"Duane Clarridge, who died from cancer on April 9. Known as much for his love of safari suits and cigars as for his spy-craft, “Dewey” was the CIA’s former Latin America director and the founding leader of the agency’s counterterrorism center during the 1980s. He also was one of the most high-profile culprits of the Iran-Contra scandal, in which Reagan administration officials illegally sold missiles to Tehran to help raise cash for anti-Communist rebels in Central America. In 1991, Clarridge was indicted for lying to Congress about his role in Iran-Contra, but President George H.W. Bush pardoned him the following year, along with five other intelligence officials.
"Clarridge dropped a bombshell, or at least that's what he wanted me to believe. The so-called October Surprise conspiracy—in which the incoming Reagan administration’s advance team allegedly plotted to keep American hostages in Iran until after President Jimmy Carter left office—was real, he hinted. He mentioned the 2013 novel October 1980 by George Cave, himself a veteran spook and, according to Clarridge, the agency’s top Iran expert, in which a fictional Iranian expatriate businessman enriches himself by aiding a covert American plan to free hostages in Tehran.
“It's a novel, but it's really not a novel,” Clarridge explained. The exact date of the hostage release, Clarridge claimed, was set by infamous Iran-Contra middleman Manucher Ghorbanifar, who Clarridge claims had “big bets in Las Vegas—big, big—millions” tied to the timing of the deal. “What George tells you is the real story,” he said, whispering. “The whole novel is really true.” (I wasn’t able to reach Ghorbanifar for comment. But in a recent interview, Cave told me that he didn’t believe Reagan officials plotted to delay the hostage release, but the part about the Iranian businessman was likely true. “Ghorbanifar liked to spend time in Las Vegas,” Cave says. “Knowing what he knew, I can’t believe he didn’t have some bets.”
David Brooks, The New York Times
“Donald Trump is an affront to basic standards of honesty, virtue and citizenship. He pollutes the atmosphere in which our children are raised. He has already shredded the unspoken rules of political civility that make conversation possible. In his savage regime, public life is just a dog-eat-dog war of all against all.”
David Remnick, The New Yorker
“Trump is no longer hustling golf courses, fake ‘universities,’ or reality TV. He means to command the United States armed forces and control its nuclear codes. He intends to propose legislation, conduct America’s global affairs, preside over its national-intelligence apparatus, and make the innumerable moral and political decisions required of a President. This is not a Seth Rogen movie; this is as real as mud.”
Martin Wolf, Financial Times
“It is rash to assume constitutional constraints would survive the presidency of someone elected because he neither understands nor believes in them. Rounding up and deporting 11 [million] people is an immense coercive enterprise. Would a president elected to achieve this be prevented and, if so, by whom? What are we to make of Mr. Trump’s enthusiasm for the barbarities of torture? Would he find people willing to carry out his desires or not?”
“The rise of Donald Trump is a terrifying moment in American politics”
Ezra Klein, Vox
“It is undeniably enjoyable to watch Trump. He’s red-faced, discursive, funny, angry, strange, unpredictable, and real. He speaks without filter and tweets with reckless abandon. The Donald Trump phenomenon is a riotous union of candidate ego and voter id. America’s most skilled political entertainer is putting on the greatest show we’ve ever seen.
It’s so fun to watch that it’s easy to lose sight of how terrifying it really is.”
“Donald Trump is not fit to be president of the United States”
Los Angeles Times editorial board
“The reality is that Trump has no experience whatsoever in government, interacting with the machinery of state only as a supplicant. He has shamefully little knowledge of the issues facing the country and the world, and a temperament utterly unsuited to the job. He is a racist and a bully, a demagogue.”
“The Man the Founders Feared”
Peter Wehner, The New York Times
“The founders, knowing history and human nature, took great care to devise a system that would prevent demagogues and those with authoritarian tendencies from rising up in America. That system has been extraordinarily successful. We have never before faced the prospect of a political strongman becoming president. Until now.”
“Time to fire Trump”
“The things Mr. Trump has said in this campaign make him unworthy of leading one of the world’s great political parties, let alone America. One way to judge politicians is by whether they appeal to our better natures: Mr. Trump has prospered by inciting hatred and violence. He is so unpredictable that the thought of him anywhere near high office is terrifying. He must be stopped.”
If ever there should have been riots it would have been after the 2000 election was stolen by the GOP-didn't happen. Getting that racist Trump thug vote with pigwhistles and innuendo comes at a price. The new image of the GOP is an old white guy sucker punching a black kid as he's being led away by the cops.
You broke it, you own it.
The Republican party will be consigned to the wilderness at November’s US presidential election “and beyond” if it chooses Donald Trump as its candidate, rival Marco Rubio has said.
In an interview with the Guardian on Monday evening, the Florida senator – whose fate is likely to be sealed if he fails to win his home state on Tuesday night – said the New York billionaire was an embarrassment who would not be respected around the world.
“If we’re going to be the party of fear, we’re going to spend some time in the wilderness,” Rubio said. “If we’re the party of fear, with a candidate who basically is trying to prey upon people’s fears to get them to vote for them, I think we’re going to pay a big price in November and beyond.”
Why take their guns away? According to the NRA, an armed citizenry is a safe, polite citizenry, you should be handing out guns at the door if you really subscribed to that NRA pablum?
The GOP racists are emboldened when they think their candidate, whose daddy was triple Kay, backs their blatant racist chants and attitudes.
"Wonder if Obama is a poor parent too, does he discipline his daughters when they throw tantrums ?"
Unlike the Bush daughters imitation of drunken sluts in the WH, the Obama girls have apparently been as trouble free as their father's administration. Obama, a great POTUS and a great father.
Trump has his storm trooper wannabes giving him the German salute and you're oblivious to the comparisons.
Wake up, brain dead.
If Adolph showed up in my neighborhood to stir up his junior fascisti, I'd consider it my civic duty to show up and protest his presence and message. This is the U.S., creeps like you don't tell me where and when to protest anything.
"Senator Ted Cruz of Texas said on Friday that Donald J. Trump bore responsibility for “creating an environment” that encourages violence at his events.
Speaking to reporters at a local Republican dinner outside Chicago, where Mr. Trump had just canceled a rally amid fierce confrontations between his supporters and protesters, Mr. Cruz began by saying that the “protesters who took violence into their own hands” were responsible for the episode.
“But in any campaign, responsibility starts at the top,” Mr. Cruz continued. “And when you have a campaign that disrespects the voters, when you have a campaign that affirmatively encourages violence, when you have a campaign that is facing allegations of physical violence against members of the press, you create an environment that only encourages this sort of nasty discourse.”
Mr. Cruz invoked the protests and violent police run-ins at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, and predicted that future skirmishes were likely. “When the candidate urges supporters to engage in physical violence, to punch people in the face, the predictable consequence of that is that it escalates,” Mr. Cruz said. “And today is unlikely to be the last such instance.”
"His equation of business acumen with foreign policy experience is false. Not all lethal conflicts can be resolved as a real estate deal might, and there is no recourse to bankruptcy court in international affairs," they wrote.