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The sh*t is everywhere: Yesterday's 'Shithole Countries' Can Become Classy Places Donald, and Vice Versa

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Eventually, the way things are going, you'll be presiding over a "shithole country" yourself.

We're pretty close to being there now, in my opinion, with more than half of each year's entire federal tax take going to fund a bloated military that it looks like you want to keep sending off to the far corners of the earth to make shitholes out of other already struggling lands.

Matter of fact, a number of the places you consider to be "shitholes," like Haiti, Angola, the Congo, and probably Yemen and Libya, are suffering from grinding poverty in large part because of the actions of this country. Look it up. The US actually ran -- and stole blind -- the country of Haiti from 1915 to 1934, and has treated it as a colonial possession since then.

As for Libya, everyone knows the US simply destroyed the country and left it a failed state, mired in internal conflict and virtually ungovernable.

You're continuing the same process (begun by President Obama) in Syria today, and are doing it by proxy by arming the Saudi Arabian military in its vicious war on Yemen.

How are such places supposed to rise up and modernize themselves? They need our help, not our condescension and mockery.

In fact, maybe your administration's motto should be "Make the world shittier, and America too." You're already well on the way to succeeding at it. Hey, you've already made it okay for the Washington Post and the NY Times to write "shithole" in their main news articles and even their headlines.

You've also made it okay for the largest tabloid in your home town, the New York Daily News, to put a cartoon of you as a big turd with yellow hair and the headline: "S**t for Brains"! That's really something -- in fact a level of mockery that probably wouldn't have even been dared during the age of yellow journalism. Here's what millions of New Yorkers were treated to yon Jan. 12:


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