McRavin’ loses it

Retired four-star admiral William H. McRaven disgraces himself by writing a New York Times op-ed that attempts to discredit and undermine President Trump by means of bombastic rhetoric and borderline-hysterical appeals to emotion:

As I stood on the parade field at Fort Bragg, one retired four-star general, grabbed my arm, shook me and shouted, “I don’t like the Democrats, but Trump is destroying the Republic!”

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But, if we don’t care about our values, if we don’t care about duty and honor, if we don’t help the weak and stand up against oppression and injustice — what will happen to the Kurds, the Iraqis, the Afghans, the Syrians, the Rohingyas, the South Sudanese and the millions of people under the boot of tyranny or left abandoned by their failing states?

What will happen to the Rohingyas? Seriously? I have news for McRavin’ and the rest of the dangerously clueless, out-of-touch national security establishment: Americans don’t give a flying f*ck about the Rohingyas, or most of the other allegedly oppressed groups in his laundry list.

After some more fact-free pontification about Muh Values, McRavin’ concludes with this disturbing utterance:

And if this president doesn’t understand their importance, if this president doesn’t demonstrate the leadership that America needs, both domestically and abroad, then it is time for a new person in the Oval Office — Republican, Democrat or independent — the sooner, the better. The fate of our Republic depends upon it.

Put aside the stunning incoherence of the argument: that somehow the fate of our Republic depends on how we treat the Kurds. What exactly is retired admiral McRavin’ suggesting here? “The sooner the better.” Note that he doesn’t say “Trump should be voted out of office” or “Trump should be impeached.” The ambiguity, one assumes, is deliberate.

We need to make sure these authoritarian clowns never touch the levers of power again.

But, but… norms!

Frankly, I am outraged – outraged! – by the Democrats’ contempt for the “rules-based international order.” After all, the Treaty Between the United States of America and Ukraine on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters, signed by President William J. Clinton in 1998 and ratified by the US Senate in 2000, makes it perfectly clear that US authorities are entitled to ask their counterparts in Ukraine for, well, mutual assistance in criminal matters. Might those matters include, say, investigating potential criminal activity by American citizens in Ukraine? I would have thought so.

Why are the Democrats so intent on tearing up “international norms”?

How does this not permit Mr. Trump asking the president of Ukraine for “assistance” in criminal matters arising out of “collusion with Russia,” as specified within the scope of Robert Mueller’s special prosecutor activities? For instance, the matter of CrowdStrike. The cybersecurity firm was co-founded by Russian ex-pat Dmitri Alperovitch, who also happens to be a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, an anti-Russian think tank funded by Ukrainian billionaire, Viktor Pinchuk, who donated at least $25 million to the Clinton Foundation before the 2016 election. Crowdstrike was the company that “examined” the supposedly hacked DNC servers, while somebody in the Obama administration prevented the FBI from ever seeing them. Does this sound a little like part of the origin story of RussiaGate? Is that not exactly the potential criminal matter that the current attorney general, Mr. Barr, is officially investigating?

Perhaps, under the year 2000 treaty, Mr. Trump was within his rights to ask the new President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, for assistance on that. And also, the question of former vice-president Joe Biden’s levering US aid to Ukraine in his demand to fire the prosecutor investigating the company, Burisma Holdings, that just happened to hire his son, Hunter, to a $64,000-a-month seat on the board of directors, not long after the younger Mr. Biden was kicked out of the US Navy reserve for cocaine use — what a sterling fellow!

I suppose the Biden family is above the law because Joe Biden happens to be the Democratic front-runner. Funny, that novel legal principal didn’t stop the Deep State from investigating Trump’s campaign in 2016.