Donald Trump Responds To Romney's 'Roundhouse' - Live Feed

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Following the unprecedented Romney roundhouse kick to Trump's character, The Donald is about to rebuff "the loser." As John McCain backs Romney's rant, it appears yesterday's Koch Borthers, Icahn, Murdoch mega-donor call for a truce has been broken as Trump prepares to return fire against "failed candidate Romney" and his establishment cronies.

 

Via Ben Garrison

 

Chris Christie leading the way...

 

 

Trump Live Feed (from Portland) due to start at 1330ET:

 

The neocons are in full panic mode:

And as David Stockman explains, rightfully so....

Super Tuesday was an earthquake, and not just because Donald Trump ran the tables. The best thing was the complete drubbing and humiliation that voters all over America handed to the little Napoleon from Florida, Marco Rubio.

So doing, the voters began the process of ridding the nation of the GOP War Party and its neocon claque of rabid interventionists. They have held sway for nearly three decades in the Imperial City and the consequences have been deplorable.

It goes all the way back to the collapse of the old Soviet Union and the elder Bush’s historically foolish decision to invade the Persian Gulf in February 1991. The latter stopped dead in its tracks the first genuine opportunity for peace the people of the world had been afforded since August 1914.

Instead, it reprieved the fading remnants of the military-industrial-congressional complex, the neocon interventionist camp and Washington’s legions of cold war apparatchiks. All of the foregoing would have been otherwise consigned to the dust bin of history.

Yet at that crucial inflection point there was absolutely nothing at stake with respect to the safety and security of the American people in the petty quarrel between Saddam Hussein and the Emir of Kuwait.

That spate, in fact, was over directional drilling rights in the Rumaila oilfield which straddled their respective borders. Yet these disputed borders had no historical legitimacy whatsoever. Kuwait was a just a bank account with a seat in the UN, which had been created by the British only in 1899 for obscure reasons of imperial maneuver. Likewise, the boundaries of Iraq had been drawn with a straight ruler in 1916 by British and French diplomats in the process of splitting up the loot from the fall of the Ottoman Empire.

As it happened, Saddam claimed that the Emir of Kuwait, who could never stop stuffing his unspeakably opulent royal domain with more petro dollars, had stolen $10 billion worth of oil from Iraq’s side of the field while Saddam was savaging the Iranians during his unprovoked but Washington supported 1980s invasion. At the same time, Hussein had borrowed upwards of $50 billion from Kuwait, the Saudis and the UAE to fund his barbaric attacks on the Iranians and now the sheiks wanted their money back.

At the end of the day, Washington sent 500,000 US troops to the Gulf in order to function as bad debt collectors for three regimes that are the very embodiment of tyranny, corruption, greed and religious fanaticism.

They have been the fount and exporter of Wahhabi fanaticism and have thereby fostered the scourge of jihadi violence throughout the region. And it was the monumental stupidity of putting American (crusader) boots on the ground in Saudi Arabia that actually gave rise to Bin Laden, al-Qaeda, the tragedy of 9/11, the invasion and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq, the Patriot Act and domestic surveillance state and all the rest of the War Party follies which have followed.

Worse still, George H.W. Bush’s stupid little war corrupted the very political soul and modus operandi of Washington. What should have been a political contest over which party and prospective leader could best lead a revived 1920s style campaign for world disarmament was mutated into a wave of exceptionalist jingoism about how best to impose American hegemony on any nation or force on the planet that refused compliance with Washington’s designs and dictates.

And most certainly, this lamentable turn to the War Party’s disastrous reign had nothing to do with oil security or economic prosperity in America. The cure for high oil orices is always and everywhere high oil prices, not the Fifth Fleet.

Indeed, as the so-called OPEC cartel crumbles into pitiful impotence and cacophony and as the world oil glut drives prices eventually back into the teens, there can no longer be any dispute. The blazing oilfields of Kuwait in 1991 had nothing to do with domestic oil security and prosperity, and everything to do with the rise of a virulent militarism and imperialism that has drastically undermined national security.

It is the bombs, drones, cruise missiles and brutal occupations of Muslim lands unleashed by the War Party that has actually fostered the massive blowback and radical jidhadism rampant today in the middle east and beyond.

Indeed, prior to 1991 Bin Laden and his mujahedeen, who had been trained and armed by the CIA and heralded in the west for their help in defeating purportedly godless communism in Afghanistan, had not declaimed against American liberty, opulence and decadence. They did not come to attack our way of life as the neocon propagandists have so speciously claimed.

In fact, the ever destructive Dick Cheney was the proximate cause. In an act of monumental foolishness, it was he who persuaded the Saudi King to permit stationing of US troops on Arabian soil, thereby triggering a revolt against the House of Saud by Bin Laden and his Mujahedeen. The latter were then forced into exile by the Saudi government in April 1991 and soon metastasized into the fiendish scourge of al-Qaeda.

Misguided and despicable as their attack was, it was motivated by revenge and religious fanaticism that had never previously been directed against the American people. That is, not until the Washington War Party decided to intervene in the Persian Gulf in 1991.

Yes, the wholly different Shiite branch of Islam centered in Iran had a grievance, too.  But that wasn’t about America’s liberties and libertine ways of life, either. It was about the left over liability from Washington’s misguided cold war interventions and, specifically, the 1953 CIA coup that installed the brutal and larcenous Shah on the Peacock Throne.

The whole Persian nation had deep grievances about that colossal injustice—-a grievance that was wantonly amplified in the 1980s by Washington’s overt assistance to Saddam Hussein. Via the CIA’s satellite reconnaissance, Washington had actually helped him unleash heinous chemical warfare attacks on Iranian forces, including essentially unarmed young boys who had been sent to the battle front as cannon fodder.

Still, with the election of Rafsanjani in 1989 there was every opportunity to repair this historical transgression and normalize relations with Tehran. In fact, in the early days the Bush state department was well on the way to exactly that. But once the CNN war games in the gulf put the neocons back in the saddle the door was slammed shut by Washington, not the Iranians.

Indeed at that very time, the re-ascendant neocons explicitly choose to demonize the Iranian regime as a surrogate enemy to replace the defunct Kremlin commissars. Two of the most despicable actors in the post-1991 neocon takeover of the GOP—-Dick Cheney and Paul Wolfowitz——actually penned a secret document outlining the spurious anti-Iranian campaign which soon congealed into a full-blown war myth.

To wit, that the Iranian’s were hell bent on obtaining nuclear weapons and had become an implacable foe of America and fountain of state sponsored terrorism. But there never was an Iranian nuclear weapons program, as the 2007 National Intelligence Estimates by 16 US security agencies documented, and the recent IAEA inspection report confirmed.

Not long thereafter in 1996, these same neocon warmongers produced for newly elected Israeli prime minister, Bibi Netanyahu, the infamous document called “A Clean Break: A New Strategy For Securing The Realm”.

Whether he immediately signed off an all of its sweeping plans for junking the Oslo Accords and launching regime change initiatives against the Baathist regimes in Iraq and Syria is a matter of historical debate. But there can be no doubt that shortly thereafter this manifesto became the operative policy of the Netanyahu government and especially its virulent campaign to demonize Iran as an existential threat to Israel. And that when the younger Bush took office and brought the whole posse of neocons back into power, it became Washington’s official policy, as well.

After 9/11 the dual War Party of Washington and Tel Aviv was off to the races and the US government began its tumble toward $19 trillion of national debt and an eventual fiscal calamity. That’s because the neocon War Party sucked the old time religion of fiscal rectitude and monetary orthodoxy right out of the GOP in the name of funding what has in truth become a trillion dollar per year Warfare State.

There were several crucial moments along the way—–the first being the sacking of Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill by the White House praetorian guard led by Karl Rove. His sin was having the audacity to say that the Afghan and Iraqi wars were going to cost trillions, and that stiff tax increases and painful entitlements cuts were the only way to make ends meet.

Right then and there the GOP was stripped of any fiscal virginity that had survived the Reagan era of triple digit deficits. Right on cue the contemptible Dick Cheney was quick to claim that Reagan proved “deficits don’t matter”, meaning from that point forward whatever it took to fund the war machine trumped any flickering Republican folk memories of fiscal prudence.

The great Dwight Eisenhower left office at the height of the cold war in 1961, warning the American public about the insatiable appetites for budgets and war of the military industrial complex. At the same time, however, his final budget attested to his conviction that $450 billion in today’s purchasing power (2015 $) was enough to fund the Pentagon, foreign aid and security assistance and the needs of veterans of past wars.

Thanks to the GOP War Party and neocons we are spending more than double that amount—upwards of $900 billion—–for those same purposes today. Yet unlike the nuclear threat posed by the Soviet Union at the peak of its industrial vigor, we no longer have any industrial state enemy left on the planet; we have appropriately been fired as the world’s policeman and have no need for Washington’s far flung imperium of bases and naval and air power projection; and would not even be confronted with the domestic policing challenges posed by highly limited and episodic homeland terrorist tempests had Washington not turned Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia  and others into failed states and economic rubble.

The Bush era War Party also committed an even more lamentable error in the midst of all of its foreign policy triumphalism and its utter neglect of the GOP’s actual purpose to function as an advocate for sound money and free markets in the governance process of our two party democracy. Namely, it appointed Ben Bernanke, an avowed Keynesian and big government statist who had loudly proclaimed in favor of “helicopter money”, to a Federal Reserve system that was already on the verge of an economic coup d’état led by the unfaithful Alan Greenspan.

That coup was made complete by the loathsome bailout of Wall Street during the 2008 financial crisis. And the latter had, in turn, been a consequence of the massive speculation and debt build-up that had been enabled by the Fed’s own policies during the prior decade and one-half.

Now after $3.5 trillion of heedless money printing and 86 months of ZIRP, Wall Street has been transformed into an unstable, dangerous casino. Honest price discovery in the capital and money markets no longer exists, nor has productive capital been flowing into real investments in efficiency and growth.

Instead, the C-suites of corporate America have been transformed into stock trading rooms where business balance sheets have been hocked to the tune of trillions in cheap debt in order to fund stock buybacks, LBOs and M&A deals designed to goose stock prices and the value of top executive options.

Indeed, the Fed’s unconscionable inflation of the third massive financial bubble of this century has showered speculators and the 1% with unspeakable financial windfalls that are fast creating not only an inevitable thundering financial meltdown, but, also, a virulent populist backlash. The Eccles Building was where the “Bern” that is roiling the electorate was actually midwifed.

And probably even the far greater political tremblor represented by The Donald, as well.

Yes, as a libertarian I shudder at the prospect of a man on a white horse heading for the White House, as Donald Trump surely is. His rank demoguery and poisonous rhetoric about immigrants, Muslims, refugees, women, domestic victims of police repression and the spy state and countless more are flat-out contemptible. And the idea of building a horizontal version of Trump Towers on the Rio Grande is just plain nuts.

But here’s the thing. While spending a lifetime as a real estate speculator and self-created celebrity, The Donald apparently did not have time to get mis-educated by the Council On Foreign Relations or to hob knob with the GOP inner circle in Washington and the special interest group racketeers they coddle.

So even as The Donald’s election would bring on a thundering financial crash on Wall Street and political upheaval in Washington—–the truth is that’s going to happen anyway. Look at the hideous mess that US policy has created in Syria or the incendiary corner into which the Fed has backed itself or the fiscal projections that show we will be back into trillion dollar annual deficits as the recession already underway reaches full force. The jig is well and truly up.

But a nation tumbling into financial and fiscal crisis will welcome the War Party purge that Trump would surely undertake. He didn’t allow the self-serving busy-bodies and fools who inhabit the Council on Foreign Relations to dupe him into believing that Putin is a horrible threat; or that the real estate on the eastern edge of the non-state of the Ukraine, which has always been either a de jure or de facto part of Russia, was any of our business. Likewise, he has gotten it totally right with respect to the sectarian and tribal wars of Syria and Iraq and Hillary’s feckless destruction of a stable regime in Libya.

Even his bombast about Obama’s “bad deal” with Iran doesn’t go much beyond Trump’s ridiculous claim that they are getting a $150 billion reward. In fact, it was their money; we stole it, and by the time of the next election they will have it released anyway.

Besides, unlike the boy Senator from Florida who wants to be President so he can play with guns, tanks, ships and bombs, The Donald has indicated no intention of tearing up the agreement on day one in office.

Most importantly, The Donald has essentially proclaimed the obvious. Namely, that the cold war is over and that the American taxpayers have no business subsidizing  obsolete relics like NATO and ground forces in South Korea and Japan.

At the end of the day, the reason that the neocons are apoplectic is that Trump would restore the 1991 status quo ante.  The nation’s self-proclaimed greatest deal-maker might even take a leaf out of Warren G. Harding’s playbook and negotiate sweeping disarmament agreements in a world where governments everywhere are on the verge of fiscal bankruptcy.

He might also come down with wrathful indignation on the Fed if its dares push toward the criminal zone of negative interest rates. As far as I know, The Donald was never mis-educated by the Keynesian swells at Brookings, either. No plain old businessman would ever fall for the sophistry and crank monetary theories that are now ascendant in the Eccles Building.

When it comes to the nation’s current economic wreckers-in-chief, Janet Yellen and Stanley Fischer, he might even dust off on day one the skills he honed during  his ten year stint on the Apprentice.

Indeed, the sound of “your fired!” in that context would echo with high approbation down the pages of history.

Worse things could surely happen.

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roisaber's picture

Oh wow, they dragged McCain out of his coffin for this too?! LOL that's two forgettable also-ran losers who won't even make footnotes in history books in 20 years.

Looney's picture

The Republican ass-tablishment keeps licking the same frozen poll and getting its tongue stuck to it. They never learn, do they?

Every time a candidate/proxy goes against Donald, they get schlongorized, but his ratings/polls keep rising.

Trump ain’t no Panacea or a Messiah, but the more they stir the shit against him, the more people lean towards him.

BTW, voting is very similar to investing - one doesn’t have to vote FOR or AGAINST someone, just like not going LONG or selling SHORT.

Keeping away from the rigged shit-brew is a valid political/financial position too. I think?  ;-)

Looney

nope-1004's picture

hope American ppl think hard about who they want as Commander-in-Chief:

 

They did, when you weren't elected, and they are now, by voicing their votes.  That's what the democratic process is about, McStain.  Go back to producing Hollywood beheadings by the boogey men, you useless tool.

"John McCain is a hero?  Well my version of a war hero is someone that doesn't end up in enemy hands."

- Trump

I still LOL at that awesome statement.

TeamDepends's picture

Have a shlong sandwich, Mormon Boy.

Bumpo's picture

Thank You! More Free Advertising for Trump 2016

WTFRLY's picture

Yes, the white Obama. Populism 5.0 coming (Bush x2, Obama x2)

New Hampshire is Best Hampshire's picture

 

 

Since populism is that which appeals to the people,

 

And the elite's sheep herders bang on the 'populism' drum whenever something disturbs their bubble,

 

Is it possible we've been misdirected with the 'populist' label?

 

Just suggesting

 

manofthenorth's picture

McCain and Romney both lost to fucking Obama !!!

Obviously very few people give a SHIT what those losers think.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

McStain and Romney?  All they need to complete the unholy trinity is for Lindsey Graham to come out of the closet long enough to impugn Trump.

New Hampshire is Best Hampshire's picture

Keep him in there. If he comes out it's going to stink the place up like butt.

WTFRLY's picture

So Trump is not latching on to populism? What else would you call the political virus that people have caught?

The Juggernaut's picture

Trump is such a false flag candidate.

Manthong's picture

“they dragged McCain out of his coffin”

Lol but…

 I think he has always remained in Ho’s box.

 

Ho ho ho

Nutsack's picture

John McCain is Jewish?

 

I'm calling bullshit on this one ZH.

The Juggernaut's picture

Get up to speed you Nutsack.  He's the rep for the jewish lobby.  McCain reps this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_for_the_New_American_Century

Surviver22's picture

Obama and Church Leaders PRAYED you’d never see this…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0kpoRcLx3g

besnook's picture

he is another zionazi like mittens.

847328_3527's picture

The Bankers don't fight it because the penalty money ain't coming out of their pockets ... it's coing out of the shareholders' pockets.

 

The Establishment--- Bush and Obama, Pelosi, Cheney and the rest of them--- have not sent even 1 (ONE) banker to jail!

 

It's time for a real change. Go Trump!

besnook's picture

they launched mittens. this is real.

bamawatson's picture

 

thanks mittens: Trump's favorables just rose again, as did the veil you willingly wore while being used by the corrupt political establishment who can't afford to lose their power in liberal D.C. Your speech was so silly and contradictory it confirmed the reasons Trump received tens of thousands more votes than you did in your own home state that you governed. Silly man. Could the establishment really not find anyone credible in their holier-than-thou movement to spew the deception you regurgitated today on tv?

Independent, commonsense conservative patriots: now it's our time to ramp it up, to prove even more adamantly that our movement in this time for choosing is wisely chosen by those who know what's at stake for America. The political establishment's desperation is nailing its coffin - obviously a good thing - but we mustn't let the Alinsky tactics used to destroy our We the People movement go unanswered. His shoulders are broad, but Donald Trump must not carry this on his own shoulders. Thankfully, Mitt's anti-Republican Platform speech just strengthened our own. Americans' shoulders just got bigger and broader. Way to go, Mitt.

JRobby's picture

"So even as The Donald’s election would bring on a thundering financial crash on Wall Street and political upheaval in Washington—–the truth is that’s going to happen anyway."

 

The sooner the better. I'm sick of this stupid shit.

lincolnsteffens's picture

Just caught the tail end of D's address. He hit on several issues that the others wont mention and he gave the reasons for why America is failing so badly. I don't hear (well I don't listen to the political campaign bull shit ) others hitting on why education and the economy is down the tubes.

I had a 7 hour trip yesterday and kept trying to get something interesting on the radio. It was such puke and screaming nonsene that I listened to music most of the time.

agstacks's picture

"Everything was going fine until we elected Republican Donald Trump.  Now, the markets are in upheaval, people are fearful, they've lost everything, mass layoffs, famine, pestilence-  all these things you can blame on the Republicans and Trump.  We were in a fine recovery, the markets were up, the unemployment rate was down, we were on our way to raising rates at some point in 2018, and then racist Americans in flyover country derailed our progress and now they are trying to drag us back to some old version of America they long for, one where they can have their slaves, and pay no taxes.  We'll, we're not going back there, we are moving forward. Below you will find a list of those in your neighborhoods that brought about this disaster.  These are the people responsible for this devastating financial collapse.  Before we can move forward as a nation, we will need to bring these folks to justice and make them account for what they've done."

-MSM after the crash 

greenskeeper carl's picture

not sure why this got a downvote. Its probably a pretty accurate assessment. Only problem is that I don't think people trying to hunt down all those people will go very well. There are something like 300m privately owned guns in this country. Id hazard a guess that a sizable % of those reside in trump supporters houses. Hunting all of them down probably won't end well for the hunted.

 

I think the effort will mainly consist of trying to make them all pariahs. Honestly, although I won't vote for trump, if he does get elected I hope all of those "collapse" things happen. Its inevitable anyway, might as well get the ball rolling. As the guy above said, Im sick of this shit.

spqrusa's picture

There are ZH trollers who instinctively down-vote anything that's too Truthy...

Must be part of the AI programming from the demonic-three-letter-agencies.

noless's picture

Pretty much, all the more reason to get put on yet another list.

mkkby's picture

This will fail. 

Next up, Bob Dole stops snorting viagra and leaves his cat alone long enough to call trump a con artist.

Manthong's picture

..maybe not before Libby puts lipstick on the critter, which is what those folks tend to do.

JRobby's picture

Romney reduced to toothless pit bull status.

He is sewage.

Manthong's picture

“Romney…   He is sewage.”

Allow me to elaborate…

..on one hand he might just be a false turd floating in the caddy shack pool…..

On the other hand, he might be the real deal attracting flies and bothering people.

 

oh..btw.. isn't  that what the moosie migrants do in public venue pools in the EU?

 

SAC.. please consider fixing this horrid text editor.

 

JRobby's picture

A Baby Ruth you might like and want to eat

Romney you want to drag from a pickup by the ankles face down with his hands tied behind his back through the rugged South Utah desert.

Manthong's picture

.. can I ride shotgun?

TuPhat's picture

That would not be good.  Their are some endangered species of plants you might destroy.  I think you should stay on the road.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Mitt sounds autistic. Tax returns. Tax returns.

Two minutes to Wopner. I'm an excellent driver.

JRobby's picture

I would say he is Asberger's but that is an insult to people with Asberger's

Manthong's picture

I have a powerful full time 4WD with high clearance in mint condition and can do almost any terrain.

RichardParker's picture

Sour grapes, especially for Romney.

J S Bach's picture

John McCain's hubris and chutzpah is breathtaking. Mr. "Bomb, bomb, bomb... bomb, bomb Iran" has the gall to warn us to "think hard" about who we want as Commander in Chief! My God, the hypocrisy is unprecedented - even for shabbos goy like Romney & McCain.

The9thDoctor's picture

Just think, Romney/Ryan was Obama's opposition in 2012.

I'm saying this tongue-in-cheek but America was better off with 8 years of Obama, because the braindead public is finally starting to wake up.

If Romney/Ryan had won, we would still be playing the left-right marching game for at least another 12 years.

BarkingCat's picture

So this is like alcoholism or a drug addiction.

You have to hit rock bottom before you can start recovery.

 

Only problem is that in my opinion Hillary is the rock bottom, although Obama is nearly there. 

I guess Obama is like living the dumpster and Clinton is like living in the sewer.

Manthong's picture

Well, that’s pretty cool…..

Dumpster Diving

Because Obama.

 

Btw… anybody else out there notice that Chewie is like under the radar for a while now ?????

nuubee's picture

Does that have to be so tongue-in-cheek? I definitely don't like Obama's lying face, but I think you may have a point. Then again, Obama's administration brought us total chaos in the middle east and Russia leading the way to restoration of order, instead of war with Iran.

JRobby's picture

What is your reading on 6 ping pong balls for Saturday's drawing?

 

HopefulCynical's picture

Romney bashing Trump is the single best endorsement of Trump to date. Adding McStain to the mix is just the cherry on top.

Bay of Pigs's picture

"We schlonged some folks..."

Winston Churchill's picture

Bishop in the Moron church, so what did you expect.

Squid Viscous's picture

the seer stones in his magic hat told him it must be thusly undertaken, and so it was in this year 34,652, and the angel Moroni blessed them all and beseeched them to convert the masses.

one ignorant fuck at a time

OpenThePodBayDoorHAL's picture

Obama is a neo-con corporo-fascist of the worst kind. But repubs need to look hard in the mirror at who they've put up: start with Matt Taibbi's article about George Bush. Then think hard about John Fucking McCain and Sarah Fucking Palin, a war monger fascist fossil teamed up with an ignorant housewife bimbo with nice tits and a single-digit IQ. Mr. Trump is a huge improvement for the party that gave us snarling fascist anti-patriot Dick Cheney, working fulltime doing everything he could around the globe to ruin America's reputation and finances.

khnum's picture

Just come from Romneys facebook site he has commited political seppuku of about 200 comments read 1 supported him,his next job will be janitor at the state capitol