Closing Thought–15Nov17

Only The Best!

I appears that the State Department has decided on the firm that will provide security to the Embassy in Russia……

The United States has awarded a contract to guard the U.S. embassy in Moscow to a company with KGB ties, The New York Times reports.

The State Department awarded the $2.8 million contract to Elite Security Holdings, a company co-founded by retired Russian general Viktor Budanov.

A State Department official told the Times that the company has been properly “vetted” and will only carry out security tasks previously handled by local guards hired by the embassy.

The firm will operate at the Moscow embassy, as well as U.S. consulates in three other Russian cities. U.S. Marines will still guard the grounds and high security locations of the outposts.

(thehill.com

Think about that for a moment!

Now my question is….Is a firm with links to the KGB the best firm to provide security to our Embassy in Russia?  Why not provide them with the computer codes as well…..make the whole process easier for them?

With that bit of worthless info I am out for the day…..more stuff tomorrow….TTFN…….chuq

Shep On Uranium One

Ever since the Dems have been calling for an investigation into the dealings of the Trump admin and the Russia bunch the Right wing has been desparetely searching for something thast they could use to counter all the bad news the trump camp is getting pertaining to Russia and its influence.

Well about a month agao they found their holy grail and the Uranium One story and the Clintons…..the problem is that it so much bullshit and even a FOX News journalist has shown just how fake this story is….and Shep Smith debunmks the story that all of FOX News has been passing off as fact….

Read the article and then watch his report in video……

Fox News’ Shepard Smith took six minutes out of his show Tuesday to debunk what has become Republicans’ attack du jour against Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration: “Uranium One.”

The narrative — on which the White House, Republican elected officials and conservative media have leaned in recent weeks to deflect from increasing scrutiny on Russian meddling in the 2016 election — is based on the faulty charge that Clinton sold influence, via donations to the Clinton Foundation, to Russian energy interests carrying out a deal that required her approval.

Smith began debunking the attack by showing a clip of Donald Trump on the campaign trail.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/shep-smith-uranium-one-debunk

How much longer will the Right ignore the truth and keep pressing a lie?  My guess is as long as they can for truth means nothing to these slime wads on the Right.

Why A 2nd Korean War Won’t Be Like The First

Fearless Leader is coming off his tour de force of the Asian world and as usual he has accomplished nothing that would benefit this country….although he is taunting a speech come Tuesday upon his return from the mysterious East.

The Li’l Kim mash-up has been my fave so far on this trip….but let us look at the possibility of a war on the Korean Peninsula.

I know some people will think I am being a bit of an alarmist….maybe so….but I had rather all the info get out now and not once the trouble begins.

Lots of talk about the “next”Korean War….lots of what will happen to S. Korea…..and possibly to Japan and beyond….

Here are 5 ways that it will NOT be the same……

If a Second Korean War were to erupt tomorrow, there is one thing we can be sure of.

It won’t be like the First Korean War of 1950-53.

It’s always reassuring—and usually fatal—to assume a conflict will be like its predecessor. France lost in 1940 because they assumed World War II would be fought in the trenches like World War I. Israel almost lost in 1973 because they assumed the Arab armies would collapse as they did in 1967.

So what are the chances that Korean War II would be just like Korean War I? The answer is, slim to none. Here are five key differences:

Source: 5 Reasons Why a 2nd Korean War Won’t Be Like the First | RealClearDefense

We hear all about Nk’s nukes and the damage they could inflict on the US and Asia if Kim were to unleash them…..what could worse than the detonation of nukes?

Good question and I have an answer for you……

President Trump calls him “rocket man”—but what if the nuclear bomb we’re fearing isn’t what we should be afraid of when it comes to North Korea? At FiveThirtyEight, Michael Wilner makes the case that what we really should be worried about are biological and chemical weapons, which the scientists and former defense officials he spoke with believe Kim Jong Un is much more likely to unleash, particularly during “a pre-crisis stage.” Wilner’s take: “These weapons are easier to produce, to deliver, to conceal and to calibrate, and their use would be less likely to trigger the same international response as a nuclear strike.” And the country has the goods, per an October report authored by Harvard scientists that acknowledges the difficulty in accurately assessing North Korea’s capabilities.

Per the report, intelligence reports and defector statements suggest North Korea possesses 13 biological pathogens including anthrax, cholera, smallpox, and the plague, and may have the capability to cultivate and weaponize them in as few as 10 days. Just “a few kilograms of anthrax, equivalent to a few bottles of wine” could wipe out half a city’s population, notes the report, which posits potential delivery methods: everything from putting pathogens into a city’s water supply to employing “sleeper agents” posing as cleaning and disinfection workers equipped with backpack sprayers—with South Korea’s people and the American troops there within reach. But Melissa Hanham of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies is skeptical in comments to Mic. “Part of the reason [biological weapons] were so easy to ban was because armies didn’t like using them. It risked their own soldiers too much.”

Now there is something to think about…..are we prepared for that possibility?

War should be the last option discussed openly…..you would think with all the devastation around the world shown daily on TV that those images alone could be a deterrent to a rush to war…..you would think!

Why?  Is there a possibility that the US could lose a war with North Korea?

Most Americans will answer a resounding NO!…..

If a conflict between North Korea and the United States suddenly broke out, U.S. troops in South Korea would be “outnumbered” and undersupplied, warns Lt. Gen. Jan-Marc Jouas, the former deputy commander of U.S. Forces in Korea.

“The 28,500 U.S. Armed Forces personnel in South Korea are vastly outnumbered by North Korean forces, as well as [South Korean] forces that will conduct the overwhelming majority of the fighting. Unlike every conflict since the last Korean War, we will not be able to build up our forces prior to the start of hostilities,” Jouas wrote in a November 7 letter obtained by Newsweek to several Democratic members of Congress. It’s estimated North Korea has roughly 1.2 million troops.

http://www.newsweek.com/if-war-north-korea-comes-us-military-would-be-outnumbered-former-top-commander-707212

Not something most Americans do not want to contemplate…..but if the possibility is there it needs studying so that it can be avoided.

I say talk it out!

The last this country needs is another war.

Niger Update

Note:  This is a lot to read but please and you will get an idea of what is going on in Niger with our troops.

It has been weeks since the deaths of 4 special ops troopers in Niger……I have been calling for more info and now it looks like the Congress has jumped on that bandwagon…..

Key U.S. senators called Sunday for the White House to be more forthcoming about the country’s military involvement in Niger after four U.S. soldiers were killed in an ambush there earlier this month.

In separate interviews on NBC’s “Meet the Press” news show, Republican Lindsey Graham and Democratic Senate leader Charles Schumer said they support an effort last week by Republican Senator John McCain to find out the details of the attack as well as the scope of the U.S. campaign against Islamic State in the west African country. Both Graham and Schumer said they had been unaware of the substantial number of the U.S. troops in Niger.

“I didn’t know there was 1,000 troops in Niger,” Graham said. “This is an endless war without boundaries and no limitation on time and geography. You’ve got to tell us more.

“We don’t know exactly where we’re at in the world militarily and what we’re doing,” Graham said. “So John McCain is going to try to create a new system to make sure that we can answer the question, why were we there, we’ll know how many soldiers are there, and if somebody gets killed there, that we won’t find out about it in the paper.

“I can say this to the families,” Graham said. “They were there to defend America. They were there to help allies. They were there to prevent another platform to attack America and our allies.”

Schumer said, “We need to look at this carefully. This is a brave new world. There are no set battle plans.”

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Graham and McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, last week that the military is shifting its counter-terrorism strategy to focus more on Africa. The defense chief said military leaders want to expand their ability to use force against suspected terrorists.

U.S. officials believe the Niger attack was launched by a local Islamic State affiliate, but the Pentagon is still investigating the circumstances of how it occurred.

(voa.com)

Another report has come about he death of La David Johnson…his death is an ever changing story…the newest rendition……

Sgt. La David Johnson, one of four American soldiers killed after an ambush in Niger last month, was found with his hands tied after having apparently been executed by militants, villagers say. Tongo Tongo resident Adamou Boubacar tells the Washington Post that children found Johnson’s body two days after the ambush. He says the soldier’s hands were bound with rope and there was a gaping wound in the back of his head that could have been caused by a bullet. Boubacar, a farmer, says the body was found in a bushy area about a mile from the ambush site, which could explain why it took so long for it to be discovered, the New York Daily News reports.

Village chief Mounkaila Alassane says he contacted the Nigerien military after seeing the body, “The back of his head was a mess, as if they had hit him with something hard, like a hammer,” Alassane tells the Post. “They took his shoes. He was wearing only socks.” Military sources say they believe Johnson was kidnapped during a firefight with ISIS-linked militants. The bodies of the other three Americans killed were found in or near their team’s pickup truck, stripped of their uniforms, villagers say. The FBI has joined military investigators trying to determine how the US mission went so badly wrong. Officials in Niger say Alassane was arrested on suspicion of aiding the militants, but released due to a lack of evidence. (US officials say a morphed mission put the men in danger.)

In the past I never had much in common with Graham…..but in the last year I have found that he and I agree on a few things….especially when it comes to our troops that are fighting these wars….too many to keep track of…..

Time to come clean about the mission and the deaths of these 4 men……period.

The US is on a death march across Africa as it is……..

Tongo Tongo is in the middle of a belt that is ground zero for the illicit trade that defines the Sahara. West of Tongo Tongo is Gao (Mali) and to its east is Agadez (Niger). These are the main ports for South American cocaine, flown in on various kinds of aircraft (Air Cocaine, as they are called) and then driven across the Sahara Desert in trucks to be taken by small boats across the Mediterranean Sea into Europe. Evidence of the cocaine trade is everywhere – whether in Gao’s neighborhood known as Cocaine Bougou or in the nickname of one of the leading chiefs in Agadez – Cherif Ould Abidine – known as Cherif or Mr. Cocaine.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-american-war-machine-is-already-on-the-death-march-across-the-african-continent/5617195

Drugs……go figure…….

There is more….there is always more ioof one digs deep enough…..

A recent report published in the Washington Post claims that the only African American soldier in the group of dead troops, Sgt. La David Johnson, had been kidnapped and killed execution style. Purportedly, people living in the area where Johnson’s body was discovered indicated that his hands were bound behind his back with a gaping wound in the rear of his head. (Nov. 10)

Other reports say that the Nigerien troops, who were ostensibly on a patrol mission with the AFRICOM forces, fled while the Green Berets stood and fought the alleged assailants. Who these “hostile elements” were has still not been clearly defined. What has been mentioned is that they are somehow affiliated with ISIS. (Guardian, Nov. 4)

https://www.globalresearch.ca/pentagon-explanations-for-niger-operations-cannot-conceal-strategic-interests/5618159

Niger is becoming as clouded as our Syrian mission or our Yemen mission….

The Worst Mistake In U.S. History

During the course of our short history we as a country have made some mistakes, especially in our foreign policy.

Most notable is our propensity to enter into wars that are ill advised.  Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, to mention only a few…..

We have also made a few unwise decisions about the course of the country for the “future”…..The Future of Freedom Foundation, a Libertarian think tank, takes a look at one of those decisions….this occurs at the end of World War 2…..

The worst mistake in U.S. history was the conversion after World War II of the U.S. government from a constitutional, limited-government republic to a national-security state. Nothing has done more to warp and distort the conscience, principles, and values of the American people, including those who serve in the U.S. military. A good example of how the national-security state has adversely affected the thinking of U.S. soldiers was reflected in an op-ed entitled “What We’re Fighting For” that appeared in……. Continue Reading

Source: The Worst Mistake in U.S. History – The Future of Freedom Foundation

Fearless Leader Returns Home

 

I kept up with our president at each of the stops he made on his record breaking trip….and as far as I could see nothing was accomplished with the exception of some photo ops…..nothing of substance was ever on the agenda…..

Apparently I am noy alone in my concern with the lousy trip that Fearless Leader has just return from……

Harry Kazianis previewed Trump’s Asia trip two weeks ago and was cautiously optimistic that it could be successful. I assumed it would be closer to a repeat of his first trip abroad. He returns today with a much grimmer assessment:

But the leader of the free world should have at least some idea of what is happening across the globe, and some policy strategy to match. Instead, what we saw during Trump’s tour of Asia was a series of incoherent rants, no vision or grand strategy for the future, and a strange bromance-style of foreign policy.

The notable thing about Trump’s “bromance-style” approach to foreign leaders is that he seems to think they are as impressed by his flattery as he is by theirs. The president’s chumminess with Xi, Duterte, or anyone else isn’t going to persuade them to make more concessions to the U.S., but foreign leaders have learned that it is fairly easy to buy Trump’s affection by putting on big displays and catering to his tastes when he visits. Obama was often faulted by pundits for not cultivating close personal relationships with foreign leaders, but Trump has gone to the opposite extreme by doing almost nothing but that. That causes him to be weirdly deferential to foreign leaders in a way that goes far beyond trying to maintain good relations.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/trumps-unsuccessful-asia-trip/

We have no new trade agreements….North Korea is still a powder keg…..China is still kicking our butts in trade…..but Japan was bullied into buying a lot of weaponry it does not need…..and all in all it was a happy time for all……but he did offer to arbitrate the South China Sea disputes because he says “he is a very good mediator”…..

In Hanoi during a press conference with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, before heading to Manila, the final stop of his five-nation Asia/Pacific tour, Trump boasted about being “a very good mediator and arbitrator.”

What he considers mediation and arbitration, China and other nations call unacceptable meddling in their internal affairs.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/warrior-president-trump-i-am-a-very-good-mediator/5618006

All in all it was a waste of taxpayer money…..photo ops was all that came from this trip.