I like this summary. I’m not sure about the Iraq withdrawal conclusion but it seems to hit the main points well.
I like this summary. I’m not sure about the Iraq withdrawal conclusion but it seems to hit the main points well.
President Trump seems to understand effective use of military assets. Apparently, he is leveraging intelligence capabilities, possibly Israeli, to surgically remove key actors that pose the greatest threat to our interests in the Middle East. Qasem Soleimani was known to be the operational brains behind the Iranian proxy strategy that allowed them to sow chaos and control large swaths of Lebanon, Syria and Iraq without the necessity of sending significant numbers of Iranian fighters into those areas.
Knowing precisely where and when to send a drone weapon requires real time eyes on the target. I would be surprised if it was an American agent that provided this intel. Maybe it was an Iranian or an Iraqi but it is surprising to think we have that network in place there.
Regardless of the source of the intel. President Trump has demonstrated that, militarily, he is very careful about engaging in military operations but he isn’t averse to using them when the reward is extremely valuable. Killing fifty or even several hundred street fighters in Baghdad or Syria is relatively counterproductive. The reduction in the number of hostile gunmen is negligible and the ill will it produces significant. But killing Soleimani represents a force multiplier of several orders of magnitude above killing even a few hundred gunmen. His strategic and tactical value is hard to overemphasize. Soleimani’s network of personal connections and his power within the Iranian regime will not be quickly replaced. While some other agent will be placed in his spot it is not likely that the same level of effectiveness will be realized soon or even over the long haul. Good generals are relatively rare and ones who can work cooperatively with far-flung and dissimilar groups even less common. Good.
This willingness to use military capability is surprising to me. There are so many possibilities for disaster that I am surprised that President Trump has ventured to perform these missions. But maybe I underestimate just how critical was the need to eliminate Soleimani. We still have untold thousands of servicemen in the Mid-East. It’s possible that the Iranians have been ramping up the violence of their proxies in order to embarrass President Trump who has proven to be much tougher on them than the groveling Obama. Or maybe I have underestimated President Trump’s military abilities. I won’t anymore.
It is painful to think that if someone like President Trump had been in the White House after 9/11 that the United States might have achieved all the strategic aims called for by that tragedy without the disastrous cost in American lives and the other unanticipated consequences of George W. Bush’s inept wartime command. Handled differently, all the weapons programs of Iraq and Iran might have been confiscated and all the middle eastern immigrants that now clog Europe and America might still be where the belonged at home. And all of this could have been achieved without any significant cost in military lives. Well, that’s in the past now.
There is a certain amount of doubt about the fallout from an action such as this. It may be that the Iranians will do something large and disturbing. There is always that outside possibility. But based on the shaky domestic situation in Iran itself, with the population openly hostile to the regime, I don’t think there will be much downside. In fact, maybe this will give the Iranians pause and bring them to the negotiating table. Time will tell. My guess is that this elimination will end up improving the overall middle eastern condition both for us and our allies. Good work, President Trump.
‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through the House
Not a creature was stirring, ‘cept Pelosi the louse
The articles were strung in the indictment with care
In hopes that public would believe what was there;
The Senators were nestled all snug at Club Med
In hopes that their war chests soon would be fed;
And the Post there in D.C. and the Times in Big App’
Had taken a break from shoveling crap.
When on the House lawn there arose such a clatter
Even Pelosi’s dead heart had to go pitter patter;
Away to Security she hobbled to see
What the closed-circuit screen would show it to be.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to her big bulging eyes should appear,
But Marine Copter One setting down in high gear
With a big orange rider who made such a thump
As he stepped on the ground, she knew it was Trump
More rapid than eagles his lawyers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
Now Jared, now Rudi, now Johnny, now Billie
Now I don’t know the others so let’s not be silly.
Take the bugs from the phones, take the mikes from the walls
Now indict away, indict away, indict away all.
He wore a blue suit that bulged here and there
And orange was the color of his face and his hair
Across his smart phone his fingers did crowd
And the words that he typed he mumbled aloud
“Pelosi’s appearance is ugly and sad
The crimes she committed are stupid and bad.
I cannot impeach her, as she did to me
But I’ll get her for graft and away throw the key.”
The men spoke not a word, but went straight to their work,
And collected the data then turned with a jerk,
And hauling their evidence bags to the ship
they jumped up aboard without even a slip
Trump sprang to his craft, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But she heard him tweet out, as he flew through the air,
“Pelosi in prison, that’s not so unfair!”
Paul Bradford’s article “Nationalism Won the British Election and It Will Win Again Here,” is a reasonably concise evaluation of the way Boris Johnson steered his party away from both the open borders of Labour and the libertarian economics of the Tories to embrace a Nationalism that successfully united the aspirations of working class and middle class voters.
Bradford sums this up in his last sentence, “Put America First and curb immigration. It won in the UK, and it can win again in America.”
Taibbi details the places in the FBI’s narrative where the lies contradict each other. In each case there are two stories that clash and someone has to be lying. Barr and Durham should have a good time raking these creeps over the coals. Even Loretta Lynch is in the cast of shady characters.
Now that the hens in the House have clucked up their impeachment chicken feed it’s time to see what good can be had from this travesty. The latest polls show that the impeachment is under water from the public’s point of view, a majority is against it. And that’s for the whole country. Among Republican voters it’s closer to 100%. So you would have to imagine that anywhere Republican voters are in the majority that a Democrat congressman who voted for impeachment would be in a lot of trouble.
Here is the list of the 31 Democrat congress-critters that represent districts that President Trump took in his 2016 election along with the President’s winning percentage.
To my way of thinking, any district that the President won by five or more points is very likely to go for a Republican in 2020. And because of the presidential race and also because of the backlash that the impeachment vote in the House will engender I would not be surprised if everything won by three or more percentage points in 2016 doesn’t go to a Republican. That is twenty-one seats. That is a couple of seats more than is needed to flip the House back to the Republicans. And honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if that number goes even higher. The President is much more popular than he was in 2016 or even 2018. So much so that I wouldn’t doubt that in 2020 he’s going to win districts and even states that he didn’t take in 2016. For that reason I think it’s highly likely that the House will switch hands again in 2020 and President Trump will have a usable Republican congress with which to pass important legislation. So to the extent that Nancy Pelosi facilitated this with her ridiculous impeachment charade, then I say thank you Crypt Keeper, good work. Now go off and haunt some other House.
This guy gets it. Trump and Johnson win because they’re not worrying about the theoretical basis of conservative government. They’re trying to give the people a government that helps solve their problems and doesn’t despise them.
Does that mean a Democrat who won a seat in 2018 in a red state in a district that Donald Trump won by thirty points may be a little nervous about voting for his impeachment. I guess they have to choose between pissing off Pelosi or being booted out of office by your constituents. Looking at those choices, changing parties looks like the winning move.
For us on the Right, today is a great day. This is 2016 all over again. Boris and the Tories took districts in the north of England that have never voted for the Conservatives before. That is like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan voting for Donald Trump. The working class is coalescing around the opposition to our elitist masters. It happened in the Brexit vote, in Donald Trump’s victory and now again in the British General Election.
The people need champions and some perceptive men are stepping forward. Nigel Farage, Donald Trump and now Boris Johnson. The pattern is there and so far, we’re running the table. And we need to run the table. We’re barely ahead of the end game. These people have done so much damage that they’ve almost bled us dry. It’s going to take hard work and enormous luck to claw our way back. And America needs someone after Trump finishes his eight years to keep running the table.
But the deplorables are waking up and even the normies are starting to figure out that the people running the show want to get rid of them all together. That’s a start.
Well, enough of that. Boris will get his majority and it’s up to him to deliver a real and honest Brexit from the EU. And he has to do it soon or he’ll lose the mandate he’s been given. All these new MPs will only toe the line for as long as Boris has the public’s backing. So now he needs to be the leader he says he wants to be. He has to bully the EU into a good deal or he has to walk away with the No Deal Brexit. That much is clear. And finally, Boris can negotiate with Donald Trump to their mutual benefit. An Anglo-American trade deal would go a long way to helping Boris compensate for any losses from EU trade tariffs and without a doubt special access to the UK market would be another boost to the already booming American economy.
But tonight, I just want to bask in the glow of all those traitorous Tories who Boris booted out of Parliament in October sitting on the sidelines while better men take their places and burning with impotent anger. They sold out their countrymen for some EU perks and probably some cold hard currency but they lost the bet and now they’ll have to suck it up. Their friends in Brussels will attempt to hurt the British economy but honestly, I don’t think that will work. And let’s not forget that other big loser. Barack Obama told Britain if they left the EU, they would go to the back of the line trade wise. Well he got that exactly backwards. But I guess he expected President Hillary Clinton to exact vicious revenge on British Deplorables too. Funny how many things the Light worker turned out to be wrong about.
So well done you sons of Albion. The freedom loving Brits are still standing on their feet. Let’s hope and pray that we keep up our winning streak too.
In her recent post “William Barr Has Suddenly Become Chatty—and He’s Provided Quite an Information Dump” Sharyl Attkisson summarizes Barr’s recent interviews. It’s very well put together and even has some schedule info on Durham’s investigation (won’t end before Spring or Summer). If you’re interested in what Barr says here is a good summary.