Closing Thought–07Jun17

The news the Right wing seems to always miss!

After the London attacks there has been vile and disgusting “facts” tumbling around the Right wing blogs……they demonize a whole sector of society and NEVER admit when they are wrong…..

The condemnation that most say is never uttered….

Here is a msg from Muslim community to terrorists. You have lost your chances of asking for forgiveness in this life & hereafter.

And the hate of the Right wing will not let them look for what is actually been said and done….they prefer to stick to lies and deception…..

My day has been exhausting….time to kick back and relax until the morrow…..be well be safe….TTFN….chuq

Tomorrow Is The Big Day

The day so many have waited on to arrive and it will…..tomorrow…..the MSM will be primed for anything that can lead the news……

But really what do we expect to hear tomorrow?

A high-profile hearing could bring long-awaited answers about President Donald Trump’s interactions with ousted FBI director James Comey.

Or it could bring a lot of “I can’t answer that question in an open setting.”

Since Trump fired Comey May 9 — yes, it’s only been a month — lawmakers, the media, and much of the public, have been eager to hear Comey tell his side of the story about the FBI’s investigation into Russia and the 2016 election.

Source: 6 questions about James Comey’s upcoming Senate hearing, answered | PolitiFact

My thought is….very little will be heard in open hearings….my guess is closed door hearings will produce more into to the Congress.

What’s Happening in the Persian Gulf?

The big news has been the terror attack in the UK and the events developing around the Trump Russia probe……but there is another happening that few are watching….

The debacle of Qatar…….

Early Monday morning, five Arab states—Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen—along with the Maldives, broke all diplomatic and physical ties with the Persian Gulf emirate of Qatar. All six countries say they are withdrawing their diplomats from Qatar within 48 hours and expect Qatari diplomats to reciprocate within the same time frame, and other Qatari nationals in those countries have two weeks to leave. Those countries have also cut all land, sea, and air contact with Qatar—meaning, among other things, that Qatar’s land border with Saudi Arabia is now closed, airlines from those six countries will no longer fly into Qatar, and Qatar Airways flights have been barred from their airspace.

Source: What’s Happening in the Persian Gulf « LobeLog

I find it interesting that this occurs just a few short days after a visit from Trump….this attempt to isolate Qatar from the rest of the Persian Gulf world…..but how will it effect Qatar?

The decision by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and other Arab nations to sever ties with Qatar on Monday reflects a long-standing dispute between Qatar and its regional neighbors. In fact, a similar fallout happened in 2014, but Monday’s events mark a “severe escalation” that could eventually alter the balance of power in the region, per an analysis at the BBC. Nations aren’t just pulling diplomats, they’re cutting off land, sea, and air travel, and Qatar relies heavily on imports for its survival. Here’s what’s happening:

  • Terror accusations: The official Saudi press accused Qatar of supporting “terrorist and sectarian groups” such as ISIS, al-Qaeda, Hamas, and the Muslim Brotherhood. Qatar denies supporting militant groups and says there’s no “legitimate justification” for the moves.
  • More broadly: “The feud—the most serious in decades among some the region’s most key Western allies—has been simmering for years as Qatar increasingly flexed its political muscle across the region, including backing the Muslim Brotherhood,” per the Washington Post. The Saudis also accuse Qatar of backing its arch-rival, Iran.
  • Bogus article? Two weeks ago, a Qatari news report quoted Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad as criticizing Saudi Arabia and praising Iran, among other things. Qatar later claimed its news websites had been hacked, but the article seems to have been a factor leading to Monday’s actions, reports the Atlantic.
  • Trump’s visit: Another factor could be President Trump’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia, notes the New York Times. Generally, analysts think the Saudis feel more emboldened under Trump, with one analyst saying the “moves reflected a ‘bullishness’ prompted by the Trump administration’s stances—on the confrontation with Iran and on a willingness to look the other way on human rights violations.”
  • US military: Qatar is home to the Al Udeid Air Base, where 11,000 US personnel are stationed and from which attacks on ISIS targets are launched, notes the AP. Trouble with the base could complicate US military strategy, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has offered to mediate.
  • Big shift? The base, however, may no longer be enough to keep Qatar in the US’ good graces, writes David Roberts at the BBC. Other Gulf states might offer to replace it. “The argument to President Trump may be compelling: with US help, Qatar might be persuaded to evict Hamas leadership from Doha and genuinely cut back on funding Islamist groups. It seems that the time of Qatar’s individualistic foreign policy may be up.”

It is our way or the highway…..but will that really work….will these actions harm Qatar and its economy?

Qatar is one of the smallest oil producers in OPEC, at 618,000 barrels per day, but condensate (light oil) and natural gas liquids — byproducts of its giant North Field — add about another 1.3 million barrels per day. It will stay in the OPEC production cuts deal, and even if it does not, its contribution is small. Its real power comes from being the world’s largest liquefied natural gas exporter.

Source: Qatar Still Has Many Friends in Energy Markets – Bloomberg

I fear that this incident could drive Qatar into the sphere of Iran…..and that could be a bigger problem in the making.

The US president did what he always does….he Tweeted!

On Monday, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Yemen, Bahrain, and Egypt cut all commercial and diplomatic ties with Qatar in order to isolate the country over its support for extremist groups, the New York Times reports. In a series of tweets Tuesday morning, President Trump took credit for that decision, saying that it was “so good to see” and that his recent visit to Saudi Arabia was “already paying off.” According to CNN, Qatar is an important US ally, and Trump hamstrung attempts by the Defense and State departments to remain neutral in the growing diplomatic crisis. Qatar is home to US Central Command forward headquarters, from which it launches airstrikes against the Islamic State. The Al Udeid military base is home to approximately 10,000 American troops.

Trump’s statements against Qatar broke not only with the US’ historically neutral stance in regards to such Gulf state conflicts, but with Trump himself. Less than a month ago, the president was complimentary toward Qatar and said the relationship between it and the US was “extremely good.” Spokespeople for the State and Defense departments quickly issued statements saying the US is “grateful” to Qatar for its support of the US military. And Sean Spicer said the “US still wants to see this issue de-escalated and resolved,” the BBC reports. Some Pentagon officials were reportedly shocked at Trump’s comments, and it’s possible Qatar will now make things more difficult for US military operations there. (For more on the isolation of Qatar and what it means for the Middle East, click here.)

With all the crap flowing freely…the US military still has good things to say about Qatar……

The Pentagon on Tuesday renewed praise of Qatar for hosting a vital U.S. air base and for its “enduring commitment to regional security,” sticking to a message of reassurance even as President Donald Trump, via Twitter, applauded a decision by Arab powers to cut ties to the Gulf ally.

It was the latest example of the tightrope that U.S. officials are walking as Trump’s tweets raise questions about existing U.S. policy and the carefully scripted talking points used to explain it.

In the case of Qatar, the stakes are high. More than 11,000 U.S. and coalition forces are deployed to or assigned to al Udeid Air Base, from which more than 100 aircraft operate.

Of those 11,000, nearly 1,000 work in a combined air operations center that helps oversee missions for campaigns in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, the military says

Source: U.S. military praises Qatar, despite Trump tweet | Reuters

How will this end?

The Real Noriega Story

One of America’s “friends” that became an enemy after their usefulness was gone….Noriega joins the likes of Saddam in this category.

After the US invasion and the capture of Noriega the story turned to his “crimes” and not much was mentioned about the work he did for the US, especially the CIA……

The mainstream media’s obituaries for Gen. Manuel Noriega missed the real story: the U.S. government’s rank hypocrisy in justifying a bloody invasion that deepened Panama’s role in the drug trade.

The death of former Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega on May 29 elicited few if any tears. But it should have sparked more reflection in the United States on his ugly history of service to the CIA, the hypocrisy of Washington’s sudden discovery of his abuses once Noriega became an unreliable ally against the Nicaraguan Sandinistas, and the George H.W. Bush administration’s bloody and illegal invasion of Panama in December 1989.

In fairness, many progressives and mainstream journalists have called attention to this troublesome history over the years. But few have dared to question the nearly universal condemnation of Noriega as a protector of international drug traffickers. That incendiary claim — first broadcast loudly by the unlikely trio of right-wing Sen. Jesse Helms, R-North Carolina; liberal Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts; and investigative journalist Seymour Hersh — galvanized the American public to support his ouster.

Source: Missing the Real Noriega Story – Consortiumnews

Interesting how we Americans seldom know the “real” story until after the fact on so many of our country’s decisions….Noriega and Saddam are two of those stories.

The Joy Of One Dimensional Thinking

Ever noticed that the ones that bitch about “fake news” are the ones that spread it the deepest?

We now live in a world on “fake news”…..both sides accuse the other of passing off “fake news”….that is news that does not fit the paradigm they wish to push…for instance the latest attack in the UK…the Right wants the world to believe that the mayor of London said “there is nothing to be alarmed over” (that is a paraphrase before the grammar police show up)…he in fact did say that but he was referring to the amount of police and military on the streets…..if one would just use the Google button they are so fond of then they would see the whole interview that the quote was taken from (it does not take an IT genius to find the interview)….

This is how their “fake News” becomes mainstream…..enough toads passing on shitty news to the shit for brains on the Right.

These people can only grasp on line of thinking at a time and they will play it for all it is worth until they are given another tidbit to chase.

More on one dimensional thinking later….give the slower people on the Right a chance to catch up to the rest of the world….

War Without Fear

One of the characteristics of war that helps prevent more of them is the emotion of fear.

Fear of a war will help all parties to come to an agreement that could avoid the spilling of blood and the loss of life.

However these days war is fought more and more by drones and satellites and eventually with AI…where there could be little to no soldiers involved in the fray…..

“The nature of war is all about a collision of will, fear, uncertainty, and chance, Work said, summarizing Clausewitz. “You have to ask yourself, how does fear play out in a world when a lot of the action is taking place between unmanned systems?” Human fallibility is central to Clausewitz and to classic theories of war as far back as Sun Tzu. But if machines start making the decisions, unswayed by fear, rage, or pride, how does that change the fundamental calculus of conflict? “Uncertainty is going to be different now,” Work went on. While he didn’t use the utopian language of millennial Revolution in Military Affairs — whose promise to “lift the fog of war” with high-tech sensors failed utterly in Afghanistan and Iraq — Work did argue that computerized decision-making aids could help commanders see with greater clarity. “Clausewitz had a term called coup d’oeil,” Work said, essentially a great commander’s intuitive grasp of what was happening on the battlefield. It’s a quality Clausewitz and Napoleon considered innate, individual, impossible to replicate, but, Work said, “learning machines are going to give more and more commanders coup d’oeil.”

Source: War Without Fear: DepSecDef Work On How AI Changes Conflict « Breaking Defense – Defense industry news, analysis and commentary

We remove the emotion of fear and then wars will become more and more brutal and barbaric….if we let the machines do the thinking as well as the fighting then all is lost of our humanity.

Civilization will become nothing more than a word.