Life as a Trump Ambassador

The former Ambassador to Mexico in the Trump Administration just retired and he wrote a pretty stinging rebuke as a New York Times op-ed.

Over the past three decades, successive American administrations have worked diligently to vanquish the anti-American DNA in Mexico. We were overcoming the suspicions that a history of invasion, territorial loss and imperial intent had bequeathed. That kind of trust is slow to build, and remarkably easy to destroy. It is being destroyed now.

How we actually drain the swamp…

During the 2016 Trump presidential campaign, he talked about wanting fix Washington and the establishment, which hasn’t been working for the American people. He was going to “drain the swamp.”

The reality is that he’s done the exact opposite. Because of his political naïveté, every parasitic political opportunist has latched on with the hope it’ll help them maintain and further rise to power (i.e Paul Manafort as a prime example).

There is one part of DC that is “draining the swamp” and that’s the Justice System (including the investigation by special counsel Bob Mueller.)

Congressman Chris Coons has been recently indicted on charges of insider trading. He helped nominate Trump at the Republican convention. He just suspended his campaign for re-election, which I’m sure will reduce his chances of getting re-elected. That’s draining the swamp.

Compromised by Russia…

A Republican congressman and former CIA operative just penned an op-ed in the New York Times.

Over the course of my career as an undercover officer in the C.I.A., I saw Russian intelligence manipulate many people. I never thought I would see the day when an American president would be one of them.

When the president is likely albeit unknowingly compromised by Russia and parroting their propaganda, we need to be all the more skeptical about the information that we consume.

And the CIA Speaks Up…

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) isn’t really known for being an open and transparent organization.

When details of how the CIA knows that Russia interfered in the 2016 election show up in the New York Times, you know that the intelligence community is trying to send a message.

The evidence included texts and emails from Russian military officers and information gleaned from a top-secret source close to Mr. Putin, who had described to the C.I.A. how the Kremlin decided to execute its campaign of hacking and disinformation.

Incredible story. It’s worth a read.

Creating Political Change

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman in his latest column opines the state of President Trump and the Republican Party.

And what makes Trump even more powerful and problematic is that this president with no shame is combined with a party with no spine and a major network with no integrity

So… how do we create political change? Tom shares…

The only way to change this situation is not by hoping that the president develops some shame or that this version of the G.O.P. develops some spine. It is by Democrats winning the House, the Senate or both in the midterm elections.

Only by dealing an electoral defeat to this version of the G.O.P. in the midterms will we possibly get a healthy conservative party again (which we need) and curb Trump’s power.

Everything else is just words — and words without power change nothing.

We’re under attack by Russia

The Mueller investigation with the Justice Department indicted 12 Russians for hacking related to the 2016 election in the United States. The indictments went into incredible detail.

We NEED to take this seriously.

I was surprised that Donald Trump’s homeland security secretary even called this “a direct attack on our democracy.” Unfortunately, not many other voices have chimed in.

Russia wants to sow division in the United States and make us weaker in the process. They want to take our place as the most powerful country in the world.

Frankly, it seems like they’re making progress.

At least we’re talking…

The Trump administration is learning that pursuing North Korean denuclearization is going to be a slog.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just left North Korea after talks that he thought were productive. North Koreans had other thoughts

His rosy outlook was almost immediately rejected by North Korea’s foreign ministry, which called the U.S. attitude to the talks “regrettable” and accused the United States of making unilateral demands for denuclearization. Pompeo just hours earlier said the two sides engaged in “good-faith negotiations.”

At least, we’re talking. If we’re talking, we’re not immediately on the path to blowing each other up, which seemed imminent before.

Ronald Reagan on Trade Deficits

Republicans have departed so far from Reagan’s legacy.

Ever since that time, the American people have stayed true to our heritage by rejecting the siren song of protectionism. In recent years, the trade deficit led some misguided politicians to call for protectionism, warning that otherwise we would lose jobs. But they were wrong again. In fact, the United States not only didn’t lose jobs, we created more jobs than all the countries of Western Europe, Canada, and Japan combined. The record is clear that when America’s total trade has increased, American jobs have also increased. And when our total trade has declined, so have the number of jobs.

Principle > Power

Conservative commentators are dropping like flies from the Republican party. Max Boot is the latest

That is why I join Will and other principled conservatives, both current and former Republicans, in rooting for a Democratic takeover of both houses in November. Like postwar Germany and Japan, the Republican Party must be destroyed before it can be rebuilt.

It’s refreshing to see someone put principles over power. I hope more will follow suit.