Category Archives: Politics

Our National Obsession

We like our nation … We love our nation … We stand for our nation … and we die for our nation. That’s not enough … We think many others around the globe should die for it too, or at least for what we believe is for our nation’s standards.

Think that’s too harsh? Well the facts seem to support it.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday confirmed that the Trump administration is making contingency plans for U.S. military intervention in Venezuela, but he refused to say whether the administration would seek congressional authorization first.”

White House acknowledges the U.S. is at war in seven countries

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Eagle with stretched wings symbolizing the authority of the Roman empire

So, how many different places do we have active military operations? I’m not referring to how many bases, but how many places are we actively fighting? If you thought, well over 100, you would be right.

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I’m a Vietnam era veteran, having served six years in the Marine Corps. That’s not an implication of authority or exceptional patriotism, merely a point of reference to the more casual reader who might make assumptions.

What I’ve learned in hindsight is the relative ease with which leadership assumes the right and objective of placing young men and women into harm’s way. Many times that’s under false pretense. These events leading up to, and stirring the initial support of the public, can be historic and accurate, or they can be created under the skillful machinations of “spycraft” or “false flag”.

notefalse flag is a covert operation designed to deceive; the deception creates the appearance of a particular party, group, or nation being responsible for some activity, disguising the actual source of responsibility.

The Vietnam escalation under President Lyndon Johnson was prompted by a false flag operation. The provocation and justification for the rapid ramp up of our military was based on the “Gulf of Tonkin” incident.

The original incident, sometimes referred to as the U.S.S. Maddox Incident, involved the destroyer U.S.S. Maddox supposedly engaged by three North Vietnamese Navy torpedo boats as part of an intelligence patrol. The Maddox fired almost 300 shells.

President Lyndon B. Johnson promptly drafted the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. This became the legal justification for military involvement in Vietnam. The event(s) were contrived and President Johnson was aware of it.

The NSA’s historian, Robert J. Hanyok, wrote a report stating that the agency had deliberately distorted intelligence reports in 1964.

The Iraq War or Gulf War Round II.
Under President George W. Bush, guided by his Vice-President Richard Cheney, the Iraq incursion and subsequent war which lasted longer than Vietnam, was based on a report of Iraq possessing “weapons of mass destruction”. Code words for, Saddam has a bomb … and if we don’t act soon, he’s going to launch a nuclear bomb at us. That too was a false narrative.

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We’ve been practicing invasion of the Middle East since at least 1973

This was an effective justification for launching an invasion against Iraq. We were going in to prevent another 9/11. The events of 9/11 have not only scarred but scared America into doing things against their own citizens, let alone the world. We’ve had global and national surveillance ever since Homeland Security was created.

Colin Powell, acting as Secretary of State, went to the U.N. to drum up International support for active military initiatives leading us and several other nations, into another Gulf War. Colin Powell went on to learn that he was given inadequate, and misleading intelligence, and he deeply regrets his promotion of it.

[ The following quote comes from Info Wars. Not my favorite source for information but helps identify the false flag initiatives ]
In his lecture at Contact in the Desert, Richard Dolan noted that a distinguishing characteristic of a false flag operation is that the official narrative IS NOT questioned by the media. There are often legislative, ideological and sociopolitical power plays waiting in the wings, which the government can immediately implement.”

“The most striking example of this is the Patriot Act, which was written well before 9/11 but seemed to correlate entirely with the events that had transpired.

An excellent background understanding as to the depths we will sink in order to promulgate a huge international lie, is the Valerie Plame Affair.

Under the presidency of George W. Bush, the vice president’s chief of staff, Scooter Libby, got caught leaking the name of clandestine CIA agent Valerie Plame, an act of retaliation spurred by Plame’s ex-diplomat husband, Joseph Wilson, and his undermining the White House’s claims about Iraq with more accurate testimony of his own — the “Deep State” conspiracy of the mid-2000s. There was a special counsel and an indictment, albeit not for the underlying crime but for lying to investigators, and while everyone pretty much knew something like this wouldn’t have happened without at least a wink from up top, no one above Libby ever faced a trial.” – [ Counterpunch – Lessons for Progressives from Bob Mueller — and the Valerie Plame Affair – April 2019]

Our military, our clandestine CIA, and various 3rd party military contractors have sought out and participated in active military combat operations, assassinations. We’ve come to accept that, and it’s telling the world, not in a good way, how we conduct ourselves in a global neighbor way.

Is Bolton Steering Trump Into War with Iran?

Because of the human and financial cost of a military intervention, domestic political support can erode if success doesn’t come quickly and smoothly. Television, the internet, and social media have greatly increased citizens’ access to information about the nature and progress of wars. A lengthy humanitarian intervention is harder to justify domestically than one based on national interest. It helps to spread the personnel and financial burden across a coalition of countries.”  [ lanekenworthy.net – US military intervention abroad ]

Overall we’ve become a nation of war, or at least on a war footing since the 18th century with increasing tempo in the 21st century. It’s one of our largest exports. We have an entire economy based on the creation of weapons, the maintenance of them, and “Global Security”. If we saw any other nation act as aggressively as we do, we would probably be at war with them too; and in that case, we might be singularly justified.
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Will Donald Trump Be Impeached?

The best way to gauge the probability of Trump being impeached or not is to look back at history. There you will find that even if the process begins, the outcome of such hasn’t netted the results Congress were seeking.

The Mueller report isn’t about exoneration or innocence, it was whether there was sufficient evidence to support an indictment against Donald Trump, in which he colluded with Russian officials to win the 2016 Presidential election. The report says in essence, there isn’t enough evidence to support an indictment. Some people, who naively understand the judicial system, insist that a verdict should have been made of guilt or innocence, that’s not how a Federal investigation by the Office of Special Counsel works.

Impeachment_of_TrumpThe conclusion of the public debate isn’t over, largely because the politics, which most of us seem to drawn to like moths to a flame, want to see the modern day equivalent of Trump drawn & quartered. The news media is having a bonfire candlelight vigil over this, because it gets clicks and eyeballs, which translate into ad revenue.

The best way to gauge the probability of Trump being impeached or not, is to look back at history. The House has on several occasions written articles of impeachment. On May 16, 1868 the Senate failed to convict Andrew Johnson on one of the articles, with the 35–19 vote in favor of conviction falling short of the necessary two-thirds majority by a single vote. This is as close as it’s ever come to an actual impeachment of a sitting President.

Influence is normal politics, and aside from politics, all of us attempt to influence other people, this is normal behavior under given circumstances. Going a step further, if you were elected to a public office of any significant level, and before you even took office, there were people in government, sworn to protect the “sanctity of the ballot box”, attempting to destroy your campaign, don’t you think you might be on the defensive? Would you be attempting, of all people, to influence your campaign people, and attorney to see things your way? You bet your sweet bippy!

National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was cleared by the FBI of any malfeasance in the phone calls that they had tapped, which Flynn had with the Russian ambassador. Flynn had been cleared on those. There were other things, under the “Logan Act”, whether or not he accepted money for a speech illegally. He was later charged for lying to the FBI. Overall, it was a lot of newsprint over a big fat nothing burger. It wasn’t without consequences for Flynn. He’s been forced to sell his Virginia home to help pay for the exorbitant legal fees.

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Donald F. McGahn II is an American lawyer and is the current White House Counsel and Assistant to the President Donald Trump. It’s neither corruption or obstruction to attempt to fend off constant attacks. Keep in mind this investigation was launched from a FISA warrant that arguably was illegal, because it came through a “leaked” bogus intelligence report. The Comey, McCabe support of the Steele dossier, primarily a work of fiction, was used to obtain the original warrant.

So, what’s the net of all that? Trump had every right to fire Comey, even without this as background. That’s within his authority. The fact that Comey, McCabe & Strozk, were up constitution-page-portionto their eyeballs in deceitful behavior, designed to thwart (unsuccessfully), Trump’s campaign, and they continued after he was elected, to get him removed from office through surreptitious leaks to the press.

Some claim, “the president’s job is to enforce federal law ~ ordering obstruction to save himself from the consequences of his own behavior is unlawful, defenseless and condemnable.” Can I get a Harrumph!?

When FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe announced in January he would retire, upon learning he potentially lied under oath, and after FBI text messages revealed severe anti-Trump bias during the criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton, Comey publicly defended him.”

Some weeks later, during an interview with The View, Comey said he launched the leak investigation which ultimately led to McCabe’s firing.

The McCabe case illustrates what an organization committed to the truth looks like. I ordered that investigation,” Comey said. “The inspector general found that he lied, and there are severe consequences in the Justice Department for lying as there should be throughout the government.

See anything contradictory there?

From a legal sense, I’m not qualified to say the President was guilty of obstruction of justice, and I dare say neither are you. We can debate this until the cows come home, but in the end it’s not something I can control or have any influence. I just wish people would put their energies to constructive, beneficial things for our country, rather than trying to tear someone down.

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Odds may be long on Trump being impeached, but that’s not likely to deter Democrats and their supporters. Even if they’re unsuccessful, they hope the damage that they do will give them the win in the 2020 Presidential election.

 

Roller Coasters – Mueller Report – Donald Trump

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What do those 3 things have in common? Well for starters, we’ve been on this never-ending quest to repudiate the Donald Trump presidency through an ongoing independent investigation. There have been repeated news stories about how any day now we’re going to have the findings of the Mueller Report, and it’s going to be the end of his presidency. Then we would hear ‘unofficial – official’ denials which counter those bold claims.

Back and forth, up and down, until the report came out and was summarized by Attorney General William P. Barr. That wasn’t enough. The politicos weren’t happy! How were late night television comedians not going to look like even greater blithering fools? We must have more! Bring us the full report! Well, they got it.

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I find it almost amusing if it weren’t for the ramifications of the continual pursuit by partisans and politicos, who have from the outset of President Trump’s election, sought by any means possible to reject the 2016 election results. It’s gone way past denial, to obsession, and a very sad experience for our country.

If you read these articles, about the same Mueller report, it’s rather obvious the Washington Post is coloring a factual story with rumors and innuendo, and altering the findings from the Mueller report to suit their own bias. The type of people working for the Post, as well as many other ‘News Organizations’, rested their entire journalistic reputation on Russia and Trump conspired to alter the outcome of the 2016 election.

Now they summarize the report incorrectly, in hope that you won’t read it, or those points summarized by a more objective analysis. You will find that I include the link to the actual report which you may read to understand how far off the truth some will go to continue to smear a President, and still try to support their narratives, which they so heavily invested in for over two years.

Thankfully, Glenn Greeenwald doesn’t sell out his personal integrity for a hyperbolic news story.
Robert Mueller Did Not Merely Reject the Trump-Russia Conspiracy Theories. He Obliterated Them.
Glenn Greenwald April 18 2019.

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What’s even more revealing are the many so-called, ‘Intelligence Organizations’, who put forth their summarized reports that Russia had worked through US contacts (assumed to be from the Trump campaign), to channel votes in some manner away from Hillary Clinton and for Donald Trump.

The results of this over 2 year, Carte Blanche investigation, there wasn’t any collusion or election tampering by the Trump campaign in coordination with Russia. Further, none of the Trump lower level people, had anything to do with election tampering, or steering the election with the help from Russian spies.

It’s been a work of fiction from start to finish, and it has to be one of the most outstanding examples of a massive coordinated fraud manufactured by political supporters of the Democrat party. What’s even more disturbing will be their continual muck raking in hope of securing the 2020 Presidential election, regardless of their platform. Clearly, destruction, defamation, and fraud are more important than serving the people of our country.

Here’s another example by a formerly respectable newspaper with headlines like this;
After Mueller report release, US allies, foes are united in skepticism on one issue: The redactions
The Washington Post Published 12:29 pm EDT, Thursday, April 18, 2019

Here’s another story to mislead and continue to maintain a false story.
Mueller report findings: Mueller rejects argument that Trump is shielded from obstruction laws

By Washington Post Staff April 18 at 6:42 PM

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Our politics stink and our national media outlets generate bogus information in order to cover up their own malfeasance and incompetence.
Here’s the Mueller Report. It’s probably best you read this rather than rely on the tainted media.

Report On The Investigation
Into Russian Interference
In The 2016 Presidential Election
Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III
Washington DC
March 2019

Just for old times sake, recall this story from 2015? Those rascally Russians got their hands on the Presidential schedule. Those hackers have skills!

REPORT: RUSSIANS HACKED WHITE HOUSE
BY Polly Mosendz ~ 4/7/15  5:09 PM EDT

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