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Cheney Lectures Pence Over Trump’s Foreign Policy

Vice President Pence and former Vice President Cheney started one of those usually cordial discussions at one of those retreats for wealthy and connected people — and then actually got into an argument.

According to the Washington Post:

A chummy discussion between Vice President Pence and former vice president Richard B. Cheney quickly turned into a vigorous back-and-forth over President Trump’s foreign policy at a private gathering Saturday, with Cheney comparing the president’s instincts to those of his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, according to a transcript obtained by The Washington Post.

At the closed-door retreat hosted by the American Enterprise Institute in Sea Island, Ga., Cheney respectfully but repeatedly and firmly pressed Pence on a number of the president’s foreign policy moves. Cheney expressed concerns at such actions as taking a harder line toward U.S. allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and deciding to withdraw troops from Syria during what he fretted was “the middle of a phone call.”

Cheney also worried aloud to Pence that “we’re getting into a situation when our friends and allies around the world that we depend upon are going to lack confidence in us” and then offered a blunt criticism of the current administration’s response to foreign policy challenges.

“I worry that the bottom line of that kind of an approach is we have an administration that looks a lot more like Barack Obama than Ronald Reagan,” he said.

It seems like Cheney’s biggest annoyance is that Trump is trying to get our allies to pay for their own defense.

He worried about Trump’s decision to cancel the decades-long U.S. military exercises with South Korea and referenced a recent Bloomberg News report about the president’s directive “to pursue a policy that would insist that the Germans, the Japanese, and the South Koreans pay total cost for our deployments there, plus 50 percent on top of that.” “I don’t know, that sounded like a New York state real estate deal to me,” Cheney quipped.

Well, okay, go ahead and sneer. But Cheney doesn’t get human nature the way Trump does. If people don’t have skin in the game, they don’t care. If we force out allies to pay for their defense, then they are less passive and more active participants. When you have to sacrifice a bit of your wealth for the cause, then the cause becomes stronger.

Quite an insulting turn from the vice president who pushed us into Iraq BY MISTAKE. There was no WMD in Iraq. Oops, sorry.

Video || Trump and Pence Visit MLK Memorial

Notice how CBS can’t even cover the damn event without mentioning the government shutdown.

And the reporter notes how the Smithsonian is closed because of the shutdown. Aww. Now what does that have to do with the MLK Memorial? Nothing! It’s OUTSIDE. Open to all.

Maybe the bathrooms are shuttered and you have to pee in the Potomac. I dunno. Worse things have happened.

Video || Mike Pence Announces Space Force

Do we need a space force? How the hell should I know? But it’s pretty cool.

I say we let William Shatner command the first fighting spacecraft. That will scare the crap out of the Russians.

Here’s a highly produced video from the White House showing Vice President Pence making the announcement.

What’s interesting to me here is that Pence seems to be given a lot more latitude by President Trump for self-glorification than Barack Obama ever granted Joe Biden. He gets his own videos and plenty of solo photo shots by White House photographers. Clearly setting himself up for Pence 2024. Or Pence 2020, whichever comes first.

Biden almost never appeared on his own in anything. The Obama White House photos and videos were all about Obama. But of course.

Good video. Pence is on his game. You know, to the extent you can make two-percent milk exciting, Pence can be a thrill.

Video || Pence Welcomes Home Korean War Heroes

At least one great thing has come out of the negotiations with Kim Jong-Un.

What a moving thing to see these fallen heroes returned to be laid to rest in their native soil. God Bless them all of these service members who sacrificed their lives for us.

And God bless America, which more than any other country, always seeks to recover its wounded and its dead in war.

Apparently two networks barely covered this. Because, I mean, there’s themselves to cover – Press under siege! – and the latest tiny iteration of the Russia investigation.

North Korea: Mike Pence is a “Political Dummy”

Okay, that’s not true. Now we know North Korea is filled with liars.

Mike Pence, then the governor of Indiana, said in 2016 he was going to vote for Sen. Ted Cruz during the state’s primary, and then reluctantly decided to endorse the presumptive nominee, Donald Trump.

And then somehow he wound up Trump’s running mate! Sorry North Korea, Mike Pence is no political dummy.

According to the Wall Street Journal:

North Korea’s senior envoy for U.S. affairs renewed a threat to call off a planned summit with President Donald Trump and warned that Pyongyang could “make the U.S. taste an appalling tragedy it has neither experienced nor even imagined.”

In its most direct language aimed at Washington following a recent rapprochement between the two countries, Choe Son Hui, the North’s vice minister of foreign affairs, said if the June 12 talks were called off, the U.S. could instead face off with North Korea in a “nuclear-to-nuclear showdown.”

Ms. Choe’s statement, issued through official state media, called out Vice President Mike Pence, to whom she referred as “a political dummy.”

The Choe also called Pence “ignorant and stupid.”

Don’t get me wrong, I like Mike Pence. A lot. I’m just saying, you know, he worked this VP angle pretty well.

Vice President Pence
Political dummy?

North Korea is mad that Pence brought up Libya in the context of nuclear negotations.

Libya under Muammar Qaddafi, as you are probably aware, had given up its nuclear weapons and wasn’t bothering us. And then Barack Obama, with Hillary’s urging, destroyed his regime. Which serves as a lesson that if you want to stay in power, don’t give up your nukes at the urging of the United States.

Another Obama administration mistake we continue to live with today.

Top Gay Rights Group Targeting Pence

Vice President Mike Pence, normally viewed as a kind of bland character with strong moral principles, is now the target of an effort to turn him into the Nancy Pelosi of the Republican Party, a person to be demonized and used to raise money off of while their effectiveness as a leader is undermined.

According to Politico:

The Human Rights Campaign, a leading LGBT rights organization, is launching a sustained attack against Pence, with a website, videos and a lengthy report to be released on Thursday. The materials were shown to POLITICO early.

The attack from a key player in the Democratic base comes as Pence is campaigning heavily for Republicans ahead of the 2018 midterms. And as Trump’s legal troubles expand, from the special counsel probe to a federal investigation of his personal attorney, some Democrats are beginning to train their fire on Pence in case the president doesn’t run for re-election in 2020 or gets removed from office.

“Mike Pence has made a career out of attacking the rights and equal dignity of LGBTQ people, women and other marginalized communities,” Chad Griffin, the president of HRC, said in a statement. “Now as vice president, he poses one of the greatest threats to equality in the history of our movement. With the world distracted by Donald Trump’s scandal-ridden White House, Mike Pence’s nefarious agenda has been allowed to fly under the radar for too long. He has become not only the most powerful vice president in American history, but also the least scrutinized.”

“This is just another politically-motivated attack on the VP by a left-wing organization closely aligned with the Democratic Party,” said Pence press secretary Alyssa Farah.

Well, I’ll tell you what else this is. It’s part of a sustained effort to criminalize Christianity, the religion upon whose principles this country was founded.

Here’s a video off the new anti-Pence website.

Pence Family Magnanimous After John Oliver’s Attack

Vice President Pence’s 24-year-old daughter Charlotte Pence, who wrote a children’s book about the family’s pet bunny, decided to be above the vicious attacks on her father and praise John Oliver’s parody of her book by noting the proceeds go to charity.

In the parody, written by a staffer for his weekly HBO show, the bunny is gay. Vice President Pence has become a hated and vilified symbol among liberals like Oliver for his support of traditional values.

“His book is contributing to charities that I believe we can all get behind,” she said. “So we have two books that are giving to charities.” Karen Pence, the vice president’s wife, illustrated the book.

Oliver’s book donates to AIDS United and the Trevor Project, which supports suicidal LGBTQ young people. He announced the book in a profanity-laced tirade against Pence Sunday night.

H/T Washington Free Beacon.

John Oliver’s HBO Show Releases New Book Portraying Pence Family Bunny as Gay

The HBO show “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” has written a spoof of the Pence family’s book about its pet rabbit, Marlon Bundo, ridiculing the Pences by describing the rabbit as gay.

The Pence book, “A Day in the Life of the Vice President,” was written by Vice President Pence’s daughter Charlotte and illustrated by Second Lady Karen Pence. The Oliver-produced book, written by one of his show’s writers, was released Sunday and announced on his program Sunday night. It already appears to be #1 on Amazon in books and had somehow garnered more than 650 reviews by Monday morning, almost all of them five stars.

“It turns out, in a complete coincidence, we also wrote a book about Mike Pence’s rabbit that has also been published,” Oliver said on his show. “In fact, while his is out tomorrow, ours is released right now. Now, there are a few small differences between the two books . . . our Marlon Bundo is gay.”

From the description on Amazon:

HBO’s Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents a picture book about a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny.

Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence – the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon’s life is about to change forever…

With its message of tolerance and advocacy, this charming children’s book explores issues of same-sex marriage and democracy. Sweet, funny, and beautifully illustrated, this book is dedicated to every bunny who has ever felt different.

100% of Last Week Tonight‘s proceeds will be donated to The Trevor Project and AIDS United.

And from the description of the Pence family’s book, which is also doing well at #15 on Amazon:

From the moment he hopped into the home of America’s “Second Family,” black-and-white bunny rabbit Marlon Bundo captured the hearts of Vice President Mike Pence, his wife Karen, and his children Michael, Charlotte, and Audrey. But little Marlon Bundo isn’t just a family pet: like Peter Rabbit and Bugs Bunny before him, Marlon—or BOTUS (Bunny of the United States)—is a national celebrity! With his appearances at official White House events, his rides on Air Force 2, and his popular Instagram account, Marlon Bundo has become a beloved member of the Trump-Pence administration.

So how does a bunny experience a day in the life of the Vice President? Now young readers can follow Marlon Bundo along as he hops after “Grampa” (Vice President Mike Pence) in this delightful story penned by Charlotte Pence and illustrated faithfully with watercolors from the “Second Lady” herself, Karen Pence.

I imagine this will actually goose sales for the Pence book, which is published by Regnery, which also published my biography of Stephen Bannon. People already get John Oliver, but they might not know the Pences have produced a book about their rabbit. I didn’t, or if I did, I had forgotten.

Below is a 20-minute tirade about Pence delivered Sunday night by Oliver. The part about the rabbit book begins at about the 14:00 mark. Having John Oliver rant and rave about him will also help boost Pence’s profile and his reputation with the GOP base.

Pence Looking Presidential in White House Videos

Vice President Pence looks a lot like President Pence in these White House videos out of Asia, comforting victims, meeting world leaders, and even reviewing troops. I don’t remember Vice President Biden ever getting such prominent treatment from White House videographers. Pence also often plays a big role in White stuill photos, sometimes dominating the… Continue Reading

North Korea: All We’ve Got Here is Pretty Girls!

I have to admit, Kim Jong-Un is putting together a pretty good propaganda operation at the South Korean Olympics with the big display of “unity” between the two Koreas. He has sent his sister, some athletes, and a bunch of appealing “cheerleaders” to participate in the “thaw.” Of course, he’s buying time to complete his… Continue Reading

Video || Pence Warmly Welcomed In Israel, which Knows Who Its Friends Are

I’ve said this many times before, but it’s well worth repeating. It is galling that so many of my fellow Jews who say that one of the most important issues to them is the survival of Israel nevertheless disdain Republicans, who have for half a century have been Israel’s most reliable itisupporters. Republicans usually lack… Continue Reading