Beyond the Cusp

May 17, 2017

The Media that Cried Wolf Too Many Times

 

The latest Trumpism is from the Washington Post, which unfortunately makes one suspect from the start, is that President Trump divulged intelligence secrets with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov. The White House reply was that no intelligence gathering information or military plans, which were not already public knowledge or sensitive data not already known to both parties, were revealed. Who to believe and who has the right to final arbiter in this case? Well, allow us some explanation about so-called secret information and discussions including such with foreign dignitaries. First item is that many secret and higher classifications are determined by the Executive Branch and as such, their classifications can change. So, the basic fact is that secret information, the absolute lowest level right there alongside sensitive information, the latter oft times more damaging than actual secret information, can be reclassified even on the fly if the situation calls for such reclassification. That means that the White House can reclassify information allowing for sharing of information with the appropriate people, even from Russia, and can cause a reclassification of such information. When the White House has reclassified certain information, such a release will have predictable ramifications and send expected ripples through certain circles. For this reason, after any such reclassification, it becomes necessary to inform people in the intelligence communities, such as the CIA and NSA, so that filters and listening departments can have their directives altered appropriately.

 

What all this means is that unless information is too deep into the secretive layers, Top Secret or higher classification, it can be divulged as long as the gathering techniques remain undisclosed and the appropriate agencies are to be notified at the earliest convenience. These rules would explain the calling of the CIA and NSA by Administration personnel who handle such information and the trail of information and other pertinent implications. Any observational information is often granted secret classification as it waits being scrutinized and its final classification can be determined. There are many in the White House who can grant such information its final recommended level thus often making such secret information into unclassified information. The National Security Advisor, the CIA Chief, Secretary of Defense, and, believe it or not, the President of the United States can make such classifications even on the fly as necessitated. So President Trump disclosed information whose classification he can determine and give a lower classification completely upon his own determination. Under these rules, the President did no wrong and the immediate calls to the CIA and NSA were required once the final classification or reclassifications were issued by the President such that these agencies would not be blindsided by the release of information. Often it is the technique by which such information was acquired that is sensitive and not so much the data itself. There is so much more than the Washington Post reported at play here and because of powers vested in the White House, there was likely nothing more serious than a slight breach in protocols, nothing more. But in the current heated contesting of the legitimacy of the unapproved to be in the White House, their getting an untested drink of water would be blown up into an international scandal.

 

The fevered hyperventilation of the extreme left, which has hijacked the media and many in the political left of the spectrum, proves to be like crying wolf every day, twice a day, just to gain attention and keep the pressure up on the administration hopefully until the Administration is so tied in knots that it becomes impossible to accomplish anything for fear of media second guessing. That has become the atmosphere this Administration is being forced to operate from and in order to make gains they are forced to perform simple tasks which the former Administration performed without even the slightest of doubts being expressed by the media are no longer being tolerated. These normative activities have now become the basics for making impeachment hearings necessary and people’s heads on poles. This is unnatural and makes for a poisonous atmosphere under which every last move is examined from all possible angles seeking the worst one in which to report any act making a walk around the Rose Garden the equivalence to a declaration of war against the decencies set forth by the fourth estate and their cohorts across the leftmost edge of the political spectrum. Lastly, on issues such as anti-terror operations and limiting the effectiveness of the Islamic State, the Russians are our allies and as working allies addressing a shared problem they often would have the right to certain observations and other information about these shared enemies such that the United States and Russian forces do not end up in the same place at the same time giving each away when both are there addressing the same evil. Sharing information is how setting the Islamic State and other ideas of a fair settlement of questions still waiting for information are moved along. This makes the earth-shattering news reported by the Washington Post to belong in the trash, as are many of their opinion pieces, which was largely expanded to include too many front-page stories.

 

Earth as ISIS soft Target Bullseye

 

It becomes a problem when headlines in all too many newspapers have taken to resorting to attacks upon the President because it is what is expected from them. Almost every news-cycle there appears to be yet another scandal emanating from the President or at least one from the White House inner and most confidential staff, which of course warrants the impeachment of the President. One has to wonder what these peopled expect would happen should their wildest dreams come true and they successfully impeach President Trump. All such would accomplish is the placing of Vice President Pence into the White House and not Hillary Clinton. Truth be told, anything short of a revolution would be incapable of placing Hillary Clinton in the White House any time before 2020. Even in 2020 it would require Hillary Clinton to prevail against an even stronger President Trump, she would need to defeat him in a Presidential Election. At this current juncture, President Trump would be even more formidable and more difficult to defeat in his current level of popularity. Otherwise, there is no means of replacing President Trump with a Democrat of any stripe before the next elections. Invalidating the Trump election would set a dangerous precedent under which all future Presidents would necessarily fall, and such restrictions might make cooperation with other powers, with allies. Sometimes where dissemination of information is required, some items may require a reevaluation before being restored as secret or placed in the more general classification, potentially having all secrets revealed to the world.

 

The information, which was disclosed, appears to have been one of the aforementioned classified secret waiting for final evaluation by probably the State Department. Fortunately, the White House can also determine the level of secrecy was involved in this instance. That means they had every opportunity to pass a bill making such information a higher classification, which would even forbid many Congressional members from being able to read the contents without a minder familiar with the information looking over your shoulder and advising you of your options. The United States systems of government would necessarily slow and grind ever more relentlessly to a complete halt. Nothing could ever be accomplished simply because almost every iota, every scintilla of information gathered outside Congress would not be permitted review until its final determination was completed and the level of secrecy calculated. By having their secrecy calculated, we would be referring to the current rules regarding document classifications and its application to have them addressed in a timely manner. Still, such hindrances must be weighed against the potential for harm or for miscalculations being made to permit such information be used by allies in the War of Terror who may have lives depending on this. Allies come in all shapes and sizes and include the Russians when it comes to the Islamic State. That was the why President Trump revealed the information in question. Given a choice, the President decided that divulging this information would permit the Russians to perform towards the Islamic State in a positive and policy affirmative manner supporting the American aims for the destruction of the Islamic State forces and ideology. Weighing this desired end against all else, it made sense for this information to be shared in a timely manner and that is what the President did with the full knowledge of the correct individuals from his Cabinet assisting on this decision. They then notified the relevant agencies as required but this will never satisfy the get Trump out at any cost forces.

 

The entire reason behind these accusations is finally find one that sticks. The leftists and their minions are going to continue to holler about one thing after another until they wear down the sane opposition and they get their one or two or ten special investigations with a couple actually garnering some traction. Then they plan on wrapping President Trump so tightly, by whatever scandal they find gained traction such that everything he attempts is stifled and prevented from coming to fruition because it can be claimed that until the investigation is complete he must not be allowed to pursue any agenda. This is the end result desired, a President so hounded that he gives up attempting to do anything starting with draining the swamp. Nobody is quite sure what draining the swamp might entail and what skeletons will rise from the swamp. Fear of things becoming known or seen as the swamp drains has both sides of the aisle nervous with the left in full panic. Their panic is because they do know what some of the things that would be revealed by draining the swamp and are very worried about these items seeing the light of day. They are like frightened vampires who cannot be taken out into the noon or afternoon sun or they may explode. The entire concept behind these investigations and the desire for one to gain traction was made evident when one leftist spoke truthfully the other day demanding that whatever special prosecutor they might finally expect to entertain, that the investigations should be prepared to continue for four to eight years. Funny they should pick such numbers, four or eight years, exactly the length of one term or possibly two terns just in case they are unable to bring Trump low and make him to heel like a good puppy doing absolutely nothing the entirety he is in office be that four or eight years, we can tie him up answering investigations for that long. This is the great idea from the left, hogtie the President and intertwine as many cabinet posts into their web snaring them also for the entire length of the Presidential term, be it four years or a full on eight years. That one message spoken by a Democrat calling for a variable length investigation which could last merely four years and then declare they found no wrong but if Donald Trump gets reelected the special prosecutor could then fill another four years with stifling every effort made by any in the Administration, especially anything involving the top appointments. So, my friends, the most basic level, the screaming will continue until another progressive leftist is ensconced in the White House to finish what President Obama started, the conversion of the United States into European Union II. Once that has been accomplished, then the deconstruction of the United States as a world power can commence earnestly and never again will Americans be considered anything other than the new Europeans and the cowboy will be forever vanquished. They are planning nothing short than the death of American Exceptionalism once and for all. The question is will America allow the systematic deconstruction of everything they once stood for? We fear that they just might, but hoping we are wrong and they do fight and rage against the dying of the light.

 

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December 5, 2016

So Trump Took a Call from a Woman, Big Deal

 

President Elect Trump has been being roasted for taking a phone call from a woman, a Chinese woman, an important Chinese Woman, an Important Chinese woman who happens to be Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. The Mainland Chinese (some still refer to them as Red China, imagine that) Dictator’s underlings Foreign Minister Wang Yi and another Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang went on the record demanding that President elect Trump recommit to the One-China Policy. Wow, are they overly-sensitive or just really insecure and jumpy? He exchanged congratulations with another recently elected President of a nation which the United States forsook in exchange for their one-billion-three-hundred-eighty-one-million give-or-take a few million potential customers and inexpensive workers over the paltry twenty-three-and-a-half-million potential customers and more expensive workers. Red China (see above, we’re troglodytes and use old terms) need not worry, their place as the main supplier for WalMart is secure. Some people really get bent out of shape jealous if you talk to their rival suspecting you don’t love them anymore. Don’t worry Red China, or with their new capitalism is it now Pink China, America never really loved you in the first place, it just made economic sense to pretend America threw our friends in Taiwan overboard. Wait until America sends them more arms and you really go bat-crazy on us for selling arms to one of your claimed provinces. What, you don’t want your provinces armed or just this province? Get serious and maybe America will as well.

 

Let’s get honest here. If you asked the man on the street in any major city which nation the United States recognizes and has relations with and made them choose between Taiwan (and you explained that was also called Formosa and was often called free China) or Mainland China (and informed them it was also Communist China and previously called Red China) the total would overwhelmingly choose Taiwan. That is who the American people desire as their friend, until they would find out things in WalMart would have their prices rise, then they would pick Red China, oops, sorry, Mainland China. The Americans know who their real friends are and who assists North Korea with their nuclear program and thus assist Iran with their nuclear program. They are not the ignorant rubes you have been told they are; they just are mostly hard working and need to worry more about feeding their families, clothing their families and keeping a roof over the heads of their families and do not really have tons of time to keep up on foreign affairs. Anyway, if they know any history, then they know that should a war break out, then one really decides who they side with and who is required to put down the infinitely worst enemy which may or may not require siding with a lesser current enemy. When that war is over, we can go back to disliking whomever we choose and this applies to all nations. Israel would even side with Saudi Arabia and Egypt against Iran and there is nobody we can think of at the moment which would have us ally with Iran, they count as worst enemy. Not to worry, that was not exactly a secret.

 

Back to Mainland China and getting serious. The United States remade their bed in the Far East all the way back in 1979 and tossed Taiwan to the seven winds of fate and allied officially with Mainland China in order to actually recognize them in the Security Council of the United Nations and allow for formal trade relations and a billion other things; they are called potential customers and the makings of a very large military force if necessary, also called the Chinese people. Still, every decade or so the United States takes a risk and modernizes the Taiwanese military with a large weapons deal and Mainland China goes ballistic and whoever is the President grovels for a while promising that he will never allow such a deal again. That President keeps his word but that word does not apply to the following Presidents. We suspect that there will probably be one of these explosions should Donald Trump be reelected as such deals are most often executed during second terms so as to minimize the damage to reelection chances. It looks bad when your opponent can label you a treaty breaker and unreliable and all those nasty things and actually have proof in the form of Mainland China. Then again, Donald Trump has not exactly been a by the book kind of guy though many of his cabinet picks have been from the right wing conservative branch of the Republican Party, that might be a twig that far out on the right wing when you get to Retired Marine General James “Mad Dog” Mattis for your Secretary of Defense, a choice we heartily love and approve.

 

The flap over the phone call was very similar in the mainstream media as it was to the choice of General James “Mad Dog” Mattis for your Secretary of Defense. Retired Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor will likely continue to ruffle the feathers of the snowflakes reporting for NPR and the self-proclaimed objective media. I mean two former military men, what is Trump planning for, a war, an invasion, against whom? Well, the far left would be our guess as it appears they are gearing up for the long war, may it last twenty years as that is what is required to restore from the damage done since the assuming of the Presidency by Lyndon Baines Johnson after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Reagan checked the damage temporarily but with a Republican Congress, if the leadership can get their acts together, Trump can make real gains in restoring sanity and deregulating small businesses which get caught in the regulations battle the government claims to be using to check the “Big Guys.” The aims of these regulations almost always are skirted by the “Big Guys” and squarely smack the small businessman when he tries to progress and build his business. For far too long the government has actually been in the business of making sure the wealthy remain wealthy with no taxes or levies against wealth but with tons of taxes and other fees and regulations to prevent anybody else becoming wealthy and challenging the existing moneyed interests. Sure there are exceptions, but that is the problem, there are exceptions and it is not the normal flow for the little guy to make it big. We can hope Trump is different but that remains to be seen.

 

Uncle Donald Wants You

 

Reince Priebus is one choice which should be about as milquetoast and scrambled eggs as one can get. He will make the smallest ripples but does know how the Republican machine works, though many might claim the machine malfunctions more than running smoothly. Reince Priebus is one person who could quietly still get what Trump needs going and is far less controversial than say Newt Gingrich who would have been another good choice to get results but at what costs. Stephen Bannon is another choice which the media will blast as being bigoted and troublesome but he is no paleo-conservative and is more the middle of the road conservative with good monitoring for the mood of Congress and world affairs and should be an asset. The claims against Jeff Sessions and the regurgitating of his lynching by a Democrat Congress which also gave us the expression of somebody being Borked after the treatment which culminated on the rejection of Judge Robert Bork for a Supreme Court nomination where innuendo and snide commentary proved enough to slur the good name of a competent and righteous juror who would have been an asset and great Supreme Court Judge and would likely have been nominated to be Chief Justice instead of Roberts had he been on the court. His loss and the lynching of Jeff Sessions will be recorded as stains on the reputation of the members of that Congress who performed their positions in the Senate as more a lynch mob than an approval and validating body.

 

Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, and David Patraeus have all been names floated for Secretary of State. David Patraeus should not be a viable choice despite his qualifications and proven work ethic but it is his ethics which failed as he shared classified information with a person not cleared to receive such privilege. That was just as wrong as Hillary Clinton’s transgressions even if to a much lesser degree and he served his time and lost his position and should remain that way at the very least at this time. Perhaps in a second term but not up front. As far as between Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani it comes down to what attitude does Donald Trump prefer to be the face of the United States? He has already made one choice in such a position with Nikki Haley as the United Nations Ambassador where her straight forward style will be refreshing and her professionalism a statement to the world that the United States takes reasoned and solid stances and represents exactly what they claim to be. Rudy Giuliani would be a similar, if not more vocal and sharply stated, style appointee and would make for a great compliment to Nikki Haley with both being out front kind of people and shy wallflowers. Mitt Romney, on the other hand, is a quiet, professional choice who would be a good negotiator though very unlikely to be brash or grating. His style is grace and competence will win the day as long as one remain steadfast and steady on the path and refuses quietly but still forcefully to stand their ground. The main problem with Mitt Romney is he screams Republican political tool and would offend many Trump supporters which is why he will be the media favorite.

 

Other choices, include Steven Mnuchin for Secretary of the Treasury who was chosen from the media film and Wall Street business world. Wilbur Ross for Commerce Secretary comes from a venture investment capitalist background where he rescued failing companies often making them profitable. Such work does not make one popular, especially if you are successful as often one is required to step on more than a few toes and restructure companies releasing sometimes most of a workforce. He will be interesting to monitor. Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation will make an excellent choice. Not only a woman but a minority woman with impeccable abilities and great loyalty to those she works with. She was Secretary of Labor under George W. Bush for eight years, making her the only cabinet member to serve his entire term. Mike Pompeo for Director of the CIA is an Army veteran who spent years as a businessman before entering politics, now in Congress, voted as a Tea Party candidate from Kansas, and sits on the House Intelligence Committee which gives him the necessary experience factor. Still to cover are Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services and Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education; both of which have the needed qualifications but are really lesser known Republican Party regulars and should prove efficient in calming any jitters from the Party elites. Will the elites of the Republican Party be mollified? Not likely, but they will have less than they expected to use as pry bars when speaking to the media, and that will be an asset in and of itself. In all too many ways, the detractors of Donald Trump and his performance as President are jumping the gun slightly as he has not taken office or even cleared the Elector College which meets to vote later this month. The actions of some Republican Party elites, many in the media and now Mainland (Red) China are all very similar in that they grab ahold of a single incident, a particular appointee or any other item even as small as a tweet and just sink their teeth in and, like a bulldog, refuse to release and will remain attached in attack mode even if it kills their credibility because they are serving the cause. What cause? Don’t ask us, ask them. They probably believe they are serving some purpose saving the party, nation, free world or even the planet, possibly the solar system; and this drives them right over the edge, we would say beyond the cusp, but whatever edge they are running off, it is not here.

 

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