Aug
21
2017
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#TrumpAdmin: #POTUS @realDonaldTrump #Afghanistan Address Thoughts

I will be talking off the cuff with no links or anything, because I want you to know that these are my thoughts alone.

Tonight President Donald Trump will announce the Afghanistan strategy going forward. From observing President Trump’s speeches and foreign policy so far, I can only guess at what he’s going to do. However to understand Trump’s upcoming Afghanistan decision, we must look at the Trump Doctrine first.

Some people have mistaken his non-nation building “America First” rhetoric as a case of isolationist policy. Yet I don’t think I’ve ever heard President Trump say “isolation” or “retreat” when talking foreign policy. I think I can boil down the Trump Doctrine as such:

  1. America First: Does it serve America’s or our allies interest? On this point alone, staying in Afghanistan forever does not serve American interest. No one wants to stay in Afghanistan. However there our other considerations to make.
  2. No Telegraphed Operation Or Red-Line Retreats: Are we giving our enemies our plans and/or a timeline to wait us out? Say what you will about President Trump, he’s a student of history (or at least recent history). President Trump has been repeatedly critical of President Obama’s announcing of withdraw time-lines and major operations to the press (which only gets back to the enemy). I don’t think Afghanistan will be any different.
  3. Islamic Terrorism Must Be Defeated There, Not Here: Will this take the fight to Islamic terror away from our soil? Most defiantly. And thanks to President Obama’s fucking indifference to Afghanistan, not only is the Taliban still there but ISIS/ISIL too.

Base on the information and theses points, I don’t except a pullout and neither should you. However I do expect a overhaul of the policy/strategy and the setting of goals. President Donald Trump has been a “I will help you, help yourselves” kind of guy and I think this will be the new policy in Afghanistan going forward. We can’t let Afghanistan fall, but we can’t take care of them forever.

President Donald Trump is stuck between a rock and a hard-place. I do not envy him for one second. I pray that God gives President Trump the wisdom to discover right, the will to choose it, and the strength to make it endure.

Well, see ya’ later!
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May
27
2017
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#TrumpAdmin: So, #JamesComey Is Corrupt As Hell!

Okay, let’s break down this CNN story for you:

1) The very real possibility existed that the Obama Justice Department couldn’t credibly investigate the corrupt as hell Presidential candidate Clinton.

2) An intelligence report generated by the fevered minds in Russia, obtain by the FBI:

…purported to show that then-Attorney General Lynch had been compromised in the Clinton investigation. The intelligence (report) described emails between then-Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and a political operative suggesting that Lynch would make the FBI investigation of Clinton go away.

3) The FBI then finds said report. FBI Director James Comey reads report, concludes it is fake, then (in an effort to debunk the report) fulfills the prophecy written in the intelligence report and lets Hillary Clinton off the hook.

4) Then James Comey refuses to tell Congress that said report is fake.

5) No mention of Trump collusion, whatsoever. No mention that the WikiLeaks*/DNCLeaks emails are fake. No mention of Russians “hacking” voting booths.

*rubs eyes*

Look, of COURSE Russia was, and still is, trying to spread false information. That is what intelligence and counter-intelligence is all about. I’d be shock if they didn’t. However, this report wasn’t even released publicly:

Sources close to Comey tell CNN he felt that it didn’t matter if the information was accurate, because his big fear was that if the Russians released the information publicly, there would be no way for law enforcement and intelligence officials to discredit it without burning intelligence sources and methods.

So guess what, no one based their vote on this report! It never saw the light of day!! ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!!!

You know what I think happened? I think Russia suspected someone was leaking info to the Americans. So they generate a fake, but believable, report and gave it to a select person or persons. Then likely forgot about it, since nothing came about over it.

I honestly think we give the Russians way too much credit. I am not defending the Russians and I could be wrong, but I’m just offering a more likely scenario. If the Russians wanted to use it against our election, they would have then just handed it to RT and be done with it. I don’t think they ever wanted this report to get out, since then they would have to explain how they have more DNC emails than WikiLeaks.

Which brings us back to FBI Director James Comey. So after reading this Russian intelligence report, instead of following the law and proving it wrong, Director Comey chooses instead let Hillary Clinton off the hook and proves it right.

Well, see ya’ later!
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Apr
13
2017
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#TrumpAdmin: Minor Grumbling Post

Once upon a time, I was a Moderate Atheist Republican. When Obama was elected, I shifted to a Pelaoconservative Christian Republican philosophy.

Now, I did not and do not align with each group perfectly. Take my current political philosophy. According to Michael Foley:

“[P]aleoconservatives press for restrictions on immigration, a rollback of multicultural programmes, the decentralization of the federal policy, the restoration of controls upon free trade, a greater emphasis upon economic nationalism and isolationism in the conduct of American foreign policy, and a generally revanchist outlook upon a social order in need of recovering old lines of distinction and in particular the assignment of roles in accordance with traditional categories of gender, ethnicity, and race.” -(Unfortunately No Link) Michael Foley (2007). American Credo: The Place of Ideas in US Politics. New York, USA: Oxford University Press Inc. p. 318

The only thing I disagree with hardline pelaoconservatism is the isolationism nonsense. I direct your attention to three great articles (all at the American Greatness) that deal with this issue. We can be non-interventionist and anti-war, but we cannot hide from the world:

Please read these at your leisure. Highly recommended.

I do have some quibbles, but they are all very minor.

First up is entitlement reform. I think we need it, President Trump does not:

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney says President Trump removed elements of entitlement reform from a proposed budget. …Mulvaney said he presented the president with a list of budget options which included some changes to Social Security. “And he looked at one and said, ‘What is that?'” Mulvaney said. He continued, “And I said, ‘Well, that’s a change to part of Social Security.’ He said, ‘No. No.’ He said, ‘I told people I wouldn’t change that when I ran. And I’m not going to change that. Take that off the list.'”

But, like the guy said, he campaign on those issues and I voted for him knowing full well what that meant. At least President Trump went over his own budget before signing off on it.

But as the good Lord gives, he takes. President Trump came out in support of Ex-Im Bank:

Mr. Trump also made a full reversal from the campaign by stating his support for the U.S. Export-Import Bank. The president said he planned to fill two vacancies on the bank’s board, which has been effectively paralyzed with three open seats on its five-member board…

“Instinctively, you would say, ‘Isn’t that a ridiculous thing,'” Mr. Trump said of the Ex-Im Bank. “But actually, it’s a very good thing. And it actually makes money, it could make a lot of money.”

I’m not going to go fully into why the Ex-Im Bank is a bad, crony-capitalism boondoggle. Many on both the left and right want to see this monster brought down.

As much as I want to be mad at President Trump over these things*, I cannot. I knew I disagreed with Trump on some things that he was going to keep his promise on. I also knew that Trump would do an about face on some things that he promised to do.

You have to roll with reality. I’m not saying sell-out your values or compromise for the shake of compromise. I will still fight for entitlement reform and the end of the Ex-Im Bank in the now and future. If President Trump can accomplish 75%-80% of what he wants to do and I agree with, then I’m happy.

Justice Neil Gorsuch bought a lot of brownie points for me. President Trump is still strong on the illegal immigration front and reforming the government (like the EPA!). I do roll my eyes at him and grumble at Trump sometimes, but I see no reason to be MAD at this moment.

Well, see ya’ later!
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Mar
11
2017
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#TrumpAdmin: Why #PreetBharara Needs To Be Fired (A @JazzShaw Response)

I was reading Jazz Shaw’s excellent piece on why US Attorney Preet Bharara shouldn’t be fired along with 45 others President Trump and AG Jeff Sessions want to resign. Jazz gives several reasons:

  1. Preet Bharara took down (Democrat) Sheldon Silver and (Republican) Dean Skelos (Nice!).
  2. Preet Bharara is investigating the Clinton Foundation (Great!).
  3. Preet Bharara is investigating both NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (Very Awesome!).

Then I had an epiphany and realized those are exactly the reasons US Attorney Preet Bharara MUST be fired. There might be a good number of reasons to keep Bharara, but if Sessions had kept him, then Democrats would accuse the Trump Admin of keeping a Democrat head-hunter.

The Trump Administration cannot play favorites here. They would either have to keep the 46 politically appointed US Attorneys or get rid of them all. The (GW) Bush Administration did a selective firing once and look at how that turned out (despite it being totally legit). It saddens me, but part of “Drain The Swamp” is about not doing politics as usual.

Again, I personally don’t have anything against Preet Bharara. He seems totally legit and honest broker. It honestly makes me sad to write this out. I hope he lands on his feet and thrives. However, as you well know, no one is indispensable. I am sure there are others who can carry on Preet Bharara’s good work.

Well, see ya’ later!
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