Douglas M. Bloomfield
Douglas M. Bloomfield

The Times They Are A-Changin’

CHANGING TIMES — The German government just signed a deal to lease drones manufactured in Israel. This means that the Luftwaffe is flying Israeli aircraft and the Israeli navy is operating German U-boats.

Meanwhile, the Israeli government wished the Saudi soccer team success in its World Cup match with Russia. It didn’t help; the Saudis lost 5-0.

Miss Iraq 2017 visited Miss Israel 2017 in Jerusalem this week. She can’t go home to Iraq because she and her family were forced to leave their country in the face of death threats after the two beauty contestants posed for a selfie at last year’s pageant in Las Vegas. They put the picture on social media with a caption that read: “Peace and Love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel.”

NORKS & DORKS — Guess which foreign leader Donald Trump considers “funny,” “smart,” loves his people,” “strong,” “very talented,” “very good negotiator,” “a great personality,” “a pretty smart cookie” and “got along great” with while the other is “dishonest & weak,” and, according to Trump aides, a back stabber who belongs “in a special place in hell”? One is Kim Jong Un, arguably the world’s most brutal dictator, and the other is Jason Trudeau. As a sign of respect Donald Trump saluted a top North Korean general.

The agreement Kim Jung Un signed with President Trump that was far less specific that the ones his father and grandfather had signed with prior American leaders, but that didn’t stop Trump from tweeting there is “no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea” and “KOREAN WAR TO END!” When reporters asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for details, including verification of North Korean denuclearization, he called the question “insulting and ridiculous and frankly ludicrous.”

CLEANING UP HIS MESS — Rudy Giuliani, the president’s lead lawyer, has been dangling pardons as “get out of jail free” cards for targets of the Mueller investigation. He said he’s been advising the president “not to do it” while the special prosecutor is still at work, but “when it’s over” the whole thing could be “cleaned up” with presidential pardons, which he called an “option down the road” for people Trump feels were treated “unfairly.” Hey Rudy, Michael Cohen is on line one for you.

DEJA VU – President Trump’s declaration of an end to the North Korean nuclear threat sounds frighteningly like Neville Chamberlain’s declaration of “peace for our time” after returning from Munich in 1938. Hitler considered Chamberlain an “a***hole,” according to British intelligence and naive. Chamberlain thought Hitler was reasonable, trustworthy and a “gentleman.” Trump envies the adulation Kim Jong Un gets from crowds of his people, the endless military parades and millions hailing their leader. Sound familiar?

PINOCCHIO – When is a lie not a lie? When it comes from Donald Trump; then it is a “particular vernacular.” Add that term to your lexicon to go alongside “alternative facts.” This latest one comes from former White House strategist Steve Bannon. President Trump has “always told the truth” and never lied, Bannon said on ABC Sunday. And anyone who questions the president’s honesty is merely attempting to “demonize” him, Bannon added. An incredulous host, Jonathan Karl, said the president “says things that are not true all the time.”   Bannon responded, “I don’t believe that. … I think he speaks in a particular vernacular that connects the people in this country.” Here’s another candidate euphemism for presidential prevarication: colloquial Trump.

About the Author
Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.
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