Thursday, December 20, 2018

December 20, 2018

Well, it has been a day.  Here is this morning’s front page of the Washington Post.

wapo front page dec 20 2018

Katy Tur put that on Twitter 11 hours ago.  Since then General Mattis has resigned and the president is going to shut down the government in an attempt to get money for the wall.  General Mattis was particularly incensed about the Syrian withdrawal.
Two defense officials tell CNN that Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis went to the White House to discuss Syria, and that Mattis was upset and “livid” after reading reports this morning about US local allies in Syria being targeted by Turkey following a withdrawal of US troops from Syria.
The officials said what set him off was a report that the Turkish Minister of Defense threatened to kill the US-backed Kurdish allies and put them “in ditches” once the US pulled out.
Mattis was incensed at this and the notion that the US was betraying an ally.
CNN reported earlier that Mattis decided to go to the White House early Thursday morning to discuss his concerns with Syria and try to change the President’s mind. Unable to change the Trump’s mind on the withdrawal from Syria, Mattis then resigned, according to a defense official and a White House official.
This CNN chyron pretty much sums today up.

cnn chyron dec 12 2018

I can’t wait to see what happens tomorrow.

On a lighter note, I will leave you with a very funny sequence of cat pictures.  It’s a link to a tweet with the cat.


  1. Its crazy times, you have Trump, we have Brexit, who knows what 2019 will bring. Anyway, have a wonderful first Christmas in your new house and all the best for the New Year.

  2. I think that for the next few days you need to tune out the news and just enjoy the Christmas season. That's what I'm doing. Have a wonderful wonderful Christmas.