Closing Thought–27Jun19

More sad news to report…..2 more American soldiers have died in Afghanistan in a firefight with the Taleban…..

Two US soldiers were reported killed Wednesday in a firefight in Afghanistan. This brings the number of US soldiers killed in Afghanistan this year to nine.

Details are somewhat conflicting, with the two soldiers, part of a Special Forces team, killed by small arms fire in a fight with the Taliban. US officials claimed the fight was in southern Uruzgan Province, while the Taliban said it was in eastern Wardak Province.

It isn’t clear why the two sides offered different accounts of where the fight happened, and it’s worth noting that the two provinces in question don’t even border one another. Early reports suggested that the Taliban had ambushed the US troops.

With 9 US troops killed in only the first half of 2019, their casualties are tracking a multi-year high. 13 were killed in 2018, and 11 more were killed in 2017. Though this is below the highs of early in the war’s first decade, the tolls have been rising over the past couple of years.

This reflects the Trump Administration’s decision to escalate the war in 2017. The war continues to rage,

(antiwar.com)

For more information about these deaths we go to the Stars and Stripes……https://www.stripes.com/two-soldiers-killed-in-afghanistan-were-special-forces-in-close-quarters-fight-according-to-report-1.587645

Enough is enough…..it is time for war to be put to bed as a foreign policy technique……it is an election in about 18 months and what better time to make the cessation of war a prime policy for the candidates?

When will the American start to care about the deaths our presidents have ordered?

As the old song says….”Give Peace A Chance”……

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Dem Debate–Part One

My humble thoughts as well as a few MSM thoughts……

Last night was the first part of the first Dem debate of the 2020 election season….first what the MSM had to say….

The first of two 10-candidate Democratic debates kicked off in Miami at 9pm Eastern Wednesday—and Elizabeth Warren got off to a strong start. The Washington Post reports that the senator was able to go straight to her stump speech when she got the first question of the night, about whether her plans to overhaul the economy are too risky. She argued that “structural change” is necessary. “When you’ve got a government, when you’ve got an economy that does great for those with money, but isn’t doing great for everyone else, that is corruption, pure and simple,” she said. More:

  • The AP reports that the first clash of the night was between Beto O’Rourke and Bill de Blasio. The New York City mayor interrupted O’Rourke when the Texan was explaining why he didn’t want to fully replace private health insurance with a government-run plan, saying “Private insurance is not working.” Warren and de Blasio were the only ones to raise their hands when the candidates were asked if they wanted to abolish private insurance.
  • Jay Inslee was one of the first candidates to slam President Trump, reports the Hill. The Washington governor targeted the president view’s on wind power. “Donald Trump is simply wrong. He says they cause cancer. I say they cause jobs.”
  • Another flashpoint was immigration. Julian Castro said a heartbreaking photo of a drowned migrant father and daughter should “piss us all off” and “spur us to action.” He also clashed with O’Rourke, accusing him of having not done “his homework” on the issue.
  • When asked about equal pay for men and women, Tulsi Gabbard talked about her military service in the National Guard instead, saying her service gave her national security expertise, the Guardian reports.
  • Trump, who said he would watch the debate on Air Force One, weighed in with a one-word tweet: “BORING!” He later attacked NBC for having a “horrible technical breakdown” that delayed the second half of the debate. “Truly unprofessional and only worthy of a FAKE NEWS Organization, which they are!” he tweeted.
  • On gun control, Warren said she would “double down” on research to find out “what really works.” Cory Booker, asked his gun buy back plan, said he lived in a neighborhood where he hears gunshots. “It’s not about policy, this is personal,” he said. De Blasio spoke about raising a black son and keeping him safe from police.
  • Booker was the only candidate who didn’t raise his hand when asked if support Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, the AP reports. Asked to explain why, he said that as president, he would do his best “to secure this country.” Gabbard slammed Trump and his “chickenhawk Cabinet” for leading the country “to the brink of war with Iran.”
  • When the candidates were asked about what the biggest geo-political threat to the US was, Gabbard said it was the threat of nuclear war. John Delaney said it was China and nuclear weapons, and Inslee said it was Trump, USA Today reports.
  • Asked about the climate crisis, Inslee said he would be the only candidate to make it his No. 1 priority. Tim Ryan, asked about carbon mitigation, spoke about “real politics” instead, saying the party is seen as out of touch with working people.
  • Each candidate had a 45-second closing statement, and many of them focused on their personal stories. “Never in a million years did I think I’d stand on a stage like this,” Warren said. “When I was a child I didn’t have money to go to college, but I got my chance through community college.”

My take…..it was pretty boring  big ideas that can never be passed as long as our system remains in deadlock.  Second, too many candidates and so little time to speak there is NO way they could pass on their thoughts in 10 minutes or less.

Americans always gotta have a winner…..this debate it was Corey Booker not because of his ideas but rather he got the most exposure….and the loser?  Beto….he speaks Spanish…..not a game changer….plus he looks like a bad debater…..he had better tighten up.

My choice remains the same….. Tulsi Gabbard….she got so little time to put forth her agenda…..but she did have a moment….. “This president and his chickenhawk cabinet have taken us to the brink of war with Iran,” said Gabbard, who focused heavily on her military service. After Tim Ryan said the Taliban had flown planes into buildings, she fired back: “The Taliban didn’t attack us on 9/11. Al-Qaeda did.”

Then Ryan took a cheap shot at Tulsi in the spin after the debate…..called her meeting with Assad into question…that was just a cheap shot in retaliation for her correcting him.  That shot took him off my list of candidates…if he gets butt hurt over the correction what will he do when there is a crisis he must handle?

Tulsi does not get a fighting chance because of her antiwar stance….she gets no ‘love’ from the MSM that is in the business of promoting our many wars

The biggest idea that the MSM will focus on was from Jay Inslee when he said the the biggest threat to America was Donald Trump.  The most profound statement of the night…..but not enough to catapult him into the top tier (sorry).

Applause does not equate in votes.  Deep down the American people care little about immigration or climate change…I say this because when I talk with people not one has mentioned anything but what this election means to them personally…sorry but the country is not part of the equation…..big ideas are useless the election of 2016 should have illustrated this one fact.

It is obvious who the MSM (MSNBC) favored in this first debate…Warren, Booker and Castro….so much for objectivity.  Let’s see who they chose in Part Two.

That is the way it was last night at the Democratic Debate….and on to Thursday Night and the big guns.

Iran: Time To Decide

Enough of presidential bullshit! If he thinks he is all that then let this big mouth asshole make the decision……stop waiting for the most advantageous time to do something.

President Trump promised “overwhelming force” against Iran, calling President Rouhani “ignorant and insulting” and saying his attacks on Iran would mean total obliteration in some parts of the country.

Trump also thinks it will be a short conflict…..

Trump now insists the war “wouldn’t last very long,” and he isn’t even contemplating putting “boots on the ground” in Iran. He bragged of what a “very strong position” the US is in for such a war.

To me I think it is nothing more than arrogant lip service……something this so-called “Bully” excels at giving the nation……none of his raving will benefit this nation or the Middle East,,,the only thinbg it will do is allow the Saudis to run rampant around the Middle East applying their will at the drop of a hat.

Scholars in the field of Middle East studies have made their opinions known….

Statement by leading Middle East/Islamic studies scholars, June 22, 2019

We, the undersigned scholars of the Middle East and North Africa and broader Muslim world, call on President Trump immediately to pull back from the brink of a war with the Islamic Republic of Iran. It is clear to us that the human, diplomatic, legal, political, and economic costs to both countries, the Persian Gulf and larger Middle East, the global economy and the global system of international humanitarian law of a US attack would be even more devastating than was the US invasion of Iraq sixteen years ago. We call upon the political leadership of the country, with a sense of urgency, not only to refrain from any further threats and uses of force against Iran, but also to put forward a new American diplomacy that takes steps to achieve a sustainable peace between our two countries and within the larger region.

We bring to the public’s attention the following points:

https://mondoweiss.net/2019/06/scholars-unmitigated-disaster/

Here is a thought….maybe we should pay attention to what experts in the Middle East have to say…..and let the rantings of DC ass lickers fall on deaf ears.

Time for the people to rein in the war hawks they have had their way for nearly 2 decades…they have made their money now put them to bad.

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Trump Wins!

Remember that famous headline from the election where Truman won re-election?  Of course you do not you are not old enough……so here is what I am talking about…..

Dewey was the GOP candidate in 1949….but Harry Truman won that election.

This had nothing to do with this post…..I needed a lead in….sorry for the digression.

I bring up this because I have read that critics and opponents will lose because…….

Pastor Robert Henderson declared that anyone who opposes President Donald Trump is fighting against God. In an interview with televangelist Jim Bakker, Henderson said that no matter what people do, Trump will remain in office because that is God’s rightfully place for him.

“They can try all day long to remove him; they will not remove him. God said, ‘I set him as the president,’ and they can fight, and they can curse, and they can do all that they want; the problem is that ‘they’re fighting against God,” Henderson said.

He went on to share a dream about how God instructed him to pray for Trump.

“We stood in the courts of heaven, in the council of the Lord, and in that council, God told me to make a decree out of James 1:11, which is, ‘All flesh is as grass, and the flower is as the glory of the grass,’” Henderson said. “And He said to me, ‘Here’s what I want you to do, as you stand here, I want you to decree that Hillary Clinton’s campaign is as grass and that she is as the flower of the grass, and the burning, searing, exposing heat of God will come and bring exposure, and she will wither away, and Donald Trump will be the president of the United States.’”

(Raw Story)

Watch this!

There is no need to have an election because God wills it that Trump will win…..

Sorry I do NOT believe any of that  BS for one minute!

But I do believe the Trump can win re-election (to my chagrin)……for several reasons (my thoughts)…..the economy, warmonger vote, his base is rabid, oligarchs are throwing money at him, the DNC (they are trying to pick the Dem candidate)……

Further reading…..https://townhall.com/columnists/kevinmccullough/2018/06/10/5-reasons-trump-will-win-40-states-in-2020-n2489173

Not to worry about that impeachment thing……God wills Trump to be president……

https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-cannot-be-removed-because-he-gods-choice-claims-pastor-who-says-1437943

If you do not buy that CRAP then…..do some reading……

It is possible….no….it is likely…Trump will win re-election….never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter……if you want to change that outcome then….

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