Posted by the author of Rogue Journey, Asia, the way it was 1935-1975; and Vietnam Journey, ten years in the Nam, a family story at war.
Donald Trump’s commencement address at the Naval Academy last Friday was a watershed event, as it again reconfirmed for myself and many others of the president’s militaristic aggressiveness.
In the presentation Trump told the young newly graduated officers “The rebuilding of the military has begun and you are part of the most powerful righteous force on the Planet.” I simply ask this, why is adding additional armed forces to our massive arsenal so vitally necessary? It undoubtedly must be for aggressive purposes, aggression, what else could it mean; the U. S. spends more on defense than the next twenty leading counties in the world….. Combined.
Trump’s address is absolute proof the president and his staff of vipers, Bolton and Pompeo, desire to be imperialist expansionist and dictators. Add to the list Israel’s Netanyahu and Wall Street corporate investors and you have an unbeatable combination of powerful world leaders and the makings of a Nazi like regime that was hatched in the early 1930s. Currently the U. S. is sufficiently politically divided at this moment in history, but Trumpism and its administration of Alt-rights and Neo-cons appear to be taking the edge and winning.
It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to disassemble the three pillars of Trump’s support (Wall Street, the Pentagon, and Israel) that I have written of in past posts and mails. But in the next presidential election it will be the economy and jobs as the mainstay and should there be an economic shortfall, the presidential team will find an issue, or a scapegoat, or possibly a controllable short conventional war to keep the voter patriotically and nationalistically occupied.
With the U. S.’s military power, with its giant economy, and Trump’s egotistical showmanship who is to stop the greedy right-wing administration’s warmongers? Will China, Russia, the E. U. who are fearful of standing up as opposition and doing the right thing. The general public sleeps or hides its head in the sand. I may appear to be an idiot to peek into the future, but give me a break, logically it looks that way. The U. S. is not immune to history and it often more than we like repeats itself.
On this Memorial Day weekend, which has just passed, it should remind one of what has previously transpired and what it could mean for our nation. Sadly, I find a part of it in this World War I verse written by a Canadian medical officer, John McCrae, during the earliest stages of one of the bitterest wars in western history. *The final outcome may be described in these poignant lines:
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row by row,
That mark our place; and in the sky,
The larks still bravely fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunsets glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders Fields.
Take up the our quarrel with the foe:
To you the failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold high.
If you break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep though poppies
Grow in Flanders Fields.
How soon our weak minds fail and we forget. Missiles and rockets are spectacularly launched, but where do they land, and what death and damage do they do? “Those that do not know history are doomed to repeat it.” A copy of this poem and $4.00 will get you an excellent cup of coffee at Starbuck, but don’t go to the one near Mar-a-Logo. Prices have doubled there since Trump became president. (a little fake news here)
All the best to you,
*The U. S. fought for about a year on the western front and suffered 204.000 killed and 320,000 wounded. Why did the U.S finally intervene after years of stating neutrality, they would not commit themselves to a European war? The U. S. had calculated both sides were exhausted and anything could happen; the Germans (the Huns) owed the U. S. nothing, the allies, France and England, owed the U. S. three billion dollars plus. (1918 dollars) If the Germans won there would be NO U. S. compensation.
It is just too bad, the Trump-Kim Peace Summit may not come off in Singapore as speculated this June; those participating are still discussing it at the DMZ as I write. That’s unfortunate because I had it all planned for Trump’s arrival. I hope the meeting comes off and Trump arrives for it.
As the Trump motorcade arrives at the gate of the luxurious Shangra La hotel, with security men running along side, and a crowed of supporters waving, a smiling Donald Trump waves right back. From shrubby I advance and quickly throw one of my six hand grenades through the limousine window.
(Trump would not stay at the official guest house, it being too ordinary and plain)
Whether the dummy like grenade explodes within or outside the vehicle is not my care because I made my point, I don’t like him, and I will not run. At 83 I’m currently a very slow runner, and beside will be weighted down by the other five rusty grenades stuffed in my pockets.
Please don’t pass this on to the U. S. Embassy in Singapore. It’s only one of my weird jokes. I have enough trouble going to Singapore by ferry to cash my social security check each month. However there is a plus, if I am caught doing the deed, it means life imprisonment and that’s not all bad in Singapore. (If I can avoid canning) Because it is a beautiful city located in a lovely part of the tropics and the food is really great. I eat at Subway every chance I get.
When I lived in Hawaii in the 80s the Big island’s volcano lava made it to the Ocean, not a lot, but enough to make steam clouds. Yes, the son of Pele, the fire Goddess, acts up every decade or so there. Here in Indonesia we seem to have a severe eruption every couple of months although usually out to sea. I note after I left Guam about a year ago they had one recently last week a 6.00 on the Richter scale. So, do you think the Devil is keeping one step behind me? You may see how paranoid I’m getting.
With these paranoid systems I decided I just had to see a psychiatrist and get these afflictions ironed out and taken care of. But after a my second visit I realized the Indonesian doctor didn’t talk or understand any English like many in Batam. Singapore psychiatrists are expensive, 400 Sing dollars for a fifty minute hour, so I have decided to live with it, or I may take a mental health correspondence course through the Internet.
Talk about Peace with a capital P, should Trump want to share the Noble Peace Prize with Kim and Moon he must give up his own lethal nuclear Asian store house along with Kim’s. We’ve got Nukes, with a capital N all over the place. Of course Trump won’t, our military deployment won’t change. We’ve got them on land, in the air, and over and under the sea.
At the coming summit Trump should astonish everyone by 1. Immediately suspending all joint military drills and manuevers with the South; 2. Lift the majority of sanctions against the North; 3. Indicate to Kim the Pentagon is reviewing plans to withdraw a significant number of American troops from the South, and reposition them in far off Australia hoping they will behave. Bolton and Pompeo the chief advisors won’t go for it, be disappointed, but remember the North in a flicker of an eye returned three prisoners, and destroyed their most important nuclear facility; yet, more importantly to Trump he wants the prestige in One Upping Obama.
Moreover, Readers, what has the U. S to lose, it can squish North Korea with three well placed tactical nukes, or three weeks of conventional ground war. If that were to occur it would make Iran think, ‘How badly do we really want peace?’
All the Best to you.
Posted by the author of Rogue Journey, Asia, the way it was, 1935-1975, and Vietnam Journey, ten years in the Nam, a family story at war.
During past years of research I have recently reconfirmed my position by way of a friend’s question, and that is the land on which the new Jerusalem U. S. Embassy is located was confiscated by Israeli forces in 1948. It is among the many unresolved Palestinian territorial property issues; therefore, Netanyahu’s statement that a nation can choose where its capital will be located within it own borders is invalid, and is a convenient accommodating political lie. Sixty-one Gazans were killed, mostly by live gun fire, and well over three thousand were injured protesting the U. S. sponsored embassy move last week.
On the extremely important issue of the U. S. and Israel confrontation with Iran over the 2015 Obama nuclear deal, Trump and his Secretary of State Pompeo are becoming unhinged with threats of the worst sanctions ever imposed in history on a country, and with 12 demands which must be immediately complied with. This aggressive exercise is entirely for the benefit of Zionist Israel and our mutual long-term objective to ‘Rule the World’.
While on the other side of the globe North Korea is becoming tentative of peace negotiations which have not even begun yet. Dealing with the U. S. Dealer, Kim Jong Un knows the U. S. under Trump can not be trusted because the U. S. is as deceptive, deceitful, and cunning as he is or even more so. The truth is, however, Kim’s the leader of a crappy despotic country, and the U. S. is a great, dynamic, and powerful one with market allies, and can step on Kim’s face whenever it wants. Kim will be dealing from severe weakness.
Readers, economic and political issues can be complicated, but then again obviously very simple, i. e. The U. S. has every resource needed for industry, social progress, happiness, and peace in our own sphere of influence, North and South America and within the U. S itself, but no, no it is not enough, not sufficient, therefore we send thousands of troops throughout the world to meddle and control others for our expansionist goals to control global markets and their government. The U. S. alone can do it with its giant economy and a powerful military machine. In this technical age it is easier to accomplish than previously, because we do not need large standing armies. There will not be a thousands of body bags coming home if there should be war, but should the NeoCons be successful bags of resources and riches will eventually find their way home to make in their eyes America Great again. Never mind the destruction and blood of others.
At present there is considerable domestic political smoke in the air, but international affairs should be our bread and butter topic and the key to prosperity and survival. Still lets not neglect its critical importance.
As I see it the working and middle classes will be thrown a prize bone on occasion to keep them contented and distracted while the Trump group and Wall street continue to steal the cream with a rigged market and additional tax breaks and favors for the wealth. The lower classes will be as they are, currently occupied with TV specials, serials, movies etc., the smart phone games while submerged in sports events and breaking news, and innovations to distract while the Elite and the Swamp go their merry way.
Our only competitors are China and Russia and you may discount the Russians with their weak economy. China is the only one that counts, and they as yet are not ready to challenge America, but their day is coming sooner than we realize.
All the Best to you.
Observation: The exclusive Nuclear Club does not desire new members; they hold the monopoly to ultimately destroy their enemies and protect their friends. In keeping with this over the years I have admired the WWII Free French Leader Charles De Gaulle, although personally he was an egotistical nationalistic type on the order President Trump. During his long military-political career he made several significant comments in the 1940-1950s that reflect on today’s world: “No country without an atomic bomb can properly consider itself truly free and independent”, and “Treaties are like roses and young girls. They last while they last”.
Posted by the author of Rogue Journey,Asia, the way it was 1935–1975, and Vietnam Journey, ten years in the Nam, a family at war story.
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(News items gleaned from Channel.NewsAsia.com, CNN, BBC, and RT)
All the Best to you.
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