SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY

Taliban Taunts Trump

Our twitter president decided to call off a “secret” meeting he had scheduled with the Taliban last weekend at Camp David. I guess it’s not secret anymore.

Here is what the “leader” of the free world wrote: “Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday. They were coming to the United States tonight. Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great great soldiers, and 11 other people. I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations. What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position? They didn’t, they only made it worse! If they cannot agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks, and would even kill 12 innocent people, then they probably don’t have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway. How many more decades are they willing to fight?” (bolding added)

It didn’t take the Taliban much time to answer Trump harangue, according to the Guardian, “The Taliban warned on Sunday that the cancellation meant more American lives would be lost, while the United States promised to keep up military pressure on the militants.” Their reporting included this quote from Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid, “Its [US] credibility will be affected, its anti-peace stance will be exposed to the world, losses to lives and assets will increase.”

This episode exposes one of the major weaknesses in Trump’s brain. His actions are out of sync with a normal leadership timeline protocol. He skips steps in the negotiation process. He thinks a simple meeting is better than setting up a framework for talks involving requirements or proof of sincerity. He did this with Kim Jung-Un and things in that regard have only gotten worse. The North Korean leader has done nothing but increase his arsenal since he and Trump engaged.

Many Americans may not know what the Taliban is, but those who know would have cautioned Trump from going too far with them before he got commitments. The Taliban is a Sunni Islamic fundamentalist political movement and military organization in Afghanistan, currently waging war within that country. They are not a country. At best, they are a militia. Trump somehow thinks he can achieve a unilateral agreement with this radical group of militants and then hand it to the real government of Afghanistan. Who does this? Trump’s claim that he is meeting with the president of Afghanistan “separately” is insulting. That would be tantamount to another country talking to the Governor of California and going around the White House. Imagine how Trump would react.

For Mike Pompeo to go on all the Sunday morning TV talk shows and say that American forces have killed over 1,000 Taliban in the last ten days and that “while this is not a war of attrition, I want the American people to know that President Trump is taking it to the Taliban” clearly reveals how far we’ve gotten with the Taliban.

While Trump is complaining about 12 “innocent people” being killed, his Secretary of State, a position that is supposed to solve problems around the world with diplomacy, is bragging about killing one hundred Taliban insurgents a day for the last ten days. Who are these people in our government? How can this be the right time for peace talks?

Donald Trump thinks everyone else shares his lofty opinion of himself. Not true. The people who run other countries didn’t read his stupid book about deal making. Candidate Trump constantly said that he would never show his hand when dealing with international hotspots and military actions, but he transmits much of his intentions on Twitter and adlibbed press briefings. He’s a walking contradiction who shows too much. Trump has said he wants to get our troops out of Afghanistan and the whole world knows it. The Taliban considers talking with Trump an opportunity to get their country back and under their draconian control. Peace for us will mean no school for women. What a win!

Some news outlets are reporting that Vice President Pence and National Security Advisor John Bolton were against the idea of having the Taliban on US soil to talk to our President, but Trump is grasping at wins and thinks only in political terms, never applying diplomatic methods. In short, Trump dismisses the power of diplomacy as much as he denies climate change. To quote the former Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, “He’s a fucking moron.”

Trump’s usage of the archaic term, “unbeknownst” is a sign that he finds comfort in being the holder of secrets. This is rather ironic when CNN is reporting that a US asset in Russia had to be recalled because of the fear that Trump cannot keep secrets. It’s all a ridiculous game. I think that Trump is still on the living room floor with his little army of tin soldiers. Instead of being a strong leader he plays politics and believes that he is a great salesman. It’s the same mistake everyone who supports him has made. They believed his biggest lie. If he cannot convince more than 42% of the country that he knows what he’s doing, he’s a substandard sales rep at best.

The Taliban is not a government. Why would we ever treat them as such? Even the lucky-sperm newborn Neo-Con Liz Cheney decried the idea of the group that harbored and supported al-Qaeda and bin Laden going to that sacred place called Camp David. The Cheney’s don’t like the Taliban and would have our country in a “permanent” war until they were eliminated.

To pour some salt in the wounds of America, Trump was going for a big PR win the weekend before the annual 9/11 memorial. What a thoughtless son-of-a-bitch. Trump is hurting our country and damaging the world more than any president in my lifetime. We must remember these things when we enter the voting booth.

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TRUMP’S RE-ELECTION WAR

War Crimes & Criminals

Ask yourself this; who is Iran’s main ally? It’s Russia. And with Trump’s curious desire to be friends with Putin he will surely be tested by rising tensions in the Middle East. When Trump had problems with Syria and ISIS, he turned to Saudi Arabia to act as our broker in the region. When the final body count is in, Trump will be guilty of letting criminals reign, endorsing war crimes and the propping up ideologs who see war as conversation.

The new United Nation’s Human Rights Council’s paper on the unlawful murder of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi, downloadable here: [un report], clearly shows President Trump’s reluctance to place the blame on the Saudi Crown Prince. In a sense, Donald Trump is guilty of aiding and abetting. Under US law, this criminal action is part of Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(22).

Trump haters need not get excited. Prosecution against any person under this section may not be instituted without the written approval of the Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney General, or an Assistant Attorney General. Knowing that William Barr is not a real A.G. but rather a P.O. (Political Operative), Trump will not be brought into court. The Justice Department could bring charges against the Crown Prince and name Donald Trump and Kushner as accomplices, but that could only be done if Turkey would refuse to bring charges there.

Trump abandoned a multi-nation agreement with Iran to curtail their nuclear ambitions. Candidate Donald blathered that the Iran Nuclear Deal was the worst ever, along with the NAFTA agreement, the Paris Accord, and everything else the Obama administration achieved over eight years.

Tension in the Persian Gulf has been amplified by Trump’s rhetoric and actions. Could it be that Trump was amped up by his awkward sword dance in Saudi Arabia? Jared Kushner’s buddy, Mohammad Bin Salman (MBS), got exactly what he wanted with both Iran and their war in Yemen, plus major arms sales to his kingdom. Congress voted against our involvement in Yemen, but Trump vetoed that bill proving that he is protecting the royal house of Saudi, not America.

Iran and the Russians view most of what happens in the world through religious or self-determination lenses and they share a common connection to oil and energy profit-taking. Trump and his ideologs need to comprehend that the more they push Iran to the brink of war, the more they will have to rely on Russia to intercede. It’s a fundamental theme of what can loosely be called the Trump doctrine, getting someone else to do the dirty work. But this one is more complex than just sending love letters to Kim Jong-Un or blasting out eight tweets before the sun rises.

The Saudi’s view Iran first as a competitor for the oil market, but also see them as a religious pothole that was created in 632 A.D., when Mohammed died without a clear successor. Iran is a Shia nation, while Saudi Arabia, since 1744, has been aligned with the religious leader Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, founder of the Wahhabi movement. This strict puritanical form of Sunni Islam perceives Iran’s Shiite majority as their natural enemy.

By aligning himself with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Trump has taken sides with the Sunnis. According to the BBC, “Shia make up roughly 10% of all Muslims, and globally their population is estimated between 154 to 200 million.” Their source was Pew Research. Sunnis comprise 85 to 90 percent of all Muslims, totaling 1.6 billion people. So, Trump’s alignment with the religious majority has geo-political implications that are far more complicated than his baby brain can comprehend.

During the formation of our country, we hooked up with French money to defeat the Brits. Then, a few years later, their revolution cut off the king’s head. Early in American history, we changed the name of the Church of England to the Episcopal Church, but we never outlawed the denomination. Our ethic concerns were based on freedom and justice of law.

We have always taken sides in conflicts around the world. We decided that a corrupt government in South Vietnam was more righteous than the North Vietnamese revolutionary Hồ Chí Minh, whom the citizens revered. We know how that worked out. We may have picked the right side in Korea, but we didn’t finish the job and created a greater threat by not working with the Chinese to create a complete country.

Donald Trump is not a good President and he will be tested greatly as the Commander in Chief. He’s not thinking about diplomacy, leadership or keeping the world safe; he’s thinking about being reelected. Every move he makes demonstrates his position as an amateur political hack, not a statesman.

Trump is now interfering with the military judicial system by pardoning or granting clemency to those accused or convicted of war crimes. This unwarranted activity can be debated in military circles, but some experts believe this will lower the moral mission mandate that US troops have always honored. This makes the military weaker and perpetrates the ugly American colonization and control image we have around the world.

Perhaps calmer minds and reluctant actions will prevail with the Iranian situation. It is clearly a challenge for a distracted person who just happened to get elected president. Only 70,000 votes put Trump in the White House. He wants to get reelected and relies on the help of imaginary friends most reasonable people would call foes. Can Putin be tapped to quell the dogmatic viewpoints of Iran and their Supreme Leader?

Let’s get something straight. Iran is a country which chants “Death to America,” while this President pushes his loyal lunatics to scream, “Lock her Up!” After hearing Trump speak, one would think that Democrats are the enemy and not North Korea, Russia, China or Iran. What a misguided, two-bit politician. It’s time for Trump to step up and lead, or he’ll be OUT! And the next president will then have to clean up a war Trump created with his lack of common sense and conspiratorial mindset. To be clear, Trump cannot be trusted.

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TWO WARS AT ONCE

Trump – Comey – Trump – Assad

There are times in every presidential administration when someone writes a book that is critical of the present occupant of the White House. We now have two books, Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury and James Comey’s A Higher Loyalty. Both of them are direct hit jobs on President Donald J. Trump and the way he does business in Washington.

As President Trump was trying to decide what to do about HIS red line in Syria, the talking heads on TV were reading excerpts from the leaked Comey book. How fitting.

What has happened here is that the clearer, more informed minds of our Generals and Commanders in the field have temporary talked Trump off the ledge of war.

An important aspect of the Syrian conflict is the teaching moment it presents to our naïve and misinformed leader. The stakes involve a decision to go face to face with Russia and Trump appears to have blinked. We may never know if Trump used a communication channel to the Kremlin to find out how serious Putin was with his warnings, but the net result is that Trump can use Nikki Haley to work some magic at the United Nations to get the support of other nations.

We already have buy-in from the U.K. and France, but what about bringing Assad to the world court and charging him with war crimes? Why not figure out a way to get him out of control? Oh, that’s right, those are the same things Obama did and all he accomplished was a promise from Russia that the chemical weapons would be destroyed. That didn’t work. And when Trump was so emotionally overtaken by pictures of kids who were poisoned by Bashar al-Assad, he wasted 59 tomahawk missiles scorching an airfield that was up and running again in a few days. That didn’t’ work.

What the Donald is finding out is that all the things he thought he could fix with his big, round mouth are more difficult than he ever imagined. In fact, they are just as tricky as they were for Obama, two Bushes and Bill Clinton. While all this is going on, James Comey’s book is about to drop and the sound it will make will surely drive this ego-maniac more insane.

Comey could be painted as a just another fired, disgruntled employee arguing his case to the world, but what his book will do to this administration could be harmful to our country. While Trump and his team should be focusing on the Middle East, they will be diverted into a war posture against Comey, which they will expand to include the slandering and defiling Robert Mueller. Word on the street is that the RNC, a political party, will buy ads to discredit the investigation into Russian meddling in our election.

Chemical weapons are against the law, so is torturing a captured enemy, but that didn’t stop Dick Cheney and his neo-con war machine. It would be highly unlikely that anyone in the World Court would be convinced that America was a creditable witness to these high crimes and misdemeanors, but you still have that red line that both Obama and Trump painted in the sand. If the Armed Forces of the United States were thrown into a conflict in Syria, Trump’s premise that we wasted money and got nothing in Iraq and Afghanistan goes out the window.

There was a window of opportunity for Trump to maintain America’s leadership role in the world, but that has closed. When Turkey, Russia and Iran met to divide Syria, two messages became clear. First, the U.S. was not at the table, meaning we didn’t care. Second, we didn’t care about Assad’s thoughts. Putin wants a warm-water port and Iran wants to force Syria into their version of Islam. The supreme leader, Ali Khamenei of Iran, has a goal of maintaining religious and political power over Syria, no matter who the leader might be.

All this is way over Donald Trump’s head.  He doesn’t get the nuances and intricacies of the Middle East. He jobbed out that responsibility to Jared Kushner, who has remained invisible and silent through this and most other matters. What does this person do and why is he there?

Trump has been handed a Rubik’s cube which has been tortuously turned and worked by previous administrations. There are no secret codes, no money that can be paid to release us from this quagmire. Even if we were to remove Assad from power, there is no plan for handling the resulting vacuum. If the RNC spends millions to discredit the Special Counsel, the investigation will at least show that James Comey’s observations are more credible than false.

But the President has his bully-pulpit, a.k.a. Twitter, and he soon responded to his very own personal war, “James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR. Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did-until he was, in fact, fired. He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted. He lied to Congress under OATH. He is a weak and untruthful slime ball who was, as time has proven, a terrible Director of the FBI. His handling of the Crooked Hillary Clinton case, and the events surrounding it, will go down as one of the worst “botch jobs” of history. It was my great honor to fire James Comey!” TRUMP ONLY CARES ABOUT HOW HE’S VIEWED, NOT WHAT IS RIGHT.

The on-the-job training of our Great Orange Leader is utterly tiresome and unproductive. If only someone would step up and take the wheel of this runaway train. Why do we have to wait four years? We don’t need to be fighting more wars. It’s time we give peace and order a chance.

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GAS KILLING ANIMAL AND THE CLOWN

Trump’s Lack of Gravitas in Foreign Affairs

In the last 500 days, I have written over 150,000 words about Donald Trump, his reactionary behavior and his small mindedness. I never said I would be objective and have openly admitted that I never respected him, and I hated his TV show.

I lived in New York for 16 years and had a front row seat for the Donald Trump show, before he was a political candidate or president. Most of the time I cast aside his actions and opinions as the raves of a rabies infested mind. He rarely made sense, and it was obvious that each of his statements either made himself look better or discredited someone else. I never sensed a drip of reason from this headline-making rich guy. He was a simplistic fool, born with a silver spoon in his mouth. The metal must have leaked into his frontal lobes.

Anyone in the world can read any tweet that is posted to @realDonaldTrump. Now that the Donald has been sworn in as the President of the United States, we have more than just a reality TV series cliffhanger to consider. This man can now curtail justice in our courts, run up our country’s debt or, worse, get us into another war.

There should be someone filtering his emotional, unreasonable and unresearched viewpoints. But that is a stupid pipedream that will never happen. He will tweet us into a trade war or a real war, and no one will stand up to him. Trump is addicted to social media with the same reckless abandon of a 14-year girl or the local high school bully.

Trumps Tweets of April 11, 2018, “Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it! Our relationship with Russia is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War. There is no reason for this. Russia needs us to help with their economy, something that would be very easy to do, and we need all nations to work together. Stop the arms race? Much of the bad blood with Russia is caused by the Fake & Corrupt Russia Investigation, headed up by the all Democrat loyalists, or people that worked for Obama. Mueller is most conflicted of all (except Rosenstein who signed FISA & Comey letter). No Collusion, so they go crazy!”

Some people use the phrase, “Bull in a china shop.” I prefer to employ a visual of the direction a full balloon takes when let loose. Trump is all over the place, and when he receives any criticism he tries to fix the story, change the narrative or cast disparagement on people or institutions.

His misplaced ridicule may make him feel better, but it clouds the discussion and comprehension of what is really happening. This was the tweet he sent today (4-12-2018), “Never said when an attack on Syria would take place. Could be very soon or not so soon at all! In any event, the United States, under my Administration, has done a great job of ridding the region of ISIS. Where is our “Thank you America?”

This is exactly the reason he should NOT be allowed to tweet. Sorry, but all this yak-yak, throw-up-in-my-mouth justification that the President needs to tweet so he can communicate his thoughts directly to his “base” without the “censorship” of the mainstream media is a false narrative. And, really, why would the leader of the free world need a “thank you?” Insecurity reigns supreme.

Our Great Orange Leader needs the instant gratification of his inner thoughts blasting out on a social media platform. He seems to be trying out policies or thoughts on the internet, testing them in a sense. Sometimes his staff, cabinet and experts will tell him that there may be possible misinterpretation of what he has said, then he tries to repair the damage. He demands his underlings to lie daily, then throws them away when he is bored. Trump may think he is declaring opinions, but he doesn’t realize that what he types on Twitter, is policy. Those are legal documents.

Syria using chemical weapons is not a good thing. The bashing of Obama for creating what appeared to be a red line in the sand has pushed Trump to be less thoughtful and more aggressive than necessary. The Donald has painted his own red line because of this. He over-reacts to critics and ignores any semblance of diplomacy.

The posturing and flamboyant language of threating Russia and blaming the investigation on Russian interference as the catalyst for a bad relationship with Putin is, once again, the balloon uncontrollably flying around the room. Congress is limp and ineffective, failing their Constitutional responsibility to pull this president away from his warlike actions.

Unfortunately, the 9-11 attacks created a more liberal viewpoint of the president’s powers of waging war and “defending” our country. It’s time to revisit this and define the exact powers of war a president holds, and to determine the difference between defending our country and taking pre-emptive actions on foreign soil.

A true hawk on this Syrian crisis would call for regime change, but who wants to deal with Russia? It’s the one country we cannot trust Trump to handle properly.

Trump’s mouth has gotten himself into trouble and we are on the edge of war because this jerk of a president tweets before he thinks. On the campaign trail, he warned that if America voted for Hillary Clinton she would draw the country into war. Well, look who’s getting us into war now.

Trump is a liar and an unfocused human being. His picadilloes of vanity, narcissism and needy stage performances can be ignored, but his addiction to power, sex, love for his “base” above the rest of the country and a false belief that he knows better than anyone else is hurting America. He is known to have bribed his way out of problems. His morality can be and should be questioned by the evangelicals and conservatives in this country.

Trump needs to get the fuck out the White House before we are thrown into another unending war. Mike Pence is not a suitable replacement but, for now, President Pence will at least listen to the people and God more than the almighty dollar. Trump is a loser, a bum, and it’s time for us to get rid of him.

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Now available on Amazon.

 

 

 


MORE BOOTS ON THE GROUND

Trump Takes Back Campaign Promise

After President Trump’s speech about Afghanistan (8-21-2017), Breitbart’s Steve Bannon called it a flip-flop, setting up a new war with Fake News. It is true that one of Trump’s campaign promises was to get out of Afghanistan, the never-ending war.

With his words last night, President Donald J. Trump extended the war until, well, we don’t know. It’s something like a television network announcing they have renewed a show with no timeline and no end in sight. Thanks to our great Orange Leader, we still have the “Obama strategy”, as it was described by one of the Breitbart editors, but there are “no timelines, facts or figures.” We are going to continue the war, but now with Trump’s approval and ownership. Oh, how things change when you are President and sitting in the Oval Office, sir.

Trump said his first instinct was to pull out. There is a joke there, but I’ll let it be and continue this diatribe. After feedback from “his Generals,” Trump has decided to let them run the war and help him make critical decisions. Boy, those Nazis really turned Trump around. Or was it that he no longer had to stare at that extremely “white” board in Bannon’s office with all the campaign promises. Like Moses’ tablets, those were laws not to be broken. Now that the Neo-Moses and Alt-Right loon Bannon is gone, we can erase the board and move forward.

We entered Afghanistan for all the right reasons. They were harboring radicals and extremists who carried out attacks on US soil in 2001. See, in a country that has this hardened religious foundation in their history, it’s hard to know where the bad guys stand on the circle of political alignments. For sure, though, they have about four or five self-proclaimed jihadist’s groups and, of course, the Taliban, their version of the minute men on horses.

We are dealing with the tribal nature of a very large country that has more diversity than most Americans can understand. Did we also mention that Afghanistan grows poppies. The opium poppy is used to make morphineheroin, and a number of other painkillers. We have to stay in Afghanistan not only for the potential of more radical groups using the country as a training base, but something Trump didn’t talk about last night was is fact that our opioid crisis starts in that country, not Mexico.

You can’t blame Teleprompter Trump for his words last night, they were expertly crafted to have a push back on hate, a little flag-waving and USA USA USA in there. To prevent being beat up by the lefty media, all the important stats were redacted. But it’s okay to say there isn’t a timeline, because history will likely show that we will never leave Afghanistan. Ask the Russians whether winning was worth it. They were there for ten years, didn’t win and all their aggression gave the world was Bin Laden.

I was very proud of our military at Fort Myer for not cheering and being quiet during the President’s speech. I am sure they were given orders to clap only when the speech was finished. That kind of seriousness is needed when the President is going to send some 4,000 fresh troops into unsafe territory. He might not say what he is doing, but the figures will be leaked by the Pentagon.

What was lacking in Trump’s speech was a clearly defined goal. He said he wants to bring peace to the region, but he didn’t say when. He said he doesn’t want any nation building, but will ask Pakistan to help with the terrorists on the border while using a veiled threat of taking away their US aid. He asked India to assist, which means that he wants them to help fund this war. I am sure that Prime Minister Modi would like to help get rid of bad people in Pakistan, but he has a big bomb to do that, if he wants.

Might I remind the reader that Pakistan also has nuclear capabilities and they certainly will need our 1.5 billion dollars in aid to lube their fighting machines. Without recognizing the Taliban and sitting down and talking with them no real peace can be achieved. The Taliban, which some estimate is 30,000 strong, will always be taking land and attempting to put those they control under Sharia Law.

Remember, it is the Taliban’s fatwa that condemns to death anyone who draws a picture of Muhammed. This is what Trump inherited and, he is correct, it’s a mess. But he needs to stop complaining about the past and focus on tomorrow. It is now his war and his army and his political legacy that is on the line.

Trump has failed domestically. He cannot afford any further mistakes. We need Teleprompter Trump now, not Impromptu Trump, who ruffles too many feathers. And it would best if Twitter Trump would take a long golfing vacation. Things are serious now Donald, get your head on straight, right now.

 


ECLIPSE OF THE ORANGE SUN

Trump Goes Dark and Dim

As the moon moves in front of the sun, the president is feeling the heat of his own party. Many loyal red-blooded Americans can’t understand why Trump will not condemn Neo-Nazis, White Nationalists and the KKK. He seems to have the same problem with Russia. Is Trump really a typical American?

The debate about confederate memorabilia around these lands was started by those who want to clear the air. When a young boy looks up at a big statue of a soldier, he automatically thinks that person must have been a hero. The meaning of the word confederate is a person who works with others, especially in something secret or illegal. A confederate is an accomplice, while a hero is a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. You know, like a war hero.

The statues exist to celebrate the values behind the war by the KKK in the 1920s, not something that would have been appropriate right after the Civil War. Imagine if someone suggested we put up statues for Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They were convicted spies. The people we are protecting under the guise of history and culture were traitors to the United States of America.

The only reason all those “great” Confederate leaders weren’t executed is because the people who signed the peace treaty wanted to heal America. Let’s put it in perspective. If ten of our current generals commanded a division of US forces to attack America, those officers would be charged with treason. If convicted, they would be executed. Surely, we wouldn’t build a statue to honor the guy who killed our soldiers at Fort Hood. No, of course not. Ironically, Fort Hood was named after Confederate General John Bell Hood.

After the civil war ended in 1865, the clear and calm minds in the US government decided to get beyond, as it’s called in the south, “our recent unpleasantness” rather than pouring salt in the wound. Today, we are tearing off the bandage. For what? It might not seem important to President Trump, but 620,000 people died in our Civil War, so it’s a little more than an argument over moonshine.

We aren’t going to spend tons of money today to remove the carvings from Stone Mountain in Georgia and Mount Rushmore is not going to be altered, but no one can defend Robert E. Lee by carrying a Nazi flag. That makes no sense. When you carry a Nazi flag, you are saying you believe that Jews should be killed. Really? Where is our great orange leader’s defense of the First Amendment? Oh, he probably hasn’t read that lately, if ever.

The Alt-right can carry the “stars and bars” (Confederate flag) and parade around claiming that they are defending white people from the diversification of America, but that would make them foolish, or as Steve Bannon declared, “A collection of clowns.”

I may sound a little “Yankee” here, but when I see the stars and bars flag on a truck, I think, “There goes another redneck.” And what makes a redneck bad? Nothing really, but behind the flag is, at least, a small symbol of racism. It instills fear in some African-Americans and presents a distorted view of the war between the states. The U.S. flag doesn’t instill fear, it instills pride. Big difference.

Abraham Lincoln freed more than three million people from the chains of slavery. Trump cannot change history. The Civil War was fought over SLAVERY. You cannot purify the southern cause of the war by leaving the statues up.

We rightfully celebrate Lincoln, but we should also remember he was assassinated by someone who thought the same way as many of those people marching in our streets to protect those statues today. Is that Donald Trump and the Alt-right want to be associated with? An assassin?

The radical right might be saying, hey, I don’t want to kill anyone, I just want this beautiful statue to remain in my park because I want to protect my “history and culture.” But what you are truly saying is you want to celebrate Southern trader soldiers to protect “white” peoples culture.

Yes, it was more than “recent unpleasantness.” This bigotry elected Donald Trump and we see it at work as he attempts to exploit the terrible events in Charlottesville, Virginia to his advantage. Hopefully my grandchildren won’t have to march in the streets to get Donald Trump statues torn down. We don’t see that many Richard Nixon statues, do we?

Not all people who live in the southern states carry ethnic hate, but Donald Trump fails to understand that his language carries weight and hurts people’s feelings. He has no soul or empathy with matters of political correctness or human suffering. He has just equated himself with the KKK and Neo-Nazis, does he realize that?

If you treated people with respect, you would see that your confederate flag-waving is a little wink-wink for the White Nationalists. If you want to protect your heritage and culture, erect a statue of a large pig on a spit with a bowl of grits and leave racist politics out of it. And if you are making grits, would you please add cheese? I prefer a little color in mine.

 


TRUMP: LOCKED AND LOADED

Amped Up Loose Canon

During an October 25, 2016 interview, Donald Trump said that Hillary Clinton’s policies as president would lead to World War III, adding that he believed that the Democratic nominee would draw the US into armed confrontation with Russia, Syria and Iran. Nowhere in his pronouncement did he mention the country of North Korea, the country that Obama told him would be his biggest problem.

His warning about “fire and fury” was almost like a prophecy-come-true. He warned us that Clinton would get us into war, when in fact, it was his own dream to get us into war. This is just more of his maniacal way of thinking. Or, as some might say, his lack of tapping into his logical frontal cortex and permitting his over-ripe amygdala to do all the talking. Pure bully.

And now this morning (8-11-2017) Trump tweeted, “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!” If Donald Trump thinks he knows more than the generals, then let’s see what he knows. For sure, he knows how to produce FEAR.

The Donald’s early morning tweet was motivated, according to CNN, by North Korea’s statement, “Trump is driving the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war.” What Trump fails to understand is the North Koreans are making a “legal” statement to present a case to the world court in the future. If need be, they will present a case that he was, in fact, the aggressor.

Even though the United Nations Security Council voted 15 to 0 on sanctions against North Korea, Trump has no patience to operate in a diplomatic world. He wants all the “nonsense” to stop now. Most experts will tell you that sanctions are a long-term fix for disobedience. There is no quick-fix for sovereign freedoms and actions for self-protection. Now that Trump has threatened North Korea, we are in the stand-off mode. Where are Jack and Bobby Kennedy when we need them?

In most likelihood, if Kim Jong Un will do what he says he will, with four missiles fired over Japan and into the sea near Guam, our great Orange Leader will then have to do something. He has painted himself into a corner. Most aggressions he might employ would kill people. We assume that Donald Trump has never knowingly killed anyone and this challenge is far greater than anything he has encountered in his 71-years on the planet. If “sticking up for America” means killing hundreds of thousands of people, then all who said he does not have the temperament to be President were sadly accurate.

It’s not only the mixed messages, but the fact that Trump is already at war with his own cabinet, the Congress and the courts. When a total idiot like Sebastian Gorka, who the taxpayers fund, said that Rex Tillerson doesn’t have right to talk about the military, that is a problem. The State Department ‘s Heather Nauert even pushed back against Gorka’s assertion that it was “nonsensical” for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to speak on military matters. Nauert commented about Rex Tillerson, “He’s a Cabinet secretary. He’s fourth in line to the presidency. He carries a big stick.” A surrogate talking-head, like Gorka, is totally out of line critiquing a cabinet member. He should be removed from the White House immediately. Major Trump administration problem.

Trump finds time to battle with Mitch McConnell, the majority leader of the Senate, rather than keeping the country posted on his plans and explaining how we are safe and that he has some strategy to eliminate this problem in Asia.

When knowledgeable people are saying that Trump is making matters worse, he feels the need to shout. Instead of sucking up the criticism and focusing on the task at hand, Trump choses to battle everyone. He seems more eager to pick a fight than find a solution.

He used a telling phrase yesterday. The Donald was asked if his warning to North Korea was a dare, his response was, “It’s not a dare. It’s a statement. Has nothing to do with dare. That’s a statement. He’s not going to go around threatening Guam and he’s not going to threaten the United States and he’s not going to threaten Japan, and he’s not going to threaten South Korea. No, that’s not a dare, as you say. That is a statement of fact.”

Once again, our President took the bait based on a crafty reporter’s question. Trump used the same word four times in his statement. That is what I call the implication of the opposite. When you emphasize something with repetition, it becomes what is remembered most. So, maybe it is a “dare” and war is just another game this man thinks he wants to play.

No one in their right mind wants war. Trump complains about how no one has ever done anything about the crazy kid in North Korea. Well, Mr. President, I hate to remind you, but your first plan was to get Russia and/or China to take care of the matter. How did that turn out? So now you say you want to go it alone and get the job done. But what does getting the job done look like?

If Harry Truman and Douglas MacArthur were alive today, what would they say? Harry Truman would tell Trump to back off and attempt to find some diplomatic solution and while doing it, “shut your damn pie-hole.” But even Harry Truman, if tested, would’ve had no problem dropping an atomic bomb on North Korea. In fact, he dropped two of them on Japan. He claimed use of the nuclear option probably saved one million American lives.

If MacArthur was to be asked for his two-cents worth, he would loudly say, “Take all the land north of the 38th parallel; liberate the North and unite the country.” After all, that was want he wanted to do in 1951. He was so hell-bent on defeating the North he would have sacrificed one million lives to do it. Truman fired MacArthur. The General was never elected President and, in fact, lost his case for vindication in Congress. Clearly, MacArthur did not have the temperament to be president.

In the end, Trump will be seen on the world stage as the lunatic he really is and America will remain divided, as it was during the Vietnam war. There will be those people, the “hawks”, who will get behind the war-minded president, while the “doves” will be protesting in the street. All those things Donald Trump said about our stupid leaders who wasted all that money on wars will demonstrate how much a novice Trump is in this role and how hypocritical his words and actions are.

He would rather be the big guy screaming at everyone and plunging the world into war than ever to be criticized. We will see our 401Ks go down the drain and the economy will once again be as unstable as our leader. Did we pick the right person for president? Only time will tell, Donald.

 


FIRE AND FURY

Calling Bluff at the Table

I’ve never been a good poker player lacking the special skills of bluffing, decoying and raising. We know that Kim Jong Un has made a pretty big move in his missile and nuclear program. Yesterday (8-8-2017) Trump raised the stakes with a war of words.

With this quote, Donald Trump seems to be putting on a squeeze and going all in, “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.”

It’s amazing to me that so many so-called “experts” on TV the day after (8-9-2017) Trump bombastic words were sprayed at North Korea, said that he wasn’t really sending a message to Kim Jong Un. Some claim he was endeavoring to shake the Chinese leaders out of their passive restraint of North Korea. Really?

One of the things we have covered on this site has been the negatives of being unpredictable and uncertain. Trump’s use of the term “fire and fury” was interpreted by most military people to mean nuclear war. You cannot drop an atomic bomb as a warning shot. We hope the Donald understands that.

After our President made such a harsh statement, North Korea didn’t wait too long to get its propaganda TV news team to blast a message back at Trump that they are seriously considering a strike against the island of Guam.

This island was selected as a strategic target. For one, most Americans don’t realize that since the Spanish-American War, Guam has been a territory of the United States. People born in Guam are automatically US citizens and our Andersen Air Force Base not only played a major role in the Vietnam War, but it is where the fighters come from that we’ve been using to “intimidate” Kim. To say you are thinking about attacking Guam is saying you will attack the United States.

The day after the Donald’s, arm-folded (defensive posture), “F & F” announcement, our great Orange Leader’s rhetoric was toned down on Twitter today (8-9-2017), “My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before. Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!”

While the President was trying to temper his own words, his Secretary of State returning to the mainland said that he doesn’t believe there is “any imminent threat” and added, “Americans should sleep well at night.” Unless he has plans to get Trump out of office, his request that I sleep well at night will have no effect. In a strange plot twist, the use of Tweeter was the more mature approach this time. We didn’t quite get teleprompter Trump, but the Twitter Trump was much calmer than Impromptu Trump.

The irony of this new crisis is that Trump was told by Obama before he left that this would be the new President’s most difficult challenge. And as someone mentioned on a talk-show last night, the days of a President, like Obama, doing nothing about the problem, sure seems now like a more reasonable approach. You see, there is quite a bit of history on how countries get nuclear power and then eventually atomic weapons. They just do it. When someone has the capability of using nuclear arsenal, you really don’t have much to say about it. It’s like an international 2nd Amendment.

What Trump is playing with, is not the lives of thousands of Americans who are live in South Korea, but the 25 million Koreans in Seoul, the capital. When approaching a madman with an atomic bomb, you probably shouldn’t act like a madman.

As I have stated before, if you look at Pakistan, with 140 nuclear bombs and their neighbor, India with 130 devices, you can see that a stalemate in the bomb business is all you can wish for. Once India got the A-bomb, Pakistan had to get their own collection. And the world stood by and watched them do it. How could you protest a country trying to defend itself?

North Korea, short of China and Russian moving troops and armament to the northern most border of Kim Jong Un’s domain, will get an atomic bomb. In fact, they already have one. They have never stopped aiming toward that goal. When you are a dictator, you usually do whatever you want. So, what is this all about?

Does this mean that South Korea will need to have 50, then 100, then 150 nukes just to keep up with the Un? We can send the whole U.S. Pacific Fleet to the waters around North Korea and wait. But what will we be waiting for? Trump, once again, is using the bully pulpit the wrong way. If the strategy is bad cop, good cop, with Tillerson playing the good cop, the international ramifications of the rhetoric gives this President the reputation of being all over the place. And sad to say, a person who appears to be unhinged.

The process of leading a great nation like the United States has never been easy. But this time, the tough businessman  has met his match. And we all hope and pray that the Orange wannabe General doesn’t do the wrong thing. War courts are the wrong place to brag about how successful you were in an election.

 

 


THE RISK OF NOT READING

Donald’s Devilish Details

When White House advisors wanted to brief the President of the United States on what had happened in Syria, they decided that they should use few words and show more pictures to tell the story of the use of chemical weapons.

Everyone learns differently and it has been established that one of the key components of our fearless leader is that he doesn’t read.

The art of brevity is not a sole providence of this president. Ronald Reagan asked the bureaucrats to reduce all memorandum to one page. Even though we now know that President Reagan toward the end of his command was losing certain memory functions, the memo reduction requirement was a genuine way to get more done. In short, most people over-write.

By showing Trump pictures of the results of the bombing of innocents, including babies, he was moved to not only act, but change his Middle East strategy entirely. Much to the chagrin of the far right and hard line populists, he did what needed to be done. Perhaps this President will eventually move to a moderate position, if only there was a picture we could show him for that result.

The danger of course in not reading is that you don’t ever consume well-thought out research and important intelligence because of the “burden” of actually reading it. We would love to have Donald Trump read Richard Haass’ book A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order, but it is unlikely that our President could get through the 348 pages.

In one sense, it’s good that Trump is not influenced by so-called experts or those who have been in power before him, but that assumes they have nothing to contribute. The fear we should have is how an advisor could distort the truth to get their end result rather than a thoughtful answer to a complex question. We all know that photographs can be doctored and some people have even seen WMDs where there were none.

In the case of the invasion of Iraq, it was just as much Saddam Hussein’s stone-walling UN inspectors as the trumped-up charges of the intelligence community that led us to war. We need to keep in mind our country wasted $1 trillion dollars and ended up killing more than 134,000 civilians in the Iraq War. This mistake was based on some expert’s misinterpretation of facts or suspicious miscalculations or just plain not enough information.

There are certain qualifications we apply to most jobs, but for the leader of the free world we take what the electoral college gives us. In terms of Syria, the insiders just had to put the pictures of the dying children in Trump’s hands and he felt compelled to ask his generals, “What can we do about this?”

Did Donald not see the other dead baby washing up on the beach? That was the son of a mother and father, you know, refugees of Syria who were trying to escape a land where the leader drops bombs filled with chemicals on them. Did the President’s advisors not show him those pictures? TV covered this sad event, but that image never helped forge any campaign rhetoric.

Now that those around Donald Trump know that all they have to do is show him pictures to elicit some Pavlovian reaction, save us from the misdeeds of a few with influence. Judging by how he reads a teleprompter, we can assume that if we asked for more reading from Trump, we would bring the country to a stand-still.

What candidate Trump said he knew, even “more than the generals”, he obviously doesn’t know. Sorry to crush the feelings of those hardcore Trump fans, but this guy is just a narcissistic builder turned reality TV star who, in his new capacity, is learning on-the-job. Have patience and keep checking your paystub. Has he reduced your co-pays and deductibles yet? Has he made your roads better? Has he decreased your taxes? Has he made America great yet? What is taking this man so long to get going? Sad!


The Smell of Tomahawks in the Morning

Trump Huffs and He Puffs

Finally, the President of the United States has made a statement to the world that he’s just like the movie character, John Shaft. Donnie may think he’s a bad (shut your mouth), but he should remember one of Shaft’s great pieces of advice, “Next time, you mutha, don’t bite off more than you can chew!”

Yes, we get it, you saw the pictures of the babies, the innocents of war being poisoned by a chemical that is banned by the Geneva Convention and other treaties and you had to act. You had to bomb the airbase in Syria where the sorties began, but do you have the next step planned? We know that you aren’t going to tell anyone what you are going to do, we get your secret military tactics, but did you tell Congress? You told the Russians you were going to bomb, so much for your big secret plan.

And now that you have decided to teach Assad a lesson, have you considered what happens now with the rebel insurgency and more importantly, what ISIS is thinking right now? Mostly likely, they consider your actions part their plan, not yours. Once again, a U.S. President has been drawn into the Middle East.

When you play the screaming pumpkin head at rallies you can talk about how regime change in Libya was bad and blame Obama and Hillary for the way the Middle East turned out. But this is real life now and you indeed have inherited a mess. That damn Eisenhower, propping up the Muslim Brotherhood in order to fight communism.

Stop saying you alone are going to fix it. You might want to stop that rhetoric and start to think about who else will be there to help you fix it. Remember why we call certain countries allies. You will have to get into bed with some strange dogmatic dudes in order to keep the peace in the Middle East. Ask your son-in-law.

What a coincidence that King Abdullah II was sitting in the White House while Donald J. Trump was agonizing over an answer to the age-old question created by a blast of human consciousness. At one point, Jordan was accepting 3,000 refugees a day from Syria and it’s likely the last person to speak to Trump on the matter of what to do with Syria was the King, a real king. Abdullah got what he wanted, someone else to mess with Assad. And Israel will be happy, too. Sounds like a tribal win-win to moderate Muslims and Zionists everywhere.

Are things looking up for the Donald? He even asked God to bless the whole world. Boy, that sounded like globalism to me. Steve Bannon was probably throwing up out of his limo window on the way home. With so many ex-Goldman people around this president and of course, the Democrat Kids, are we seeing the turn toward global awareness? Can climate change be next? Baby steps.

A spokesperson for the Kremlin said Putin believes the attack was done under a “trumped-up pretext” and that Vladimir denounced the US strike against a Syrian government airbase as an “aggression against a sovereign state in violation of the norms of international law.” OMG, has your buddy has turned against you? Can that tape of whatever happened in St. Petersburg be far behind? And did they actually use the phrase, “trumped-up?” Is that a word in Russian?

Now we get to see what you are really made of Mr. Know-It-All, as we all sing along with the Shaft theme, “Who is the man that would risk his neck for his brother, man? (Trump), Can ya dig it? Who’s the cat that won’t cop out when there’s danger all about? (Trump), Right on!

They claim six people were killed at the base in Syria. Are you counting Mr. President? We know why you did what you did, like George W. going back to Iraq to finish the job his father started. If seems like you are trying to fix all the things you think Obama did wrong, does that make Barack your daddy? Sad!