Coptic Churches Bombed, Change in Policy
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Vol. 6, No.91
Terror: Two bombs at Coptic Christian Churches in Egypt during Palm Sunday services have killed at least 26 people today. The first explosion was at the St. George’s Church in the Nile delta city of Tanta, 50 miles north of Cairo. The second bomb blew up several hours later at St. Marks, the main Coptic church in Alexandria.
Permawar: UN Ambassador Nikki Haley told CNN that regime change is now a priority for US policy in Syria, a 180-degree reversal in just one week. Haley said, “We don’t see a peaceful Syria with Assad in there.”
Warplanes have once again struck the Syrian town that was the target of a nerve gas attack last Tuesday in which 86 people died. Observers say Syrian jets are taking off from the same air base that was hit with 59 American cruise missiles.
Air attacks were reported in several Syrian provinces as the government continues to kill both rebels and civilians. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have died in six years of civil war. A cruel irony of the US retaliation for Syria’s use of nerve gas is that the US objection is to the method of killing, not to the massacre itself.
Across several oceans, Reuters reports that the US is sending an aircraft carrier battle group to be stationed off the Korean peninsula in response to increased test missile firings by the North.
Kremlinology: The NY Times reports that President Trump has ordered his political aide Steve Bannon and son-in-law Jared Kushner to work out differences that have turned into palace intrigue. Bannon tends to be the ideological backbone of the White House while Kushner pushes for the president to get real about what he can and should do.
If you pick a dog in this hunt, take Kushner.
Of course, the White House denies it all. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement, “Once again this is completely false story driven by people who want to distract from the success taking place in this administration.
The “success” of the administration is questionable. Trump has driven no legislation through Congress. His signature accomplishment is bombing Syria while he has yet to fully staff his government and bring infighting aides into line. NY Times columnist David Brooks wrote that, “I just read that the Trump administration has filled only 22 of the 553 key positions that require Senate confirmation. This makes me worry that the administration will not have enough manpower to produce the same volume and standard of incompetence that we’ve come to expect so far.”
Wag the Finger: The Los Angeles Times has published a blistering series of editorials condemning President Trump that would crush the average human, but not likely the president.
The titles so far include, “Our Dishonest President,” “Trump’s Authoritarian Vision,” and “Conspiracy Theorist in Chief.”
In “Why Trump Lies,” the paper says, “He targets the darkness, anger and insecurity that hide in each of us and harnesses them for his own purposes. If one of his lies doesn’t work — well, then he lies about that.”
The editorial “Trump’s War on Journalism” says, “Trump’s strategy is pretty clear: By branding reporters as liars, he apparently hopes to discredit, disrupt or bully into silence anyone who challenges his version of reality. By undermining trust in news organizations and delegitimizing journalism and muddling the facts so that Americans no longer know who to believe, he can deny and distract and help push his administration’s far-fetched storyline.”
Gray Fox: The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled that the legislature can proceed with impeachment proceedings against Gov. Robert Bentley on charges that he ordered state law enforcement officers to find and cover up evidence of the gov’s affair with an aide. Bentley, 74, denies having a physical relationship with Rebekah Mason, but his wife divorced him and he refuses to resign.
Breaking Up News: Only months after giving birth at age 50, singer Janet Jackson has split from her billionaire husband, Wissam Al Mana. Sources tell the NY Post that Al Mana wanted his wife, who’s famous for her Super Bowl “wardrobe malfunction” to live by more modest Muslim customs. Modesty is not her strong bodysuit.