Friday, December 2, 2016

Daily Entertainment

It is great fun watching the futile rearguard action being fought by the left against President-elect Trump.  Actually, the term 'rearguard action' is a charitable misnomer.  More accurate to describe it as the desperate skirmishing of the defeated after the war has been lost.  I wonder if in forty years time some aging Clintonista will be found, still alive on a jungle clad island, brandishing his 'Strong Together' and 'I'm with Her' banners.

The latest episode in this ongoing comedy surrounds the proposed appointment of retired General Mattis as Secretary of Defense. 

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AP comes out firing blanks.

His selection raises questions about increased military influence in a job designed to insure(sic) civilian control of the armed forces. The concerns revolve around whether a recently retired service member would rely more on military solutions to international problems, rather than take a broader, more diplomatic approach.

Notice the smarmy and unsubstantiated reference to 'questions about increased military influence.'

AP needs reminding that the Defense Secretary is expected to 'rely on military solutions.'

'As John Hinderaker of Powerline points out, AP seem to confuse the role of Defense Secretary with that of Secretary of State.  The Sec of State is a predominantly diplomatic role while the Sec of Defense job is to make sure the military can actually win a war when it is called upon to fight.

Of course, the left try to tell you that Mattiss has no diplomatic experience but they conveniently ignore the fact that this fellow commanded American and Coalition forces in the Middle East and Afghanistan.  A significant part of his role involved negotiating daily with host country governments and the commanders of coalition partners' forces.  If that ain't diplomacy, I don't know what is.

 The dopey media don't realise Trump is playing them for the fools they are, every day.   In a tweet, he described his appointee as 'Mad Dog Matiss' and like mad dogs, the media took the bait, and the line and the sinker.   Great stuff.

So far so good.


Anonymous said...

Sometimes you tell a joke and everyone laughs except the funny looking bloke in the corner.
Thats the left and the media.

They'll never get it and never realise how foolish they look

EH of D

Anonymous said...

"War is too important to be left to the Generals"
Clemenceau 1916

Why do think a lawyer hires another lawyer for his defence in court? This appointment has danger signs all over it. We will wait.

Lord Egbut

Anonymous said...

Trump is becoming more and more bizarre each day. He does not know how the simplest thing work.

Quite simply the General, who retired four years ago, does not meet the criteria as, by law, he has not completed the EIGHT years needed to take up a Govt post. This law can be reversed by a an act of Congress....don't hold your breath.

Lord Egbut

Noel said...

Thats one potential piece of legislation guaranteed a filibuster.

Angry Tory said...

Thats one potential piece of legislation guaranteed a filibuster.

Filibuster won't last for more than a year; were I TRUMP or Ryan I'd learn from Richardson and Douglas and burn the buster on day 1.

frankly I think "Mad Dog" would be better at internal security. Nothing like an AC-130 to deal with BLM terrorists.

I still think Curtis LeMay would have been the best pick were he available.

Angry Tory said...

our victory was so great, we have the house, we have the senate and we have the president.

couldn't have put it better myself

Anonymous said...

Oh dear....looks like Angry Tory has outed himself....reading off the white board at HQ are you. Richardson ,Douglas, talk in riddles my son.

When does it manage to sink into what passes for brains in NZ that this blog has been hijacked by the extreme right wing not of this parish.

Now Mr Tory perhaps you would like to explain how a filibuster works in our quaint parliamentary democracy imperfect as it is....oh sorry ,I forgot you don't engage in debate,

Lord Egbut

Angry Tory said...

Duh. We don't have the filibuster (we have MMP which us worse because it's so hard to get rid of)

But TRUMP still faces the unconstitutional filibuster. He can't even appoint Mad Dog to defence without a waiver from Senate Dems - or without trashing the filibuster.

What (actually centre left politicians) Ruth and Roger showed was that you start from day one and make as many changes as fast as possible so the communists can't stop you. TRUMPs done great with dumping China for Taiwan and supporting Duarte but domestic stuff can still be stopped by the filibuster. He can't dump Obamacare or set up a Deportation Force if the DRATS filibuster it.

With Austria and Italy going TRUMP this weekend, hard left countries like NZ look more and more like relics from the last century.

The Veteran said...

Egbut ... you're right about the eight years and you're right about a Congress override. Happened previously in the case of General George Marshall Jnr who served as both Defence Secretary and Secretary of State under HST (my hero). No reason for it not to happen again with the Red team controlling Congess.

The Democrats really need to get over the fact they lost the Presidency, failed to take back the Senate, failed to make significant gains in the House and failed miserably in the Gubernatorial stakes where the Republicans gained three more states' governorships increasing their total to 34 (out of 50) ... a record total not seen since 1922.

Noel said...

"The Democrats really need to get over the fact they lost the Presidency, failed to take back the Senate, failed to make significant gains in the House "

It was pretty obvious that the Democrats were going to have problems.
Before the Presidential elections it was obvious Democrats had lost an awful lot.
Not only in Federal but in State and down to individual communities.

But that should be a reason to deny the the right of filibuster.
After all the Republicans have been using it to Obama detriment for the last year.

Anonymous said...

What we are seeing is a hostile take take over of the US Govt. by the Trump corporation. The Republicans are now seeing this for the first time with Micheal Moore's pre-election prophesy coming back to haunt them.

"The American public are about to deliver the biggest "fuck you" in the history of the world, A week after they will be saying what have we done?"

A self indulgent child with little knowledge of the world outside his own business empire has the power to destroy the US. He knows nothing about the importance of "Face" to the Chinese and his careless acceptance of the Taiwanese telephone call without seeking advise will come back to haunt him in the future.

You can understand the Russians delight in his win as they understand only to well how a country can implode, it happened to them under Boris Yeltsin and the US is on the same track to tear itself to pieces.

Lord Egbut

The Veteran said...

Egbut ... all of which might be true provided you ignore the inconvenient truth that the US and China Taipei have a defense treaty which guarantees Taiwan's sovereignty.

Not sure you can be party to a defense treaty and not talk to the other party. Of course the US and China Taipei talk ... albeit covertly rather than overtly and China knows that.

Trump, in taking the call, outed the covert bit. One could argue he was sending a not too subtle message that America still intends to be a major player in the Asia Pacific region notwithstanding the PRCs pretensions to hegemony and his own trumpeted America First (read isolationist) policy.

Angry Tory said...

the US is on the same track to tear itself to pieces.

well with the 2nd Amendment the Americans have got the guns and with a TRUMP/Bannon presidency they've got the nukes and B-52s and all the rest as well. If the liberals try and screw over TRUMP he'll slap them down hard and fast, no problem.

TRUMP called Tsai "President of Taiwan" - i.e. officially recognising Taiwan's independence. China's policy since the 1970s, even kept by Reagan, is that if Taiwan declares independence China will invade. TRUMP has just called China's bluff: and said if China invades he'll nuke them back to smoking ruins. China hasn't invaded, TRUMP hasn't nuked. Game set and match to TRUMP.

Next week, watch how upset the liberals get when TRUMP moves the US embassy to Jerusalem, recognises Eretz Yisrael as a Jewish state, gives Netanyahu full support of the settlement program and to annex all the "occupied territories" and indeed the whole of Eretz Yisrael - and to remove those non-Jews from the entirety of the Jewish state.

Then with any luck, the day of the inauguration, it's bye bye Iran.

Noel said...

Who leaked and why?

Noel said...

Sorry posted the wrong article.