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28 January 2017

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David E. Solomon

Colonel Lang,

I met Donald Trump twice in the Seventies and for what it is worth, now as then, I believe the man to be unhinged.

Origin

The logic of whether Saudi Arabia or not, the anti Muslim, the wall are just part of a concerted effort to create cognitive dissonance. http://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2017-01/alternative-facts-donald-trump-sean-spicer-media

This is about Bannon's theory of destruction. We have a weird man in the Whitehouse, backed by a new Rasputin. The whole thing is simply un-American an extremely against the moral principles of the nation.

The Librarian in Purgatory

TTG:

See Robb's "Will the World be Safer or More Dangerous Under a Trump Presidency?" http://tinyurl.com/jfj6lqd

"...In Trump's post cold war world, US foreign policy will be dominated by trade policy. Even national security policy will be subservient to trade policy. If trade policy is dominant, we'll see China, Mexico and the EU (Germany) become competitors. Russia, in contrast will become an ally since it doesn't pose a trade threat."

Jack

TTG, Sir

As a Trump voter I am bothered that Saudi Arabia and the other nations whose citizens were the 9/11 terrorists were not included in the list for extreme vetting.

It is clear that Saudi Arabia and the Gulfies are the funding sources for the jihadists and nihilistic Islam that want to export their medieval behavior to the west. They should be the ones that should face sanction the most.

kooshy

Iran just announced will reciprocate the same

"Iran to ban US citizens in response to Trump's immigration order
"http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/28/middleeast/iran-will-ban-us-citizens/

Babak Makkinejad

TTG:

As far as US and Iran are concerned, this is business as usual - one side screams "Death to America" and the other side bars them from entering US.

Tit for Tat.

But in regards to the 9/11/2001 attacks on the United States by Muslim terrorists; Trumps executive order is not any worse, in my opinion, that what Bush II did.

He went to UAE, a country that was jubilant of 9/11/2001 attacks on US (there were days of celebrations in cities of UAE) and proceeded to harangue Iran from across the Persian Gulf from UAE.

I asked myself then and I ask myself now: "What price geopolitics?"

I would like to add that, in my opinion, we witnessing another consequence of the religious war that I have been writing about on this forum, the logical consequence of which, in the fullness of time, would be imprisonment or expulsion of Muslims from the United States.

Liberalism, in my opinion, cannot endure long under the conditions of religious war.

Hood Canal Gardner

Folks you can put this in the bank: Rex's fingerprints are on the order someplace.

As far as domestic terrorists/terrorism suppression goes try 'our' drug cartels and the outfits do the laundering. If Trump can 'sequester/deal for' El Chapo's reported 14-15 billion it'd be a waste to pour it into postholes. Better ICE use it to once and for all/get serious ie, chase-down and bust our non-doc"terrorist" employers and their assets right down to the ground/deeper.

kooshy

TTG, IMO this is not about Trump and about terrorism, never was, some of us may forgot just a few months back after the nuclear agreement, US administration of BHO announced that foreign travelers to Iran from a third country must obtain visas to enter US, that was targeting european tourists and businessmen. IMO ever since Iranian revolution nothing has changed and nothing will change between Iran and US. the simple fact is Iran and US in this current US' geopolitical policy for MENA region are strategic enemies and not compatible. IMO, the JCPOA was just a time limited arms control agreement between Iran and the west, nevertheless, that was the best US could do in lat 38 years. IMO, what US just did and Iran announcement to reciprocate, will elevate Iran' standing and credibility in the ME region' and streets level muslims everywhere, especially among resistance.

Babak Makkinejad

They had to do something...

We have to wait and see how this plays out - with Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

The interesting is that Trump's government has, in effect, sanctioned the historical core of Islamdom.

walrus

In my opinion. this action is going to have unintended consequences from an American point of view.

From the Trump perspective, this action proves to his base that the President is "Getting things done!". The plethora of rapid fire executive actions, as Scott Adams points out, will leave his detractors with so many choice targets that they will be so dazed and confused they will not mount effective counter attacks - another "plus" for the President.

The problem I think I see coming for America is that President Trump is used to an environment ruled by law (no matter how it is enforced) and his world is defined by competitors, suppliers and customers. These folks may get disgruntled from time to time ( so sue me!) but they don't come after you with ordnance.

What concerns me is the quality and provenance of advice that President Trump is receiving. A ban on Muslim travel seems to have been an easy "sell" to President Trump, it plays to his base, it makes him look like a man of action it obviously is quite attractive.

The trouble is that he, in my opinion, may be alienating that small band of muslims that actually like America and what it stands for by this travel ban. To put that another way, 99% or more of those affected are wanting to be in the USA for no other reason then to make a contribution to it. I cannot think of anyone who benefits from this situation except for perhaps the current Israeli Government for whom any American rapprochement with the Islamic world is anathema.

mike

Iran has already reciprocated, and are now barring entry of US citizens. This puts thousands of American jobs at risk if Tehran follows through and cancels their 8-billion dollar deal with Boeing and buys from Airbus instead.

Trump World Golf Resort in the UAE: where two of the 9/11 attackers came from. And is reportedly building another.

Trump Towers Istanbul: Turkey is another enabler of Daesh and al-Qaeda terrorism.

Reportedly there are also deals in Egypt where another of the 9/11 attackers came from. Interesting article in Newsweek regarding Egypt. It tells of Confederate veterans who went there to help Khedive Ismail get out from under the Ottoman yoke. One of those Confederate vets was a Coastal Carolinian, General "Old Blizzards" Loring, who had received two brevets for bravery at Mexico City and lost an arm there.

http://www.newsweek.com/2016/12/23/donald-trump-el-sissi-cairo-egypt-531572.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_W._Loring#Civil_War

Babak Makkinejad

Trumps action, both in regards to the Wall against Mexico and the changes to Visa rules affecting 7 Muslim countries are very smart domestic moves by him to assuage as well as cater to his domestic constituency - in my opinion.

These decisions against foreigners will be and are enormously popular all over the United States; and he could say that he is delivering on his promises.

Few, I should think, would look carefully at the facts; that there have already been a continuous effort at building a wall or that terrorists hails exclusively from outside of Seljuk boundaries.

Who would care?

In my mind, the interesting is that if Trump, in a manner analogous to FDR, would cut Finance Capital to size in the United States. For that one, we have to wait and see.


Babak Makkinejad

In case of Iran, the combined US-EU Economic War against her destroyed the livelihoods of those who actually had been actively trading with EU and other countries and were the cosmopolitan and open-minded men and women of Iran.

Australia and New Zealand were enthusiastic supporters of that war - by the way.

Babak Makkinejad

Iranians are not stupid; they will not cancel the Boeing order.

Hood Canal Gardner

Should have added that the RICO money/property seized from terrorist employers would be more than enough to dam the Bay/Sacramento River give a good charge to replenishing the Central Valley aquifer the Mexifornia corporations have sucked to the devil's rooftop.

FourthAndLong

Ruling through fear. Maybe he studied Machiavelli's 'The Prince.'

mike

Babak Makkinejad -

Tehran got a yuuuge discount from Boeing on that deal. Perhaps Airbus cannot match it? So you may be correct.

I never implied Iranians were stupid.

Nancy K

Trump supporters can spin it anyway they want, but he is giving Saudi's a pass? He was elected president, not Clinton, I guess that makes him big borg,he might like that title.

Lesly

"Liberalism, in my opinion, cannot endure long under the conditions of religious war."

But apparently liberal democracy must accommodate the medieval Salafist cult on behalf of the moneyed class.

If this man refuses to risk the businesses he presumably divested himself from it is confirmation that when it comes to some aspects of U.S. foreign policy considerations we are still BAU.

mike

Why not bar entry to Tunisians? They provided 6000 headchopping foreign terrorists to Daesh in Syria and Iraq.

Saudis - 2500; Chechens - 2400; Turks - 2100; Jordanians - 2000.

Babak Makkinejad

Trump just reassured the Gulfies that he is on their side against Iran and the Shia Crescent. This was cost-free & smart move by him to reassure Gulfies.

FB Ali

TTG,

Nice picture!

Does it represent the Saudis laughing all the way to the - Trump Tower?

Babak Makkinejad

I think Iranian leaders are arguing something a bit different in their speeches by pointing to the economic war against the nationalist and secular government of Mossadegh as well as the one against the Islamic Republic (within 50 years) and state that the United States and indeed the Western Fortress is against Iranian independence.

They could be right, when one looks at the analogous situation in Europe where NATO expanded East against the Russian Federation and the subsequent events in Ukraine.

I suspect and speculate that when Nixon went to China, he might have reassured the Chinese godless brutal human-right-violating dictatorial communist leaders that the United States was not against independent Chinese power.

walrus

Babak, I wouldn't trust Congress to allow delivery of a single aircraft to Iran. Iran will pay, Boeing will build, but delivery? AIPAC will see that it never happens. As for Airbus, all Congress has to do is prevent American components from being used in an Airbus destined for Iran.

Brunswick

They don't need to,

One of Trump's "election promises", was to kill the Iran/Boeing deal.

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