After purposefully reducing US global influence, the architects now advise the US on how to manage the reduced status they’ve saddled it with.
Zbigniew Brzezinksi is one of the svengalis that’s responsible for the US’s current status, in the losing of its triple AAA superpower status. Now he’s advising us on how to cope with the loss he’s helped bring about without firing a shot. Not even the Russians or the Chi-Coms could have hoped for such a realignment in their time, and without even firing a shot.
Toward a Global Realignment
As its era of global dominance ends, the United States needs to take the lead in realigning the global power architecture.
Five basic verities regarding the emerging redistribution of global political power and the violent political awakening in the Middle East are signaling the coming of a new global realignment.
The first of these verities is that the United States is still the world’s politically, economically, and militarily most powerful entity but, given complex geopolitical shifts in regional balances, it is no longer the globally imperial power. But neither is any other major power.
The second verity is that Russia is experiencing the latest convulsive phase of its imperial devolution. A painful process, Russia is not fatally precluded – if it acts wisely – from becoming eventually a leading European nation-state. However, currently it is pointlessly alienating some of its former subjects in the Islamic southwest of its once extensive empire, as well as Ukraine, Belarus, and Georgia, not to mention the Baltic States.
The third verity is that China is rising steadily, if more slowly as of late, as America’s eventual coequal and likely rival; but for the time being it is careful not to pose an outright challenge to America. Militarily, it seems to be seeking a breakthrough in a new generation of weapons while patiently enhancing its still very limited naval power.
The fourth verity is that Europe is not now and is not likely to become a global power. But it can play a constructive role in taking the lead in regard to transnational threats to global wellbeing and even human survival. Additionally, Europe is politically and culturally aligned with and supportive of core U.S. interests in the Middle East, and European steadfastness within NATO is essential to an eventually constructive resolution of the Russia-Ukraine crisis.
The fifth verity is that the currently violent political awakening among post-colonial Muslims is, in part, a belated reaction to their occasionally brutal suppression mostly by European powers. It fuses a delayed but deeply felt sense of injustice with a religious motivation that is unifying large numbers of Muslims against the outside world; but at the same time, because of historic sectarian schisms within Islam that have nothing to do with the West, the recent welling up of historical grievances is also divisive within Islam.
Taken together as a unified framework, these five verities tell us that the United States must take the lead in realigning the global power architecture in such a way that the violence erupting within and occasionally projected beyond the Muslim world—and in the future possibly from other parts of what used to be called the Third World—can be contained without destroying the global order. We can sketch this new architecture by elaborating briefly each of the five foregoing verities.
NOTE: The power vacuum he and his like-ilk have created, has and still is, wreaking havoc around the globe. The Russians and Chinese are on the move, with their rump vassal states like Iran and N.Korea saber rattling their neighbor states.
Modern day crapademia…….
No word about whether this Jew hater was shown the door to the university, meaning, kicked out. Yet another example of anti-Zionists being Jew haters.
Harvard Students Hurl Anti-Semitic Slurs at Liberal Israeli MK
“A question about the odor of Ms. Tzipi Livni, she’s very smelly, and I was just wondering.”
Just when you think once-prestigious Harvard could fall further from grace, Harvard students hurled anti-Semitic epithets at Israel’s former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni during her recent talk at the University.
Last Thursday, Harvard Law School hosted a panel discussion with guest speakers Dennis Ross and former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.
During a question and answer session a president of a student organization mocked the Israeli leader, asking her, “How is it that you are so smelly?”
When his question drew stunned silence, he clarified his “question.”
“A question about the odor of Ms. Tzipi Livni, she’s very smelly, and I was just wondering.”
This is the kind of discourse an Ivy League education gets you.
The Harvard Law Record blasted the anti-Semitic an incident Monday, but failed to identify the student perpetrator.
The paper found the insult a clear reference to Livni’s ethnicity and nationality, noting that the comments “revived the antiquated and offensive notion of the ‘smelly Jew’ – a term reeking of anti-Semitism – in order to insult her.”
He would not have anything good to say about Leninist Hillary either.
KASPAROV ON BERNIE SANDERS: SOCIALISM CORRODES THE HUMAN SPIRIT
Chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov lived in the USSR and he is not feeling the bern.
I’m enjoying the irony of American Sanders supporters lecturing me, a former Soviet citizen, on the glories of Socialism and what it really means! Socialism sounds great in speech soundbites and on Facebook, but please keep it there. In practice, it corrodes not only the economy but the human spirit itself, and the ambition and achievement that made modern capitalism possible and brought billions of people out of poverty. Talking about Socialism is a huge luxury, a luxury that was paid for by the successes of capitalism. Income inequality is a huge problem, absolutely. But the idea that the solution is more government, more regulation, more debt, and less risk is dangerously absurd.
Great step forward……
Judiciary Committee Approves Muslim Brotherhood Terror Designation Bill
Despite a Democrat who felt the bill is ‘Islamophobic’, (Rep. John Conyers (D-MI)) the bill got passed up to the next level for consideration.
Designating the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group would be a highly significant event, not to mention require considerable changes at the White House with a lot of senior staff, as well as possibly within the DHS.
It would likely also mean the restarting of the Holy Land Foundation Trial along with the reintroduction of cases of documents discovered in a police search of a hidden sub-basement in Virginia, that would reveal a significant amount of uncomfortable facts and ambitions of the Brotherhood, and which Obama may have sealed and some allege that Holder’s DoJ, and Obama may have even stopped the trials.
No ID on the perp yet……..
Machete wielding attacker wounds 5 in Ohio restaurant owned by Israeli
This explains the ”out of the closet” approach by Bernie Sanders in trumpeting his socialist credentials (regressive pre-Enlightenment jabberwocky).
This also underlines a point I’ve made from time to time over the years, that though Ronald Reagan and the conservatives won the Cold War against the Soviets in the last century, a colossal achievement, the West however, did not win the war of ideas against socialism itself.
We are now stuck with a resurgence of favoritism for that failed ideology, in this generation, due to the failure of the last generation to properly address it. During the entirety of the Cold War, the West railed against communism, but hardly ever addressed socialism with equal vigor.
The reasons for that are plenty, but chiefly among them was successive US administrations’ decision to turn a blind eye to the socialism of their NATO allies, a bulwark against Soviet expansionism.
There is no difference between communism and socialism, except in the means of achieving the same ultimate end: communism proposes to enslave men by force, socialism—by vote. It is merely the difference between murder and suicide. Ayn Rand
NOTE: This is all the more reason why we need a conservative candidate who has internalized core enlightenment values, free market principles, property rights, individual sovereignty etc. The stakes are too high, we can’t afford to follow someone learning these basic core values on the stump, we need someone who has been living them all his/her adult life, and able to convey them to the public, winning both hearts and minds.
A new survey from YouGov finds that millennials have more favorable views of socialism than of capitalism.
As Santayana said, those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Less than two decades after socialism seemed to have been confined to the dust-heap of history, another generation may have to learn hard lessons.
The survey, taken at the end of January, found that 43 percent of Americans under 30 had a favorable view of socialism. Less than a third of millennials had a favorable view of capitalism. No other age or ethnic demographic preferred socialism over capitalism.
Seniors, unsurprisingly, had the most favorable view of capitalism. Just 23 percent of Americans older than 65 had a positive view of socialism. Sixty-three percent of seniors, though, had a favorable view of capitalism.
Seniors, after all, experienced the long-standing intellectual battle between capitalism and socialism played out in real life. They witnessed a post-war economic euphoria grind down into a socialist malaise, only to be reinvigorated by a global embrace of disruptive technology, deregulation, and global trade.
In the past 20 years, the number of people living in poverty worldwide has fallen by half. In 1990, 43 percent of the world’s population lived in extreme poverty. In 2013, the United Nations estimated that just 22 percent of the world’s population continued to live in extreme poverty.
“Never in history have the living conditions and prospects of so many people changed so dramatically and so fast,” the UN Human Development report said.
Finally something from Piers Morgan worthwhile repeating……
King Salman of Saudia Arabia can allow 50 people to be beheaded last month and nobody in the corridors of British officialdom batted a public eyelid. Yet he is treated like some kind of deity when he arrives in Britain in his fleet of gold-plated jets.
Russian President Vladimir Putin commits and spouts all manner of despicable, murderous, bigoted things and Britain welcomes him with State dinners at Buckingham Palace and handshakes outside Downing Street.
PIERS MORGAN: Why I’m so embarrassed today for Britain. The same parliament that hasn’t banned a single UK citizen from returning after fighting for ISIS is seriously debating banning Trump from its shores
PIERS MORGAN: As I write this column, members of the UK Parliament (right) are debating whether or not to ban Donald Trump (bottom left) from entering Britain. They’ve allocated three hours of time to do this. Time that could have been spent debating terrorism, famine, nuclear weapons, the Middle East refugee crisis or the Syrian War. But no, instead British law-makers have concluded their own time is best served seriously considering a proposal to ban a man who may end up being the next President of the United States.
The reason they’re doing it is, of course, is because Trump recently called for a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the U.S. in the wake of an horrific mass shooting by two Islamic terrorists.
Like many, I didn’t agree with what Trump said and indeed, I wrote him an open letter at the time saying it was ‘dangerously wrong and bigoted’.
But to ban a foreign politician for expressing an opinion is utterly absurd. Particularly a foreign politician who stands an increasingly good chance of becoming leader of the world’s biggest superpower and Britain’s supposedly closest, most powerful ally.
Can you imagine a situation where President Trump, if he is elected, is actually banned? It would make Britain the laughing stock of the world, and confirm to Americans that we’re just as pathetically petty and small pond in our thinking as you’ve always suspected.
It would also cause serious, probably irreparable damage to Britain’s relationship with the United States.
The sheer hypocrisy in all this ‘Ban Trump’ nonsense is breathtaking.
Britain throws down the red carpet and blares out the royal bugles all the time for leaders of countries with heinous human rights records.
NOTE: A temporary ban on Muslims entering the US is not an unreasonable request, especially in light of violent and stealth jihad. No one has a ”right” to immigrate to the US, a sovereign nation determines its own immigration policy, or at least it should.
The Purpose of Government
In the midst of a rancorous presidential nominating season, when we are bombarded every day with promises by politicians about how they will create jobs or educate our children better or get the economy rolling again, few if any candidates seem to grasp the purpose of government in America. The purpose of government is to preserve liberty.
That would include protecting us from foreign enemies who seek to take our freedom and from people who come into our nation illegally, either as illegal immigrants or as terrorists. Protecting the legal integrity of our borders and our citizenship is an aspect of protecting American liberty. Nothing matters, though, if liberty first is not preserved.
They couldn’t care less, it’s not about facts, but agenda.
The Numbers Are in: Black Lives Matter Is Wrong about Police
Demonstrators march in Washington, D.C., December 13, 2014. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty)
by DAVID FRENCH December 29, 2015 2:41 PM @DAVIDAFRENCH
Ever since the explosion of the Black Lives Matter movement, Americans have been bombarded with assertions that black men face a unique and dangerous threat — not from members of their own community but from the very law enforcement officers who are sworn to “serve and protect” them. Hashtags such as #DrivingWhileBlack and #WalkingWhileBlack have perpetuated a narrative that black Americans risk being gunned down by police simply because of the color of their skin. Using individual anecdotes of police misconduct and the now-discredited “hands up, don’t shoot” rallying cry, Black Lives Matter has built a case that American police are out of control.
The conservative response is clear: While no one believes the police are perfect, on the whole they tend to use force appropriately to protect their own lives and the lives of others. Moreover, racial disparities in the use of force are largely explained by racial disparities in criminality. Different American demographics commit crimes at different rates, so it stands to reason that those who commit more crimes will confront the police more often. Yes, there are rogue officers — and those rogue officers should be prosecuted — but the police are still a force for good in our society.
In response to the allegations of Black Lives Matter activists, the Washington Post launched an unprecedented, case-by-case study of police shootings. After a year of research, the data are in, and they confirm the conservative position: The police use force mainly to protect human life, the use of force against unarmed suspects is rare, and the use of force against black Americans is largely proportional to their share of the violent crime rate.
Read more at: H/T: DM
What says the street-organizer-in-chief?
Close encounter between U.S. warship and Iranian rocket
Washington (CNN)A U.S. aircraft carrier came within about 1,500 yards of an Iranian rocket while operating in the Strait of Hormuz, a Pentagon official told CNN.
While transiting the strait that sits at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, the USS Harry S. Truman had the encounter while the Iranian Revolutionary Guards were conducting a live-fire exercise in the area on Saturday, according to Cmdr. Kyle Raines, a U.S. Central Command spokesman.
The incident was first reported by NBC News.
The USS Harry S. Truman was accompanied by two other coalition ships, one American, and one from another country in the coalition, who were escorting the Truman through the Strait.
Raines said this incident was “uncharacteristic of most interactions” between the U.S. and Iranian navies.
The very people soft headed Leftist maroons (who hate Donald Trump) would let in.
Facebook page linked to Taliban and Al Qaeda was registered to same address as British Muslim father whose Disneyland trip was blocked by Homeland Security
- Mohammad Tariq Mahmood tried to travel from Gatwick Airport to LA
- He, his brother and nine children were stopped on the orders of the US
- Mr Mahmood says the family were barred ‘because we are Muslim’
- He dismissed Facebook account claiming links to Al Qaeda and Taliban
- It was set up by someone who has lived at the family’s postal address
- David Cameron says he’ll examine the case after it was raised by an MP
Mohammad Tariq Mahmood and his family were stopped from going to the U.S. just minutes before they planned to board a flight to Los Angeles where they were going to see family and visit Disneyland
A British Muslim father whose planned Disneyland trip was ruined when he and his family were barred from boarding a flight to the U.S. has now been forced to distance himself from a Facebook account claiming links to Al Qaeda and the Taliban.
Mohammad Tariq Mahmood, 41, his brother and their children, aged between eight and 19, said they were stopped at the departure gate at Gatwick airport and told their visas to the US had been revoked.
He claimed the family were barred from flying ‘because they are Muslim’.
However, it has since emerged that a Facebook page claiming links to radical Islamist groups was set up by someone who has lived at the family’s postal address, according to ITV News.
The account, which includes information suggesting it may have been published as a joke, was in the name of Hamza Hussain – a first name shared by Mr Mahmood’s 18-year-old son. It reportedly lists the job titles ‘supervisor at Taliban and leader at al-Qaeda’.
When asked about the account, Mr Mahmood believed hackers may have been to blame, adding: ‘That could be anything, maybe a mistake.’
He said: ‘It is not my son’s Facebook page. It has a similar name, but not the same as my son’s.
‘The page is also linked to our home address and that could be coincidence. I don’t know why it is linked there. The name is not even the same. The authorities must have linked it simply because of the name Hamza.’
It was understood that the wives of Mr Mahmood and his brother had stayed at home for the trip because one of them was ill and one of the children did not have a valid passport.
But it is now believed that Mr Mahmood’s wife was in Pakistan at the time.
The family say were given no explanation why their visas, organised six weeks before the flight, were suddenly cancelled at the last minute and have now lost the £11,000 they had saved for the holiday.
It has also been suggested the move by US authorities could be due to Mr Mahmood’s brother having been refused entry to Israel eight years ago, but no official explanation has been given by the US Embassy.
The flight ban comes after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called for all Muslims to be stopped from entering the US.
This feckless institutionalized behavior is beyond the pale.
Chairman Chaffetz Q&A – Terrorist Travel: Vetting for National Security Concerns
I get the fact of denying Saddam Hussein Kuwait’s oil, but sacrificing US lives to defend that pile of sand crap varmints galls me to this day.
US Demands Kuwait Airways End Boycott of Israelis; Airline Drops NYC-London Flight
Every once in awhile the bad guys suffer the consequences of their wrongdoing.
A very recent example is an airline which refused to allow Israelis to travel on its planes and ended up having to cancel its NYC to London flight because the ban violates U.S. anti-discrimination law.
A passenger with an Israeli passport was prevented from purchasing a Kuwait Airways ticket on a New York City to London flight in 2013. That passenger, Eldad Gatt, brought a discrimination claim against Kuwait Airways with the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The Department found that the airline’s denial of service to Gatt was an act of discrimination in violation of U.S. law.
“It is our duty to ensure that the transportation system is free of discrimination. Period. I know how important protections against discrimination are, and our Department will stand firmly against it. Today, we are saying “no” to discrimination against Israeli citizens on flights between the U.S. and the U.K.,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Sept. 30. Any airline that wishes to operate in the U.S. should know that we will not tolerate discrimination of any kind in our skies,” Secretary Foxx continued.
The department informed the counsel for Kuwait Airways of its decision, informing the airway that it agreed to be bound by U.S. law when it sought its foreign air carrier permit from the United States.
On Oct 29, the Department ordered the Kuwaiti airline to end its discriminatory policy.
Special thanks to Mark Steyn for that label, “cartoon climatology” is a definite keeper.
“It’s got many provisions within it which I’m happy about…the currency manipulation provision is one of them,” King said of the legislation.
The House adopted King’s amendment, which keeps the Obama administration from negotiating immigration and climate change provisions in trade agreements, on Friday in the Customs Conference Report.
“There were those that had significant heartburn over Trade Promotion Authority, I’m one of them. There were two provisions that I so badly wanted to be included within the TPA legislation because I have a bit of a history of working to keep the immigration components out of trade deals. Congress needs to be passing immigration law, not trade negotiators,” King charged. He went on to say:
Well, that language is an amendment that is in here in the Conference Report along with language that prohibits the negotiations under Trade Promotion Authority on climate change. So, we are protected from executive decisions imposed upon this Congress in a usurpation of Article One authority by two-pieces of language in here. No negotiation under TPA can include climate change…and no negotiations under TPA can include immigration. Congress can speak to that, but they cannot negotiate that under TPA.
Now we know why Lynch was recommended by Obama.
Party-line 1st,2nd and 3rd, actually interested in protecting society, a distant last. If not for RINO senators voting for her, she would never have been confirmed as the DOJ.
ATTORNEY GENERAL TELLS MUSLIM PRO-TERRORISTS SHE WILL CRACK DOWN ON ANTI-MUSLIM RHETORIC
Obama’s Attorney General stands with advocates for terrorists in support of censoring criticism of Islam
While in San Bernardino children wept for fathers who would never come home after the latest Muslim terror attack, Attorney General Loretta Lynch put on some chic clothes to gab with Muslim Advocates, a Muslim group that had become notorious for its aggressive obstruction of Justice Department investigations into Muslim terrorism.
Muslim Advocates, headed by Farhana Khera, who peppered a smiling Lynch with questions about “anti-Muslim rhetoric”, had played a significant role in crippling DOJ investigations of Islamic terrorism by eliminating training materials about Islamic terrorism.
Khera had vocally opposed the sorts of sting operations that had succeeded in capturing a number of ISIS terror plotters before they were able to act. A similar sting might have stopped the San Bernardino massacre. She had opposed the FBI recruiting informants and supported Muslim leaders linked to terrorism. She had even defended terror charities like the Holy Land Foundation.
And she and another Muslim Advocates figure had urged Muslims not to provide information to the FBI. “Any information you provide to the FBI can be used as the basis for further surveillance and investigation of your community,” a Muslim Advocates lawyer had said. “So you really don’t want to be putting yourself in a situation where you’re providing anybody with information about people in your community that the FBI is now gonna follow up and start investigating those people.”
But instead of showing respect to the American victims of terrorism, Attorney General Lynch went to a pro-terror group and promised to crack down on the real threat. Anti-Muslim rhetoric.
“Obviously the incidents in Paris were a tragedy,” Lynch conceded, but her focus was on Islamophobia.
I cannot verify the veracity of this report, so take it as something to ponder, and in time, if proven right, officially, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing about this way before it becomes the accepted version of events.
When never really did win the Cold War.
Crystal Ball Communism: “Toward Soviet America”
Toward Soviet America by William Z. Foster, CPUSA chairman, was first published in 1932. Later, copies of the book would be purged and almost eliminated entirely from American bookstores and libraries in what was presumably the CP response to the latest Moscow line; but surely it was also to try to put this spitting Soviet-American cat back in the bag. Interestingly, the book would be reprinted in 1961 with a foreword and commentary by the chairman of the House Committee on Un-American Activities, Rep. Francis E. Walter, who recommended that every American read it as a blueprint of Soviet intentions much like Mein Kampf was a blueprint of Hitler’s. The 1932 version (sans HCUA commentary) is now available online.
For the first time, I just picked up my new 1961 copy, formerly from the library of the late, great Stanton Evans, opened it at random, and found myself reading about what the Soviet-American world of tomorrow looked like back in 1932 to a Communist Party official under Stalin’s tight control. Eight decades later, it is shocking how many of Foster’s Kremlin-approved prophesies have come true — more counter-conventional evidence of the extent to which our “victory” in the so-called Cold War was in fact an ideological rout, particularly at home. This is a main theme of exploration in American Betrayal.
What continues to be clear is that none of this is “history.” Just from today’s headlines, for example, it is reported that the IMF is likely to promote China’s yuan into the “basket of currencies” on a par with the dollar. This isn’t a brand new, discrete development so much as it is the latest installment of a continuing Communist saga. That would be Communist China, of course, and that would be the same IMF whose first US director was Harry Dexter White, a Communist agent-extraordinaire inside the Roosevelt and Truman administrations, whose personal machinations on Stalin’s behalf greatly assisted, among other world-changing events, the cataclysmic Communist takeover of China in 1949.
A Mclean, Virginia-based defense think-tank has published a prescient white-paper on the Islamic State terror group, which has been made available exclusively to Breitbart News prior to its release.
The Threat Knowledge Group (TKG), headed by Katherine C. Gorka, its President, and Dr. Sebastian Gorka, the Chair of Military Theory at Marine Corps University and a Breitbart Contributor, released a comprehensive study Monday titled “ISIS: The Threat to the United States.”
After last week’s attacks in Paris that killed over one-hundred people and wounded hundreds more, particular national attention has turned to national security issues, as the American people continue to fear that the United States is becoming more vulnerable to jihadist attacks.
“The scope and lethality of the Paris attack changes everything. The U.S. will have to take the domestic threat of ISIS much more seriously now,” Threat Knowledge Group President Katherine Gorka told Breitbart News.
“We wanted to do this study because we felt that the Administration was downplaying the domestic threat of ISIS, focusing instead on ‘right-wing extremism.’ The problem with that is that it means law enforcement is not prepared. They’re looking out the window while the threat is coming in the door,” she added.
Threat Knowledge Group supports the Defense Department and FBI with strategic analysis and training, and this latest report unveils the Islamic State’s recruitment network inside of the United States.
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