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Sunday, 23 December 2018

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I just feel we need to remind ourselves of our history:

Less than 100 days to Brexit.

Bill of Rights, 1689.

And I do declare that no foreign prince, person, prelate, state or potentate hath or ought to have any jurisdiction, power, superiority, pre-eminence or authority, ecclesiastical or spiritual, within this realm.

Orwell somehow understood the coming Superclass of ruling Elites. There are now rules and even laws to make free people say or not say things that upset these Elites and their favored groups. When Elites win an issue, why that is just Democracy you know. When Normals win, well, that is a threat to Democracy and proper order. A massive collision is coming.

"A massive collision is coming." My biggest regret is that I may peg it before getting the chance to do my bit.

VDH is on the right track. First, there is no such thing as 'winning' a war in the Middle East. Also, why bother with allied nations that have leaders who are beyond reach of their culture and heritage and insist on erasing themselves without a shot being fired?

What is Donald Trump up to. He'd be the last to know. Somehow, though, he and his son-in-law managed to get sentencing and incarceration reform passed that would have been done decades ago if only politicians weren't so homogeneously cowards. Pulling out of the Middle East isn't a bad idea either, though his methods might be just a tad wreckless. It's nearly possible to believe no one can do everything wrong.

You have to hand it to Americans: We're the first democracy to elect a game show host to our highest office. Now that's a bold experiment. Or maybe not:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTLk2VhfENg

Oops, it should be "reckless". An understandable mistake, I'm sure.

BOE,

"Grass eaters of the world unite, you have everything to gain including your chains" ...

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwiBuJPlhbffAhVMxIUKHa3kAU4QzPwBegQIARAC&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bloomberg.com%2Fopinion%2Farticles%2F2018-12-21%2Ftheresa-may-s-other-option-on-brexit&psig=AOvVaw1WHMB-b0eyTmUGodzm2_09&ust=1545692065326633

SoD

Ref Trump and the ME ...

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/21/world/middleeast/turkey-military-syria.html

Here's what ISIS and AQ should do, imho.

Immediately announce that by withdrawing from the ME and thereby fulfilling Osama bin Laden's dictum, the US is no longer a target. A unilateral cessation of hostilities with the US.

Bind like a limpet to the Kurds. Per that article the Kurds have just released 1100 ISIS prisoners and their families. The Kurds will need a crack team to fend off the Turks, and they know it.

The US can pump some Javelins in there knowing they won't be used against US troops because (a) they're not there anymore, and (b) the cessation of hostilities.

Israel and Saudi can step up to the plate and maybe give the Kurds / ISIS combo some regional air cover.

Ding, ding round two in Syria. This time the US is merely holding their coats while they knock six bells out of each other.

"Bait and bleed", anyone?

SoD

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