Closing Thought–02Aug17

The Place Is A Dump!

I have lived in some “dumps” in my day….one place had roaches the size of small dogs….we all have had some sort of experience with housing that was not all that pleasing, right?

But there is one place that I would never have thought of as a “dump”….but it seems the Pres. is not happy with his new “crib”……

Donald Trump has reportedly explained the reason for his numerous visits to his New Jersey golf club – the White House is “a dump”.

The president has made at least four visits to the Bedminster club, as well as a string of visits to Mar-a-Lago, his Florida retreat.

And with renovations due to take place in the West Wing this month, he is scheduled to stay at the resort a lot more.

“That White House is a real dump,” Mr Trump told golf club members before a recent round of golf, according to Golf.com.

I guess that could explain why he spends so much time at his golf clubs…… Mr Trump has spent 35 days at golf clubs during his first 164 days in office – that is about 21 per cent of his days as president so far. (and another president was a dick for playing golf)

The White House is so dismal that he cannot bring himself to stay there unless he has to…..

Personally, I do not think that any place that has 34 bathrooms is a dump….but that is just me.

Peace out my friends…….

Another Soldier Comes Home

Slowly but slowly we are finding and identifying the unknown soldiers from our many wars so they can be laid to rest and their families can find some closure.

Another unknown from World War 2 has been identified and returned home…..

The remains of a World War II pilot from New York City have been identified more than 70 years after he was killed in combat, the AP reports. The Pentagon’s Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Monday the remains of Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Charles E. Carlson, of Queens, have been identified after being found last year by History Flight, a private Florida-based group.

Military officials say Carlson was the 24-year-old pilot of a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter that was shot down near Bonn, Germany, during a dog fight with German planes Dec. 23, 1944. German officials reported burying Carlson’s remains at the crash site, but post-war efforts to find them were unsuccessful until his case was reopened in 2008. Carlson’s remains will be buried Friday at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania

Welcome home…may you now Rest in Peace and your family can have peace they deserve…..

Advance To The Rear

My regulars know that I am a history buff and that I watch documentaries on the subject.  I also study and teach and write about war…..the reasons for and the results of the after math…..

I recently watch a documentary on the Gulf War….the one the Bush1 had to fight…..and there was a part about the Iraqi retreat from Kuwait and the carnage that took place along the “Highway of Death” and that gort me thinking about other military retreats in history.

Though it may seem cowardly to some, the best military course of action is often to withdraw to fight another day. However, not all retreats are successful. But when they are, they can be nearly as beneficial as winning the battle outright. Here are ten examples of incredible military retreats.

Source: Top 10 Examples Of Incredible Military Retreats – Listverse

Is Fraud An Electoral Technique?

There is much been said and written these days about the strategy used to win the last election…..some have even called it….Fraud!

To be honest….games and yes even a hint of fraud have been used in the past to win elections.

Let’s take a look at our recent past in presidential politics……

People are wondering out loud about the parallels between today’s Republican Party and organized crime, and whether “Teflon Don” Trump will remain unscathed through his many scandals, ranging from interactions with foreign oligarchs to killing tens of thousands of Americans by denying them healthcare to stepping up the destruction of our environment and public lands.

History suggests – even if treason can be demonstrated – that, as long as he holds onto the Republican Party (and Fox News), he’ll survive it intact. And he won’t be the first Republican president to commit high crimes to get and stay in office.

Source: The Past 5 GOP Presidents Have Used Fraud and Treason to Steer Themselves to Electoral Victory | Alternet

As you can see there is very little that is good or innocent about American presidential politics….and it only gets worse with each passing election…..where will this cycle end?

The Middle East Next War

ISIS is sliding from the headlines (for now)……Assad is still fighting rebels (for lack of a more accurate term)…..Turkey is fighting anyone not a Turk but especially the Kurds….Iran is propping up anyone not a friend of Saudi Arabia…..so when the guns of ISIS fall silent….what will be next?

There are a few things that needs to be known before any declaration of victory is announced…..

With the retaking of Mosul in northern Iraq, the Islamic State (ISIS) could soon be a thing of the past. But the defeat of ISIS and the demise of its self-proclaimed Iraqi-Syrian caliphate won’t bring peace to the Middle East, or even an end to the Syrian tragedy. Rather, it is likely to open a new chapter in the region’s bloody and chaotic history – one no less dangerous than the previous chapters since the fall of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I.

The continuation of this violent pattern seems almost certain because the region remains unable to resolve internal conflicts on its own, or to create anything like a resilient framework for peace. Instead, it remains trapped somewhere between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Western powers are hardly blameless for the Middle East’s woes. Any mention of the Sykes-Picot Agreement, by which Great Britain and France partitioned the post-Ottoman territories, still incites such rage in the Arab world that it seems as if the plan, devised in secret in 1916, had been conceived only yesterday.

Source: The Middle East’s Next War by Joschka Fischer – Project Syndicate

And there is another thing that needs to be known before there are too many smiles of victory……ISIS is a group…terrorism is an idea that cannot be be beat with guns…..

The short response is yes. Crime forever? Also, yes. Turbulence, terror, pestilence, famine, love, procreation, taxes, families, sunsets, rain, shine, etc.—all are components of the human condition. There is no arc toward perfection in human nature.

The jihadists will remain our mortal enemy; no negotiations or deterrence theories will alter their murderous intent. Unlike in the case of the Vietnam War, there is no strong, unified domestic political opposition to waging a low-level war against terrorists. The mainstream press acknowledges that the jihadists are abhorrent. We are at war against Islamist terrorists. As Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has repeatedly said, the goal should be their annihilation.

Source: The Middle East: Terrorism Forever? | RealClearDefense

Just of couple of things to keep in mind while we pat ourselves on the back because we defeated ISIS and its minions.

A Team of Sycophants?

Back in the day Lincoln put together a government with rivals (Whigs, Free Soilers, Dems, etc)……Abraham Lincoln’s election in 1860 marked the first time a Republican was elected president. Having no experience in national affairs and facing a crisis of enormous proportions, Lincoln strategically filled his cabinet with the men who had opposed him for the nomination and who were his political rivals. Formed from a disparate coalition of Whigs, Democrats, Free Soilers, easterners, westerners, northerners, radicals, and conservatives, the new Republican political party mirrored the men who served in Lincoln’s cabinet.

I bring this up because Pres. Trump has not done anything resembling a forward thinking move that Lincoln did.  Instead he found a team of sycophants.

Oh, my bad……to you supporters of Mr. Trump…..sycophant means a servile self-seeking flatterer…..if that is a bit too deep for your mental capabilities then how about…..ass kisser, boot licker or brown noser….got it now?

Trump could have done as Lincoln did….put together a government of people that would illustrate his “independence” from political parties…..but instead he found those people that would do as told and do whatever it took to stay in the good graces of the president…the country means NOTHING to these people.

Other are more polite…they are calling this the Vanity Cabinet……

But watch the love fest for yourself……

This is pathetic that he felt the necessity to air this ass kissing episode….some things are better left in private.

I think to air a cabinet meeting that is actually accomplishing something would be a better use of their time…..but I am starting to doubt that this is possible.

After I wrote this draft Trump has hired a new communications director and pushed Spicer out the door.

He could not have picked a better sycophant….in his first press briefing he tells the world that he loves Trump no less than 14 times in one briefing…..

Watch the vid in the link below……

Source: Scaramucci Announced He ‘Loves’ Trump 14 Times | Crooks and Liars

His nickname is “The Mooch”…….need I say more?

(Moot point….. after 6 days The Mooch is gone…..not even being a boot licker can save you in the Trump WH)

Kinda embarrassing to watch a pack of ass kissers at work….but what do we expect from the man in the White House?