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Trump getting some stuff done

Just a reminder. From an editorial at Business Insider – emphasis added:

Border crossings, for example, have plummeted, even though all Trump has done so far is promise to enforce existing laws.

The Supreme Court approved parts of Trump’s travel ban…Trump is busy filling lower court positions with conservative justices…pulled out of the Paris climate change deal

The EPA, meanwhile, is dismantling Obama’s coal-killing, growth-choking Clean Power Plan, and draining the heavy-handed Waters of the United States rule. When a veteran EPA official resigned this week, she complained in a letter to her former colleagues that “the new EPA Administrator already has repeals of 30 rules under consideration,” which the New York Times described as “a regulatory rollback larger in scope than any other over so short a time in the agency’s 47-year history.”

Trump promised to kill two regulations for every new one enacted, but in his first six months the ratio was 16-to-1.

Trump also approved the Keystone XL and other pipeline projects held up by Obama. He’s also rolled back a ban on coal mining on public lands.

To be sure, Trump hasn’t scored a major legislative achievement on signature issues like ObamaCare and tax reform.

Every day he’s around is another day we didn’t have #CorruptHillary.

UPDATE: Let’s not forget the progress against ISIS. A month ago, we had the liberation of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city. That and other Trump administration changes have contributed to progress in Syria (Raqqa) as well.

…key factors were the Trump administration’s delegation of key decision-making to battlefield commanders, the tactic of “annihilation” in which the ground forces surround the group in its stronghold so foreign fighters cannot escape, and drumming up support for burden-sharing among 73 members—69 countries and four international organizations—of the broad anti-ISIS coalition.

The campaign under Trump has witnessed the near fall of ISIS’s territorial hold. The Obama administration laid the groundwork…

Sure. The Obama team was always “laying the groundwork” – with little or no intention of carrying it out.

Sadly, civilian casualties in these operations have been high – because of ISIS using civilians as human shields, booby-trapping buildings to maximize damage and casualties, attacking civilians to keep them penned (unable to escape), etc. That being so sad, tales of “annihiliation tactics” then become almost heartwarming.



  1. The disaster which is Capito, Collins & John McCain is threatening the tenuous majority in the Senate. These three should be ashamed of themselves. I do think it’s also a bit of a communication deficit on Trump’s part. He needs to strong-arm the Representatives, make frequent visits, be visible reminding everyone who won & why the GOP is technically in charge.

    I’m wondering if Sessions hasn’t been shamed into probably indicting Hillary. The FBI doesn’t have the last word in their decision to ignore statute, in the matter of the server & if ever there was a righteous reason for a political prosecution, it’s Corrupt Hillary.

    Comment by Hanover — August 5, 2017 @ 3:23 pm - August 5, 2017

  2. I found this article on your link:

    His ISIS strategy is the EXACT things Obama did just “rebranding” them.

    With of course only one difference, he is giving Russian and Iran a free hand to bolster Assad and put Israel at risk.

    You also forgot his Trumps first triumph he lifted sanctions on the Russian intelligence agencies who his campaign colluded with

    Comment by mike — August 5, 2017 @ 4:33 pm - August 5, 2017

  3. Already answered, mike, when I said myself in response to Newsweek:

    Sure. The Obama team was always “laying the groundwork” – with little or no intention of carrying it out.

    The Syria jihadi-rebels were CIA assets, as I’ve documented in previous posts; which is to say that, probably, their VERY CLOSE brothers in ISIS may have been CIA assets as well. Anyway, the Obama administration showed an amazing reluctance to do much about them. The willingness to say “Yes – take them out, do it” was the crucial element that Trump supplied, and that Obama/Hillary were never going to supply.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 5, 2017 @ 4:36 pm - August 5, 2017

  4. “His ISIS strategy is the EXACT things Obama did just “rebranding” them.”

    Which is funny, mikey, because you and your fellow Democrats have screamed that Trump’s plan is racist, stupid, destroying our reputation internationally and leading to greater terrorist attacks.

    So either you can admit Obama is a a stupid racist who destroyed our reputation internationally and caused greater terrorist attacks……or you can admit that you’re an imbecile who just opposes anything Trump does automatically without any coherent thought.

    Or you can choose what you always do, which is to run away leaving a trail of urine behind you.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — August 5, 2017 @ 4:43 pm - August 5, 2017

  5. Now, if Trump were to divest the Federal Government of most of its land holdings, that would be grrreeeeaaat.

    Give some back Native American tribes, put others up for auction, stuff like that.

    Comment by Craig Smith — August 5, 2017 @ 7:28 pm - August 5, 2017

  6. There is a story circulating that earlier this year, SecDef Mattis called PDT to inform him that the commander of an Army unit was asking permission to pursue retreating ISIS forces into a village. “Why are you asking me?” PDT is said to have replied. Mattis told him this is they way it’s been for the previous eight years; decisions like this were sent up the chain of command to get permission from the president. “What makes you think I know better than he does was the situation on the ground is. From now on, you tell your commanders to do what they think is best in there judgment.”

    I don’t know if that story is true, but if it is, it would go a long way to explaining why PDT is making more progress against ISIS than BO was.

    Comment by V the K — August 5, 2017 @ 9:40 pm - August 5, 2017

  7. The stories coming-out of Washington about McMaster and the Deep State are disheartening if true. DOJ and the FBI are still in the hands of Obamaists. State is in shambles per reports, and the Intelligence apparatus seems to be pursuing a #NeverTrump agenda on the verge of going rogue.

    And the verbatim transcripts leaks of DJP’s “private” diplomatic telephone calls suggest something is profoundly wrong either within the West Wing itself, or the Deep State is bugging and listening-in on the POTUS.

    Where are the Trump-nominated Senate-confirmed Under-Secretaries?? Where are the Ambassadors to key allies? Several key departments ONLY have Cabinet Sec’ys. and Deputy Sec’ys confirmed…with Obama loyalists STILL running the shop. WTF!!

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — August 6, 2017 @ 2:16 am - August 6, 2017

  8. I wouldn’t let it get you down, Ted B., the Democrat Media setting the conversation. Leaks are a problem but the agencies have Pres Trump picks in charge & now that Sessions is finally getting into gear you know there’s going to be some prosecutions. McMaster has Trump’s confidence & who knows what the circumstances are that he got rid of people. You can’t believe anything the Democrat Media says. Even Fox News picks up & runs with a lot of lies. McMaster will do his job, no matter what he’s done before. That the way these guys work, even Pres Trump.

    Comment by Hanover — August 6, 2017 @ 3:59 am - August 6, 2017

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  10. Ted B. @ #7:

    •The stories coming-out of Washington about McMaster and the Deep State are disheartening if true. •DOJ and the FBI are still in the hands of Obamaists. •State is in shambles per reports, and •the Intelligence apparatus seems to be pursuing a #NeverTrump agenda on the verge of going rogue.

    Here’s another take:

    * McMaster & Deep State (if true): – Certainly, there is a media narrative being waged. Over at Brietbart, they are tying McMaster to #NeverTrumper Bill Kristol and reporting that Bill Kristol plans to primary Trump in 2020. OK, it is at least disinformation and serves to confuse what is real and what is silly. One might wonder is Bannon (the old Breitbart boss) has a hand in screwing around with McMaster. Spy v. Spy and ego gone wild stuff. I choose to “wait ‘n see” rather than throw in with a narrative that might not last a weekend.

    •DOJ and FBI still in Obamist hands: Until you weed the yard, you can keep mowing it and give the grass a chance to grow. Sessions is turning the FBI loose on media leaks. The agents are either going to produce results or expose themselves in the process. Supposedly Patton said: “if you take them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow.”

    •State is in a shambles: Tillerson, last week, was reported to be ready to commit Seppuku. Meanwhile, Tillerson has got his “flying wedge” team and he is going about business all over the globe. Much of the Department of State is useless. Tillerson is a master at gutting broken entities and utilizing what is valuable while chopping out the rot. Give him time. If Trump/Tillerson hold off on Ambassadors and rely on their own “plenipotentiaries” they will be fine. It is the country desks at Foggy Bottom which need to be cleared of vermin.

    •Intelligence apparatus/#NeverTrump marriage: There are a great many very good folks who are patriots and not political who do the grunt work in these agencies. The questionable folks are not infallible. If Sessions goes in with his subpoena powers, people will pop up with their helpful leads like dandelions in springtime. There are plenty of people who have concerns, but have kept them to themselves. They are good people and they already know who to trust and who to be cautious with inside the bubble.

    Don Surber gives a good accounting of how Trump works in filling the bench. These Trump people are fighting the political establishment very effectively. We get the media narrative screamed at us, but we don’t hear much about what is happening on the ground.

    I particularly agree with Surber’s take on Mitch McConnell

    I do not want to hear about McConnell. Chin or no chin, he is herding cats in the Senate. ADHD cats. Let’s see you introduce Murkowsky to reason.

    I lose confidence in McConnell and then I learn how he has cleared the way for important Trump agenda stuff to slip by bombast and hyperbolic media caterwauling. Its a tank of sharks up there in the heart of the establishment mafia. From my perch, Trump has made amazing inroads and he has all the good old boys screaming for his scalp. That is what draining the swamp looks like.

    Trump, Tillerson, Mattis, Mnuchin, Ross, Kelly, Haley, Pompeo, Coats, Lighthizer, Navarro, Ichan are all powerhouses and Trump loves heavy machinery. Just this weekend, Trump has given Sessions a kiss of praise and a sign that the doghouse days have passed. Notice that the establishment is not much interested in Zinke, Carson, Perry, Perdue, Acosta, Price, or DeVos. You and I have no idea whether they are ornamental or quietly upending those departments. That is because the media is stuck on the shiny, bright objects and anything that might be fertilizer for conspiracy.

    Let’s not go “wobbly” just yet.

    Comment by Heliotrope — August 6, 2017 @ 1:03 pm - August 6, 2017

  11. The other point that I would make to Heliotrope’s excellent summary is this: the media and Democrat derangement has reached the point that they actually think publishing stories like this helps them.

    So not only are these imbeciles demonstrating that they do not respect the will of the voters, they are openly bragging that they are out to sabotage and attack the will of the voters.

    You could not do a better job of demonstrating a) that there IS a “deep state” and b) that it believes it has the right to overrule and punish voters for their decisions.

    To borrow from V the K’s beloved SouthPark, these people have been sniffing their own farts for so long that they actually believe others like the odor.

    All Republicans need to do for 2018 is point out that these “civil servants” are overwhelmingly Democrat and partisan, wildly overpaid, guaranteed permanent employment despite total incompetence, and openly contemptuous of those they are supposed to be serving.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — August 6, 2017 @ 1:40 pm - August 6, 2017

  12. Heliotrope: The McMaster narrative goes well beyond Bannon or Breitbart and is part of a broader discussion about who is staffing the administration. I’m bothered that CNN (the Clinton-CIA News Network), war-mongering Bill Kristol, and the Soros-Brock smear armies (Media Matters, etc.) have all come out so strongly in favor of McMaster. I take it as a sign that Cernovich (who denies knowing Bannon or ever talking to him), Breitbart, Sara Carter and the others against McMaster could well have a point. But OK, we’ll see.

    I agree that Tillerson is probably doing a great job and reforming State (which accounts for the disgruntled calling it a shambles).

    From my perch, Trump has made amazing inroads and he has all the good old boys screaming for his scalp.

    I can’t argue with that…especially not in a post titled “Trump getting some stuff done” 😉

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 6, 2017 @ 4:47 pm - August 6, 2017

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  14. ILC,

    I commented on an earlier thread that the McMaster thing smells bad to me. Then I found some compelling opinions which gave me pause to think differently. Now I am sitting on “wait ‘n see.” Color me wavering.

    Trump knows great management when he finds it and I suspect that Kelly is the guy who will actually keep Trump from letting out more snakes than he can kill at one time.

    Someone I respect told me that Trump has a tendency (not particularly rare) of being swayed by the latest version he hears that makes sense. That is why big enterprises have checks and balances at the top. Kelly is now his “no” man releasing The Donald to Schmooze and absorb and talk it out with others before he acts. I am sure he both needs that and welcomes it. I believe he very much trusts Tillerson, sincerely wants to trust Sessions, absolutely trusts Mnuchin, Ross, Ichan and a whole wheelhouse of long trusted mover-and-shaker friends. If he will take Kelly as his manager, I believe any McMaster problem will be ferreted out and dealt with.

    As the old saying goes, battle plans are only good until the first shot is fired. The chain of command in the military is there because everybody knows that tactics and discipline are totally superior to chaos. Trump’s first set of people were mostly temporary help while the whole team worked out staffing and learned the ropes. Carter and Clinton had precisely the same problems. Trump not only has the DemonizingRats on his tail, he has the #NeverTrump loons and plenty of establishment Republicans who want to drag him through their own version of “come to Jesus.” I don’t think it is possible to break this man. He has been fighting government, big egos, swarms of locusts, crooks and liars, banks, and the courts all of his adult life. What would give any one of us disabling distress Trump has had on his plate every day for decades. Call it a type of narcissism, but The Donald does not show any signs of letting it phase him. That might be because it doesn’t. Trump went to the New York Military Academy at Cornwall in upstate New York. Who he is today came through during his 1959-1964 years at the academy. And his academy experience was key in molding the man. We have met Trump as the brash showman much later in his life. It is we who are slow to realize what defines his core.

    Comment by Heliotrope — August 6, 2017 @ 6:10 pm - August 6, 2017

  15. If I were a suspicious man — which I am — I would not be surprised if EVERY room in the White House has been wired for sound (and video) by the Deep State, including the Residence and Presidential loo. It’s painfully apparent that Presidential conversations supposed private were recorded about Air Force One.

    And now suddenly DJT has adjoined to his private and personally-secured residence at Trump Bedminster for several weeks while “HVAC work” is performed on the West Wing and the Oval Office*…all the while announcing he’s still having meeting and taking phone calls… Hmmmm…

    [ * – What happened to the much-trumpted breathless news releases before the election that the West Wing would be closed for 6-months of extensive structural and mechanical renovations? Much was made of how the “incoming President” would have to use the refurbished Secy. of the Navy offices in the Eisenhower Bldg. (Which was where the famous Nixon taping system was, not the West Wing.) Nixon routinely preferred working from the EEOB rather than the Oval Office or the Presidential Study in the Residence as there was more room for staff offices. ]

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — August 7, 2017 @ 2:14 am - August 7, 2017

  16. Notice that the establishment is not much interested in Zinke, Carson, Perry, Perdue, Acosta, Price, or DeVos. You and I have no idea whether they are ornamental or quietly upending those departments.

    Well, most in the Acela Corridor are oblivious as to what, if anything, many of the above are doing; but at least a couple are making waves in selected precincts. Follow lefty Twitter and the average person might be shocked to learn that Betsy DeVos is single-handedly destroying the educational infrastructure in the USA and giving aid and comfort to those groups which would willingly do Vice President Pence’s bidding and build the concentration camps and non-environmentally sound ovens for the systematic extermination of LGBTQIXYZ+ sentient beings.

    And then one has to travel to the interior West to find out that Secretary Zinke is trampling all over sacred land (on horseback, no less) and aiming to undo the heroic good works of POTUS Obama and POTUS Clinton in evaluating the possible downsizing of the national monuments, etc which were single-handedly created under the Antiquities Act—all the while meeting with ranchers, farmers, oil & gas types, and other actual users of the land, while shutting out whiny environmentalists who only care about preservation in the abstract from their urban (often San Francisco) offices.

    So yeah, I’d say most of the above list are earning their keep (bearing in mind that it took eight years of insanity to get to where we are today and that it will take awhile to overcome that), whether it is obvious to the media/elite establishment or not.

    Comment by RSG — August 7, 2017 @ 9:27 am - August 7, 2017

  17. Ted B. @ #15: I like the movie you are telling.

    Let’s see if the several weeks of HAVC work stops the leaking or the leaking is greatly compounded. In Spy v. Spy, the Trump team is pulling the bugs out and the Deep State is installing new and better ones.

    Comment by Heliotrope — August 7, 2017 @ 10:02 am - August 7, 2017

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