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24 March 2018

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Chiron

Whe the madness will end Colonel?

janes

lol... americans are sore losers.. as b mentions in the syria post - they will keep dispensing tows to the saudis for those moderate headchoppers in daraa and etc... bolt-on might be able to grow a mustache like a russian, but he can't play chess like a russian!

Fred

Chiron,

The Col. did not write this, I did.
Fred

SRW

I agree about the March Madness bit. A good example of this is the Omnibus spending bill recently passed to avoid a government shutdown which I will bet dollars to donuts that no congressman has read. While there is probably a bunch of items in it to gripe about, the one item that gets my attention is the raising of the defense budget to something like $700 billion. I think we should have a strong and adequate defense budget but why just bend over and let the military-industrial-congressional complex have it's will. I am reminded of Eisenhower's warning which I am afraid has come true. I was one of the 3.5 million man military in '68 at the height of the Vietnam war when our defense budget was $500 billion in inflation adjusted $. Now in 2017 with just 36% as many serviceman, no USSR and Warsaw Pact to face off against in Europe, no Vietnam conflict with 500,000 participants, we have a defense budget of $700 billion. I guess we knew better how to spend tax dollars on defense back in '68. If anyone with a lot more experience in Washington and the military can explain to me the rational for the difference I would be most interested.

Sarah B

On films....

https://youtu.be/xDpiT_RZh9s?t=99

LeaNder

We have a ...... Bear Gap! Yes, a Bear Gap.

love it Fred. Admittedly initially I was somewhat confused by your "missiles".

outthere

Paul Pillar says:

> The most egregious recent instances of arm twisting arose in George W. Bush’s administration but did not involve Iraq. The twister was Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security John Bolton, who pressured intelligence officers to endorse his views of other rogue states, especially Syria and Cuba. Bolton wrote his own public statements on the issues and then tried to get intelligence officers to endorse them. According to what later came to light when Bolton was nominated to become ambassador to the United Nations, the biggest altercation involved Bolton’s statements about Cuba’s allegedly pursuing a biological weapons program. When the relevant analyst in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) refused to agree with Bolton’s language, the undersecretary summoned the analyst and scolded him in a red-faced, finger-waving rage. The director of INR at the time, Carl Ford, told the congressional committee considering Bolton’s nomination that he had never before seen such abuse of a subordinate—and this comment came from someone who described himself as a conservative Republican who supported the Bush administration’s policies—an orientation I can verify, having testified alongside him in later appearances on Capitol Hill.
> When Bolton’s angry tirade failed to get the INR analyst to cave, the undersecretary demanded that the analyst be removed. Ford refused. Bolton attempted similar pressure on the national intelligence officer for Latin America, who also inconveniently did not endorse Bolton’s views on Cuba. Bolton came across the river one day to our National Intelligence Council offices and demanded to the council’s acting chairman that my Latin America colleague be removed.

http://lobelog.com/how-john-bolton-handles-diverse-viewpoints-and-expert-analysis/

SmoothieX12

Well that means just one thing America. We have a ...... Bear Gap! Yes, a Bear Gap.

I tried to address Russia's bear problem about a year ago. Yes, there is a bear gap.

http://smoothiex12.blogspot.com/2017/05/finally.html

turcopolier

All

I propose "Bear Gap" for inclusion in the SST lexicon. Classic stuff, Fred. Classic. Yes. We need a better bear. pl

Richardstevenhack

I have to laugh at the people trying to portray Bonkers Bolton as somehow less insane than he is.

Yesterday in my Youtube recommended list was at least half a dozen channels with headlines expressing horror at the appointment of Bolton as National Security Adviser. Clearly there has been a backlash in quite a few quarters that this appointment is simply lunatic - of a lunatic.

So naturally today we see people trying to play down the absolute stark insanity of Trump appointing this clown.

The only thing we can hope for is that before Bolton does too much damage that Trump gets tired of him, as he has everyone else in his administration, and fires him. But given Trump's history, all we can expect then is that he appoints Nikki Haley to the same post.

Russia, ever patient, issued a statement saying they're ready to work with Bolton. Privately they must be wondering why they didn't develop Novichok so they could use it on him.

Meanwhile the Democrats are trotting out all the hot women they claim had affairs with Trump. Hello, Democrats! Anyone remember Bill Clinton? At least Trump has a wife good-looking enough to maybe keep him home at night.

Doug Colwell

Fred, while I often find myself disagreeing with your comments I must tip my hat to you with this post. "Breathlessly reported"...humour at its best! Thank you!

The Twisted Genius

Fred,

I nominate an old song from my childhood as the soundtrack to your bear gap. It's "The Bear Chase" by the Limelighters, a folk trio from the 60's. My parents had the album which I played often on the family stereo record player. My friends and I would sometimes sing it while hiking and camping the hills of Connecticut. We never did see a bear.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfd2fWAYDcA

lally

Fred.

You left the Israelis out of your gaming. But of course, they are seriously conflicted when it comes to directly confronting The Bear. Their silence on that front speaks volumes.......

Bill H

"I have to laugh at the people trying to portray Bonkers Bolton as somehow less insane than he is."

Indeed. In fact, I am pretty sure he is far more unhinged than we he appears to be.

Fred

SRW,

"no Vietnam conflict with 500,000 participants"
The army of the Republic of South Vietnam had a lot more than 500,000 men in it. You left out the great democrats of the State of California removing state senator Janet Nguyen from the chamber for having the audacity to speaking against the leftist narrative surrounding Tom Hayden.

"“I have every right to speak on behalf of the 500,000” Vietnamese-Americans living in California, Nguyen yelled before leaving the chamber as another senator said her comments were disrespectful and inappropriate."
Apparently not in California Senator.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/california-state-sen-janet-nguyen-removed-from-chamber-for-criticizing-late-state-sen-tom-haydens-anti-vietnam-war-protests-leadership/

turcopolier

All - Vietnam War

Strength

≈1,420,000 (1968)
South Vietnam: 850,000 (1968)
1,500,000 (1974–75)[21]
United States: 543,000 (April 1969)[22][23]
South Korea: 50,003
Thailand: 11,570[24]
Australia: 7,672
Philippines: 2,061
New Zealand: 552[25]

≈860,000 (1967)
North Vietnam: 690,000 (January 1967, inculded NVA and Viet Cong)[26]
Viet Cong: 200,000 (estimated, 1968)[27][25]
China: 170,000 (1967)[28][29][30]

wiki on VN War

Imagine

Support the right to arm bears.

LeaNder

Hmm, it's somewhat irritating she addresses the assembly in Vietnamese for quite a while, before she allows the majority present, I guess, to get an idea of what her issue is.

A translation would be interesting:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hiXDIuaUNs

Ok, at least she puts one up:
http://nguyen.cssrc.us/content/adjournment-memory-fallen-vietnamese-and-refugees-seeking-freedom-and-democracy

http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-vietnamese-americans-travel-to-capitol-1488839493-htmlstory.html#nt=card

********
What's your point, Fred. The Democrats were wrong in stopping her, or the Republican's complaint is justified?

Strange story, no doubt.

Fred

LeaNder,

"before she allows the majority present, I guess, to get an idea of what her issue is." They all new her point and used the rules to silence their critics. There is nothing strange about it at all. We just had a weekend of conformity marches doing the same this with a new narrative. I'm surprised you didn't see that. Your country has a great deal more experience with that than ours.

SRW

Participants was the wrong word. I should have used American serviceman.

LeaNder

They all new her point and used the rules to silence their critics.

Look, first I agree it was highly stupid to not let her finish. It boosted her fame. Now even I know her. She is an interesting lady, no doubt. I looked at her website, her resume, her legislation. She is a highly decorate political scientist, even selected for "the Aspen Institute Rodel Fellowship Program" for "promising leadership". But she didn't vote for Donald Trump. If you don't mind, if I were American, I might have done the same. Vote for neither of both.

Did you notice she even managed to have a road, or part thereof, renamed of a female Colonel in the South Vietnamese Army. Is that her mother?

http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billVotesClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SCR60

What I am not quite sure about is if she set up some kind of trap and the stupid Democrats stumbled into without the least bit of awareness. Yes, seems she told whoever, what she would say, but was then told to post it on her site. Was it too far out of context? She may, or may not have "raised a question of personal privilege" only after that.

Strictly I am not really interested. But yes, interesting rising political star in the GOP camp in California.

Fred

LeaNder,

I wonder what Tom Hayden had to do with the defeat of South Vietnam and the resulting relocation of Senator Nguyen to the USA and how her views might upset the Democrats in California praising Tom Hayden.

"Did you notice..."

I did notice you are in Kiev. I thought you were German. Which LeaNder are you this time?

Mark Logan

Richardstevenhack,

Re: Bolton

I had thought it unlikely Trump would allow another prima donna within his sphere, but other information is coming out that indicates Buck (Strangelove reference) Bolton has gone to some lengths to convince Trump of his loyalty.

I kinda doubt Trump views the NSC as a source of information so most likely Buck's primary job is expected to be the rooting out all non-sycophants/leakers. I would guess Buck has a larger agenda. Should be some fireworks in store.

J

Fred,

Speaking of madness, our erstwhile Congress Bevis and Butthead personas have done it to U.S. again. This time slipped into the Omnibus Bill that nobody read before they signed on to it (called blind Congress), and forced down the POTUS's throat (Trump really should have vetoed it, or better yet before he signed anything, open up the entire Omnibus Bill line by line, sentence by sentence before the American people to read and digress on BEFORE HE SIGNED ANYTHING!!!).

Instead of the Omnibus Bill, they need to call it the Beavis & Butthead Orwellian Screw-job on America Bill.

Senator Hatch/Senator Graham/Senator Coons/Senator Whitehouse's CLOUD ACT
https://www.hatch.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/6ba62ebd-52ca-4cf8-9bd0-818a953448f7/ALB18102%20(1).pdf

Which the ACLU calls it both sinister and dangerous
https://medium.com/aclu/the-cloud-act-is-a-sinister-piece-of-legislation-816f7e1fdac4

https://www.aclu.org/blog/privacy-technology/internet-privacy/cloud-act-dangerous-piece-legislation

Nowhere on the planet are Americans and others worldwide protected
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/02/cloud-act-dangerous-expansion-police-snooping-cross-border-data

Executive agreements between foreign governments allow unfettered access on a person's data stored in other countries irregardless of that nation's privacy laws or lack thereof.

The five eyes are watching (US/UK/AUS/NZ/CAN, which would probably make Orwell spin in his grave if he could see how more expansive his 1984 has become in the 21st Century.


Fred

J,

Where have you been. You can trustMark Zuckerberg. Hilary did. The Russians did. So did most of the app makers out there that down loaded the data he collected up.
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/03/facebook-scraped-call-text-message-data-for-years-from-android-phones/

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