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Wolf

Biden insults Bronze Star veteran in bona fide 'suckers' scandal

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© Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty ImagesPresident Biden apparently checking his watch as he and Jill Biden attend the dignified transfer of the remains of a fallen service member at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Aug. 29, 2021.
President Joe Biden loves to pretend that his political rival former President Donald Trump hates U.S. troops. A transcript of a recent strategy call between Biden and several Democrats — including one Bronze Star congressman — however, suggests it's the 81-year-old who has shown true contempt for veterans.

The exchange published in Puck documents Biden lashing out against members of the New Democrat Coalition after they questioned his disastrous debate performance and chances of a 2024 reelection. Rep. Jason Crow, a former Army Ranger who received a Bronze Star Medal for his role in the 82nd Airborne Division, received the bulk of Biden's wrath after he "asked about the importance of national security to voters."

The president then launched into a screed detailing why he believes Crow is "dead wrong on national security."

Bullseye

Trump's Churchillian moment: How the near miss assassination hit the mark with press and pundits

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© Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images/Unknown/KJNFormer US President and Candidate Donald Trump • Winston Churchill • Signature Hand Gestures
Winston Churchill once famously said that "nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result."

For Donald Trump, the failed assassination attempt in Pennsylvania could prove politically exhilarating. After rising with a fist pump and a call to fight on, Trump seems to have gone from being a movement to a mythological figure with his supporters. All he needs now is a big blue ox named Babe to return to the campaign trail.

This assassination attempt should also concentrate the minds of everyone on the escalating rhetoric in this campaign, particularly the media in maintaining inflammatory narratives. Yet, the hateful and unhinged language has continued unabated from academics declaring that the assassination attempt was staged to those who complain that the only problem was that Thomas Matthew Crooks missed.

For years, Democrats have repeated analogies of Trump to Hitler and his followers to brownshirted neo-Nazis. Indeed, defeating Trump has been compared to stopping Hitler in 1933. The narrative began as soon as Trump was elected when the press and pundits uniformly and falsely claimed that Trump had praised neo-Nazis and Klansmen in 2017 as "fine people" in Charlottesville. Watching Trump's statement at the time, it was clear to most of us that Trump condemned the neo-Nazis and that the statement about "fine people on both sides" was in reference to the debate over the removal of historic statues.

It took six years for Snopes to finally have the courage to do a fact check and declare the common attack to be false.

Alarm Clock

EU's rebuke of Orban's peace mission speaks for itself - Kremlin

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© Michael Kappeler / picture alliance via Getty Images
The EU's criticism of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban over his Ukraine peace initiative is an indication that Brussels' pro-war policies will not change, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday.

The Hungarian leader wants the EU leadership and fellow member states to adjust their policies from arming Kiev to seeking a negotiated resolution with Moscow. Orban traveled to Ukraine, Russia, China, and the US, before detailing his proposal in a letter sent to Brussels this week. Senior EU and national officials, including Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, have blasted Orban for engaging with Moscow. Brussels has reportedly rejected his proposal outright.

Peskov was asked during a daily press call whether Moscow received the text of Orban's plan or the EU's response to it. He said neither document was shared with the Russian government, but conclusions can be made based on the public condemnation of Orban.

Comment: Pro-Russian or pro-peace and stability?


Bullseye

Lavrov: Hezbollah, Lebanese govt. avoid full-scale war with Israel, but some within regime seek conflict

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Lebanon's Hezbollah resistance movement and the Lebanese government do not want a "full-blown war" with Israel but "some" within the regime are seeking it.

Speaking at a press conference at the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday, the top Russian diplomat said "there's a suspicion that some circles in Israel are trying to achieve just that."

Lavrov, citing some American and European analysts, stressed that "escalation, as the practical developments show, is something which Israel is interested in."

Comment:
See also:
Erdogan says Türkiye is AGAINST Israel-NATO nexus until Gaza genocide ends
Scoop: Netanyahu works behind the scenes to win Trump back
It seems Donald Trump is not far from the assessment that Sergei Lavrov gives, but he come from another angle:




Handcuffs

Russia and Ukraine swap 95 POWs in latest exchange

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© Agence France-PresseA Ukrainian prisoner of war posing following a prisoner exchange at an undisclosed location in Ukraine.
Russia and Ukraine have released a total of 190 captured soldiers in the latest prisoner exchange between the two sides, officials in Moscow and Kyiv announced on July 17.

Thousands of prisoners of war (POWs) have been freed in more than 50 individual exchanges throughout the war - an area where the two sides have been able to strike rare agreements since Russia invaded in February 2022.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russia's Defence Ministry each said on July 17 that 95 of their soldiers had been freed.

"We continue to bring our people home. Another 95 defenders have been released from Russian captivity," Mr Zelensky said in a post on the Telegram messaging app.

Comment: Views from each side:






TV

There's another culprit in the Trump murder attempt

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© Gene J. Puskar/APRepublican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump is helped off the stage at a campaign event
Butler, Pennsylvania. • Saturday, July 13, 2024
With corporate media constantly demonizing the Orange Man, something like the Butler shooting was bound to happen.

Americans from across the political spectrum were treated to yet more evidence that Donald Trump is an invincible force that cannot be easily reckoned with. But this perception will do little to mitigate the media hostility that poisons the US political scene.

Everyone knew it was just a matter of time. Trump, who was addressing a crowd of supporters in Butler, Pennsylvania, was grazed by an assassin's bullet during a campaign speech (how the would-be killer managed to get so close to the Republican frontrunner amid an army of Secret Service agents is a question for another day). What must concern Americans now is what exactly triggered this latest display of political violence.

Arrow Up

Donald Trump is going to win - America isn't

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© Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesRepublican presidential candidate, former US President Donald Trump • Vice Presidential candidate, US Sen. J.D. Vance
Republican National Convention • Fiserv Forum • July 15, 2024 • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The assassination attempt against the 45th president and his selection of JD Vance as his running mate has ensured him of victory in November.

On Saturday, former US President Donald Trump was the victim of an assassination attempt. The Republican nominee had his ear grazed and was quickly rushed by the Secret Service, though many are still criticizing the event's apparent lack of safety.

Immediately, the candidate and others were cashing in on the spectacle with T-shirts and other paraphernalia - suggesting that, as always, it will be Trump that walks away victorious.

It is no exaggeration to say that this spectacle has cemented another Trump term. Many experts and Republican officials believe that Donald Trump has narcissistic personality disorder. Part of the narcissist playbook includes playing the victim. When victimhood is usurped by the narcissist, it's a wash for the opposition. In this case, Trump has a legitimate claim to that title, and he will ride it into the sunset. The shooter, in this case, essentially handed the former president the greatest gift he ever could have.

Comment: Trump's gift is the 'promise' of hope. Becoming reality is a whole different matter.


Bad Guys

Putin assassination attempts linked to US funds - Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin
© Sputnik / Gavriil GrigorovRussian President Vladimir Putin.
In a startling development, Moscow has accused the United States of financing assassination attempts on both Russian President Vladimir Putin and former US President Donald Trump. The accusations came shortly after Ukrainian spy chief Kyrylo Budanov admitted to failed attempts on Putin's life. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova alleged that American funds were behind these plots, condemning the US for supporting what she termed as a terrorist regime in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Trump was targeted at a rally in Pennsylvania, where a gunman attacked but was swiftly neutralized by the Secret Service. The incident has sparked international concern and raised questions about political violence amid upcoming elections in both countries.

Hours after former US President Donald Trump was hurt in an assassination attempt, Moscow charged on Sunday that the US was funding attempts in Ukraine to kill Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Moscow's accusations followed Ukrainian spy director Kyrylo Budanov's admission in an interview on Saturday of his nation's botched assassination efforts reports RT.

Comment: In just the last 7 months or so, assassination threats and attempts, and suspect crashes, largely against nations and leaders who are defying the Western establishment, seem to have spiked: And then there's the colour revolutions, coups, and political detentions:



Russian Flag

'Root causes' of Ukraine conflict should be eliminated - Lavrov

Sergey Lavrov
© Sputnik / Sergey GuneevRussian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks at the UN Security Council meeting on July 16, 2024.
The world should address the "root causes" that led to the "crisis" in Europe and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a ministerial summit at the UN Security Council on Tuesday. Ending the standoff between Moscow and Kiev should be accompanied by the removal of the threat posed by the West to Russia's security, he said.

Conditions for a "sustainable peace" between Russia and Ukraine had already been presented by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the top diplomat noted. In June, Putin outlined Moscow's terms for initiating a ceasefire. They involved a full withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from all Russian territories, including the republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, and the regions of Kherson and Zaporozhye, as well as a legal commitment from Kiev never to join NATO.

Any final deal should be recognized in Western capitals and pave the way to lift sanctions against Russia, Putin added. Both Kiev and its Western backers dismissed the offer.

Any "political and diplomatic settlement [of the Ukraine conflict] should be accompanied by specific steps aimed at removing the threats to the Russian Federation posed by the [West]," Lavrov told the UNSC as he listed the measures needed to "restore trust and stabilize the situation" on the international arena. "The root causes of the crisis that has broken out in Europe should be dealt with once and for all."

Russia and the West need mutual "guarantees and agreements," the minister stated, adding that "new geostrategic realities on the Eurasian continent" should be taken into account as well. According to Lavrov, a new "pan continental architecture of truly equal and indivisible security" was being formed on the continent.

Bad Guys

Russia-NATO war 'extremely close' - Polish president

Andrzej Duda
© Getty Images / Beata Zawrzel/NurPhotoPolish president Andrzej Duda.
Polish President Andrzej Duda has warned of an imminent war between Russia and NATO if Kiev fails to secure victory in its conflict with Moscow.

In an interview with the Wirtualna Polska news portal on Tuesday, Duda claimed that if Russia were allowed to defeat Ukraine, it would then attack NATO states - a prospect that has been mentioned by Western leaders several times and which Russia has repeatedly denied.

"We cannot allow Russia to win this war... Because if we let Ukraine lose, then a potential war between Russia and the West will be extremely close," Duda claimed, slamming Moscow's operation against Kiev as a manifestation of "Russian imperialism." He also claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin would want to "attack further and further" if allowed to win against Ukraine.

Duda claimed that NATO is "unanimous" in considering Russia "the greatest and direct threat to the security" of the bloc, and signaled that despite being a "defensive alliance," it is gearing up for a war with Russia.

"There is a determination to show Putin that the West is not afraid... The threat of war exists, because words of condemnation alone will not deter Russia," the Polish leader said, adding that NATO is therefore "arming" itself to "deter" the 'Russian threat' with military might.

Poland has been one of Ukraine's key backers in the conflict between Kiev and Moscow, sending military aid to its army and serving as a hub for weapons provided by other Western nations.