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Tweety Birds

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Adam Zyglis)

In other news, the Koch Brothers' Americans for Prosperity PAC announced that they will not support Representative Kevin Cramer's (R) bid to unseat Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D) because he won't oppose Trump's trade war, among other reasons.

Speaking to the network's backers Monday, the final day of their summer meeting in Colorado Springs, [AFP President Tim Phillips] criticized Cramer for his support of a $1.3 trillion spending measure earlier this year and his reluctance to take on the White House on trade and tariffs.

Meanwhile, Trump lashed out at the Koch Brothers in response this morning.

Trump did, in fact, seek their support in 2016. They sat out the election.

Finally, German magazine Der Spiegel reports that the German government's overall strategy for dealing with Trump is to form a new alliance of western and western-aligned nations including the likes of Australia, Japan, and South Korea that will sign new trade deals and a strategic partnership later this year.

If that hadn't been the case before, the Brussels NATO summit -- where the U.S. president threatened to withdraw from the Western defense alliance -- and his later description of the European Union as a "foe," cemented the conviction in Berlin, Brussels and Paris that alliances mean nothing to Trump. The U.S. has transformed from a "source of order" into a "destroyer of order," according to sources within the German government. [...]

The strategy won't likely be fully formed until the end of the year, but the allies have already been determined. In addition to Japan, they are likely to also include South Korea, which [German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas] will also be visiting this week. Both countries would like to sign wide-ranging free trade agreements with the EU.

Maas is also considering South Africa, Australia and Argentina as strategic partners, as well as, of course, the U.S.'s two neighbors, Mexico and Canada. In late August, Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland is expected to be a guest at the German Foreign Ministry's Ambassadors Conference in Berlin.

The story goes into more detail which paints a fairly convincing picture of what the near future could look like with the Germans supporting the creation of an EU "defense union" (read: EU military) that could defend itself regardless of what Trump does.

  • Username1016

    I’m not quite ready to say “The enemy of my enemy is my friend,” but if this turns into a circular firing squad, pass the popcorn! I’m all for it.

  • Badgerite

    Angela Merkel. Leader of the free world.

  • katanahamon

    By demonstrating the backstabbing qualities of our right wing, they are training the world to ignore the US, form their own alliances and trading partners, and eventually isolating the US as much as possible. Rump needs to be prevented from doing his taxpayer funded rallies where he espouses propaganda and incites violence against the press, and prosecuted quickly for his crimes. (Beast has a pic of Maria Butina drawing a sword..just wanted to say she doesn’t know what she’s doing..she’s drawing it with the sharp edge towards herself..perhaps prophetic, didn’t know where to say this..)

  • Nefercat

    Fucking damn traitor in the White House. We will be a pariah nation by the time he and his Russian boss are finished.

    • Scopedog

      I believe that this was the planned outcome.

      • Nefercat

        I agree with you 100%.