Today the Muslim ban executive order will get a hearing in an appeals court. This hearing isn’t really about whether or not it is legal or unconstitutional, it is about whether or not it should remain on hold until the legality of it is determined.
Also, Betsy Devos will get her vote to head up the one Department she has absolutely no qualifications to head, the Education Department, other than giving over $200 million to Republican lawmakers in the past. It looks like she will get her nomination approved because Mike Pence will have to cast the “tie breaker” vote and he won’t go against his beloved leader.
After his rambling incoherent speech yesterday at CentCom, the administration put out a list of terrorist attacks that were never covered by the media to prove they are “hiding” things. The list includes many of the hugely covered attacks, and the best part is the list originated on that bastion of integrity and news reports InfoWars.
It also turns out that every attack that is listed on the list has been covered. Maybe not a headline buster because of their location or number of people, but I read something about everyone of them.
Speaking of not being reported. There is a story that none of the major media outlets are talking about. This one story shows exactly just how unqualified trump’s intelligence advisors really are. It shows them to be totally amateurish at best, and too interested in Russia News media at worst.
Since you have probably not heard about this one, let me give you a little background. When the old Soviet Union broke up, a country known as Belarus became independent again. They have a President named Alexander Lukashenko. Actually, he is more of a dictator than a president, but anyway.
He has been in power since 1996 which is when Russia and Belarus settled on their border agreement. That border was basically open between the two countries. However, when the U.S. placed sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine invasion, Putin announced that Russia would not accept any food from the U.S.
He even ran a media campaign showing how they were burning and running food over with tanks. That included his outrage about Belarus accepting food from the U.S. so he went in and took it for his media campaign too.
A few years ago, Putin approached Lukashenko with the idea of establishing a Russian Military base inside Belarus. Lukashenko refused and said he did not want Russian Troops inside his country.
That prompted Putin to use Sputnik, a state-run media outlet, to ramp up pressure on Lukashenko. Sputnik ran a story that Belarus was “begging Russia for Arms and Men to ward off an upcoming invasion of Belarus from Poland”. If you don’t know where Belarus is it is a landlocked country wedged in between Poland and Russia, with Lithuania and Latvia to the north and Ukraine to the south.
You also need to know that when the Leninist took over Russia, Belarus was also known as White Russia. That is where the civil war between the Red Russians and White Russians basically began. Belarus acts as a “buffer” between Poland and Russia.
As you probably know from history, Poland is very afraid of Russia. The two countries have had very difficult times between them and it was also in Poland where the breakup of the old Soviet Union began.
Late last year the U.S. began sending troops into Eastern Poland complete with tanks because of the Russian incursions on NATO countries. Eastern Europe are mostly NATO members now, and we were showing Russia that we would uphold our NATO alliance against them.
Now things have gotten even a bit worse. Lukashenko decided that he wanted more western visitors to his country. So, he announced that people from 80 countries including the EU and the U.S. will no longer be required to have a visa for any visit up to five days.
You read that right. If you were wanting to visit Belarus and you are going to stay for no more than five days, you won’t need a visa to visit the country. Needless to say, Putin’s head exploded. The last thing he wants is to have any EU or U.S. citizens wandering around his border with Belarus.
Almost immediately after the visa order was announced, Putin announced that he was going to “militarize” the border with Belarus. Barbed wiring went up, and Russian soldiers were questioning everyone at the border.
As a result, Belarus’ leader Lukashenko is upset by the Russian Moves. As the Financial Times reported:
Russia and Belarus share a border under a 1996 deal that set up a commonwealth known as the Union State. But Russian border guards this week set-up checkpoints at crossings into Belarus in response to Mr Lukashenko’s decision to introduce five-day visa waivers for citizens of 79 countries, including the US and EU member states.
“These tensions are happening because people in Russia are concerned that Belarus will move towards the west,” Mr Lukashenko said at an annual press conference in Minsk, the capital.
“As president I’m not supposed to play games or show my hand, because there’s a lot going on behind the scenes that you don’t see or hear and don’t need to know,” he added.
The comments by Mr. Lukashenko, often described as Europe’s last dictator, highlighted growing tensions between Moscow and Minsk over Belarus’s balancing act between east and west.
So, that is the background. And, I am sure you are wondering what this has to do with trump. Well, it goes like this. All the while this was going on, Russia has broken the ease-fire in Ukraine. Their surrogates have attacked a Ukraine city in Eastern Ukraine. You would think that trump and his advisors would be concerned about this and want more intelligence on the matter.
But, you would be wrong. The Associated Press reported the other day that trump senior aides aren’t too interested in Ukraine. Julie Pace the Associated Press’ correspondent to the White House tweeted on February 4:
Also eyebrow raising: senior aides requesting info on Polish incursions into Belarus, which don’t appear to exist
That is right ladies and gentlemen. The trump White House is looking for information that relates to Polish incursions into Belarus which has never happened! I wonder exactly where these aides got their information? There has been no story or any reports from any media anywhere in the world talking about Polish incursions into Belarus except in Sputnik, Russia’s state-run media.
According to the Associate Press:
“According to one U.S. official, national security aides have sought information about Polish incursions in Belarus, an eyebrow-raising request because little evidence of such activities appears to exist. Poland is among the Eastern European nations worried about Trump’s friendlier tone on Russia.”
Here we go folks. We have U.S. troops located inside Eastern Poland to help protect that ally from Putin and his aggression. And, our current administration wants information on Russian made up information about Poland’s incursion into Belarus.
The odd thing is that Lukashenko has never said a thing about being worried about Poland invading his country. He has never said a thing about any incursions from Poland into Belarus. Lukashenko dos not want Russian bases inside his country, and is not “begging” Putin to save him from that military juggernaut Poland.
I mean, why would Poland or any other Eastern European NATO ally be afraid that trump won’t honor the alliance? He only called it out of date and that he might only defend those members who have “paid their fair share”. So, Poland is very nervous about Putin and Russia and I don’t blame them.
But instead of worrying about and talking about the Ukraine and the problems Putin has caused there, they are looking for non-existent information about a non-existent issue.
So, like me you might be asking “what the hell is going on in the White House?” Just who ordered this inquiry about information concerning the non-existent Polish incursions into Belarus?
But, the other questions you should be asking is just who does the trump administration really represent? Are they just stupid pawns of Putin, or are they actively cooperating with Putin so he can rebuild his “empire” like the old Soviet Union?
The first shows their incompetence and the second would show treasonous activity. I don’t like either option. One will get us into more wars and the second will destroy our country.
Serial liar Kellyanne Conway once said not to listen to trump’s words, but watch his actions and listen to what is in his heart. She may be right. This issue shows exactly where trump’s heart is. And, it isn’t with the United States Of America, it is with Putin and his Russia.
This also shows that if you just listen to trump’s bombastic outbursts you will miss the real goal behind the curtain. We have a fake person sitting in the Oval Office. He needs to be watched very closely or else we all lose.
And, the shirts keep marching along.