Closing Thought–21Oct19

Remember all those gang members coming to the US in that “caravan”?  And also all those gang members that are committing crimes all over this nation?

Apparently MS-13 is the only gang that Trump knows to call it in public.

Our Dear Supreme Leader has made several references to “gangs” in his rallies….especially MS-13, may be the only one he knows, but there are so many more out there….

To be fair (I know a lot to ask) maybe he could mention and condemn the acts of an unusual gang in LA…..”the Banditos”

As concerns over police misconduct and use of force have drawn increased national attention in recent years, activists have argued that a key part of the problem is the ability for officers to shield one another from accountability.

But in California, critics of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department have been faced with a unique version of the issue: the existence of what have been called “deputy gangs” — cliques of officers who allegedly engage in violent and potentially criminal behavior while protecting their members and clashing with other law enforcement officers.

These groups, which have reportedly been around in some form or another in Los Angeles County since the 1970s, have been a frequent topic of local media reporting. Outlets like the Los Angeles Times have highlighted how other officers have filed formal complaints about the “secretive groups,” describing them as powerful forces within the sheriff’s department who beat and harass local residents and, at times, actively work to intimidate other nonaffiliated officers.

Maybe it is not that important for they are not brown people committing crimes…..

Plus I would not trust anything Trump had to say on the subject…..

In case you have missed it….HE LIES!

Plus it is bad enough the cops get away with murder…but now they have their own little gang…..things are getting out of control.

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Tulsi Vs Hillary

A dream cage match……

Over the weekend the national story was the accusation by a Dem nominee against a Dem candidate as a Russian agent… this what the Dem Party has become?

My regulars have learned that I support the antiwar candidate for the Dem nomination, Tulsi Gabbard the representative from Hawaii…I will admit that she is not the most popular candidate but then she does not kiss the ass of the establishment to get her way.

It seems that Hillary Clinton has done something to take the heat off the Bidens in the news…..she has accused Tulsi of being a Russian asset…..yeah she is still butt hurt from her lose in 2016…..

At this week’s Democratic debate, Tulsi Gabbard called out “despicable” reports in the media suggesting that she’s a favorite of the Russians. Now it appears that Hillary Clinton is joining the Gabbard critics. In an appearance on the David Plouffe podcast Campaign HQ, Clinton suggested that the Kremlin does indeed like Gabbard, reports Axios. “I’m not making any predictions, but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate,” said Clinton. “She’s the favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far.” Note that Clinton did not actually name Gabbard, but Axios is not the only site to make an educated guess that she’s talking about the Hawaii congresswoman—the Washington Post and the Daily Beast make the link, too.

So what’s with the Gabbard-Russia allegations? As Axios notes, one factor is that Gabbard has defended Russian ally Bashar al-Assad of Syria, and she maintains (in sync with her isolationist foreign policy views) that the US has no business in a “regime change war” to oust him. A recent New York Times article noted that some fringe-right websites also have embraced Gabbard because they see her as the Democratic version of President Trump, though she chafes against their support. In the podcast, Clinton also labeled the Green Party’s Jill Stein a “Russian asset—I mean, totally.” She said the Russians will back Gabbard if Stein doesn’t run again because Moscow wants to divide Democrats in key states with a “vigorous third-party challenge.” As for Trump: “I don’t know what Putin has on him—whether it’s both personal and financial. I assume it is.”

Clinton is still butt hurt after Tulsi quit the DNC and backed Bernie in 2016 and still cannot let the fact go that she was a terrible candidate that had NO chance…..and now she is trying to help Biden and the other corporate candidates as best she can….it is a petty person that back stabs to get revenge for a perceived slight in 2016.

Gabbard accused Clinton of being the one, along with her “proxies and powerful allies in the corporate media and war machine,” behind efforts to slam Gabbard’s reputation, “afraid of the threat I pose.” Then, a challenge: “It’s now clear that this primary is between you and me. Don’t cowardly hide behind your proxies. Join the race directly.” The tweets spurred instant reaction online, ranging from defense of Gabbard to mockery of her posts. Even a couple of her fellow Dems jumped into the fray, with Cory Booker posting a humorous reaction GIF and Andrew Yang going to bat for her. Clinton is taking heat over the flap, too: During a Fox News appearance Friday, ex-George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove said she should “put up or shut up” and offer evidence on her accusations on Gabbard

Let her step up and debate Tulsi face to face instead of doing what Dems seem to always do….a cowardly attack by back stabbing.

If she has something to say then say it so Tulsi’s face ..or STFU!

The Jill Stein, Green Party candidate, was also attacked and she has come out swinging as well….

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday made the baseless claim that Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party’s 2016 nominee for president, was a Russian agent—an allegation that was met with derision from Stein and an invitation to debate.

“In light of the latest slanderous allegations from Hillary Clinton, I challenge her to a debate,” tweeted Stein.

Tulsi has very little media coverage and this should give her a bit more…that is until Trump does something else stupid…….watch the media they will be negative to Tulsi and not call out Clinton for this cowardly attack…..CNN was the exception.

Further Reading:

Tulsi Gabbard Fires Back at ‘Queen of Warmongers’ Hillary Clinton For Suggesting She’s a Russian Asset

I listen to the corporate media joke about this accusation in more ways than not….it was a pathetic attempt by a washed up has been….

Clinton did what most cowards do….she backs out of an appearance….

Clinton has backed out of a speaking appearance at an event where Gabbard is scheduled to speak.

Clinton canceled her upcoming appearance at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit next week in Washington DC, just as her war of words with the Hawaii Congresswoman is escalating, according to Slate

Gabbard, 38, blasted Clinton as ‘queen of the warmongers’ in response to the 2016 loser’s allegation, and remains scheduled to headline the event’s program on Tuesday.

No one likes the old bitter hack.  STFU!

I have a new found respect for Beto…..

Beto O’Rourke defend Tulsi Gabbard when asked about Hillary Clinton’s claim that Russia is “grooming” the Hawaii congresswoman to be a third-party spoiler candidate.

“That’s not correct. Tulsi is not being groomed by anyone,” the former Texas congressman said on Saturday about his competitor for the Democratic presidential nomination. “She’s her own person, obviously has served this country and continues to serve this country in uniform, in Congress, as a candidate for the presidency. And so, I think those facts speak for themselves.”

The DNC is using surrogates to push a false narrative…..why?  The corporate media and donors are fearful that Tulsi’s anti-war message will get a foothold and lead the party away from the M-IC donors that are keeping the Dem Party alive.

But he is still not my choice for a candidate.

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Syria? Whose Oil Is It?

Riddle me this…….

The US is not at war with Syria, right?

We are there to defeat ISIS nothing more, right?

Then what gave Trump the right to “control” the oilfields in Syria?

Over the weekend I read some stuff that made me confused more so than normal about the events within Syria….

In puzzling comments earlier in the day, President Trump appeared to be declaring Syria a war about oil, and declaring victory, Tweeting “We have secured the Oil. Bringing soldiers home!”

The context wasn’t readily apparent, and it wasn’t true anyhow since comments from Defense Secretary Mark Esper made clear US troops are not coming home. Now, it turns out some US troops aren’t even leaving Eastern Syria, and the reason is the oil.

Sunday night’s report say Trump is now leaning toward a scheme to keep around 200 ground troops in eastern Syria, based on a plan the generals have sold him on. The 200 troops would have a”dual purpose” mission to fight ISIS and to keep Syria’s government from controlling Syria’s oil production facilities.

It makes more sense that this is a US goal, however, or at least a talking point, given Trump’s bragging about having “secured the oil” in Syria. Whether they can actually do this is another matter.

Where the US troops will be positioned is unclear, as the Pentagon is refusing to comment. at all on the matter. But for those who viewed going from Syria to Iraq as a big disappointment when with Trump talking about “bringing soldiers home,” having hundreds not even leaving Syria at all is an even bigger letdown.

If this turns out to be the case, this will be the second time in the past year that Trump has announced a military withdrawal from Syria, defended that plan in the face of criticism, and then ultimately bailed on it to keep troops in place with more military goals added all the time.

And if all the troops are coming home, according to Trump, then whom will be “controlling” these oilfields?  (BTW troops from Syria are going to Northwestern Iraq not home)

A few more thoughts……

1–Syria is a sovereign nation

2–The US was never asked by Syria for our help

3–The US is not at war with Syria

4–The oil in Syria is a Syrian natural resource

5–US control is tantamount to theft.

Nothing about this Syrian situation is coherent…..but then most of Trump’s foreign policy seldom is…..not coherent that is……

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Professor’s Classroom

It is Monday and a re-blog from the IST past…..American history needs to be learned and appreciated… it is about an American traitor…other than Benedict Arnold…..enjoy……Be Smart! Learn Stuff! chuq

In Saner Thought

Morning students. Todays lesson is a short and should produce many good grades.

Name another Revolutionary war hero that was a traitor to his country.

Was he executed? What was he really accused of doing that prompted the treason charge?

Your answer must be precise.

You may begin,

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The Syria Saga (So Far)

So many are calling the withdrawal of American troops from Northern Syria as a betrayal….especially the corporate media….

Confusion reigns in certain left-leaning and anarchist circles. Pat Robertson tells Trump he will lose his mandate of heaven if he really does pull the US troops occupying northern Syria from their positions. Democrats, Republicans, neocons and neoliberals join the Pentagon and the mainstream US media to decry this possible troop redeployment. Turkey assembles its military forces and moves into northern Syria. Some of its politicians tell their supporters that they will bury the Kurds in ditches along the roadside. US anarchist Noam Chomsky supports the US troops remaining in the area. What the hell is going on?

Betrayal in the Levant

Personally, it is time for the media to stop all the cheer leading and propaganda, corporate propaganda……time for the truth about our wars of endless duration…..

Syria has been turned into the most wretched of neighborhoods on the planet by Washington’s neocons and liberal interventionists. From its pre-2011 population of 23 million, more than 6.7 million have fled to countries such as Lebanon (1 million), Jordan (700,000), Turkey (3.6 million), Europe and elsewhere.

At the same time, more than 6.5 million Syrians are internal refugees, driven from their homes and towns by a so-called “civil” war that wouldn’t have lasted more than a few months save for the billions of arms, training and walking around money that Washington and its Persian Gulf allies have supplied to the violent opposition.

Owing to these billions of aid to armed insurrection, however, the Syrian economy has been turned to shambles and its ancient cities and towns have been reduced to steaming piles of rubble. Disease, malnutrition, lack of safe drinking water and medical supplies and treatments stalk the land.

Wake-Up Call On The Syrian Border: Time To End Washington’s Feckless Regime Change Policy and NATO, Too

The dialog now by some is that Trump is keeping his campaign promise of ending all our endless wars……sorry but I do not believe these “good feelings”…….while this was being discussed the Congress made it official that the Congress is pro-war, pro endless wars……

October 7th, the U.S. withdrew 50 to 100 troops from positions near Syria’s border with Turkey, and two days later Turkey invaded Rojava, the de facto autonomous Kurdish region of northeast Syria. Trump is now taking credit for a temporary, tenuous ceasefire. In a blizzard of tweets and statements, Donald Trump has portrayed his chaotic tactical relocation of U.S. troops in Syria as a down-payment on his endless promises to withdraw U.S. forces from endless wars in the greater Middle East.

On October 16, the U.S. Congress snatched the low-hanging political fruit of Trump’s muddled policy with a rare bipartisan vote of 354-60 to condemn the U.S. redeployment as a betrayal of the Kurds, a weakening of America’s credibility, a lifeline to ISIS, and a political gift to Russia, China and Iran.

So Trump is the anti-war president?

Personally I think that it is a bunch of crap to even pretend that he is such……

It is a great propaganda victory for Donald Trump that he has managed to sell himself as “anti-war.” Broadly speaking, Trump has no anti-war bona fides to draw upon. He’s torn up the Iran agreement, while threatening war in its place. He’s threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea. Trump has presided over consistent increases in spending for the American warfare state. And he’s engaged in more drone strikes than Obama up to this point in both presidencies. Trump has put forward no timetable for the final withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. He’s continued for more than two years the U.S. military presence in Syria, in the name of defeating ISIS. And he’s now greenlighted ethnic cleansing against the Kurds in Northern Syria by removing U.S. troops from the region and enabling Turkey’s invasion.

Trump as the “Anti-War” President: on Misinformation in American Political Discourse

If Trump is the anti-war president and is in the process of ending our endless wars then why did he not bring the troops home instead of just moving them around?

Trump’s not bringing the troops home. He’s been haphazardly deploying more troops, drones, and dollars abroad, while waging a shadow foreign policy for his own benefit.

Donald Trump loves to talk about ending the endless U.S. wars that he inherited as president. He tweets about it. He endlessly criticizes his predecessors for their martial mistakes.

But like the old saw about the weather, Trump talks a whole lot about endless wars but doesn’t do anything about them.

Just this month, he went against the advice of pretty much everyone to pull 1,000 U.S. troops out of northern Syria where they were protecting a largely autonomous Kurdish region. The result has been an immediate flare-up in the Syrian conflict as Turkey sent troops over the border to take advantage of the U.S. withdrawal. 

Then Trump turned around and sent an additional 2,000 troops to Saudi Arabia to help them defend against Iran or the Houthis or perhaps just internal critics of the regime.

As I have said many times….I applaud his efforts but he has not gone fart enough….and his “ceasefire” was nothing but a gimme to the Turks to do what they see fit to Northern Syria and the Kurds.  None of which is making anyone in the region safer.

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