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Something to watch out for here: Erik Prince's old plan

Remember this? Mattis laughed him out of the Pentagon, but new people are in there now:

Here’s the blueprint for Erik Prince’s $5 billion plan to privatize the Afghanistan war


When Trump does something on an international scale that, at first blush,

doesn't seem to benefit him directly or personally, I start to wonder if he is repaying a favor to a foreign leader, or expecting a favor in return (i.e., the Syrian troop pullout, moving the embassy to Jerusalem).

I'm thinking... Prior to Trump, McCain was the figure he most

idolized, and when McCain died, that left Graham open to maximize (or, really, capitalize on) his relationship with someone even more powerful than McCain. Graham seems gratified to bask in the limelight these larger-than-life figures receive. Sort of like Pence does with Trump, albeit with less fanfare and self-promotion.

I'm sticking with the "Pilot fish" theory of Lindsey Graham.

Woodward's first book on Trump, Fear, depicts Graham as starstruck by how close his relationship with Trump became. Graham, for a while at least, thought he had tremendous influence over Trump, and loved being the guy Trump called at midnight to vent, and to play golf with. He attaches himself to the biggest whale.

I'm open to the blackmail theory, but Graham's relationship with Trump is not the relationship most people would have with their blackmailer.

When John McCain died, so did Graham's Jiminy Cricket (his conscience).

At some point the adolescent infatuation gave way to fear, because Trump stopped listening so much to Graham and, in Graham's estimation, Trump has immense power, even after being roundly defeated in this election.

Adam Schiff (or Neal Katyal?)

Although someone here at DU made a good case for Neal Katyal. I thought that was a great idea.

Does anybody else like the idea of Neal Katyal?

Neal Kumar Katyal (born March 12, 1970) is an American lawyer and academic. He is a partner at Hogan Lovells and the Paul and Patricia Saunders Professor of National Security Law at Georgetown University Law Center.[2][3] During the Obama Administration, Katyal served as Acting Solicitor General of the United States from May 2010[4] until June 2011. Previously, Katyal served as an attorney in the Solicitor General's office, and as Principal Deputy Solicitor General in the U.S. Justice Department.

Katyal has argued more Supreme Court cases than any other minority lawyer in American history.[5] He is a self-described "extremist centrist".[6]


Howard Stern has been trying to get this point through to the MAGAts for

years: Trump loathes you, he wouldn't be seen with you, he wouldn't allow you into Mar-a-Lago, he'd throw you out.

But this pattern with Trump and his kids is a repeat of what happened with Trump and his siblings with Fred Senior. You don't step out of line, and Daddy holds the purse strings. They remain children forever. Coping mechanisms they develop in childhood to "survive" don't serve them as adults, but they don't abandon them.

"I'm a total act and I don't understand why people don't get it"

Trump to Scaramucci.

Anthony Scaramucci Claims Trump Told Him He's a 'Total Act' in New Book By Washington Post Reporters


Great article. This sentence rather leaps off the page:

Shame is worse than death for a pathological narcissist, because it exposes some flaw in him, even if it is a natural human flaw.

Shame Intolerance is superficially dealt with in The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, in nowhere near the depth it is explored in this article.

Ever since reading Peter Strzok's book, I've wondered if there was

and still is a counterintelligence investigation into Trump that we don't know about. He strongly suggests that such investigations were opened on more Trump administration officials than we know.

Secondly, there's no good reason why one couldn't be opened (or, similarly, a counterespionage investigation) if there is sufficient grounds for doing so. His communications could legally be monitored.

The FBI could currently be monitoring individuals with whom Trump might come into contact if he does mess around with foreign adversaries, just like Carter Page (?), Mike Flynn and George Papadopoulos (?) were wrangled into investigations because of their contacts with people already being monitored.

Thirdly, in the 2018/19 timeframe, we heard a lot about sealed indictments. I'm not aware of any follow-up, so I don't know if those indictments were ever unsealed. Is it possible there are unsealed indictments already waiting for Trump?

Just this week I purchased a simple leather toggle necklace, nothing special about

it whatsoever, and it was also branded as "survival gear" and made by a guy who calls his company Survival Gear U.S.A., and on the receipt he wrote a handwritten note thanking me, and in big letters he wrote "Please Stay Safe!"

From what I could tell, all he makes are men's braided leather necklaces.

I don't understand why a braided leather toggle necklace is survival gear that somehow enhances my safety in a dangerous world?

Very strange.
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