COUNTDOWN TO DISASTER
Trump Takes On The World
by William Thomas
No doubt about it, the world’s craziest leader no longer resides in North Korea. It seems the recently sworn-in and now mostly sworn-at U.S. President will do anything for attention. But the “orange clown” as he is known by U.S.’ers online, is not funny.
Here’s how the presidential pretender’s doing so far in his tireless one-man campaign to unite the world (against him), force national leaders to grow backbones, and motivate women across the USA to call for a national work-and-shopping strike on February 17. Too bad they didn’t include a sex stoppage. That would do it… [This writer has seen how a self-imposed sex ban worked almost overnight to stop violence on the community level.]
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on her landslide election victory
DEC. 2, 2016
On a Friday, the worst day of the week to attempt new business, the President-Elect goes where no U.S. commander-in-chief has dared venture since Tricky Dick restored diplomatic relations with China in 1979, by speaking (gasp!) directly to the President of Taiwan, a place Beijing regards as a renegade province.
Three days before, Trump had called Pakistan Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif a “terrific guy” – pissing off India.
Three days later, after duly considering their response, China’s government lodges a formal complaint with the United States over a phone call that “overturned decades of diplomatic protocol,” CNN reports.
Since 1979, US-China relations have been governed by a set of protocols known as the "one China" policy,” the cable network notes.
President Rodrigo Duterte takes aim
Dec. 4, 2016
TO: THE PHILLIPINES
President-elect Donald J. Trump tells Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte that his decision to send death squads to fill the streets of Manila with bullet-riddled corpses is "the right way" to combat the dangerous drugs not provided by Big Pharma.
A delighted Duterte says he is greatly pleased with the "rapport" he has with the newly elected U.S. president. “He wishes me well in my campaign and said that we are doing, as he so put it, 'the right way,' " Duterte discourses.
Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto not a Trump fan
Jan. 26. 2017
Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto cancels an upcoming visit to Washington to meet with the Mexico-baiting U.S. president after Trump signs an executive order to proceed with construction of a 1,300-mile-long apartheid wall that Mexico for some reason – perhaps self-interest, or just plain common sense – refuses to pay for.
“Mexico reiterates its willingness to work with the US to achieve agreements which benefit both nations,” Nieto
adds in a follow-up tweet, after taking heavy flak at home for not standing up to the bully from El Norte.
Trump doubles down by repeating his strident claim that the U.S.-initiated free trade agreement with Canada and Mexico – known as NAFTA – is “a terrible deal” and “a total disaster” since its inception.
Steve Bannon - from Breibart News to “running” a U.S. president
JAN. 29, 2017
TO: THE USA AND THE WORLD
President Trump blows up his own nation’s top interagency advisory committee on national policy – the National Security Council – by elevating his chief strategist and go-to guy, Steve Bannon to a seat on that council, while relegating the director of National Intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to part-time, don’t-call-us-we’ll-call-y’all status.
“Bannon… is said to be… driving the flurry of executive actions [during] the first week of the administration,” NPR nearly reveals.
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who served under Obama and George W. Bush, calls the demotions a "big mistake" in an interview with ABC News.
Former national security adviser Susan Rice terms the move "stone cold crazy," tweeting, "Who needs military advice or intel to make policy on ISIL, Syria, Afghanistan, DPRK?”
Amerian hero - Attorney General Sally Yates
Jan. 30, 2016
TO: THE UNITED STATES
Trump replaces acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she orders the still-functioning Department of Justice to stop defending his ad hoc refugee ban. [AP Jan 30/17]
“Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration,” a White House press statement rants, excoriating the person Trump had personally asked to stay on for having “betrayed” the Department of Justice that she headed by upholding the Constitution and laws of the United States.
“I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right,” Yates writes in a disturbingly coherent letter announcing her position. “At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the Executive Order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the Executive Order is lawful.”
More than 100 State Department employees circulate a memorandum voicing their opposition to Trump’s attempted Muslim ban. “We have a special obligation,” the draft memo says, “to maintain an immigration system that is as free as possible from discrimination, that does not have an implied or actual religious tests, and that views individuals as individuals, not as part of stereotyped groups.”
The memo warns that the ban will also alienate key allies in the Middle East.
“They should either get with the program or they can go,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer says, effectively declaring war on the State Department.
Trump’s replacement acting AG – the all-male, all-the-time Dana Boente – promises to obey the Trumpster, and “defend and enforce” all laws to which his president agrees.
Senator Jeff Sessions losing it during the Donald’s campaign
Renowned racist, Senator Jeff Sessions is expected to be confirmed by the Senate immediately. The man Trump has personally picked to be the 84th attorney general of the United States was once rejected as too racist to be a federal judge over allegations he called a black attorney “boy,” suggested a white lawyer working for black clients was a “race traitor”, joked that the only issue he had with the Ku Klux Klan was their drug use, and referred to civil rights groups as “un-American” organizations trying to “force civil rights down the throats” of bigots who would rather not be bothered.
Senator Sessions has also questioned the reality of melting ice sheets, escalating extreme weather events, and overwhelming scientific consensus on (mostly) manmade climate change.
“There’s been a lot of hype, and people are feeling the crunch already in their electric bills ... in our effort to
stop temperatures that don’t seem to be rising,” Sessions bizarrely said in a 2014 Senate floor speech.
He’s also and savaged the EPA, voting to eliminate the U.S. environmental agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases. “Carbon pollution,” Jeff explained in 2015, “is not a pollutant. It’s a plant food, and it doesn’t really harm anybody except that it might include temperature increases” currently causing even more havoc than the latest U.S. attempt at self-governance. Which, admittedly, is difficult while trying to govern everyone else.
National Security Adviser General Michael Flynn
Feb 1, 2017
TO: USA, IRAN AND EVERYONE WHO USES OIL
Before putting Iran “officially on notice,” National Security Adviser General Michael Flynn specifically refers to the Iranian regime’s “provocative ballistic launch” after that long-threatened government dares conduct a missile test. Only the United States and its allies are allowed to conduct missile tests, or take other steps to defend their country’s borders.
Gen. In-Like-Flynn tells a White House press briefing, "As of today, we're officially putting Iran on notice."
But the Pentagon – among many others – has zero clue what putting Iran "on notice" actually means.
"We are waiting for something to come down the line,” says a bewildered spokesman for U.S. Central Command. He adds that the U.S. military has not changed “anything operationally in the region."
But Lawrence Brennan, a professor of maritime law and former U.S. Navy commander, says on-scene navy commanders may now elect to fire on “harassing” Iranian PT boats protesting U.S. Navy harassment – “sooner rather than later.”
An immediate “upshot” of a U.S. –Iran shooting war will see all tankers transporting 1/3rd of the world’s oil instantly fleeing the Persian Gulf and the 21-mile-wide Straits of Hormuz.
Aussie PM Malcolm Turnbull has trouble processing Trump’s tirade
Feb. 1, 2017
Trump calls Malcolm Turnbull to blast the Australian Prime Minister for a deal already agreed to by the United States to take in 1,250 refugees stranded for years in camps on remote Pacific Islands far from their former homelands: U.S.-incited violence-riven countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq. Also Washington’s favourite tar- baby, Iran.
This is news to official White House spokesman Sean Spicer and the U.S. Embassy in Australia, who have said Trump would honor the deal. In return, Canberra agreed to resettle refugees from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
The detention camps down under have drawn heavy fire from the UN and other human rights groups. Last year, Amnesty International accused Australia of turning Nauru into an "open-air prison," saying that the government is subjecting asylum seekers to an “elaborate and cruel system of abuse.”
Australia, the United States, and NGOs have already checked their backgrounds and verified the status of desperate refugee family members viewed by Trump as probable rapists, thieves, terrorist-in-waiting – and even worse, politically damaging. ‘Seems Obama’s agreement with the Aussies is running head-on into the Donald’s ill-advised and even worse-executed Muslim ban.
Trump tells Turnbull that he is “going to get killed” politically, and accuses Australia of trying to export the “next Boston bombers.” Better make that, “alleged” Boston Bombers, since outside of official 9/11-style pronouncements no one knows for sure what really went down.
At one point in his tantrum, Trump informs the amazed Aussie that he had spoken with four other world leaders that day – including his pal Putin – and “this was the worst call by far.”
Aides later explain that by the time he placed the call at 5 in the afternoon, their boss was bagged after causing so much worldwide consternation and mayhem.
(Actually, a senior U.S. official tells the Washington Post, the gaff-ridden “president” did not see a specific advantage America would gain by honoring the deal.)
“Plus we’ve already been told that starting too early in the morning is cutting into Trump's television time,” mentions Mark Sumner for the Daily Kos. “From now one, all world crises must be scheduled after 9:30 and before noon.”
Less than halfway through the scheduled hour-long call, Trump hangs up after reportedly telling the Aussie PM that he is… hanging up.
Even the leaders of countries at each other’s throats don’t hang up in each other – let alone staunch (or formerly firm) allies.
“Australia and the United States are among the five nations that make up the Five Eyes group, the world's leading intelligence-sharing network.
“The United States also plans to send” extra warplanes to northern Oz this year “as part of a U.S. Marines deployment” to provoke China over possessions it has long claimed in the South China Sea. Australia is also one of 10 U.S. allies wasting billions on the problem-plagued F-35 fighter plane – already renowned as the world’s most expensive lemon.
Feb. 2, 2017
If Mexico Can’t Handle Its “Bad Hombres,” The U.S. Could Send Troops South of The Border – headline in The Telegraph, London.
In a move that rattles capitols around the world, Trump phones President Enrique Pena Nieto to threaten a U.S. military invasion of his country.
“You aren't doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn't, so I just might send them down to take care of it," Trump tells President Nieto, referring to a drug problem primarily Made In The USA.
Seattle judge Judge James Robart overturns Trump Muslim ban -court artist
Feb. 4, 2017
TO: 7 PREDOMINANTLY MUSLIM NATIONS
The Steve Bannon-crafted executive order banning properly documented travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States is blocked by Seattle judge James Robart, a George W. Bush appointee. The legal challenge is brought by the state of Washington and later joined by Minnesota.
Judge Robart helpfully points out that no attacks have been carried out on U.S. soil by individuals from the seven countries affected by the travel ban since 9/11. (Most of those attackers hailed from Saudi Arabia, which escaped the ban.) For Trump’s order to be constitutional, Robart says, it has to be “based in fact, as opposed to fiction.”
The reality-based judge also rules that the states have legal standing to sue, which means that states’ “attorneys general can take on Trump in court on issues beyond immigration,” huffs the Huffington Post.
Unhappy American women dispute Trump's flawed triumph -Getty