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polarbear4

Congrats on the media blackout. l’m finding I want to do that more and more.

Benny

I rather enjoyed my 2-3 days at a conference in Toronto. In addition to seeing some solid presentations, I led a group one evening to see a Georgia O’ Keeffe retrospective exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the last night, the host transported us to this cool museum north of the city called the McMichael , which features Canadian artists.

But I will say that most of the dinner conversations were about Trump and Clinton. However, I found out 2 of the 45 participants felt the Bern! So I did a little bit of politicking and catching up folks about the DNC Fraud Lawsuit and other things you don’t hear about on the mega-billion networks.

polarbear4

Fun! love O’Keeffe.

But only 2 Berners? yikes!

Benny

Out of 45, there were 7 Canadians. So 3 (including me) of 38 is actually quite good and something to work from.

polarbear4

Will Trump Agree to the Pentagon’s Permanent War in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria?

Reversing withdrawals

Now the regional context has shifted dramatically in favour of the US military’s ambitions. On one hand, the war against Islamic State (IS) is coming to a climax in both Iraq and Syria, and the Iraq government recognises the need for more US troops to ensure that it can’t rise again; and in Syria, the division of the country into zones of control that depend on foreign powers is an overriding fact.

Meanwhile in Afghanistan, growing Taliban power and control across the country is being cited as the rationale for a proposal to reverse the withdrawals of US and NATO troops in recent years and to allow a limited return by US forces to combat.

Now that Islamic State forces are being pushed out of Mosul, both the Trump administration and the Iraqi government are beginning to focus on how to ensure that the terrorists do not return.

They are now negotiating on an agreement that would station US forces in Iraq indefinitely. And the troops would not be there merely to defeat IS, but to carry out what the war bureaucracies call “stabilisation operations” – getting involved in building local political and military institutions.

Much, much more at the link. Article by Gareth Porter.

jcitybone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-revealed-highly-classified-information-to-russian-foreign-minister-and-ambassador/2017/05/15/530c172a-3960-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html?utm_term=.977a0c8f74e9

President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said that Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

The information Trump relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said.

The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said that Trump’s decision to do so risks cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. After Trump’s meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and National Security Agency.

“This is code-word information,” said a U.S. official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies. Trump “revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies.”

orlbucfan

tRump definitely beats out Rayguns and Dumbya as the stupidest President in the last 100 years. Harding was a idiotic crook, and Coolidge was an economic imbecile. We don’t call them Repukelicans for nothin’! $hrill and her crowd aren’t exactly rocket scientists either!

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