Transparent and Honest

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Adam Zyglis)

In other news, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has withdrawn his name for consideration to be the next confirmed secretary. Just this morning, USA Today reported that the FBI's background check of Shanahan was held up by a domestic violence incident involving his former wife.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg reports that the White House explored the legality of firing Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and concluded it couldn't be done under current law.

Finally, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has overruled State Department analysts who said Saudi Arabi should be added to the list of countries that use child soldiers.

State Department experts recommended adding Saudi Arabia to the soon-to-be released list based in part on news reports and human rights groups’ assessments that the desert kingdom has hired child fighters from Sudan to fight for the U.S.-backed coalition in Yemen, the four sources said. [...]

Pompeo rejected the recommendation from the experts, who are from the State Department’s anti-human trafficking office, said the four sources who spoke on condition of anonymity. The office has a key role in investigating the use of child soldiers worldwide.”The United States condemns the unlawful recruitment and use of child soldiers. We place great importance on ending the practice wherever it occurs,” a State Department official said in response to Reuters’ questions. The official, however, did not specifically address the Saudi decision or whether any consideration was given to Riyadh’s security ties to Washington.

  • Badgerite

    “Transparent and honest.” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Chortle,chortle. Best joke I’ve heard all day.

  • mnpollio

    I would say good riddance and may she crawl back under the rock that she and her equally reprehensible daddy crawled out from under, but these people always seem to land on their feet in high-paying, high-profile positions because they are ruthless and will stab anyone/anything in the back to get their way. Look for her to become the latest Trump apologist/excuse maker to make the rounds on the Beltway “news” shows and Faux News Channel.

  • Aynwrong

    Sarah (Smokey Eye) Sanders is a vile creature. I wonder what corporation would be willing to put her on a payroll other than fascist TV.

    Another one of these lizards has a record of domestic violence?

    Of course Pompeo is covering for Saudi Arabia. Trump’s money is involved and besides, six children have already died in ICE custody since Trump took office and God knows how many more have been literally kidnapped from their parents and just given away. Why would these lowlifes even blink an eye at the thought of child soldiers?

    May they all burn like candles.

    • Especially those mooslim child soldiers. Once again Saudi Arabia says jump and our government says, “how high?”