Closing Thought–04Jan18

Ever hear of the small country of Binomo?

It seems that the US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has……she was interviewed about their successful move to democracy and the election of a new Ukrainian president….

The problem is she was punked and had no idea…..and it was not for the first time…..

The US ambassador to the United Nations has fallen victim to a phone prank perpetrated by a famous Russian duo, with whom she discussed the affairs of a fictional South China Sea island nation and the alleged harassment of the Ukrainian president by Kevin Spacey.

Notorious Russian pranksters Vladimir Kuznetsov (Vovan) and Alexey Stolyarov (Lexus) have managed to one-up the US government by calling Nikki Haley and tricking her into thinking that she was speaking with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

https://www.theburningplatform.com/2017/12/24/embarrassingly-stupid-nikki-haley-gets-punked-by-russian-pranksters/

More on the punking…..

https://www.fitsnews.com/2017/12/24/nikki-haley-got-punked/

The perfect illustration the the US has NO qualified diplomats any more…..the leadership of our foreign policy is in the hands of amateurs…..

My day is reached its conclusion…..I will rest and be back tomorrow with more great stuff…..chuq

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Screw The Vet As Usual

All the vets that have put their trust in the Trump admin need to step back and prepare for the screwing that is coming…..

Trump told a massive lie to America’s veterans on Monday as he promised them great healthcare as he is moving behind the scenes to privatize the VA.

The President tweeted:

We will not rest until all of America’s GREAT VETERANS can receive the care they so richly deserve. Tremendous progress has been made in a short period of time. Keep up the great work @SecShulkin@DeptVetAffairs! https://instagram.com/p/BddOPJfAngh/ 

Here is what is really going on according to The Wall Street Journal:

David Shulkin said in an interview that he wants to make the VA’s hospital system compete with private-sector providers for military veteran customers, which he said would give veterans greater choice over their health care.

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“The direction I’m taking this is to give veterans more choice in their care,” Dr. Shulkin said, speaking from his office, “and be the decision maker for their care, which I fundamentally believe is a concept that has to be implemented.”

Trump is trying to take away healthcare from veterans who have risked their lives and their health for their country. The Trump tweet should sound familiar because it is the same language that he used before he tried to take healthcare away from 32 million Americans by repealing Obamacare. The Republican dream has been to privatize the VA and replace free healthcare for veterans with a capped voucher that they can use at private medical facilities.

Veterans were promised health care in exchange for their service, but Donald Trump is trying to break that promise with a privatization scheme to benefit the wealthy.

Our vets deserve better, and they should stand up, speak out, and let Trump know that they won’t allow him to steal their healthcare.

(politicususa.com

I do not understand the loyalty that wets show this lying toad that has NEVER cared one iota about their health or the families……they still slither along with the head reptile.

 

Profiles In Cowardice

Have you heard the term “purge” used so much here in the US?  It was a term used by Stalin to rid himself of all those people that did not show proper loyalty to Fearless leader.  And now it is being used by the treacherous foot soldiers of Donald Trump…..member of Congress who swore an oath to protect the Constitution not a person.

I have always thought most of the American politicians were cowards….but since January these people give a whole new definition to the term.

The fate of nations often comes down to the choices made by a handful of individuals at a particular moment in history. Today, the United States is facing just such a moment. What a handful of individual Republicans decide will shape the future not just of the country, but of democracy itself.

Modern history is littered with similarly pivotal choices, for better or worse. A century ago, the Russian Revolution came down to a showdown between the iron will of Vladimir Lenin and the indecisiveness of Alexander Kerensky, who ended up sneaking out of Saint Petersburg to escape the Bolsheviks.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/us-republicans-tax-bill-tribalism-by-nina-l–khrushcheva-2017-12

There has been a flow about our politics that has made party more important than country…..it has been brewing for decades but finally came to a head with the election of a new president.

The Congress is proving that traitors are in the government and not in the streets…..all Americans should be wary of anyone that uses the term “purge” when talking about the government and its institutions.  They should label the traitors as such especially when they are going against the oath to protect the country from enemies both foreign and domestic and those enemies are found within the Congress.

Another Soldier’s Death

WE begin another year of war in Afghanistan and more US death…..

A U.S. Special Forces soldier who was killed in Afghanistan on Monday came under small-arms fire while on a foot patrol, U.S. military officials said Wednesday.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Mihail Golin, 34, was killed in Nangarhar province’s Achin district, an area in which U.S. forces have been combating both the Islamic State and the Taliban. The Islamic State in Khorasan, the militant group’s Afghan affiliate, established roots there in the mountainous area along Pakistan’s border in 2014, and the U.S. military launched raids and airstrikes there in 2017 as it stepped up its campaign against the group.

Golin was a Special Forces weapons sergeant with 10th Special Forces Group, of Fort Bragg, N.C., the U.S. Army Special Operations Command said in a news release Wednesday. A native of Riga, Latvia, he moved to Fort Lee, N.J., in October 2004 and joined the Army a few months later in January 2005.

Golin initially served as an infantryman, deploying once to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan. He joined Special Forces in 2014, and deployed to Afghanistan in September.

(WaPo)

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family in this time of grief…..may he rest in peace.

The Future Of Iran

Protests are still going on in Iran and contrary to what that moron in the White House has said it is not about the money that Obama gave Iran which by the way was Iranian money that had been frozen in 1979 it was NOT taxpayer money…..these protests are the Iranian people tired of the foreign adventurism of the government they want the money to be spent at home not in Lebanon or Syria or Iraq or anywhere else….

But all that aside what is being said about the future of Iran?

Protest movements in the Middle East face enormous repressive hurdles and rarely have happy endings. Even when protesters “succeed” in toppling an autocrat, they’ve rarely succeeded in ending autocracy.

In Iran, the obstacles to success are daunting. Whereas most Middle Eastern countries are ruled by secular autocrats focused on repressing primarily Islamist opposition, Iran is an Islamist autocracy focused on repressing secular opposition. This dynamic—unarmed, unorganized, leaderless citizens seeking economic dignity and pluralism, versus a heavily armed, organized, rapacious ruling theocracy that espouses martyrdom—is not a recipe for success.

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/12/the-battle-for-iran/549446/

Or maybe this…….

Iran has often seemed to be on the brink of democracy. During the twentieth century, the country experienced three major political upheavals: the Constitutional Revolution of 1905–11, the oil nationalization movement of 1951–53 and the Islamic Revolution of 1978–79. Each differed from the others in important ways, but all constituted a reaction to corruption, misrule, and autocracy. They all reflected the spread of literacy, the rising expectations of a growing middle class, and the impatience of a wealthy business community with official mismanagement. They were all characterized by an aspiration for some form of democratic government. Yet each time, that aspiration was disappointed.

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/reviews/review-essay/2017-12-12/reform-or-revolution?cid=nlc-fa_fatoday-20180101

The American Conservative also has touched on the Iranian protests……

Protests broke out in several cities across Iran last week:

The demonstrations began Thursday to oppose high unemployment and rising costs, including a 40 percent jump in the price of eggs. But they swiftly expanded to take on a system many protesters have said is corrupt.

“Down with the dictator!” some demonstrators chanted, as they tore down posters of the supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, in central Tehran. Protesters defied police from Kermanshah in the west to the holy city of Qom in the north and Ahvaz southwest of the capital, according to footage uploaded onto social media. Many of the images could not be confirmed.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-iranian-protests/

I do not think that too much should be read into this situation….it is an opportunity for the government, Iranian government to have a dialog with the people….but if substantial change is looked for then all will be disappointed.

Let’s get it clear right from the beginning: we don’t know what’s happening in Iran. We don’t know who’s leading the demonstrations, which are turning into riots in some parts of the country. We don’t know who, if anyone, is directing them.

Yes, yes, I know: you want me to explain what’s happening, and if it’s a Good Thing or a Bad Thing. But I’m not going to lie to you: I don’t know – and neither, at this point, does anyone else.

Here in the West, three views have taken root among the commentariat (and, of course, among US government officials: 1) This is a heroic attempt by the freedom-starved people of Iran to – finally! – overthrow the theocracy that has fastened itself on to the nation like a giant parasite. Purveyors of this view cite (sketchy) reports of Iranian demonstrators chanting “Death to Khamenei!”, “We don’t want a theocracy!,” and other anti-clerical slogans. This is the approach taken by the neoconservatives, such as Bill Kristol, shown here on MSNBC declaring that “The Iranian people want freedom” and that’s all there is to it.

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/01/03/iranian-rebellion-everybodys-wrong/