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‘We’re Gonna Do What International Law Says We Can Do.’ Aboard the USS Carl Vinson in the South China Sea — TIME

The military needs reigning in. We rattle swords too much. In the Black Sea we thumb our noses at the Russians. In the South China Sea it is the Chinese. We have by far the largest military in the world, and the brass tell us it is not big enough. They want more. The DOD says that increasing our military posture is vital to our defense. We say it weakens us.
Donald Trump agrees. He wants to make the military bigger, stronger and more of a challenge to the rest of the world. He wants to modernize our nuclear capability. Cooperation is out of the question.
Our biggest enemy is debt. You cannot fight debt with more bullets.

From Time-

Crowned with a giant disc-shaped radar — the captains all call it their “eye in the sky” — the E-2C Hawkeye early warning aircraft is typically one of the first to launch and the last to retire on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson. By day’s end, more than 100 sorties will have…

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Is the Turkish Attack on Afrin Intended to Split the U.S.-Kurdish Alliance? — Astute News

The successful Syrian army operation to liberate Abu-Duhur airbase left a large enclave (pink) controlled by al-Qaeda and ISIS fighters in east-Hama. Further advances towards Idleb have been halted for now to clean up the cauldron that could otherwise create future troubles behind the lines. Most of the al-Qaeda/HTS aligned Takfiris are though to have […]

via Is the Turkish Attack on Afrin Intended to Split the U.S.-Kurdish Alliance? — Astute News

Today’s Word Is Shutdown

Shutdown

There is something strange about repeating the word ‘shutdown’ so many times. There are people who get things stuck in their head, and compulsively repeat those things. Or is this just Donald Trump’s idea of manipulating his viewers, or Congress? The reason behind his odd behavior may, like so many other oddities, never be known.

Just a double-dog dare?

There will be no shutdown. Too many people in Congress are very worried about how voters are feeling about their dismal progress on anything. Too many are seeing their first paychecks and realizing the beautiful tax cut is not going to pull them out of the hole they are in. Too many more are seeing jobs disappear. This is not a good time to get voters riled up. November looms.

Crimson Shocker!

It was close, but for Roy Moore, there was no cigar. Not for Donny either! Or Steve Bannon. And Mitch McConnell? Well, it was victory of sorts, one that will haunt him through the mid-terms.The Dems want to replace him, and so do a lot of Republicans. Donny wants his gone, but then, Donny wants Congress gone, and most of this staff.

Patagonia and the Federal Government Go Head to Head | Outside Online

Ryan Zinke, aka ‘Stinky’, wants to shrink public lands for who knows why. Perhaps he thinks the federal government is the problem. Too much land is reserved for the future Americans to enjoy. Maybe he mistakes Teddy Roosevelt for Franklin. Maybe he’s just a nut. Whatever the reason, the new tactic among the folks who want to reverse everything is not to eliminate national monuments, but shrink them down to size. Which is ridiculous. Most of the land is in remote areas, it is spectacularly beautiful, and turning it into toxic waste dumps by drilling oil on it will only yield marginal energy. It will not make us energy independent. It will make some oil jobbers rich, but only if the price of oil rises.

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