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Yuuge Oroville Dam’s Shredding Concrete: Trump’s Gang is Cracking

Yuuge Oroville Dam’s Shredding Concrete: Trump’s Gang is Cracking

By Russell Imrie, Washington DC, February 12, 2017

The Crumbling Face of Trump’s out-of-control three-week old administration is exposing huge cracks in the struggling White House. Danger for the nation.

Mud, trees, rocks and debris pushed by overflowing river flows have destroyed the concrete spillway at giant Oroville Dam in California’s Sierra foothills.

overflow destroys massive Oroville Dam's spillway

photo from buellistic Sunday Feb 12 at 7:55-pm

A huge chasm has opened up across the spillway and State officials and workers are scrambling to mitigate an unexpected catastrophe. Damage to the dam is expected to cost up to $200 million in repairs, when and if, the water stops coming–maybe this summer. From barely containing any water at the peak of the latest draught to massive overflows, the situation is similar to the crumbling of Donald Trump’s presidency today. Unexpected flows of “reality”, the persistent gravity pulling digging journalists and intelligence investigators who smell blood or horrible ethical and security cracks, and the overwhelming flood of ugly holes in the President’s credibility are building to a disastrous point. The “emperor’s clothes” are falling apart.

Micheal Flynn from the New Yorker

Micheal Flynn from the New Yorker – who bought this so-called concrete?

The Washington Post today published incredibly damaging details on the lies of Micheal Flynn–and more concrete flaked off and added to the swamp of mud and debris threatening power generators and a state salmon hatchery.

Who’s at the controls?

Saturday (yesterday) an “unstable”  United Airlines pilot was removed from a plane in Austin, Texas.

Internal White House fiascos such as Nordstromgate, chaotic Tweets by the President at all hours sowing confusion, stupid innovative use of “alternate facts“, and sleazy financial ties are all inherently unstable conditions that must be addressed by citizens, if not the mercenary GOP. The opaque associations that are sprouting up through the White House staff and Trump’s closest advisors is a mud wallow. The nations’ security, honor, and rule of law are at stake. Maybe the pilot should be escorted out of the cockpit.

Unexpected Consequences of the 2016 US Presidential Election

Unexpected Consequences of the 2016 US Presidential Election

by Russell Imrie, Jan 18, 2017

But will she kick ass? yelled one old hand.

Veteran Foreign Service Officers were gathered in October at a Washington DC meeting room for lunch and a briefing by Laura Rosenberger, foreign policy strategist on Hillary Clinton’s election team. Clinton’s election victory looked like a shoo-in with Donald Trump’s campaign clouded by conflicts with the Republican Party and outrageous statements by the candidate that offended a majority of Americans. Diplomats were looking for robust leadership. That’s not what these experienced skilled diplomats got.

The talk, “Secretary Clinton’s Foreign Policy Priorities and Approach,” ranged broadly over relations with China, ISIL, Syria, Iraq, Russian adventurism, and other policy agenda items to be managed effectively given Clinton’s experience in diplomacy and security as Secretary of State. The audience was encouraged by a more robust foreign policy roadmap compared to what some saw as President Obama’s flaccid track record. It all looked good.

Linda Rosenberger - photo Russell Imrie

Linda Rosenberger – photo Russell Imrie

Now, today, assumptions and conventional wisdom have been turned on their heads. The age of disruption has rolled over decades of post-WWII diplomacy and Cold War positioning. Disruption comes in guises but as several experienced diplomats said yesterday on Capitol Hill 3 days before the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, much of it is in the form of social networking. It’s fast, it changes as we speak.

Staid habits and the practice of foreign policy no longer can be crafted, sourced, and targeted coherently as they were just 10 years ago. Sea-changes in national policies are now signaled (carefully or not) in the blink of an eye and the new Trump administration is very adept at it. More than Clinton’s campaign has been upended and weighty political discourse now happens at 3 a.m. and changing history before we arise, sip hot coffee, and begin our days. The days of cables have gone the way of the teletype machine.

Note: Linda Rosenberg: Foreign Policy Advisor for Hillary for America, coordinates development of campaign’s national security policies, messaging, and strategy. Background US State Dep’t, National security Council. Member, Council on Foreign Relations.

distant US Capitol dome

U.S. Capitol SOTU eve, 2011 – photo Russ Imrie

Russell Imrie is a  Networking and Content Specialist, webmaster and an American Indian blogger living in the Washington DC area. More opinion pieces are at China Daily Mail (under nom de blog supTweet) Tweeting at @tweedyBard

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