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Israel and the Iran Deal Pullout- 45th Upends Middle Eastern Balance.

Trump ruins all he touches.

Donald Trump has dealt a severe blow to the global order with his decision to pull the United States out of the Iranian nuclear agreement, causing a major rift with European allies and raising tensions in the Middle East.

Concerns are growing daily that the recent decisions made by Donald Trump will do much to destabilize a region that has long been unstable anyway.

Israel and Iran, both of whom seemed emboldened in the face of the new situation, fired missiles at each other Wednesday across the Syrian border. They followed up with bristling threats in a steep escalation of tensions.

In days, we’re set to make the Israeli embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, something other US presidents have held off on, due to their reasonable belief that it would not help us keep the peace down there.

The merits and flaws of the embassy move itself are not our points of focus here. It’s a separate issue.

We’d like to give our best wishes to the people of Israel and Iran, and all other people, for that matter. If everybody there is cool with the embassy being in Jerusalem, then we’re happy for them. But that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Our issue is the haphazard and ill-thought out manner in which the current executive administration made this decision. There is no sign at all that Trump fully understands just how serious his decisions have become. He’s not a reality TV star anymore.

We have also seen this recently in North Korea, as Trump boasts of his ability to “bring the North Koreans to the table”. The North Koreans bring themselves to the table, every time they need a few bucks. But Trump doesn’t get it. He seems to really think that Kim is giving up his nukes.

Kim is never giving up his nukes, of course, and neither will anybody else who manages to get them, now that they’ve seen how Trump reneged on the nuclear arrangement we had with Iran. What a mess. It’s been quite a while since Iranians were burning American flags in the streets, and screaming “Death to America!” But they sure are doing it now.

Former Mideast negotiator Dennis Ross, speaking on NPR, said Trump’s decision to abrogate the terms of the nuclear deal is likely spurring Iran to show the US that it will pay a price, which most likely led to the missile launches Wednesday.

Dr. Alina Polyakova of the Atlantic Council gave a talk on the world order last year, in which she illustrated its fracture points, meaning geographical locations that constitute stressors upon it. Ukraine was one, Syria was another. We can now add Iran and Israel to that list.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Europe could no longer depend on the United States, comments that were echoed by French President Emmanuel Macron. Both leaders had made eleventh-hour trips to Washington to try and talk Trump out of the leaving the Iran pact.

“It’s another blow to the trans-Atlantic alliance,” said Sen. Bob Menendez(D-N.J.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “The Europeans don’t know what to make anymore about how strong and how deep our alliance is with them. And we need them. We critically need them to achieve many of our goals, both as it relates to Iran and other things.”

Everyone in the world seems to get this, except for our 45th president.

Perhaps the situation was summed up worst by the National Security Council’s senior director for strategic assessment, Victoria Coates.

“I think it shows you that the President is absolutely doing the right thing here,” Coates said to reporters during a press conference held Friday. “It is not upsetting any regional balance; in fact, his leadership is what’s bringing the region together.”

Good thing Iran doesn’t have any nukes. In a few years, though, hold on to your hats.

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Bannon Calls Trump Treasonous- President Sick With Rage.

Trump is unhappy.
Donald Trump is rumored to be in a New Year’s fury. Anger at his legal team for offering shifting timelines about when the Russia investigation would end seems to have gotten the best of him. And his divorce with Steve Bannon is said to have placed him near a state of apoplexy.

Many predicted that we were in for an interesting afternoon. We were not to be disappointed.

According to two sources familiar with the President’s mindset, the anger has continued.

It is said to have begun worsening around afternoon Wednesday. At the time, Trump was helping to draft his blistering break-up letter to former chief strategist Steve Bannon.

His recent interviews with author Michael Wolff delivered a brutal flaying of Trump, and his family.

Bannon’s characterization of Ivanka Trump as dumb as a brick is said to have enraged the president in particular. But what can you do? Divorce is always hard on the kids.

All of this has followed the criticism and ridicule his taunting tweet Tuesday evening directed at North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has brought him. My button’s bigger than your button. Has it really come to this?

The rest of the White House was said to have been caught badly off guard by the whole situation, as was everyone else. It renewed worry worldwide about whether the President fully comprehends the risks he’s taking in adversarially provoking an insane dictator with childish taunts.

After Trump’s North Korea broadside, aides inside the White House reached out to some of Trump’s allies seen as having influence over the President to talk to him about his tweets and the risks they carry. Millennial Democrats would like to wish these aides the best of luck.

In the meantime, we found out today that in April, Kim Jong Un ordered the launch of a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile that failed shortly after launch and ended up hitting the city of Tokchon, roughly two hours from the capital.

Since it’s North Korea, it’s hard to get much information, but it is probable that casualties were taken. Another key integer not reported was that the missile fell on an urban area.

They’ve been firing off missiles over Japan.

All it’s going to take is one stupid miscalculation and millions could die overnight, wiped out forever in one single blundering instant. But Trump does not seem to understand that and continues to risk nuclear war by pointlessly antagonizing Kim.

His recent out-of-the-blue decision to recognize Jerusalem is another potentially explosive example of this. Trump appeared to slur his words during the speech.

It is for this reason that yet another precedent has been broken by this president.

For the first time in history, members of the Congress have had to be briefed on the mental health of their president, and asked to keep it in mind when crafting laws.

In America, it’s an old lawmaker’s trick, proposing some ridiculously extreme or idealistic notion that could never possibly get passed, by way of making some point or another. But this trick is no longer safe to use. If some random crazy bill were ever to make it to Trump’s desk, it might actually get passed. This president is different.

Politico reported Wednesday that more than a dozen lawmakers last month met with a Yale University psychiatry professor for two days to discuss President Trump’s fitness for office, raising questions once again about the 25th Amendment, by which an unfit President can be voted out of the job by a majority of Cabinet members and the Vice President.

Dr. Bandy X. Lee reportedly met with the group of lawmakers on Dec. 5 and Dec. 6 and warned them the president is “going to unravel.”

Trump will sign anything. He will do anything. He is desperate to avoid boredom. Whims and caprice are all that govern his decision-making process. He has proven time and again that he will lash out at random when he’s angry. And right now he is very angry indeed.

He’s realizing now that his lawyers have been sugarcoating some very unpleasant truths, one of which was summed up by Steve Bannon quite succinctly.

Bannon referred to Donald Trump, Jr’s June 2016 meeting with a group of Russians as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”. No doubt.

Breitbart News was a cornerstone of Trump’s alt-right base. and propaganda machine. When Trump fired him, it sent all of them a message loud and clear. I don’t need you anymore.

Trump also sent Bannon a cease-and-desist order today from making speeches about his time in the Trump machine, which is laughable.

Trump’s presidency is the biggest failure in modern American politics. It’s a lumbering, out of control golem that has risen to consume its makers. One way or the other, this thing has got to end. When even the likes of Steve Bannon come to realize it, it’s clear most of America is now on the same page. People are waking up.

The reality of the situation dictates that anyone with a sound and stable mind use it, to concentrate on finding a way of bringing this nightmare to an end.

But, yeah. Hillary’s emails.

U.N. Condemns Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem- Global Stability On Edge.

Donald Trump has got us into the worst fix yet, this time.

The United Nations voted overwhelmingly to condemn his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Some 128 countries voted for the resolution, while nine voted “no,” and 35 nations abstained, including Canada, Mexico and Australia.

This was about the only respectable thing to do. Rash, reckless, and random is not what adult human beings are about.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley angrily issued a direct threat from the US to pull funding from the world body if it voted to condemn Trump’s decision.

“The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in this assembly,” Haley said. “We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world’s largest contribution” to the UN.

Haley said the US will put its embassy in Jerusalem regardless of the vote.
There was also a threat from Trump himself, who mentioned the UN vote at a Wednesday Cabinet meeting. “We’re watching those votes,” the President said. “Let them vote against us, we’ll save a lot. We don’t care.”
But only a few countries allowed themselves to be cowed by the bullying of Trump, who doesn’t even have the support of his own people, much less of the U.N. or NATO.
Millennial Democrats would like to express our solidarity with the rest of the world’s community. This is an outrage to most of us, too. We hate this awful guy. We fervently hope that the rest of Earth will forgive us his stupidity and sloven. We will make it right as soon as he is gone.
Nation after nation castigated the US at the emergency session of the UN General Assembly, and with good reason. The very fact that an emergency assembly had to be called, because something Trump did caused an emergency, is proof that this administration presents a terribly serious risk for world peace.
Furthermore, it is a violation of international law that leaves the United States and her citizens largely isolated.
And worst of all, we have now got a fracture point in the global order we can’t fix.
This is what Vladimir Putin has been after for a long time. Big trouble everywhere. Destabilization. A cloud of chaos, to cloak an evil plan of world domination. The whole thing reads more like a Japanese manga than it does a serious political discourse. But these are the times we live in.
Speaker after speaker at the UN emphasized their want to dissociate themselves from what Trump did as much as possible. We’re all but cut off because of it. It’s as if we’ve returned in time to the days of Charles Lindbergh, America First, and total isolationism as a policy.
Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour declared that the decision destroyed Washington’s ability to act as a mediator in peace talks between them and the Israelis, which truly is deplorable. It’s as though Trump is determined to alienate every ally we’ve got.
“What does this decision serve?” asked Mansour. “It serves the powers of extremism … Does the United States not wonder why it stands isolated, and why even its closest allies couldn’t turn a blind eye to this decision?”
“Your threats imperil global peace,” said Venezuela’s representative to the UN, Samuel Moncada Acosta.
“This decision is an outrageous assault to all universal values,” Turkey’s Ambassador to the UN, Feridun Sinirliolu, said.  “You can be strong, but this doesn’t make you right.”
Trump isn’t right or strong, but he is in charge of the executive apparatus of the most powerful empire the world has ever seen. The capacity of the United States to exert influence is all but boundless, for good or for evil. And having a madman employed by a foreign dictator at the helm of it is a worst-case scenario waiting to happen for humanity.
Putin is playing the most dangerous game of Russian roulette in the history of mankind, and with the gun held to the head of all humanity. If we get unlucky, and things break down the wrong fracture point, we’ve got the power to kill ourselves completely. We didn’t have that before.
The Turkish president Erdogan is right about Jerusalem being a red line for Muslims. It’s a red line for Christians and Jews, also. And if history has proven one thing without a doubt, it’s that wars fought over religion get really ugly.
We are taking the position that something like the U.N. resolution had to happen, in order to try and calm this situation down. We’re grateful they did it. It’s a big relief to know that sane world leaders like Angela Merkel are still around to keep things from falling apart entirely. America is completely deadlocked with this shambles of a man in charge of it.
Donald Trump had better wake up and realize this is not a game before people start getting killed.
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