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    Post  GarryB Thu Feb 16, 2017 1:56 am

    Just because you are president does not mean you can do anything and everything you like.

    There are some things that Trump can change and some things even he wont be able to change.

    First of all he needs to pick his battles and decide what he really wants to change and what he said he would change just to get elected or because it was the opposite of what the opposition was saying.

    I doubt he will be great but the fact that he pisses off the opposition so much is very entertaining.

    At the end of the day the US and most western countries for that matter have pretty much a two party system where one gets in and does their thing or the other gets in either because they win the vote or because they get enough protest votes (ie not voted in... the other party is voted out).

    Most parties are middle of the road these days and not really that much different except in a few key areas. ie more of the same... it has a different label so you can pretend you are trying a different brand but the crap is all made in the same factory from the same shit.

    Anything that might be very different like Sanders or the two candidates that also ran for president never make it to your local store...

    Welcome to democracy... makes 1984 look like a bright vision of the future really.
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    Post  auslander Thu Feb 16, 2017 2:30 am

    Trump has been up to his little suntanned bellybutton in alligators since before the election. For heaven's sake, the loyal opposition was talking impeachment before he took the oath of office! What is going on now is a coup d'etat against the sitting president of USA and this coup and resistance to same stands a very good chance of turning violent, very violent.

    In theory you are correct, the President does not have dictatorial powers but Obama surely pushed the envelop to the max. As for political parties, there used to be, back when I was young 5 and more decades ago, at least some difference in the two main parties. That can not be said today as a general observation.
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    Post  George1 Sat Apr 01, 2017 7:14 am

    Trump Authorizes Pre-Emptive Somalia Airstrikes in Latest US Military Escalation

    https://sputniknews.com/africa/201703311052170259-somalia-trump-airstrikes-escalation/
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    Post  nomadski Tue Apr 04, 2017 4:29 pm

    What they say , is different to what they do . Diplomatic overtures aside . Only our countries intelligence services know the extent of their actions . Flexibility of response and caution is important . Getting into bed with them is like trusting in not catching VD from a prostitute . And parting with your money before inspecting the goods . That's what happened in Iran nuclear deal . Dismantling of centrifuges before lifting of sanctions . . And do we learn ? No , we don't . Iranians order yellow cake from the English . And they fail to deliver .

    All that was needed , was a little blood in the water . To distract the economic sharks and break their ranks . Set the economic sector against the military sector . As their actions change , so should our response . But keeping a little blood in the water has disproportionate benefits . The most Iran should trust to buy from the English is perhaps biscuits . Not ( yellow ) cake .

    I have said before . And say again that a world wide anti - NATO alliance of nations needs to form to fight the English ( American ) empire . This must happen and will happen by necessity . Yesterday Libya or Syria or ....today North Korea . Pressure must be applied by all nations simultaneously and in unison against the empire . If they attack Syria then Iran and North Korea and ....Argentine and Spain ...should react at once . Or we will all die at their hands .

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    Post  George1 Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:01 pm

    US: the next stop after Syria is Yemen?

    According to the "TTU" bulletin in the publication "Yémen: aide massive de Washington", two years after the outbreak of the war against the Husites, Washington is preparing to provide massive aid to Saudi Arabia, which is waging war in Yemen. The goal is to reduce Iran's influence in the region. This assistance will go in several directions: increasing the supply of weapons, supporting Riyadh with intelligence information and strikes from UAVs, and seizing several strategic points from the Husites.

    The priority is the Port of Hodeidah in the Red Sea. Its seizure will allow it only to cut off the husits ​​from their supply lines, but also to accept the fleet of ships with humanitarian aid, in order to avoid mass starvation that can affect up to 60: the population of Yemen. As usual, the humanitarian aspects explain the military invasion, which has different tasks.

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/2545866.html
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    Post  nomadski Sat Apr 15, 2017 5:15 pm


    The great strategic mistake . Brought about by greed . Of the empire . Was to disperse their forces . And open triple , simultaneous fronts in Asia . In latest attacks . A numerically inferior . Yet technologically superior force . Holds ground . And uses it's advantage . In set battles . Then moves on . The technological advantage is lost . By dispersion of assets . Asian nations can aggrevate their dilemma . By keeping their forces pinned down . In different locations . Through series of faint maneuvers . In case of war . Their defeat is fast . But allies need to act together .
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    Post  PapaDragon Sun Apr 16, 2017 4:40 pm


    From reddit, Republic of Kekistan killed me... lol1

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    Post  MonkeymodelBananaRepublic Sat Apr 29, 2017 6:46 am

    I wonder where usa will invade this time....
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    Post  George1 Sat May 20, 2017 8:05 am

    The order to directly arm the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighting the Daesh terror group (banned in numerous countries) in Syria was made by President Donald Trump, US special envoy to the coalition against Daesh Brett McGurk said in a briefing on Friday.

    https://sputniknews.com/military/201705191053796709-us-syrian-kurds-arms/
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    Post  par far Sun May 21, 2017 8:30 am

    The US has just signed a massive $400+ Billion arms contract with the US, what does this mean, is Saudi Arabia just buying influence? Or does the US have most the Saudi money in US banks and the Saudis cannot do a whole lot? How does Saudi Arabia plan on using those weapons?
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    Post  AlfaT8 Sun May 21, 2017 9:53 am

    par far wrote:The US has just signed a massive $400+ Billion arms contract with the US, what does this mean, is Saudi Arabia just buying influence? Or does the US have most the Saudi money in US banks and the Saudis cannot do a whole lot? How does Saudi Arabia plan on using those weapons?  

    As far as i can see, they might as well be arming the Nazi SS.
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    Post  KiloGolf Sun May 21, 2017 10:08 am

    Trump made the US a huge amount of cash for sure. But he is dealing with the devil here.
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    Post  PapaDragon Sun May 21, 2017 10:33 am

    KiloGolf wrote:Trump made the US a huge amount of cash for sure. But he is dealing with the devil here.

    Devil indeed. Although given the amount of skill Devil has shown so far I would not sweat about it too much. And amount of cash is definitely sweet.

    Still shame about dead civilians in Yemen...
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    Post  KiloGolf Sun May 21, 2017 10:35 am

    PapaDragon wrote:
    KiloGolf wrote:Trump made the US a huge amount of cash for sure. But he is dealing with the devil here.

    Devil indeed. Although given the amount of skill Devil has shown so far I would not sweat about it too much. And amount of cash is definitely sweet.

    Still shame about dead civilians in Yemen...

    He kept his promise to get the US paid and keep US jobs. Double whammy. Obama would have never achieved that, so fast and so early in his term. In fact he did not lol1
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    Post  PapaDragon Sun May 21, 2017 10:57 am

    KiloGolf wrote:................

    He kept his promise to get the US paid and keep US jobs. Double whammy. Obama would have never achieved that, so fast and so early in his term. In fact he did not lol1

    Exactly.

    That is difference between him and Hilary I guess. She would have just taken the bribe of couple of billion. He sells stuff for 300 billion.
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    Post  Hannibal Barca Sun May 21, 2017 11:17 am

    It means perpetual war and drama in middle east.
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    Post  KiloGolf Sun May 21, 2017 11:49 am

    Hannibal Barca wrote:It means perpetual war and drama in middle east.

    And bears take shits in the woods. geek
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    Post  GarryB Sun May 21, 2017 9:33 pm

    Just the west keeping its dependence on oil fresh...
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    Post  Sochi_Olympic_Park Wed May 24, 2017 1:42 pm

    Now it is time for Russia to sell moore weapons to Iran, Syria, Yemen and all others who are threatened by Saudi Arabia agressive policy. These regional tensions and frictions in Middle East are true gold mine for weapons exporters. But on the other hand arms race between Iran and Saudi Arabia can spiral out of control. And that is the real concern and problem.

    United States is playing dangerous game here. But US doesn`t care about this, becouse America is located 10.000 km away accros the ocean from this Middle East mess. I wonder what kind of game the Israel is playing here. A Jewish country that is located in the epicenter of Sunni-Shia conflict.

    I think the best way would be that United Nations Security Council would deescalate this conflict and force booth regimes (in Saudi Arabia and Iran) to disarm themselfs. But United States and Israel are not interested about that. So only possibility here is that Russia and China helps the Iran to arm itself.
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    Post  GarryB Fri May 26, 2017 3:14 am

    I suspect Israel just thinks the more muslims kill muslims the less the world will notice them killing muslims too.

    Nation of peace... no.

    Muslims killing muslims are less likely to attack Israel too.

    That is all they care about.
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    Post  nomadski Sun May 28, 2017 10:15 am


    Iran is self sufficient in weapons . The saudi desire to save their rule by sectarian conflict , will end their rule . A democratic revolution will come to Arabia . The weapons they bought can not be operated without foreign aid . The 460 billion dollar stew they have cooked up , will only tenderise their assets . The Arabian masses will then demand a bite of their well cooked assets . The worst thing we can do to the saudi royals . Is encouraging them on their present road .
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    Post  Sochi_Olympic_Park Tue May 30, 2017 10:14 am

    nomadski wrote:Iran is self sufficient in weapons.

    This is not true. Iran need`s high-tech weapons from Russia like 5th generation Sukhoi T-50 jets to replace it`s 45 years old F-4 Phantom`s, S-400 missiles, modern radars, stealth battleships, corvettes, new destroyers and new submarines. Plus it needs new missiles and ammunition. It needs this to effective protect itself against modern Saudi Arabia weapons.

    Everything else you said about Saudi regme is true !

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    Post  nomadski Tue May 30, 2017 2:29 pm


    @olympic

    Iran will not attack saudi . And saudi will not attack Iran . To defend against saudi , really no advanced weapon needed . Because of close proximity and water border . And land route across kuwait . Any attack by saudi will result in the occupation of the entire coastal region and important oil fields by Iran . In a matter of hours . Followed by liberation of important cities . The attack can be lighting fast . Disallowing the use of air power by yanks and co . To take the land back NATO will need a huge land army . Ten times as big as operation desert storm with 200,000 troops . They will have to also send troops to try to do a sea landing in persian gulf . Here they will need superioty in numbers . Three to five to one . Iran can mobilise 20,000000 men in a matter of hours . How many troops will they need to land troops in Iran and evict Iranian troops from saudi ? They simply have not the means . So they will use nukes ? Hence their insistence that Iran has none . So they can use theirs .

    Iran and Russia benefit by cooperation . Iran is developing rapidly all the weapon system you mentioned . Or a good analogue of these . The only area it really needs help is in medium or heavy jet engines . It can build the rest itself . But I am sure Iran may WANT these systems you mentioned . As a means of further advancing itself . The question of the alliance between Russia and Iran is so important that we should not view any military sales in economic terms . It is a strategic partnership an alliance that is necessary to block the advance of expansionist western forces in Asia . A shield to protect Asia from Europe .

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    Post  Zaits Wed May 31, 2017 11:33 pm

    What does the new Saudi-US arms deal mean?

    It means Trump has widened the swamp in America and he is doing what every US president does best -- brown-nosing the Saudis!
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    Post  Zaits Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:13 pm

    It also means the US is setting the stage for the implosion of the Islamic world, beginning with the Gulf Arab states. Trump is taking credit for the current Saudi-led confrontation with Qatar.

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