Republican talking points have focused on denying that there was an explicit quid pro quo in Trump’s phone call, even though the White House readout has him saying, “The United States has been very, very good for Ukraine. I wouldn’t say that it’s reciprocal necessarily” and asking for a “favor.” But Taylor’s texts indicate that, as the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, he interpreted Trump’s message as an invitation to trade a politically motivated investigation for U.S. assistance and a White House visit.
via Trump-Ukraine Call Was Anything but “Routine,” Texts Show
Pro Israel? Rupert Murdoch is a Director of Genie Oil illegally exploring in Syria’s occupiedGolan Heights for an oil discovery believed to be bigger than the Saudi’s. Why isn’t this promoted on his global front pages? Support, however of Israel is but not it’s criminal support of terrorist groups in that war. Why is Australia ready to jail and silence anybody talking about their criminal bugging of the East Timor governments offices simply to screw them out of oil. Commercial espionage by our government and no politicians brought to account, how did they not believe they were working on sound princples of International Crime? Even now they are doing what they can to shut any inquiry down. (ODT)
We all know what these wars have been about. Even those who don’t know the specifics can all see oil dripping from between the lines. Oil seeping from the writing on the wall. You pretty much taste petroleum in every mouthful of bullshit we are served. But soon, unfortunately, we will be feeling the crunch ourselves, rather than offshoring the destructiveness associated with our lucky country to the war-torn Middle East. We may want to blame others. We may want to jump on the US bandwagon and point the finger at Iran. But make no mistake, we are not the victims, we are minor villains in this story. Sycophants sucking up to the big boss in the hopes of maintaining our supply of crumbs. Crumbs we are willing to trade millions of lives and the fate of our world for.
via Petroleum Crumbs – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Order from the DON (ODT)
When aides have suggested that some orders are illegal or unworkable, Trump has suggested he would pardon the officials if they would just go ahead, aides said. He has waved off worries about contracting procedures and the use of eminent domain, saying “take the land,” according to officials who attended the meetings.
White House officials were now expecting a long, drawn-out battle with Chinese leaders.
Trump’s White House
Trump increasingly relies on himself, not his aides, in trade war with China
“Don’t worry, I’ll pardon you,” he has told officials in meetings about the wall.
‘Take the land’: Trump wants a black border wall, with spikes, by election day