Thursday, July 28, 2016

If Hillary Had Encouraged Putin To Spy, EVERY Conservative In America Would Be Apoplectic

Alan: If Hillary had encouraged Putin to spy -- exactly as Trump did -- EVERY "conservative" in America would call for her shackling and imprisonment as prelude to execution for treason. 

That "conservatives" are unable to put the shoe on the other foot - or even to conceive the need to do so - reveals American conservatism's collapsed epistemology and moral bankruptcy.

"Donald Trump's Falsehood-Laden Press Conference, Annotated," Washington Post

National Security Councillor For George W. Bush Says Trump's Action "Tantamount To Treason"

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What if Hillary had asked Russia -- a hostile foreign power -- to hack Trump's email (or his accountant's email) to find out what Devious Donald is hiding in his tax returns?

What if Hillary had asked Russia -- a hostile foreign power --
to hack Trump's email to learn what racist, misgynonist and other instances of hateful trash-talking come to light? 

What if Hillary had asked Russia -- a hostile foreign power -- to hack Bush-Cheney's email to prove the invasion of Iraq was based on forgone conclusions, carefully orchestrated trumpery and Bush/Cheney's pre-existing decision to topple Saddam regardless the existence (or non-existence) of WMD evidence?

"Israeli War Historian, Martin van Creveld's Startling Commentary On The Iraq War"

Excerpt: "For misleading the American people, and launching the most foolish war since Emperor Augustus in 9 B.C sent his legions into Germany and lost them, Bush deserves to be impeached and, once he has been removed from office, put on trial along with the rest of the president’s men. If convicted, they’ll have plenty of time to mull over their sins." War historian Martin van Creveld is the only non-U.S. author whose writings are obligatory reading by America's Officer Corps."

George Will: "The 2003 Invasion Of Iraq Was The Worst Foreign Policy Decision In U.S. History

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Alan:  Properly understood, The Iraq War was an ego-driven exercise in state-sponsored terrorism.

Responsibility for Iraq's ongoing tribulation derives directly from Bush-Cheney's Whimsy War.

Had this Whimsy War not taken place, a powerful (many would say, an "irrefutable") argument could be made that The Middle East would not have collapsed in chaos and that ISIS would not have been born.

500,000 to 1,100,000 Iraqis have already perished in Bush-Cheney's War of Choice, and millions more have suffered permanent physical and psychological damage. 

If I had been among the damaged, I can easily imagine myself a hateful, sworn enemy of the United States.

If tables were turned and Iraq had occupied the United States with similar devastion, American patriots would rise up against Iraq with retributive hatred that would make ISIS look like Mother Theresa's convent.

The Benghazi Committee Reveals The GOP's Epochal Ineptitude, Imprudence and Wastefulness

Hans Blix' Fruitless Search For WMD And Bush/Cheney's Rush To War In Iraq

Cheney's Lucid 1994 Rationale For NOT Invading Iraq. Conservatives "Must" See This

"The Fall Of Iraq. Jawdropping Video Footage Of Cheney, Albright, Gen Clarke & Others"

Trump Asks Russia to Hack Clinton’s Emails From Her Secretary of State Days

During a lengthy press conference on Wednesday, Donald Trump called on one of America’s biggest foreign rivals to hack the Democratic nominee for president of the United States and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing,” Trump said, referring to the more than 30,000 purportedly personal emails that Clinton deleted from a private email server that she was using when she was secretary of state. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. Let's see if that happens. That will be next.”
Trump also rejected claims by the Clinton campaign that Russia had hacked the Democratic National Committee for the benefit of the Republican nominee.
“It is so far-fetched, so ridiculous. Honestly, I wish I had that power. I'd love to have that power,” Trump said of the ability to hack rival politicians.
Experts have said that it is likely that Russia is responsible for the DNC hack, which was timed just before the Democratic National Convention and greatly embarrassed the party's leadership. Franklin Foer has also written in Slate about how sinister such a cyberattack would be and what Russia’s possible motivations for doing it to support Trump are.
In his press conference, Trump alternated between recognizing that Russia had the capability to do such a thing and arguing that it was unknown who had perpetrated the hack—it could have been Russia, China, or “some guy with a 200 IQ that can't get up in the morning” he said.
At the same time, he insisted that Russia should either get the missing Clinton emails or already had them and should release them.
“By the way, [Russia] hacked,” Trump said. “They probably have her 33,000 e-mails. I hope they do … because you'd see some beauties there, so let's see.”
Trump also boasted that he would probably have a strong relationship with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin.
“I would treat Vladimir Putin firmly, but there's nothing I can think of than I'd rather do than have Russia friendly as opposed to the way they are right now so that we can go and knock out ISIS together with other people and with other countries,” he said. “I hope we get along great with Putin. Because it would be great to have Russia with a good relationship,” he added later.
In a bizarre aside, Trump then went on to say that Putin uses racial epithets, which Trump implied meant that he didn’t respect President Barack Obama.
“Right now we don't have a good relationship. Putin has said things over the last year that are really bad things,” Trump said. “He mentioned the N-word one time. I was shocked to hear him mention the N-word. You know what the N-word is, right? He mentioned it. I was shocked.
“He has a total lack of respect for President Obama. No. 1, he doesn't like him and No. 2, he doesn't respect him. I think he’s going to respect your president if I'm elected and I think he’ll like me.”
Trump repeatedly emphasized that he didn’t have any business relationship with Russia and had no relationship with Putin.
Among the many, many things that Donald Trump has said that should probably disqualify him from the presidency, arguing that a key foreign rival should commit a cyberattack against the former secretary of state and potential president is possibly one of the most dangerous of all.
Update, July 27, 2016, at 1:15 p.m.: Hillary Clinton’s campaign has responded with a very straightforward statement. “This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent,” Clinton’s senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan said. “That’s not hyperbole, those are just facts. This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue.”

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