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bito On January - 17 - 2013

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And yet with globalization, we seem to have developed a strange apprehension about the efficacy of our ability to apply the innovation and hard work necessary to successfully compete in a complex security and economic environment. Further, we have misunderstood interdependence as a weakness rather than recognizing it as a strength. The key to sustaining our competitive edge, at home or on the world stage, is credibility — and credibility is a difficult capital to foster. It cannot be won through intimidation and threat, it cannot be sustained through protectionism or exclusion. Credibility requires engagement, strength, and reliability — imaginatively applied through the national tools of development, diplomacy, and defense.

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A National Security Narrative



Written by bito

Was once a handsome frog until kissed by an ugly corporate princess.----- Like a well honed knife, the internet can be a wonderful and useful tool. It can be used to prepare and serve a delicious meal or it can be used to cause harm. peace

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  1. Fuzzy Dunlop says:


    Looks like very good news. Kim and Moon are not waiting on anymore of our bullshit. Good for them. Trump and company don’t really want this. I think they want to keep tensions high in that region of the world.

  2. Kalima says:


    White House lawyer attends start of Justice Dept. briefings with lawmakers on confidential source


  3. AdLib says:

    This comes as an utter surprise to anyone who knows nothing about no one.

    The Great Dealmaker fails again and again. And He Is The Walrus, John Bolton’s first achievement as NSA is to “blow up” nuclear talks with NK with an assist from “political dummy” (as NK called him) Mike Pence.

    Trump cancels Singapore summit in letter to Kim Jong Un


    And BTW, Trump’s “breakup” letter to Kim reads like a teenager who was turned down for a date then claimed he canceled the date himself.

    • Kalima says:

      After Bolton’s and Mike Pence’s stupid and warming comments, who wouldn’t be thoroughly pissed off about the motives of the U.S.?

      Kim’s only concern is the safety of his regime and the knownothings turn around to threaten them all over again.

      Foreign policy is in shambles because no one except Mattis knows what they are doing. Trump has no Plan B for anything. He pulled out of the Climate Pact because it was Obama’s. He pulled out of the TPP for the same reason. He pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal without understanding any of it or having a better deal. He screwed with the ACA without the promised better and cheaper healthcare. He thinks he can wipe Obama from history by destroying everything Obama did. He’s stupid enough to not know how wrong he is.

      Is it any wonder that in business he was a disaster who could only survive on laundered Russian mafia money. This thieving administration is a laughingstock internationally. No one can rely on them anymore.

      Trump said there will be war in N. Korea and S. Korea and Japan will pay for it. He’s fucking insane!

      You are right. The letter Pompeo read out loud was ridiculously embarrassing. Common sense has no place in this weird administration. Shame is something they have never heard of.

    • AdLib says:

      “It came days after Mr Pence warned that North Korea “may end like Libya” -- where then-leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed by rebels in 2011 after renouncing nuclear weapons eight years earlier.”

      Who isn’t a moron in Trump’s admin?

  4. Kalima says:

    Diplomacy in the age of Trump: Former U.S. ambassador quits, tells all


    North Korea casts doubt on summit and warns US of ‘nuclear showdown’
    Vice foreign minister says nation will not ‘beg the US for dialogue’ and threatens America will ‘taste an appalling tragedy’


  5. Nirek says:

    Dementia sucks.

    • AdLib says:

      Nirek, I hope it’s some consolation that you’re not alone in having to deal with this. There are folks here that understand and are sending their best out to you, as well as recognizing your character for your compassion to be there for someone close who needs you.

    • Kalima says:

      Take care of yourself too, Nirek. My thoughts are with you.

    • kesmarn says:

      Oh, am I with you on that, Nirek. My heart goes out to you and your wife as you deal with this diagnosis. It seems as though you find yourself re-evaluating on a week-by-week basis: “Have we lost ground? Do we need more help? Can this condition still be managed at home or are we at the point of needing 24/7 care?” The questions never end.

      Meanwhile the world of the caregiver seems to shrink. You can’t leave your loved one alone for too long, so vacations are a thing of the past. In fact — often a social outing for a day is impossible. You find yourself running short on sleep (or at least it’s very broken sleep) and answering the same questions several hundred times a day is exhausting.

      I realize I’m not saying anything you don’t already know. But please know that a lot of us understand and that we’re with you in spirit and in prayer.

      • AdLib says:

        Kes, you described it very well. I’d say that it takes a toll on those who care for the person suffering from dementia more than the person. And many people don’t realize that the odds of it happening to a parent or older relative is very high.

        They operate oblivious to their condition while family members have to contribute so much energy, patience and sometimes money to take care of them.

        It’s very difficult to make that jump to 24/7 care at a nursing home, many of them are places we’d never want to be consigned to so it’s difficult to make that decision for them.

        Unfortunately, there is no national program to help those with dementia and their families as there should be. Everyone is kind of on their own, trying to figure out how they should be cared for and often, a bit in denial about how serious the condition is, especially when it has first come on.

        As you say, at least there is the support of others who have and do deal with it.

        • kesmarn says:

          That’s a very good point, AdLib. In a way, it’s really merciful that the patient himself/herself is so blissfully unaware of his/her own decline. But on the other hand, they haven’t the slightest notion of how much time, effort and energy the people around them need to expend in order to care for them properly. So they don’t quite understand why we’re so worn out while they may be feeling really peppy!

          • AdLib says:

            True Kes, dementia is kinder to the ones it directly afflicts but it can be more devastating to their families.

            I had a friend who moved in with his mother who had Alzheimer’s, to care for her. I saw him go downhill over time including into alcoholism. Then just after she passed away, when I hoped he’d have time to pull himself back together, his dad came down with Alzheimer’s/dementia and he insisted on taking care of him.

            It really destroyed his life, his 30s-40s were spent caring for parents that had to drive him a bit mad in the end.

            In that case, dementia destroyed 3 lives and haunted him after that, convinced he was bound to suffer from dementia inevitably because both parents did.

            It’s an awful thing, even if those suffering from it have no idea that they are. Their families pay the price.

            • kesmarn says:

              What a tragic situation your friend was trapped in (partially due to his own honorable sense of filial duty — ironically). Truly heartbreaking.

              I do find that — in caring for my own almost 96 year old Dad — I don’t get to spend nearly as much time with other family members and friends — whom I very much miss!

              It’s a condition that forces us to make choices we’re never entirely happy with. If a cure or preventative were ever discovered, it would be huge, to say the least.

    • AdLib says:

      So many things going on to set Trump’s fragile ego on fire, I can only hope that one morning he just spontaneously combusts.

      Here’s the image from the BBC, nails him where it really hurts!

  6. Kalima says:

    Ridiculous! What’s next, trump’s Nixonian Hit-List of his opponents and imagined enemies. Overreach and abuse of power and further obstruction of justice.

    Trump wants an investigation of the investigation into him, his crooked family and those breaking the law and trashing the Constitution with him. Has any President ever used the words “I hereby demand” for political agendas. The answe is No. only monarchs and dictators have ever used those words. Trump believes that the presidency gives him full control to do anything he wants to do. Who will stop him? Someone must.
    Vladimir trump? Donald Erdoğan?

    Justice Department calls for inquiry after Trump demands probe into whether FBI ‘infiltrated or surveilled’ his campaign


    • AdLib says:

      I am a bit concerned at this point. We have to make it through November and a Dem House (and Senate I hope) to put a check and investigations against Trump but he seems to be doing all he can to blow up America before then.

      With no protection from a dictatorial Trump, The FBI and DoJ are trying the famously successful path that Neville Chamberlain used towards an emboldened Hitler…appeasement. Just to avoid his firing them. Is that the right path instead of calling his bluff? I don’t know but this backsliding into dictatorship is worrisome.

      • Kalima says:

        I look at what Rosenstein said as more of trying to defuse rather
        than an appeasement. Saying they would ask the Inspector General to investigate this nonsense conspiracy theory, makes me think that they are confident that there was no wrongdoing on the part of the FBI and that an informant is not a spy. What the nutcase will do when that is confirmed will be more lies and accusations to poison the political and ethical landscape in an already divided country. Trump’s going down. The question is when.

        Rosenstein Defends Justice Department, FBI From Trump’s ‘Criminal Deep State’ Attack


        • AdLib says:

          Kalima, I completely agree that diffusing Trump was Rosenstein’s goal but my concern is the impression it makes on the public when no one refuses the dictatorial and illegal demands of Trump.

          Trump demands and everyone eventually tries to satisfy his demands one way or another.

          Not saying that I want Rosenstein to openly confront Trump and give him some justification for firing him but there is a middle ground between appearing to accept every Trump demand and openly confronting him.

          Maybe this will end up being the right path but I am concerned that the NFL, FBI, DoJ, etc. all appear to accede to the dictator.

          • Kalima says:

            Yes you are right, to hear trump and his enablers claim that the normal work being done by the FBI is now somehow “a criminal deep state” is sickening and extremely dangerous but I still feel that Rosenstein is trying to protect Mueller’s investigation. If he’s fired, who will stand up for the truth?

            • AdLib says:

              Mueller had better drop a ton of bricks on Trump to counter all Trump’s BS and sabotage of the reputation of the FBI and DoJ.

              I want to see Trump buried so deep in charges that, like his method of disinformation, there will be too much to take on everything and the preponderance of it will lock down 60% of voters against him (the other 35%-40% are lost causes).

    • kesmarn says:

      Can you imagine what the right would have said if Barack Obama had ever started a statement with the words: “I hereby demand…”? They would have lost their collective “minds”!

      • Kalima says:

        Facts get in the way. If he showed as much enthusiasm to go after the country that attacked a democratic election, he would be working for national security, the American people and America. Instead he attacks the institutions that keep America safe to save his own fat ugly arse. The most cowardly president ever, surpassing even Richard Nixon who eventually resigned. How disgusting is this man and the criminals who support him?

        We The People, hereby demand trump’s resignation or removal.

  7. Kalima says:

    This article sums up how most of us in America and around the globe feel about trump and his gang of corrupt thieves.

    What more do you need to know about Trump?
    Trump did it and he’s going down for a host of crimes, and some of them have nothing to do with Russia


    • AdLib says:

      What’s difficult is remembering every horrible and outrageous thing he did, just a week ago, let alone since he was inaugurated.

      I keep wondering how Dems will put together negative ads against Trump without feeling like there’s too much to decide between.

  8. Kalima says:

    So how is this FBI informant a spy or embedded in the trump campaign? The NYT article said nothing of the sort. WH spin on reality as usual. Pitiful and very desperate lies spun by the fox propaganda war network to again smear the FBI and the Mueller investigation. Has anyone looked more guilty than the trump crime family and their cohorts in the administration and the republicans Congress?

    Secret FBI source for Russia investigation met with three Trump advisers during campaign


  9. Kalima says:

    Senate committee agrees with intelligence community assessment of election meddling, breaking with GOP House investigation


    The Lingering Mysteries of a Trump-Russia Conspiracy

    A year of dizzying developments have bolstered both Mueller’s critics, who say he’s on a “fishing expedition,” and his defenders, who believe he’s leaving no stone unturned.


  10. Kalima says:

    Here we go.

    N Korea threatens to cancel Trump summit


  11. Nirek says:

    As a disabled veteran, I am offended that Mrs. Trump is taking a bed in Walter Reed military hospital. A bed that an active duty or veteran might need. After all, Trump has plenty of our tax dollars to afford a for profit hospital. I wish her well, but she is NOT active duty military or a veteran and her husband is a draft dodging traitor.
    What do you think? Am I wrong?

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