Another Post About Housing in Missoula

by William Skink

The housing crunch in Missoula impacts everything from emergency response services to refugee relocation and everything in between. The housing needs are as varied as the demographics involved. Missoula needs more workforce housing, low-income housing, starter homes for first-time homebuyers and some type of housing for the hardest-to-house chronically homeless population.

One of the common approaches to this complicated issue is to endlessly study the problem of housing accessibility. It seems like over the years I’ve written at least a half-dozen posts about affordable housing that includes a reference to the latest study. This post will be no different, thanks to James Grunke playing Captain Obvious with a piece in the Missoulian describing how housing barriers hurt the economy:

In our housing survey with the Organization of Realtors, a primary goal is to find answers to some of our community’s most pressing questions: What are the barriers to residential development in Missoula? And what do homebuyers want?

The study will include interviews with focus groups (to assess consumer demand and preferences) and developers (to learn why they’re not developing the land that’s available in and around Missoula).

The Missoula Economic Partnership views housing as an economic development concern because of its impact on employers’ ability to attract the workers needed to move their businesses – and our economy – forward.

To that end, we support efforts to create and incentivize a housing market where consumers have choices at every price point. Because, yes, attainable housing is an economic development issue.

Thanks Captain Obvious, I’m sure this latest study will suddenly illuminate the problem in ways previous studies have not.

Studies aren’t the only way Missoula tries to fix its housing problem. Sometimes after a problem is studied, a plan is formed. That happened 5 years ago with the issue of homelessness in Missoula. Our community responded by formulating a 10 year plan to end homelessness, and now that we are half-way through, how are things going with these efforts?

Thanks to some great reporting by the Kaimin, we have a surprising admission by the person who took over coordination of the 10 year plan last fall:

In 2012, Mayor John Engen introduced Reaching Home, a 10-year plan to end homelessness in Missoula. The plan outlined key issues affecting the homeless and those on the brink of homelessness, along with presenting suggestions for solutions.

Now five years into the 10-year endeavor, Reaching Home coordinator Theresa Williams said the plan has shown no measurable effect on the homeless population.

While the plan did not explicitly call for a so-called wet shelter, it did put forth the Housing First method. The method, first promoted during the early 1990s in New York, promotes the idea that housing should be provided, no matter one’s conditions or addictions, as the most basic first step to recovering from a crisis.

A 2009 study by the University of Washington found that moving chronic alcoholics into permanent, supportive housing led to a 33 percent drop in alcohol use.

Williams could not confirm that the city had an actual strategy to make use of the Housing First model outlined in its own 10-year plan.

Read the whole article, it’s vastly better than anything the Missoulian has ever written about homelessness in Missoula, and I’m not just saying that because the reporter included my perspective in his piece.

One of Missoula’s biggest problem when it comes to housing is the vacancy rate that’s been hovering between 4-5%. Because of the lack of available housing, different demographics end up competing with each other. In the article linked above, Grunke explains that retirees are competing with young families over smaller starter homes. That is one form of competition. Another is between refugees who have barriers that are similar to our low-income population.

Last September, those barriers were on display in an article that lamented what refugees were facing with Missoula’s rental market:

Congolese refugees and the people trying to help them get settled in Missoula are facing a housing crisis.

Five families from refugee camps in East Africa will be in town by the end of September, none of them with a source of steady income or credit history.

It’s the job of the local resettlement agency, the International Rescue Committee, to help them secure both as quickly as possible, said IRC director Molly Short Carr.

But record home sales prices in Missoula have placed rentals at a premium. And in a town that swells this time of year with university students – many with no credit ratings themselves – property managers and landlords can afford to be picky about who they rent to.

“We’re kind of hitting a bit of a brick wall,” Carr admitted.

I was enraged when I first read this article. It’s like everyone involved in relocating refugees to Missoula had absolutely no clue about the housing crunch in Missoula. It’s been over half a year since that article, so I wonder how things are going for refugees in Missoula. Are ALL the families who have been brought here STILL here?

There have been some claims in the comment sections of a few article I’ve seen claiming that some of the families have used up their financial allotment and moved on. In this Missoula Current article, for example, Ed Kugler wrote the following comment:

What isn’t mentioned in the article is the number of families who have left Missoula to places unknown because they cannot find housing or jobs and they have trouble adjusting to the cold weather. The IRC refused my attempts to find out exactly how many have left town. What a disservice to these people to bring them half way around the world to a place with no affordable housing and no jobs. What a scam!

If some families have moved on because they can’t find affordable housing, the IRC should be more forthcoming with acknowledging this is happening. Another comment I read claimed some families were being put up in motels. If true, that puts refugees in direct competition with other demographics that utilize the motel system.

Why would the IRC want to hide this? Maybe because it would validate what critics like me were saying from the beginning–that the housing dynamics and wage reality in Missoula makes our community a particularly bad one to be relocating over a hundred refugees a year to.

If refugee families aren’t being able to sustain their presence in Missoula, the first thing to do is admit it’s happening. Then advocates can do what everyone else in Missoula does: fund a study of the problem, formulate a plan, then hope the private sector will put aside greedy collusion, and when they don’t, fund another study and write another plan.

For that is the Missoula way.

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Tap My Wires

by William Skink

The political spectacle continues. With leaks and accusations of foreign meddling, it’s hard to keep up. Which leaks are bad? The one that provides evidence of a rogue CIA? Yeah, that one is bad, but not the one that proves surveillance of Trump officials, right? Very confusing.

I don’t get confused, I get inspired. Here’s a new video that probably won’t be up long. Tap my wire:

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The State of Our Community is Not Good

by William Skink

What is the state of our community? Not without challenges, reads the headline of this piece from Missoula Current. Here is how Mayor Engen prioritizes the challenges Missoula is facing:

“Are we being intentional in the way we engage in taking care of our community?” Engen said. “Are we planning appropriately for the future? As we move forward, we have to be intentional about all sorts of things.”

Engen painted a picture of the city’s pressing initiatives through the lens of intentional steps. In the past, they have included overcoming issues surrounding sexual assault, purchasing open space to protect the city’s view sheds, and taking steps to own Missoula’s drinking water system.

As the city looks forward, Engen said it must continue to welcome refugees, keep Mountain Line’s zero fare service in place, and reduce the cost of college education, possibly making tuition free at Missoula College.

Missoula must also get intentional about ending hunger and providing housing for all.

Intentional, got it. Gotta be intentional. But do we really understand how intentional things are going to get?

The intention is development and storefront feel good solidarity issues, like welcoming refugees. And yet, despite all the development expanding the tax base, no amount of growth seems to satisfy the appetite for the next must-pass bond. Go figure.

While free school and free bus gets Mayoral attention, another anchor institution in Missoula is in crisis–St Pats:

In the face of what one longtime physician described as “decapitated leadership,” the medical staff at Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula took a unanimous vote of “no confidence” in the hospital’s administrative structure at a three-hour emergency meeting last week.

The Missoulian obtained an audio recording of the unprecedented meeting at St. Pat’s Broadway building on March 7, but is not publishing comments from anyone who attended but did not give explicit permission to use their remarks.

Physicians at the meeting and in later interviews with the Missoulian said they were concerned about:

• The lack of local decision-making within the corporate structure of Providence Health and Services.

• The forced departure last year of St. Patrick’s CEO Jeff Fee and the elimination of the CEO role, lessening Missoula’s autonomy to make decisions critical to its future and giving more power to out-of-state regional administrators.

• The departure of several longtime and well-respected physicians.

• The shuttering last year, with no physician input, of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility, which they considered an essential component of the hospital.

• The perception that their voices are not being heard.

With the University in free-fall, the detention facility at capacity, crumbling infrastructure, public defenders and child protective services staff stretched thin–all while cruel cuts from the budget butchers in Helena looms large–the news of this no-confidence vote is really not good.

But hey, we got a new art park coming, and lots of new alcohol peddlers and casinos being built, so I think everything is going to be just fine.

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The Crisis of Systemic Child Abuse

by William Skink

I was in Helena most of this past week for a training. I was actually driving past the capitol building on Thursday when I heard on MTPR that the budget battle is still screwing the elderly by not adaquately funding services for Seniors receiving long term care. This is just one aspect of what is now an obvious national effort to attack the most vulnerable.

After the training I got to take my boys to the Hot Springs. I picked up the Indy on our way out and got a chance to read the feature piece before hitting the water. I was surprised to see the name of someone I know and a case I heard a few things about back when the incestuous, child-raping pedophile should have been investigated and arrested in 2015. When I finished the article, anger and disgust took over.

The title of the piece is appropriate because there are No Good Answers. That is not to say there aren’t answers, because there are.

Here is one: Montana’s political leadership refuses to provide the resources needed to protect children in Montana.

Then, when these children grow up–sorry, IF these children grow up–our political leadership will continue to not provide the resources necessary to deal with the mental health problems, addictions and criminal justice ripple-effects produced by the tragedy of not protecting these kids in the first place.

The incestuous pedophile scum the Indy article is about had more opportunities to create more victims because our system is broken. It’s not just a lack of funding. It’s our entire adversarial legal system, which includes prosecutorial discretion (and the self-interested motivation of getting wins to advance one’s career).

One of the most fucked up parts of the story was a statistic that shows the rate of child sexual abuse is going down, slightly. If you think that sounds like a good thing, think again:

Child sexual abuse rates are slowly going down. Today, one in five girls and one in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse, according to the Crimes Against Children Research Center. That’s lower than when Hudak first started practicing in the 1970s, when the numbers were one in four girls and one in six boys.

I don’t want to believe those numbers are accurate. I don’t want to think that children are being sexually abused at the rate claimed by the CAC Research Center. But with the research I’ve done on this subject, I’m not inclined to ignore the reality that children are being abused and exploited at a level most people can’t fathom.

One of the problems in understanding what’s going on is the tendency to see each incident of child abuse as an individual case, and not a part of a larger system of abuse that now permeates across multiple layers of authority. Take the Oklahoma lawmaker recently caught in a motel with a male minor. It will be reported as an isolated scandal, and not at the level of a cable news echo-chamber story that gets traction for days, like a Trump tweet.

Here’s the scandal:

An Oklahoma Republican state senator who campaigned as a champion of family values was booked on felony prostitution charges on Thursday after police found him in a motel room with a teenage boy and drugs, court documents showed.

Ralph Shortey, 35, was charged with three felony counts, including engaging in child prostitution, court documents filed in Cleveland County showed. Shortey, who has served since 2010, has not spoken to media about the incident.

Here’s the systemic problem: anyone who knew about Ralph’s sexual proclivity could exploit that information to get Ralph to do what they wanted him to do, like voting how they wanted him to vote.

This is where people are failing to make the connections. They may have heard, but don’t really understand, that a billionaire sex offender named Jeffrey Epstein ran an island honey pot serviced by a private jet that both Bill Clinton and Donald Trump have flown on. People don’t want to connect incidents of child abuse to the industry of child trafficking because it’s too horrible to imagine. The perpetrators who participate and exploit this system use that to their ultimate advantage.

I recently read a book on David Lynch, who was born in Missoula. Less recently I re-watched Twin Peaks. In the Lynch book it mentioned a fictional diary for Laura Palmer, the girl who shows up dead in the first episode. It was allegedly written by Lynch’s daughter, Jennifer. Here is a brief description from Wikipedia:

The novel is said to be “As seen by Jennifer Lynch,” and is written in a matter-of-fact tone from the point of view of Laura Palmer, a small-town teenager —a “good girl gone bad”— who is abused and terrorized by the demonic entity BOB. Lynch says she was told by her father and Mark Frost, co-creator of the series, to “be Laura Palmer,” and that she “knew Laura so well it was like automatic writing.” The book begins on Laura’s 12th birthday in 1984, and steadily matures in writing style and vocabulary. It recounts standard teenage concerns of her first period, her first kiss, and her relationship with her parents, alongside experiences of sexual abuse, promiscuity, cocaine addiction, and her obsession with death. Laura’s poetry foreshadows her murder.

I’m half-way through the book now wondering how compromised David Lynch is considering he prompted his daughter to write this fucked up incest-porn. Is he just trying to understand this evil by processing its existence through his art, like I’m trying to do, or is he involved in something more nefarious?

The sad reality is this: pedophilia exists on a systemic level, and that system, in many ways, protects them.

Yolanda experienced this first hand. She had a documented text-exchange with a man clearly articulating being sexually aroused by the thoughts of children, but that wasn’t enough to even get a call back from CPS. Despite her persistence, this happened:

The texts alone didn’t amount to probable cause. But then one night in 2016 Jeff was drinking at a woman’s home in Missoula with some friends. The woman’s grade-school-age daughter went to her bedroom in the basement. Jeff disappeared from the party for a little while. According to court records, the little girl came back upstairs later that night and told her mother that Jeff had followed her into her bedroom and forced her to perform oral sex. The mother called 9-1-1. Police arrested Jeff.

During my training, the State expert on suicides gave his presentation. Kids as young as 11 are killing themselves in Montana, and who knows what kind of abuse prompted kids these young to decide to end their life.

Politicians either can’t or won’t get the funding to the agencies tasked with protecting the most vulnerable among us. Even a motivated citizen who is professionally a mandatory reporter had little success in getting so much as a call back from anyone with authority to investigate this case.

Across the pond, authorities are signaling a strategic retreat due to too many cases of online child porn:

leading police officer has said that paedophiles who view indecent images should not be charged and taken to court unless they pose a physical threat to children.

Simon Bailey, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for child protection, said low level offenders should simply be placed on the sex offenders register and given counselling and rehabilitation instead.

He said that would free the police to deal with the core of dangerous paedophiles who are seeking out and exploiting children in order to rape and carry out “the most awful sexual abuse” against them.

Mr Bailey said he acknowledged that many people would be “nervous” about his proposals.

But he said it was time to look at alternatives to prosecution because reports of sexual abuse have reached “saturation point”.

He said that although police were arresting over 400 men every month for viewing indecent images of children this was just “the tip of the iceberg” and that a new approach was needed.

Systemic child abuse may be painful to even think about, but that doesn’t stop it from being a prevalent, profitable industry. Every conceivable way the system perpetuates and protects child abusers should be identified and fixed.

And if that doesn’t happen, I imagine thoughts of vigilante justice may become more palatable to a populace that increasingly realizes the institutions responsible for delivering justice are quickly becoming irrelevant.

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Montana Democrat Offensive Ignores Glaring Missoula Blindspot

by William Skink

Should Democrats get their defense off the field? Pete Talbot thinks yes, yes they should:

The refrain I’ve been hearing lately is that Montana Democrats need to do outreach to rural counties but should avoid topics like abortion, minority and LGBTQ rights, and environmental issues. They should focus on jobs and the economy.

Of course they need to visit the likes of Prairie, Treasure, Carter and Golden Valley Counties, and deliver a strong economic message. But they need not abandon their moral duty to women, the disenfranchised or Mother Earth.

It’s time for Democrats to go on offense and ask our country folk what the Republican Party has done for them lately.

While this strategy conceptualized by a Missoula Democrat gets floated out there about how to talk to them good ‘ol country folk, a little defense from Missoula Democrats might be necessary to protect their own end-zone from getting scored on.

The effort by Missoula City Council to alleviate property taxes with an educational donation scheme is moving forward. Spearheaded by Julie Armstrong–the councilperson who was simply shocked she had lots of aging, anxious seniors in her district dismayed at ever-increasing property taxes–Betty’s Fund will be a donation-based duplication of services that will require paid city staff to screen applicants for funds, should they materialize.

While City Council panhandles donations for property tax relief, the Missoula Redevelopment Agency hooked up a bank with over a million dollars:

On Thursday, the Missoula Redevelopment Agency’s Board of Directors approved $1.5 million in tax increment financing to reimburse the bank for a portion of the work. The package is contingent upon MRA’s ability to put together an acceptable financing package, which would be paid to the bank over time.

Thanks MRA, helping banks getting built really helps the public! What would we do without the MRA to grease the skids for the private sector?

While agencies like MRA help to midwife half a billion dollars of investment in Missoula, the cost of housing continues to outpace wages. Whatever shall we do? I know, how about turning to an enabler of this situation to fund another study?

“A lot of Missoulians are facing decreasing opportunities to find obtainably priced housing,” said Sam Sill with the Missoula Organization of Realtors. “This lack of affordability disrupts housing options across the income spectrum and has negative effects on the workforce, the economy and our quality of life.”

Joined by the Missoula Chamber of Commerce, the Missoula Economic Partnership and the city and county, MOR has launched a new housing study and expects to have the results by August.

“What we’re really trying to do here is take a look at the barriers to developing more obtainably priced housing and what are the solutions,” said Sill. “We want this to be something the local governments look at in terms of evaluating regulations, and also make developers aware of the tools out there that may be underutilized.”

Sure, take another look at this, MOR. Then enlighten us on the barriers to developing more obtainably priced housing in Missoula.

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Health Care

by William Skink

As the weather warms, I will finally be able to get my chubby ass on a bicycle. It wasn’t just weather that kept me from riding–it was also the pesky fact I didn’t have health insurance.

It was mostly my fault for not understanding I only had a 60 day window to get on my family’s BCBS plan, which was expensive and set to go up this year. I tried working with a navigator for the ACA at Planned Parenthood to get coverage, but for reasons I still don’t understand she couldn’t help me.

My effective date for coverage with my new employer was March 1st. I consider myself lucky.

The big news bouncing around is 14 million people are estimated to lose their coverage in the first year of Trumpcare. It’s grim enough to hear about the slice of Medicaid dependency I deal with daily, but to imagine how much worse it could get, words fail.

Until tomorrow, when I’ll try to make words like “spend-down” make sense again.

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White Men Riding Horses

by William Skink

In yesterdays post, when I mentioned the “outrage” over Ryan Zinke riding a horse to work, I had a post by Nathan Kosted in mind, but when I went looking for it I couldn’t find it. The post was a lazy swipe at Zinke, posing the rhetorical question (and I paraphrase) WHAT OTHER POLITICIAN RIDES HORSES???

Putin, of course, ha ha ha ha ha.

Maybe I just couldn’t find it, but if it was removed I applaud the decision. It shows that maybe, just maybe it’s sinking in that what they’re doing isn’t working, so maybe try something else.

Rob Quist is another example. I know Curtis supporters are pissed, but somewhere in those political noggins they have to understand Quist has a better chance of beating GG than Curtis. I know he’s everything the identity warriors despise–a person with a penis and pale skin–but if you want to win this election, Democrats, Quist just might be your man.

I mean, if you’re willing to over look the lies and corruption of the Clinton clan, I’m sure you can find it within your inclusive liberal hearts to overlook the unfortunate maleness and whiteness of Rob Quist.

Speaking of maleness, I was listening to NPR yesterday and they were talking about the day without women protest, referencing some letter women could give to their partners. I’m assuming they were referencing heterosexual relationships, because the host summarized the letter by reducing it to “honey, you’re doing the dishes tonight.”

I don’t know about other households, but doing the dishes is my job every night, and I’m by no means special. Maybe someone can tell NPR this isn’t the 50’s and men these days share all kinds of household and child-raising duties.

Is there an underlying current of misandry lurking beneath the surface of identity politics? If there is, there probably isn’t a more repellant image than a gloating white man riding horse.

With that context in mind, one could say ID did its readers a favor.

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Vault7 Drops, America Yawns

by William Skink

Where is the outrage over the Vault7 disclosure from Wikileaks? Where are the protests? The social media posts? The online petitions to defund the CIA?

Here are some things that seem to have generated more outrage: Kellyanne Conway putting her feet on the couch; Ryan Zinke riding a horse to work; any contact with any Russian official by any person associated with the Trump regime.

I find it truly disturbing that we can learn about the capacity of the CIA to turn televisions and phones into spy devices, and the response seems to be a collective meh.

Maybe outrage is a finite emotion, and people’s outrage reserves have been depleted thanks to the anti-Trump hysteria. I don’t know how else to explain it without openly wondering whether people’s brains have been so spin-washed they can no longer think clearly about what actually poses a threat to that American democracy they still think exists.

Well, it doesn’t. But I guess that’s not enough to inspire outrage anymore. Let’s just wait for the next tweet from Trump because that will surely get the outrage juices flowing.


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Entitled, Missoula Government Edition

by William Skink

How corrupt is Missoula? And how entitled are government functionaries with our tax dollars?

There have been a few interesting stories coming from local media, like NBC Montana’s examination of Missoula officials credit card expenditures. While nothing outlandish was uncovered, the optics of thousands of dollars in lunch meetings and other questionable purchases, like expensive sports sandals, aren’t good.

Slightly more concerning is the recent disclosure that Missoula’s Sheriff, TJ McDermott, is a silent partner in his undersheriff’s purchase of Montana Electronics, a company that does thousands of dollars of business with Missoula County.

Here is the money quote from McDermott:

“I really don’t think you have a story here,” McDermott said Friday. “I am entitled to make any venture I want.”

With painful budget cuts coming, elected leaders, like Sheriff McDermott, should understand that the concern over conflicts of interest absolutely makes his “silent” partnership in a business that DOES business with the County a story local media should be telling.

And, with painful budget cuts coming, any city official with a credit card better figure out that most taxpayers don’t get to charge a couple hundred dollars on the company credit card for a lunch meeting, so maybe show a little more sensitivity to the taxpayers you are suckling off of.

For local media, there’s blood in the water. I expect more stories to come out because I bet they are getting views and clicks on these stories.

And for any prospective political opponent, the opportunity should be clear: if you say read my lips, no new bonds, you could probably become the next Mayor of Missoula.

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Why I Will Continue Not Voting For Democrats Even If The Election Is “Special”

by William Skink

The latest reason to gnash one’s teeth if you are hoping Democrats can avert their cataclysmic tailspin is Amanda Curtis losing to Cowboy Quist for a chance to win a Congressional seat. I was told by a commenter more involved in this stuff than I am that this head-to-head showdown represents generational tension in the Montana Democratic ranks.

I know a lot of people care deeply about this election because they are looking for any glimmer of hope that their future isn’t consigned to right-wing fascist dystopia, but I just can’t get all gung-ho to support a party that is supporting a slow-motion coup against an elected president.

The latest controversy instigated via Twitter is Trump’s accusation that Obama ordered his tower tapped. Once again hysteria over what, at first glance, appears absurd, is distracting from the very real moves Obama made to free-up the the IC (Intelligence Community) to share information:

WITH ONLY DAYS until Donald Trump takes office, the Obama administration on Thursday announced new rules that will let the NSA share vast amounts of private data gathered without warrant, court orders or congressional authorization with 16 other agencies, including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security.

The new rules allow employees doing intelligence work for those agencies to sift through raw data collected under a broad, Reagan-era executive order that gives the NSA virtually unlimited authority to intercept communications abroad. Previously, NSA analysts would filter out information they deemed irrelevant and mask the names of innocent Americans before passing it along.

The anti-Russian obsession Democrats have is dangerous, and unlike Voodoo economics, it actually does trickle down to local partisans, like Nathan Kosted who posted another steaming pile at ID, titled Daines and Jeff Sessions: Moscow Love Affair:

Senator Daines is thrilled that Jeff Sessions is Attorney General.

Montanans and Americans who do not like Russian intrusion from Vladimir Putin into our elections, executive branch and governmental decision-making process probably disagree with Senator Daines.

Jeff Sessions had meetings with Russian officials, ambassadors, spies possibly and then lied about under oath at his confirmation hearing for Attorney General. This is perjury and he has recused himself from investigations into Trumps’ campaign about ties to Russians interfering in our elections.

The question is, does Daines stand with America and Montana or Russia and Sessions?

I know it seems like this Russia gambit is going to get loser Democrats a foothold back to power, but is it worth making a deal with the devil–and by devil I mean the treasonous bastards in the IC who think they can keep pulling their shadowy strings since most politicians don’t want to be assassinated like JFK?

Another Montana Democrat who likes to out-hawk Republicans but in a totally progressive way is COMBAT VETERAN Josh Manning. A recent example is Manning’s post at Cowboygirl about Trump failing his first national security test.

This failure is the infamous Yemen raid that resulted in one dead American and lots of innocent people Manning doesn’t refer to at all. Also missing is any justification for America’s role in supporting this horrific war. Instead, Manning uses statements made by Trump to take a position like this:

I am not a total hawk. I do not believe the military is a hammer that needs to hit every nail, screw, or whatever else is presented to it. But I do believe in the use of our forces as a scalpel and especially the use of those who are trained to do the elite work in a rapid and clean way that can affect real change. I have seen this up close and the success that can come if this used in the right way.

For me, the most chilling word in this statement is “clean” and it’s also the most instructive.

The insidious success of Obama’s neoliberal foreign policy is precisely what Manning is defending: using “cleaner” methods of killing to achieve essentially the same things as the clunky occupiers of the Bush regime were trying to achieve.

Now, with literal blood in the water, a cheerleader of drone strikes and clandestine death-dealing comes forward to rally Democrats around some progressive war porn.

No thank you.

As long as Democrats continue promoting increased tensions with a nuclear armed country, I will not give them a scratch from my proverbial pencil come election time.

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