Where’s Shitstain? It’s no fun without him weighing in on the dossier!
The negotiations to bring the war in Afghanistan to a close were probably the closest thing to a diplomatic success that the Trump administration has had in the last two and a half years, so it is fitting that Trump himself destroyed the process by trying to put himself at the center of it. Once again, the president has shown that he much prefers a grandiose spectacle to the slow, unglamorous work of patient diplomacy, and he would sooner dynamite a negotiating process than give up a chance at a photo op. Once again, John Bolton gets what he wants on a major foreign policy issue thanks to the arbitrary whims of a clueless, narcissistic president. In the end, it was Trump’s ego that torpedoed the process:What would have been one of the biggest headline-grabbing moments of his tenure was put together on the spur of the moment and then canceled on the spur of the moment. The usual National Security Council process was dispensed with; only a small circle of advisers was even clued in.
And even after it fell apart, Mr. Trump took it upon himself to disclose the secret machinations in a string of Saturday night Twitter messages that surprised not only many national security officials across the government but even some of the few who were part of the deliberations.
The deal itself left much to be desired. Thousands of American troops would have remained in Afghanistan even after it was implemented. But it did offer a chance to bring our longest war to an end, and if he had had slightest idea what he was doing Trump could have seized that opportunity. As it turned out, he would rather blow up talks than not be able to take personal credit for the result. That is a warning to every other government that tries to negotiate with this administration that nothing Trump’s representatives say can be relied on, and the president may yank the rug out from under their feet at any time.Mr. Trump did not want the Camp David meeting to be a celebration of the deal; after staying out of the details of what has been a delicate effort in a complicated region, Mr. Trump wanted to be the dealmaker who would put the final parts together himself, or at least be perceived to be.
This is also not the first time that Turnberry has made the news with regards to the Trump Organisation's finances. In 2013, golf reporter James Dodson claimed that Eric Trump, son of the President, had told him that the only thing keeping Turnberry afloat was funding from abroad; as Dodson reported, Trump allegedly claimed 'Well, we don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.' (Eric Trump denies these claims, Hashtag-Fake-News.) However, it's also worth noting that Turnberry has run multi-million-dollar losses every year since the Trump Organisation took it over.One crew member was so struck by the choice of hotel — markedly different than the Marriotts and Hiltons the 176th maintenance squadron is used to — that he texted someone close to him and told him about the stay, sending a photo and noting that the crew’s per diem allowance wasn’t enough to cover food and drinks at the ritzy resort.
If a room is five bucks a head a night more expensive in a hotel that's not owned by the President, is it better to stay there instead? Well, consider how much time and effort has gone into investigating this -- and remember, that's not wasted time and effort. Conflicts of interest (or at least, potential conflicts of interest) are supposed to be investigated. It's a good thing that there's a committee whose focus is to make sure that everyone's playing by the rules and no one is twisting them to their own nefarious purposes. It's precisely for this reason that, traditionally, Presidents and holders of high office have divested themselves of any ties to anything that might be considered conflicting. It's a way of holding yourself to a higher standard and ensuring that nothing -- nothing -- could be seen as you putting personal interests over the interests of the country. (At least until you finish your term; after that, write as many memoirs and give as many speeches as you please.) Remember, just to put this into some sort of historical context, Jimmy Carter gave up his goddamn peanut farm when he became President -- a decision that put him literally a million dollars in debt by the time he left. The idea that the President should not be seen to in any way be profiting from his position was so fundamental to politics at the time that even that comparatively small interest was taken out of Carter's hands. (As is so often the case in these troubled and troubling times, The Onion said it best.)While initial reviews indicate that aircrew transiting through Scotland adhered to all guidance and procedures, we understand that U.S. Service members lodging at higher-end accommodations, even if within government rates, might be allowable but not advisable. Therefore, we are reviewing all associated guidance. Even when USAF aircrews follow all directives and guidance, we must still be considerate of perceptions of not being good stewards of taxpayer funds that might be created through the appearance of aircrew staying at such locations.
Yep. Haven’t been able to share a photo in months. Is the photo sharing thing being worked on here?https://imggmi.com/uploaded/2019/9/14/1a2129b4743aaed803f7cd846e73f340-full.jpg.html
fukn image loader is pooched WTF