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The American Century - End of Exceptionalism

by Oui Sun Apr 28th, 2019 at 09:07:43 PM EST

Excellent diaries by Jeff Huber for a timely reread ...

Neocon Bunker Hunker (Continued)

Part I outlined the neocons' "resurgence" strategy.  Part II discusses how Barack Obama may be steering us toward a neo-neoconservativism.

More below the fold ...

His last paragraph ...

And if President Obama ever gets annoyed with something stupid Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says, he needs an adviser to remind him how many stupid things his predecessor said over the course of eight years, and to remind him to make sure Joe Biden is still bound and gagged and guarded.  

Obama needs an adviser who will nudge him the next time he says that he wants to increase the size of the Army and Marine Corps because "the ability to put boots on the ground will be critical in eliminating the shadowy terrorist networks we now face," and remind him of the recent report from the Rand Corporation that concludes the best approach to combating terrorism is "a light U.S. military footprint or none at all."

When Obama says, "We must maintain the strongest, best-equipped military in the world in order to defeat and deter conventional threats," he needs an advisor to tell him that America already spends more on defense than the rest of the world combined, and that the nearest things we have to military competitors, Russia and China, spend a tenth as much on defense as we do at most, and that if Obama continues to pay heed to advisers who talk like they're reading from the neocon play book, he'll find himself arming America into abject penury to repel an invasion from a force that exists somewhere beyond the Van Allen radiation belt.

Related reading ...

'Light Footprint' Operations Keep US Troops in the Dark | Defense One |
AFRICOM: counterterrorism and the fight against Al-Qaeda | IRSEM |
Understanding the G5 Sahel Joint Force: Fighting Terror, Building Regional Security?

PS Martin Longman @BooMan will be migrating to a new site soon. Diaries and comments will be preserved.

The great Eastern "bully" vs the Big Western "Bully" ... facing off, who is winning the game and the commerce?

My way or the Huawei: how US ultimatum over China's 5G giant fell flat in Southeast Asia | SCMP |

For James Andrew Lewis, director of the technology policy programme at Washington think tank the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the fundamental problem is "no one trusts China, not even its friends".

"The lack of trust is the result of China's coercive policies and from its massive global espionage campaign. Huawei offers good equipment at heavily subsidised prices, and this is tempting for most governments - many countries will choose cheap but not secure. If Huawei was a Brazilian company, most of its problems would go away, but because it is seen as a tool of the Chinese state, people are nervous about buying from them," said Lewis, who previously worked for the US government as a foreign service officer.

But Koh Chee Koon, an ex-consultant for Huawei, said carriers in Southeast Asia were far less likely than their counterparts in the West to take notice of American fears.


In the West, the battles are going Washington's way. Its claims that Huawei is a front for Chinese espionage have prompted every single one of its fellow members in the Five Eyes intelligence sharing community - Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand - to question the wisdom of dealing with the company.

YB Dr Ong Kian Ming Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry visits Huawei Malaysia Global Training Centre | Huawei |

YB Dr Ong Kian Ming, Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia visited Huawei's first global training centre based in Cyberjaya to understand the ICT leader's investment impact to Malaysia. The centre is aimed at positioning Malaysia as a prominent training hub for ICT technologies and talent development.

At the visit, Dr Ong Kian Ming shared, "MGTC, Huawei's first training centre outside of China, is a good example of Malaysia's close trade and investment ties with China. Huawei has over 2,500 employees in Malaysia of which over two-thirds are Malaysians. Huawei is further collaborating with over 300 local partners across the ICT ecosystem, deepening their operations in the Malaysian market."

YB Dr Ong Kian Ming discussing with Michael Yuan, CEO of Huawei Malaysia and Leong Kwong Onn, MGTC Director.

Whodunnit? Cabinet suspects in the Huawei leak mystery
NATO Members Risk Losing US Intel Over China Tech
Huawei ban: Australia becomes increasingly isolated among Five Eyes partners if UK includes Chinese firm in 5G network

Related reading ...

US warns of 'grave consequences' if Turkey buys S-400s | Hürriyet Daily News |
Turkish, US, Qatari forces hold joint air drill in Doha

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 29th, 2019 at 12:22:01 PM EST

LETTER: PM May fires defence minister Williamson over Huawei leak | Reuters |


I am therefore concerned by the manner in which you have engaged with this investigation. It has been conducted fairly, with the full co-operation of other NSC attendees. They have all answered questions, engaged properly, provided as much information as possible to assist with the investigation, and encouraged their staff to do the same. Your conduct has not been of the same standard as others'.

In our meeting this evening, I put to you the latest information from the investigation, which provides compelling evidence suggesting your responsibility for the unauthorised disclosure. No other, credible version of events to explain this leak has been identified.

It is vital that I have full confidence in the members of my Cabinet and of the National Security Council. The gravity of this issue alone, and its ramifications for the operation of the NSC and the UK's national interest, warrants the serious steps we have taken, and an equally serious response.

It is therefore with great sadness that I have concluded that I can no longer have full confidence in you as Secretary' of State for Defence and a Minister in my Cabinet and asked you to leave Her Majesty's Government.

Gavin Williamson sacked as defence secretary for Huawei leak | The Guardian - Live! |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 1st, 2019 at 08:34:38 PM EST
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Filmet hval med stramt seletøy - kan ha rømt fra fangenskap i Russland

PS Whatever happened to the sighting of a Russian U-boat in Swedish territorial waters?

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 29th, 2019 at 01:09:57 PM EST
Is the Russian military labeling its secret whales?
by generic on Mon Apr 29th, 2019 at 01:22:32 PM EST
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Naturally ... "Return to Sender"  😃

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 29th, 2019 at 01:49:47 PM EST
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Boeing CEO Defends Safety Record Amid 2 Deadly Crashes

Quite stupid of this man ... the bad news will stay on for another news cycle ... 24 hours!

'Chain of events'

Facing shareholders and the press for the first time since the Ethiopian Airlines tragedy, Mr Muilenburg said that both accidents occurred because of faulty data from a sensor which triggered the plane's Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS).


In a later statement, Boeing then said: "The disagree alert was intended to be a standard, stand-alone feature on Max airplanes. However, the disagree alert was not operable on all airplanes because the feature was not activated as intended.

"The disagree alert was tied or linked into the angle of attack indicator, which is an optional feature on the Max. Unless an airline opted for the angle of attack indicator, the disagree alert was not operable."

It said that once the 737 Max 8 returns to the skies, it will "have an activated and operable disagree alert and an optional angle of attack indicator".

Boeing says it didn't 'intentionally' deactivate safety alert on 737 Max jet

Related news ...

Nikki Haley, who fought union effort at Boeing S.C. plant, nominated to jet maker's board | Seattle Times |

Confirmed today!

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 29th, 2019 at 09:22:47 PM EST
Russia Press Statement  on developments in Venezuela

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu May 2nd, 2019 at 07:33:37 AM EST
souq.com becomes amazon.ae

think of all the profits to be gained among the vast riches of the MENA states .... low cost / no benefits employee rates too!

UAE becomes Amazon marketplace

Will Saudi Arabia be next?

Criticism grows over mass beheading of Shiites in Saudi, some of whom were minors when charged | Japan Times |
Absher the wife tracking app in Saudi Arabia [but it's legal in KSA!]

Human rights?? Yemen and Western arms ...

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu May 2nd, 2019 at 08:08:34 AM EST
In the US the right-wing influence in the Republican Party grew in State elections and for governorships. The massive gains by Tea Party candidates forced a change in nationwide election campaigns and made the success of a nitwit like Donald Trump possible. Nobody wanted Trump, but now the GOP welcomes his "success" in cutting tax rates for the wealthy and the profits for corporations as the DOW soares to record highs. No one is talking federal debt as the monetary policy keeps the Fed rates at an all-time low.

Did you miss it? After the failed candidacy of Herman Cain for a seat on the Fed, Trump has proposed Stephen Moore for that very seat. Just unbelievable ... Trump does all that God forbids ... sorry I forgot, God is owned by the Evangelical preachers across the Wild West and Red states.

Some comments on Stephen Moore from the archives here @EuroTrib and @BooMan ...

Send in the clowns
Bruce Eberle & Club for Growth, the Tom DeLays, Grover Norquist, and Richard Viguerie

Booman Tribune has migrated to a new site - Progress Pond. Archive is more difficult to search and can't find the right comment ...

Club for Growth - Grover Norquist and Stephen Moore - Eberle Communications

Related reading ...

Some Bush Supporters Say They Anticipate a 'Revolution' | NY Times - Nov. 4, 2004 |
"A Democracy Can Die of Too Many Lies" | Salon Bill Moyers - May 2005 |

From my days as creve Coeur @dKos ...

Defeat of John Kerry in 2004 and the Swift Boat Veterans [John C. Gannon]

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 3rd, 2019 at 09:13:58 AM EST
Why does the global power corporation GOOGLE confront me with American militarism today?

The Google page reads: "Join us in remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice."  ► "TAPS bugle call with a folded U.S. flag" handed to family members after coffin is lowered into the dirt of planet Earth.


I will commemorate the hundreds of thousands of innocent citizens murdered by the American forces in past seven decades after the Great War ended in May and August 1945.

The United States is the major economic power in destruction of planet Earth! [1]

Capitalism and the Destruction of Life on Earth: Six Theses on Saving the Humans
Destruction of nature as dangerous as climate change, scientists warn

[1] Linked to the Heritage Foundation and "scholar" Stephen Moore.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 27th, 2019 at 08:41:32 PM EST

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