Beyond the Cusp

March 13, 2017

News You Can Use and For You to Abuse

 

News today is written not so much to inform as it is to support your cause or side. We hear claims that the other news sources are using “Fake News” and that the stories they carry are not to be believed. What we do not read is that our side is purported to be putting out “Fake News” simply written to support our narrative. The reason for this is simple, we tend to read news sites which support those ideas and ideals that we believe and ignore news sites which ridicule our innermost thoughts and beliefs. We are all to a large extent guilty of reading only the partisan news sites which echo what we already know and poke at those things of which we disapprove. Think that Planned Parenthood is a wonderful service provider and that the abortions they perform would be done in back alleys with clothes hangers and the number of deaths due to botched abortions would be an abysmal reflection on our society, then you read papers or sources which support the “Woman’s right to choose” and avoid those which do not. On the other side you believe that Planned Parenthood is performing infanticide and is an abortion mill pretending to offer a full range of services you read those articles at sources supporting the position that “Even the unborn have a right to life and are protected and loved by G-d” and avoid those which do not. That is the simple truth for all too many people who literally choose their news such that it pleases them, strokes their pet beliefs and infers that the other side is “all wet” and “contain no facts as we do on your side.”

 

We must confess that even we provide some news which fits this definition as we are self-admitted Zionists and support Israel and what is defined by treaties which many others claim hold no relevance in the world today yet we refuse to retire those treaties which delivered and defined the Mandate System as even the United Nations accepted those definitions in its Charter. The opposite side is obvious; they claim the “Palestinian” Arabs have resided on the lands where Israel stands since long before Jews ever existed. Where the debate is never really held is for their side and ours to sit in a court of International Law and present each side’s argument and proofs and then let reality and law decide the validity of each cause. This will never be allowed to occur as neither side feels assured of victory. Our thoughts on that are that many supporters of the Israeli claims for the Jewish People to posit their claim to the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea suffer timidity and lack faith in their proofs fearing that anti-Semitism would win the day in any tribunal where the Arabs and Europeans present a majority view and place judges to decide cases. The other side fears that the Jewish claims are too well documented to challenge and that their best route to victory is to force through political and societal pressures Israel into signing away sufficient amounts of land which will make Israel indefensible and then finish off the remnant that remains with one swift war sealing their fate. We, of course, will present the promise that a new breed of Zionist leadership is forming in both Jewish Home Party, the Likud Party and new parties or reestablished parties and will soon take their place leading the nation of Israel and then that better day where we assert our Zionist and valid claims to our lands and end the sorry state of affairs we are presented with today. There is your supportive news you can use, provided you are a Zionist, otherwise we just pressed your buttons and you are seeking a news site that supports your side and explains why we are “all wet.”

 

That is the unfortunate reality and also part of why the United States and much of the world have become so partisan and each side is unable to compromise. Both sides believe they have the mandate from the people to lead and impose what they believe is right. Those supportive of the Trump agenda point to the crushing victory he received through the election and the Electoral College. The other side argues that the Electoral College was a system put in place by slave owning white men in order to further their domination over what they believed were inferiors and that the United States needs to go to a modern system where the popular vote wins the President and that as Hillary Clinton won the popular vote she should be President. Both arguments are simple with obvious points which define where each stands. Both sides are mutually exclusive and only one can stand. What is frightening is that both sides are ready and willing to back their position with force if need be and some on either side are ready to confront the others with force immediately. Such a situation is what germinates revolution and not the good variety as whichever side wins such contests in the past have then sealed their rule and sent the others off to be reeducated, which actually should read indoctrinated, submitted or murdered.

 

This was especially validated by the French Revolution where two factions joined forces to overthrow the monarchy and then turned on one another and started using their form of justice, the guillotine on their respective sides until one of them triumphed which led all but directly to the next revolution where Napoleon Bonaparte became Emperor of France and virtually of Europe from Paris to Moscow. The French are on their Fifth Republic established by Charles de Gaulle under the Constitution of the Fifth Republic on October 4, 1958. Then there were the other two revolutions which followed near exact routes and brought the world two of the most lethal, repressive and totalitarian systems of governance since Rome itself turned into a dictatorship after they went through a cataclysmic series of civil strife upon the murder of Julius Caesar which began the series of transitions which led to naming the leader of their dictatorship Caesar as a title. The other two are the German and Russian revolutions.

 

After World War I the Germans were facing a failed government which had lost the war and been ravaged in peace by a treaty which all but guaranteed there would come a next great war. The Germans attempted to install a democracy, the Weimar Republic, which floundered and was ineffective. This led to great need for new leadership which could promise the sun, the moon and the stars. Then German people turned to a great orator with a gift for speaking and making grand promises sound achievable and they allowed this leader near total power which he turned into complete power under his elite guards. The fact is it has been shown that his own party had been the author of those exact acts he promised to thwart and save Germans from. These were his goons and thugs run loose in the streets and his secret core force which started the Reichstag fire. Then he sent a new secretive force into the streets and his new SS murdered much of the SA which were not its commanders who simply were folded into the SS and the Nazis rose to power.

 

Just before World War I there was a revolution in Russia where the Communists and the forces supporting democratic governance joined forces and overthrew the Czar and the privileged ruling elites. Once they had purged the governance, they formed the Russian Provisional Government (Russian: Временное правительство России) which was first led by Prince Georgy Lvov and then by Alexander Kerensky with this government eventually being known as the Kerensky Government despite it being a democracy. This was largely due to this government not even lasting a full year as the Communist Revolution overthrew them and established the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). The first Revolution was named the February Revolution (March outside Russia as their calendar was different) which was followed by the October Revolution or Soviet Revolution.

 

Czarist Russian Flag, Provisional Government Flag 1917 Russian Flag, Soviet Union Flag 1923 Soviet Union Flag, Current Russian Flag

Czarist Russian Flag, Provisional Government Flag
1917 Russian Flag, Soviet Union Flag 1923
Soviet Union Flag, Current Russian Flag

 

History may one day reveal that a similar fate befell the United States after a political upheaval resulting in the election of an unsuitable President, who was illegitimate in the eyes of his opponents, in Donald Trump which led to a coup in which he was overthrown and a socialist democracy was put in place where the popular vote ruled and the Trump core supporters were arrested for treason and sent to reeducation centers where they were kindly reoriented into productive members of the new governance. This core of workers served the ruling elite and never returned to having a vote in elections as they had proven unworthy. Well, that is what the extremes on both sides are reporting and is one of the few universal articles of opinion passed off as news. One side holds this line as there being hope and the other side is warning of a disastrous revolution run initially by the “Deep Government” or “Shadow Government” which were left in place by the previous administration and are the real power in Washington.

 

Sure most readers are claiming that we have simply murdered and butchered their side’s opinions and facts making a mockery of their honest and truthful points and arguments. We confess, yes we did and will continue to ridicule both sides until they decide to work for the benefit of all the people together instead of heading headlong into a civil war. The two opposing sides in the United States today refuse to cooperate and each blames the other for the lack of civility. One side claims that Trump supporters are just like Trump, ignorant, boastful, loudmouth, arrogant imbeciles. The other side claims that the Hillary supporters are just like Ms. Clinton and are aggravating, screeching, obnoxious totalitarian socialist leftists who if permitted power would be worse than Stalin with their reign of terror. The fun thing is that both sides are correct but are pointing to a small minority on the other side which can be used to pump their supporters up to believing they have the moral high-ground and that the other side is full of bullies who are absolutely going to destroy everything worth saving for the future of the nation and that the other side needs medical help with their obsessions. So, you say it is not really that bad and things will calm down given a little more time. Will they now?!

 

With two diametrically opposed views in the nation and a split where both sides claim the other is being aided by forces from outside the country, how can this end well? One side is yelling about Russian collusions to out Hillary with false reports on her record and that she never committed any crime with her e-mail server and was not directly responsible for Benghazi and further they purport that she was instrumental in mounting the effort to get Osama ben Laden. The other side is accusing the disrupting forces at conservative candidates’ town hall meetings as being out of state actors hired in many cases to disrupt and that these are professionals who are paid by George Soros, the bogey man on the other side, and that they are fabricated astro-turf and not a grassroots organized group and thus are breaking the law and need to be kept from destroying the nation. Some are defending Trump not on what he says but by pointing to what he is doing. Here is the one item both sides might actually agree upon; Trump is intentionally baiting people, especially the liberal and leftist media establishment, with his Tweets and that ruse works every time. Where the left are concentrated on everything Trump says or Tweets, along with his two livewires, Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon, the conservatives are more concerned with what Trump actually does and whether or not he is keeping his promises, well, at least those promises of which they approved. These viewpoints will never be capable of meeting in the middle as they have absolutely no overlapping middle on which to meet, and that is a very big problem.

 

Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon

Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon

 

When two sides of a political fight have grown so far apart that there exists no middle ground then the only solution found throughout history has been revolutions. The “Revolution” group will never agree with anything that Trump does or says and will take any opportunity to shout their message and call for storming the ramparts. These extremophiles are geared-up and ready to rumble and would not require much to spark an incident which would lead to riots in the streets across every major city in the country. There would not be much time from such rioting to calls for the military to be utilized to quell the disturbances and restore order. How far the nation is from such an eventuality depends on where you live and which viewpoints you hold dear. If you are a conservative residing in a major city in the north or along either coast or if you are a leftist caught in fly-over country, then you sit amongst a majority population holding opposing view to your own and may not have many friends or acquaintances who share your views. The rare few such friends you do have are just as concerned as are you as to the path the nation is traveling towards. The fact that your everyday experiences place you in constant contact with people who loudly proclaim the merits of something you see as meritless. You feel desperate and fear you are losing your country and may soon find oneself residing in a desperate place. The problem will exacerbate should people begin moving in numbers to places where their views are in the majority and then each side will be residing in an echo-chamber with their beliefs simply amplified and that is a situation where succession becomes a viable option.

 

So let us seek to find a happy place where there is some degree of reconciliation between the two sides. We all know or have read about Republicans agreeing to work with the Democrats on a balanced or centrist series of legislation which might mitigate some differences. One glaring individual in this group is Senator John McCain. The problem with people like Senator McCain and others of his ilk is that they have long played on the left side of the aisle while campaigning at home as a great and strong conservative man of principle. He is rumored to be in possession of a war chest worth billions of dollars in campaign funding which makes his reelection nearly guaranteed as he can outspend any opponent. Many of the Republicans who are offered as potential arbiters for a middle ground are actually more of a false flag group of RINOS who continue to be reelected time after time and have become entrenched and supporting the leftist dreams of more government with government running the lives of its subjects simply because these entrenched politicians honestly believe they are far more intelligent and know what you need better than you know.

 

These people and their counterparts on the right and anybody in political office anywhere and at any level who believes they are better suited for deciding any other individual’s life better than they can do for themselves given the opportunity are a dangerous force. These are the big government progressives and whether they believe government should provide for your care in all things and even dictate a healthy life style for every individual (usually except them and their fellow superior peoples) or they believe it is upon the government to force a moral lifestyle on every American even if that means forcing them to a particular religion or to accept particular set of moral code. Both groups want a huge behemoth of a government with absolute power and they will between them beat out the definition of what makes one a human and then they will enforce exactly that form of body and mind over every person in the nation, the world even given the opening. These are a dangerous sort of people and the saving grace is that they disagree on some very basic principles which means they will eventually have a falling out and will become one another’s opposition.

 

The problem will come when one extreme takes power and believes they must retain power at any cost as allowing the other side to be in power will destroy everything they believe in and will make the nation ungovernable in the future. This is the kind of thinking which leads to a megalomaniac taking over the government, dissolving the Congress and proceeding to rule with a pen and a phone. This is what one side believes their opposition is trying to install right now. The question becomes which side is feeling that way about the other side. Here is the good news, which in reality is bad news, the two opposing sides agree on this point and they both are pointing at the other side as the culprit. The supporters of President Trump even go as far as to quote President Barack Obama having stated, “We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone. And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward…” The other side simply point to the great number of executive orders already signed by President Trump and to his Tweets as his pen and a phone where the Tweets are the new phone for getting out the messages spurring his side into action. And perhaps the problem is we are all looking at this as my side and your side and there is no our side where we all gain something.

 

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February 7, 2017

Israel’s Worst Enemy is Israel

 

Prime Minister Netanyahu is meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May where the two are expected to talk about how they can work together and pursue mutual interests. It is commonly thought that since BREXIT that Britain separating from the European Union (EU) might actually side with Israel on matters which would naturally be opposed by most leaders of the EU membership. Where this might be valid for many members of the British public, one need remember that there is an entire party, one of the larger parties, the Labour Party which has been having a devil of a time with anti-Semitism within its ranks. It comes as little surprise that this was also the part most opposed to BREXIT. We may as well state what many believe from all evidence to be true, the membership nations of the EU largely hate Israel due to their undertow of anti-Semitism, something Europe has never really found a means to get around. Anti-Semitism is pretty rank across the EU and they show it most when it comes to Israel. This is not to claim that such feelings are universal, fortunately they are not. Still, many members and politicians across the EU hold a visceral hatred of all things Israel and by their actions make it appear that their best served interests would lead to the end of Israel once and for all, a seeming cherished outcome. Way back in ancient history when anti-Semitism was better received, 2001 to be exact, French Ambassador to the United Kingdom Daniel Bernard was quoted of having stated during a conversation with Conrad Black of the Daily Telegraph at a private dinner party Black was hosting, “All the current troubles in the world are because of that shitty little country Israel. Why should the world be in danger of World War III because of those people?” He pretty much summed up the feeling of many in Europe then as well as now as the EU and its member nations remain amongst the major contributors to the various Arab agencies working towards the annihilation of Israel. What can we conclude from all of this? We can have fairly low expectations of earth shaking results coming from the meetings between our two Prime Ministers, that is all.

 

Later this month there will be a slightly more important meeting, or at least it could be if and only if Israel is not sabotaged by her own Prime Minister. Israel still appears to be working in the service of those who wish to do her harm. Partly this is a result of the Israeli desire for two items which often appear to be mutually exclusive. The first is the demand that Israel do everything out in the open in the light of day because, as the Talmud teaches, sunshine is the best cleanser of corruption, by dealing in all things openly, Israel avoids conflicts of interest and other pitfalls from government malfeasance. Secondly, Israel wishes to be liked and accepted by the rest of the world, but as this is ever so unlikely, by being open and above board in so many government and private business dealings she opens herself more to criticism than acceptance. One might ask what other government works so hard at being upright and free from backroom dealings and where would even what other nations consider doing business get new elections other than in Israel. It is partly due to this openness that Israel receives regular scorn and the proof is the method by which new residences and office buildings and other such constructions are permitted especially beyond the Green Line. The method consists of announcing the government taking bids, tenders, for the project. Then there come public debate over whose bid is the best for the lowest price. Then there is a second round of this bidding, why we will never know as rarely does it alter who wins the bid. Then there are more hearings where those opposed to such building are given privileged opportunities to state their case, and they are legion and very boisterous. Then the proposed date is publically debated, then announced and then eventually the building starts and it becomes obvious that something is actually being constructed. Everything leading up to the surveying the landscape and breaking ground takes over two years and countless announcements each and every minor step along the way. This leads to Israel being raked over the coals for every building project beyond the Green Line multiple times for over two years before anything solid even takes place on the ground. Most, if not all, of the process could just as openly be conducted in private government operations which would still allow for public review without making formal declarations to the world and give every newspaper the world over the particulars of projects which often never get off the ground or ever become reality. This has been the reality for all too many projects to build anything anywhere in Israel, particularly if the buildings will benefit the Jews and double so if it is on what Mahmoud Abbas will scream is land belonging to his Arab Palestinians, which for your information is anywhere in Israel between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. And once Mahmoud Abbas or any other Palestinian authority (PA) or PLO leadership goes public with an outcry over any single part, or each and every step along the two year plus procedure, the EU and member nations amongst others, often President Obama these past eight years, along with whomever was serving as Secretary of State, would all scold Israel for building on lands which belong to Israel and will remain Israeli until such time as Israel signs any treaty gifting the lands to some other entity. This all but demanding a public flogging at each progression along the winding road to any project has got to come to an end if Israel is ever to be a normal nation, something she seems very proud not to be considered as she acts so above board and carefully in all actions of governance. Such is of course needless agony brought upon herself.

 

That is one point where later this month Israel may catch the biggest break possibly since the San Remo Conference formalized and gave near universal acceptance of the Balfour Declaration and led to the Mandate system which was to become a benefit and a curse for Israel. This break could come in the form of one President Donald Trump who himself also tends to announce everything he does and give it great notice, though for a far different reason. The Donald, as he becomes during such times, likes to boast and be the great pretender, even when he is actually winning, and actively seeks admirations and recognition for all he does and does in such a grand manner. Still, President Trump proved along the campaign trail and its trials and tribulations that he knew how to manage the media such that he got what he wanted out to the people for whom it was meant and worded as he would have stated such, and often had stated such. Learning some pointers on how to gain a positive image while doing that which you desired to accomplish anyway would be a valuable lesson. But President Donald Trump could go a whole lot further, though initially it might appear otherwise.

 

You see, if President Trump begins his meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu with a public press conference, then President Trump could point out that he is expecting to take Prime Minister Netanyahu into private meetings where many demands and other instructions will be identified, delineated and demanded of Israel going forward, especially concerning the “Peace Process,” amongst many other items of mutual interests. Then when the two men are in private, perhaps at an informal two family dinner the two men could retire to a private session, play some mutually preferred music to mask their voices, smoke a good Cuban cigar, made in the United States from old Cuban seeds, have a sifter of brandy and get down to the one thing that President Trump may demand of Israel. That singular thing would be to shut up and get one with ending the stalemate the only way it can possibly end. Oddly enough, by using the traditional method first utilized by Joshua right before he led the Israelites across the Jordan River into the Promised Lands to start what would be the ensuing three to four millennial history of the Jewish People and their land, the solution would resolve today’s problems even more efficiently than it did in Biblical times where it took over a century to complete the conquest of the Promised Lands. The Torah tells us as well as repeating such in later books and writings that the Canaanites were given three options and some took each of these options. The first option was to live amongst the Israelites in peace, obey the seven Noahic Codes for a civil society, and cooperate with Israelite rule and be content to benefit when the Israelites would benefit. The second option was to gather all of your belongings and all the wealth you cared to bring with you which were actually yours and leave to find another land in which to reside and the Israelites would allow you to leave unmolested by them. The final choice was to war with the Israelites and refuse their other offers at which point you would be granted your war and would be erased from all future history. No matter which you chose, the one certainty was that the Israelites would have their Promised Lands and that did come to pass, though it did take a while to fully accomplish. This could be a part of the deal a President Trump would impart to Prime Minister Netanyahu, but there should be more.

 

President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu

President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu

 

Further, President Trump should lay out exactly what he sees as the best alternative for the United States to assist in the solutions to come, and he should stress that things are going to be vastly different and that Israel need take their moves largely from President Trump and his agents. There is a promising deal as well as some links to other proposed solutions which can be found in Ted Belman’s article titled “The Ultimate Alternate Israel-Palestine Solution” which spells out a regional solution which could benefit all honest and true brokers for peace in the region. The deal would require much from the United States in forcing assistance from the United Nations, the EU, most, if not all, the EU member nations, some United States allies in the Middle East such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt as well as Jordan as well as their leaders, and some radical changes with the Arab Palestinians basically being granted the same set of deals as the Israelites gave the Canaanites with a major difference, Israel would contribute fairly and, some might say, in mutual interest, being generous to a fault making relocation appear as the most beneficial of options. Jordan would necessarily become the Arab Palestinian State it was intended to be before the British placed the Hashemites in as the monarchs. Some of the lands where Hashemites and those Bedouins desiring Hashemite rule could be granted their own kingdom, simply smaller and without Arab Palestinians to oppress in the pursuit of continued power. The remaining Arab Palestinians could be offered, as were the Arabs of Eastern Jerusalem, a path over time to full Israeli citizenship or they could become Jordanian citizens residing legally in Israel recognizing Israeli laws as their laws. The particulars could be worked out for the most mutual benefit possible but each would need choose whether they were to be Jordanian or desirous of Israeli citizenship. It should be noted that simply desiring Israeli citizenship would not automatically grant one such status until a number of other elements and conditions were satisfied. As far as Mahmoud Abbas, the upper officers of the PA, the officers and other key personnel from Arab Palestinian Security Forces (which could be referred to seriously as the Arab Palestinian Military) would need to be dealt with largely by the United States who could find a nation which would allow their residence and see to their comfort in their remaining years, preferably an Arab or European State which would be of a welcoming nature. Wherever they are sent, they must have stipulations which would prevent them from once again being connected to terrorism or other illegal acts.

 

There is a group in Jordan known as the Jordan Opposition Coalition (JOC) (الائتلاف الاردني للمعارضة) which has been fighting for the Arab Palestinian rights and simply requires some additional pressures to be brought to manage a solution which would be mutually beneficial for the Jordanian Monarch and the Arab Palestinian desire for secular self-rule. The main obstacles this peace proposal will face is the fact that it actually recognizes the reality that under International Law, by several treaties and conferences and by a Congressional Resolution Israel is the rightful owner of the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. June 30, 1922, a Joint Resolution of both Houses of Congress of the United States unanimously endorsed the “Mandate for Palestine,” confirming the irrevocable right of Jews to settle in Palestine—anywhere between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. Here also is Congressional statements concerning the recognition by the United States after a joint resolution passed both House of Representatives and the Senate which was subsequently signed by President Warren G. Harding on September 21, 1922, the Congress added additional information by attaching from the House of Representatives in the Congressional Record for the 1922 House of Representatives concerning the National Home for the Jewish People whereby on June 30, 1922 House Resolution 360 (Rept. NO. 1172) stating their feelings on the matter and was formally entered into the Congressional Record. These basic articles would give sufficient backing to any plan which President Trump cared to pursue provided it supported Israeli full rights to the lands promised them and finally removing any stigma caused by the illegal nineteen year Jordanian occupation and the British attempts to drown the Jewish State under a sea of immigrant Arabs having far less legitimate claims to the lands in question.

 

Finally, President Trump could insist that from their meeting forward, upon agreement of the Israeli leadership, follow the lead and be seen as walking with President Trump and cooperating with her Middle Eastern neighbors such as Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and whomever else President Trump corrals together making this an inclusive measure receiving support from numerous governments such that it has all the backing necessary to implement the details. President Trump will need to make Prime Minister Netanyahu and the people of Israel one very large promise which must be kept, namely that he will implement this peace in such a manner that the main political and other power structures, hopefully including the Arab League, finally recognizing Israel’s right to existing as the Home of the Jewish People and their ending all belligerent actions against the Jewish State of Israel. The final item would be the repealing by the Arab League of the Khartoum Resolution and especially its “Three No’s; no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with Israel.” This in and of itself would be a major accomplishment for bringing peace and stability to a region sorely in need of such. Israel should be far less of a problem as these nations in the Arab League face threats from Iran as well as in Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Libya, and the Sudan (hopefully this list seems a tad familiar). Should President Trump deliver on such a wide ranging solution forging some credible amount of peace and stability in the Middle East, do not expect any parades, laurel wreaths, write ups in the New York Times or any recognition other than, at best, stunned silence or, at worst, attempts to make a mockery of that which their heroes could not accomplish. Whether any of this comes to pass is unfortunately up to many of us despite how much we may desire such solutions, but the most we can do is pray and write our representatives in Congress and wherever else one may have such. So, for now pray and may these prayers be answered as we wish and our celebrations be true and many.

 

Beyond the Cusp

November 15, 2016

Trump Trial by Fire Revving Up

 

Donald Trump has barely had the votes counted and has yet to even been elected officially into the office by the Electoral College, let alone been sworn in and the tests he will be facing from day-one onward are already manifesting themselves. In a fair and basically sane world an incoming President elect could expect the current administration to work with their transition team and address the most threatening and serious problems in order to maintain a smoother transition of power. That is very unlikely to be what we will be witnessing. President elect Trump can fully expect that in its final two and a half months in office that President Obama and his top cabinet officials and others in his administration will be want to raise a finger to remedy any situation. Instead we can expect inaction at best and complete failure to resist or hold any ground with withdrawals seemingly so poorly planned as to give the appearance of having been routed and lost all nerve to stand to defend any position anywhere. The announced suspension of routine services by the United States Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan in response to increasing terror threats as a “temporary precautionary measure” will set the pattern for the remainder of the time until the Inauguration in late January of 2017. These partial and potential complete closures of embassies, consulates, smaller military instillations and virtually anywhere that American foreign based personnel even hear a loud “Boo!” in the night will simply make hitting the ground running impossible as much of the advanced frameworks will need extensive re-manning and rebuilding before they will even return to normal operations, let alone execute any needed actions.

 

This should be no surprise as it has been the modus operandi of the entire Obama eight years in the Presidency. We witnessed this with the immediate pull down and collapse of everything accomplished in Iraq, the debacle which was Libya, the response when bluff was called by Bashir al-Assad in Syria as well as reactions to Syria generally, the lack of coordination within NATO to the obvious infiltration of Europe and starting in the United States with embedded terror forces included as a fair percentage of the “refugees” allowed to enter in torrents. This resulted in waves of unvetted and unchecked immigrants against any terror watch lists. We saw it as the response to the situation in Benghazi which cost the lives of Ambassador to Libya John Christopher “Chris” Stevens and four others (pictures below) left unaided and alone to fight a hopeless battle holding on desperately waiting for the cavalry to ride over the hill and rescue them, but the cavalry was never even permitted to try. The assault on the Benghazi Consulate and Safe House will be recorded by history as an embarrassment not of Embassy staff or the meager security attachment as Former Navy Seals Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty put up a resistive fight holding a surrounded position under both direct and indirect fire for up to eight hours through the night before succumbing to a withering mortar barrage backed by significant RPG fire coordinated on their position all but destroying the entire structure. Theirs was a herculean and heroic stand which deserved being rescued and given, at a minimum, air support from the Mediterranean Fleet or any of numerous United States military operation throughout Europe. The abandonment of these four individuals was an unconscionable act of pure cowardliness and dereliction of duty on both Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her superior, President Barack Hussein Obama. This will also be the model for any coming security threat, pull out all unessential personnel or even simply flee completely leaving everything behind, even those printouts with a large letter ‘C’ in the top corner classifying the document as sensitive information contained within. There will be no holding of ground between now and the inauguration under the guise, the excuse, of not wishing to establish policies and impose them on the incoming President though that is exactly what they are doing, imposing a policy of tucking tail between legs and scampering away and never fight any day.

 

Ambassador John Christopher Stevens and Information Officer Sean Smith Former Navy Seals Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty

Ambassador John Christopher Stevens and Information Officer Sean Smith
Former Navy Seals Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty

 

Meanwhile, as the enemies and others seeking to make threats and force the hand of the United States into complete routing before even the slightest of offensive gestures will be gaining more and more courage as these cowardly tepid responses at best and flight responses at worst become more and more evident as an actual policy. This will place incoming President Trump in a tighter spot than was necessary, but that is the whole idea. When your rules of engagement (ROE) read something along the lines of when facing any threat to security or personnel, at all costs do not discharge weapons as this may provoke a situation. The proper response is to hastily pack your personal belongings and any pictures adorning your cubicle or office, grab your awards and then make all haste to departing vehicles and depart. Those with weapons and charged to guard the building and personnel should depart last as once the people have left the building, why guard the building. Any classified State Department documents inside have likely already been pilfered from selected computer systems within the State Department which were cracked way back during a previous Secretary of State whose computers in her basement or wherever fed on the darkest recesses of the State Department and who knows where else, the White House, Pentagon, Joint Chiefs of Staff and even NORAD central command. Whatever was left behind is not worth defending as it is only information which has reached around the world twice over after being hacked. The new mission statement for overseas personnel is please do not make waves or cause a need for anybody to make a stand or protect anything as if it has value, just stay out of the way and maybe the President will get out of Washington D.C. without any further legacy, oh, wait, we mean damage, not necessarily legacy, that would have been mean spirited and we are supposed to be magnanimous because, hey, anybody remember why we’re supposed to be magnanimous? Well, somebody suggested we be nicer from now on and we promised, well, promised absolutely nothing of the kind, we will remain the mean-spirited skeptics we’ve always been. As the saying goes, “It’s worked this far, why change now?”

 

These actions of retreat first will collectively be one item which will have a definite and hard-hitting effect on the incoming administration as well as on President Trump. Hopefully the damage can be mitigated and a reversal can be implemented. Such a policy directive on day one or two can prevent further damage and should Trump manage to have any input before being sworn in, this should be high on the priority list as it will parallel with his intent to restore military funding and strengthen American forces making them more readily deployed. Trump would be advised to have ready to submit to the Senate an entire list of Ambassadors, chiefs of operations where the position is an appointee, any changes to the General Staff and other high ranking military positions, placement of ranking and overseeing staff for intelligence gathering and making the President’s daily briefings and all the major cabinet and other positions such as Attorney General. President Trump should also announce the name of the person to fill the Supreme Court vacancy caused by the unfortunate and untimely passing of Antonin Scalia and pass it along to the Senate. These items need to be a top priority and Trump needs to find where to strike the balance between established political entities and bringing in people from the private sector in order to make the changes promised and run the government as a profit making entity as far as productivity and strict budgeting. Granted, we understand that President Trump is somewhat stuck with the budget as it has already been laid out and approved but that does not mean that this is a completed job. Just sticking to the budget as written will be sufficient challenge. That said, President Trump’s first major hurdle where the bar could be raised higher than desired will be the next yearly budget and though it is not necessary to get approval until the fall, starting to propose and work with Congress as soon as possible will pay off in that the excessive lead time will permit using the secret weapon possessed by this administration, the people who voted for change.

 

Donald Trump’s Presidency may require utilizing the public pressure method of pressing Congress to ally with the President’s efforts. President Trump might consider making prime time (6:00 PM on the West Coast) addresses to the nation every three weeks or even more frequently and lay out his plans on what need be accomplished in the ensuing period. A President Trump should announce appointments he feels are necessary and explain who and what each appointee brings to the table. Such announcements will work best for those people Trump can convince to take the bite of a huge drop of income and placing their investments with a trusted investment agent who manages their financial affairs while they serve the people and the President. These actual civilians who are not beholden to any party or lobbying groups will be the greatest tool that Trump will be able to pursue and we hope he succeeds in getting those people he most desires and trusts. Vice President elect Mike Pence is going to be an indispensable assistant and advisor on who from amongst the political community can be trusted to perform in a position serving to cut waste and trim the budget with skill and ample enthusiasm. People brought from the business world already understand the idea of getting the most possible for the least treasure spent, allocated rather than the spend as much as possible so we can demand even more next year in order to finally take a stab at last year’s set goals. Trimming the government does not mean less services for the population, it means doing more with fewer employees and having only one team of four people to present a simple report instead of eight teams of five people and a committee to hear all the proposals and choose which three get to spend yet another year working on the project before the final team is selected and then set off to start from the beginning because objectives changed over the two and a half years it took to get this far. That is much of the current system which produces some of the greatest boondoggles known to mankind; oh, sorry, not mankind, peoplehood, that’s the word from the newspeak dictionary of double-plus good and approved words.

 

There is one set of events which are seldom talked of but which can break a President and fill them with such dread that they are reduced to inaction. These are the briefings from Military Intelligence, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Joint Chiefs of Staff and an alphabet soup of agencies and departments we have and never will hear about that exist in the darkest crevices of the world and country. An incoming President earns one-third of their grey hairs on these first days and the briefings they receive. A few weeks or even months the President will awaken sweat pouring off his body, eyes fluttering, breathing hard and unable to speak immediately. Once relatively composed he tells his wife to go back to sleep, it’s nothing and then goes to his study in the White House and grabs the secure phone and sets up meetings for 6 A.M. and everybody better be there and be sharp. Then the President will demand an update on what was first discussed right during that first week where everything was a whirlwind and the memories are blurred some. The President will know it is important when Generals and other advisors are made to leave the briefing due to not having ample clearances. These are the briefings we the people will never learn about but are behind a rare few of the conspiracy, world is about to end, martial law is coming lunatic fringe stories. That’s right, there are little grains of truth the size of a grain of sand within that gallon can of end of the world stories. The secret is finding that little grain and combining it with other grains of sand plucked from an hourglass, just one grain, and from a sandbox around the corner, another single grain and then there are many along the beach, the trick is knowing which grain and where it fits in the great sculpture which nobody has ever viewed the entirety all at once. There are those working on the knee joint, another on the big toe and yet another the parting of the hair but all except three never see beyond where their piece is to fit, the three seeing it all are the appointed head of the agency, the head of the entire project and the President, and the President gets to see most of these programs and their designs and this is what ages them, knowing exactly how close the world is to falling beyond the cusp and into the chasm of oblivion. Such knowledge and then watching the insane dancing with nuclear weapon of Kim Jong-Un, the North Korean Dictator and Supreme Leader; the bombastic proclamations for the destruction of America and death of Zionism by the Supreme Leader, Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei of Iran (what is it with this ‘Supreme Leader’ titles?); the madness of island building and militarily arming them to the teeth by Chinese President and an up and coming choice for Paramount Leader (they stress this term should not be translated incorrectly as Supreme Leader, whew, that’s a relief, not!) Xi Jinping, and Bashir al-Assad and Islamic State and Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (isn’t Caliph kind of like supreme leader?) or Putin or who knows who or what else as for all we know there might also be the Supreme Leader Gnodsnarkch who rules the Seven Planets and Three Systems of the Lizard Elites Empire who are negotiating with the leaders, all the other Supreme Leaders of Earth and we expect Presidents not to completely lose it from time to time. The only thing I can think to add is to pat Donald Trump on the shoulder and state, “You’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din!”
full poem Gunga Din by Rudyard Kipling.

 

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

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