April 2018 New Shocks

April 2018 New Shocks

New Shocks

While we were overdosing on the McCabe firing story or the Stormy Daniels law suit story, we were missing other shocking stories that don’t get press coverage. “The State Department to drop ‘Democracy’ from its Mission Statement” should have been a big story, at least if you think American values count, indeed empower, our leadership in the world.

After a little google research, WNDC is bringing you the tale of two mission statements. In 2016, the State Department’s Mission Statement defined its purpose as shaping and sustaining “a peaceful, prosperous, just, and democratic world and foster[ing] conditions for stability and progress for the benefit of the American people and people everywhere.” Now the Mission Statement reads that the “U.S. Department of State advances the interests of the American people, their safety and economic prosperity, by leading America’s foreign policy through diplomacy, advocacy, and assistance.”

 

What makes Trump tick: Checking off a List

It seems the media love having an ever flowering story on what makes the Trump voter tick. It can be complex. What makes Trump tick on the other hand might be even simpler than we think. He is just checking off campaign promises. It’s a check list. Since he said these things so often, even he can remember them.

Check off Trump’s campaign statement that torture was ok by him, specifically waterboarding. His nominee to replace Mike Pompeo at CIA is Gina Haspel. Among other involvements with torture, she ran a secret prison in Thailand — part of the CIA’s network of “black sites” — “where two detainees were subjected to waterboarding and other harsh techniques.” The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on torture also detailed the central role she played in the particularly gruesome torture of detainee Abu Zubaydah. With Haspel Trump can check “Bring back Waterboarding” off his campaign promises list.

Firing McCabe checks off a number of bullets on his campaign list, including nailing “Crooked Hillary.” With someone other than McCabe Trump might have gotten the action he wanted against Hillary on emails. Although not a campaign promise, that would open the way to check off Trump winning the popular vote in the 2016 election, a big box on his list!  He is not going to give up on that.

 

— Elizabeth Clark, Vice Presicent for Public Policy and Political Action, and Chair, Foreign Policy Task Force