Category Archives: current events

Flip-flop-flip-flop

The attention span of a gnat. No core values–literally anything for a vote. Clueless about root causes.

Immediately after the carnage in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, Trump said “there is a great appetite” for tightening background checks on people who buy firearms. But in recent days, Trump has focused in public remarks on the need to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill while emphasizing that the nation already has “very strong background checks right now” — positions that hew more closely to the views of the National Rifle Association.

Medicynical note: Sadly it will happen again and again. Vote this incompetent out of office.

The Wrong Man at Precisely the Wrong Time……Guess Who

Today, US policymakers could learn much by studying the actions of the Dutch Republic and Britain when they were global hyperpowers pursuing soft landings. In addition, they should read “The Sources of Soviet Conduct,” the 1947 article by US diplomat George F. Kennan that advocated a US policy of containment toward the Soviet Union.”

“Three of Kennan’s points stand out. First, he wrote, US policymakers should not panic, but recognize what the long game is and play it. Second, America should not try to contain the Soviet Union unilaterally, but rather assemble broad alliances to confront, resist, and sanction it. Third, America should become its best self, because as long as the struggle between the US and Soviet systems remained peaceful, liberty and prosperity would ultimately be decisive.” 

“But since taking office in January 2017, Trump has steadfastly ignored such advice. Instead of forming alliances to contain China, Trump withdrew the US from the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. And he continues to make random, incoherent demands–such as immediately eliminating the bilateral US-China trade deficit.”

“Rather than carefully playing the long game with regard to China, Trump seems to be panicking. And, increasingly, China and the world know it.”

https://www.bradford-delong.com/2019/08/project-syndicate-publish-on-grasping-reality.html

The Disease of denial

“For decades now, Republican politicians and their patrons in the fossil fuel industry have used thinktanks, front groups and public relations operatives to promote faulty science and perpetuate the myth that the climate crisis is a hoax. This campaign of climate deception, which is elegantly documented in books like Merchants of Doubt, has exacted a huge toll on the planet and its people – it has sabotaged domestic and international efforts to combat greenhouse gas pollution and exacerbated a crisis that is acidifying oceans, melting polar ice caps, supercharging storms and making the Earth less hospitable to human and animal life. We have a name for the purveyors of this deceitful campaign: we call them “climate deniers”.”

“Now, it appears, prominent Republican officials and their industry benefactors are using the same bankrupt strategy to sow doubt about the wildlife extinction crisis that threatens the continued existence of as many as one million species across the globe. The Republican elites are not just climate deniers – they are extinction deniers too.”

Medicynical note: Ultimately it’s all about short term monetary gain. Everything.

Deaths in U.S. Concentration Camps– it’s really happening.

No children had died in federal immigration custody for a decade—until the Trump administration.

Medicynical note: What else would you call them…….without using a euphemism?

Trump and Putin pledge to work together in the future

Co-conspirators have a laugh together. A real president would have publicly renounced the Russian attack on our elections and taken steps to prevent this from recurring.

Medicynical note: Trump of course has to tred carefully if he wants Putin’s future support and a hotel deal in Moscow. Business comes first with this president. National security and integrity are really not his primary concerns.

Saudi Fundamentalist Sect Responsible for Sri Lanka Terrorist Attack?

When the Wahhabis came, with their austere ideology and abundant coffers, the town of Kattankudy yielded fertile ground.

“In this part of Sri Lanka, faith was often the sole sustaining force during the civil war that raged for nearly three decades. Wahhabism — a hard-line strain of Islam blamed for breeding militancy  proposed a direct path to God, albeit one that aimed to return the religion to the time of the Prophet Muhammad.”

And:

“But the advent of Wahhabism, with its isolating dogma, has also shaken this multifaith island where minority Muslims have traditionally practiced a more inclusive faith. Birthed in Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism’s stern intolerance denigrates not only those who don’t believe in Islam but other Muslim sects as well.”

“While Saudi Arabia insists the faith does not call for violence, critics have long blamed the kingdom’s mass export of its austere creed for fueling extremism and terrorism abroad. Al Qaeda’s leader, Osama bin Laden, and most of the hijackers in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were from Saudi Arabia, and the Islamic State used Saudi religious textbooks inside its self-styled caliphate in Syria and Iraq.”

Medicynical Note: And somehow this Sunni sect with strong Saudi government ties does not catch the Trump administration’s attention. Saudi Arabia the sponsor of this group receives US military aid, aid to develop nuclear reactors and the personal support of clueless President and his family connections……as well as the Israelis. Something wrong here.

American Justice? Assange vs Mohammed bin Salman

Assange taken from Embassy.

Medicynical note: Interesting contrast. For Assange, an extradition request from the US for the crime of publishing secret material which was probably illegally obtained came immediately after removal from Ecuadorian embassy.

Meanwhile, bin Salman who ordered the assassination of a US resident journalist working for the Washington Post and openly tortures his own citizens for seeking their basic rights is viewed as a friend by Trump and Pence.

I don’t doubt that Assange deserves careful scrutiny for several issues. But I’m absolutely certain that overlooking bin Salman’s murderous actions is a crime