Between the first Democrat debates and the potential for Iranian fireworks, this will be one of the more interesting weeks of 2019.
US President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would impose fresh sanctions on Iran, but that he wanted to make a deal to bolster its flagging economy, an apparent move to defuse tensions following the downing of an unmanned US drone this week by the Islamic Republic.
Candidate Donald Trump ran on “no wars” and “secure the borders”. He’s walking a tight line between the deep state which see military action as potential dollar signs and his political base which wants nothing to do with foreign fights. Iran certainly knows this, but its hubris could also be its undoing.
Trump offered an olive branch, the proverbial carrot and stick:
He (President Trump) later wrote on Twitter from Camp David: “We are putting major additional Sanctions on Iran on Monday. I look forward to the day that Sanctions come off Iran, and they become a productive and prosperous nation again.”
Despite Iranian bluster and defiance, the US made a strong but none too subtle point when last week in response to the bringing down of a US drone it unleashed a cyber attack against the Iranian regime.
On Thursday, the Pentagon launched a long-planned cyber attack in retaliation for the oil tanker incidents, Yahoo News reported, citing former intelligence officials. The cyber strike disabled Iranian rocket launch systems, The Washington Post said on Saturday.
Despite the clear escalation by the Iranian regime, President Trump has both showed he can offer an open hand while at the same time show strength. Anyone who has studied the Iranian theocracy clearly knows that strength is all they understand. Without standing up to the Mullahs, regional conflict would be just around the corner.
Former Senator Mike Gravel (Alaska) at age 89 is also going after Joe Biden for not being “progressive” enough.
The former Alaska senator also called the former vice president “a disaster” and voiced his desire for a “serious progressive” to take the White House in 2020.
Know Trump hater and far left Congressman Bobby Rush also voiced his contempt for Biden.
Other Democrats off the campaign trail, including Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) member Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), called Biden “woefully ignorant of the black American experience.”
We see yet again, the Left doing what the Left does best – “eat its own”.
With the Democrat Debates happening this week, it will be very interesting to see how or even IF Joe Biden can handle the heat the way a Donald Trump did. Somehow, I think his skin is thinner and his energy might not be up to the task.
The 1990s era culture of triangulation and a pro-business Democratic Party that Biden and Clinton thrived in have been replaced by a 2019 edition more focused on ideological purity and identity politics.
Biden bemoaning the good old days when people who disagreed could nonetheless work together is not what his voters want to hear right now. Anger and grievance populism are in, compromise is out.
Reed points out that much of Clinton’s demise as a candidate was her inability to hide clear corruption. Trump came in to “drain the swamp”.
Four years ago, using the levers of government to enrich the family foundation proved to be the scandal Hillary Clinton couldn’t shake. The stench of corruption was too much for voters to stomach,
The scandals revolving around Biden’s strong arming of the President of the Ukraine to fire his chief prosecutor — who apparently had clear evidence that Hunter Biden (Joe Biden’s son) was involved in a pay for play scheme similar to Bill and Hillary using high office for sale — will alone potentially be Biden’s undoing.
Hunter Biden, Joe’s son, was recently kicked out of the US Naval Academy for cocaine use. Even the MSM is catching on. The next scandal — Hunter Biden hops on AirForce 2, flies to Beijing and returns with a 1.5 BILLION dollar deal from the Chinese government in an area he has NO expertise in whatsoever — is beyond suspect. Joe Biden presumably thinks he’ll survive this was purely based on a compliant media and Left wing press. As they are now turning on him for ideological reasons, his candidacy is in big trouble — right before the first US Democrat Party Presidential debates next week.
Now, Biden faces a similar predicament. You can bet his fellow Democrats are strategizing about the best way to weaponize the attack. Biden will not be able to dismiss the allegations as a figment of the right-wing attack machine. Even progressive watchdog groups –- and fierce critics of President Trump -– told ABC that Hunter Biden’s work represented a “huge appearance of conflict.”
Next week should be fascinating in US politics. Pop up the pop corn and watch the accusations and fur fly.
If Biden falls, only “Pocahontas” Warren would have an outside chance at “The Donald”.
I doubt Trump could win a second term landslide as Ronald Reagan did, but as long as the US economy chugs along and Trump doesn’t go to war with Iran, his chances of re-election are looking better all the time.
Dick Morris (former adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton – now a definite foe of them both) has noted:
The stakes could not be higher in President Trump’s economic trade war with China. They go far beyond any usual economic conflict and amount to an economic World War III.
Morris also states:
China is run by a handful of men in Beijing who need not pay the slightest attention to the views of those they govern or the nations they dominate. The hope of the world in resisting this quest for domination is the trade war being waged by Donald Trump. His tariffs against China and his economic sanctions are the kind of early intervention that Britain and France should have made when Hitler invaded the Rhineland in 1936.
Morris is also the author of: “Armageddon: How Trump Can Beat Hillary” published months before the 2016 US Presidential Election.
He has been a very prescient political analyst in his career and this article in the opinion of Wentworthmaven is spot on.
Friends from “Downunder” take note. In the opinion of WWM, should Trump make a “real deal” with China, the Australian Dollar will explode north and along with it, the equities markets. Whether that occurs is matter for extensive debate. The sticking point of course is that China, (like Iran), loves to tell the West what it wants to hear, but wants no accountability or mechanisms for enforcement. In the words of Ronald Reagan: they want anything but his “Trust but verify”.
The article clearly states that China’s position is, (like most communist/socialist regimes), all about perceived grievance.
The article is short and succinct. I think this will help clarify what most of this brouhaha is all about.
Unbelievably, this is the man that Barak Obama said was, “His favorite foreign leader”. On what basis, heaven only knows.
Much like Hitler fought Stalin – not over political philosophy, but rather “who would be in charge”, Erdogan fought ISIS. Not because he disagreed with ISIS’s leader, Al Baghdadi, but rather because Al Baghdadi had the temerity to “believe” HE was the new Caliphe – not Erdogan. Erdogan helped put him in his place, just like he has everyone else in Turkey – until now.
Erdoğan believed — and made the average Turk believe — that Turkey is a major world power. He claimed that his rule made miracles in the economy. Therefore, since his Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in 2002, he has not lost a single election. Everything was coming up roses all the time. Not anymore.
“Who wins Istanbul wins Turkey,” has been Erdoğan’s dictum since 1994, when he won mayoral elections in Turkey’s biggest city (home to nearly 15% of Turkey’s 57 million voters and accounting for 31% of its GDP). Twenty-five years later, his candidate for mayor of Istanbul, former prime minister Binali Yıldırım, lost in the local election — the first defeat in Istanbul for Islamists since 1994. Game not yet over, Erdoğan ruled.
Erdogan likely manufactured the failed coup attempt to purge his political enemies and secure his grip on the military using cronies instead of competent officers. (Wentworthmaven’s opinion).
Even if Erdoğan wins Istanbul in the re-run, he will have lost the last few remaining crumbs of his international credibility.
It’s a delicate balance of NATO and the USA playing on one side with Putin constantly trying to woo Erdogan away from the West. Erdogan has been in the catbird seat for the last two decades; perhaps this will finally come to an end? Especially if the EU grows a backbone and holds him to task. Unlikely, but then so was Trump, Brexit and European citizens finally waking up to a new reality.
Theresa May not only will perhaps go down as the worst British PM since Neville Chamberlain, but also as one of the great purveyors of “Fake News”. From likely colluding with the Obama administration in attempting to undermine President Trump to her blatant hypocrisy, which this short video will enlighten our readers to.
Robert Spencer, a mild mannered erudite Islamic and Christian scholar, who not once has ever suggested the use of violence, has been wrongfully vilified by May. He was literally banned from entering the UK by then Home Secretary, Theresa May.
With the impending and ironic victory of the new UK Brexit Party to help hasten the exit of the UK from the disastrous EU, Boris Johnson will likely find great support from the Brexiteers — led by Nigel Farage and the resurgence of the conservative collective joining the serious Tories and UKIP’ers to finally get the UK out of the EU!
Wentworthmaven has followed Spencer for years and he’s exactly the opposite of what the mainstream media and the ilk of Ms. May would have us believe.
The “WenthworthMaven” is slowly returning. I had a bit of a medical bout, but am finally on the mend. As such, perhaps slowly at first, but for now at least – I’m back!…..:-)
For those of you from Australia and the UK, perhaps the analogy of the “Deep State” and Bill Whittle’s video above will have a ring of truth?
It is often said what happens in the USA, (Think Donald Trump) will soon occur in Australia (and perhaps the UK). With the Phoenix like re-emergence of Scott Morrison as Australian PM and now Boris Johnson waiting in the wings as the inept Theresa May exits – “Stage Brexit”, much is possible.
What may be about to occur in the USA, just maybe, will be a new harbinger and breath of fresh air for us all?
Enjoy the always acerbic Bill Whittle, who gives us all a brief history lesson and food for thought.
Theresa May’s ever more precarious government has suffered another resignation, this time from a junior minister and government whip who said Wednesday that the prime minister was failing in both her main duties — to deliver Brexit, and prevent a left-wing Corbyn government takeover.
Nigel Adams, MP went on to say:
….instead of moving to deliver Brexit as voted for by the British people, in the language of Adams’ Parliamentary colleagues, the prime minister is now “subcontracting” the business of Brexit to the “known Marxist” leader of the Opposition.
The previous Whip, Gareth Johnson, MP quit as well:
“This agreement prevents us from taking back control and instead could leave us perpetually constrained by the European Union… I have decided the time has come to place my loyalty to my country above my loyalty to the government.”
The UK hasn’t looked this bleak since Chamberlain. I wonder if there’s yet another Churchill to save the day?
It seems that the folks on the Left “got woke” to the deception about “Russia/Russia/Russia”. Brian Stelter, Rachel Maddow, Chris Cuomo, Chris Hayes, Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon, Chris Mathews, Morning Joe and wife Mika turned out to be the REAL “Fake News”
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson absolutely dominated CNN last week, beating their entire prime time line up combined in total viewers by over 1,000,000 viewers — and CNN is not handling the news well.
CNN’s entire prime time line up garnered 2,474,000 total viewers compared to Carlson’s 3,475,000 total viewers.
After the ridiculous assertions from the “MSM”, it turns out that Media Matters (far left website) was really the one yielding the racist comments:
CNN’s report promoted the attacks against Carlson from far-left Media Matters, despite the fact that Media Matters’ president came under intense fire last month afterit was revealed that he wrote multiple racist, anti-Semitic, and transphobic things before running Media Matters.
Carlson responded to the far-left’s attempts to silence him in a fiery statement on Fox News, saying: “One of the only places left in the United States where independent thoughts are allowed is right here, the opinion hours on this network. Just a few hours in a sea of television programming. It’s not much, relatively speaking. For the Left, it’s unacceptable. They demand total conformity.
CNN and MSNBC are flailing at Tucker Carlson. Good luck with that, read on!
The LEFT simply doesn’t get it, that it’s they who are the ideology of separatism. In the USA, “separate but equal” was once considered an acceptable way of handling the differences in race between “people of color” and caucasians. It was struck down as being segregationist (which of course it was!). Today, the modern Left however, thinks it’s a good idea.
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Charlie Kirk is the Founder and Executive Director of Turning Point USA, a national student movement dedicated to identifying, organizing, and empowering young people to promote the principles of free markets, and limited government.
It’s worse than we could have ever thought. Watch and weep for the Western world. As Ronald Reagan brilliantly said,
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
Ed Note: the foregoing is true for all Western Democracies, not just the United States.
Free speech and its sister concept, free thought are seemingly on trial here. Dr. Peter Ridd, respected in his field had the audacity to question “the party line” – to use his expertise in the line of scientific inquiry and quite literally – “Question Authority” in the guise of James Cook University. For this, he was sacked in essence for being “disrespectful” and is rightly seeking justice. Scientific evidence, well researched and documented is to be respected. Opinions in the vernacular are like “rear end orifices” – everybody has one.
From Dr. Marohasy’s blog: (Bold is wentworthmaven’s emphasis).
PETER Ridd’s trial in the Brisbane Federal Circuit Court has just wrapped-up after three days. With Judge Salvadore Vasta presiding, Stuart Wood QC acting for Peter Ridd (the applicant) argued the case with great skill. However, on the most critical of issues the university (the defendant), and important media, refused to engage at all. Specifically, Chris Murdoch QC, acting for James Cook University, refused to outline to Judge Vasta what processes it has in place for quality assurance of scientific research, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (the ABC) simply didn’t attend or report.
At the heart of this court case is the matter of Peter Ridd disputing media’s reporting of the health of the Great Barrier Reef back in 2015 and 2016. Specifically, Peter Ridd was first censured for proposing to a journalist in April 2016 that he investigate the state of the fringing coral reefs around Stone Island, which is part of the Great Barrier Reef.
Instead of investigating, the journalist sent Dr Ridd’s evidence that the reefs were in good health with spectacular coral, to his arch adversary at the university, Terry Hughes, who was claiming the exact opposite, and who promptly forwarded the evidence from Dr Ridd to university management. This began a disciplinary procedure that would eventually result in Peter Ridd’s sacking.
The trial opened on Tuesday with Mr Wood QC outlining Dr Ridd’s honestly held expert opinion that the Great Barrier Reef is in good health, but that many of his colleagues, particularly Professor Hughes, suggest otherwise, that their research is “untrustworthy” and is not subject to any “quality assurance”.
The Judge seemed genuinely interested in this issue of “quality assurance” of the research. Towards the end of Day 2 he specifically requested that Mr Murdoch QC explain to the court what quality assurance procedures were in place.
I had assumed that Mr Murdoch QC, the Barrister acting for the University, would thus begin Day 3 with some explanation of this – but he didn’t. The University continued to refuse to engage on any matters of science, particularly the issue of quality assurance. Rather the University simply argued that because there is a code of conduct that expects professors to be collegial – they thus had a right to sack Peter Ridd because he had become disrespectful of his colleagues and also had broken confidentiality.
At the beginning of Day 2 Peter Ridd clearly explained that he was concerned about the trustworthiness of the science, and the lack of quality assurance because it was having a significant negative economic impact on rural and regional economies – because of the bad publicity for tourism and increasing government regulation of farming.
It is generally agreed that modern, cohesive democracies work because there is an independent judiciary (legal system), impartial media, and a government that makes public-policy based on evidence. The judiciary and the media are generally educated university-graduates. Universities are expected to be dominated by intellectuals, who are curious and dispassionately seek out the truth.
Mr Wood QC, acting for Dr Ridd, emphasized the importance of intellectual freedom in his closing remarks today – that it is integral to a university.
Universities are expected to be places where there is vigorous discussion of contentious issues. It would be expected that where there is disagreement – for example about the condition of the fringing coral reefs at Stone Island – there could be a debate that followed rules of logic and considers evidence in an attempt to arrive at the truth.
This requires both sides to engage.
Back in 2016, and again today, instead of considering Dr Ridd’s evidence and concerns, the University choose to look away. It showed no interest in finding out about the real state of the corals surrounding Stone Island, or at the Great Barrier Reef in general.
There is a crisis in our democracy and as clearly illustrated by this court case, it is at least in part because the mainstream media, and our universities, too often refuse to engage in any real discussion with those who hold an opinion contradicting their own.
Thanks for caring. Sincerely, Dr Jennifer Marohasy Researcher & Writer
The LEFT has been in the habit of screaming “white privilege” for the last several years. However, it’s usually found just to be their “psychological projection” kicked into high gear, for as we know, what matters is who you’re connected too and how high up the “intersectional” ladder you reside.
Smollett, who had been facing three years in prison, was glad to hear it.
Tonight, Laura Ingraham on the “Ingraham Angle” gave the definitive satirical discourse on the Lefts “5 Stage of Grief”. Though directly speaking about the Trump didn’t collude decision, it’s just as applicable in the Smollet case.
The Chicago Police Department released their full findings on the case and despite Kim Foxx’s having the records sealed (which means we may never know what Smollett admitted too?), he went before the Mainstream Media and repeated his claim:
“I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one,” said Smollett
Needless to say, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie John, wasn’t pleased and his department has asked the FBI to look into what may have been an improper handling of the case by Ms. Foxx.
Police superintendent Eddie John said justice had not been served, and that Smollett “committed this hoax, period.”
As cronyism on the Left is virtually in plain sight: Ms. Tchen (Michelle Obama’s former Chief of Staff, contacted Ms. Foxx (who herself has political aspirations):
Tchen contacted Foxx on behalf of Jussie Smollett and family members who “have concerns about the investigation.”
How many accused of such crimes have taken the unusual if not bizarre step of contacting the alleged perpetrators family to discuss their “concerns”? If you’re a political sycophant of the Obama’s; anything is within the realm of possiblity.
This all goes to the point that there is one system of justice for the rich and famous, high up the intersectional ladder whom are favored by the Left – and – everyone else.
The case, Eddie Johnson lamented, “sends a clear message that if you’re in a position of influence and power you’ll be treated one way and if you’re not you’ll be treated another way.” The superintendent has a point, but there’s a bit more to it.
…..If the fakery perpetrates the narrative that the election of Donald Trump unleashed a tide of hatred, leading Democrats and the establishment media will believe it without question.
Ladies and Gentleman, this is how “Democracy dies in Darkness”. It’s more of the Left projecting and acting out in their “5 Stages of Democrat Grief”. We’re watching it happen, right before our eyes.