“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."

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Few paid any attention to the revelation of Robert Mueller’s alleged attempts to have the Icelandic government help him frame Julian Assange and WikiLeaks via the FBI

Robert Mueller’s Has Record of Framing His Quarries

Back in December 11, 2016 most folk were too busy celebrating the stunning presidential victory of Donald J. Trump, or already exploring devious ways to get him impeached. Few paid any attention to the revelation of Robert Mueller’s alleged attempts to have the Icelandic government help him frame Julian Assange and WikiLeaks via the FBI.

In August of 2011,  Mueller sent a planeload of eight FBI agents on a purported mission to Iceland to sabotage Assange and WikiLeaks.

Not much notice was paid when former Icelandic Minister of the Interior, Ögmundur Jonasson caught them redhanded before sending them packing.
Jonasson revealed that U.S. authorities first told him in June 2011 that there was an ‘imminent attack’ on Iceland’s government databases; that they were sending the FBI to the rescue.

But he claims that when the FBI arrived in August, the FBI ‘sought Iceland’s cooperation to frame Assange and WikiLeaks’ in a mission that was part of a ‘wide-ranging investigation’ into Assange and WikiLeaks’.

Savvy to their real intention that had nothing to do with saving government database cyber attacks,  Jonasson’s response was to have the FBI kicked out of Iceland.

The story was widely reported on in 2013, but Jonasson made no attempt of the U.S. trying to frame Assange until he became a whistleblower last December, making it the biggest “if only” story of all time.

“If only” Jonasson had come forward in 2011, would Robert Mueller have ever been appointed as Special Counsel and get to empanel a Grand Jury to probe the Russia/Trump non-stop mainstream media allegations?


  1. Never heard of it.

    Mueller and Comey are both dirty.

    The whole thing sucks to high heaven.

    1. Is America on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown or Civil War?

      Michael Savage Pic

      On Friday, Michael Savage -- conservative talk show host and Berkeley Ph.D. in nutritional ethnomedicine -- referenced Nathaniel West's classic 1939 novel about the burning of Los Angeles, The Day of the Locust, to describe what will occur in the USA should Trump be brought down by his assorted "Globalist" enemies.

      People will “resort to mob violence” when they “are finally aware of the fact that they’ve been tricked by their society, and that no matter how hard they work as middle class people” they are denied.“That is what’s going to happen in this country,” Savage said. “You have not yet seen mob violence in this country. You’ve seen some mob violence instigated by George Soros’ mobs. … But you haven’t seen the thing I’m telling you is coming in this country. You haven’t seen the ‘Day of the Locust’ yet.”

      "Deplorables" gone wild and burning down our cities? Civil war?

      Savage seems to agree that the common man, whom he names Eddie, would not be amused: "And if [the left] take(s) Trump down, through (Special Counsel Robert) Mueller or through any other source and deny Eddie his vote, there will be a civil war in this country.”

      As is well known, Savage, a onetime pal of Allen Ginsberg and other Beats, is now considered by many to be a "conservative extremist," therefore a fringe personality from the fever swamps of conspiracy land. Nevertheless, he is the no dummy and is the author of 40 books on subjects as disparate as Alzheimer's and beer-tasting, not to mention economics and politics. Few of his critics have anywhere near the vitae.

      But that's the anecdotal part. The more important question is is he right -- is our democratic republic about to explode? Can the Deep State co-exist with an awakened populace, even a partially awakened one? Increasingly, beneath all the leaks and counter-leaks, the missing emails and accusations, what we are looking at is a sclerotic system that has become increasingly built on self-preservation and not on the people's will, in fact is largely disinterested in and disconnected from that will.

      Call Savage an extremist or whatever you want, but the truth is we are clearly on the edge of something explosive. The number of leaks is astronomical and they seem to come from everywhere, including our intelligence agencies, the FBI, and inside the White House. Just the other day we learned the FBI lied about the existence of documents pertaining to the tarmac meeting of Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch. When the most important law enforcement agency in our country lies and leaks, as it has more than once now, something is truly wrong. It's rather frightening, actually, and combined with the serial "unmaskings" from NSA intercepts calls to mind that quote from Comrade Beria many are referencing lately: "Show me the man and I'll show you the crime.".........

    2. The Rise Of The Violent Left

      What’s eroding in Portland is the quality Max Weber considered essential to a functioning state: a monopoly on legitimate violence. As members of a largely anarchist movement, antifascists don’t want the government to stop white supremacists from gathering. They want to do so themselves, rendering the government impotent. With help from other left-wing activists, they’re already having some success at disrupting government. Demonstrators have interrupted so many city-council meetings that in February, the council met behind locked doors. In February and March, activists protesting police violence and the city’s investments in the Dakota Access Pipeline hounded Mayor Ted Wheeler so persistently at his home that he took refuge in a hotel. The fateful email to parade organizers warned, “The police cannot stop us from shutting down roads.”

      All of this fuels the fears of Trump supporters, who suspect that liberal bastions are refusing to protect their right to free speech. Joey Gibson, a Trump supporter who organized the June 4 Portland rally, told me that his “biggest pet peeve is when mayors have police stand down … They don’t want conservatives to be coming together and speaking.” To provide security at the rally, Gibson brought in a far-right militia called the Oath Keepers. In late June, James Buchal, the chair of the Multnomah County Republican Party, announced that it too would use militia members for security, because “volunteers don’t feel safe on the streets of Portland.”

    3. .

      nutritional ethnomedicine?

      Isn't that the stuff Alex Jones sells on Infowars?


    4. "Call Savage an extremist or whatever you want, but the truth is we are clearly on the edge of something explosive. The number of leaks is astronomical and they seem to come from everywhere, including our intelligence agencies, the FBI, and inside the White House. Just the other day we learned the FBI lied about the existence of documents pertaining to the tarmac meeting of Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch. When the most important law enforcement agency in our country lies and leaks, as it has more than once now, something is truly wrong. It's rather frightening, actually, and combined with the serial "unmaskings" from NSA intercepts calls to mind that quote from Comrade Beria many are referencing lately: "Show me the man and I'll show you the crime."........."

    5. .

      Mine wasn't a whine simply a question. Have you ever heard of ethnomedicine before? I had to look it up. I mean it could have been something like cryptozoology or ufology.

      Supposedly, it applies the methods of ethnobotany and medical anthropology, in other words traditional plants, herbs, etc. That sounds exactly like half of what Alex Jones is pushing on his show. In Jones case it is better known as snake oil.


  2. War In Sweden

    Sweden: Police Say Situation ‘Completely Unacceptable’ after 550 Per Cent Rise in Grenade Attacks
    By Pamela Geller - on August 6, 2017


    Grenade attacks are warfare. It’s war.

    August 6, 2017, by Virginia Hale, Breitbart:

    The number of hand grenade attacks in Sweden has by 55 per cent sevenfold in just three years, with police describing the situation as “completely unacceptable”.

    Police data shows that in 2014 the Swedish force investigated eight grenade incidents, none of which involved a detonation.

    But last year this figure inflated by a massive 550 per cent, as officers saw a total of 52 grenade-related incidents, 27 of which involved detonations.

    At first, the grenade attacks were mostly directed at cars and homes linked to criminals and their relatives — but from two years ago perpetrators began to target the nation’s “society and state”, an expert at Sweden’s National Police Department told SVT.

    Breitbart London @BreitbartLondon
    Grenade attacks commonplace in Malmo …
    5:25 AM - Feb 23, 2017
    Photo published for Swedish Police Discover Live Hand Grenade in Malmo Randomly in Park

    Swedish police have released a statement saying they discovered a hand grenade at a public park in the troubled migrant-populated city of Malmo.

    “One very worrying trend we’ve noticed is that from 2015, we started to see people throwing grenades at municipal buildings, police stations and police officers,” he said, lamenting how, as the number of attacks has increased, so has the number of people who have been injured.

    “[Criminals] may have mistakenly targeted the wrong address, which has resulted in attacks on innocent families who have children, and there have been grenades hidden at kids’ playgrounds.

    “There have been a number of cases in which grenades have been found by children, and it is rather surprising to us that there haven’t been more deaths,” the expert added.

    1. According to Peter Hejdström, head of police investigation in Halmstad, the explosives — which are typically thrown by hand — are not a problem that is restricted to the big cities, as the widespread availability of grenades in Sweden means even rural areas have been affected.

      Breitbart London @BreitbartLondon
      Sweden: Two Fatal Stabbings and a Grenade Attack in 14 Hours
      7:11 AM - Aug 10, 2015
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      Describing the number of grenade attacks as a “completely unacceptable situation for Sweden”, an expert at NOA who wished to remain anonymous said, adding: “We are very serious about the problem.”

      He told SVT: “It is impossible to say whether there are more grenade attacks in Sweden than in other European countries,” an expert at NOA who wished to remain anonymous told SVT.

      “But you could say that the weapons are used here in a way that you do not see them used in any other country in Europe. We differ a lot in that regard.”

      According to police, the majority of the grenades originate from former Yugoslavian countries, with the M75 and M52 being the models most frequently seen.

      A eight-year-old British citizen was killed last year while visiting family in the town of Gothenburg, when a hand grenade was tossed into the living room where he was sleeping.

      Breitbart London @BreitbartLondon
      Grenade Attack Sweden is Like Iraq, Say Bomb Disposal Soldiers
      5:02 AM - Aug 9, 2015

      In September, Breitbart London reported on how a migrant who fled the Somali Civil War 20 years ago said he was considering moving back to his homeland because Sweden has become a “war zone”.

      Interviewed at a secret location, Dame said he and his family are on the run from criminal gangs that now rule the Gothenburg suburbs, telling Norwegian public broadcaster NRK: “It’s like a war zone. We do not know who gets shot. Bullets can hit you anywhere.”

      And former soldiers now working in the police bomb disposal unit of Malmö, where 43 per cent of inhabitants have foreign backgrounds, have said the constant grenade attacks in Sweden’s third largest city remind them of the years they served in war-torn regions of Iraq.

      Stop Moslem Immigration To USA NOW !

    2. Only if you have a very strong stomach -

      Longitudinal Impalement

      World’s Worst Torture Method Betrays An Islamic Culture of Rape
      By Alexander Shah - on August 6, 2017

    3. Sweden Accidentally Leaks Personal Details of Nearly All Citizens

      Swedish media is reporting of a massive data breach in the Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen) after the agency mishandled an outsourcing deal with IBM, which led to the leak of the private data about every vehicle in the country, including those used by both police and military.

      The data breach exposed the names, photos and home addresses of millions of Swedish citizen, including fighter pilots of Swedish air force, members of the military's most secretive units, police suspects, people under the witness relocation programme, the weight capacity of all roads and bridges, and much more.

      The incident is believed to be one of the worst government information security disasters ever.


    Published: 10:23 EDT, 6 August 2017 | Updated: 11:48 EDT, 6 August 2017

    The war against ISIS has taken dramatic strides since Donald Trump became president, with the US and its allies reclaiming swathes of Iraq and Syria.

    In fact, of all the land reclaimed by the US-led coalition since 2014, nearly one third has been taken since Trump took office.

    That's thanks to Trump's decision to delegate decisions and engage in a 'campaign of annihilation,' Brett McGurk, the State Department's senior envoy to the anti-Islamic State coalition, told the Washington Post.

    Brett McGurk, the State Department's senior envoy to the coalition, says that Trump's 'campaign of annihilation', in which cities are surrounded to ensure militants don't escape, has helped with the wins.

    Trump's decision to delegate to his military has also allowed for faster and more fluid reactions to the changing situation on the ground, McGurk - who held the same position under Obama - said

    Since its peak in early 2015, ISIS has lost 78 per cent of its occupied areas in Iraq and 58 per cent in Syria.

    In total, that's around 27,000 square miles of territory, 8,000 of which has been taken since February of this year.

    That has almost entirely stopped civilian displacements in the countries and seen thousands of people able to return to their homes, McGurk, who had the same role under Obama, said.

    ISIS has also lost around 45 per cent of its control of Raqqa, the backwater Syrian city that became its nerve center and the capital of its supposed 'Caliphate'.

    Losing Raqqa altogether would strike a massive blow to the organization.

    McGurk believes the continued success of the coalition is down to operational changes made by Trump.

    In particular, McGurk said, the campaign has benefited from Trump's decision to hand control over to his generals.

    Delegating decisions to those with more experience on the ground has allowed for faster and more fluid reactions to changes in the theater of war, McGurk said.

    He also cited the 'campaign of annihilation,' which sees enemy cities surrounded before battle begins, to minimize the number that are able to escape.

    McGurk believes this will result in most of the 2,000 militants remaining in Raqqa dying there when it is retaken. The city also has 25,000 civilians.

    He said the new administration had also renewed efforts to 'increase burden sharing from the coalition.'

    There are 73 countries in the coalition, he said, most of whom are expected to help stabilize locations that have been taken back from ISIS by US airstrikes and on-the-ground work from local allies.

    The US is not concerned with 'nation-building', in line with Trump's campaign promises, McGurk said, but it is making sure basic necessities like sewers and electricity are in place in retaken areas.

  4. Meanwhile Obama demonstrating his studliness was last seen hang-gliding his way to $100 million.

    1. Maybe he'll take up naked bull-riding.

      In 1989 after a bull gored and punctured the heart of cowboy Lane Frost it was made compulsory to wear protective vests made of ballistic material.

    2. In what is considered the oldest race in motorcycle history, thousands descend on the Isle of Man for six days, every year. The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy is the most dangerous race on earth.

      For one, there is no dedicated course. The race snakes through the town on a narrow 37-mile journey, with 250 corners.
      Riders average 120 mph on public roads with hedges, stone walls, and homes, mere feet away.

      In its 107 years of existence, 240 riders have died taking part, 48 of them since 2001.

    3. Over two dead a year.....running with the bulls in Pamplona doesn't come even close.


    Hillary and Bill Clinton attended the wedding of a hedge-fund billionaire's daughter - the same businessman who was one of Hillary's biggest financial supporters during her election campaign.

    The former President and First Lady were all smiles while at the wedding of Sophie Lasry, the daughter of Avenue Capital Group founder Marc Lasry, on Sunday night.

    The couple was snapped wishing the bride and groom well and posed for photos with guests at the opulent wedding hosted at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

    Hillary and Bill are long-time friends of the father-of-the bride, Marc Lasry, and the billionaire was even a top contributor to her 2016 presidential campaign.

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  6. An elegant Huma Abedin attended the wedding, sans wedding ring, following her husband Anthony Weiner's sexting scandal.


    Hillary wore a Tiffany blue chiffon dress that had tiny polka dots covering the overlay and an intricate neckline design.


      Hillary was tented in a ghastly dress that looked like it was fitted for Casper the Friendly Ghost, made from a baby blue tufted chenille gauze tablecloth picked up at Home Goods.


    3. Stunning.

      ...but I've always been a softie for baby bump pictures.

    4. O my God !

      She looks fit for Friendship Hour at the Rest Home !

    5. Looks like a Hospice Gown to me.

    6. Or a Hospital Operation Gown.

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    8. Dressed up for an Open Casket Funeral ?

    9. She must have gotten that dress from some deceased through the Goodwill Industries.

    10. I was going to say she takes up most of the room in that photo.

      She needs liposuction, and fast.


    Also among the noteworthy attendees was Real Housewives of New York star Dorinda Medley, who Instagramed a photo with Hillary, writing: 'Always an honor.'

  9. I wish I could unsee Hillary in the dress. I am tortured by what it must look like under the table.

    1. How about under the dress?

    2. There are only a couple of young women in that wedding pic that aren't well on there way to lifetime obesity.

  10. I'll have to watch a video of Iraqi soldiers shooting captive ISIS after throwing them over a cliff. It will help me sleep.

  11. August 7, 2017
    Star chamber justice condemns Eric Bolling of Fox News without a trial
    By Peter Barry Chowka

    .....Meanwhile, the law firm that is investigating Bolling for the internal Fox review of his status and future with the company – Paul, Weiss – is a Democrat-dominated shop. Between 81.3% and 85.7% of the campaign contributions of its employees in recent years have gone to Democrat candidates. In a news release on January 23, 2017, the firm crowed that it had hired Obama’s Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, three days after he left the government, for a high profile position with the firm. In the previous investigations of accused Fox News personnel that Paul, Weiss has conducted, every one of the targets has been fired or forced to resign from their jobs. It appears that the future for Eric Bolling at Fox doesn’t look very promising.

    This is pretty much the status quo now: A writer who hardly anyone had heard of publishes a 900 word article in a left wing website relying on exclusively anonymous sources alleging someone of prominence texted one lewd photo to two or three female colleagues several years ago. The details are scanty and the corroboration non-existent. And without a shred of evidence, that targeted individual is immediately taken off the air, has his name expunged from his company’s website, is smeared if not libeled in thousands of news articles including in foreign media, and is left to languish while a Democrat-dominated law firm “investigates” the “charges” against him – which will determine the accused’s fate.

    By the way, for an inside account of how a previous investigation of the accused at Fox News went down, an excellent read is “Inside the Final Days of Roger Ailes’s Reign at Fox News” published in Vanity Fair last September 22.

    Welcome to the new Star Chamber1 – Transformed America 2017. No evidence, no judge, no jury – just an executioner.

    1 Star Chamber: A former court of inquisitorial and criminal jurisdiction in England that sat without a jury and that became noted for its arbitrary methods and severe punishments, abolished 1641. Any tribunal, committee, or the like, which proceeds by arbitrary or unfair methods.

    Peter Barry Chowka is a veteran journalist who writes about national politics, media, popular culture, and health care. He is a frequent contributor to American Thinker. His new website is

    1. .

      Is altmed similar to ethnomed?


    2. That reminds me....I've been meaning to ask - is there a time limit on the effectiveness of ads ?

      Is there a point of diminishing returns when the cost of the ads is more than any benefit ?

      I've seen those NutriSystem ads, always exactly the same, for so long I'm sick of them, and have them memorized too.

      Bye,bye, stubborn belly fat !

      Conk, hand weight drops....

      What's the deal ?

    3. .

      I've seen those NutriSystem ads, always exactly the same, for so long I'm sick of them, and have them memorized too.

      That should tell you all you need to know.


    4. .

      There are some good ads out right now. I like most of the from Progressive. Really like the ones with Susan Lucci.


    5. Quirk is always 'the go to guy' for straight answers.

    6. This comes from his live long training in selling people junk they don't need at an exorbitant price.

    7. I like that Progressive ad too :)

  12. .

    How the mighty have fallen?

    Heard anything from or about Bill O'Reilly or Megan Kelly lately?


    1. Megyn's career is tanking, and Bill's career has tanked.

      Both should have gone into advertising.

  13. It’s Time To Fire McMaster

    The problem is that McMaster is the ultimate holdover. He comprises a significant threat to national security.

    ....Since March I’ve written that McMaster should not be national security advisor because he believes that Islam has no relationship to terrorism. I pointed out several of his remarks to that effect including a 2016 speech in which he said ISIS is an example of the terrorist “…enemy who cynically use a perverted interpretation of religion to incite hatred and justify horrific cruelty against innocents.”

    In that article, I demonstrated that McMaster’s view of Islam is the same sort of politically correct garbage that we’ve been fed since 9/11. There are, I wrote, two schools of Islamic jurisprudence. They believe either that the Koran requires Muslims to terrorize, slay or enslave everyone who isn’t a believer in Islam or that it only permits them to do so.

    I concluded that either the terrorists are either the most faithful believers or they have an equal claim to their faith as all Muslims do. In either case, McMaster is profoundly wrong. Anyone whose view of the terrorist threat is so wrong should not be national security advisor....

    Also he doesn't like Israel.

    Fire him.

    I think it will happen too, as some of The Donald's family must not like the guy.

  14. Archeologists Find New Evidence of Lost City of Julias Near Sea of Galilee

    Hebrew University archeologists discovered the 12th Dead Sea Scrolls cave.


    Rebecca Gibian for RealClearLife

    After decades of searches by archeologists in the upper Jordan Valley, the lost Roman city of Julias, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus’s apostles Andrew, Peter and Philip, may have recently been unearthed.

    The discovery was made during excavations at Beit Habek, located in Bethsaida, by archeologist Dr. Mordechai Aviam, head of the Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archeology at Kinneret Academic College. Bethsaida was once a fishermen’s village on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, and is mentioned in several New Testament books as the home of at least three of Jesus’s most important apostles, reports the Jerusalem Post.

    The exact location of the city has been debated, however. Aviam was working with Professor Steven Notley of Nyack College in New York during a recent dig. Aviam said that a layer from the Roman period was discovered in the current excavation season, “with potsherds and coins from the first to the third centuries CE.”

    The biggest surprise was at the bottom of the excavation, where they found a wall of a building, next to a mosaic floor and artifacts that could be from a bathhouse. Aviam said that bathhouses were not common during the Roman period in that area, so this serves an important clue that beneath the surface are the remains of Julias, which as not been identified to this day, reports the Jerusalem Post.

    “Excavation of the site will continue until the lost city of Julias is definitely identified,” Aviam said to the Post.

  15. That LaDainian Tomlinson gave a wonderful speech on being inducted into the NFL Football Hall of Fame.


  16. There is a terrorist bombing in the USA and the loons here are silent. Why would that be.


      There, happy now ?

    2. If I were on the Jury and it was proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the folks in the pickup truck did it I'd find them guilty.

      Now you must be happy.

    3. .

      You state the obvious, Ash.


  17. Q & A may lack the attention span for this but others may not -


    On June 12, 2017, Bruce Jones, director of the Brookings Foreign Policy Program, convened five Brookings
    experts—John Allen, Vanda Felbab-Brown, Tanvi Madan, Michael O’Hanlon, and Bruce Riedel—to discuss
    the history and future of U.S. policy in Afghanistan. The edited transcript below reflects their assessments of
    evolving U.S. objectives in Afghanistan, progress to date, enduring challenges, regional dynamics, burdensharing
    with coalition partners and regional stakeholders, domestic political support for ongoing U.S.
    commitment, and policy recommendations for U.S. strategy going forward.

    ....BRUCE JONES: Yes, it always struck me during this debate that we weren’t talking in the correct timeframes—
    the kind of timeframes John Allen described: 15 to 20 years. These are the minimum kinds of timeframes
    in which you could actually make a real difference in terms of governance, the economy, and security sector
    effectiveness, whereas the U.S. military at the time seemed to be talking about timeframes of 18 months.
    There’s no experience in history that suggests that, in anything less than a decade can you meaningfully
    improve the quality of governance, even in places with a more sophisticated baseline than Afghanistan....

    1. ....MICHAEL O’HANLON: As a quick footnote to that point, going back to the famous disagreement between
      U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry and General McChrystal, there was a fair amount to be said
      for Eikenberry’s caution even though I was on the McChrystal side of the debate at the time, advocating for
      a big surge. Because the real timeframes are much longer than the debate at the time suggested, there was
      something to be said for “going medium” over a longer period of time, instead of going from light to really
      big, and hoping you could somehow accomplish the mission quickly. Because afterward, of course, when
      General Allen was in command, he was asked to downsize the force almost as quickly as it had been built
      up. The speed of the surge and subsequent drawdown wasn’t compatible with realistic expectations.....

      ....BRUCE RIEDEL: I’m troubled by the president’s decision to delegate authority to the Pentagon because I
      suspect that the White House is trying to avoid responsibility for the war. That is irresponsible. The president
      should not micromanage the battlefield but he has to sell the campaign at home—not walk away from it.
      Regarding the other question about marshalling a compelling argument, there is another point, which is that,
      in 2002, less than 1 million Afghans—and boys only—were in school. In 2017, the figure is about 9 million, of
      which 40 percent are girls. Enrollment in Afghanistan’s universities has gone from about 8,000 to 175,000.
      If you want to think of something that we’ve done in Afghanistan that is going to change Afghanistan longterm
      in a positive way, it’s supporting education for the Afghan people. President George W. Bush and First
      Lady Laura Bush did a very good job articulating that message. President Obama seemed more reluctant
      to embrace that message....

      ....MICHAEL O’HANLON: One related point that I believe the American strategic community often gets wrong is
      its consensus that we Americans “have no strategic patience.” People say this all the time. It plays exactly
      into this narrative that we are not going to stay long enough to make a difference. But historically I think it’s
      wrong. We stayed in Korea, and we are still there; we stayed for decades when the North Korean threat was
      there, and the South Koreans hadn’t even become a democracy yet.
      JOHN ALLEN: That’s right.....

      ....MICHAEL O’HANLON: And we did this also with Egypt and Israel for decades, and we are still engaged with
      them through thick and thin. So I think we are actually pretty good at strategic patience, even if we insist
      on telling ourselves that we are not. We tell ourselves that in op-eds, and in public and policy debates, and
      President Obama—I believe—misinterpreted CNN poll data suggesting that Americans opposed the war in
      Afghanistan more than the war in Vietnam, developing a whole narrative in those terms.

      But that’s not the right way to think about it. Americans never thought of Afghanistan as Vietnam. They didn’t
      like it, but there was a far lower level of intensity of feeling. And we’ve proven our ability to stick with tough
      tasks for a long time, even when it doesn’t seem on the surface to be getting any better....

    2. .

      Of course, the US public has more strategic patience now than in the past. It has less skin in the game. No draft, a volunteer force looking for a job/career, half the people operating in country are contract workers.

      To talk of South Korea or Israel/Egypt in terms of strategic patience is simplistic. See how fast the strategic patience disappears when one of them goes hot.


    3. 58,000 US Soldiers killed in Vietnam had an effect.

  18. Sergei Magnitsky Movie:

  19. Rufus Needed Now

    Bullets alone can't solve Alabama's feral hog problem
    Updated August 06, 2017
    Posted August 06, 2017

    Wild pigs are perhaps the most destructive invasive species in the United States, causing an estimated $1.5 billion in damages every year to crops and property across the country, uprooting farmers' fields, degrading water quality and out-competing native wildlife for food.

    In the latest installment of's series on invasive species, we examine the feral hog, one of the costliest non-native species in Alabama, and what landowners and wildlife officials can do to keep their populations under control.

    Dennis Pillion |
    Feral Hogs
    Photo by Joe Songer |

    The hunt is on
    Chris Jaworowski is a really good shot with his semiautomatic rifle, and he has plenty of experience hunting hogs.
    As a wildife biologist and Regional Extension Agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and former employee of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, he's one of the foremost experts on feral hog control in Alabama, if not the Southeast.
    Still, with all Jaworowski's experience and training, with thousands of dollars worth of specialized equipment, hunting feral pigs in Alabama is not easy......

    VIDEO: Hunting feral hogs with infrared scope in Alabama

    Long detailed article containing everything you will ever need to know about Hog Hunting.

    Conclusion: Trapping works better

    Man, those critters really know how to reproduce.

  20. An Independent Kurdistan Needed Now

    Shlomo Ben-Ami, a former Israeli foreign minister, is Vice President of the Toledo International Center for Peace. He is the author of Scars of War, Wounds of Peace: The Israeli-Arab Tragedy.
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    The Case for Kurdistan

    TEL AVIV – The Kurds – who occupy a mountainous region that includes portions of Armenia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey – are the largest ethnic group in the world without a state to call their own. It is time to change that.
    The Kurds have been making bids for statehood – and having them brutally suppressed – since the early twentieth century. But there is a strong case for the United States, in particular, to work toward securing a homeland for the Kurds – a case buttressed by Kurdish militias’ indispensable contribution to defeating the Islamic State.

    To be sure, the establishment of a “greater Kurdistan” that includes all areas where the Kurds comprise a majority remains impossible. If internal Kurdish politics were not enough to prevent such an outcome, geostrategic constraints certainly would be.

    Kurdish independence is particularly implausible in Turkey. The Kurds’ main representative in that country, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) – which champions a distinctly secular, Marxist brand of nationalism – has been fighting the Turkish government for decades. But, the government, led by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has not wavered in its commitment to preventing the establishment of a Kurdish state, to the point that even the PKK’s founder, Abdullah Öcalan, now favors a resolution that falls short of independence.

    Erdoğan’s commitment to ending the PKK’s quest is so strong that he is also working to prevent Syria’s Kurds from leveraging sovereignty from their military gains against ISIS. He fears that Kurdish success in Syria would inspire Turkey’s Kurds to revive their own fight for statehood in the country’s southeast. This fear of nationalist spillover has driven Erdoğan’s campaign to create a buffer zone along the Turkish border that extends well into the territory now controlled by Syrian Kurds.

    But the Kurdish community in Iraq, represented by the Kurdish Regional Government, has a real shot at statehood. The KRG is a quasi-sovereign entity overseeing an efficient military and an independent economy. Although it is plagued by corruption and cronyism, like every other political organization in the region, the KRG represents the only truly functional government in Iraq, presiding over the country’s most peaceful and stable areas.....

  21. I don't give a shit if he gets re-elected either -

    Sen. Manchin Doesn’t ‘Give A S**T’ About Getting Reelected

    JOHN SEXTONPosted at 9:21 pm on August 7, 2017

    Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia gave an interview to the Charleston Gazette in which he made clear that he is not feeling any pressure at all. Despite the recent party switch by the State’s Governor and Manchin facing reelection next year in a state Trump won handily, he has no concern whatsoever:

    “I don’t give a s–t, you understand? I just don’t give a s–t,” he said. “Don’t care if I get elected, don’t care if I get defeated, how about that. If they think because I’m up for election, that I can be wrangled into voting for s–t that I don’t like and can’t explain, they’re all crazy.”

    “I’m not scared of an election, let’s put it that way. Elections do not bother me or scare me. I’m going to continue to do the same thing I’ve always done, extremely independent.”

    Manchin was prompted to this outburst by some criticism directed at him by Patrick Morrisey. Morrisey is the Republican Attorney General of West Virginia who announced he was running to unseat Manchin last month. Last week, Morrisey called on Manchin to resign from the Senate leadership team run by Chuck Schumer. From the Washington Free Beacon:

    Morrisey says that West Virginians have made it clear they don’t support the policies being pushed by Democrats such as Manchin, who is vice chairman of the Senate Democratic policy committee.

    “Being part of the Schumer leadership team means that you don’t have West Virginia’s best interest in mind,” Morrisey told the Washington Free Beacon. “West Virginians don’t support the values of Chuck Schumer—Joe Manchin does.”

    On August 1st Senate Democrats Senate sent a letter to Trump, Senate Majority Leader McConnell and GOP Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hatch outlining their policy priorities for tax reform. Only three Senate Democrats; Manchin, Heitkamp, and Donnelly—all of whom are up for reelection next year, refused to sign the letter. On his refusal to sign the letter, Manchin said he was holding out because he hoped he’d be able to reach out to Republicans and win them over. He told the Charleston Gazette, “I want to be able to reach out to my friends on the other side and say, ‘Guys, you like anything here, can we do something different, any changes, what would make you comfortable to sign on?’”

    If you believe the GOP is eager to sign on to the next phase of Democratic obstructionism, maybe that explanation will make sense to you. The more likely explanation is that Manchin is taking every opportunity not to associate too closely with the leadership of his own party because he knows Chuck Schumer isn’t very popular in West Virginia. In other words, he really does give a s**t, he just doesn’t want to admit that is what is motivating him.

    1. Scatalogical language is the language WV hillbillies know and love best.

      He is talking to his base.

    2. Wait, actually I do care.

      If he is defeated I might take a symbolic shit to celebrate the political excretion.

  22. Did you check out sabse hatke?

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