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Tuesday, January 10, 2017


From the NY Times
"President-elect Donald J. Trump’s transition staff has issued a blanket edict requiring politically appointed ambassadors to leave their overseas posts by Inauguration Day, according to several American diplomats familiar with the plan, breaking with decades of precedent by declining to provide even the briefest of grace periods.
The mandate — issued “without exceptions,” according to a terse State Department cable sent on Dec. 23, diplomats who saw it said — threatens to leave the United States without Senate-confirmed envoys for months in critical nations like Germany, Canada and Britain.
In the past, administrations of both parties have often granted extensions on a case-by-case basis to allow a handful of ambassadors, particularly those with school-age children, to remain in place for weeks or months.
Mr. Trump, by contrast, has taken a hard line against leaving any of President Obama’s political appointees in place as he prepares to take office on Jan. 20 with a mission of dismantling many of his predecessor’s signature foreign and domestic policy achievements." 

Okay. Some of the "political" ambassadors have been in their jobs forever regardless of administration. But some of those ambassador jobs are pay to play (You donate to my campaign. I make you an ambassador when I get to be president)  But yanking ambassador out without a replacement is still idiotic.

Ambassadors are here and there and everywhere so that each country can keep an eye on one another...and communicate quickly when things come up. 

And now there's a rumor (courtesy of that Stupid told the head of the National Nuclear Security Administration and his deputy to clean out their desks when he takes office on January 20th.

I am calling this "a rumor" because none of the major news outlets have confirmed this to be so.

it seems just like Stupid 

to say something like this
THEN see the backlash
THEN lie about never having said it.

Whatever though. So long as The Deranged Cheeto takes it back...

You know what? I've been thinking for a long time that some of us are not going to make it through 4 years. I mean, you can't have someone in power spew that much white supremacy and not have a few underling low-life overtly racist white people  -- that are smarter than Dylann Roof -- pop all the way off. It's a matter of time. But now I'm starting to wonder if ANY of us are going to make it. 

Is he really removing ambassadors from all over the planet and also trying to leave a months long vacancy in the office that maintains our nuclear weapons?


Anything so that nobody that was connected to the President Obama remains behind.


Is Stupid that childish or is Stupid that big a racist?

Forget I asked that. I know the answer.

In any case, we'll never know if the gizmodo story was/is real. But if it was real, I hope it become not-real as a result of the backlash.