Wednesday, April 25, 2018

If this is a "Muslim ban," why is it likely to make the Saudis smile?

The conservative Supremes have signaled a willingness to accept the latest attempt at a Muslim ban.
The latest policy, issued by a presidential proclamation, initially limited travel into the United States by people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Yemen and Chad, though the White House announced earlier this month it was dropping Chad from the list.
The people who attacked us on 9/11 mostly came from Saudi Arabia, a name notably absent from the list. None came from Iran. Saudis supported ISIS; Iranians did not. In fact, the war against ISIS was fought, to a large degree, by Shi'ites from Iran.

Trump's so-called "Muslim ban" has nothing to do with terrorism and little to do with Islam. The truth: There is a kind of cold war (which sometimes runs very hot) between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The neocons -- and Trump -- favor the Saudis.

The Saudis consider Iran to be the Great Satan, and they consider Qatar to be Junior Satan. I'm sure that Trump would have included Qatar on that travel ban if the U.S. did not have an important base in that country.

How many times have we been told that there is no difference between the Democrats and the Republicans? How many times were we told that a vote for Hillary would be a vote for war? Neither Hillary nor any other Democrat would have asked for a travel ban, and neither Hillary nor any other Democrat would have chosen Gorsuch for the Supreme Court.

Imagine what the Court will look like after Trump wins again in 2020.

That outcome is sure to happen if progressives cannot get past their hatred of white males. Believe it or not, spitting in a person's face rarely motivates him to vote the way you want him to vote. Unfortunately, most progressives prefer eight years of Trump to the abandonment of their beloved resentments.
But Bernie and Gillibrand just came out with a proposal to guarantee everyone a job. Everyone who doesn't think this is both highly feasible and a serious proposal are just centrist, neoliberals. This makes Trump worth it.
Bernie Sanders, the Ralph Nader of the new millennium and just as destructive, his bots share showed Hillary a thing or two for daring to take Wall Street money. And let's not forget Kirsten Gillibrand in such a hurry to #metoo Al Franken she couldn't wait for the ethics committee before Harpying him out of the Senate.
Democrats are winning special elections and might pick up seats come November, no thanks to the hierarchy. The Parkland Survivors, members of the GLBT community, and those disgusted with Trump will carry the day.
If Democrats don't do anything to curb gun violence and bigot bakers republicans come back 2020.

P.S. You seem to be doing better, watch your diet and take your meds, or at least a low dose aspirin tablet.
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