Yesterday, upon receiving a cell phone news alert that the Pentagon believed Iran had mistakenly shot down that Ukrainian airliner with an anti-aircraft missile, my first thought was how horrible it must’ve been for the people on that plane.
And I was almost ashamed that my second thought was that Democrats and the media would somehow find a way to blame their deaths on President Trump.
I nearly didn’t post that prediction because I hate to think anyone would actually use the horrific, violent deaths of 176 innocent people as a cheap political weapon. On the other hand, I’d learned over the past few years that every time I think the other side has gone as low as they can go, they find a way to way to notch the limbo bar of human decency even lower. And so, I wrote that prediction, while actually hoping that I would be proven wrong.
Sadly, I was not. Not about the media…
Or the politicians…
As Rich Lowry tweeted, “Is the new standard really that a President of the United States can’t defend against attacks on U.S. personnel by a terror regime because the regime might accidentally shoot down an airliner taking off from one of its own airports?”
The term one CNN analyst used was that the passengers were caught in the “crossfire” of Trump’s escalation of war. No, there was no “crossfire.” At noted at the link, the US didn’t fire any missiles at Iran, and the plane was 1200 kilometers from any of Iran’s targets in Iraq when Iran (allegedly!) shot it down, all by themselves, presumably by accident, but I think I’ll hold off on that judgement for a while, too.
At least as of this writing, Pete Buttigieg is the only Democratic Presidential candidate to try to place blame for the airliner deaths on Trump.
But the story is still developing. We’ll see if the criticism he gets discourages the others, or if they follow their natural inclinations to do anything, even cover up for mass-murdering terrorists, if it might hurt Trump politically. In the meantime, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders made it clear for voters which side they’d take if they were President and another nation attacked us.
Last night, in his first rally of 2020, President Trump spoke to a massive crowd in Toledo, Ohio, that had been lined up for over 24 hours to see him. He left no nose unbloodied when it came to telling them what he thought about the House Democrats’ impeachment shenanigans and their nonbinding resolution to bind his hands in dealing with Iran. He said the Democrats should be outraged by Soleimani’s crimes, not by his death. As for the complaints by Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff and others that he didn’t tell them in advance that he was going to order a strike on Gen. Soleimani and the Iran-backed militia that had attacked our base and Embassy, he said it was a split-second operation and there was no time, although he added this:
"They're saying, 'You should get permission from Congress, you should come in and tell us what you want to do -- you should come in and tell us, so that we can call up the fake news that's back there, and we can leak it.'"
Naturally, that comment about them leaking classified info that would help Iran to the media was greeted by Democrats and the media with OUTRAGE!! I’m outraged, too! I said that days ago; he’s stealing my material!
In other comments, Trump said he hopes Joe Biden is the nominee, because he wants to hammer him on corruption. He said he’ll hear “where’s Hunter?” nine times in every debate. He also talked about the economy, his recent court victory in funding the border wall and other topics. You can find quotes, clips and photos at this link:
And here’s the rally in full…
Rep. Ilhan Omar attacked a county in her home state of Minnesota for taking advantage of the power President Trump conveyed to say no to taking in refugees for resettlement.
Omar reminded them that over 20 years ago, the state of Minnesota welcomed her and her family to move there. Yes, I think they were probably well aware of that when they voted no on taking in more refugees.
The International Olympic Committee must have looked at the TV ratings for the NBA and the NFL – or maybe they heard Ricky Gervais’ Golden Globes monologue and saw the overwhelming public reaction – because they’ve put out the word to athletes that there will be no political protests at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.
They can express their political opinions all they want to the media or on social media, but when they’re competing or on the winners’ platform, any raised fists, taking a knee during national anthems or other “divisive disruptions” will result in disciplinary action. The IOC says that Olympians should show respect for their competitors and keep sports neutral.
This may be the wisest decision I’ve heard out of a sports governing body in years. I assume it also means that Colin Kaepernick will not be competing in any Olympic mouth-running events.
Remember when Google’s corporate motto was “Don’t be evil”? Judging by the comments of several former employees who are speaking out about what the search giant is doing and how it treats its employees, maybe they should have kept that motto and just dropped the “Don’t.”
As a demonstration of how serious he is about getting on with flushing impeachment down the sewer of history, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signed on as a co-sponsor of a resolution giving the Senate the right to dismiss the articles before the House even sends them over.
The resolution imposes a deadline of 25 days (from the day the House passed it, so the clock’s a-ticking) for Nancy Pelosi to hand it over. After that, the Senate could vote by simple majority to dismiss it with prejudice (meaning it’s dead, and the House can’t vote to bring it back again on the same charges.)
McConnell previously blasted Pelosi for doing something that she’d already said would be incredibly divisive if it weren’t bipartisan, and then dragging it out and not allowing a resolution. He also emphasized that she had no leverage to reach into the Senate and dictate to them, and never will.
Incidentally, where did Speaker Pelosi get the cockamamie idea of sitting on the articles of impeachment like a hen guarding a rotten egg? It’s possible she got it from the ever-flowing fount of so many stupid ideas: a commentator on CNN.