Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Trump is Easily the Stupidest Man Alive

This is absolutely unbelievable. If it were presented as parody, no one would laugh because it is so over the top:

The decorated Army officer who testified to House investigators on Tuesday told lawmakers that a close associate of Republican Rep. Devin Nunes “misrepresented” himself to President Donald Trump in an effort to involve himself further in Ukraine policy, according to two people familiar with his closed-door deposition. 

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the National Security Council’s top Ukraine expert, told lawmakers that after attending Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s inauguration in May as part of a delegation led by Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Vindman had been looking forward to debriefing Trump and giving a positive account of Zelensky’s vision for Ukraine’s future. 

“The U.S. government policy community’s view is that the election of Zelenskyy and the promise of reforms to eliminate corruption will lock in Ukraine’s Western-leaning trajectory, and allow Ukraine to realize its dream of a vibrant democracy and economic prosperity,” Vindman said in his opening statement. 

But he was instructed “at the last second” not to attend the debriefing, Vindman told lawmakers, because Trump’s advisers worried it might confuse the president: Trump believed at the time that Kashyap Patel, a longtime Nunes staffer who joined the White House in February and had no discernible Ukraine experience or expertise, was actually the NSC’s top Ukraine expert instead of Vindman. 

Vindman testified that he was told this directly by his boss at the time, NSC senior director for European and Russian affairs Fiona Hill. 

Hill told Vindman that she and national security adviser John Bolton thought it best to exclude Vindman from the debriefing to avoid “an uncomfortable situation,” he said.

The shorter version of this is, “Trump is so goddamned stupid, they can’t have more than one person brief him on a subject because he gets confused.”

If this guy Patel was the fucking janitor, American foreign policy would actually be in better hands because then he would at least have a functioning skill and some real world experience.

Holy mother of God.

Jared Kushner is a Hero in His Own Mind

You have to admire the balls on this fucking guy:

Just when you were wondering whatever happened to Jared Kushner, the White House adviser who got his job because his father-in-law is President, he popped up on an Israeli TV station on Monday to jab at the Democrat who may be on the ballot opposing President Donald Trump in 2020. He said he's been busy cleaning up "the messes" that former Vice President Joe Biden was supposedly responsible for creating related to the Middle East and criminal justice.

Kushner's simplistic take sheds little light on the two issues he named, but illumination was not the point. No soundbite could ever help anyone understand the problems he pointed to. Instead, Kushner was obviously trying to distract us from the worsening impeachment crisis that has enveloped the administration, and to impress the Oval Office occupant.

Oh, there were lots of “messes” to clean up, I’m sure. As in, there were numerous American policy initiatives that were well underway and were subject to ongoing policy processes that Trump and his band of vandals dismantled and destroyed the minute they took control of the Federal government.

Kushner is so entirely out of his depth that it is impossible to overstate just what a travesty it is that he is involved in American foreign policy. The decision to hand him anything resembling a portfolio is a farce in and of itself. He is an incompetent dilettante and will be jailed like all the rest of them when the law catches up to Trump world. The term “lightweight” is simply not severe enough to accurately describe this wretched little man. Oh, and then there’s his wife, holder of numerous Chinese patents.

What a reliably awful family they make.