48 thoughts on “Bombs Over Damascus”

  1. After given clear instructions to move anything we might really want to hit.  Pretty bad when US goes with a military strike that you wonder if the President wasn’t actually worried about Amazon book sales numbers.

  2. Holy Heritage Foundation’s fingerprints all over this new look for trump.   Tough on russia?  When bolton wants tough on iran.    But, tough on russia shows ‘no collusion’ for his supporters willful ignorance feed.

    bolton and mattis feud?

  3. @#&*#@**!$#&**!!!!!


    praying this morning for all our service members on this mission.

  4. not on subject, but you might want to read part of a former diplomat’s explanation of why he quit.  excerpt from foreign policy journal piece by ted osius:

    A diplomatic career also allowed me the great privilege of serving something bigger than myself: the United States of America. So it was with mixed emotions that I decided in 2017 to resign and join a number of other senior Foreign Service officers headed for the exit. While each of us has a different reason for departing, many of my friends and former colleagues are deeply worried about the policy direction of the current administration, as am I. I fear that some policies are diminishing America’s role in the world, and decided that I could not in good conscience implement them.
    Many of us who were determined to strengthen America’s role in Asia considered that abandoning the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement was a self-inflicted wound. America left the playing field to those who do not share our values, and left American jobs there, too. Others grieved the U.S. abdication of responsibility regarding climate change, especially in a year marked by multiple storms so immense that they are supposed to happen only once in 500 years. A large number of colleagues voiced their dissent regarding the so-called “Muslim travel ban,” abhorrent in a country whose true strength derives from its diversity. What happened to the nation that welcomed “your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”?
    Closer to Home
    And then the outrages came even closer to home. I was asked to press the government in Hanoi to receive from the United States more than 8,000 people, most of whom had fled South Vietnam on boats and through the jungle in the years immediately following the war.
    The majority targeted for deportation—sometimes for minor infractions—were war refugees who had sided with the United States, whose loyalty was to the flag of a nation that no longer exists. And they were to be “returned” decades later to a nation ruled by a communist regime with which they had never reconciled. I feared many would become human rights cases, and our government would be culpable.
    I assessed that this repulsive policy would destroy our chances of success in pursuing President Donald Trump’s other goals for relations with Vietnam: reducing the trade deficit, strengthening military relations and coping with regional threats to peace such as those emanating from North Korea. I voiced my objections, was instructed to remain silent, and decided there was an ethical line that I could not cross if I wished to retain my integrity.


    the guardian today also has a story about him:
    US envoy to Vietnam quit in protest at Trump plan to deport thousands of refugees
    Ted Osius says administration asked him to press Vietnam to accept the deportees, who had mostly fled to America after 1975



  5. our vocabulary lesson for today from

    wapo https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2018/04/13/kakistocracy-a-374-year-old-word-that-means-government-by-the-worst-just-broke-the-dictionary/?utm_term=.a34f3b8da5f8

    Kakistocracy, a 374-year-old word that means ‘government by the worst,’ just broke the dictionary


    Searches for the kakistocracy surged to the top of Merriam-Webster, arguably the hippest of the major dictionaries, which recently made “dumpster fire” an official English word.
    So Merriam-Webster wrote a short explainer. Kakistos is Greek for “worst,” so kakistocracy means government by the worst people.
    The plural is kakistocracies, the dictionary added, in case the world one day ends up with two of them.

    📈’Kakistocracy’: government by the worst people https://t.co/9S5trfdY4w

    — Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) April 13, 2018

    Merriam-Webster traced the word’s first known use to a 159-word sentence in a sermon by a supporter of King Charles I during the English Civil War in 1644.
    Brennan wasn’t the first person to use the word after him. It appeared in the epigraph of a 1992 book about Dan Quayle, and then the name of a Tennessee punk band.
    Paul Krugman rolled the word out in the New York Times near the beginning of Trump’s presidency: “An American kakistocracy — rule by the worst.”
    This isn’t even the first time it’s surged on Merriam-Webster. The dictionary had to explain the word last summer, too, after MSNBC host Joy Reid used it, once again, to drag Trump.
    This time, however, kakistocracy blew up the charts, with dictionary searches spiking nearly 14,000 percent after Brennan’s tweet.
    The second most popular word of the day was “slimeball,” which had been Trump’s verbiage in the tweet to which Brennan was replying.
    Your kakistocracy is collapsing after its lamentable journey. As the greatest Nation history has known, we have the opportunity to emerge from this nightmare stronger & more committed to ensuring a better life for all Americans, including those you have so tragically deceived. https://t.co/eC6LATH2Gd

    — John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) April 13, 2018

  6. politicususa:  Rachel Maddow Drills Trump For Using Syria Strike As Russia Distraction


    Rachel Maddow immediately discussed the damage that Trump is doing to the credibility of the US by exploring the perception that Trump launched the Syria military strikes to distract from the Russia scandal.


    Rachel Maddow immediately discussed the damage that Trump is doing to the credibility of the US by exploring the perception that Trump launched the Syria military strikes to distract from the Russia scandal.

    Maddow said:
    As we follow the news in these incredible days that we have been having recently in our country. It is worth considering on a night like tonight that there are — there are national security consequences to having a presidency that is as chaotic as Mr. Trump’s presidency, a presidency that is as consumed by scandal and criminal intrigue as his presidency is. It has national security consequences when the president orders missile strikes on Syria on a night like tonight. The strategic effect of that strike will be assessed by both our allies and our enemies. Other countries and entities involved in the fight in Syria are considering their role in Syria are going to try to figure out how they’re going to react to this U.S. Strike. It will affect those other countries’ view of this strike. It will affect their reaction to it will, therefore, affect the utility of this military strike if the president of the United States is believed to have issued the order to launch this strike tonight even in part because people think he wanted to distract from a catastrophic domestic scandal that is blowing up at home at the same time.
    The perception that the president may have ordered these strikes in part because of scandal will affect the impact and the effectiveness of these military strikes. Unavoidably. Even if the tail is not wagging the dog. Even if you give the president every benefit of the doubt. Even if his calculations about whether to launch this action against Syria tonight was taken with absolutely no regard for what else is going on in the president’s life right now, what else is going on in the president’s life right now unavoidably creates a real perception around the globe that that may have been part of the motivation both for what he did and particularly for when he did it. And it is a sad thing and it is an upsetting thing in terms of American influence in the world and the risks we take when we use American military power anywhere. But that perception, that this president under this much siege may have made this decision that was in any way inflected by the scandals surrounding him, that by necessity has shaped America’s national security options for who we are in the world tonight and it will unavoidably shape the impact of this military action.

    Rachel Maddow nailed the perception
    It is impossible to avoid the perception that these strikes are taking place to distract from the Russia scandal. Trump loudly telegraphed that strikes were coming on Twitter, but the launch of these strikes on the same week that the Russia scandal has mushroomed and consumed the White House looks like a blatant attempt to change the subject and rally the country behind Trump.
    Trump is so corrupt and not credible that people assume the worst in his motives because that is usually the truth.
    Trump can’t distract from Russia with some illegal air strikes. The Russia scandal will continue to roll on, and Trump can’t wrap himself around the flag to save his presidency.

  7. Just took a look at my venerable copy of Webster’s Third International. They define ‘the word’ on page 1231 as ‘government by the worst men’

  8. Crapistocracy

    Government by sh/t heads


    Pence probably has a halfy because he thinks this is the beginning of the end times.

    Allowing Russia cover before the air strikes is just proof that the collusion continues.  TREASON!

    Hope our men & women come home safely.

  9. alternative spelling is cockistocracy which tends to support the …”worst men” application of the word.

  10. “Mission Accomplished” The worst and second worse presidents agree on something.  A pair many people say spent their youth screwing around too much.

    How close is Mueller (not NYSD) to putting Cohen away?  If the report is correct about the idiot being in a place he said he never was, talking to people he said he never talked to and lying about it are correct, probably very close.  Then having NYSD pack him up on other criminal charges is so much fun.  Of course it was not worth the billions of dollars wasted to blow holes in a few empty buildings.

  11. bId, not collusion in this instance, but common-sense deconfliction of airspace with the intention of saying we will be there, please avoid.

  12. Good sign Mattis resisted Trump/Bolton and we didn’t do something risky. Of course that probably means he’ll have to go.

    Heading to Orlando today to begin my hip adventure. Two weeks of preliminaries, surgery on May 1.If any of you have an evergreen post in you that I can pre-schedule for May 1-5, that’d be helpful.

    And going forward, Trail Mix becomes a teenager (13y0) June 5.

  13. was this another attempt to spur beauregard to resign?   sure is another humiliation for someone who just made speeches around the country about cracking down.


    la times: Trump administration abandons crackdown on legal marijuana


    President Trump personally directed the abrupt retreat, which came at the behest of Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado. White House officials confirmed the policy shift Friday. Trump did not inform Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions in advance of the change in policy, an almost unheard of undermining of a Cabinet official.



    and Denver post:  President Trump to Cory Gardner: Colorado’s legal marijuana won’t be targeted by Jeff Sessions, Justice Department 

  14. Craig, I’m well aware of your distain for the Royal Family. That said, I hope you saw that the Duke is up and around and out of the hospital a week after his hip replacement. Provided it is surgically feasible, the anterior approach to relief is a wonderful improvement to the former method.

  15. the atlantic: 
    Why Trump Hasn’t Fired Sessions
    The president has reportedly been musing about firing his attorney general since last summer. Here’s why it hasn’t happened yet.

  16. Hip replacements have come a long way — when people I know first started getting them the stay in the hospital was longer and the recovery longer — now it’s up and out and you will be bouncing about sooner than you think.   We had a cocktail/bbq for one first in the early group because she was in the hospital for a whole week  — by the time the next wave rolled around  most people were barely in the hospital overnight.   It sounds like a big deal but it isn’t anymore.

  17. When I had my neck surgery done, I went to the referral surgeon, listened to his spiel, then spent some time in his waiting room listening to disgruntled patients discussing their outcomes among one another. I left the establishment without scheduling the surgery and self-referred myself to the group surgical practice at the State University’s teaching hospital in Georgia.

    As Kumcho and I waited in their waiting room I listened to the patients who were returning for their post-ops–they were ecstatic; I was sold!

    Craig, check your waiting room before climbing on that gurney!

  18. I think the bombing is all to convince SFB’s lame ass voters that he is tough on Russia so the whole Russian investigation is silly

  19. Bon voyage on your way to becoming a hipster…as the trail approaches the terrific teens.


  20. Trumpsky thinks he is a success because of this?  Nope.   And, we will still be watching the Comey interview because the enemy of my enemy is my friend…and Trumpsky is the enemy of the people. And, we still want to know about Cohen and Prague and all of the other ick.   Starting a war doesn’t make his problems go away.

  21. Tell me again how the Republicans haven’t based their reason for being on racism

  22. faux news is a 24/7 perpetual phenakistiscope. As, if anyone on earth really needs a phenakistiscopy. Desires, yes; needs, no.

  23. In the previous thread a couple of Trail Hands mentioned Mr Nash 2.0. Where is that youngster ?

  24. xrepub, I wrote to the email I had for Nash several times. No response or bounce back. Miss him sorely.

    Flatus, like the waiting room advice but this orthopedic clinic (Jewett) is where I’ve had 2 surgeries since high school. On the knee and ankle. Both were flawless, so feeling good about them. My DC primary doc vouched for them as one of the best, noted that clinic’s founder in 1940’s practically invented orthopedic care. Health care in Orlando is remarkably good, almost a mecca for the finest doctors because, according to a heart surgeon I once asked about this, the highest number of golf courses per capita in the nation.

  25. Couple of weeks ago I received my personal wi-fi endoscope from Amazon. Very impressive device.

  26. Jack,

    My Boy Jack has secured his Derby spot with his win in the Lexington earlier today.  I’ll have the standings for everyone else tomorrow after we know who wins the Arkansas Derby, the last of the grade one races before May.


  27. Craig,

    The Derby is May 5 so I’ll do my annual post as soon as I know who is running and something new to write about it.  lol


  28. Speaking of Phenakistiscope, if you have never seen the movie HUGO make the effort.  A truly beautiful film of the magic that is film.


  29. sickening …

    112 tomahawk missiles launched at Syria.

    Each costs $1.87M to make.

    That’s $224M total.

    Estimated cost to replace Flint Michigan’s pipes? $55M.

  30. Everything is being coated in ice. I got home from work *just in time.*

    My thoughts to all others so attacked tonight. It is what it is, but what it is …. pure nasty.

    Mr Crawford, loved the missiles/Flint pipes comparison. Ha, we uber expensively bomb a place in punishment for gassing kids while letting our own kids get poisoned.

    Whatever your thoughts about the Duke of Edinburgh, his mother & grandmother were remarkable women with strange, challenging lives. There are some good books out there about them. His father on the other hand was a jerk.


  31. And now we wait to see what Russia & Iran (and maybe Lil Kim) do in response.

    sj – Glad you got home.  Stay warm

  32. Our ‘winter’ storm is delivering 14″ – 18″ of birdshot sized snow.

    At 10″ now, and we are still getting snow from the east.


  33. Press Release

    Today Field Marshall don ‘Winner’ trump, the greatest military leader in the history, past or future, of the sidereal universe and beyond, perfectly launched 112 tremendously powerful missiles at the enemy. And, they only missed the Kremlin by 1,500 miles. That’s precision; that’s control. A winner !

    Remember, the wall. Crooked Hillary. Lying Comey. Leaky Justice Department. Diseased Mexicans. Cheating China. No collusion. None. Very bad. Witch hunt.

    “YUUUUUJ win for my side!” our Leader confides to the entire world.

  34. The Twins (former D.C. Senators) and the black sox (former St Paul Saints) postponed todays game because the snow was too deep. Sissies.

    Just paint the ball orange, dammit.

  35. Give Nero a triumph. Have him drive a golden chariot under the Golden Arches. A golden Cadillac will do.

    Actually, I’m half expecting Sec’y Mad Dog to declare martial law and remove the clown to a military hospital for safe keeping. I’m not counting on it, by any means. But things are beginning to look off track, out of control, beyond the rough, and hurtling toward a leaking gasoline tanker.

    Sec’y Mad Dog looks kinda like the closest thing to an adult up at the Massa’s House. And although the soubriquet Mad Dog does not instill a feeling of confidence in our safety, the klepto-kids running the other departments instill even less.

    Save us, oh Lord, from things that go BLAM! in the night.

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