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Old 12-21-2018, 08:07 PM   #76
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We all know Mattis is a nancy boy who pees sitting down. Nothing to see here. Fake News.
Everybody knows Mattis was the most unstable force in one of the most powerful positions. He wasn't just a danger to himself, he was a danger to everyone else too. Trump had no choice but to force his resignation.
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Old 12-22-2018, 11:48 AM   #77
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How much winning can we take at this point? Two cabinet resignations in the last week, the stock market continues to spiral down, we're in a shutdown, and Trump is pulling out of Syria. So much winning.

Oh and now Trump wants to fire the Fed chair due to the latest interest rate increase.
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Old 12-22-2018, 01:22 PM   #78
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How much winning can we take at this point? Two cabinet resignations in the last week, the stock market continues to spiral down, we're in a shutdown, and Trump is pulling out of Syria. So much winning.

Oh and now Trump wants to fire the Fed chair due to the latest interest rate increase.
.........but , but but we got $20 a week back in our pay checks,................I heard.
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Old 12-22-2018, 02:44 PM   #79
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Brett McGurk

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WASHINGTON — Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group, has resigned in protest over President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, a U.S. official said, joining Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in an administration exodus of experienced national security figures.

Only 11 days ago, McGurk had said it would be “reckless” to consider IS defeated and therefore would be unwise to bring American forces home. McGurk decided to speed up his original plan to leave his post in mid-February.

Appointed to the post by President Barack Obama in 2015 and retained by Trump, McGurk said in his resignation letter that the militants were on the run, but not yet defeated, and that the premature pullout of American forces from Syria would create the conditions that gave rise to IS. He also cited gains in accelerating the campaign against IS, but that the work was not yet done.


His letter, submitted Friday to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, was described to The Associated Press on Saturday by an official familiar with its contents. The official was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter before the letter was released and spoke on condition of anonymity.

In a tweet shortly after news of McGurk’s resignation broke, Trump again defended his decision to pull all of the roughly 2,000 U.S. forces from Syria in the coming weeks.

“We were originally going to be there for three months, and that was seven years ago - we never left,” Trump tweeted. “When I became President, ISIS was going wild. Now ISIS is largely defeated and other local countries, including Turkey, should be able to easily take care of whatever remains. We’re coming home!”

Although the civil war in Syria has gone on since 2011, the U.S. did not begin launching airstrikes against IS until September 2014, and American troops did not go into Syria until 2015.

McGurk, whose resignation is effective Dec. 31, was planning to leave the job in mid-February after a U.S.-hosted meeting of foreign ministers from the coalition countries, but he felt he could continue no longer after Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria and Mattis’ resignation, according to the official.

Trump declaration of a victory over IS has been roundly contradicted by his own experts’ assessments, and his decision to pull troops out was widely denounced by members of Congress, who called his action rash and dangerous.

Mattis, perhaps the most respected foreign policy official in the administration, announced on Thursday that he will leave by the end of February. He told Trump in a letter that he was departing because “you have a right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours.”

The withdrawal decision will fulfill Trump’s goal of bringing troops home from Syria, but military leaders have pushed back for months, arguing that the IS group remains a threat and could regroup in Syria’s long-running civil war. U.S. policy has been to keep troops in place until the extremists are eradicated.

Among officials’ key concerns is that a U.S. pullout will leave U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces vulnerable to attacks by Turkey, the Syrian government and remaining IS fighters. The SDF, a Kurdish-led force, is America’s only military partner in Syria

A second official said McGurk on Friday was pushing for the U.S. to allow the SDF to reach out to troops allied with Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government for protection. McGurk argued that America had a moral obligation to help prevent the allied fighters from being slaughtered by Turkey, which considers the SDF an enemy.

McGurk said at a State Department briefing on Dec. 11 that “it would be reckless if we were just to say, ‘Well, the physical caliphate is defeated, so we can just leave now.’ I think anyone who’s looked at a conflict like this would agree with that.”

A week before that, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the U.S. had a long way to go in training local Syrian forces to prevent a resurgence of IS and stabilize Syria. He said it would take 35,000 to 40,000 local troops in northeastern Syria to maintain security over the long term, but only about 20 percent of that number had been trained.

McGurk, 45, previously served as a deputy assistant secretary of state for Iraq and Iran, and during the negotiations for the landmark Iran nuclear deal by the Obama administration, led secret side talks with Tehran on the release of Americans imprisoned there.

McGurk, was briefly considered for the post of ambassador to Iraq after having served as a senior official covering Iraq and Afghanistan during President George W. Bush’s administration.

A former Supreme Court law clerk to the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist, McGurk worked as a lawyer for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion and joined Bush’s National Security Council staff, where in 2007 and 2008, he was the lead U.S. negotiator on security agreements with Iraq.

Taking over for now for McGurk will be his deputy, retired Lt. Gen. Terry Wolff, who served three tours of active duty in Iraq.

Jim Jeffrey, a veteran diplomat who was appointed special representative for Syria engagement in August, is expected to stay in his position, officials said.

IS militants still hold a string of villages and towns along the Euphrates River in eastern Syria, where they have resisted weeks of attacks by the U.S.-supported Syrian Democratic Forces to drive them out. The pocket is home to about 15,000 people, among them 2,000 IS fighters, according to U.S. military estimates.

But that figure could be as high as 8,000 militants, if fighters hiding out in the deserts south of the Euphrates River are also counted, according to according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict through networks of local informants. Military officials have also made it clear that IS fighters fleeing Euphrates River region have found refuge in other areas of the country, fueling concerns that they could regroup and rise again.

The SDF said Thursday: “The war against Islamic State has not ended and the group has not been defeated.”

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Associated Press writer Susannah George contributed to this artical
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Old 12-22-2018, 10:53 PM   #80
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TL;DR: We're on the 30 yard line with a 3 point lead and 5 minutes to go. The offense is moving the ball just fine. But wait! Coach is pulling all the starters and putting reserves in, declaring the game is already won!
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Old 12-23-2018, 06:09 PM   #81
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Chico, Cred (if you care to answer) I'd like to know where you guys stand on this Mad Dog Mattis vs. President "Insane in the Membrane" Trump debate.
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Old 12-24-2018, 10:21 AM   #82
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Chico, Cred (if you care to answer) I'd like to know where you guys stand on this Mad Dog Mattis vs. President "Insane in the Membrane" Trump debate.
Disappointed.

Generally think the "resistance" has won. The next 2 years likely will be a lot of pompous blustering from Trump and condescension from Pelosi with Mitch and Schumer controlling the actual legislative agendas and the media whoremongering for the dems.

Nothing changes in the swamp.
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Old 12-24-2018, 02:43 PM   #83
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Disappointed.

Generally think the "resistance" has won. The next 2 years likely will be a lot of pompous blustering from Trump and condescension from Pelosi with Mitch and Schumer controlling the actual legislative agendas and the media whoremongering for the dems.

Nothing changes in the swamp.
Idk, Trump has done a lot of things without the approval or help of Congress. Does it mean less bills coming out of Congress for him to sign? Sure. But that never stopped him from doing what he wants anyways. The wall might not get done (I still don't know why the right won't offer up DREAMers in exchange for wall funding, that would prob swing some votes their way). But what else major legislation can only be done with Congress' help?

Also another reason I think the resistance hasn't won: Inside the WH, Mattis, Tillerson, McMaster were all parts of the resistance, and all are gone. The more yes men Trump gets inside the WH, the stronger he gets. It's obvious he doesn't like having advisors with dissenting opinions.
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Old 01-06-2019, 08:59 AM   #84
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...another one leaves!




https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46773138


Department of Defence chief of staff Kevin Sweeney has resigned, a month after the Defence Secretary James Mattis announced his departure.

Rear Admiral Sweeney said in a statement that "the time is right to return to the private sector".

He is now the third senior Pentagon official to announce his resignation since President Donald Trump announced US forces would leave Syria.

Officials have said there is no timetable for the troop departure.

Rear Adm Sweeney held his post for two years from January 2017.


In a terse resignation letter, he said it had been an "an honour to serve" alongside his colleagues in the department, but made no mention of Mr Trump.

His announcement comes days after General Mattis left his post early, after initially planning to stay in his role until February.

His departure adds to a sense of uncertainty surrounding the Trump administration's defence and foreign policies since the surprise announcement of the planned withdrawal from Syria, analysts say.

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will embark on a week-long tour of the Middle East designed to reassure allies in the region.
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Old 01-22-2019, 06:33 AM   #85
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And another one bites the dust.................


https://www.washingtonpost.com/busin...=.e0ba1993d7b0



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After butting heads with Trump administration, top HUD official departs agency

Tracy Jan ,
Arelis R. Hernández ,
Josh Dawsey and
Damian Paletta January 16



A top Department of Housing and Urban Development official is leaving the agency Thursday following disagreements with other members of the Trump administration over housing policy and the White House’s attempt to block disaster-recovery money for Puerto Rico, according to five people with direct knowledge of the situation.

Deputy Secretary Pam Patenaude, second-in-command at the agency helmed by Ben Carson and widely regarded as HUD’s most capable political leader, is said to have grown frustrated by what a former HUD employee described as a “Sisyphean undertaking.”

Patenaude cited personal reasons when she submitted her resignation on Dec. 17.
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Old 01-22-2019, 06:45 AM   #86
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Yeah I think the Patenaude news is a bit old G1. Hearing rumors she quit because Trump was holding up the Puerto Rico relief money because they are ungrateful assholes, and he was trying to divert it to Florida/Houston instead. Sounds about right.
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Old 01-22-2019, 08:25 AM   #87
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Yeah I think the Patenaude news is a bit old G1. Hearing rumors she quit because Trump was holding up the Puerto Rico relief money because they are ungrateful assholes, and he was trying to divert it to Florida/Houston instead. Sounds about right.

Sorry , first I saw it . That damn MSM!!!!!
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Old 04-07-2019, 06:42 PM   #88
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Strike down another one.............


Kirstjen Nielsen

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Sunday.

The president said Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner, would become the acting DHS secretary.
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Old 04-08-2019, 08:05 PM   #89
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Lets add another..........



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U.S. Secret Service director is out, latest casualty in DHS shakeup


https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/pol...or-out-n992141



The director of the U.S. Secret Service is leaving his position, NBC News confirmed on Monday.

USSS Director Randolph Alles, a retired Marine Corps major general who was appointed two years ago, is on his way out the door just the day after the head of the Department of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, resigned under pressure on Sunday night. Alles reported to her.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that President Donald Trump "has selected James M. Murray, a career member of the USSS, to take over as director beginning in May."

More ousters of agency heads within DHS are possible and a number of key positions remains vacant.
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Old 06-14-2019, 06:47 AM   #90
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Another one bites the dust!

Trumps Head Liar is Leaving!

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/06/13/sara...rump-says.html

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is leaving the White House at the end of the month, Trump says
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