When It Comes To Integrity Trump Has None…

There was a time, before Dotard Trump, that America’s word meant something. Allies knew they could depend on us. They knew we had there back. No Longer. Trump has, with his stable genius, ended all that.

President Trump’s surprise acquiescence to a Turkish incursion into northern Syria this week has shaken American allies, and not just because it was a betrayal of a loyal partner. What alarmed them even more was his sheer unpredictability.

His inconsistent and rapidly shifting positions in the Middle East have injected a new element of chaos into an already volatile region and have left allies guessing where the United States stands and for how long.

Previous American policymakers were clear about their intentions, said Mowaffak al-Rubaie, a former Iraqi national security adviser.

“This guy is all emotional,” he said. “It is unpredictable.”

The uncertainties only compound simmering worries about the durability of the American commitment to the Middle East.

American presidents have been promising for almost 15 years to reduce the country’s presence in the region, unnerving partners like Israel and the Persian Gulf monarchs that rely on American protection. But few American leaders have ever made and disclosed major foreign policy decisions with the speed and seeming improvisation that Mr. Trump does.

No longer merely worried that Washington might withdraw, analysts say many allies are now concerned that this unpredictable commander in chief could bolt for an exit without warning.

His decision to get out of the way of the Turkish incursion was apparently made on the spur of the moment during a phone call with the Turkish president, surprising many of Mr. Trump’s advisers. It opened the door to a fierce Turkish assault on the American-backed militia led by the Syrian Kurds, which was key to the ground battle to retake territory captured by the Islamic State. Attacking the Kurds, in turn, risks an Islamic State comeback.

Thanks DJT. Your services are no longer needed. Perhaps the Ukraine or Turkey might want your extraordinary talents. But really, we doubt it.

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Life Is Just Too Short…

As you’ve no doubt noticed we haven’t posted regularly for some time. It’s not because there are no issues worth expounding on, rather it is because of the chaotic and dysfunctional state of out federal government. The representatives of the PEOPLE of this nation and the POTUS have created and continue to pursue a winner take all strategy. In other words they have created the perpetual zero sum game. We are, have been, and will likely continue to be in a constant state of internal conflict.

Call us wimpy if you like, but, too much time spent analyzing and contemplating what we consider to be absurdity is all together too time consuming, unproductive, and ultimately frustrating. Put another way it’s too damn taxing. There are simply better and more important things to do. Life and its numerous joys are much more important than spending time in constant unchanging loop of absurd nonsense.

We will not say, both sides do it or, both sides are equally responsible  because such a statement is blatantly untrue. Especially over prior twelve plus years. There is a degree of shared responsibility and we leave it to each individual to determine for themselves what that may be.

Fact is most Americans, conservatives, libertarians, liberals, progressives, and social democrats do not want their democratic republic government telling them what they should believe, who they should or should not love, what they can do in the privacy of their homes (violence and abusive behavior exclude),  where they should send their kids to school, who they select as their doctor, and, we are sure, a myriad of other personal issues.

Conservatives and libertarians typically talk about government always having its hands in their pocketbooks and wallets. For them it’s about taking their hard-earned money at the point of a gun. They view the functions of government differently than liberals, progressives, and  democratic socialists who believe the government as a role in society beyond defenses, the courts, and keeping the streets safe. The social conscience of the person on the left tells them those with much out to help those with less. Government is the vehicle they view as the best way to insure this. As opposed to private charities and charitable donations as conservatives and libertarians advocate.

For the independent who sees validity in both positions and recognizes no one wants to be dictated to by their government, the current political environment is maddening, self-destructive, and unnecessary. But, that’s just our independent view.  Now it is time to turn to important things, those things within  our control.