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  • #46
    What We've Learned About The Biden Administration From His Staffing Choices So Far,
    by Perry Bacon Jr, fivethirtyeight.com

    Nov 24, 2020 https://fivethirtyeight.com/features...hoices-so-far/


    It's back to normal – at least as far as Biden's staffing is concerned.
    Traditional. Experienced. Mainstream.
    “The most traditionally qualified people for [the] job, as previous presidents have done”

    Biden is trying not to annoy his party's left wing.
    “a center-left administration”
    “people who are at the midpoint of the Democratic Party”

    Biden is also trying not to annoy Republicans too much.
    None of his selections are anyone Senate Republicans are known to strongly oppose.

    Overall, Biden is living up to his diversity commitments.
    Female mixed race Vice President
    Female Treasury Secretary
    Female National Intelligence Director
    Cuban American Secretary of Homeland Security
    Female White House Counsel

    That said, there's less diversity among the positions with the most power and access to Biden
    Centrists, not leftists.

    So where's all this leave us?
    “Biden looks like he's trying to fulfill his unstated-but-obvious goal of making the U.S. government boring again.”




    Three cheers for normal and boring!
    Trust me?
    I'm an economist!

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    • #47
      An interesting image of a commie sporting Soviet accessories.
      https://www.foxnews.com/politics/res...n-soviet-union

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      • #48
        Originally posted by surfgun View Post
        An interesting image of a commie sporting Soviet accessories.
        https://www.foxnews.com/politics/res...n-soviet-union
        From your link:

        "Also standing next to Psaki is Russian ambassador Sergey Lavrov, who caught attention for an Oval Office meeting in 2017 where President Trump controversially shared U.S. intelligence with him."

        But yeah, let's worry about someone wearing some Soviet-chic trinkets instead of Trump blabbing US intelligence secrets directly to the Russians in the fucking Oval Office.

        Oh hey, remember this shit? Don't recall you being bothered by it in the least.

        What kind of scumbag piece of shit president salutes a North Korean general that was himself only going for a handshake? Notice how Trump's "love", Kim Jung Un, is like "What the fuck is he doing?"

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        Supporting or defending Donald Trump is such an unforgivable moral failing that it calls every bit of your judgement and character into question. Nothing about you should be trusted if you can look at this man and find redeemable value

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        • #49
          Yes Soviet “trinkets” while meeting with the highest level Russian (former Soviet) diplomat. Nothing to see there. Refocus on whataboutism. Since where on it how about Obama conducting a toast during the UK’s National Anthem at a State Function in their country while also in the presence of the Queen?
          Last edited by surfgun; 01 Dec 20,, 04:12.

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          • #50
            Originally posted by surfgun View Post
            Yes Soviet “trinkets” while meeting with the highest level Russian (former Soviet) diplomat. Nothing to see there. Refocus on whataboutism. Since where on it how about Obama conducting a toast during the UK’s National Anthem at a State Function in their country?
            Trinkets versus blabbing intelligence secrets. Yeah, you've got your priorities in order.

            I'm sorry, you want me to defend Obama? Seriously? You are so fucking deranged.
            Supporting or defending Donald Trump is such an unforgivable moral failing that it calls every bit of your judgement and character into question. Nothing about you should be trusted if you can look at this man and find redeemable value

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            • #51
              What pray tell is this intelligence secret that you speak of?
              if unable to cite, the derangement issue may be yours.
              Last edited by surfgun; 01 Dec 20,, 04:23.

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              • #52
                Originally posted by surfgun View Post
                What pray tell is this intelligence secret that you speak of?
                if unable to cite, the derangement issue may be yours.
                As if you give a shit one way or another.

                President Donald Trump discussed classified information provided by a U.S. ally regarding a planned Islamic State operation during an Oval Office meeting on May 10, 2017 with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, providing sufficient details that could be used by the Russians to deduce the identity of the ally and the manner in which it was collected, according to current and former government officials. The meeting had been closed to the U.S. press, although a photographer from the Russian press contingent was present. The disclosure was first reported in The Washington Post on May 15, 2017. White House staff initially denied the report, but the following day Trump defended the disclosure, stating that he has the "absolute right" to "share" intelligence with Russia.

                The report was described as "shocking" and "horrifying" by some commentators and former U.S. intelligence officials. According to current and former U.S. officials interviewed by ABC News, Trump's disclosure endangered the life of a spy placed by Israel in ISIL-held territory in Syria.The classified information Trump shared came from a source described as the most valuable of any current sources on any current external plotting, according to The Wall Street Journal.
                Supporting or defending Donald Trump is such an unforgivable moral failing that it calls every bit of your judgement and character into question. Nothing about you should be trusted if you can look at this man and find redeemable value

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                • #53
                  “Islamic State Operation”? By them or against? The meat and potatoes appear to be lacking. That is some crack reporting there.
                  Last edited by surfgun; 01 Dec 20,, 04:54.

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                  • #54
                    Originally posted by surfgun View Post
                    “Islamic State Operation”? By them or against? The meat and potatoes appear to be lacking. That is some crack reporting there.
                    And there we go. Goalposts officially moved. Just skip to the end and say it: "Donald Trump could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and I wouldn't care". Go on. Show some balls for a change and be honest.
                    Supporting or defending Donald Trump is such an unforgivable moral failing that it calls every bit of your judgement and character into question. Nothing about you should be trusted if you can look at this man and find redeemable value

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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by surfgun View Post
                      “Islamic State Operation”? By them or against? The meat and potatoes appear to be lacking. That is some crack reporting there.
                      The Israeli's had someone working inside ISIS/Daesh. They had told their 'partners' (the US) about this as it was relevant when the US was bombing ISIS/Daesh. It was shared info on a trust basis. Trump told Lavrov. Muscovy was/is hand in hand (or hand in glove) with Assad. Allegedly the Israeli's had to pull their guy out due to this info getting back to Assad. He should not go telling foreign adversaries US intel - particularly when it came from allies who one imagines must have been more than 'mildly upset.'
                      Last edited by snapper; 01 Dec 20,, 08:34.

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                      • #56
                        Israel had/has assets inside ISIS.That is a revelation.The Russians need Trump to find that.Boy,that is dumb.

                        Anyone buying this crap has no idea how intel is shared and disseminated,even between allies.
                        Those who know don't speak
                        He said to them, "But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. Luke 22:36

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                        • #57
                          Originally posted by Mihais View Post
                          Israel had/has assets inside ISIS.That is a revelation.The Russians need Trump to find that.Boy,that is dumb.

                          Anyone buying this crap has no idea how intel is shared and disseminated,even between allies.
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                          • #58
                            You’re free to hit Picard’s head on the table.Doesn’t make the claims discussed less idiotic.
                            Those who know don't speak
                            He said to them, "But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. Luke 22:36

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                            • #59
                              Originally posted by Mihais View Post
                              Israel had/has assets inside ISIS.That is a revelation.The Russians need Trump to find that.Boy,that is dumb.
                              Apparently you missed the part that was bolded:

                              "...providing sufficient details that could be used by the Russians to deduce the identity of the ally and the manner in which it was collected"

                              This is not the same thing as "Hey Israel has assets inside of ISIS"
                              Supporting or defending Donald Trump is such an unforgivable moral failing that it calls every bit of your judgement and character into question. Nothing about you should be trusted if you can look at this man and find redeemable value

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                              • #60
                                Originally posted by Mihais View Post

                                Anyone buying this crap has no idea how intel is shared and disseminated,even between allies.
                                You mean the "allies" that attacked American positions with its mercenaries and put out bounties on the heads of American troops?
                                "Draft beer, not people."

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