White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears. “At the Pentagon, they’re privately calling the former Marine officer and fighter pilot who’s supposed to keep his eye on Defense Secretary Jim Mattis “the commissar,” according to a high-ranking defense official with knowledge of the situation, ” Which is what anyone would do, because that is the obvious take on it.
Archive for March, 2017
Berlin strikes back against Trump claim that Germany owes ‘vast sums’ to NATO, US
As you would expect them to, since they don’t owe ‘vast sums’ because that’s not how NATO works.
The TL;DR: Trump isn’t cool with free trade and he doesn’t believe in climate change, and US pressure caused the G20 to drop their long standing pro-free trade and pro-environment pledges.
It should probably not be a surprise that those missions are all climate science missions. It is a fine example of the bury your head in the sand approach to science.
(Side note: Ostriches don’t really bury their heads … [read more]
Fury in Cambodia as US asks to be paid back hundreds of millions in war debts
The war debts are from when the US was secretly bombing Cambodia. If you want some radical leftist analysis so you can get your radical leftist rage on, here is Jacobin on the subject.
This is why we can’t have nice things.