I mean, a disproportionate response, combined with a mischaracterization of the "threat," inappropriate historical analogies, and a lack of a strategic objective is politicization of our national security and a recipe for a total disaster.
In the best case scenario, it's simply a huge financial waste, a misuse of forces, and a line crossed that sets a terrible precedent.
I want to say to the folks who poured themselves into a campaign that ultimately was not successful last night that I understand how you're feeling. I'm in the same boat today. My district chose the incumbent who ran a fear-based campaign, calling Democrats "extremists." (1/)
It is devastating to watch the "good guys/gals" lose. But I'm also extraordinarily proud of the campaign we ran and truly believe we changed the district for the better. Because it's not about one race or one election or one moment in time. It's about the bigger picture. (2/)
The "bigger picture" is getting people to think critically about politics. It's building a new generation of people who value civic engagement & honor their right to vote. It's creating a culture where people work together toward a common goal of improving their communities. (3/)
Maybe I'll write more about this later, but for seven months this year, I've been working more than full-time on a campaign. Few things in my life have been as satisfying as being involved in something that will have real-life impact on my community and my country. (1/3)
As a Federal employee, I hadn't been able to get involved in politics before. Having witnessed throughout my career the consequences of electing those ill-suited to Congress, I left the CIA feeling like I had a responsibility to help moral, reasonable leaders get elected. (2/3)
Working on this campaign has been the perfect antidote to each day, which is otherwise filled with the terrible and the out of control. If you haven't yet volunteered for a campaign, please do! They need you in these last 9 days and you will feel better for having done so. (3/3)
I mean, yeah: "American spy agencies, the officials said, had learned that China and Russia were eavesdropping on the president’s cellphone calls from human sources inside foreign governments and intercepting communications between foreign officials."
"The officials said they have also determined that China is seeking to use what it is learning from the calls — how Mr. Trump thinks, what arguments tend to sway him and to whom he is inclined to listen — to keep a trade war with the United States from escalating further."
"Mr. Trump typically relies on his mobile phones when he does not want a call going through the White House switchboard and logged for senior aides to see, his aides said."
Former Amb. to Mexico: "The back story of Mr. Trump’s campaign to dismantle Nafta is not just about his obsession with one agreement. It is also a window into a chaotic decision-making style that has undermined America’s diplomacy & national interests..." nytimes.com/2018/10/20/opi…
Wow. "I learned about the draft one-page notification of our plan to exit Nafta from countless emails & phone calls from reporters & Mexican officials. Now I was going to spend a hot April afternoon w/ the Mexican president, Enrique Peña Nieto, w/out warning or instructions..."
"Some chaos is normal at the start of an administration. But it has been extreme under Mr. Trump...Moreover, the disconnect between the State & the WH seems intentional, leaving ambassadors in impossible positions & our allies across the globe infuriated, alienated & bewildered."
It's been a tough two weeks, so I want to take a second to thank the many good folks who work in journalism. You do a tough & usually thankless job, often at great risk to your personal safety. Thank you for your commitment to reporting the facts, even when it makes you a target.
Thank you for being that check on those in power & a voice for people w/out any, for shining a light on corruption & for holding people accountable. Thank you for opening the world to us, helping us learn about countries, topics, & ideas we otherwise might not experience.
Journalism isn't an exact science. You get blamed for being wrong a fraction of the time and rarely praised for the rest of the time when you're right. You're working in a tougher time these days then I think we've seen in modern history. So, thank you for doing what you do.
I didn't plan to wade into the Taylor Swift discussion, but the GOP downplaying of her endorsement bc her fans are "teen girls" is utterly shortsighted. Older generations are leaving those "teen girls" a major mess to clean up & mobilizing & educating them now is vital. (1)
Our problems are complex & the solutions require generational changes. I often talk about how we need to create a culture of political involvement & civic engagement in the U.S. and elsewhere. We have an opportunity to create that through our young people. (2)
It's why @TeenVogue was first place I started writing for after I left the CIA. It's also why I have several book projects for teen readers. We've seen teens step up in incredible ways recently. Soon, they'll be old enough to vote. I co-sign any effort that encourages that. (3/3)
"In the rows of sand-colored tents in Tornillo, Tex., children in groups of 20, separated by gender, sleep lined up in bunks. There is no school: The children are given workbooks that they have no obligation to complete. Access to legal services is limited."
"To deal with the surging shelter populations, which have hovered near 90 percent of capacity since May, a mass reshuffling is underway and shows no signs of slowing. Hundreds of children are being shipped from shelters to West Texas each week, totaling more than 1,600 so far."
Calling Chinese activities "unprecedented in scale," Coat said "the Chinese government is actively targeting U.S. state and local governments and officials, "trying to exploit any divisions between federal and local levels on policy.""
"Calling Beijing's efforts to conduct influence operations "more methodical" than those being implemented by Russia...China operates in a "more deliberate and subtle manner" that generates comparatively less public attention."
Where else can you find this kind of political comedy but right here on Twitter?
More seriously, there's something really interesting & troubling about the number of ppl who equate valid criticism with conspiracy. People aren't really protesting, they're paid actors. Democrats aren't actually concerned about Kavanaugh, it's a plot to take a good man down.
I've read a lot about this, but do I have any psychologists who follow me? I'd love to hear your perspective on how some people's brains come up with these lies that they end up falling for.
Macron polling below Hollande & the far-right is gaining ground. "His sputtering descent may hold broader dangers for liberal democracy... at a time when [Macron has] set himself up as the opposing pole to the forces of nativism tearing at the EU." nytimes.com/2018/09/23/wor…
"The overwhelming feeling is that Mr. Macron’s express train of pro-market reforms — lightening a protective labor code, largely doing away with a wealth tax, ending favored status for the country’s railway workers — has so far not improved the lives of ordinary French people."
"Instead, those in the broad economic and social tiers below the elite complain that they are paying the price as Mr. Macron makes France more capitalist, forsaking traditions of equality and fraternity in favor of the rich."
Today, I was driving on a small one-lane residential road without a shoulder. An unmarked white truck pulled onto the road & was coming toward me, so I pulled into an empty driveway to let them pass. But instead of passing, they pulled in behind me & parked, blocking me in. (1)
Two men jumped out of the truck & started walking toward my car. My heart instantly began fluttering, and it got worse when the men suddenly split apart. The driver headed toward me, while the other man came around the back of my car toward the passenger side. (2)
I was on an empty road in the middle of nowhere. No one was home in the house I'd pulled up to. I quickly hit the lock button on my car and I got ready to take my foot off the break and slam it into the gas in case I had to suddenly drive onto the lawn to get away. (3)
Republicans: Why don't women come forward?
*Woman comes forward*
Republicans: Boys will be boys.
It was just locker room talk.
She's trying to ruin a good man's life.
He was just a drunk teenage boy.
IF it happened at all...
She misunderstood his intent.
They both had too much to drink.
Why is she bringing it up now?
If she hadn't provoked him...
She's obviously seeking attention.
We'll never know what really happened.
He's a good family man.
He has daughters!
That's not the man I know.
She just wants her 15 minutes of fame.
It was one bad decision.
She's trying to ruin his life over something that lasted a few minutes.
There are two sides to every story.
He said he wasn't there.
He said he was there but that it never happened.
Read this: "In two separate incidents, however, colleagues told me that a senior State official opposed candidates for leadership positions—myself and an African-American female officer—on the basis that we would not pass the “Breitbart test.”"
"In 2017, as the media ran out of synonyms for “implosion” in describing Rex Tillerson’s tenure as secretary of state, a quieter trend unfolded in parallel: the exclusion of minorities from top leadership positions in the State Department and embassies abroad."
Republicans talk about this part of the US like PR is some kind of disappearing island that's only visible during a blood moon every century, only after you've found three mysterious amulets. Sure doesn't inspire a lot of confidence in their ability to effectively govern.
"It's no one's fault, really. The amulets were extremely well-hidden and we just couldn't find the third one in time to make the ritual sacrifice needed to see this mysterious island and deliver the aid we totally had ready otherwise."
"I mean, we made it to the cave of the third amulet. I assembled my very best team to get it--Lara Croft, Indiana Jones, Veronica Mars. But there was this Hillary Clinton-shaped demigod at the entrance. In other words, 3k people didn't die, but if they did, Clinton is to blame."
Like the rest of you, I've been thinking a lot about the op-ed & this Trump tweet encapsulates my biggest concern about it. The op-ed fans the flames of "the war" Trump believes he's waging against our institutions. Anyone who tries to hold him back now will be labeled a traitor.
I'm speculating just like everyone else when I say this, but I don't think the op-ed was written by anyone in the inner circle. More likely a Assistant/Director of some such at the NSC. But this piece has made it infinitely more difficult for that inner circle to rein Trump in.
Yes, the message of the op-ed is a big deal (though it mostly confirms what has already been reported during the last year)--everyone around Trump knows he is unfit and dangerous, but they're keeping him around to pursue their policy agenda. It's appalling on every level.
"The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works w/ him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making. Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows little affinity" for conservative ideals.
"It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room. We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t.
Time to gush. As a kid, I never found a single book with a main character in a wheelchair like me. As an adult, I've found far more books w/ harmful disability rep than accurate/positive rep. Unbroken is made up of stories about disabled MCs & all are written by disabled authors.
I wanted to work for the CIA after seeing my first James Bond movie, but I thought it was impossible. I'm certain I wouldn't have if I had read books/seen movies that showed otherwise. It's so important to show disabled people as heroes, spies, and every day people bc WE ARE.
Conversely, imagine what it does to a young adult when every character that is like them commits suicide bc they determine their life isn't worth living. Unbroken is going to change lives. Please pre-order Unbroken now!