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05 May 2019

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Tidewater

There is a profile in the April 29, 2019 New Yorker by Dexter Filkins, "John Bolton on the Warpath." This may be behind a paywall, though one generally gets four or so free articles from them. www.newyorker.com/06/john-bolton-on-the-warpath. Bolton has since denied the so-called "moron" opinion of Trump that is claimed.

One thing that Trump and Bolton are doing is treating the US Navy excessively as an instrument of their out-of-date gunboat diplomacy. Life is neither a rehearsal nor a television show, though they seem to think so. Images don't matter so much these days. The North Koreans laugh in Trump's face. They say that John Bolton is the father of the North Korean atomic bomb. The threat of arrant, naked aggression seems to be the mark of the American these days. Bolton and Trump are now sending a carrier group out to the Persian Gulf to defend Fort Zinderneuf. So it's haze gray and under way! Dating back to Abdl el-Krim, a relief column of infantry was and is the only tried and true response. The Seventh Fleet is being ground down. The USS Fitzgerald running blind, barrelling across the equivalent of an eight-lane interstate highway during rush hour at twenty knots, under the non-control of a depressed black woman watch officer who was just sitting there having a fit of them blues, is a sympton of a fleet being pushed over the edge. And there seem to be a lot of fourth generation planes on board that carrier. Nice photo! There are only two planes in the American lineup that can take on the Iranian S-300, and I doubt that they are on board. There is, of course, much we do not know. My guess is it is another All-American bluff. The United States navy has a term for this kind of diplomacy: "Boring holes in the ocean."

different clue

If Bernie were to run explicitly aGAINST the NeoCons to begin with, and were able to get nominated on that basis, and then even maybe elected on that basis; he would have an "electing constituency aGAINST NeoCon-games" as a basis of strength from which to resist.

He did already go on record as saying that Netanyahu is indeed racist and that the Palestinian People deserve at least some measure of human respect. Those two statements right there go against everything that NeoConism stands for.

different clue

So if Bolton could never be a bully, he could perhaps be some successful bully's eager little footstool.

different clue

Though sometimes the people who got us into this mess could be useful guides on the path out if they can be broken to obedience to a new set of people in power and authority.

Joseph Kennedy was a noted stock swindler and worker of the financial rackets. His intimate knowledge of the Thousand Forms of Fraud made FDR decide that Kennedy would be uniquely useful as the thief one sets to catch a thief . . . . crafting and enforcing regulations at the New Deal-era SEC.

MP98

Corbyn is a wannabe communist America-hater and not all that bright BTW.

different clue

I gather that Rachel Maddow is regarded as being "on the Left". But if one looks closer at "the Left" one sees that there are several Lefts, some overlapping more, some less. Those who find "The" Left to be problematic will probably find all of the Lefts to be more or less problematic. Still, it can be interesting to see one Left kick another Left around some.

In that spirit, there is a Leftist political comedian named Jimmy Dore. He can be loud and sometimes foul-mouthed and sometimes repetitious to the point of "beating the fading stain where a dead horse used to be". But I thought his analytical beat-down of Rachel Maddow just shortly after the Mueller Report was coming out to be very interesting, and to me very cheering. ( I have disliked Rachel Maddow for some time). Anyway, here is the Jimmy Dore presentation on Rachel Maddow.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qe7A58TEms

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Timothy

Wait until Maddow starts to outright praise Trump if he orders military action in some country that is on the hit list of the swamp dwellers.

You could see small, short-lived glimpses of this CNN and MSNBC glee when Trump ordered the missile strikes on Syria in April 2017 - I wonder how the hyperliberal Maddow audience would react to it if it happens again and becomes a persistent propaganda point in her show.

Christian J Chuba

Did Pompeo have any role in the Iraq 2003 debacle?

I haven't been able to find any but he just seems too perfect a character to have been totally on the sidelines but then again we had a surplus of these dreadful souls.

turcopolier

I think Pompey was still out in Kansas then.

rjj

Bolton is certainly an awesome guy.

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