Merry Christmas!

   It’s less than twenty-four hours away! It won’t be long until Santa squeezes his portly butt down chimneys all over the world in celebration of the birth of Jesus. And while many are deserving of nothing but lumps of coal this year, those of us who are imbued with the Spirit Of Christmas are willing to be charitable to the Grinches all around us.

Why? Because it is indeed a Merry Christmas. The government is shut down, and may it continue to be for as long as it takes until a wall is built. If that’s not enough of a gift to the American public, there’s more: Thousands of families received the best news they could have hoped for this Holiday Season…..their loved ones – who have been in harm’s way in the snake pit of the Middle East for many long years – are going to come home.

If you’re a warmonger, or a Neocon, or a member of the Military Industrial Complex, sure….you’re upset. You thought we were going to be enjoying war-without-end for another year. Too bad.  I’ll pity you once I get a decent reason for being there beyond this one:

Yeah, this is what we’ve been doing : protecting opium poppies!

Or this one:

What a guy he was! At least he’s warming by The Fire now.

So….eat, drink, and be merry! Count the many blessings you have and tell the ones you love how much they mean to you. And finally, from The Empire to all of you…..Merry Christmas!

” I was sittin’ by the fireside…taking a walk through the snow. Listening to a children’s choir…..singing songs about Jesus, and the blessed way that He came to us. Why can’t it remain, all through the year?” – Ray Charles, That Spirit Of Christmas

 

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Fool Me Twice

Once again, if you believe what the Establishment is selling, the Assad regime in Syria has “gassed its own people”. In my opinion this is probably total hogwash. Assad is many things…..but suicidal? Again? This has happened before, and guess what? It always seems to happen right when the Western World is tired of being involved in Syria’s civil war. It also seems to happen after U.S. neocon politicians make a visit there, or make threats about what will happen if we leave. Something doesn’t smell right.  Are we to trust and believe the evil creatures that populate America’s “intelligence agencies”? You know, the people who tried to overthrow an American election, and when that didn’t work, an elected president? Are we to believe the heinous Assad regime? The Russians? The Israelis? None of the above, thank you.

I don’t care what you think about Syria, or how awful Assad is. Before this “war”, Islam and its Sharia barbarism was not the law in Syria, a rarity in the Middle East.   In fact, since America’s intelligence agencies can’t be trusted….and guys like John McCain – the leading proponent of military involvement – definitely can’t be trusted……it is folly to make any determination about Syria. In five years of discussing this topic, I have yet to find anyone – hawk or dove – that can explain to me how its any of the United States’ business. Besides, in case you missed it, the U.S. loses it’s proxy wars with Russia, which is what we’re discussing. Vietnam, Korea…..how’d they work out? Are the Vietnamese free? Are the North Koreans? I guess you could make the case that South Korea is doing awesome….but why? Could it be the safety, security, and billions of dollars that the South Koreans enjoy at America’s expense? Call me cruel, but I get tired of seeing glittering cities bought with American lives and tax dollars while the cities of the United States turn into fetid wastelands.

It would be laughable from a disinterested distance. The U.S. sends billions in aid and arms to assist invaders in Syria and foment a civil war…….while it enjoys open borders and a foreign invasion numbering in the tens of millions to its own shores. Under that logic, maybe Syria should be arming and supplying South and Central American illegals as they occupy and alter the landscape of the United States. Maybe Syria should fund the caravan of future California voters headed to the States. Who knows, maybe they are.  And why not? Are we not involved in the same thing around the world? If you don’t think so, then I have some bridges for sale.

Syria sucks. It’s sad, really, when you look at the role it has played historically throughout the millennia. Truthfully, the same could be said about Lebanon…….a place, like Syria, that was ruled by a moron and murderer……but a comparably reasonable one compared to the Caliphate. Did we learn nothing from Iraq?  When one ponders these things, they are left with the question: Why are we involved? Whose side are we on? Are the machinations of people with whom you have no involvement with, in their own nation, our concerns? Would we find it acceptable for another nation to play a role – much less a direct military one – in our affairs? If California seceded from the United States…….would you accept their reinforcement from a hostile and nuclear China?

The sad truth is that tragedies happen the world over. We cannot expect to be the policemen of the world. The United States is overrun with its own invasion…..and in it’s own sort of civil war……divided between those that cry for restricting Speech and Inalienable Rights, and those that stubbornly cling to them. Between those that want truth, transparency, and representation….and those who lie, cheat, and steal in pursuit of their ends. We have plenty of problems to deal with, and plenty of unrest here at home. I have looked for a reason to go “fix” Syria instead of ourselves……and I can’t find it.  unnecessary and unproductive foreign wars undertaken by Empires on the brink of collapse are the disastrous stuff of history and legend. Anyone who tells you otherwise is selling a war in Syria.

“It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled….” – Mark Twain

I Don’t Need Your Civil War

( I first published this column in June of 2013…..when it comes to Syria, what has changed? – Wes of The Empire 04/08/2018 )

Okay, let me get this straight. On another continent, thousands of miles away, there is a country in the midst of an ongoing civil war. And we need to do something about it. Really? Why?

I love history. I am fascinated with the rise and fall of civilization throughout the ages, and also the way our knowledge of the events that have transpired seems to be ever-changing. This amateur hobby greatly affects my interpretation of current happenings. Rome often went to war…. but I can’t recall the instance where it went to war for nothing. It was for gain. Gain of precious metals, land for expansion, influence, captives, or even to increase your resume – sometimes all of these at the same time.

But why does our Republic go to war now? In fact, regardless of the sheepish bleating of the Michael Moores of the world, we haven’t gone to war for any good reason in over 60 years. And if you think our recent escapades in the middle east were for “Big Oil”, check the price of gas. I’m at the point where we should at least have cheap, plentiful fuel in exchange for the lives and limbs of American servicemen and women. At least history would record the reason for our decade-plus conflict as a practical one.

So here we are. Once again an American president is sitting next to a Soviet, oops… I mean Russian, leader, contemplating going to yet another proxy war with the land of the Tzars. If I remember correctly, we haven’t won one of those. I wish Rambo did exist, and with a tank-top and an M-60 machine gun he could single-handedly vanquish our foes without recieving more than a flesh wound, but he doesn’t. Vietnam sucked, and Korea was at best a stand-off. Maybe if we enslaved, oops…there I go again, I mean, conscripted millions to throw themselves against the Communist Hordes we would have had a better outcome.

When I look around me, I don’t see a populace ready to suit up and watch their buddies get turned into strawberry jam by an exploding IED. Not for some vague concept of policing the world or spreading “democracy” to people who wouldn’t recognize it, and if they did would reject it. The only people I do see ready to throw more Americans into the grinder are in D.C.. I’ve been watching McCain trundle in front of the cameras to tell me how important it is to not mind our own business. He’s fighting harder to get us into a third middle eastern conflict than he did to win the White House.

Oh, and I left out an important fact….. we’re freaking broke. America needs to be ordering off the Dollar Menu, not adding billions more to its bar tab. Here’s an idea…. let’s rebuild our own infrastructure before we blow up and rebuild someone else’s. Besides, we evidently are already going to send the “rebels” ( probably Al Qaeda-types ) some really sweet guns to use on us….oops, this is becoming a habit…. I mean on the bad guys. I seem to remember that every time we arm “freedom fighters”, they end up using those weapons to fight our freedom. Besides, maybe Egypt can send in all those brand new state-of-the-art fighter jets we sent them.

Truth is America cannot afford, in money, reputation, or willpower, to engage in another nation’s civil war. And judging by the look on Putin’s face while sitting next to our Fearless Leader, he knows it.

Ivanka Cries, Trump’s Agenda Dies?

Will the real Donald Trump please stand up? If pictures of suffering children is all it takes to launch America into – at best another Iraq-style debacle, and at worst – World War 3…… then our military is about to be very, very busy.  According to Eric Trump, Ivanka Kushner was “heartbroken and outraged” over images of children in Syria, and that “she has influence” over her father’s decisions, and that in turn the President was “deeply affected” by the pictures he was shown. Let me be clear, I still support the agenda laid out by Trump in the year leading up to the election. My concern is that since being sworn in the President has surrounded himself with some bad actors, and I didn’t vote for them and their status-quo agenda.

When idiots like Fareed Zakaria, John McCain, Hillary Clinton, Bill Kristol, and Lindsey “I haven’t found the right woman yet” Graham suddenly decide to sing the praises of striking Syria and Russia, and in turn President Trump, you know that the wrong decisions are being made. Also, why are we now adding the picturesque little hellhole known as Montenegro to NATO? Do people realize that any attack on a NATO country requires a military response by the United States? Or that the United States carries the largest financial burden for NATO, even though it is a treaty for the defense of Europe – not the United States? Donald Trump repeatedly promised during the campaign to withdraw from, or defund, NATO……..and to not get involved in the Syrian civil war, so what has changed?

It is concerning to me that without investigation or facts ( what kind of “gas”- no gloves or masks were present on aid workers – and ISIS in Syria has used gas attacks in an attempt to effect a response  before-*NYTimes 11/21/16 ) , we launched an attack on Syria, a westernized nation not beholden to Sharia law – in support of islamists who would enforce the most archaic theocracy imaginable. Why can we not extricate ourselves from this region? What is our interest, and why is there no effort to explain to the American public a rationale for this dangerous folly? All I can find is the same old garbage about “moral obligations” and “protecting the children”, and I’m sorry…….I care about the citizens of the United States and their children first and foremost – and I’m sick and tired of sacrificing America’s youth and our financial future for some Islamic Dump of a Country on the other side of the world.  Did Bosnia and Iraq prove nothing?

I still believe in the agenda that Trump put forth, and that we voted for……….but where is it? The course of events does not seem to be any different from that of a Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton presidency so far, and I find that entirely unacceptable. I can only conclude that people like life-long Democrat and Globalist banker Jared Kushner need to go, because they are anathema to the stated goals of the newly elected President, and they are not representative of the people who brought Trump to the dance. Establishment “nevertrumpers” are still just that, and appeasing their desires for a third World War will not make them stop undermining and demonizing the President. Now that the islamists know what it takes to goad The West into fighting on their behalf, look for several more of these chemical attacks to occur in an attempt to mobilize our severely depleted military. Maybe someone should give some pictures of suffering American children dying in the inner cities to Ivanka, or pictures of third-term aborted babies…….perhaps then we would mobilize the Federal Government on our own behalf.

 

  “A good General not only sees the way to victory, he also knows when victory is impossible” – Polybius, 2nd Century B.C.

“These are beautiful pictures……..of our fearsome armaments……and missiles” – Brian Williams MSNBC

 

 

War Machine

Well, that didn’t take long. I awoke this morning to discover that a Bush/Clinton might have been elected president after all.  Overnight, Trump spent over 60 million dollars…oops, I meant launched 59 cruise missiles – at another sovereign nation. Don’t worry, though…..it was “for the children” that were victims of a supposed gas attack perpetrated by Bashir Assad…….because the “intelligence community” said so. You know, the same “intelligence community” that claims the president is a Russian agent that likes golden showers in ex-Obama hotel rooms, said Benghazi wasn’t a terror attack on the anniversary of 9/11, told us Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destruction yet couldn’t find them, assassinated Ghaddafi and replaced him with tools the Caliphate, and couldn’t find evidence of any Clinton criminality. Sounds totally kosher to me!

Okay…….Assad, Syria’s secularist dictator, is close to winning his country’s civil war against ISIS…oops, I mean “freedom fighters”…..(you know, like the Afghans in the 80’s and that turned out well)…..with the aid of their ally, Russia. Then, out of nowhere – and with suicidal vigor – Assad and Russia decide to “gas” some women and children…….virtually the only offense that could unite the lazy West to attack them. I don’t buy it.  Not only do I not buy it, I’m pretty angry about it. See, I voted for Trump because I wanted a secure border, illegals deported, taxes lowered, Obamacare done away with, and a pull back of U.S. military assets from the myriad of conflicts in which we have no interest.

Well here we are, a couple of months in, and lo and behold, the only thing we have successfully managed to do is lob cruise missiles at Syria. Where is the wall? Where are my lower taxes? Where are the deportations? The Republican party has had 8 years to get bills ready to go for a Republican president’s desk and yet………..their agenda has up and vanished like a fart in the wind. The party of Noble Losers has struck again, and is so busy losing, recusing itself, and stepping down, that it just can’t quite get the job done. What a surprise. I guess the only thing our two parties can agree upon is useless, never-ending, war. If you’re cheering this, ask yourself: If lobbing cruise missiles was wrong when Clinton or Obama did it……..it’s still wrong now, isn’t it?

Listen, I like to “rah-rah” for the United States. I like when our military wins and doesn’t take casualties. All I can say is thank God that during our own Civil War there was no United States on the other side of the Atlantic…….yes, thank God we fought out our conflict without a “world policeman” stepping in, choosing a side, and then using it’s military might to crush one side or the other in the name of it’s “morality”. Is there a mountain of gold in Syria that belongs to us? Is there an oil pipeline that belongs to us that needs defending? Are there American citizens being tortured and killed by Russia and Assad in Syria? As far as I can tell, the answer to all those questions is NO, so why are we involved? If it is on behalf of people whom are suffering, then I’ve got bad news for you……….there are women and children dying horrible, cruel deaths all over the world, right this second. Is it the job of The United States to intervene in every conflict on the face of the Earth in order to “save people”? Because that’s a job that is never finished………and a very convenient excuse to not take care of our own business.

“Evil minds that plot destruction
Sorcerers of death’s construction
In the fields the bodies burning
As the war machine keeps turning
Death and hatred to mankind
Poisoning their brainwashed minds”

– Black Sabbath

A Trump Mistake?

I have said repeatedly over the last eighteen months that when I see something going wrong with the Trump administration, I will say so. Well, today is that day. It’s all over the globalist corporate news networks this morning…….and what’s missing are the details. What am I referring to? As of right now, the United States has committed Marines and artillery to Syria. I find this development deeply disturbing, and once again I must break from the “wisdom” of the John McCain wing of the republican party that is obsessed with all things war.

One of the reasons I voted for Trump was the repeated campaign promise to withdraw U.S. troops from places that we should not be…….and I strongly believe that Syria is definitely one of those places. Frankly, I am against any and all new deployments of “boots on the ground”, because we are not in any position to win wars. We are mired in political correctness and muddled rules of engagement, and the military has not been repaired, nor its social engineer hacks removed, in the short time that Trump has been in office. If anything, his picks for cabinet positions are a beach-head in the bureaucracy, and represent being one-level deep in a sea of Obama/Bush kleptocrats.

My questions are many, but I would be happy to get the following answers: Who are we fighting in Syria, and why?  Republicans are on TV telling me that our Marines will be receiving firing orders from ” the fighters we have trained on the ground” in order to “combat ISIS”. What the hell does that mean? It sounds to me like U.S. soldiers getting their marching orders from a bunch of Islamic goat-humpers – who would be just as happy chopping off their heads and strapping bombs to 10 year olds – as they are to be our “allies”. Are we fighting with, or against, Russia and the Syrian government? Are we escalating the disastrous strategy of the bumbling Obama?

The stock market has gained roughly 3 trillion in value since Trump’s election. Illegal border crossings are down a reported 40 percent. Consumer confidence is at a half-century high, and small business prospects are also at their highest since 1984. Obamacare is almost toast, regardless of the establishment bullsqueeze attempting to replace it, and more than half of the public is happy entrusting Trump with the economy. Who’s interest does this serve? China is about to stake claim to the moon ( and make no mistake they will claim ownership of it – let your mind wander on the possibilities ), and of all the previously international waters in Asia…..yet we are once again throwing men, women, and money into the gristmill of the Middle East……with no clear goal or path to victory. So Mr. President………how does this benefit the People of The United States and return power to the taxpayer? The only wars I want the President undertaking are on Twitter.

“Such will be a great lesson of peace – teaching men that what they cannot take by an election, neither can they take by a war – teaching all the folly of being the beginners of a war….” – Abraham Lincoln

Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong

I truly enjoyed Hillary Clinton’s performance in Monday’s debate. I also enjoyed not being disappointed in Lester Dolt’s biased position as the designated thrower-of-softballs to Her Majesty. I was hoping that Trump was going to push harder on several answers that Clinton gave, but in reviewing all the post debate coverage, and the history of presidential debates, I realize why he wasn’t tougher. One example would be the series of debates between Romney and Obama…….Romney came out strong in the first, but shot all of his ammunition at once. Combine that with Mitt’s inability to challenge anything Obama said, out of fear of being labeled a racist, and what resulted was a flimsy, flaccid finish in the last two debates that all but guaranteed O’s victory.

Hillary was poised and most likely heavily medicated. At times I thought she had been replaced with an automaton created to remain standing without coughing for 90 minutes…..but really, good for her. After spending the last couple of months flopping like a bass on a boat deck, it was nice to see her in old form. Oddly, I was initially worried that Trump would be the one that came across as arrogant and aggressive, but it turned out by the end of the debate it was Hillary that had that description in the bag.

I also would give Trump the following advice: Stop defending your business. I get it, I really do. When you are a private citizen with a long history of business that carries your name, you are most likely proud of that business, and when it is attacked you get defensive. The point Trump is missing is that outside of die-hard leftist hacks, NOBODY CARES. Nobody cares about your tax returns. Nobody cares about some 40 year old lawsuit. Nobody cares if you’re worth 4, 5, or 6 billion. Nobody cares about anything you said in some ancient interview or on season 3 of “The Apprentice”. Let them talk about all those things that have had no effect on any of our lives, or the direction of our nation and the world. Voters have put Trump where he is because of what he isn’t, not what he is, and someone in his camp needs to communicate that to him.

The real issue from Monday night is the giant, steaming pile of bullsqueeze that Madame Secretary left on stage. I’m pretty sure you can still see it moldering and buzzing with flies all the way from space. I literally laughed out loud several times, and yelled at Lester Holt several more. It was tragically hilarious to see Lester ask Hillary about “cyber security” and how she would face that threat as president. Really!!??? I mean for real? I don’t know whose straight-face I had more admiration for, Holt’s or Hillary’s. Nowhere in her non-answer did she address that she is responsible for the single biggest cyber-security breach in the history of the State Department……all because she willfully and illegally installed a private server in a Denver Bathroom. Did Lester even mention it? Nope.

Another tear-inducing moment was Hillary talking about the Middle East and our relationship with Russia. The world is closer to war than many people even comprehend, and Obama and Hillary are solely and completely responsible for it. Through Clinton’s State Department actions the U.S. fomented and sponsored the disastrous “Arab Spring” that has left a trail of coups, Islamic takeovers of former allies like Egypt and Libya, and a civil war in Syria. Hillary’s complete failure of a “reset with Russia” has led to a very uncomfortable conflict of interest in Syria. For those that read Yahoo news or watch CNN, Syria is involved in a civil war, that we stoked, against Islamic forces bent on a Sharia caliphate. Secular, sovereign Syria then called upon it’s ally Russia for assistance in fighting these forces. Our response? We provide weapons and assistance to the Islamist forces while repeatedly “mistakenly” dropping bombs and airstrikes on Syrian and Russian troops and positions. It almost seems Hillary and Obama are hell-bent on starting a war with Putin’s Russia, by proxy or in the open. I have extensively written about the dangerous folly that this is…….and how unwise it is to poke the Russian Bear, whose largest ally, China, is our biggest creditor.

In the end I felt like everything that Hillary Clinton said Monday night was the same old list of tired leftist tropes that are trotted out every four years. The disconnect for the Hillary campaign is that all the problems she outlined are problems that she has either failed to address in 30 years of “service”, or that she directly caused or influenced as a Senator and then Secretary of State. It seems that all Clinton has done in her long career is sell influence, going all the way back to Arkansas and Bill’s presidency…….and it has been quite profitable. In all the talk of Trump’s tax returns and finances, there were no questions from Lester Holt about the 230 million the Clinton’s have accumulated mostly while she was Secretary of State, and what that money bought. There were no questions about the corrupt Clinton Foundation and that only 6 percent of donations to the Foundation go to the causes it espouses. There were hysterics over words said about women by Trump……yet no mention or questions about Bill’s sexual assaults and impeachment, and no questions about Hillary’s involvement and assistance in destroying Bill’s victims. There was much talk about “temperament”, but no questions about Hillary’s “no eye contact” rule while First Lady, or her campaign’s treatment of Bernie Sanders. There was much chatter about Trump lawsuits, yet no questions or interuptions from Lester Holt directed at Hillary for being under federal investigation……while running for president.

Hillary has no plan except more of the same. More taxes, more racial division, more tribalism, more debt, more war, and more of her and Obama’s plan for America. Hillary has made a giant mess out of everything she touches, yet wants you to believe she suddenly has come up with some solutions. Right. That’s like cleaning up a puddle of puke with an even bigger puddle of puke. Gross. Don’t tell Hillary though, as according to Lester Holt and her supporters, she just can’t ever be wrong.

 

“Hillary Clinton will say anything, and change nothing. It’s time to turn the page.” – Barack Obama