I Love A Parade! (Part2)

Closing Thought–17Aug18

When Our Dear Leader was in France in his first year as leader he was treated to a parade in Paris and he fell in love with all the pomp and ceremony and all the really cool army stuff.

So when he returned to this country he told his military hierarchy that he wanted his own special military parade and they were to make it happen.

https://lobotero.com/2018/02/12/i-love-a-parade/

About $92 million will be the cost of this silly endeavor…..

The Veterans Day military parade President Trump ordered in February has been controversial from the start, with critics wondering if Trump was trolling the nation, the Pentagon saying the tanks Trump wanted couldn’t be involved, and the Office of Management and Budget warning the whole thing could cost millions. And now it turns out it may actually cost even more millions than originally thought: Officials who spoke anonymously to the AP, ABC News, and CNBC say the latest preliminary estimate is $92 million, up from an original estimate of $10 million to $30 million.

The officials say about $50 million of that is Pentagon costs including aircraft, equipment, personnel, and other support and the rest is largely related to security costs. But the estimates have not yet been finalized or released publicly, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has yet to approve parade plans; at least one official warns that, depending on the scope of the plans Mattis signs off on, the cost estimate could change. The defense bill Trump signed this week authorized the November parade.

So should we make our plans and reserve the hotel and buy the popcorn for this Veterans Day and the parade of the century?

I would hold off making your reservations right now…….

President Trump has long sought a military parade, but it won’t be happening in 2018. The Pentagon announced on Thursday that the November parade has been postponed indefinitely, and won’t happen “until at least next year.”

There are reasons to doubt it will happen at all, as estimates of the cost of the parade are soaring, and appears to be drying up a lot of the interest in a gaudy display of America’s military arsenal. Those costs aren’t going to go down, only up.

(antiwar.com)

This is just another in the Dear Leader’s list of idiotic plans that accomplish nothing but to feed his ego and waste money, taxpayer money, that could be better used elsewhere.

If Trump wants to show support for the troops then……

American Legion National Commander Denise Rohan said they appreciate Trump’s desire to show support for the troops, but until “we can celebrate victory in the War on Terrorism and bring our military home, we think the parade money would be better spent fully funding the Department of Veteran Affairs and giving our troops and their families the best care possible.”

Now that is a much better plan than some silly worthless parade.

Update:  While I was writing this draft more news has come to light…..

The Hill also reports that these weren’t Trump’s only recent tweets on the subject. After Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Thursday called for the money to go toward veterans’ causes (“health care, more jobs & skills, end vet homelessness & suicides”), Trump responded: “How can ‘Senator’ Richard Blumenthal, who went around for twenty years as a Connecticut politician bragging that he was a great Marine war hero in Vietnam (then got caught and sobbingly admitted he was neither a Marine nor ever in Vietnam), pass judgement on anyone? Loser!”

Seriously?  This from a coward that took 4 or 5 deferments to get out of Vietnam…..

Then Kellyanne had to say the most pathetic thing of the day……

Kellyanne Conway appeared on Fox & Friends ahead of Trump’s tweets. “We don’t need a parade to celebrate all this president has done for those brave men and women in uniform,”

Someone please tell the clueless Kellyanne…the parade is for Our Dear Leader has nothing to do with honoring our brave troops….it would be an ego trip not anything else.

Let’s hope that  this worthless idea has met its match and we NEVER see a stupid military parade…..

Turn The Page!

Come on let’s start the weekend…try it it will be fun!

MacArthur’s Invasion

It is August the month in 1945 that the US decided to drop two A-bombs to force Japan to agree to an unconditional surrender…..which they did and the rest is history, as they say……

But located in MacArthur’s papers that were published after is death in the 1960’s found that he had plans to invade the Japanese Islands….it was to be called “Operation Downfall”…….

The planning for Operation Downfall began in early 1945 at the Argonaut Conference in Malta, where the Combined Chiefs of Staff with the approval of President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill set forth the following objectives for the Pacific War:

Following the Okinawa operation, to seize additional positions to intensify the blockade air bombardment of Japan in order to create a situation favorable to: An assault on Kyushu for the purpose of further reducing Japanese capabilities by containing and destroying major enemy forces and further intensifying the blockade and air bombardment in order to establish a tactical condition favorable to the decisive invasion of the industrial heart of Japan through the Tokyo Plain.

https://www.realclearhistory.com/articles/2015/08/08/how_macarthur_was_going_to_invade_japan_220.html

Since his plans were dashed by the bombs he had to wait for the next war, the Korean War, for his massive invasion of another country.

Class Dismissed!

Turn The Page!

When Is Tampering Tampering?

Have you heard that Russia may have tampered in our 2016 election?

If not….where the Hell have you been and how do I get there?

No this is not my take on whether Russia did or did not tamper….there has been enough speculation in this topic…I will leave that for others that have more visitors than I.

But as long as I have brought up the subject….do you know how many times the US has tampered in other nations elections since 2005?

No?

Then allow me to assist in your knowledge…….how about Iraq, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Ukraine, etc…..

Read any article about the “Russian hacking” or “U.S. election interference” and you will likely see some reference to the United States’ own long history of election interference. Yet most of these articles defend the U.S. by claiming that such interference campaigns dropped off significantly since the end of the Cold War.

This assumption, however, is fundamentally wrong.

In the past 15 years alone, there are many cases of the U.S. interfering in the Democratic process of foreign nations. Below are some of the worst examples of this election interference.

https://theantimedia.com/5-times-us-meddled-foreign-elections/

Those are the ones that we know of…..I would bet the list is a lot longer and for more years than 13……and yes it is……

The truth is that the US has a long and storied history of tampering in elections……

While the days of its worst behavior are long behind it, the United States does have a well-documented history of interfering and sometimes interrupting the workings of democracies elsewhere. It has occupied and intervened militarily in a whole swath of countries in the Caribbean and Latin America and fomented coups against democratically elected populists.

The most infamous episodes include the ousting of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh in 1953 — whose government was replaced by an authoritarian monarchy favorable to Washington — the removal and assassination of Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba in 1961, and the violent toppling of socialist Chilean President Salvador Allende, whose government was swept aside in 1973 by a military coup led by the ruthless Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/10/13/the-long-history-of-the-u-s-interfering-with-elections-elsewhere/

Maybe we could try the Golden Rule in this case……

Can I Get A Witness?

Thoughts?

Iran-Iraq Tensions Rise (Again?)

I could be writing about the war that Saddam started back in the 80’s with his neighbor, Iran.

In case you are still a thumb sucker let me help you out……

Those were the bad old days…..recently Iraq held an election an a Shia cleric won the position of Prime Minister……in doing so you would think that he would have a soft spot in his heart for Shia Iran and vice versa…..well maybe time to think again…..the now PM has stated that he will join in the sanctions on Iran…..

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Aug. 7 that Iraq will abide by US sanctions on Iran to protect Iraq’s own interests. Abadi spokesman Saad al-Hadithi confirmed Aug. 13 that Iraq will not violate US sanctions on Iran and that “Iraq’s stance toward the US sanctions imposed on Iran stems from the general interest of Iraq, and was not impetuous or hasty, but was subjected to study, and was not affected by the positions of other states or political parties.”

After Iraq said it would abide by US sanctions, several Iranian officials raised their voices against Iraq, calling it traitorous and demanding the country pay compensation for damages caused in the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War that took place under Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, who was executed in 2006.

Now with that said will the same insistence be held once the new PM takes the reigns of power?
Keep in mind that any hostilities could put the American troops in the middle of a conflict.  Something this country does not need…..we have enough wars being juggled by Pentagon and Our Dear Leader.