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Many Storms Gathering: Reflections on Trump
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I bow (in case you were wondering) to no one in my loathing for the Clintons, the Establishment, the Beltway Insulates, political correctness, BLM, radical feminists, the controlled media, Obama, Wall Street, neocons, Social-Justice Look-at-Mes, and the New York Oligarchs. After the election, I figured, having no choice anyway, to see what Trump actually did. I have seen. America elected a dangerous curiosity.

Listen to Trump’s Secretary of State Tillerson, his representative, addressing Congress and ordering China around like a misbehaving twelve-year-old: “We’re going to have to send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops and, second, your access to those islands also is not going to be allowed.”

This amounts to “Do what I say, or else.” It is an ultimatum, a thing to be used gingerly among big powers. The only “else” is war. Yes, he was speaking unofficially, but his interventions are clear.

Ultimata are dangerous. They are insulting. They leave no room for preservation of dignity by compromise, by finding a way to give in without seeming to. They are a way to look for a fight. A Secretary of State who casually issues ultimata to huge and nuclear powers is a symptom of an executive branch utterly out of control.

Tillerson’s combativeness is not a fluke. Vice President Bannon in The Independent “We’re going to war in the South China Sea in five to 10 years, aren’t we?” Mr Bannon said on his radio show in March 2016. “There’s no doubt about that.”

It also shows the danger of a President with no restrictions on his power to make war. In this respect, current Presidents are as autonomous as Roman emperors, having established that they can wage war at will. Whether the country wants to go to war makes no difference.

FoxNews The US is officially putting Iran “on notice” after its missile test.

The same truculence. The same sense of entitlement. Another war coming up. We would find out about it the day after it began.

A point apparently lost on the President is that we do not live in 1955. Then, it was a bully’s world. The carriers could easily have prevented sampans from going to islands and China had no hope of attacking the US navy or engaging in nuclear war. Today it can do both. While the US would “win” a conventional war, assuming that it remained conventional, the consequences would be unpredictable and the economic effects catastrophic.

Trump is extremely combative, erratic, apparently a bully, and responds to resistance by doubling down. To many of us, including me, this was immensely satisfying when he told the press to bugger off, defied the Clinton-Wall Street-Beltway elites, and talked of putting the interests of America before those of big business. The campaign was fine entertainment. Because so many were sick of the elites, he is President. Fun as a candidate, but in a President?

The same psychology of the gas-station lout appears in his approach to Mexico, where I live. In particular his insistence that Mexico pay for his wall is insulting, and deliberately so. He very evidently does not like Mexico.

Why?

He got screwed in a business deal in Mexico and has been hostile to the country ever since. Time published a list of Trump’s tweets on Mexico, a remarkable number of which expressed personal anger. For example, here he conflates foreign policy and his personal affairs:

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Note the order of the demands.

This sounds like the pique–I won’t say “hissyfit”–of a man who does not respond well to not getting his way. And his relentless hostility to Mexico looks a lot like a quest for revenge.

The desire to humiliate and punish Mexico plays well with Americans angry at immigration and themselves hostile to Latinos. Personal vendettas do not seem a desirable basis for foreign policy.

More of his hostility seems to spring from failed developments in Mexico, the Trump Ocean Resort Baja California, in which purchasers of expensive apartments lost large down payments when the developments were not built.

LA Times:

“All told, two years of aggressive marketing yielded $32.5 million in buyer deposits, every bit of it spent by the time Trump and his partners abandoned the project in early 2009 as the global economy was reeling. Most of the buyers sued them for fraud.”

Whether the reason for the failure was incompetence or a deliberate scam depends on who you talk to.

There was also Punta Arrecifes Resort that he wanted to build in Cozumel. It was to be a very high-dollar, exclusive place with airport, golf couture, and the like and, among other things, would have devastated an ecologically protected zone. Protests erupted, the mayor wanted an excessive bribe, and he didn’t get his way.

El Proceso:

“Para “acelerar” los trámites, el alcalde panista les pidió un “moche” de 20 millones de dólares. Directo, sin rodeos, el alcalde panista les indicó que ese era el precio para lograr el cambio de uso de suelo, pese a las protestas de los grupos ambientalistas.”

“To speed up” the paperwork, the Panista mayor asked them for a bribe of $20 million. Directly, without beating around the bush, the mayor indicated that this was the price for changing the use of the land despite the protests of environmentalists.” My translation.

The bribe was more than Trump was willing to play. He took his football and went home. He is not above fraud or corruption, but didn’t like the price.

Wall Street Journal: “Trump settles fraud case against Trump University for $25M”

His blaming these failures on Mexican corruption doesn’t hold water. The corruption exists, yet countless American firms successfully do business in Mexico.

Petulant, self-interested, and childish. Much of what he says is adolescent. Over and over he speaks of Mexico sending criminals to America. How precisely does Mexico send criminals? By “Mexico” he presumably means the Mexican government, as who else might he mean? Does Presidente Peña Nieto go to a penitentiary and say, “You, Pepe, and Kike and, yeah, you, Luis, take these bus tickets, you criminal bastardos, and go to the United States and wreak havoc”? Is there a cabinet-level body to send criminals? El Departamento de Empaquetamiento de Cabrones? Perhaps “Mexico” puts stamps on criminals and drops them off at the post office.

The repeated assertion that Mexico is cheating the US, exploiting it, being unfair, (Oh! Poor widdle Colossus of the North) is either garishly ignorant, personally vindictive or, more likely, both. Mexico is governmentally weak, corrupt, and utterly under the thumb of the United States. Is NAFTA a Mexican plot against the US? Actually it forced Mexican farmers into competition with hopelessly superior American agriculture and drove them into the cities, where there are no jobs. Along the border American maquiladoras pay poor Mexicans miserably low wages. Mexico crawls with DEA agents forced on it from the north and loses countless lives fighting Americal’ls drug war. On and on.

We seem to have as President an unpredictable warlike draft dodger with a history of fraud suits who cannot distinguish between his personal grudges and foreign policy. Is this going to work?

Fred can be reached at jetpossum-readers@yahoo.com. Put the letters “pdq” somewhere in the subject line to avoid autodeletion.

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  1. Who cares why Trump hates Mexico – somebody is finally doing something right.

    • Replies: @Son of Dixie
    Fred is but hurt because Trump recognizes Mexico for the cess pit that it is. I hope the WALL goes up and we deport millions of Mexicans back home. I also hope Trump bankrupts Mexico's economy. They deserve it for flooding our nation with drugs for the past decades.

    Fred is a turncoat and his (((wife))) has been known to bed down young Mexican men behind his back.
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  2. Good point about NAFTA — sounds like it’s been bad for everybody except the 1%ers.

  3. With Hillary we would have had potential war with Russia and more Middle east. Now with Trump , China and Iran. Yes everybody pray for peace, not thT has ever happened.

    As far as Mexico, yeah Fred we get it. It’s your adopted home that you continually make excuses for.

    • Replies: @Mao Cheng Ji
    Sounds like war with Russia is still on schedule, though:
    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-un-ukraine-idUSKBN15H2TS

    Nikki Haley (the new UN ambassador) just blamed Russia for the escalation in Donbas, even though the Kiev regime is clearly responsible. And this time there is no excuse, this is not a senate confirmation hearing, this is the administration's position. Extremely disappointing...

  4. So what if Trump has a beef with Mexico? At least he understands the country. This makes him a better, more informed President than Hillary, who gets her talking points about Mexico served to her by La Raza. Transparency International rates Mexican corruption as worse than several African countries, including Mali and Tanzania. Hey here’s a novel thought: maybe Trump is right. And I notice Fred the expat cheerleader for Pena Nieto and the Mexican narcostate never talks about the cartels. Rather, he talks about “America’s drug war.” Those evil Yanquis and their meddling in the peaceful lives of Mexican heroin smugglers.

    • Replies: @Skeptikal
    "Those evil Yanquis and their meddling in the peaceful lives of Mexican heroin smugglers."


    The peaceful Mexican heroin smugglers are supplying a market in the USA. The smugglers would have to find another job if the USA were able to handle its population's drug problems.

    I have no idea how the latter could be accomplished---perhaps with less anomie and depression and more treatment---but widespread addiction causes the existence of drug smugglers, not the other way around.

  5. Mexicans and Americans have many legitimate complaints. Changing the status quo is unfortunately not for the polite.

  6. Gratuitously picking a fight with the Persians answers the question: will Trumpster turn out to be just another Jooie Butt Boy a la Tokyo Rose McCain and Dame Lindsey Graham…turning the US military into a free of charge auxiliary of the IDF. As to the Chinese, their DF-26 carrier killer missiles have a range of 2600 miles…..naval task forces are now obsolete in any dust-up with the yellow peril.

    • Agree: Seamus Padraig
    • Replies: @LibertyBill_1776
    IIRC, the reach of a US Naval Carrier Strike Group is right at 450 nautical miles...less than what it was during WWII. Our glorious naval aviators are currently a bit out-ranged....
  7. I’m sure Mr. Reed would like to delete this nonsense he wrote:

    “While the US would “win” a conventional war, assuming that it remained conventional, the consequences would be unpredictable and the economic effects catastrophic.”

    Does he think we can land 20 million soldiers on China’s shores and capture Beijing and the Chinese would surrender? That’s just nuts. At best we could blockade the coast and cause mass misery in Asia as thousands of American GIs die in a senseless conflict, while South Korea and Taiwan ally with their major trading partner — China.

    I agree that we should not blame Mexico for its unwanteds migrating north. But they do issue IDs at consulates in the the USA to help illegals pretend to be legal.

    Yes, Trump has made and lost lots of money in his life, but that does not mean he hates Mexico. If making money was his goal, he wouldn’t have run for president.

    • Replies: @L.K
    C.M:

    I’m sure Mr. Reed would like to delete this nonsense he wrote:
    “While the US would “win” a conventional war, assuming that it remained conventional, the consequences would be unpredictable and the economic effects catastrophic.”
     
    I enjoyed the article and mostly agree with it but the above is indeed complete nonsense.

    ZUSA could not defeat a very backwards China in the Korean war, a China that had been torn by war - against the Japanese & civil war - since the 30s.
  8. @Dwright
    With Hillary we would have had potential war with Russia and more Middle east. Now with Trump , China and Iran. Yes everybody pray for peace, not thT has ever happened.

    As far as Mexico, yeah Fred we get it. It's your adopted home that you continually make excuses for.

    Sounds like war with Russia is still on schedule, though:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-un-ukraine-idUSKBN15H2TS

    Nikki Haley (the new UN ambassador) just blamed Russia for the escalation in Donbas, even though the Kiev regime is clearly responsible. And this time there is no excuse, this is not a senate confirmation hearing, this is the administration’s position. Extremely disappointing…

    • Replies: @Kilo 4/11
    Mao, you lie so blatantly! Just like your hero, the dictator who lied that everything was all right - while 40 million of his people starved to death due to his insane and murderous policies, you and your comrades try to blame Ukraine - for merely defending itself. While the truth is that once again, Putin's proxies in occupied eastern Ukraine have attacked, using banned heavy weapons. Obviously, Putin senses another opportunity, what with the growing pains of the new American administration and the vicious deep state resistance to his program to get a decent deal for the common American. You and your comrades like the Faker in his graveyard try to mask your glee under false concern for American democracy or whatever camouflage you can find, but it's not working. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZObbTNQsso
    , @DaveE
    Absolutely right. Only difference is, Trump is using his hired thugs (Haley, Tillerson and Flynn) to do the Putin bashing while he "stands above it all" and pretends he's on the other side.

    Trump must have studied Obama very carefully.

    On the good side, at least we found out quickly we just hired another neocon thug.

    God help us. No, on second thought, God, don't bother.

  9. Mr Reed
    Hows this for s description of our times from HG Wells 1916 novel” Mr Brietilng sees it through”
    WW1 that is. ” Everywhere is cunning, small feuds,hatreds, distrusts,dishonesties,timidity’s,feebleness of purpose and dwarfish imaginations that swarm
    over the great and simple issues as well as confusion of purposes that wastes the hope and strength of humanity’

  10. Ultimatums can also be a big opening move. A bargaining chip of sorts, for a administration that holds all of the leverage, and I mean every bit of the leverage. If there’s one thing Trump has a full grasp on, being a real estate Barron, is leverage. Sit back and enjoy Fred. Your about to witness greatness on a global scale.

  11. Fred Reed’s concerns about conflict with China (and Iran) are valid and even alarming.

    His sour grapes about Trump attacking his beloved Mexico are not.

    Remember–Fred Reed married a Mexican. He even played pretend father to her children by another (presumably Mexican) man.

    He’s a cuck for spics, something made clear by his endless articles proposing that five foot tall hatchet-faced brown squatemalans are just as intelligent as white Europeans. Sure thing Freddy…

    Despite his excellent writing and many admirable qualities, he has allowed his lust for Mexican women to lead him to become an enemy of the United States.

    • Replies: @Anatoly Karlin
    Several years back I seem to recall you were advocating a war with China, your argument being that the US only has a window of one or two more decades to avert Han global supremacy.

    Why the concern now? Or do you think that window has already passed.

    In any case, there's actually a reasonable chance that Bannon might be thinking along the same lines - he gave a timeline of 5-10 years in a 2016 interview.

  12. But, but, but Fred……Mexico is corrupt!

    Their legal system is, well, using the term “legal” to label it is highly misleading because it evokes images of Anglo-Saxon system of trial by peers and innocence till proven guilty et al.

    In contrast, to get anywhere in Mexico’s system, one must hire a private lawyer who pursues–usually leisurely–your case through Mexico’s labyrinth of a “Justice” system, and your likelihood of a positive outcome is directly proportionate to the depth of your pockets.

    Murdering one’s wife for infidelity and/or divorce is still recognized–tacitly anyway–as a legitimate male prerogative in Mexico’s enlightened legal system. Is this, perhaps, one of the features you find so admirable about Mexico?

    • Replies: @Thorfinnsson
    I've been harshly critical of Fred about his Mexico-worship, but see how far you get in the US justice system without an attorney.

    And frankly permitting men to murder their wives for infidelity or divorce strikes me as great policy.

    I'm always confused when right-wingers criticize foreign cultures for...being right-wing. Reminds me of all those conservatives who complain women don't have freedom in Islam as if female emancipation is in any way desirable or has worked out well for us.
  13. Check out the TV Novelas on Univision or Telemundo (if you have cable TV) and you’ll see white Europeans living in their mansions driving sports cars waited on by shorter, browner Consuela Bush type mestizos. It’s been that way since the Conquista. It’s so much a part of their culture, I doubt they even notice it any more.

    Why can’t the poor Mexicans make it in their own country? Is it the fault of the US? They can start by stopping the Central American “undocumented” immigrants.

    They aren’t too motivated to stop the drug trade; there’s too much dirty money in it.

    At any rate, things are coming to a head so fast up here in the cruel Estados Unidos that Americans will soon be forced to choose sides between the AntiFas and the Trumpers. I wouldn’t bet the hacienda on the anarchists.

  14. President Trump is just raising the price of doing business with America.

    I do not doubt President Trump is settling some old scores (Mexico) and making sure a couple of billion comes his private/business way through a myriad of off-shore compagnies.

    Obama was cheap and could be bought with a nobel price and a couple million in book sales.
    The Clintons could be bought for a few hundred million.

    For President Trump that is pocket money.
    He needs a couple of billion from Rusia, China, Iran.

    See? He is already making America great again. He or his children will spend most of it in the USA.

  15. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Do you think House Republicans could pull a 25th on Trump?

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
    " Do you think House Republicans could pull a 25th on DT"

    It would better serve mankind if someone would pull a 25th on you.

    Authenticjazzman "Mensa" society member of forty-plus years and pro jazz artist.
    , @Anonymous
    Mind you I'm not advocating anything. Fred's "Vice President Bannon" was kinda cute, but, if things get shambolic enough, Vice President Pence may end up playing Bolingbroke to Trump's Richard II.
  16. @ThreeCranes
    But, but, but Fred......Mexico is corrupt!

    Their legal system is, well, using the term "legal" to label it is highly misleading because it evokes images of Anglo-Saxon system of trial by peers and innocence till proven guilty et al.

    In contrast, to get anywhere in Mexico's system, one must hire a private lawyer who pursues--usually leisurely--your case through Mexico's labyrinth of a "Justice" system, and your likelihood of a positive outcome is directly proportionate to the depth of your pockets.

    Murdering one's wife for infidelity and/or divorce is still recognized--tacitly anyway--as a legitimate male prerogative in Mexico's enlightened legal system. Is this, perhaps, one of the features you find so admirable about Mexico?

    I’ve been harshly critical of Fred about his Mexico-worship, but see how far you get in the US justice system without an attorney.

    And frankly permitting men to murder their wives for infidelity or divorce strikes me as great policy.

    I’m always confused when right-wingers criticize foreign cultures for…being right-wing. Reminds me of all those conservatives who complain women don’t have freedom in Islam as if female emancipation is in any way desirable or has worked out well for us.

    • Replies: @dfordoom

    Reminds me of all those conservatives who complain women don’t have freedom in Islam as if female emancipation is in any way desirable or has worked out well for us.
     
    Agreed.

    Most "conservatives" don't have the guts to take actual conservative positions on social issues, probably because their wives won't let them. There's a distinct lack of testosterone in most conservatives.
  17. …Well, there is that little matter of Mexico dumping its losers north of the border. May you not be one of them.

  18. @Willem Hendrik
    President Trump is just raising the price of doing business with America.

    I do not doubt President Trump is settling some old scores (Mexico) and making sure a couple of billion comes his private/business way through a myriad of off-shore compagnies.

    Obama was cheap and could be bought with a nobel price and a couple million in book sales.
    The Clintons could be bought for a few hundred million.

    For President Trump that is pocket money.
    He needs a couple of billion from Rusia, China, Iran.

    See? He is already making America great again. He or his children will spend most of it in the USA.

    What is your immigration status, Sir?

    • Replies: @Willem Hendrik
    Lol
    No way I want to live in the USA.
    I'm doing just fine in the Netherlands.

    Would like to go skiing in Colorado sometime though. Supposedly excellent powdery snow.
    That's about it, I see no further atraction to the USA, besides the political fun.
  19. Fred, better luck next time.

    Although I share your attraction to Hispanic women, Mexico is a lawless shithole. Besides a few saunters to Tijuana, we have that on best evidence from dear friends who immigrated to the United States from Mexico. They never tire of stories about living in Mexico, the top-down corruption and violence, the high cost of living, and what they found here when they arrived. A better life … a safer life … a future for their son, who recently graduated with a degree in architecture from a prestigious American university.

    The problem with immigration is that too many Mexicans are bringing their shithole with them to El Norte under the new mantra of diversity. They are colonizing America with “little Mexicos” scattered about the landscape.

    This is different in kind from the earlier immigration of the Irish, Italians, and Germans. They wanted to become Americans … .

    E Pluribus Unum, Out of Many One.

  20. my brother was once very enthusiastic about some investment he had made in Mexico

    it turned out he was scammed and they stole the money and he’s told me angrily that the courts down there are completely corrupt. He lost it all and gets touchy if you mention it.

    Gringo beware

    Who cares why Trump hates Mexico – somebody is finally doing something right.

    yep

  21. @Anonymous
    Do you think House Republicans could pull a 25th on Trump?

    ” Do you think House Republicans could pull a 25th on DT”

    It would better serve mankind if someone would pull a 25th on you.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” society member of forty-plus years and pro jazz artist.

  22. Does Presidente Peña Nieto go to a penitentiary and say, “You, Pepe, and Kike and, yeah, you, Luis, take these bus tickets, you criminal bastardos, and go to the United States and wreak havoc”?

    The juxtaposed Mexican nicknames “Pepe” and “Kike” were a bit of a provocation, were they not Fred? Are they code words, a nod to the alt-right? Wouldn’t they be more apropos at the Daily Stormer, where there is an article titled “Jews hate Pepe”? And of course the Pepe the Frog meme is associated with Trump himself, who “retweeted a Pepe representation of himself”, according to Wikipedia.

    Let me try to parse between the lines of your “argument” here, Fred. I’m trying to figure out what you are really trying to say, because I don’t think you’re being straightforward with your criticism.

    You describe Trump as “dangerous”, “insulting”, “truculent”, “bully”, “combative”, “erratic”, “lout”, “hostile”, “vindictive”, “petulant”, “self-interested”, “childish”, “adolescent”, “unpredictable” and “warlike”.

    You use a whole piñata full of adjectives, Fred, but the one that you really wanted to burst out is the one implied by the oblique “Pepe” reference: RACIST.

    What you really want to say is that Trump is white nationalist scum, the uncontested leader of the whole basket of deplorables, someone who only treats Mexicans so unceremoniously because of his unbearable racism of being.

    Yes, what you really want to say is that Trump attacks Mexicans because they are brown; he threatens the Chinese because they are yellow; and he brutally assaults the Iranians and Muslims in general because they are also brown. And the only reason he’s been signaling a truce with the Russians is because they are white (enough).

    Why didn’t you just come out and say these things? Maybe because calling someone the “R” word would be a bit too much and you just didn’t want to go there? I don’t know. But it just seems as though you just don’t tell it like it is and so we have to read and reread the hidden code words to figure out what the message is really about…

    • Replies: @Cortes
    "kike" (pronounced kee-kay) is a classic nickname in Spanish speaking countries. Check out the guy who plays for Atletico Madrid, for example.

    Moreover the word "kike" apparently derived from the Irish word for "ringlet" (of hair) as sported by Orthodox male Jews late XIX/early XX century in NYC - see Daniel Cassidy's "The Secret Language of the Crossroads: How the Irish Invented Slang." A descriptive just became a pejorative. Happens all the time. Think "Muslim "...or "Mexican ".

    , @AnalogMan
    Does anybody still care about being called a Racist?
    , @Wally
    Since when are Iranians "brown"?
    , @Connarchy in the USA
    Oh, make no mistake, if Fred meant "racist", he'd have written racist. That much I can say with a degree of certainty.
    , @Seamus Padraig

    The juxtaposed Mexican nicknames “Pepe” and “Kike” were a bit of a provocation, were they not Fred?
     
    Relax. 'Kike' is just an alternate spelling of 'Quique', which is a Spanish nickname for 'Enrique'. It is pronounced differently (KEE-KAY) has literally nothing to do with Jews.
  23. I have no idea how all this is going to turn out, but I’m definitely going to start saying “ambientalist” instead of “environmentalist” from now on.

  24. Like most old men, Fred Reed’s lack of testosterone has given him the mind of an addled old woman.

    • Replies: @Truth
    Oh I think it's a whole lot worse-un-nat!

    I think all along Fred has been wanna-dem Pinko-Commie LIB-uhr-UHL, sub-versives we keep hearin' about!

    Now Son, I hope you're just funnin' bout not likin' this Great Prez-E-Dent we just elected, furst real man in the job since the great Dutch himself! (God rest his soul). But you keep writin' these Sub-versive R-T-culls, which really make me wonder if you've really been hangin' out in places like New York and San Francisco, smokin refers and listenin' to them Homo English Boys, with the fagg haircuts insteada Glen Miller!?

    Now Son, it might just be me, but you seem a little Dee-pressed since Black Barry and his Go-rilla wife done got E-victed from the Black house, I'mma keep my eye on you there, Vlad-a-mir, and by the way, I seen the pictures of you, and the Misses, get a damn haircut Son, it's a little bee-low the ears!
  25. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Anonymous
    Do you think House Republicans could pull a 25th on Trump?

    Mind you I’m not advocating anything. Fred’s “Vice President Bannon” was kinda cute, but, if things get shambolic enough, Vice President Pence may end up playing Bolingbroke to Trump’s Richard II.

  26. @Thorfinnsson
    Fred Reed's concerns about conflict with China (and Iran) are valid and even alarming.

    His sour grapes about Trump attacking his beloved Mexico are not.

    Remember--Fred Reed married a Mexican. He even played pretend father to her children by another (presumably Mexican) man.

    He's a cuck for spics, something made clear by his endless articles proposing that five foot tall hatchet-faced brown squatemalans are just as intelligent as white Europeans. Sure thing Freddy...

    Despite his excellent writing and many admirable qualities, he has allowed his lust for Mexican women to lead him to become an enemy of the United States.

    Several years back I seem to recall you were advocating a war with China, your argument being that the US only has a window of one or two more decades to avert Han global supremacy.

    Why the concern now? Or do you think that window has already passed.

    In any case, there’s actually a reasonable chance that Bannon might be thinking along the same lines – he gave a timeline of 5-10 years in a 2016 interview.

    • Replies: @Randal
    Does Bannon actually know enough about military/strategic issues to have such an opinion? I don't know enough about him and his views to give an informed assessment on that, so it's an honest question, but the comment quoted above by Fred Reed sounds more like typical US "shock jock" blowhard ignorance than any measured assessment of the kind you imply.

    Fwiw, I doubt there's anybody honest and informed (and sane) who could argue that the US going to war with China now would be a safe and sensible strategy, even if you accept that there is justification for doing so in order to destroy a rival. The time for that has surely passed.

    I mean, you can certainly argue that the US could still win such a war (though a lot would depend on the particular strategic and diplomatic circumstances), but not that winning such a war would be certain, or achievable at any price conceivably worth paying, even without factoring in the risk of escalation to strategic nuclear use.
  27. @Eustace Tilley (not)
    What is your immigration status, Sir?

    Lol
    No way I want to live in the USA.
    I’m doing just fine in the Netherlands.

    Would like to go skiing in Colorado sometime though. Supposedly excellent powdery snow.
    That’s about it, I see no further atraction to the USA, besides the political fun.

    • Replies: @Che Guava
    Never been there, but the USA has or had some tasty-sounding calory-heavy junk food, even early McDonalds, read an SF story abt. ten years ago, the chain has collapsed but in a shop in Appalachia, some guy has made a shop doing the original menu.

    Chips fried in beef dripping, they sound delicious.

    Suppose the burgers were never much good.

    I recall eating at a branch in Malaysia, pre-Golden Arches, different logo, not much good.

    In the story, a man takes his daughter (a prediction of Lady Gaga, with implanted horns) to this recreation of early MacD., she hates everything, but calms down in the end.

    The version of southern fried chicken, in gravy, created by Chinese immigrants, popular in some southern parts, also sounds well worth tasting.

    Many others, I hear, a good old-fashioned Louisiana gumbo for one.

    ... and authentic US clam chowder, which I think I have experienced. Delicious.

    Soul-food for another, but not being of African descent, if I ever am having the chance to being in America, thanks to BLM, I would not to daring to be in such places.

    For Fred, the US hybrid version of Mexican cuisine sounds like it is pretty delicious at times, as does the real thing.

    It is always disppointing in Japan, not putrid, but not much good.

    After eating any of those US delicacies, a rabbit diet for a few days would be essential.

    Fred, I agree, the Trump cabinet is dangerous. Particular vis a vis Israel (where they are a bunch of suckholes), China and Iran (where they are a bunch of arseholes).

    Forget not that born-to-rule Hillary was much worse.
  28. @Fin of a Cobra

    Does Presidente Peña Nieto go to a penitentiary and say, “You, Pepe, and Kike and, yeah, you, Luis, take these bus tickets, you criminal bastardos, and go to the United States and wreak havoc”?
     
    The juxtaposed Mexican nicknames "Pepe" and "Kike" were a bit of a provocation, were they not Fred? Are they code words, a nod to the alt-right? Wouldn't they be more apropos at the Daily Stormer, where there is an article titled "Jews hate Pepe"? And of course the Pepe the Frog meme is associated with Trump himself, who "retweeted a Pepe representation of himself", according to Wikipedia.

    Let me try to parse between the lines of your "argument" here, Fred. I'm trying to figure out what you are really trying to say, because I don't think you're being straightforward with your criticism.

    You describe Trump as "dangerous", "insulting", "truculent", "bully", "combative", "erratic", "lout", "hostile", "vindictive", "petulant", "self-interested", "childish", "adolescent", "unpredictable" and "warlike".

    You use a whole piñata full of adjectives, Fred, but the one that you really wanted to burst out is the one implied by the oblique "Pepe" reference: RACIST.

    What you really want to say is that Trump is white nationalist scum, the uncontested leader of the whole basket of deplorables, someone who only treats Mexicans so unceremoniously because of his unbearable racism of being.

    Yes, what you really want to say is that Trump attacks Mexicans because they are brown; he threatens the Chinese because they are yellow; and he brutally assaults the Iranians and Muslims in general because they are also brown. And the only reason he's been signaling a truce with the Russians is because they are white (enough).

    Why didn't you just come out and say these things? Maybe because calling someone the "R" word would be a bit too much and you just didn't want to go there? I don't know. But it just seems as though you just don't tell it like it is and so we have to read and reread the hidden code words to figure out what the message is really about…

    “kike” (pronounced kee-kay) is a classic nickname in Spanish speaking countries. Check out the guy who plays for Atletico Madrid, for example.

    Moreover the word “kike” apparently derived from the Irish word for “ringlet” (of hair) as sported by Orthodox male Jews late XIX/early XX century in NYC – see Daniel Cassidy’s “The Secret Language of the Crossroads: How the Irish Invented Slang.” A descriptive just became a pejorative. Happens all the time. Think “Muslim “…or “Mexican “.

    • Replies: @Cortes
    Here's another Kike, explaining the nickname (in Spanish); please also take time to check out the older spelling version "Quique" - same pronunciation as "kee-kay ":

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enrique_Sola

    US might be "Hank" for Henry.

    , @Veritatis
    If Reed lives in Mexico and can read Proceso and speak fluent (coarse) spanish, he knows how to spell "Quique" (short for Enrique). His choice of Kike is deliberate.
  29. @Cortes
    "kike" (pronounced kee-kay) is a classic nickname in Spanish speaking countries. Check out the guy who plays for Atletico Madrid, for example.

    Moreover the word "kike" apparently derived from the Irish word for "ringlet" (of hair) as sported by Orthodox male Jews late XIX/early XX century in NYC - see Daniel Cassidy's "The Secret Language of the Crossroads: How the Irish Invented Slang." A descriptive just became a pejorative. Happens all the time. Think "Muslim "...or "Mexican ".

    Here’s another Kike, explaining the nickname (in Spanish); please also take time to check out the older spelling version “Quique” – same pronunciation as “kee-kay “:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enrique_Sola

    US might be “Hank” for Henry.

  30. More of his hostility seems to spring from failed developments in Mexico, the Trump Ocean Resort Baja California, in which purchasers of expensive apartments lost large down payments when the developments were not built.

    LA Times:

    “All told, two years of aggressive marketing yielded $32.5 million in buyer deposits, every bit of it spent by the time Trump and his partners abandoned the project in early 2009 as the global economy was reeling. Most of the buyers sued them for fraud.”

    Whether the reason for the failure was incompetence or a deliberate scam depends on who you talk to.

    The money was stolen by a corrupt developer. nothing to do with Trump

  31. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Kudos to Fred, maybe the only person at Unz who can trigger people here so much.

    1) Your reason why Trump was so delightful for many as a candidate was spot on. I loved that he took on the main stream media and liberals. But at the end if the day Trump is less a master persuader who is playing 5d chess than a bully who is starting fights he won’t have to get his or his families hands bloody in.

    2) So many commentators here criticize Fred because he lives in Mexico and is married to a messican. But what if A Karlin wrote the article or Unz did, what arguments would people have then?

    Likely none. The real reason people are critical of Fred here is because he is hitting too close to home. And people would love to blame Mexico for our problems than take responsibility for our own screw ups.

    3) The 4chan segment that comments here is the exact same as the black lives matters crowd. Relying on safe spaces and tar and feathering those who disagree with them.

    • Replies: @Truth

    But what if A Karlin wrote the article or Unz did, what arguments would people have then?
     
    Son, R-U really askin' this ques-chin, about a God-Damned Commie named "Anatoll" Somethin'"

    Boy, if that Great Aye-Murkin' Joseph Mic-Carthy was still alive (God rest his soul), Boyaay, he'd take you out to the parkin' lot n' give you a stout thrashin'!
    , @Truth

    But what if A Karlin wrote the article or Unz did, what arguments would people have then?
     
    Son, R-U really askin' this ques-chin, about a God-Damned Commie named "Anatoll-Karlinski" or Somethin.

    Boy, if that Great Aye-Murkin' Joseph Mic-Carthy was still alive (God rest his soul), Boyaay, he'd take you out to the parkin' lot n' give you a stout thrashin'!
  32. @george strong
    Like most old men, Fred Reed's lack of testosterone has given him the mind of an addled old woman.

    Oh I think it’s a whole lot worse-un-nat!

    I think all along Fred has been wanna-dem Pinko-Commie LIB-uhr-UHL, sub-versives we keep hearin’ about!

    Now Son, I hope you’re just funnin’ bout not likin’ this Great Prez-E-Dent we just elected, furst real man in the job since the great Dutch himself! (God rest his soul). But you keep writin’ these Sub-versive R-T-culls, which really make me wonder if you’ve really been hangin’ out in places like New York and San Francisco, smokin refers and listenin’ to them Homo English Boys, with the fagg haircuts insteada Glen Miller!?

    Now Son, it might just be me, but you seem a little Dee-pressed since Black Barry and his Go-rilla wife done got E-victed from the Black house, I’mma keep my eye on you there, Vlad-a-mir, and by the way, I seen the pictures of you, and the Misses, get a damn haircut Son, it’s a little bee-low the ears!

  33. @Anonymous
    Kudos to Fred, maybe the only person at Unz who can trigger people here so much.

    1) Your reason why Trump was so delightful for many as a candidate was spot on. I loved that he took on the main stream media and liberals. But at the end if the day Trump is less a master persuader who is playing 5d chess than a bully who is starting fights he won't have to get his or his families hands bloody in.

    2) So many commentators here criticize Fred because he lives in Mexico and is married to a messican. But what if A Karlin wrote the article or Unz did, what arguments would people have then?

    Likely none. The real reason people are critical of Fred here is because he is hitting too close to home. And people would love to blame Mexico for our problems than take responsibility for our own screw ups.

    3) The 4chan segment that comments here is the exact same as the black lives matters crowd. Relying on safe spaces and tar and feathering those who disagree with them.

    But what if A Karlin wrote the article or Unz did, what arguments would people have then?

    Son, R-U really askin’ this ques-chin, about a God-Damned Commie named “Anatoll” Somethin’”

    Boy, if that Great Aye-Murkin’ Joseph Mic-Carthy was still alive (God rest his soul), Boyaay, he’d take you out to the parkin’ lot n’ give you a stout thrashin’!

    • Replies: @bluedog
    Yes indeed the Dutch and Mic-Carthy two dumb ass's in the same pod and both a dis-grace to the government they served...
  34. @Anonymous
    Kudos to Fred, maybe the only person at Unz who can trigger people here so much.

    1) Your reason why Trump was so delightful for many as a candidate was spot on. I loved that he took on the main stream media and liberals. But at the end if the day Trump is less a master persuader who is playing 5d chess than a bully who is starting fights he won't have to get his or his families hands bloody in.

    2) So many commentators here criticize Fred because he lives in Mexico and is married to a messican. But what if A Karlin wrote the article or Unz did, what arguments would people have then?

    Likely none. The real reason people are critical of Fred here is because he is hitting too close to home. And people would love to blame Mexico for our problems than take responsibility for our own screw ups.

    3) The 4chan segment that comments here is the exact same as the black lives matters crowd. Relying on safe spaces and tar and feathering those who disagree with them.

    But what if A Karlin wrote the article or Unz did, what arguments would people have then?

    Son, R-U really askin’ this ques-chin, about a God-Damned Commie named “Anatoll-Karlinski” or Somethin.

    Boy, if that Great Aye-Murkin’ Joseph Mic-Carthy was still alive (God rest his soul), Boyaay, he’d take you out to the parkin’ lot n’ give you a stout thrashin’!

  35. @Mao Cheng Ji
    Sounds like war with Russia is still on schedule, though:
    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-un-ukraine-idUSKBN15H2TS

    Nikki Haley (the new UN ambassador) just blamed Russia for the escalation in Donbas, even though the Kiev regime is clearly responsible. And this time there is no excuse, this is not a senate confirmation hearing, this is the administration's position. Extremely disappointing...

    Mao, you lie so blatantly! Just like your hero, the dictator who lied that everything was all right – while 40 million of his people starved to death due to his insane and murderous policies, you and your comrades try to blame Ukraine – for merely defending itself. While the truth is that once again, Putin’s proxies in occupied eastern Ukraine have attacked, using banned heavy weapons. Obviously, Putin senses another opportunity, what with the growing pains of the new American administration and the vicious deep state resistance to his program to get a decent deal for the common American. You and your comrades like the Faker in his graveyard try to mask your glee under false concern for American democracy or whatever camouflage you can find, but it’s not working. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZObbTNQsso

    • Replies: @Mao Cheng Ji
    Sorry, but you lost me at "you lie so blatantly" already. Everything after "Mao," sounds like a word salad to me. You might want to calm down, collect your thoughts (assuming you have any), and try again...
  36. @Truth

    But what if A Karlin wrote the article or Unz did, what arguments would people have then?
     
    Son, R-U really askin' this ques-chin, about a God-Damned Commie named "Anatoll" Somethin'"

    Boy, if that Great Aye-Murkin' Joseph Mic-Carthy was still alive (God rest his soul), Boyaay, he'd take you out to the parkin' lot n' give you a stout thrashin'!

    Yes indeed the Dutch and Mic-Carthy two dumb ass’s in the same pod and both a dis-grace to the government they served…

  37. @Fin of a Cobra

    Does Presidente Peña Nieto go to a penitentiary and say, “You, Pepe, and Kike and, yeah, you, Luis, take these bus tickets, you criminal bastardos, and go to the United States and wreak havoc”?
     
    The juxtaposed Mexican nicknames "Pepe" and "Kike" were a bit of a provocation, were they not Fred? Are they code words, a nod to the alt-right? Wouldn't they be more apropos at the Daily Stormer, where there is an article titled "Jews hate Pepe"? And of course the Pepe the Frog meme is associated with Trump himself, who "retweeted a Pepe representation of himself", according to Wikipedia.

    Let me try to parse between the lines of your "argument" here, Fred. I'm trying to figure out what you are really trying to say, because I don't think you're being straightforward with your criticism.

    You describe Trump as "dangerous", "insulting", "truculent", "bully", "combative", "erratic", "lout", "hostile", "vindictive", "petulant", "self-interested", "childish", "adolescent", "unpredictable" and "warlike".

    You use a whole piñata full of adjectives, Fred, but the one that you really wanted to burst out is the one implied by the oblique "Pepe" reference: RACIST.

    What you really want to say is that Trump is white nationalist scum, the uncontested leader of the whole basket of deplorables, someone who only treats Mexicans so unceremoniously because of his unbearable racism of being.

    Yes, what you really want to say is that Trump attacks Mexicans because they are brown; he threatens the Chinese because they are yellow; and he brutally assaults the Iranians and Muslims in general because they are also brown. And the only reason he's been signaling a truce with the Russians is because they are white (enough).

    Why didn't you just come out and say these things? Maybe because calling someone the "R" word would be a bit too much and you just didn't want to go there? I don't know. But it just seems as though you just don't tell it like it is and so we have to read and reread the hidden code words to figure out what the message is really about…

    Does anybody still care about being called a Racist?

  38. @Anatoly Karlin
    Several years back I seem to recall you were advocating a war with China, your argument being that the US only has a window of one or two more decades to avert Han global supremacy.

    Why the concern now? Or do you think that window has already passed.

    In any case, there's actually a reasonable chance that Bannon might be thinking along the same lines - he gave a timeline of 5-10 years in a 2016 interview.

    Does Bannon actually know enough about military/strategic issues to have such an opinion? I don’t know enough about him and his views to give an informed assessment on that, so it’s an honest question, but the comment quoted above by Fred Reed sounds more like typical US “shock jock” blowhard ignorance than any measured assessment of the kind you imply.

    Fwiw, I doubt there’s anybody honest and informed (and sane) who could argue that the US going to war with China now would be a safe and sensible strategy, even if you accept that there is justification for doing so in order to destroy a rival. The time for that has surely passed.

    I mean, you can certainly argue that the US could still win such a war (though a lot would depend on the particular strategic and diplomatic circumstances), but not that winning such a war would be certain, or achievable at any price conceivably worth paying, even without factoring in the risk of escalation to strategic nuclear use.

  39. In this respect, current Presidents are as autonomous as Roman emperors, having established that they can wage war at will. Whether the country wants to go to war makes no difference.

    This is only true so long as they have either the US establishment or US popular opinion firmly behind them, and neither of those strongly against them.

    I doubt this applies to Trump waging a war, other than against IS, in most foreseeable circumstances. Imo, he will be utterly destroyed and probably impeached if he voluntarily goes to war against anyone other than IS, unless the pro-war propaganda machine can manufacture consent to a degree not seen since the runup to the attack on Iraq in 2003. That would require a Pearl Harbor-like pretext, I think, and people are more alert to the kinds of provocations required to provoke such an act today.

    • Replies: @Stephen R. Diamond

    Imo, he will be utterly destroyed and probably impeached if he voluntarily goes to war against anyone other than IS
     
    Then surely the Chinese and Iranians perceive that he is a "paper tiger."
  40. @Kilo 4/11
    Mao, you lie so blatantly! Just like your hero, the dictator who lied that everything was all right - while 40 million of his people starved to death due to his insane and murderous policies, you and your comrades try to blame Ukraine - for merely defending itself. While the truth is that once again, Putin's proxies in occupied eastern Ukraine have attacked, using banned heavy weapons. Obviously, Putin senses another opportunity, what with the growing pains of the new American administration and the vicious deep state resistance to his program to get a decent deal for the common American. You and your comrades like the Faker in his graveyard try to mask your glee under false concern for American democracy or whatever camouflage you can find, but it's not working. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZObbTNQsso

    Sorry, but you lost me at “you lie so blatantly” already. Everything after “Mao,” sounds like a word salad to me. You might want to calm down, collect your thoughts (assuming you have any), and try again…

  41. Fred suffers terrible blind spots on some issues, and this one is glaring. Trump, merely by being ASSERTIVE in these desperate times of the Nation teetering on the precipice of disappearing and dissolution, Fred pillories Trump for saying we won’t be economically raped, disrespected, abused, or cheated anymore.

    Take a walk Fred, quit drinking so much tequila, and get out more.

    Fred is losing credibility for his poor pugilistic and simplistic writing style and HIS adolescent name calling and carping. Contrast this doggerel with Ilana Mercer, who sees things a LOT more clearly, logically, rationally, and with a lot more depth.

    One piece like this, and Fred goes IGNORE and IGNOMINY.

  42. @MarkinLA
    Who cares why Trump hates Mexico - somebody is finally doing something right.

    Fred is but hurt because Trump recognizes Mexico for the cess pit that it is. I hope the WALL goes up and we deport millions of Mexicans back home. I also hope Trump bankrupts Mexico’s economy. They deserve it for flooding our nation with drugs for the past decades.

    Fred is a turncoat and his (((wife))) has been known to bed down young Mexican men behind his back.

    • Replies: @Willem Hendrik
    If Americans were not buying, Mexicans would not facilitate the drug trade. They do not sell it for fun but for money.
    Why would it be great if your neighbour went bancrupt? American t.v.-series and films are showing the immense wealth of the USA worldwide on a daily basis to billions of people. Do not be surprised when some really believe the USMarketing, and want to be part of it.

    I think President Trump is making margin calls to various countries, collecting billions. If big Pharma, big Oil, etc. can buy congres, why not buy congres himself?

    , @L.K
    You are obviously a depraved low IQ idiot, given the kind of shite you write, but only a complete and total moron could hope for: "I also hope Trump bankrupts Mexico’s economy'.

    If only out of pragmatism, you should better hope for stability and a reasonably well doing Mexican economy... after all, most immigrants from Mexico leave their country bc of poverty, not bc they wanna abandon their lives behind and go live among scumbags like you. Much like large numbers of Germans, Irish, Swedes, etc, left Europe for Zamerica and many other locations not that long ago.
    So, more poverty, more desperate people, more immigrants, wall or no wall.
    , @Jim Sweeney
    Whether you agree or disagree with Fred, to slander his wife is a shameful and cowardly act.

    You should be banned from this site for being such a scurrilous, low-life.

    I call on the other posters here to join me in calling shame on you, coward.
  43. @Son of Dixie
    Fred is but hurt because Trump recognizes Mexico for the cess pit that it is. I hope the WALL goes up and we deport millions of Mexicans back home. I also hope Trump bankrupts Mexico's economy. They deserve it for flooding our nation with drugs for the past decades.

    Fred is a turncoat and his (((wife))) has been known to bed down young Mexican men behind his back.

    If Americans were not buying, Mexicans would not facilitate the drug trade. They do not sell it for fun but for money.
    Why would it be great if your neighbour went bancrupt? American t.v.-series and films are showing the immense wealth of the USA worldwide on a daily basis to billions of people. Do not be surprised when some really believe the USMarketing, and want to be part of it.

    I think President Trump is making margin calls to various countries, collecting billions. If big Pharma, big Oil, etc. can buy congres, why not buy congres himself?

  44. Fred is a turncoat and his (((wife))) has been known to bed down young Mexican men behind his back.

    I believe he’s calling you a, how do you WN Fellers put it? A “Cuck”, if I have that right, Fred.

    But I see in recognition of Black History Month you are turning the other cheek. Good for you.

  45. since fred on nothing much luvs the mexers so much, he might buy the two magazines I just wrote up….the Left abandoning whites and cheerleading the third worlders intent on killing Yanquis right now…Black Lives , etc.

    -: Sunday, February 5, 2017 7:44 PM
    Subject: Fw: The left magazines Mother Jones, and The Nation. current issues carry drawings and photos of the Revolution. They are both totally racialized.

    —– Forwarded Message —–
    From: joe webb
    To: Joe Webb
    Sent: Sunday, February 5, 2017 7:41 PM

    Subject: The left magazines Mother Jones, and The Nation. current issues carry drawings and photos of the Revolution. They are both totally racialized.

    Thus the Left comes to the apparent near end of its trajectory over the last 50 years or so of abandonment of White workers, both in Europe and in the US, Canada, etc. Race has replaced Class. Race traitors replace old-fashioned traitors of not long ago, US communists working for Moscow and not all jewish either.

    The cover on the current Nation magazine, a magazine that goes way back to the teens or twenties when “nation” was not a dirty word, and has not yet morphed its name into something more fitting with its current maniinfestation of Third World Revolution against Whites, features a drawing in color of demonstrators , apparently screaming at the Trumpism of the last week or so.

    Prominent in the front ranks are blacks, muzzies, and not quite identifiable by yours truly, figures of mexicans and asians…all with their jaws wide open signifying speech maybe, but more like animal vocalizations…given their postures and contorted features. There appear to be a few whites in the background…back of the bus where they belong, only to be killed later.

    Mother Jones is more restrained but probably more deadly. They have a calendar for January and February featuring two aryan kids, boy and girl about ten years old, draped in Trump shirts too big for them. They too have their mouths open, but not very wide.

    I guess these kids are slated for execution, just as the OT instructs “to kill them all, even their little ones.”

    The Left is dead, and long live The Wretched Darkies of the Earth, who will rise up and kill Whites, as many of the Black Lives niggers have been screaming. And, to take over
    white homes…Liberation! Just like Haiti…25,000 French, women, men and children, butchered by bad niggas in about 1803, the 1789 lunacy flung overseas to incite the Haitian slaves, probably only a couple years away from emancipation anyway, given the Universal Human Rights and other claims of 1789. They killed all the whites. in Haiti. Since then, Haiti has had about 150 governments/dictators. Haitian IQ is 67, same as Africa generally.

    The Revolution not only ate its own children in the Terror, but exported….murdered… in Haiti…ordinary French, or the Slave owing class and their confreres. Total race war.
    _________

    This is all Good of course, for Whites. The soccer moms watch with mouths agape, their husbands fidgeting with the TV set, getting back to nigger ball today, for example. Whites see these lunatics, including some white crazies. Only thing to do is get armed and get behind Trump, despite his few warts.

    In History, things can happen very rapidly, like the pot coming to a boil slowly and then boiling over. When the cops are unleashed by Trump, and start killing wild niggers, etc. when they are looting or threatening with deadly force, or just preparing to do so…(.the right of self-defense is such that you as potential victim, can throw the first blow, or shoot first and shoot until the threat is no longer moving. ) Let the niggers riot. And let them be killed by the thousands. Ditto the White anarchists. Shoot these white race-traitors multiple times, double what the nigger gets.

    If the Mexicans get into it and sooner or later they will….same thing. Start the cleansing. Make America White Again, No Fascism, no romance of A New Society, just a restoration of Whiteness . Ethnic Cleansing by the millions, even if it takes 50 years or so. It can be done, as Europe was scourged by ethnic cleansing during the War, the Ideological war of White against White. This was not killing, it was moving people around, particularly by the communists.

    The Left murders, always has, and the historic Right has risen only after getting shot at, from person on person, or state on state. We need to change this pattern. Whatever the Enemy wants to do to you, do it to them first. This is not nuclear war. It is civil war fought with small arms, words, jails, and as much restraint as objectively permitted.

    They hate us. And the White youngsters, so many of them, drunk on their altruism, or simply resentments of their white betters, need to be shot down as well. Like Reagan said back about 1972 or so in the context of Berzerkeley riots over the Cambodia invasion (?) and which I also protested peacefully against, “if there is going to be blood in the streets let’s, do it now and get it over with.” That is what I think I recall, and at the time I granted that Reagan had a point.

    Joe Webb

  46. Fred, Trump just wants Mexico to give us the same respect they gave Castro’s Cuba. Is that too much to ask?

  47. I agree with the comments on NAFTA. As long as America was receiving cheap goods at Costco, who gave a damn. But see Latinos dating white surfer girls, that’s bad!

    By the way, his Führer is talking about a free trade deal with the British. That makes sense, baby diapers, tea and door mats galore.!

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
    That is because Fred is a moron. He obviously had his head up his ass when Pat Buchanan, Pat Choate, Ross Perot, and Dick Gephardt (the House minority leader) fought against it and almost defeated it if not for Clinton's making promises to Mexico first Democrat congressmen to get the necessary votes in the House.

    In addition, the United Steel Workers of America sued, arguing that it was a treaty subject to 2/3 of the Senate for ratification. Some idiot judge bought the garbage that it was about trade and only needed congressional approval. NAFTA is first and foremost a property rights agreement between the US, Mexico, and Canada. Trade and tariffs don't need 2100 pages. US truck drivers have been against it forever due to the agreement allowing Mexican trucks the ability to enter the US. I have seen a few on the road and they are a danger to US safety.

    The idea that Americans supported it is total BS.
  48. The retardation and chutzpah of the new administration is sadly rapidly reaching levels unheard of even in the last 8 years. I am very disappoint.

    [MORE]

    New UN Ambassador Threatens Russia Over Ukraine Violence, Demands ‘Return of Crimea’

    Daniel McAdams Posted on February 2, 2017

    What a week in US foreign policy! First President Trump approves a commando raid in Yemen that was a total fiasco, leaving one US soldier and scores of innocent women and children dead. Then Trump’s Iran-obsessed National Security Advisor, Gen. Michael Flynn, hijacks a White House Press conference to put Iran “on notice” over its legal testing of a missile and the false claim that it is involved in the Yemen war.

    But today marks an own-goal hat trick! Today, President Trump’s Ambassador to the United Nations, former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley used her first appearance before the UN Security Council to condemn Russia for the renewed violence in eastern Ukraine.

    Haley told the Security Council:

    I consider it unfortunate that the occasion of my first appearance is one in which I must condemn the aggressive actions of Russia. It is unfortunate because it is a replay of too many instances over many years in which United States representatives have had to do that.

    What were the “aggressive actions of Russia”? She did not say. Does she accuse Russia of another “invasion” of Ukraine, as Obama’s mouthpieces endlessly claimed without proof? What exactly did she mean?

    But it got even stranger.

    Haley went on to tell the Council that US sanctions on Russia would not be lifted until Crimea is returned to Ukraine:

    The United States continues to condemn and call for an immediate end to the Russian occupation of Crimea. Crimea is a part of Ukraine. Our Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns control over the peninsula to Ukraine.

    That’s quite different from what President Trump has been saying. Asked in July whether the US would end US sanctions on Russia and recognize that Crimea is Russian, President Trump — Haley’s boss — said, “Yes. We would be looking at that.”

    Is this a new policy? Should we not be hearing such a dramatic shift from Trump? Or at least Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, now ensconced in Foggy Bottom?

    While Ambassador Haley blames the Russians for the re-start of fighting in eastern Ukraine, the real cause may be a bit closer to home. Violence in eastern Ukraine began flaring up not long after a New Year’s Day visit to the front lines in Ukraine by Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), where the two Senators encouraged the Kiev forces to renew their war against the separatist east.

    Graham told Ukraine’s 36th Separate Marine Brigade:

    I admire the fact that you will fight for your homeland. Your fight is our fight. 2017 will be the year of offense. All of us will go back to Washington and we will push the case against Russia. Enough of a Russian aggression. It is time for them to pay a heavier price. Our fight is not with the Russian people but with Putin. Our promise to you is to take your cause to Washington, inform the American people of your bravery and make the case against Putin to the world.

    Not to be outdone, McCain urged the Ukrainian army and president to renew the war:

    I believe you will win. I am convinced you will win and we will do everything we can to provide you with what you need to win. We have succeeded not because of equipment but because of your courage. So I thank you and the world is watching and the world is watching because we cannot allow Vladimir Putin to succeed here because if he succeeds here, he will succeed in other countries.

    McCain and Graham actually appeared in a video distributed by Ukrainian President Poroshenko encouraging Kiev forces to attack. Watch this shocking video here.

    The areas around Avdiivka in eastern Ukraine have been bombarded by Kiev forces for the last several days and elsewhere in Donetsk grad missiles are raining down. And even the US government’s own propaganda mouthpiece, RFE-RL has admitted that the violence in Ukraine is the result of Kiev’s forces engaged in a “creeping offensive” against eastern Ukraine — in clear violation of the Minsk II accords.

    Yet Trump’s Ambassador to the United Nations took her first appearance before the Security Council to place all of the blame on Moscow’s doorstep. With all evidence to the contrary. Just like her predecessor, the warmongering Samantha Power.

    If President Trump is serious about wanting to improve relations with Russia, this is a curious way to go about doing it. If his appointments are not serving his intended policy well it is not too early to make some re-adjustments. He made a name for himself uttering the line, “you’re fired!” Might be time to start dusting the phrase off. We can provide the list.

    Starting one’s presidency threatening war on Iran and condemning Russia for an offensive in which it is not involved is not the best way to re-assure the war-weary Americans who voted for Trump over Hillary the hawk.

    What a week…and it’s only Thursday. What might happen next?

    Daniel McAdams is director of the The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity. Reprinted from The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity.

  49. @Randal

    In this respect, current Presidents are as autonomous as Roman emperors, having established that they can wage war at will. Whether the country wants to go to war makes no difference.
     
    This is only true so long as they have either the US establishment or US popular opinion firmly behind them, and neither of those strongly against them.

    I doubt this applies to Trump waging a war, other than against IS, in most foreseeable circumstances. Imo, he will be utterly destroyed and probably impeached if he voluntarily goes to war against anyone other than IS, unless the pro-war propaganda machine can manufacture consent to a degree not seen since the runup to the attack on Iraq in 2003. That would require a Pearl Harbor-like pretext, I think, and people are more alert to the kinds of provocations required to provoke such an act today.

    Imo, he will be utterly destroyed and probably impeached if he voluntarily goes to war against anyone other than IS

    Then surely the Chinese and Iranians perceive that he is a “paper tiger.”

    • Replies: @Randal
    For issues where war is the only effective policy option and the military the only tool, then perhaps so.

    Then again, such issues tend to be those in which the US regime is poking its nose unreasonably into other peoples' business, or trying to sustain its own anachronistic full spectrum dominance, and it's no loss to the world, and certainly not to the American people as a whole - quite the contrary - if it is forced to back down on those issues.
  50. @Poupon Marx
    Fred suffers terrible blind spots on some issues, and this one is glaring. Trump, merely by being ASSERTIVE in these desperate times of the Nation teetering on the precipice of disappearing and dissolution, Fred pillories Trump for saying we won't be economically raped, disrespected, abused, or cheated anymore.

    Take a walk Fred, quit drinking so much tequila, and get out more.

    Fred is losing credibility for his poor pugilistic and simplistic writing style and HIS adolescent name calling and carping. Contrast this doggerel with Ilana Mercer, who sees things a LOT more clearly, logically, rationally, and with a lot more depth.

    One piece like this, and Fred goes IGNORE and IGNOMINY.

    Ilana is a neocon; Fred’s an affable crank.

  51. Ultimata are dangerous. They are insulting. They leave no room for preservation of dignity by compromise, by finding a way to give in without seeming to. They are a way to look for a fight.

    Fundamental wisdom – what you might call “diplomacy 101″. But then what happens if you issue an ultimatum, they call your bluff .. and nothing happens?

    As a little kid, my mother always told me “never make threat if you are not ready to carry it out!” she was thinking of her school teacher who couldn’t control her class and always made empty threats. It was damn good advice.

    Mind you, we better hope that these threats of Donald’s are empty but, if so, it’s not very promising is it. With his vast business experience – often with stronger opponents – you’d think he’d know better.

    Perhaps he does and Fred and I are missing something – even this is better than Hillary; well, so far.

  52. I love old Fred but he has finally gone off the deep end. A guy finally wins the White House by a miracle, a guy who loves our country, a guy who – while inexperienced and prone to faux pas – at least has some God damn balls and common sense, and Fred just has to find a reason to piss all over him. Hey, Fred, I like Mexico, too. I like the common people. But you and I both know it is a completely corrupt, rotten state. You know and I know that the Mexican upper class has connived with the likes of the Bushes to screw our people and their people. Never let your justified affection for another people and country cloud your vision.

    • Agree: Rurik
    • Replies: @L.K
    Chris Bridges: "But you and I both know it is a completely corrupt, rotten state"

    What a perfect description of the Zamerican state! Totally corrupt, rotten and criminally insane!
    Look in the mirror first, Mr., b4 throwing stones.
    Mexico - and Latin America in general - has been screwed over by ZUSA for over a century. As for the Mexican elite conniving with the Zamerican deep state, that is precisely how the ZUS Empire works, and not just in Mexico and Latin America, but throughout the world. ZUSA's deep state, the people who really have long ruled the country, co-opt the worst elements of other countries elites to be their clients over those who want to work for their countrymen's best interests. The latter have always been systematically sabotaged by ZUSA, with countless overthrows of all types over the years.
    In Ellen Brown's excellent "Web of Debt", a bit of the history of Mexico/ZUSA is told in chapter 22.
    Many here would do well to read this chapter.
    In fact, US Imperialism began in the Americas, not in the middle East, Asia or wherever.
    If the 1% in ZUSA has been looting even white working and middle class zamericans, what the hell do you people think they have been doing to those "third world" countries Zusa lords over??
    For those – few obviously – who may wish to understand US Imperialism in Latin America, how Latin America served as a laboratory for global US Imperialism and the generally very negative effects this has had on the region, see Historian Greg Grandin’s ‘Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism’:
    https://www.amazon.com/Empires-Workshop-America-Imperialism-American/dp/0805083235/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1474134396&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=devils+workshop+grandin

    The British and Roman empires are often invoked as precedents to the Bush administration's aggressive foreign policy. But America's imperial identity was actually shaped much closer to home. In a brilliant excavation of long-obscured history, Empire's Workshop shows how Latin America has functioned as a proving ground for American strategies and tactics overseas. Historian Greg Grandin follows the United States' imperial operations from Jefferson's aspirations for an "empire of liberty" in Cuba and Spanish Florida to Reagan's support for brutally oppressive but U.S.-friendly regimes in Central America. He traces the origins of Bush's current policies back to Latin America, where many of the administration's leading lights first embraced the deployment of military power to advance free market economics and enlisted the evangelical movement in support of their ventures.

     

    Or see Ted Snider's good summary "The End of Obama’s Term: A Report Card on Latin America" http://original.antiwar.com/Ted_Snider/2016/10/31/end-obamas-term-report-card-latin-america/

    As the end of Obama’s term in office approaches, it may be of interest to evaluate his performance on Latin America. One of Obama’s foreign policy promises at the beginning of his first term was to change the way America does business with Latin America.
    The promise to change the way America does business in its backyard was a significant one because the way America has played in its backyard has a long and consistently appalling history. The history of interference and regime change began early when President McKinley betrayed Cuba and stole it under the deceptive promise of liberating it from Spain[...]
     
  53. @Stephen R. Diamond

    Imo, he will be utterly destroyed and probably impeached if he voluntarily goes to war against anyone other than IS
     
    Then surely the Chinese and Iranians perceive that he is a "paper tiger."

    For issues where war is the only effective policy option and the military the only tool, then perhaps so.

    Then again, such issues tend to be those in which the US regime is poking its nose unreasonably into other peoples’ business, or trying to sustain its own anachronistic full spectrum dominance, and it’s no loss to the world, and certainly not to the American people as a whole – quite the contrary – if it is forced to back down on those issues.

  54. Feb 3, 2017 How Trump Filled The Swamp

    With promises to “drain the swamp!” still ringing in our ears, we have watched Trump appoint nothing but Goldman banksters, Soros stooges, neocon war hawks and police state zealots to head his cabinet.

  55. @Cortes
    "kike" (pronounced kee-kay) is a classic nickname in Spanish speaking countries. Check out the guy who plays for Atletico Madrid, for example.

    Moreover the word "kike" apparently derived from the Irish word for "ringlet" (of hair) as sported by Orthodox male Jews late XIX/early XX century in NYC - see Daniel Cassidy's "The Secret Language of the Crossroads: How the Irish Invented Slang." A descriptive just became a pejorative. Happens all the time. Think "Muslim "...or "Mexican ".

    If Reed lives in Mexico and can read Proceso and speak fluent (coarse) spanish, he knows how to spell “Quique” (short for Enrique). His choice of Kike is deliberate.

  56. Fred, I’m normally a fan of yours, but…

    You are aware that the Mexican government gave illegal aliens guides on how to get into the US, right?

    https://www.amren.com/archives/reports/guide-for-the-mexican-migrant/

  57. @Veritatis
    If Reed lives in Mexico and can read Proceso and speak fluent (coarse) spanish, he knows how to spell "Quique" (short for Enrique). His choice of Kike is deliberate.

    Go complain to the UN.

  58. @Willem Hendrik
    Lol
    No way I want to live in the USA.
    I'm doing just fine in the Netherlands.

    Would like to go skiing in Colorado sometime though. Supposedly excellent powdery snow.
    That's about it, I see no further atraction to the USA, besides the political fun.

    Never been there, but the USA has or had some tasty-sounding calory-heavy junk food, even early McDonalds, read an SF story abt. ten years ago, the chain has collapsed but in a shop in Appalachia, some guy has made a shop doing the original menu.

    Chips fried in beef dripping, they sound delicious.

    Suppose the burgers were never much good.

    I recall eating at a branch in Malaysia, pre-Golden Arches, different logo, not much good.

    In the story, a man takes his daughter (a prediction of Lady Gaga, with implanted horns) to this recreation of early MacD., she hates everything, but calms down in the end.

    The version of southern fried chicken, in gravy, created by Chinese immigrants, popular in some southern parts, also sounds well worth tasting.

    Many others, I hear, a good old-fashioned Louisiana gumbo for one.

    … and authentic US clam chowder, which I think I have experienced. Delicious.

    Soul-food for another, but not being of African descent, if I ever am having the chance to being in America, thanks to BLM, I would not to daring to be in such places.

    For Fred, the US hybrid version of Mexican cuisine sounds like it is pretty delicious at times, as does the real thing.

    It is always disppointing in Japan, not putrid, but not much good.

    After eating any of those US delicacies, a rabbit diet for a few days would be essential.

    Fred, I agree, the Trump cabinet is dangerous. Particular vis a vis Israel (where they are a bunch of suckholes), China and Iran (where they are a bunch of arseholes).

    Forget not that born-to-rule Hillary was much worse.

    • Replies: @Willem Hendrik
    Ha, I was thought English by a former U.S. Marine, believe it or not. And have been in the USA after gulf war1, had a few great steaks there. But that country is too big to see in a couple of days, or few weeks. I'm sure most folks are hard working, decent people. Like everywhere else.
    And the politcal elite are bastards. also like everywhere else.
    But we can have fun observing, speculating and denouncing them!
    , @Stealth

    Soul-food for another, but not being of African descent, if I ever am having the chance to being in America, thanks to BLM, I would not to daring to be in such places.
     
    There are plenty of soul food restaurants that are regularly patronized by white customers. Do your homework, though; ask a local which ones are safe. Also, a good rule of thumb is to avoid any eatery that's actually in the hood. The ones along the highway are a better choice.
  59. damn, reading all the comments. almost all the attacks on fred are personal, non of which used the points made in the article.

    a testament to how good fred’s articles are? kakake.

  60. @Fin of a Cobra

    Does Presidente Peña Nieto go to a penitentiary and say, “You, Pepe, and Kike and, yeah, you, Luis, take these bus tickets, you criminal bastardos, and go to the United States and wreak havoc”?
     
    The juxtaposed Mexican nicknames "Pepe" and "Kike" were a bit of a provocation, were they not Fred? Are they code words, a nod to the alt-right? Wouldn't they be more apropos at the Daily Stormer, where there is an article titled "Jews hate Pepe"? And of course the Pepe the Frog meme is associated with Trump himself, who "retweeted a Pepe representation of himself", according to Wikipedia.

    Let me try to parse between the lines of your "argument" here, Fred. I'm trying to figure out what you are really trying to say, because I don't think you're being straightforward with your criticism.

    You describe Trump as "dangerous", "insulting", "truculent", "bully", "combative", "erratic", "lout", "hostile", "vindictive", "petulant", "self-interested", "childish", "adolescent", "unpredictable" and "warlike".

    You use a whole piñata full of adjectives, Fred, but the one that you really wanted to burst out is the one implied by the oblique "Pepe" reference: RACIST.

    What you really want to say is that Trump is white nationalist scum, the uncontested leader of the whole basket of deplorables, someone who only treats Mexicans so unceremoniously because of his unbearable racism of being.

    Yes, what you really want to say is that Trump attacks Mexicans because they are brown; he threatens the Chinese because they are yellow; and he brutally assaults the Iranians and Muslims in general because they are also brown. And the only reason he's been signaling a truce with the Russians is because they are white (enough).

    Why didn't you just come out and say these things? Maybe because calling someone the "R" word would be a bit too much and you just didn't want to go there? I don't know. But it just seems as though you just don't tell it like it is and so we have to read and reread the hidden code words to figure out what the message is really about…

    Since when are Iranians “brown”?

  61. @joe webb
    since fred on nothing much luvs the mexers so much, he might buy the two magazines I just wrote up....the Left abandoning whites and cheerleading the third worlders intent on killing Yanquis right now...Black Lives , etc.

    -: Sunday, February 5, 2017 7:44 PM
    Subject: Fw: The left magazines Mother Jones, and The Nation. current issues carry drawings and photos of the Revolution. They are both totally racialized.


    ----- Forwarded Message -----
    From: joe webb
    To: Joe Webb
    Sent: Sunday, February 5, 2017 7:41 PM

    Subject: The left magazines Mother Jones, and The Nation. current issues carry drawings and photos of the Revolution. They are both totally racialized.

    Thus the Left comes to the apparent near end of its trajectory over the last 50 years or so of abandonment of White workers, both in Europe and in the US, Canada, etc. Race has replaced Class. Race traitors replace old-fashioned traitors of not long ago, US communists working for Moscow and not all jewish either.

    The cover on the current Nation magazine, a magazine that goes way back to the teens or twenties when "nation" was not a dirty word, and has not yet morphed its name into something more fitting with its current maniinfestation of Third World Revolution against Whites, features a drawing in color of demonstrators , apparently screaming at the Trumpism of the last week or so.

    Prominent in the front ranks are blacks, muzzies, and not quite identifiable by yours truly, figures of mexicans and asians...all with their jaws wide open signifying speech maybe, but more like animal vocalizations...given their postures and contorted features. There appear to be a few whites in the background...back of the bus where they belong, only to be killed later.

    Mother Jones is more restrained but probably more deadly. They have a calendar for January and February featuring two aryan kids, boy and girl about ten years old, draped in Trump shirts too big for them. They too have their mouths open, but not very wide.

    I guess these kids are slated for execution, just as the OT instructs "to kill them all, even their little ones."

    The Left is dead, and long live The Wretched Darkies of the Earth, who will rise up and kill Whites, as many of the Black Lives niggers have been screaming. And, to take over
    white homes...Liberation! Just like Haiti...25,000 French, women, men and children, butchered by bad niggas in about 1803, the 1789 lunacy flung overseas to incite the Haitian slaves, probably only a couple years away from emancipation anyway, given the Universal Human Rights and other claims of 1789. They killed all the whites. in Haiti. Since then, Haiti has had about 150 governments/dictators. Haitian IQ is 67, same as Africa generally.

    The Revolution not only ate its own children in the Terror, but exported....murdered... in Haiti...ordinary French, or the Slave owing class and their confreres. Total race war.
    _________

    This is all Good of course, for Whites. The soccer moms watch with mouths agape, their husbands fidgeting with the TV set, getting back to nigger ball today, for example. Whites see these lunatics, including some white crazies. Only thing to do is get armed and get behind Trump, despite his few warts.

    In History, things can happen very rapidly, like the pot coming to a boil slowly and then boiling over. When the cops are unleashed by Trump, and start killing wild niggers, etc. when they are looting or threatening with deadly force, or just preparing to do so...(.the right of self-defense is such that you as potential victim, can throw the first blow, or shoot first and shoot until the threat is no longer moving. ) Let the niggers riot. And let them be killed by the thousands. Ditto the White anarchists. Shoot these white race-traitors multiple times, double what the nigger gets.

    If the Mexicans get into it and sooner or later they will....same thing. Start the cleansing. Make America White Again, No Fascism, no romance of A New Society, just a restoration of Whiteness . Ethnic Cleansing by the millions, even if it takes 50 years or so. It can be done, as Europe was scourged by ethnic cleansing during the War, the Ideological war of White against White. This was not killing, it was moving people around, particularly by the communists.

    The Left murders, always has, and the historic Right has risen only after getting shot at, from person on person, or state on state. We need to change this pattern. Whatever the Enemy wants to do to you, do it to them first. This is not nuclear war. It is civil war fought with small arms, words, jails, and as much restraint as objectively permitted.

    They hate us. And the White youngsters, so many of them, drunk on their altruism, or simply resentments of their white betters, need to be shot down as well. Like Reagan said back about 1972 or so in the context of Berzerkeley riots over the Cambodia invasion (?) and which I also protested peacefully against, "if there is going to be blood in the streets let's, do it now and get it over with." That is what I think I recall, and at the time I granted that Reagan had a point.

    Joe Webb

    Put down the bottle!

  62. Perhaps “Mexico” puts stamps on criminals and drops them off at the post office.

    Perhaps “Mexico” does, Fred; perhaps “it” does.

  63. Hi Fred,

    Except for you propagating the “MYTH, “While the US would “win” a conventional war, assuming that it remained conventional,” as usual I found the expose illuminating.

    I would argue if the USA or any NATION were to invade any nation that possesses adequate manpower and reproductive logistical support they could not WIN a conventional war.
    (Trench Warfare) WWI

    What makes the USA a danger to humanity is this “MYTH” of US military might.

    As I see it, currently battle lines have been drawn (not by the USA or NATO) but by Russia (Syria and Ukraine), China (South China Sea) and now Iran revealing its long range missile capabilities.
    WWIII (Conventional War: No Winner) // Nuclear War: We all Lose)

    In 21st century conventional warfare, what happens to all those worldwide USA military bases?
    Are they not “Sitting Ducks”? Will they be “Target Practice” for long range guided missiles?

    What about USA naval power thousands of miles from home?
    What happens when their supply chains are cut off?

    All I ask of my fellow citizens is to look at a map of the world. Focus on the USA.

    We are flanked on our left and right by two massive oceans, with no military threat from the bordering nations to our north and south.

    Logistically, no nation in there right mind would dare or be capable of attacking the USA.

    Old Smokey said: Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires! In this case WWIII.

    JoeC

  64. I too am getting worried about Trump’s aggressive stance toward China, Iran, and Russia.

    This is concerning and is not what I bargained for in supporting him over Clinton.

    The man needs someone to settle him down and fast.

    He was elected to put America first–not to start picking fights right out of the gate.

    • Replies: @Randal
    You have to wonder sometimes, does Trump actually understand, even after the big wins he scored with his breaking of the Republican taboo on openly recognising the disaster that was the Iraq war, quite how much he is reliant on the voters who gave him the benefit of the doubt only because of his anti-war stances? It's not that they are necessarily all that large a share of the vote, but more that given the permanent enmity he faces from the globalist and social liberal sections of the media and political establishments he absolutely cannot afford for his slim winning coalition to dip far below its already marginal percentages, because the GOP establishment types in Congress are only waiting for that to happen to collaborate with the Democrats on some jumped up impeachment vote. Only fear of the electoral consequences for themselves if they cross the line is holding them in check.

    It's understandable that he has some militarist nutters in his cabinet (though a criminal like Elliott Abrams would likely be a neocon too far, I think) because the foreign policy/defence pool of sensible people in the US is far too shallow to make up a full top level cabinet that is credible and could get confirmations past the warmongers in Congress. But I have to keep reminding myself not to judge his regime by words, but rather wait for the deeds, because some of the words are so concerning.

    Time will tell.
    , @MarkinLA
    Well look at that O'Reilly interview. Trump was trying to stay diplomatic about Russia but O'Reilly kept trying to push him into a corner. Trump is walking a fine line. Most Americans simply don't believe it when you talk about all the crap the US has done either directly or covertly.

    How many Americans even thought about what that Navy SEAL getting killed in Yemen really meant?

    I remember reading an article once by an ex-CIA covert operator during all those dirty war times in Latin America. He became disgusted because his job at the CIA was finding out who all the left wing agitators were. He found out that this information was being secretly passed on to the government security services and these people mysteriously were never seen again. So many of them were just dumb kids making signs and printing flyers. How many Americans know that history of our government?
  65. the best Trump moment yet. Just saw it but it might have been a few days ago, on O’Reilly and his Spin Stops Here, Fox News.

    interviewing T. O’Reilly bloviates on Putin, “but Putin is a killer.” T. as I remember it : “so what, there are plenty of killers out there, and we are not so pure either.”

    Which might shed some light on T.’s view of Israel as well as his disenchantment with neocon Wars for the Jews.

    A real counterpunch to the Jew loving Fox News who , like everybody else trying to go to war with Russia, is just a jew-tool. They hate Russia because Russia said goodbye to the jew power. Starting with Stalin actually.

    Joe Webb

  66. Feb 5, 2017 Trump’s New World Order

    The new boss is starting to look a bit like the old bosses…

  67. @lavoisier
    I too am getting worried about Trump's aggressive stance toward China, Iran, and Russia.

    This is concerning and is not what I bargained for in supporting him over Clinton.

    The man needs someone to settle him down and fast.

    He was elected to put America first--not to start picking fights right out of the gate.

    You have to wonder sometimes, does Trump actually understand, even after the big wins he scored with his breaking of the Republican taboo on openly recognising the disaster that was the Iraq war, quite how much he is reliant on the voters who gave him the benefit of the doubt only because of his anti-war stances? It’s not that they are necessarily all that large a share of the vote, but more that given the permanent enmity he faces from the globalist and social liberal sections of the media and political establishments he absolutely cannot afford for his slim winning coalition to dip far below its already marginal percentages, because the GOP establishment types in Congress are only waiting for that to happen to collaborate with the Democrats on some jumped up impeachment vote. Only fear of the electoral consequences for themselves if they cross the line is holding them in check.

    It’s understandable that he has some militarist nutters in his cabinet (though a criminal like Elliott Abrams would likely be a neocon too far, I think) because the foreign policy/defence pool of sensible people in the US is far too shallow to make up a full top level cabinet that is credible and could get confirmations past the warmongers in Congress. But I have to keep reminding myself not to judge his regime by words, but rather wait for the deeds, because some of the words are so concerning.

    Time will tell.

    • Replies: @woodNfish
    Yes, time will tell if you give him any to try and turn things around. So far you and idiots like Fred Reed won't give Trump any time to do anything and ignore the fact he has been working non-stop since his inauguration exactly 17 days ago. 17 DAYS! His fucking cabinet isn't even fully installed yet and you whining backstabbers can't lay off!

    You people really need to take you meds and chill.
    , @lavoisier
    I agree with what you are saying. Trump was elected to put America first, and that means no more wars over things that are really not in our sphere of interest. If Israel wants to take on Iran, let them do so. It is not our fight.

    I am more than a little concerned with the saber rattling.

    He has to start acting more presidential and less like a schoolyard bully.
  68. @Randal
    You have to wonder sometimes, does Trump actually understand, even after the big wins he scored with his breaking of the Republican taboo on openly recognising the disaster that was the Iraq war, quite how much he is reliant on the voters who gave him the benefit of the doubt only because of his anti-war stances? It's not that they are necessarily all that large a share of the vote, but more that given the permanent enmity he faces from the globalist and social liberal sections of the media and political establishments he absolutely cannot afford for his slim winning coalition to dip far below its already marginal percentages, because the GOP establishment types in Congress are only waiting for that to happen to collaborate with the Democrats on some jumped up impeachment vote. Only fear of the electoral consequences for themselves if they cross the line is holding them in check.

    It's understandable that he has some militarist nutters in his cabinet (though a criminal like Elliott Abrams would likely be a neocon too far, I think) because the foreign policy/defence pool of sensible people in the US is far too shallow to make up a full top level cabinet that is credible and could get confirmations past the warmongers in Congress. But I have to keep reminding myself not to judge his regime by words, but rather wait for the deeds, because some of the words are so concerning.

    Time will tell.

    Yes, time will tell if you give him any to try and turn things around. So far you and idiots like Fred Reed won’t give Trump any time to do anything and ignore the fact he has been working non-stop since his inauguration exactly 17 days ago. 17 DAYS! His fucking cabinet isn’t even fully installed yet and you whining backstabbers can’t lay off!

    You people really need to take you meds and chill.

    • Agree: Alden
    • Replies: @Randal

    You people really need to take you meds and chill.
     
    No, you need to read my posts more carefully before going off the deep end. Giving the Trump regime time and judging it by deeds and not words is precisely what I've been arguing for here.

    But I'm not going to try to pretend that a lot of the words haven't been concerning, because I'm not a mere apologist for the man, even though I supported his election and still back him over the alternatives that were on offer.
  69. More anti-Trump garbage rant from Reed because TRUMP HAS BEEN IN OFFICE 17 DAYS AND THE WORLD ISN”T PERFECT YET!!!!!!!

    Dumbass.

  70. @Mao Cheng Ji
    Sounds like war with Russia is still on schedule, though:
    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-un-ukraine-idUSKBN15H2TS

    Nikki Haley (the new UN ambassador) just blamed Russia for the escalation in Donbas, even though the Kiev regime is clearly responsible. And this time there is no excuse, this is not a senate confirmation hearing, this is the administration's position. Extremely disappointing...

    Absolutely right. Only difference is, Trump is using his hired thugs (Haley, Tillerson and Flynn) to do the Putin bashing while he “stands above it all” and pretends he’s on the other side.

    Trump must have studied Obama very carefully.

    On the good side, at least we found out quickly we just hired another neocon thug.

    God help us. No, on second thought, God, don’t bother.

    • Replies: @Mao Cheng Ji

    On the good side, at least we found out quickly we just hired another neocon thug.
     
    Not yet, unless I've missed the announcement. So far, it's still 'reportedly being considered'...
  71. “We seem to have as President an unpredictable warlike draft dodger…who cannot distinguish between his personal grudges and foreign policy.”

    Funny, that sort of reminds me of the previous Republican to occupy the White House. I’m willing to wager, however, that unlike the former President Shrub, who was able to persuade a good number of clueless congressional Democrats and CIA careerists to go along with his stupid war in Iraq, if Trump was to get hot to go to war somewhere he’d actually be blocked by institutional resistance. He is crazy, after all.

    Between that fact and the Democrats’ newfound fondness for restraining the executive and respecting the separation of powers, I’d say there’s an excellent argument for abolishing the presidential term limit and re-electing Trump for the rest of his life.

  72. @Randal
    You have to wonder sometimes, does Trump actually understand, even after the big wins he scored with his breaking of the Republican taboo on openly recognising the disaster that was the Iraq war, quite how much he is reliant on the voters who gave him the benefit of the doubt only because of his anti-war stances? It's not that they are necessarily all that large a share of the vote, but more that given the permanent enmity he faces from the globalist and social liberal sections of the media and political establishments he absolutely cannot afford for his slim winning coalition to dip far below its already marginal percentages, because the GOP establishment types in Congress are only waiting for that to happen to collaborate with the Democrats on some jumped up impeachment vote. Only fear of the electoral consequences for themselves if they cross the line is holding them in check.

    It's understandable that he has some militarist nutters in his cabinet (though a criminal like Elliott Abrams would likely be a neocon too far, I think) because the foreign policy/defence pool of sensible people in the US is far too shallow to make up a full top level cabinet that is credible and could get confirmations past the warmongers in Congress. But I have to keep reminding myself not to judge his regime by words, but rather wait for the deeds, because some of the words are so concerning.

    Time will tell.

    I agree with what you are saying. Trump was elected to put America first, and that means no more wars over things that are really not in our sphere of interest. If Israel wants to take on Iran, let them do so. It is not our fight.

    I am more than a little concerned with the saber rattling.

    He has to start acting more presidential and less like a schoolyard bully.

  73. @woodNfish
    Yes, time will tell if you give him any to try and turn things around. So far you and idiots like Fred Reed won't give Trump any time to do anything and ignore the fact he has been working non-stop since his inauguration exactly 17 days ago. 17 DAYS! His fucking cabinet isn't even fully installed yet and you whining backstabbers can't lay off!

    You people really need to take you meds and chill.

    You people really need to take you meds and chill.

    No, you need to read my posts more carefully before going off the deep end. Giving the Trump regime time and judging it by deeds and not words is precisely what I’ve been arguing for here.

    But I’m not going to try to pretend that a lot of the words haven’t been concerning, because I’m not a mere apologist for the man, even though I supported his election and still back him over the alternatives that were on offer.

  74. Perhaps “Mexico” puts stamps on criminals and drops them off at the post office.

    Sarcasm not withstanding – there is a lot of corruption, criminality, and cruelty in the Mexican culture. When it comes to foreigners, the Mexican justice system is almost totally corrupt.

    It seems that they screwed the wrong guy – too bad.

    Peace — Art

    p.s. That old Dutch uncle – the Trumpster – is going to clean the Mexican swamp too. God speed Mr. Trumpster.

    p.s. Oh my’ the Trumpster is talking back to the Chinese government again. Is Mr. Reed giving succor to the totalitarian Chinese government, that feels that the Chinese people are inferior and incapable of self-rule.

    p.s. I have only flipped from pro-Trump to anti-Trump and back three times today. (So far.)

    • Replies: @L.K
    Hey Art,

    You often write good, simple comments, particularly re the zios and Israel.

    This is just not one of them.

    First of all, clearly, you, much like most of your countrymen, have no clue how bad ZUSA's deep state has fucked Mexico over, and Latin America in general. Just not a clue.

    Secondly, what is your beef with China? Their form of governance is their business, not that of ZUSA's.
    Worry about your own highly corrupt and people irresponsive regime & political system.
    That's what you gotta worry about... just saying..
  75. @DaveE
    Absolutely right. Only difference is, Trump is using his hired thugs (Haley, Tillerson and Flynn) to do the Putin bashing while he "stands above it all" and pretends he's on the other side.

    Trump must have studied Obama very carefully.

    On the good side, at least we found out quickly we just hired another neocon thug.

    God help us. No, on second thought, God, don't bother.

    On the good side, at least we found out quickly we just hired another neocon thug.

    Not yet, unless I’ve missed the announcement. So far, it’s still ‘reportedly being considered’…

  76. @Art
    Perhaps “Mexico” puts stamps on criminals and drops them off at the post office.

    Sarcasm not withstanding – there is a lot of corruption, criminality, and cruelty in the Mexican culture. When it comes to foreigners, the Mexican justice system is almost totally corrupt.

    It seems that they screwed the wrong guy – too bad.

    Peace --- Art

    p.s. That old Dutch uncle – the Trumpster - is going to clean the Mexican swamp too. God speed Mr. Trumpster.

    p.s. Oh my’ the Trumpster is talking back to the Chinese government again. Is Mr. Reed giving succor to the totalitarian Chinese government, that feels that the Chinese people are inferior and incapable of self-rule.

    p.s. I have only flipped from pro-Trump to anti-Trump and back three times today. (So far.)

    Hey Art,

    You often write good, simple comments, particularly re the zios and Israel.

    This is just not one of them.

    First of all, clearly, you, much like most of your countrymen, have no clue how bad ZUSA’s deep state has fucked Mexico over, and Latin America in general. Just not a clue.

    Secondly, what is your beef with China? Their form of governance is their business, not that of ZUSA’s.
    Worry about your own highly corrupt and people irresponsive regime & political system.
    That’s what you gotta worry about… just saying..

    • Replies: @Art

    First of all, clearly, you, much like most of your countrymen, have no clue how bad ZUSA’s deep state has fucked Mexico over, and Latin America in general. Just not a clue.

    Secondly, what is your beef with China? Their form of governance is their business, not that of ZUSA’s.
     
    As to Latin America – I agree - we have interfered way too much. With the 1960's Cuba missiles in mind – keeping a country from going commie, is something that can be quibbled about. My pique with Mexico is personal – I have known people who were screwed over by the Mexican courts. It was out and out raw naked extortion.

    As too China – they are a fine people - but I think that good caring people must make the point that they are not free. What is wrong with them? Only a free people can be truly great.

    Because of the Zionist Jew coercion of our countries - now is not a happy time to a democrat – we freedom loving democrats are losing - but we will prevail.

    Peace --- Art
  77. @Chris Bridges
    I love old Fred but he has finally gone off the deep end. A guy finally wins the White House by a miracle, a guy who loves our country, a guy who - while inexperienced and prone to faux pas - at least has some God damn balls and common sense, and Fred just has to find a reason to piss all over him. Hey, Fred, I like Mexico, too. I like the common people. But you and I both know it is a completely corrupt, rotten state. You know and I know that the Mexican upper class has connived with the likes of the Bushes to screw our people and their people. Never let your justified affection for another people and country cloud your vision.

    Chris Bridges: “But you and I both know it is a completely corrupt, rotten state”

    What a perfect description of the Zamerican state! Totally corrupt, rotten and criminally insane!
    Look in the mirror first, Mr., b4 throwing stones.
    Mexico – and Latin America in general – has been screwed over by ZUSA for over a century. As for the Mexican elite conniving with the Zamerican deep state, that is precisely how the ZUS Empire works, and not just in Mexico and Latin America, but throughout the world. ZUSA’s deep state, the people who really have long ruled the country, co-opt the worst elements of other countries elites to be their clients over those who want to work for their countrymen’s best interests. The latter have always been systematically sabotaged by ZUSA, with countless overthrows of all types over the years.
    In Ellen Brown’s excellent “Web of Debt”, a bit of the history of Mexico/ZUSA is told in chapter 22.
    Many here would do well to read this chapter.
    In fact, US Imperialism began in the Americas, not in the middle East, Asia or wherever.
    If the 1% in ZUSA has been looting even white working and middle class zamericans, what the hell do you people think they have been doing to those “third world” countries Zusa lords over??
    For those – few obviously – who may wish to understand US Imperialism in Latin America, how Latin America served as a laboratory for global US Imperialism and the generally very negative effects this has had on the region, see Historian Greg Grandin’s ‘Empire’s Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism’:

    https://www.amazon.com/Empires-Workshop-America-Imperialism-American/dp/0805083235/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1474134396&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=devils+workshop+grandin

    The British and Roman empires are often invoked as precedents to the Bush administration’s aggressive foreign policy. But America’s imperial identity was actually shaped much closer to home. In a brilliant excavation of long-obscured history, Empire’s Workshop shows how Latin America has functioned as a proving ground for American strategies and tactics overseas. Historian Greg Grandin follows the United States’ imperial operations from Jefferson’s aspirations for an “empire of liberty” in Cuba and Spanish Florida to Reagan’s support for brutally oppressive but U.S.-friendly regimes in Central America. He traces the origins of Bush’s current policies back to Latin America, where many of the administration’s leading lights first embraced the deployment of military power to advance free market economics and enlisted the evangelical movement in support of their ventures.

    Or see Ted Snider’s good summary “The End of Obama’s Term: A Report Card on Latin America” http://original.antiwar.com/Ted_Snider/2016/10/31/end-obamas-term-report-card-latin-america/

    As the end of Obama’s term in office approaches, it may be of interest to evaluate his performance on Latin America. One of Obama’s foreign policy promises at the beginning of his first term was to change the way America does business with Latin America.
    The promise to change the way America does business in its backyard was a significant one because the way America has played in its backyard has a long and consistently appalling history. The history of interference and regime change began early when President McKinley betrayed Cuba and stole it under the deceptive promise of liberating it from Spain[...]

    • Replies: @Skeptikal
    "In fact, US Imperialism began in the Americas, not in the middle East, Asia or wherever."

    Sounds pretty much like how Britain's imperial project really got going next door, in Ireland.
  78. @Che Guava
    Never been there, but the USA has or had some tasty-sounding calory-heavy junk food, even early McDonalds, read an SF story abt. ten years ago, the chain has collapsed but in a shop in Appalachia, some guy has made a shop doing the original menu.

    Chips fried in beef dripping, they sound delicious.

    Suppose the burgers were never much good.

    I recall eating at a branch in Malaysia, pre-Golden Arches, different logo, not much good.

    In the story, a man takes his daughter (a prediction of Lady Gaga, with implanted horns) to this recreation of early MacD., she hates everything, but calms down in the end.

    The version of southern fried chicken, in gravy, created by Chinese immigrants, popular in some southern parts, also sounds well worth tasting.

    Many others, I hear, a good old-fashioned Louisiana gumbo for one.

    ... and authentic US clam chowder, which I think I have experienced. Delicious.

    Soul-food for another, but not being of African descent, if I ever am having the chance to being in America, thanks to BLM, I would not to daring to be in such places.

    For Fred, the US hybrid version of Mexican cuisine sounds like it is pretty delicious at times, as does the real thing.

    It is always disppointing in Japan, not putrid, but not much good.

    After eating any of those US delicacies, a rabbit diet for a few days would be essential.

    Fred, I agree, the Trump cabinet is dangerous. Particular vis a vis Israel (where they are a bunch of suckholes), China and Iran (where they are a bunch of arseholes).

    Forget not that born-to-rule Hillary was much worse.

    Ha, I was thought English by a former U.S. Marine, believe it or not. And have been in the USA after gulf war1, had a few great steaks there. But that country is too big to see in a couple of days, or few weeks. I’m sure most folks are hard working, decent people. Like everywhere else.
    And the politcal elite are bastards. also like everywhere else.
    But we can have fun observing, speculating and denouncing them!

    • Replies: @Che Guava
    Appreciated reply.

    Like everywhere else.
     
    Less suscepible to programming,
    than most people I see,

    In that way I 'havin' to agree,

    I'm not like everybody else.

    Could stretching it with qualifications, but stopping the lame verse above. Truth there, too.
    ... but really,

    I'm not like anybody else.
  79. @Carlton Meyer
    I'm sure Mr. Reed would like to delete this nonsense he wrote:

    "While the US would “win” a conventional war, assuming that it remained conventional, the consequences would be unpredictable and the economic effects catastrophic."

    Does he think we can land 20 million soldiers on China's shores and capture Beijing and the Chinese would surrender? That's just nuts. At best we could blockade the coast and cause mass misery in Asia as thousands of American GIs die in a senseless conflict, while South Korea and Taiwan ally with their major trading partner -- China.

    I agree that we should not blame Mexico for its unwanteds migrating north. But they do issue IDs at consulates in the the USA to help illegals pretend to be legal.

    Yes, Trump has made and lost lots of money in his life, but that does not mean he hates Mexico. If making money was his goal, he wouldn't have run for president.

    C.M:

    I’m sure Mr. Reed would like to delete this nonsense he wrote:
    “While the US would “win” a conventional war, assuming that it remained conventional, the consequences would be unpredictable and the economic effects catastrophic.”

    I enjoyed the article and mostly agree with it but the above is indeed complete nonsense.

    ZUSA could not defeat a very backwards China in the Korean war, a China that had been torn by war – against the Japanese & civil war – since the 30s.

    • Replies: @anon
    The US had no interest in defeating China. Why would it, since Harry Hopkins and George Marshall had spent years ensuring the Chicoms would come out on top over the Nationalists?
    Remember Truman's comments after firing Macarthur for crossing the Yalu River?
    ''...I fired him because he was a dumb sonofabitch. Of course, that's not against the law for Generals. If it was, half to three quarters of them would be in jail.''
    , @Che Guava
    Good point, but the pre-Commie China's troubles go back to the nineteenth century in terms of (recent) invasion, Opium Wars by the Brits, then use of opium by us to enslave in the period from the end of what is called 'WWI' to 'WWII'. Bertolucci's The Last Emperor is quite accurate in terms of history.

    I repeat, it is a continuum, if taking the period from the outbreak of WWI to the armistice in Korea into account, it is well over 40 years.
  80. @Bragadocious
    So what if Trump has a beef with Mexico? At least he understands the country. This makes him a better, more informed President than Hillary, who gets her talking points about Mexico served to her by La Raza. Transparency International rates Mexican corruption as worse than several African countries, including Mali and Tanzania. Hey here's a novel thought: maybe Trump is right. And I notice Fred the expat cheerleader for Pena Nieto and the Mexican narcostate never talks about the cartels. Rather, he talks about "America's drug war." Those evil Yanquis and their meddling in the peaceful lives of Mexican heroin smugglers.

    “Those evil Yanquis and their meddling in the peaceful lives of Mexican heroin smugglers.”

    The peaceful Mexican heroin smugglers are supplying a market in the USA. The smugglers would have to find another job if the USA were able to handle its population’s drug problems.

    I have no idea how the latter could be accomplished—perhaps with less anomie and depression and more treatment—but widespread addiction causes the existence of drug smugglers, not the other way around.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
    It is true that people selling drugs do try and get people addicted.
    , @L.K
    You know, Skeptikal, when ignorant fools like this 'bragadocious' write stuff like:
    “Those evil Yanquis and their meddling in the peaceful lives of Mexican heroin smugglers.”, it really sort of makes me sick to my stomach.
    It reminds me of things such as this:
    US War In Afghanistan Is Fueling Global Heroin Epidemic & Enabling The Drug Trade
    http://www.mintpressnews.com/global-war-terror-created-heroin-epidemic-us-afghanistan/218662/

    The geopolitics behind the phony US war in Afghanistan by F. William Engdahl
    http://www.voltairenet.org/article162601.html

    The US military is in Afghanistan for two reasons. First to restore and control the world’s largest supply of opium for the world heroin markets and to use the drugs as a geopolitical weapon against opponents, especially Russia. That control of the Afghan drug market is essential for the liquidity of the bankrupt and corrupt Wall Street financial mafia.
     
    There are other reasons, of course, such as encircling Iran.
  81. @The Times
    I agree with the comments on NAFTA. As long as America was receiving cheap goods at Costco, who gave a damn. But see Latinos dating white surfer girls, that's bad!

    By the way, his Führer is talking about a free trade deal with the British. That makes sense, baby diapers, tea and door mats galore.!

    That is because Fred is a moron. He obviously had his head up his ass when Pat Buchanan, Pat Choate, Ross Perot, and Dick Gephardt (the House minority leader) fought against it and almost defeated it if not for Clinton’s making promises to Mexico first Democrat congressmen to get the necessary votes in the House.

    In addition, the United Steel Workers of America sued, arguing that it was a treaty subject to 2/3 of the Senate for ratification. Some idiot judge bought the garbage that it was about trade and only needed congressional approval. NAFTA is first and foremost a property rights agreement between the US, Mexico, and Canada. Trade and tariffs don’t need 2100 pages. US truck drivers have been against it forever due to the agreement allowing Mexican trucks the ability to enter the US. I have seen a few on the road and they are a danger to US safety.

    The idea that Americans supported it is total BS.

  82. @L.K
    Chris Bridges: "But you and I both know it is a completely corrupt, rotten state"

    What a perfect description of the Zamerican state! Totally corrupt, rotten and criminally insane!
    Look in the mirror first, Mr., b4 throwing stones.
    Mexico - and Latin America in general - has been screwed over by ZUSA for over a century. As for the Mexican elite conniving with the Zamerican deep state, that is precisely how the ZUS Empire works, and not just in Mexico and Latin America, but throughout the world. ZUSA's deep state, the people who really have long ruled the country, co-opt the worst elements of other countries elites to be their clients over those who want to work for their countrymen's best interests. The latter have always been systematically sabotaged by ZUSA, with countless overthrows of all types over the years.
    In Ellen Brown's excellent "Web of Debt", a bit of the history of Mexico/ZUSA is told in chapter 22.
    Many here would do well to read this chapter.
    In fact, US Imperialism began in the Americas, not in the middle East, Asia or wherever.
    If the 1% in ZUSA has been looting even white working and middle class zamericans, what the hell do you people think they have been doing to those "third world" countries Zusa lords over??
    For those – few obviously – who may wish to understand US Imperialism in Latin America, how Latin America served as a laboratory for global US Imperialism and the generally very negative effects this has had on the region, see Historian Greg Grandin’s ‘Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism’:
    https://www.amazon.com/Empires-Workshop-America-Imperialism-American/dp/0805083235/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1474134396&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=devils+workshop+grandin

    The British and Roman empires are often invoked as precedents to the Bush administration's aggressive foreign policy. But America's imperial identity was actually shaped much closer to home. In a brilliant excavation of long-obscured history, Empire's Workshop shows how Latin America has functioned as a proving ground for American strategies and tactics overseas. Historian Greg Grandin follows the United States' imperial operations from Jefferson's aspirations for an "empire of liberty" in Cuba and Spanish Florida to Reagan's support for brutally oppressive but U.S.-friendly regimes in Central America. He traces the origins of Bush's current policies back to Latin America, where many of the administration's leading lights first embraced the deployment of military power to advance free market economics and enlisted the evangelical movement in support of their ventures.

     

    Or see Ted Snider's good summary "The End of Obama’s Term: A Report Card on Latin America" http://original.antiwar.com/Ted_Snider/2016/10/31/end-obamas-term-report-card-latin-america/

    As the end of Obama’s term in office approaches, it may be of interest to evaluate his performance on Latin America. One of Obama’s foreign policy promises at the beginning of his first term was to change the way America does business with Latin America.
    The promise to change the way America does business in its backyard was a significant one because the way America has played in its backyard has a long and consistently appalling history. The history of interference and regime change began early when President McKinley betrayed Cuba and stole it under the deceptive promise of liberating it from Spain[...]
     

    “In fact, US Imperialism began in the Americas, not in the middle East, Asia or wherever.”

    Sounds pretty much like how Britain’s imperial project really got going next door, in Ireland.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes
    • Replies: @L.K
    "Sounds pretty much like how Britain’s imperial project really got going next door, in Ireland."

    I suppose so, yes.
  83. I agree with most of Mr. Reeds word here regarding President Trump’s sabre-rattling, but I don’t think he understands the man entirely. I believe Trump thinks diplomacy is just like any big business he has been involved with. He is doing some of his “Art of the Deal” stuff ( no, I don’t read books like that, so I couldn’t tell you for sure). I don’t think that’s how he should handle the relations with China, but I like how Trump has been realistic with Russia. Can you imagine what would be going on it the Hildabeast was in this office?

    Also, Trump just runs his mouth when he doesn’t need to in general. One thing you can tell by all of the people from all corners of the establishment arrayed against Trump, is that he has American’s interest at heart. I have no doubt at this point.

    Lastly, though correct about some of the President’s comments (“Mexico is sending their …. blah, blah), I also don’t think Mr. Reed can see that this guy is not a detail guy. He is correct in the general idea – we need a border – but then does go on and on about a “big beautiful wall” and that, when there’s nothing wrong with a double fenced concertina-wire surrounded area with monitors, sensors, border patrol down the road, etc. He is not a detail guy, and he doesn’t give any detail, maybe because he knows details don’t make good soundbites from all his media experience.

    About Mr. Reed’s defense of his new-found Mexicanity, I’ll have more to say in reply to another post.

  84. @lavoisier
    I too am getting worried about Trump's aggressive stance toward China, Iran, and Russia.

    This is concerning and is not what I bargained for in supporting him over Clinton.

    The man needs someone to settle him down and fast.

    He was elected to put America first--not to start picking fights right out of the gate.

    Well look at that O’Reilly interview. Trump was trying to stay diplomatic about Russia but O’Reilly kept trying to push him into a corner. Trump is walking a fine line. Most Americans simply don’t believe it when you talk about all the crap the US has done either directly or covertly.

    How many Americans even thought about what that Navy SEAL getting killed in Yemen really meant?

    I remember reading an article once by an ex-CIA covert operator during all those dirty war times in Latin America. He became disgusted because his job at the CIA was finding out who all the left wing agitators were. He found out that this information was being secretly passed on to the government security services and these people mysteriously were never seen again. So many of them were just dumb kids making signs and printing flyers. How many Americans know that history of our government?

    • Replies: @L.K
    "How many Americans even thought about what that Navy SEAL getting killed in Yemen really meant?"

    Here's the lowdown on the context of that raid;
    In Yemen, ZUSA is backing the Zaudis in their illegal war on that country & Zaudi Barbaria supports AQAP(Al-Ciada in the Arabian Peninsula). The Zaudi coalition, backed by Zusa and ZUK, is attacking the Houthis, who are enemies of AQAP… which makes a mockery of this botched raid against AQAP in Yemen.
    In order to be a member of the Seals, I conclude that one must be totally brainfucked, or merely an amoral/psycho hitman for the deep state.
    Btw, ZUSA has long been responsible for these AL-CIADA gangs, starting with Afghanistan in the 80s, when your lying media portrayed them as ‘freedom fighters’.
    ZUSA has been instrumental in creating the Nusra front – al-CIAda in Syria – and ISIS.
    These people are being used as mercenaries in ZUSA’s attempts to overthrow the Syrian government, which is an act of war.
  85. Is Trump ‘Caligulla’ of a waning Empire? This is a question that comes to mind listening/reading his incongruous statements on foreign affairs. On one hand he has said, “We will be fair to all nations”, on the other hand he sabre rattling over China, Mexico and Iran. Its a matter of time before he adds Russia to this list, if he doesn’t get his way. Will he then press nuclear button.

  86. @Fran Macadam
    Mexicans and Americans have many legitimate complaints. Changing the status quo is unfortunately not for the polite.

    And it won’t be done politely.

  87. @Son of Dixie
    Fred is but hurt because Trump recognizes Mexico for the cess pit that it is. I hope the WALL goes up and we deport millions of Mexicans back home. I also hope Trump bankrupts Mexico's economy. They deserve it for flooding our nation with drugs for the past decades.

    Fred is a turncoat and his (((wife))) has been known to bed down young Mexican men behind his back.

    You are obviously a depraved low IQ idiot, given the kind of shite you write, but only a complete and total moron could hope for: “I also hope Trump bankrupts Mexico’s economy’.

    If only out of pragmatism, you should better hope for stability and a reasonably well doing Mexican economy… after all, most immigrants from Mexico leave their country bc of poverty, not bc they wanna abandon their lives behind and go live among scumbags like you. Much like large numbers of Germans, Irish, Swedes, etc, left Europe for Zamerica and many other locations not that long ago.
    So, more poverty, more desperate people, more immigrants, wall or no wall.

  88. @Skeptikal
    "Those evil Yanquis and their meddling in the peaceful lives of Mexican heroin smugglers."


    The peaceful Mexican heroin smugglers are supplying a market in the USA. The smugglers would have to find another job if the USA were able to handle its population's drug problems.

    I have no idea how the latter could be accomplished---perhaps with less anomie and depression and more treatment---but widespread addiction causes the existence of drug smugglers, not the other way around.

    It is true that people selling drugs do try and get people addicted.

  89. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @L.K
    C.M:

    I’m sure Mr. Reed would like to delete this nonsense he wrote:
    “While the US would “win” a conventional war, assuming that it remained conventional, the consequences would be unpredictable and the economic effects catastrophic.”
     
    I enjoyed the article and mostly agree with it but the above is indeed complete nonsense.

    ZUSA could not defeat a very backwards China in the Korean war, a China that had been torn by war - against the Japanese & civil war - since the 30s.

    The US had no interest in defeating China. Why would it, since Harry Hopkins and George Marshall had spent years ensuring the Chicoms would come out on top over the Nationalists?
    Remember Truman’s comments after firing Macarthur for crossing the Yalu River?
    ”…I fired him because he was a dumb sonofabitch. Of course, that’s not against the law for Generals. If it was, half to three quarters of them would be in jail.”

  90. Mexico is one of the few countries in the world more corrupt than China. And quite unlike China it has enormous levels of internal violence.

  91. @Agent76
    Feb 5, 2017 Trump's New World Order

    The new boss is starting to look a bit like the old bosses...

    https://youtu.be/eLS5h1ZDKvE

    That’s an excellent video.

  92. I lived in Mexico for a year and, with rare exception, the only people I found who thought Mexico was a wonderful place to live were the gringos. Almost every Mexican I met thought Mexico was hopelessly corrupt from top to bottom and would live in the US if given a chance. Maybe the top elite feel differently but not the middle class and working class.

    The Mexican elite have used immigration as a pressure release valve to keep Mexico from having to change to meet the needs of its citizens. They should pay for the wall because they have created the problem.

  93. @L.K
    Hey Art,

    You often write good, simple comments, particularly re the zios and Israel.

    This is just not one of them.

    First of all, clearly, you, much like most of your countrymen, have no clue how bad ZUSA's deep state has fucked Mexico over, and Latin America in general. Just not a clue.

    Secondly, what is your beef with China? Their form of governance is their business, not that of ZUSA's.
    Worry about your own highly corrupt and people irresponsive regime & political system.
    That's what you gotta worry about... just saying..

    First of all, clearly, you, much like most of your countrymen, have no clue how bad ZUSA’s deep state has fucked Mexico over, and Latin America in general. Just not a clue.

    Secondly, what is your beef with China? Their form of governance is their business, not that of ZUSA’s.

    As to Latin America – I agree – we have interfered way too much. With the 1960′s Cuba missiles in mind – keeping a country from going commie, is something that can be quibbled about. My pique with Mexico is personal – I have known people who were screwed over by the Mexican courts. It was out and out raw naked extortion.

    As too China – they are a fine people – but I think that good caring people must make the point that they are not free. What is wrong with them? Only a free people can be truly great.

    Because of the Zionist Jew coercion of our countries – now is not a happy time to a democrat – we freedom loving democrats are losing – but we will prevail.

    Peace — Art

    • Replies: @L.K
    art: 'As to Latin America – I agree – we have interfered way too much. With the 1960′s Cuba missiles in mind – keeping a country from going commie, is something that can be quibbled about.'

    I'm not sure if you are trying to be funny Art, but yes, Zusa has interfered much more than you imagine and it has nothing to do with 'commies'. See my previous posts on this.

    Art: 'As too China – they are a fine people – but I think that good caring people must make the point that they are not free.'

    Well Art, that may even be true, but that is their business to be solved by them and nobody else.
    But then, as you are well aware, neither are you free, not for real anyway.

    Take care
  94. @Che Guava
    Never been there, but the USA has or had some tasty-sounding calory-heavy junk food, even early McDonalds, read an SF story abt. ten years ago, the chain has collapsed but in a shop in Appalachia, some guy has made a shop doing the original menu.

    Chips fried in beef dripping, they sound delicious.

    Suppose the burgers were never much good.

    I recall eating at a branch in Malaysia, pre-Golden Arches, different logo, not much good.

    In the story, a man takes his daughter (a prediction of Lady Gaga, with implanted horns) to this recreation of early MacD., she hates everything, but calms down in the end.

    The version of southern fried chicken, in gravy, created by Chinese immigrants, popular in some southern parts, also sounds well worth tasting.

    Many others, I hear, a good old-fashioned Louisiana gumbo for one.

    ... and authentic US clam chowder, which I think I have experienced. Delicious.

    Soul-food for another, but not being of African descent, if I ever am having the chance to being in America, thanks to BLM, I would not to daring to be in such places.

    For Fred, the US hybrid version of Mexican cuisine sounds like it is pretty delicious at times, as does the real thing.

    It is always disppointing in Japan, not putrid, but not much good.

    After eating any of those US delicacies, a rabbit diet for a few days would be essential.

    Fred, I agree, the Trump cabinet is dangerous. Particular vis a vis Israel (where they are a bunch of suckholes), China and Iran (where they are a bunch of arseholes).

    Forget not that born-to-rule Hillary was much worse.

    Soul-food for another, but not being of African descent, if I ever am having the chance to being in America, thanks to BLM, I would not to daring to be in such places.

    There are plenty of soul food restaurants that are regularly patronized by white customers. Do your homework, though; ask a local which ones are safe. Also, a good rule of thumb is to avoid any eatery that’s actually in the hood. The ones along the highway are a better choice.

    • Replies: @Willem Hendrik
    Only one advice on food in the USA. Order small portions.

    First time we went to a Pizza place in the USA with 4 Dutch guys we asked for 4 large pizzas, being accustomed to a 10-12 inch pizzas back home. The waiter looked at us strangely and asked if we were sure. After he brought an extra table we got a bit suspicous and rightly so. Those pizzas were huge.
    If I remember correctly we finished 2 of those things.

  95. @MarkinLA
    Well look at that O'Reilly interview. Trump was trying to stay diplomatic about Russia but O'Reilly kept trying to push him into a corner. Trump is walking a fine line. Most Americans simply don't believe it when you talk about all the crap the US has done either directly or covertly.

    How many Americans even thought about what that Navy SEAL getting killed in Yemen really meant?

    I remember reading an article once by an ex-CIA covert operator during all those dirty war times in Latin America. He became disgusted because his job at the CIA was finding out who all the left wing agitators were. He found out that this information was being secretly passed on to the government security services and these people mysteriously were never seen again. So many of them were just dumb kids making signs and printing flyers. How many Americans know that history of our government?

    “How many Americans even thought about what that Navy SEAL getting killed in Yemen really meant?”

    Here’s the lowdown on the context of that raid;
    In Yemen, ZUSA is backing the Zaudis in their illegal war on that country & Zaudi Barbaria supports AQAP(Al-Ciada in the Arabian Peninsula). The Zaudi coalition, backed by Zusa and ZUK, is attacking the Houthis, who are enemies of AQAP… which makes a mockery of this botched raid against AQAP in Yemen.
    In order to be a member of the Seals, I conclude that one must be totally brainfucked, or merely an amoral/psycho hitman for the deep state.
    Btw, ZUSA has long been responsible for these AL-CIADA gangs, starting with Afghanistan in the 80s, when your lying media portrayed them as ‘freedom fighters’.
    ZUSA has been instrumental in creating the Nusra front – al-CIAda in Syria – and ISIS.
    These people are being used as mercenaries in ZUSA’s attempts to overthrow the Syrian government, which is an act of war.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
    I conclude that one must be totally brainfucked, or merely an amoral/psycho hitman for the deep state.

    Now you sound like you need to take your meds. I know that we are supporting the Sunni collective against the Houthis who are allied with Iran (and presumably Shia) but your comment about SEALs is ridiculous.

    SEALs are some of the most highly trained warriors the US has. They are patriotic and deserve our respect. History has shown that soldiers like these men are vitally important in a war. Like all people in the military they do not get to decide where they will serve. They are only allowed to stop following orders when their commitment is up and they decide not to reenlist. Until then, if their unit is assigned to Yemen and they are not medically incapable of serving, they have to go and do what they are told.

    I do not approve of the US sending these very expensive well trained soldiers into these shit-holes. But it isn't their or my call.
  96. @Son of Dixie
    Fred is but hurt because Trump recognizes Mexico for the cess pit that it is. I hope the WALL goes up and we deport millions of Mexicans back home. I also hope Trump bankrupts Mexico's economy. They deserve it for flooding our nation with drugs for the past decades.

    Fred is a turncoat and his (((wife))) has been known to bed down young Mexican men behind his back.

    Whether you agree or disagree with Fred, to slander his wife is a shameful and cowardly act.

    You should be banned from this site for being such a scurrilous, low-life.

    I call on the other posters here to join me in calling shame on you, coward.

    • Disagree: Dan Hayes
    • Replies: @L.K
    'Whether you agree or disagree with Fred, to slander his wife is a shameful and cowardly act.'

    You are absolutely correct. I noticed that as well. Low-life indeed.
    , @Truth
    "You live by the sword..."
  97. @Skeptikal
    "Those evil Yanquis and their meddling in the peaceful lives of Mexican heroin smugglers."


    The peaceful Mexican heroin smugglers are supplying a market in the USA. The smugglers would have to find another job if the USA were able to handle its population's drug problems.

    I have no idea how the latter could be accomplished---perhaps with less anomie and depression and more treatment---but widespread addiction causes the existence of drug smugglers, not the other way around.

    You know, Skeptikal, when ignorant fools like this ‘bragadocious’ write stuff like:
    “Those evil Yanquis and their meddling in the peaceful lives of Mexican heroin smugglers.”, it really sort of makes me sick to my stomach.
    It reminds me of things such as this:
    US War In Afghanistan Is Fueling Global Heroin Epidemic & Enabling The Drug Trade

    http://www.mintpressnews.com/global-war-terror-created-heroin-epidemic-us-afghanistan/218662/

    The geopolitics behind the phony US war in Afghanistan by F. William Engdahl

    http://www.voltairenet.org/article162601.html

    The US military is in Afghanistan for two reasons. First to restore and control the world’s largest supply of opium for the world heroin markets and to use the drugs as a geopolitical weapon against opponents, especially Russia. That control of the Afghan drug market is essential for the liquidity of the bankrupt and corrupt Wall Street financial mafia.

    There are other reasons, of course, such as encircling Iran.

  98. @Skeptikal
    "In fact, US Imperialism began in the Americas, not in the middle East, Asia or wherever."

    Sounds pretty much like how Britain's imperial project really got going next door, in Ireland.

    “Sounds pretty much like how Britain’s imperial project really got going next door, in Ireland.”

    I suppose so, yes.

  99. @Art

    First of all, clearly, you, much like most of your countrymen, have no clue how bad ZUSA’s deep state has fucked Mexico over, and Latin America in general. Just not a clue.

    Secondly, what is your beef with China? Their form of governance is their business, not that of ZUSA’s.
     
    As to Latin America – I agree - we have interfered way too much. With the 1960's Cuba missiles in mind – keeping a country from going commie, is something that can be quibbled about. My pique with Mexico is personal – I have known people who were screwed over by the Mexican courts. It was out and out raw naked extortion.

    As too China – they are a fine people - but I think that good caring people must make the point that they are not free. What is wrong with them? Only a free people can be truly great.

    Because of the Zionist Jew coercion of our countries - now is not a happy time to a democrat – we freedom loving democrats are losing - but we will prevail.

    Peace --- Art

    art: ‘As to Latin America – I agree – we have interfered way too much. With the 1960′s Cuba missiles in mind – keeping a country from going commie, is something that can be quibbled about.’

    I’m not sure if you are trying to be funny Art, but yes, Zusa has interfered much more than you imagine and it has nothing to do with ‘commies’. See my previous posts on this.

    Art: ‘As too China – they are a fine people – but I think that good caring people must make the point that they are not free.’

    Well Art, that may even be true, but that is their business to be solved by them and nobody else.
    But then, as you are well aware, neither are you free, not for real anyway.

    Take care

  100. @Jim Sweeney
    Whether you agree or disagree with Fred, to slander his wife is a shameful and cowardly act.

    You should be banned from this site for being such a scurrilous, low-life.

    I call on the other posters here to join me in calling shame on you, coward.

    ‘Whether you agree or disagree with Fred, to slander his wife is a shameful and cowardly act.’

    You are absolutely correct. I noticed that as well. Low-life indeed.

  101. @L.K
    "How many Americans even thought about what that Navy SEAL getting killed in Yemen really meant?"

    Here's the lowdown on the context of that raid;
    In Yemen, ZUSA is backing the Zaudis in their illegal war on that country & Zaudi Barbaria supports AQAP(Al-Ciada in the Arabian Peninsula). The Zaudi coalition, backed by Zusa and ZUK, is attacking the Houthis, who are enemies of AQAP… which makes a mockery of this botched raid against AQAP in Yemen.
    In order to be a member of the Seals, I conclude that one must be totally brainfucked, or merely an amoral/psycho hitman for the deep state.
    Btw, ZUSA has long been responsible for these AL-CIADA gangs, starting with Afghanistan in the 80s, when your lying media portrayed them as ‘freedom fighters’.
    ZUSA has been instrumental in creating the Nusra front – al-CIAda in Syria – and ISIS.
    These people are being used as mercenaries in ZUSA’s attempts to overthrow the Syrian government, which is an act of war.

    I conclude that one must be totally brainfucked, or merely an amoral/psycho hitman for the deep state.

    Now you sound like you need to take your meds. I know that we are supporting the Sunni collective against the Houthis who are allied with Iran (and presumably Shia) but your comment about SEALs is ridiculous.

    SEALs are some of the most highly trained warriors the US has. They are patriotic and deserve our respect. History has shown that soldiers like these men are vitally important in a war. Like all people in the military they do not get to decide where they will serve. They are only allowed to stop following orders when their commitment is up and they decide not to reenlist. Until then, if their unit is assigned to Yemen and they are not medically incapable of serving, they have to go and do what they are told.

    I do not approve of the US sending these very expensive well trained soldiers into these shit-holes. But it isn’t their or my call.

    • Replies: @L.K
    Well, no thanks, I'm fine, I just do not share your glowing view of the propagandized and overated 'seals'. My view is basically the same as that expressed by the Saker when discussing said raid:

    "First, there was the botched raid against an alledged al-Qaeda compound in Yakla, Yemen. Let me commit a crimethink here and remind everybody that for all the great Hollywood movies, Americans have a terrible record of doing special ops. The latest one was typical. First, it involved Navy SEALS, one of the most disaster-prone US special forces. Second, it involved special forces from the United Arab Emirates (don’t ask why, just don’t). I am pretty sure that using US Rangers alone would have yielded better results. Third, as always, they got detected early. And then they began taking casualties. This time from female al-Qaeda fighters. Finally, they botched the evacuation. They did kill some kids and, so they say, an al-Qaeda leader."
     
    Given that it is completely possible for any US citizen that so desires, to find out the truth about these dirty and criminal Zamerican wars, the members of the SEALS must be, by necessity, totally brainfucked, their heads crammed full of BS/propaganda.
    Then there are those who really are killers for hire, that liar Chris Kyle comes to mind.
    Yes, he was a liar, caught lying telling tall tales on several different occasions.
    Contract killer for the deep state, a liar and a propaganda poster boy for the monstrous, illegal war of agression against Iraq.
  102. Author William Blum on Trump’s wall:

    The Great Wall of Mr. T

    So much cheaper. So much easier. So much more humane. So much more popular. … Just stop overthrowing or destabilizing governments south of the border.

    And the United States certainly has a moral obligation to do this. So many of the immigrants are escaping a situation in their homeland made hopeless by American intervention and policy. The particularly severe increase in Honduran migration to the US in recent years is a direct result of the June 28, 2009 military coup that overthrew the democratically-elected president, Manuel Zelaya, after he did things like raising the minimum wage, giving subsidies to small farmers, and instituting free education. The coup – like so many others in Latin America – was led by a graduate of Washington’s infamous School of the Americas.

    As per the standard Western Hemisphere script, the Honduran coup was followed by the abusive policies of the new regime, loyally supported by the United States. The State Department was virtually alone in the Western Hemisphere in not unequivocally condemning the Honduran coup. Indeed, the Obama administration refused to even call it a coup, which, under American law, would tie Washington’s hands as to the amount of support it could give the coup government. This denial of reality continued to exist even though a US embassy cable released by Wikileaks in 2010 declared: “There is no doubt that the military, Supreme Court and National Congress conspired on June 28 [2009] in what constituted an illegal and unconstitutional coup against the Executive Branch”. Washington’s support of the far-right Honduran government has continued ever since.[...]

    • Replies: @Skeptikal
    Absolutely.
    The Honduran coup and subsequent murder of [name--can't recall], a human rights worker, is appalling.

    The combination of rapacious economic policy (NAFTA) and bad foreign policy (supporting right-wing coups) is one of the roots of the "immigration problem."

    At the same time, it is not the only root, the only issue.
    People are profiting all along the line---all along the migration routes---from the chaos created by crazy foreign and economic policy that drives people away from their homes.

    Interesting to note that in the nineteenth century, German shipping lines profited mightily from the waves of Russian Jews transiting through Germany en route to the USA and South America. That immigration, too, was a profit center.
  103. @Jim Sweeney
    Whether you agree or disagree with Fred, to slander his wife is a shameful and cowardly act.

    You should be banned from this site for being such a scurrilous, low-life.

    I call on the other posters here to join me in calling shame on you, coward.

    “You live by the sword…”

  104. “His” wall?! No, my wall, our wall. Why do you live in Mexico? USA not good enough? So called hostility is deserved. Stop sending illegals.

  105. @Stealth

    Soul-food for another, but not being of African descent, if I ever am having the chance to being in America, thanks to BLM, I would not to daring to be in such places.
     
    There are plenty of soul food restaurants that are regularly patronized by white customers. Do your homework, though; ask a local which ones are safe. Also, a good rule of thumb is to avoid any eatery that's actually in the hood. The ones along the highway are a better choice.

    Only one advice on food in the USA. Order small portions.

    First time we went to a Pizza place in the USA with 4 Dutch guys we asked for 4 large pizzas, being accustomed to a 10-12 inch pizzas back home. The waiter looked at us strangely and asked if we were sure. After he brought an extra table we got a bit suspicous and rightly so. Those pizzas were huge.
    If I remember correctly we finished 2 of those things.

  106. - Why don’t you give the fellow in the White House at least a hundred days in office before you start complaining? We are only in the third week.
    - Please do not use the SNL rhetoric of payment for the wall. You know what Trump meant.
    - In any case, what was the alternative? Hillary Clinton. Was this the only viable candidate that the over-educated, over-socialized elites; and so-called intellectuals that have run the country can manage. They have not learnt their lesson. Next up is Fauxahontas. The Left stands for nothing. And that is why they are thrashing about and wailing even at football games.

  107. @L.K
    Author William Blum on Trump's wall:

    The Great Wall of Mr. T

    So much cheaper. So much easier. So much more humane. So much more popular. … Just stop overthrowing or destabilizing governments south of the border.

    And the United States certainly has a moral obligation to do this. So many of the immigrants are escaping a situation in their homeland made hopeless by American intervention and policy. The particularly severe increase in Honduran migration to the US in recent years is a direct result of the June 28, 2009 military coup that overthrew the democratically-elected president, Manuel Zelaya, after he did things like raising the minimum wage, giving subsidies to small farmers, and instituting free education. The coup – like so many others in Latin America – was led by a graduate of Washington’s infamous School of the Americas.

    As per the standard Western Hemisphere script, the Honduran coup was followed by the abusive policies of the new regime, loyally supported by the United States. The State Department was virtually alone in the Western Hemisphere in not unequivocally condemning the Honduran coup. Indeed, the Obama administration refused to even call it a coup, which, under American law, would tie Washington’s hands as to the amount of support it could give the coup government. This denial of reality continued to exist even though a US embassy cable released by Wikileaks in 2010 declared: “There is no doubt that the military, Supreme Court and National Congress conspired on June 28 [2009] in what constituted an illegal and unconstitutional coup against the Executive Branch”. Washington’s support of the far-right Honduran government has continued ever since.[...]

     

    Absolutely.
    The Honduran coup and subsequent murder of [name--can't recall], a human rights worker, is appalling.

    The combination of rapacious economic policy (NAFTA) and bad foreign policy (supporting right-wing coups) is one of the roots of the “immigration problem.”

    At the same time, it is not the only root, the only issue.
    People are profiting all along the line—all along the migration routes—from the chaos created by crazy foreign and economic policy that drives people away from their homes.

    Interesting to note that in the nineteenth century, German shipping lines profited mightily from the waves of Russian Jews transiting through Germany en route to the USA and South America. That immigration, too, was a profit center.

  108. This antiwar.com editorial piece is very much on point:

    STOP ELLIOTT ABRAMS!

    Whether you are a Trump supporter for whom seeing what was done to the Bush II regime done again to the Trump reign would be unwelcome, or a Trump hater who prefers not to see his country run by the most blatant of warmongering criminals, or anyone in between who isn’t a neocon warmonger himself, this would seem to be a worthwhile political imperative for any American.

    • Replies: @Rurik
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/02/06/exclusive-rand-paul-oppose-elliott-abrams-state-department-slot/

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will oppose Elliott Abrams if President Donald Trump nominates him to serve as the Deputy Secretary of State, a senior aide to Paul confirmed to Breitbart News late Monday night.
    Paul’s decision to come out against Abrams strikes a damaging blow against his chances of ever receiving Senate confirmation should he be nominated,

     

  109. @Randal
    This antiwar.com editorial piece is very much on point:

    STOP ELLIOTT ABRAMS!

    Whether you are a Trump supporter for whom seeing what was done to the Bush II regime done again to the Trump reign would be unwelcome, or a Trump hater who prefers not to see his country run by the most blatant of warmongering criminals, or anyone in between who isn't a neocon warmonger himself, this would seem to be a worthwhile political imperative for any American.

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/02/06/exclusive-rand-paul-oppose-elliott-abrams-state-department-slot/

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will oppose Elliott Abrams if President Donald Trump nominates him to serve as the Deputy Secretary of State, a senior aide to Paul confirmed to Breitbart News late Monday night.
    Paul’s decision to come out against Abrams strikes a damaging blow against his chances of ever receiving Senate confirmation should he be nominated,

    • Replies: @Randal
    Good for Rand Paul. His dad can be rightly proud of him for that one.
  110. @Rurik
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/02/06/exclusive-rand-paul-oppose-elliott-abrams-state-department-slot/

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will oppose Elliott Abrams if President Donald Trump nominates him to serve as the Deputy Secretary of State, a senior aide to Paul confirmed to Breitbart News late Monday night.
    Paul’s decision to come out against Abrams strikes a damaging blow against his chances of ever receiving Senate confirmation should he be nominated,

     

    Good for Rand Paul. His dad can be rightly proud of him for that one.

  111. @MarkinLA
    I conclude that one must be totally brainfucked, or merely an amoral/psycho hitman for the deep state.

    Now you sound like you need to take your meds. I know that we are supporting the Sunni collective against the Houthis who are allied with Iran (and presumably Shia) but your comment about SEALs is ridiculous.

    SEALs are some of the most highly trained warriors the US has. They are patriotic and deserve our respect. History has shown that soldiers like these men are vitally important in a war. Like all people in the military they do not get to decide where they will serve. They are only allowed to stop following orders when their commitment is up and they decide not to reenlist. Until then, if their unit is assigned to Yemen and they are not medically incapable of serving, they have to go and do what they are told.

    I do not approve of the US sending these very expensive well trained soldiers into these shit-holes. But it isn't their or my call.

    Well, no thanks, I’m fine, I just do not share your glowing view of the propagandized and overated ‘seals’. My view is basically the same as that expressed by the Saker when discussing said raid:

    “First, there was the botched raid against an alledged al-Qaeda compound in Yakla, Yemen. Let me commit a crimethink here and remind everybody that for all the great Hollywood movies, Americans have a terrible record of doing special ops. The latest one was typical. First, it involved Navy SEALS, one of the most disaster-prone US special forces. Second, it involved special forces from the United Arab Emirates (don’t ask why, just don’t). I am pretty sure that using US Rangers alone would have yielded better results. Third, as always, they got detected early. And then they began taking casualties. This time from female al-Qaeda fighters. Finally, they botched the evacuation. They did kill some kids and, so they say, an al-Qaeda leader.”

    Given that it is completely possible for any US citizen that so desires, to find out the truth about these dirty and criminal Zamerican wars, the members of the SEALS must be, by necessity, totally brainfucked, their heads crammed full of BS/propaganda.
    Then there are those who really are killers for hire, that liar Chris Kyle comes to mind.
    Yes, he was a liar, caught lying telling tall tales on several different occasions.
    Contract killer for the deep state, a liar and a propaganda poster boy for the monstrous, illegal war of agression against Iraq.

  112. @Fin of a Cobra

    Does Presidente Peña Nieto go to a penitentiary and say, “You, Pepe, and Kike and, yeah, you, Luis, take these bus tickets, you criminal bastardos, and go to the United States and wreak havoc”?
     
    The juxtaposed Mexican nicknames "Pepe" and "Kike" were a bit of a provocation, were they not Fred? Are they code words, a nod to the alt-right? Wouldn't they be more apropos at the Daily Stormer, where there is an article titled "Jews hate Pepe"? And of course the Pepe the Frog meme is associated with Trump himself, who "retweeted a Pepe representation of himself", according to Wikipedia.

    Let me try to parse between the lines of your "argument" here, Fred. I'm trying to figure out what you are really trying to say, because I don't think you're being straightforward with your criticism.

    You describe Trump as "dangerous", "insulting", "truculent", "bully", "combative", "erratic", "lout", "hostile", "vindictive", "petulant", "self-interested", "childish", "adolescent", "unpredictable" and "warlike".

    You use a whole piñata full of adjectives, Fred, but the one that you really wanted to burst out is the one implied by the oblique "Pepe" reference: RACIST.

    What you really want to say is that Trump is white nationalist scum, the uncontested leader of the whole basket of deplorables, someone who only treats Mexicans so unceremoniously because of his unbearable racism of being.

    Yes, what you really want to say is that Trump attacks Mexicans because they are brown; he threatens the Chinese because they are yellow; and he brutally assaults the Iranians and Muslims in general because they are also brown. And the only reason he's been signaling a truce with the Russians is because they are white (enough).

    Why didn't you just come out and say these things? Maybe because calling someone the "R" word would be a bit too much and you just didn't want to go there? I don't know. But it just seems as though you just don't tell it like it is and so we have to read and reread the hidden code words to figure out what the message is really about…

    Oh, make no mistake, if Fred meant “racist”, he’d have written racist. That much I can say with a degree of certainty.

    • Replies: @Rurik
    nobody cares about being called a "racist" anymore

    it's a worn out and tiresome anachronism from a time when the true 'racists' weren't on the left.

    Today it's the left that are the hate-consumed racists, because they hate and want to see every last vestige of Western civilization (white people) destroyed. Duh

    There was a time when it was some white people who were racists and considered blacks as chattel, but those days are long gone. Today it's the left who are twisted into hate-pretzels at the idea of white countries staying white. It's drives them virtually insane, such is their terrible pathology.

    I must say tho, that watching them do summersaults of apoplexy over Trump, and all us deplorables, (who don't hate white people or anyone else), is more fun than a barrel of monkeys
  113. @Connarchy in the USA
    Oh, make no mistake, if Fred meant "racist", he'd have written racist. That much I can say with a degree of certainty.

    nobody cares about being called a “racist” anymore

    it’s a worn out and tiresome anachronism from a time when the true ‘racists’ weren’t on the left.

    Today it’s the left that are the hate-consumed racists, because they hate and want to see every last vestige of Western civilization (white people) destroyed. Duh

    There was a time when it was some white people who were racists and considered blacks as chattel, but those days are long gone. Today it’s the left who are twisted into hate-pretzels at the idea of white countries staying white. It’s drives them virtually insane, such is their terrible pathology.

    I must say tho, that watching them do summersaults of apoplexy over Trump, and all us deplorables, (who don’t hate white people or anyone else), is more fun than a barrel of monkeys

  114. The Donald, for all of his glaring departures from political decorum, is still subject to (and a creature of) elite groupthink. I am struck by the sophomoric and absurd posturing by so called “reputable” experts and politicians representing both major parties and a large chunk of the ideological spectrum. “Putin is a thug and a killer,” “Russia stole the election,” “Russia/China/Iran/ISIS” is an existential threat,” ad nauseum. Seemingly, there are no adults in the room anymore, with even a rudimentary sense of caution or realization of the limits of power. They have completely bought into their own crude propaganda, and as our society collapses — the infrastructure decays, we’re incapable of providing jobs or affordable medical care to millions — war and bombing is the answer to everything.

    I breathed a momentary sigh of relief when the Donald pulled off his incredible upset, as I was positive that a president Hillary would be compelled to prove her mettle by confronting the Russians in Syria and the Ukraine and risk WWIII. That threat has receded, but as at least one commenter here has pointed out, now with the Donald we have an increased risk of war with China and Iran. At any rate, the crisis (or crises) may be slower to develop under the Great Orange One. Our only hope is that cooler heads will prevail at the Pentagon, where the brass, like Admiral Fallon under Bush Jr., will be loathe to start WWIII on their watch. After all, nuclear war is not good for lucrative defense contracts.

  115. @Fin of a Cobra

    Does Presidente Peña Nieto go to a penitentiary and say, “You, Pepe, and Kike and, yeah, you, Luis, take these bus tickets, you criminal bastardos, and go to the United States and wreak havoc”?
     
    The juxtaposed Mexican nicknames "Pepe" and "Kike" were a bit of a provocation, were they not Fred? Are they code words, a nod to the alt-right? Wouldn't they be more apropos at the Daily Stormer, where there is an article titled "Jews hate Pepe"? And of course the Pepe the Frog meme is associated with Trump himself, who "retweeted a Pepe representation of himself", according to Wikipedia.

    Let me try to parse between the lines of your "argument" here, Fred. I'm trying to figure out what you are really trying to say, because I don't think you're being straightforward with your criticism.

    You describe Trump as "dangerous", "insulting", "truculent", "bully", "combative", "erratic", "lout", "hostile", "vindictive", "petulant", "self-interested", "childish", "adolescent", "unpredictable" and "warlike".

    You use a whole piñata full of adjectives, Fred, but the one that you really wanted to burst out is the one implied by the oblique "Pepe" reference: RACIST.

    What you really want to say is that Trump is white nationalist scum, the uncontested leader of the whole basket of deplorables, someone who only treats Mexicans so unceremoniously because of his unbearable racism of being.

    Yes, what you really want to say is that Trump attacks Mexicans because they are brown; he threatens the Chinese because they are yellow; and he brutally assaults the Iranians and Muslims in general because they are also brown. And the only reason he's been signaling a truce with the Russians is because they are white (enough).

    Why didn't you just come out and say these things? Maybe because calling someone the "R" word would be a bit too much and you just didn't want to go there? I don't know. But it just seems as though you just don't tell it like it is and so we have to read and reread the hidden code words to figure out what the message is really about…

    The juxtaposed Mexican nicknames “Pepe” and “Kike” were a bit of a provocation, were they not Fred?

    Relax. ‘Kike’ is just an alternate spelling of ‘Quique’, which is a Spanish nickname for ‘Enrique’. It is pronounced differently (KEE-KAY) has literally nothing to do with Jews.

  116. I found this on reddit. almost all of his predictions became true. the part that perfectly fits the current shit show starts at about 5 min.

  117. @Thorfinnsson
    I've been harshly critical of Fred about his Mexico-worship, but see how far you get in the US justice system without an attorney.

    And frankly permitting men to murder their wives for infidelity or divorce strikes me as great policy.

    I'm always confused when right-wingers criticize foreign cultures for...being right-wing. Reminds me of all those conservatives who complain women don't have freedom in Islam as if female emancipation is in any way desirable or has worked out well for us.

    Reminds me of all those conservatives who complain women don’t have freedom in Islam as if female emancipation is in any way desirable or has worked out well for us.

    Agreed.

    Most “conservatives” don’t have the guts to take actual conservative positions on social issues, probably because their wives won’t let them. There’s a distinct lack of testosterone in most conservatives.

  118. his insistence that Mexico pay for his wall is insulting

    I don’t know about insulting but it’s stupid. You pay for something, you own it. If Mexico pays for the wall, it’s Mexico’s wall. They can do what they want with it, including demolish it. Is that really what Trump’s supporters want?

    If the US wants to police its own border (which I agree is a good idea) then the US should pay the costs. If the US wants a wall, the US should pay for it.

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
    " You pay for something you own it".

    Okay so somebody smashes into your car and they then pay for the repairs this means that they now own your car, or they own the fender which they paid to have repaired, right?

    Authenticjazzman "Mensa" society member since 1973, and pro jazz artist.

  119. @dfordoom

    his insistence that Mexico pay for his wall is insulting
     
    I don't know about insulting but it's stupid. You pay for something, you own it. If Mexico pays for the wall, it's Mexico's wall. They can do what they want with it, including demolish it. Is that really what Trump's supporters want?

    If the US wants to police its own border (which I agree is a good idea) then the US should pay the costs. If the US wants a wall, the US should pay for it.

    ” You pay for something you own it”.

    Okay so somebody smashes into your car and they then pay for the repairs this means that they now own your car, or they own the fender which they paid to have repaired, right?

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” society member since 1973, and pro jazz artist.

  120. @L.K
    C.M:

    I’m sure Mr. Reed would like to delete this nonsense he wrote:
    “While the US would “win” a conventional war, assuming that it remained conventional, the consequences would be unpredictable and the economic effects catastrophic.”
     
    I enjoyed the article and mostly agree with it but the above is indeed complete nonsense.

    ZUSA could not defeat a very backwards China in the Korean war, a China that had been torn by war - against the Japanese & civil war - since the 30s.

    Good point, but the pre-Commie China’s troubles go back to the nineteenth century in terms of (recent) invasion, Opium Wars by the Brits, then use of opium by us to enslave in the period from the end of what is called ‘WWI’ to ‘WWII’. Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor is quite accurate in terms of history.

    I repeat, it is a continuum, if taking the period from the outbreak of WWI to the armistice in Korea into account, it is well over 40 years.

  121. The psychopathic mass-murderer Hillary Clinton versus the oafish Trump? Since there is no good choice, there is no need to make a choice. I didn’t vote for either of those losers. Our votes don’t count, because the wealthy elite rule the USA, no matter who occupies the White House.

  122. It may seem hard to comprehend, but the more intelligent you are and the better educated, the stupider you become. Now, if the education system had been reasonable and objective and value-neutral this would not be the case. However the liberal socialist agenda has infiltrated and dominated our places of learning, the media and our political system. The ordinary average and intelligent citizen owns more wisdom than the highly educated because they remain in touch with reality. Whereas in universities, teacher and journalist schools, the students are exposed to raw liberal-socialist indoctrination and those with opposing or independent views are excluded.
    I would rather listen to the average man in the street than any academic any day. The academics are the ones called in by the media to witness as experts and they to a man regurgitate the politically correct destructive ideology that they have been impregnated with. They have been taught dogma and to ignore reason and to interpret facts incorrectly. They cannot and will not see their error. Therefore all of their ideals are wishful thinking based on impossible ideals such as universal equality and a belief that human beings are basically good, something a reasonable person realizes they are not. There are vast numbers of very unpleasant people out there that we have to protect ourselves from. The liberal-socialist infested politicians and media has failed to protect us and even claimed that there is no threat, the lie that if you are nice to nasties they will start to play nice. We know that is not true. so we must choose leaders that really will protect us and that are in touch with the same reality that we ordinary mortals are exposed to every day.

    • Replies: @annamaria
    "...the more intelligent you are and the better educated, the stupider you become"
    Not true. It is not about being overeducated: it is the opportunism (namely a longing for regular paychecks) that makes some academics into willing imbeciles.
  123. @nsa
    Gratuitously picking a fight with the Persians answers the question: will Trumpster turn out to be just another Jooie Butt Boy a la Tokyo Rose McCain and Dame Lindsey Graham...turning the US military into a free of charge auxiliary of the IDF. As to the Chinese, their DF-26 carrier killer missiles have a range of 2600 miles.....naval task forces are now obsolete in any dust-up with the yellow peril.

    IIRC, the reach of a US Naval Carrier Strike Group is right at 450 nautical miles…less than what it was during WWII. Our glorious naval aviators are currently a bit out-ranged….

  124. @Philip Smeeton
    It may seem hard to comprehend, but the more intelligent you are and the better educated, the stupider you become. Now, if the education system had been reasonable and objective and value-neutral this would not be the case. However the liberal socialist agenda has infiltrated and dominated our places of learning, the media and our political system. The ordinary average and intelligent citizen owns more wisdom than the highly educated because they remain in touch with reality. Whereas in universities, teacher and journalist schools, the students are exposed to raw liberal-socialist indoctrination and those with opposing or independent views are excluded.
    I would rather listen to the average man in the street than any academic any day. The academics are the ones called in by the media to witness as experts and they to a man regurgitate the politically correct destructive ideology that they have been impregnated with. They have been taught dogma and to ignore reason and to interpret facts incorrectly. They cannot and will not see their error. Therefore all of their ideals are wishful thinking based on impossible ideals such as universal equality and a belief that human beings are basically good, something a reasonable person realizes they are not. There are vast numbers of very unpleasant people out there that we have to protect ourselves from. The liberal-socialist infested politicians and media has failed to protect us and even claimed that there is no threat, the lie that if you are nice to nasties they will start to play nice. We know that is not true. so we must choose leaders that really will protect us and that are in touch with the same reality that we ordinary mortals are exposed to every day.

    “…the more intelligent you are and the better educated, the stupider you become”
    Not true. It is not about being overeducated: it is the opportunism (namely a longing for regular paychecks) that makes some academics into willing imbeciles.

  125. “Ultimata are dangerous. They are insulting. They leave no room for preservation of dignity by compromise, by finding a way to give in without seeming to. They are a way to look for a fight.”

    This is exactly what China has done by taking over islands that are both very far from China and very close to other countries. Chinese has given the world an ultimatum: Force us to stop or we’ll just continue disrespectfully and illegally encroaching on others.

    • Replies: @denk
    'This is exactly what China has done by taking over islands that are both very far from China and very close to other countries. Chinese has given the world an ultimatum: Force us to stop or we’ll just continue disrespectfully and illegally encroaching on others.'


    The current 'sheriff' in SCS, unitedsnake, took over an island 2000 miles away from home, kicked out the people , killed their pet dogs/cats, exiled the poor sods 2000 miles away to some foreign ghetto .

    What do you propose to do about it ?
    , @Son of Dixie
    Fred has gone native. He is no longer an American so his interests lie with Mexico, and since Mexico is essentially an adversary, Fred is as well.

    Not sure where it went wrong for old Fred. His Jewish wife certainly has something to do with it. She is unfaithful to him, to curry favor with her he has turned on his own people.

    Doesn't matter though, she still cheats on him with young Mexican men.

    So far Trump is doing a fairly good job. We need to get that Wall built and start up deportations on an industrial scale. Tens of thousands per week.
  126. […] Here’s some relevant commentary by Fred Reed: […]

  127. […] itself, as if government operatives were actually sending criminals into America. Fred Reed offers a theory for this hostility: Trump was shortchanged in a business deal […]

  128. The fact of the matter is that Mexico’s honkey elite could do a lot better for all Mexicans if they wanted to. It is true that NAFTA hurt Mexican corn farmers and Obumma’s stupid ethanol mandate from a few years ago caused problems with corn increasing in price for Mexicans already not doing to well.

    Maybe the Mexican people need to elect a Mexican Donald Trump? I never understood how that country has so many natural resources (minerals, oil, agriculture) but still has the problems it does all of the time.

    I’m not seeing any benefits to ‘duh-versity’:

    http://thosewhocansee.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/the-diversity-tax.html

  129. @Norma Jean
    "Ultimata are dangerous. They are insulting. They leave no room for preservation of dignity by compromise, by finding a way to give in without seeming to. They are a way to look for a fight."

    This is exactly what China has done by taking over islands that are both very far from China and very close to other countries. Chinese has given the world an ultimatum: Force us to stop or we'll just continue disrespectfully and illegally encroaching on others.

    ‘This is exactly what China has done by taking over islands that are both very far from China and very close to other countries. Chinese has given the world an ultimatum: Force us to stop or we’ll just continue disrespectfully and illegally encroaching on others.’

    The current ‘sheriff’ in SCS, unitedsnake, took over an island 2000 miles away from home, kicked out the people , killed their pet dogs/cats, exiled the poor sods 2000 miles away to some foreign ghetto .

    What do you propose to do about it ?

  130. @Willem Hendrik
    Ha, I was thought English by a former U.S. Marine, believe it or not. And have been in the USA after gulf war1, had a few great steaks there. But that country is too big to see in a couple of days, or few weeks. I'm sure most folks are hard working, decent people. Like everywhere else.
    And the politcal elite are bastards. also like everywhere else.
    But we can have fun observing, speculating and denouncing them!

    Appreciated reply.

    Like everywhere else.

    Less suscepible to programming,
    than most people I see,

    In that way I ‘havin’ to agree,

    I’m not like everybody else.

    Could stretching it with qualifications, but stopping the lame verse above. Truth there, too.
    … but really,

    I’m not like anybody else.

  131. @Norma Jean
    "Ultimata are dangerous. They are insulting. They leave no room for preservation of dignity by compromise, by finding a way to give in without seeming to. They are a way to look for a fight."

    This is exactly what China has done by taking over islands that are both very far from China and very close to other countries. Chinese has given the world an ultimatum: Force us to stop or we'll just continue disrespectfully and illegally encroaching on others.

    Fred has gone native. He is no longer an American so his interests lie with Mexico, and since Mexico is essentially an adversary, Fred is as well.

    Not sure where it went wrong for old Fred. His Jewish wife certainly has something to do with it. She is unfaithful to him, to curry favor with her he has turned on his own people.

    Doesn’t matter though, she still cheats on him with young Mexican men.

    So far Trump is doing a fairly good job. We need to get that Wall built and start up deportations on an industrial scale. Tens of thousands per week.

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