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.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/10/18/trumps-fake-withdrawal-endless-war

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. 

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/10/17/trumps-endless-wars

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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Let’s Go To The Polls

I hate polls!

Our 24 hour news cycle and the approach of a general election and the airways are full of polling results.

All news channels and pundits live and die with polls these days. It is how they get the stuff to drive the conversation for the day.

At best polls are a momentary look into what the nation the people are thinking and feeling. That is if the respondents actually answer the polling questions honestly.

As I have said I have NEVER been a fan of polls and the results the news people need to drive the day’s cycle….even as a young man when my news came from newpaper and the 6 PM news shows I thought polls were a cop out…a way to report without ever knowing what the majority of the people really feeling.

The reason I do not trust polls is I am not convinced that the people answer the questions accurately…..and some are starting to agree with me…..

When asked to answer questions quickly and impulsively – be it at work or home – people may lie to you by responding with a socially desirable answer rather than an honest one, say researchers.

In other words, time pressure does not bring out a person’s good ‘true self’ and people may default to their desire to appear virtuous even if it means misrepresenting themselves.

“The method of ‘answer quickly and without thinking’, a long staple in psychological research, may be doing many things, but one thing it does is make people lie to you and tell you what they think you want to hear,” said John Protzko, a cognitive scientist at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

The idea has always been that we have a divided mind — an intuitive, animalistic type and a more rational type.

“The more rational type is assumed to always be constraining the lower order mind. If you ask people to answer quickly and without thinking, it’s supposed to give you sort of a secret access to that lower order mind,” Protzko explained in a paper published in the journal Psychological Science.

https://gulfnews.com/lifestyle/under-time-pressure-to-answer-people-generally-lie-to-you-1.1570949816164

All that said…I still do not look at polls all that closely…but sadly some voters make their decisions based on what their favorite news outlet tells them is the best candidate.

NOT me!  That could be why I seldom ever voted for the poll leader.

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Breaking FOX News

I usual write about stuff that is not politics of geopolitics unless that is there is important breaking news….and yes Irene we have Breaking News….

A great journalist is leaving FOX News, Shep Smith…….

One of the few Fox News anchors to criticize President Trump is leaving the network. Shepard Smith, who has worked for Fox News since it launched in 1996, made the announcement during his show Friday afternoon, USA Today reports. Smith said the decision was his. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to report the news each day to our loyal audience in context and with perspective, without fear or favor,” he told viewers. Jay Wallace, president of Fox News, praised Smith as “one of the premier newscasters of his generation” and said the network respects his decision to leave. The Friday show was the final one for Smith, who gave no reason for resigning, per the AP. The network said anchors will alternate filling the time slot for now.

Fox viewers weren’t always happy with Smith’s comments about Trump, per the Washington Post. He’s called things the president has said “absolutely crazy” and defended CNN when Trump called it “fake news.” Trump has attacked Smith and his ratings, as well. The host also has taken on colleagues: After Tucker Carlson said white supremacy isn’t a real problem in this country, Smith told viewers it’s “without question a very serious problem.” The two hosts clashed again last month when Smith defended the network’s chief legal analyst after he was criticized by a guest, per the Hill. Smith called the attack “repugnant.” Carlson played the video of the exchange later, saying “Not clear if that was you or me but someone was repugnant.” In his account, Carlson said Smith “ironically” referred to the guest as “partisan.”

I liked him because he called crap when he smelled it.

Maybe I will start a conspiracy…..

Trump thinks FOX is his personal news channel and at times it looks like it and Smith was not always flattering to Trump so the AG Barr meets with Rupert and the next day Smith resigns.

Did Trump’s AG make some sort of deal with FOX?

Like I said I want to start a conspiracy…..

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We Need New Rules Of Engagement

This is not my take on something foreign policy or one of our many wars….but rather the pundits on the Tube that are doing everything but what we need them to do.

I am an old fart and I always believed that the media should be neutral and give all sides to a story….I was naive back in my early informative years.  Even before corporations could own media outlets (thanx Bill Clinton) outlets were controlled by corporations through advertising dollars….now they just own them outright and their bias is f*cking obvious.

I am think that most pundits are soulless assholes that their principles are for sale to the highest bidder….that is NOT what this post is about…..

Nope!  This opinion is about these pundits, no matter which network they work for, hawking their books and personal appearances…..book signings, band dates, speeches and seminars…..plus most have reverted to their days in Congress….that is work 3 days off 4 with long breaks in between their non-work.

This crap has nothing to do with the news of the day…..pushing their personal books or those of the parents is sad and disgusting.  Pushing their seminars is also.

If they need these things to supplement their pay then maybe they should step back and look at their expenditures….or re-negotiate their very lucrative appearance contracts.

Then there is the subject of the Summer…..that of electability….who can best beat Trump……in other words screw principles it is about the win not the nation.

What is being said about the Great Lie of Electability…….https://lobotero.com/2019/07/16/electability-the-lie-that-keeps-on-giving/

All that aside…..there are a wealth of ambitious proposals from every candidate…..the problem I have is they never tell me how they will set about getting these plans through the blockade in DC.

Then there is the lying toad of the DNC, Tom Perez, who tells how they try to protect the Dem candidates…and yet they spend millions protect Biden and not so much the other candidates.

We need to get the big money trolls out of the DNC….the Clintonians.

No one acknowledges the partisan crap that is the nation’s capital……no wants to admit that promises are just hollow words thrown at the voter during elections.

When one of these candidates has a plan for getting these programs into action then I shall give them my vote…..but until then……

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He’s Dancing As Fast As He Can

Warning:  This is an extremely long post…I apologize but this subject cannot be covered in my usual 350 words…..please read it and learn.

This whole impeach thing is just fascinating. Not because of the process playing out for I think there is enough evidence to hold the vote now and enough for a guilty verdict in the Senate…..but that would be if there were statesmen in the Congress and not a bunch of cowards that spend time trying to define the Constitution than actually working for their money.

None of that is fascinating…what is however is watching the president and his minions, Barr, Rudy, dance their way through the media trying to convince the American people there is nothing to see in these accusations.

What is most fascinating is that the tale changes almost daily trying to find that hook that can smooth the facts iver and make it appear that nothing of value is to be seen by searching the information out there.

Any watcher of American politics should be totally fascinated with these events and the saga as it unravels almost everyday.

These are just a few of the story lines in the past week….if you do not like the ones that have been reported just wait an hour they will change and will keep changing until something sticks.

Just a small reminder in case your are comfortably numb…..

I start on 02 October and Trump starts using a old reliable of a “coup”…….

Not for the first time, President Trump is falsely claiming a coup against him. “As I learn more and more each day, I am coming to the conclusion that what is taking place is not an impeachment, it is a COUP,” the president tweeted late Tuesday. Trump’s trade adviser Peter Navarro had suggested the same hours earlier, telling Fox Business that the impeachment inquiry was “nothing less than an attempted coup d’état,” reports the Hill.

Trump also claimed a failed coup in April, reports USA Today. “They tried for a coup, it didn’t work out so well,” he said of the Mueller report at the NRA’s annual meeting. Trump is likely to expand on his defense at a Wednesday press conference. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff will jointly hold one of their own, per NBC News, while the State Department’s inspector general will brief congressional committees on documents related to the Ukraine scandal.

Just a short time after his latest coup statement news comes out about yet another whistleblower…..

Tired of reading about the President Trump whistleblower complaint? Well there’s another complaint involving Trump that kind of flew under the media radar, Business Insider reports. Turns out a federal worker presented “an unsolicited communication” on July 29 summarizing allegations of “inappropriate efforts to influence” the compulsory IRS audit of tax returns filed by Trump and Vice President Mike Pence—at least according to a letter from Rep. Richard Neal to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Aug. 8. Neal added that the “grave charge” underscored “the pressing need for complete and meaningful oversight” of the mandatory audit program. For more, including Trump’s response:

  • Release it? Neal says he’s talking to lawyers about whether to release the whistleblower complaint. Revealing the complaint could help his lawsuit to obtain six years’ of Trump tax returns, according to Bloomberg.
  • Trump fires back: Trump’s attorneys say the whistleblower accusations are irrelevant to obtaining his tax returns, per HuffPo. The committee “does not explain how these allegations are in any way related to its demand to see six years of tax returns and return information, let alone why only the tax returns and return information can satisfy its supposed legislative interest,” they say.
  • An interview: Neal says his committee is seeking an interview with the whistleblower, WBUR reports. But he won’t say whether the complaint will affect his lawsuit or the impeachment inquiry.
  • Little-noticed, at first: The complaint emerged in an obscure court filing that was part of the continuing legal battle over Trump’s tax returns, CNN reports.
  • ‘Pretextual’: In July, Neal sued Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig for the returns, but the administration refused, calling the request “pretextual” and saying Neal’s committee just wanted “to make the President’s tax returns public, which is not a legitimate legislative purpose.”
  • Is Trump hiding something? At the Washington Post, Catherine Rampell says it could be “legally dubious or even fraudulent” financial dealings or evidence that “Trump has been profiting off the presidency.” But “we don’t know exactly what he might be hiding.”

Pompeo is lying to the country…the MSM say he is misleading….bullshit!  HE IS LYING!

https://amp.businessinsider.com/mike-pompeo-misleading-statements-trump-ukraine-call-whistleblower-2019-10

Then on the rope line on the rope line on the way to Marine One Trump made things a little worse when he said that China should investigate the Bidens as well…..as if Ukraine was not bad enough…….some of us asked “what the Hell is this person harping on about”?

President Trump got into political hot water by suggesting that Ukraine investigate Joe and Hunter Biden. On Thursday, he not only doubled down, he made a similar request of China. “Likewise, China should start an investigation into the Bidens,” the president told reporters, per Politico. “Because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine.” Details on what the president is talking about in regard to China, including a fact-checker’s analysis that labels Trump’s claims about the issue “false”:

  • The trip: In 2013, Hunter Biden traveled to China with his father, who was then the vice president and on an official visit, reports NBC News. At the time, Hunter Biden was involved with forming a Chinese equity company, per NBC. During the trip, Hunter Biden met with a Chinese banker who was his partner in the fund, though a Biden spokesman characterizes the visit as “social.” So does Hunter: “How do I go to Beijing, halfway around the world, and not see them for a cup of coffee?” he told the New Yorker in a profile.
  • What Trump says: “When Biden’s son walks out of China with $1.5 billion in a fund, and the biggest funds in the world can’t get money out of China, and he’s there for one quick meeting and he flies in on Air Force Two, I think that’s a horrible thing,” Trump said last week. Trump has said similar things of late, including, “The son took money from China—a lot of money from China.” On Thursday, he said he hasn’t formally asked China to investigate, but it’s “certainly something we could start thinking about,” per the AP.
  • Fact-checker: A Washington Post Fact-Checker post has labeled Trump’s claims “false.” For one thing, the claim of a $1.5 billion fund seems to come from right-wing author Peter Schweizer, and the Post says the fund came nowhere near that. An attorney for Hunter Biden says the fund was capitalized for about $4.2 million. “There is no evidence to support” the assertion of a $1.5 billion fund, writes Glenn Kessler. Nor does it appear that Hunter Biden has made money from the venture.
  • Measure of criticism: “One could argue Hunter Biden has been trading off his father’s name, and certainly arranging a handshake between a business partner and the vice president in China raises eyebrows,” writes Kessler. “But Hunter Biden did not raise money for the fund; instead, he was on a board that advised potential investors. He did not obtain an equity stake until after his father was no longer vice president—and that investment of less than half a million dollars has not yet yielded a payoff for Hunter Biden, according to his attorney.”
  • Back to Ukraine: A new phase of the Democratic impeachment inquiry begins Thursday with the private testimony to Congress of former Ukraine envoy Kurt Volker, reports NPR. Volker, who resigned on Sept. 27, met with Ukraine officials the day after Trump’s July phone call with Ukraine’s president to help them “navigate” Trump’s request about an investigation into the Bidens, per a whistleblower complaint. Volker will testify about his role in the controversy, including putting an adviser to the Ukraine president in contact with Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani.

Let’s be honest….the Dems in the House have enough votes to proceed….and the fun part now is to watch the dance of the Repubs and the White House to try and delay this process as long as possible…hopefully they can do so until after the voter in 2020…..

President Trump defended himself on Twitter and in person to reporters on Friday, insisting that his appeals to China and Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden were all about corruption, not politics. “Everything, to me, is about corruption,” Trump said, per CNN. “I don’t care about Biden’s campaign, but I do care about corruption.” He also said he’s not sure whether the White House will comply with House subpoenas in the impeachment inquiry, saying the decision would be up to lawyers. Related:

  • Daring Pelosi: The White House will be sending a letter to Nancy Pelosi essentially “daring” her to hold an impeachment vote, reports Fox News. The White House objects to Democrats beginning an impeachment inquiry without a formal floor vote, and the letter will state that the White House isn’t compelled to comply with Democratic requests until such a vote takes place, per the AP. Pelosi maintains the vote isn’t necessary for the inquiry to begin.
  • A ‘red wall’: Trump on Friday acknowledged that the House has enough votes to impeach him, though he’d only be removed from office if the Senate agrees by a two-thirds majority. Axios notes that Trump looks safe given that he has a “red wall” in the Senate—a reference to the 51 senators from states where Trump won in 2016. He needs only 34 of them to save him from impeachment. The analysis has all the particulars.
  • Romney speaks out: That “red wall” means that even if some GOP senators vote against Trump, he’s safe. On Friday, Mitt Romney moved closer to that opposition camp, with tweets calling Trump’s appeals to Ukraine and China on Biden “wrong and appalling.” He added: “When the only American citizen President Trump singles out for China’s investigation is his political opponent in the midst of the Democratic nomination process, it strains credulity to suggest that it is anything other than politically motivated.”
  • Bad news for Schiff: The Washington Post Fact Checker blog gives Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, who is leading the impeachment inquiry, a damning “Four Pinocchios” score for statements regarding the Ukraine controversy, including: “We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower. We would like to.”
  • Surprise criticism: One of Trump’s staunchest defenders, Tucker Carlson of Fox News, co-wrote an op-ed in the Daily Caller asserting that Trump should not have asked Ukraine’s leader to investigate Biden. “Some Republicans are trying, but there’s no way to spin this as a good idea,” write Carlson and Neil Patel. However, they are skeptical that it amounts to an impeachable offense.
  • Senate control: Trump may have enough votes in the Senate to stay in office, if it comes to that, but the Los Angeles Times notes that the controversy could cost Republicans control of the chamber in 2020 because of vulnerable senators in tight races. They include Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine, Martha McSally of Arizona, and Cory Gardner of Colorado.

Finally on Friday, 04 October, the text of the conversation that started this whole circus was released……..and this is how the reports went….

Text messages provided to the House Intelligence Committee by former US Special Envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker were released by Democrats late Thursday night—and NBC News sees them as “explicitly linking” a potential White House meeting between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky with a Ukraine probe into the 2016 election. As NBC puts it, Trump has “long promoted the baseless theory that Ukraine—not Russia—was responsible for 2016 election meddling.” Texts after a July 25 call between Trump and Zelensky reference both the 2016 election and the company Hunter Biden worked for. Standout texts and related news:

  • On July 19, less than a week before Trump and Zelensky spoke on the phone, Volker texted US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland the following: “Had breakfast with Rudy [Giuliani] this morning—teeing up call with [Zelensky advisor Andrey] Yermak Monday. Must have helped. Most (important) is for Zelensky to say that he will help investigation—and address any specific personnel issues—if there are any.” CNN‘s read is that it reveals “how Giuliani was pushing for the call and for Zelensky to talk up the investigation.”
  • The morning of the call, Volker messaged Yermak the following: “Heard from the White House—assuming President Z convinces trump he will investigate/’get to the bottom of what happened’ in 2016, we will nail down date for visit to Washington.”
  • On Aug. 9, Volker and Sondland talked about a possible White House meeting and the statement Zelensky would make in announcing it. One line the two allegedly drafted, per NBC News: “We intend to initiate and complete a transparent and unbiased investigation of all available facts and episodes, including those involving Burisma and the 2016 US elections.” (Burisma is the gas company linked to Hunter Biden.)
  • The Hill reports that on Aug. 10, Yermak let Volker know he needed a confirmed date before any statement would be made. No date was confirmed and the statement was never made.
  • Then came the news that Trump had halted $400 million in military aid to Ukraine. “Need to talk with you,” Yermak messaged Volker on Aug. 29.
  • “Are we now saying that security assistance and WH meeting are conditioned on investigations?” Bill Taylor, a senior US diplomat in Ukraine, texted Sondland on Sept. 1, per the Washington Post. Sondland replied by asking Taylor to call him.
  • “As I said on the phone, I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign,” Taylor then texted on Sept. 9. Sondland responded that “the President has been crystal clear, no quid pro quo’s of any kind. The President is trying to evaluate whether Ukraine is truly going to adopt the transparency and reforms that President Zelensky promised during his campaign.”
  • In a Thursday night statement, Democrats expressed their view that the texts make clear that military aid and a meeting between the leaders “were being withheld in order to place additional pressure on Ukraine to deliver on the President’s demand for Ukraine to launch politically motivated investigations,” per the Hill.

Mitt speaks out and Trump lowers the ass rant……as usual Trump attacks anyone that does not fall in line and Mitt is the one that speaks truth to power…..Trump cannot let that go without hism usual BS.

President Trump is really going after Mitt Romney. In tweets on Sunday, the president kept hammering the Utah senator after calling for his impeachment the day before, Fox News reports. “The Democrats are lucky that they don’t have any Mitt Romney types,” Trump tweeted. “They may be lousy politicians, with really bad policies (Open Borders, Sanctuary Cities etc.), but they stick together!” This after Trump accused him Saturday of not knowing “how to win” and calling him “pompous,” saying Romney “begged me for my endorsement for his Senate run (I gave it to him), and when he begged me to be Secretary of State (I didn’t give it to him). He is so bad for R’s!”

Trump’s anti-Romney tweetstorm included insults—like “Pompous Senator” and “a fool”—along with the hashtag #IMPEACHMITTROMNEY, the Hill reports. And when Fox News reporter Kevin Corke asked whether Romney was “the new #JeffFlake,” Trump responded, “No Kevin, Jeff Flake is better!” This after Romney took Trump to task for asking Ukraine and China to investigate the president’s political foe, Joe Biden, and Biden’s son, Hunter Biden. “By all appearances, the President’s brazen and unprecedented appeal to China and to Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden is wrong and appalling,” Romney wrote. For the record, senators can’t be impeached but can be recalled in some states. Utah isn’t one of those states

As usual when dealing with Trump….. it is someone else who did it….this time it is not Obama but rather Trump’s Energy Secretary, Rick Perry…..

President Trump didn’t really want to call Ukraine’s president in the first place, he has told Republican members of Congress, but Rick Perry wanted him to. Trump told lawmakers this in a conference call Friday, Axios reports, saying that Perry asked him to talk to President Volodymyr Zelensky about a liquefied natural gas plant. The energy secretary, who reportedly plans to resign soon, wasn’t mentioned in newly released US-Ukraine texts or the White House’s detailing of the July call between Trump and Zelensky. A spokeswoman for Perry said he “absolutely supported and encouraged the president to speak to the new president of Ukraine” about energy and economic matters.

House Democrats are looking into Perry’s Ukraine involvement. He was an administration point person on the country, Politico reports, and was active in Trump’s attempts to push Ukraine to make changes. Perry delivered the message to do more to eliminate corruption and pressured the state-owned natural gas company to add Americans to its board. He has met with Zelensky and other officials repeatedly since he led the US delegation to Zelensky’s inauguration in May.

I am exhausted writing this post!

This is just about 4 days of last week and the news flew off the pressers (I am an old fart)….this whole thing is as clear as mud…..plus there is a new excuse everyday….trying to make any revelation moot….

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It gets sillier by the day….I promise to stop writing about this unless there is something really big that develops….(my fingers are bleeding and crossed)

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The Media Is Pathetic!

I have been a long standing critic of the mainstream media for decades….and it gets NO better with time.

The MSM has been a purveyor of b*llsh*t since the Clinton admin…..itm was been a piece of crap a lot longer but with Clinton the entertainment industry and M-IC were allowed to own the media.

I have stated that it is pathetic and I will give you two reasons why I say this……

First the Hong Kong protests.  These are so-called pro-democracy protests……..

Hong Kong’s protests started in June against proposals to allow extradition to mainland China.

Critics feared this could undermine the city’s judicial independence and endanger dissidents.

A former British colony, Hong Kong has some autonomy and more rights than the mainland under a “one country, two systems” deal.

City leader Carrie Lam agreed to suspend the bill, but demonstrations continued and developed to include demands for full democracy and an inquiry into police actions. The bill was finally withdrawn in September.

Clashes between police and activists have been becoming increasingly violent, with police using tear gas and activists storming parliament.

(bbc.com)

What do the Hong Kong protesters want?

  • Withdrawal of the “riot” description used about the protests
  • Amnesty for all arrested protesters
  • An independent inquiry into alleged police brutality
  • Universal suffrage for the elections of the chief executive and Legislative Council, Hong Kong’s parliament.

The media is all over this situation with constant coverage as the protest go on…..and the analysis by this pundit and that.

But what about the protests in the West Bank and Gaza?

After a bout a year of protests against Israel the stats are as follows…..

Israel continues to steal land, destroy crops, illegal construction, etc.

The laws in Israel proper are far from ‘democratic’….

There are currently more than 65 Israeli laws that discriminate against Palestinian citizens in Israel and Palestinian residents of the Occupied Palestinian Territories, according to Adalah, The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel.

More than half of these laws were adopted since 2000. From 2009 to present, elections have brought to power the most right‐wing government coalitions in the history of Israel, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Adalah noted. 

Critics say Israel’s newest Jewish nation-state law passed on Thursday is just the latest effort to entrench ethnic superiority by promoting racist policies.

Adalah’s database shows how Israel’s laws – dating as far back as 1939 – discriminate against Palestinians.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/ways-israeli-law-discriminates-palestinians-180719120357886.html

America, the beacon of the free press, sets about ignoring for the most part the protests until an Israeli is killed or injured.  Most Americans have an extensive knowledge of the protests in Hong Kong but are mostly ignorant on the protests in the Occupied Territories.

Ask yourself………

What makes Israel a democracy?

Who is the MSM protecting?

Who gains from this omission of facts?

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Media In The Bag

The Mainstream Media is in the bag with the endless wars we are now fighting.

A bold statement, right?

Look at the prospect of the war in Afghanistan coming to an end….and then look at the reaction of the media….both liberal and conservative……they join hands in opposition to the end of this war.

It is a rare thing, indeed, when both establishment and media “liberals” and “conservatives” agree on anything. Nevertheless, lightning has proverbially struck this week as both sides attack President Trump with equal vehemence. Thus, here we are, and here I am – in the disturbing position of defending Trump’s (until Sunday) peace policy for Afghanistan. Nonetheless, though I don’t particularly like the way this position befits me, I’ll take it as a sign that I just might be on to something when the clowns at Fox News and MSNBC, alike, vociferously disagree with my position on an American forever war.

Few in the political or press mainstream ever much liked Trump’s regularly touted plans to extract U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Even “liberal” Rachel Maddow – who once wrote a book critical of US military interventions – turned on a dime and became a born-again cheerleader for continuing the war. After all, in tribal America, if Trump proposes it, the reflexive “left” assumes it must be wrong, anathema even. That’s come to be expected.

Only this time, even his own party has attacked the president after he let it slip that he’d planned a secret peace conference with the Taliban at Camp David and might even have announced a deal to gradually end the US role in the war during the anniversary week of the 9/11 attacks. Gasp! How dare he? End a failing war, save the lives of perhaps hundreds or thousands of US troops, and do so near the 9/11 anniversary? This amounts to heresy in imperial Washington D.C. But it shouldn’t be unexpected: Trump’s own policy advisers have opposed any meaningful steps to end the Afghan War from the get go.

The Media’s Betrayal of American Soldiers

I have been writing about this betrayal for years and now I am pleased to see that I am not alone with this criticism.

The media spends more time making the case for endless wars than it does reporting the the events of said wars.

It is understandable why this is so pathetic…..it is because of the entertainment industry……for they own the MSM……

As Sen. Bernie Sanders (CJR, 8/26/19) has recently noted, corporate ownership of media interferes with the core societal function of the press: reporting and investigating key issues at the intersection of public need and governance. And nowhere is that more critical than when it comes to climate. Due to their corporate conflicts of interest, trusted news authorities have diverted us from our primary responsibility—assuring a viable habitat for our children and grandchildren.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/09/17/incredible-belief-corporate-ownership-does-not-influence-media-content

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