“Bomb Bomb Iran” McCain, Chairman

A New Year and a new Congress….there will be changes now that the GOP is in control….there will be changes and some will not be for the better…..

Let’s be honest…..I am not a fan of Sen. John McCain….personally, I believe he has not been right on foreign policy in about 30 years…..with all that said he is in position to become chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee…..a position he would relish…..

This could be a good thing……yep…you heard me right….a good thing.  Why on earth would I say that?

With Senate leadership changing, John McCain appears poised to be the new head of the Armed Services Committee—and that could have big implications for US defense, Reuters reports. McCain has a history of criticizing what he sees as excessive spending on some weapons programs; as chair of the committee, he’ll have more control over how the Pentagon spends its cash. Defense contractors are expecting to spend more time responding to questions from Capitol Hill. Among McCain’s concerns have been a $399 billion F-35 fighter jet program as well as the continued use of Russian-made rocket engines.

Another favorite target of McCain’s has been President Obama’s foreign policy; now, he’ll have a “megaphone” with which to address the subject, the National Journal reports. He’s called, for instance, for greater US support for Ukraine’s military and boots on the ground against ISIS. But though he holds strong views, he’s also known as a negotiator on issues like immigration, the National Journal notes. “With Senator McCain, what you see is what you get. It’s part of his charm and persona, that he is a maverick—he is an outspoken maverick—that tells it like it is to anyone of any party,” says an analyst.

I would not think he would be any good for foreign policy…..but he could be a breath of fresh air when funding worthless programs like the F–35….and he may be an important voice for veternas……but that will be seen………this may be the only time that anyone will hear me say anything nice about McCain and his neocon ramblings……

Take it for what it is worth.

Iran: What’s The Big Secret?

The whole world knows of the problems that Iran has caused worldwide since 1979…..the hostages, the nuke thing, its hatred of Israel and so on….and on….and on.  Well all that is up to interpretation…….

Let’s take a short trip in the “way back machine” to 1953 and the events up to that year…..first Persia, as it was known for eons,  becomes Iran in 1935……1941 - The Shah’s pro-Axis allegiance in World War II leads to the Anglo-Russian occupation of Iran and the deposition of the Shah in favour of his son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.  1950 - Ali Razmara becomes prime minister and is assassinated less than nine months later. He is succeeded by the nationalist, Mohammad  1951 April – Parliament votes to nationalise the oil industry, which is dominated by the British-owned Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. Britain imposes an embargo and a blockade, halting oil exports and hitting the economy. A power struggle between the Shah and Mossadeq ensues and the Shah flees the country in August 1953.

Now you are caught up with the events from Persia becoming Iran to the year of a coup that brought the shah into power….

Let me bring the events of 1953 into focus…….1953 August – Mossadeq is overthrown in a coup engineered by the British and American intelligence services. General Fazlollah Zahedi is proclaimed as prime minister and the Shah returns.

That coup lead to the Shah regaining power that lasted into the 1970’s when he was removed from power by a popular uprising…..

A long waited report on the coup which was lead by the CIA has stayed classified……but why?

Jason Ditz brings us a bit more info on this report……

In 1953, the CIA orchestrated a coup d’etat against the democratically elected government of Iranian Premier Mohammad Mossadegh, installing Shah Reza Pahlavi.

It’s no secret that the CIA did it, and the US has admitted it time and again, but the State Department has announced it is once again delaying the release of its study on the coup, claiming the admission would undermine “ongoing negotiations with Iran.”

The coup was carried out primarily for the benefit of British oil interests, as Mossadegh was planning nationalization. Legally speaking, the State Department was only supposed to keep the history secret for 30 years.

It’s hard to imagine anything in the history of the coup is unknown, let alone that it could do any further harm to US-Iranian relations after decades of acrimony. Still, the lure of secrecy seems to be winning out among officials, as usual.

This could lead to a wealth of conspiracies, that is if anyone cared enough to even know about this report……but this is just another story that most Americans will glaze over on their way to the comics.

My thought is that is more to the coup than the socialistic leanings of the new, popularly elected PM……..my guess is a major corporation or more had a major influence and it is not time for us mere mortals to be told…..

Any thoughts?

Cuba: What To Do, What To Do?

The surprise of 2014 was the announcement that the US would resume relations with the island nation of Cuba.  Of course, this news sent the GOP into a batcrap crazy rage…..they babbled….they whined….and they warned…….and as usual they threatened..

There is a minor battle going on between Rubio and Paul……it is silly theatrics…….but I am sure that there are those that will be very vocal on all this……

So I ask Congress….whatcha going to do?

They will do whatever it takes…at least that is their promise……a hollow promise at best…….why?

Not likely, according to experts, who say that President Obama has considerable leeway to curb the embargo against Cuba unilaterally, and Congress has limited options as far as stopping him.
All they can do is make lots of noise, which they excel at, and in the end…..cry in their beer.

FLASH! Cuba-US Enter Into An Age Of Cooperation

News has been coming at the public at light speed…..Jeb wants to run……attack in Pakistan……attack in Sydney….and today the big news was that it is looking like the US and Cuba will formalize relations……

The embargo put into place in 1961 may soon be a thing of the past…..but what would those relations look like?

Newser) – With the release of American Alan Gross, the beleaguered relationship between the US and Cuba is poised to undergo major changes. The two countries are preparing to normalize their diplomatic relations, which were severed in January 1961, the Wall Street Journal reports, and the US plans to re-establish its embassy in Havana. “The president understood the time was right to attempt a new approach, both because of the beginnings of changes in Cuba and because of the impediment this was causing for our regional policy,” an administration official tells CNN. Both President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro are to address the changes at noon today. Among them:

  • The US will remove a range of restrictions on travel and transferring money to Cuba. It will also review Cuba’s inclusion on its terrorism list and allow telecommunications equipment to be exported to the country.
  • Cuba will release 53 political prisoners. It will also boost its citizens’ Internet access and allow US debit and credit cards to be used in the country.
  • Good news for aficionados of Cuban cigars, as per the AP: American travelers will now be able to return with up to $100 worth of alcohol or tobacco (and $400 worth of goods total).
  • The two countries will start collaborating on issues like counternarcotics, the environment, and human trafficking.

Finally we can move on from spat we had 60 years ago……there are much more important things to consider than cigars….

Assad: Should He Go Or Should He Stay?

Remember about a year ago when the admin was all a fire on the fact that Assad must go….he must go for the good of the Syrian people……and then all the gassing of civilians was forgotten as quickly as they had come up with the original idea……ISIS was on the move and all eyes turned to Iraq (again)……..

Then the admin started a tap dance on what should be done to curb the rise of ISIS……send more US troops to Iraq as “advisers”…..send in the Air Force to pound the be-jezzus out of them……prop up the Iraqi regime (again)…..

When not thinking of Iraq their (the admin) with cash and supplies…..thoughts came around to Syria (again)….but this time it was a rehash of the myth of the ‘moderate’ rebels……and a plan was hatched to train and arm these moderates to fight ISIS in Syria…..and while this plan was being bounced around the inevitable question return to Assad.  What shall we do about Assad?

And then the miracle of miracles happened….Assad’s troops staring making head way fighting the Islamists and even some of the ISIS brigades……and now the question remains….should he (Assad) go or should he stay?

But then a story that few were willing to report…….

Speaking to reporters at G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia on November 16, US President Barack Obama dismissed reports of pending changes in Syria policy, saying “We have not had a comprehensive review of Syria. We’ve had a comprehensive review of what are we doing each and every week” in the military campaign to defeat the Islamic State.

Asked pointedly if he was actively discussing ways to remove Assad in the context of plans for a political transition in Syria, Obama responded with a simple “No.”

Obama’s clarity on Syria stood in contrast to an unusual presentation by US Secretary of State John Kerry the next day on how the Islamic State and the government of Syria are actually “co-dependent” or “symbiotic,” that is, they need each other as enemies, and the US must build and back a “moderate center” in Syria.

Interesting quote from a story printed in Al-Monitor……..so to clarify….is that we have NO intention of ousting Assad?

At what point do these people that are paid to know the situation and plan the direction of policy actually start doing their job?

Confusion of which page they are suppose to be on is never quite clear……..just like their policy in the Middle East……but that is NOT something new.  Stupidity has always been the basis of US Middle East foreign policy.

It’s Not Who You Know……….

I believe that most adults will know the rest of that saying……..

I have railed against the Obama way of governance…..he needs yes men and political buddies to do his work…..let’s be clear he is not the only one this is just how business is done in the world of American politics……

About now I would imagine that some are scratching their heads and wondering what the Hell I am talking about, right?

The Senate confirmed a producer of the soap opera “The Bold and The Beautiful” today to serve as ambassador to Hungary, and Sen. John McCain is not happy about it.

Prior to the vote, McCain, R-Ariz., went on a tirade about how Colleen Bradley Bell, a soap opera producer and bundler for President Obama’s campaigns, is “unqualified” to represent the United States as an ambassador to Hungary.

“We’re about to vote on a totally unqualified individual to be ambassador to a nation which is very important to our national security interest,” McCain said on the Senate floor. “Her qualifications are as a producer of the television soap opera ‘The Bold and The Beautiful,’ contributed 800,000 [dollars] to Obama in the last election and bundled more than $2.1 million for President Obama’s re-election effort.”

“I am not against political appointees … I understand how the game is played, but here we are, a nation [Hungary] that is on the verge of ceding its sovereignty to a neo-fascist dictator getting in bed with Vladimir Putin and we’re going to send the producer of ‘The Bold and The Beautiful’ as the ambassador,” McCain continued. “I urge my colleagues to put a stop to this foolishness. I urge a no vote.”

Regardless of McCain’s urging, the Senate confirmed Bell to the ambassador post with a vote of 52-42.

I have said many times that we need professional people to handle our foreign policy…….not a bunch of people that are paid off with postings….so as much as I hate to agree with McCain on anything I will have to make an exception this time and agree with him.

Not even the White House can explain why this person was nominated….need I say more?