Beyond the Cusp

August 22, 2017

Trump Bordering Clueless on the Middle East

 

President Donald Trump is bordering on clueless regarding much of the Middle East and who are the best and who are troublesome. He has occasional bursts of insight and then appears to slide back into oblivion. One of his problems is his advisors are all over the map on their advice and no two are coming from the same objective point. There is one advisor who, while being amongst the loudest, acts as if he were paid by George Soros which, according to his resume, he once was paid by George Soros as have so many as Soros has his fingers in virtually every dark corner in this world, and you don’t get to the positions Tillerson has held without some contacts with undesirables. Still, Tillerson is at the State Department likely because he was the sole friend or acquaintance who was at all willing to enter that snake-pit and war with the vipers and constrictors who squeezed and poisoned the minds of previous Secretaries of State such as John Bolton, Condoleezza Rice, Collin Powell, and probably others all the way back to Timothy Pickering. Tillerson has some contrary views on the Middle East as he is an oil soaked Arabist. As such, he is opposed to Israel, the Kurds an oddly every true friend the United States has in the Middle East. Trust that Israel and the Kurds are more than simply friends for the United States but also barometers of whether she is steering a true path or sailing towards the craggy cliffs of futile endeavors which will steal from her life, blood and treasure and return nothing but rude awakenings when the truth be known.

 

We will leave the Israel part for background and look largely at the coming binding resolution the Kurdish People will be taking in their regions on September 25, 2017, on whether they should secede from Iraq. Their nonbinding resolution on this subject taken a little over a decade ago passed with 99.8% supporting secession declaring their own nation of Kurdistan. We are equally supportive of the establishing of a greater Kurdistan which would be carved almost exclusively from Iraq and Syria (see map below). We would favor this nation having a Right of Return law similar to the Israeli Right of Return for the Jewish People except for Kurdish People to return to their homelands. This would actually be something which honestly is owed the Kurdish People as they were initially promised by the British that they were to be given their homelands after World War I. When oil was found near Kirkuk and King Feisal offered the British rights to the oil fields, the offers made to the Kurds were found to be inconvenient. The British were good at altering their deals with indigenous peoples in order to suit the Arab demands. The Arabs claimed all of the Ottoman lands claiming, as per their Quran, that all lands which were part of the Caliphates and thus also the Ottomans were to remain as Arab lands and were not to be permitted to be allowed for any others. This was also the deal with Israel and in order to prevent the founding of Israel as the Jewish State the British kept paying Arabs to move from Iraq, Jordan, and even Syria and especially Egypt into the areas west of the Jordan River in order to maintain the Arab majority and thus permit refusing to allow the Jews sovereignty. The Jews eventually, after the agreement passed by the General Assembly accepted any deal while the Arabs refused the deal demanding they have all the lands and promising to destroy the Jews by war if necessary. That was the reason for the War of Annihilation against the Jews by at least a half dozen Arab armies and numerous militias starting at dawn of May 15, 1948, the same date when the Jews declared their state. The Kurds were not as fortunate as the Arabs overran their area and they did not have the organizations to resist, something the Jews managed despite losing the areas of Gaza, Judea and Samaria.

 

Our Idea for a Proposed Kurdistan

Our Idea for a Proposed Kurdistan

 

Things have changed and the Kurds now have one of the more proficient military forces in the conflict-savaged areas of Iraq and Syria. The Kurds have proven to have the most effective military forces which stopped the spread of ISIS when they were spreading into Iraq and again as they advanced on northern Syria. What is confusing is, despite the Kurds providing the most reliable fighting force assisting the United States efforts against the Islamic State, President Trump has opposed their intentions for independence. It is known that the State Department also opposes Kurdish independence, as does Secretary of State Tillerson, unsurprisingly. Both the State Department and their boss, Secretary Tillerson, are strongly influenced by their ties and deference to Arab influences. Tillerson is reflexively influenced by Arab desires and influences due to his deep experiences with the oil companies and Exxon-Mobile in particular. The State Department went from being supportive of Arab influences in correlation with their subversion to the Soviet Union and their interests. During this period, there were a number of Arab supporters hired into the State Department and the atmosphere turned against Israel and now against the Kurdish hopes. These influences remain and are continuing to serve interest not of the United States. President Trump claimed he would drain the swamp but thus far, it appears more as if the swamp has begun to drain him as it has others before him.

 

It would be a sad thing should the swamp, which has spread into the areas of Washington D.C. which were originally drained from swamp to make room for the buildings, which comprise the governing conglomerate, should eek its way and permeate the government deeper than Trump is able to drain the morass and its accompanying miasma. Perhaps this was ordained from the start when the decision was made to use reclaimed swamplands for the mall and seat of the Federal Government. Perhaps a little foresight and a better selection of lands, as it might be difficult to build a shining city on a hill if you start in lowlands formerly the habitat of rodents and other creatures of the tidal wetlands of the Potomac River. Just because you name a place Capital Hill, that does not make it into an automatically high place. Perhaps such is the challenge put before the elected officials to take the former swamp and clear it of the current affliction which President Elect Donald Trump claimed was the swamp he would drain. By all current appearance, President Trump may have chosen a task for which he does not posses the requisite skills to accomplish. Perhaps time will prove him capable, but for now, he has yet to get his own Cabinet in order. President Trump has appointed a former military man, a retired Four Star Marine General named John F. Kelly, as his new Chief of Staff who will hopefully find some order and get the members of the Trump team to follow the same script. His first job will be to find a common chord upon which they can all find agreement and work from there to fill out an entire program. Eventually, General Kelly will have to find some means of untangling the Middle East, the area where there appears to be most disagreement and confusion. Within the Cabinet and advisors there are those who support a united Jerusalem under Israeli rule and those who believe that the two state solution will but need the division once again of Jerusalem. Oddly enough, that might be the area of least disagreement. The seeming discordance of views may be the biggest disappointment for Trump supporters and should this not be rectified and set to right with the greatest of urgency, President Trump may find his support vanishing. Already there have appeared cracks in the foundation of the Trump White House and the need for order could not be more obvious. President Trump should Tweet less and instead get his songbirds all tweeting the same tune, or at least from the same operetta.

 

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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.

 

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February 24, 2017

Never Ending Trump Media War

 

The recent press conference where President Trump took an equally adversarial role in his treatment of the media as they have been doing in their waging war upon the President guarantees us fireworks for the next four years. The only question is how much nastier this warfare between the fifth estate and the President will become. Between the President claiming the media is inventing the news and other “fake news” accusations and the media claims that President Trump is a fascist who is overthrowing the Constitution and appointing a Cabinet which will serve only Wall Street and will crush the working man turning employees into indentured servants or worse, slaves; who is stretching the truth more depends on which side you fall. For those without a side in this war it becomes tiresome and detracts from the one essential service the news media is supposed to provide, actual news we can depend upon and actually use. The sooner the media gets past the results of the election, which they thusfar have refused to accept, the sooner they can get back to providing reports on actual events instead of editorials day in and day out on how awful the world is since Donald Trump became the Pretender in the White House. What makes the news war with President Trump all the more distressing is that it feeds the social media war against President Trump.

 

Should one dare tread the pages of Facebook or follow Twitter feeds you are fed a near constant diet of anti-Trump regurgitated articles, links and comments. People with whom you used to have normal relations exchanging pictures of pets, children, families and other mundane events of life and now all they appear to be capable of posting are reposted articles, opinion pieces, links or, if you are fortunate, original editorials on how awful President Trump is and how he is a threat to the world as we know it or how unfair the media war against Trump is and how their recklessness is a threat to freedom and the world as we know it. One can only assume from the evidence, especially if you just arrived from one of the recent planets NASA claims might support life, is that the Earth is teetering on the edge of oblivion. The sorry truth is that if the world actually were teetering on the edge of oblivion we would not know this as the media is too busy with their wall-to-wall get Trump campaign on one side and the defaming the media war on Trump from the other outlets. Where are those old friendly headlines about the newest baby born at the zoo? Speaking of those headlines, my wife and I have had one of our computers on a link watching and waiting for a pregnant giraffe to give birth as our distraction for the day and thus far a whole lot of chewing one’s cud but no calf as of this writing. One takes their distractions where one can find them these days.

 

One may ask whether we voted for President Trump and we can honestly report that we did not, then again we chose to not vote in the American elections as we do not reside in the United States. Who we supported is also of little matter as our preference did not relate to how the person sitting in the White House would serve the American people but rather which would be more advantageous in certain areas of United States foreign policy and foreign relations which should be sufficient to indicate which candidate we had favored, we will not go so far as to say support as we neither voted for nor contributed to the campaign of anyone in the United States election. The only real care we had was that our former Congressman be reelected which we can report that he was and this makes us happy as we have family living in that Congressional District. We can honestly tell that we are not exactly happy that the media and many Americans are so completely obsessed with the result of the election that they refuse to allow everything to return to some semblance of normalcy and simply await the next elections to try and change whatever it is they disapprove of from this past election.

 

This is how the United States political system is supposed to function, you have an election, somebody wins and somebody loses and the losing side works harder the next election and the winning side attempts to fulfill their election promises. That is another item which has us confused. President Trump is doing exactly what he promised his supporters he would do if elected. We understand that it is somewhat unusual that a politician actually fulfills their promises and with such gusto as President Trump has set about doing exactly what he had promised. It may be understandable that if you were against Trump’s platform that his doing as promised would be upsetting to some extent but just because you do not like his performing as promised, this does not make his coming through on campaign promises an impeachable offense. Unfortunately for the Trump impeachment club, President Trump has yet to actually break any laws unless you believe the Russians fixed the election for Trump because he and Putin are as close as bosom buddies can be storyline. That would prove to be an impeachable offense but first it need be proven and even the FBI has stated that there were no Russian interventions on the voting or the election as best as they have been able to find. Of course if you believe that President Trump has somehow corrupted the FBI, then there may be a more serious problem than any of us, including the media which even they have not claimed such, have realized and if you have actual evidence, then perhaps you should contact the FBI immediately. Without any actual proof of Russian interference, then the election stands and as unfortunate as such may be for you, President Trump has yet to commit an impeachable offense.

 

Trump and Putin

Trump and Putin

 

Then there are the claims that because of General Michael Flynn’s resignation as President Trump’s National Security Adviser over Russian contacts and lying to Vice President Pence actually being a criminal offense under the Logan Act, that too has been cleared from having any validity by numerous sources including even some from the Obama administration. The fact that in the two hundred years that the Logan Act has been on the books that there has been one charge, and even that one was not prosecuted, and never a single guilty verdict should indicate the improbability of making any such charge stick. If one were to chase that wisp of smoke then they would also have to bring charges against Hillary Clinton for her early 2016 secretive meeting with the Chinese. WikiLeaks presumably held a Podesta e-mail showing that a former State Department official with close ties to Hillary Clinton met with an ambassador to China attempting to facilitate a secret “off the record” meeting between Clinton and the ambassador to discuss China relations with the United States. What’s good for the gander must also be good for the goose, or something like that.

 

What would be interesting is if the people who really are gunning for President Trump did find a smoking gun and succeeded in forcing him to resign ala Richard Nixon and Vice President Pence being sworn in only to find himself trapped and also needing to resign ala Spiro Agnew and the next in line being sworn in, imagine the schadenfreude felt by many on the left end of the political spectrum when Hillary Clinton is not sworn in but Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan is being sworn into office. This makes the President, from all the efforts to remove Donald Trump and Mike Pence with the aim of placing Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office, the very much more conservative and likely even more hated Paul Ryan sitting in the Oval Office as President of the United States and would indeed be a classic case of schadenfreude. What would the media do at such a point in a possible but unlikely future scenario? Perhaps it might be best to settle down, accept the election results and not seek to eliminate Donald Trump and Mike Pence as that simply results in President Paul Ryan.

 

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