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bito On January - 17 - 2013

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And yet with globalization, we seem to have developed a strange apprehension about the efficacy of our ability to apply the innovation and hard work necessary to successfully compete in a complex security and economic environment. Further, we have misunderstood interdependence as a weakness rather than recognizing it as a strength. The key to sustaining our competitive edge, at home or on the world stage, is credibility — and credibility is a difficult capital to foster. It cannot be won through intimidation and threat, it cannot be sustained through protectionism or exclusion. Credibility requires engagement, strength, and reliability — imaginatively applied through the national tools of development, diplomacy, and defense.

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Written by bito

Was once a handsome frog until kissed by an ugly corporate princess.----- Like a well honed knife, the internet can be a wonderful and useful tool. It can be used to prepare and serve a delicious meal or it can be used to cause harm. peace

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  1. Kalima says:

    Wtf does Hillary Clinton or anyone he might have voted for have to do with it? The worst Commander-in-Chief ever, trashing Navy Seals. He’s wacko, and yes, very dangerous for the country and the world.

    The Finns are now laughing about his crazy statement, the delusional raking of their forest floors. They are posting pictures while holding rakes next to trees. Good Lord, what planet does this nasty ignoramous live on? Either he’s 11 years old, or a mean, bitchy, old queen. STFU!!


    That’s why he put him there. The only reason an unqualified yesman, not confirmed by the Senate, has been installed as trump’s spy. Unconstitutional.

    He doesn’t care. He’s obstructing justice right out in the open.

    Trump says he will not intervene if ‘politically astute’ Whitaker moves to limit Mueller’s Russia investigation

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-chris-wallace-interview-mueller-fox-news-russia-matthew-whitaker-a8640236.html

  2. Kalima says:

    I have been saying this here for years. Cambridge Analytica, Robert Mercer, Nigel Farage and a pot load of Russian money too.

    The U.K. Is now one hot, stinking mess, with the majority of previous, lied to, “Leave” voters, wanting to vote again. Of course the vote will only be devastating for the workers, and not the rich.

    These are the creeps who elected trump.

    The Brexit vote was a fraud, and the Brits are paying the price.
    What they did was criminal, against British law, and they should be in jail.

    Bannon was also in Brazil campaigning for the far right nutter elected there recently.

    New Evidence Emerges of Steve Bannon and Cambridge Analytica’s Role in Brexit | L

    https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/new-evidence-emerges-of-steve-bannon-and-cambridge-analyticas-role-in-brexit

    • AdLib says:

      I’m glad to hear that the Dem who will be heading up the committee that has authority over Facebook’s business is going to go after them for this!

      I’ve always seen Facebook as not a good thing and now it’s proven that they have the ethics of Putin.

      • Kalima says:

        Downright sleazy. Getting a PR firm to spread crap about Soros makes them just as bad as the conspiracy nutters on the right.

        Someone needs to hold them responsible for the fact that they knew about the Russian interference in March 2016 and told no one about it, not even their board members. All about profits all the time and no thought for the damage to democracy being hijacked by a foreign and hostile state.

        • AdLib says:

          I know it will seem simplistic but I always saw Zuckerberg and Facebook as terrible. Remember, he started Facebook as a misogynist, insulting dehumanizing of women.

          Then suddenly he’s Gandhi? It’s a con, just like Trump, he acted the part but has always been that bully frat-type guy.

          And Facebook is a privacy molester masquerading as a public playground.

          I really do want to see government start regulating social media, one of the best ways would be to pass a national Privacy Law that would prevent them from much of their devious work.

  3. Kalima says:

    What about the person who ordered it? Scapegoats are dishonest and insulting. This is maybe ok with other Sunni states and trump, but this is not enough for Europe or anyone with a functioning brain. Trump’s weakness on this is disgraceful. He’s part of another coverup. One of many since 2015.

    Stop the dependence on Saudi oil. Stop the arms sales. Stop participating in the war in Yemen where American bombs are killing women, children and innocent civilians.

    Saudi Arabia distances crown prince from killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi --

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/saudi-arabia-seeks-death-penalty-for-five-suspects-in-killing-of-journalist-jamal-khashoggi/2018/11/15/32c9e778-e8bc-11e8-bd89-eecf3b178206_story.html

    • AdLib says:

      This is obvious to everyone around the world, that this is a sham and MBS ordered this execution. He may succeed at evading responsibility, waiting this all out and hiding behind these lies but the world knows he’s a coward and a murderer.

      And now the game Turkey is playing has becoming clearer. It’s a two way extortion, extorting money out of SA and getting Trump to extradite Gulen from the US in exchange for shutting up about the evidence of MBS killing Kashoggi. And Trump wants to throw Gulen to the wolves to be murdered to protect his “buddies” in SA. It’s a trio of sick tyrants, only Trump being held back by the rule of law.

      To ease Turkish pressure on Saudis over killing, White House weighs expelling Erdogan foe

      The White House is looking for ways to remove an enemy of Turkish President Recep Erdogan from the U.S. in order to placate Turkey over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to two senior U.S. officials and two other people briefed on the requests.

      Trump administration officials last month asked federal law enforcement agencies to examine legal ways of removing exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen in an attempt to persuade Erdogan to ease pressure on the Saudi government, the four sources said.

      https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/white-house-weighs-booting-erdogan-foe-u-s-appease-turkey-n933996

    • AdLib says:

      At least all of Trump’s, Scott’s, Rubio’s, etc. BS about Dems cheating and trying to steal the elections is being ignored by all but their cult members and the courts keep deciding in the Dems’ favor of counting all votes.

      Gillum, Abrams and Nelson may not end up beating the cheating that was done in GA and FL by suppressing the vote and disqualifying votes but they brought along more voters to get many House Dems elected around the country.

      And if Dems keep the House and take the Senate and WH in 2020, they can pass voting rights laws to prevent these outrages from continuing.

  4. Kalima says:

    Fox fans are furious.

    “You’re dead to us”.

    • AdLib says:

      Trump will lose this case in a big way, another nail in his political coffin. Violating the 1st Amendment, affirmed by a court, would be additional and solid grounds for impeaching Trump. Not that it should be the central charge but it can buttress the bigger charges.

      • Kalima says:

        Trump lost the case and Danders preaches about “decorum” in the Press Room of a toxic WH. These people are despicable. Trump is what he hates the most. A loser.

        A very bad loser.

        The Russian company accused of interfering in the 3016 election failed to have their charges dropped from the Mueller probe from a judge appointed by trump.

        Reagan’s Orange County has turned blue. Trumpism is dying along with the Republican, trump led, party.

        Good to know that the institutions are holding despite trump’s rage.

  5. Kalima says:

    You’re welcome. It’s nothing compared to what sane Americans and the rest of the world has been through for the last three years.resign and go to jail where you belong.

    Five days of fury: Inside Trump’s Paris temper, election woes and staff upheaval

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/five-days-of-fury-inside-trumps-paris-temper-election-woes-and-staff-upheaval/2018/11/13/e90b7cba-e69e-11e8-a939-9469f1166f9d_story.html

    • AdLib says:

      I would be so sorry if Trump gave himself a stroke or a heart attack as he’s freaking out. Or choked on his own bile. That would be just so… sad.

    • kesmarn says:

      It seems “Baby” does not like being told no. So “Baby” must tantrum. And now “Mrs. Baby” is getting in on the act too! (God forbid there should be a single grownup in the house.) And she’s throwing her own fits.

      Theresa May’s ear must have been burning when she hung up the phone after her “conversation” (could it actually be called that?) with “Baby” today. He has absolutely zero self-control. Zero.

      • Kalima says:

        This is it, he lost. The WH is in a dangerous downward spiral because of his mental state, and since when does a First Lady publicly, in a tweet, call for the firing of anyone, nevermind someone she has never met?

        We should now refer to it as “The Unhinged House”.

        The PM’s staff were shocked at the viciousness of his call. Europe is holding its breath until he is gone. They have said before that they could wait out 4 years of his crap, but not 8.

  6. Kalima says:

    Just a sec, I thought we could all sleep well from now on???

    In North Korea, Missile Bases Suggest a Great Deception

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/12/us/politics/north-korea-missile-bases.html

    • kesmarn says:

      Kim Jong-Un is smart enough to know that he was dealing with a lying narcissist when he met the drumpf. It may be a case of “takes one to know one.” No surprises here!

      • Kalima says:

        As we thought, trump has been well and truly duped by Kim Jung Un. He underestimated the leader of this hermit nation by leaps and bounds. The North Koreans are nowhere near as stupid an pliable as he thought. They are fighting to keep the regime and to have a deterrent against being attacked. Trump just handed them a photo op without any conditions. There was no deal, nor was one discussed. Judging by his business failures, trump can’t make deals. He can just plunder and tear them apart.

  7. Kalima says:

    Btw, the FBI is still criminally investigating the company Whitaker was a paid member of. Who oversees that?

    Also, the prosecutors in the Cohen investigation, have enough evidence that would indict trump if he were not the president and could or should hand it over to Congress for consideration about his impeachment. That put a smile on my face. Can’t wait for Mueller’s report because if the fake AG tries to interfere, he will be charged with obstruction.

    Trump’s acting attorney general involved in firm that scammed veterans out of life savings
    Matthew Whitaker was paid advisory board member for WPM
    Veteran: ‘I spent the money on a dream. I lost everything’

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/nov/09/matthew-whitaker-acting-attorney-general-wpm-scam

    • kesmarn says:

      Whitaker himself should be in jail, Kalima. He helped ruin the lives of so many with this patent/marketing scam — many of them veterans. The fact that he’s up for the role of acting Attorney General is truly a travesty.

  8. Kalima says:

    There is no way this man should be running the Justice Department

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/there-is-no-way-this-man-should-be-running-the-justice-department/2018/11/09/f4a2ee60-e45e-11e8-8f5f-a55347f48762_story.html

    Trump’s Appointment of the Acting Attorney General Is Unconstitutional

    The president is evading the requirement to seek the Senate’s advice and consent for the nation’s chief law enforcement officer and the person who will oversee the Mueller investigation.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/08/opinion/trump-attorney-general-sessions-unconstitutional.html

  9. Kalima says:

    According to some experts, Whitaker is not legally qualified to be the acting AG. He also belonged to a secret anti-Democrat group, and has trashed Mueller on CNN, in an article, and on conservative radio. He needs to recuse himself. He’s just another Nunes.

    Good to know that the Dems are now investigating this hack who pushed to get on CNN so he would be hired by trump.

    By the way, no one talking about the caravan bringing smallpox and criminals anymore. Not even fox, the state run neiwork, has mentioned it since the election. Funny that.

    Just heard that if Whitaker or the WH try to squash the Mueller report, he can go to Congress to testify, or actually has a duty to make it public. Feel a bit better now.

    He’s the “fake” AG, and Justice Dept trial lawyer just called him “a f**king fool”.

    You can’t fire the truth’: Watch massive protests gather around the country to protect Mueller’s probe

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/11/cant-fire-truth-watch-massive-protest-gather-around-country-protect-muellers-probe/

    Investors Duped by ‘Scam’ Business Question Whitaker’s Role

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/investors-duped-by-scam-business-question-whitakers-role

  10. Kalima says:

    This was bound to happen after trump’s continuing hate speech. More vigilantes.

    What trump has done apart from encouraging the nutters to commit violence, is to claim that the border patrol and national guards already there, are incompetetent at keeping the border safe.

    U.S. militia groups head to border, stirred by Trump’s call to arms

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-militia-groups-head-to-border-stirred-by-trumps-call-to-arms/2018/11/03/ff96826c-decf-11e8-b3f0-62607289efee_story.html

    • kesmarn says:

      This would be funny if it weren’t so tragic, Kalima. Considering the number of border patrol members, national guardsmen, and US military people headed to the border — if you throw in these geriatric vigilantes — it’s looking as though there would be five to ten soldiers for every asylum seeker headed north. And some of them are children!

      How many armed men does it take to handle one four-year-old?

    • AdLib says:

      Yes, this is sadly not surprising. And if a militia member shoots and murders innocent asylum seekers, Trump will deny responsibility.

      He has such bloody hands already.

      And what will the military think of these lunatics “invading” their ground?

      • Kalima says:

        Well I hope that someone arrests those unauthorised nut jobs coming to the border fully armed.

        From what I’ve read over time he took office, he has driven some people to suicide and depression too. What an evil legacy this degenerate will leave behind.

        • AdLib says:

          Not to mention the steep rise in RW hate groups and racist and anti-Semetic attacks. Real people are dead because of what Trump has whipped up and condoned.

          He and his minions must be stopped and I think one of the first steps of a Dem president in 2021 should be a law enforcement crackdown on all violent hate groups including militias like these.


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