Is the USA Inching Towards Another Confrontation and Loss Of Life in the Middle East?……

We must ask, is it going to be a slow cat and mouse game as the Trump administration weaves its justification for a US strike against Iran?  We’re willing to betcha that War Hawk Bolton is salivating at the prospect of blowing Iran off the map.

Question is, will Trump be so stupid as to listen to the mustachioed war monger Bolton? If he does it won’t be pretty, and, the rest of the civilized world will not be in alliance with us.

Iran is NOT the foolish nation that pulled out of the Iranian arms deal that President Obama negotiated with Iran. Trump pulled the USA out, for no good reason. Iran continued honoring the limits established by the deal up until very recently. Given US actions following Trump’s foolish decision to leave the accord we must say that if we were the Iranian government we would thumb our noses at Trump and the US as well.

Excerpt from Axios article follows..

President Trump said in in a pool spray with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Thursday that he does not believe Iran intentionally shot down an unmanned U.S. drone flying in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz, claiming it was probably “a mistake made by somebody who shouldn’t have been doing what they did.”

Why it matters: Fears over how the Trump administration will respond to the latest Iranian provocation have reached a new high. Before welcoming Trudeau, Trump met with national security adviser John Bolton, Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss next steps.

  • Asked if the U.S. was prepared to strike Iran, Trump told reporters: “You’ll find out.”
  • The White House is invited Democratic and Republican leaders to attend a briefing on Iran this afternoon.

Of note: The Pentagon released a statement before Trump spoke calling the drone incident “dangerous and escalatory, claiming it was “an unprovoked attack on a U.S. surveillance asset that had not violated Iranian airspace.” The Pentagon also released a video of the drone attack.

As we wait…

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Reparations or No Reparations……

Something all democrats and republicans should listen to and consider. Put aside ideology and partisan bias and consider the truth spoken by  Burgess Owens.

When reason and logic is used, something Mr. Owens used magnificetly, we become a beter nation for it.

Tuesday Poetry On Wednesday…../.

Reason and Passion XV

And the priestess spoke again and said: “Speak to us of Reason and Passion.”

And he answered saying:

Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon which your reason and your judgment wage war against passion and your appetite.

Would that I could be the peacemaker in your soul, that I might turn the discord and the rivalry of your elements into oneness and melody.

But how shall I, unless you yourselves be also the peacemakers, nay, the lovers of all your elements?

Your reason and your passion are the rudder and the sails of your seafaring soul.

If either your sails or our rudder be broken, you can but toss and drift, or else be held at a standstill in mid-seas.

For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction.

Therefore let your soul exalt your reason to the height of passion; that it may sing;

And let it direct your passion with reason, that your passion may live through its own daily resurrection, and like the phoenix rise above its own ashes.

I would have you consider your judgment and your appetite even as you would two loved guests in your house.

Surely you would not honour one guest above the other; for he who is more mindful of one loses the love and the faith of both.

Among the hills, when you sit in the cool shade of the white poplars, sharing the peace and serenity of distant fields and meadows – then let your heart say in silence, “God rests in reason.”

And when the storm comes, and the mighty wind shakes the forest, and thunder and lightning proclaim the majesty of the sky, – then let your heart say in awe, “God moves in passion.”

And since you are a breath In God’s sphere, and a leaf in God’s forest, you too should rest in reason and move in passion.

Khalil Gibran 1883-1931

Trump Intensifies The Saber Rattling……

Mr. Bolton, war hawk extraordinaire, is without a doubt urging Trump to rattle the sabers and crank up the rhetoric. There is nothing more Bolton would like than to see the USA at war with Iran.  Make no mistake, the war mongering Bolton has been working tirelessly to engineer another war in the Middle East. Hopefully Trump won’t be so stupid as to give us another Iraq.

Don’t hold your breath that Trump won’t.

Iran had been abiding by the terms of the nuclear deal, negotiated under President Barack Obama, before Mr. Trump pulled out, and has continued to do so since the withdrawal by the United States. But as American sanctions have squeezed the Iranian economy, Tehran has warned that it could not remain in the deal without getting European help to find workarounds to the sanctions.

“This was an entirely predictable consequence of the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal and maximum pressure strategy,” said Ali Vaez, director of the Iran project at the International Crisis Group, a conflict-resolution organization. “In practice, maximum pressure has produced maximum peril and minimum strategic results.”

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