Closing Thought–03Jun19

The big stories on the MSM this past weekend was Trump on Brexit…..royal protocol…..Liverpool wins…..Trump’s mouth in England……and this is American media……but a story that needed attention was overlooked for some dribble that informs NO one.

I read a report over the weekend that I had to re-read again and again…..ever read something that you thought could be extreme stupid or very arrogant?

I had one of those thoughts about something a Congressman had to say……

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, said he probably killed “hundreds of civilians” while serving as an artillery officer in Fallujah.

His comments were made public Monday on the latest episode of the podcast “Zero Blog Thirty.”

“I was an artillery officer, and we fired hundreds of rounds into Fallujah, killed probably hundreds of civilians,” he said. “Probably killed women and children if there were any left in the city when we invaded. So, do I get judged too?”

Hunter recalled this story in response to a question about the actions of Navy SEAL Edward R. Gallagher who is on trial in San Diego accused of war crimes including shooting at civilians. Gallagher has pleaded not guilty.

During the podcast, Hunter was asked specifically about one of the individuals Gallagher is accused of killing, a teenage ISIS fighter. According to prosecutors, the SEAL stabbed the teen who was brought in for medical treatment.

“I frankly don’t care if he was killed,” Hunter said. “I just don’t care.”

The Congressman added that he has seen photos and videos from the Gallagher case and has talked to other SEALS who served with him who say they don’t believe the charges. Hunter also said Gallagher should be given a break and that the ISIS fighter he is accused of killing was going to die anyway.

https://www.kpbs.org/news/2019/may/30/congressman-hunter-says-he-probably-killed-hundred/

https://shareblue.com/duncan-hunter-brags-killing-hundreds-women-children/

Did this “person” just admit to being a war criminal?  Or he just stupid? Could he be lying to impress? Or maybe thinks he is above the law as most arrogant pricks believe.

Personally, I believe only a moron would admit to killing “hundreds” of civilians.  This macho chest thumping is typical……there is NOTHING macho about war….but few realize that fact.  Plus this macho d/bag just admitted to being a war criminal.

My grandfather gave me some good advice…”Never start your mouth until your brain is in gear”……I pass it on to Mr. Hunter.

News Update:  As of 03Jun19 there is nothing in the news about this confession…..

OMG! The Whining!

For two years now I have watch this president whine about everything….about Obama, the Dems, The House, The DOJ, the CIA and especially the media…if it were anyone else the news would be about a president that has more excuses than hairs in his toupee.

One of the best whines was the one he uttered over the weekend…..

President Donald Trump lashed out at his predecessors and other countries on Saturay.

After returning to the White House from an afternoon excursion to Trump National Golf Club, the president attempted to defend his trade wars.

“When you are the piggy bank nation that foreign countries have been robbing and deceiving for years, the word tariff is a beautiful word indeed,” Trump argued, in spite of the market plunge that has resulted from his trade wars.

“Others must treat the United States fairly and with respect,” Trump demanded. “We are no longer the ‘fools’ of the past!”

https://www.rawstory.com/2019/06/trump-demands-other-nations-treat-him-with-respect-because-hes-not-a-fool/

This from a person that must tell the public just how smart he is…….oddly I do not trust anyone that tells me how smart they are….usually they are more moronic than not….

There are daily whines…..the country is suffering from massive storms, flooding and tribalism….whining does NOT help!  Its the democrats….its the immigrants…….its the media…..its China and India and Never-Never Land…..in other words he blames everyone including some of his own people for everything that is said and done…..

Pick a day…any day…and just listen to his comments and rallies….they are 80% whining and accusation….. it is unbecoming of a president (but sounds more like some mad hatter monarch)…..

Plus I was taught to get respect one must give respect……so I guess that means that Trump is screwed on the respect front.

So please Mr. President show some class and STOP f*cking whining and do your job…this is a country of AMERICANS not just Trump drooling supporters.

Enough Said!

Military Gets Politicized (Again)

On the trip to Japan Our Beloved Supreme Leader (accusation not confirmed) wanted the ship USS McCain hidden from view……(My post) https://lobotero.com/2019/05/31/uss-john-mccain/

Personally, I feel that our military is too much in the news as a political tool of sorts…..

The Pentagon has told the White House to stop politicizing the military, amid a furor over a Trump administration order to have the Navy ship named for the late US Sen. John McCain hidden from view during President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Japan, the AP reports. A senior Trump aide scoffed at the idea that anyone working for the White House might be punished, saying, “We think it’s much ado about nothing.” A US defense official said Patrick Shanahan, Trump’s acting defense chief, is also considering sending out formal guidance to military units in order to avoid similar problems in the future. Shanahan confirmed details about a Navy email that said the White House military office wanted the USS John McCain kept “out of sight” when Trump was in Japan about a week ago.

This was all too petty to be taken seriously….and then the email came to light……

The internal Navy email came to light last week, triggering a storm of outrage. Trump, who long feuded with McCain, has said he knew nothing about the request, but added that “somebody did it because they thought I didn’t like him, OK? And they were well-meaning, I will say.” Shanahan told reporters traveling with him to South Korea on Sunday that he is not planning to seek an investigation by the Pentagon’s internal watchdog into the matter “because there was nothing carried out” by the Navy. He added that he still needs to gather more information about exactly what happened and what service members did. “How did the people receiving the information—how did they treat it,” Shanahan said. “That would give me an understanding on the next steps” to take.

This is a prime example of using the military as a political tool……but not many of the sycophants that work in the Trump White House take this seriously……

Asking the US Navy to conceal a ship named after three generations of American war heroes to avoid potentially irritating the president was “not an unreasonable thing,” according to Mick Mulvaney. The acting White House chief of staff told NBC‘s Meet the Press Sunday that it was “probably someone on the advance team” from the White House that asked the Navy to keep the USS John McCain out of sight during President Trump’s visit to a naval base in Japan last week. “The fact that some 23 or 24-year-old person on the advance team went to that site and said ‘Oh my goodness, there’s the John McCain, we all know how the president feels about the former senator, maybe that’s not the best backdrop, can somebody look into moving it?’ That’s not an unreasonable thing,” Mulvaney argued.

Host Chuck Todd (not one of my favorites) apparently couldn’t believe Mulvaney was trying to defend the request, Slate reports. “Seriously?” he asked. Mulvaney went on to say the person responsible for the request, which the Navy confirmed on Sunday, would not be fired. “The president’s feeling towards the former senator are well known,” he said. “They are well known throughout the office, they are well known in the media, but to think you’re gonna get fired over this is silly.” Later, on Fox News Sunday, Mulvaney said nobody would even be disciplined over the “minor issue.” The USS John McCain, originally named after Sen. John McCain’s father and grandfather, both Navy admirals, was rededicated last year to include the late senator.

This whole affair is just silly and a bit pathetic. But then that describes this administration to a tee.

The Purge

This is not a belated movie review….no this time it is the news that Kim of North Korea is purging his people that have failed him…..again!

North Korea executed its nuclear envoy to the United States as part of a purge of officials who steered negotiations for a failed summit between leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, a South Korean newspaper said on Friday.

Kim Hyok Chol was executed in March at Mirim Airport in Pyongyang, along with four foreign ministry officials after they were charged with spying for the United States, the Chosun Ilbo reported, citing an unidentified source with knowledge of the situation.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa-purge/north-koreas-kim-jong-un-carrying-out-purge-after-hanoi-summit-collapse-chosun-ilbo-idUSKCN1T02PD

This is a typical move for the North Korean leader, right?

How many times have we heard about such a move from the Supreme Leader of North Korea?

Is this good solid reporting or just another hit piece?

A South Korean newspaper reported Friday that North Korea executed a senior envoy involved in nuclear negotiations with the U.S. as well as four other high-level officials. But as ever with North Korea, a country that closely guards its secrets, there are reasons to be cautious about the purported purge.

While North Korea hasn’t used its propaganda services to comment, the report in the conservative Chosun Ilbo daily could be true. North Korea has previously executed scapegoats to atone for high-profile political flops, and the most recent summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump ended in failure, leaving Kim embarrassed on the world stage.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/amid-reports-of-north-korean-envoy-purge-south-koreas-spotty-scoop-record-raises-caution-2019-05-31

I have often said that some of the claims about North Korea were not completely accurate…at least in my mind.

I am not siding with North Korea…just saying that not all that is reported is as good as it should be…..after years of doing analysis of international situations I have learned that all that is reported is not necessarily as accurate as it should be.

Here is why I say this……

A senior North Korean official who had been reported as purged over the failed nuclear summit with Washington was shown in state media on Monday enjoying a concert alongside leader Kim Jong Un. North Korean publications on Monday showed Kim Yong Chol sitting near a clapping Kim Jong Un and other top officials during a musical performance by the wives of Korean People’s Army officers, the AP reports.

Is this true or is it wishful thinking?

Why report a report that cannot be verified if not to be used as a propaganda tool?