2016: And Then There Is Foreign Policy

I believe that the next election, 2016, will be primarily a foreign policy election….I know I have said all this before……but all indications and events are sealing it in stone….

The US is facing ISIS, Russia, China and points too numerous to type here….my fingers get tired just thinking about how many countries I could name…..

Clinton will be a war hawk…..I do not care how much she tries to push back from the label….she will be what she is….a war hawk.  Bernie…I am not sure how he feels about the whole thing….I know he will be anti-war and that will defeat him with American voters…..O’Malley?  Who cares?

Now the GOP candidates……They all will be war hawks…..so if you are a voter who cares about foreign policy then any candidate will do….that is if your answer to every situation is war….

But let us talk about a couple of the more “popular” of the GOP dudes…..Bush and Carson….

Let’s begin with a “not too popular” Jeb Bush……

In a speech at The Citadel, Jeb Bush on Wednesday called for more ground troops to combat the “brutal savagery” of ISIL, and in the aftermath of last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, issued a clarion call for new American leadership abroad.

Speaking to more than 100 cadets inside Mark Clark Hall, Bush said that the U.S. and its NATO allies should not delay in taking further action to stop the spread of Islamic State across Iraq and Syria. “Militarily, we need to intensify our efforts in the air – and on the ground,” Bush said. “While air power is essential, it alone cannot bring the results we seek. The United States – in conjunction with our NATO allies and more Arab partners – will need to increase our presence on the ground.”

Bush cautioned that the scope of ground forces should be based on the recommendations of military generals and said that the bulk of them “need to come from local forces that we have built workable relationships with.”

That should remove any doubt about his intentions regarding war….but there is something I need to point out…..He said……”the scope of ground forces should be based on the recommendations of military generals…….”
That is an interesting thing to say when generals are making it clear what they think about more troops for the Middle East…..
Escalations of airstrikes against ISIS targets are so common as to be virtually trivial at this point, but Pentagon officials are expressing growing disquiet about the latest calls for dramatic escalation of the war, saying they don’t believe the political leadership has learned the lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan.
They warn military gains quickly evaporate in the absence of political and diplomatic moves to sustain those gains, and see a similar expectation of a sweeping military victory without any real moves to sustain it coming up once again.
Seems generals are not on the same page as Bush….but that can be remedied….replace the generals with more “yes men”….
Shall we take a look at a on and off front runner for the GOP nomination….Ben Carson?
He has once again slipped behind Trump….time for him to make another platitude that will fire up his support…..but in the meantime some of his team have reservations about the candidate……

Ben Carson is finding it very difficult to get a grasp of foreign policy, according to at least one of the advisers that have been trying to explain it to him. “Nobody has been able to sit down with him and have him get one iota of intelligent information about the Middle East,” former CIA agent Duane R. Clarridge, who has been advising the candidate on terrorism and national security, tells the New York Times. Clarridge and top Carson adviser Armstrong Williams say they were frustrated by the candidate’s appearance on Fox News Sunday, where he failed to name the allies he would contact first for an anti-ISIS coalition.

Clarridge tells the Times that Carson’s claim during last week’s debate that the Chinese are in Syria appears to have come from a US intelligence source in Iraq who “overleaped.” After the unusually frank interview with the 83-year-old Clarridge appeared, a Carson campaign spokesman told Business Insider that it was an “affront to good journalistic practices” for the Times to “take advantage of an elderly gentleman,” adding that the candidate has more than a dozen foreign policy advisers and receives daily briefings. The Times countered that it was “Williams who recommended that we talk to Mr. Clarridge and described Mr. Clarridge as a ‘mentor’ to Mr. Carson on foreign policy.”

He has a dozen foreign policy advisers and gets daily briefings and he still cannot get it right……if I were a Carson supporter I would have concerns over his lack of knowledge about the single most important issue for 2016…..but then again….I am NOT a supporter.

A writer for the “American Conservative”, Daniel Larison,  has put it best……

The bigger problem that Carson’s struggles point to is that almost all of the Republican candidates are woefully unprepared and lacking in foreign policy experience, and the few that have some experience don’t have very much. Carson’s lack of preparation on foreign policy is the most obvious in the field, but most of his competitors have the same weakness. That is what happens when a party simultaneously equates hard-line rhetoric with “expertise” and dismisses foreign policy experience as unnecessary for its presidential candidates.

That leaves the Donald whose big idea is exactly what we are doing now…..”bomb the sh*t out of them”……what can I say…..when in doubt ……state the obvious!

Once again the American citizen is being herded into a rush to war…..the latest poll after the Paris attacks show that Americans support the use of US Troops by 65%…..this should feed the political rhetoric until the next attack….and that GOP rhetoric is starting to sound familiar…..think back 80 years.

GOP: A Shrinking Room

The GOP field for the 2016 election just got a bit smaller….not that anyone will notice that Bobby Jindal has dropped out of the contest for the GOP nomination…..WHO?

You remember him….he was the GOP answer to the Obama State of the Union address back in 2009 (?)…..he looked like a kid lost during Mardi Gras parade……anyway the Kid’s Table debates can say good-bye to another wannabe….

The GOP presidential field just got a little less crowded as Bobby Jindal announced he was giving up his bid for the nomination Tuesday. “I’ve got nobody to blame but myself,” the Washington Post quotes the Louisiana governor as saying. “I’m not going to make any excuses or blame anyone else.” Politico reports the announcement comes after Jindal tried and largely failed to win over evangelical voters in Iowa. He spent more time in the first primary state than any other candidate and thought he would be able to get more attention if he could outlast a few other candidates there, according to the Post. Instead, Politico reports he was frequently polling at less than 1%, had less than $300,000 in the bank, and never got out of the undercard Republican debates.

“Going forward, I believe we have to be the party of growth and we can never stop being the party that believes in opportunity,” Jindal said. “We have to be the party that says everyone in this country—no matter the circumstances of their birth or who their parents are—can succeed in America.” The Post reports Jindal blames a “crazy, unpredictable” year for his inability to get traction with his detailed policies. “This is not my time,” he said. Jindal added that he hasn’t thought about which of the remaining candidates to endorse, but the country “better elect the right president so that we can restore the American dream before it’s too late.” He is the third Republican candidate—following Rick Perry and Scott Walker—to drop out of the race.

I liked this guy for where else but the GOP could you find an immigrants son that is a hater on immigrants…..you gotta love these d/bags……

Who will be the next to take a dive?

Are You A Trump Supporter? Why?

Okay for months now I have been to figure out the allure of one Donald Trump…..I understand the anger that the voter is feeling but that really does not explain the support….

He is so thin on issues and/or solutions…..read the morning paper and by his next speech that will be what he emphasizes….once that becomes the news he moves on to yet another issue he wants to control……has little to do with real issues and more the need to drive the news cycle…..

Like I said I can understand the anger that is growing…..but to settle for platitudes in place of solutions is just plain ignorant…..

Yesterday I read a piece by former Sec of Labor (I believe) Robert Reich that tried to explain Trump’s popularity….at least with angry old white people……

Racial animus only tells part of the story. Red-state voters really believe Trump is so rich he can’t be bought VIDEO

Source: The real reason Donald Trump appeals to working-class whites – Salon.com

If you read the piece…..is there any thoughts you would like to add….either pro or con……matters not.

GOP Debate: If you Carve A Good Yawn

My last post of the day……after dealing with doctors and the stream of mindless questions…..I need a stiff drink……

Yep, that time again…..yet another GOP debate….but this will should prove especially a huge waste of time…..why?  It is moderated by FOX Business Channel……that means softball, worthless questions and even more ignorant answers……but if you must watch then there is a few things that could be worth the wasted time……

The Republican candidates are back at it Tuesday night, with the undercard debate starting at 7pm Eastern and the main event at 9pm on the Fox Business Network. Here’s a look at some key things to watch:

  • Ben Carson a big target? Donald Trump has been taking potshots at Carson all week as questions have surfaced about the details of Carson’s life story, suggesting that Trump—or others—might make him a key target tonight. “Carson would most likely respond by reprising his attacks on the news media, but many primary voters will be eager to see how he responds under a level of pressure he has not yet faced,” observes the New York Times.
  • All eyes on Jeb: All the previews point out that he can’t afford yet another bad to mediocre debate performance and thus faces perhaps the biggest pressure of any candidate Tuesday night. Will he be aggressive or statesmanlike? He may have hinted at a new strategy: “It’s not a debate. It’s a chance to be able to say what you think. I’ll take advantage of that.”
  • Debate alliance? Politico floats the possibility of Bush and Ted Cruz forming an unlikely alliance against Marco Rubio. The theory is that Rubio represents a big obstacle to both, Bush with the establishment vote and Cruz with the conservative base. Rubio’s personal finances in particular could be a target.
  • Actual policy: Moderators at the last debate took lots of flak, at least from the candidates, for veering off the supposed topic of the economy. Given that this one is sponsored by the Fox Business Network and the Wall Street Journal, it could be a chance for the candidates to challenge each other on topics such as tax policy, jobs, and entitlement programs, notes USA Today.

There you are……all the useless news you cannot possibly use……enjoy

And Then…..Along Came Donald

I have been truly concerned (a lie) about a security issue…….and now we, the people,  can rest in peace……

In a move that will make things all the more interesting when the two inevitably come to blows during a televised debate, Donald Trump and Ben Carson are getting Secret Service protection, ABC News reports. The GOP presidential candidates were approved for protection Thursday by the secretary of Homeland Security after both requested it last month. According to Politico, the Secret Service will work with the Trump and Carson campaigns to figure out a start date for protection. ABC reports it’s typical for frontrunner presidential candidates to get Secret Service protection around this time. According to CNN, Trump and Carson are the first 2016 candidates to receive it, though Hillary Clinton already has protection as a former first lady.

Hopefully it is not the ones that drink too much or the ones that chase hookers……..

I understand that some of the American electorate is really pissed at Congress….at the president……and their wives, immigrants, refugees and bathroom users…..for that reason I can understand that they would be looking for someone, anyone,  that can stand up and tell them lies….not just any lies but lies that they will believe……

There is Ben Carson and the one that many feel is the savior of this country…..Donald Trump.

For the life of me I cannot see where this guy would make a good GOP nominee or for that matter a good president…..only thing that makes him attractive is his use of one liners and lame ass slogans…..

I mean what does this person offer the voter and this country?  What?

I mean his little “policies” have no place in GOP politics…..as best as I can tell he is for single payer health system (that is definitely not the GOP)…..his stand on the size of government….I have heard nothing to lead me to believe that he is for a “smaller” government…..so is he a fiscal conservative?  If so, how so?  what about a social conservative….does he believe in “family values”?  What about abortion rights?  Maybe there is something on “gay” rights?  We do know one thing about Mr. Trump….he is anti-immigrant….is that good enough to hand him the reins of government?  We also know that he is a neocon and would use the military to do America’s bidding internationally.

Can Americans be so angry that they would let stupid in?

His vow to “Make America Great Again” by nixing America’s overseas commitments, slashing trade, and ejecting welfare-mooching foreigners makes perfect sense to many conservatives….if this is you then jump on this candidate….and after you vote for him and he wins (God forbid) then go out and get yourself a copy of “The Rise And Fall Of The Roman Empire” and hang on it will be a rough ride……for you know all that gloom and doom that you are so afraid of happening?

If my worse fears come to light then I can sum it up…….”You Asked For It And Now You Got it”……Congrats!

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Exit stage left!

Do Cigars Come With This?

This week there has been something sucking the oxygen out of the day……and NO it is not something the “Hair Club for Men” candidate has said…….this time it is the GOP candidate, Ben Carson…..BTW, when did a book tour warrant massive media coverage?

I was talking with Elmo yesterday….Elmo is an old friend that I seem to never agree with on anything……..we were talking politics and he stated that he was a supporter of Carson for the nomination and he ask me what I thought….and as usual I was brutally honest just as he is with me….

I told him that I thought that Carson was not a serious candidate….that upset Elmo a bit and demanded to know why I would make such a statement….

I told him that I thought that Carson was an opportunist….that this whole thing of his candidacy was nothing but a way for him to monetize his brand a bit more…..and that when he dropped out of this race his net worth would skyrocket……..his demand for payment for speaking and appearances would more than double even triple over what he gets these days…..

Of course Elmo was not pleased with my claims or my observations…..and he abruptly ended the conversation with saying that he needed to have is hair washed……..

After our little coffee debate I read a piece in “The Week” that agrees with my analysis….

Source: Is Ben Carson’s campaign one big con?

To me it is a con!  It is about future monetary concerns more than a genuine concern for this country……

But do not take my analysis……

Source: Insiders: Carson can’t win – POLITICO

What about my readers?  Anyone out there that thinks Carson is a serious candidate for the GOP nomination?

Clowns, Morons, Imbeciles And Immature Twats

The best entertainment there is on the news these days is the games the GOP and the candidates are playing with each other……the candidates are pouting about their performance on CNBC debate and of course it is the media’s fault that they are clueless toads….

I have tried to put together a post about the games being played over the future debates and it is a daunting task…first, I cannot get through the research without laughing so hard I damn near pee and second…where to begin?

The last GOP debate was a debacle….the candidates were pouting , the moderators of CNBC were mean and the network has issued a statement to not pile on CNBC…..all in all it was a hilarious 2 hours of one liners and insults….just what the candidates ordered….it accomplished nothing….no ideas were offered and definitely nothing new was had by the viewers…..

The candidates have stood together to get what they want (or did they?)….the debate (that is after the FOX Business debate) will be what they want to talk about and nothing else……but what can we expect in the next debate later this month?

The debate about the GOP debates looks set to rumble on. Reps from at least 11 campaigns met at a hotel in the DC suburbs for a strategy meeting on Sunday night and emerged with a list of changes they want made after last week’s widely criticized CNBC debate. The New York Times reports that the campaigns have agreed to demand 30-second or longer opening and closing statements for all candidates, an even distribution of both speaking time and the “parity and integrity” of questions asked, and vetting of any on-screen graphics about the candidates to be aired during the debates.

The campaigns agreed that they, not the Republican National Committee, should take charge of negotiating terms with the networks, the Hill reports. “They’ll continue to do logistics and all that kind of stuff. But they’re a partner. They’re not our boss,” says Ben Carson’s campaign manager. The campaigns were split on several issues, including reinstating the next NBC debate, which Jeb Bush’s people wanted and Donald Trump’s team didn’t, and doing away with “undercard” debates, which reps from the Bobby Jindal, Lindsey Graham, and Rick Santorum campaigns called for, the Times reports. A source tells the Washington Post that the campaigns agreed early on that any changes can wait until after next week’s Fox Business Network debate.

Is anyone else just tickled at the way the GOP is handling this issue?  I mean come on….these toads look like a bunch of 4th graders on the playground trying to out stupid each other…..

And what in their demands means that they will appear more professional?

Plus the next debate is a FOX debate…..what will be earth shattering about a channel that will hand them softball questions……just what the clowns ordered…….

To me these people are acting like 4th graders at the playground when things do not go their way……prima donas……

With all the rebellion there seems to be a rebellion within the rebellion…..and of course our boy from Manhattan leads the way…….

The Republican campaigns’ joint effort to change upcoming GOP debates has cracked. After a meeting Sunday, the campaigns issued a three-page letter calling for no “lightning round” and the temperature in debate halls to be “below 67 degrees.” But as New York puts it, “the revolt against the RNC was fun while it lasted.” Donald Trump has announced that he’ll negotiate with TV networks on his own, while Chris Christie, John Kasich, and Carly Fiorina each say they won’t sign the letter. Trump’s campaign manager says he can “negotiate the best deals … which will ultimately help all of the candidates,” per the Washington Post. But Ben Carson’s camp says his undertaking is all for show. “Trump’s basically asking for the same thing” as the other candidates, a rep says. “He’s just going to do it with his own letterhead.”

Still, Trump’s move is a blow that “would undercut the leverage that the Republican campaigns have in pressing the networks to meet their demands,” reports the New York Times. An RNC rep says the candidates “will be and always should be determining the best format for them.” However, network execs are obviously frustrated. “We agreed to this and now you’re saying you’re not agreeing?” says one. “Do you want Ben Carson deciding who your moderators are? The answer is no,” adds another. Fiorina’s campaign, which didn’t send a rep to Sunday’s meeting, says she doesn’t care “whether it’s 67 degrees or our green room isn’t as plush as another candidate.” Likewise, Christie says his rivals should “stop complaining. Do me a favor, set up a stage, put podiums up there and let’s just go. Okay?”

One of the best summaries of what is going on in the GOP is found on MSNBC’s Maddow’s show…….check out the link and her handling the chaos that idiots built……..

Source: The Republicans’ debate debate: ‘chaos with a side of chaos’ | MSNBC

The RNC is scrambling around trying to appear to have a handle on all this craziness…..personally I think they are an epic failure…..

Does anyone in the RNC or the GOP have any idea of what is happening?  Right now they all look like a deer caught in the headlights…..

Can my readers of anything more humorous than the games these toads are playing?