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Such a sad story. His father wanted him to be a jihadist from an early age.

And I imagine having the name “bin Laden” and being the son of THAT bin Laden, at that, did him no favors.

MBS and his supporters re: Jamal Khashoggi.

“MBS is very bold and aggressive, cleaning up everything very rapidly in the Kingdom, look at how incredibly hands-on, competent, and effective he is !”

Same people: “How could he possibly have been aware of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi? He doesn’t control everything! He can’t be held responsible!!”

Hmm...

Dan Rather for the win!

https://twitter.com/danrather/status/1362441710094016512

Even IF I believed in the MAGA shit, I can't imagine having any respect or love for Trump.

It’s so obvious that he doesn’t give a shit about any of his supporters, that he doesn’t believe half the shit he says (because he’s incapable of believing anything but what is immediately helpful to his own vain self-interest aka greed and narcissism), and that he’s ultimately a coward. And he grifts off of his own supporters constantly.

Where was Trump on January 6, after he instructed his cultists to “march down Pennsylvania Avenue to Congress?” If I remember correctly, it was Trump who said WE are going to go to the Capitol. Yet while his supporters obliged, Trump fled the scene, washing his hands of the violence he unleashed, which led to the deaths of several Trump supporters and a couple of cops, and the arrest of many more MAGA cultists.

They were doing it to keep HIM in power. They were loyal. And how does Trump treat people who are loyal to him? Ask Michael Cohen, for one.

If you hate “the libs” more than you love yourself or care for your own well being, than I suppose supporting some Reality TV host fraud piece of shit is fine - you know, as long as he “triggers the libs. ”

An unintentional insight into right-wing derangement.

https://twitter.com/jessekellydc/status/1357750466550054914

“who will happily kill you for what they believe“

Is he telling on himself?!

Good summation of the misogynistic (and racist) hatred toward AOC.

https://twitter.com/menshevikm/status/1356747412476420096

Republicans in state legislatures to transgender youth: drop dead.

Excellent op-ed in the NYT by Jennifer Finney Boylan.

With the coronavirus raging, the economy shattered and white supremacy on the rise, Republican legislators have pushed to the top of their agenda young queer people trying to live their lives safely, and in peace.

Transgender youth — surely the most vulnerable of the already vulnerable L.G.B.T.Q. community — are the target. On the day after the election, Ryan T. Anderson, a fellow at the Heritage Foundation, lamented to The Washington Post, “On the same day he called for healing and unity, President Joe Biden signed a radical divisive transgender executive order that threatens the privacy and safety of women in single-sex facilities, equality and fairness in single-sex sports, and good medicine based on the reality that males and females are biologically different.”

This would be the now-familiar conservative canard that granting equal rights to queer people somehow endangers the womenfolk. Is now a good moment to point out, once again, that more Republican congressmen have been busted for inappropriate behavior in public restrooms than trans women?


https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/31/opinion/trans-rights-biden-states.html

Here's what those patriotic, pro-Constitution Republicans think of our system of government.



UAE hired former US soldiers to kill its political enemies (Buzzfeed, October 16, 2018).

The operation against (Islah leader Anssaf Ali Mayo) — which was reported at the time but until now was not known to have been carried out by American mercenaries — marked a pivot point in the war in Yemen, a brutal conflict that has seen children starved, villages bombed, and epidemics of cholera roll through the civilian population. The bombing was the first salvo in a string of unsolved assassinations that killed more than two dozen of the group’s leaders.

The company that hired the soldiers and carried out the attack is Spear Operations Group, incorporated in Delaware and founded by Abraham Golan, a charismatic Hungarian Israeli security contractor who lives outside of Pittsburgh. He led the team’s strike against Mayo.

“There was a targeted assassination program in Yemen,” he told BuzzFeed News. “I was running it. We did it. It was sanctioned by the UAE within the coalition.”


The revelations that a Middle East monarchy hired Americans to carry out assassinations comes at a moment when the world is focused on the alleged murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi Arabia, an autocratic regime that has close ties to both the US and the UAE. (The Saudi Embassy in the US did not respond to a request for comment. Riyadh has denied it killed Khashoggi, though news reports suggest it is considering blaming his death on a botched interrogation.)

Golan said that during his company’s months-long engagement in Yemen, his team was responsible for a number of the war’s high-profile assassinations, though he declined to specify which ones. He argued that the US needs an assassination program similar to the model he deployed. “I just want there to be a debate,” he said. “Maybe I’m a monster. Maybe I should be in jail. Maybe I’m a bad guy. But I’m right.”


The deal that brought American mercenaries to the streets of Aden was hashed out over a lunch in Abu Dhabi, at an Italian restaurant in the officers’ club of a UAE military base. Golan and a chiseled former US Navy SEAL named Isaac Gilmore had flown in from the US to make their pitch. It did not, as Gilmore recalled, begin well.

Their host was Mohammed Dahlan, the fearsome former security chief for the Palestinian Authority. In a well-tailored suit, he eyed his mercenary guests coldly and told Golan that in another context they’d be trying to kill each other.



BuzzFeed News was unable to verify parts of Golan’s biography, including his military service, but Gilmore and another US special operations veteran who has been with him in the field said it’s clear he has soldiering experience. He is considered competent, ruthless, and calculating, said the former CIA official. He’s “prone to exaggeration,” said another former CIA officer, but “for crazy shit he’s the kind of guy you hire.”


Dahlan, who did not respond to multiple messages sent through associates, grew up in a refugee camp in Gaza, and during the 1980s intifada he became a major political player. In the ’90s he was named the Palestinian Authority’s head of security in Gaza, overseeing a harsh crackdown on Hamas in 1995 and 1996. He later met President George W. Bush and developed strong ties to the CIA, meeting the agency’s director, George Tenet, several times. Dahlan was once touted as a possible leader of the Palestinian Authority, but in 2007 he fell from grace, accused by the Palestinian Authority of corruption and by Hamas of cooperating with the CIA and Israel.

A man without a country, he fled to the UAE. There he reportedly remade himself as a key adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, or MBZ, known as the true ruler of Abu Dhabi. The former CIA officer who knows Dahlan said, “The UAE took him in as their pit bull.”


https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/aramroston/mercenaries-assassination-us-yemen-uae-spear-golan-dahlan

Remember, the UAE, and specifically Mohammed Bin Zayed, is close to MBS. Jared Kushner and Trump were close to both. Were any of them "in on it" re: the premeditated murder of Khashoggi? What did they know and when?

AOC has one word:

https://twitter.com/aoc/status/1346974976977596416
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