U.S. Navy photo/Chief Mass Communication Specialist James E. Foehl
I’ve known H.R. McMaster since he was a major. I’ve known his wife since he was a captain. I am sorry to see his military career end this way.
I’ve seen him at war. He has done a lot for his country. He deserved an ending better than this. Trump just smears shit on everyone he comes in contact with. We have a deranged psychopath as president. It makes me grateful that we have constitutional checks and balances. Now we only need Congress to stand on its hind legs.
Here is how that weasel Trump put it: “I am pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Advisor. I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend. There will be an official contact handover on 4/9."
H.R. actually would have made a good advisor to Obama, I think. They would have clashed, intellectually, but each also would have appreciated the spirit brought to the question. Trump didn’t. He wanted loyalty, without question. He couldn’t handle the truth. He’s a punk.
H.R. will be ok. He’ll teach, he’ll write. He won’t go to jail, as will many of the people around Trump and, I think, perhaps Trump himself. I think Jared Kushner especially.
But more than about individuals, I worry today about the nation. This is like having Aaron Burr as president—a selfish, unfeeling, amoral president only in it for himself, and capable of treason. The American republic is a more fragile thing than some people think. I feel like right now we are living in a low-grade oligarchy. This is not where I expected to be in 2018.
Islamic state members walk in the last besieged neighborhood in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria February 18, 2019. (Reuters/Rodi Said)
NEAR BAGHOUZ, Syria (Reuters) - The Islamic State appeared closer to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday, as a civilian convoy left the besieged area where U.S.-backed forces estimate a few hundred jihadists are still holed up.
Russian President Vladimir Putin fires a fortress cannon. (Associated Press/Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin)
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Wednesday that Russia will target the U.S. with new weapons should Washington decide to deploy intermediate-range ballistic missiles (ICBMs) to Europe following the recent death of a Cold War-era arms control agreement, according to multiple reports.
He threatened to target not only the host countries where U.S. missiles might be stationed but also decision-making centers in the U.S.
U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 317th Airlift Wing walk to waiting family members and friends after stepping off of a C-130J Super Hercules at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 17, 2018 (U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)
The U.S. Air Force has issued new guidelines for active-duty, reserve and National Guard airmen who are considered non-deployable, and officials will immediately begin flagging those who have been unable to deploy for 12 consecutive months for separation consideration.