John McCain:”Russian Hacks Are A Declaration of War.” Obama Should Ignore This Advice.

John McCain loves wars. His reset button seems to always be, let’s go to war. He is not satisfied with the sanctions that President Obama has levelled against Russia. He wants other sanctions and possibly “exercises” against Russia.

This is heavy. President Obama should tread cautiously with this advice and consider the source. Indeed, maybe John’s ideas are good but he should speak with the incoming administration as Trump is in a better position to “conduct these exercises.”

Seriously, Why Are Young Men in the Middle East So Unhappy?

Young men in the prime of their lives in the Middle East are not happy. They are not inclined to go to the local pub for a beer on a friday night with their friends. They are not in art museums on first dates. They are not at university studying to be engineers. They are not getting married and having babies. Instead, across a large swathe of the region, young men are rip shit angry about something and to show their displeasure, they are willing to reduce every building and monument in their own countries to rubble. They are willing to mass murder one another. They are willing to die themselves.

What is wrong? Something is terribly wrong. Even if they are indoctrinated by extremist ideology what predisposes them to this option as opposed to other options? This is their own country, their own institutions, their own lands, their own people, their own selves. What would drive people – any human persons – to become so disenchanted with everything that they are willing to wage non-stop war against each other, and others as well.

Has anyone figured this out? What is at the root of this rage that is felt by young men in the Middle East and how can the global community help them to be less enraged? What is it that they want that the don’t have? What do they need? What is missing? What?

Time is on President Obama’s Side With Respect to His Foreign Policies in Russia, Syria and Israel

Perhaps deservedly, Vladimir Putin is getting a lot of international attention these days and one can see in the way he struts, stands and smiles, that he is enjoying his new perch at the top of the global political hierarchy. He is all everybody is talking about. He seems like a winner, having installed (allegedly) Donald Trump to the presidential dais in the United States (the United States!!!) and having brokered an unexpected ceasefire in Syria.

He felt so big that when Obama lost his patience and expelled 35 Russian diplomats suspected of spying on the United States, Putin demurred and decided not to act in kind, instead wishing Obama the best and expressing the hope that things will be better (he thinks) under the new incoming Trump administration.

People are giving him a lot of high fives. Trump called him smart on Twitter. The US congress, meanwhile, dug it into Obama by saying “yes, you finally acted but it is a little bit too late and not enough and on top of that your foreign policy with Russia and Syria failed.” (Paul Ryan seems capable of great vindictiveness for such a handsome guy, does he not?)

Obama must have some doubts about things from time to time. Did he take the right course of action in Syria? Could he have tried harder with Russia and Putin? Did Kerry go to far with Israel?

It is natural to feel doubts. Hindsight is always 2020. But this story is not over yet; indeed it is only beginning. And people who are now excoriating Obama and elevating Trump and Putin could do a 180 by the time the dust settles on this.

History will show one thing on Syria: nobody can say the United States imposed its will or committed human rights atrocities against the Syrian people. Nobody can say that Obama caused unnecessary loss of American lives in that quicksand situation in the Middle East by involving the country in a new war.

And his foreign policy worked in the sense that his doctrine is all about “multilateralism.” He believes, rightly so, that American muscle, dollars and capital are not infinite and that America an ill afford to continue these adventures in the Middle East without, at some point, over-extending itself and perhaps even self-destructing. He believes that other countries in the region needed to step up and do their share of the heavy lifting.

Amazingly, with Russia’s intervention, along with its regional allies Turkey and Iran, Obama’s foreign policy vision (and his incredible patience to stay still when every instinct was to institute a no fly zone and “take over Syria) worked!

So what if Russia and Iran are the ones who gets all the reconstruction contracts to put Syria back together? America does not have to have it all. In the short run, it is a loss but in the long run, having preserved capital, lives and resources — that were expended by others — America may very well come out on top.

Moreover, the image of America in the Middle East is definitely tarnished as a peacemaker and broker. Blame all the realpolitik or whatever is the cause. But the thing with that is the push back from terrorist groups who then turn their anger on America after America has gone in to “help.” In the case of Syria, this is not about America. It is Russia’s puppy. It is Iran’s puppy. They take the spoils and their also bear the consequences, if any.

With regard to Russia, how quickly everyone forgets. There are countless photographs over the course of his presidency – both terms – that show Obama and Putin discussing and conferring. Now the media writes all these stories that Obama “refused to talk to Putin.” What a lie. What a barefaced lie. And then they wonder why Trump refuses to engage with the media. Trump will be the match for a dishonest media. It is important that the global media is more honest and quit with spreading propaganda. Trump will be their match there.

Of course, it is convenient for Trump when the media excoriates Obama for his relationship with Putin knowing full well that often, it was Putin who refused to have a mutually respectful relationship with Obama and not the other way around. Trump, from the start, disdained Obama’s presidency and from the beginning, he used Putin’s disrespect for Obama as a reason he (Trump) would make a better president, rather than calling out the Russian president for less than statesmanlike behavior towards the American president.

Putin appreciated that. But Putin does not necessarily appreciate Trump. Trump is a smart guy and he probably knows this but Putin is looking to eclipse Trump not share the stage with him. Putin’s interest is making Russia great again and this time, for a million and one reasons, he wants to make sure that Russia is way greater than the United States, such that there is no return to the post-cold war era. He wants to do to America what America did to Russia. Tit for tat? Maybe. But he is going to skilfully use Trump’s own hate of Obama and Trump’s kissing up to exact the outcome he craves. He has backed Trump into a corner.

In the end, the entire world will see this and will turn its attention again to Obama’s policies and how he viewed the world and his relationship with Russia, etc. The new world order that will come out of Trump’s relationship with Putin will put America in a much worse place than it ever was under Obama. For one thing, the more Russia hacks America and perpetrates cyberwarfare on the country the more in denial Trump will have to go (he is trapped!) and the bigger the damage and harm that will come to the country as a result.

Time will show this. And it is Trump’s own hate that is his achilles heel and that will have dire consequences for himself, his supporters, his country and the world. And really, this is penance. This is how nature is.

As for Israel, both Obama and Kerry are right and it is important that he leaves office having set his own record straight on this issue. Whatever happens after, he has no control. But his doctrine on Israel is morally, legally and strategically correct in the interest of the national security of not just the region and the United States, but also the world.

Time will tell. Time is on President Obama’s side.

Greek Ambassador to Brazil Kyriakos Amiridis Murdered Allegedly By His Wife’s Toy Boy – a Police Officer 20 Years Her Junior

Numerous reports from Brazil is that Greek Ambassador to Brazil, Kyriakos Amiridis, who was found dead in a burned out car in a sketchy area of Rio De Janeiro, was actually murdered by his wife’s younger lover. The wife is Brazilian, and according to Reuters, the lover confessed that they both planned to take out her husband so that they could be together. The Brazilian government is calling the murder a “crime of passion..”

Trump Compliments Putin as “Smart” For Ignoring Obama’s Sanctions

Trump is very loyal to Vladimir Putin and he sent a tweet of approval to his Russian BFF yesterday calling the Russian “smart.”

If you recall, the Obama Administration decided to sanction Russia for its interference into America’s election and the Administration labelled 35 Russian diplomats as “persona non grata” and basically tossed them from the United States, Perhaps predictably, Vladimir Putin was displeased with this and through his Foreign Minister vowed to expel 35 American diplomats from Russia (and there were rumors that he planned to close an American school in Russia as well.)

But at the last minute, he seems to have had a change of heart and Mr Putin instead wished Obama a nice holiday and vowed to wait for president elect Trump to take office in order to reset relations with the country. It is for this that Trump deemed Putin “smart” – whatever that means. Remember that Trump is king of double speak.

Keep in mind also that Trump’s congressional allies in the GOP are not very impressed with this relationship he has with Putin and they want to hit Putin and Russia “hard” for interfering in America’s elections – whatever that means.

Bien sûr, everybody knows that Trump is not afraid of the GOP and the chances are much more likely that they will come around to his way of thinking that he is to come around to theirs.

But voilà. This is where it stands for now.

Grizzly Steppe: Do the Russians Have a Plan to Fade America to Black?

In Vermont, they apparently found evidence that the electricity system has been hacked and of course they are pointing their fingers you-know-where. The Obama Administration has given it this interesting name: Grizzly Steppe.

Could there ever come a time when the Russians could just turn off all electrical power in the US with sophisticated malware? In which case they can probably even disable America’s nuclear codes such that even if the President puts his finger on the button and hit “go” nothing will happen?

Scary.

Theresa May Just Threw John Kerry Under the Bus in a Stunning Display of Hypocrisy

Considering the fact that Britain voted for the UN Security Council Resolution 2334, and the United States abstained, it is incredibly ballsy of British Prime Minister Theresa May to come out in criticism of John Kerry, the US Secretary of State who recently held a press conference to explain why the US abstained.

Respectfully, what is Theresa smoking?

Considering Britain’s stated policies on Israel and Palestine, considering how UK voted (they had veto power too!) she comes out and excoriates Kerry in this context?

Honestly, what is she smoking?

Perhaps it is just that she is trying to be Trump’s bedfellow considering the fact that with this BREXIT craziness the UK and the EU are not going to exactly be BFFs. So she is going to need friends and so she sells her soul in this uncroyable display of hypocrisy – and I say that with all due respect because I like her style and I can’t wait to get a pair of Burberry sneakers like hers. But she is a hypocrite! And it is unbearable! Or maybe she is just smoking something. But what? Cause it is giving her memory losses. She has forgotten not only what John Kerry said in his speech but how her own government voted in this resolution!

Maybe she is just scared about BREXIT and she is trying to curry favor with Trump. I should warn her: TRUMP IS TOTALLY UNPREDICTABLE. If I were May I would wait to see which way the wind blows with this guy before I hitched on my wagon and threw my old friends under the bus.

Will Russia Sanction France due to Charlie Hebdo Art Work?

 

 

According to the Moscow Times, Charlie Hebdo, the satirical french paper has angered Russia with several arguably distasteful cartoons depicting the crash on Christmas day that killed 92 people, including 64 member of the Red army choir. One Russian blogger has called for Russia to impose sanctions on France as a  result:

Just hours after Charlie Hebdo’s latest work, there’s already a petition hosted on Change.org calling for Russian sanctions against France, against the staff of Charlie Hebdo, and against Audrey Azoulay, France’s minister of culture and telecommunications. Initiated by Russian journalist and blogger Nikolai Zubov, the petition had 419 supporters, at the time of this writing.

One Kremlin spokesperson found the satirists’ drawings “blasphemous,” saying:

“This has nothing to do with democracy, self-expression, or whatever,” the Kremlin’s spokesperson said at the time about the drawings, calling them “pure blasphemy.”

 

The United States of Russia Will Give the Former United Soviet Socialist Republic a Run for its Money

Next up for Putin and the Kremlin: Form a new Union. The Russian Union or the United States of Russia. How? Easy:

  1. Step one: Infiltrate and take over the following states and make them part of the Russian Empire willingly or unwillingly:
  • Ukraine
  • Belarus
  • Lithuania
  • Latvia
  • Estonia

2. Convince Iran and Turkey of the wisdom of being part of the Russian Union instead of the European Union (especially in the case of Turkey).

3. Declare military dominion over the Middle Eastern states by sheer force of will.

4. Once the initial steps have been solidified and all these states are on board, infiltrate Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia and Poland and take those over by sheer force of will. (Putin will probably use diplomacy though and go for a EU type of deal with these states and in the case of states that are already in the EU, he will convince them to bail and jump ship.

5. Once these states are all safely part of the new union, it is fait accompli for Russia and the Kremlin. As far as Putin is concerned, China can have Africa if it wants or fight with the US to see who gets what.

6. With respect to the rest (and this is very key) break up the European Union with machiavellian strategies so that there is no alliance that can match him on this side of the Atlantic.

7. Across the Atlantic, weaken and tie up the United States with cyber-warfare and possibly even open and hostile military attacks and completely dismantle their idea of being a democracy. Moreover, destroy the country’s reputation in the global arena such that they lose ALL credibility.

This can all be accomplished in four short years.

Vladimir Putin on How to Take Over the World in 6 Steps

Vladimir Putin is poised to become the new leader of the world. He did it in SIX easy steps:

  1. Form the right alliances and create a new power structure (Iran, Turkey, China)
  2. Dismantle the power structure in America and plunge the country into chaos (Donald Trump, Hacks)
  3. Achieve a high profile military win (Syria)
  4. Divide Europe (Brexit, far right insurgence)
  5. Encourage the dismantling of NATO (while creating a new alliance to fill the void)
  6. Bow to the UN (while at the same time encourage the US to diss the UN)

Voila.

Trump Dismissed the UN as a “coffee club” But Putin Still Respects the UN Security Council And Here is the Proof

Vladimir Putin is on a roll and he will be seen as the leader of the world very soon. He is calling all the shots in Syria, for example, and has just brokered a ceasefire to a five-year conflict which so far, is holding steady. Now, he is about to submit the agreement between the al Assad regime and the rebel fighters to of all places the United Nations Security Council. According to a recent report in the Atlantic:

The agreement that is reached will be submitted to the UN Security Council later Thursday, the Russian foreign minister said. Both Turkey and Russia said representatives of the Syrian government and the rebels will meet soon in Astana, the Kazakh capital. Turkey added that they will be accompanied by the guarantor countries.

This says something about Putin and how he views his role in this conflict. He is not just doing this haphazardly and in a totally lawless way. It is not totally “clean” of course. Bad things have occurred but he is moving now to put a stamp of legitimacy on it by taking it to the UN Security Council for approval. This is a big time political coup for this player on the international stage. This gives him credence. This gives him power.

What is power anyway? As I have always argued, it is not about money. Money does not make you powerful. It is about influence. Russia’s economy is in the abyss at the moment. Even India has better balance sheets than Russia right now. But Russia is emerging a very powerful country and Putin as a very powerful leader because of his ability to influence the outcome of global events.

By bringing Turkey and Iran in for the ride, he also creates this center of gravity that cannot be ignored or taken for granted going forward from a foreign policy perspective.

The more influence Putin achieves, the greater the likelihood that Putin’s allies like Iran and Turkey will also grow in stature. Trump will be in deep trouble here because of his expressed disdain for Iran, for example. Putin is going to force Trump to eat humble pie with respect to Iran. Iran will become a nuclear state as well. Behind the scenes, they probably already are despite the Iran deal.

Europe is in a very precarious position right now. If European leaders are not worried about the turn of events in international politics and global affairs, then each and every one of them is a fool.

As for America, once Putin takes over the power in the Soviet region and the Middle East, (AND THEN EUROPE!) America is probably done. Because China is also more likely to team with Putin. And Trump is hostile towards China. China has Africa. America is probably done.

And when you factor the internal chaos in the United States in, the hatred among its people for each other, the division, the raw hate that spews from every direction for each other, the Congress and how they preferred to block everything the president tried to do and to work to sabotage their own president domestically and internationally, America is probably done. They don’t know it yet.

But its the beginning of the end and maybe we have nobody to blame but ourselves.

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman the Sexy Maria Zakharova Promises Reprisals for Obama’s Russian Sanctions

With the recent sanctions against Russia that include the ejection of 35 Russian diplomats from the Russian Republic from the United States, Barack Obama demonstrates that he understands that chaos can be an effective strategy in foreign policy as well as in presidential politics. Russia loves chaos and  one of its spokesmen even say that they “sell” it.

Trump also is king of chaos. Jeb Bush rightly called Trump the “chaos candidate” but what Jeb failed to understand is that chaos is a strategy and it is a commodity. You can buy it and sell it in the marketplace.

What is behind Obama’s play of the chaos card? Why now and why this way? That is the question for the pundits to answer.

In the meantime,  Russian Foreign Minister Maria Zakharova (she looks like an ice skater, doesn’t she? Or is this sexist?) had a press conference yesterday where she disclosed that Russia will close an American school in Moscow as well as take other counter measures to be disclosed later today.

Meanwhile, members of the GOP have chastised Obama for his tardy response to the alleged Russian hacking and espionage despite seeming to approve of the president’s actions that, as indicated above, include expulsion of diplomats and a declaration that these individuals are “persona non grata.”

They have called for STRONGER measures against Russia at the same moment when Trump is pleading for everyone to get over the hacking and move on with their lives. Notably, however, the president elect has promised to meet with intelligence officials shortly to discuss their findings about the espionage and the hacks. The president elect, who has expressed doubts about these hacks will likely find himself between a rock and a hard place following these intelligence briefings when coupled with Russia’s countermeasures.

It is chaos.

It is bloody chaos.

Is Donald Trump in for a Post-inauguration Shock From the Republican Party With Regard to Russian Hacks?

Donald Trump and his GOP compatriots seem to be on different sides of the issue when it comes to Russian hacking. He strongly defends the Kremlin and members of his party including John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Paul Ryan, as well as Senate leader Mitch McConnell sound ominously like they have a plan for Russia and Trump. Their strong language suggests that a serious probe will follow after the inauguration of Trump and if Trump is implicated in any way, he will face a congressional hearing.

He has already set himself up as a fattened, juicy, Thanksgiving goose because he has given all of these people the jobs they want and need. He delivered the White House to them and basically, the three branches of the government. It was an unprecedented rout.

But do they want Trump as president?

What if this is a ruse? What if they are planning to impeach him for these election activities and give the job to Mike Pence? Their words are very suspicious in the sense that it heralds heavy action to come. But they have chosen not to take this action yet to make sure that all goes well with the inauguration. If they take action now, and show conclusively that Trump won because of Russia, the win would be illegitimate and they would have to face this and face the real possibility that Hillary Clinton would mount a legal challenge and demand the presidency (after all she won 5 million more popular votes). So instead, they have chosen not to rock the boat till after the inauguration. By doing it this way, it is less likely that they will be forced to change the presidency over to the democrats because it would be too much chaos for the country.

So they are biding their time with Trump. At the right moment, they will hang him out to dry with this Russia thing and give the job to Mike Pence –  who they prefer for more reasons than six.

Are you still reading Mr Trump?

Do you copy?

Obama Sanctions Russia For Hacking, & Kicks Out 35 Russian Diplomats & Issues Executive Order 13694

President Obama is not pleased with the Kremlin and to express his displeasure for Russian hacking and frankly other grievances, he took action today by expelling three dozen Russian diplomats, deeming them “persona non grata.” He also issued executive order 13694

House Speaker Paul Ryan, a post election bedfellow of Donald Trump, apparently issued a response:

“While today’s action by the administration is overdue, it is an appropriate way to end eight years of failed policy with Russia. And it serves as a prime example of this administration’s ineffective foreign policy that has left America weaker in the eyes of the world,” he said in a statement.
He added that “Russia does not share America’s interests. In fact, it has consistently sought to undermine them, sowing dangerous instability around the world.”

It seems Mr Ryan is not a bedfellow of Vladimir Putin. Will this create any post-inauguration tensions in the Trump Administration, given that Mr Trump has publicized his affinity for the Soviet leader?

Billionaire George Soros is Depressed About World Affairs and While He is at it He Threw a Pot of Insults at Donald Trump

Billionaire philanthropist George Soros is bearish on the way things are developing in the world’s leading democracies at the moment. From Brexit and the looming implosion of the Maastricht Treaty to the Election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, he sees a full blown crisis ahead for democracy the world over. He goes so far as to call Donald Trump a “would-be dictator” in a recent op-ed in Project Syndicate, where he wrote in part:

 

Democracy is now in crisis. Even the US, the world’s leading democracy, elected a con artist and would-be dictator as its president. Although Trump has toned down his rhetoric since he was elected, he has changed neither his behavior nor his advisers. His cabinet comprises incompetent extremists and retired generals.

What lies ahead?

I am confident that democracy will prove resilient in the US. Its Constitution and institutions, including the fourth estate, are strong enough to resist the excesses of the executive branch, thus preventing a would-be dictator from becoming an actual one.

But the US will be preoccupied with internal struggles in the near future, and targeted minorities will suffer. The US will be unable to protect and promote democracy in the rest of the world. On the contrary, Trump will have greater affinity with dictators. That will allow some of them to reach an accommodation with the US, and others to carry on without interference. Trump will prefer making deals to defending principles. Unfortunately, that will be popular with his core constituency.
Soros, an 86 year old Hungarian Jew and naturalized citizen of the United States, expressed personal pain about the state of world affairs at this moment in time. He blamed the trend towards “closed societies” from once “open societies” on the failure of elected leaders to meet voters’ expectations:
I find the current moment in history very painful. Open societies are in crisis, and various forms of closed societies – from fascist dictatorships to mafia states – are on the rise. How could this happen? The only explanation I can find is that elected leaders failed to meet voters’ legitimate expectations and aspirations and that this failure led electorates to become disenchanted with the prevailing versions of democracy and capitalism. Quite simply, many people felt that the elites had stolen their democracy.
While he is concerned with the short term impact on American democracy and the American way of life with the election of Donald Trump as the nation’s 45th president, he expressed confidence that the natural constitutional checks and balances in place will prevent a total disintegration of the country as we know it. He was not so sure about the European Union, however, which he fears will fall into the hands of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who, Mr Soros seems of the opinion is on a mission to destabilise European democracies and perhaps bring the entire continent under Russian control.
Putin’s recent moves in Ukraine are one thing. But a quick glance at the map shows that a complete take over of Europe by Russia, while a totally unthinkable and insane notion at this instance, is not totally impossible given the realities in the global system at this time, as well as the geographic terrain. And with the bromance that is brewing between Russia and America due to the election of Donald Trump (which Putin is accused of having spearheaded with hacking and spreading of ‘fake news”) who will be there to protect Europe if Putin indeed decides that he wants to spread his empire a little bit more to the West.
George Soros opines :

I am particularly worried about the fate of the EU, which is in danger of coming under the influence of Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose concept of government is irreconcilable with that of open society. Putin is not a passive beneficiary of recent developments; he worked hard to bring them about. He recognized his regime’s weakness: it can exploit natural resources but cannot generate economic growth. He felt threatened by “color revolutions” in Georgia, Ukraine, and elsewhere. At first, he tried to control social media. Then, in a brilliant move, he exploited social media companies’ business model to spread misinformation and fake news, disorienting electorates and destabilizing democracies. That is how he helped Trump get elected.

The same is likely to happen in the European election season in 2017 in the Netherlands, Germany, and Italy. In France, the two leading contenders are close to Putin and eager to appease him. If either wins, Putin’s dominance of Europe will become a fait accompli.

Who is Sigmar Gabriel?

Politico just ran an article about a guy named Sigmar Gabriel. Apparently, he could be the next Chancellor of Germany. Angela Merkel better watch out!

Sigmar at a Glance:

  • He is Chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany
  • He is Vice Chancellor of Germany
  • He is Federal Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy
  • He is 57 years old
  • He is married with two kids
  • He started out his career as a school teacher in Germany
  • He is a union member
  • He has called Israel  an “apartheid regime”
  • He is in favor of easing sanctions against Russia in exchange for cooperation in Syria
  • He has said that Google, Amazon and Apple are “anti social” organisms.

Can this personality win over the majority of German voters in 2018? It is a question mark but he certainly so far “has won the backing of the liberal-economic wing of his SPD party,” according to Politico.eu. Apparently, for all his good points, Gabriel does not have populist appeal.

Vladimir Putin Announces that a Syrian Ceasefire Has Been Agreed To, and Begins December 30 2016 (Turkey helped)

Has he successfully brokered a peace deal in Syria? It seems as if Vladimir Putin, along with Turkey, has successfully assisted the Syrian fighters in reaching a deal to stop the slaughter in their country. Sixty-thousand fighters (60,000) have reportedly agreed to lay down their arms and bring to an end this protracted multi-year struggle for power and control of the country. Mr Putin describes the accord as “fragile” perhaps recognizing that similar UN-backed and US supported accords have quickly imploded.

If this agreement sticks, however, it will undoubtedly raise Mr Putin’s stature in the international community, and perhaps even elevate him to the “leader” of the current global system in some people’s minds. Will this sit well with Mr Trump? Will he willingly allow Mr Putin to enjoy the “leader” mantle? Or will he compete to be number one?

Many world leaders have lamented that the US has lost influence in global affairs over the last several years in the Post-Iraq war era. Increasingly, leaders in the Arab states as well as in Europe have looked beyond the UN and the US for solutions to these gnawing conflicts in the Middle East.  President Obama’s foreign policy has been that the US should not be the only one shouldering the burden of keeping a misbehaving world in order. He has stressed multilateralism as far as costs and capital and manpower. The wisdom of this approach is indisputable but the result is also evident – the US could lose its “leadership” position in global affairs. Correspondingly, if President Trump adopts the isolationist posture he has threatened during the campaign and focus his energies entirely on reupholstering America’s airports and other infrastructure as well as create jobs domestically and build that Great Wall, America could render itself nearly irrelevant in the international arena.

Is this necessarily a bad thing? America followed an isolationist path before and existed quite happily and productively apart it its cocoon prior to the Second World War. Sure, the world is different from what it was then, and not only from the standpoint of globalization and technological advancement. But it does not mean that America could not successfully isolate itself once again and turn the world over to Russia (and maybe to a lesser extent China) to deal with all the minor  headaches – and leaving itself the option of butting in only for the biggest of the big fights. Right?

Israeli Attorney General Orders Criminal Probe of Benjamin Netanyahu According to Bombshell Report

Reuters is reporting that Israeli  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could be facing a criminal investigation by the Israeli justice department. The nature of the charges have not yet been publicly disclosed but could be imminent according to the report.

Some speculate that it could pertain to Mr Netanyahu’s purchase of German submarines and conflicts of interest, however it is all speculation at this juncture.

No official response from Mr Netanyahu’s Tel Aviv office have been issued. Mr Trump, US President Elect and new BFF of the Israeli prime minister, has so far been silent.

John Kerry’s Classy Rebuke of Benjamin Netanyahu: “Friends Don’t Put Friends in this Position”

His rebuke of Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu was classy, necessary and overdue. John Kerry defended the United States right to love its friends while also staying true to its values. This is fundamental and non-negotiable – even if it means having to lose favor with a friend like Israel. And it seems that is exactly the result. Even president elect Trump is accusing Mr Kerry of “disdaining” and “disrespecting” Israel.

Putting aside the president elect’s penchant for siding with everybody else instead of his own country, the Kerry speech resonated and struck some dark chords:

Politico.com:

Kerry painted a dark picture of what that future might look like: “millions of Palestinians permanently living in segregated enclaves in the middle of the West Bank, with no real political rights, separate legal, education, and transportation systems, vast income disparities, under a permanent military occupation that deprives them of the most basic freedoms.”

Using an emotionally charged phrase drawn from America’s history of segregation, Kerry condemned such conditions as “separate and unequal.” “Would an Israeli accept living that way? Would an American accept living that way? Will the world accept it?” he asked.

To think that any American president could support such policies and blindly profess “friendship” and loyalty in any and all circumstances is appalling. Hopefully the next president will reconsider his position.