Closing Thought–03Oct17

Americans Just Keep Dying!

There is usually not much in the MSM these days about American soldiers dying in combat…something I cannot allow to continue.

Another soldier killed in Iraq…..

Details are still emerging, but a US convoy in Iraq hit a roadside bomb on Sunday, according to Pentagon reports. One US soldier was killed and another was wounded in the incident.

Details are still emerging, but a US convoy in Iraq hit a roadside bomb on Sunday, according to Pentagon reports. One US soldier was killed and another was wounded in the incident.

This is the eighth US service member killed in the ISIS war in Iraq and Syria so far in 2017. The Pentagon offered no details about what the troops were doing, or where in Iraq the incident took place.

This is in keeping with the Pentagon’s increasingly secretive policy in both the ISIS and Afghan Wars, offering no details on how many troops are deployed, and keeping specifics about how the wars are being fought secret.

This latest incident underscores that despite the massive territorial losses ISIS has sustained in Iraq, the group continues to be active across most of the nation, and roadside bombs continue to be a concern, as they have throughout the US war.

(antiwar.com)

AS a concerned citizen for our many wars I will not be part of the whitewash….I will continue to write on deaths that our country suffers.

WE here at IST send our deepest sympathies to the family for their loss.  And may his comrade make a full recovery.

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“Peace In Our Time”

Any one that knows anything about history will recognize those words in the title.

Yep, the Professor’s history lesson has begun….( admit it….you know it was about time right?)

In the days before the beginning of WW2 Hitler was threatening to invade Czechoslovakia over the German speaking people within its borders.

The UK’s Chamberlain intervened with Hitler and came to an agreement with him…..when signed he return to UK and flashed the signed agreement and proclaimed that war had been avoided.

Was not so successful for not long after Germany invaded Poland and the World War began in 1939.

Ever since those days much has been written about the deal and the man….Chamberlain has been made out to look like the dupe of the century…but was he?

As we prepare to mark the 70th anniversary of the start of the Second World War, a familiar narrative has reasserted itself: Winston Churchill as saviour of the nation; Neville Chamberlain as the man who nearly doomed it. A new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum uses Chamberlain’s diaries to illustrate his inadequacy, while polls among academics, journalists and the public have consistently placed him at or near the bottom of the list of Downing Street’s occupants. But what if the received wisdom is wrong?

In most minds, Chamberlain remains the “Guilty Man” who sought, vainly and foolishly, to quench Hitler’s insatiable thirst through unjustified concessions, generally at the expense of other nations. The policy with which he is inextricably associated – appeasement – has become a dirty word in international diplomacy, with the supposed lessons of the 1930s trundled out with monotonous regularity to justify a hard line towards aggression.

Chamberlain, we are told, was duped into thinking Hitler a man of reason and compromise, a man who could be trusted to keep agreements. Even his slightly ridiculous appearance – wing collar and furled umbrella – seemed to sum up the hopeless imbalance between Britain’s unpreparedness for war and the ruthless might of the Nazis.

Source: Neville Chamberlain should be praised, not buried – Telegraph

Chamberlain tried a diplomatic way to avoid war….I applaud his efforts….but he should have known the man he was dealing with before hand and a different tact may have been employed.

Chamberlain was determined to not see yet another disastrous war in Europe…..and in turn got that that he was hoping to avoid.

We Don’t Need No Stinking Deal!

Obama and his partners in the P5+1 work hard and finally a deal was reached between Iran and the rest of the world on their pursuit of nukes.

A perfect deal?  Of course not!  No deal is perfect but as long as it holds up and the all players are satisfied then it is a success.  I know most everyone has an opinion on the Iran thing….those same people have strong opinion of the North Korean situation……but has anyone thought about them as a common problem?

During thew Obama admin it was certified that Iran was holding to the terms and it has been re-certified.  Same since Trump took over the throne of power….the only person in the Trump camp that does not like the deal is Trump himself and is said to be looking for ways to pull out before all is accomplished.

Let us move on (for the moment)….the other problem (nuke) is the mash-up with North Korea in its pursuit of nuke weapons and a delivery system.

The war of words is approaching a point of no-return, in my opinion…..Trumps chest thumping on NK remands of the same type of show that Israel has put on about Iran and its pursuit of a nuke future.

The US State Department has said that there are some backroom negotiations with NK to try and walk back this rush to open conflict.  But the president does not want a peaceful settlement of the animosities with NK…..

After lamenting the “almost impossible situation in Puerto Rico” and blasting “politically motivated ingrates” there Sunday morning, President Trump moved onto a new topic on Twitter: North Korea and its nuclear weapons program. The Guardian reports that barely 24 hours had passed since Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tried to assuage Americans by calling for calm and noting our “lines of communication” with Pyongyang, when Trump decided to put in his two cents on Tillerson’s efforts. “I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man,” he tweeted midmorning, using a recent nickname he’d coined for Kim Jong Un.

He followed that up with: “Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what has to be done!” Later Sunday afternoon, Trump returned after a several-hour Twitter hiatus to add some more thoughts on the matter, tweeting, “Being nice to Rocket Man hasn’t worked in 25 years, why would it work now? Clinton failed, Bush failed, and Obama failed. I won’t fail.” During a press conference in Beijing Saturday, Tillerson had deemed Trump’s rhetoric on the situation “overheated.” It’s not clear what Trump’s “what has to be done” entails.

This is NOT the way to handle a touchy situation that become a no-return scenario…..Appearance are the Trump wants more war….that he will not consider a peaceful resolution to this situation.

I bring all this up because of a simple problem that they do not seem to grasp.  (This is where I tie the two situation together)

Trump in his haste to pacify neocons and Israel on the Iran deal could be created a similar problem that he is now having with NK….he could be turning one nuke crisis into two…..

During his first address to the United Nations General Assembly this month, US President Donald Trump took the opportunity to lash out at two countries in particular.

He described North Korea – or the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) as Pyongyang calls itself – as a “depraved” regime with a “twisted” mentality that consists of a “band of criminals” equipped with “nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles”. Trump then threatened to “totally destroy” the country if the US was forced into a corner.

In similar vein, he labelled Iran a “corrupt dictatorship” and pronounced the Iran nuclear deal – known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and concluded between Tehran and world powers in July 2015 – as “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into”.

Obviously, for the US administration, there is a close link between these two challenges – will the North Korean nuclear crisis have serious policy implications for Washington’s attitude towards JCPOA?

Source: Trump logic: Turn one nuclear crisis into two by killing the Iran deal | Middle East Eye

Time for some SANITY!  (if that is possible….and as it looks today….NOT LIKELY!)

Vegas Confidential

Another loner has gone ballistic this time in Las Vegas…..the body count is high…..58 dead and 500+ wounded….the highest tally of any single attack in the US…the deadliest mass shooting in our history.

A 64-year-old gunman fired down into a country music festival from the 32nd-floor window of an adjacent hotel, killing at least 58 people and injuring more than 500+ before killing himself.

The day after Trump goes to Puerto Rico he will show up in Las Vegas where he will make his official statement on this horrific attack…..

President Trump on Monday called the mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night an “act of pure evil” and said he would visit the city to meet with victims and first responders on Wednesday, reports CNN. In a brief news conference, Trump also praised the response by police and medical personnel as “miraculous” and credited it with preventing an even further loss of life. “It is our love that defines us today,” said Trump, per the Washington Post. “Our unity cannot be shattered by evil, our bonds cannot be broken by violence.”

Earlier, Trump tweeted his condolences for the victims, and he reiterated that in his address. “We cannot imagine their loss,” he said of victims’ families. Former President Obama also weighed in, tweeting that “Michelle & I are praying for the victims in Las Vegas. Our thoughts are with their families & everyone enduring another senseless tragedy.”

What about the aftermath…..all the same questions will be asked….all the same speculations….all the same analyses…..then the story fizzle out and we just sit and wait for the next attack so the the same questions can be asked, same speculations will be offered and the same analyses spread.

Basically, this is a horrific attack and it will happen again because NO one wants to change a thing.  We can condemn this action as useless and senseless….but condemnation means nothing without action.

The Real Flag Outrage

About nonce a year of so for the last 50 years there has been something about the flag and how it is bad for society.  The latest is a “Trump Two Step” about the knee thing that was all the rage about a year ago….Trump had to find something to divert the attention of the media and the public so why not some made up societal disrespect.

There is a bigger story there than the Trump diversion……

The flag, the Bible, the cross, the ring, the badge, the collar… we are a country rife with symbols, literally wrapped and weighted with the pomp and pageantry of the many things we’ve chosen to identify our beliefs, our memberships and positions.

These symbols are designed to represent ideals, signify philosophies, advertise status, be unspoken statements. Those who wear, bandy, raise and wield them do so because they wish for their memberships, their affiliations, their support of the symbolized groups or ideals to be known.

“I’m a Christian. I’m a married person. I’m a priest. I’m a cop. I’m an American. I’m a…” and so on.

While many who subscribe to these symbols do so with authentic belief, honest dedication, and deep attachment to what’s being symbolized, not a day goes by when someone somewhere isn’t caterwauling about this or that symbol and how and why it should or shouldn’t be worn, waved, wielded or wasted. Given all the Sturm und Drang, we’d like to presume everyone involved understands what these symbols actually stand for. But there’s growing evidence to the contrary, particularly when the words and deeds of those defending those symbols contradict and sully their inherent message:

Source: The Real Flag Outrage? When Bigots And Liars Hide Behind Stars And Stripes | HuffPost

This is all too made up…..the only purpose it serves is to change the discussion when things get a bit a of a drag.

Kneel, touch the earth.

“Oh say can you see . . . ”

The anthem starts. I can feel the courage . . . of Colin Kaepernick, the (then) San Francisco 49ers quarterback who refused to stand for the national war hymn, not when one of the wars was directed at Americans of color. Occupying the public spotlight that he did, Kaepernick risked — and received — widespread condemnation. Rabid fans burned replicas of his jersey. I’m sure as he knelt that first time, as his knee touched the earth, he had a sense of what he was setting off.

This is patriotism.

Source: The Courage to Kneel – LA Progressive

Personally, I have no time for this type of game……I prefer to deal with problems head on and leave these types of things for those of lesser minds.