Gina Haspel is not a typical Trump toady, but recent moves suggest a dangerous dynamic between the runaway president and his spy agency.
Adam WeinsteinMore good news: "With Attorney General Bill Barr fulfilling Trump’s whims at the Justice Department, a compliant intelligence director in Langley would enhance Trump’s ability to pursue worse whims."
I needed a CT scan on my neck — and I opened the door to a Kafka-esque nightmare
Adam Weinstein"As I worked my way through corporate phone trees, I live-tweeted the experience; it apparently resonated with social media users (to the tune of 4.7M impressions, a figure almost as inscrutable to me as my policy’s copay for in-plan advanced imaging.)"
The entrepreneurial warriors' space is so saturated that a top shill now wants to make "Veteran" a brand unto itself, with a capital "V."
Adam Weinstein"A bad call on a nine-line medevac overseas means a person gets on the helicopter alive and leaves the helicopter dead; a bad call on a 9 Line T-shirt means wearing 'Freedom Sleeves' from a company that describes itself as 'Relentlessly Patriotic.'" ☠️☠️☠️
Other targets of Trump's strikes were “bad dudes”... as well as recipients of American payoffs in the Iraq wars.
Adam WeinsteinSix years before the United States attempted to kill Shubul al Zaidi in a drone strike, it was building bases for his death squad. @ZackKopplin on Trump, Soleimani, and the revolving door of graft and terror in Iraq.
Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo, who urged Trump to kill Qassem Soleimani, are ardent proponents of Christian Zionism.
Adam Weinstein"Pompeo and Pence reportedly were the top officials pushing Trump to kill Soleimani. They’re also devout evangelicals and major allies of CUFI. This is not a coincidence." Read @sarahposner on how a bad caricature of Jesus took the wheel on US-Iran policy.
The night I partied with the now-disgraced congressman, I learned brazenness and entitlement might have been his best qualities.
Adam Weinstein"Hunter seemed in no hurry to get back inside to the Christmas party at a Capitol Hill Mexican restaurant thrown by a Norwegian weapons company, so we each lit up another cigarette, and he called me a bitch for smoking Marlboro Lights." Matt Farwell, folks
Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle spoke at UF on Oct. 10
Adam Weinstein“Emails show a Donald Trump re-election campaign official personally asked UF Student Body President Michael Murphy in September to bring Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle to campus the following month.”
Get yourself an indy school paper like UF’s
In celebrating the death of ISIS's leader, Trump shared his vision of America's goal in the Middle East: loot and plunder.
Adam WeinsteinI had a different takeaway than most from Trump's al-Baghdadi press conference Sunday: "In his speech and in extended answers to reporters’ questions, Trump mentioned oil an incredible 22 times; by contrast, he mentioned Baghdadi only 18 times."
The Russians saved Bashar al-Assad’s government. A trove of Russian Air Force recordings obtained by The Times shows how bombing Syrian hospitals helped them do it.
Adam WeinsteinIt doesn’t have to be a theory about a pee tape, or tax returns, or anything else. It’s simply a behavioral observation at this point: Donald Trump and his cronies help dictators in Russia and Turkey do whatever they want, up to and including war crimes