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Former Bush aide warns the Trump Administration didn’t learn anything from Iraq War

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Elise Jordan, who served as a White House aide under President George W. Bush, is among the Bush-era Republicans who has often been highly critical of President Donald Trump. And when she appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday, Jordan stressed that Trump’s policy on Iran could become a recipe for disaster.

Jordan addressed a report that Trump’s staff had reviewed a plan that was presented by Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and would deploy 120,000 troops to counter Iran. And the former White House Aide told “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski, “I really cannot believe that we failed to learn anything from the first decade of this century, and we are actually considering escalating with Iran in a war that would further destabilize the region and unleash God knows what in terms of chaos in a very troubled region already.”

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When the Bush Administration invaded Iraq in 2003, critics of the invasion — who ranged from Texas Rep. Ron Paul and Antiwar.com’s Justin Raimondo on the right to liberal talk show host Phil Donahue — warned that it could seriously destabilize the region. And many critics of the Iraq War believe that the invasion led to the rise of ISIS (Islamic State, Iraq and Syria).

President Donald Trump himself has been an outspoken critic of the Iraq invasion. But a major Bush-era neocon, John Bolton, joined the Trump Administration as national security advisor—and Bolton is known for being quite hawkish on Iran. During the Bush era, Bolton argued in favor of aggressive military action against the government in Tehran.

Last week, Bolton warned that any attack on the U.S. on Iran’s part would “be met with unrelenting force.”


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Trump advisors futilely trying to get him to stop ranting about statues as his re-election prospects collapse: report

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According to a report focusing on Donald Trump's rally at Mt. Rushmore on the evening before the 4th of July, advisors to the president ate attempting to get him to start focusing on bread and butter issues that will get him re-elected instead of harping on statues being pulled down by protesters across the country.

As the Daily Beast report illustrates, their efforts appear to be futile based upon his Friday night speech.

With the president trying to fire up the crowd by insisting, “Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our founders. They think the American people are weak, and soft, and submissive,” the Beast reported that Trump, "decided to focus heavily Friday evening on protesters and Black Lives Matter activists who want various American monuments, including those honoring Confederate, white-supremacist, and slave-owning figures of history, torn down and destroyed for good. "

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Trump’s a traitor — and the Russian bounty scandal is the final straw

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The first story of the rest of Donald Trump's life was published last Friday in the New York Times, revealing that the Russian intelligence agency known as the GRU has been paying bonuses to Taliban fighters to kill Americans, and that this intelligence had been reported to Trump and had been known at least since March. The story was subsequently confirmed by the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the AP.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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GOP scrambling to pay for Jacksonville convention after Trump yanked it from North Carolina: report

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According to a report from the New York Times, Republican officials are having difficulties getting donors to pay for the Republican National Convention to be held in Jacksonville, Florida after Donald Trump yanked the gathering out of Charlotte, North Carolina in a fit of pique over COVID-19 health restrictions.

At issue, the report notes, is that millions of dollars were spent in North Carolina where a smaller event will now be held, and now the party is, in essence, forced to pay for a second convention.

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