Clear And Present Danger

What happens when you let a temperamental madman make uninformed and uneducated foreign policy decisions is that you end up with a heap of trouble on your plate.  We have all been so caught up in the day-to-day detritus surrounding Trump, his corruption, the Mueller report, ongoing obstruction of justice, and Mitch McConnell’s attempt to help the rise of a dictator that we may be ignoring some critical issues.  Our blogging friend Keith has recently noted that Donald Trump poses a “clear and present danger” to not only our own country, but to every nation on the globe.  He is quite right.

From the German newspaper der Spiegel

The Americans are currently escalating the conflict with Tehran — with unpredictable consequences for their allies in Europe. In Berlin political circles, worries are growing about the potential threat of war.

From the UK’s The Guardian

Donald Trump is doing everything possible to provoke a conflict with Iran while making it look like Iran’s fault.  A year ago, Trump withdrew the US from the deal that has successfully stopped Iran from getting nuclear weapons – despite the IAEA and even the Trump administration confirming Iran was abiding by the agreement. The day Trump took the US out of the deal, he lit the fuse of a potential crisis.

From Foreign Policy magazine

Before matters spin out of control, it would be wise for the administration to dial back the rhetoric, open high-level channels with Tehran, and signal a willingness to reenter the nuclear deal as a starting point for new negotiations. But there is zero prospect the administration will take this course. It is doubling down on a strategy of maximum tension, and there is growing evidence it is on a path toward war—whether Trump realizes it or not.

From The Economist

Just four years ago America and Iran were on a different path. After Barack Obama offered to extend a hand if Iran’s leaders “unclenched their fist”, the two sides came together, leading to the nuclear deal. That promised to set back the Iranian nuclear programme by more than a decade, a prize in itself, and just possibly to break the cycle of threat and counter-threat that have dogged relations since the Iranian revolution 40 years ago.

Foreign policy experts from all around the globe see Trump’s taunting of Iran as trouble.  Except, of course, our own National Security Advisor John Bolton, and Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.  Bolton has, in the past, advocated bombings, wars and regime change and is, in my book, a warmonger.  For two decades, he has called for military action in both Iran and North Korea. Pompeo is a bigoted Islamophobe who made it clear that he would do everything in his power to undermine the Iran nuclear agreement even before he was nominated for Secretary of State.

Just as he did with the Paris Accord, Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear agreement in May 2018. The excuse was that Iran had not upheld their end of the bargain, though Trump’s own administration, as well as international sources, claimed that Iran was in full compliance with the agreement.  But that was only the beginning …

After pulling out of the Iran nuclear agreement, he immediately re-imposed economic and trade sanctions on Iran, including an embargo on dealings with the country by the U.S., and a ban on selling aircraft and repair parts to Iranian aviation companies.  The U.S. has also been responsible for targeting the country with fake news and disinformation about its past nuclear activities and present-day links to terrorism.  Iran has faced cyber-attacks, its scientists have been assassinated, its ballistic missile program sabotaged – all by the United States.  Is it any wonder, then, that Iranian revolutionary leader Ali Khamenei announced on May 1st that he was placing Iranian forces on high alert and that he views Washington’s actions as “total war”?

The Trump regime responded by sending a carrier strike group and bomber taskforce to the region, further escalating the already high tensions. Earlier this week, Secretary of State Pompeo canceled a trip to Germany to travel to Baghdad with the goal of bringing the Iraqi regime on board with the Trump’s strategy against Iran.

And now, Iran has declared that it will not abide by some of its obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).  This is a blow to our allies, and to add insult to injury, Iran has given our European allies who are trying to hold the deal together just 60 days to find a way to protect Iranian oil exports and financial activity from U.S. sanctions.  If they are unable to do so, which is likely, Iran says it may back out of the agreement altogether and basically resume their nuclear program.

I leave off where I began … ignorance in foreign policy is dangerous, it is stupid, and in today’s world of nuclear warfare, it could lead to a level of destruction never before seen.  General James Mattis was the last prevailing ‘cooler head’ in the Trump administration, and now that he has left, it seems that the little boys with their war toys know no limits.  Donald Trump, John Bolton and Mike Pompeo are trying to start a war that knows no bounds … and for what?  That is a question for which I can see no answer other than … power?  People will die to stroke the egos of these “men”.  Think about it.

73 thoughts on “Clear And Present Danger

  1. Jill, many astute observations from your readers. I found a video that gets to the root of Trump and all his shenanigans: Chomsky BRILLIANTLY Dissects Trump, Democrats & RussiaGate

    Cheers everyone! 🙂

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  2. Here’s a clue on why tRumpsky is doing what he’s doing … After Barack Obama offered to extend a hand if Iran’s leaders “unclenched their fist”, the two sides came together, leading to the nuclear deal.

    ANYTHING that’s connected with Obama is as good as dead.

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  3. What I said above to Keith, in case you missed it. Trump has been planning all this for years, and the rapture stuff is just to keep his evangelical factions on board. His goal is world dominance, which he learned from his buddy Vladimir. He wants to show the Russians how to do it, they had their try and blew it.

    King of the World, Donald J. Trump!

    Nothing less will be acceptable…

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    • I’m not so sure Trump has the mental capacity for such a grand scheme, but his ‘advisors’ Bolton & Pompeo likely do. Trump is naught but a useful tool to be used by the likes of Putin, Nehanyahu, and others. If they can make it seem that he is also on-board with the religious zealots who believe in some fantasy about something called ‘rapture’, then so much the better for them. Sigh. I’m ready to throw my hands up and just go be a wolf somewhere in the wilderness of Fiji.

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      • That is exactly what I am saying, Jill, he plays so stupid almost everyone underestimates him. If it isn’t him, it is someone else entirely, someone we don’t know of. This is way above Pence, Pompeo, and Bolton put together. This is someone on the level of Sun Tzu, writer of The Art of War, 500 years BC. And Trump is like a 72 year-old “enfant terrible”! Still a child, but with the mental capacity of a genius in a very limited area. As long as you (meaning everyone) continues to underestimate him, he has the world at his feet.

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          • Ah yes!!! That’ is it! The only thing is … an idiot savant is usually extremely gifted in one area or another … Trump is not gifted in any area … at least not as far as I can tell.

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        • I’m pretty sure there is somebody behind the curtain, for I simply cannot credit him with any degree of intelligence. He cannot string a coherent sentence together, he tells lies that are already disproven before he even utters them, and he is … a buffoon! Pence, I think, is intelligent, but not nice … not at all nice … an evil man posing as a “Christian”. I don’t underestimate Trump’s capacity for evildoing, but intelligence? I don’t see it … evil, yes, smart, hardly.

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          • Each to their own, I guess, agree to disagree if necessary, and all that rot. Someone is out to destroy our world, and if it is someone we don’t know about, we are doomed. We’re pretty much doomed anyway, so does it really matter?

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            • Good to see you in such a cheery mood today! But, you are right … we are dooming ourselves to extinction by our failure to address climate change and our unwillingness to make lifestyle changes, so in the long run, I don’t suppose it matters if we blow ourselves off the face of the earth, or gradually starve ourselves to death. Sigh.

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                • Um … you were in a bad mood because there isn’t a definitive name for baby hedgehogs? Okaaaaayyyy … well … I like your idea of calling them hedgelings just fine, and I’m glad you’re in better spirits now! 😉

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                    • Awwww … and this is now, eh? I understand, though. I woke in relatively good spirits this morning for the first time in weeks, but … it didn’t take long to shred those good spirits.

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                    • Well, technically it is morning, BUT … I have a different time-keeping method. To me, it is still today until I go to bed, so it was 2;30 a.m., but it was still the day before in my book. The next day is not allowed to start until I’ve at least been to bed, whether I’ve slept or not.

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                    • Today didn’t start for me until about 10:00 a.m., for my lack of sleep caught up with me and I slept a whopping 6 hours! What is the time difference from me to you? 3 hours?

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                    • Ahhhh … and speaking of which … how is the heart and pacemaker doing these days? You seem to be back to your old self, so I hadn’t thought about it in a while. Everything okay, I hope?

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                    • Better, but not great. It’s amazing how well a dividing internet connection allows one to look better than they actually are. Nothing to worry about, Jill, but energy is very low. I’m not really living these days, just existing. But that is better than the alternative.

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        • And that is Trump’s goal. He may seem like a buffoon, he plays the part like he was born to it, but there is a brilluant strategist somewhere near to him, possibly even in him. The world thinks they see how dangerous he is, but they don’t really believe it.
          He is a late-blooming child prodigy, a “genius sociopath.” (Or is that a sociopathic genius? Is there a diffefence?) In any case, he is THE MOST DANGEROUS HUMAN IN THE WORLD TODAY!
          And if he is reading Jill’s blog, I just made his life.

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            • All I’m saying for sure is someone is, but my gut tells me it is the orange clown himself.
              At the present time it appears my gut might be wrong about Mueller, but that has not been proven yet. I’m waiting till the curtain comes down, on Mueller, or on Trump, before I accept that my gut was verifiably wrong. I’ve apologized to him in advance, but…
              But being wrong on Mueller means there is less chance on the idiot savant being anyone but Trump.

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    • Nobody can gain … well, let me correct that statement … the makers of weapons will gain, and Trump is in their pockets. His friend Benjamin Netanyahu has been hoping for Iran to be obliterated, wiped off the face of the earth, for some time now. But most of the world’s billions of people stand only to lose. Yes, it is idiocy, and it has gotten too far out of hand. He really needs to be stopped … now!

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  4. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    WORLDWIDE DANGER … There is no doubt!! The shiny objects are distracting all! … ‘Our blogging friend Keith has recently noted that Drumpf poses a “clear and present danger” to not only our own country, but to every nation on the globe. He is quite right.’

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    • The adults who might have found a way to stuff his fat tushie back into the playpen, became disgusted and left long ago. Those who are left minding the shop are as idiotic as he and think he has something to offer them. Sigh.

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  5. I do thinks it’s all the negatives..lust for power, greed, ego, bullying and pure arrogance.

    But I can’t help but wonder if some bit of underlying malignancy, is this end times rapture BS, that some of his administration believes in and wants to hurry along. I have read Pompeo is a big believer in that. Bolton is a war monger and trump is a total idiot.

    It’s totally out of our control…we are the peons and the pawns… and as always, will pay the price..

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  6. Jill, thanks for the shout out and the various references from around the globe that echo these concerns. This is well done and needs to be shared, especially with Republican legislators who know this to be true, but feel they can manage their Pandora.

    With his regal-minded actions and toadies (let’s use the more atrocious sounding word than sycophants), this Pandora refuses to be governed because after his father died, he has never reported to anyone.

    And, what his toadies fail to realize, he is a clear and present danger to his own party. This is why I believe the GOP legislators need to lead the impeachment effort. If he loses, the election, it would not be suprising for him to cry foul. Keith

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    • Seeing as the election is already rigged, which is what gives Trump the confidence to blatantly state he cannot lose, Trump would have every reason to cry foul.
      The key is somewhere in the electoral college, which he owns. Being Canadian, I do not understand how this body works. Why does the US even have this body around, what is its purpose? Why is not the will of the people a clear and present statement of whom they want as president?
      I do not know how he did it, but Trump has infiltrated the Electoral College. He is too dumb to keep it a secret. But equally most Americans are too brainwashed to look there. I have been saying this for 3 years already, just like I have been saying for 3 years that Trump wants to wipe out all Middle East nations, not just Iran. He wants total war there, and he wants it to be a genocide of christianity’s two main enemies, muslims and jews. He will not be satisfied with anything less. And if Europeans and Africans and Asians get caught in the fallout, well, who cares, he doesn’t need those people.
      He thinks the Americas and Australia/New Zealand are far enough away that fallout won’t have that big an effect on them. And once that happens, the US will have no opposing military force capable of stopping him from conquering the world. He thinks!

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      • The initial purpose of the electoral college was, ironically, to prevent the very thing that happened in 2016. The framers of the Constitution understood that there would likely come a time when the citizens would, for whatever reason, elect a person who was decidedly unfit to be president. So, the electors in the electoral college would have the ability to override the peoples’ vote in order to preserve the nation. What happened, though, is the electors were threatened, bullied and intimidated and thus voted as they were told. The abomination is that Hillary Clinton won the election by nearly 3 million votes, but because of gerrymandered districts, Trump actually received more electoral votes. Any of those electors could have said, “No”, but they did not. Since the electoral college failed us so miserably, my own thoughts are that it needs to be eliminated. That would require a constitutional amendment, would require 2/3 or both the House and the Senate. Since it helped Trump so much in 2016, it is highly improbable that this will happen, at least not at this time. Impeachment is a long, slow process, and at this point in time, I don’t think it would pass even in the House, let alone the Senate to convict him and remove him from office. So, the best bet right now would be for his age and hedonistic lifestyle to catch up to him and bring him to an early demise. Sigh.

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        • What McDonald’s does he shop at. Maybe we could pay someone to inject some anthrax into his burger, or his chicken tenders.
          I just said in another comment that if Donnie boy reads your blog I just made him the happist he will ever be in his life. Well, with this comment, he should be too paranoid to ever eat at Mickey D’s again.
          Yes, you have given me that explanation of the EC before, but I still don’t understand it. It sounds good in theory, but in reality it makes presidential elections meaningless. Why not just send the vote directly to the college, and save billions in people’s time and money, and doesn’t make them look like monkeys.

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        • Jill, Rawgod, let me drop in a quick item on the electoral college. It reveals how poor a campaign Hillary ran. Trump actually listened to his advisors who said you do not need to win the country, just these few states.

          So, while Hillary was trying to run up the score by snaring Texas and Arizona, Trump went to visi Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida and Pennsylvania. The other key is Trump got Bernie voters and those who were not excited about Hillary to stay home.

          Even with all that, she would have likely won if Comey had not intervened late. Keith

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          • Yes, you’re quite right about all of the above. I had nearly forgotten about Comey’s ‘October Surprise’ that put the final straw on the camel’s back. It was not by any stretch of the imagination a fair nor honest election. What disturbs me most, though, is that I don’t think the 2020 election will be any more fair or honest than the last one.

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    • You are right to refer to him as a clear and present danger, and I think with each passing day he becomes more so. It seems that the republicans in Congress have decided they can afford to turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to those of us they represent no matter how vocal we are. I would very much like to see them step up to the plate, admit that Trump is unfit for this job, and lead the impeachment efforts, but I am not holding my breath for that to happen. We are in trying times and I can only hope that the toadies wake up before it’s too late.

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      • Jill, I got home from a trip and read where Senator Lindsey Graham believes Junior need not testify to fellow Republican Senator Richard Burr’s committee. Toady is to kind of a word to define what Graham has become. Bootlicker comes to mind as a more apt description. It us unfortunate Senator John McCain is not alive, as he would let Graham have it. Keith

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        • Jill, here is a shorter version of my post on “A clear and present danger” that I sent to my newspaper:

          “This Independent and former Republican voter believes the President is a clear and present danger to our democracy, our planet and even his own party. I see a man who demeans legislators, world leaders, media, institutions and our constitution. I see a man who says everyone is lying about him and all critical news is fake, when The Washington Post has tracked 10,000 lies in his Presidency.

          I see a man who is pulling the US out of agreements, rather than work to make them better. Civil discourse was in decline before this man was elected, yet it has gotten worse as he uses fear to sell his ideas and demonize people who criticize him.

          Our democracy is at stake as we face a constitutional crisis. We are not a monarchy and Congress must govern as an equal branch.”

          Sent from my iPhone

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        • Lindsey Graham and Mitchell McConnell belong in the same cage together! I must smile, though, for you have now come to terms with what I have been calling them for ages: bootlickers. You tried hard to give them the benefit of the doubt. I hope McCain haunts Graham’s dreams at night, for he was supposed to have been his best friend, and look … just look. Sigh. Do you think Junior will testify? I very seriously doubt it … executive privilege, y’know. 😦

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  7. Trump is embarking on a path of utter and total madness. Since all the European powers signed up to the treaty with Iran,, those with honour will side with Iran and attempt to apply cooler heads to the crisis. It’s possible that they will all have to end their pacts with the US and thee may be no recovery from this. Trump will drive all Americas old allies away and you can be sure threats will be issues which the European Countries cannot ignore. WWIII could be on it’s way with all the traditional alliances gone. Will the high ranking military of the US follow Trump down this road or will they clip his wings before it goes too far?
    Cwtch

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    • Yes, he has put our allies in a tough position, and likely cost us the respect of those allies. He has put the world in a dangerous situation, without understanding what he has wrought. Bolton would relish war with Iran and has no doubt convinced the ignoramus in the Oval Office that it can be to his advantage. The whole thing is ludicrous and people need to understand that he has no idea what he has started, nor can any of us know where it will end. As to whether the military will follow … sigh … I suspect so. I can’t say for sure, and I can’t put my finger on why I think so, but I do.
      Cwtch

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  8. Instead of doing something of worth your blondie inhabitant of the White House prefers to dance with totalitarian sheikhs and princes in Ryadh, Saudi-Arabia, and shaking their bloodstained hands with great pleasure. How embarassing and stupid at all. Greetings from Berlin.

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    • He panders only to those who are in a position, as he sees it, to do something for him … for him, not the nation, not the people … only for him. You see, he believes that his position should work for him, help him increase his power and wealth. He is a menace to this nation and the rest of the world. Welcome … I always enjoy the opinions from the other side of the pond!

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      • I would have preferred to write somthing otmore positive but that is not always possible or suitable. I do not know but some ugly zeitgeist chasing us because here in Europe also a lot of strange things happening every day. But at least the EU politicians try to save this treaty with Teheran what is getting more and more difficult. What is however quite strange and neglected by Trump, it were Saudis (Sunnites) who attacked the WorldTradeCenter, not people from Iran (Schiites). Also the Islamic State is a terrorist Sunnite group which regard the people in Iran as blasphemers and heathens which therefore must be killed. So taking one side in this regional, political but also deeply religious conflict is like choosing between pest and cholera. So I can only hope that further diplomacy will avoid further war actions in this region.

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        • No, in the current situation, there really isn’t much of anything positive to be said. Europe, too, is being affected by the ‘populist’ movement on which Trump rode to office, but to a large extent you guys are not letting it take hold, hence Macron’s defeat of Marine LePen. Brexit, however, is causing the UK problems enough, and your own country has its share of troubles. Sigh. Much of it stems from the refugee crisis, I believe, but that is a story for another day. You are quite right, though, that our European allies are upholding the Iran agreement, as well as the Paris Accord, and we have only made it harder for Europe … we are treating our allies very poorly and there will be a day of reckoning for that!

          Yes, those of us who are thinkers in this country have been left shaking our heads over the fact that the majority of the 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, and yet Trump took office and almost immediately tried to ban refugees from every Muslim nation except Saudi Arabia. And then he almost trips over his own feet trying to pander to the Saudi royal family, particularly Crown Prince bin Salman, even after he ordered the brutal murder of our journalist Jamal Khashoggi!

          There is much wrong in the world today, and for the first time in my life, I’m not sure it can be fixed in time, particularly in light of the damage we humans are doing to our environment. But, we keep trying to open the eyes of our legislators and make them address our concerns, for it is too important to give up.

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