Closing Thought–04May18

“May The Fourth Be With You”

In Starship Troopers there was the “Mobile Infantry”….in Star Wars there were the “Imperial Troopers” and in various other SciFi movies there is the “Space Marines” or “Colonial Marines”…..why do I start with these movie moments?

Trump has taunted on a couple of occasions about a “space force”……

SpaceX founder Elon Musk cut through the excitement surrounding future travel to Mars Monday, noting “it’s difficult, dangerous,” and there’s a “good chance you will die.” A day later, President Trump appeared more optimistic, claiming Americans will reach Mars “very soon” and touting plans for a potential “space force” like in Star Wars, Politico reports. “My new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a warfighting domain, just like the land, air, and sea,” Trump told an audience at a Marine Corps air station in San Diego on Tuesday. “I was saying it the other day … ‘Maybe we need a new force, we’ll call it the Space Force.’ And I was not really serious,” he continued, per Business Insider. “Then I said, ‘What a great idea, maybe we’ll have to do that.'”

Trump may think he has a “great idea” the problem with that is it is not his…..

The idea isn’t Trump’s. A “Space Corps” was first proposed last July by Congress’ Strategic Forces Subcommittee. But it was left out of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act passed in November, with White House officials and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaking against it. Trump also seemed to take credit for advancements that could allow for flights to Mars as early as 2019. “You wouldn’t have been going to Mars if my opponent won, that I can tell you,” Trump said, referring to his 2016 election rival Hillary Clinton. Trump later tweeted it was a “great honor” to address military members. In what CNN’s Jim Acosta refers to as “baffling,” Marine Corps was spelled “Marine Core” in a version of the tweet, since deleted.

Let’s say were have a space troopers what would the leadership be?  A Space Command?  Well….yeah.

A decision to form a Space Corps as a separate military department is on hold pending an independent study that is now under way. Meanwhile, another legislative push is ramping up to give space forces more autonomy than they currently have under the U.S. Air Force.

The House Armed Services Committee Strategic Forces subcommittee in its markup of the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act directs the establishment of a “subordinate unified command for space” under U.S. Strategic Command. This command would be “responsible for joint space warfighting operations.”

On another space related note….and speaking of a “Fence”…….

With space debris, thousands of small satellites scheduled for launch in the coming years, and more spacefaring countries than ever, the U.S. government is sorting out how to manage traffic and avoid accidents in a domain it relies on for commerce and security.

Space traffic management has been a major topic this week at the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the world’s largest space conference. It kicked off with a speech by Vice President Mike Pence, who announced that daily management of space traffic would reside within the Commerce Department rather than the Federal Aviation Administration.

This is my tribute to “Star Wars Day” and “National Military Appreciation Month”……

Peace Out My Friends

The Old “Perjury Trap”

First he ran a city then he ran for president and now as then he is running off at the mouth….Rudy Giuliani.  Back in the day everything Rudy said had a subject, a verb and 9/11….now it appears he has finally found something he can talk about with referencing 9/11…..he has been added to the long list of Trump attorneys and the clock is ticking on his tenure.

For a couple of days it has been Rudy all the time all day on the TV channels…..since joining the team he has pissed on the dialog the president has stuck to but now it looks like Trump about and paid to shut the porn star up.

Next Rudy got to talking about the possibility of the interview of the President by Mueller….he and others keep trying to pass off the interview as some sort of “perjury trap”…….

New Trump legal team member Rudy Giuliani told Fox News that the president may not sit down with special counsel Robert Mueller and that if he does, he should not be under oath, reports USA Today. “What they’re really trying to do is trap him into perjury, and we’re not suckers,” the former NYC mayor said Thursday morning on Fox & Friends. The remarks came less than a day after Giuliani’s bombshell interview with Fox host Sean Hannity, in which Giuliani said President Trump reimbursed his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, for “hush money” paid to porn star Stormy Daniels. Giuliani’s statement follows four months of negotiations between the Mueller and Trump teams that have included talk of a subpoena if Trump refuses to testify in the special counsel probe into Russian interference with the 2016 US election.

Giuliani also said that any interview with Trump should be limited in time. “They should be able to do this, if they have a case, in two or three hours,” Giuliani said during a series of media interviews Thursday, as reported in the Washington Post. But Giuliani also said, per Fox, that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should shut the probe down entirely as it has uncovered no evidence of collusion with the Russians. Trump has said in the past that he would be willing to be interviewed by Mueller, but he lately appears to be walking back some of those statements. Per the Post, some of Trump’s advisers worry that open-ended questions from Mueller could result in “meandering” answers from Trump that lead to accusations of perjury. In the Hannity interview Wednesday night, Giuliani said “the odds are [Trump] wouldn’t be interviewed” by Mueller, but he added, “I don’t close my mind to it.”

Perjury Trap?  If that is even a thing it can be beat and beat easily…..Tell The Truth!

I see Rudy does not disappoint….glad to see he has something other than 9/11 to occupy his time.

9/11–A Misplaced Lawsuit?

We all remember the attacks of 9/11 we would not be much of an American if we did not……a few of us remember the terrorists that pulled off the attack…..most were  Saudis with a Moroccan and something other.

In the past there were rumblings of Americans wanting to sue the Saudis because of the attacks….those rumblings have pretty much subsided…..

So when I read an article about the possibility of another lawsuit because of 9/11 I was surprised to see who the bad guy was for this lawsuit……

 A US federal judge in New York ordered Iran to pay billions of dollars in damages to families affected by 9/11, ABC news reported on Tuesday.

Judge George B Daniels found the country liable to more than 1,000 “parents, spouses, siblings and children” involved in the lawsuit. Daniels said the payment amounts to $12.5m per spouse, $8.5m per parent, $8.5m per child and $4.25m for each sibling, according to the ABC report.

The lawsuit claims that Iran provided technical assistance, training and planning to the al-Qaeda operatives that conducted the attacks.

However, the official investigation on the attacks, known as the 9/11 Commission Report, said that Iran did not play a direct role.

More reading on this subject……

Seriously?  I am in amazement at this turn…I ask why?  Who does this ruling benefit?  Most of the terrorists of 9/11 followed a strict form of Sunni Islam and Iran is Shia …..why would they help these people?  Will this exonerate the Saudis?  If so then I say that their PR program has paid off.

Where is the proof?  Let me guess Israel right?

The Weasel Or The Walrus

It is not a secret that I have not been a supporter of US UN ambassador, Nikki Haley (the Weasel), I thought she was the wrong person to represent the US at the UN and so far I was correct in my belief.

Then there is Trump’s new national security adviser and ex-UN ambassador John Bolton (the Walrus)…..another person that I had no confidence in when at the UN and less so as the adviser to the president.

But of the two which is the scarier?  The Weasel or the Walrus?

In the Trumpean world of all-the-time-stupid, there is, however, one individual who stands out for her complete inability to perceive anything beyond threats of unrelenting violence combined with adherence to policies that have already proven to be catastrophic. That person is our own Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who surfaced in the news lately after she unilaterally and evidently prematurely announced sanctions on Russia. When the White House suggested that she might have been “confused” she responded that “With all due respect, I don’t get confused.” This ignited a firestorm among the Trump haters, lauding Haley as a strong and self-confident woman for standing up to the White House male bullies while also suggesting that the hapless Administration had not bothered to inform one of its senior diplomats of a policy change. It also produced a flurry of Haley for higher office tweets based on what was described as her “brilliant riposte” to the president.

Trump is hiring nothing but extreme war mongers for his foreign policy team and that does not bode well for the country and the world.

Besides it has been said that the Weasel is the most popular politician in the US…….

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley is America’s most popular politician according to a study by Quinnipiac University, CNNreported yesterday.

Haley is viewed positively by some 63 per cent of US voters, while only 39 per cent gave their approval of US President Donald Trump. Haley’s popularity also stretched to both sides of the political spectrum, with 75 per cent of Republicans, 55 per cent of Democrats and 63 per cent of Independents supporting the former South Carolina governor. She was only exceeded by former president Barack Obama, who was still held in high regard by some 66 per cent of voters.

The UN envoy has taken strong stands in favour of Israel, particularly in the aftermath of the US’ recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital in December. When the UN General Assembly voted to condemn the Trump administration’s decision, Haley slammed the global forum as ungrateful for US contributions to the organisation.

That is a scary thought……the Weasel as the most popular politician …..

Pakistan And The Frontier

We hear a lot about the Tribal areas of Pakistan…..some say it is a hot bed of terrorism and in the past the Pakistani military has had some ops in the area and the US has used drones to attack suspected terrorist hideouts…..

Some even go so far as to claim that the Tribal areas have been “tamed”……is it possible……

Maligned as a bastion of extremism and a top terrorist safe haven, Pakistan’s Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA), along the country’s northwestern border with Afghanistan, have endured a significant transformation in the last few years. Between June 2014 and May 2016, the Pakistani army launched operation Zarb-e-Azb, literally translated as “swift and conclusive strike,” which focused on clearing terrorist organizations such as Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Punjabi Taliban, East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and the Haqqani network from the seven administrative units that comprise FATA. According to Pakistani military officials, at the start of the operation, approximately one-third of the FATA had been under “miscreant control” with the North Waziristan district earmarked as the key terrorist stronghold.

I have a few readers from Pakistan and I ask them to give my readers a clearer picture of the area if they would.  First hand info is more better than opinion piece from others.

Finally, have the Tribal Areas truly been tamed?