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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

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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:

    Bigoted Pastors Bless New U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-pa

    The Half-Millennium When Rome excluded Jews from Jerusalem and how Iran and Muslims Saved Them
    By Juan Cole

    https://www.juancole.com/2018/05/millennium-excluded-jerusalem-iran.htmlstor-the-jerusalem-embassy-and-the-end-of-days

    Sick or just evil? Do they think the world is f*cking blind or stupid?

    Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah claimed that Hamas was to blame for Israeli soldiers killing at least 55 Palestinian protesters.

    https://thinkprogress.org/white-house-palestinian-deaths-are-propaganda-ff3c1f9212b5/


    Protesting Palestinians are part of what problem arsehole? You, your father-in-law, the monster Netanyahu and like minded haters are the whole problem. You and this morally corrupt administration are disgusting, and an affront to common decency.


    • Nirek says:

      So much $hit from this administration. Where do I start? Trump is profiting from his position and that is against the law. Congress refuses to hold him accountable. Corruption is rampant in the White House and Congress. America has been infiltrated by Russian operatives. Trump is under Putin’s control.

      I fear for America and our allies.

      • kesmarn says:

        In Palestine and elsewhere, desperate people do desperate things. All over the globe the poor and the oppressed suffer. And America — which used to pride itself in being humane, in providing relief, in providing an example of democracy (like “a city shining on a hill”) — either reacts with indifference or makes matters even worse.

  2. Kalima says:

    I am angry and hope all decent people around the world are too.

    Gaza clashes: Dozens killed as US opens Jerusalem embassy

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-44104599

    For Palestinians, US embassy move cements occupation status quo
    Controversial relocation won’t change ‘Palestinians’ will’, Jerusalem residents say, amid call for large-scale protests.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/palestinians-embassy-move-cements-occupation-status-quo-180513192601854.html

    Under Trump, the U.S. has abandoned the last shred of balance on Israel

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2018/05/14/under-trump-the-u-s-has-abandoned-the-last-shred-of-balance-on-israel/

  3. Kalima says:

    ‘This is going to come out’: Malcolm Nance says dossier was right about Trump committing ‘high crime’ of bribery

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/05/going-come-malcolm-nance-says-dossier-right-trump-committing-high-crime-bribery/

  4. Kalima says:

    Ha!

    John Kelly said immigrants could not ‘assimilate well’ — so a genealogist dug up the Kelly’s family history

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/05/john-kelly-belittled-immigrants-skills-said-not-assimilate-well-genealogist-proved-wrong/

    • kesmarn says:

      Brilliant. And — if I’m not mistaken — Drumpf’s ancestors came to the US to escape compulsory military service in Germany.

      • Kalima says:

        Hypocrisy reigns in this WH, kes. Kelly is now officially a trumpbot. Shame on him for not understanding the consequences of his hateful words and how it will reflect on him after trump is brought down.

  5. Kalima says:

    So how many Russians did Pence meet with??

    Btw, the Benghazi investigation took 2 and a half years. Whitewater eight years and two months.

    What did Mike Pence say 11 days before the election when Comey announcement he was reopening the email case of Hillary Clinton?

    “No one is above the law”.


  6. Kalima says:

    Nunes needs to be removed and charged with obstruction of justice.

    Secret intelligence source who aided Mueller probe is at center of latest clash between Nunes and Justice Dept.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/risk-to-intelligence-source-who-aided-russia-investigation-at-center-of-latest-showdown-between-nunes-and-justice-dept/2018/05/08/d6fb66f8-5223-11e8-abd8-265bd07a9859_story.html

    • kesmarn says:

      I think Maureen’s right, Kalima. In one way or another, Trump seems like a very likely candidate to go the self-destruct route. We can only hope that no nudity (or violence, or — gasp! — both) will be involved.

      It really does seem to be a pattern with bullies. They always, always, always overplay their hand. Now — if only that can be accomplished in a way that doesn’t does not include Iran, China, North Korea and/or nuclear weapons.

    • AdLib says:

      Kalima, it’s a good article but putting the words “naked” and “Trump” in a title is a bit much!

    • AdLib says:

      This sketch is a political satire version of Avengers Infinity War, it is chock-full of so many comedians playing Trump characters…an instant classic!

      Thanks for posting this, Kalima! Loved it!

  7. AdLib says:

    And now for something completely different…


  8. Kalima says:

    Rosenstein impeachment articles are gross abuse meant to sabotage Mueller Russia probe

    Meadows and Jordan are violating ethics rules and trying to sabotage Mueller’s Russia probe with their articles of impeachment against Rod Rosenstein.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/05/02/impeachment-articles-rosenstein-sabotage-russia-probe-column/572548002/

    • AdLib says:

      I think it is obvious obstruction of justice. It could cause a Constitutional crisis if Mueller went after them though, since Congress is supposed to have oversight powers but when Dems take back The House, they better investigate Nunes, Meadows, Jordan, etc. and recommend criminal prosecution of them to the DoJ.

      Trump’s DoJ may not act but after 2020, a Dem Admin may.

      These men have violated their oath of office to uphold The Constitution and are traitors to our democratic system.

  9. Kalima says:

    Rudy Giuliani’s big reality-show reveal: The “billionaire” in the White House is broke
    In Giuliani’s appearance with Sean Hannity, he clearly implied Trump had to borrow the Stormy Daniels hush money

    https://www.salon.com/2018/05/04/rudy-giulianis-big-reality-show-reveal-the-billionaire-in-the-white-house-is-broke/

    Exclusive: Nunes demands Justice Department records. Then he doesn’t read them.

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/04/politics/devin-nunes-electronic-communication/index.html


    • AdLib says:

      Are you sure that reality isn’t being created each day by a disgruntled political satirist?

      How could such stories be so common? Can you imagine these headlines when Obama was president? And Repub heads not blowing up daily?

      “President Admits Lying About Hush Money Payout to Porn Actress”

      “Intelligence Chairman Doesn’t Read DoJ Memos For Which He Threatened Contempt Charges”

      “Senile Grandpa Munster Hired as Lawyer For President, Damages Him in Hannity Interview”

      This Perpetual Insanity Machine needs to have its plug pulled out. The first big tug on that is just six months away!

      • Kalima says:

        This proves trump’s insanity and loss of reasoning more than any craziness before. It’s like tuning in to the trailer of the next National Lampoon without the funny bits. That his insanity has spread like an unstoppable wildfire among the ranks of republicans without any thought of future consequences to their credibility is what makes this even more unbelievable. To support this lunatic who would in a blink of an eye, piss on them to save himself is nothing less than political harakiri. Why? Unless the are being blackmailed?

        When the facts come out, it will be biggest and most corrupt scandal in American political history that between 35 and 40 percent of brainwashed Americans won’t give a shit about. They don’t care that he lies. They don’t care that he and his cronies are corrupt and stealing from them. They only care about their screwed up hate and the lies they have been fed. If this goes to the Supreme Court, he will have to testify and it will once and for all prove that no man is above the law. Now I intend to unplug my computer and try to have a Sunday without the constant firehose stream of gibberish.

        Trump voters hurt most by Trump policies, new study finds
        Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond warns southern states face greatest impact from rising temperatures.

        https://thinkprogress.org/trump-climate-policies-will-hurt-red-states-economic-growth-1af84ee6a2d5/

    • kesmarn says:

      So… apparently Michelle Wolf — although she’s a comedian — was not joking when she kept saying: “Trump is SO broke…” [“How broke is he??”] at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner!

      • Kalima says:

        Said from the beginning those who actually have a lot of money don’t talk about it publicly.

        By the summer of 2016 he was so broke that his campaign almost ended before Robert Mercer stepped in to own him along with the Kremlin of course.

        He’s so broke that he has to pretend he’s rich to prop his head up long enough to speak his endless lies.

      • AdLib says:

        “Trump is so broke, his lawyers have to loan him their services to sue themselves for non-payment.”

    • kesmarn says:

      Hahaha! Rudy is the gift that keeps on giving. His “explanation” this morning was the comment most people make after they’ve fallen drunkenly down a flight of stairs: “I meant to do that!!”

      By this evening, he was hastening to add that he was mistaken and — as always — the Boss Man was right. Whatever he said. He was right.

      Mueller should buy him a silver foot to be carried around like a doggie chew in his mouth.


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