many of their family members will be sent into harm’s way.' The public deserves to know how many Americans will be sent into harm’s way. Troop deployments should always be part of ongoing debate in a representative democracy." (08/29/17)


Trump seeks "cooked" intelligence to renege on the nuclear deal

Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

"The Trump White House is reportedly pushing intelligence analysts to find Iranian violations of the JCPOA when they don’t exist: 'US intelligence officials are under pressure from the White House to produce a justification to declare Iran in violation of a 2015 nuclear agreement, in an echo of the politicisation of intelligence that led up to the Iraq invasion, according to former officials and analysts.' It is telling that the White House has to resort to manipulating the intelligence on Iran and the nuclear deal, as it shows that the only way to discover Iranian violations of the deal is to distort intelligence analysis and make them up." (08/28/17)


The Donald's pathetic Afghan flip-flop

David Stockman

Source: Antiwar.com
by David Stockman

"In essence, the Washington military machine has been pounding Afghanistan back to the stone age for 17 years for no logical or rational reason except revenge and the fact that unless it is outright defeated, as in Vietnam, the American military machine rarely leaves that lands its occupies (e.g. Japan, South Korea, Germany etc.) Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s 35 million citizen have been reduced to a life of misery, destitution, violence and constant warfare. … The sheer insanity of the occupation policy that the Donald has now embraced is perhaps best illustrated by this juxtaposition. During 2017 DOD will spend nearly $45 billion on a war to kill and destroy alleged enemies in a country that has only $19.5 billion of GDP. Even then, the Taliban controls upwards of 40% of the country, including much of the Pashtun/Sunni heartland." (08/24/17)


Report: White House sets guidelines for Trump's military transgender ban

Source: CBS News

"The Trump administration is set to send expanded guidance to the Pentagon in the coming days on how to implement its new ban on transgender people serving in the military, according to the Wall Street Journal. The new directives would allow for Defense Secretary James Mattis to consider a service member's ability to deploy in deciding whether to remove them from the military or not. The Journal, citing U.S. officials familiar with a White House memo, says the document also directs the Pentagon to deny admittance to transgender individuals and to stop spending on medical treatment regimens for those currently serving." (08/24/17)


Donald Trump's new Afghanistan plan promises more killing — and little else

Source: The Intercept
by Alex Emmons

"President Donald Trump was set to announce an escalation of 4,000 troops in Afghanistan during a primetime address Monday night where he planned to clarify his policy on the 16-year war he inherited from the two previous presidents. Trump, however, did neither. His audience was left with nothing but excuses and contradictions. Trump refused to say how many troops he was sending, or set any goals or timetables for their withdrawal. 'We are not nation-building again,' he stressed, boasting that 'we are going to participate in economic development to help defray the cost of this war to us.' Amid all the contradictions, though, Trump did make one aspect of his policy absolutely clear: The U.S. would kill more people in Afghanistan." (08/22/17)


Brooklyn pastor resigns from Trump's evangelical advisory board

Source: Religion News Service

"The Rev. A.R. Bernard has resigned from the White House's evangelical advisory council, the first departure from that board in the wake of President Trump's widely-condemned comments on a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. Bernard owed his departure to a 'deepening conflict of values' with the administration. The lead pastor at the Christian Cultural Center, the largest evangelical church in New York City, Bernard tweeted out his letter of resignation from the high-profile board on Friday (Aug. 18). Its members endured criticism this week for standing by Trump after he appeared to many on Tuesday to draw a moral equivalence between protestors and counter-protestors in Charlottesville." (08/19/17)


Trump regime to make August cost-sharing payments to health coverage providers

Source: Reuters

"The Trump administration will make cost-sharing payments to insurance companies under Obamacare for August, a White House spokesman said on Wednesday, but the announcement did little to quell long-term concerns about the insurance market. President Donald Trump, a Republican, has repeatedly threatened to stop the payments, which are made directly to insurance companies to help cover out-of-pocket medical expenses for low-income Americans enrolled in individual healthcare plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)." (08/17/17)


Trump disbands economic councils as CEOs flee

Source: The Hill

"President Donald Trump on Wednesday disbanded two of his economic councils after a wave of defections from high-profile CEOs. 'Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!' Trump wrote in a tweet. All in all, eleven business leaders and CEOs had quit Trump's councils, eight of them this week alone in response to his controversial comments on race and white supremacy." (08/16/17)


Fourth executive walks away from Trump after Charlottesville

Source: CNN Money

"The president of a manufacturing association has become the fourth executive to walk away from President Trump after he took two days to denounce white supremacy. Scott Paul, head of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, quit Trump's manufacturing council on Tuesday. He said on Twitter it was 'the right thing for me to do.' He joined the CEOs of Merck, Under Armour and Intel, who all left the council Monday. … At least seven companies or executives said that they would remain with the council, which was formed in January to advise Trump on manufacturing growth — a focus of the president's campaign." (08/15/17)


FBI agents raided former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort's home in July

Source: The Hill

"FBI agents late last month conducted a raid at the home of Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign manager. The agents had a search warrant to seize materials from Manafort's residence in Alexandria, Va., according to The Washington Post, citing people familiar with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into [alleged] Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The raid took place early on July 26. In a statement to ABC News, a spokesperson for Manafort confirmed the raid had taken place and said Manafort has been cooperating. … The raid happened the day after Manafort had a meeting with staff for the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is also investigating Russia." (08/09/17)