Saturday, April 15, 2017

President Trump flexed his muscles.

After failing to repeal Obamacare , and twice struck down on his travel ban . A desperate American President has to look for a perfect opportunity to regain his poll numbers . Donald Trump has made his point. The Pentagon confirmed on Thursday night that the salvo of cruise missiles fired at the Shayrat airbase near Homs marked the full extent of the US president’s response to Bashar al-Assad’s use of a nerve agent against his own people. IT gets  EVEN MORE CRAZY . (1)>>This week Mr. Trump has to show some "force" on all fronts , in what looks multiple theaters of war . With an armada heading to North Korea . Is this Just nail biting is it ?  (1.a)>>Mr. Trump's unpredictability is dangerous even for any kind of foreign policy maker . A measure of his absurdity is that the beneficiary of the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (Moab) missile dropped on the Afghan mountains will be the local rivals of its alleged Islamic State  victims, the rebel Taliban. Whatever if you really believe that (1.b)>>the "war on terror" started by the Bushes in the 1990's through 2009 is over . You might need a reality check . On Friday I was pondering which American war was the longest between the Korean war and the Vietnam war , which lasted in decades worth of dead American service men and women lost to fight not as much for the freedom cherished by the writers of the constitution , but lost batting an ideology . First Communism . Now it seems that our American leaders are fighting shadows that they created . With nothing to go
Is one of these heading
for North Korea ?

to battle against . The government still needs enemies because war creates only jobs in the military service . { example Trump's boost to the military budget and cutting domestic programs } This week the dropping of the "non-nuclear " (1.1) Mother of All Bombs" MOAB for short has completely darkened my world view . For our media junkies and affiliates are trying to rationalize it's use in Afghanistan against 39 suspected ISlamic State terrorists hiding in a cave in the mountains . Conventional weapons could have been used , but the show of power was for a piece of war propaganda to the world to see . 36 IS fighters were killed, according to the Afghan government, and the US military has not found any evidence of civilian casualties.The obvious question, following such a high-profile show of strength, is what this means. Does this mean IS is a bigger threat in Afghanistan than we previously thought? Is this President Trump just following through on his campaign promise to “bomb the shit out of IS”? Is the Trump administration trying to send a signal to countries like North Korea and Iran that it means business?According to experts on weapons and foreign policy, it seems this was a military decision, not a political one, based on the realities on the ground in Afghanistan right now. There’s no reason to assume this was something out of the ordinary, even though the bomb was bigger than ones typically used by the US military.  
 (2)>>Saturday is a holiday in North Korea, the birthday of the country’s founder and the current leader’s grandfather, Kim Il-sung. President Donald Trump is spending the Easter weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Springs. On Saturday, visited Trump International Golf Club, his 19th trip to a golf course since taking office 12 weeks ago.Meanwhile, halfway across the world, North Korea held its annual military parade, and used the occasion to show off a flock of new missiles, including two new intercontinental ballistic missile-sized canisters. North Korea has conducted nuclear and missile tests on important national holidays in the past—though not this particular one. On Friday, the country told foreign journalists visiting for the holiday to prepare for a “big and important event.” As Reuters notes, though, similar announcements have been busts in the past. Still, satellite images show signs that North Korea is preparing another nuclear test.

Meanwhile, a U.S. Navy strike group led by the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson is headed toward North Korea as a show of force. This sort of scenario—beefed up U.S. naval presence combined with a North Korean weapons test—has happened before, quite recently in fact. The difference now, of course, is that Trump is president and nobody really knows what his North Korea policy is (or what might be going on in his head).  Perhaps even more significantly, on April 5, the Global Times, which is owned by the People’s Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, laid out what it called China’s “bottom line” on the increasingly tense situation on the Korean Peninsula.First, the editorial said “the safety and stability” of China’s northeast must be assured. To that end, the editorial continued, no North Korean nuclear fallout can be allowed to “contaminate” the region.Second, North Korea cannot be allowed to “descend into the kind of turbulence that generates a huge outpouring of refugees,” the editorial said, adding that China will also not allow “a hostile government” in Pyongyang.It concluded by vowing that Beijing would not tolerate a US military push toward the Yalu River.    Mean while in Washington D.C. if no
new war breaks out . Trump spends his time playing golf vary much like Obama did before him.  HOPE TO GOD it never does explode into a serious conflict not this Easter week.  This Month of April - May is the most dangerous month of the year 2017.  Assuming that there still is somebody rational and sane left in the Trump administration with enough influence, then all this madness can still be stopped.  There is also the very real possibility that the current fight inside the US elites will drain so much energy that nobody will really have to time and energy to engage in very risky foreign military operations.  And if all else fails, maybe somebody will suggest to Trump that a unilateral military intervention in Syria & North Korea , is pure folly and will cost him his presidency.  Maybe this is an argument which he will understand.

Extra Notes to the Syria Question . 
President Trump flexed his muscles  rather than his brain in a decisive move to strike at Syria after a chemical attack on civilians  { the story we are being told through our media. I don't think that that was case ... but} IS  There is more to this ?  The barbarism promoted by the Syrian regime cannot be understated. A resort to abject cruelty in the name of political power must be rejected on the face of it. How can the international community of nations solve a civil war of this type?Let's just remember that the United States is not a policeman to the world. It has no treaty obligations that would justify armed intervention in Syria.  (1.2)>>During the Obama administration the Syrian ceasefire had disintegrated. At best it survived 48 hours. In reality it was still born. Washington has now officially suspended further talks with Moscow over reestablishing a Syrian ceasefire.  The past Secretary of State John Kerry has called for an investigation of Syrian and Russian war crimes. You must remember that Russia was being blamed for actions committed by terrorist groups in Syria that are backed by the United
States trying to overthrow Assad. I know that sounds crazy , but that is exactly what is going on .  We have a country like Syria being ravaged by a three way war . Trump while campaigning last year himself cited that our nation should stop arming the rebels in Syria because we don't know who we are exactly arming . It begs a SERIOUS QUESTION in regards to  One of the worst chemical bombings in Syria turned a northern rebel-held area into a toxic kill zone on Tuesday, inciting international outrage over the ever-increasing government impunity shown in the country’s six-year war.Western leaders including President Trump blamed the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad and called on its patrons, Russia and Iran, to prevent a recurrence of what many described as a war crime.Dozens of people, including children, died — some writhing, choking, gasping or foaming at the mouth — after breathing in poison that possibly contained a nerve agent or other banned chemicals, according to witnesses, doctors and rescue workers. They said the toxic substance spread after warplanes dropped bombs in the early morning hours. Some rescue workers grew ill and collapsed from proximity to the dead.  
 What President Assad has said  some ring of  truth ...
Just think . If the United States was divided
like this with various waring fractions . The Assad
government barely controls all of Syria . Half the country
is dominated by the ISlamic State , 

I don't think that the northern held rebel area could have put together a movie to get pushed on the western media that shows an actual chemical attack .   Syria's military had given up all its chemical weapons in 2013 after an agreement made at the time, and would not have used them anyway, Mr Assad was quoted as saying in an interview with news agency AFP."Definitely, 100 per cent for us, it's fabrication," Mr Assad told AFP in his first comments since a US missile strike on a Syrian air base in response to the chemical attack."Our impression is that the West, mainly the United States, is hand-in-glove with the terrorists.Assad made the remarks during an interview with Croation newspaper Vecernji List that was published Thursday. The Syrian leader, whose army has battled various insurgent groups since 2011, echoed previous comments in which he said the conflict would be finished within months without foreign support for opposition groups and called out the U.S. for having trained and equipped Syrian rebels under former President Barack Obama. He also criticized Washington's current military deployment, which supports the Kurd-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in their battle against the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS."American policy is based on creating chaos in different parts of the world and creating conflicts among states. This is not new. It has been going on for decades, but in different forms," Assad said, according to the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency.

(1.1) Mother of All Bombs" MOAB for short. Since the start of the gulf war the American military has given names to its bombs . The cryptic message in this bombs name is obvious . Moab is a biblical name , we all heard of Moabites . As a Jargon the word in modern military lingo mean that Moab refers to the Arabs . The United States Air Force dropped a 21,600-pound Massive Ordnance Air Blast, or MOAB, bomb on what it said were ISIS militants in Afghanistan on Thursday. At least 36 people were killed in the explosion from the largest American non-nuclear bomb. But beyond the human cost, there was a debate about the financial price. And it isn’t as much as everyone was saying.The weapon, whose acronym inspired the nickname “Mother of All Bombs,” was produced by the Air Force, not by a third party like Lockheed or Boeing, “so we don’t have a standard procurement cost associated with them,” an Air Force official said. (1.a)>>Mr. Trump's unpredictability is dangerous even for any kind of foreign policy maker . You would not know that he just fired 59 cruise missiles at Syria, or right after that, the so-called “mother of all bombs” (MOAB), the most powerful bomb in the U.S. arsenal that is not nuclear. Because to cite Trump’s own outrage of fewer than three years past, what president when faced “with all the problems and difficulties” would spend the day playing golf?We are used now to Donald Trump’s blithe hypocrisy, to the complete lack of value assigned by him to his own words, but the world is burning, and part of that is due to Donald Trump’s own careless words and actions. To say nothing of the many unfilled jobs at the State Department.Former Obama official Chris Lu’s suggestion to eliminate the White House suddenly seems very reasonable indeed. It’s not as if anyone is currently using it to, oh, I don’t know…govern. (1.b)>>the "war on terror" started by the Bushes .More generally, after 9/11, rather than following the congressional authorization and focusing like a laser beam on countering the original Al Qaeda group and their patrons, the Afghan Taliban, the George W. Bush administration launched a general “war on terror,” which covered all terrorist groups of international scope, regardless of whether or not they focused on attacking U.S. targets.In the end, this massive Bush administration violation of the narrow 2001 authorization led to illegal U.S. drone wars and airstrikes in countries all over the Middle East and Southwest Asia — Somalia (against al-Shabab), Yemen (against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula), Pakistan (against the Pakistani Taliban), and Iraq, Syria, and Libya (against ISLamic State ). The Obama administration then accelerated all these unconstitutional wars. According to this 2014 report by the Nation, US Special Operations forces are currently deployed in more than 100 countries, roughly 60 percent of the nations on the planet. The clandestine war has spread well beyond the Middle East; it’s now fully globalized.We’re fighting what Mark Danner, author of Spiral, calls a “forever war.” Fifteen years into the “war on terror,” we appear no closer to ending it than when we started. Worse, it’s not even clear what “ending it” would look like. We’re battling a constellation of ideas, not a conventional army, and there are no final victories in metaphysical conflicts.(1)>>This week Mr. Trump has to show some "force" on all fronts. Over the last week Donald Trump has seen his stock soar, even among supposed liberals, as he veers from the anti-interventionism of his election campaign and drops bombs on Syria and Afghanistan. Neither country poses the remotest threat to America’s national security. In neither is the US technically “at war”. Both were precisely the conflicts that Trump insisted he would abandon to concentrate on “America first”. Republican politicians, who earlier this week claimed America had no reason to fight Syria, instantly expressed their approval of the decision on social media. Also on social media were Trump supporters who had once accused his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton of being a “warmonger”; unlike the congressmen, some are sticking to their personal convictions and openly criticizing the President for the attack. Meanwhile, longstanding critics of the President are also navigating their own cognitive dissonance as they try to reconcile their desperate desire to end Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s bloody reign with a deep conviction that Donald Trump is wrong about everything, everywhere, every time.    (1.2)>>During the Obama administration the Syrian ceasefire had disintegrated. During the Syrian Civil War, which began in 2011, the United States first supplied the rebels of the Free Syrian Army with non-lethal aid, but quickly began providing training, cash, and intelligence to selected Syrian rebel commanders.The United States began surveillance missions on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) positions in Syria in September 2014. First, let’s set the context.  The Syrians gave up their chemical weapons three years ago (courtesy of Russia).  The Syrians have also pretty much defeated the Anglo-Zionist-Wahabi aggression against their country (courtesy of Russia, again). There is a new (kind of) US Administration in power (some say that this was also courtesy of Russia) which appeared to have given up on overthrowing Assad.  And right at this moment in time, in what is supposed to be a *pure coincidence*.The Syrian forces used chemical weapons In a location filled with children and a lot of folks with camerasHow stupid do they think we are?  (2)>>Saturday is a holiday in North Korea. President Donald Trump's tweets are adding fuel to a "vicious cycle" of tensions on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea's vice foreign minister told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Friday. The official added that if the U.S. shows any sign of "reckless" military aggression, Pyongyang is ready to launch a pre-emptive strike of its own.Vice Minister Han Song Ryol said Pyongyang has determined the Trump administration is "more vicious and more aggressive" than that of Barack Obama. He added that North Korea will keep building up its nuclear arsenal in "quality and quantity" and said Pyongyang is ready to go to war if that's what Trump wants.

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