Category Archives: Foreign

First They Came for Your Guns, Now They Want Your Cutlery

knife control

The UK is experiencing a crime wave – murder by knife. So now there’s a call for reasonable knife control measures. And London Mayor Sadiq Khan stands ready to enforce them.

Knife Control

The mayor says, “there is never a reason to carry a knife.”  Not only that, “Anyone who does will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law.”

Trump Do Not Call List

do not call

President Trump defied his handlers by calling Putin to congratulate him on his election victory. He was specifically told in a leaked all caps note:  DO NOT CALL PUTIN. And he did it anyway.

Russian Youth Vote

Russian youth vote

Trump congratulated Putin on his re-election. It made him the longest serving Russian ruler since Stalin.

Stalin no doubt would have admired Putin’s 74% take of the vote. But even that’s not as impressive as his 86% support among Russian young people.

Young people in American used to be less skeptical of Russian leaders too. For example, Jimmy Carter warned us of our inordinate fear of Communism. And more recently President Obama dissed Mitt Romney for calling Russia our greatest “geo-political” threat. “The 1980’s are calling and they want their foreign policy back, because the cold war’s been over for 20 years,” Obama mocked.

Brennan’s Russian Youth Vote

Speaking of the 1980’s, former CIA director John Brennan outdid both Carter and Obama. He actually voted for a real live Communist for president. In 1980 he pulled the lever for Gus Hall, leader of the American Communist Party. Brennan was disillusioned with American politics at the time but since then he’s changed his mind.

Which makes him the only American not disillusioned with politics now.

Anyway, as a young CIA recruit Brennan was required to take a polygraph test for a top security clearance. He came clean about his voting history. All was forgiven and he was put in charge of the CIA.

Kind of makes you wonder what Jared Kushner did to lose his top security clearance.

 

Choose Your Putin Poison

Putin poison

Did Putin poison a double agent in England?

Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious in Salisbury. The WSJ reports they were attacked with a military grade nerve agent  10 stronger than VX nerve gas. Both are still alive in intensive care.

Putin Poison

The Brits are pissed. Theresa May says Putin has until midnight to come up with an explanation. Looks like he might have more splaining to do. Another Russian “mogul” was just found dead in London.

As for Putin poisoning American elections – the Republican House Intelligence Committee says, “no collusion.”

North Korean Reset

reset

President Trump Hits Global Reset Button from Paris to Pyongyang. At least that’s the way a headline in The Hill sees it.

The article is by former Trump Staffer Sebastian Gorka. He claims that if you want to understand The Donald you have to read Art of the Deal. And once you’ve done that you’ll know it’s all about the objective:

The negotiations themselves, or maintaining the established way of doing business, are never the objectives. The real objective is defined by realizing your interests, which may not be possible if the status quo is maintained.

Russian Overcharge

For example, Hillary’s reset (or overcharge) with Russia didn’t achieve an objective.

President Obama sent Hillary Clinton to present a mislabeled “reset button” to the Kremlin. In reality, there was no reset. The Obama administration did not effectively address the expansionist and destabilizing behavior of former KGB colonel Vladimir Putin, not even after he invaded Ukraine.

But Gorka has way more faith in a Trump reset with North Korea:

It is a reset that included tough talk with China and North Korea, talk followed up by actions that have led to a response on behalf of Pyongyang, which may take us to the cusp of bringing peace and stability to the region after 65 years of potential war.

But whatever you do with Dear Leader, don’t go all Madeline Albright

The whole thing seemed more upset than reset with Secretary of State Tillerson. He was traveling in Africa when he learned of the dotard’s decision to meet the rocket man.

So he called in sick.