11/16/22 NATO stays cool. Trump remains unfit. And that is one big-ass rocket.

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If you were waiting for the results of the paternity test to determine who was the daddy of those two deadly missiles that struck Poland on Tuesday, they came back “Ukraine.”

On balance, certainly that’s a good thing—or at least a major source of international relief—despite the tragic loss of two Polish lives. Had they been Russian missiles which struck Polish soil, either intentionally or accidentally, that could have triggered a nightmare scenario that has been front and center since the start of the war in Ukraine last February.

Understand, of course, that Russia is by no means “innocent” in this episode. Putin continues to wage an illegal and completely unjustified war of aggression against a sovereign nation of innocent Ukrainian citizens. Russian missiles target Ukrainian civilians daily. The Ukrainian missiles that landed on Polish soil were defensive weapons.

This must be said. NATO leaders as a group—and yes, Joe Biden in particular—remained remarkably cool and deliberative Tuesday, fastidiously avoiding any rush to judgment that could have invoked Article Five of the NATO treaty, which states that an attack on any NATO country is an attack on all of them.

Now get ready for the Russian lies, which I’m sure have already started as I type at 5:05 a.m. Wednesday. Putin will claim that Ukraine intentionally fired missiles into Poland in an attempt to draw NATO into the war. Putin is lying. And water is wet.

And speaking of liars, hell no, Mr. Trump. Hell, no. You’re a criminal. And a traitor. You botched the U.S. response to the COVID pandemic with your misinformation, disinformation and indifference, resulting in hundreds of thousands of avoidable American deaths. You never once even paid lip service to any attempt to unite Americans. You actively and constantly worked to divide us. You were never president of the United States. You were president only of your delusional, hateful and cowardly Cult. You abandoned our friends and gave aid and comfort to our enemies. You lied every time you opened your mouth, including your authorship of the Big Lie that continues to tear our nation apart. You trashed our institutions. You launched a vast, premeditated and coordinated conspiracy to overthrow the government of the United States. You are directly responsible for the darkest day in American history, as you actively sent armed insurrectionists to our Capitol. You stole classified documents, compromising our national security. You are unqualified, dangerous, amoral, dishonest and unfit for office.

Your special brand of ignorance appeals only to the especially ignorant.

Hell, no, Mr.Trump. Hell, no. Hell effing no.

I’m so damn glad that Donald Trump was not president Tuesday when those missiles landed in Poland.

One more thing. It was worth the wait. That is one big-ass rocket. Artemis set the night on fire. Somewhere, Eugene Cernan is smiling.

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