Russia

I, nut job

Featured image We should note for the record the latest New York Times Trump-bashing leak. It arrives with a twist. This one seems to come — courtesy of “an American official” reading a memo to the Times — from inside the White House itself. Trump is now under attack by his own staff. Meeting in the Oval Office on May 10 with Russia’s ambassador and foreign minister, President Trump shared his feelings »

How Barack Obama Conspired With an Enemy to Undermine US Foreign Policy

Featured image The Democrats are trying to make a scandal out of the fact that representatives of the Trump campaign communicated with Russians, even though those communications were 100% appropriate. I had forgotten about this post, which I wrote in March 2015, until Rush Limbaugh read from it on his program yesterday. It reminds us what a REAL scandal involving a presidential campaign and foreign policy looks like: In 2008, the Bush »

Time to “lawyer up”

Featured image Earlier today, I questioned Eli Lake’s view that Rod Rosenstein did President Trump a favor by appointing Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russian involvement in the U.S. election, etc. This Wall Street Journal editorial contends that Rosenstein did no favor to anyone other than the Democrats and their allies. The Journal argues: While the [appointment of Mueller] will provide some short-term political relief, not least for Mr. Rosenstein, »

U.S. planes hit pro-Assad military convoy

Featured image The New York Times reports that American warplanes in Syria attacked a pro-government convoy today, after it ignored warnings and violated a restricted zone around a base where United States and British Special Forces train Syrian rebels to fight ISIS. American officials say that more than 20 vehicles drove within 18 miles of the al-Tanf base in southern Syria which houses the American and British Special Forces. This constituted a »

Did Rosenstein do Trump a favor?

Featured image Eli Lake argues that Rod Rosenstein did President Trump a favor by appointing Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead the Russia investigation. Lake says the appointment has quieted a crisis that was consuming Trump’s presidency. He may be right. Certainly, Rosenstein’s move will serve the administration’s short term interests — as well as Rosenstein’s, who suddenly was under vicious attack for doing no more than writing a memo about »

DOJ appoints Robert Mueller special counsel for Russia investigation

Featured image Robert Mueller, a former prosecutor who served as the FBI director from 2001 to 2013, has been appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to serve as special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the U.S. election, etc. Rosenstein explained: In my capacity as acting attorney general, I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a special counsel to assume responsibility »

Hysteria mounts over Trump’s intel sharing with Russia

Featured image Regarding President Trump’s disclosure of classified intelligence to Rusia, Jules Suzdaltsev of Vice tweets: Just so we’re all on the same page: an allied informant is likely being tortured to death as we speak, thanks ONLY to Trump’s big mouth. Suzdaltsev has no idea whether an allied informant is being tortured. Indeed, since the location of the informant (if there is one) was not disclosed, except reportedly to Russia, there’s »

McMaster’s denial

Featured image General McMaster emerged from the White House last night to read a statement denying the gist of the eye-opening Washington Post story by Greg Miller and Greg Jaffe posted earlier yesterday evening. The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal have reported companion versions of the story. Although General McMaster serves as President Trump’s national security adviser at the pleasure of the president, he is a man of unblemished »

Preliminary thoughts on Trump revealing classified info to Russia

Featured image Steve has already commented on the big news of the day — the Washington Post’s report that President Trump shared highly sensitive intelligence information with the Russians when they visited him in the Oval Office last week. I’d like to add my preliminary thoughts. The problem, if one exists, isn’t sharing information (classified or not — the president has the power to disclose such information, as I understand it) with »

Breaking: Today’s Trumpocalypse Story

Featured image Back in March I noted in a short item about how Herbert Meyer, Bill Casey’s right hand man at the CIA back during the Reagan years, warned that the intelligence community had ways of making a president’s life miserable, and that Trump had taken a huge risk in alienating the intelligence community, even if they deserve Trump’s opprobrium. We may be seeing an example of the intelligence community taking it out »

Sally Yates: What rough beast

Featured image Sally Yates testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee this past Monday, but it already feels like ancient history. Yates testified with former DNI James Clapper about events leading to the termination of Michael Flynn as President Trump’s National Security Adviser only days into his job. At the time of the events in issue Yates served as Acting Attorney General, holding over from the Obama administration until her dismissal by President »

Senate Dems: Appoint a special prosecutor or we’ll hold our breath until we turn blue

Featured image Democrats are threatening to slow the Senate to a crawl in response to President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. On Wednesday, Sen. Dick Durbin (remember him?) objected to the Republicans’ routine request to allow 13 committee hearings to take place. Durbin gave the firing of Comey as his reason. His leader, Sen. Chuck Schumer, is demanding the appointment of a special prosecutor for the Russia investigation. Democrats also »

Why the Comey firing raises concern [UPDATED]

Featured image The British historian Lewis Namier wrote: “The crowning attainment of historical study is to achieve an intuitive sense of how things do not happen.” We don’t know exactly how the firing of James Comey happened. However, I think we have a sense of how it didn’t happen. It probably didn’t happen either as Trump supporters initially said or as his fiercest critics say. The initial pro-Trump line was that the »

Comey sacking creates no momentum for a special Russia investigation

Featured image Democrats have persistently called for a special congressional investigation of all matters at the intersection of Russia and the 2016 presidential campaign. The firing of James Comey has renewed such calls and made them more vociferous. But has it created momentum for such an investigation? As of now, the answer appears to be: no. Don’t take my word for it. Amber Phillip of the Washington Post writes: President Trump just »

The indecent Mr. Franken

Featured image I recently recognized Minnesota Senator Al Franken as the de facto leader of the Democrats’ tin foil hat brigade. Last week Franken sought to enlist FBI Director James Comey in the brigade when he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Comey politely declined. Franken sees the tendrils of “a conspiracy so immense” between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives to defeat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign. To expose »

Sally Yates reveals nothing new [Revised]

Featured image After former acting attorney general Sally Yates give her eagerly awaited testimony to a Senate committee today, President Trump tweeted: “Sally Yates made the fake media extremely unhappy today — she said nothing but old news!” I don’t always agree with Trump’s tweets, but I think the substance of this one is correct. Yates did not say anything of importance that was new, as the mainstream media had hoped she »

Marine Le Pen — not normalized

Featured image A few days ago, I wrote of Marine Le Pen: Even if Le Pen trounces Macron in the debate, she’s unlikely to defeat him in the election. . .But Le Pen can achieve much even in defeat. To use the American left’s term, she can be “normalized.” Actually, I find Le Pen pretty normal for a politician. . .The views Le Pen expresses don’t strike me as abnormal given the »