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(Washington Post)   Trump fires US counterterrorism head in continuing expertise purge   (washingtonpost.com) divider line
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2020-03-19 4:00:16 PM  
So, fire the pandemic team and get a pandemic. Fire the counterterrorism head and get....???
 
2020-03-19 4:13:19 PM  
Oh for f*ck's sake.
 
2020-03-19 4:18:44 PM  
I'm so glad he's laser-focused on fighting this pandemic

Firing people, tweeting about his approval ratings, pissing China off by calling this the Chinese Virus, telling governors to get their own ventilators, etc.  Such a leader!
 
2020-03-19 4:27:30 PM  
So he's opening yet another avenue of attack on the country.  On purpose.

Can we stick him in lifetime solitary confinement yet?
 
2020-03-19 4:35:40 PM  
Charge Trump with promoting terrorism and send him away to the worst mexican prison for the rest of his miserable life.
 
2020-03-19 4:40:53 PM  
"Hello White House, there's a guy outside the main gate coughing furiously, and wearing a backpack with all kinds of wires coming out of it, connected to a vest that appears to be high explosives, what should we do?"

**CLICK**

Oookaaayyyyy

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2020-03-19 4:51:25 PM  

FlashHarry: So, fire the pandemic team and get a pandemic. Fire the counterterrorism head and get....???


counterterrorism?

This might actually be Trump's logic.
 
2020-03-19 4:53:03 PM  
Republicans have always been pissed that Trump never got a terror attack to justify his Muslim ban.
 
2020-03-19 4:53:16 PM  
Was he on Ginny Thomas' Groundswell purge list of suspected never-Trumpers, deep-staters, and other undesirables not sufficiently loyal to Dear Leader?
 
2020-03-19 4:53:40 PM  
You know, I was just thinking the other day... that right now would be the perfect time to strike terror in America.

...and so it goes. Trump seems to have his finger on the pulse of chaos and shuffles to that beat.
 
2020-03-19 4:53:52 PM  

FlashHarry: So, fire the pandemic team and get a pandemic. Fire the counterterrorism head and get....???


New counters. The most luxurious formica. So smooth, folks, these counters. You could eat off 'em.
 
2020-03-19 4:54:11 PM  
Grenell, the acting head, is probably using his temporary assignment to settle scores.
 
2020-03-19 4:54:14 PM  

FlashHarry: So, fire the pandemic team and get a pandemic. Fire the counterterrorism head and get....???


A shooting war about 2 days after something happens and he blames a random country.
 
2020-03-19 4:55:16 PM  

FlashHarry: So, fire the pandemic team and get a pandemic. Fire the counterterrorism head and get....???


911 x 1000. You know what that is. It's 911,000.
 
2020-03-19 4:55:55 PM  
Experts tell you when you are doing something wrong. Sycophants don't.
 
2020-03-19 4:56:09 PM  

FlashHarry: So, fire the pandemic team and get a pandemic. Fire the counterterrorism head and get....???


An excuse to stay President.
 
2020-03-19 4:59:22 PM  

special20: You know, I was just thinking the other day... that right now would be the perfect time to strike terror in America.

...and so it goes. Trump seems to have his finger on the pulse of chaos and shuffles to that beat.


Now would be the worst time. Everybody's home, if you were a would-be terrorist you'd be reduced to murdering people door-to-door.

Once the lockdown eventually lifts, on the other hand...
 
2020-03-19 5:00:03 PM  
Imagine another September 11th attack during a pandemic. I don't think the stock market will be happy.
 
2020-03-19 5:00:08 PM  

malaktaus: FlashHarry: So, fire the pandemic team and get a pandemic. Fire the counterterrorism head and get....???

911 x 1000. You know what that is. It's 911,000.


Not a thousand Rudys... anything but that!
 
2020-03-19 5:00:27 PM  
He had to fire him, he was keeping Trump supporters from reaching the polls.
 
2020-03-19 5:00:42 PM  

malaktaus: special20: You know, I was just thinking the other day... that right now would be the perfect time to strike terror in America.

...and so it goes. Trump seems to have his finger on the pulse of chaos and shuffles to that beat.

Now would be the worst time. Everybody's home, if you were a would-be terrorist you'd be reduced to murdering people door-to-door.

Once the lockdown eventually lifts, on the other hand...


I see... you've though this through. Hmmm.
 
2020-03-19 5:01:05 PM  

special20: You know, I was just thinking the other day... that right now would be the perfect time to strike terror in America.

...and so it goes. Trump seems to have his finger on the pulse of chaos and shuffles to that beat.


If I were a terrorist, it'd be a pretty sucky time to strike.

What are you going to do?  Blow up 10 people or so?  You couldn't even do a school shooting atm.

/Not a terrorist.
//Just a thought experiment.
///Firing this guy is still stupid AF.
 
2020-03-19 5:01:07 PM  
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2020-03-19 5:01:24 PM  
One less person to tell him stuff he doesn't want to hear - like that the biggest terrorism threat is some of the white supremacist goons who love him. One less person who knows more than he does. He's a small man, this potus.
 
2020-03-19 5:02:07 PM  

Purple_Urkle: Imagine another September 11th attack during a pandemic. I don't think the stock market will be happy.


How are you gonna do that when everyone's at home?

"Tens of people were killed today when empty airplanes crashed into some empty buildings. All of the people killed were terrorists. So uhhh...yeah."
 
2020-03-19 5:02:45 PM  

malaktaus: special20: You know, I was just thinking the other day... that right now would be the perfect time to strike terror in America.

...and so it goes. Trump seems to have his finger on the pulse of chaos and shuffles to that beat.

Now would be the worst time. Everybody's home, if you were a would-be terrorist you'd be reduced to murdering people door-to-door.

Once the lockdown eventually lifts, on the other hand...


Honestly, it is the worst time because eventually all the field hospitals and Navy hospital ships will be full. First responders will be down, or depleted in capacity and unable to help. So yeah, blow up some of that infrastructure and and just watch all the rest of the dominoes fall.
 
2020-03-19 5:05:05 PM  

Mister Buttons: special20: You know, I was just thinking the other day... that right now would be the perfect time to strike terror in America.

...and so it goes. Trump seems to have his finger on the pulse of chaos and shuffles to that beat.

If I were a terrorist, it'd be a pretty sucky time to strike.

What are you going to do?  Blow up 10 people or so?  You couldn't even do a school shooting atm.

/Not a terrorist.
//Just a thought experiment.
///Firing this guy is still stupid AF.


How long will it take your preoccupied EMS to arrive on site? Or - if it is some gas attack, how many respirators you think there will be on hand? You know... what if someone steals my cat? What if she runs away? But no... you don't care about my cat, do you? Bastard.

I don't have a cat.
 
2020-03-19 5:06:11 PM  

Mister Buttons: special20: You know, I was just thinking the other day... that right now would be the perfect time to strike terror in America.

...and so it goes. Trump seems to have his finger on the pulse of chaos and shuffles to that beat.

If I were a terrorist, it'd be a pretty sucky time to strike.

What are you going to do?  Blow up 10 people or so?  You couldn't even do a school shooting atm.

/Not a terrorist.
//Just a thought experiment.
///Firing this guy is still stupid AF.


Oh, I can think of places to blow-up during a pandemic.   Places, that if they were destroyed would contribute to spreading the virus.   Wouldn't have to worry about getting the medical staff protective gear, though.

I don't even want to say what those places are.  :(
 
2020-03-19 5:07:11 PM  
Dear Bezos,

Consider dropping your paywall while people need access to news.

kthanxbai
 
2020-03-19 5:07:55 PM  
Well, I guess now we know what's on tap for April.
 
2020-03-19 5:08:31 PM  

OldRod: I'm so glad he's laser-focused on fighting this pandemic

Firing people, tweeting about his approval ratings, pissing China off by calling this the Chinese Virus, telling governors to get their own ventilators, etc.  Such a leader!


This is how many Americans would run it as well if they had the choice, which they chose to do by electing the Donald.
 
2020-03-19 5:08:55 PM  
Invoke the 25th Amendment NOW god damnit!
 
2020-03-19 5:10:53 PM  
The Counterterrorism head was holding back the stock market expansion, obviously.
 
2020-03-19 5:11:13 PM  

Purple_Urkle: Imagine another September 11th attack during a pandemic, with incompetent leaders at the helm of the attack victim nation. I don't think the stock market will be happy.


Thought I'd add a little extra horror, there.

A foreign power wants a weaker America? They could just let Trump do Trump things and they'll get it. And if it wants to end America, for good? Pile on an engineered catastrophe or two while the idiot's messing up the response to the natural one.
 
2020-03-19 5:11:38 PM  
Tomorrow: "We now know that the Wuhan Chink Virus was a terrorism."
 
2020-03-19 5:12:13 PM  
I wonder if the Emperor Honorius, watching the Visigoths coming over the last hill, truly realized the Roman Empire was about to fall. This is just another page in history, isn't it? Will this be the end of our civilization?

Turn the page.
 
2020-03-19 5:14:03 PM  
I'm out of WP viewings this month.  Why was the expert fired?

Short of that I'll assume it's because the person laughed at Trump repeating whatever conspiracy bullshiat about the virus he heard on right-wing media.
 
2020-03-19 5:15:11 PM  
There really needs to be better limits for
(a) the duration of "acting" positions before some respected group gets to follow a process to find someone suitable
(b) what authority people in "acting" positions have (ie, limited compared to non-acting authority, unless in circumstances x, y, z)
 
2020-03-19 5:16:18 PM  
Know what would be really cool right now? Terrorists taking advantage of a world emergency. Y'know, bombing hospitals, corrupting the water and food supply, just cute little terrory things.

/no, not cool at all
//we'll either emerge correcting the errors of our ways
///or repeat history
 
2020-03-19 5:17:28 PM  
Maguire was fired by Trump last month amid a controversy over a briefing given by a subordinate on Russian threats to the 2020 election.

Someone didn't like the truth, especially not said out loud.

When this whole trump bullschitt is over, we are going to have to do some serious delousing.
 
2020-03-19 5:17:34 PM  
Seems like a safe time to do it. A pandemic invokes an automatic time out. I mean it would just be unsportsmanlike to attack someone when they are already in the midst of a major crisis.
 
2020-03-19 5:18:27 PM  

Kumana Wanalaia: I wonder if the Emperor Honorius, watching the Visigoths coming over the last hill, truly realized the Roman Empire was about to fall. This is just another page in history, isn't it? Will this be the end of our civilization?

Turn the page.


Honorius spent most of his time at Mar-A-Lago (Ravenna).
 
2020-03-19 5:20:35 PM  

bdub77: FlashHarry: So, fire the pandemic team and get a pandemic. Fire the counterterrorism head and get....???

counterterrorism?

This might actually be Trump's logic.


No, I think he got confused and thought he would be getting counterpandemicism.
 
2020-03-19 5:21:09 PM  

Mister Buttons: special20: You know, I was just thinking the other day... that right now would be the perfect time to strike terror in America.

...and so it goes. Trump seems to have his finger on the pulse of chaos and shuffles to that beat.

If I were a terrorist, it'd be a pretty sucky time to strike.

What are you going to do?  Blow up 10 people or so?  You couldn't even do a school shooting atm.

/Not a terrorist.
//Just a thought experiment.
///Firing this guy is still stupid AF.


Read a comment on FB about a woman telling her child that this is going to be a moment in history (staying home due to CV19) and the child said, "At least we're not being shot at in school." D'oh!
 
2020-03-19 5:21:36 PM  
Damn, he's getting rid of everyone smart, according to me, who like others interviewed for this story spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter.
 
2020-03-19 5:22:27 PM  

FlashHarry: So, fire the pandemic team and get a pandemic. Fire the counterterrorism head and get....???


freedom for White Nationalist groups to do their thing without interference.
 
2020-03-19 5:23:35 PM  

bdub77: Purple_Urkle: Imagine another September 11th attack during a pandemic. I don't think the stock market will be happy.

How are you gonna do that when everyone's at home?

"Tens of people were killed today when empty airplanes crashed into some empty buildings. All of the people killed were terrorists. So uhhh...yeah."


Nice try.
I'm not offering suggestions.
 
2020-03-19 5:24:04 PM  
Charge Trump with promoting terrorism

There is no coronavirus: it's simply a distraction from Trump surrendering to the Taliban.
 
2020-03-19 5:25:24 PM  

phaseolus: Purple_Urkle: Imagine another September 11th attack during a pandemic, with incompetent leaders at the helm of the attack victim nation. I don't think the stock market will be happy.

Thought I'd add a little extra horror, there.

A foreign power wants a weaker America? They could just let Trump do Trump things and they'll get it. And if it wants to end America, for good? Pile on an engineered catastrophe or two while the idiot's messing up the response to the natural one.


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2020-03-19 5:28:34 PM  

Purple_Urkle: Imagine another September 11th attack during a pandemic. I don't think the stock market will be happy.


I imagine a hacked power grid when hospitals are at capacity. No good.
 
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