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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. Kalima says:

    The man trump says would make a great PM is a bumbling fool, and why is he sniffing at trump like a dog? Friends with Nigel Farage, he threw the U.K. to the wolves and along with Cameron, went into hiding after leaving a mess behind.

    He also promised those who voted for him in his district that he would vote against Heathrows 3rd runway, then voted for it. Boris is just another a-hole who spouts nonsense every time he opens his mouth. No wonder trump likes him.

    The dishonourable Boris Johnson has brought us to the brink of catastrophe


    Top Three Ways London’s Sadiq Khan is a better Leader than Donald Trump
    By Juan Cole


    • kesmarn says:

      If only we could wave a magic wand, Kalima, and have Sadiq Khan as our president and Juan Cole as V-P (or maybe Secretary of State), how much better so many of us would sleep at night. Wonderful statements from both men.

  2. Kalima says:

    Can you say Russia, Russia, Russia?

    Adam Schiff

    Before meeting Putin, the President will play golf at his course in Scotland, which he paid for with millions in cash. Where did the cash come from? His son, Eric, has said they get all the money they need from Russia.

    Is that why @POTUS won’t confront Putin? We need to know.

    On Assignment with Richard Engel

    “Sinkholes of money.” Trump’s Scotland property cost more than $50 million in 2014. He bought it even though it was losing money. Since then, he’s spent more than $85 million on renovations – but the resort continues to lose millions of dollars each year.


  3. Kalima says:

    Mueller is saving the best for last.

    July 27th, 2016.

    “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you can find Hillary Clinton’s missing 30,000 emails…”, and they did start the hacking of the DNC on the same day. Coincidence, not likely after the infamous trump tower meeting and him boasting of dirt on Hillary a few days after that meeting. Collusion? You bet.

    Ex-CIA director predicts next Mueller indictments will include Americans

  4. Nirek says:

    I am proud of my heritage (Irish). So too, should others of different backgrounds. Mixed races, blacks, browns, Asians, and all others.

    Trump is trying to belittle anyone other than whites. He reminds me of Hitler. He is doing all he can to undo all the good that America has done in our past.

    America has become something I am ashamed of under Trump. This is NOT what my father and I fought for in our respective wars.


    • kesmarn says:

      The only people of color that he “approves” of, Nirek, are the few who have managed to get on his radar screen by their obsequious, submissive service to his agenda. I’m thinking of people like Nikki Haley and Ben Carson. Two people who — if they have anything resembling consciences left — should be having an awful lot of trouble sleeping at night these days.

  5. Kalima says:

    Macron stated that what trump said about NATO commitments was in fact not true. Well we know that trump has no facts and lied all the way through it, including his diva like answers to the press later. It was throw up time.

    If there is a shred of decency left in John Kelly, he should resign in view of his past military career, and the fact that he has attended the NATO Summit before the ignoramous tried to blow it up. Be a man, Kelly, think of your country and all who died protecting your freedom, and resign in protest. At least try to gain back some of the integrity and dignity you have lost working for this madman.

    Kudos to Macron for speaking out.

    Trump protests: baby blimp takes off as Foreign Office hits back over trade threat – live updates


  6. Kalima says:

    Trump should be banned from countries he consistently insults. He is a feckless moron.

    Trump blasts Prime Minister Theresa May in interview published during his first official visit to Britain


    The Guardian view on the Trump visit: not welcome in Britain


  7. Kalima says:

    Peter Strzok=1-repub circus clown=0

    Republicans Thought Peter Strzok Would Be a Punching Bag. He Just Knocked Them Out.


    Peter Strzok nukes Trey Gowdy for attacks on FBI to cover Trump’s ‘disgusting’ behavior

    Has there ever been a hearing where some repub nut job has not mentioned Hillary Clinton? Of course she would have won had trump and his crooks on the campaign not cheated with Russia’s fake news and propaganda war. Trump’s feeling illegitimate because he is and the devil’s helpers are panicking and foaming at the mouth. Disgusting display of aggression by Gowdy and the bald frothed from Texas. The liars are accusing everyone else of lying. Disturbing to watch.

    • kesmarn says:

      Trey Gowdy and Louie Gohmert. Two of the most destructive and ignorant personalities in Congress. And — given the low morals and low IQ of so many of these politicians — that is saying something.

  8. Kalima says:

    Trump in UK: Pomp and protest as visit stokes culture war


  9. Kalima says:


    I’m sure his mortgage will be swiftly paid off if he sides with trump not having to sit down with Mueller. No one is above the law.

    Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh piled up credit card debt by purchasing Nationals tickets, White House says


  10. Kalima says:

    Trump is like an old drunk in a bar repeating nonsense and insulting the other customers. Soon they will tune him out and continue with rational conversations. It’s better to ignore the craziness than engage with it.

    All American bases in Europe are paid for by the individual countries at a cost of around 2 billion dollars a year. NATO countries are fighting along with American soldiers in Afghanistan and Syria. To call Germany a”captive of Tussia” on the world stage when he acts like a Russian agent for the last few years is beyond the pale. This man is toxic to everything we hold dear. Something has to give and I hope it’s the midterms and steadfast Robert Mueller doing the giving.

    Btw, trump used a different entrance from all other world leaders to walk into the NATO headquarters for the summit. I had no idea that America has a monarchy.

    This is treacherous diplomatic malpractice from a knownothing bully who is too chicken shit to do his own WH firing and has nominated a very unsavory man to the SC so he can save his own fat arse.

    “Anger and Disgust” as Trump Blows Up NATO Summit


    The Russian pipeline to Germany that Trump is so mad about, explained


    Trump is poisoning NATO. Why?


    Doesn’t America still imprison traitors for life?

    Never thought I’d see this!’ Russian state TV gushes Trump is doing Putin’s job of wrecking NATO for him


  11. Kalima says:

    What does Herr Drumf have against Germany apart from the fact that Angela Merkel is a woman and a competent and popular leader?

    His obsession is juvenile and very weird.

    Trump says Germany ‘is captive to Russia’ in fiery opening salvo against NATO --


    • AdLib says:

      Kalima, he knows the rest of the Western world looks at him as a lunatic so like a 5 year old, he lashes out at them whenever he can to hurt them.

      Also, he wants to curry favor with Putin and he knows, probably from their conversations where Putin has manipulated him, that hating on NATO and Western allies will make Putin happy with him.

      Meanwhile, the Republican Senate just approved a Russian operative as head of the US Criminal Division of the DoJ.

      The takeover of the US is well underway. I don’t know what Mueller is waiting for but as a tweet I saw said, please come out with charges against the treason and criminal acts while you still can.

      • Kalima says:

        Well he made a huge fool of himself by opening his big mouth without knowing any facts, but then what else is new? When he had the chance to speak to the people he insulted, he was too much of a coward to do it. He again disgraced the office of the president and the voters not in his brainwashed, nasty cult. He is what he has always been, a low class, ignorant, lying thug. I hope putin eats him for lunch while blackmailing him further. Donnie is no match for vlad. It looks as if Kim played him for the fool he is too. The Fart of the Deal.

        • kesmarn says:

          I’ve also noticed his very consistent pattern of saying flattering, insincere things when he’s within punching distance of political or business rivals (including women) — probably because he’s a physical coward. But then, when there are a few miles between him and the very same person, he will feel that it’s safe to rip them to shreds — personally and professionally. Gutless.

  12. Kalima says:

    So trump pardons members of rancher militia who don’t recognise the government or the law and took over a Federal compound in Oregon. In 2012 they were prosecuted for arson, after controlled brush fires on their property spread to federal land in 2001 and 2005.

    Trump says they are so “deserving” of justice. Right, aren’t all law breaking people? What kind of a dangerous message does this send to these and other violent, lawless nuts?

    Trump pardons criminals, and locks up innocent children snatched from their parents.

    He is disgraceful.

    Lock him up!

    Giuliani works for foreign clients while serving as Trump’s attorney


    Kavanaugh’s Record Doesn’t Bode Well for Voting Rights
    He voted to uphold a law that threatened to disenfranchise tens of thousands of minority voters.


    • AdLib says:

      Any possibility Trump is trying to curry favor with militias for when he is convicted or when he loses in 2020 and calls on them to keep him in office?

      May sound far-fetched but not for Trump.

      Giuliani is a fool, he’s not convincing to anyone other than the already-brainwashed Trump cult. Not surprising that he’s unethical and would betray America in a heartbeat if it was profitable for him. They are all operating like mercenaries, the whole Trump cabal.

      As for Kavanaugh, he is every awful thing he’s been accused of, his record is clear. And he apparently lied to The Senate in his previous confirmation hearing, lying that he had no knowledge of the torture/waterboarding that was going on while he was working for the Bush Admin.

      He is very dangerous.

      • Kalima says:

        I wouldn’t be surprised if that is why he pardoned those convicted criminals but where does the military stand on anarchy and citizen militias in 2018, and how about law enforcement and the FBI? Does anyone think they would stand there doing nothing is armed nutters took to the streets to revolt? They might be the 3% who have all the guns, but not much use against tanks and the sophisticated weapons your military posses. They would have to be very dumb to even try it.

        Rudy is sick and wants to relive his glory days after 9/11. The problem is that his crazy antics for trump has lost him all credibility. Like all of trump’s enablers, they forget that trump will be out of the WH soon, and no one will want to be seen with or give them a job. His foreign interests fits the pattern of all in the WH and I hope it comes back to haunt them legally soon. What an incompetent gaggle on criminals gathered together to support a conman and steal from the taxpayers like any dictatorship does and has done around the world. Karma is watching and so is Robert Mueller.

        Kavanaugh was also heavily in debt, a story I posted yesterday. Yes, he is dangerous when you consider his past opinions and also that he is hypocritical when he says a president should not be questioned, yet worked with Ken Star on Clinton’s impeachment case.

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