Interesting list of strategic assumptions

Here’s a War On The Rocks article worth reading:

THE U.S. MILITARY’S DANGEROUS EMBEDDED ASSUMPTIONS

by David Barno and Nora Bensahel

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Another Comey tell saga

Today, I came across this Trump tweet, retweeted by Ben Shapiro, with comment and I want to give my short take of this:

Ben Shapiro Retweeted Donald J. Trump

So he publicly re-opened the investigation into her because he wanted a job? That makes no sense. Taking polling into consideration is bad enough, but this is illogical.

Ben Shapiro added,

The Comey explanation is as contorted as the Trump explanation. I suspect Comey expected Hillary to win, so he wanted the Weiner laptop issue “checked off as investigated” & buried. The speed with which he reopened the investigation & reclosed it made it seem like box-checking

From the reporting on the Comey interview with Stephanopoulos. Comey states:

“I don’t remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been because I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump, and so I’m sure that it was a factor,” Comey told ABC News’ chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview ahead of the April 17 release of his book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.”

“I don’t remember spelling it out, but it had to have been, that she’s going to be elected president and if I hide this from the American people, she’ll be illegitimate the moment she’s elected, the moment this comes out,” he added.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/comey-assumption-clinton-win-factor-email-investigation/story?id=54467459

Despite Stephanopoulos trying to spin this reopened investigation as creating a shadow over a Hillary administration,  I suspect Comey believed that in a Hillary administration he would still be FBI director and Loretta Lynch & company would still be running the DOJ.  He knew how Lynch & company wanted the Clinton investigation(s) deep-sixed.

Comey gets that sanctimonious tone equivocating after Stephanopoulos’ spin, but facts matter.   During that quickie Weiner laptop investigation the FBI was leaking like a sieve, like reports of numerous ongoing field office investigations into the Clinton Foundation. By Comey publicly announcing “FBI reopened &  investigated, nothing to see here“, he was digging a public fire break for a President Hillary Clinton and for himself as FBI director.  He would then have had another convenient public “extremely careless” investigation conclusion to refer to, plus his job as FBI director.

With all that FBI leaking when the email investigation was reopened it seemed like Comey was facing field office PR insurrections and he wanted to placate them that the FBI was doing due diligence to its duties, but he was also looking to his future as FBI director working in a Hillary Clinton administration.

If Hillary had been elected, she could have pointed to the public FBI exoneration on both her email investigation and the emails on Weiner’s laptop.

Heck, the usual “Islamophobia” spin about Huma was ready-made for that scenario.  I believe Comey was just trying to pull off another “extremely careless” PR spin to bury another Clinton scandal and keep his FBI director position.

I wrote about the Comey tell after his July 2016 “extremely careless” speech and I suspected the Clinton silencers at work, but after the exposure of all those fine career professionals handling the Clinton email investigation Comey cited, it sure now seems that Comey entrusted the overseeing of the Clinton investigation to some highly unprofessional, politicized hacks.  He also suffered from the same malady that infects people who get too close to President Trump.  Many people who hang around Trump begin to act like him – rude, disrespectful, engaging in reprehensible name -calling and petty, vicious taunting.

Comey began making politicized judgments and acting like those around him at the highest level of the Lynch DOJ.    His tones now, trying to appease the Left about the reopened email investigation, clearly shows he wants to get back in their good graces and he proclaims his intention is to  “contain” the Trump forest fire” (stop Trump), which he believes “ethical leaders in the government can’t contain”.

Comey’s on a PR campaign to stop Trump, which can only mean he is out to build public support for impeachment, and he has now sunk to the Trump level of name-calling to try to make his case for ethical leadership.

Lord, help us if Trump and Comey are our American role models on principled leadership…

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A link worth reading.

Andrew McCarthy has a very informative piece on the constitutional issues and other facts involved in the Mueller investigation, Trump’s presidential power and Congressional power.  Very interesting and worthwhile read:

Trump and the Unitary Executive by Andrew McCarthy at National Review Online

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Trump’s prepping for a major info war offensive

Trump and his info warriors are prepping the FOX and conservative media information battlefield to prepare for Trump firing Rosenstein.

America is on the precipice of a major constitutional crisis.  As I’ve said for months now, we are already sinking rapidly into an information void, where the American “news” environment has become a wasteland of partisan political SPIN.  You can turn on the three major cable news channels and compare.  While CNN and MSNBC preen about how FOX’s political reporting is just Trump propaganda (which it is), they fail to see that the “mainstream media” reporting is to a large degree the Democrat talking points or reliant on “unnamed sources”, who are highly likely Democrat politicians.

I don’t feel like rehashing all of this, so this post is going to be some points, then I have housework to do and I am learning how to make Amish knot rag rugs  Made my first small rug a few days ago using old fabric from the 90s.  The technique is simple, but as with most craft and needlework, I need to practice a lot more to get my knots a uniform size.  My first rug is 24″ across:

1. Since Trump & his info warriors are poised for another major offensive, here’s a 2015 TPM editorial about Trump’s way of info war, worth reading: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-way-of-the-doofus-warrior

2. The past few days, on FOX, Twitter & across friendly conservative media, Trump and his info warriors are “prepping the information battlefield”, working to feed anger about Comey, the Clinton email investigation double standard, and obvious corruption in the Lynch DOJ.

3. No one on the Left has any organized defense against Trump’s info war offensives. Instead, they run the same losing defensive moves – hysterics, same failed spin messaging & “taking to the streets” with the far-left fringes screeching.

4. On the right, there’s still a very divided GOP, which benefits Trump, because there’s enough Trump mouthpieces in Congress to sabotage and slow down any orchestrated Republican effort to thwart Trump’s info war offensives.

5. And there’s enough anger among the right about the 2016 Clinton/DNC/Obama corruption using the Lynch DOJ and Comey’s “extremely careless” to temper Congressional Republicans from acting against Trump. They know Trump will hit the road with rallies to woo their constituents.

6. America is spinning itself into a constitutional crisis. SPIN info war is a larger threat to America than Trump, because the longer this 2016 info war drags on the deeper the information void becomes. We have all 3 major cable NEWS networks reporting vast amounts of SPIN as news.

7. This endless high-octane American SPIN info war escalates partisan anger, deepens divides & erodes our constitutional system, but it also is destroying America’s reputation in the international community.  SPIN can lead us into both a constitutional & a national security crisis.  Foreign leaders, both friends and adversaries, rely on American media to a very large degree to assess what is going on in America and also on the reliability of our American government.  This endless 2016 information war continues to erode America’s credibility.

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2018 will just be rearranging the GOP ashes

This past week slipped by without a blog post, even though I did begin writing a few blog posts, then decided not to finish them.  The 2016 information war is rewinding and replaying the beginning  SPIN track… on both sides.  Trump is reverting back to his beginning rally hits with off-the-chain tough talk on The Wall, China trade policy, illegal  immigration, Mexicans, the military and if news reports are true, he is back to insisting he knows more than the generals and is determined to pull US troops out of Syria very soon.

The #Resist, which includes many in the mainstream media, keeps recycling through their same old themes – Trump taxes, Trump’s women, Trump’s corrupt business practices, but the Trump/Russia collusion narrative appears to be fizzling, as to date, no smoking gun has been found.

My prediction is that Trump will veer back to his core advisers during the campaign, who encouraged his “Trump being Trump” rally sideshow antics.  He doesn’t want to listen to the generals or anyone who tries to guide him toward acting presidential or reining in his impulsive decision-making.  Trump cares more about what Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, and Seb Gorka say than he does about what General Kelly, General Mattis or General Dunford advise him.  That is really where America is at and while the Left’s anti-Trump contingent lives to create Trumpocalyspe hysteria, by any measure Trump’s own antics feed their spin.

Whatever Trump says or does has not and likely won’t cause enough disruption or chaos in ordinary Americans’  lives to cause mass hysteria or mass abandonment of Trump from his base.  Trump has not managed to win over even most of the Republicans in Congress to support him, but instead most support certain policy efforts, while at the same time trying to distance themselves from Trump.  The numbers of Republicans not seeking reelection tells a story that Trump’s staunchest mouthpieces will claim is “good riddance to those losers”, but in reality highlights that there aren’t Trump loyalist candidates emerging to actually be competitive to keep these Congressional seats red.

The Left’s mass hysteria does appear to be causing plenty of grassroots activism and motivation among Democrats and with the media-driven hype about a blue wave forming, it might actually drive a blue wave in November.  Add in the Trump chaos, much of it caused by Trump, combined with the Left’s relentless #Resist efforts and heavy Republican losses in November seem highly likely.

The Trump mouthpieces will blame the Republican Congress, the Omnibus bill and their favorite scapegoat is NeverTrumpers, who refuse to give full-throated support to the President, irrespective of what he says or does.  The Trump sycophants will never blame President Trump, his chaotic and toxic leadership, their own ongoing scorched earth information war, or their relentless efforts to demonize Republicans, who are not on the Trump train, for the Republican Party’s gloomy November prospects.  In one breath the Trump slash and burn crowd rant that NeverTrumpers have no influence and don’t matter and in the next they blame them for all the problems befalling a still deeply divided Trumpian Republican Party.

Whatever happens, one thing is certain – neither President Trump nor his loyal, ardent flame-throwers will take the blame if a blue wave decimates the Republican Party in November.  They will never man up to “their way or the highway” tactics causing losses and they won’t ever admit to being losers.  They will scapegoat NeverTrumpers… again.

Trump seems poised to hit the rally circuit again, veer back to his early campaign slash and burn mode, reclaim all his most extreme positions and rhetoric, confident that with the FOX 24/7 Trump spin, he is invincible.

Trump’s adversaries haven’t discovered  Trump’s kryptonite yet.  It’s not Trump/Russia collusion, his other women, his tax returns, his shady business dealings, his mercurial and impetuous behavior, or even his two biggest fears – losing or being perceived as weak.

He lives in a world where he insulates himself from losing, by never admitting he lost, even when he loses.  Likewise he insulates himself from acknowledging any weaknesses.  I suspect his kryptonite is having to face the truth, but he’s got decades deep self-delusions, legions of fawning courtiers  in his entourage and children, who feed his delusions to protect him.

No matter what happens in November, Trump will still be standing.  The GOP was burned to the ground in 2016, so 2018 will just be rearranging the ashes.

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Divorce works as feminist cred builder…

Feminist ideology permeates our culture in ways that filter down into even the most personal, often in ways that surprise me. Although being a teenager in the 1970s, where strident feminist ideology rose to dominate American culture, I should not be surprised how completely even many (perhaps most) conservative women have been indoctrinated too.

The girl power dogma rules and has been everywhere from cute pastel-colored stickers proclaiming “Girls Rule” for young girls to colleges brimming with “women’s studies” selections, while military history was frog-marched off of most college curriculums.

Feminists have worked to shame and marginalize women who choose to be stay-at-home mothers and make their family the center of their lives.  Women who do not define themselves in terms of “careers” are relegated to the bottom of the heap and as one of those “just a nobody homemaker” type of women ( I could fill a book with personal examples).  This attitude so dominates our culture, where women blazing trails into traditional male-dominated careers are hailed as role models, cultural icons and symbolic of what women should strive for in their lives, that anything other than blazing career trails is deemed being a failure or settling for less.

Women are defined by most men primarily on looks, to a degree that often, I think, it’s hardwired into the male DNA to assess women as potential mates, but most men publicly spout the feminist dogma too.  Women define themselves and other women based on feminist-indoctrinated standards of career and politics.  Motherhood and family, although still central to many women’s lives, get dissected and judged on strictly feminist terms.  Most women, who decide to stay home to care for their children, whom I’ve known feel a need to defend the choice, but among  stay-at-home mothers  with a college education, they feel shame or express the choice in terms of being a failure.

Homemakers often caveat their choice as “temporary”.  It’s a rare thing for a woman to unapologetically state she chose to be a homemaker and is happy being at home.

The cultural status of being a homemaker devolved from being a respected undertaking, where a mother was seen as the central figure in the home, keeping order and nurturing her family to now an undertaking in need of apology and excuses.  Homemaking used to be considered real work, but the feminist revolution redefined it in Betty Friedan terms, as drudgery, misery, endless boredom and a total waste of a woman’s life.

Most conservative women in the punditry and political circles, claim to be feminists too and how they square these two diametrically opposing ideologies into their personal and political viewpoint fascinates me.  These conservative women will raise a ruckus when Hillary Clinton makes a dismissive comment about traditional homemakers, spouting about how she didn’t want to stay at home baking cookies, but at the same time these conservative women are very much swimming in the same feminist ideological pond as liberal feminist women, believing most of the same things.  They define themselves on feminist terms.

A few “rebel” conservative women have rocked the feminist cart a bit by suggesting women take the time to rock the cradle and stay home with their young children, as a viable option, but even there, feminist dictates creep in, with advice often urging women that they can later pursue a career.  The truth is children especially from lower-income families, where affordable quality daycare options do not exist, would fare better with a family member at home caring for them. Despite relentless leftist social engineering in our culture, many women still feel mothering instincts and find satisfaction in caring for their children.

Among some deeply religious families, you will hear some value placed on stay-at-home mothers, but these views get cast as trying to keep women trapped at home by the mainstream cultural mouthpieces.  This traditional defense of women being happy and fulfilled taking care of their families, as the central goal in their life, gets less than zero respect in our culture.

Marriage has also been redefined and diluted in meaning and form, where it’s relevance is now more useful as a term held hostage by leftists, who work tirelessly to politicize, litigate and pressure Americans into bowing down and accepting their constantly evolving definition.  So, it shouldn’t have surprised me to read an op-ed from a conservative pundit weighing in that Hillary Clinton failed women, by staying married to Bill Clinton and urging Melania Trump to divorce President Trump, to make a political statement and become a worthy feminist icon.

A couple of days ago, conservative commentator, S.E. Cupp urged Melania Trump to divorce President Trump in an op-ed.  Cupp wrote:

“What she does next is no small thing. It might seem just like tabloid fodder to the gossip rags, or political chum for Hill watchers. But for a generation of young girls, Melania’s next move could be formative.

It was for me. I was just 13 when word of Bill Clinton’s affairs hit the campaign trail and imperiled his 1992 presidential run. I had just “voted” for Clinton in my school’s mock primary, and I was paying close attention.”

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/melania-don-repeat-hillary-mistake-leave-donald-article-1.3899011

It’s fair to condemn Hillary for attacking Bill Clinton’s other women and being involved in trying to destroy their reputations, but it’s a whole other thing to read a conservative commentator equate marriage as some sort of political or feminist statement.  Marriage should be a private matter.  It feels very odd to find myself defending Hillary Clinton’s right to privacy on her marriage and any decisions she makes pertaining to it, but this is a first.  Hillary Clinton doesn’t need to explain her marriage to anyone.

Asserting that Melania Trump will inspire young women, if she divorces her husband, leaves me wondering what kind of women find inspiration in a broken marriage and another child dealing with a broken home?  Divorce is a painful experience for most people who go through it.  It’s especially painful to children in those families.  Suggesting a woman divorce to make a political statement or to bolster her “feminist cred” sounds nakedly ambitious, heartless and completely incongruent with conservative values.

This is where conservative values are at though.  Cupp isn’t an anomaly.   Most women, across the political spectrum are feminists first and their “conservative” values play second string to trying to appease the feminist sisterhood.  Feminist ideology rules, not only the American cultural and political landscape completely, sadly it rules the roost in most American homes.

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