Haley Puts World On Notice…

The United States took a very measured step last night. We are prepared to do more, but we hope that will not be necessary. 

Nikki Haley US Ambassador to United Nations

Trump apparently has not learned from the mistakes of the past. In 2013 Trump was solidly against military action in Syria. He was right then, now, as POTUS, he is wrong for striking a sovereign nation that had not engaged in aggression against the USA.

Our aggression against Iraq in 2003 based on false claims Saddam had weapons of mass destruction  has turned out very badly for the region and the world. Whether we want to accept it or not ISIS is a result of that ill-advised invasion, and, the continued destruction and loss of life has continued. With no end in sight. This should have taught us that we have no business meddling in the affairs of Middle Eastern nations.

Yet Trump, needing to distract from his less than mediocre performance since taking office chose to reverse his position on Syria and strike, an unprovoked act of aggression against a sovereign nation that had not attacked us. Certainly the MIC (military industrial complex) that President Eisenhower warned us of in 1961 is happy with Trump’s decision. It keeps the military doing what it is trained to do, reign down destruction, ad the money poring in to the industries that support war.

So Nikki has put the world community on notice that the USA is prepared to do more. All options are on the table (sabre rattling) and the neo con right is head over heels that we now have a Commander in Chief  willing to show strength. Hannity of Faux News says, as he puffs out his chest, America is Back. We have a sense this may not turn out well for anyone.

U.S. officials said a total 59 tomahawk missiles were launched from destroyers USS Porter and USS Ross in the Mediterranean Sea over a half-hour span beginning at 7:36 p.m. ET on Thursday. The strikes were aimed at the Shayrat Air Base in Syria‘s Homs province, where an aircraft carrying the chemical weapons in Tuesday’s attack is believed to have taken off.

“The intent here wasn’t just to punish; it was deter future use,” retired Vice Adm. Robert Harward, an ABC News contributor and the former deputy commander of U.S. Central Command who turned down the role of national security adviser after Michael Flynn’s resignation, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Friday.

The Shayrat Air Base has been one of Russia’s main airfields in Syria, serving as a forward operating base for Russian attack helicopters to support Assad regime offensives in Homs province amid Syria’s ongoing conflict.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States did not discuss the military strike with Russian President Vladimir Putin or political leadership in Moscow either before or after it occurred. But the U.S. military said it communicated with its Russian counterpart to minimize any chance of Russian causalities, particularly any Russians operating out of the targeted air base.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who blamed Syria’s leader for the chemical weapons attack, said on Thursday night that the airstrikes were in the “vital national security interest” of the United States.

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Economy Continues To Be Strong…

Overall things continue to improve. While presidents have little short-term influence over economic growth the policies and legislation they are responsible for do have a long-term effect. So, thank you President Obama for guiding us out of the worst economic mess since the Great Depression.

Hopefully Trump can oversee a continuation. We’ll have to wait and see.

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Site Rebuild Commenced…

Yesterday, April 4th on my birthday my previous WordPress endeavor got the White Page Of Death. Apparently the servers stopped responding. So after no luck trying to figure it out we decided to go for a new set and a new look. Of course the move away from the free site to this one which we pay a monthly fee has a bit of a different look and we’re still trying to figure it out. One step at a time, baby steps at that!

WordPress also informs that during the set up the site may be unstable for 72 hours,  apparently they are working as well behind the scenes. So maybe it’s best if we take the slow lets take our time approach? Anyway that’s what we’re doing.

Posting for the next several days is very likely going to be spotty and limited at best. Once we get this new fangled look and feel figured out it will be back at the wheel, and, at full throttle.

Later…

Trump Orders Air Strikes In Syria…

Remember back in 2013 when Trump was critical of President Obama with respect to attacks on Syria? If not here’s a reminder.

Trump ordered airstrikes against Syria yesterday. Many are saying Trump is a hypocrite, and that is likely so. However the more important issue is, and yes it is a philosophical and moral position, was the strike justified?

In our view it was not. The only justification for the use of force by one nation against another sovereign nation is in response to an act of aggression. Syria committed no act of aggression against the USA. We make the additional point, it can be argued that when there exists an alliance between nations an attack against one of the allied nations is an attack on all nations party to the alliance.  Neither situation existed when Trump ordered his Syrian airstrikes.

Trump on airstrike…

 

This situation surely presents moral questions, one that in the opinion of many are not easy to answer. You know our view. We would love to hear yours.

Ya Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up…

Checking in on the religious right a bit today and came across this, for the lack of a better word, lunacy.

One can only shudder at the thought of folks like this ever holding the reins of power in this nation.

Hypocrisy runs deep, very deep among the religious right. Hoe they support a thrice married adulterer, misogynist and sexual predator defies all reason.

Craziness has no limits apparently.

When you have the White House lit with the colors of the gay rainbow, that was June 2015, I think that was a low point for a lot of people and it just seemed like every perversion, including this transgender obsession, was just being celebrated; I think God said, ‘enough.

Jan Markell

We know that [Trump’s election] just wasn’t in the natural. This was in the supernatural where God sovereignly, I believe, answered the prayers of believers beseeching him and he’s given us a reprieve. But a reprieve for what? For what? What are we going to do with this? Remember, over 50 years of destruction, destroying the foundations of this country, you don’t just turn that on a dime unless God again intervenes.

Michelle Bachmann

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