Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Strange Perspective of Justin Amash on the Helsinki Summit

Justin Amash
The last time I commented on "libertarian" congressman Justin Amash was in 2012, when he refused to take higher taxes off the congressional negotiation table. I don't follow him closely. It is only when something hs says climbs to the surface of my newsfeeds. It has happened again as a result of this very odd series of tweets from Amash about the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki.

My comments are in blue.

Robert WenzelTweet text



  1. You were definitely right about Amash being a coward and a fraud, Wenzel. He is more Jeff Flake than Ron Paul.

  2. It's hard to flip over the table when you want a seat at it.

  3. Robert, Amash's position is actually not that different than yours when you argued that a Hitlery government would be better for the cause of liberty than the current Pvssy Grabber's administration. He is arguing that the unpreparedness and vacillating and pusillanimity shown by the Pvssy Grabber-in-Chief in front of Putin served only to provide the Neo-cons and hawks in the government, and conspiracy theorists in the Media, further encouragement to keep beating the war drums.

  4. "You mean the deep state intelligence community that told us Iraq had weapons of mass destruction?"

    Not True. That’s part of the narrative Trumpists (all ardent statists) are propagating to make Trump the poor victim of the headless evil shadow government. It was President George W. Bush, President George W. Bush, and National Security Advisor Condolezza Rice (Dick Cheney too I’m sure) doing the lying that sold the Iraq war, not the CIA, as Ron Paul points out below.
    And Trump TV, aka Fox, where border nationalist ringleader Tucker Carlson works, was the biggest cheerleading for the Iraq War. From Ron Paul's article:

    "We recently gained even more evidence that the initial war was sold on lies and fabrications. The CIA finally declassified much of its 2002 National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq, which was the chief document used by the Bush Administration to justify the U.S. attack. According to the Estimate, the U.S. Intelligence Community concluded, “[W]e are unable to determine whether [biological weapons] agent research has resumed ... the information we have on Iraqi nuclear personnel does not appear consistent with a coherent effort to reconstitute a nuclear weapons program.”

    But even as the U.S. Intelligence Community had reached this conclusion, President George W. Bush told the American people that Iraq, “possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons” and “the evidence indicates that Iraq is reconstituting its nuclear weapons program.”

    Likewise, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s “bulletproof” evidence that Saddam Hussein had ties with al-Qaeda was contradicted by the National Intelligence Estimate, which concluded that there was no operational tie between Hussein’s government and al-Qaeda.

    Even National Security Advisor Condolezza Rice’s famous statement that the aluminum tubes that Iraq was purchasing “are only really suited for nuclear weapons programs, centrifuge programs,” and “we don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud,” was based on evidence she must have known at the time was false. According to the NIE, the Energy Department had already concluded that the tubes were “consistent with applications to rocket motors” and “this is the more likely end use.”

  5. Meant for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's name to be in the 2nd paragraph, not post President G. Bush's twice.

  6. Some weird comments for a professed "libertarian":

    "of our president" -- since when do libertarians recognize the legitimacy of (use the possessive for) the holder of this office. Shouldn't this be "the president"?

    "as he tried to correct his remarks that exonerated Russia" -- meaning Amash subscribes to the theory that Russia is at fault re the election? Seriously? Don't libertarians pride themselves on non-conformity?

    "libertarian-style governance" -- what, pray tell, is this? I don't think he means anarchism.