But then it dawned on the crowd that Mr Cruz had not named Mr Trump because he did not mean him. He had just punked the convention. As many Trump supporters began to boo, members of the Trump campaign rushed around the delegates, allegedly trying to whip up more dissent. To deflect attention from the wrecking-job afoot onstage, Mr Trump entered the arena and stood waving generally, with a waxen half-smile, like a senile dictator.
This week has become a grotesque object lesson in gun culture, one that points to a conclusion that we could have and should have drawn long ago—that the surfeit of weapons at our disposal and the corresponding fears that they induce create new hazards. There is no telling how any of these specific horrors will be resolved. But here is what we do know: we live in an age of open-source terrorism. Our inability to respond to mass shootings has meant that, eventually, even law enforcement would fall victim to one. The context of the conversation about police accountability has been irrevocably changed. Black lives matter, but reports that those words were uttered by a gunman in Dallas mean that any movement under that banner may well have met its end. And realism, in the face of tragedy, tells us that there is more ugliness in the offing.
“[Donald Trump is] an ignoramus whose knowledge of public issues is more superficial than an occasional newspaper reader’s. He casts his intellectual laziness as a choice, a deliberate avoidance of expert views that might contaminate his ill-informed opinions. He excused his failure to consult professionals before commenting on the Brexit vote by dismissing foreign policy advisers in general, including his own… He’s a charlatan, preposterously posing as a business genius while cheating investors, subcontractors, and his own customers. He’s rich because his father left him a great deal of money… He possesses the emotional maturity of a 6-year-old. He can’t let go of any slight, real or imagined.”
Brazilian police are trying to locate a former detainee of the US military prison at Guantánamo Bay after reports of his disappearance from Uruguay caused alarm in the country only a month before it is due to hold the 2016 Olympics.
The Uruguayan media reported that the former US prisoner, Jihad Ahmed Mujstafa Diyab, had been missing from his adopted home for three weeks and had possibly gone to Brazil. FT
I’m not a big fan of Gitmo, but not sure you should ever release someone named “Jihad”
I admit to him that I remain afraid of the downside risks given that the world feels very vulnerable. His comeback is reassuring. He reminds me that the world never feels safe, that when you feel safe it’s a mirage, that in mid-2001 folks felt safest in decades and it was right before the worst terrorist attack in American history. He reminds me of our youth where we had regular fall-out shelter drills in case of nuclear attacks. He reminds me of Sputnik and Bay of Pigs and the shock Americans felt after Pearl Harbor. That folks in the U.S. felt isolated from the world’s problems and safe in 1940 until the end of 1941. That in 1987 markets crashed, that in the early 1990s the S&L crisis threatened all financial institutions and drove us into recession, that Mexico almost dragged us down in 1994, that Long-Term Capital Management almost demolished the entire financial system in 1998 and that in 1999 folks predicted the end of the world with Y2K. The year 2001 brought the end
of the tech bubble and in the fall of 2008 we were close to heading into financial catastrophe.
Dozens of State Department officials this week protested against U.S. policy in Syria, signing an internal document that calls for targeted military strikes against the Damascus government and urging regime change as the only way to defeat Islamic State. WSJ
That sounds about as likely as claiming overthrowing Saddam will destroy Al Qaeda. Oh, it did the opposite? My bad, next country...
Unfortunately this is also the foreign policy you get with Clinton. Stupid people.
I’m sorry, Clinton supporters: The e-mail server situation is bad. It’s really bad. You can wave your hands until the sonic booms start rattling nearby china, and it will still be fundamentally disturbing, not merely for its typically Clintonian “rules are for other people” grandeur, its airy disregard for security and its obvious commitment to an utter lack of transparency, but also for the sheer incompetence and stupidity of its execution at both the technical and political levels.
I never thought Trump was a racist until this judge thing. Huge unforced error by The Donald, totally unnecessary, but when you throw enough shit out there eventually you'll get dirty too I guess. Who would've thought that the Journal editorial page, nutcases almost to a person, would have said it best?
This is a foul electoral season, one conservative voters (or their children) will look back on with political regret and personal remorse. Mr. Trump’s “Mexican” slur about federal judge Gonzalo Curiel is the most shameful word uttered by a major presidential candidate since Dixiecrat Strom Thurmond thundered in 1948 against the “Nigra race.” As in 1948, Mr. Trump is appealing to constituents who have stuffed themselves on a diet of bad statistics and misleading anecdotes—people who fancy themselves victims but behave like bigots. Republican leaders who think they can co-opt or tame Mr. Trump will instead find themselves stained by him.
Meanwhile, let’s state clearly what shouldn’t need saying but does: Americans are blessed to have Mexico as our neighbor and Hispanics as our citizens. On this point, disagreement is indecency.
I still couldn't pull for Hillary (literally or figuratively), but literally zero chance of voting for Trump.