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Hack Johnson

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  • The Age of Total War in Syria
    • Surely the USA must be the biggest arms merchant in the world. Our weapons, materiel and war systems are deployed in all of the belligerent operations described here. Blessed are these conflagrations in the world, for USA shall reap the profits.

  • US, having Destroyed Iraq, won't give a Dime to Reconstruction
    • According to the politicians who recently dickered the US budget, the American military has been devastated and desperately needs to be replenished. From this side of the world, these wars in Iraq and elsewhere wreak havoc on the military. So hundreds of $billions are needed for the next wars. America's economic model of guns & gutters: we need our resources for guns, and others can worry about fixing the gutters.

  • Big Legal Win for Kansas Schoolteacher barred from Boycotting Israel
    • Thankfully, there is a judge with some sanity. (Beware that Trumpian judges are rapidly populating the circuits. But that is another topic) Such a mind boggle that any government would require a law that demands allegiance to Israel. Such incredible governance! Why do the voters let congressmen "play around" with laws with a stench of corruption and/or ideological severity? Just how much can a pro-Israel law advance the welfare of people in places like Kansas? Unbelievable!

  • Israeli Prosecutors Throw Book at Palestinian Child Protestor
    • Got a big question here. This is the second time that I saw a reference to soldiers being in the yard of Ahed Tamimi...that the slap occurred there. I think that is really significant. Did the soldiers have a right to be in her yard? Since the soldiers had already injured her cousin, she had a right to be really upset with the soldiers...not to mention fearful of the soldiers and/or wanting them to go away. Did the soldiers need to be in her yard? Was she causing harm being in her own yard? Should she have left her yard, and gone somewhere else?

  • How Trump could avoid another $7 trillion bill in Mideast: Back off war with Iran
    • I STILL don't get the American lust for war. I understand SOME of the elites zeal for war: it is exciting entertainment unmatched by nothing else, and there are unrivaled opportunities for riches for those with intimate knowledge of the pulleys, levers and gears of the American war machine racing into action. But for the rest of Americans, why oh why would anyone be content with another military adventure?
      We got the debacles of Iraq and Afghanistan that are actually still going for reasons no one can articulate. We got Syria, where the miasma alone may be permanent. Then we have an escalating mission to play cowboys and Indians in the pathetic country of Yemen. Hell, they don't even have oil in Yemen!
      So how and why is war still mentionable in America?

  • Top 5 Reasons why Trump's Threats to UNGA over Jerusalem are Empty
    • Let us hope that Rump carries out some of these threats of not aiding countries who vote against the Great America. Please Rump, please carry out some of these threats, i.e., please stop America's coming to the aid of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, et al. Please stop America's sending in bombs and troops and private contractors and trunks of cash into these countries. Please teach them a lesson by showing that America, who knows what is good for these countries, can stop its divinely inspired benevolence!

  • What's the Difference between Roy Moore and a Muslim extreme Fundamentalist? A Cowboy Hat
    • Like many of the extreme clerics of fundamentalism, Moore is a self-anointed caricature who (to use another folksy saying) is "all hat and no cattle."
      I believe these people border on some kind of a psychosis that fuels grandiosity.

  • Massive worldwide Rallies Condemn US, Courtesy Trump Jerusalem Call
    • Trump is essentially emblematic of the erosion of America qua world leader.
      Now is the time, more than ever, for a country or an international coalition to emerge to nudge America aside from its America's hubristic insistence that it knows best.
      The best hope is for America to dramatically downsize its influence via gunboat and missile diplomacy. I fear that will happen only when pigs fly.

  • Hamas Calls for ‘Intifada’ Should US Deem Jerusalem Israel’s Capital
    • An intifada is a win-win situation for Israel and America....including President Rump...and including Bibi.
      Americans will rally around Israel as it would portray an Intifada as an Islamic terrorist operation. Israel will rally around Bibi as he accentuates that he will fight for viva Israel and viva Jews.

  • US-Led Bombings in Iraq Killed 31 Times More Civilians Than Reported: NYT
    • No matter how fabulous the ability to fight by bombs from the air, it is about equal to killing ants with a sledgehammer. There is just no possible way to make these air assaults perfect, when it comes to hitting their mark...even if they like to call these "surgical strikes."

  • As Trump probes move against Iran, IAEA certifies its Compliance with Nuclear Deal
    • There is no logical reason under the sun to keep poking at Iran...except that it really sounds good. Most Americans view Iran as another Mideast crackpot world of sand and rocks, inhabited by people wearing bed sheets for gowns. Few people know that Iran is bigger than any country ever invaded by America since...ever? There is a chunk of America that remembers the kidnapping of Americans from the embassy that created a big political stink when America did not know how to resolve the imbroglio.
      America---well certainly Congress---is Netanyahu's poodle. Bibi relentlessly wants America to stay focused on Iran, so as to keep the spotlight away from the territorial dog fighting that is going on in the West Bank, accusations of corruption involving King Bibi, etc.

  • After Mosul: The Coming ISIL Apocalypse in al-Anbar Desert
    • "For example, the armed forces in Ramadi are 300 kilometres away from Rutba and 130 kilometres away from Qaem – a long distance, on often-single lane highways, deep into the Iraqi desert.
      This allows the extremists to launch attacks on troops as they move slowly through the landscape..."

      One of the great mysteries to me is how ISIS is so flexible, moving---at will---across vast stretches of territory...especially given that they are so outnumbered, and with America having spy planes, spy drones and spy satellites.
      You would think that ISIS moving across the desert would be at great risk from getting attacked, instead of making everyone else at great risk of getting attacked by ISIS.

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