Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tweets With Assholes

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The Delirica

Singled Out! In this article originally published on Deutsche-Welle's international website, I draw on my personal experiences as a prodemocracy and human rights activist and as a refugee to discuss the latest Executive Order issued by President Trump in regard to travelers from certain Muslim-majority countries. 

A Deliricum of Wisdom

As we criticize Mr. Donald J. Trump for advocating all sorts of dangerous and controversial policies, we should be careful not to blame him for errors that happened under the watch of his predecessor, just as we are careful not to credit him with some of the latter’s achievements. 

Indeed, Trump is not responsible for the mayhem in Syria, Yemen and Ukraine, or for empowering Iran and Russia. Blame here resides squarely with the Obama Administration, while, of course, acknowledging the indigenous factors involved in each case and the role of other regional and international powers. Naturally, however, and now that he is the President, it’s up to Mr. Trump to better manage these situations. We can doubt his ability to do this, but we should not invest all of our energies into criticism and negative resistance. Advocating new approaches to these situations in the hope that we can succeed with Trump where we failed with Obama is another form of resistance, a more proactive kind. 

For the problem facing us when it comes to foreign policy these days is represented by all those figures on both the right and left who, for their own ideological reasons, seem to have given up on the global liberal order and on America’s necessary role in maintaining it.

Even as we transition into a multipolar world, the argument for retrenchment and a decreased footprint rings hollow. The transition itself might be inevitable, but its exceedingly violent nature does not have to be. Moreover, those of us who still believe in democracy, liberal democracy to be specific, do need to have a hand in shaping the final outcome if democracy is not to be embattled, besieged and undermined from within. As such, democracies need to lead the way, not retrench, and the country that undertook the task of leadership in this regard following WWI, WWII and the Cold War need to do so again.

This is indeed where domestic and foreign policy concerns merge, or should. The future of democracy within our borders is now more than ever hinged on its prospects abroad. If the policies of the George W. Bush administration served to highlight the dangers of messianic approaches, the policies of the Obama administration have amply demonstrated the dangers of retrenchment. Both trends have paved the way to where we stand today: in the face of an illiberal backlash both at home and across the world.

The point: we should remain engaged in the world. Expanding the reach and scope of our liberal democratic order should remain our main objective. For liberty can best be defended by being continuously promoted. We should not let our mistakes and flaws blind us to the necessity and legitimacy of our cause. While introspection and course corrections are important and necessary, retrenchment is not the right response. Retrenchment brings the struggle home where the battles are always harder and bloodier.

The Delirynth

The Trumpire

When Jess Sessions asked 46 Obama-appointed U.S. attorneys to resign, the move itself may not have been unique, as Trump’s apologists were quick to point out. Indeed, previous presidents, for example: Bill Clinton, seem to have done this as well. But, when the move involves firing attorneys said to be conducting investigations that could prove embarrassing or harmful to the interests of the sitting president, the development can no longer be dismissed as normal or routine. But this is what happens when we have a president that refuses to distance himself and his family from their business interests.

Indeed, Trump may have violated the Constitution to trademark massage parlors and escort services in China. “China has granted preliminary approval to 38 new Trump trademarks that would allow the U.S. president and his family to develop name-branded hotels, golf courses and other hospitality services. Donald Trump’s lawyers applied for the trademarks in April 2016, when the Republican presidential candidate was attacking China at campaign rallies, and their approval raises potential constitutional issues after his inauguration as president, reported the Associated Press. The provisional approvals were published Feb. 27 and Monday by China’s Trademark Office, and they’ll be formally registered if no objections are filed after 90 days. Ethics lawyers have consistently warned that Trump could be in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, which bans public servants from accepting anything of value from foreign states without congressional approval, if he receives special treatment from China during the process.”

But the Chinese connection has just added a new twist: Chinese firm invests $400 million in building owned by Jared Kushner's family. Will the Kushner family have attracted such an investment had Trump not been President? Can we really believe that such deals will not have any influence on the President’s thinking and policies?

These are the kind of developments that led Ex-Clinton Labor secretary to identify four grounds to 'impeach Trump'. “The former Clinton administration official said Trump "making big money off of his Trump International Hotel," signing a revised executive order temporarily banning citizens from six Muslim-majority countries, and prioritizing news outlets that give him favorable media coverage are all grounds for impeachment.”

The Russian Connection

Meanwhile, the Russia thing is still a thing, and the FBI is still on it.

The super-secret division in charge of the Russia investigation. “Known simply as CD within the bureau, the Counterintelligence Division is responsible for protecting the secrets of the US intelligence community, the advanced technologies of American institutions both public and private, keeping weapons of mass destruction away from US enemies and countering the activities of foreign spies, including cyberintrusions. Their cases sometimes go on for years amid careful, tedious, behind-the-scenes work aimed at recruiting or neutralizing foreign spies.”

Jeff Sessions Likely Met Russian Ambassador A Third Time. In April of 2016, Sessions attended a VIP reception at a hotel in Washington, D.C., with President Donald Trump and roughly two dozen guests, including four ambassadors. One of them was Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The cocktail meet-and-greet took place in a private room at the Mayflower Hotel near the White House. Shortly thereafter, Trump delivered a foreign policy speech in the hotel’s ballroom, where he called for improved U.S.-Russia relations. Kislyak was seated in the front row. Though the event was small, it is unclear if Sessions and Kislyak spoke directly, and a spokeswoman for the attorney general did not respond immediately to questions about the event from The Huffington Post. Organizers said the event included a receiving line.

Putin’s expansionist drive continues with Russian troops posted in Egypt with their eyes on Libya: “The U.S. and diplomatic officials said any such Russian deployment might be part of a bid to support Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar, who suffered a setback with an attack on March 3 by the Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB) on oil ports controlled by his forces.” Indeed, the TrumPutin honeymoon seems to be nearing an end.

And the North Korea thing is getting more dangerous.

Trump’s Silence on Russian Missiles Makes America Less Safe. “…silence and the status quo are the worst of both worlds — they encourage Russian bad behavior and undermine both American leadership and European stability.”

North Korea Is Practicing for Nuclear War: North Korea isn’t testing its missiles. It’s preparing for a nuclear first strike.

Yet, and amidst all this, the President and his advisers (See Idvisers in the Deliricon below) seem more interested in weakening their European allies:

The Man Who Wants to Unmake the West: Europeans are starting to worry that Steve Bannon has the EU in his cross hairs. Here’s how the White House could genuinely help pull it apart. “To Bannon, a strengthened EU is nothing less than a risk to civilization: a body that dilutes national identity and whose border policies allow Islam to invade the West, one refugee at a time.”

Elsewhere,

The tragedy of Syria continues, with a new UN report accusing the Assad regime of new war crimes, such as bombing Damascus main water supply and transforming the entire country into “a torture-chamber,” in the words of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights.

Who will dominate the post-Islamic state landscape in Iraq and Syria? “The Russians need to understand that while their own perceived vital interests in Syria can be accommodated, the far more ambitious Iranian agenda in the area crosses Western and Israeli redlines, and therefore will not be allowed to achieve its goals. Without the Russians, Western and Israeli efforts to contain and turn back the Iranians can proceed apace…Ownership by the US and its allies of eastern Syria in the post-Islamic State period is the best way to prevent the possibility of the realization of Iran’s aims, while presenting Russia with a fait accompli. The indications are that the US administration is thinking in these terms. If so, Iranian victory emerging from the ruins of Syria and Iraq can be prevented.”

Bulgarian Vigilantes Patrol Turkey Border to Keep Migrants Out. Members of the paramilitary organization form into ranks as their leader, Vladimir Rusev, speaks. A former colonel who says he fought in Chechnya as a volunteer alongside Russians, Rusev declares his support for a man they admire: President Donald Trump. "The CIA is trying to undermine Trump," said Rusev, a compact 58-year-old with a neat mustache and short-cropped hair. "They want to destroy him. We offer our support to him." Trump's hard-line stance on immigration and vocal criticism of Islam finds an appreciative audience here.

ЯeveЯsed Polarity (ЯP)

Visa interviews halted for Afghans who helped US troops. “In a statement, a department official said it did so because the number of Afghans in the final state of the process is enough to use all the remaining visas approved by Congress.

Rational observers would suggest that this is simply not a good way to run one’s International Loyalty Program.

Trump supporters call for ‘liberal genocide’ and deportation of Jews at Arizona Rally. “If you don’t like it here, go to Syria, go to someplace else,” one attendee shouted. “I don’t want ’em, as a veteran I don’t want ’em, let ’em go back home,” another seconded. “If they’ve got a problem, let Saudi Arabia take care of ’em.” Some even dared to tell Dan Cohen of the The Real News Network how they’d make America great again now that Trump was in office. And Muslims weren’t the only religious minority unwelcomed. “If she is Jewish, she should go back to her country,” a 13-year-old Trump supporter said of a protester.

This brings to mind an old entry into the Holy Deliricon: The Trumplitias (AKA the Orange Heads).

There was a time when people who spewed such venom and held such views were so fringe they wouldn’t even feature on a local news outlet of a small town. Now, these people are represented in the White House, and the President of the United States gets his news from one of their favorite news sources. Mr. Steve King is no longer such a solitary voice:


Yes, America has had more than its fair share of racist politicians throughout its history, but, in the decades before the civil rights era, they were still the norm – a continuation of a trend that allowed for the institution of slavery to exist for too long only to be replaced by Jim Crow laws. In the years that immediately followed the adoption of the Civil Rights Act, racist politicians came to be considered vestiges of a past that was being slowly but surely buried. To have racists in high places now, however, represents a serious setback, hence the outrage aimed not simply at racism’s resurgence, but at the tepid responses to it in certain quarters. Having people like Steve King and Stephen Bannon occupy such lofty stations in our society is a big deal. Yes, they have the freedom to speak, but we have the moral obligation to denounce and reject.

Kellyanne Conway suggests even wider surveillance of Trump campaign. Conway went on to say that the monitoring could be done with “microwaves that turn into cameras,” adding: “We know this is a fact of modern life.”

But, what do we really expect from someone who’s into “alternative facts” and “not in the job of having evidence?” Still, not to worry, apparently, it’s all just a “jest,” a little sick jest.


The Deliricon

Idvisers: Experts who, operating under the influence of their overblown Ids, give stupid advice for a living.

Shtweet: To shtweet is to tweet out of one’s ass. A shtweet is usually accompanied by a loud fart which seems to be nature’s way of giving the intended audience a timely heads-up so they can experience the full impact of the coming shtweet.

TrumpZeroCare: A healthcare plan designed to cull down the herd.

The Exotic Observations & Propositions of Delirian Mundi

* As history keeps demonstrating, sanity is not a necessary condition for the survival of the human race. But it’s one of very few things that make it defensible.

The Cauldron


Theatrum Deliria

McDrumpf

A little known play by Shakesmear whose time seems to have finally come.

McDrumpf: Act III-Scene I: Soliloquy.
McDrumpf
As he sits on the ceramic throne, yes, that ceramic throne… contemplating.

I made it. Yes, Dad, I made it. I made it.
I’m being watched all the time, even when I'm not on TV.
They have even tapped my wires, I know. Breitbart said they did. 
And they put cameras in my microwaves, just as Kellyanne said they would. 
This is just sick. All of it. Sick and sad. Yet, I’m glad.
I’m glad, Dad. And I have to shtweet about it. I just did.
If you didn’t hear it, Dad, you will soon smell it. And I’ll keep dealing.
Oh, of all the shenanigans in the world, I just had to run for president.
And fate, stupid vainglorious fate, - vainglorious, see I know good words, -
just had to let me win. Yet, you should’ve seen me at the inauguration, Dad.
Millions, yes millions, I saw them. Millions of little insignificant shits
hailed me and hang on my every word. I scared the bejesus out of them.
The bejesus. But wait, does that mean they’re all Moslems now, Dad? Whatever!
There will be no golden showers for a while for this sly old dog of yours.
I have to be careful now, even as I open the gates of the White House wide
to let in the rest of the Klan. Because I can, Dad. Because I can.
© Ammar Abdulhamid , 2017


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