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Thoughts on Events the Week of January 6

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on January 14, 2020

Iran: admitted that in the fog of war, it mistakenly shot down a commercial airliner. This admission came at the direct order of Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei. No telling where this story might have gone if the Iranians had continued to deny it. The evidence was becoming incontrovertible, but nobody believes anything the Trump administration says about anything. I would believe almost anything Iran says before what our government says. It could have been a standoff.

But Iran stepped up and did the right thing. It’s inconceivable to me that I would be saying this, but at times, Iran seems to be better governed, more honest and more transparent than our own government.

Obviously, our foreign policy regarding the Middle East is in the hands of ignorant, religious wackos (exception: John Bolton, who is just a garden variety war monger), and a clueless, impulsive president. Secretary of State Mike Pompous and Vice President Puritan Pence, came over on the Mayflower, mentally. We may have witch trials in our future if they have their way.

These mental retards want to effect regime change in Iran. Among the many things they don’t understand is that regime change is going to happen there, in fact, it is already in the process, as it was Iraq before we intervened, but it won’t happen until we get out of their way.

That said, I’m not sure Pompous and Pence would like the new regime. They will, with little difficulty, take over control, if not authority, of Iraq, which is another Shia majority country, and they will have a greater influence in the region overall.

Opportunity loss: President Trump says he wants out of the “endless war” in Iraq. Iraq wants us to leave. This is the perfect opportunity to get the hell out of there.

But now Trump is pissing on this golden opportunity to get us out of Iraq like a hooker’s mattress. He’s refusing to leave and has threatened even to impose sanctions on Iraq, our ally, for crying out loud, if it tries to make him.  

What the hell is happening here? This fool doesn’t know what is going on, where things are going, nor what the hell he is doing. He’s stumbling around between his impulses, various equally clueless advisors and Fox News, with the result his foreign policy is a dog’s dinner.

Destroying Cultural Sites: A reminder came this week upset I was when the Taliban began destroying every statue in Iraq on religious grounds, including ancient pre-Islamic ones, and ISIL began destroying ancient historical and religious artifacts. I thought what a despicable lot of ignorant religious wackos these people are who have no regard for their own cultural heritage. These barbarians are beneath contempt.

The reminder, of course, was that President Trump threatened to destroy “cultural sites” in Iran. In other words, our barbaric president is no better than ISIL or the Taliban. Fortunately, Trump backed down, and it is a good thing, too, because I believe our military, if ordered to do this, would have refused, causing another major constitutional issue. This guy is a walking cock-up.

Democratic Primaries: The Democratic presidential field is beginning to winnow, and some pundits and politicians are lamenting that there is less diversity among the remaining candidates than when the process started. This is unfortunate, but what the hell did they think was going to happen? Diversity, mathematically, requires multiples. Ultimately, there can only be one candidate. We need to pick the best one, or at least a good one, and for sure one who can beat Trump.

The Royals: I can’t believe I am doing this, but I feel obliged to make a comment about Meghan and Harry.

I don’t pay attention to the royals, so I didn’t know this, but apparently Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex and American member of the royal family, has been the victim of vicious racism in Britain’s press, and in society generally, since she married Prince Harry, because of her “mixed race” heritage.

I was ignorant of all this because we usually only get the fairy tale version of the royal family over here, I don’t pay any attention to what news we do get, and because, despite the current administration, we are much more egalitarian than the Brits, who are  more “class conscious” (read bigoted and xenophobic).

So, Prince Harry took Markle away from all this bullshit, or Meghan told the royals to kiss her rosy red rectum, and Harry, who seems genuinely to love his wife, went with him.

Simon Hogarth famously said, “I love the monarchy. It’s just this particular family I can’t stand.” Well, I like some of the family members better than before. But there is no question that the royals are caught in a time warp, centuries behind. They are the antipode (my new word) of the modern family.

Worst State: Just when I was thinking of removing Arizona from the list of worst states, and replacing it with, say, Kentucky, it came back with a vengeance this week, thanks to my own personal Representative and card-carrying pig part, Paul Gosar.

Gosar “shared,” in the popular vernacular, a doctored photo showing President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who have never met, shaking hands. This forgery is wrong on every level.

As we all know, President Trump despises “fake news.” I wonder what he will say about this. The most apt description of Gosar’s dissemination of false propaganda I have read is “Shameless stupidity.” Works for me. Arizona, you get the cup.

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