Closing Thought–25Oct19

Seriously?  Why?

Please someone tell the Dems to stop thinking the unthinkable.

We hear all the whining about the crop of Dem candidates for 2020 and somewhere some moron that gets paid way too much for their thoughts, is pushing the unthinkable of another Clinton candidacy….

Hillary Clinton is not running in 2020. Right? She’s said so herself. And yet the influential Drudge Report on Tuesday has a lead headline trumpeting, “Dem Halloween: Hillary Leaves Door Open.” The headline links to the American Mirror, which has a story about what Clinton didn’t say at a recent forum in Portland. When discussing the Democratic field, she said: “All that matters is that we win. I hate to be so, you know, simplistic about it. We have to nominate … the best …,” which is when an audience member shouted, “You!” Clinton did not shut down the idea. She smiled and laughed and said, “Oh, my. Well, thank you.” (Watch video of her answer here.)

That report, however, is not the only story generating some Clinton buzz. In the New York Times, Jonathan Martin reports that Clinton (as well as Michael Bloomberg) has told people privately in the last few weeks that she would consider running if she thought she could win and if there were an obvious opening. Translation: If Joe Biden dropped out or floundered in the polls. Sources tell Martin that she shares concerns about Biden as well as whether Elizabeth Warren is too liberal. All in all, though, Martin thinks the chances of her running are “remote.”


Are we to believe that this person cannot get over being beat by Trump?  Do we have to go through all this embarrassing crap to soothe her butt hurt ego?

If she makes a comeback like this then I will be gone from ever considering a Dem ever again for my vote…..and another thing…..if they continue this stupidity will the Democratic Party survive the 2020 election?

It is no secret to the observant that since the 2016 election, the Democratic Party has been in a state of near-collapse, the victim of its own hubris, having lost their moral compass with unsubstantiated Russisgate allegations; those accusations continue as a futile exercise of domestic regime change.

Today’s Dems are less than a bona fide opposition party offering zero policy solutions, unrecognizable from past glories and not the same political party many of us signed up for many years ago. Instead, the American public is witnessing a frenzied, unscrupulous strategy.

Will the Democratic Party Exist after 2020 Election

Dems are considering destroying their party forever.

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2020 Another One Bites The Dust #7

The 2020 Democratic candidate field was extremely crowded….at one point there were at least 20 proclaimed…..slowly but slowly the field has been growing smaller….so far 6 candidates have decided to drop out of the race for the nomination….and as of yesterday the field has become a bit smaller…..

Rep. Tim Ryan has called it quits…..

The Democratic field went down by one Thursday, when Rep. Tim Ryan announced he is exiting the 2020 presidential race. “After seven long months of hard work I will be returning home to my family and friends and community in Ohio to run for re-election for my congressional seat,” he said in a video. CNN notes that his campaign had “failed to gain any traction” among the crowded field of contenders; he raised just $425,000 in the third quarter of this year and did not qualify for the September or October debate. Speaking of debates, however, Thursday brought good news for another 2020 candidate: Sen. Amy Klobuchar became the ninth candidate to qualify for the next debate, to be held Nov. 20, FiveThirtyEight reports

THis is what happens when you as a candidate gets NO traction with donors or voters… go back to what you were doing before you started this ego trip.

As per IST tradition….we will let Queen show the candidate the stage door….exit stage right…..

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A Cabinet Meeting From Political Hell

I remember one of Trump’s first cabinet meetings when they all got together and spent their allotted time massaging Trump’s genitals….it was embarrassing to anyone that holds our system in awe.

But Trump has topped that embarrassing moment with a further and more embarrassing moment……Trump wet on an hour plus rant against the Dems and the media…..

This is 6 of the most bonkers statements in the meeting….

President Donald Trump held a press availability during a Cabinet meeting on Monday, during which he went on a number of tangents and rants. Here are six of the wildest moments:

Schiff Is The Whistleblower’s Informant

6 Bonkers Moments From Trump’s Cabinet Meeting

The time was a rambling ranting mess….I wish that the above 6 were the only falsehoods spoken by our Dear Supreme Monarch…..but they were not…..

President Donald Trump delivered a blistering and rambling monologue to the journalists he allowed into his Cabinet meeting for more than 70 minutes on Monday. His press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, later tweeted, “I hope we see honest reporting from today’s mtg.”

We can honestly tell you that Trump’s remarks were highly dishonest.
We’re still looking into some of the President’s claims. We can report that at least 20 of them were false:
I wish that I could say that there was anything accurate in the words thrown out by the president…..I wish I could but alas I cannot….
But for doubters….please watch all 1 hour and 12 minutes of this presser……and then make up your own mind….it is a long video but illustrates just how badly Trump is going off the rails……
Yet more proof…..if you do not see his delusion then you do not want to see it for whatever reason…..and yes it is a long one but the rambling is very telling……
They say, the MSM, that the country is getting weary of all this silliness by our president and his toadies…..

You know, I’m old enough to remember when Republicans in Congress called down fire and brimstone on the Obama administration for not cooperating with Congressional oversight in the Benghazi probe. Here’s a 2012 clip of Congressman Trey Gowdy blasting executive branch members at an oversight hearing. Gowdy has just joined Team Trump, to help Build The Stonewall.

This ought to be a big deal to conservatives: to protect the right of Congress to do oversight on the imperial executive. I don’t respect the administration’s contempt for Congress. We all know Adam Schiff gonna Adam Schiff, but Trump brought this entire mess onto himself, and he can’t bluster his way out of it.

People — including Republican voters — are getting fed up with it. These numbers are not moving in the way the president needs them to:

Trump Fatigue

Personally I think that is good news….but sadly I am not buying it at all……I think that his falsehoods and BS is just making him stronger with the Alt Right and the bigots in our nation.

I mean I have a problem with our representatives that should be above reproach should ever use the language this president does…..

President Trump turned his fire on members of his own party Wednesday—and they did not take kindly to being called “human scum.” “The Never Trumper Republicans, though on respirators with not many left, are in certain ways worse and more dangerous for our Country than the Do Nothing Democrats,” the president tweeted. “Watch out for them, they are human scum!” Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger said it was time for lawmakers to talk to each other “as grownups,” the Hill reports. “To call anybody human scum is beneath the office of the presidency. You can’t say that, right? You’re the president,” he told CNN. “You have different standards.”

Peter Wehner, a Trump critic who served in the previous three Republican administrations, said he considers the insult a “badge of honor,” USA Today reports. “What those of us who are ‘human scum’ … particularly appreciate is how you’ve more than validated our concerns about you-psychologically, morally/ethically and in terms of temperament/judgment,” he tweeted. “You turned out to be at least as bad as we warned you’d be.” Trump, in other tweets,criticized William Taylor, the former top diplomat to Ukraine who testified at an impeachment hearing this week. “It would be really great,” Trump said, if people in his administration “could stop hiring Never Trumpers.”

Never thought I would live to see the day when an American would be called an enemy for disagreeing with another American….is this what you Americans really want?

That is NOT the nation I took an oath to protect.

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When Is Time To Exit?

For the last two decades we have been fighting wars all over the place and I have asked to what end? What are the goals intended so that we can look for the exit and bring our troops home?

A good question to ask is…what are we fighting for?

In war there is nothing more important than understanding the political objective or objectives of the combatants involved. This is the why of the war; the reasons the warring states and insurrectionist groups such as Islamic State spill blood and spend treasure. Sometimes the objective is masked by religious or ideological terms, but there is always some underlying political concern. States go war to get something they want or to preserve what they have. Carl von Clausewitz provides the keystone for analysis of all wars by reminding us that “war can be of two kinds, in the sense that either the objective is to overthrow the enemy [an unlimited aim]—to render him politically helpless or militarily impotent, thus forcing him to sign whatever peace we please; or merely to occupy some of his frontier-districts [a limited aim] so that we can annex them or use them for bargaining at the peace negotiations.” The political aim provides the basis for understanding the nature of the war being fought, something Clausewitz insists is the job of both the military and political leaders, and to which he provides a related admonition: “No one starts a war—or rather, no one in his senses should do so—without first being clear in his mind what he intends to achieve by that war and how he intends to conduct it.” The last part of the passage demonstrates a key reason why understanding the political objective is so important. Everything else flows from this: “The political object—the original motive for the war—will thus determine both the military objective to be reached and the amount of effort it requires.”

Sadly our wars today have no rhyme or reason….Sadly our wars these days seem to have NO exit strategy…they began and we fight them endlessly at a waste of time, money and people.

How did it come to this with the US and war?

For the past 20 years, U.S. foreign policy has been marked by constant lies and unjustified killings, from the 1999 bombing of Serbia and the 2003 invasion of Iraq to Libyan regime change in 2011 and our role in the bloody Syrian war since 2012. What explains this unbroken record of deadly folly? 

According to Ted Carpenter, author of the new book Gullible Superpower, Washington policymakers have been deceived by foreign con men who claim to adore freedom and democracy. Carpenter has a far more sagacious foreign policy record over the past 30 years than either the White House or the Washington Post editorial page. His latest work captures, in his own words, “the lengthy, depressing record of U.S. support for bogus freedom fighters and democratic activists.” 

Idiocy or Perfidy? How We Get Hooked on Foreign Democracy Crusades

When will we exit these wars…and why is it so damn haed to end them?

Ending a military intervention is hard. It’s certainly harder than starting one. Every modern American president has learned this lesson, with President Donald Trump being only the most recent, with his attempted departure from Syria and scrapped exit from Afghanistan. After announcing that he wanted U.S. forces to make way for a Turkish invasion of northern Syria, bipartisan outraged ensued. A common critique was that — setting aside the wisdom of withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria — the shift in policy was impulsive. In other words, there was no clear strategy.

That exit strategies are necessary before committing troops abroad has become an accepted truism among many people who think and write about strategy. It seems only logical to think troops should not be sent to fight wars before knowing how, when, and under what conditions they will be withdrawn. If there is no viable exit strategy in place, the United States could easily repeat the same mistake again, finding itself mired in yet another seemingly endless war with no way out.

When Are Exit Strategies Viable?

An opposing view of the above article …..

The best way to ensure a speedy exit from a war is to have never intervened in the first place. The second-best option is to have an exit strategy. If you have decided to roll the dice in the most complex, destructive, and uncertain activity humans can engage in, one would think having a plan to successfully end that conflict would be more than an afterthought. The past 70 years, in particular, have provided tragically few examples — Vietnam, Afghanistan, and now Syria — of exit strategies actually being contemplated before the war begins.

I disagree. While Kampf makes some good points — he laudably emphasizes the importance of defining political objectives before developing a military strategy to achieve them — his article ultimately contains several fatal mistakes. First, it misunderstands the strategic process. Strategy is vital for every phase of conflict, despite vast uncertainty that limits our ability to know what the future battlefield will look like. Next, after arguing that leaders should wait for the right conditions to emerge before planning withdrawals, Kampf doesn’t define those conditions. What are those conditions, exactly, and is it reasonable to expect them to emerge?

The Lost Art of Exiting a War

To me a clear plan of objectives and when they are met we pull our troops and declare it a success…..declaring a victory these days is not a good idea….war has changed so much since WW2 and Korea…..a success is the best we will be able to achieve.

The time to find the exit is now….the sooner the better…..

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Season Of The Protest

As a young man I spent many a days in protests….mostly for an end to the Vietnam War….also many days of fighting off the effects of tear gas…and a few beatings…..but that was then and this is now…..

I know that trying to keep up with the silliness coming from the White House and the Congress and the Media is a full time gig…..but while you were being lulled into boredom the world has erupted in protests….






Hong Kong


And the count goes on…..

Another day, another protest.

On Monday it was Bolivia – angry people clashed with police after the political opposition said it had been cheated in an election won by incumbent President Evo Morales.

Last week, the streets of the Chilean capital Santiago descended into chaos, as demonstrators enraged by a hike in public transport fares looted stores, set a bus alight and prompted the president to declare a state of emergency.

Earlier this month, Ecuador’s leader did the same after violent unrest triggered by the decision to end fuel subsidies that had been in place for decades.

And that was just South America.

Hong Kong has been in turmoil for months, Lebanon’s capital Beirut was at a standstill, parts of Barcelona resembled a battlefield last week and tens of thousands of Britons marched through London at the weekend over Brexit.

Protests have flared around the world in the last few months. Each has had its own trigger, but many of the tactics and underlying frustrations are similar. Governments, economists and ordinary people are taking notice.

In honor of those in protest….a musical interlude from Buffalo Springfield……

Or if you do not like that…how about the Rolling Stones…..

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