some truth bomb memes for those who think america's evil started with trump. your ignorant world must be ever so blissful.
That meme is a "truth bomb"? It somehow speaks to you?
Under whom did "america's evil" start? Shall we delve into the roots of military spending by administration or the economic evolution of the MIC? What about the causes and effect that have led to its proliferation? ...or do we need to reach further for that answer? Since you posted it, I'd like your thoughts on the subject. Feel free to create your own special meme in response!
Gorka's Dubious Past Includes Failing Hungary's National Security Test
Gorka's Dubious Past Includes Failing Hungary's National Security Test
March 24, 2017
Trump's Islamophobic foreign-policy adviser had a history of far-right dalliances in Europe after the fall of Communism.
Sebastian Gorka had already raised eyebrows as President Trump’s deputy assistant and one of his chief advisers on foreign policy due mainly to his long history of associations with fringe anti-Muslim groups, many of whom indulge in Islamophobic conspiracy theories. Numerous critics have argued that Gorka’s background disqualifies him from a White House post.
The scrutiny became intense in recent weeks due to revelations in the Jewish magazine Forward that Gorka and his family had longstanding ties to a Hungarian nationalist society, Vitézi Rend, that was allied with Nazi forces during World War II, and had a history of anti-Semitic activity. The questions raised the possibility that Gorka could face an investigation over his immigration papers due to the revelations.
However, it seems that Gorka’s past includes other issues that raise questions about his role as a presidential adviser. According to Hungarian publications, Gorka failed to pass Hungary’s national-security test in 2002 when he applied for a seat on a commission investigating the activities of the sitting prime minister.
Gorka, who was born in London to Hungarian parents and lived in Hungary from 1992 to 2008, worked in the Hungarian Ministry of Defense during the 1990s tenure of József Antall, the nation’s first post-Communist prime minister. He became active again in 2002 while attempting to join a parliamentary committee investigating the postwar activities of the new prime minister, Petr Medgyessy. Medgyessy had been an undercover officer in the Secret Police, the organization that had maintained the previous dictatorship and played a central role in crushing the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.
According to the Hungarian news site Magyarnarancs, Gorka was denied a spot on the committee after failing the national security test. According to the article, Gorka was member of the British army for three years and had excellent contacts with the British intelligence services, as well as with U.S. intelligence services; these connections may have been responsible for his failure to pass the test.
Gorka nonetheless played a prominent role in the Medgyessy inquiry, telling a British newspaper at the time: "Medgyessy makes these Alice-in-Wonderland claims that he was the only deep cover secret policeman who never spied on people, who rarely wrote reports and then only about the economy of Communist Hungary. It is patently clear that his account to us cannot be equated with reality, given the testimony of senior former secret police officers and the declassified documents from that time."
Gorka’s associations with Hungarian far-right elements remain murky. First, the Forward reported that Gorka had associated with anti-Semitic leaders in Hungary – especially during the period following his involvement with the Medgyessy investigation. Gorka’s involvement with the far right, the report said, “includes co-founding a political party with former prominent members of Jobbik, a political party with a well-known history of anti-Semitism; repeatedly publishing articles in a newspaper known for its anti-Semitic and racist content; and attending events with some of Hungary’s most notorious extreme-right figures.”
A follow-up story reported that Gorka had sworn a lifetime loyalty oath to the Hungarian pro-Nazi group Vitézi Rend.
Gorka initially issued a generic response: “I’ve been a committed opponent of anti-Semitism, racism and totalitarianism all my life. Any suggestion otherwise is false and outrageous,” Gorka said in a statement sent from the White House.
Later that week, he issued another statement: “I have never been a member of the Vitézi Rend. I have never taken an oath of loyalty to the Vitézi Rend. Since childhood, I have occasionally worn my father’s medal and used the ‘v’ initial to honor his struggle against totalitarianism,” Gorka told Tablet Magazine.
In the meantime, James Lobe has been steadily reporting on Gorka’s background, including his recent revelation that Gorka’s mother at one time worked as translator for notorious Holocaust denier David Irving.
Additionally, the Hungarian Free Press reported that Gorka attended a far-right convention led by Jobbik in 2007.
Gorka himself has dismissed all the allegations as partisan attacks on the Trump administration. In a Breitbart News interview, he said: “Of course, the attacks we’ve seen in the last month are outrageous and dishonest, but I don’t really take it personally. These attacks aren’t about me, really; they’re about making sure that the American people don’t get the policies they resoundingly voted for.”
He added: “We’ve come to a place, unfortunately, where elements of the media are waging a scorched earth campaign against the president by trying to throw everything they have at anyone associated with his administration. … And in the end, as the son of parents who survived the Nazi takeover of Hungary and then the nightmare of Communism, these attacks have no power over me.”
More on the Nazi recently coughed up from the Trump Swamp:
Exclusive: Senior Trump Aide Forged Key Ties To Anti-Semitic Groups In Hungary
The plot thickens - buddy was basically arm in arm with far-right anti-semites in Hungary.
Trump staffer has lied for years about his role as ‘expert witness’ in Boston Marathon bombing trial
"President Donald Trump’s new Deputy Assistant, Sebastian Gorka is just another administration member living in a world of “alternative facts.” Gorka, who is both a contributor for Breitbart as well as a “self-proclaimed expert” on so-called “radical Islam” has maintained for years that he was an “expert witness” in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the accused Boston Marathon bomber.
Fusion reports that based on the account of an official in the office of the U.S. Attorney in Massachusetts, “Gorka never testified at the trial and prosecutors didn’t rely on his expertise in preparing or presenting their case.”
Gorka’s personal website, The Gorka Briefing, which has since been taken offline, used to have a section dedicated to his role as an “expert witness” in the Tsarnaev trial. Based on an archive of his website, Gorka claimed to be an expert witness in the case, for instance in an “Analysis of the Tsarnaev Verdict,” in which he claimed to be an expert in a XM/Sirius Patriot interview"
Gorka Watch Update: EXCLUSIVE: Sebastian Gorka Backed Anti-Semitic Militia
Trump’s Full Embrace of Authoritarian Client States
Posted on April 3, 2017, 12:43 PM Daniel Larison
Trump will host Egypt’s military dictator today:
Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi is visiting the White House for the first time since he led the military’s overthrow of his predecessor in 2013.
Trump is seeking closer ties with the dictatorship in Egypt, and that is consistent with what he has been doing in his dealings with other bad regional clients over the last two months. It also promises to deepen U.S. complicity in the abuses and crimes of those client governments, and it practically guarantees that the clients’ behavior will become worse than it already is. While Trump’s approach to these states is different from Obama’s in degree, it is also the case that he is taking U.S. policy in the wrong direction in every case. All of these relationships need to be downgraded or even ended all together, but Trump is strengthening them to our country’s detriment.
Obama was wrong when he failed to cut off military aid to the coup government in Egypt as the law required, but he also didn’t fully embrace Sisi as Trump has. Throwing more weapons at Bahrain would be a questionable decision by itself, but it is even more worrisome because it is part of a broader pattern of looking for places to pick fights with Iran. Increasing support for the war on Yemen is obviously the most horrific and destructive example of how Trump has managed to take terrible policies he inherited from Obama and make them even worse. The client states are undoubtedly pleased to be indulged and rewarded with more support and even less criticism, but it is difficult to see what the U.S. gets out of this embrace except to be tarred with the abuses that our support helps make possible.
The U.S. has a long, unfortunate history of working with and supporting abusive and authoritarian regimes, and in retrospect we can see that doing this was often a foolish mistake or at best a short-sighted arrangement that ended up causing more problems for the U.S. over the long term than it solved. There may be occasions when it is necessary to cooperate with these governments, but these relationships are not ends in themselves and we should always be questioning their value. When they become liabilities as many of our relationships with these clients have, we shouldn’t be afraid to curtail or end them. The U.S. shouldn’t go in search of monsters to destroy, but neither should it embrace and support monstrous regimes.