Biden On The Middle East

This is a continuation of my series looking at the direction the Biden administration will most likely pursue…..this time it is the hot bed of the Middle East…..

We know there will be a change from Trumpian policy….but what will those policies be most like?

This is an interview of a person looking deeply into the possible Biden policies for the region.

Here in Washington when a new administration is set to take over–well, in due time–we love to play the game of asking what will happen in every single corner of the world. I think it is a good exercise, for the most part, allowing many times fresh ideas, old concepts, and lots of opinions to get floated and refloated and compared in the weeks leading up to January 20. So, in that spirit, I asked my friend Michael Rubin from AEI for his ideas on where Joe Biden will take U.S. foreign policy when it comes to the Middle East. As always, his thoughts are sharp, comprehensive, and born from years of thinking through this topic for decades in a depth that is rare these days.

First, despite what Donald Trump may believe, we now can say there will be a change in administrations with Joe Biden taking office on January 20th. How do you think his policies will change towards Israel? Clearly, the U.S. and Israel had a strained relationship during the Obama years. Could we see a return to that? How will Biden approach this important alliance?

The Democrats are divided and the policies Biden pursues will depend more on who ultimately wins each position than on what the twitter base of the Democratic party may want. We’re far more likely to have a Secretary of State Tony Blinken or Chris Coons than Ro Khanna or Barbara Lee.

What Will Joe Biden’s Middle East Strategy Look Like?

 

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Closing Thought–23Nov20

I really do not need to say much more…..now do I?

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I have stated in a previous post…..these people should be immediately arrested and tried for their assault on the republic.

To refresh your memory………https://lobotero.com/2020/09/22/arrest-the-lot-of-them/

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Nothing Changes With Democrats

The world owes Donald Trump thanks. But for him, our next president would be Donald Trump, and “moderate” Democrats – spineless defenders of the pre-Trumpian status quo and of the interests of the kinder-gentler wing of the ruling class — would have done even more harm than they did.

Needless to say, this is not how liberal media see it. As soon as the election was called, they went on the offense. Within a day or two, watching MSNBC and CNN became unbearable, worse even than listening to NPR or reading the drivel of most New York Times and Washington Post columnists.

Stephanie Rule, Claire McCaskill, Dana Bush and a few others were among the first to go on the attack, but within hours and with very few exceptions, they all followed suit – blaming not themselves and their politics, but the politics of leftists within the Democratic fold for the fact that the “blue tsunami” they were all expecting failed to materialize.

Damn Moderates

As I type the Dem candidate, Joe Biden, is winning the presidency….but to be fair it is not over yet……that is not over in Trump’s tiny mind…..

The Dems have proven that they remain spineless after 50 years of snuggling up to corporate cash…..gutless and spineless to the end.

The Dems are once again looking for someone to blame because they lost some seats……like in 2016 it was my fault because I voted Green that Hillary lost…..not that she was a horrible candidate that had NO feel for the voter just a sense of entitlement…like her crooked husband.

The public overwhelmingly supports Medicare For All…..the Green New Deal….Minimum wage increase…..etc etc…..even FOX News is reporting that …..Election Day exit polling showing that 72% of voters favor transitioning to a “government-run healthcare plan.”

That is Progressive and yet the Centrist keep trying keep the health industry in the loop and profitable.  Once again these Centrist illustrate why Hillary lost and why they are becoming a political dinosaur that is due for extinction.

But the Centrists are whining and blaming….

In a heated caucus-wide conference call on Thursday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other centrist Democrats in the U.S. House reportedly blamed lost congressional seats on the redistributive agenda advanced by the party’s progressive members, with Majority Whip James Clyburn warning that running on “socialized medicine” will result in losing the two runoff races in Georgia that could give the party a Senate majority.

“Polls consistently show a majority of the U.S. electorate [is] considerably to the left of both party leaderships… on issue after issue—the environment, electoral reform, [and] Medicare for All,” said Jacobin’s Luke Savage, less than 72 hours before the Democratic Party establishment recycled its attacks on popular progressive policies following a underwhelming showing at the ballot box. 

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/11/06/centrist-house-democrats-attack-medicare-all-fox-news-poll-shows-72-voters-want

The Progressives in the House are pushing back on the attacks from the do-nothing Centrists…..

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did not directly address comments made in Thursday evening’s House Democratic caucus call on Friday, but in an extensive Twitter thread the congresswoman discussed multiple reasons for rejecting centrist Democrats’ claims that the embrace of progressive policies led to lackluster election results for the party. 

Support for broadly popular policies like the Green New Deal and Medicare for All and relentless canvassing by progressives in the House—even when Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign declined to campaign in key states—were among the factors which helped unapologetic progressives win elections this year, the New York Democrat tweeted, while centrist candidates lost or came close to losing. 

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/11/06/ocasio-cortez-dismisses-centrist-attempts-blame-left-dem-losses-calling-party-listen

This is why I like these Reps…they do not mince words and go to the heart of the problems.

Keep in mind that Progressives worked hard for Biden and if he does what I think he will and turn his back on them then they will make them, Centrists,  pay in 2022 and 2024.

The evident defeat of Donald Trump would not have been possible without the grassroots activism and hard work of countless progressives. Now, on vital issues—climate, healthcare, income inequality, militarism, the prison-industrial complex, corporate power and so much more—it’s time to engage with the battle that must happen inside the Democratic Party.

The realpolitik rationales for the left to make nice with the incoming Democratic president are bogus. All too many progressives gave the benefit of doubts to Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, making it easier for them to service corporate America while leaving working-class Americans in the lurch. Two years later, in 1994 and 2010, Republicans came roaring back and took control of Congress.

From the outset, progressive organizations and individuals (whether they consider themselves to be “activists” or not) should confront Biden and other elected Democrats about profound matters. Officeholders are supposed to work for the public interest. And if they’re serving Wall Street instead of Main Street, we should show that we’re ready, willing and able to “primary” them.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/11/06/progressives-made-trumps-defeat-possible-now-its-time-challenge-biden-and-other

Centrists are pussies that have their corporate handlers best interest at heart not the people of this nation….and yet they blame everybody but themselves for their poor showings at the polls.

As usual Dems were cocky and overconfident and blew their advantage by embracing the wrong policies……by basically shrugged off all policies with the exception of “Beat Trump”……they, Centrist, need a message….something they have not had for decades…the Progressives have that message and maybe it is time to pull Centrists heads out of corporate asses and embrace some true issues.

A memo to the Democratic Party from four progressive organizations outlines how through a number of unforced errors in an attempt to appeal to conservatives and moderates rather than the more forward-looking Democratic base, the party allowed the loss of a number of congressional seats—and now risks further alienating the racial justice organizers and working-class voters who helped deliver President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. 

The memo (pdf) from Justice Democrats, the Sunrise Movement, New Deal Strategies, and Data for Progress comes a week after centrist Democrats including House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.), and Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Penn.) explicitly blamed progressive policy proposals such as Medicare for All, far-reaching police reform, and a fracking ban for congressional losses.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/11/11/memo-democrats-2020-elections-show-progressive-vision-not-centrist-restraint-winning

Since the Centrists will be in control we can look for NO progress on any issue that means anything to the nation.

A memo to the Democratic Party from four progressive organizations outlines how through a number of unforced errors in an attempt to appeal to conservatives and moderates rather than the more forward-looking Democratic base, the party allowed the loss of a number of congressional seats—and now risks further alienating the racial justice organizers and working-class voters who helped deliver President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. 

The memo (pdf) from Justice Democrats, the Sunrise Movement, New Deal Strategies, and Data for Progress comes a week after centrist Democrats including House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.), and Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Penn.) explicitly blamed progressive policy proposals such as Medicare for All, far-reaching police reform, and a fracking ban for congressional losses.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/11/11/memo-democrats-2020-elections-show-progressive-vision-not-centrist-restraint-winning

You asked for a policy-less DNC and now you have it…..

Do Not Bitch And Whine….this is what you wanted.

BTW…I will be cruising blogs and looking for those that supported Biden when they start bitching…I will be there to remind them that I TOLD THEM SO!

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Walking The Dog!

Nope not that hit from the 1960s by Rufus Thomas…..I am talking about my daily exercise when MoMo and I go for our stroll in the early morning hours.

A Spanish study has shown that dog walks and home deliveries are high in the chances of infection…..

The study, published in the Environmental Research journal, by the University of Granada and the Andalusian School of Public Health looked at the main risk factors of coronavirus transmission during the first national lockdown in Spain.

Dog walking was said to have increased the risk of getting Covid-19 by 78% during the period studied, March to May.

Supermarket home deliveries increased the risk by 94%, according to the research.

And the risk if someone else in a person’s household tested positive for the coronavirus was 60 times higher, the study found.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/dog-walking-list-everyday-activities-23035842

Screw that!

My buddy needs her walk….and we go really early and seldom see anyone……and that is why we do it so we do not have to deal with others.

I can see why this could be a dangerous time…..and then there is home deliveries…..I do not use…..for I know how to cook and do not like the idea of too many handling my food.

But that is just me.

Any thoughts?

Finally a stroll down memory lane…..

A final thought about pets……this time it is the perfect Christmas Card…..not just any pet but those pets of the Presidents…

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A New Food Fad

These days the so-called “Foodies” are ruining the dining experience by all their stupidity.

I mean they, the “foodies, have forced me to deal with eating a garnish called kale…..they turn everything into a “shake” because they are too damn lazy to chew…..and they order their food on-line because the art of cooking is too confusing.

I was wondering just what stupidity these twats could come up with next.

I did not have wait long……

If you’re feeling a bit peckish, why not have a nibble on meat grown from your own body? Scientists and designers from the US have created a ‘grow-your-own’ steak kit, which uses human cells and blood to pose a question to the cultured meat industry. The Ouroboros Steak, named after the ancient Egyptian snake that eats itself, can be grown from cells scraped from the inside of your cheek and fed serum from old donated blood. While the steak is currently just a prototype, and designed as a thought-provoking piece of art, it is a real piece of meat grown from human cells.

Currently on show at the Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition, the human morsels are supposed to highlight the lab-grown meat industry’s reliance on fetal bovine serum (FBS), a protein-rich growth liquid for cell cultures. FBS is derived from the blood of calf fetuses, often when their pregnant mothers are killed in the meat and dairy industries. This serum, which can cost up to £700 per litre, is often criticised on the grounds of supporting environmentally damaging industries.

 
Sounds like cannibalism to me….but let’s go to a dictionary…..cannibalism is defined as “the practice of eating the flesh of ones own species”
 
Still sounds like cannibalism to me….
Any thoughts?
 
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Sunday Space Stuff

That time of the weekend again….the time when I focus attention on the space race…..a race to rape the universe.

China is about to re-make history….and bring Moon rocks back to Earth….

China is continuing to flex its space muscles. On Tuesday, it rolled a rocket into place that is scheduled to lift off for an ambitious mission to the moon early next week, reports the AP. The Long March-5 will carry the Chang’e 5, whose mission is to fetch rocks and other material from the moon—the first time humans will have done so in more than 40 years, per Nature. The mission calls for Chang’e 5’s moon lander component to dig about 7 feet down from the surface and bring up what it finds. It’s a complement to a 2019 mission in which China became the first nation to land a rover on the far side of the moon.

“To take it to the next level to return samples from the moon is a significant technological capability,” says planetary geologist Carolyn van der Bogert of the University of Münster, Germany. China also has a mission to Mars currently underway. Analysis of the soon-to-be-retrieved moon rocks could answer questions about the moon’s evolution and perhaps shed light on planets as well, per Nature. As for the earlier moon mission, China’s rover continues to send back photos, and Space.com has the latest ones

WE must be ready for “orbital warfare”…..so claims the leadership wants the world to believe……

Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond’s new guidance document strikes a distinctly martial tone, focusing future investment on “orbital warfare” capabilities out to the Moon and beyond.

The guidance — which covers all aspects of Space Force development from command structure to new acquisition practices based on digital engineering, to “force design” and to training — is aimed at rapidly building the new service’s capability to handle the “shift from space as a benign domain to a warfighting domain,” Raymond told reporters today.

The guidance “aligns our priorities, activities and goals,” he said. “It’s a roadmap for the future, to compete and deter and win as outlined in the National Defense Strategy.”

https://breakingdefense.com/2020/11/gen-raymond-targets-combat-ready-space-force/

Most people know that we now have another branch of military service…The Space Force…..and within this branch will be Space Marines…..

As if 2020 hasn’t brought us enough surprises, U.S. Space Command announced on Friday that the U.S. military can now count Space Marines among its ranks … or something along those lines.

According to a press release, the Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger ordered the activation of the Marine Corps Forces Space Command at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., effective Oct. 1, 2020.

The new command “will focus on providing space operational support to the Fleet Marine Force,” the press release said. It will be led by Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Matthew G. Glavy.

https://taskandpurpose.com/news/marine-corps-forces-space-command-space-marines

I often say the our new Space Force sounds more like an invasion and occupation force than a self-defense force…..

If you are interested to see where your grandchildren will be fighting those endless wars then this article may help……https://thediplomat.com/2020/11/how-the-us-space-force-doctrine-paves-the-way-for-future-warfighting/

The endless wars in the future…..not much will change….just the location.

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Pandemic Board Game

We all are well aware just how catastrophic this Covid-19 has been on the world……in the US the totals so far…..Cases–11+ million…..Deaths–

This is the weekend and for those that are still in isolation…..maybe playing board games…..

This game is from 2017 and is very telling…..

A game?

2020, for reasons we don’t have to specify, has seen a big resurgence in pandemic-themed entertainment. Films like Outbreak and Contagion have found new life, as has anything else that depicted a viral pandemic in a fictional context. This includes board games. Specifically, we’re talking about this Pandemic board game from Z-Man Games. It’s only a few years old, but it’s newly relevant, thanks to, uh, current events.

Everyone in the world’s now learning the hard way how important it is for governments to be prepared for the possibility of a global pandemic. But players of Pandemicalready knew this. That’s because the game is all about letting players cooperate as members of a team, devoted to fighting worldwide outbreaks. Here’s the official synopsis of what the game is all about:

“Four diseases have broken out in the world and it is up to a team of specialists in various fields to find cures for these diseases before mankind is wiped out. Players must work together playing to their characters’ strengths and planning their strategy of eradication before the diseases overwhelm the world with ever-increasing outbreaks. For example the operation specialist can build research stations which are needed to find cures for the diseases. The Scientist needs only 4 cards of a particular disease to cure it instead of the normal 5. But the diseases are outbreaking fast and time is running out: The team must try to stem the tide of infection in diseased areas while also towards cures. A truly cooperative game where you all win or you all lose.”

https://futurism.com/pandemic-board-game

Even a dunce could have found a  way to defeat this disease but not our fearless leader….he was too busy being a douche to protect the people and find a cure….

Be well….Be Safe….

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Another Pandemic Side Effect

Closing Thought–20Nov20

There are many side effects of the pandemic that is ravaging the planet. All things you can imagine but the one the most got my attention was something that the nation had been trying to stamp out for decades….smoking.

Jamie Hickey, a 41-year-old personal trainer based in Pennsylvania, hadn’t smoked in eight years, but he caved when the Covid-19 pandemic hit. “The boredom was the biggest part of it — just wanting something to do,” he said. “It broke up the monotony of the day, and if we weren’t in quarantine, I don’t think I would’ve ever gone back.”

The pandemic has encouraged us to pick up some pretty bad habits: bingeing (of television, food, and alcohol varieties), ghosting, doomscrolling, impulse shopping — but one that seems particularly counterintuitive is smoking. The choice to smoke feels strange right now for so many reasons: It’s an unnecessary expense in a time that has made our wallets tight, nicotine withdrawals can make users jittery, and it puts our lung health at risk.

We still are in the dark about some aspects of the coronavirus, but we know that it has taken the lives of more than 240,000 Americans and that it generally affects the ability of an infected person to breathe comfortably. At the beginning of the pandemic, being put on a ventilator was the death knell for thousands of people who were struggling with virus-related respiratory issues. A World Health Organization study found a “statistically significant association between smoking status and primary endpoints of admission to Intensive Care Unit (ICU), ventilator use or death” in Covid-19 patients.

https://www.vox.com/the-goods/21561419/smoking-cigarettes-covid-19-pandemic-juul-health-boredom

Now I await the next round of anti-smoking propaganda….but it will have to wait until the anti-vaping ads run their course.

Whatever happened to “this is your brain on drugs”?

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SCREW Pompeo!

I told the readers of IST back in2010 that Pompeo came to office on the crest of the Tea Party wave that he would be a bully and a thug….and so far I have NOT been mistaken.

His newest BS is the designate the BDS Movement illegal…..although the idea is far from new…..

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Thursday during his visit to Israel that the State Department will designate the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement as “anti-Semitic.” BDS is an international campaign that calls on people to pressure Israel over its human rights violations through various boycotts.

“Today I want to make one announcement with respect to a decision by the State Department that we will regard the global anti-Israel BDS campaign as anti-Semitic,” Pompeo said while meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. “Look, we want to stand with all other nations that recognize the BDS movement for the cancer that it is, and we’re committed to combating it.”

It’s not clear what the label from the State Department would mean, but Pompeo said the US will “identify organizations” that engage in BDS and “withdraw US government support for such groups.” The comments suggest organizations that boycott Israel could lose government funding.

Thirty-two US states currently have anti-BDS laws on the books that deny state funds to those who advocate boycotting Israel. The laws require state contractors to sign oaths pledging not to boycott the Jewish state. Such unconstitutional laws were passed due to lavish lobbying campaigns from pro-Israel groups. Israeli officials have also promoted the laws.

“Whoever boycotts us will be boycotted,” Netanyahu said in a tweet in February. “In recent years, we have promoted laws in most US states, which determine that strong action is to be taken against whoever tries to boycott Israel.”

(antiwar.com)

My posts on this Movement…..https://lobotero.com/2016/04/08/non-violent-bds-should-be-welcomed-not-condemned/

First of all most Americans have not heard of the movement….and now they have……but what makes them so dangerous to Israel?

The BDS movement says its goal is to “pressure Israel to comply with international law” and sets out three fundamental aims:

  • Forcing Israel to end the occupation of Palestinian territories in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Included in this is dismantling the “apartheid wall” built by Israel that runs through the West Bank and ending the blockade and siege of Gaza.
  • Recognising the equal rights of the Palestinian citizens of Israel who make up one fifth of the population of Israel as established by the armistice line formed after the 1948 war.
  • Ensuring the right of return for Palestinian refugees to the homes and land they were forced to vacate during the 1948 war and in acts of displacement since.

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/bds-israel-boycott-movement-campaign

Another one of my post on BDS……https://lobotero.com/2016/10/02/think-about-joining-the-bds/

One more time….Screw Pompeo and Screw Israel….stay out of my business……

So the government wants to decide what my priorities are on the international stage….Pompeo and Israel can go fuck themselves…..I make my own choices.

Enough said!

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Biden On Public Education

A continuation of my look at the policies of the president-elect……

We have a president-elect and the new first lady is an educator so there should be a massive program dedicated to education…..but is there?

Biden has suggested the need for $88 billion in new COVID-19 relief to schools. This is less than half of the amount needed by districts. The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has said an additional $158.1 billion to $244.6 billion would be required to reopen school buildings safely and serve all students this year. Biden knows full well that such sums would never be approved by Republicans but has made the proposal to provide a political cover for his full support to a return to in-person schooling.

Secondly, a Biden administration will continue the austerity policies against public education, under conditions of a severe economic crisis. Originally Biden took to the presidential campaign trail with proposals for a series of mild reforms, including a threefold increase to Title I federal funding for low-income schools, universal prekindergarten and greater funding for special education programs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). He also proposed “fixing” the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, support for student mental health, and “hiring more people of color into the Department of Education (ED).”

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/11/17/educ-n17.html

Education is a popular policy promise at election time…..and so far we still have a needy educational policy….and now with a new president….that will not change.

Am I being too hard?

Then you tell me….these are the promises made…..

He will:

  • Support our educators by giving them the pay and dignity they deserve.
  • Invest in resources for our schools so students grow into physically and emotionally healthy adults, and educators can focus on teaching.
  • Ensure that no child’s future is determined by their zip code, parents’ income, race, or disability.
  • Provide every middle and high school student a path to a successful career.
  • Start investing in our children at birth.

What about the crippling debt for an education….will he do anything to help there?

https://joebiden.com/education/

The easy answer is NO he will NOT!

It is more important to protect the criminals in the financial sector than the students.

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