Trump Thanked Putin For Cutting America’s Diplomatic Corps

While many Americans are rightfully concerned that Trump is playing to a big-time wrestling script with thermonuclear war as possible result, the reality show character’s close relationship with Vladimir Putin is not commanding much news coverage. However, yesterday while some Americans were considering building bomb shelters in their backyards, Trump showed that he still embraces Russia and continues rejecting America and more importantly, its diplomats.

No doubt Trump has yearned for a reason to thank Putin for his valuable (campaign) support over the last year-and-a-half, but that would just further implicate his complicity in Russia’s attack on democracy. Still, Trump found a way to express his gratitude to Putin and “stab American diplomats in the back” in the process; because diplomats prevent wars.

When Trump was asked what his thoughts were on Putin expelling about 775 diplomats from Russia as retaliation for new congressionally-mandated sanctions, he seized the occasion to express how “very thankful” he was that Putin expelled hundreds of American diplomats from Russia. He even explained why he was grateful.

Trump said:

I want to thank him [Putin] because we’re trying to cut down our [State Department] payroll, and as far as I’m concerned I’m very thankful that he let go a large number of people because now we have a smaller payroll. There’s no real reason for them to go back. I greatly appreciate the fact that we’ve been able to cut our payroll of the United States. We’re going to save a lot of money.”

No sane person thinks Trump was being facetious in offering his gratitude to Putin; no small number of diplomats and foreign policy experts have bemoaned loudly that Trump’s refusal to even partially staff the State Department is a gargantuan disaster waiting to happen. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is rabid about cutting down on diplomats, and the idea that Trump wants a non-functioning State Department has nothing to do with “saving a lot of money.” He is more than willing to spend a “lot more money” on bombs and bullets in one fiscal year than it costs to run the State Department for a decade.  Trump and his key alt-right advisors ardently believe that the best way to conduct foreign policy with any country is not diplomacy; they love threats, belligerence, bullying and war. It is the worldview Trump has demonstrated over the past few days in the grandest fashion imaginable.

There have been several reports that the State Department is woefully understaffed with no plans, or intent whatsoever, to fill those positions. And they are crucial positions around the world that do not include janitorial or kitchen help jobs. This danger is not all down to Trump, but it is likely he directed Secretary of State Tillerson not to bother himself with putting up nominees for “low priority” positions such as assistant secretary for diplomatic security. Some Americans may recall that Republicans consider diplomatic security at the bottom of their low-priority concerns to explain why the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi lacked adequate security and protection.

As many former diplomats and foreign policy experts have noted, there is much “more than an ineffectual State Department here, there is real danger.” The real danger is when, not if, something in the world goes terribly wrong like when a poor manager and inexperienced malcontent issues biblically-inspired threats of “fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Every administration faces crises throughout their tenure, and everything falling on Trump stems from the rest of the world’s perception that he is a sap and those foreign policy crises are only going to increase in number and frequency. As noted in the Washington Post, America’s foes feel emboldened with an incompetent in the White House.

They also state the peril of Trump endangering national security by not filling important diplomatic positions; or worse, thanking a hostile foreigner for “cutting down our [diplomatic] payroll and letting a lot of people go.”

It is frightening to imagine what happens when “a crisis erupts in an area of the world that Tillerson hasn’t bothered to staff,” or another attack on an embassy occurs when Tillerson has not bothered to put up a nominee for assistant secretary for diplomatic security? “Tillerson and the president Trump will be in deep trouble.

Remember too that Trump claimed filling his administration with billionaires with exemplary business backgrounds would ensure that his government will have better management and only the very best people will be employed. “Instead they cannot perform the most basic management task of an administration — picking personnel.”

A career foreign service officer who served as an ambassador to Poland in the Clinton Administration and on the National Security Council under Bush really put Trump’s idiocy and third-rate management skills under a spotlight with two simple rhetorical questions. Dan Fried asked:

Under what theory of management is there not an assistant secretary for Europe or Asia?”  And, “How do you make an administration effective when your institutions are weak?

Trump believes his administration is effective because he controls one powerful institution; the United States military and its robust nuclear arsenal. It is likely why he said the hundreds of diplomats “Putin let go to cut America’s State Department payroll” are not going back. It is also highly likely that since Secretary of State Tillerson is BFFs with Putin, Trump believes diplomats are unnecessary; Putin will help Tillerson run the State Department and probably help him cut the diplomatic payroll even more.

It is particularly prescient right now that Trump is demonstrating what he thinks of diplomats or seeking a diplomatic solution to end his nuclear pissing match with the North Korea’s version of Donald J. Trump. One thing is crystal clear after Trump’s showy display of gratitude for some Rusky budget cutting assistance; Trump is too enamored and thankful to ever get into a pissing match with Vladimir Putin.

Trump Mentor’s Bastardized Christianity Is an Existential Threat

If there is only one thing Americans should know about the American religious right, it is that everything they preach is contrary to the teachings of their religion’s namesake, Jesus Christ. In fact, there is no logic whatsoever in calling the “religious or evangelical right” Christians by any measure.  And their hate-driven embrace of a couple of verses in the Old Testament while shunning everything else their god commanded doesn’t even justify them clutching that bible to their wretched bosoms. This week was a prime example of the bastardized version of Christianity the savages in the evangelical movement subscribe to and it should give any person calling themselves “a Christian” pause if not a world of shame.

Directly after Trump stunned his closest national security advisors and Secretary of State by threateningfire and fury” against North Korea, only one of Trump’s inner circle praised the idea of a thermonuclear attack on millions of innocent human beings. It should come as no surprise that the advisor is a Baptist preacher who can never call himself a Christian by any standard. And like his cohort in the evangelical clergy movement, he doesn’t remotely comprehend what his mythological “lord and savior” preached. For dog’s sake, this savage Texas Baptist doesn’t even understand the Christian bible he had the temerity to cite, and the context in which he used “scripture” should have sent any Christian into fits of self-doubt about their religion.

According to the sinner Trump’s “spiritual mentor,” Robert Jeffress, it was awesome that Trump threatened to unleash some biblical “fire and fury” against an entire nation because:

God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary – including war – to stop evil. In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong-un. That gives the government the authority to do whatever, whether it’s assassination, capital punishment or evil punishment to quell the actions of evildoers like Kim Jong-un.”

Trump’s “spiritual advisor,” and Texas megachurch ‘pastor’ Robert Jeffress, is a con artist running the First Baptist Church of Dallas and was thrilled that Trump threatened North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

Maybe Jeffress has read parts of his bible, but in the book of Revelation when it talks about unleashing “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” it refers to some deity doing the unleashing, not dumb Don Trump and not any government. Jeffress knows what his bible says and means, but he is a mega church preacher and distorting his bible is what has made him mega rich.

According to the Christian religion, anyone, particularly a “preacher,” who distorts the “word of god” is guilty of apostasy and heresy, really bad things in any religion. In fact, Jeffress is courting deity-driven danger by attempting to interpret scripture to fit his neo-con worldview. The Old Testament saysinterpretation belongs to god;” it is not up to Jeffress to ‘interpret’ a scripture authorizing Trump to unleash “fire and fury.” Jeffress’ bible plainly warns Christian “ministers” that if they spread false teachings or mislead anyone, they will get an extra measure of “fire and fury for all of eternity.” Obviously Jeffress, like the preponderance of evangelical malcontents never read that part of his “holy bible.”

This is not a sermon or an attack on the mythos in the Christian bible or the religion. That’s always fun and entertaining, but it is not the point of this screed.

The point is that Jeffress is the perfect representative of “bastardized Christianity” and why it is dangerous to allow a no-account apostate Baptist anywhere near Trump or the White House. According to the U.S Constitution, and his bible, he is not supposed to be anywhere near the government.

What inspired this particular rant isn’t so much that Jeffress claimed Trump has divine authority to “take out a nation’s leader,” it is because he cited the Christian bible specifically to promote death and destruction of innocent human beings; not a very Christian thing to do.

Any half-wit who ever attended Sunday school knows Jeffress is a liar; he is also a fraud with his neo-con interpretation of the New Testament’s book of Romans, Chapter 13. It is the chapter this author cites often to remind “bastardized Christians” that their god unequivocally commands that they adhere to the law of the land (U.S. Constitution) and that Christians, including churches and preachers, pay taxes.

For some un-explained reason, Jeffress’ reading informs him that the cited passage was written specifically to give Trump divine authority to kill Kim Jong-Un. Romans 13 does, in fact, say that “whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.” Jeffress said that according to his reading of Romans, god gave “the government [Trump] the authority to do whatever, whether it’s assassination, capital punishment or evil punishment to quell the actions of evildoers like Kim Jong-Un.”

Anyone familiar with that passage should have immediately called bullshit. That particular passage was directed at Christians who rebel against the government authorities in the nation they reside; it does not mean that a foreign nation’s leader is beholden to another government authority; something Jeffress knows is the truth.

In fact, as one who is fairly knowledgeable about the Baptist version of Christianity, Jeffress would never have been ordained as a “preacher” if he was prone to just “making shit up” to fit his lust to quicken the proverbial end times. In fact, to prove that Jeffress does know precisely what and who that bible book refers, he cites the previous chapter.

Jeffress said that whenever “pacifist Christians” cite Romans 12 where it says “Do not repay evil for evil” as justification to adhere to closely to Christ’s teachings of peace and forgiveness, he always has to “straighten them out.” He specifically said that the passage, “do not repay evil with evil,” refers to how Christians are commanded to conduct themselves. He claims that part of Romans does not apply to the government, but the next couple of verses do.

He knows damn well that particular book was written as instructions for “how Christians should conduct themselves;” it is not an instruction manual for the government, international relations, or foreign policy. But a correct reading based on his “lord and savior’s” teachings would contradict his bastard version of neo-con Christianity based on war, greed, barbarism and opposition to the law of the land.

As further proof that Jeffress is no kind of “Jesus” Christian, he explained that he wants an Old Testament savage leader who uses bible mythos as authority to kill other nation’s leaders and citizens with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Jeffress is like the majority of evangelical clergy in opposition to anything good Jesus ever taught while they tout themselves as “followers of Christ.”

Jeffress’ brand of “Christianity” is contrary to everything his lord and savior’s taught and preached, he said:

A Christian writer asked me, ‘Don’t you want the president [government] to embody the Sermon on the Mount?’ I said absolutely not. Some Christians, perhaps younger Christians, have to think this through. It’s antithetical to some of the mushy rhetoric you hear from some circles today. Frankly, it’s because they are not well taught in the scriptures.”

So, the Sermon on the Mount is “mushy rhetoric” according to Jeffress. It explains everything anyone ever needs to know about evangelical fundamentalists and why they cannot possibly refer to themselves as any kind of Christian. It also why allowing these bastard Christians anywhere near the government is extremely dangerous and an honest-to-dog existential threat to humanity.

When one comes to grips with the fact that those bastard Christians make up a majority of the the current administration’s leadership, and they have a maniac like Jeffress guiding Trump spiritually, there is every reason to be absolutely terrified; because unleashing “fire and fury like the world has never seen” will manifest itself in biblical death and destruction worldwide and America will not be spared.

Image: Patheos