Open Thread | Where Are We Now?

So,

Where are we now?

We’re at the point where the State Department is forbidding people who have been subpoenaed before Congress to come and testify. It’s past time that these people are held in Contempt of Congress and arrested. Period. Also, Chairman Schiff says that the State Department is refusing to turn over an electronic device with messages on it.

You always knew that their whining about Hillary’s private server was nothing but garbage. Now, we know that these people were conducting the business of the United States. National Security stuff – on the WhatsApp.

A freaking APP.

Da hail?

You can’t make this stuff up.

Maddow has pointed out that the Republicans are attempting to take the sting and obviousness out of Dolt45 and his corruption by throwing the word corruption around. All the GOP is now so interested in corruption. No dice. Every muthaphucka attached to this Administration is rotten. We found out this week that while Rudy was in Ukraine trying to dig up non-existent dirt on Joe Biden, it didn’t slow him or Rick Perry down from attempting to shakedown a local utility, so that they could put their own people on it, and loot it. THAT is corruption, and just another day for this Administration.

 

 

I knew, eventually, that our luck would run out -Geopolitically Speaking.

And, it did.

When Dolt45 tweets out that, basically, the United States is abandoning their support of the Kurds, and will let Turkey massacre them.

This can’t be seen as anything other than a complete betrayal of the Kurdish people. It has been the Kurds, who have been fighting ISIS on the ground in Syria, so that American troops don’t have to. They have done the hand to hand combat in fighting this terrorist organization and defeating it in Syria. It’s the Kurds who have the captured ISIS fighters in prison.

And, now, we have a President, who, without consulting the DOD or State Department, has changed American foreign policy on a dime. And, the Kurds might wind up slaughtered because of it.

Then, this dropped too:

Trump apparently wants to pull the U.S. from the Open Skies Treaty, and nobody knows why

3:52 a.m.

On Monday, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) released a letter to National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien expressing his deep concern about “reports that the Trump administration is withdrawing from the Open Skies Treaty” and urging the administration to abandon “such a reckless action.”

The treaty, in force since 2002 with 34 nations as signatories, “aims to increase confidence in and transparency of military activities, particularly in Europe, by allowing unarmed aerial observation flights over the entire territory of its participants for information-gathering purposes,” the Arms Control Association explains. Specifically, “the Open Skies Treaty allows the United States and our allies and partners in Europe to monitor Russian military deployment,” especially in Ukraine, Engels said, and “American withdrawal would only benefit Russia.”

OF COURSE, it would benefit Russia. Everything Putin’s flunky does benefits Russia.

The President of the United States is a threat to National Security.

And,he is offensive to the Constitution.

Proof?

The letter the White House sent to Congress this afternoon.

The letter, which is addressed to Speaker Pelosi, & Reps. Schiff, Engel, & Cummings says impeachment inquiry is “constitutionally invalid and violates basic due process rights and the separation of powers” & “seeks to reverse the election of 2016” & to “influence” 2020 election.

— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) October 8, 2019

Wow. This letter is bananas. A barely-lawyered temper tantrum. A middle finger to Congress and its oversight responsibilities.

No Member of Congress should accept it, no matter his or her view on the behavior of Pelosi, Schiff, or Trump.

Things are bad. Things will get worse. https://t.co/AesJ6cGHrl

— Gregg Nunziata (@greggnunziata) October 8, 2019