An impeachment enemy within?

Jay Ambrose

President Donald Trump, surrounded by political enemies constructing an underhanded, dishonest impeachment, pretty much told the nation that he did not belong in the White House when he decided to yank our troops out of Syria.

It was a disastrous, ignorant move serving no end but revived terrorism, murderous calamity for our Kurdish allies and uplift for a vile, power-seeking Turkish dictatorship. Trump had an excuse, namely that we weren’t ever going to change the Middle East in any substantive way and that we had little at stake. The rest of the world was pretty much putting the peace burden on the United States with us facing the loss of lives and money.

He is partly right. Europe time and again has us do the hard work, and nation-building does not build nations. But it’s not as if there is never reason to intervene. Iran could someday nuke some of our cities to oblivion, as one example, and other kinds of hits on us are too numerous to spell out.

Trump once called President Barack Obama the “founder” of ISIS because he initially dismissed the group as nothing much and woke up too late to contain it. Trump acted decisively from the start but is now giving the terrorists a second chance.

The Kurds have been at our side for years, enabling us to accomplish our purposes as we enabled them to survive. One does not treat allies to a bloodbath, which quickly occurred with the invasion of Turks after we began to head home.

We’re hitting the Turks with tariffs and warnings of other inadequate steps, and the Kurds are lining up with Syria to create a rearrangement that could go anywhere. Stability was making advances until Trump decided that his self-proclaimed genius should overrule even his own experienced advisers, and those profiting include Russia and Iran, analysts sadly tell us.

Remember, however, that this is an awry policy decision, not an impeachable crime, something Democratic presidential candidates seemed to forget in their recent horrified reactions in a debate. Trump has weakened himself in any direction he chooses to walk. And, yes, the opposition party along with worried Republicans should do what they properly can do to rectify the worst of it and forestall other bouts of inhumane inanities.

We already have an unaccountable impeachment process of closed hearings, no votes, misleading information and a number of Democrats having done what Trump did. Further unconstitutional sabotage with the possibility of replays is hardly preferable to allowing Trump to remain in office.

As for the 2020 election, look first at the past and then at what could come next. Obama helped fashion a nuclear deal with Iran that let it keep the means of producing enriched uranium, kept us from inspecting military bases, permitted the Iranians to continue sponsoring terrorist groups, returned billions of dollars to them and yawned about the testing of ballistic missiles. Defenders of the fraud said Iran stuck to the rules, but it did not. On 32 occasions, Iranians tried unsuccessfully to buy forbidden nuclear technology from Germans.

Trump ended the deal, renewed sanctions that truly are visiting hurt on these preachers of American hate and said he would love to negotiate new understandings and reaffirm the deal. What most of the Democratic presidential candidates are saying is that they would like for America to reenter the deal and then negotiate improvements. So if you were Iranians, wouldn’t you figure it better fits your strategic objectives to wait a year until an election that just maybe could make your weaponizing ambitions hum again instead of kowtowing to Trump and not becoming a nuclear power?

The best defense of Trump is that the other side is mostly worse.

Jay Ambrose is an op-ed columnist for Tribune News Service. Readers may send emails to Distributed by Tribune Content Agency. © 2019 Tribune Content Agency.

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hermit thrush

my god, you literally wrote "Jobless rates at all time highs." it's right there in black and white. go look for yourself. i simply can't understand the mentality of someone who gets on his/her high horse like you do with all this moralistic language, while at the time same committing such ridiculous errors of basic fact.

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Holmes -- the real one

Is this yet another incidence of the utilization of that favorite word? Why yes, I believe it is! And the allegations, accusations, innuendo...

Just imagine that someone is suggesting that, as this comment puts it, "Trump is a DIRECT result of thinking and typing from people like you." Well, even to the unpracticed eye, this is an obvious projection -- and thus, quite self revealing.

I like that little touch of concern over wage discrepancy -- just wow.


Not much to say here except that Treason & Traitors are among us. Obviously Jay needs much self-reflection on his priorities as an "American" & the WDTs needs to stop printing sedition.

Wonder if conservatives every hear themselves, "Democrats" as in people who support democracy the backbone of a free people are worst than foreign interventionist who support communism & racism because they're white.

Real nice to know where we stand with our neighbors, we're taking our country back Jay & WDTs & they're ain't a dam thing you can do about it except sit there & watch the magic happen!!!

You're pathetic TRAITORS!

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Holmes -- the real one

Wow -- there's that favorite word again.

You're right -- accusations, unfounded allegations, name-calling, lying, and innuendo. Interesting that your statement documents the recognition that these are tactics common to extremists. It is also interesting that they are tactics that seem to be the fall back practices of those who claim to represent "conservative" thought in these NNY360 forums.


Couldn't agree more, well written article. The Iran Deal was the worst diplomatic decision in history. Even Obama stated he wasn't sure it would prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons. What was the point of the agreement then? Giving them $1.7 billion dollars? Amazing...

hermit thrush

i would love to see you provide the actual obama quote which you're doubtless distorting, but if there's one thing we've learned about right-wing trolls it's that they're never going to produce any actual evidence.


Google it! Try Business Insider for one.

Holmes -- the real one

Such a lame attempt to deflect.

If there is a quote, demonstrate that.

Honestly, this is like saying that you know the truth is that water isn't wet -- Then, oh, you don't believe me? Just Google it!

hermit thrush

people who have aces in their hand put their cards on the table.

people who don't do what you're doing.

when i personally want to back up factual claims i am making, i am always happy to provide a link. that's how people can tell i'm credible. you apparently have a different approach.


Obama said that AIR STRIKES wouldn't prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons.

hermit thrush

i am shocked, just shocked, to hear that (fake) holmes has been spreading wild falsehoods in service of his republican agenda. i for one can't understand the mentality of someone who has so little regard for the truth.

hermit thrush

ridiculous, ignorant column. the iran nuclear deal was a very good deal which made it virtually impossible for the iranians to develop a nuclear weapon. abrogating it as trump did only makes it more likely that iran will obtain nukes, not less. democrats at the debate were not calling for trump to be impeached over his reckless and shameful betrayal of our allies in syria.


You're not serious are you, you're just trolling right?

hermit thrush

the only thing happening here is that, as usual, you are projecting.


Actually Mr. Holmes the deal was a good beginning. It is true it did not go far enough and holding our "allies" to enforcing inspections and what not would be difficult because frankly they do little to begin with. The premise was solid though. Mr. Trump has taken it to new levels trying to level the Iranian economy through sanctions in hopes of crippling the ability to wage any kind of war, also not a bad thought. These people are evil American haters. The problem with the original deal was enforcement and what would happen if (when) the Iranians told us to go you know what in a hat, which they did. The Nuclear deal was a good start and I personally commend the previous president for the solid beginning. Trump wishes to take it up a notch or ten lol. I don't believe either person is wrong. Contrary to hard core anti-Trump comments that come from the 3-4 people on here, Trump is going down a path that may lead to more success, however, it carries more risk. The original deal kicked the can down the road, when, we would have to revisit the reasons again why we had to do this in the first place. Bottom line is we should be hard in Iran, to protect not only us but our interests over there. I urge you to not fall into the trap of what we see here which is one side or nothing. It is very disturbing, not productive and the main issues with why we have the divide we have.

hermit thrush

the original deal set up an extremely robust inspection regime in iran. and iran was completely complying with the deal when trump pulled the plug on it, which he did for no other reason than his and his party's irrational hatred for obama.

i urge you not to fall into the trap of continuing to spread incorrect information, like your claim that california is experiencing all-time high joblessness when the reality is exactly the opposite.


Hermit thrush is absolutely right that Iran was adhering to its part of the agreement, which Trump deserted for unrelated reasons.

His forum critic did so well to choose the monicker “airball.”

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