“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Does it really make any difference if children die with their lungs seared out, inhaling the fire and gasses from a bomb or inhaling an illegal gas?

Rebel warehouse with chem weapons hit by Syrian airstrike in Idlib – Russian MOD

Rebel warehouse with chem weapons hit by Syrian airstrike in Idlib – Russian MOD

The Syrian Air Force has destroyed a warehouse in Idlib province where chemical weapons were being produced and stockpiled before being shipped to Iraq, Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman said.

The strike, which was launched midday Tuesday, targeted a major rebel ammunition depot east of the town of Khan Sheikhoun, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.

The warehouse was used to both produce and store shells containing toxic gas, Konashenkov said. The shells were delivered to Iraq and repeatedly used there, he added, pointing out that both Iraq and international organizations have confirmed the use of such weapons by militants.

The same chemical munitions were used by militants in Aleppo, where Russian military experts took samples in late 2016, Konashenkov said.

The Defense Ministry has confirmed this information as “fully objective and verified,” Konashenkov added.

According to the statement, Khan Sheikhoun civilians, who recently suffered a chemical attack, displayed identical symptoms to those of Aleppo chemical attack victims.

Hasan Haj Ali, commander of the Free Idlib Army rebel group, rejected Russia’s version of the incident, saying the rebels had no military positions in the area.
“Everyone saw the plane while it was bombing with gas,” he told Reuters.
“Likewise, all the civilians in the area know that there are no military positions there, or places for the manufacture [of weapons]. The various factions of the opposition are not capable of producing these substances,” he added.

At least 58 people, including 11 children, reportedly died and scores were injured after a hospital in Khan Sheikhoun was targeted in a suspected gas attack on Tuesday morning, Reuters reported, citing medics and rebel activists. Soon after a missile allegedly hit the facility, people started showing symptoms of chemical poisoning, such as choking and fainting.

The victims were reportedly also seen with foam coming out of their mouths. While the major Syrian opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition, and other pro-rebel groups put the blame on the attack onto President Bashar Assad’s government, the Syrian military dismissed all allegations as propaganda by the rebels.

"We deny completely the use of any chemical or toxic material in Khan Sheikhoun town today and the army has not used nor will use in any place or time, neither in past or in future," the Syrian army said in a statement.
The Russian military stated it did not carry out any airstrike in the area either.
However, EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini, commenting on the incident, was quick to point to the Syrian government as a culprit, saying that it bears responsibility for the “awful” attack.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson echoed Mogherini, accusing the Syrian government of perpetrating the attack calling it “brutal, unabashed barbarism.” He argued, that besides the Syrian authorities, Iran and Russia should also bear “moral responsibility” for it.

1991 Under US President George Herbert Walker Bush:

After the start of the Gulf War, many Iraqis continue to mourn the loss of those loved ones killed during the U-S bombardment of Baghdad.

According to the Iraqi authorities, more than 200 people died in once incident alone when two American missiles destroyed a shelter on the outskirts of Baghdad in February 1991.


The site has since been turned into a national shrine of remembrance to those who died during the attack.

Ten years after the U-S Bombardment of Baghdad, the Iraqi people continue to visit the site of one of the worst civilian bombings of the war - the Amiria shelter on the western fringe of Baghdad.

On February 13, 1991 - almost a month after the U-S bombing campaign began - two missiles landed on the Amiria shelter, killing more than 200 civilians who had taken refuge from the bombing.

The U-S missiles shattered the structure, turning the concrete reinforced structure into a tomb.

Only a few people survived the attack.

The Amiria Shelter has now become a shrine.

Photographs of those who died - many of whom were children - now adorn the walls. 

Visitors light candles before heading to the nearby mosque to pray.

Amna Ahmed lost her mother, father, sister and two cousins in the shelter. 

When she heard the explosion, she rushed to the scene in time to witness the destructive aftermath of the attack.

"When I reached the shelter I could not see anything. Smoke, water and fire were all over the place. I saw smoke billowing out of the ceiling. I saw burnt people."
SUPER CAPTION: Amna Ahmed, Relative of Victim

Muhammad Wayss was just a boy when he was huddled into the shelter along with hundreds of others.

Although he survived the attack, he is still haunted by the experience.

"This anniversary augurs badly for me and the future is bleak. They have taken the best of us - our parents who left us while we are still eleven years of age. No father, no mother. This is hard on anyone - mothers and hundreds of those died in Al-Amiria."
SUPER CAPTION: Muhammad Wayss, Survivor

Muhammad blames the United States for the death of his father, mother and three sisters.

But for Muhammad and others, the shelter remains a potent symbol for those who make the pilgrimage, a reminder of the beginning of the hardship that many Iraqi people continue to endure.

"The American Administration claim they have no problem with the Iraqi people. This is a lie. Their problem is with the Iraqi people. They want to destroy these people. The best evidence on this is in front of you, this shelter. America pays no respect to human rights and bears no respect to the Arabs in particular."
SUPER CAPTION: Muhammad Wayss, Survivor

With United Nations sanctions still in place, many Iraqis are desperately short of food and medicines.

Literacy levels have plummeted while child mortality has escalated sharply.

The sanctions, which severely limit Iraq's ability to trade within the international community, were imposed after Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990.

The sanctions will remain until the U-N Security Council certifies that Iraq is not harbouring or developing weapons of mass destruction. 

That certification has become a remote possibility as long as Iraq continues to deny U- N weapons inspectors access into the country. 

However Iraq has demanded the sanctions be lifted unconditionally.


  1. How about putting a target on Assad's back, and on the backs of his family members....big boost in funding for whichever military service gets the job down first. Warn the Russians to stay away from the man, and his family.

  2. How about minding our own business? What business did the US under George Herbert Walker Bush have in killing over 200 women in children in an air raid shelter in Iraq?

    Without US meddling and illegal wars in the Middle East, there would not have been a war in Syria.

    1. The real question is when do you start the "meddling"?

      Was it 10 years ago? 40? 60? Do we consider Syria's actions against the west? It's terrorism and support of bombs of American airlines? (or attacks on airports?) What is an illegal war? And is Syria, by supporting some of the most vicious terrorists on the planet guilty of not minding their own business? What about Lebanon and Syria's meddling and illegal wars there? Their murder of Lebanese leaders?

      The west has involved it's self in Syria since the end of world war 1.

      there are no clear lines of what is "meddling" and what is an illegal war...

      But you make a very valid point that can be digested and restated. The Iraqis, Iranians, Syrians, Hezbollah, Palestinians have all done damage to each other at levels that no American or Israeli or western Nation could have ever done, and it's not over....

      So maybe the west should continue to step back and not interfere. It's time for the Islamic world to step up and solve the issue themselves. The OIC and the Arab league, where are they?

      Oh that's right, they are fighting in Yemen shits verses the suns....

  3. Then there is Bill Clinton:

    During a visit to Belgrade today, Vice president Joe Biden offered “condolences” for the Serbian civilians killed in the 1999 US-led NATO bombing of Serbia, a war which resulted in the US-backed secession of Kosovo from Serbia.

    17 years after the campaign, Biden’s visit was aimed at getting Serbia to normalize relations with Kosovo, and marks the first time a high-ranking US official has made any offer of condolences for the substantial civilian death caused in the air war.

    Though the exact figure remains hotly disputed, Human Rights Watch reported 90 confirmed incidents of civilian deaths, amounting to between 489-528 Serbian civilians. Three Chinese journalists were also killed in the US bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade. There were also huge numbers of people wounded in the bombing campaign, with estimates in excess of 10,000.

    Yugoslav officials claimed the death toll was far higher than the confirmed toll from HRW, putting the figure in excess of 1,200. NATO insisted all the killings were “legitimate” and that it was necessary “to defeat a great evil,” and that the cost of not killing the civilians would’ve been far higher.

    Biden’s move comes just a year after NATO’s Secretary General visited Belgrade and similarly expressed “regret” about the civilians killed, though like Biden’s comments this was far short of an apology, and Stoltenberg defended the war as a “success.”

    The civilian death toll has remained a source of tension between the NATO and Serbia, along with the continuing tension along the Serbia-Kosovar frontier. The secession of Kosovar left a substantial Serbian population inside north Kosovo, which the Kosovar government has persecuted and prevented from moving freely along the border with Serbia.

    1. How are things going today Kosovo?

      here are at least five Daesh military training camps in Kosovo, located in remote areas near the self-proclaimed republic’s border with Albania and Macedonia, a source close to the intelligence services told Sputnik.

      In an interview with Sputnik, a source close to the intelligence services singled out at least five Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) training camps, located in remote areas near Kosovo’s border with Albania and Macedonia.

      The largest camps are located in areas adjacent to the towns on the Urosevac and Djakovica line as well as the Decani district, the source said, adding that the smaller camps were tracked in the Prizren and Pec regions.

      A total of 314 Kosovo Albanians along with Daesh terrorists are now fighting government troops in Syria and Iraq, among them 38 women, according to the source.

      As for the recruitment, it takes in two stages; the first is conducted by non-governmental organizations that operate in Kosovo and at numerous private schools, the source said.

      “The future Daesh terrorists are ‘brainwashed’ there and they also learn Arabic and study the Koran, something that is followed by so-called ‘combat practice’ training, headed by former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). They typically teach the rookies to wage guerrilla warfare and handle guns, among other things,” according to the source.

      “In addition, each camp has several Daesh terrorists who decide on sending the rookies to the war or preparing them for the role of suicide bombers,” the source said, citing about 70 Kosovo Albanian families who decided to join Daesh.

  4. Th US government condemning civilian deaths due to bombing anywhere? Please...

    1. Please...

      The last year of the presidency of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Barack Obama was marked by heavy bombing throughout the Middle East and South Asia. The United States dropped at least 26,171 bombs in seven Muslim-majority countries in 2016. And, given limitations on available government data, this estimate is "undoubtedly low," according to the Council on Foreign Relations' Micah Zenko and Jennifer Wilson, who conducted the research.

      Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan were the countries targeted by U.S. airstrikes. 2016 saw an increase in bombing since 2015, when the U.S. dropped at least 23,144 bombs on six Muslim-majority countries (Libya was the seventh country bombed in 2016).

  5. How many children? How many women? How many pairs of lungs , devoid of air from a bomb concussion, draw in the next and final breath of hot gasses from a bomb? How much human flesh shredded off of broken bombs?

    How many new terrorists are created from angry survivors?

    Why do they hate us?

    1. Not because we are free. Because we are there.

    2. They hated us before we were a nation.

      They helped create the United States. If the moslems of North Africa had not hijacked American ships? Threatened to burn down Baltimore? Take slaves, kill the men?

      It's not cause we are there, it's because Islam is an ideology of conquest. If we are not there? They murder each other...

  6. Deuce wrote:
    "How many children? How many women? How many pairs of lungs , devoid of air from a bomb concussion, draw in the next and final breath of hot gasses from a bomb? How much human flesh shredded off of broken bombs?"

    Ironically that was exactly the same point ISIS was trying to make in the video they released of the captives being burned to death.

    And then you write:
    "Not because we are free. Because we are there."

    Which, I believe, is true. Yet your man Trump wants to do more, to take the gloves off the military, and solve the problem and WIN, with more military, more intervention, all paired with our new pals the Russians, who are also very good at this sort of thing.


    1. ...and solve the problem and WIN,...

      That's what I'm talking about!

      Remember Beslan!

    2. but you haven't 'said' anything in days Mr. Saxum...

      remember Sandy Hook!

    3. Deflection, Ash?
      You can do better.

    4. Deflection? no. Just an observation on the vacuity of your post. What are you talking about and what will "solve the problem and WIN"?

    5. That's better!
      What I've been saying.
      Killing the enemy.
      Get it?

    6. Yeah, you propose a simplistic (immoral and untenable as well) solution - kill all Muslims.


    7. Kill all Muslims?
      Not without giving them a chance to turn away from their prophet accept the rest of humanity as equally valuable.
      Is that "moral" enough?

    8. It actually is very simple Ash.
      Kill or be killed.
      Or become a dhimmi. Worse that death, in my view.

    9. convert or die - that's funny, if it weren't so sad.

    10. Immoral: violating moral principles; not conforming to the patterns of conduct usually accepted or established as consistent with principles of personal and social ethics

      Well then, by all means, let us compare my morals with the accepted behavior of a follower of Mohamad.
      One by one.

      Or don't you have time to defend the Mohamad followers?

    11. convert or die - that's funny, if it weren't so sad.

      Your words Ash. Where did I say "Convert"?

      I'm glad you find humor in the words of the enemy.
      They really do torture and kill anyone that doesn't either convert or pay the jizya.

    12. "Kill all Muslims?
      Not without giving them a chance to turn away from their prophet..."

      You say Tomato, I say Tomato.

    13. .

      Come on Ash, Doug pays his taxes, he ought to at least be granted the spectacle of the bombs going off.

      Or, he could get involved. I hear the military is short of drone operators due to burn out. He could apply for the job and have the opportunity to get down and personal in the fight against Islam wiping them out with a push of a button from 6,000 away. Nothing more satisfying than that.


    14. Don't project your fantasies on to me.

    15. .

      Hey if you're not looking for a job change that's up to you.


  7. My daughter made it home from Costa Rica yesterday.
    Say's she did not want to come back.

    She came home with some coffee that is real smooth.

  8. Bannon Loses National Security Council Role in Trump Shakeup
    by Jennifer Jacobs
    April 5, 2017, 8:29 AM PDT April 5, 2017, 8:47 AM PDT
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    McMaster given greater authority over security matters
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    Steve Bannon's Weird, Winding Road to the White House
    Steve Bannon's Weird, Winding Road to the White House
    President Donald Trump reorganized his National Security Council on Wednesday, removing his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, and downgrading the role of his Homeland Security Adviser, Tom Bossert, according to a person familiar with the decision and a regulatory filing.

    National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster was given responsibility for setting the agenda for meetings of the NSC or the Homeland Security Council, and was authorized to delegate that authority to Bossert, at his discretion, according to the filing.

    Under the move, the national intelligence director, Dan Coats, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, are again "regular attendees" of the NSC’s principals committee.

    Bannon, the former executive chairman of Breitbart News, was elevated to the National Security Council’s principals committee at the beginning of Trump’s presidency. The move drew criticism from some members of Congress and Washington’s foreign policy establishment.

    A White House official said that Bannon was placed on the committee in part to monitor Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and never attended a meeting. He’s no longer needed with McMaster in charge of the council, the official said.

    Trump fired Flynn on Feb. 13 for not disclosing to the president or to Vice President Mike Pence the extent of his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, before Trump’s inauguration.

    1. .

      A White House official said that Bannon was placed on the committee in part to monitor Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and never attended a meeting. He’s no longer needed with McMaster in charge of the council, the official said.

      This reinforces the claims that Trump knew about Flynn's Russian troubles for weeks before asking him to step down. The question to Mr. Bob, Why?


  9. Talk again is turning to the creation of 'safe zones'.

    You can get called a 'warmonger' around here with talk like that.

    I know, cause I was called a 'warmonger' by the SMIRK'n'QUIRK TWINS for talking that way, even before the Ruskie arrived.

    So, be careful what you say, folks.

    Best to stick to cooking recipes, and such.

    1. .

      You can also be called very stupid.

      You might as well declare war (if we engaged in such archaic pronouncements) and move into Syria whole hog. The Soviet anti-aircraft systems are already there and it would only be a matter of time before there was confrontation.

      Not to minimize those dangers but the real stupidity would be in supposing we have the logistical ability to move millions of people into a 'safe area', feed them, shelter them, and protect them from the radicals in their midst.

      And lastly, because of tensions with Turkey, Russia, and Syria, the latest plan is to set up the 'safe area' near the Jordanian border. Jordan is already sinking under the pressure of the refugees they already have, many of them radical. Nothing like setting up refugee camps right next to this hotbed to set up a perfect recruiting situation for the radicals.

      I wonder what Israel thinks of this idea.


    2. .

      Quit whining and accept your warmonger status.




    Obama's attack on our democracy becomes too clear to ignore.
    April 5, 2017 Joseph Klein

    Former President Barack Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice is once again in the news, embroiled in a growing scandal. Bloomberg News has reported this week that Rice requested or directed the unmasking of the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports, who were involved with the Trump transition team. The communications of these individuals were apparently collected incidentally during the course of electronic monitoring of communications involving foreign officials of interest. Normally, Americans’ identities are masked, with generic references such as the title "U.S. Person One."

    According to Eli Lake’s Bloomberg report, “The intelligence reports were summaries of monitored conversations -- primarily between foreign officials discussing the Trump transition, but also in some cases direct contact between members of the Trump team and monitored foreign officials. One U.S. official familiar with the reports said they contained valuable political information on the Trump transition such as whom the Trump team was meeting, the views of Trump associates on foreign policy matters and plans for the incoming administration.”

    Daily Caller has reported that Rice “ordered U.S. spy agencies to produce ‘detailed spreadsheets’ of legal phone calls involving Donald Trump and his aides when he was running for president,” citing former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova as a source.

    Circa has reported that Rice’s snooping actually preceded the election: “Susan Rice accessed numerous intelligence reports during Obama's last seven months in office that contained National Security Agency intercepts involving Donald Trump and his associates.”

    It also appears that the monitoring at issue had little if anything to do with the investigation of Russian interference in the presidential election.

    These reports, and others along the same lines, raise serious questions about what Rice was doing with the unmasked identifiable information she obtained access to, even though nothing revealed so far indicates that Rice broke the law. She had the authority to request unmasking under certain circumstances where there was an intelligence need in the interest of national security for such information. But given Rice’s closeness to Obama and concern for preserving his legacy, politics, not national security, was more likely her primary motive.

    Michael Doran, former National Security Council senior director, told the Daily Caller that “somebody blew a hole in the wall between national security secrets and partisan politics.” This “was a stream of information that was supposed to be hermetically sealed from politics and the Obama administration found a way to blow a hole in that wall,” he said.

    It is a threat to our electoral democracy if a party in power is able....

  11. SMIRK knows how the game is played.

    He has totally ignored the Susan Rice issue.

    The little nerd
    The little turd

    1. .

      Similar to what the president just did in a response to questions about what he would do about the Syrian gas attacks.

      For music lovers it was one of the most convoluted song and dances I can remember. The extent to which the man will go to not answer a question is amazing.


    2. "U.S. President Donald Trump, declining requests for evidence, said on Wednesday he thinks Susan Rice, a former top adviser to President Barack Obama, committed a crime by seeking the identities of Trump associates mentioned in intercepted communications, the New York Times reported.
      In an interview, Trump declined to tell the New York Times whether he had reviewed intelligence to bolster his claim about Rice but said he would explain himself “at the right time.”
      Trump and his allies have focused on unsubstantiated reports that Rice, who served as Obama’s national security adviser, disclosed the names of Trump aides swept up in U.S. surveillance of foreign targets.

      Rice dismissed the reports as “absolutely false” in an interview with MSNBC on Tuesday."

      There is evidence regarding the Syrian gas attacks. We've yet to see any evidence of crimes by Susan Rice.

    3. .

      Syrian Response

      Regarding the main issue today, I mentioned Trump's performance above during a presser with the King of Jordan only because I like to see the guy squirm not because I disagree with his reluctance to get any further into Syria than he has to. It's a no win situation.

      I'm struck by the fact that much of the media as well as the neocons in Congress are calling for direct actions against Syria in response to the chemical attacks. I don't recall such umbrage last week when more than 300 civilians, men, women, and children were killed in two air raids, one in Iraq and one in Syria. The US raid took out 2/3 of those killed.

      While not practical it would be interesting to see what the dead in those raids and in the latest chemical attack see as the 'better' way to die, gasping for air and dying of asphyxiation or being blown apart and bleeding out in the street or slowly waiting to die in the dark buried under tons of rubble.

      The liberal world says we have 'a responsibility to protect', however, given our past performance in situations like this, I would argue that following the dictum 'do no harm' would result in far fewer lives lost.


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  13. There is no evidence that Syria used gas weapons because gas weapons are used by losers or those setting up a false flag for political reasons. George Bush and Tony Blair come to mind, not for using them except as a fabricated excuse to attack Iraq.

    Syria and Russia are winning. They have no need to use such weapons and incur the obvious political case that comes with them.

    Syria Rebels, ISIS, and those with political motivations to goad the goadable would use them or claim that they were used on them.

    These various groups, many sponsored by the US, would like nothing more than having the US do what they could not, defeat Syria.

    If Trump falls for this obvious ploy I will be surprised. The last thing Trump or the US needs is more involvement with the ME.

    1. .

      I agree it would stupid for Syria to pull this shit at any time, much less at this point in the war. That said, the Syrian/Russians are the only one with planes. They have offered an explanation above. But how can anyone believe any of the players in this fiasco.

      The US has already determined who they think (want?) to be responsible. I only hope Trump doesn't bow to pressure and get further involved. Lord knows, all the neocons and warmongers (like Bob :o) would have to do to get Trump to jump is accuse him of being 'weak'.


    2. hmmm, what will Trump do?

      "... his U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, was promising a strong and perhaps even unilateral response. But Trump said the attack was “so horrific” and noted that it had killed “innocent people, small children and even beautiful little babies.”

      “These heinous actions by the Assad regime cannot be tolerated,” Trump said.


      At the United Nations, Trump’s envoy threatened unilateral U.S. action if the world body failed to act.

      “When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action,” Haley declared. She addressed an emergency meeting of the Security Council, which was weighing a resolution condemning chemical weapons use in Syria. Russia, which has veto power, is opposed.


      On Tuesday, President Donald Trump split the blame between Syria’s embattled leader and former President Barack Obama for the country’s worst chemical weapons attack in years.

      While calling the attack “reprehensible” and intolerable, Trump said Obama “did nothing” after Assad crossed the former U.S. leader’s “red line” in 2013.

      “These heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution,” Trump said."

      hmmmm, if Trump acts will he no longer be Deuce's man?

      I doubt it.

    3. He is not my man. He is OUR president. I did not vote for the career psycho criminal Hillary Clinton for reasons explained here ad nauseam. If Trump foolishly involves us in another war in Syria, he will still be OUR president but never will he be my man.

    4. You have been a consistent proponent of Trumps regularly arguing in favor of all he has done so far. He is indeed your man. Maybe someday you'll criticize him. I thought you would when he announced his undying love and support for Israel but no, you've continued your unbending support. I've suspected that your 'new business' with the Russians may be an explanation for such undying support...

    5. I do know the Russians. I have been following Russian politics since my early interest in politics and The Hungarian Revolution. When in the military, I was an analysis and expert on detecting Soviet missile launches. I have also been and worked in many other countries. I do not love them nor do I hate them. I respect them for their patriotism and their willingness to sacrifice for their family, their nationality and their country.

      Trump has been in office for 75 days, so he has not done very much so far. What is there to defend or oppose?

      Trump has been horribly maligned by the media and the Left. He has been shown no respect nor given his due at the legally elected POTUS. I have no problem criticizing anyone when IMO they are wrong and have done so on this blog and at The Belmont Club for 12 years.

      I criticize certain political parties in Israel because I do not agree with them. I knew it was nonsense that Iran was within months of getting nuclear weapons and said so and I have been critical of Israeli policies. I know for a fact, it was no accident that Israel attacked the USS Liberty and I think it was a mistake to set up a European colony in Arabia, and said said so many times but Israel has become relatively irrelevant in recent months. Other parties and Islamic radicals are of more consequence than Israel. Israel has stable relationships with most of her neighbors and with the mess brought on by Washington, stability is my priority.

      What has not become irrelevant is the US/UK made disaster in the Middle East, a disaster brought on by amongst other Bill and Hillary Clinton, two narcotic sociopathic grifters from Arkansas. That three decades of US misdeeds has destabilized the ME and it has spread to Europe. There was no way I would ever support anyone remotely like Hillary Clinton. I was prepared to support Bernie Sanders but the Clintons cheated him as well.

      I mind my own business. I do my best to be open-minded. Trump has some good ideas but he has been forced to run the gauntlet since he became president and is making some mistakes.To date he has done nothing that comes close to what Bush/Clinton/Bush/Obama/Clinton did.

    6. All that will change if Trump foolishly falls for the nonsense that Syria is using nerve gas at this time.

  14. .

    Nicki Haley seems intent on out 'Powersing' Samantha Powers, a key proponent of R2P.


  15. On September 30th 2016 the New York Times quietly released a leaked audio recording of Secretary John Kerry meeting with multiple factions associated within Syria.

    When you listen to the audio recording (embed below) it becomes immediately obvious what was going on when both of those 2014 statements were made by the White House. In addition, you discover why this jaw-dropping 2016 leak/story was buried by the U.S. media and how it connects to over 5 years of perplexing U.S. mid-east policy.

    This evidence within this single story would/should forever remove any credibility toward the U.S. foreign policy under President Obama. It also destroys the credibility of a large number of well known republicans. What the recording reveals is substantive:

    ♦ First, only regime change, the removal of Bashir Assad, in Syria was the goal for President Obama. This is admitted and outlined by Secretary John Kerry.

    ♦ Secondly, in order to accomplish this primary goal, the White House was willing to watch the rise of ISIS by placing their bet that ISIS’s success would force Syrian President Bashir Assad to acquiesce toward Obama’s terms and step down.

    ♦ Thirdly, in order to facilitate the two objectives, Obama and Kerry intentionally gave arms to ISIS and even, arguably, attacked a Syrian government military convoy to stop a strategic attack upon the Islamic extremists killing 80 Syrian soldiers.

    Pause for a moment and consider those three points carefully before continuing. Because this audio (below), along with accompanying research now surfacing, not only exposes these three points as truth – but also provides the specific evidence toward them.

    1. McCain and Friends:

  16. The Conservative Treehouse




    1. "I find the news on NBC, CBS, and ABC pretty straight forward news reporting."



    2. Citing the New York Times.

    3. .


      Still whining, Doug?

      Donald Trump: Every time it looks like I've screwed up it's really the fault of...

      - the left-wing media
      - the judiciary
      - the GOP moderates
      - the GOP conservatives
      - the Dems
      - the Deep State
      - the intelligence agencies
      - Comey
      - Obama
      - Rice
      - the GCHQ
      - Merkel
      - you name, et al

      In Trump's own words, he is weak, sad, and a loser.

      Mini-Trump Doug: Every time it looks like Big Donald or I have screwed up it's really the fault of...

      - the MSM

      This makes Mini-Trump Doug, in the words of Donald Trump, weak, sad, and a loser who lacks Trump's imagination.




    4. "I find the news on NBC, CBS, and ABC pretty straight forward news reporting."

      Res ipsa loquitur

    5. .

      That's it. It looks like your stuttering mini-T.



  17. Once upon a time we had 'Deep Throat'

    Nowadays we hear about a 'Deep State'

    And newest of all we now have 'Deep Coma' also know as Quirk by the Police. 'Deep Coma' earned this by stating:

    "I find the news on NBC, CBS, and ABC pretty straight forward news reporting."

    DEEP COMA has been a source of mirth, mockery, and, sometimes, despair, ever since.

    1. .

      And the elder Bobsey Twin chimes in.

      Two birds singing the same continuous whine.