Thoughts and Prayers

Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - Nick Anderson)

In other news, Trump's 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, has been giving paid speeches to foreign politicians and lobbyists in Romania.

Meanwhile, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will appear in court in London on Thursday where his first hearing on being extradited to the U.S. will take place.

Finally, in an extensive profile of John Bolton's ongoing lust for war, the New Yorker reports that former Secretary of Defense James Mattis may have stopped Trump from provoking a war in Korea.

In the fall of 2017, McMaster was planning a private session to develop military options for the possibility of conflict with North Korea: a war game, with Trump in attendance, at the Presidential retreat in Camp David. McMaster asked Mattis to send officers and planners. Mattis ignored him. “He prevented the thing from happening,” the former senior Administration official told me. Later, Mattis kept General John Nicholson, the commander of American forces in Afghanistan, from meeting with Trump.

Administration officials speculate that Mattis was trying to avoid a war, or that he simply wanted to control the flow of information, so that the President could not make ill-advised decisions. “There are a lot of people in the Administration who want to limit the President’s options because they don’t want the President to get anything done,” the former senior Administration official told me.