Some Dare Call it Treason


Senator John McCain—who is dying, and whose views accordingly do not matter—issued this statement:

Jul 16 2018


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on President Trump’s meeting and press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki:

“Today’s press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake.

“President Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin. He and Putin seemed to be speaking from the same script as the president made a conscious choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press, and to grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world.

“It is tempting to describe the press conference as a pathetic rout – as an illustration of the perils of under-preparation and inexperience. But these were not the errant tweets of a novice politician. These were the deliberate choices of a president who seems determined to realize his delusions of a warm relationship with Putin’s regime without any regard for the true nature of his rule, his violent disregard for the sovereignty of his neighbors, his complicity in the slaughter of the Syrian people, his violation of international treaties, and his assault on democratic institutions throughout the world.

“Coming close on the heels of President Trump’s bombastic and erratic conduct towards our closest friends and allies in Brussels and Britain, today’s press conference marks a recent low point in the history of the American Presidency. That the president was attended in Helsinki by a team of competent and patriotic advisors makes his blunders and capitulations all the more painful and inexplicable.

“No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant. Not only did President Trump fail to speak the truth about an adversary; but speaking for America to the world, our president failed to defend all that makes us who we are—a republic of free people dedicated to the cause of liberty at home and abroad. American presidents must be the champions of that cause if it is to succeed. Americans are waiting and hoping for President Trump to embrace that sacred responsibility. One can only hope they are not waiting totally in vain.”

Meanwhile, Over at Faux News …

I was curious about whether Faux News is still with him. You might check out

Trump faces bipartisan criticism over press conference with Putin


Putin eats Trump’s lunch in Helsinki.






Trump Grovels in Apology for America’s Mistreatment of Russia

lolcat apology

From Vox this morning:

About four hours before the meeting in Helsinki was set to begin on Monday, Trump tweeted that “Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!” — referring to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into possible Trump campaign collusion during the 2016 presidential election.

The main point of his message was clear: America is to blame for bad Washington-Moscow relations, not the Kremlin. And 40 minutes before the meeting, Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded to Trump’s tweet with two words: “We agree.”

That’s stunning. Trump and Russia are now — very publicly — on the same page about why they believe ties between the two countries are so poor. That could serve as a huge propaganda win for Russia, which has spent decades bashing the US for Moscow’s economic and political problems.

Mene, Mene

Belshazzar’s feast, by Rembrandt

Perhaps the summit will be a nothingburger. We can all hope so. But though my crystal ball fails me, I have a sense of foreboding about the Helsinki meeting. It feels to me like Belshazzar’s feast. My sense is that big things are going to come from the meeting with Putin. And that they will be very bad for us, and, in the fullness of time, very bad for Donald J. Trump.

Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin.

But Hope Abides


Highly recommended: a thoughtful, fact filled piece published in the New York Times this evening: The Midwest eases its Trump swoon and flirts again with Democratic candidates.

The Administration is best encapsulated by the phrase malevolence tempered by incompetence. The Times article provides evidence that many who tolerated or even embraced the malevolence are now waking up to the incompetence.

About damn time.


moonneinMy friends have been busy this morning. I send my thanks. The question is, “European security: is the United States under Trump a reliable partner?”

Hans says he hasn’t met any of the nine percent of Germans who say yes. I assume they are ultra-nationalists–not the sort of people with whom Hans spends his time.

Angela, Theresa, and Emmanuel, America Needs Your Help


The cover of Der Spiegel shows how the Germans view the events of this week.

According to Google translator, the caption reads “what it means for Germany to be Donald Trump’s enemy.” From their words, I infer that the good folks at Der Spiegel understand that Trump is speaking for Trump, not for America. It is Trump who is Germany’s enemy, not the United States.

Angela and Theresa, this week Trump has endeavored, viciously and overtly, to bring your governments down. It is time for you to return the favor.

There is no dealing with Trump. Pomp and circumstance won’t do it. Tea with the Queen will not suffice. Appeasement won’t work.

What you have to do is find a way to work with the sensible folks in America to bring him crashing down. I don’t know how exactly to do that, but there must be a way. You might begin by exploring the possibility of concerted action with the U.S. Secretaries of Defense and State.

“President Mike Pence.” Has a good ring to it, right?