Closing Thought–23Sep19

First day of Autumn……

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Be All You Can Be….and only one weekend a month…..all this is the promise of the US Army Reserve…..and leaked document tells that it is all kinda bullsh*t……

The recruiting commercials for the Army Reserve proclaim “one weekend each month,” but the real-life Army Reserve might as well say “hold my beer.”

That’s because the weekend “recruiting hook” — as it’s called in a leaked document compiled by Army personnel for the new chief of staff — reveal that it’s, well, kinda bullshit.

When they’re not activated or deployed, most reservists and guardsmen spend one weekend a month on duty and two weeks a year training, according to the Army recruiting website. But that claim doesn’t seem to square with reality.

“The Army Reserve is cashing in on uncompensated sacrifices of its Soldiers on a scale that must be in the tens of millions of dollars, and that is a violation of trust, stewardship, and the Army Values,” one Army Reserve lieutenant colonel, who also complained that his battalion commander “demanded” that he be available at all times, told members of an Army Transition Team earlier this year.

https://taskandpurpose.com/army-reserve-weekend-readiness

Does anyone find this at all surprising?

After serving in the Army I do not find it at all surprising….just doing business as usual.

If your child is considering join the Army Reserve please let them see this post before they decide to sign anything.

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What Will Dems Do?

The hot story over the weekend was that Trump may or may not have asked Ukraine for help with his verbal battles with Biden.

Well he has admitted that he asked them for help……the Ukrainians that is……

President Trump suggested Sunday that he raised former Vice President Joe Biden and Biden’s son in a summer phone call with Ukraine’s new leader, as Democrats pressed for investigations into whether Trump improperly used his office to try to dig up damaging information about a political rival, the AP reports. Trump told reporters that the July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was “congratulatory” and focused on corruption in the East European nation. In his remarks to reporters, he then raised Biden as an example, although there is no evidence of wrongdoing by Biden or his son Hunter, who worked for a Ukrainian gas company.

“It was largely the fact that we don’t want our people, like Vice President Biden and his son, creating to the corruption already in the Ukraine,” Trump said as he left the White House for a trip to Texas. Biden, who is among the front-runners for the Democratic presidential nomination, accused Trump of making a baseless political smear. The matter has sparked a fierce debate over whether Trump misused his office for political gain and whether his administration is withholding from Congress critical information about his actions. The incident is part of a whistleblower complaint, but the acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, has refused to share details with lawmakers, citing presidential privilege.

Trump said in the presser outside the White House that it was a “beautiful conversation”   really?  That sounds like something you would have with someone that gave him regular blowjobs….not something you would say about the talk with a foreign leader.

Just another chance for the Dems to step up, find their nuts and start proceedings against a corrupt leader that flaunts his power in the faces of the country.

I cannot wait for the lip service these impotent toads will provide the media with …..action will be just a promise that will last beyond 2020 and will most likely be all but forgotten by next session.

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Labor Is Unimpressed

Last election in 2016 the American worker went for Trump in a big way….his promises of jobs and plants opening swung them to his corner…and so far most of his promises were just farts in a hurricane.

https://lobotero.com/2019/08/28/closing-thought-28aug19/

The American worker is dissatisfied with Trump so that bodes well for the Dems in 2020, right?

You would think so….but so far workers are unimpressed….

When one heckler yelled, “You’re an asshole!” at Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at Philadelphia AFL-CIO’s first ever Workers’ Presidential Summit on Tuesday, the entire room roared back with chants of the senator’s name.

This was the most charged moment in a day of presidential candidates pitching union members including steel workers, drywall technicians, communications workers, school cafeteria employees, and airline food workers. Over the course of four hours, they heard from former Vice President Joe Biden, entrepreneur and tech executive Andrew Yang, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, Sanders, major Democratic donor and billionaire Tom Steyer, and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

But despite the candidates’ best efforts, the mood among the 2,000 attendees was one of general lackluster toward Democrats in the presidential race, and the six contenders who had showed up to try to win their votes. Notably, front-runner Sen. Elizabeth Warren was missing from the forum the day after she won an endorsement from the Working Families Party.

https://theintercept.com/2019/09/18/philadelphia-union-workers-presidential-summit/

Bad news for the Dem candidates indeed.

Labor would not be having this problem if they had in the early part of the 20th century had gone for political power instead of economic then this would be a easier race to watch.

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Mr. Trump, Who’s Your Daddy?

All these years I have been laboring under a false concept that the US was the most powerful country in the world and others would do as we say……but in recent days under the Trump leadership the US is a slave to Saudi Arabia……especially in the aftermath of an attack on the KSA refinery.

I say this from a Tweet I got on Saturday morning…..

JUST IN: Pentagon to will deploy additional troops and military equipment to Saudi Arabia: “In response to the Kingdom’s request, the president has approved the deployment of U.S. forces, which will be defensive in nature and primarily focused on air and missile defense.”

So now the Saudi royals dictate our foreign policy, right?

Defense Secretary Mark Esper says Trump has approved the deployment already, and that it will be focused primarily on air and missile defense systems, at the request of Saudi Arabia.

This has been a major concern for Saudi Arabia. Even though they have the third most expensive military in the world, behind only the US and China, their defensive systems have proven unable to fend off drones and many missiles fired from neighboring Yemen.

The expectation is that the US will be sending more air defense batteries to the area to try to fend off future attacks. Whether or not that’s actually going to work is a huge if, however, since the US has been selling the Saudis their top-of-the-line gear in the first place. It didn’t work for the Saudis, so the question is if adding more of it will make it any more successful.

The US has been investing substantially in trying to improve anti-drone capabilities in recent years, finding that their existing anti-aircraft arsenal is neither cost effective nor super capable against the much smaller, cheaper drones coming into fashion.

Saudi and US officials continue to try to blame the Saudi attack from last weekend on Iran, and are presenting the US deployments as being an attempt to counter Iranian capabilities.

(antiwar.com)

I realize that he Saudis have a strong hand in the US government and policies but when did they start actually making our policy for us?

September 14th, two oil refineries and other oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia were hit and set ablaze by 18 drones and 7 cruise missiles, dramatically slashing Saudi Arabia’s oil production by half, from about ten million to five million barrels per day. On September 18, the Trump administration, blaming Iran, announced it was imposing more sanctions on Iran and voices close to Donald Trump are calling for military action. But this attack should lead to just the opposite response: urgent calls for an immediate end to the war in Yemen and an end to US economic warfare against Iran.

The question of the origin of the attack is still under dispute. The Houthi government in Yemen immediately took responsibility. This is not the first time the Houthis have brought the conflict directly onto Saudi soil as they resist the constant Saudi bombardment of Yemen. Last year, Saudi officials said they had intercepted more than 100 missiles fired from Yemen.

Will Americans Let Trump Start a War for Saudi Arabia?

That is the overwhelming question…..will we Americans allow Trump to start another war?  Another war that we will not win regardless of the immature boast by the president.

Will Americans Let Trump Start World War III for Saudi Arabia and Israel?

Think about it…Pompeo had to rush to KSA to “confer” with MbS after the attack…..did he get his instructions from the new masters of US foreign policy?

Americans might want to pay attention for now……Dancing With The Stars will not get your loved ones killed……please remove heads from butts!

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