JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: CLARIFYING FACTS ABOUT IRAN’S DESTROYING AN AMERICAN SPY DRONE – TRUMP’S POORLY-CONSIDERED “RETALIATORY” MISSILE-STRIKE ORDER – WHY IRAN WOULD BE A FORMIDABLE ENEMY – BUT WE HAVE FORTY YEARS OF RELENTLESS AMERICAN ILL-WILL TOWARDS IRAN – ALL NEEDLESS, UNWARRANTED, AND VERY DANGEROUS   1 comment

John Chuckman

EXPANSION OF A COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE ON CBC NEWS

 

‘U.S. was ‘cocked and loaded’ to strike Iran: Trump confirms giving stand-down order

‘”Iran insisted the drone violated Iranian airspace; Washington said it had been flying over international waters.”’

 

There simply is no question here, the United States is not telling the truth.

Take a look at a map. There are no international waters in this area of the Strait of Hormuz.

The Strait is divided by a line down the waterway between Iran and Oman.

The drone was flying very high, at around 20 kilometers.

It was night time as the Iranian missile shoot-down video shows.

This drone is not at all what people normally think of when they see the word “drone.” This thing is the size of an airliner, with a wingspan slighter greater than that of a Boeing 747. The American military has a limited number of them because they are very costly.

And, of course, we all know how many thousands of times the United States has used various drones for killing in recent years. That’s not this drone’s job, but it has to factor into any target’s psychology.

The drone had, against international law, its identifying transponders turned off.

Those are things that make electronic signals. When you turn them off, civil aviation radars cannot track you. And, indeed, the drone apparently is not reflected in civil aviation radar records.

Doing that, turning them off, is very much considered a hostile act. Of course, it is just plain intimidating too. And stupid. American spy planes targeting Russia from the Baltic Sea have followed the same practice of switching off transponders, and Russia, which still intercepts them with fighters, has more than once registered a complaint.

In addition to those basic facts, we have a large American Armada in the region, deliberately placed there to intimidate Iran and keep it on edge. There are also nuclear-capable bombers stationed at airfields in the region.

Taking all that into account, Iran acted rationally and completely within its rights. Israel wouldn’t have hesitated a second in circumstances even less threatening.

The truly menacing and stupid act here was Trump’s approving of a “retaliatory” missile strike in the first place. Undoubtedly, it was the influence of those ghastly folks, killers every one, John Bolton, Mike Pompeo, and Gina Haspel.

All sensible people advise against hostilities with Iran. Even the Pentagon’s senior brass are reported to be against starting hostilities with Iran.

Iran is a formidable opponent, a huge country with a population close to that of Germany and a land mass about three times the size of France. It has many resources, including people quite clever in math and science, and it had a long and painful learning experience in a terrifying war that lasted for most of the 1980s, one inflicted on it by Saddam’s Iraq with American covert encouragement.

As far back as that, the United States was hoping to overthrow Iran. Here we are, nearly forty years later, and the United States is still trying. Now, that is serious hostility, genuinely obsessive, a grudge like something from the Ozarks

Of course, the very American military assets Trump uses to threaten Iran are themselves targets of opportunity. The Iranians earlier demonstrated, less than a year ago, by striking a terrorist target in Syria not far from some American forces without affecting the Americans, that they have close to pinpoint accuracy with their missiles.

It was a dramatic demonstration of Iran’s capabilities, and Washington did get the message, afterward calling the launch “reckless,” even though it was the kind of thing America does routinely nowadays.

Iran is said to have lined a fair part of its coast with anti-ship missiles, perhaps capable of sinking an aircraft carrier (each with a crew of 5000). Russia indeed has missiles capable of doing that. So does China.

There are a number of American bases in the region, all reachable by Iran’s missiles.

Note also, Israel has many highly vulnerable sites – the nuclear weapons facility at Dimona, the city of Tel Aviv – within reach of Iran’s missiles. Even if the missiles aren’t nuclear, Iran has built the capacity to literally rain missiles on an enemy.

Iran has made it very clear, time and again, that it does not want war and that it will not start one. It has a record, too, of never having started hostilities in its modern era. But it has made it equally clear that, if attacked, it will defend itself, as it is entitled to do under international law.

There isn’t a much stupider thing the United States could do than start a war here. And Trump showed, again, how unstable and unreliable he is in even beginning to do so.

Someone influenced him to stop, and to that person, we need all be grateful.

It has been suggested that it may have been Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, a news commentator Trump follows on television and whom he has befriended. Carlson is known to have advised him a number of times against attacking Iran. He is an intelligent and articulate type on a network not generally known for such qualities.

All this for no good reason. Trump arbitrarily ripped-up an international nuclear treaty with Iran, an act every major ally in Europe was, and remains, against. Every expert and informed statesman knew Iran had complied with the treaty scrupulously. There was definitive proof. Trump’s was an initial and extremely hostile act.

And then Trump proceeded to a whole series of other even more hostile acts, including illegal and economically-crippling sanctions followed by intimidating large military movements. Immense, unwarranted hostility was put on public display. All of it avoidable. All of it to no good purpose. All of it extremely dangerous.

 

AFTERNOTE:

 

I should add that on the matter of the “retaliatory” missile strike, ordered and recalled, there are a few journalists and analysts saying that it never happened, that the story is just psychological warfare from the United States. Whether the story of the missile strike proves genuine or not, the story of the drone’s downing and the long record of American hostility towards Iran remain unchanged.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted June 21, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: EVERYTHING WORTH KNOWING ABOUT SAUDI ARABIA’S NEW RULER, THE CROWN PRINCE – A DARK TALE OF THE GHASTLY BRUTALITY WHICH SERVES THE AMERICAN EMPIRE   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

EXPANSION OF COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE ON CBC NEWS

 

‘Credible evidence’ Saudi crown prince is responsible for Khashoggi killing, UN says

Saudi Arabia’s foreign affairs minister rejects report, saying it contains ‘clear contradictions’

 

One wag has suitably nicknamed this charmer as Prince Bone-saw.

The bloody Crown Prince is protected for one major reason, he does a lot of dirty work in the region that the United States wants done. He has, as they say, earned his “creds.” And, let’s face it, when you are running a brutal empire as the United States is, you can’t be overly picky about your friends.

It helps that the Prince buys vast amounts of military gear, tens of billions worth, but he would never have been allowed to buy such quantities – Israel would be on the phone to the President immediately – if he weren’t doing so much approved and welcome work.

His assuming power was effectively a palace coup. He kidnapped a large number of fellow Saudi princes, some with claims to the throne as valid as his, and held them to ransom for many tens of billions of dollars and, most importantly, submission to him.

In the established ways of this fabulously rich clan, agreement among the various chief members is reached on who is to become the next ruler, much the way the Catholic Church’s Cardinals, Princes of the Church, meet in secret to select the next Pope. But the Crown Prince was having none of that. The current king retains his title, but he is old and said to be rather senile.

So, we have a young and energetic Prince effectively ruling, one, as it happens, with a notoriously fragile ego – he is said to have been furious over some of Khashoggi’s writing – and a great relish for bloodshed. There are unconfirmed stories about a good many other bloody deeds.

But through the entire palace coup and Mafia-style shake-down operation, we heard no complaints from the US or Canada.

Then, he briefly imprisoned Lebanon’s President Hariri who flew to Saudi Arabia on a false-pretext invitation. Hariri’s plane was blocked, and he was arrested. We never learned any details of his treatment because our press made no effort to investigate the absolutely bizarre event.

I’m sure he was threatened over some serious vulnerability, either personal or national. He was forced to resign his elected office, something that pleased American interests.

Again, no complaints from the US and Canada.

The Crown Prince has been a major supporter of the covertly-organized, fake-jihadi, mercenary outfits destroying Syria. Outfits like al-Nusra and ISIS had a lot of their costs covertly paid by him. He was, of course, trying to do something the US very much wanted done, and that is to see Syria toppled. So far, over half a million people have died, and great parts of that beautiful and historic land have been laid waste.

Again, no complaints from the US and Canada.

Indeed, in this case, we just get a continuous stream of Iraq-invasion-quality nonsense about who is doing what to harm Syria.

The Prince, of course, started the horrendous war in Yemen, something covertly supported by the US and its allies. Busloads of women and children have been incinerated. Starvation and disease have been employed as weapons.

Again, no complaints from the US or Canada.

He has brutally suppressed Shia Muslims inside Saudi Arabia, literally bulldozing some areas where they lived, the Shia, of course, being sympathetic with their fellow Shia religionists in Syria, Iraq, and Iran.

Again, no complaints from the US and Canada.

The number of beheadings and crucifixions – yes, they still do that for certain offences – has strikingly increased in the Crown Prince’s Saudi Arabia, and we have very young people, teenagers, sometimes sentenced to death for political beliefs. At one point, the government was looking to hire some additional swordsmen to handle the increased workload.

Again, no complaints from the US and Canada.

No, the US and Canada just smile and sell warehouse-sized lots of military gear to the Prince.

And not that long-ago, Western newspapers were filled with disinformation articles about what a breath of fresh air the Prince was, how progressive he was. The Guardian in Britain was most notable in the effort.

The Prince did a grand tour in the United States to meet every influential person they could line up to shake hands with him, such was his manufactured renown. This was all, of course, a little before he had a man cut-up alive and burnt in a backyard barbecue for writing things he didn’t like.

Israel’s Netanyahu has gone out of his way to express admiration and friendship, but that isn’t hard to understand. Twenty years ago, Saudi Arabia was a very vocal critic of Israel. Events of 9/11, bringing intense fears of an American invasion on a flimsy pretext, caused an abrupt change of course for the kingdom.

The Prince assuming power is the ultimate result, and he has established such a close relationship that Israel has become a secret ally. They work together on a number of bloody projects, from Syria to Yemen and to threatening Iran, making theirs a genuine brotherhood of blood.

 

NOTE:

It is only owing to revelations by Turkey’s Erdogan that details of the Khashoggi butchery came to light. Here is some early stuff which might interest you:

 

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2018/10/17/john-chuckman-comment-here-is-what-the-turks-know-about-the-khashoggi-murder-there-really-cannot-be-a-doubt-that-this-was-planned-to-happen-exactly-as-it-did-and-no-doubt-authority-came-from-the-to/

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2018/10/15/john-chuckman-comment-what-is-really-going-on-in-saudi-arabia-and-turkey-with-the-apparent-brutal-murder-of-journalist-jamal-khashoggi-inside-a-saudi-consulate-in-turkey-truth-and-justice-under-am/

 

This may also be of interest:

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2018/10/18/john-chuckman-comment-the-israeli-saudi-de-facto-alliance-what-the-murderous-crown-prince-represents-for-america-re-making-the-planet-and-hitlers-willing-helpers/

 

 

 

Posted June 20, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: RESPONSE TO THE OFTEN-HEARD CRITICISM OF CHINA’S LACK OF DEMOCRACY – SOME COMPARISONS OF THE EARLY UNITED STATES AND TODAY’S CHINA – EXTRA THOUGHTS ON THE NATURE OF MODERN DEMOCRACY   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY TYLER COWEN IN CHECKPOINT ASIA

 

“China Isn’t Going Democratic Any Time Soon and the West Would Be Sorry If It Did

“The Chinese Communist Party has delivered reform, rapid growth and relative stability for decades and is more liberal than the average Chinese”

 

https://www.checkpointasia.net/china-isnt-going-democratic-any-time-soon-and-the-west-would-be-sorry-if-it-did/

 

Early America was not in the least democratic. It’s been estimated that about 1% of Virginians could vote.

It wasn’t just the matter of slaves and women having no votes. There were powerful restrictions on age and wealth for men. You had to have a certain net worth in order to vote.

Imagine what you’d think of a rule like that today? The wealth limit would have to be immensely increased to account for the best part of two and a half centuries of inflation. So, you would feel as though only the most privileged could vote.

But even voting by those who could vote decided relatively few matters then. Most of the Founders were dead-set against the notion of democracy. They were upper-class types, wealthy planters and traders and lawyers, and all were affected by the fear that ordinary people might vote to siphon off wealth.

Until 1913, the Senate was appointed by the President, not elected, and it is, and was, the most powerful legislative body, by far, since it has to approve all important appointments – cabinet members, ambassadors, heads of important agencies – and all international treaties.

It also gains power from the fact that even in the days of its election, the pattern of seats up for election is designed so that the Senate can never change by more than one-third of its members in any one election.

Elections are staggered so that only over a period of six years do all seats face an election. So, burning issues of the day – crises and wars, for example – can little affect the Senate, even though it has a decisive influence on them.

The fact is, too, that the Senate’s membership is remarkably stable, almost resembling a non-elected body. Incumbents virtually always win. And some seats even pass from father to son.

Because the Senate is so very powerful, the really big money from big-money people finds its way into the campaigns, making the elections very costly and largely secure from upstarts. Of course, that fact also obligates heavily every member of this powerful body.

Another point still, for the Senate to invoke cloture on a matter or to halt a filibuster from a someone speaking on the floor, requires not a simple majority, but a sixty-percent vote.

All in all, the Senate remains a highly undemocratic institution, but a very powerful one.

Also, in America’s early days, the Electoral College, which was a far more restrictive institution, meant that even the small number of citizens who could vote could not vote directly for the President. The College members – again elites – were free to ignore the “popular” vote.

Money today plays a decisive role in all American national elections, the Supreme Court, whose members all were establishment appointments, even having ruled that “money is free speech.”

For a close look at the role of money today, see: https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2018/07/22/john-chuckman-comment-how-american-politics-really-work-why-there-are-terrible-candidates-and-constant-wars-and-peoples-problems-are-ignored-why-heroes-like-julian-assange-are-persecuted-and-r/

The percentage of early Virginians who could vote (about 1%) happens to be almost exactly the same as the percentage of China’s population today allowed to become members of the Communist Party, the people whose votes count. Membership is a great privilege in China.

So, China’s approach to democracy isn’t all that strange if you have a little history. Of course, the right to vote has expanded over time in America, but remarkably slowly.

There was a little progress in Andrew Jackson’s time. But women, always slightly more than half of any human population for various biological reasons, didn’t get the vote until 1920, after decades and decades of protest. Blacks, about 13% of America’s population, really did not get the vote until the 1960s. Note that 1789 was the date of the Constitution’s first coming into force.

So, I see all criticism of China along these lines as very inappropriate. The Chinese have been free from Maoism only for a few decades, and they are making progress along a number of fronts. What they have today is certainly not communism, but a hybrid system owing a great deal to Deng Xiaoping.

As the history of the United States shows, and it’s much the same, only with variations, for the major countries of Western Europe, countries do not leap into democracy, not at all. Early economic development in almost any country is invariably guided by a political system controlled by elites.

And, indeed, to this day, the United States is far from being a convincingly democratic country. It has an elaborate political structure with a great deal of democratic window dressing, but in fact, money still rules, no matter what is said in all those insincere Fourth of July speeches.

 

INTERESTING ADDED THOUGHTS ABOUT MODERN DEMOCRACY:

 

You know the old saying about knowing who rules you by whom it is you may not criticize? But matters are handled much more subtly than that in the United States. Americans do expect to be able to speak freely, given the Bill of Rights and a pronounced national tendency for argumentativeness.

And for the most part, they are allowed to do so. However, most speech reaches very few ears owing to the structure of the press and broadcasting and political organizations, so its impact is little different than ordinary discussions on the street or in homes or schools.

The measure of the degree of any real influence by “the people” is found in answers to two questions.

One, do the people ever get a direct vote, effectively a “checks and balances” veto, on any truly vital national matter, as, say, whether the country goes to war? No, they most certainly do not.

Two, do the candidate choices offered voters in elections represent any real difference when it comes to such vital matters as going to war? Again, the answer is no.

I stress that the only candidate choices which really count are those of the two major parties, both well financed, often with both parties receiving funds from the same people or organizations. Minor candidates without big money are rarely even heard by most voters, and their names remain as “unknowns” on the ballot, even if they manage to get onto it.

A great deal of America’s post-WWII carnage across the planet might well not have occurred had the people at least a check in such matters. And, remember, it’s not like asking people about truly complex and specialized matters, such as finances. The “experts” in matters like war, your hometown politicians, have almost consistently got it totally wrong.

 

 

Posted June 19, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: A WRITER ON TRUMP’S POLITICAL MARKETING SKILLS HITS ON A FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH – COUNTLESS EXAMPLES SHOW MARKETING IN AMERICA DOES NOT REQUIRE A SOUND PRODUCT – P. T. BARNUM THE TRUE FOUNDING FATHER OF CONTEMPORARY AMERICA – IMPLICATIONS FOR AMERICAN WORLD LEADERSHIP   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY LOUIS STAPLES IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

Donald Trump is preparing to make 2020 the ‘immigration election’ – and his dishonest marketing ploys are working

 

“The US president knows how to identify grievances among white Americans and then sell them a product – himself – to alleviate all their problems”

That is concise and perfect statement of how Trump governs.

We could go further, of course, and say that in truth he has nothing of substance to offer.

As another writer recently said of him, the deal maker hasn’t any deals, not a single one, in the best part of three years.

But the blundering, bombastic man has destroyed many things, from international trade arrangements to important security treaties. His complete lack of couth has alienated important leaders in many traditionally friendly countries and brought the level of domestic political discourse to a new low.

The ugly truth is that in marketing, your product does not have to be any good. You just have to define a market and convince those people that they need it.

America’s entire modern history demonstrates that conclusively, in everything from poor, short-lived products flying off warehouse shelves by the millions after manipulative television infomercials and the immense success of televangelists in building wealthy empires, to the remarkably impoverished representation and leadership that American elections produce year after year in Congress.

Indeed, polls for years have shown that the least respected institution in America is its Congress, yet nothing ever changes.

And the demonstration of marketing in America continues on through a whole series of titanic, destructive and largely pointless events from the Vietnam War to today’s destruction of great swathes of the Middle East in the continuing Neocon Wars. Many millions of lives extinguished for no good reason.

“…nor should we underestimate the American electorate’s weakness to his marketing techniques.”

Now, that statement is considerably less penetrating. What we shouldn’t underestimate is the very poor understanding of a very large fraction of the American people, including Trump.

That is part of the reason America does such a poor job being any kind of world leader. The attitudes, values, and logic of television pitchmen, legions of phony evangelistic tent preachers, and shoppers at Walmart do not make for any kind of leadership.

The latest poll gives Trump a 40% approval rating. While not high, I think it rather stunning that a man who has achieved precisely nothing but make himself the center of attention can have the best part of half of Americans approve of him.

We really are plumbing the depths here of the American public’s genuine ignorance.

The true father of a great deal of contemporary American society was P. T. Barnum, not its Founding Fathers.

As a last note, America’s leadership role in the world largely was owing to circumstances like its coming through WWII virtually undamaged, allowing it to become a marketer to everyone for a while.

But that time is passing now, and all the privileged class of Americans is very angry about it. Hence, the remarkable level of aggression we see on so many fronts. And the inhabitants of America’s vast gulag of trailer parks are unhappy about it, too. Hence, Trump.

 

Posted June 19, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: WAS AMERICA’S GENERAL PATTON ASSASSINATED? AN ARTICLE REVIEWING A BOOK OF SOME YEARS AGO IS PRETTY CONVINCING – BUT OF COURSE IF HE WAS IT JUST FALLS INTO LINE WITH A STRING OF DARK-OPS AND KILLINGS THAT CHARACTERIZE MODERN WASHINGTON   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA INSIDER

 

“Was General Patton Assassinated by the US Government?

“The book and the article (in the Sunday Telegraph) appeared in 2008 and I had never heard a word about the story in any of my major American newspapers”

 

There have been whispers for years.

This does make the book sound persuasive.

Patton was a monumentally unsympathetic and brutal man, likely psychopathic, so there can be few tears for him.

Ready to pistol-whip anyone disagreeing with him, always wearing a pair of pearl-handled pistols with his uniform, and known for viciously hitting a soldier sick with shell shock and yelling at him that he was a coward.

Ready too, very much so, to attack the Red Army rather than accept the international agreements of Yalta.

Troops under him darkly joked that “Old Blood and Guts,” as he was nicknamed, supplied the guts while they supplied the blood.

But this does re-emphasize the role of assassination and dark ops in modern American history, something many ordinary Americans would have a lot of trouble accepting.

Some other pretty clear cases stare at us through the haze of time, especially those of Jack and Robert Kennedy.

9/11?

Posted June 19, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: AMERICA’S DREADFUL WAR ON HUAWEI – CANADA’S TRUDEAU NOW GOING TO APPEAL TO TRUMP OVER SOME OF THE FALLOUT – JUST ONE MORE PUBLIC DEMONSTRATION OF TRUDEAU’S POOR JUDGMENT   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENTS POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY MATT KWONG IN CBC NEWS

 

“When Trudeau sought to free 2 Canadians, ‘Beijing had no time’ for him. Will Trump?

“’Great powers rumbling’ means an awkward time to call in a favour from U.S. ally”

 

Trump, now there’s a guy with a lot of clout in China right now.

Of course, Trump could rescind the extradition request, taking Trudeau off the hook about Meng.

But that really doesn’t fit in with his whole mad rush (some would call it strategy) towards China.

It’s rather pathetic seeing Trudeau going around begging for help. China turned him down even for a brief meeting.

He could have avoided the whole affair by just quietly warning Meng not to land.

Or he could show the least bit of spunk by declaring the extradition request as invalid since it involves matters that are not crimes in Canada. Or find some other excuse, like requiring more evidence. It’s always possible to find an excuse if you try. Extradition requests are not diktats.

Well, whatever the outcome, I’m afraid Canada has been shown in a mighty poor light by the actions of perhaps its most ineffectual leader in modern history.

But I should add, not all Canadians see it that way. A fair number take the view that Canada is being attacked by China. I’m afraid American views and attitudes are increasingly finding a home in Canada.

After all, Trudeau’s unpleasant Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland, heads up that CIA front, the Lima Group, whose purpose is to assist in the overthrow of Venezuela and other Latin states Washington happens to hate. And she echoes, albeit in a quieter, gentler voice, most of the animal grunts from Washington about a range of matters, from Russia to Iran.

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Response to a comment saying, “Quite sad that two of our citizens are rotting in a prison in China. They are just pawns of political bs”:

How do you know they are rotting?

Rather strong word, especially from someone not in a position to know any details.

I rather suspect they are receiving the best treatment, given the situation.

And there’s still that other possibility, that their arrests are not about Meng and reflect results of normal police work. I’m not saying that’s so, but it is indeed possible.

Whatever, if Trudeau would just show some spunk and release Meng, every problem would just melt away. It’s the right thing to do, anyway.

She’s only being hounded by an extremely aggressive United States.

Good God, America works to ban her company all over the world, in the name of so-called security, simply because it cannot compete with some of the company’s technology.

Remember, we already have had big-mouth Trump say that the Huawei matter could be resolved in the trade agreement he is arrogantly demanding from China.

That’s some issue of national security then, isn’t it?

Posted June 19, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE MANY FORMS OF HUMAN LUNACY – SOMEONE WITH MIKE POMPEO’S STYLE OF DEATH-OBSESSED FUNDAMENTALISM HAS NO MORE BUSINESS IN HIGH OFFICE THAN A DRUNK PLACED IN CHARGE OF MISSILE-LAUNCH FACILITIES   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY JON BASIL UTLEY IN CHECKPOINT ASIA

 

‘Rapture Christian Pompeo Believes US War on Iran Would Be Helping Out God

“It’s a never-ending battle until… the Rapture” – Mike Pompeo’

 

 

There’s no explaining human lunacy, the many forms and varieties of it.

I believe a certain percentage of people are just born with fundamental glitches in their mental apparatus, much as we see a percentage of people born with severe physical deformities. The brain is, by far, the most complex of organs, rendering it vulnerable to a great many deformities.

Pompeo certainly is afflicted with one of them.

The stuff about “the Rapture” is literally an obsession with death, nothing more, nothing less.

In theory, someone embracing that kind of belief should be disqualified automatically from holding high government office, just as you would not appoint a paranoid or drunk or drug addict to command a missile-launch facility.

The great irony of this bizarre form of American fundamentalism – and it does seem to emanate mainly from America – is how it, in many or most cases, excludes all the human virtues we used to think of and regard as “Christian,” in the best sense of that word.

Kindness, generosity, peacefulness, humility, doing-unto-others, and charity – the very qualities Jesus himself valued in the stories of the New Testament.

In Mike Pompeo’s case, and in a good many similar cases, we find instead lying, theft, cheating – he’s actually bragged in public about those – cruelty, extreme prejudice, and readiness-to-kill.

It says a great deal about America that someone with those character traits could serve in the highest cabinet post, and at a critical and dangerous time.

I’ve always pretty much accepted the principle, laid down by the eminent historian Thomas Carlyle, that history is biography.

If it is indeed true, then we are in mortal peril with Pompeo and other seriously-deficient human beings, such as John Bolton, appointed to influential posts and serving a President who has demonstrated himself unmistakably as rash, impetuous, careless-of-facts, impatient, inclined to name-calling, uninformed, and possessing one of the greatest (empty) egos of any narcissist I can recall.

 

Posted June 17, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized