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jcitybone

Insight from former chair of VT Republicans and Scott Brown’s campaign manager. Bernie ”believes what he says, as wild as it may sound.”?

https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/476995-why-trump-should-fear-sanders-much-more-than-warren-in-2020

Sanders may be a socialist, but his populist brand of rabble rousing mirrors Trump, and could cut into the president’s blue-collar base. Warren, on the other hand, is a traditional liberal who poses as a populist. Working-class voters recognize the difference between Sanders’ sincerity and Warren’s sanctimony.

Like him or not, Sanders is anything but fake. He’s been singing off the same song sheet for a half century. You won’t find any big corporations on Bernie’s resume. His disdain for millionaires and billionaires is as fervent as ever, even as he’s become one. He does not shrink from his ideas out of political expediency. He believes what he says, as wild as it may sound.

With the Cold War in the rear view mirror, culturally conservative, blue-collar types can look past Sanders’ ideological extremism to see someone promising to shake up the status quo bigly. That’s the same quality they saw in Trump. In 2016, Trump won Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania by a total of just 77,744 votes. In 2020, he can’t afford any attrition. If the past is a prologue, Sanders can take some of those votes. Warren has no such track record. That’s why President Trump should be rooting for Elizabeth Warren

jcitybone

Really Tulsi. Religious bigotry. That’s rich coming from a BJP supporter

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/476992-gabbard-responds-to-criticism-for-wearing-bjp-scarf-somebody-put-something

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is pushing back against criticism of her supposed support for India’s nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), telling a town hall audience that such attacks are prompted by religious bigotry.

At a New Hampshire town hall on Sunday, the 2020 candidate for president was questioned by an audience member about whether she had financially supported the BJP, which Gabbard denied, over a picture of her appearing next to BJP supporters while wearing a scarf with the party’s logo.

“Sometimes, as we’re standing … people come up and they want to take a picture. Somebody put something around my neck and snapped a picture without my knowing what it was,” she said.

“That’s the reality of … that’s what happened in the picture,” Gabbard continued, before adding, “Any implication or accusation or efforts to elicit some kind of suspicion about me or my motives can only be attributed to religious bigotry because I’m a practicing Hindu.”

Gabbard has faced criticism in the past for attending events hosted by the Overseas Friends of the BJP over the pro-Hindu nationalist views of India’s current ruling political party.

wi62

Between wars over religion and greed no wonder theirs been so little peace for mankind

jcitybone

Just the warmonger billionaire the Dems need!

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-01-06/bloomberg-presidential-campaign-iraq-iran?_amp=true&__twitter_impression=true

With U.S. and allied forces bracing for renewed military conflict in the Persian Gulf, Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg said Monday that he had no regrets over supporting the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.

“I don’t live in a regret world, and I didn’t make the decision,” the former New York City mayor told The Times in an interview in downtown Los Angeles.

Bloomberg recalled that most Americans supported President George W. Bush’s decision to go to war with Iraq in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“America wanted to go to war, but it turns out it was based on faulty intelligence, and it was a mistake,” Bloomberg said after celebrating the opening of his campaign office near Pershing Square.

“But I think the people that made the mistake did it honestly, and it’s a shame, because it’s left us entangled, and it’s left the Middle East in chaos through today.”

When the Iraq war started, Bloomberg was a Republican. He supported Bush for reelection in 2004.

magsview

Awwww, such a “shame” is was, a mistake is all..

polarbear4

what a lie.

“I don’t live in a regret world.” that’s a problem.

jcitybone

The CEO’s of top 5 Pentagon contractors made and average of $22.5 million last year.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/01/06/meet-corporate-war-profiteers-making-killing-trumps-attacks-iran

CEOs of major U.S. military contractors stand to reap huge windfalls from the escalation of conflict with Iran. This was evident in the immediate aftermath of the U.S. assassination of a top Iranian military official last week. As soon as the news reached financial markets, these companies’ share prices spiked, inflating the value of their executives’ stock-based pay.

We can put an end to dangerous war profiteering by denying federal contracts to corporations that pay their top executives excessively. In 2008, John McCain, then a Republican presidential candidate, proposed capping CEO pay at companies receiving taxpayer bailouts at no more than $400,000 (the salary of the U.S. president). That notion should be extended to companies that receive massive taxpayer-funded contracts.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, for instance, has a plan to deny federal contracts to companies that pay CEOs more than 150 times what their typical worker makes.

As long as we allow the top executives of our privatized war economy to reap unlimited rewards, the profit motive for war in Iran—or anywhere—will persist.

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/policy/international/middle-east-north-africa/476970-rouhani-points-to-downing-of-iranian-airliner

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pointed to the downing of an Iranian airliner in a Monday post in response to President Trump’s weekend threat that referenced the Iranian hostage crisis as tensions between the two sides reached a boiling point last week over the U.S. killing a top Iranian general in a drone strike.

Rouhani called attention on Twitter to the 290 people killed when a U.S. Navy cruiser shot down a civilian plane in 1988 after Trump said the U.S. has targeted 52 sites to strike in Iran for the 52 U.S. citizens taken hostage by Iran in 1979.

The Iranian president was referring to the incident when Iran Air Flight 655 was shot down over the Persian Gulf.

magsview

Great pic!

I might have to go to my next DSA meeting to see if I can’t land me one of those issues.

I’m happy to see DSA getting behind Bernie. At the first (hoping to form DSA chapter) meeting I attended I got a bit discouraged when one of the smart young men there, a pony-tailed teacher at a rich prep school (which he had scant respect for..in a polite way) said at one point that of course Bernie wouldn’t be the one to support for 2020. I thought, but who is better? I’d love to meet up with him again.

jcitybone

Moved

magsview

I can’t help but wonder if they’ll make sure to have an odd number of participants in the next debate. That way they can keep Biden front and center, with Bernie, and I guess Warren on the other side.

jcitybone

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/01/read-pentagons-accidental-draft-announcing-iraq-withdrawal.html

On Monday, in a moment that does not inspire confidence in the Trump administration’s ability to manage a conflict with Iran, the Department of Defense accidentally sent a draft of a letter to the Iraqi government announcing the withdrawal of troops from the country after almost 17 years. “Sir, in deference to the sovereignty of the Republic of Iraq, and as requested by the Iraqi Parliament and the Prime Minister, [the Combined Joint Task Force] will be repositioning forces over the course of the coming days and weeks to prepare for onward movement,” read the letter, from Brigadier General William H. Seely III, the commanding general of Task Force Iraq, to the Iraqi Ministry of Defense.

After the Washington Post and Reuters reported on the letter, Defense Secretary Mark Esper issued a vague and confusing denial of its contents. “We are repositioning forces throughout the region, No. 1,” Esper told reporters in an impromptu press conference. “Beyond that, with regard to the letter, which I’ve read once — I can’t tell you the veracity of that letter, and I can tell you what I’ve read. That letter is inconsistent of where we are right now.”

Shortly after Esper’s comments, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark A. Milley, told reporters that the “letter is a draft, it was a mistake, it was unsigned, it should not have been released … poorly worded, implies withdrawal, that is not what’s happening.”

magsview

I read today that:

Defense secretary’s chief of staff, Eric Chewning, resigns

Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s chief of staff, Eric Chewning, will leave the Defense Department at the end of the month, the Pentagon announced Monday.

Chewning will be replaced by Jen Stewart, minority staff director for the House Armed Services Committee. Previously, Stewart worked for Marine Gen. Joe Dunford when he was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The departure of Chewning, who has worked at the Pentagon since October 2017 and has been chief of staff since January 2019, comes as other senior defense officials have resigned in recent weeks, among them Randy Schriver, the assistant secretary for Asian and Pacific affairs; Kari Bingen, the principal deputy undersecretary for intelligence; Jimmy Stewart, the acting undersecretary for personnel and readiness; and Steven Walker, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

A spokesperson for the Pentagon said Chewning’s resignation was “a personal decision and is not related to current events,” adding, “He’s served for 2½ years and is taking time to be with his family and return to the private sector.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/military/defense-secretary-s-chief-staff-eric-chewning-resigns-n1111196

“to be with his family”

wi62

Standard B.S.

orlbucfan

T and R, Benny!! ?☮️

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