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Afghanistan/Pakistan/Indian/South Asia Challenge-The Trump Doctrine

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The Trump Afghanistan/Indian Sub Continent/South Asia Doctrine:

Last night, August 21/2017, President Trump outlined his Afghanistan foreign policy plan as part of his Afghanistan/Indian Subcontinent/South Asia foreign policy.  He has been asking his advisors for months “What does winning in Afghanistan look like”?  Trump drilled down on the result first, forcing his advisors to start with the conclusion then working a strategy to achieve that result…  He kept questioning their approaches until he was able to formulate a foreign policy that may achieve a result that benefits United States self-interest.  What has evolved is a doctrine that seeks to bring together a real diverse, and challenging “coalition” of disparate interest and nations.

Strategic Change:  Afghans Determine their Future

Inside of Trump’s address, was the notion that the US has no interest in defining the political self-governance structure of Afghanistan.  GW Bush and the Neo-Cons had the goal of establishing a western-style democracy over a country that is absolutely tribal in nature, with war lords as their overseers, with no experience in self-governing other than within the tribe.  This concept was doomed for failure at the outset especially when you add in the fact that these peoples were Muslim.  Islam has its own inherent governance structure.

Afghanistan is NOT a country made up of homogenous ethnic peoples with the same self-interests or even share any historical commonality.  There are 8 major ethnic groups within the current Afghan borders that were defined in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s by the British, Russia, and China.  The resulting “country” was basically a corral around a many peoples, most of which knew little or nothing about the other.  The map below will give you an idea of how disparate the ethnic make-up of Afghanistan is.

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Don’t make the mistake and try to draw a comparison to our republic that is made of 50 States.  The closest US analogy would be if the Christopher Columbus had drawn a line around the US and told all of the tribes of native peoples (Indians) and island dwellers, that they had to be subservient to Washington DC (I know it did not exist in 1492).  Further, that they had to vote for the central government leadership!  It is pretty amazing how clueless our own leadership is!

President Trump recognized that for the US to try to superimpose a central government over Afghanistan is a fool’s folly.  He stated point-blank that he has no interest in meddling in the Afghans governance.  While this one message is subtle, it is key to recognize that an Afghan western-style democracy cannot be a criteria for success!

Primary Success Criteria:  Eliminate Terrorist Haven in Afghanistan

President Trump stated that there are 20 separate terrorist groups in Afghanistan and in Pakistan.  His number one success criteria is the elimination of terrorist organizations from Afghanistan and allowing the terrorist organization from reconstituting in Pakistan.  Period!  

This is not simple and contains many tactical changes to give this a fighting chance.  Trump stated he will incorporate changes to achieve this goal:

  1. Rules of Engagement:  The President stated that he will take off the restraints on our commanders and soldiers and allow them to fight to win.  This will include the elimination of having embedded LAWYERS making the decision as to whether a soldier can fire on someone planting an IED!  How stupid is it to read a terrorist his “Miranda Rights”!  Further, that in-field tactical decision-making will not require approval from Washington and that the Military command will be empowered to take the fight to the criminals and terrorist, this is critical that we fight both, and eliminate them as a threat.  
  2. Focus on the Fight:  The US will no longer be in the business of nation building.  Our troops will no longer be building roads and buildings but focused on killing terrorist.  Period.
  3. Eliminate Cross-Border Safe  Havens:  The President also said that they will pressure Pakistan, apply real pressure and not just lip service, to not object to the US bombing terrorist havens inside of the Pakistan border with Afghanistan.  Today, the terrorist scurry across the border and we do not pursue them.  Trump will use our aid to Pakistan and other economic incentives to coerce the Pakistan Government to cooperate with the US.  He will also seek to isolate their nuclear weapons even more to ensure they do not fall into the hands of the terrorists.
  4. Stalemate China:  China has been a long-term player in both Afghanistan and Pakistan and are close neighbors with the former sharing a small border with China.  China has also been instrumental in the nuclearization of Pakistan!   The US will have to put pressure on China to keep them from interfering in our efforts to work with Pakistan to eliminate the terrorist from the region.
  5. Stalemate Russia:  The old Soviet Union bordered Afghanistan and had long sought to take over the Afghan mineral deposits.  Since the Progressive Left has interfered with Trump’s ability to work with Russia on Syria and other common issues, it will be difficult for the President to stalemate Russia.  That said, Trump will do everything he can to insure that Russian arming of the militants is minimized.  Russia shares many of our concerns for militant Islam and hopefully Trump will be able to overcome the “Russia Fever” that the left has created in our country.
  6. All Out War:  Trump will also wage a war to win and focus less on pressures to fight a “gentlemen’s war”.  He has already increased bombings by over 182% since taking office.  He will use special forces, air power, cyber, and increase commitments from NATO and other allies.  He may run into some resistance from some NATO allies as he talks the gloves off.  The French, for example, don’t like to fight at night!  Amazing.  Trump will also push the envelope in terms of pure fire power using even more MOABs to get the attention of the Terrorists.
  7. Engage the War Lords:  Trump’s team recognizes the role the regional war lords play in running Afghanistan.  Trump will have to prevail on them to cease sheltering and aiding any of the terrorists.  If he can persuade them that the US is not supporting a centralization of an Afghan government and allow the war lords to have a larger role in Afghanistan’s future, he may win most of them over.

Second Success Criteria:  Reduce the US Financial Commitment

Trump was subtle in his speech to enlist more financial support from Afghanistan, NATO and even India!  He is focused on $$$ and the US need to get others to help foot the bills that benefit others as well as the US.  He will probably tell Tillerson that he will take care of this part of the diplomatic effort!

  1. Afghanistan Financial Support:  Remember Trump talking about the Iraq war and that we should have “taken” some of the oil as repayment for our economic commitment to “liberating” Iraq?  Well, Afghanistan’s mineral and gemstone wealth is estimated at 1-3 Trillion dollars and include: barite, chromite, coal, copper, gold, iron ore, lead, natural gas, petroleum, precious and semi-precious stones, salt, sulfur, talc, zinc, emerald, lapis lazuli, red garnet and ruby.  Trump will probably seek to bring in international companies to help Afghanistan develop these resources and use part of the proceeds to offset our costs in the war effort.  Trump will also have to replace Afghanistan’s largest cash crop, poppies for opioid sales, with other sources of income for the war lords.   This change is needed to help rid the world markets of cheap opioids.  
  2. NATO:  Trump will ask NATO to increase their financial and military commitment to the Afghan Terrorist War as well.  NATO has already stated that they approve of the Trump Doctrine in South Asia and are open to discussions moving forward.
  3. India:  India is an interesting inclusion into the increased economic support for fighting terrorist in Afghanistan.  First of all, India is not a Muslim majority country and is in fact the home of the Sikhs who are enemies of the Muslims.  India would love to see the US exert more pressure on Pakistan as the two are also enemies in both religion and politics.  A more stable South Asia would benefit India and allow it to focus even more on its economic development and somewhat less on national defense.  The President seeks to pressure India, via its trade advantage with the US, to have India supply economic aid in Afghanistan in various forms.  At best, this will challenge even Trump’s “Art of the Deal” skills.  The overall alliance will include Muslims (both Sunni and Shia), Hindu, Sikhs, and a handful of others!  The alliance does, however, form a solid base for a true South Asia policy that includes Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Indian sub continent.  (May be easier than repealing Obamacare in Congress though)

The goals of the strategic change in Afghan self-determination, the defeat of terrorism in Afghanistan and to some degree Pakistan, and the Cost-Sharing goals to reduce US economic commitment to Afghanistan, define Trump’s success in Afghanistan.  If this succeeds with this “odd” alliance of players, it will have long-standing benefits in South Asia and help to stabilize a Post-Soviet South Asia.  If we do not succeed according to a time-table only Trump knows, we may pull out of Afghanistan sometime in the future.

There are many other facets of this doctrine that will be fleshed out in the coming months.  Trump will let the Generals and the troops do their jobs but will keep pressure on Mattis and his staff to keep their eye on the ball.  He will also make sure the Treasury is doing all they can to cut off the supply of funding to the terrorist and keep other cabinet members contributing in any way they can to assist the fight.  Rex Tillerson has a difficult job of keeping the coalition together while maintaining stability in Pakistan and elsewhere.  No small task.

Observation:  One thing to look for that will differentiate this campaign from our past feeble efforts to rid Afghanistan from Terrorist is a cessation of warfare during the winter months.  I would hazard a guess that Trump will seek to keep the terrorist from relaxing during the winter months with a series of asymmetrical attacks by land and air.  Sleep deprivation can be a demoralizing factor for sure…

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Hat Tips:

http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/boundaries-iii

http://afghanag.ucdavis.edu/country-info/culture-and-working-locally/Man_Afghan_Culture_CWTI.pdf

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

 

Trump to Pentagon On Afghanistan, “What Does Winning Look Like!”

Trump to Pentagon,

“What does Winning Look like in Afghanistan?” 

Culture shock in DC now extends to the Pentagon.  Specifically when it comes to defining Foreign Policy Strategy as it impacts Military Operations.   

As a businessman, Trump goes to the bottom line with every deal.   What does it mean to win and what does it look like in this particular deal.  We have been embroiled in conflict in Afghanistan since October, 2001.  We have seen what Bush thought was victory, then a redo with the surge, to Obama replacing combat with tentative engagement.  Trump will not approve of a military strategy in Afghanistan until he is convinced that he knows and believes what winning this conflict would look like and what will be the cost in blood and treasure.  Period.  

Apparently, in his meetings with DOD he was presented with a continuation of our prior strategy and was not satisfied with the strategy nor did he hear what winning would mean to the US.  Until he does, he will continue to press Mattis and McMaster and others.

While the MSM and talking heads are going nuts over not being able to pin Trump down on an Afghanistan strategy, why get in a hurry after almost 17 years of misery  and all too many casualties and injured servicemen and servicewomen. 

  • Trump has correctly said in the past that winning in Afghanistan has to include operations in Pakistan or we will continue to play “tag” with the Taliban scurrying back and forth from Afghanistan to their “safe space” in Pakistan. 
  • He has also indicated that anyone who receives billions from the US (Pakistan), must support our strategies or risk losing our aid.   Of course Trump detractors say that Pakistan is a nuclear nation so we can’t risk alienating them.  How about if you get$2B in aid and you probably can’t risk alienating us!

Trump also knows that doing nothing is also an option.  He will not naively dip his toe in an unwinnable conflict if he is not convinced that winning is not only attainable, but the likely outcome.  He believes that he owes this to our men and women in the military.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

 

Saint Comey Pontificates! “I am Good, Trump is Bad”

“Serious Manliness Issues”!

EX-Director of the FBI Comey kept to his pattern of seeing evil spirits in his superiors that has dated back to 2004 when he was the interim Attorney General under George W. Bush.  His personal political voyeurism and undermining of his superiors, including prior presidents, is embellished by his inflated self-importance acting under a delusional belief that he is the sole keeper of truth and justice. 

Another consistency to his behavior was his insatiable appetite for the limelight and egocentric focus on his single-handed campaign to right political “wrongs” whether the wrongs involved;

  • 2005 Enhanced interrogation objection against the Bush Administration. 
  • 2006 refusal to certify the Bush NSA domestic wiretapping program over the objections of the President and his White House Council.  (Comey’s certification was required as he was the acting AG and by law had to sign off on the program.  Thus, a single person forced the Bush administration to alter the program.)
  • In his 2007 testimony before the House and Senate Judiciary committees against the Bush Administration’s firing of certain U.S. attorneys.  Comey claimed that they were fired for political reasons and not for cause, in his view.  (By law, the president and the Attorney General have the right to fire any U.S. Attorney with or without cause.)
  • In 2013, just prior to his nomination to become the FBI director under Obama, Comey was a signatory to an amicus curiae brief submitted to the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage during the Hollingsworth v. Perry case.  Gay Marriage. 
  • In 2015, while the FBI director, Comey stated in a speech at Georgetown University, that police officers exhibit bias against African-Americans in carrying out their duties was a natural course of on the job learned bias.  (Great opinion to hold as the head of the premier law enforcement agency in the world)
  • In 2015, in another speech, Comey contradicted Obama’s support for police wearing body cameras.  (and you wonder why Trump may have asked if Comey would be loyal?)
  • In 2015, Comey, at a speech at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, linked Poland to the Holocaust along with Nazi Germany.  Comey retracted the linkage at the insistence of Ambassador Mull.  Comey stated; ” I wish I had not used any other country names because my point was a universal one about human nature”.  (Comey assumed the role of being the arbitrator and sage of and on “human nature”!)
  • In July of 2015, Comey opened the CRIMINAL investigation into the Clinton Email fiasco.  While this is worth an entire article, here are a few of Comey’s ego driven actions;
    • Gave into AG Loretta Lynch directive to call the Clinton Criminal Investigation a “MATTER” when he discussed it publicly.  
    • Comey was “concerned” when learning that the Russians may have hacked the DNC and was further “concerned” and personally distraught when AG Lynch met with Bill Clinton on the Phoenix tarmac while Comey had an open CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION (NOT A MATTER) ON HILLARY CLINTON.
    • On July 5th, 2015, Comey concluded the investigation of Clinton and announced that, “FBI’s recommendation that the United States DOJ file no criminal charges relating to the Hillary Clinton email controversy.”  This was after a 15 minute speech stating all the reasons Clinton should have been prosecuted!
    • Later in July, 2015, after receiving the Russian Dossier on Donald Trump which is a false operation research document by the democrats, the FBI opened a non-criminal investigation into the Trump Campaign!  Comey did not discuss the dossier with Trump until January, 2017, prior to Trump’s inauguration.

Comey’s career is replete with disclosing ongoing investigations, the status of ongoing investigations, and cow-towing to pressure to back off investigations, (IRS, Clinton, etc.) by the Obama Administration including its Attorney General.  Comey’s disclosures are consistently couched in statements of personal discomfort for “having to” violate protocol and discuss ongoing investigations when it suited his need for an ego boost.  Statements concerning his consternation, fear, intimidation etc. serve to try to make himself appear as the victim and the champion against evil.  (Comey is 6’8″ so the intimidation stance is a bit shallow!) 

Well, Comey’s ego puts himself above, Bush, Obama, and now Trump. 

Everyone else is bad, Comey is Good!

 

A couple of other thoughts. 

Comey’s supporters, Democrats and the Main Stream Media, put forth the idea that Comey, as the consummate professional, always documented his meetings with key Administration officials regardless of who was president.  We know this is false, if we believe Comey, and the only high level meetings he documented with a memo-to-the-file was when he met with Trump!  We have no way to know,

Comey leaked his Trump memos-to-file to the press through one of his friends.  So, he leaked confidential information regarding his meetings with the President of the United States without copying his boss the Assistant AG or the AG himself.  (No wonder he did not investigate leaking)

Comey, time and time again, discussed ongoing cases, whether they were ongoing or closed, but refused to disclose that President Trump himself was not under investigation.  Comey applies convenient standards depending whether they make Comey himself look like the champion of right versus wrong.  

Comey and the FBI apparently, according to Comey who once again discussed an open FBI case in public, did not find any wrong doing on the part of General Flynn but are pursuing a charge of “lying to the FBI”.  Remember Comey successfully prosecuted and convicted Martha Stuart for this same offense after failing to find any other wrong doing on her part.  

Personally, I think Jim Comey is a sad, pathetic, small person who hates authority figures, has a very low self-esteem, and craves accolades and media attention regardless of the consequences to the nation.

With ongoing threats from North Korea, Iran, ISIS, Al Qaeda, and others, ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, a failing health care system, and a sputtering economy, Trump and the nation should be focused on something besides the ramblings of an ego-maniac and a Democrat party aided by RINO Republicans and the main stream media. 

The fate of this nation is at stake and right now our priorities are all screwed up!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

ISIS Uses “Open Borders” to Send Its “Terror Instructors” to Indoctrinate 2nd Gen Islamists/Citizens

ISIS and Other Islamist Learn From OUR Mistakes!

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ISIS and other terror organizations will not jeopardize the US and European Open Borders policies, ever.  Why?  They rely on our stupidity to allow radical terrorists into our midst unrestrained; thus providing them with radical teachers and trainers of Islamist terror. 
They are taught to train SECOND GENERATION ISLAMISTS WHO ARE CITIZENS OF THE US OR EUROPE in order to take the spotlight off of recently immigrated hard-core terrorists.  Then, the global elite can claim that this is not an immigration or refugee problem as the terrorists are our own citizens!

Wake up, the terrorists use us against ourselves.  Dr. James Mitchell was the chief interrogator of Khalid Sheik Mohammed.  KSM told Dr. Mitchell in effect that the terrorists use our own freedom of religion and speech to move freely among us.  Dr. Mitchell is quoted as saying:  “What he (KSM) said to me was our civil liberties… were weaknesses and flaws that Allah put into American culture so we could be defeated.” That the terrorist will use our policies, like open borders, to defeat us (the West).  That assimilation will not work with the terrorists as they seek religious domination of the WORLD, not westernization.   Mitchel stated that KSM relayed that “Mohammed believed the easiest way to win “the long battle to take over the world with Sharia law” was through immigration and by outbreeding non-Muslims”.  Think we can assimilate our way to peace with this Islamism ideology?

The left, and many of our Congressional Republicans, think that this is a battle of ideology.  It is not.  IT IS A RELIGIOUS WAR BEING WAGED BY ISLAMIST, AND NOT BEING FOUGHT BY THE WEST AS SUCH.  It was sad today to watch Roy Blunt and other “republicans” on talk shows downplaying the need for Trumps temporary ban on travel to the US from 6 nations until his administration can set up extreme vetting of these potential travelers.  This is TRUMP’S CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO IMPLEMENT THIS POLICY, (despite the opinion of the 4th and 9th circuit) in order to safeguard our citizens.  Trump knows that the Islamist are using the refugee and immigration policies of the US and Europe to bring in radicalized trainers and teachers in order to unleash our own radicalized Muslim citizens against our own country.  IT IS INSANE TO SUPPORT THIS OPEN BORDER POLICY. 

Congress expanded on the Executive Branch’s authority over immigration as follows:

Inadmissible aliens – 8 U.S. Code § 1182 …

“Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by president. Whenever the president finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, the president may, by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”
Trump’s travel ban is supported by precedent by both Bush and Obama and is clearly within the statute.   According to the statute, Trump could say that he is banning Muslims, as a class, from specific countries but that is not what his executive order states.  If the leftist globalist get their way, America will be less safe and citizens of Europe will not longer have a glimmer of hope against the onslaught of radical Islamist terrorism.

We are at a crossroad in our history.  Our path will determine the outcome, freedom vs Islamist terror and domination.  There are no other possible outcomes according to Khalid Sheik Mohammed.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Hat Tips

http://michellemalkin.com/2008/06/22/the-new-york-times-reveals-the-name-of-ksms-interrogator-over-the-cias-wishes/

http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ksm-interrogator-jihadists-will-use-our-civil-liberties-defeat-us

http://insider.foxnews.com/2016/12/21/khalid-sheikh-mohammed-interrogator-911-mastermind-told-me-immigration-political

https://americanslivingfree.com/2015/12/09/inadmissible-aliens-8-u-s-code-%c2%a7-1182/

How About E-Verify for Law Enforcement! Requred for Employers, Why Not Law Enforcement?

2011 E-Verify Requirements by State

Need to Make E-Verify Mandatory for Business AND Every Governmental Agency. 

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The Federal Law governing the hiring of individuals who have been deemed legal to work in the United States is simple:

“U.S. law requires companies to employ only individuals who may legally work in the United States – either U.S. citizens, or foreign citizens who have the necessary authorization.” (DHS Website)

Democrats and Republicans alike have shied away from fully implementing this law nor have they extended its use to GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES.  Congress has been gutless in implementing a tool that would further strengthen our border security by discouraging additional illegal crossings. 

Why aren’t States and local governments required to verify every arrested person they detain, and every potential employee or contractor, against a national citizen database? 

Every police vehicle and booking facility could access this database via their in-vehicle systems. 

Image result for police vehicle on-board computersThis would eliminate the burden of these agencies to go through a verification process of checking papers to determine the detainee’s legal status in the US.  If a person was in the US illegally, whether through an illegal border crossing or here on an expired visa, the system would flag these individuals.   If a detainee did not show up as a citizen, then the agency could go through the more arduous process of checking their paperwork.   If a detainee was erroneously flagged by the system as an illegal, there should be an easy process to reassess their status and the appropriate updates to the system quickly applied.

Unfortunately, this system would be too easy to implement, even for government, and put a serious dent in visa over stays and illegal crossings. 

  • If employment opportunities are eliminated, illegal immigration would be reduced.
  • If Visa Over stays were eliminated, this form of illegal immigration would be reduced or eliminated.

Don’t just sit idly by, ask your Congress men and women why they won’t beef up E-Verify and insure that State and Local Compliance is enforced.  This includes Sanctuary Cities!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Hat Tips

https://www.dhs.gov/how-do-i/verify-employment-eligibility-e-verify

https://www.numbersusa.com/content/learn/illegal-immigration/map-states-mandatory-e-verify-laws.html

 

US Senate Should Abolish the 60 Vote Cloture/Filibuster Rules

Senate Filibuster and Cloture Vote Rules = Tyranny of the Minority!

The Senate’s use of a filibuster or the cloture vote to stop a filibuster, IS NOT IN THE US CONSTITUTION!  It is simply a Senate “rule” that was created by the Senate itself.  

Most US Citizens believe that a majority vote in the House or Senate should be the standard for passing legislation. 

They believe that

THE RULE OF THE MAJORITY

in a democracy should be the guiding principle. 

NOT A RULE BY THE MINORITY!

Did you know that the word “filibuster” comes from a Dutch word meaning PIRATE?

Why should a minority of Senators be able to thwart the “WILL OF THE PEOPLE”?  When the people elect a majority of Senators from one political party or ideology, the people expect that the elected majority in the Senate should prevail over the minority.  IF you believe that the minority’s rights are greater than the majority’s rights then should the passing of any legislation by the Senate be approved by 100%, 99%, 90%, 75%, 66% of the senators?  In essence, the current Senate Rule 22 requiring 60 votes to close debate puts control of the Senate in the minority, not the elected majority on regular legislation.

Historical Perspective:

The Senate rule allowing for a filibuster was first adopted by the Senate in 1806 but first used later in 1837.   In 1917, the Senate adopted a rule, (Rule 22), that provided that a filibuster could be stopped by a vote of 2/3rds of the Senate.  The 2/3rds vote requirement remained until 1975. 

During this period, the Southern Democrat Senators used the high 2/3rds vote threshold to block the Civil Rights Act of 1964, including anti-lynching legislation,  until cloture was finally invoked after a 60 day filibuster. 

In 1975, the Senate modified its cloture rule allowing for a vote of 3/5ths (60 votes) to stop a filibuster.   In 2013 the Senate changed the cloture vote to a simple majority for non SCOTUS judicial appointments. Then, in 2017, the rules were changed for even SCOTUS appointments.

Voting in the Senate should be the same as in the House of Representatives where the simple majority vote carries the issue.

Hiding Behind Senate Rules:

The other obscenity that is created with the phony 60 vote majority to end debate and pass the legislation is when the party who controls lets say 52 votes puts a bill on the floor knowing full well that the minority will block cloture and force the bill to die without a vote.  Then those in the majority strut about saying well we tried by XYZ minority blocked us. 

In more concrete terms, Obamacare repeal votes took place countless times when the Republicans knew full well that the legislation would be blocked by the Senate or Obama.  House Speaker Paul Ryan also hides behind Senate Rules when he re-crafted the Obamacare Repeal and Replace blaming Senate Rules as the reason he had to water down and stage the replacement. 

Democrat Vs Republican:

Republicans wring their hands when us regular folks tell them to do away with the 60 vote cloture rule and vote up or down on everything based solely on a simple majority.  Leadership says that when Democrats are in power they will use this power against Republican and ram legislation through.  

Obama taught us that these insane legislative rules with their false majorities are inconsequential and should be predicated on a simple majority vote.  When Obama lost the majority in the House and Senate, he merely ignored the legislative and judicial branches and ruled by fiat.   If the Republicans did pass a bill, they knew Obama would veto it! 

So, it did not matter what the Republican majority was in the Senate or the House.  Both parties use these rules to hide behind.  The use of these faux votes to prove to their constituencies that they are fighting for them is ludicrous.  We are not THAT dumb!

McConnell:

Do Away with Senate Rule 22 Requiring 60 Votes to Close a Debate;

Man-up; and Vote and Be Accountable!

We The People are Not Fooled!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

 

The Multi-Faceted Intent of the Syrian Strike-America First!

Trump: And You Thought I Was Kidding!

Are you confused whether Trump’s bombing of the Syrian airbase over Assad’s use of chemical weapons is:

  • a contradiction of his campaign promises;
  • or whether Trump is now a Neo-Con who believes in Nation Building;
  • or has the President simply let his left leaning advisors to con in him to attacking Syria? 

Well, none of the “conventional wisdom” is right and certainly the main stream media (MSM) is clueless as are most of the Republican insiders, Never Trumpers, right-wing isolationists, or self-professed “Conservatives”!

Did Trump know that he would be tested by the world’s bad actors early in his presidency.  ABSOLUTELY. 

  • Syria:  Did he know that Syria would use chemical weapons to test him?  He probably had a test by Syria on his watch list of possible provocations as well as the following:
  • North Korea:  The President probably had a provocation by NoKo on his short list of potential tests.
  • Iran:  The President certainly had Iran on his short list of bad actors and potential provocateurs.
  • Russia:  The President probably did not think that Putin would come at the US directly but use one or more of his partners-in-crime, Iran or Syria.
  • China:  The President probably did not consider China a source of a military challenge due to our mutual need for trade and other common interests in the region.

Trump had contingency plans in place for all of the “A” list of bad actors and their possible provocative actions.  Trump had a bucket full of escalation options for retaliation short of all out war or troop invasion.  Trump also knew that if his retaliation was decisive enough he could use it to stalemate the rest of the bad actors.

What did President Trump Accomplish by Bombing Syria?

All of the potential threats from the bad actors were not necessarily negated but he certainly gave all of them pause.  Further, the two military powers who use surrogates to test the US, Russia and China, were put on notice that the US would not tolerate threats to the US or stand idly by if weapons of mass destruction were used in combat. 

What were the messages sent by Trump and received by the bad actors?

China:  The US needs China to either act directly against North Korea’s nuclear program or at least not oppose action by the US to do so.  The timing of the bombing was especially helpful as President Xi was concurrently meeting with President Trump.  The timing of the bombing and the meeting was perfect as Trump’s words about dealing with North Korea if China would not was backed by his action against Syria.  China now knows that what President Trump says is what he means.  He is not necessarily diplomatic but he certainly says what he means, period.

North Korea:  IF NoKo had a rational leader, which they do not, the Syrian bombing and China’s support of our policy of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula should give the North Korean leadership pause.  It is doubtful that the NoKo leadership is neither rational nor well advised.  NoKo will probably continue to test their nuclear weapons and delivery systems.  China just moved 120,000 troops to their border with North Korea to prevent refugees from NoKo to come into China if the US moves to take out the NoKo nuclear program.  Action by the US is imminent.  Unfortunately, there is really no other option for the US vis-à-vis the denuclearization of the of the Korean Peninsula.  We are probably looking at days, not weeks or months. 

Iran:  Iran will probably adopt a take a “look-see” posture for the time being and not directly take any action against the US.  They will pound their chests and condemn the US but what else is new.  They will oppose any diplomatic efforts to depose his ally, Assad.  But, Iran now knows that Trump will continue to ratchet up sanctions and financial transaction scrutiny.  They now know that what Trump says he will do. 

Syria:  Assad is not as nutty as North Korea but he could retaliate against US troops in Syria fighting ISIS.  THIS IS ONE OF THE PRIMARY REASONS TRUMP HIT SYRIA FOR USING CHEMICAL WEAPONS AS THESE WEAPONS COULD HAVE BEEN USED AGAINST US TROOPS.  IN FACT, I BELIEVE THAT THE ATTACK ON THE CIVILIANS WAS A DRY RUN TO SEE IF TRUMP WOULD REACT.  IF HE HADN’T, ASSAD WOULD BE EMBOLDENED TO USE THESE WEAPONS AGAINST US TROOPS IN SYRIA.  Syria will probably let Russia try to fend off the US and world-wide negative opinion until such time Assad is viewed as a liability to Putin.

Russia:  Putin apparently received the message sent by Trump that Obama is no longer in charge.  Trump stalemated Putin’s advances in the Middle East and probably Eastern Europe.  Putin is now assessing what Trump is and what he represents to the future of Russia.  IF Putin is smart, he will seek to get an agreement with Trump to keep his access to the Syrian naval ports and seek to transition Assad out of power.  This will not be simple nor easy especially since the Alawites (Assad’s Shia group) will want to maintain power over Syria and its 90% Sunni population.  Further, Iran sees Syria as key to their march towards dominating the Middle East with a Shia coalition of Iran, Syria and Afghanistan. 

United Nations:  President Trump and his Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, sent a strong message to the UN, and its members, that they are no longer relevant to the US, or the world, in determining US policy.  We will take an issue to them as a matter of courtesy but our decision is based on America First and we will not wait for the Security Council to act, nor not.   This is accentuated by President Trump cutting the US budget to the UN which is long overdue. 

NATO:  During the campaign candidate Trump made it clear that members of NATO would have to meet their financial obligations AND modernize and emphasize Counter Terrorism if they are to remain relevant and supported by the US.  Message received and backed up by decisive action by the US in Syria.  Too bad the other NATO nations did not initiate the reaction against Syria but perhaps they will be emboldened to do so in the future as they have post-Trump bombing of Syria.

The Aftermath:

So, while 59 Tomahawks and 59,000 pounds of explosives at a cost of $88,500,000 may not be considered by some as significant and others as over-kill, we probably saved over the $88,500,000 in costs for flights, hotel rooms and meals for overstuffed diplomats sitting around a table wringing their hands trying to figure out what to do about Syria, Iran, North Korea, ISIS, and Russia.

Trump planted our flag once again in the sacred ground referred to as the international community.  Time will tell the extent of the fall-out from Trump’s actions but there is no doubt that his action resulted in

“MESSAGE SENT-MESSAGE RECEIVED”.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

 

TrumpCare Challenge-Governance With the “Art of the Deal”

Democrat Obamacare Vs Republican TrumpCare

Obamacare was NEVER “sunshined” to the American Voter, or even Congress, before it was passed.  Just ask then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who said we will have to pass it to see what is in it!

The TrumpCare replacement, ala Paul Ryan, was just made public and all hell broke loose.  AS IT SHOULD!  The good news, it has not even undergone House hearings or opened yet for amendments let alone scheduled for a vote in the House.  The Senate has yet to propose its own bill or reviewed the House bill with its Republican caucus. 

So far, what you are witnessing is Congress going through a normal legislative process where this TrumpCare bill will be sliced, diced, amended, changed dramatically or even scrapped altogether before the process is finished. 

That is a good thing.  That is what we sent our representatives to Congress to do!

Keep in mind, there are two parts to the ultimate TrumpCare legislation.  One, Repeal Obamacare.  Two, Replace Obamacare.  According to many of the conservatives, the current bill does not go far enough to completely repeal the current ACA/Obamacare law.  Further, these same conservatives do not feel that the current replacement bill is not a free-market, conservative principled replacement.  You are hearing the term Obamacare-Lite!

Why did Trump praise this bill even though the bill did not contain all that he wanted and campaigned to deliver?

The House, Ryan TrumpCare bill is a Start!  Trump see this bill as the START of the Negotiations, not the FINAL PRODUCT!

Now the fun part begins.  The “sausage making” will be on full display as it should be.  For those who are less than 25 years old, you have never really seen a real legislative process!  For those of us who have attained senior status, we may have forgotten what a real legislative process looks like!

Be that as it may, the public display and posturing by the various factions works to our advantage.  Call your Senator, call your representative, tweet President Trump directly and let you voice be heard.   This bill, in its current form, will not be passed nor signed by President Trump.  It is only the beginning. 

Be assured that President Trump, VP Pence, and HHS Secretary Price will be working to make sure all sides come together.  They would also include the Democrats but it is doubtful if they will join in the debate.  They seem to be fixated on the Russians, period. 

Maybe if Putin weighs in on the TrumpCare process, the Democrats and their lackeys in the main stream media ears would perk up.  Don’t hold your breath!  Just imagine the editorial meeting in the NYT trying to figure out how to tie this to Russian Hacking and Trump collusion with Putin!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Hat Tips

http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/conservatives-gop-obamacare-plan/2017/03/07/id/777477/

http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/conservatives-gop-obamacare-plan/2017/03/07/id/777477/

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/07/sean-spicer-inaccurately-claims-paul-ryans-health-care-bill-fully-repeals-obamacare/

 

 

Note to Congress-We The People Are Watching You-Protect Trump or Else

Trump Sign-WYSISYGOpen Letter to Republican Senators and Representatives (and “conservative” pundits)

Dear Republican Senators and Representatives:

Just a friendly reminder of who we are, and what we have done for you.  Conversely, who we are, and what we can do TO YOU.

  1.  In 2010, you said that if we gave you the House of Representatives, you would stop Obamacare via the purse strings and stop Obama from shoving his hard Progressive Left down our throats.  We Gave You the House, and you did nothing.
  2. In 2014, you said that if we gave you the House of Representatives and the Senate, you would stop Obamacare via the purse strings and stop Obama from shoving his hard Progressive Left down our throats.  We Gave You the House and the Senate and you did nothing.
  3. In 2016, you said that if we gave you the House of Representatives and the Senate, you would stop Obamacare via the purse strings and stop Obama from shoving his hard Progressive Left down our throats.  We Gave You the House, the Senate and the Presidency, and now you are trying to emasculate our President and kill OUR agenda!

This is a not so subtle warning to McCain, McConnell and the House Leadership;  you all better rally behind Trump and his agenda or you will have hell to pay in 2018.  Your little party will be over.  We have had it with your stupid games that have left us bankrupt, futureless, and our nation basically in a state of a third world nation.

We have serious problems that transcend your meaningless position of power and your selfish, self aggrandizing misuse of the position we GAVE YOU.  Trump is our only chance to take back this country once and for all.  If you succeed in bringing Trump down, you bring down the hopes and dreams of our founders and now we the people who have given you everything you asked for! 

Our Freedom and our very lives are at stake.  We do not have anything left to lose.

Grow a pair and Stand Behind We the People and our President, Donald J. Trump.

 

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RD Pierini

@RDPierini

McCain Should be Impeached for Sedition

mccain-sedition

Sedition:  Conduct or Speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state…

The Progressive Left (P/L) has been joined by Senators McCain, Graham, and other insiders to bash Trump and discredit his administration at every turn and to thwart the will of the people.

The resignation of Army Lieutenant General Flynn as the head of the National Security Agency, gave McCain and his progressive, anti-Trump Neo-Cons another opportunity to bash Trump but worse, to question the condition of our Nation’s national security team and its capabilities.

This, at a time, when we have a new President, the bad actors in the world are looking for a chink in Trump’s armor in order to take down this nation.  McCain’s actions and rhetoric are a text-book case of Sedition as he joins the P/L to take down our Government.

McCain and Graham see Trump as more of the enemy than North Korea, Iran, Syria and others and are obsessed with Russia and the left’s fabrication of Trump’s “relationship” with Putin.  This is a classic case of paranoia fed by personal animus over Trump’s past comments about McCain.  Trump has tried to put this feud be him but McCain continues to fuel this silly fight to the detriment of our nation.  McCain may have been a war hero years ago but that does not give him a free pass to out our nation at risk.

McCain, Graham, and other republican senators and representatives are classic examples of why we need term limits.  Their own personal interests and views take precedence over the nation’s interests or the will of the people.

They refuse to see our elections as the will of the people and join the P/L in their insane quest to de-legitimize the Trump Presidency.  They are stoking the fires of discontent and are by their own actions engaging in Seditious behavior worthy of impeachment.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Hat Tips:

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video/mccain-sees-nsc-disarray-michael-flynns-resignation-45483172

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/azdc/2017/02/14/sen-john-mccain-michael-flynn-resignation-highlights-dysfunction-trump/97888784/