Monday, February 20, 2017

The Dangerous Signal That Trump Just Sent By Naming H.R. McMaster His National Security Adviser

H.R. McMaster

President Donald Trump has just named another military man to replace the insane Michael Flynn as his National Security Adviser.

The new NSA, General H.R. McMaster, has Flynn beat in brain power by an exponential quantity. He holds a Ph.D. degree in American history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Here is the problem, when we are talking real world understanding, McMaster for all practical purposes holds a doctorate in military killing.  And he has a blind vision that the United States is an Empire that must deal with "strategic interests" around the world, in many cases from a military angle. There is absolutely no indication that McMaster has adopted the view of George Washington that the United States should stay out of foreign entanglements. None.

Whatsmore, he holds the view that U.S. troops on the ground are the only way to solve many conflicts. He holds that simple air bombardment, which the U.S. is presently doing in the Middle East, is "George Costanza-type" fighting.

This type of Costanza style fighting via air bombardment is, according to McMaster,  You "do a lot of damage and leave on an up note," but not really "win."

He holds that success requires that ground troops must gain land from the enemy and maintain contact with civilians in the area and also the enemy. He views local troops as "so-called partners." To him "outsourcing the fighting" is an error. Some use of local troops can occur but the driver and main component must be U.S. troops. It can't simply be done with U.S. military advisers.

For McMaster, it is all about "land control" that also includes "military support of governance" for "sustainable political outcomes."

Bottom line: Expect additional U.S ground combat troops, at a minimum in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan---for the very long haul.

With McMaster being named National Security Adviser, you can throw away the idea that Trump is going to disengage the United States from military adventures. The troops that are already deployed are not coming home. The Empire is about to intensify its global entanglements, with new or additional combat troops at many hot spots created in the first place by the Empire.

McMaster is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

And if that isn't enough, Trump at the McMaster announcement also said that super neocon war hawk John Bolton was going to join the administration.



Center for Strategic & International Studies discussion with McMaster
McMaster on Charlie Rose
Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs with McMaster on Fighting ISIS
Hoover Institution Bio

The Truth About Trump's Stunning Plans for the Nation

On Saturday, President Donald Trump traveled to an aircraft hanger in Melbourne, Florida, to give a campaign speech to a crowd of cheering supporters. It was not a pleasant speech for libertarian Trump fanboys, who hold the view that Trump is about to disband NATO and end foreign military adventures of the United States.When he got to outlining his views with regard to the state and the molding of culture, his comments became even more horrifying.

Here is Trump in his own words from that speech:
 I'm a NATO fan. 
 What I want to do is build safe zones in Syria and other places.
I've also directed the defense community headed by General, now — you know, he said it, he said it — and now Secretary ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, to develop a plan to totally destroy ISIS. I have ordered the department of defense to begin plans for the great rebuilding of the united states military.

And there was also indications in Trump's speech of disturbing future police/military actions by federal agencies in the United States:

We've directed the creation of a task force for reducing violent crime in America, including our inner cities. We're going to make our inner cities safe again...Safety is a civil right. And we will fight to make America totally safe again.
 I've ordered the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to coordinate on a plan to destroy transnational criminal cartels which are all over the United States and we are going to stop the drugs from pours into your country, into your community, into your cities and poisoning our youth. We're stopping it. We're stopping it.
And finally this shocker:
The nation state remains the best model for human happiness.
From Wikipedia on nation states:
 A nation state is a type of state that joins the political entity of a state to the cultural entity of a nation, from which it aims to derive its political legitimacy to rule and potentially its status as a sovereign state. A state is specifically a political and geopolitical entity, whilst a nation is a cultural and ethnic one. The term "nation state" implies that the two coincide, in that a state has chosen to adopt and endorse a specific cultural group as associated with it... 
The most noticeable characteristic is the degree to which nation states use the state as an instrument of national unity, in economic, social and cultural life.
Trump did not indicate in his speech how he plans to use the state to mold the nation into a specific economic, social and cultural style.

This is not libertarianism. This is authoritarianism. They are the words of a power freak, who wants to mold the country in his image.


Video Surfaces Showing Kim Jong Nam’s Assassination

Airport security video footage has emerged showing the moment female assassins fatally poisoned the half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia.

In the video, two women can be seen approaching Kim Jong-nam, one female blocks his way, the other attacks from behind and appears to spray Kim in the face.

So far, four people have been arrested in connection with the mysterious slaying, including a woman seen on video in a white shirt – which had the letters “LOL” on the front.

The assassination appears to be a very sophisticated hit. The women arrested who actually approached Kim and killed him appear to be dupes. They claim they thought they were filming for a prankster television show.

Speculation is that Kim Jong-un may have ordered the hit on his half-brother, but there is no direct evidnce. It could just have easily been a larger nation-state hit to get the half-brother out of the line of succession if a hit is planned on Kim Jong-un, himsef, if you get my drift.


(via NyPo)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Niggardly Guerilla

By Victor J. Ward

In the book, Losing the Race, John McWhorter opens by describing a situation where three people are in a room discussing the Mayor’s budget. The city is Washington, D.C. There are two White people and one Black person in the meeting.

One of the White people says, “I will have to be niggardly with this fund because it’s not a lot of money.”

The Black person storms out of the meeting.

I assume that the Black person went to the Mayor, because the White person, in a day or two, tendered his resignation.

This incident raises a couple of questions for me:

I know that Black people are supposed to do the following:

A. Eat fried chicken — check
B. Eat watermelon — check
C. Eat chitterlings — heck no
D. Dance — in public? heck no
E. Run fast — maybe after I drop 60 pounds
F. Play basketball — well? heck no
G. Speak Ebonics — your mama speaks Ebonics
H. Vote the Democratic ticket — I’d rather eat chitterlings while dancing in public
I. Be entitled to 40 acres and a mule — still waiting

But, I have never heard that Black people are supposed to be stingy with money.

Granted, we are supposed to be poor and not have much money because of slavery and discrimination and the White Man and the Man (the Man is different from the White Man. The White Man is. . . . White. The Man is anyone who is ahead of Blacks in life but who is not White) and because of all the cop killers and because of gentrification and because of the absence of some Black fathers and because of the government and because of the core, foundational problems with public schools.

Oh, wait. Sorry. It’s never those last three.

I never thought, however, that Black people had been stereotyped as not being generous.

Maybe I am stingy. Maybe Black people, as a whole, are stingy.

Of course, this was not the view of the White person in that room but the Black person.

It’s either that or she was stupid.

I don’t mean that she was stupid in not knowing what the word “niggardly” meant.

I don’t even mean that she was stupid in walking out of the room.

She was stupid because, after she learned what the word meant, she refused to go to the guy and say, “Hey, sorry. I didn’t know that word. I learned something. Yes, we need to be niggardly with that money.”

She refused to stick up for the White guy.

She was niggardly in her support of innocent people.

That happened in 1999.

We have gotten worse since then.

Just recently, there was an ESPN reporter who use the word “guerrilla” or “gorilla” to describe a tactic being used by Venus Williams. The reporter claims that he was using the term “guerrilla.”

ESPN believed that he was using the word “gorilla.” ESPN fired the guy.

Maybe ESPN didn’t realize that Nike used the term in one of it’s ads. I mean, let’s be fair: It’s not like Nike is that involved in sports.

Furthermore, it’s not like the Nike ad, called Guerrilla Tennis, didn’t involve some of the biggest tennis stars ever (Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi). 

What’s ESPN supposed to do? Do research? Ask questions? Give their employee the benefit of the doubt? Not damage a guy’s good name?

It’s much easier to fire someone than risk the wrath of the progressives and Black Lives Matter.

But, here is where it gets even worse: Venus Williams never complained about the term; neither did her sister or her dad or anyone close to her — at least not publicly.

From what I can tell, the person to accuse the ESPN reporter of using the racist term was a White guy named Ben Rothenberg.

At least in the niggardly situation, the “offended” person was Black.

Now, we have one of the most famous and well-accomplished Black athletes in the world being protected by a White man.

So, for all of you White people, here is an introductory list. I am not going to capture everything because I am an Oreo. But, it’s a good starting point.

White People:

You cannot use the word niggardly.
You cannot use the word guerrilla because it sounds like the word gorilla, and, if you are near a Black person, you will be found guilty of racism.
You definitely cannot use the word “nigger,” regardless of the number of times you may hear a Black person use it.
You cannot us the word “nigger” even as a descriptive term. See this clip at the 1:45 mark.
You cannot use the word “nigger,” even if, in context, it is the proper word. For instance, you cannot say, “The word ‘nigger’ is a derogatory word used for Black people.”
If you want to reference the word “nigger,” you must say: the “N word.” You can do this until the phrase “the N word” becomes as offensive as the word “nigger."
You cannot call a Black person: Black.
You can only use the term "African-American."
You can only use the term “African-American” until another term is embraced. In fact, the word “Black” may be back in style. I’m not sure. Good luck on this one.
You can definitely not use the term “Negro.”
You can definitely not use the term “Colored.” (Yes, I know that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is still around. Don’t argue with me.) 
Only you can be racist. That is: A Black person can never be racist.
You owe Black people 40 acres a mule.
Your life does not matter.
Black people don’t need your help. (Just your 40 acres. See above.)
You don’t try and help Black people because of your privilege.
You are only wealthy because of your privilege.
You are only wealthy because of your parents or grandparents.
You have more money than Black people because of cultural appropriation. Think Elvis.
Even if you are self-made, you have achieved your success because of your privilege.
The fact that you don’t see your privilege is because of your privilege.
You do better on tests because tests are geared towards you. Don’t you even dare think that some of you do better because you studied harder.
Whenever someone talks about race, you must never, ever, ever raise the issue of Chinese immigrants, or Japanese, or Korean, or Russian, or Indian, or Mexican. You are prohibited from talking about any other race because the success of some people in those races undermines a lot of what Black people are claiming. You must never do this. If you do, you are a hater and a racist.
You must give your full-throated support to affirmative action programs. Otherwise, you are a racist.
If you don’t vote for a political candidate that promises to take from you and give to Black people, you are a racist.

The above is not comprehensive. But, it's a good start.

Victor J. Ward  first came across libertarianism by reading Murray Rothbard's Ronald Reagan: An Autopsy and Walter Block's Defending the Undefendable. He holds a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

Trump Sends Aircraft Carrier to South China Sea

Not good. More Trump agitation of foreign governments on issues that have no relevance to the safety and security of the United States.

The U.S. is sending an aircraft carrier to the South China Sea, ignoring warnings from China which views such patrols as a violation of its sovereignty. The U.S. Navy said in a statement that the deployment of the USS Carl Vinson was a “routine operation,” but Geng Shuang, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, said Beijing “firmly opposes any country’s attempt to undermine China’s sovereignty and security in the name of the freedom of navigation and overflight.”


Concerns Grow About A Nuclear "Incident" In Europe After Spike In Radioactive Iodine Levels

By Tyler Durden
Concerns about a potential, and so far unsubstantiated, nuclear "incident", reportedly in the vicinity of the Arctic circle, spread in the past week after trace amounts of radioactive Iodine-131 of unknown origin were detected in January over large areas in Europe according to a report by the Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety, the French national public expert in nuclear and radiological risks. Since the isotope has a half-life of only eight days, the detection is an indication of a rather recent release. As the Barents Observer adds, "where the radioactivity is coming from is still a mystery."
The air filter station at Svanhovd - located a few hundred meters from Norway’s border to Russia’s Kola Peninsula in the north - was the first to measure small amounts of the radioactive Ionide-131 in the second week of January.  Shortly thereafter, the same Iodine-131 isotope was measured in Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland. Within the next two weeks, traces of radioactivity, although in tiny amounts, were measured in Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, France and Spain.

Will a New U.S. Civil War Be Launched From Seattle, Washington?

During a rally that called for the release of a man in a Tacoma, Washington immigration detention center, socialist Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant said activists should demand leaders use local police to block Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, reports KIRO 7.

Local police versus federal agents? That's close to civil war folks.

"If we are going to be a sanctuary then we have to be a sanctuary. Let's demand that the mayor not use Seattle Police to repress peaceful anti-Trump protests. Let's demand that he use Seattle Police instead to block ICE from seizing human beings." she said to what KIRO characterized as a cheering crowd.

“We have to stand in solidarity with all immigrants. And fight back against Trump and the billionaire class,” she continued

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray called Sawant's statement  "irresponsible and dangerous."

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Is the Possibility of War with Russia Greater Under Trump Than It Would Have Been Under Hillary?

As a follow up to my post, The Many Potential U.S. Military Escalations Under Donald Trump, Adam Dick of the Ron Paul Institute emails:
In last week’s episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about the Trump administration apparently continuing the Obama administration’s confrontation policy concerning Russia via rotating new United States troops into Estonia and Latvia. News came this week that new US troops have arrived in Bulgaria and Romania. Both countries, like Russia, border the Black Sea.

A confrontation policy is also being expressed in words. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer declared in a Tuesday press briefing that Trump “has been incredibly tough on Russia.” Spicer then said that Trump “continues to raise the issue of Crimea, which the previous administration had allowed to be seized by Russia.” Trump backed up Spicer’s comments the next morning, writing at Twitter:

Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia?
What, I wonder, would Trump have done, had he been president, to stop Crimea from joining Russia?
May it be that the threat of war with Russia that many people feared would exist with a Hillary Clinton presidency is just as great, or even greater, with Trump as president?

 RW note-

And word comes today:
Vice President Mike Pence vowed Saturday that the United States will “hold Russia accountable” even as President Donald Trump searches for new common ground with Moscow at the start of his presidency.

Pence, in an address to the Munich Security Conference, also offered assurances to European allies that the U.S. “strongly supports” NATO. He said the U.S. would be “unwavering” in its commitment to trans-Atlantic institutions like NATO

The Many Potential U.S. Military Escalations Under Donald Trump

The Strategic Culture Foundation has summarized in a new article a number of apparent military escalations by the United States around the world that are in the planning stages and have been reported by various media.

Lew Rockwell has correctly characterized the escalations as "an interventionist disaster. If this is the real Trump admin plan."

Here are the reports.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting the Trump administration may be attempting to form a NATO-type alliance in the Middle East with the U.S. and Israel stickhandling the alliance from the shadows:
The Trump administration is in talks with Arab allies about having them form a military alliance that would share intelligence with Israel to help counter their mutual foe, Iran, several Middle Eastern officials said.

The alliance would include countries such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that are avowed enemies of Israel, as well as Egypt and Jordan, which have longstanding peace treaties with Israel, five officials from Arab countries involved in the discussions said. Other Arab countries could also join the alliance.

For the Arab countries involved, the alliance would have a NATO-style mutual-defense component under which an attack on one member would be treated as an attack on all, though details are still being worked out, the officials said.

The U.S. would offer military and intelligence support to the alliance, beyond the kind of limited backing it has been providing to a Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, the officials said. But neither the U.S. nor Israel would be part of the mutual-defense pact.

“They’ve been asking diplomatic missions in Washington if we’d be willing to join this force that has an Israeli component,” one Arab diplomat said. “Israel’s role would likely be intelligence sharing, not training or boots on the ground. They’d provide intelligence and targets. That’s what the Israelis are good at.”
The Russian daily, Izvestia, reports the US plans to substantially increase its military presence in Iraq:
The newspaper cited its own sources in the U.S. Republican Party. The plans include a few thousand troops to arrive in Iraq in the coming months.
CNN reports:
 The Defense Department might propose that the US send conventional ground combat forces into northern Syria for the first time to speed up the fight against ISIS, CNN has learned.

"It's possible that you may see conventional forces hit the ground in Syria for some period of time," one defense official told CNN....

The move would significantly alter US military operations in Syria if approved and could put troops on the ground within weeks.
Until now, only small teams made up largely of Special Operations forces have operated in Syria, providing training and assistance to anti-ISIS opposition groups on the ground.
Conventional units operate in larger numbers and would require a more significant footprint of security protection both on the ground and in the air.
 The Military Times is reporting:
The Pentagon is developing proposals for sending an unspecified number of American military personnel into Syria, conventional ground forces who would augment the 500 combat advisers already there coordinating efforts to destroy the Islamic State... multiple U.S. Army sources indicated that about two thousand soldiers with the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team soon may bolster other Army elements already in the region. Currently, about 1,800 paratroopers from the 2nd BCT are in Iraq participating in the U.S. military's train-and-advise mission. The 82nd Airborne Division is based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
Reuters reports:
The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said on Thursday he needs several thousand more international troops in order to break a stalemate in the long war with Taliban insurgents, signaling the matter may soon be put before President Donald Trump.
So far, Trump has offered little clarity about whether he might approve more forces for Afghanistan, where some 8,400 U.S. troops remain more than 15 years after the Islamist Taliban government was toppled by U.S.-backed Afghan forces.
Got that? Potential military escalations in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan---with new U.S. combat troops on the ground. Plus: A Middle East NATO that would be run behind the scenes by the U.S. and Israel.

This is not what an "America First" foreign policy looks like.

This is the Empire in action with a new justification, nation building is out, but the same meddling in foreign affairs.