Seventeen dead 1,400 wounded as night falls on Gaze. Glad to see all these ‘terrorist’ casualties because they ought to know by now not to battle the Israelis and their U. S. sponsor for the very land that was forcefully stolen from them. These Palestinians must be ignorant along with hunger for independence and freedom.
I believe it will be worse come 14 May when on that day the U. S. Embassy function is scheduled to move into Jerusalem on the very anniversary of the day Israel was founded. This was done deliberately of course by the two nuclear powers to flaunt their mutual power over the world and those rag-headed Palestinians.
I highly suspect there is a Zionist stooge occupying the White House, but we will never really know for certain unless Trump’s private tax records are released to the public and we discover who were the ones who bailed him out of five (5) bankruptcies.
Don’t let soft-spoken the 34-year-old Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Saleman fool us, he probably has a bigger ego than Donald Trump. Other than Israel’s Netanyahu, he is the most powerful despot in the crisis ridden Middle East.
Known as the ‘Architect of the Yemen War’ when Saleman was Minister of Defense a few years back, who at the time thought as Bush and Cheney had about Iraq, that backward Yemen would be a quick and easy win-win conflict. Well the fighting continues to go on hot and heavy with no end in sight. Now he has a new role and a goal to make Saudi Arabia ‘Great Again’. In this objective Saleman’s record is a bit mixed. Ruling the government, business, and socially quite well, as my research reveals. He presumes to be anti-corruption and has taken direct efforts to curb it, although others believe it is merely a consolidation of power and corruption goes on by another name under colleagues.
The best news about the young king is he is a social progressive and has stood up face to face against the Wahhabis religious faction within and outside the government. No easy task against the sect that has influence Saudi kings for a 150 years.
For the first time this past year as by decree he has granted Saudi women rights of independence previously never dreamed of within the fanatical Muslim faith. By new laws Saleman allows women to drive vehicles, attend stadium sports events, singly open bank accounts and desist asking permission of a father, husband, or brother to acquire a passport, and to seek employment any where they wish. Last month he approved the right for a woman to join the military.
Due to his progressive nature the crown prince has made enemies more often than not among the old traditional greedy moneyed club and the Wahhabis. and further I believes he has fondness, a predilection, for weaponry, (hundreds of billions on order from the U. S) and contemplates as most Sunni Saudis do of an eventual war with Shiite Iran.
All the Best.
written by the author of Rogue Journey, 1945-1975, and Vietnam Journey, ten years in the Nam, a family story.
I have held this post for several days to clear my mind and do some rational critical thinking concerning the Skripal poisoning. The controversy is easily opinionated as “the Russians did it’. Not so fast, Russia repeatedly denies it and where is the proof? There is none, and there will be in probability none forthcoming.
Convicted double agent Skripal was sentence to 13 years imprisonment and spent years behind bars before being exchanged in an East-West spy swap. In his new life in Britain the former agent apparently posed no threat to the Russian government. There is plainly no motive for the Kremlin to execute this man and it is a mystery that may never be solved.
Conversely could it be others? At this point in time who would have the motivation to pin the unsavory incident on the Russians and why? Research, analysis, and rationality brings to mind one other suspect, one whose had a recent hardliner staff change in directorship at the highest pinnacle of American’s intelligence organizations. The CIA.
Who benefited by the attempted murders? Definitely not Russia, the U. S. however did. The act drew closer the NATO alliance as to fervent criticism of Russia which hit an all time high, and therefore placed itself firmly in the camp of the domestically and internationally beleaguered President Trump. It was a win-win for the significant segment of Russia hating departments in the Pentagon and in the intelligence field.
The devious act countered Russia’s surge to retain its world leadership. The move stopped Russia its tracks and its alleged, debatable, ‘most powerful leader in the world, Putin’. If the CIA did it, it was a brilliant strategic move done at the right moment to boost a defensive and disliked American president.
The Democrats and media once criticize Tillerson the then Secretary of State for allowing critical positions unfilled, i. e. Ambassador to South Korea, etc. but currently Russia has temporarily lost over 120 key positions and is diplomatically blinded. That in itself is a CIA plus, but the damage continues and the play for newer sanctions bu the U. K. has just begun.
Background: After the poisoning in Salisbury, England the U.K sends home 23 diplomatic staff to Russia, quickly followed by 60 from the U. S. and the closing of a Consulate in Seattle, Washington state near a submarine base. Within days more than 80 other diplomats and alleged espionage agents are summoned out of European and Nordic counties. As I write am waiting for the other shoe to drop by way of the Russian retalitory response.
Assassinations and attempted assassinations are no stranger to America’s CIA. The U. S. tried to kill Castro a half-dozen times with cigars, food, and a seashell. One of the most publicized was the successful torture murder of the incorruptible Patrice Lummumba in the resource rich Congo. There have been dozens of attempts and successes in South America, some of which at times with suddenly exploded and disappearing aircraft as depicted in John Perkin’s best seller 2004 book I was an Economic Hitman.
In my Cold War lifetime I have never seen so much negative diplomatic activity over a couple of dubious, unsuccessful, double agent spies who have absolutely nothing of importance to provide to any government on earth. (Papa & Dau) Of course this is the third or fourth alleged poisoning by the Russians in the past 50 years. Are we prepared for more conflict and possibly an extension of the Cold War over two failed spies? I hope not.
All the Best to you.
Whenever I wake up and put on my makeup I say a little prayer for Trump.
Six months ago it use to be when waking each morning one would wonder if we had gone to war with North Korea yet; now it’s will the United States have a proper functioning peaceful White House to continue management of the country?
Trump’s lawyer in the Mueller Russia investigation quit because the president is disregarding advice. No sweat there, he’s still a dedicated Trump man, and in fact says ‘He loves him’.
The sadist change by far, by far is the departure of H. R. McMaster a fine level-headed three star General adviser who did not support the Vietnam War, and wrote a best-selling book, Dereliction of Duty, in which he described his reasons why and his ideology. A volume incidentally I recommend, have in my tablet, and will read again on a slow Trump weekend if there ever is one.
The most sorrowful and depressing change however is with the John Bolton replacement. Bolton had a deep romance with the Bush – Cheney administration as their U. N. Ambassador, and supported not only Iraq II but of all the wars planned and executed by the Neo Conservatives. Bolton is a warmonger par excellent. A wrong man for a wrong job. I believe he is the most bellicose official the U. S. has had or confirmed with in the past 20 years.
Two years ago during delicate negotiations for the Iran nuclear deal I personally viewed Bolton angrily calling for the immediate bombing of Iran. It was an overly strong uncalled for statement even for the FOx Net, and you may say suspended him for a period. The fatherly appearing walrus moustached man is the most dangerous adviser Trump has in his staff of right-wing supporters.
“Whenever I wake up and… I say a little prayer for Trump… say a little prayer for Trump… and for the United States of America.
All the Best to you.
I have not thought of Ted Kaczynski, the Unibomber, in decades until just the other day when the ‘flash in the pan’ terrorist kid bomber blew himself up in Texas. (For foreign readers the term refers to panning for gold when you quickly think you’ve found something of value and you didn’t) Well, am moving on to say, the black hooded Kaczynski was one of the most interesting men in American history and to me in the top thirty or so.
Kaczynski was a mathematics prodigy who entered Harvard University at age 16 and after professorships at Michigan and other universities withdrew from academics and began living a hermit life in the wilderness Montana where he built a shack, raised vegetables and hunted rabbits.
Along with his courses he developed an anti-government anti-production theory that current progress was destroying freedom and individualism. Over the years his letter bombs killed three and injured twenty-three. He was clever enough in his efforts it took several FBI task forces and 20 years, 20 to locate and apprehend him. The 23-year-old kid flash who killed himself near Round Rock, Texas lasted but three short weeks.
During the early 1990s my daughter mailed a copy to me in Indonesia of his 80+ page manifesto. At the time I thought Kaczynski theory of the rapidly coming future was drastically out of step, definitely uncertain, unpractical, and too distant from convention, But in the light of today’s present day findings the document now makes sense.
REGARDING official U. S. government holidays, Indonesia holidays, in connection to education and productivity I provide the following comments: The U. S. has eleven official holidays, Indonesia has twenty-one. This is an example of one of the major reasons Indonesia is not a leader in world affairs or in any memorable measure of excellence. These holiday and time off are only the tip of the iceberg. The educational system is smothered religion and poor teaching. Other factor are climate and tribal like traditions.
It is not that Indonesia has not made progress in recent times, in fact the nation of 260 million is significantly different from even fifteen years ago. I can easily see it on Batam island where I live near Singapore in a free trading zone. The prosperity is based on competitive cheap labor, influx of investments, generous tourism, and the exploiting of natural resources, a good thing if done and extracted properly, and easy, credit for consumers. So things are looking upward, although the ritualistic and confining Muslim religion is holding back the country’s genuine long-term progress.
LAST MONTH, as you may have read I was very concerned when I imported an attractive 16-year-old Boko Haram kidnapped girl from Nigeria. You know the one that was waiting in Singapore with an address tag around her neck? “What do I tell my wife, what will my wife say when I bring home? I was very worried and concerned.
Well it turned out pretty darn good. My wife likes her. She’s pleasant and handy around the house picking up things and doing chores.
For my next good deed I have addressed the huge, huge ongoing international crisis of 600,000 Rohingya refugees who fled ethnic cleansing in Myanmar to safer Bangladash while holding dear to their many destitute children. So to help out, I have ordered through an agency three kids ages six to ten. I will teach them to clean up around the yard.
And I always wanted, for convenience sake, to build a new brick outhouse in the back with running water and this time with a flush toilet. Come to think of it we need a paved road back there too.
FLASH NEWS: The young teenage girl who slapped the IDF soldier was extensively plea bargained into an eight month prison sentence. The brat deserves it. Didn’t her parents ever teach her practical, appropriate, manners? I would have consider giving the girl a hand grenade. (Sorry, pardon a little dark humor there)
All the Best to you.
The objectives within the mind of our demagogic President are easily surmised and determined. Trump’s ideas are firmly committed, resolute, and purposeful goals that he feels will change America and American history forever and for the better.
Trump’s immediate intention is to dispense with the three dozen moderates and boarder-liners he first mistakenly appointed during the campaign and in his first year in office, and thereafter order each replacement to support him in gathering a newer completely unopposed authoritarian administration. Trump does not want nor need media or public criticism of any kind, if he can possibly avoid clashes, because his agenda is to become the first democratically elected populous ruler-dictator in the history of the United States; that is with the assistance of his good friends on Wall Street, in the Pentagon, Zionist money, and every voter in his dedicated racially bias right-wing base.
It will be a historic moment when I am overwhelmingly reelected, he believes, “to continue my project to shephard our great nation on the path to further prosperity and expansion. Autocratic world leaders such as XI, Putin, Erdogon, and Duterte, will realize I am of their club and one of them. They will listen carefully to what I have to say and follow me, then the entire world will recognize the greatness of our magnificent nation and bow down to it, because the U. S. will maintain the largest most efficient economy, and the strongest military ever, as well the smartest people. They will have to, or else! “Yes, America wait, I am coming to lead you”.
The first people I will arrest will be Obama, Hillary, Comey, that deputy fella McCabe, and the entire damn staff of actors on Saturday Night Live who attempted to make me appear to be a silly fool. I will not forget Stormy Daniels neither…. that cheap slut.
Within days of his first inauguration Trump began campaigning for a 2020 showdown and later the big one, in spite of his repugnance and lack of overall moral appeal to many current voters, Trump will be the GOP presidential candidate for certain, and very possibly the winner in a nasty no holds bared tight race. His critics were wrong last time. Don’t count Trump out. The U. S. has entered a new direct confrontational Era.
It all depends though on a continued thriving economy, his bullying of smaller nations to do it his way over trade and American jobs. The White working class voted him in and he owes them. His handling of North Korea, China, and Russia is in the mix to a lesser extent. Trump surely will not be the winner should there be a severe economic downturn. But who knows? Trump’s hot air balloon and his buffoonery may be bigger and a more important factor. And in the long-term more dangerous than we realize.
As I wrote the last sentence a runner appeared over CNN; Putin seeks reelection after 18 years in power. I then had an immediate vision of America’s future, Trump seeks reelection after 18 years in power. Hmmm. Something to think about.
All the Best to you.