Beyond the Cusp

May 18, 2017

McCain Claims Just Like Watergate

 

Arizona Senator John McCain, a man of steel nerves and a proven dedication to those captured with him, making him a genuine hero, is claiming that the series of leftist claims about President Trump, along with the latest “highly classified” information about an ISIS plot to smuggle explosive device within a notebook computer which the President shared with Russia, is now reaching “a point where it’s of Watergate size and scale.” McCain continued at a dinner to receive the International Republican Institute’s Freedom Award, “I think we’ve seen this movie before. The shoes continue to drop, and every couple days there’s a new aspect.” McCain insists that Trump needs to “get it all out.” In comments made to the Daily Beast McCain suggested, “the longer you delay, the longer it’s going to last.”

 

Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah supposed the following about Trump and the Presidency in general, “There isn’t anybody who can run the White House without criticism. This man has been subject to more criticism than any predecessor that I know of. They hate him, they didn’t like the fact that he won, he beat their favorite, it was a remarkable election.”

 

And despite believing that President Trump is capable of handling sensitive information Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated, “It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House.”

 

Judging from the quantity and the level of acrimony in the previous statements, one would have to suspect that either Senator McCain was a founding member of the Never Trump Association in the Republican Party, he is eying another run for the White House in 2020 thus is setting up his campaign against Trump or he may simply be losing it allowing his craving for headlines to get the better of him. The idea that Trump should just get everything out front revealed is a great idea with one slight problem; even Trump does not know what act of his will become the next impeachable offense. He might have steak and eggs for breakfast thus leading to demands he resign due to his insensitivity of the poor who cannot even have steak for Sunday dinner, let alone for breakfast with eggs and all the trimmings. He might be caught not holding the door open for First Lady Melania thus being of insufficient class and upbringing to hold the office or holding the door for First Lady Melania thus being insensitive and insulting, acting as if she needs a man’s assistance thus forcing male dominance and ignoring her capabilities as a mature and self-reliant woman. President Trump cannot lay everything out until the hyperventilating class finds their next breathtaking Trumpism over which to claim the end of the world is nigh as President Trump had now gone around the bend, over the top and well beyond the pale with whatever tomorrow brings. Most of the Republicans simply felt and expressed when pressured that this was just more of #Trumpamania where everything Trump says, does or is reputed to have done is played up WWE style Summerslam coming this Sunday in an arena near you. In a way, it has become so true that many are now able to return to Facebook and the screaming about Trump simply slips past their gaze as they continue down the page looking for kitten and puppy videos or pictures of the grandkids. #Trumpamania has simply become a way of life treated much like one treats shampoo commercials unless they are having a bad hair day and planning on a change. Sure, you read every seventh post just in case President Donald has done anything new and amazingly stupid, we mean beyond his usual amazingly stupid. In a way it is nice to have a different set of people upset with the President as the conservatives were so dowdy and humdrum with their complaint and the liberals can be so over the top excitable that the difference is stark. At least the conservatives after a month mostly calmed down and hunkered down for the duration. Apparently liberals do not hunker down, and most definitely do not calm down and they are so capable of finding extreme malice in the most innocent of actions. Some will likely go ballistic over this claiming we do not take things seriously enough. We knew Trump was not going to be a normative President but were willing to tolerate his idiosyncrasies over having Hillary Clinton continue down the primrose path to oblivion. Of course, we did not vote for either candidate as we live outside the United States and leave American politics to the capable hands of Americans.

 

Apparently there are two completely different types of Americans, or so we have learned, the quiet, oh well, they won and we lost and we will just have to go on with our lives, Americans; and the we lost, really, can’t be, they will pay, there will not be a moment’s peace and our screaming will deny them sleep, how dare they vote against what we want, Americans. They truly are completely different to such a point that they may actually be separate genus of Americans with actual DNA differences. Somebody should look into this, as we may be witness to the first discernable separation of the current Human genome on record here. Science really will be hard pressed for an explanation but something has to be at the bottom of the difference here. They both desired changing who was President but only one group acted as if they could prove anything true in their claims that it meant that their candidate would then be sworn in as President and not the Vice President. If we understand anything about American politics, and we likely do, then there is little chance of reversing the election no matter what one proves unless in a court of law you can prove vote tampering. As far as we have noted, nobody has claimed that there was any vote tampering, just too much information released about Hillary. We figure this article finally deserves our own twist of humor which means it is time for our Donald Trump as a hot-air balloon picture, so here it is, back for a command performance.

 

Trump as Hot Air Balloon

 

We were exonerated as we heard on a newscast that the Russians or Wikileaks, does it matter any longer, hacked the Republicans and found nothing nefarious to report on Trump which the Republicans themselves had not released in their attempts to submarine his candidacy. Here is our theory on this, the reason Trump won the Republican nomination was because the party hated the idea of him as their candidate and thus he had to be the one as they had such poor choices the previous two elections. The Republican voters decided, hey, choosing the candidate they like worked so poorly, let’s try the hated guy, how bad could it be? And they proved correct, it was bad but he did win and that might be the bad part of it. Perhaps they thought it beat losing again and they are now steeled against anything he does, as they knew he was flawed, that was why they chose him. When you support a flawed candidate and they win you expect a little fallout, but the #Trumpamania that has followed this election takes everything to a new level. Who could have expected such a full-blown explosion of rage and temper tantrum. The entire news corps has all turned into screaming two year olds throwing their first hissy fit. It is entirely fascinating. Even many conservative writers are out there picking at Donald Trump, granted their tantrums prove them to be the rank amateurs we always knew they were, they have no idea how to throw a tantrum. Well, we have taken enough of your time; we now return you to your regularly scheduled broadcast of #Trumpamania conquers the media.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

May 30, 2013

Potential Results if Obama Orders Syria as a No-Fly Zone

According to inside the White House officials, President Obama’s White House has asked the Pentagon to draw up plans for a no-fly zone over Syria. The no-fly zone would be enforced by the United States as well as France and Great Britain and other NATO members as the next step in assisting the Syrian rebels against Syrian Dictator Bashir al-Assad. The rebels forces which have presumably been vetted and approved would also receive arms as a part of this new offensive. This was part of the reasoning why Senator John McCain just took an “unscheduled” and “private” trip into Syria to talk with the rebel leaders, the good rebels and not the bad rebels, and get a feeling for level of trust and their needs. There are a few questions which deserve a public debate before such drastic actions are undertaken and perhaps we could start the conversation here.

 

The first item would be to actually enumerate the potential consequences of such an act. We will hear from President Obama as well as Senator McCain and others in his echo chamber how we are allied and have the praise and agreement from the Saudis, Turkey’s leadership, and the members of the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council). We will not hear about the opposition and standing threats which exist and have come from Russia’s President Putin, Hezballah’s Leader Nasrallah and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Russian President Putin has made his position exquisitely clear stating that Russia fully backs Syrian President al-Assad in his measures taken to put down the revolution being carried out against him by terrorist entities and Russia will back him against any outside interference by any groups or nation. Hezballah’s Nasrallah has promised that his organization has global reach and has in place assets that can be utilized against anybody found to be interfering in the fighting in Syria or who try to influence things against Hezballah in Lebanon. The Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has warned that any country which chooses to assist the rebels in their illegal revolution against their ally al-Assad will have their hand and foot cut off on opposing sides, whatever that actually means. Any way you look at these threats, one can be assured that ramification of enforcing a no-fly zone over Syria could very quickly lead to an escalating situation that could very easily get out of control leading to a much greater conflagration than we are presently witnessing.

 

But what are the likely initial and secondary events which would most likely actually follow the placing of a no-fly zone over Syrian airspace and arming the rebels with light and some crew served weapons but not heavy weapons. Some of the response would depend on how the no-fly zone were implemented and enforced. If the rebels were supplied with MANPAD Systems and Stinger Missiles, they would then be capable of providing their own air defenses. This method would allow for a suitable threat to exist on any Syrian air attacks that Bashir al-Assad very well might be very restrictive on his use of his air strike capabilities. This method would allow for only a minimal response from Russia who would likely provide al-Assad with potentially ARMs (anti-radar missiles) with which to counter the new armaments given the rebels thus returning a semblance of balance to the fields of combat. But if President Obama and his allies decide to take the more direct and conventional means of enforcing a no-fly zone over Syrian, this would generate a completely different response all around. The direct method includes initially flying sorties over all Syrian airfields and bases taking out as many aircraft such as helicopters and fighters as can be struck on the ground and bombing the runways to render them unusable. This is followed up by keeping air resources at the ready twenty-four hours a day in order to scramble and take out any aircraft that take to the skies within Syria and attacking those which have threat capability against the rebel forces. This direct approach could lead to some very serious responses. The Russians could deploy the S-300 and S-300M air defense missile systems in Syria and even man them with Russian troops. These are top of the line and very capable systems which could pose a serious threat to any United States or NATO planes sent over Syria. Putin might even go so far as to dispatch Russian fighter jets with Russian pilots to engage the United States and allied aircraft. Russia already has at least one known missile destroyer sitting just off the coast of Syria in addition to the Russian naval base in Tartus, Syria. This is just two of a myriad of responses the Russians could potentially take as a response to a United States applied no-fly zone over Syria, what about Iran and Hezballah?

 

Iran is a completely different story and much more of an unknown enigma. Much of the Iranian weapons capability comes in the form of missiles and rockets. The majority are ground-to-ground types but they also possess capabilities in ground-to-air and both ground-to-ship and ship-to-ship. Their navy consists mostly of fast attack craft armed with ship-to-ship missiles, torpedoes, and automatic cannons or heavy machineguns. The initial threat the Iranians could apply in response would be the closure of the Straits of Hormuz using various anti-ship mines backed up with land-to-sea-missiles already in place along the coastal region, fast attack craft patrolling the waters, longer range missiles stationed inland, and anti-ship artillery placed along the coastal areas. Simultaneously, the Iranians could mount a mass fast attack craft assault on the United States fleet positions with the targeted intent of taking out any aircraft carriers in the area. Such an attack could be coordinated with missile and artillery support from bases throughout Iran as well as anti-ship batteries along the coasts and on the Iranian owned islands in the gulf. Where such an attack may prove suicidal for many of the attacking Iranian ships, the United States would very likely also take some damage with the possibility that such damages could be quite costly and dear. One American warship sunk would likely be more costly than all the Iranian losses in such a confrontation and there would also be the propaganda victory that Iran would claim and would likely be believed and hailed as a sign from Allah across the Muslim World. There is one other unknown about Iran and that is concerning their nuclear program. The Iranians could very well already have a deliverable nuclear weapon, be it an actual twenty kiloton bomb or a smaller yield EMP styled device. Such a weapon might even be deliverable by a missile and could already be in place on a ship off the coasts of the United States or in Venezuela just waiting for the command. This is a potential about which the United States has only rumors and intelligence from satellites and other countries as it is highly doubtful that the United States has any HUMIT placed within Iran.

 

The final piece of the puzzle is an even greater unknown that Iran, that is Hezballah. It is known that Hezballah has infiltrated and is in league with the Mexican drug cartels. What is unknown is how extensive the Hezballah has positioned assets within the United States. The one truth about Hezballah is that until the 9/11 attack by Osama bin Laden, Hezballah had murdered the most American citizens of any terrorist organization. It was Hezballah who blew up the Marine barracks in Lebanon on October 23, 1983. Where Hezballah is not likely to be a significant threat against American military might, they are extremely capable in dispensing terror in a well-planned and systematic manner which would maximize the effects causing the maximum panic. Their style is to use explosions often to kidnap victims and then either hold them for ransom or simply to kill them one by one over an extended period making sure to make each execution as grizzly and horrid as possible while gaining it word-wide publication using both the old media and the internet. Most of the effect of a Hezballah assault would be mental stress, fear, and intimidation. Hezballah does have the capability to use explosive devices of massive effect and has shown the ability to utilize their assets to maximize their impact. A Hezballah assault would be a steady number of attacks likely spread over a prolonged period with varied lengths of time between attacks and seemingly unpredictable locations. Their initial series of attacks would be dispersed and occur in a swarm and they would repeat the use of swarms of attacks in a short period in order to cause trepidation that there would be a series of bombings or attacks to follow any single attack thus maximizing the public’s fears.

 

The main reason not to enter into the Syrian civil war has little to do with the problems that retaliation by Syria, Russia, Hezballah, or Iran might unleash. The reality is there are no good guys on any side in this war. There are no allies of the United States or Europe. We would be backing the least offensive of the sides but they would still be offensive. The other problem would be Bashir al-Assad’s response to the United States imposing a no-fly zone over Syria. Bashir al-Assad would resort to using his missiles of which he has a rather large supply. He would use these missiles against any United States assets in Iraq that were within his range as well as the fleet in the Mediterranean Sea and then also on Jordan, Turkey and of course Israel. Along with al-Assad striking Israel, we could also count on Hezballah unleashing thousands upon tens of thousands of missiles on Israel. The odds are Israel would strike back at Lebanon and leave Syria to Turkey, the United States and NATO. Israel has proven they have no dog in the Syrian civil war. But in Lebanon Israel has interests which simply put is to remove Hezballah from controlling the Lebanese government. There may even be the possibility that Iran may use some of the Iraqi assets and mount an attack on Saudi Arabia while all this was taking up everybody’s attentions. The basic truth is that there is no happy side to entering into the Syrian imbroglio, only heartache and great amounts of loss and pain. This is one fight where the best manner to employ is not to fight. Plan all President Obama wishes but the Congress should be demanding that the United States take a pass on Syria but instead they are egging the President on to engage in this evil and deceptive involvement. Mr. President, Please, just say no.

 

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