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    AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Angry over the U.S. withdrawal, residents of a Kurdish-dominated Syrian city hurled potatoes at departing American military vehicles as they drove by on Monday. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said U.S. troops will stay in eastern Syria to protect Kurdish-held oil fields for at least the coming weeks and he was discussing options to keep them there.

    “Like rats, America is running away,” one man shouted in Arabic at a convoy of armored vehicles flying American flags passing down an avenue in the northeastern city of Qamishli, according to video by the Kurdish news agency.

    Residents of northeast Syria city pelt departing US troops


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    Quote Originally Posted by ceecee View Post
    When I saw Mick Mulvaney trying to explain this bullshit away I was like - Nixon's chief of staff went to prison. Nixon didn't.
    I honestly don't think Trump has it in him to resign instead of getting impeached.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Julius_Van_Der_Beak View Post
    I honestly don't think Trump has it in him to resign instead of getting impeached.
    The only way I see him resigning is right before the election with the guarantee that Pence will pardon him for anything/everything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ceecee View Post
    The only way I see him resigning is right before the election with the guarantee that Pence will pardon him for anything/everything.
    I don't think he's this smart. I don't think he'd be able to bear the hit to his ego (and the clear admission of "lack of power" that comes with resigning). I think that a pathological need to feel powerful (enough to be able to keep directing/dictating/overwriting shared reality) will override any ability to rationally calculate how to save face and/or retain as much power as reasonably possible.

    I don't think he can tell the difference between the actual truth and what he wants to enforce as truth through willpower alone anymore. Maybe there was a point when he was younger - in which he might have been able to recognize the futility and conceded certain elements of 'truth' he didn't like, just to maintain credibility - but it seems like his capacity to recognize when accepting futility is the only way to maintain a modicum of credibility is gone. He demonstrates this constantly, shamelessly - I don't think he's capable of recognizing the extent to which his ludicrous (and full blown delusional) assertions don't become "the truth' just because he's said them.

    There was a study published a few years ago in the Atlantic about how power causes brain damage. In short, the theory (behind the results) was that someone in a position of power starts taking for granted that others will concede to their "power" to direct/dictate/overwrite shared reality, and they lose the capacity to 'read the room' - which is what enabled them to convince others to concede in the first place. But then there were some compelling criticisms of the study - one of which (if memory serves) stating that there was no way to establish that people in power really effectively had the ability to 'read the room' in the first place (and that maybe they actually got their influence from antisocial-type steamrolling in the first place). Ultimately though, I can see how a person might get to the point where they simply forget that they can't actually determine reality for everyone - where they're so accustomed to simply enforcing through willpower (instead of looking at the situation of others and trying to come up with something that can be agreed upon) that that's all they know -and it really seems like Trump is there.

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    I think this is the single most damning thing I've seen so far, regarding impeachment (in regard to the Ukraine stuffs). U.S. envoy says he was told release of Ukraine aid was contingent on public declaration to investigate Bidens, 2016 election

    The senior U.S. diplomat in Ukraine said Tuesday he was told release of military aid was contingent on public declarations from Ukraine that it would investigate the Bidens and the 2016 election, contradicting President Trump’s denial that he used the money as leverage for political gain.

    They've been sticking to the idea that there's nothing wrong with asking a foreign power to simply investigate corruption. But if the assistance was contingent on a public declaration about investigating? Holy shit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Z Buck McFate View Post
    I think this is the single most damning thing I've seen so far, regarding impeachment (in regard to the Ukraine stuffs). U.S. envoy says he was told release of Ukraine aid was contingent on public declaration to investigate Bidens, 2016 election

    The senior U.S. diplomat in Ukraine said Tuesday he was told release of military aid was contingent on public declarations from Ukraine that it would investigate the Bidens and the 2016 election, contradicting President Trump’s denial that he used the money as leverage for political gain.

    They've been sticking to the idea that there's nothing wrong with asking a foreign power to simply investigate corruption. But if the assistance was contingent on a public declaration about investigating? Holy shit.
    Yeah. Big news here.

    If this were any other period of time, he'd be out the door tomorrow.

    Quote Originally Posted by Totenkindly View Post
    What's sadly ironic is that I had to do VOD ethics training this morning about this kind of stuff (who you can accept favors from at work, whether you can run private business while on gov time and so on)... and it's now just feeling like one big joke. It's hard for gov employees to take these admonitions seriously when the president and administration violate it regularly. Of course we still have to -- we'll get in trouble for this kind of thing -- but I guess when you're at the top, you can violate the rules with impunity.

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    Following up -- now this:
    I'm in charge of the Hatch Act': Trump lashes out at chief of staff over potential ethics violations, report says

    I mean, you don't even have to dig this stuff up. It's all out there in full view.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Totenkindly View Post
    Yeah. Big news here.

    If this were any other period of time, he'd be out the door tomorrow.



    Following up -- now this:
    I'm in charge of the Hatch Act': Trump lashes out at chief of staff over potential ethics violations, report says

    I mean, you don't even have to dig this stuff up. It's all out there in full view.

    Yeah that's the real difference with everything regarding this administration. They know it's illegal/unethical. They think by doing it in the open, that makes it less illegal/unethical and/or this behavior will eventually be viewed as normal.
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    Rough time to be in the military but then again it was before too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ceecee View Post
    Yeah that's the real difference with everything regarding this administration. They know it's illegal/unethical. They think by doing it in the open, that makes it less illegal/unethical and/or this behavior will eventually be viewed as normal.
    I used to get angry. Now (well, I'm still angry) I generally just feel sad. I don't have any power to stop any of this from happening (directly) and those with power refuse to do anything... aside from what's been going on lately but who knows where that will go? This should be punishable, regardless of party; but half the country is willing to look the other way.
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