Sunday Talks: Senator Marcus Junius Brutus Discusses Opposition Intransigence for Border Security….

Appearing on Face the Nation, Republican Senator Lindsey ‘Marcus Junius Brutus‘ Graham (U-DC) discusses his bold support for President Trump and the need for a physical border barrier.

Senator Brutus, a beneficiary of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee [think lobbyingexample here], connects his support for President Trump’s border position with his concerns about a withdrawal of a U.S. military presence in Syria. Quote: …”the president is slowing down and he is reevaluating his policies”

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“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.” ~ Cicero

Senator Durbin:

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301 Responses to Sunday Talks: Senator Marcus Junius Brutus Discusses Opposition Intransigence for Border Security….

  1. Sentient says:

    Perhaps the willingness of Graham and a few others to hang tough on the shutdown is contingent upon leaving Americans in Syria a while longer. That’d be a shame, but it shouldn’t be too much longer for the troops. Unless there are 20 GOP turncoats in the Senate and a bunch in the House (which is still unlikely), Pelosi-Schumer shouldn’t be able to round up 2/3 majorities in both houses to overturn a veto of a Wall-less funding bill.

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    • Let’s hope you’re right about the 20 GOP turncoats being “unlikely”

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    • sundance says:

      …..”Graham and a few others to hang tough on the shutdown is contingent upon leaving Americans in Syria a while longer”….

      Think about what you just wrote there.

      Think about it carefully.

      I’m not saying I disagree; actually I agree; but think carefully about what that truism exhibits.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        The thought gives me the creeps. {shiver}

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      • czarowniczy says:

        And, considering the considerable dangers, we have to ask ‘why’ anyone in Congress would want to keep American military in Syria. Not just the smokescreen obvious but the ones deeply swept under the rug.
        Russia’s dug in about as deeply as she could be, Turkey’s straining at the leash to get at those Kurds, Iran and Russia are testing just how close they can get to the Golan Heights without hitting an Israeli tripwire…lotta things there that could easily blow up in a hurry.
        We have pretty well accomplished what we overtly set out to do…why would members of Congress want to sit on a powder keg and wait for a spark?

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        • litlbit2 says:

          Well I am sorry, do not trust these liars one damn bit. I consider that military persons staying one minute more fighting words. Americans have given enough already. What be your answer if that one man or woman comes home days later in a box.

          Sorry again but to He$$ with this trading lives for your little desires. Has not worked in the past sure will not work this time either. IMO, you are being McConnelled/Ryan/CoC one more time.

          Bring’em home let them enjoy their loved ones. If it does not work they will return like fire from he$$. Come home boys and girls.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Syria has, is and will be under Russian control. As I said when the whole Syria mess started years ago, Russia will do whatever it has to in order to keep Assad in power…unless they can find another puppet to replace him.
            Russia is a very important strategic outpost for Russia and they won’t leave without a fight…a BIG fight, a fight that could easily escalate out of hand. Why do they want to poke the bear?

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            • jeans2nd says:

              Why indeed? Why would anyone want to poke the nuclear Bear?
              Perhaps the ongoing discussion topics at the D.C. think tanks, especially the Atlantic Council and The Institute for the Study of War, would render a clue.

              Poor helicoptered children never matured past the playing soldier phase. Although this time they get to play with real live soldiers! (Gen Jack Keane notwithstanding)
              These people are sick sick people.

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              • czarowniczy says:

                They used to say old men started wars and young men fought them. I lean towards the bureaucrats and monied start those wars. I can remember, when I worked for the Helmsleys, some of their ‘guests’ mentioning how much money they’d made off of Vietnam.

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                • churchmouse says:

                  ‘ … when I worked for the Helmsleys …’

                  You must have some stories to tell, especially about Leona (‘taxes are for little people’, then gets thrown in the slammer).

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  Actually I liked her and Harry a lot. She and he were real estate tycoons just like Trump but their sin was they were Jewish. The NYC in0-crowd didn’t warm to that and when they bought the Empire State Building it left the elite in a fluff.
                  Their mortal sin was buying the Palm Beach Towers right across the street from the Breakers AND filling it with rich Jews. Jews were all but outright banned from Palm Beach and loading a large hotel full was unforgivable by the elite and really sealed their fate with the hoi polloi.
                  They had a huge robbery at the Towers, an attempted murder of Leona and some other issues ‘investigated’ by the police but never solved. The elite’s hatred and revenge ended with her going to prison.
                  Leona and Harry were business people and expected an hour’s honest work for an hour’s pay. I never saw her as nasty or petty, 10 years after I left the Towers my wife and I stayed at her Orlando hotel for a conference I had. I was talking with the manager about working for her in Palm Beach, he called New York and she had the hotel’s limo placed at my wife’s use for the week and gave her all the free passes to Busch and Disney she wanted. That’s not the cold, vicious bitch the press made her out to be.

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                • churchmouse says:

                  Wow, thank you for presenting the other side of the story. I greatly appreciate the inside story — and the personal anecdote.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  False/fake news ain’t new – just look at Mark Twain.

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              • Carol Austin says:

                Especially since the “Bear” received 20% of our precious Uranium from the Clinton huskers and they pocketed $400 million into their Canadian shell corporation and 500 thousand to Bubba for a 20 minute speech….
                They are going to bomb us with our own Uranium… LOCK THEM UP!

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            • litlbit2 says:

              Exactly. Plus Russia is broke and POTUS struck oil, lots of oil in the USA. If the swamp has a problem, buy a plane ticket or stick a sock in it.

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            • Doug Amos says:

              Never forget that Obama and Clinton wanted Assad out. Russia is getting killed by the collapse of oil. It is no longer the Arab spring but it may be the communist fall.

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              • czarowniczy says:

                Presidents well before Clinton wanted the Assad family out but Syria was and still is far too important to Russia.
                Russian presence in Syria is so important strategically that they let Cuba swing in the breeze when the USSR fell but turned in bottles and cans to get the cash to hang on to Latakia and Tartus.
                Russia can withstand the oil drop, that’s temporary, and Mideast interests with fingers in the Russian plan will help out – don’t forget the natural gas Russia supplies to Europe. Putin will just blame the US for the Russians’ problems, they’ll hitch up their belts and do what they’ve done as a people for centuries – suffer through.

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        • Because THAT is what they want, at least most of them any way.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            I’m interested in the reason they want to risk a possible WWIII, or a MAJOR regional conflict between Russia and the US that will spill over.

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            • Think of the money one would make if they were financially positioned properly before the spark ignited. When one lacks a moral conscious and any children that they might have, would be, for the most part, protected from being part of such involvement….well, then…I think you can see the “reasoning” behind it.

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              • czarowniczy says:

                I know it sounds like old hippie/Leftist rhetoric but I’m seeing competing petroleum interests in the area. When you look at the maps of petro transport pipelines in the area and planned lines and ports in Syria you get a different picture.
                Russia and Iran have joined claws to exploit the huge deposits found and having the terminals in Russian-controlled Syria where Russian military basing can protect them…
                There are US and European interests that missed the boat on these new fields and want in but Russia and Iran have other ideas.
                That North Dome/South Pars gas condensate field under the Gulf holds an estimated 1,800 TRILLION cubic feet of gas – wars have been started over much less.

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                • You’re seeing the forest through the trees! Good job!

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  More important is to see thru the foresters.

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                • jeans2nd says:

                  Plus the arms manufacturers.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  Expect a move by the US arms folks soon, Russia and China have made some really ‘interesting’ weapons that are being deployed. We’re going to have to play catch-up or risk being #2…or 3…and since we moved the money hose more towards social services under Obama we’re going to have to pay and it will be more than it was had we have done it sooner.

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                • AbeLincoln says:

                  Exactly. All the major pipelines, rat lines, etc run right through Syria. Cyprus is another chokepoint. Problem is ‘American’ oil interests are just the board of Genie Energy and neocons not the ‘American’ people.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  Russia built an alternate gas route into Europe to keep the old Bloc countries from forcing Russia to pay higher transit fees. They built a huge terminal operation right on the Greek/Turkish border not only creating a rare cooperation between them but getting a toehold into two very important NATO partners. As it was beneficial to Europe NATO partners just sat back and let it happen…as did we.

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                • ezpz2 says:

                  Most wars are about pillaging and profiteering.
                  Sickening.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  I’m a biological determinist so I agree with you completely, it’s in our genes to one degree or another.

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                • ezpz2 says:

                  I must take exception. The very thought of war is abhorrent to me. And frightening.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  I had three of them so to me it was business. My main job was to make sure my people didn’t suffer for the bad choices of others. And then there was my time on the streets as a cop.

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                • ezpz2 says:

                  Not to be trite, but thank you for your service/s – sincerely and with all my heart. May you always be blessed.🙏🏼

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  Thanks, but you’re still paying me – I retired. Deal was that I showed up regularly and did what I was told and your tax dollars paid me. It was fun.

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                • ezpz2 says:

                  Very happy and HONORED to be ‘paying you’.
                  The politicians? Not so much.

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              • Logger says:

                Perhaps we should adopt mandatory service, including the children of leaders. They need skin in the game if they are going to deploy troops.

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            • swissik says:

              MONEY! Always follow the money trail.

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            • SJM says:

              Czarowniczy: Za twój wnikliwy i mądry komentarz.

              Re: “I’m interested in the reason they want to risk a possible WWIII, or a MAJOR regional conflict between Russia and the US that will spill over.”

              For context, in 1936-7 Reichsbank President Hjalmar Schacht informed the Austrian Corporal that the manner in which re-armament program, and the infrastructure program (Autobahn) were being financed was unsustainable, and that 1939 was the tipping point.
              Two outcomes were possible: debt default or war…. We all know what happened….BTW, Schacht was fired for his candor.

              Presently, the “genius academic savant nomenklatura” running the global central banks, attempted to cure the Great Financial Crisis(GFC) of 2008 by, metaphorically speaking, curing a morphine addict with more morphine, in this case monetary morphine. From 2009 to 2014, global debt increased by 40% !!! The Fed’s balance sheet ballooned from $800 Billion to $4.5 TRILLION. The European Central Bank (ECB) adopted a Negative Interest Rate Policy(NIRP). The Bank of Japan(BOJ), like the Fed, adopted a Zero Interest Rate Policy(ZIRP). These policies have enriched the banksters, and TOTALLY EFFED the average working person. They have bankrupted pension funds and insurance companies.
              China is MASSIVELY LEVERAGED.

              THE MATH DOESN’T WORK FOLKS, THERE IS NO WAY OUT….SEE SCHACHT ABOVE.

              It is not a coincidence that in the last two weeks, we have seen the following:

              Washington Free Beacon
              Russia to Deploy Precision Strike Missiles in Western Atlantic
              Kalibr cruise missiles will target Washington, East Coast cities
              By Bill Gertz
              January 4, 2019 5:00 am
              SNIP:
              Last month, Russia President Vladimir Putin announced that Moscow will soon deploy a new hypersonic missile capable of defeating U.S. missile defenses. The new missile called Avangard was flight tested last month and traveled at a reported Mach 30—more than 20,000 miles per hour—while maneuvering and changing altitude.
              https://freebeacon.com/national-security/russia-to-deploy-precision-strike-missiles-in-western-atlantic/
              *********************************
              JANUARY 4, 2019
              Xi Jinping Orders Military to ‘Enhance Combat Readiness’ After U.S. Travel Warning
              By Frances Martel
              SNIP:
              Xi has issued public remarks on several occasions this week – first to herald in the new year, then to issue threats to Taiwan to surrender to Chinese rule or expect military action. In that speech, Xi stated, “we make no promise to abandon the use of force, and retain the option of taking all necessary measures,” he also said, according to the Times.

              “Reunification is a historical trend and it is the right path. Taiwan independence is an adverse current of history and is a dead end,” Xi said, adding a subtle note to the United States that “foreign interference is intolerable.”

              Xi may have also issued remarks to prepare for combat in response to the State Department warning on Thursday that Americans who travel to China are at risk of arbitrary and indefinite detention. The department urged Americans to avoid travel to China if at all possible because the Communist Party uses exit bans to keep U.S. citizens in their country. The risk is higher for dual American-Chinese citizens of Americans of Chinese (majority Han or otherwise) ethnic descent, as China often does not recognize their U.S. citizenship and will deny them the right to contact the U.S. embassy.
              https://www.breitbart.com/asia/2019/01/04/xi-jinping-orders-military-to-enhance-combat-readiness-after-u-s-travel-warning/
              *********************************
              BLOOMBERG
              China Has a Dangerous Dollar Debt Addiction
              With $1.2 trillion needing to be rolled over this year, the threat of a funding crunch is rising.

              By Christopher Balding
              January 5, 2019, 7:00 PM EST

              China’s foreign debt has been rising rapidly, and that’s becoming an increasingly big problem — for the country and, potentially, the world.

              Officially, China lists its outstanding external debt at $1.9 trillion. For a $13 trillion economy, that’s not a major amount. But focusing on the headline number significantly understates the underlying risks.

              SAY YOUR PRAYERS !!!!

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              • czarowniczy says:

                Jestem zasilany slivovitz.

                But you’ll notice that in the inter-bust period countries like China and those ‘in the know’ have been buying gold like masd, the price per ounce stays right up there.
                I know that the money moles are aware they’re dancing on the edge of a disaster and they’re hedging their bets.
                Reminds me of the USSR where every now and then they’d revalue their currency to wipe out the poles who saved to get out of the country. It’s funny but in Moscow in the early 60 there’d be people hitting up tourists, offering them 5 to 10 times the official exchange rate for US dollars as they could buy exit visas easier than bu using rubles. Then in ’64 the US switched from silver certificates to worthless Treasury bills and that wiped out the other Russian proles.

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            • SJM says:

              Underwater Currents of Naval Strategy – by Andrei Martyanov
              January 5, 2018
              Late Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union, Sergei Gorshkov at the peak of the Soviet naval development in late 1970s to mid-1980s continued to stress his seemingly simple idea, first officially articulated in his 1976 treatise The Sea Power of the State, that modern (Soviet) navy must be balanced.[1] Gorshkov’s idea of balanced fleet was that of a navalist, who envisioned modern navy capable to conduct global operations ranging from amphibious landings, to global anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations, to nuclear deterrent. Yet, throughout Gorshkov’s long tenure as Commander-in-Chief of the Soviet Navy one platform above everything else remained dominant in his thinking—a submarine. Unsurprisingly, 1968 Time magazine cover featured image of Admiral Gorshkov superimposed on the background with a submarine at the periscope depth. With all the Soviet Navy’s impressive development of its surface fleet at that time, these were primarily submarines which USSR developed at a break-neck speed and eventually equaled or surpassed US Navy’s submarine forces not only in quantity but in quality too, with even US Navy grudgingly admitting in 1988 that project 971 (NATO Akula-class) nuclear submarine being the best in the world.[2]
              MORE:
              https://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2019/01/underwater-currents-of-naval-strategy.html#more

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              • czarowniczy says:

                The Russian subs were mostly created with stolen technology – it’s a ways back but I believe it was Japanese and Norwegian companies who sold them the technology to computer-machine-balance sub props, before that they were noisy as hell.

                The subs were Russia’s reaction to US naval dominance, like most of Russia’s Cold War military it was defensive, they’d attack US carrier groups. The Russian Navy, as with their Army, used attrition tactics. They had hundreds of subs from (their) state-of-the-art to almost crap, but once their front line subs had decimated our fleet ships even their older diesel-electrics would be tops. Their subs were good but best…meh…you have to wonder what the Navy’s motives might be and even then the NATO antisubmarine capabilities aren’t addressed.

                The Red sub technologies were heavily stolen/bought so their advantages come from mixing it on their subs while ours is we know the technology. I will say that they developed some interesting torpedo and anti-sub/ship missile technology. The Russians have 5 of their top subs that have gone down while the US has two – and only one if you discount the Thresher that wasn’t active, it was on a test run. I hate subs, would never go down in one (Soupy Sales joke aside) but if forced to I’d take a line US one over a state-of-the-art Russian one any day.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  Mentioned this before, can’t hurt to mention again. One of those Russian nuke subs, K-258, sits on the bottom of the Barents Sea, between Norway and Greenland and north of Iceland. We watched this on and off for years as it has a nuke reactor but also has nuke plutonium torpedoes on board.
                  On and off for decades the EU and Russia have linked arms and done the safety dance, claiming that there were no leaks though some were found and the highly efficient Russian system sealed the leaks that weren’t there…in >5000 feet of water.
                  Each expedition finds cracks forming though we’re assured that everything’s OK, nothing to see here.
                  There are two problems, the first being that if those radioactive materials break free they’ll contaminate the European North Atlantic fishing zone – no more pickled herring for me. Second is that the sub’s parked at just about where the apex of the Atlantic Thermocline Circulation cools and sinks to…ohhh…about where the K-278 lies.
                  but hey, there’s nothing to see here move along…OH! Look there! Something bright on a string!

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                • SJM says:

                  Thanks for the insight about the K-258; I was not aware of this. An Atlantic ocean version of Fukushima contamination.

                  W świetle tych informacji proponuję toast: “Kolejny dzień bliżej śmierci” !!!

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  There are 7 of these nuke subs on the bottom, 5 theirs, two ours. Russia and US won’t openly talk about the warhead packages/quantities but all of them have fully fueled nuke reactors just sitting there. They are juuuuuust waiting.

                  Oh, BTW. There’s a Russian diesel Golf sub, the K-129, sitting on the bottom NW of Hawaii. We loved that one, it was a regular conspiracy theory. It was the one the CIA and Hughes tried to recover and it has three nuke-armed R-21 missiles on board. It sank in 1968 and the recovery attempt broke it up even more so your guess is as good as mine to what kind of condition the warheads are in.

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                • SJM says:

                  I remember the episode off Hawaii with the Hughes Glomar Explorer…From wiki:

                  Hughes Glomar Explorer, as the ship was named at the time, was built between 1971 and 1972, by Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. for more than US$350 million (more than $1.78 billion today) at the direction of Howard Hughes for use by his company, Global Marine Development Inc.[5] It first began operation on 20 June 1974. Hughes told the media that the ship’s purpose was to extract manganese nodules from the ocean floor. This marine geology cover story became surprisingly influential, causing many others to examine the idea. But in sworn testimony in United States district court proceedings and in appearances before government agencies, Global Marine executives and others associated with Hughes Glomar Explorer project maintained unanimously that the ship could not be used for any economically viable ocean mineral operation.[citation needed]

                  Project Azorian[edit]
                  Main article: Project Azorian
                  As K-129 had sunk in very deep water, at a depth of 16,500 feet (3.125 miles or 5.029 kilometres), located 1,560 miles (2,510 km) NW of Hawaii,[6] a large ship was required for the recovery operation. Such a vessel would be detected easily by Soviet vessels, which might then interfere with the operation, so an elaborate cover story was developed. The CIA contacted Hughes, who agreed to assist.[7]

                  While the ship did recover a portion of K-129 in 1974, a mechanical failure in the grapple caused two-thirds of the recovered section to break off during recovery.[8] This lost section is said to have held many of the most sought items, including the code book and nuclear missiles. It was subsequently reported two nuclear-tipped torpedoes and some cryptographic machines were recovered, along with the bodies of six Soviet submariners, who were given a formal, filmed burial at sea.[9]

                  The operation became public during February 1975 when the Los Angeles Times published a story about “Project Jennifer”, followed by news stories with additional details in other publications, including The New York Times. The CIA, wanting neither to confirm nor deny the story, issued the Glomar response, which set the precedent for subsequent responses to Freedom of Information Act requests.[10] The true name of the project was not known publicly to be Project Azorian until 2010.

                  The publication Red Star Rogue (2005) by Kenneth Sewell makes the claim “Project Jennifer” recovered virtually all of K-129 from the ocean floor.[11][12] Sewell states, “[D]espite an elaborate cover-up and the eventual claim that Project Jennifer had been a failure, most of K-129 and the remains of the crew were, in fact, raised from the bottom of the Pacific and brought into the Glomar Explorer”.[N 1] A subsequent movie and book by Michael White and Norman Polmar revealed testimony from on-site crewmen as well as B&W video of the actual recovery operation. These sources indicate that only the forward 38 ft (12 m) of the submarine were recovered.
                  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glomar_Explorer

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  Yup, Russians couldn’t find it because they thought it was way away from where it actually was, suspiciously close to Hawaii.
                  The only thing that I believe is that they didn’t recover it all and, as the missiles are housed in the Golf’s sail, that lifting it undamaged was damn near impossible. Also, it went down in 20,000 feet and the pressures would have been tremendous. Recovery of the forward portion is what I suspect, especially as the IAEA lists its nuke torpedos as ‘recovered’.

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            • SJM says:

              The Telegraph
              The dystopian view: Is this the year the world falls apart?
              By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
              8 January 2019 — 10:55am

              This is the year that mounting hammer blows to the Western alliance system and the edifice of global governance threaten to bring the old order tumbling down.

              “The geopolitical environment is the most dangerous it’s been in decades,” warns Eurasia Group, political risk-adviser to the world’s elites, and a voice of globalist ideology.

              Pax Americana is unravelling. The transatlantic concord underpinning the West since the Fifties is dying. Nato, the G7, the G20, the WTO and the EU are all in varying degrees of crisis. Vladimir Putin’s Russia has an open goal. “Every single one of these is trending negatively. And most in a way that hasn’t been in evidence since the Second World War,” it said….snip

              It is a world in which the gloves are coming off in cyber warfare, setting off a cycle of “action and reaction” that could all too easily spin out of control….snip

              The biggest tail risk is a Sino-American showdown ending in global economic slump, bitter recrimination, and a cycle of escalation “into the kinetic space”. Eurasia says relations have already deteriorated beyond the point of no return. Nor is there any workable common ground for compromise. At stake is 21st century technology dominance, not trade.

              “Rising nationalist sentiment makes it unlikely that Beijing will ignore US provocations,” it added….MORE:

              https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/the-dystopian-view-is-this-the-year-the-world-falls-apart-20190108-p50q3t.html

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              • czarowniczy says:

                Mao laid the basis – China can lose half of its population and still function.Can the US?

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                • SJM says:

                  IMO, if events go “Sarajevo”, China invades Taiwan; China & Russia launch missiles over the mid-continent US to cause a nationwide EMP, which will cause the country to self destruct.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  If the US and China do both launch at the US they’ll get stuff thrown back. Thing is, will China and Russia launch at each other? Both want to be ‘the’ bug guy on the block and both have set up some formidable fortifications along their joint border.
                  Then there’s the question of if either Russia or China set up those Dr Strangelove Dooms Day devices both have talked of. I believe Russia’s 110o% capable of having done so for a number of reasons.

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                • SJM says:

                  Tom Clancy explored this topic in “The Bear and the Dragon”, which I found riveting.
                  Wiki:
                  The Bear and the Dragon is a techno-thriller novel, written by Tom Clancy and released on August 21, 2000. A direct sequel to Executive Orders (1996), President Jack Ryan deals with a war between Russia and China, referred respectively in the title as the Russian Bear and the Chinese Dragon. At over 1,028 pages, it is Clancy’s longest novel. The book debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list.[1]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bear_and_the_Dragon

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                • SJM says:

                  Interesting commentary:

                  From 2018 to 2019 – a Quick Survey of a Few Trends
                  THE SAKER • JANUARY 3, 2019
                  FTA:
                  The failure to subdue or even contain Russia

                  Putin’s speech on March 1st to the Russian Federal Assembly was truly a historical moment: for the first time since the Empire decided to wage war on Russia (a war which is roughly 80% informational, 15% economic and only 5% kinetic but which can turn 95% kinetic in one hour or so!) the Russians decided to openly warn the US that their strategy has been comprehensively defeated. You think that this is hyperbole? Think again. What is US military power based on? What are it’s main components?

                  Airpower (air supremacy)
                  Long-range standoff weapons (ballistic and air-breathing)
                  Aircraft carriers
                  Anti-missile defense (at least in theory!)
                  800-1000 (depends on how you count) bases worldwide

                  The deployment of what are without any doubt the most sophisticated air-defense systems in the world supported what are also probably the most formidable electronic warfare (EW) capabilities currently in existence have now created what the US/NATO commanders refer to as a “Russia’s anti-access/area denial (A2/AD)” capability which, so do these US/NATO commanders say, can pop-up over the Baltic Sea, over the Eastern Mediterranean, the Ukraine, Syria and elsewhere (might show up on the La Orchila island in Venezuela in 2019). Furthermore, in qualitative terms Russian tactical airpower is newer and at least equal, if not superior, to anything in US or NATO tactical aircraft holdings. While the West in general, and especially the US, have a much larger number of aircraft, they are mostly of the older generations, and various encounters between Russian and US multirole aircraft in the Syrian skies have shown that US pilots prefer to leave when Russian Su-35S show up.

                  The deployment (already in 2018!) of the Kinzhal hypersonic missile has basically made the entire US surface fleet useless for an attack against Russia. Be it the aircraft carriers or even various destroyers, cruisers, amphibious assault ships, (mostly ill-fated) littoral combat ships, transport ships, etc. – they now are all sitting ducks which the Russians can blow out of the water irrespective of any air-defenses these ships, or their escorts, might have.

                  Likewise, the deployment of the super-heavy thermonuclear armed intercontinental ballistic like the Sarmat and the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle have made all of the US anti-ballistic missile efforts completely useless. Let me repeat this: ALL of the US ABM efforts, including the billions spent on research and development, have now been rendered completely useless…..MORE:
                  http://www.unz.com/tsaker/from-2018-to-2019-a-quick-survey-of-a-few-trends/

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  And if you look at it what you see is a Russian DEFENSIVE system. Putin has said Russia has the capacity to strike the US decisively and I believe him – he’s an old Cold Warrior who is also a nationalist. He saw how vulnerable Russia was from the early 90s on and sacrificed to rebuild her. He’s been president of Russia since 2000 (if anyone actually believes Medvedev was president, I got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell ya), has ridden herd on Russia’s resurgence and I’m betting he’ll be a power figure for years to come. The military and the FSB are surely his supporters so I don’t see him going away.
                  When the Cold War ended we still had too many US Cold Warriors in the government, they blew the chance to work with Russia in a meaningful way. There were soooooo many ways we could have brought the country into a Western orbit but no, they had to play Cold War. Now we have Cold War 2.0 and it’s all our fault.
                  Russia, as I keep saying, suffered so much in WWI and WWII it’s left a permanent mark in the psyche and they still don’t trust us – hell, WE don’t trust us. The only way I can see them striking first is if we do something really stupid that really scares them, but as with their retaliatory plans during the Cold War their capabilities are massive.

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                • SJM says:

                  Macron Puts France Into a Free-Fall Collapse
                  France in Free Fall

                  by Guy Millière
                  Gatestone Institute
                  http://themillenniumreport.com/2019/01/macron-puts-france-into-a-free-fall-collapse/

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  If the police do not have the personnel and resources to go after the Islamists then they and the government do what governments do so well – deny the problem exists. During the 80s and 90s the New Orleans government denied there was a Vietnamese or black gang problem – it was all ‘neighborhood’ issues.

                  I can see the French, or our own politicians, caught between the Left and its media control and the Islamists, taking the word of Islamic fronts like CAIR that say they can rein in these radicals if they juuuuuust had a bit more money to fund ‘programs’. Denial on the part of the guy with the checkbook.
                  We’re going to see the Islamic Wars here and when they start in earnest we’ll be blamed and we’ll be punished as we’re easier to deal with.

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              • SJM says:

                C: RE: Your Comments: “When the Cold War ended we still had too many US Cold Warriors in the government, they blew the chance to work with Russia in a meaningful way. There were soooooo many ways we could have brought the country into a Western orbit but no, they had to play Cold War. Now we have Cold War 2.0 and it’s all our fault.
                Russia, as I keep saying, suffered so much in WWI and WWII it’s left a permanent mark in the psyche and they still don’t trust us – hell, WE don’t trust us. The only way I can see them striking first is if we do something really stupid that really scares them, but as with their retaliatory plans during the Cold War their capabilities are massive.”

                I agree 100%. Pres. Bush 41, and SOS James A. Baker III gave assurances to Gorbachev that US would not expand NATO’s borders. Former Ambassadors Bob Strauss, & Jack F. Matlock, Jr., back this up. This mess was created by Neocon hatred for Russia, which led to reneging on previous commitments, and to the raping of Russia by greedy profiteers. Martin Armstrong, who was jailed for many years on fabricated charges, has described the corrupt roles of the late financier Edmond Safra, and his protege, and primary sponsor of the Magnitsky Act, William Browder, who’s grandfather was a former head of the Communist Party in the U.S…..MORE…LINK:
                https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/?s=Safra

                From SAKER:
                It is important to clarify something here: none of the new Russian weapon systems provide any means to protect Russian from a US nuclear (or conventional) strike. “All” they do is to make darn sure that the US leaders are never under the illusion they have been pursuing since Reagan’s “Star Wars”, i.e. that they could somehow escape a Russian 2nd-strike (counter-strike) retaliatory capability if it decided to strike Russia. In truth, even without the Sarmat or the Avanguard, Russia already had more than enough missiles (land, air and sea based) to wipe-out the US in case of a retaliatory counter-strike, but the US politicians and force planners began pursuing this pipe-dream of anti-ballistic missile defense in spite of the fact that it was rather clear that such a system could not work (a few “leakers” might be acceptable with conventional weapons, but a few “nuclear leakers” are more than enough to extract a terrible price from any attacker delusional enough to think that a 90% or even 98% effective “shield” is enough of a protection to risk attacking a nuclear superpower). So you could say that these new Russian capabilities (including the short(er) range Iskander tactical missiles) are a type of “delusion destroyer” or a “reality reminder” who will burst the bubble of US illusions about the risks of a war against Russia. Hopefully, they will never have any other use.
                http://www.unz.com/tsaker/from-2018-to-2019-a-quick-survey-of-a-few-trends/

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        • Perot Conservative says:

          Graft? Kickbacks?

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      • Sentient says:

        Yes, it’s horrible that we should have to continue to endanger Americans in Syria for no good reason just so that the president can extract the Wall funding to protect Americans here. They enlisted knowing that they would face risks, but not in such an obscene Hobbesian bargain. And I would fully support the president going back on whatever assurances he might have given Graham and other warmongers the moment that Wall funding has been secured and yanking all Americans out of Syria.

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      • margarite1 says:

        With our Congress I always have to think about who profits? That’s how I evaluate most policy.

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      • WSB says:

        Yes, but are Graham and these media twits reporting reality or a wish list?

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        • 🍺Gunny66 says:

          I think most are missing the point of Sundance’s last post from above.

          “Graham will continue to support the shutdown if the President stays the course in Syria etc……”

          And Sundance’s question…….”What does that really mean?”

          I may be wrong…..but I believe it means…..

          It means because the House went to the Democrats, the only thing blocking President Trumps’ impeachment is the Senate.

          And…..just my opinion…..it is a “Veiled Threat” from Graham.

          “If you do not stay in Syria…….we will not “Block” your impeachment.

          Hence Sundance’s reference to Senator Graham as “Senator Brutus”

          The reasons for staying in Syria for the Globalists are many and far reaching.

          Again….The point is Graham is basically saying:

          “If you stay in Syria we will support you…if not….you are on your own”

          By the way……Have you heard one word from Pence about bringing troops home? Maybe I missed it……How about McConnel?…a word?

          Only Rand Paul…

          Tough situation……..Sometimes instead of raising…..you just “Check”

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          • WSB says:

            Or unless all Hell were to break loose. Screw Linda. Flip the tables.

            Our troops should never be pawns. And between Linda and a few dead or current Senators, they do not have a leg to stand on.

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          • Pied Piper says:

            Good analysis, Gunny66, and you may be right.

            I do not trust Graham any further than I would trust a LGBT+ (whatever that is) person in Congress. I see Graham as simply having hidden his dagger, for now, but believe it is still at the ready. He will never be president, but he thinks he might, so he keeps his dagger handy in case he needs it to clear himself a path.

            Just watch, he will turn on Trump before much longer. It might not make a difference but then again it might.

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          • Mary says:

            Just looking for way to continue the Uniparty…keep the Swamp.

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        • Realist says:

          This Media Muppet tried every which way she could to insert a Strawman argument into the conversation without ever once mentioning DemonRAT pig headed intransigence.

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      • duchess01 says:

        All I had to do was read your headline, Sundance – and I knew where this was going! We really wanted to trust Graham – but now that we have seen his yellow striped boxers – there is no question where he stands on certain issues – or where his buddies in the war club stand, either – obviously, they do not want to give up their kickbacks – or whatever else they get out of placing our troops in harms way in foreign countries – a tiger can never change his stripes – and neither can Marcus Junius Brutus.

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      • Brian Backes says:

        Thanks for pointing that out.

        Our Lion gots ’em by the short hairs. Security over there if and only if (iff) security over here. Beautiful!

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      • Graham is up for election in 2020 he doesn’t have the luxury of doing anything other than what is demanded of him by the people of South Carolina.

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    • lolli says:

      No. The wall is necessary to preserving our nation.
      To use our young brave men and women as sacrificial pawns to negotiate for our country’s security is so obscene I can not even stand it. Pure evil.

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      • Ivehadit says:

        Lolli, you took the words right out of my mouth.

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      • JohnCarlson says:

        They have been human sacrifices to a delusion for 17 years now in Afghanistan.

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      • WSB says:

        Nor do I believe President Trump would ever use our troops as negotiating tools.

        Sickening. And from what I have been reading, our grounds troops would be replaced. Not the operational support.

        What is going on here? This almost seems like Graham and the other NeoCons are inventing a wishful narrative. How do we know any of their dribble is true?

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      • Payday says:

        That’s only if you assume that’s what’s taking place. I don’t. I believe potus is setting up not only to win the battle, but to maintain the peace, and this was the plan all along. I’ve seen too many wars just end making all that was done prior having been done in vain. I believe this was always his plan. Meanwhile he gets GOP support for the wall.

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        • Payday says:

          It appears pdt is talking just a few months. Would likely take that long anyway.

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          • WSB says:

            The difference between PT’s plan in Syria, and Zero running out of Iraq is just that. A plan, IMHO.

            PT has replacement ground troops at the ready from SA, with operational forces being maintained by US forces. Zero ran like a dog after 30 troopers with 17 of our finest SEALS were shot down by American weapons he trafficked.

            Period. Extortion 17.

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      • noswamp says:

        Lindsay better hope that this is not the case. That does not play well with folks in SC. Not even close.

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    • mugzey302 says:

      I just want ALL our troops out at the same time, none left behind to be victimized by the heathen enemy forces (or the “friendly”).

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    • farmhand1927 says:

      Meanwhile, Officer Singh was laid to rest today.

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    • lanahi says:

      I don’t think President Trump is that hard up, or that unconscionable, to trade Syria for a border wall. It might be Lindsey’s idea, but not Trump’s. There is no reason to be in Syria. If problems arise with ISIS again and we MUST get involved again, we have troops close by that can be there quickly. It seems that we seldom get out of wars these days once we are in them, but we need to do that with Syria. Graham needs to feel important, and Trump can keep him feeling important, but he won’t do it by sacrificing our troops or the promise he made to us about Syria. I think Trump can deal with Putin, who isn’t as nuts as Pelosi et al, for protection of the Kurds. Russia also has a Kurdish population that they want to keep happy and especially peaceful, so Putin will see reason here.
      Trump also knows what he wants and won’t allow Bolton to dissuade him for long, if at all. Staffers can disagree with Trump but they can’t stand against him for long before they’re out. IMO, Trump really does want to bring our troops home from everywhere.

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  2. MaineCoon says:

    In case you missed this from SD’s article,

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    • mugzey302 says:

      There are so many self-absorbed, greedy, conniving, base, swamp rats in DC that you can’t help but trip over traitors with every move you make. And the yapping of the hyenas in the House is truly unbearable.

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      • MaineCoon says:

        Totally agree. Treason is the name of the game. It’s just a matter of how much money they sell out their country for.

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        • Rami says:

          Question is how much money does the old fart need? He’s as old as Methuselah, his wife’s family is rolling in the dough, the two of them will not live long enough to spend even a third of what they have. McConnell and his wife need to retire, slink back into the Ky mountains and let the President complete the wishes of the American people.

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        • noswamp says:

          Sell out the country for money. Uranium 1, Clinton Foundation, McConnell and his wife at Transportation when dealing with China. Its truly remarkable.

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      • lanahi says:

        If we were to weed out all the crooks in congress, there would be hardly anyone left. 75% of them at least belong in jail, and that doesn’t include misdemeanors.
        One good thing about two years of a Democrat House is that we have to put up with them for two years, with growing disgust. Voters will be so disgusted over the continuing circus that they’ll gladly vote out every last one of them.

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    • The Boss says:

      I like where the tweet was directed….with laser-guided precision.

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    • Will never be seen…

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    • Nancy Steger says:

      Incomprehensibly, we are living through an ongoing soft coup, but the words sedition and treason are rarely mentioned — or if they are, the charge is directed against conservatives who believe in and live by the Constitution.

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    • WSB says:

      What type of strategy can be employed to wrench this criminal out of power? Since McConnell was one of the filthly Gang of Eight, there must be some way to get rid of him.

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      • yucki says:

        We could us J. Edgar Hoover’s blackmail-stash right about now.

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        • WSB says:

          I SO wish someone…ANYONE…COULD DROP A DIME ON THESE PEOPLE.
          Anything…one body, whatever!

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        • WSB says:

          Actually, if the Congressional slush fund could be exposed, that might go a long way.

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          • duchess01 says:

            Funds – plural, WSB – hey, it can happen – Keep the faith – we are winning – and will continue to win – the more we expose what the ‘bad guys’ are doing – the more we win.

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            • WSB says:

              I am all for exposure! We just need to turn one person on the Ethics Committee. Just a clerk for goodness sake!

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              • duchess01 says:

                No problem – there are probably more than one who will come forward – when the time is right – we are watching the Dimwits make royal fools of themselves – do they think the American people are stupid? Obviously, they do – or they would not need to ‘pass the bill before you can read it’ – I still cannot believe she said that!

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                • WSB says:

                  My taller half repeats that ALL the time!

                  You are probably correct. There will be a point of no return. The SOTU is also coming up.

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                • duchess01 says:

                  And oh – will that SOTU be a dilly!

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                • noswamp says:

                  “…do they think the American people are stupid?
                  Sad, but many are not stupid, but “brainwashed” by MSM. Its a large percentage. They just take everything MSM says as fact. They have never transitioned over to the red pill.
                  To us they are stupid, but in fact they are simply ignorant, and willfully so. Even as Trump improves the economy. I have some Dem friends who complained two weeks ago, “why is my 401k down?”, but never spoke of the fact that Trump made their 401k’s go up well over 10%. Or give Trump credit for low gas prices.

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                • duchess01 says:

                  Agree, swamp – however – not all of the American people have been brainwashed – many have stopped listening to the ‘fake news’ – whether it is because of Trump or for some other reason they discovered they were telling lies – we all make choices – some are so afraid of the truth – they just ignore it – others live in fear – because that is what the MSM is selling – no matter what you tell them – they will not listen – and yes – they have been brainwashed to the point of no return – I can see that now – and it is frustrating – but – I continue to hope and pray that God will manifest the truth for all to see – whether through President Trump or through some other revelation – I continue to believe we will be better off – once the truth comes out!

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          • yucki says:

            That #me-too slush fund is peanuts compared to the kind of stuff Hoover was holding.
            A President would have that sort of thing at his finger-tips.

            That’s if he had trustworthy assets in the intelligence community.
            And I’m not so sure of that.
            But he could always go private…

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            • WSB says:

              Understood, however with the few who were exposed last year, it was enough to create enough of a disruption to entice a few resignations.

              That is what we need now. BTW, where is the Senate slush fund?

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          • Michael Todaro says:

            The slush fund is the key.

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      • duchess01 says:

        Where there is a will; there is a way! What seemed impossible two short years ago – has come to fruition – what has changed since PT became President – quite a lot! Everyone asks about ‘the plan’ – well the Deep State has had ‘a plan’ for hundreds of years – if we wanted to undo what the Deep State has done – then, we need ‘a plan’ as well –

        I think President Trump was approached by those who have kept themselves hidden – I remember reading about their frustration – their inability to change and/or alter what was adversely happening to our country – it was obvious to others who kept themselves hidden – conversed on blogs – and talked about taking our country back – restoring the Republic – they were concerned as well – why did we need to restore the Republic – what happened to it – well – now we know – and we know why President Trump came out of the shadows – and agreed to do something about it – he said he would run if it got so bad – it was unconscionable – and since it had – we thank God he decided to run!

        We have come so far – we cannot lose faith or quit now – President Trump said we would get tired of winning – are you tired of winning? Do you think we are losing? Are you still as frustrated as you were before President Trump ran for the Presidency? I am not – I am filled with hope and giddy anticipation of what the future will bring!

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        • WSB says:

          I am indeed a happy warrior. Just need a bit of 30,000 foot coordination to boost my personal wrecking ball.

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          • duchess01 says:

            LOL – then, do not fall for the propaganda – or the fear they are selling – we are so close – I can feel it – remember – PT is no novice – he has the goods on all of them – TeeHee!

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            • WSB says:

              “CALM DOWN AND ENJOY THE RIDE!”

              LOLOLOL!!!!!

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              • duchess01 says:

                Tally Ho and away we go! 🙂

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                • mac says:

                  I just want to see some indictments, trials and convictions. I know that if we get a real AG in the DOJ who is willing to lean on the underlings, we can start unraveling their coverup and start putting the big criminals behind bars. I REALLY want to see some of these swamp critters looking down the barrel of 40 or 50 years behind bars for their criminal actions.

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                • duchess01 says:

                  I understand your frustration – and I sympathize with you – I have felt the same frustration, too – this has been going on far too long –

                  However – it takes time to build a case – we do not want them to get off on a technicality – and we may not know what happens to some people –

                  The sheer enormity of the charges makes my head spin – unprecedented in my lifetime – or maybe, they just did not get caught – Benghazi alone makes me cringe – and that is just the tip of the iceberg – we have no choice – but to wait – and pray we will see justice served – here on earth – just remember – what awaits them after death is far worse than anything that can happen to them here…

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      • notasmidgeon says:

        And what about his wife, Elaine Chao? I could never understand why or how she rec’d her appt to Secretary of Transportation.

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      • lanahi says:

        More light on what he’s done will do it, the same as the others. That’s what will change: So far we’ve only heard 24/7/365 about Trump’s collusion and women and all that rot, but we’ve got thousands of pages of damning evidence against hundreds in government waiting to get out, and it will soon. Whether it’s because of the soft coup, child sex trafficking, voter fraud or other corruption, etc, etc, etc…it will all come out. The swamp is already beginning to be drained but only started.

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  3. Rex says:

    Never trust a Never-Trumper.
    Especially one that took long hot showers with maverick Juan McVain.

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  4. evergreen says:

    Just as the 2nd Amendment is best characterized as an MSDS (hazmat data sheet warning handlers about the chemical hazards), so is impeachment and removal. Could it be done? Yes. Would it be wise? Read the label.

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  5. Comrade Mope says:

    Is Senator Lindsey utilizing the Alex Castellano approach?

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  6. burnett044 says:

    it must be hard for miss Linda to wear da flip-flops and hold da war drum .

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  7. Katherine McCoun says:

    Syria involvement is that important to them? Why Syria v. other ME involvement or Ukraine? What is so vital about/in Syria that they are evidently willing to trade a physical barrier for just to get us to stay in Syria a little longer?

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    • mugzey302 says:

      Is this a “follow-the-money” question, maybe?

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      • Katherine McCoun says:

        Does it go back to the benghazi? I don’t think it is all about cover up of that disaster because that disaster had to be covered up because it uncovered the deep state & uniparty’s desire/goal to be involved in Syria in the first place. We were already there and that event just revealed the fact to those who could piece together the clues.

        Why have we been involved in Syria for Years and why does the Uniparty & deep state support this so strongly?

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        • Clarence Smith says:

          Why have we been involved in Syria for Years and why does the Uniparty & deep state support this so strongly?

          Lawyers, guns and money….

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        • nimrodman says:

          “Why have we been involved in Syria for Years and why does the Uniparty & deep state support this so strongly?

          Uniparty and their tentacles and puppet-string-pullers want Assad’s head on a pike

          In today’s situation, how could they still achieve that?

          Well, what’s the CIA up to lately?

          Recall that the Benghazi / Operation Zero Footprint was a CIA / Dept of State escapade

          What’s to say CIA isn’t still trying to pull a Zero-Assad caper?

          Keeping uniformed military there might supply operational advantages to that kind of caper, or cover

          Or – and this is really dastardly – Uniparty is willing to keep uniformed military there at risk of some “mishap” or tripwire that supports Uniparty’s motivations. Such as further or deeper commitment of forces.

          Keeping US Military there as a tripwire, without regard to their safety
          Willing to take or even promote American casualties to obtain their objectives

          Did I mention “dastardly”?

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        • lanahi says:

          One of the reasons why McCain was evidently put to death is that he traded weapons to ISIS and other bad actors in Syria. A lot of people made lots of money in Syria, as they do in all wars. The CIA had black ops there…they were the ones who wanted to foment war there and to keep us there through the recent false chemical attacks. By pulling out of Syria, it takes still more power from the deep state by ending one of their major sites of operations. The same thing with North Korea…the CIA kept the people in power there that they wanted and sort of ran things. This is why JFK and now Trump is interested in ending the CIA (Trump wants to hand over their important functions to NSA). It got JFK killed. These bad actors have run things for a long time and will do what they can to continue running it. The whole structure of the CIA invites black ops and corruption.

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    • Katherine McCoun says:

      I feel like I have more questions than contributions most days. Thanks to the commenters and to Sundance from whom I have learned so much over the last 7 yrs

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      • GB Bari says:

        Katherine, some of us **really apreciate** you asking the questions because we also learn from the answers! I ask questions too when I am not picking up the “hints” and need a more straighforward statement of facts.

        I readily admit that despite listening to Limbaugh, a few other radio pundits, and following FoxNews for several decades, there is a LOT that those sources didn’t cover much less cover in detail. And certainly FoxNews nor the radio pundits rarely if ever provide anywhere near the detailed, fact-based analytical perspective that Sundance uses.

        So keep asking questions when you aren’t clear about something that others appear to already understand. 🙂

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    • John says:

      That is where “the powers that be” plan to start WWIII, leading to their so called “Armegedden,” to take full control of the entire world. POTUS wisely refuses to fall into any of their traps.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      In the Ukraine there are clear strategic reason for the US and NATO to resist Russian reoccupation. We screwed the pooch with Russia, blowing the chance to work with it under Clinton and we blew it with the Ukraine when we didn’t bend over backwards trying to make it the agricultural giant it used to be – but then the EU wasn’t exactly happy with that idea. We had two great chances to stabilize Russia and the Ukraine and nothing happened.

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    • Lie Detector says:

      I wonder how much of the billions Barry gave to Iran went back to the offshore accounts of these traitors.

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    • dd_sc says:

      Competing gas pipelines, continuing the Arab Spring and toppling Assad, military-industrial complex $$$.

      I suppose all three can be played off each other and translate into $$$$ for those with the right connections.

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    • pochas94 says:

      The thing about Syria, we were nose – to – nose with the Russians over there. ISIS is gone or nearly so, so now we are taking sides in a civil war where the other side is a Russia – Assad alliance, with our good buddies Turkey and Iran trying to interfere, and they’re not likely to help. A really, really bad situation.

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      • mac says:

        Trump has done a lot of good things, but he hasn’t done anything better than proposing getting our troops out of Syria. That fight has managed something truly remarkable: there are literally no good sides to support. Consequently, we should get out of there ASAP and let them all kill each other. Maybe, if we’re lucky, they’ll fight to the last man. I also wouldn’t have any problem with selling either side arms. It’s like Iran-Iraq during Saddam’s reign–the only problem was that both sides couldn’t completely lose the war.

        The only country over there worth supporting with military force is Israel. With that exception (and I believe we should support the Israelis to the hilt), we should stand back and let the rest of them go to Hell in their own way and at their own pace. To paraphrase Lord Palmerston, they aren’t worth the bones of a single American soldier.

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    • yucki says:

      Gas pipeline from Iran-Qatar would transit Iraq, through Syria, en route to Turkey to reach the major European market. Qatar and Iran share humongous gas field in the Gulf.

      (Note: Sunni - Shia "sectarian strife" isn't convenient, a tap to switch on-&-off.)

      Assad wouldn’t go for it: That would cut demand for energy sourced from his patron, Russian.

      That’s certainly part of it, but there’s much more.

      The Muslim Brotherhood owns a big chuck of the Deep State.
      Look at the squealers surrounding the muh-Khashoggi affair. They’re Benghazi, Arab Spring, “Assad must go!”

      MB = The Turk. Itching to be Sultan, to displace the Gulf monarchies in favor of political Islam.

      It’s not just over there.

      The MB agenda for North America, “An Explanatory Memorandum: On the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America” is not pausing for one VSG President.

      Link to Expl Memo:
      http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Explanatory_Memoradum.pdf

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    • Solomonpal says:

      Tracks to cover.

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    • AbeLincoln says:

      GOD (guns, oil, drugs). Always the same thing. Look at all the major oil pipelines and rat lines. They all run through there. ALL.

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  8. TwoLaine says:

    I think VSG POTUS plays Linda like a fiddle. Linda only thinks they are on the same side, until she finds out they aren’t. 😉

    I love it when a plan comes together.

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    • Sherbear61 says:

      Yep, I agree twolaine……hehehe

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    • railer says:

      Yes, Graham is being played, same as Macron. Trump is always willing to play the game with these guys, and make nice and talk nice, then go back on his base course. He’s done that consistently with Macron, who thought he’d represent the globalist position and bring Trump around. Problem is, Trump has used that in reverse, allowing Macron to help amplify his own MAGA message abroad, and he even stuck the shiv in Macron after these yellow vests popped up. And then there’s the NATO funding argument… which has been big fun. The little midget has been quite useful to Trump, contrary to his arrogant presumptions.

      Lindsey Graham is being used in similar fashion. There is no way to get over on Trump. You cannot outwit the guy. You can outmass him, as McConnell is doing, but seduction, clever posturing and clumsily constructed traps don’t work. You see how he casually brushed off the Khashoggi nonsense. And when the entire neocon Deep State set him up to attack Putin in Finland, he ignored them and went on about his business.

      He owned the downside, in both of these cases, and went against the globalist grain. He’s doing similar with Syria and with the wall. Graham will be a useful tool in both cases, and ultimately Trump will put Graham in electoral jeopardy in SC if he doesn’t help him, same as is happening with Macron.

      Play the playa, pimp the pimp…. nuh uh, boys.

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      • TwoLaine says:

        Like President TRUMP need any advice from Linda. 😉 She’s delusional.

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        • WSB says:

          And a VERY, VERY bad actress.

          Also, will PT get back on Mitch about losing the 60-vote rule? I sure hope so.

          Twitter warriors should bombard Turtle tonight with SD’s Brutus tweet. Bombard Turtle’s and Mrs.Turtle’s accounts.

          Would be an epic 24 hour siege

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        • lanahi says:

          It’s wise to keep Lindsey on one’s side if it doesn’t cost much. Just keep him feeling important and that his insight is valuable or something…”thank you for sharing”. Take him to lunch once in awhile in appreciation, give him a special briefing now and then, ask advice and listen. He can make a good ally or a real headache, but all you have to do is keep feeding him attention…he really doesn’t cost much to feed. He can be a real firebrand, like he showed at the Kavanaugh hearings, he’ll be in charge of the Senate Judicial Committee, he can create lots of mischief too. I’d shiver to think of him joining Mitt Romney and others against Trump…Trump doesn’t need that.
          It doesn’t mean Trump has to stay in Syria for the guy.

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      • Clarence Smith says:

        The Trump curse is rearing its ugly head. Merkel, May, and Macron are on their ways out. Justin from Canada is on life support and may lose. Trump was portrayed as the least popular world leader not long ago. LOL! maybe in foreign countries but not here in the USA. These 4 morons forgot we dont have world elections based on a compliant media.
        FYI:

        “A survey done randomly across Canada is showing that Canadians currently feel worse about Trudeau than they did about Harper… right before we voted Harper out. Whereas Harper had a 37% approval rating before losing the election, Trudeau now sits at a 35% approval rating.”

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        • railer says:

          You nailed it with those 4 world leaders. When Trump was elected, I predicted that those 4 wouldn’t survive his first term. I’d say that’s still on track. He isn’t causing it per se, but he’s exacerbating their weaknesses. Trudeau will likely disappear come October, and May is a dead woman walking even now. Merkel is leaving under pressure, if in the future. Macron is in deep doodoo.

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        • pochas94 says:

          And now Bolsonaro in Brazil. South America could become a real powerhouse. A military base needs careful consideration. All our friends have one.

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  9. joshuamayes5487 says:

    Holy crap. I see it now. He just used syria as a bargaining chip to get support for the wall!!!!! Who is this VSGPDJT?!?!?

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  10. montanamel says:

    @Katherine McCoun & Mugzey302: Think ME and think OIL/GAS….think “pipeline”… think “trillions” involved… think Shia/Shite and 7th century…along with goat porker’s and little children… FOLLOW THE MONEY is valid in most all cases, until you reach down into the ranks of trigger pullers. Check-6 ….. can we send out for some REAL Chinese now?

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    • Katherine McCoun says:

      Thanks

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    • JohninMK says:

      My take is quite different to yours. I think it is much closer to home, look at the power structure in Congress, heavily influenced by Israel. Look at Israel, trying since it was established to reduce any chance of it being pushed back into the sea. For over 20 years Syria has been the only neighbour that it perceived as a threat and for years it has been doing all it can to reduce its power and military capabilities.

      Everything that happened in the region since Benghazi has, by pure co-incidence no doubt, been exactly what Israel would have wanted until Iran and then Russia stepped in. Now that the Syrian Government and its allies have beaten off the threat, peace for large areas of the country is in sight.

      However, it is very much in its interests to keep the war in Syria going for as long as is possible with maximum US involvement in it keeping alive a plan for Turkey taking chunks of it over so reducing Syria. Israel also want to exploit the oil under the Golan which is Syrian land.

      Then, given the joint US/Israel strategy on Iran, the US military wants to stay and build its presence in eastern Syria as a stepping off point. Hence Bolton’s trip to Israel and Turkey this weekend.

      Personally I think the US presence on the ground in Syria is a busted flush. The Kurds have now faced the reality that their future lies with those countries around it, not the US thousands of miles away. Since Trump’s announcement they have been dealing with the Russians and Syrians, the US is not involved much to its annoyance. There is no reason now why there should not be an agreement and the US extricate itself peacefully under the protection of the Russians, who are now the real power in the ME.

      But there is still a flash point where outside influence could cause big problems, Idlib. Almost the whole of it is now under control of the Al Qaeda allied group HTS. The Syrians/Russians and maybe Turks are going to have to clear out these terrorists. There is a very good chance that there will be another gas attack false flag (Bolton has been mentioning this event this weekend). If the US reacts to it like last time, this time it could be very dangerous indeed.

      On a lighter note, today the 7th is the Orthodox Christmas Day so Merry Christmas all over again!

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      • lanahi says:

        A false flag event in Syria again is fully expected, but this time it will not work the same as last time, Bolton notwithstanding. Trump is determined to get out of Syria.

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      • lanahi says:

        Israel and the USA are the two major oil exporters now in the world and most of the rest of the middle east is actually running out of oil. So Israel doesn’t need oil enough to justify doing stupid things with Syria. It IS concerned about the balance of power in the region, though…that does affect its very existence. Still, it would be much better for them if there were a stable middle east, if that were at all possible. If the USA withdrew from Syria but made arrangements for relative peace while doing so, I don’t see why Israel would object. Peace in the region depends on Iran not moving in, of course.

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    • GB Bari says:

      Mel – please explain “Check-6” for those of us who missed your explanation.

      If it supposed to mean “watch your back”, ok, but I noticed that you use it at the end of most every post.

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      • montanamel says:

        Literal meaning is “look over your shoulder” while flying…ie: the 6 o’clock position… most attacks in the air come from your rear quarter – most of the time….or, you never see it coming anyway – ie: radar at max range at the radio horizon.
        In my case, it’s more of a habit… kind of like when we “signed” our messages in Korea, with our initials – so there was an accountability trail for every operational message sent. Call it a form of electronic signature verification…
        I once had my account hi-jacked on a site….posts were made under my name…no real easy way to tell “which ones were which”… spooky.

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  11. John Carlson says:

    Look at the bright side. If just a few retired Generals had become Republican Senators, and it would have been RINOS, then to get their support for Wall funding, President Trump would have to double the troop levels in Syria and Afghanistan and Iraq and maybe even invade Russia.

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  12. JohnCarlson says:

    Look at the bright side. If just a few retired Generals had become Republican Senators, and it would have been RINOS, then to get their support for Wall funding, President Trump would have to double the troop levels in Syria and Afghanistan and Iraq and maybe even invade Russia.

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  13. Mike diamond says:

    We like President Trump, durbin is a radical!

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  14. Mike diamond says:

    Is durbin willing to feed and support about 20 illegals at his house!????

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  15. Marygrace Powers says:

    Marygrace Powers says:
    January 11, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”
    -Marcus Tullius Cicero

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    Often times I consider this quote by Cicero, but my resolve
    turns immediately to the man who is POTUS, Donald J. Trump/
    He is no ordinary man and WE WILL SURVIVE THE TREASON WITHIN –
    IMPOSSIBLE IS JUST THE STARTING POINT FOR PDJT.

    Donald Trump, Jr.: ‘For My Father, Impossible Is Just the Starting Point’

    By Susan Jones | July 20, 2016 | 7:00 AM EDT

    “Donald Trump Jr. talks about his mentor and best friend, his father, at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, July 19, 2016. (AP Photo)

    (CNSNews.com) – Donald Trump, Jr., describing himself as “the son of a great man,” urged the nation not to underestimate his father — “a man who has a track record of accomplishing the impossible.”

    “We’re still one country. And we’re going to get it all back,” Trump told the Republican National Convention Tuesday night. “We’re going to get it back better than ever before. I know we’ll get it back because I know my father.

    “I know that when people tell him it can’t be done, that guarantees that he gets it done. I know that when someone tells him that something is impossible, that’s what triggers him into action.”

    https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/susan-jones/donald-trump-junior-my-father-impossible-just-starting-point

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  16. montanamel says:

    How about Senator Brutus, his senior staff, and Mike Pence, all take a “fact-finding junket” to say………… McMurdo Sound Station……. and, (dang) suffer a broken plane….have to “remain over winter time” there… Could me more exciting than counting birds at Atu or Little Diomede, eh?… (and, take away their sat phones!)….

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  17. Mike in a Truck says:

    Ya know how commercial grade dynamite sweats nitroglycerin and becomes very unstable? Thats what these Rinos are dealing with if they think they can outsmart PDJT. Remember-the swamp,deepstate,globalists, deployed their best against him in the primaries. One by one DJT punched his fist up their butts and turned them inside out.Then he did the same to the High Priestess from the Temple of Baal.Watch out.

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    • montanamel says:

      Nothing like DuPont 60/40…
      That’s why I like the solids….Comp 3 and 4 or plain det cord…heck, TNT block works too.
      Safe to handle if you know the drill….or, very unstable if you don’t…kind of like you say, these Rino’s don’t understand… Check-6

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    • mac says:

      “I’m going to shove that bat up your *** and turn you into a popsicle.”–Ajax, of The Warriors, another New Yorker with an attitude.

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  18. whoseyore says:

    They are ALL bought and paid for, every last one of them! If they weren’t purchased on the campaign trail, they are grabbed the minute they pull into D.C. (District of Corruption). Our President (who doesn’t need the money) is the only good guy that I see in town.

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  19. Papoose says:

    At McCain’s funeral, Huma moves through the crowd and embraces Graham. In the video it would appear they are the best of friends/ family members. John Kelly and Jim Mattis watch the scene intently. Kissinger is present and he appears to be the watchman. Huma departs ignoring the gentleman and John Kelly gets Graham’s attention and puts his hand up to eye and motions to say I saw the exchange. Graham becomes sheepish and uncomfortable and brushes his pockets as to say, I have nothing on me. The video is disabled here. I’ll look for it elsewhere. Its so disturbing.

    http://themillenniumreport.com/2018/09/why-is-lindsey-graham-making-common-cause-with-huma-abedin/

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    • Jenevive says:

      I have seen it Lindsay looked about to jump outta his skin
      when the Generals saw him. I wonder if whatever happened there
      had anything to do with the envelops certain people received at
      GHWB funeral. Someone on here noted that THe Clintons Obamas and Pences
      all got them POTUS did not as well as Jimmy Carter not getting one.. Does someone
      know something.?

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    • Papoose says:

      Found one… this is so weird. I saw another one where moments after this. Graham goes to find Kelly and has a quick conversation and retreats back to where he was standing.

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      • tellthetruth2016 says:

        Knowing what we know NOW with the remarks from Mattis and Kelly, makes you wonder what the thumbs up/ eye scratch from Kelly really meant ……. I Definitely know now they weren’t on the side of our President ……

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    • JohnCarlson says:

      I remember John McCain attacking Michelle Bachman for question Huma and the Muslim Brotherhood.

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    • lanahi says:

      To me, that isn’t disturbing. To me, it means they have Lindsey under control through some means. That is a very comforting thought.
      It shows one way that only a moral nation can keep a democratic republic. The ones who can be blackmailed into acting against our interests, will be. When his friend McCain died, something happened to Lindsey. And, yes, I do think it has something to do with his preoccupation with military tribunals. It might have scared him straight…along with reminders now and then from Trump or his staff.

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  20. James Bialas says:

    anyone notice the people in the picture

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  21. California Joe says:

    I get the impression that Chuck “The Bolshevick from Brooklyn” Schumer and Pelosi Galore think that America has a shortage of criminals and welfare recipients!

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  22. muskrat says:

    see if you can find Obamy, Big Moe, Hillary, and others in the painting. HEHEHE

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  23. 335blues says:

    Apparently, Cicero knew McConnell personally.

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  24. markjohnson2303 says:

    I work for the federal government, CBP to be specific. I was working today with no expectation of getting paid anytime soon. But you know what? I don’t care… I’ll take one for the team. This issue is sooo important. I’ve been waiting for over 20 years for a president who is willing to fight for what is right. We’ve finally got that man… that fighting president in Trump. So for all of those cuck Republican politicians who might be feeling a bit antsy about the optics of a government shutdown: Grow A Pair! For all of the self-righteous Romneys out there who tremble because Trump might offend the Democrats because of his willingness to stand up for them… for all of those cuck never Trumpers who are so afraid that they won’t be accepted into the academic social circles: go blow yourselves. By God find out what whiskey Trump drinks and hand it out to all the other republicans (hat tip to Lincoln on the subject of Grant).

    Look… I’ve got five people besides myself to support… I hope the shutdown is over soon… but not until funding for border enforcement is approved. This means smart unfettered enforcement to include large physical barriers in ALL the right places (some places there truly is no need for them) and an immigration law overhaul to stop the abuses by those that know how to game the system.

    My family will eat beans and rice… rice and beans until this thing is solved correctly. Get behind our man in the White House and encourage him to remain resolute.

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    • California Joe says:

      Thank you for your service, Mark! My son was CBP in Florida and the stories he told me about the insane management siding with the illegal immigrants all the time drove me crazy. All management cared about was limiting overtime! My daughter is with ICE. Both are working without pay!

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    • pochas94 says:

      Be sure to communicate your difficulties to Pelosi and Schumer. Tell them they need to quit playing politics and come to the table.

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    • Sentient says:

      Thank you, Mark, for keeping the big picture in mind!

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    • GB Bari says:

      Sincere thanks Mark for your service and sacrifice for this deadly-important issue.

      Liked by 4 people

    • mac says:

      Mark, I worked for the DOD as a civil servant at one point. You have my most sincere sympathy. I know what it’s like to work in a place where very few people actually care about getting the job done properly and the vast majority are only interested in timeserving. To say it is frustrating is to be guilty of gross understatement.

      Good luck!

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  25. railer says:

    When Trump announced the Syria withdrawal on December 19th, I immediately took it as a direct shot at the Swamp and Deep State, and as an announcement directly related to the wall, which was faltering in Congress. He had just then forced the House to pass legislation with the wall funding, but the Senate refused to consider it, meaning McConnell refused to consider it. Trump immediately attacked a Swamp and Deep State crown jewel, the Assad overthrowal in Syria.

    Trump has had this weapon in his arsenal for a while now. He wanted out of Syria and the Assad overthrow, but his GCC has required careful husbandry and a US ground presence does have value in that regard. But it’s the elimination of the anti Assad war that’s got the Deep State and Swamp so frazzled. The Kurds will now go back over to Assad and we will return to status quo in that region, with the additional bonus of the new GCC. Trump is threatening Deep State with a fait accompli, and using a mere pause in that policy movement as leverage on the wall. This is a classic Trump formulation. Heads I win, tails you lose.

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    • GB Bari says:

      So you are making the case that VSGPDJT designed the timing of his announcement to exit Syria to create instant leverage for the Wall funding. That the “leverage” idea wasn’t an after-the-fact idea.

      It sure sounds perfectly Trumpian to me. It also makes me feel better that PDJT is fully aware of the “Brutus” characters surrounding him (like Graham, McConnell, Mattis, Kelly etc).

      I recall that PDJT told someone in a televised interview last year that of the many “surprises” he felt after taking office, the biggest surprise to him was the amount and depth of treachery and disingenuousness and inter-connectedness that ran throughout almost everyone in DC. Or he said words to that effect. For DJT to be that surprised at his age and experience, says something (not nice) about DC.

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      • railer says:

        Yes, Trump would obviously have a global list of leverage options available to pressure his Swamp negotiating partners. It’s what he does. These would be listed, analyzed and woven into an overall strategy for deployment at the most opportune time. You want your decisions to have positive effect in depth and breadth, not in just discrete fashion. And you want to strike your negotiating partner in his ‘nads. As Reagan said: “Punish your enemies.”

        These leverage options are most effective when they involve policy that Trump despises but the Swamp and Deep State cherishes… and the anti-Assad War in Syria is certainly one of those. With all of their black hearts, the globalist masters of the universe have worked to overthrow Assad, and Trump is now poised with a dagger ready to plunge it through their black hearts. And he has matched this move to the magnitude of his border policy want.

        This is a carefully crafted strategy, and the suddenness and timing of it shows these events to be of a piece. This isn’t by happenstance. We really need to absorb the genius and ruthlessness of this man. You truly should work with this man at some level, even if you hate him. He will hurt you.

        The Swamp and Deep State are freaking out right now over Syria (and the GCC, coming Afghan deal, China et al). It is a total freakout. They know their cherished dream in Syria is in jeopardy. Mattis, Kelly, that Pentagon guy today, Graham and the other neocon hacks… they are literally freaking out. Their paymasters are freaking out, too. You will see movement.

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        • lanahi says:

          War isn’t kind, and Trump certainly is fighting a war at home. Not that they have exactly inspired kindness and sympathy either.

          One good thing is that Trump does not depend on the CIA or FBI or others to give him truthful briefings. He depends almost exclusively on military intelligence who are more efficient anyway. And this intelligence also gives him all the “insight” he needs on the people who work around him too. Which is why he has a leash on Lindsey, I suspect.

          At the Putin summit, the reporters tried goading Trump into saying he trusted Putin more than he did his own intelligence agencies. After all the grief he got from those intelligence agencies, I thought: “Of course he does, stupid!” Why would he trust the CIA?

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          • railer says:

            Good post. The globalists constantly bleat about the “17 intelligence agencies” who have reported on something or another, usually some Deep State imperative. Trump knows that’s all fake and contrived, as you make clear. He doesn’t bother fighting with them publicly, he just makes his moves. It’s simple and efficient.

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  26. Ausonius says:

    Mr./Miss/Ms Sundance: I have sent you e-mails and written a reply every time you use a FAKE quote from “Cicero.”

    Cicero wrote no such statement! You will not find the speech or the letter written by Cicero where this statement is found: IT DOES NOT EXIST!

    Is anyone listening? Your “Cicero” quotation is a paraphrase of a scene from a novel about Cicero by Taylor Caldwell, called A Pillar of Iron.

    I want the Conservative Treehouse to be free of any charge of “fakery” or of posting falsehoods. This is easily the fourth time I have spotted this fake “quotation” in the last year or so. I would hope that you do not want to open yourself or this website to criticism from Leftists, especially the “Oh yeah? Well you used a fake quote from Cicero!” kind!

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  27. JTR says:

    Sounds like a war starting on our border just across from Pharr, TX. This was Friday.

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  28. Nikita's_UN_Shoe says:

    The Cicero quote primarily applies to Barry HUSSEIN Zer0Bama.

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  29. JX says:

    Thursday, January 3, 2019 Rubio introduced 19 bills.
    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CREC-2019-01-03/html/CREC-2019-01-03-pt2-PgS19-2.htm

    One of those, S. 1, is to “to halt the wholesale slaughter of the Syrian people”
    https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/1/all-info?r=17
    The text of this bill is not yet available online

    McConnell plans on passing this bill next week.
    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CREC-2019-01-04/pdf/CREC-2019-01-04-senate.pdf
    see bottom right of page one

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  30. Perot Conservative says:

    Wow. Reading the comments here, its as if LGs bold and forceful first 80% of the conversation.

    He called out Pelosi, her $1 comment, border agents being called racists, pro American people being called racists, and Demoncrats sending staffers (I call it the C Team) to meet with the Vice President.

    I’m not saying I trust him, but this sounds like the LG who loudly and passionately defended Kavanaugh.

    Humm, is he looking to 2024 to run for the WH?

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    • Mo says:

      No he just really wants to make the coc and the mic owner’s happy. He is not speaking up on behalf of the President or Our benefit, but it would be real difficult to know if You didn’t know.

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  31. Nikita's_UN_Shoe says:

    Which powerful member of Congress is Lindsey chumming up with, now that songbird is gone? And, how much of songbirds influence has affected Lindsey’s thought process? Always questions, but never answers, unless seen in anti-Trump results.

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  32. Trump Fan says:

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/01/01/ohio-hospital-resident-antisemitic/

    Yes, America need the wall.
    To safe America for people like this woman.

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  33. California Joe says:

    There were 2,500 murders in Tijuana in 2018 while a few hundred yards across the border San Diego (County and City) had 74. Attempts by Governor Brown, Chuck “The Bolshevick from Brooklyn” Schumer and Pelosi Galore to eliminate the border constitute a national emergency! We cannot allow the lawlessness in Mexico to be moved here!

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  34. yonason says:

    “Republican Senator Lindsey ‘Marcus Junius Brutus‘ Graham (U-DC)…”

    His support of President Trump and Conservative issues, after having been on the other side for so long, doesn’t ring true, despite his seeming to say and do all the right things. But his earlier behavior and the issues he embraced lead me to suspect that the likelihood that you are wrong is essentially zero. That’s scary, because he seems so sincere now. If I hadn’t seen how he talked and behaved before Trump, I would likely be fooled by him now. Very dangerous adversary.

    But Trump has no doubt often run into that personality type in his business dealings, so I’m optimistic he won’t be fooled and will know how to handle him. …I hope.

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  35. One thing is for sure. He can never be trusted.

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  36. Trending... says:

    Graham highlighted who the enemy is (progressive radicals) and who the enemy is not (Durbin).

    Let this one ride.

    We are really good at eating our own. To me, focus should be on the wall and illegals voting by the millions.

    Meanwhile, trump focus on China.

    A deal with China + wall + fix illegal voting.

    Then campaign for 2020. Unless they poss me off, then I’d get my new AG to fire mueller and release spygate docs – read them out loud at the soTU show.

    The rest of this is noise.

    That’s what I’d do – but I’m just a joe.

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  37. sysconfig says:

    Make no mistake..Like McCaine..Graham..McConnell were always 3 peas in a pod..during the time Gop was an underdog and a topdog….like hyenas..they will not shed their spots..
    Flashback jan 2018
    https://www.teaparty.org/lindsey-graham-gop-allies-issue-demands-amnesty-concessions-trump-284418/
    Graham is a sponsor of the Democrats’s huge DREAM Act amnesty, which would deliver millions of foreign migrants into the nation’s consumer and labor markets at the cost of at least $26 billion during the first ten years.
    http://www.madisonprojectcandidates.com/washington-times-madison-project-knocks-house-gop-for-pushing-amnesty/
    flashback feb 2014
    “Furthermore, promising broad amnesty, long before the fence is built and visa-tracking is implemented, will encourage millions more to flow over the border and overstay their visas to benefit from the inevitable suspension of deportations,” they said.

    The Madison Project is supporting Matt Bevin’s challenge against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, state Sen. Chris McDaniels challenge against Sen. Thad Cochran in Mississippi, and Milton

    https://www.redstate.com/diary/dhorowitz3/2013/05/21/mitch-mcconnell-supports-schumers-amnestyimmigration-deform-bill/
    Flashback 2013
    Mitch McConnell voted for the 1986 amnesty bill. Seldom do lawmakers have the opportunity to rectify the same mistakes in such a dramatic way. Instead he is opting to roll over and genuflect before The Schumercare Democrat Voting Act of 2013. This is endemic of McConnell’s approach to follow from behind instead of lead from the front. He knows that Democrats have the votes to strike down all GOP amendments to put real enforcement triggers in the bill. They have already done that on a committee level. Once the debate proceeds, there is no way to stop the runaway train. Failing to filibuster it now is nothing but a rubber stamp on the bill. And despite McConnell’s carefully choreographed statements, that is exactly what he wants.

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    • railer says:

      Trump is making nice with McConnell, still. This has been his strategic posture for years now. But McConnell is running in an R primary in 2020, and a sudden Trump reversal would be absolutely devastating to McConnell and his primary chances. This is the weapon Trump is silently brandishing. Much like declass, this weapon is arguably more useful as a threat than in actual deployment, at least right now, so Trump will smilingly keep up the show. Make no mistake, McConnell and his paymasters fear this, and we’re approaching the time when “anonymous WH sources” will begin to report on this.

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  38. wodiej says:

    Oh, get off his case. He’s trying. Well done Sen. Graham.

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  39. LULU says:

    I will never ever trust Lindsey Graham. We have watched him shift with the slightest breeze. Lindsey is all about Lindsey and the latest news cycle.

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  40. golfmann says:

    I think of Graham as the Sessions replacement. Wear a MAGA hat for awhile and we welcome with open arms…
    Don’t be quick to trust in these treacherous times is the lesson here.
    If I’m wrong then where is Sessions?

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  41. TruthSavesUs says:

    LMAO Brutus just said this “will have offers on the table, when we’ll find somebody who is not CRAZY to deal with”! Lolol, can’t stop laughing 😂
    Since noname is out of the picture, he sure has changed a lot!

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  42. deplorablegracie says:

    I’m affected by the shutdown but I’m good with it and being a part of it. Without a border we don’t/won’t have a Country 🇺🇸 Thank you President Trump!

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  43. Zippy says:

    On Syria et al, the following is somewhat aligned with our geopolitical goals, too. Example – destabilized regimes fighting internal civil wars or toppled regimes can’t develop the only real threat to US and Israeli dominance in the Middle East – NUCLEAR WEAPONS.

    Yinon Plan

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yinon_Plan

    The term Yinon Plan refers to an article published in February 1982 in the Hebrew journal Kivunim (“Directions”) entitled ‘A Strategy for Israel in the 1980s’.[1]

    It is cited as an early example of characterizing political projects in the Middle East in terms of a logic of sectarian divisions.[11] It has played a role in both conflict resolution analysis by scholars who regard it as having influenced the formulation of policies adopted by the American administration under George W. Bush,[12] and also in conspiracy theories according to which the article either predicted or planned major political events in the Middle East since the 1980s, including the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the overthrowing of Saddam Hussein, the Syrian Civil War and the rise of the Islamic State.

    Yinon argues that the world was witnessing a new epoch in history without precedent, which required both the development of a fresh perspective and an operational strategy to implement it. The rationalist and humanist foundations of Western civilization were in a state of collapse.[14] The West was disintegrating before the combined onslaught of the Soviet Union and the Third World, a phenomenon he believed was accompanied by an upsurge in anti-Semitism, all of which meant that Israel would become the last safe haven for Jews to seek refuge in.[15] The Muslim Arab world circling Israel had been arbitrarily sliced up into 19 ethnically heterogeneous states by imperial powers, France and Great Britain,[16] and was just a ‘temporary house of cards put together by foreigners’ – the notion that pan-Arabism was a house of cards doomed to collapse had been already argued by Fouad Ajami some years earlier[17] – composed of mutually hostile ethnic minorities and majorities, that, once disintegrated into, in Ahmad’s interpretation, feudal tribal fiefdoms, would no longer challenge Israel.[18] Centrifugal factors would give rise to a dynamic of fragmentation that, while highly perilous, would offer Israel opportunities it had failed to exploit in 1967.[16]

    He then proceeds to analyze the weaknesses of Arab countries, by citing what he perceives to be flaws in their national and social structures, concluding that Israel should aim to bring about the fragmentation of the Arab world into a mosaic of ethnic and confessional groupings.[8] ‘Every kind of inter-Arab confrontation,’ he argued, would prove to be advantageous to Israel in the short term.[19] He saw contemporary events in Lebanon as a foreshadowing of future developments overall throughout the Arab world. The upheavals would create a precedent for guiding Israeli short-term and long-term strategies. Specifically, he asserted that the immediate aim of policy should be the dissolution of the military capabilities of Arab states east of Israel, while the primary long-term goal should work towards the formation of unique areas defined in terms of ethnonational and religious identities.[20]

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    • Zippy says:

      To simplify the above:

      1. The Middle East was arbitrarily sliced up into 19 ethnically heterogeneous states by imperial powers, France and Great Britain, and was just a “temporary house of cards put together by foreigners.”
      2. Stability within those countries was maintained only by the iron hand of dictators with that internal stability allowing those countries to develop a military threat against Israeli and US dominance in the ME.
      3. The fix – get rid of the dictators and foment sectarian discord within the heterogeneous states; a destabilized and fragmented country is far less of a threat as it is occupied with and exhausted by internal fighting.

      Tell me that doesn’t exactly describe what has been going on.

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  44. mostlyogauge says:

    Gotta love Bluto!!

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  45. shipley130 says:

    I’m going to take a picture of that “New Roman Democrat Party Empire” painting and use it for my wallpaper. Excellent way to start off my reading today.

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  46. shipley130 says:

    So, bird brain Andrea Mitchell stated yesterday on a Sunday talking heads show (I think it was Face the Nation) that America has to use Chinese steel to build the southern border fence and that we are going to have to pay those high tariffs. Apparently she doesn’t know we have steel mills that are reopening in America.

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  47. Lone Pine says:

    As a huge fan and long student of Roman history…I just love what Sundance did here…it’s like a multilayered dessert 🍮 that you can eat all day…;-)

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