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Businessman, past Mayor in a California City with experience serving on several County, State and Federal commissions and boards. Spent much of my career in production Agriculture in California and Arizona. Worked 8 years in the Middle East and North Africa developing Agribusiness projects that included production agriculture, food manufacturing, dairy development, and livestock production. Worked for a Fortune 500 Size Western Poultry processing company coordinating business development and systems architecture. Ex-Professional baseball player back in the dark ages. Co-founder of several business including software development for several markets but focused on the Food Industry. Goldwater/Reagan Conservative and a strict Constitutional constructionist. Hopefully any criticisms of the government or government offices will be based on the same value system.

Trump Manipulates the Media Again and Puts the “Squad” Front and Center in Democrat Party!

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President “D” did it again!  He tweaked the Media and the Leftist Democrats into bringing the Squad back to the forefront of the Democrat Party and totally obliterated any coverage of the weak primary candidates.  He also took the wind out of Pelosi’s gun control sails!  There is no doubt that the old line leadership of the Democrat Party is feckless in dealing with the President and their own radical members of Congress!

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This latest misdirection involved the two radical, Pro-Palestinian, Anti-Semitic members, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar.  They shunned the Pelosi led delegation to the Middle East then tried to visit Israel on their own.  Their efforts were aided and abetted by Pro-Palestinian, Anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against the State of Israel) radical groups who seek to eliminate Israel as a State and replace it with a Palestinian State.  Tlaib actually said she wanted to visit “Palestine” rather than recognize the existence of the State of Israel. 

Trump supported Israel denying them entrance into Israel as they were intent on using the trip to promote BDS and Palestine as the one State solution with the elimination of the Israeli State.  Israel rightly denied them entrance.  Tlaib later request a humanitarian visa to allow her to visit her Palestinian grandmother.  Israel granted her this accommodation then Tlaib rejected the offer blaming Israel for forcing her to not visit her grandmother as she would have to basically keep her mouth shut while in Israel.  

Of course, the left-wing media and the out-maneuvered Democrat leadership blamed Trump and Israel for denying this poor girl the right to visit her aged grandmother.  But, it was Tlaib’s choice to opt out of the visit.  The President continued to rub salt in Tlaib’s wounded ego by ending one tweet with the statement, “The only real winner here is Tlaib’s grandmother,  She doesn’t have to see her now!

What happened to Pelosi and Schumer’s gun control push?   What happened to the Democrat Primary and their media coverage?  What happened to the Media drumbeat promoting that the US was most certain to go into a recession?  TRUMP HAPPENED!  He used the squad again to completely make Pelosi and Schumer irreverent; made the media chase the new shiny object of Trump colluding with Israel to deny a member of Congress entrance into Israel; he used the news about the squad to completely overshadow Democrat leadership and raised serious questions regarding the actual strength of the Democrat leadership!

The funny thing is that the President doesn’t even have to break a sweat to dominate the news cycle.  The left will ultimately shoot themselves in the foot and he is standing by to help them reload!

The only left-wing winner last week was Fredo Cuomo as this dust-up took the spotlight away from his idiotic rant!

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RD Pierini

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Trump China Tariff Policy-Win-Win for the US!

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Watching the pundits and supposed political/business “experts” on TV would be comical if the stakes were not so high in the current US/China trade issues.  I would suggest to those TV talking heads that they should read Trump’s past books in order to “get it” and understand what Trump’s play is in this “trade war”.

Trump has two primary and simple objectives:

  • To rebalance our trade with China and eliminate the $500 billion trade deficit with China.
  • To eliminate the intellectual property theft by China from US companies doing business in China.

That’s it!  But, what is his strategy?  His tweets are confusing!  He seems to be jumping around with what he wants out of China from day to day.

Pay careful attention.   Here is the Win-Win:

  • Trump wins if China NEVER agrees to a trade deal!  Really?  Yep.  How?  Well, the US will collect about $100 billion per year in tariffs even if Trump does not raise them any higher.  That will reduce our trade deficit to $400 billion by itself (20% reduction).  During the ensuing months, US companies will have to find other countries, including the US, to produce their products.  This is the “revamping of the supply chain” that you hear about.  China will continue to lose manufacturing businesses to other countries and the US consumer will not see any significant price increases.  (July consumer price index rise was well below the FED inflation target!)  Why, because, until those companies leave China, China will have to keep devaluing their currency, negating the impact of our tariffs, as well as keep subsidizing its companies in order for them to compete with the tariff penalty.  China has to pay for the tariffs or risk losing manufacturing business even faster!  IF China continues to stonewall the negotiations, in time they will lose our business to other nations who are not subject to our tariffs.  Further, since our companies are leaving China, no further intellectual property theft will take place.  But the biggest prize Trump is seeking IS THE WEAKENING OF CHINA AND A WEAKENING OF THEIR MILITARIZATION POLICIES.  Without US trade, China’s cash flow will dwindle and they will be forced to reduce military spending just to keep their domestic base happy.
  • Trump Wins If China Agrees to a Trade Deal!  Trump will not back down on rebalancing our trade and eliminate our trade deficit with China as well as stopping China’s theft of our intellectual property.  He has no need to negotiate these away as he benefits that longer this drags on.  The only risk he is running is whether inflation, based on price increases due to his tariffs, starts hitting our consumers.  But, Trump is keeping pressure on oil producing nations to keep gas prices down (1 cent at the pump puts $1 billion back into our consumer’s pockets), all the while using the tariff income to subsidize our industries who may be suffering from China backing out of purchasing US goods. 

Trump is also betting that he has a second term as this trade war may not end, either way, during a single term.  China thinks that it has nothing to lose by waiting Trump out in the hopes that he is defeated in November of 2020.  Think again.  Trump will win again and at that point he will NOT need China to sign the deal.  He can merely wait them out until all of our companies have revamped their supply chains and abandon China altogether…  Then, Trump also wins the “cold war” with China in terms of its military build-up. 

Trump is already warning US companies to stop putting all of their eggs in China’s basket.  Apple is probably the most vulnerable as it relies almost 100% on China to product its products.  This would be a bad strategy regardless of the tariff war.  To give China that kind of power over your company is simply bad business.  Others are in a similar predicament.

All the talk about how strong China is economically is rubbish.  The US GDP is $21.5 Trillion while China is only $14.2 Trillion.  Looking at per capita GDP, the US in 2019 will come in at $65,062 per person while China will continue to lag behind at $10,099 per person.  The current “trade war” is hurting China and will continue to do so unless they come to the table.

When you hear the talking heads say Trump’s China policy is not effective, change the channel.  They clearly do not get Trump’s policy, economic or military.  

RD Pierini

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“Red Flag Laws”, The Key to Stopping Mass Killings or a Slippery Slope?

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Tragedy, heartache, anger, sorrow, and loss.  But is there really a solution and are Red Flag Laws part of the answer…?

The sign above outside of the El Paso Mall where 22 were killed and dozens more injured, makes the statement, “United We Stand”.  But what are we standing for?  What will bring us together?  What is the root cause of the mass killer pathology?  Do we really believe that politicians can check their biases and political talking points at the door and really dig into the issue?

What are “Red Flag Laws”?

Before you endorse or condemn the proposition of Red Flag Laws, I suggest you go on a streaming service and watch “Minority Report”.  This film was released in 2002 by Steven Spielberg and starred Tom Cruise.  In the movie, there were three people who had “special powers” (Pre-Cogs) that allowed them to predict crimes before they were committed.  The movie has an interesting twist on who was outed to be the next murderer.  Watch it.

The premise of Red Flag Laws is to have society out a person or persons who exhibit behavior that may threaten themselves or others.  A law would allow specific persons, family members, teachers, police or other designated individuals to petition a court to order a temporary removal of weapons from a person or persons who have exhibited threatening behavior.  A judge would make the determination as to whether law enforcement should remove all weapons from the accused.  The time that the weapons would be withheld would be determined the law or by the judge.  During the quarantine period, ostensibly law enforcement or some other group would investigate the legitimacy of the claim against the accused and if the individual is truly a threat to themselves or others.  If not, the weapons would be returned to the accused.

Remember the Patriot Act that gave the FISA courts power to surveil US citizens, without due process, to determine IF the target being surveilled was guilty of anything WITHOUT ANY LEGAL REPRESENTATION!  FISA Abuse is not well documented against the Trump Campaign and Presidency.  Keep this in mind…

Now, I wrote the above generically and did not spell out what kinds of weapons would be included or nor get into a lot of detail controlling the conduct of this “due process” law.  The reason is that Red Flag Laws are not hypothetical and in fact, as of today, 17 States and the District of Columbia have adopted some form of a Red Flag Law!  Did you know that?  The good or bad news is that these State laws differ considerably as to process and extent of enforcement.  

Lets take the 5 primary pieces of a Red Flag Law and look at each of these processes.  When talking about these processes, I’ll use YOU as the accused and that any confiscation order would not only include firearms but explosives, knives, bow and arrows and any other instrument that could be used as a weapon.

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1. Designated Finger Pointers:  So, the idea is that family member of YOURS or other designated people of various capacities would have the power to finger YOU as dangerous to YOURSELF or others.  But, will lawmakers limit this power to YOUR family members, police, or teachers, or will they allow regulators to expand this power to literally the public at large?  Opening this power to point the finger at YOU to the public invites, and I argue encourages, false accusations and taking bullying to a level we have not imagined.

2. Judicial Due Process:  Due Process is the procedure that allows YOU to defend YOURSELF against allegations.  In this case, someone would have fingered YOU as being dangerous to YOURSELF or others.  The next step would be for YOU to go before a judge, State or Federal, and defend YOURSELF for an ACT that YOU have NOT Committed Yet!  Who is going to pay for YOUR legal fees?  

So, what will be the criteria that the Judge will use to determine if YOU are dangerous to YOURSELF or others?  Will the legislation be specific in terms the criteria to determine YOUR level of threat or leave it to the judge to be clairvoyant in determining if YOU will commit an act of violence that has NOT taken place yet?  Is Congress, and arguably, anyone, even be qualified to determine this criteria?  Imagine that YOUR ability to exercise your 2nd Amendment rights would be determined by criteria defined by AOC or Maxine Waters!  

3. Order to Seize:  Assume that the judge thinks YOU are a threat to YOURSELF or others and orders that law enforcement to confiscate your weapons.  I assume that law enforcement would remove all classes of weapons at your primary residence and issue some sort of order prohibiting YOU from acquiring new replacement weapons until it is determined that YOU are not a threat to yourself or others.  How about weapons that are stored by at your family or friends?

4. Order to Assess:  The Law would have to contain designated processes that YOU will be subjected to in order to assess YOUR fitness to possess weaponry.  Ostensibly this would include psychiatric examinations, physical examinations, interviews with YOUR family, friends, employers, co-workers, spouse/girl/boy friends, and other acquaintances YOU have interacted with throughout your life.  YOU may have to surrender all of YOUR social media, email and text Userids/passwords so they could be reviewed as well.  In the end, all of those involved in this process would have a tainted view of YOU and your fitness regardless of the judicial outcome.  

5. Assessment Judgement:  The Law would have to define what the judge would be able to do to YOUR freedom based on YOUR ASSESSMENT.  For the sake of simplicity, let’s assume that YOU would be subjected to one of two possible outcomes.  One, that YOU were judged to fit to possess weapons.  Two, that YOU were not judged to be fit to possess weapons.  This latter outcome then turns YOUR life upside down…

5a: Fit Assessment:  The Law would have to specify the conditions, if any, for YOU to possess weapons.  So basically, YOU were accused of potentially being dangerous to YOURSELF or others and found that YOU were not a threat.  In the process, YOU underwent an historical colonoscopy and sunshined YOUR life to everyone you have ever known!   Presumably, you have not had to pay for YOUR defense of a crime that never took place.  A “Fit Assessment” merely means that YOU were potentially accused without cause but “we” had to make sure!  

5b. Unfit Assessment:  The Law would have to specify what actions would be undertaken to make YOU fit to possess weapons or if YOU should ever be allowed to possess weapons.  I suppose that the process would include deep dive psychotherapy, possible pharmaceutical therapy, and whatever else Congress deems to be appropriate to make YOU a fit US citizens.  Could you be incarcerated if your therapy determined that you were a threat to YOURSELF or others?  Could YOU be permanently be banned from possessing all forms of weapons?  Possibly.

Are Red Flag Laws Good or Bad?

YES!  In a perfect world, with unbiased peers and family, unbiased politicians and judges, unbiased physicians and psychiatrists, you may be able to devise a system to prevent future crimes including mass murders.  In an unbiased world!

But, we do not live in an unbiased world.  How long would it be before a political opponent, a business competitor, a social enemy, or someone you don’t even know, accuses their opponent, competitor, enemy, or total stranger of being a danger without any evidence?  Can you really say that this law would not be abused in light of the fact that the FISA Court process was bastardized and turned against a political enemy of the DOJ/FBI!

The subject of another future article will be a discussion of the causal factors of mass murders.  Potential remedial actions and sociological changes that will be needed to eliminate this horrid phenomena.  In the interim, stop and think for yourself when you hear pundits and politicians spew “remedies” to make us all safe.  Always ask, “Would this solution stop mass murders”?  “Is it the instrument or the person”?

PS:  I hate to be a cynic, but I think if we wait 5-10 days, the media and the politicians will have moved on to the next “crisis”.

RD Pierini

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Artificial Intelligence-Why You Should Be Scared!

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You are constantly being bombarded with the term “Artificial Intelligence” or its acronym, “AI”.  Most of the time, the term is couched as a modern marvel of human achievement.  A way to have machines replace humans in mundane jobs that humans do not want to perform or jobs that are dangerous for humans to perform.  Really?  When you hear the term “Robotics”, you should also understand that the “robot” has a “brain” that is based on AI.  But, you may not have thought through some of the other applications of AI or really how AI is being developed.

Starting with the latter, “how AI is developed”, it is critical to stop and think what creates AI?  You are right, another human being. 

  • All human beings have a unique level of intelligence, some greater, some less;
  • a unique level of critical thinking;
  • a unique level of logical thinking;
  • AND A UNIQUE SET OF INNATE BIASES BASED ON THAT INDIVIDUAL’S EXPERIENCES AND LEARNINGS. 
  • Then add in the Bias of the organization who employees these individuals.  

These human beings have political, religious, and environmental views that may or may not be the same as yours or those you know and agree with.  These human beings may believe that Republicans are bad and Democrats are bad; that Socialism is good and Capitalism is bad; that Climate Change is an eminent threat and deniers are dangerous.  I could go on but the point is that AI is inherently flawed as it is being created by a human being with all of our flaws.  That may be OK if the one creating it agrees with everything you do but odds are that is not the case.

Then add in the company they work for.  This company has the biases and beliefs of its management.  The management will ensure that the AI programmer adheres to the biases the company wants instilled into its AI.  This is true for Google, Facebook, Twitter, and all other such companies.  

Let’s look at real life examples of how AI is impacting your life now.

So, if you buy a cute little round vacuum cleaner that scurries around your house unattended and vacuums your carpets and floors, you never give a second thought as to whether the AI used in this cute little machine is good or bad, or has an agenda. (other than scaring the crap out of your cat or dog)  When your new car issues a verbal or tone warning that you are too close to an object or starts to apply your brakes if you are getting within dangerous limits of an object, you probably think that is a good use of AI.  Have you considered that this advanced AI automobile warning system is the first step to convincing you that self-driving cars are a good idea?  Did anyone ask you whether you thought self-driving cars were a good or bad idea?  Probably not.

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Let’s take this to the next step that probably impacts your life, specifically your wallet, everyday to some degree.  Most of us have savings or have an income or retirement plan based on the stock and financial markets.  Did you know that stock, commodity, currency and other financial traders rely on AI to:

SCAN NEWS FEEDS AND DETERMINE THAT IF A NEWS ITEM, SUCH AS ON CHINA/US TRADE,  MAY NEGATIVELY IMPACT A STOCK OR INDEX, THE AI BASED TRADING COMPUTER WILL ISSUE A SELL ORDER AND CONTINUE TO DO SO UNTIL IT “FEELS” THE THREAT HAS BEEN LIFTED OR OTHER NEWS NEGATES THE NEGATIVE NEWS.  THE MARKET DOWNWARD MOVEMENT IS YET ANOTHER NEGATIVE NEWS ITEM AND MAY ACCENTUATE THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL.  

Of course the trading companies are spared the risk that you now face as their computer will issue a hedge order to protect the trading companies’ positions.  You probably cannot do this as you work for a living!  Haven’t you wondered why at 9:00 AM you heard the stock market was up 100 points but when you turned on the nightly news the market closed down 350 Points!  Just scan the news and you will find a news event that triggered the selloff.  

Starting to get nervous about AI yet?  You should be!

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You may have heard lately that GOOGLE, yes that “free” search engine you use to find unbiased news or information on a specific person or topic, is engaged with Communist China in developing China’s AI.  This is not for manufacturing cute, round, self-propelled vacuums.  No, this is for MILITARY use.  Why would a military use AI?

To have an AI computer determine the threat level of another country’s actions so that same computer could pre-emptively strike that country with conventional or nuclear weapons!  Look ma, no hands!

Since this is a communist country, they want to turn AI on its citizens in order to control them.  All social media posts, facial recognition systems, and all financial transactions are fed into their AI system in order to monitor, then “re-train” those exhibiting aberrant behavior! 

You probably don’t think this is possible in a “free” society such as that of the US?  Think again!  I don’t wear a tin-hat but I can assure you that your phone calls, emails, texts, social media accounts and financial transactions are being recorded and monitored.  If the NSA’s AI systems detect behavior by you that it deems “dangerous” to the State, Federal authorities will be alerted with or without a valid warrant.  

A case in point is the recent “Russian Collusion” investigation that was started with a FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrant on specific individuals based on a completely false document (Steele Dossier) that was bought and paid for by a political party and that party’s candidate!  The only difference between China and our government is that our government at least had to fabricate a document on which to base the warrant application, the Chinese would not go to this trouble!  But, the outcome is the same. 

When you hear pundits talk about “Algorithms”, understand this to mean merely an AI computer program created by a biased human being working for a biased company to insure a desired outcome.  Rather than a human being sitting there watching you type in “I hate X”, the computer was told to watch you type and if the computer’s AI system doesn’t like what you type, the computer will warn you to stop or it may shut down your account!  What is next, issuing an arrest warrant?  Don’t laugh!

Why Politicians Like AI!

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For one thing, politicians can blame the computer!  Then they can blame the company who created the AI program/algorithm who in turn will say it was the fault of the algorithm.  Then the company and the politicians can go out and have a drink and decide how big of a campaign contribution this is worth to make the controversy go away!

The there is the other side.  Companies like to replace workers with AI/robots because AI/robots don’t take bathroom breaks, lunch breaks, time off for illness or childbirth, nor do they need benefits, vacations, or do they run to a union rep to file a complaint.  AI is financed by the taxpayers who have to support all those replaced by AI.  AI/robots reduce the operating costs for companies thus they can spend more on bribing politicians, I mean contribute to political campaigns,  to look the other way or not ask embarrassing questions about the workers who were just laid off due to AI/robot automation!  

So, the company’s profits go up; the politician gets greased; the employee loses his or her job; then the taxpayer has to support the laid off worker who is now on unemployment or welfare!  Isn’t that just a wonderful system!

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Probably the easiest job in the US to be replaced by AI/robots would be Congress.  First of all, they have for centuries used their own kind of “artificial” intelligence; acted like robots with their hand out to anyone willing to pay them off; and are easily replaced!  Most of all, no one would notice the difference!  

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So, don’t be naïve when you hear about AI.  It is not artificial nor intelligent.  It is absolutely real and malevolent and its intelligence is based on political religious and other biases found in the creator and their company’s management.  

When you hear the words, AI, robots, or algorithms, listen carefully and get informed.  We are now living at the speed of supercomputers.  We could lose the battle before even knowing we were in a battle!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

RACIST! – Democrat One Trick Poney is Dying

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I, for one, am sick and tired of being called a racist because of my skin color, my political affiliation, or for whom I choose to support as my President, Senators, or Representatives. 

I know that it was Democrats who fought to maintain slavery during the civil war.

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I know that it was Democrats who founded the KKK in order to fight against the post Civil War full emancipation of former slaves and other Black Americans.

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I know that it was Democrats who created the Jim Crow Laws to circumvent newly acquired freedoms for Black Americans.

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#1:  I know President Donald J. Trump, and we, his supporters, are NOT RACIST and fully and unconditionally support equal rights, freedoms, and opportunity for each and every US CITIZEN regardless of their race, religion, country of origin, gender, and sexual preference.

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#2:  President Trump and his supporters stand behind strong border laws and enforcement in order to protect the safety, economic opportunity, and continuing growth of the US so that its citizens and companies can create opportunities for our current citizens and future LEGAL Immigrants.

I supported Dr. Martin King Jr.’s movement, his ideals, and his objectives and I still do.  When I was a mayor of a California City, I worked hard to provide clean water and waste services to two minority communities that were contiguous to our City,  which netted me dead fish on my lawn and toilet paper in my trees.  

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The Left has regressed into kindergartners and can only resort to name calling when challenged on policy or when they don’t have an argument against sound policy on the Right.

RACIST!  RACIST!  RACIST!

I support Donald Trump who has raised the standard of living for all minorities; created an economy that has lifted Black, Asian and Hispanic unemployment to all time lows; created opportunity zones in primarily minority communities in order to entice investment in these communities to rebuild Democrat destroyed neighborhoods and cities.  I support Donald Trump because he has fought anti-gay regimes around the world.  I support Donald Trump because he believes that ALL of our laws, including immigration, are to be followed without exception.  I support Donald Trump because no matter what vile and viscious and ignorant attacks you throw at him he still fights to make this country be the best it can FOR YOU!

My 2020 Creed

I will no longer accept you branding me or my President as a Racist.

I will no longer accept you branding me or my President as a Misogynist.

I will no longer accept you branding me or my President as a Homophobe.

I will no longer accept you branding me or my President as a White Supremacist.

I will no longer accept you branding me or my President as an anti-woman bigot.

I will no longer accept you attempting to silence my speech because you disagree with it or you find it politically incorrect.

I will no longer accept you telling me that my religious beliefs are bigotted, intolerant or un-American just because you disagree with me.

I will no longer stand silent and allow you to denigrate members of our military, our police, and all of our men and women of all federal agencies who enforce our laws including members of ICE and the Customs and Border Enforcement agency.

Wake Up America

You have been waiting for a President who Would Stand Up and Fight for All Americans.  You have one now in Donald J. Trump.  Where are you!

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RD Pierini

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2020-Lefty Democrat Party, Talk About the Wrong Stuff For America!

Dem 2020 Presidential Candidates-And These Are NOT the Nuttiest!

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Welcome to the New Democrat Party.  I have been writing for years that my old Democrat Party has been hijacked by the radical, globalist, anarchist Left, hell bent on destroying the greatness of the US as we are the last bastion of hope for freedom throughout the world.  Our European ancestors have already succumbed to Leftist ideology of open borders, government control of their economies, and an ever increasing erosion of personal freedom and personal property autonomy.

The current slate of Democrat Presidential candidates espouse (compilation of current promises):

  • Reversing the 2017 Tax and Regulatory cuts and even increasing taxes way beyond Pre-2017 levels
  • Abortion on demand including post birth abortion
  • Expanding the Supreme Court and adding more liberal justices
  • Eliminate the Electoral College and elect the President based on popular vote
  • The passing of the Green New Deal (GND) (highlights below)
    • Bans affordable energy via fossil fuel production and use
    • Eliminates Nuclear Energy even though it as green as anything they propose
    • Eliminate 99% of all combustion engine automobiles and replace them with “electric” cars
    • Gut and Rebuild every building in the US and make them “green” compliant
    • Eliminate air travel and replace it with rail transportation
    • Government Guarantee of a Job for Everyone!
    • Free Education for life for all Americans, and any other nationality who wishes to walk into America
    • Government will provide healthy food to every “person” in the US
    • Government provided safe, affordable, adequate housing for everyone (like the homeless in California?)  K. Harris wants to give money for housing to persons of color and recreate the 2008 Great Recession
    • Guaranteed income for everyone including those who are unable or unwilling to work
    • Ban meat to get rid of the farting cows
  • Open Borders; decriminalization of illegal border entry
  • Government run healthcare via “Medicare” for all
  • The weakening of our military
  • Wide expansion of gun-control
  • Federal legalization of Marijuana and other illicit drugs
  • Granting more control over the US by International organizations such as the UN and the WTO
  • Kill all of Trump’s Trade deals and allow the outsourcing of our industries and jobs
  • Slavery Reparations
  • Pardoning 50% of all federal prisoners
  • Forgive all student loan debt
  • More money for teachers and public schools
  • Eliminate charter school subsidies.
  • Forced Busing to achieve desegregation of our schools

None of the candidates have any clue how to pay for these programs and most of the programs have only marginal public support.  So what?  If they win, keep the House and take back the Senate, the Left will erase the gains made by the US under Trump and FastTrack these leftist anti-American programs.  ELECTIONS DO MATTER AND THIS ONE MORE THAN MOST.

The Left “A” Squad

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If the 2020 Democrat Presidential Candidates don’t scare you to death, just consider how whacky the “Big Four Squad” of Democrats are and these women have already been elected to Congress in the 2018 Mid-Terms!  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley make up the squad and their disdain for everything American doesn’t exclude the Democrat Party.  This group actively promotes anti-Semitism, utter disdain for anyone white, promotes overt hatred for Israel, totally dismisses our history and our heritage as deeply flawed and worthless, and believes our Constitution is worthless.  In short, they represent the anarchist left-wing of the now Democrat Party.  Is this too harsh of a characterization of the Squad?  Consider the definition of an anarchist:  “a person who rebels against any authority, established order, or ruling power.”  

This group is driving the far left-wing platform of the 2020 Democrat candidates to the point Joe Biden can’t keep up!  This group is trying to overtake and pass the leftist takeover of Europe in terms of left-wing globalist policy and national identity destruction. The Squad exhibits no love for America, its values, history, or its

European Model:

I have written about the fact that Europe capitulated to this Leftist movement when they formed the European Union (EU) and wiped out national borders throughout Europe and concentrated power in the EU’s Parliament, European Council, and other such bodies.  Local national autonomy has been replaced by a super-body of like-minded globalist bureaucrats in Brussels. 

The population of the EU is 500,000,000 people with a combined GDP of $18.75 Trillion, second only to the US and $6 Trillion higher than China.  I suggest that Europe is as big a danger to the US as China or Russia but in a different way.  Europe and the US used to be considered “the West”.  Europe has basically abandoned their Western values and national boundaries and supplanted their sovereignty with semi-open borders and erased capitalism with socialism in terms of centralized control over sovereign nations and their economies.   Basically, with Germany as the strongest nation in the EU, Germany was able to consoldiate Europe without firing a shot!  I am sure Hitler is looking up from hell shaking his head!

Their risk to the US is their propensity to seek peace at all cost; an unwillingness to defend itself; and a willingness to abandon free speech and other freedoms for the “common good”.  If Europe is attacked from within or without, the US has to defend them.  At that point in time it may or may not be in our national interest but we will not have a choice, as long as their is a Pro-America President in the White House.  If we have a Leftist President, he or she will preside over what will basically be a surrender to the invading forces.  After all, it is the “Wests” fault that they were empire building slave traders who have ruined our earthly utopia! 

World War III will be much different than the last world conflagration as nuclear weapons will be in the mix and our enemies ability to micro-target civilian populations will be a deciding factor.  With heavy populations of Islamist within each of the European nations, Europe will have to fight both an external and internal enemy!

Post 2020 Democrat Presidential Victory-The American Epilogue

You can take to the bank the fact that one of the left-leaning Democrat Presidential candidates will win the Democrat primary, and the winner will most likely be female.  This will ensure that the winner is an ultra-left-wing progressive that will probably make Bernie Sanders look normal.  Further, add in the possible expansion of the Squad with more radicals who hate America,  The result is not a pretty picture!

Impact of a Left Takeover of the Government: 

  • Increasing Corporate and personal tax rates for all Americans, yes the Middle-Class will get creamed as they are needed to fund the left-wing follies, and reinstituting business/job killing regulations will reverse all of our economic gains since 2017. 
  • Effectively killing the fossil fuel industry and reverting to green energy dominance will stifle any further economic growth. 
  • Medicare-for-all will destroy the healthcare sector and destroy the well-being of American citizens. 
  • Opening the borders will bankrupt States, Counties, Cities and School Districts as they will have to shoulder the bulk of the burden to support millions of new residents who are deficient in the English language and who have little or no education.  This, at a time, when robotics are being developed to eliminate low skilled jobs.  The mass influx of poorly educated residents will strangle STEM programs that are needed to maintain our international competitiveness as educational resources will have to focus on remedial education. 
  • The open borders will eliminate any possible control over the influx of illicit drugs and human trafficking.  Our Opioid crisis will explode again accompanied by other drugs of equal or greater lethality.  
  • The bankrupting of the cities will usher in an unprecedented level of homelessness that will make our ghettoes on par with the worst third world countries. 
  • The open borders will also reintroduce heretofore erradicated diseases and infect our populations with new strains of mutated illnesses. 
  • With government takeover of healthcare, our drug industry will have fewer resources to combat these new viral and bacterial enemies. 
  • Hospitals and clinics will close do to a lack of reimbursement from the government healthcare system as we witness under Obamacare.  But, under Obamacare, 170,000,000 Americans kept their employer provide healthcare.  Imagine if all of those Americans are suddenly dumped on to the government run system…

And that does not even touch the degradation of our military and our lack of reediness to combat foreign threats.  Am I exaggerating?  Not really.  Prior to Trump being elected, 70,000 manufacturing plants closed over the past 20 years.  Job participation rates fell as more and more US citizens left the workplace.  Our dependence on foreign oil tied our hands when dealing in the Middle East and kept us captive to our own need for energy.  

So, don’t laugh too much at the nutty rhetoric and programs that are hitting the airwaves from the Candidates or currently elected Democrats like from the Squad.  These people are 100% backed by the majority of the Main Stream Media who will spin bankruptcy into economic security and the killing of born alive babies into healthcare.  Oh, I forgot, they already do!

Better think hard about your vote in 2020…  A wrong vote and the die will be cast that cannot be reversed…

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Hat Tips:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Institutions_of_the_European_Union

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(nominal)

https://thefederalist.com/2019/02/07/ten-most-insane-requirements-green-new-deal

GW Bush Set Up Perfect Storm with Iran for Trump!

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How did we get here?

  • President Jimmy Carter stood by while the Shia radical clerics in Iran overthrew the Shah of Iran in 1979 and established the current Islamic Republic of Iran. 
  • President Reagan stood behind and armed Iraq’s Sunni President Saddam Hussein as a couter balance to the Islamic Republic of Iran. 
  • President H.W. Bush reneged on his tacit approval with Iraq’s President Saddam Hussein to allow Iraq to attack Kuwait in retaliation for Kuwaiti alleged oil theft and debt default.  Dessert Storm resulted which weakened Iraq and left it vulnerable to Iran.
  • President G.W. Bush took out Iraq’s Sunni President Saddam Hussein and TOTALLY eliminated our counter-balance to the Shia Iran.
  • Iraq’s population mirrors Irans in that both are predominently Shia.  The two largest Shia Populations in the Middle East.

For more details on the Bush Presidencies and the fall of Iraq, see “GW Bush and the Ascension of Iran & ISIS”; go to this link: https://wp.me/pY51c-Qx

So!  For decades Iran and Iraq fought local wars against one another following the overthrow of the Shah in Iran.  Thousands were killed on both sides and chemical weapons were used on both sides.  This was in fact a Sunni/Shia war as Shia Iran sought to defeat the Iraqi Sunni regime under Saddam Hussein and merge the Iraqi Shia population with its own.  The Shia are the majority in Iraq.

So!  While Reagan sought to maintain a stalemate between Iraq and Iran, the Bushes systematically destroyed this check and balance and wiped out a Sunni regime in Iraq that now sits as a ticking timebomb for Iran to venture in and establish a Shia Government friendly to Iran!  Iraq and its fragile Sunni/Shia coalition cannot endure without outside intervention, meaning the US, or it will fall to the Shia majority.

Thank you Presidents HW and GW Bush!

So!  President Trump wants desperately to get out of Iraq (and Afghanistan) but knows that the minute we leave that Iran will move in.  Also, Sunni Fundamentalist, like ISIS, would love to get us out so they can try to re-emerge.  Iran now has or is close to having weapons grade uranium and has missile technology to deliver a nuclear weapon of some sort when ready.  The Bushes took out the only counter-balance to the radicals in Iran by neutralizing Iraq and crippling this Iraqi enemy.

Trump’s Dilema:

  • How to Stop Iran from creating a nuclear weapon?
  • How to get out of Iraq without ceding it to Iran?
  • How to do both without re-engaging in a long protracted war.

Trump’s strategy all along has been to stand up allies in the region to stalemate Iran and its regional ambitions.  He does not want our Flag to be the symbol of US Agression in the Middle East!  To date, he does not have all of the pieces in place but is close with Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and the UAE.  But, our own Republican Senate is blocking arms sales to Saudi Arabia that could be used to thwart Iran!

If Iran steps up its provocative actions in the region, Trump and his allies may have to react militarily.  Europe has a role as well as they need to stand with the US against Iran and Iran’s reneging on the Iranian Nuclear Agreement THAT IRAN NEVER SIGNED!! 

Tighter sanctions may spark an internal overthrow of the Ayatollah led regime and THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO STOP IRAN AND NOT HAVE TO USE MILITARY FORCE AGAINST IRAN.  Short of that, Iran knows that Israel will not stand idly by and allow them to spin up a nuclear weapon.

As an aside to this tragedy:

GW Bush’s legacy will include that he got us into a war with Iraq when in fact we had so many other avenues to pursue prior to invading Iraq.  I cannot justify his actions other than they were motivated by his desire to avenge the attempt on his Father’s life by Saddam Hussein when the former President was being given an award in Kuwait for saving Kuwait from Saddam Hussein.

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Bush and our intel community insisted that Iraq was attempting to develop nuclear weapons and had in fact used chemical weapons against Iran in past conflicts.  While the latter is true, both sides used chemical weapons against each other.  Besides, Pakistan, Libya, India, Israel, North Korea, China and others had not only pursued nuclear weapons but had actually developed them!  Bush blamed Saddam for killing thousands of his own people.  So had Iran!  How many Iraqis did we kill in our two wars against Iraq!  You guessed it, over 200,000!  

My real sadness comes from knowing that thousands of our vets were maimed and thousands killed in Iraq.  For What?  What was our end game?  What did we gain from not only the carnage to our troops but to Iraqi civilians?  When I see GW Bush riding with our wounded warriors, I literally get sick to my stomach.

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I truly do not know if I could look them in the eye knowing I sent them into battle without a national security rationale;  succumbed to political pressure and created rules of engagement that made our troops sitting ducks; created a “surge” to win the war after years of merely trading bullets with the Iraqi army; then leaving office without a Status of Forces Agreement with what was left of the Iraqi Government.  He left this decision to President Obama!  How about those who followed his orders into battle only to lose their lives, limbs and faculties?  Didn’t Bush owe them at least a SOFA that would give them some level of knowledge that their sacrifice was worth it?  I think so…

Pray for President Trump.  He has many difficult decisions ahead of him that will effect not only our lives but those of our children and grandchildren.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

 

Trump’s G-20: Great Way to Get 19 Nations Together So He Can Negotiate With Them!

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During the G-20 that just concluded in Japan, President Trump used that forum to sit down with and meet with almost every leader of the G20 Nations.  Trump does not view G-20 meeting or its smaller counterparts as a way for the world to get together to solve problems.  He sees them as a way for him to have everyone he needs to meet with and negotiate with come to one place so he merely has to go from room to room to have one on one sessions.  The President learned early on that the “G” meetings were merely a forum to have large international meetings, most of which involved milking the US or criticizing the US, then issuing a document that basically said how great it was and that we shall do this again!  Trump does not meet for the sake of meeting!  Either you accomplish something or you don’t meet.  

Just prior to the G-20 meetings, the President was determined to try to jump-start the negotiations with North Korea that have been stalled since February 28th, 2019.  He and Kim had corresponded several times since the President walked-out in Hanoi.  The President sees this relationship as one that is critical to world peace and stability.  Trump used his Twitter-Diplomacy to send an “official” request to Kim to meet at the DMZ, Kim accepted!  So much for State Department Protocol!

So, starting with the meeting with Kim in North Korea, let’s look at a couple of other substantial accomplishments that took place over the past few days in Japan, South Korea, and North Korea. 

Trump-Kim Meeting in North Korea:

Every literate person by now has seen, heard or read that President Trump met North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un in South Korea then crossed over into North Korea.  This is the first time ever that an serving American President has visited North Korea, ever.  

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There is no doubt that the Secret Service had to replenish their toilet paper supply following this meeting!  The DMZ is protected by heavily armed snipers and security on both sides.  NK Security on the ground was armed and within feet of our President.  Their snipers were trained on our President and the US and South Korean contingency the entire time.  If a firecracker had gone off, this scene could have erupted into a firefight of disastrous proportions!  As it was, there was a few confrontations with our press and the President’s communications staff.  Tensions were high.

To appreciate the gutsiness of this move by the President, remember that Kim may be the leader of this dark nation, but his reign is precarious as many of the old line communist generals and members of his own family would like to seize power.  What better way to take down the Kim regime than to assassinate the President of the US on North Korean soil!  Given the openness of this meeting, there was literally no way to prevent this from happening!  In the end, The President and Chairman Kim met for an hour and agreed to resume disarmament negotiations.  A big prize for merely having the guts to walk across a 16″ wide curb that separates South and North Korea!  Will disarmament come about?  Who knows.  There are a lot of variables at play and Kim is not totally secure in his role as Chairman. 

But, it proves that Trump understands that whether you are negotiating for a high rise in NYC or negotiating to disarm a nuclear nation, TRUST has to be built before any deal will be reached.  I have written in the past that Trump’s short term goal is to convince Chairman Kim that he can trust President Trump and that the US will live up to any security agreement that is made to ensure Kim’s long term survival!  Kim is the third generation that has stood against the US.  He and his ancestors have convinced the North Korean people that the US is an existential threat to their survival.  Now, Trump has to convince Kim that this is not true, then Kim has to convince his inner circles, his military and his people that a good relationship with the US would be good for North Korea.  Remember, Kim was educated in Switzerland and knows how the other half lives.  North Korean GDP is only $18 Billion a year.  Amazon’s annual sales in 2018 was $233 Billion and its EBITA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization was $25.5B, $7.5 billion higher that the total GDP of North Korea!

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The G-20 Itself

Turkey:

President Trump very simply laid out for the American People a very difficult situation that has arisen between the US, Turkey and Russia.  Remember that Turkey is a member of NATO, an organization that was founded to guard against advances by the old Soviet Union, and now Russia.  Turkey was an ally of the US against ISIS and agreed not to attack the Kurds in Iraq following the defeat of ISIS.  The Kurds and Turkey have been long-time enemies and much of the original Kurdistan was absorbed into Turkey to the chagrin of the Kurds.  In short, Turkey considers the Kurds terrorists and the Kurds consider Turkey confiscatory scum!  

The President succinctly laid out that during the Obama administration, Turkey’s President Erdogan asked that he be allowed to purchase the US Patriot missile Defence system.  Turkey wanted this defensive system to protect itself from any incoming missile attack.  But, President Obama refused the sale as he did not want to alienate President Putin of Russia In fact, President Obama stopped Patriot system installations in Poland and other nations as well.  Erdogan also wanted to purchase 100 of the new stealth F-35 fighter planes to upgrade his air defenses and to meet his NATO commitment to spend 2% of their GDP on defense. 

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During the F-35 negotiations, Erdogan went to Russia to see if he could purchase the Russian counterpart to our Patriot system, the Russian S-400.   Erdogan and the Russians made the deal and Turkey paid Russia for the S-400 system.  Why not?  The US had refused to sell its system to Turkey!  The Obama administration was furious and eventually offered to give Turkey the Patriot System.  It was too late, Turkey had already paid for the S-400 system and Russia was in the process of manufacturing it and installing it.  

So, fast forward to present day and President Trump at the G-20.  President Trump is livid that the US first denied the sale of the Patriot System to Turkey; then sold 100 F-35s to Turkey; then said Turkey could not have the F-35s, since Turkey bought the Russian S-400 Missile Defense Systems, AFTER THE US REFUSED TO SELL THE PATRIOT SYSTEM TO THEM!  Aren’t you glad that Obama was so smart and not in the back pocket of President Putin!  

Why is this a problem?  The F-35 is the latest US stealth aircraft that obviously incorporates highly sensitive electronics and advances weapons systems, including anti-missile defense capabilities from systems such as the Russian S-400!  Wouldn’t the Russians love to get their hands on the F-35 technology during the installation of the S-400 system so they can program F-35 interception capabilities into not only the S-400 system, but in all offensive and defensive systems they deploy!  

The US had officially suspended any further shipments of the F-35s to Turkey.  To date, only two planes have been delivered to the Turks but they remain in the US at training facilities.  Pentagon spokesman Charles E. Summers Jr. recently stated:

“The United States has been clear that Turkey’s acquisition of the S-400 is unacceptable.” Our important dialogue on this matter will continue, however, until they forgo delivery of the S-400, the United States has suspended deliveries and activities associated with the stand-up of Turkey’s F-35 operational capability,”

Presidents Trump and Erdogan met at the G-20 at length to discuss and try to resolve this situation that should never have been allowed to transpire in the first place.  The lack of commitment to NATO, and the sucking up to Russia by the Obama Administration created this fiasco.  As of this writing, it is unclear how Trump will resolve this,  If I were a betting man, I would bet that Trump will try to offset any loses by Turkey as a result of their purchase of the S-400 systems.  Russia will scream bloody murder but in the end we, the tax payers, will have to pay for Obama’s incompetence.  It is not acceptable to have our F-35 technologies exposed to Russia and to Russian defense technology.

China:

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The North Korean Meeting between Trump and Kim all but overshadowed the meeting between President Trump and President Xi of China.  This meeting was critical to restart talks between the two nations regarding tariffs and trade relations.  The Chinese economy is in decline and further US sanctions could further exacerbate this decline.  In order to mitigate the US tariffs so far, China has had to devalue their currency and give their industries who have been the target of the tariffs deep subsidies so they could continue to produce their products.  In the US, inflation has been at historical lows indicating that China is absorbing most of the cost of the US tariffs.  

The biggest takeaway from the Trump/Xi meeting was that trade talks would resume.  Trump agreed not to increase tariffs or impose new tariffs on about $300 billion dollars in US imports from China.  The US also is allowing our tech companies to sell component parts to the Chinese tech giant Huawei.  TRUMP DID NOT LIFT THE EMBARGO AGAINST HUAWEI, as some are reporting.  Huawei cannot sell its products in the US and the administration is continuing to pressure our allies to follow suit.

President Trump reiterated that he is in now hurry to get a deal with China realizing that China is hoping that Trump will lose his bid for re-election and that China will have an easier path with an incoming Democrat!  So, a comprehensive trade deal with China may not happen until after Trump’s re-election.  If China thinks Trump is tough now, just wait until he is re-elected!  This is not a good bet for China to make.

Other Advances:

Trump also met with many other leaders including those from France, Germany, Great Britain, Brazil, India, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, and Russia. 

His meetings with France and Germany were to discuss further trade talks between the EU and the US, Brexit, the Trump Middle-East Peace Plan, and Iran.  Trump will tackle the EU trade talks following the passage of USMCA and possibly the conclusion of trade agreement with Japan.  They also discussed the ongoing devaluation of the EU currency that is forcing the dollar higher making it more difficult to sell into the EU.  Iran was particularly critical given the Iranian aggression and the potential for oil supplies being cut off to EU countries from the Gulf.  President Trump also sought to stop these countries from interfering or circumventing with his sanctions against Iran.  Iran is at a tipping point and any propping up by the EU now would only prolong any meaningful dialog with Iran relative to their nuclear weapon program.

Trump’s meeting with Teresa May of Great Britain was a continued reassurance that the US is ready and willing to offset any trade loses that Britain may suffer when exiting the EU, either hard or soft.  The Iranian and Middle-East Peace Plan were also front and center.  May is basically a Lame Duck Prime Minister as recent elections have set up the formation of a new government.

The other main event featured a meeting between President Trump and President Putin of Russia. 

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While both sides have been relatively quiet about the meetings,  included in their discussions were the situations in Iran, Syria, Venezuela, and Ukraine.  Putin has indicated that he is withdrawing his support for Maduro in Venezuela and is cooling to any real future involvement with Iran in Syria.  The Ukraine/Crimea situation is sticky and any real solution to the Ukraine/Crimea crisis will not happen soon.  Once Obama allowed Russia to invade Ukraine and Crimea and annex portions of these lands, only military intervention by the US would probably change the status on the ground.  Trump does not see this as his highest priority, nor as a winnable, problem.  Trump did agree to visit Russia on the 75th anniversary of V-Day to celebrate the defeat of Nazism with our then ally, Russia.

I will cover some of the other meetings as results from those meetings unfold and current events add to their story.  Let it suffice to say that President Trump is dominating the world stage and drawing lines in the sands of many topics with other world leaders.  Our media’s and the left’s constant domestic attacks on him do not help but he is undeterred in his seeking of world peace, and rebalancing US trade to be reciprocal and free.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Hat Tips

US suspends F-35 deliveries to Turkey over S-400 purchase from Russia

The Iran Threat-Why Is It Different?

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Make no mistake, Iran views its battle against the US, Israel and Sunni Muslims as a RELIGIOUS WAR. 

Since the overthrow of the Western backed Shah of Iran in 1979, by the Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini, Iran has remained as the Islamic Republic of Iran.  A nation founded on Shia doctrine and kept in power by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.  Iran sees itself as the sole defender of Shiite Fundamentalism against the majority Sunni Arabs, whom they consider to be non conforming Muslims.  Make no mistake, even though from a Western Point of View, the differences between Sunnis and Shiites seem minor, to the Shia it is worth dying to “convert” the Sunnis to Shia beliefs.  They are even more combative as they are the “underdog” in this fight as they make up less than 15% of the Arab Muslims.

Below is a map showing the Sunni and Shia nations and a legend showing the percent of each sect by country.

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It is easy to see that Iran and Iraq are the two big guns on the side of the Shia coalition.  You would think that Syria would be predominantly Shia but it is only aligned with the Iran Shia due to the dictatorship of Bashar al Assad, who is Alawite Shia.   The reverse is true of Iraq.  Prior to the overthrow of Sunni Saddam Hussein, the Sunni hegemony over Iraq was only due to the absolute power wielded by Hussein.  Now, the presence of the US and its support for a mixed coalition government, Iraq remains a Shia nation population wise but that majority is tempered by the US support for and the presence of the coalition government.  ISIS, who is a Sunni movement, actually spawned from the resurgence of the Shia following Obama’s pullout in Iraq.  

So, Who Does Iran Hate Worse, the Sunni, or the US and Israel?

Both are pretty much in the same boat as far as Iran is concerned.  But, the US and Israel are Iran’s first priority for destruction, followed by Sunnis, especially those that align with the US.

The majority of the Sunni nations are aligned with, to varying degrees, the US and by extension, Israel.  Many are supported militarily by the US and have grown closer to the US since Trump was elected and the Iran Nuclear Agreement was signed.  (Iran used to oppose all of he Western Nations.  But, since many in the West kowtow to Iran due to their reliance on Iranian oil and trade, Iran is pretty much focused on the US)  Don’t hold your breath for members of the EU to support the US against Iran.

Iran is known as a State Sponsor of Terrorism and uses various “proxies” or surrogates to carry out its attacks on US interests in the region and on Sunni nations aligned with the US.  Iran backs, supports and helps to direct terrorist attacks by groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, and others.  Hamas is actually comprised of Sunnis but since they are aligned against Israel and supports its overthrow as does the Islamic Jihad, Iran provides financial and arms support to them. 

Religious Hatred

The US and Israel are not only existential political threats to Iran, they represent the epitome of anti-Muslim, Shia heresy.  Iran believes that the US and Israel anti-Iranian actions are due to religious hatred, period.  They believe that our Judeo-Christian founding sets up the life or death religious either/or choice. They believe that Sunni nations that align with the US are likewise so aligned to “purify” Islam from Shia beliefs and all will align to subjugate Iranian Shia and either annihilate them or convert them to Sunni Islam.   

Iran is seeking nuclear weapons to be able to not only dominate and intimidate their Sunni neighbors, but to spread their religious beliefs to the world.  In doing so, they believe that they will have to wipe out Israel and militarily dominate or wipe out the US in the process.  They see this conflict as binary, and based on religious principles.

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So, can we deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran logically in any negotiations that seek to curb the Iranian goal of Shia Domination?  No.  As long as Iran is led by the Ayatollahs and Iran remains a religious State, there are no negotiating points that yield an Iran sans nuclear weapons.

As I wrote about yesterday, the other faction within the Iranian regime, is the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.  Its dual purpose is to foment terror around the world and to keep the Ayatollahs in power.  If the IRG leadership stops believing that it is in their best interest to continue to support the Ayatollahs, then, there may be an opening to set aside the religious powers in Iran and negotiate directly with the IRG.   The IRG knows what the US did to Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guard and would not want a repeat of that carnage when they would be the target! This Iranian realignment under the IRG would require a military coup that would be tricky as the average Iranian is not too keen on the IRG.  To them, the IRG and the Ayatollahs are synonymous.  

But, I doubt that President Trump will be able to negotiate with the current Iranian regime.  The Ayatollahs may feign cooperation but in the end they only have one goal, domination.  Whether the Ayatollahs can hold the IRG in line and keep the Iranian people from rising up will probably play out in a matter of months.  The Iranian economy is devastated and additional sanctions are set for next week by the Trump administration.

Watch the President at the G20 next week in Japan.  There will be a lot of talk about Iran and our role in curtailing their offensive actions.  Next week will be pivotal.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Hat Tips

https://www.thebalance.com/sunni-shiite-split-3305550

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-25434060

https://www.quora.com/Which-Islamic-countries-are-predominantly-Sunni-or-Shia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_Guard_(Iraq)

With Iran Sabre Rattling, 7 RINOs Block Trump’s Arm Sales to Our Middle East Allies

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These are the Seven Anti-Trump Middle-East Policy Senators who Voted to Kill Trump’s Arms deal with Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates:

  • Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins
  • South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham
  • Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee
  • Kansas Republican Sen. Jerry Moran
  • Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski
  • Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul
  • Indiana Republican Sen. Todd Young

This deal would give US companies $8 Billion in sales while standing-up these Middle-Eastern countries with the arms they need to allow the US to step back from direct conflicts in the region.  Most of these same Senators agree with the President’s Middle-East policy of having our allies in the region police their own region with logistics and intelligence support.  But, when it came down to providing those nations with the arms to actually put that policy into practice, they abandoned the President.  Why?

Here are a couple of the “reasons”:

  • Graham blamed Saudi alleged involvement in the death of the Muslim Brotherhood mouthpiece Jamal Khashoggi as one of the reasons he dissented.
  • Libertarian Rand Paul stated on the Senate floor in a speech;  “Do I want someone representing me to who is selling arms to people who hate our country?  Do I want to have people representing me who continue to flood the Middle East with Arms?”

Collins, Murkowski, Moran, Lee and Young have always been Luke-warm supporters of the President on a number of issues.  They veiled their opposition to the arms deal as a protest against the President as he had invoked emergency powers, that the Congress had given to the Presidency, to bypass a 30 day review process, read tongue wagging contest in Congress, in order to expedite he deal. 

They had also protested Saudi involvement in Yemen which is a proxy war being waged by Iran!  Iran is the very Shia State Sponsor of Terror in the region that this arms deal is trying to stop!  The President had spelled this policy out his  Middle-East Proxy policy in 2017.  This arms deal with Saudi Arabia is only a small part of the $110 Billion arms deal that Trump signed with Saudi Arabia in May of this year.  This was no surprise.

So, do we as a nation want to continue to engage in wars that last 20 years with no resolution?  Do we as a nation want to send our young women and men into harms way where we have only a moderate degree of national interest?  Do we as a nation want to spend Trillions of dollars on wars in the Middle-East that only serves to feed terror leaders new recruits as they see our flag as a symbol of hatred towards Muslims?

Ask yourself, have any of these Senators, or members of the House of Representatives, actually put forth a viable policy for the Middle-East?  Have any of them actually defined any real objection to Trump’s Middle East Policy?  The answer is NO!

Write these clowns and tell them to get behind a foreign policy that saves the lives of our young women and men; saves our nation trillions of dollars; and stops breeding hatred towards the US for interfering directly in the Middle-East.  You have to wonder why we keep paying for Congress for absolutely no benefit.

Thank God Trump will Veto their attempts to block this sale and thwart his Middle-East Policy.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Hat Tips

https://dailycaller.com/2019/06/20/7-republicans-block-trump-saudi-arabia-arms-sale/

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/senate-votes-to-block-arms-sales-to-saudi-arabia-despite-trump-veto-threat/

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/449511-senate-votes-to-block-trumps-saudi-arms-sale