Trump and his supporters find community by rejoicing in the suffering of those they hate and fear.
John Sipher"Trump’s only true skill is the con; his only fundamental belief is that the United States is the birthright of straight, white, Christian men, and his only real, authentic pleasure is in cruelty."
In acceding to a White House request to cover the name of the USS John S. McCain, officers and officials revealed a rot within the service.
John Sipher"More dangerously, a service that tolerates sycophancy will get America’s sons and daughters killed, and lead them to defeat in America’s wars. War is not per se a test of character, but it is impossible to win one without it."
The special counsel pointed back to the words of his report. Here are its key findings.
John SipherThanks. @TheAtlantic, @lawfareblog & @just_security doing a great job of analyzing the report. The 9/11 Commission had historians write so it was readable. The Mueller doc is too dense/legalistic for general/political consumption.
As history has shown with the Watergate and Iran-contra scandals, such investigations can gain legitimacy only when members of the president’s own party support them.
John SipherFact check: True.
"I am surprised there aren’t more defenders of the Constitution. They are there to be a check on abuse of power. If they are willing to submit that to the executive, then they have no business being in office.”
nytimes.com/2019/05/11/us/… via @NYTimes
The Mueller report exposes the extent to which not just Russia but Donald Trump's own associates grifted the president.
John Sipher"Imagine if after 9/11, George W. Bush had directed his anger at the NYPD instead of Osama bin Laden, or if FDR had devoted the two years after Pearl Harbor to insulting the US Navy rather than going to war against Japan."