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Sun Sep 29, 2019, 10:58 AM

Former member of State Department on the new HRC email investigation

Aaron David Miller
@aarondmiller2

Worked at State for almost 25 years. Never thought I’d see SecState and Department bend in face of political pressure to shill for White House.




Aaron David Miller
@aarondmiller2
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Former State Department Middle East analyst, adviser,negotiator in Republican and Democratic Adms,
@CNN
Global Affairs analyst

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Reply Former member of State Department on the new HRC email investigation (Original post)
Miles Archer Sep 2019 OP
comradebillyboy Sep 2019 #1
efhmc Sep 2019 #2
Wounded Bear Sep 2019 #3
dalton99a Sep 2019 #4
Captain Zero Sep 2019 #5
dchill Sep 2019 #10
MagickMuffin Sep 2019 #6
ancianita Sep 2019 #7
SCVDem Sep 2019 #8
Bradical79 Sep 2019 #12
erronis Sep 2019 #9
Bradical79 Sep 2019 #11
maxsolomon Sep 2019 #13
ffr Sep 2019 #14

Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sun Sep 29, 2019, 11:02 AM

1. Pompeo is a disgrace to America...

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Response to comradebillyboy (Reply #1)

Sun Sep 29, 2019, 11:07 AM

2. He is a disgrace to the human race.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sun Sep 29, 2019, 11:09 AM

3. Sec Clinton did a lot of work getting the State Department back on track...

after 8 years of Bush. Now Trump has shredded all her efforts.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sun Sep 29, 2019, 11:10 AM

4. Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of Trump

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/08/26/mike-pompeo-the-secretary-of-trump
Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of Trump
How he became a heartland evangelical—and the President’s most loyal soldier.
By Susan B. Glasser
August 19, 2019

In the winter of 2016, Donald Trump was roaring through the primaries, and Mike Pompeo was determined to stop him. Pompeo, a little-known congressman from Wichita, helped persuade Marco Rubio to make a late stand in Kansas. Like many Republicans in Congress, Pompeo believed that Rubio had the national-security knowledge and the judgment to be President, and Trump did not. Urged on by Pompeo, Rubio’s team pulled money out of other states to gamble on winning the Kansas caucus. It was one of the few remaining contests in which Rubio still hoped to beat Trump, who, he said, was a “con artist” about to “take over the Republican Party.”

On March 5th, Trump and Senator Ted Cruz, of Texas, arrived in Wichita for the caucus. Rubio left his closing argument to Pompeo, who told the crowd at the Century II arena, “I’m going to speak to you from the heart about what I believe is the best path forward for America.” An Army veteran who finished first in his class at West Point, Pompeo cited Trump’s boast that if he ordered a soldier to commit a war crime the soldier would “go do it.” As the audience booed, Pompeo warned that Trump—like Barack Obama—would be “an authoritarian President who ignored our Constitution.” American soldiers “don’t swear an allegiance to President Trump or any other President,” Pompeo declared. “They take an oath to defend our Constitution, as Kansans, as conservatives, as Republicans, as Americans. Marco Rubio will never demean our soldiers by saying that he will order them to do things that are inconsistent with our Constitution.” Listening backstage, Trump demanded to know the identity of the congressman trashing him. A few minutes later, Pompeo concluded, “It’s time to turn down the lights on the circus.”

At that point, Pompeo had never met Trump. Like many Republicans who called Trump a “kook,” a “cancer,” and a threat to democracy before ultimately supporting him, Pompeo disagreed with much of Trump’s platform. He took issue in particular with Trump’s “America First” skepticism about the United States’ role in the world. Pompeo was a conservative internationalist who had been shaped by his Cold War-era military service, and he remained a believer in American power as the guarantor of global stability. Yet, after Trump won the Presidency, Pompeo sought a post in his Administration and did not hesitate to serve as his C.I.A. director. In 2018, after Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, by tweet, Pompeo happily replaced him as America’s top diplomat.

Pompeo, an evangelical Christian who keeps an open Bible on his desk, now says it’s possible that God raised up Trump as a modern Queen Esther, the Biblical figure who convinced the King of Persia to spare the Jewish people. He defines his own job as serving the President, whatever the President asks of him. “A Secretary of State has to know what the President wants,” he said, at a recent appearance in Washington. “To the extent you get out of synch with that leader, then you’re just out shooting the breeze.” No matter what Trump has said or done, Pompeo has stood by him. As a former senior White House official told me, “There will never be any daylight publicly between him and Trump.” The former official said that, in private, too, Pompeo is “among the most sycophantic and obsequious people around Trump.” Even more bluntly, a former American ambassador told me, “He’s like a heat-seeking missile for Trump’s ass.”

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sun Sep 29, 2019, 11:11 AM

5. The way they are doing this it is like it's an ex post facto law.

Let's see driving 35 mph on this road is now the law.
Ten years ago the limit was 50 mph and you were driving 48 mph then, so you are now in violation of the law.
They are dystopian.

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Response to Captain Zero (Reply #5)

Sun Sep 29, 2019, 01:53 PM

10. To be clear, they are also nazi assholes...

...since "dystopian" is probably not in their lexicon.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sun Sep 29, 2019, 11:18 AM

6. Ewwww, maybe they can impeach her


Yeah that's the ticket, we'll impeach her first.

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Response to MagickMuffin (Reply #6)

Sun Sep 29, 2019, 01:44 PM

7. ...

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sun Sep 29, 2019, 01:46 PM

8. What I don't understand regarding

 

deleted e mails.

If we check our e mail trash and deleted on our computers, there are hundreds or thousands we have gone through.

Do we save spam? Do we save lunch invites or general hello, how are you letters?

NO!

This is just OUR stuff. I imagine that HRC having a much larger circle, could easily have thousands of deletions.

I don't get it.

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Response to SCVDem (Reply #8)

Sun Sep 29, 2019, 02:12 PM

12. It was her use of the private server that was the problem

 

It was first investigated as a violation of a specific regulation. Not supposed to use private email/servers for government buisiness. It was "careless", but not criminal, and it's something all her predecessors have done (and lots of other politicians.)

There were about 100 classified or top secret documents in the emails, but it was basically stuff that was public knowlege. Like our drone program. Everyone and their mother knew about it, but it's still technically classified.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sun Sep 29, 2019, 01:47 PM

9. Hmmm. McCarthy - "witch hunt" - Roy Cohn - Trump - red-baiting - lies

This seems to have some real echoes from the 1950s.

The playbook is the same. Roy Cohn was counsel to McCarthy during his rat-fucked campaign to impugn government employees, especially the Dept. of State.

Dotard Trump used Cohn as a personal lawyer and apparently learned how to rat-fuck from him. (Stone being a Cohn wannabee.)

Many of the same techniques used to spread lies and propagandize as were used by the Russians and the Nazis.

Maybe "America" was never a clean shining citadel and a beacon to the rest of the world, but we've descended as far down in the murk as Nixon, Stalin, Hitler, Trump.


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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sun Sep 29, 2019, 01:57 PM

11. This should finally spell doom for the Clinton presidency...

 

...wait, I forgot I'm in the other timeline.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sun Sep 29, 2019, 02:16 PM

13. State, like most of the Bureaucracy, has been hollowed out

of career Civil Service professionals. It took 3 years, but now, you're either loyal to the Capo, or you GTFO.

On election night, I predicted Show Trials - for HRC specifically. I don't want to be right, but so far, I'm not wrong.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Sun Sep 29, 2019, 02:17 PM

14. Laurence Tribe, another article of impeachment



Laurence Tribe - This retroactive reclassification to go after a defeated political opponent after the statute of limitations has run is itself an abuse of power, one we’d expect in a banana republic. These people are growing desperate. And more dangerous by the day.

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