Closing Thought–26Sep18

We have a War on Poverty (long since defunct), a War on Drugs, a War on Terror and now we have a new “WAR”…..the War on Chocolate……

Is everyone confused now?

Well you would not be alone…..Our Dear Leader is also…..

Spelling and grammar matter, especially when it comes to international policy decision-making.

Yet, again, we find ourselves asking: does President Donald Trump want to rid the world of chocolate or cocaine?

Speaking at a drug policy event outside the 73rd meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, Trump lamented the “scourge of drug addiction” and said the organization will “commit to fighting the drug epidemic together.”

But when his speech turned to Colombia, whose newly elected president campaigned on stopping cocaine production in the country, Trump made a familiar error.

“We look forward to partnering with his new administration to eradicate cocoa production in his country,” he said. “All of us must work together to dismantle drug production and defeat drug addiction.” [Emphasis added].

Now, according to the White House transcript, the president was supposed to call for the eradication of coca, the base plant used to make cocaine.

But this isn’t the first time he’s mispronounced the name of the plant. Last year, he appeared at a joint press conference with Colombia’s former president, Juan Manuel Santos, and said “cocoa cultivation and cocaine production reached a record high” in the country. 

(massroots.com)

Is it cocoa or coca that will be eradicated under a Trump administration?  I have used both and much prefer the cocoa.

I never thought Trump was playing with a full deck…….but guess we could say that both are addictive substances after all he is gonna solve all our drug problems….so let’s begin with chocolate…..since he, Trump, likes simplistic solutions to complex problems.

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The World Got A Chuckle

Yesterday was a great day for humorous news and the biggest laugh came with the speech of Our Dear Leader to the world at the UN.

President Trump was addressing the UN Tuesday morning, and he got an unexpected reaction from an early boast: laughter. “In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country,” Trump told the General Assembly, which prompted some audible snickering in the audience, reports Politico. Trump made light of it as he paused his speech. “Didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s OK,” he said with a laugh, and that led to more laughter and applause. See this video captured by PBS.

The entire world sees what a goddamn liar this person is……and his visions of grandeur are getting funnier if not scarier.

But the world learn that the only way a nation can get help from the US is to meet Trump with knee pads and service him…….

Now for the rest of his babbling mess…..

President Trump addressed the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, with his familiar “America First” theme taking prominence. “We reject the ideology of globalism,” the president told the world body. One of Trump’s early boasts drew unexpected laughter from the audience, though he laughed it off and went on to press his case. Here are some of Trump’s big lines, as rounded up by outlets including CNN, the Washington Post, USA Today, and NPR:

  • US independence: “The US will always choose independence and cooperation over global governance, control, and domination,” Trump said. “I honor the right of every nation in this room to pursue its own customs, beliefs, and traditions. The United States will not tell you how to live or work or worship. We only ask that you honor our sovereign rights in return.” Also: “We will not be governed by an international body that is unaccountable to our own citizens.”
  • Friends first: “Few give anything to us. That is why we are taking a hard look at US foreign assistance. … Moving forward we are only going to give foreign aid to those who respect us and frankly our—our friends. And we expect other countries to pay their fair share for the cost of their defense.”
  • Iran: “Iran’s leaders sow chaos, death and destruction,” he said. “Iran’s leaders plunder the nation’s resources to enrich themselves and to spread mayhem across the Middle East and far beyond.”
  • Familiar slogan: The only long-term solution on the global migration crisis is to “help people build brighter futures in their own countries—make their countries great again.”
  • Harsh words: “OPEC and OPEC nations are as usual ripping off the rest of the world, and I don’t like it. Nobody should like it,” he said. “We defend many of these nations for nothing, and then they take advantage of us by giving us high oil prices. Not good.”
  • North Korea: “With support from many countries here today we have engaged with North Korea to replace the specter of conflict with a bold and new push for peace,” said Trump. “I would like to thank Chairman Kim for his courage and for the steps he has taken.”

His BS on OPEC is just that bovine fecal matter……the biggest nation in OPEC is Saudi Arabia and this nation of barbarous religious zealots spreads chaos around the Middle East….why should we befriend this group of murderers?  BTW….the US gets very little oil from OPEC any longer we, the US, is now a oil exporting country as opposed to an importing country.  But Dear Leader would know that if he had half a brain.

The Iran statement is nothing but prep work that the US does at the UN before it invades a country.  (keep that in mind and remember Iraq of 2002/3)

All in all an amazingly worthless speech that did nothing but rehash most of his campaign talking points.

I listen so you do not have to…..you are welcome.  chuq

Should US Troops Take Control Of The Mission?

A loyal reader of IST writes a good blog about East Africa, https://africommons.com/ …..recent he wrote he wrote a post that ask a question.

Since I write a lot about war and other conflicts I thought I would put his post on here and see if there were any answers from my readers…..

This is in the nature of a “thought experiment” rather than an actual suggestion at this point, but here goes rough sketch of the basic points:

1) We all recognize–whether we are willing to publicly admit it–that Somalia is in a “permanent” war state although progress has been made from the lowest ebbs over the years. Somalia is like Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen in the sense that it is a place in which perpetual fighting appears indefinitely sustainable pending some major change.

https://africommons.com/2018/09/24/should-the-united-states-offer-to-replace-ugandan-and-burundian-troops-in-amisom/

My response was that the US was slowly doing just that……we keep adding troops to the fight against the insurgents in Somalia.  But my personal feeling is that we should NOT expand any further…..for we are fighting a “War” on a tactic….a war that cannot be won.

We have too many feet in a fire……we could use the money here in this coungtry.

Please let my friend know you opinion on his question.

Thanx for helping out……chuq

War Drums In The Morning

Iran is becoming more and more in the news….plus those warmongering toads in the White House are thumping their chests like crazed primates (my apologies to primates everywhere)…..just days ago an attack in Iran…..

An attack on a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz on 22 September, which killed 29 people, dangerously raised tensions in an already volatile Gulf region. Iran accused a local insurgent group (which claimed responsibility), but also pointed to what it said were the group’s enablers in the Gulf and in Washington. The U.S. State Department issued a muted condemnation while proceeding with its otherwise openly hostile rhetoric toward Tehran. And key Arab Gulf states, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, stayed mostly silent, failing to condemn the attack or express sorrow for its victims. A tragedy can create opportunities for diplomacy and eventually a new accommodation, but instead, after Ahvaz, all sides are feeding the risk of further escalation.

https://www.crisisgroup.org/middle-east-north-africa/gulf-and-arabian-peninsula/iran/irans-ahvaz-attack-worsens-gulf-tensions

Then there is typical he said/they said…..over the attack…..was it the US?

Gunmen opened fire during a military parade in Iran over the weekend, killing at least 25 people, including civilians. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack Saturday in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, which came a year after it claimed a high-profile attack in Tehran. The Ahvaz National Resistance, an Arab nationalist group that opposes the Shia regime, also claimed responsibility. The four gunmen involved were killed.

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/09/iran-attack/571084/

With the attack brings out the loonies from right field and the biggest loonie is our boy Rudy…….

Speaking on Saturday Rudolph Giuliani, the former NYC mayor and current Trump lawyer, said he is confident that Trump-imposed sanctions on Iran would lead to a “successful revolution” overthrowing the Iranian government.

Giuliani told a crowd that the Iran regime change “could be in a few day, months, a couple of years. But it’s going to happen.” He made the comments the same day as a major terrorist attack in the Iranian city of Ahvaz, where gunmen attacked a parade, killing 29 people.

Giuliani is the latest person connected to the administration to suggest that the US is not only advancing toward imposing regime change in Iran, but that it could happen soon. This is directly contrary to official statements on US intentions toward Iran.

(antiwar.com)

At this point why would anyone listen to the ramblings of Rudy who is proven to have zero knowledge about anything remotely foreign.

The problem is the rhetoric would lead one to believe that the US was behind the attack……and that would sit poorly with the Iranians…..

Tensions between the US and Iran have been on the rise in the past several days, with Iran blaming US-backed groups for a Saturday terrorist attack, and Trump aide Rudolph Giuliani vowing an impending US-imposed regime change against Iran the same day.

With talk of Iran doing something in retaliation for the terror attack, Secretary of State Mike Po9mpeo is now leading US comments threatening war against Iran, if the Iranians target any sort of “American interests.”

(antiwar.com)

This my friends is how you start a real shooting war….something the Neocon cowards have been praying for for so many years…..

But for those that have a limited attention span…..