Closing Thought–05Sep18

It’s A Trap!

Those immortal words of Admiral Akbar in the Star Wars final chapter (that is until Disney screwed the whole thing up), Return of the Jedi.

These days the sentiment is for the creation of a separate “Space Force”….

It’s not too late to make a better choice about Department of Defense organization than creation of a separate space force to join the existing services.

Former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s perspective on creation of a separate military service for space was spot-on – creating a separate service for space operations would have the undesirable and unintended effect of creating more segregation in military planning and employment, rather than the integration we truly need to effectively organize, train, equip, plan for, and employ forces to serve U.S. national security needs.

http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/us-space-force-its-trap-think-bigger

Just another way to expand the defense budget….like they do not get too much now but it is not enough they want billions more that they can piss away.

Speaking of Space……do any of you old farts remember SDI?….or Reagan’s Star Wars as it was called in the press….

Not to worry as usual I can help you with your knowledge……

If you need a bit more to understand then this vid may help…..

Sadly word was that after several missteps the program was abandoned……or was it?

The Pentagon is studying the deployment of space-based missiles and new sensors to counter the growing threat of high-speed missile attacks from China and Russia, senior defense officials said Tuesday.

Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said a network of 1,000 missile interceptors deployed on satellite launchers, could be built for $20 billion—not at a cost of hundreds of billions as critics of space weapons assert.

Griffin, a long-time missile defense expert, said missile threats are increasing and space-based defenses are needed to counter the threats.

https://freebeacon.com/national-security/pentagon-plans-deploy-space-based-missiles/

Some things never change.

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SCOTUS This And SCOTUS That

It is after Labor Day and the cowards in the Congress are back at work…..and they will be drilling the new nominee for SCOTUS….

Early fireworks: The Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing got off to a lively start on Tuesday as Democrats repeatedly interrupted the opening statement of Republican Chuck Grassley, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, reports the Hill. One Democrat after another spoke up to demand that the hearing be postponed until they can see thousands of documents that have been withheld in regard to the Supreme Court nominee. Protesters in the audience also interrupted, but Grassley said the hearing would not be delayed. “If we cannot be recognized I move to adjourn,” said Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal. “We have been denied real access to the documents we need,” he said, calling the panel’s handling of the matter a “charade.”

Kavanaugh, for his part, intends to tell the committee that he will be a non-biased judge. “I don’t decide cases based on personal or policy preferences,” Kavanaugh says in excerpts of his opening statement released in advance, per the Washington Post. “I am not a pro-plaintiff or pro-defendant judge,” Kavanaugh says. “I am not a pro-prosecution or pro-defense judge. I am a pro-law judge.” (Kavanaugh’s attorney released thousands of pages ahead of the hearing, but not enough to appease Democrats.)

But why would Kavanaugh’s nomination and hearings be so contentious?  For one he is a self-described conservative….but there is more…..

President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are expected to be contentious as Democrats plan on grilling the nominee on his judicial record and legal philosophy.

The battle has been controversial from the start since the nominee will be filling the seat of retiring justice Anthony Kennedy, the court’s swing vote on many key issues including abortion rights, affirmative action and same-sex marriage

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/09/03/brett-kavanaugh-controversial-supreme-court-nominee-five-reasons/1143100002/

For your information….do you understand how the supreme court works?

Violence Will Ensue

During a recent speech/rally/interview (who knows which…they all sound and appear the same) Our Dear Leader was talking about the upcoming midterms….what appears to be a “blue wave” has Our Dear Leader worried…so worried that he had to make up another one of his now famous lies…..

Does President Donald Trump really think there will be “violence” from the left if Republicans lose control of Congress in the November midterms? Isn’t the whole point of winning an election to get what you want without turning to violence?

Yet, “violence” was in Trump’s forecast in a closed-door meeting with evangelical leaders Monday at the White House, according to audio reportedly obtained by NBC and The New York Times.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/page/ct-perspec-page-trump-evangelicals-stormy-daniels-0902-20180831niels-20180831-story.html

Seriously?  Does he truly believe the Dems or as he calls them “The Left” have enough guts to overthrow the Trump agenda?  (I shall pause here for laughter)

Does this micro brain idiot really think there is a true “Left” in this country? (that is rhetorical)

If he had made this prediction back in the 60-70’s when there was an actual Left in this country then maybe he would appear to have more than half a brain.

But today when the country is ruled by the wealthy where does he see this non-existent “Left”….as an old radical I cannot find them so I doubt if Our Dear Leader can either.

I find it hard to fathom that the GOP still tries to blame every loss to a Dem as creeping socialism….but it makes sense since their programs are worthless and favor only the wealthy that they would need to make an imaginary foe to make themselves look viable.

There are only so many ways to debunk the lies  Take  fruit salad, a potato salad and a chef salad….they are all called “salad” but they are NOT the same….I wish I could get simpler than that but I am at a loss for simplicity.

The only violence is that Our Dear Leader tells his slobbering supporters to do……not in so many words but rather in the innuendo that he has become famous for using.

The Death Of Political Courage

I would like to report that my area dodged a bullet….the storm that was headed our way actually came ashore 30 miles East of me…..so we were on the West side so a little rain and wind and no damage…..I survived to write another day.

In the days of Trump and the GOP I see NO political courage….I see No one standing up to the leadership of the GOP with the exception of those cowards that refuse to run again and have tried to become the soul of the GOP….in that they FAILED!

Just last week John McCain died.

There are more issues with McCain that I disagreed with than agreed….but I will say that he did have the political courage to take on his party on some issues……

Senator John McCain sought to stop the Bush administration’s attempt to weaken the protections offered by Geneva Conventions. The provision at issue was obscure, the matter legally complicated, and the White House was ready to fight. But McCain was determined.

At the time, I served as the senator’s foreign policy adviser. Talking in his office, we went over the issue one more time. It’s important, I said, but few understand it. You may well lose if you choose to fight this. Even if you win, you’ll get no credit for the victory, and the matter will soon be forgotten. But, I added, I think it’s the right thing to do.

“They are threatening to weaken the Geneva Conventions,” McCain responded. “I can’t let them do that. I’ll fight them to the end—even if it costs me everything.”

https://www.defenseone.com/politics/2018/08/death-political-courage/150820/

A sad day…..for with the death of John McCain came with the death of political courage.

Think about it…who do you see as having the courage to step up and buck the president other than the Dems….no Repub has a spine to do that these days…..

A nice tribute was written by H.R. McMasters to McCain…..

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/2018-08-29/john-mccain-and-meaning-courage

He, McCain, will be sorely missed in a town of soulless drones he was an individual….and in a Building filled with spineless cowards he was a bright light that is gone forever.

It’s Afghanistan As Usual

An Update before I begin my posting day…..I wrote about the death of an American soldier but no name was released….that has changed…..

…the soldier killed was Army Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy A. Bolyard, 42, of Thornton, West Virginia. It said he died of wounds sustained from small arms fire in Logar Province, but it provided no other details about the incident.

Bolyard was assigned to 3rd Squadron, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, based at Fort Benning, Georgia. His brigade was sent to Afghanistan early this year as part of a revamped American strategy to bolster the Afghan security forces by placing U.S. military advisers with Afghan troops closer to the front lines.  (thestate.com)

Yesterday I wrote a post on the situation in Afghanistan …….https://lobotero.com/2018/09/04/afghanistan-still/ and as usual events moved to make the post needy of more information…so let me extend the reports from Afghanistan.

A brand new general has taken command in Afghanistan…..

17 years into the US War in Afghanistan, Gen. Austin Scott Miller has arrived in the country to take over control of the US-led occupation, replacing outgoing Gen. John Nicholson. Miller is the 17th commander to lead the war.

Gen. Miller has been participating in the war in Afghanistan from the beginning. He was present during the 2001 US invasion, then at the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was among the forces sent during President Obama’s escalation of the Afghan War, as a brigadier general. Now, he’s a full general, commanding the longest war in American history.

Miller talked of adjustments to be made, but gave no suggestions that he’s going to make any serious changes. This likely means he’ll follow the historic trend of taking over, promising a review of policy, offering nominal changes and quickly falling out of favor, only to be replaced by the next commander.

(antiwar.com)

But what will be new with US policy……not a damn thing!

As the anniversary of the September 11 attacks draws near, the Afghanistan War—the nearly seventeen-year-old conflict those terrible events spawned—is seeing a change in leadership. Army Lt. Gen. Austin Scott Miller, America’s ninth commander, is preparing to take charge of the effort but has already admitted to his lack of innovative thinking. At his confirmation hearing in June, he told the Senate that he couldn’t guarantee a timeline for bringing U.S. troops home. This is unfortunate—and expected. Despite the change of command, Miller represents the same stale thinking that has permeated U.S. foreign policy for the last two decades.

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/skeptics/new-us-commander-afghanistan-brings-along-same-stale-ideas-30072

Sad news over the Labor Day weekend is that yet another American soldier has died in Afghanistan and another soldier wounded but in stable condition…….but the good news is that a former asset of the CIA that became a major terrorist has been killed……the leader of the terrorist cell known as the Haqqani Network has been eliminated…..

The Taliban say the Afghan Haqqani network founder, Jalaluddin Haqqani, an ex-US ally turned fierce enemy, has died after years of ill health. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed told the AP that Haqqani died on Monday inside Afghanistan. The elderly founder of the outlawed group had been paralyzed for the past 10 years. The Haqqani network was declared a terrorist organization by the United States in 2012. Haqqani, whose son is believed to have taken over the network in 2001, had not been heard from in several years, and reports of his death had been widespread in 2015.

In announcing Haqqani’s death Tuesday, Mujahed called him a religious scholar and an “exemplary warrior” who was “among the great distinguished Jihadi personalities of this era.” Haqqani, whose group had close ties to both the Taliban and al-Qaeda, was a prized CIA asset when Afghan guerrillas were fighting Soviet forces in the 1980s, the BBC reports. He allied himself with the Taliban after they seized power in 1996, and his group is believed to have been behind many recent attacks on NATO and Afghan forces.

https://www.dw.com/en/taliban-haqqani-network-leader-dead/a-45341661

And that is not the only setback the terrorists have endured…..

The U.S. military confirmed that it killed Abu Saad Orakzai, the Islamic State’s emir for its Khorasan province, in an airstrike in Nangarhar, Afghanistan on Aug. 25. The Afghan government had previously announced his death, but the report was not confirmed.

“The strike resulted in his death,” according to a press release that was issued by Resolute Support, NATO’s command in Afghanistan. The airstrike targeted Orakzai, who is also known as Abu Sayed Bajauri and Abu Sayad Erhabi, “in the eastern area of the Nangarhar province,” and was carried out by U.S. Forces-Afghanistan.

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2018/09/04/us_confirms_death_of_emir_of_islamic_state_khorasan_113760.html

Sorry to be crude here but…..”another one bites the dust” came to mind……

That is the latest reports that I have access to….if anything changes I will attempt to let my readers know.