Thoughts On Trumpism

I fully intended on ignoring the politics of the election until the election was actually in the same year….but yesterday having a conversation I was confronted with all sorts of stuff I just could not let go……I had to pop off.

The gentleman was upset that Trump had caved and signed the GOP loyal pledge….what pledge you ask?

Donald Trump has come to heel, agreeing to support the eventual Republican presidential nominee and not run as a third-party candidate, the AP reports. Despite being the only candidate to publicly mull a third-party run during the August GOP primary debate, Trump signed a party loyalty pledge today. The pledge was circulated by the Republican National Committee to all candidates.

Prior to Trump agreeing to the loyalty pledge, sources tell CNN, most supporters calling into his campaign about the pledge wanted Trump not to sign. While the pledge is not a legally binding document, Trump says he sees “no circumstance under which I would tear up that pledge,” FOX News and NBC report. According to the AP, a third-party run would have made the path to the presidency much easier for the eventual Democratic candidate.

My ‘friend’ was upset that trump has just stopped himself from running as a 3rd party candidate…..I did not agree…..for one, it is not legally binding and Trump can opt out any time he feels like it…..and two……I see it differently….I see it that the RNC has basically said that if Trump is the nominee then all other candidates will pretty inclined to support him.  I see it as the RNC caving to Trump not the other way around.

The gentleman went on to say that he supported Trump because he is an outsider, that he is non-traditional unscripted candidate….I had to disagree with him to his dismay……I pointed out that Trump’s speeches have not changed since early July….”Bush is low energy”…..that people love him, (insert nationality), that he has lots of money and so on……

Since it has not changed then he is basically doing what all politicians do…..give a “stump speech”.  I do not see anything he has said or done since July as unscripted or non-traditional.

He then told me that all that may be true but at least Trump has a plan when it comes to international situation…..I once again disagreed with him…..I said that telling the world he would build a wall is not a solution that has very much validity…….then I told him about a question that Trump was asked about ISIS and the Middle East…….

Donald Trump may have spent last night on Wikipedia after what the Washington Post describes as “some uncomfortable moments” during an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt yesterday. Touching upon foreign policy with the presidential candidate who’s said he would be “so tough” on ISIS, Hewitt asked questions not only about ISIS, but about other terror organizations and military groups—and Trump, for the first time maybe ever, seemed unsure of himself. “Are you familiar with General Soleimani?” Hewitt asked Trump, referring to the commander of the Iranian Quds Forces, an elite military group. Trump offered a hesitant “Yes, but go ahead, give me a little, go ahead, tell me.” When Hewitt continued with, “He runs the Quds Forces,” Trump replied, “Yes, OK, right,” before then jumping into how “the Kurds, by the way, have been horribly mistreated by us.”

Hewitt had to point out he meant the Quds, not the Middle Eastern ethnic group, then pressed Trump on the names of those who run Hezbollah, al-Qaeda, the Nusra Front, and ISIS. Trump seemed dismissive, telling Hewitt, “I knew you were going to ask me things like this” and adding it didn’t matter who was in charge of these groups since he’d get rid of them as president. He also said he considered these “gotcha” questions and that it would be “ridiculous” if Hewitt brings them up again when he moderates the next GOP debate later this month. Who did answer many of Hewitt’s questions with more accuracy: Carly Fiorina, whom the host interviewed in the same episode, the paper notes. Trump seemed to recover his confidence midway through the spot, however, telling Hewitt that if he becomes president, “I will be so good at the military, your head will spin,” the New York Times notes.  (A veiled threat?)

To me he has less answers to international problems than my dog……I reminded my ‘friend’ that this was to be the foreign policy election…….once again he was not amused……

Finally, I pointed out that if Trump keeps on this tack and becomes the nominee it will be the first time that a person would be elected without every touching on solutions to our problems.

And that if he does not know an answer it is your fault for asking such a silly question…..I still do not understand the fascination……but that is just me.

After our conversation this gentleman took his leave but not before telling me that I was a “buzz kill”……I gave him my apologies for pissing on his parade…..we then parted and I went on drinking coffee and having a huge “Cinnabon”…….it was almost as satisfying as my talk with the gentleman……

ISIS: Who Got Da Funk?

Sorry had to get a shout out to Parlement Funkadelic…..ah the good old days!

My readers know that I have a healthy curiosity about the Middle East and I do a lot of writing on the subject…….I have been a bit distracted by the games politicians are playing in the run up to the 2016 election……..but I need to do what I do…..

Meanwhile back in the Middle East and points East…….Al-Qaeda that bunch of heathens that caused the 9/11 attack……but first let’s step back to the 1980’s, Afghanistan…….the Russians have overrun the country and we Americans are funding the opposition, people like the Northern Alliance and…..you guessed it   Al-Qaeda.  That is right Irene we of the United States of America are partially responsible for the rise of AQ worldwide…..all in the name of fighting the Russians.  Was the price worth it?

In the last couple of months it seems that AQ and ISIS are not the best of friends even though their ideologies are similar……..

Source: The Battle of Extremists: ISIS Faces Off Against Al-Qaeda and Jaysh Al-Islam

About a month ago I wrote about the friction between AQ and ISIS……there have been incidents of them fighting each other for land and influence.  When that occurred I said then why not use this friction in the fight against ISIS….what is the old saying….”the enemy of my enemy is my friend”…..why not use it to the advantage we need to “degrade and destroy” ISIS.

Oh boy did I catch grief for that post.  There was lots of ranting and rambling about this group or that and the evil they both would bring to the table…..

The problem is that the coalition airstrikes are doing very little to curb the growing strength of ISIS……the Iraqi army is as ineffective as anything I have seen (that is our fault for the damn lame program of de-Bathification of the army)….the only success even if it is limited is that of the Kurds.  The problem there is that politics must be played in arming them with the Iraqi government that has a suspicious streak….all in all the whole strategy is a wash and will remain so as long as the plan remains the same.

It makes me smile to see after all the grief I took that someone sees the benefit of using AQ to fight and eventually destroy ISIS….

Now you want to ask…..who is that masked man, right?

The hero of the Surge in Iraq…Gen. Petraeus….that’s who!

Source: Petraeus: Use Al Qaeda Fighters to Beat ISIS – The Daily Beast

There is validity in his thoughts and thinking outside the box is what is needed if we are to “degrade and destroy” ISIS.  Petraeus should be listened to at this time….we can worry about the results of this fight later…….it may not end well but if ISIS can be “degraded and destroyed” is that not the end game in all this?

Either get serious about ISIS or bow the Hell out!

 

Sharia Law!

For Christ sake…..the overpaid jock has had his day in court and he has a big grin….please move the f*ck on!

Since day one of the Obama presidency…there has been this batcrap crazy bunch that keep go on and on about Sharia Law in the US…..for you see Obama is a secret Muslim and you know what that means…..they have even taken it to the legislative branches of states and the federal government…….so re truly concerned about the possibility that Sharia Law could gain foothold in the US…..and these people are damn sure NOT going to let that happen!

First, these people are morons!

Second they have nothing to worry about…it is already here and in place and championed by many!

Say what?  Let’s look at Sharia Law shall we?

 

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The only difference is one hugs the Qu’ran the other the Bible……..

It would be lovely if once these people knew what the Hell they were bitching about……it would save so many embarrassing moments.

The Vulgar Showmanship Of Power

I am always reading and searching for something that I think my readers will appreciate….they may not agree with the piece but at least they can appreciate the piece for its content.

2015 has been an amazing year……there has been the mash up with ISIS and the ascendancy of Donald Trump to the forefront of GOP politics.

ISIS has been on a propaganda blitz with their vulgar and barbaric videos of their so-called “executions” which all civilized people find horrendous and despicable.

Then there is Trump…..he has made news by his bad mouthing immigrants, his attacks on other GOP candidates and his verbiage about China……and he has not finished there is so much more to come.

I know there is a link between the two different subjects?

Am I trying to equate ISIS and Trump for some obscure reason?

What could I be thinking, right?

While I was on-line researching a series that I am writing on Central Asia I came upon an opinion piece that caught my eye…..the common thread that weaves through both subjects is……showmanship.

ISIL and Donald Trump are united in their vulgar showmanship of power.

Source: Pornotopia: From ISIL to Donald Trump – Al Jazeera English

Please….I am not trying to equate one with the other in some phantom way…..just showing that showmanship goes a long way in this world in which we live….

I found this op-ed interesting and I wanted to post it and see what others thought of it….

Please….any thoughts?

Mash Up Over A Mountain

It is news like this that sucks all the oxygen out of real news, issues and problems….

Of all the messed up crap that is flowing through this world and we are centered on the name of a mountain…..this is a pathetic argument and shows the pettiness of some in this country.  It is a diversion…….WTF?

What mountain you ask?  Have you been in a coma?

Looks like North America’s tallest mountain won’t be Mount McKinley anymore. President Obama announced today that Sally Jewell, the secretary of the interior, has renamed it Denali—restoring a name that Alaska Natives and state residents have used for years, Alaska Dispatch News reports. “I think for people like myself that have known the mountain as Denali for years and certainly for Alaskans, it’s something that’s been a long time coming,” says Jewell. The “secretarial order,” released the day before Obama’s three-day trip to Alaska, appears to end a longstanding battle between Alaska and Ohio over who gets to name the 20,000-foot peak.

A gold prospector christened the mountain in 1896 after hearing that William McKinley—not yet a US president—had just won the Republican presidential nomination, the New York Times reports. But Alaska Natives had long called it Denali (which means “the great one” or “the high one”) and revered it in the creation story of Koyukon Athabascans, who have lived in Alaska long before the US existed. For decades, Alaska has filed a bill every year to change the peak’s name to Denali and saw the move blocked by legislators in Ohio, McKinley’s home state. Ohio officials haven’t yet said whether they’ll try to block the name change, the AP reports.

I tried to ignore this silliness but it has invaded into my comments and conversations…….

So I ask who gives a crap?  No one I know cares one bit what this damn mountain is called……..but apparently someone cares……

Ohio, the home state of 25th president William McKinley, are peeved their man has lost the honor. John Boehner says he is “deeply disappointed,” Republican Sen. Rob Portman says it is “yet another example of the President going around Congress,” and Republican Rep. Bob Gibbs slams it as a “political stunt” that’s “insulting to all Ohioans,” reports Fox News. Gibbs, who says he will “determine what can be done to prevent this action,” argues the mountain can only be renamed with an act of Congress since a law was passed naming the peak Mount McKinley in 1917.

The only stunt here is those twats that are making this a big deal…..mostly notably Republicans.

McKinley his most notable accomplishment was a War with Spain and he was not Harding (arguably the worst president ever) and he was assassinated during his second term…..and there are the high points of his presidency….impressive huh?  (And that is your historical reference of the day……you’re welcome)

This is the most pathetic story of the last week………

If Alaskans want the name change……… then screw Ohio!

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The coming war with Russia?

Breaking News!  The Saga of Brady’s Balls is over!  May the country return to sanity now?

2016 is an election that is focused on foreign policy and yet all the talk is about ISIS and China with immigrants thrown in……there is more to worry about and few are paying attention…….

All the problems in Ukraine has seemingly revived the old “war with Russia” saga that has been dormant since the collapse of the Iron Curtain at the end of the Cold War…..

The US, the EU and NATO has been pumping funds and supplies into the region to offset any advances by Putin and his military……many people working at think tans are loudly proclaiming the conditions for a new “Cold War” are ripe for the picking…..

But is it really possible?  A war with Russia that is……

A couple of months before he retired in July, the head of Canada’s air force provided a blunt assessment of what might emerge from the current military mission to Ukraine.

Source: The coming war with Russia | Ottawa Citizen

Hopefully the American people will listen……the world is getting more dangerous by the day and we must soon pick a president that will have to deal with all these dangers………do they, Americans, want someone with ideas or slogans to handle the dangers?

The more the candidates talk the more we have people with slogans and slim on ideas….if that is truly the case then the world will get a lot more dangerous than it is today……that should scare the crap out of all Americans!

Will Trump Pull A Perot?

Can anyone remember back to the election of 1992?  That was the year that Bubba Clinton ran against Poppy Bush….Clinton was victorious and many blamed Ross Perot for the defeat of Bush.  You see Perot ran as any independent candidate for the Reform Party and got in the neighborhood of 19% of the popular vote.

His detractors say that that 19% would have gone to Bush and he would have smoked Clinton and won a second term…..at least that is the story some want to push.

Fast forward to 2016 election……..Donald Trump came out punching from the opening day of his campaign…..and since that day has done nothing but rise in the approval polls leaving big dogs in the smoke of his bus tires.

Some analyst are saying that trump will not be the GOP nominee no matter what……and let’s say that is true……with his popularity with voters would he decide to pull a Perot and go off as a third party candidate?

A better question is….if he decides to do this how will the GOP contain him and prevent him from winning the election?

Is there a plan for this situation?  You betcha!

The National Journal has a look at this situation……..

Source: Inside the GOP Plan to Prevent Donald Trump’s Third-Party Run

So there is a plan afoot….the GOP will not go quietly into the election…..

But is there any benefit for trying to sabotage Trump’s candidacy?…..will the voter tolerate this interference in their process?  What will be the consequences for the GOP for this?

Not so stealthily the RNC is trying to head off any plans Trump may have in case he is not the nominee……

The pledge being passed out to the candidates reads:

I, ______________, affirm that if I do not win the 2016 Republican nomination for President of the United States I will endorse the 2016 Republican presidential nominee, regardless of who it is.

I further pledge that I will not seek to run as an independent or write-in candidate nor will I seek to accept the nomination for president of any other party.

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The whole Trump drama is just fascinating to people that analyze politics and elections.  They are totally baffled at this point and the real election has not yet begun in earnest.

Keep an eye on the doings….this drama is far from over…….

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