“One, twenty-one guns
Lay down your arms
Give up the fight
One, twenty-one guns
Throw up your arms into the sky
One, twenty-one guns
Lay down your arms
Give up the fight
One, twenty-one guns
Throw up your arms into the sky
You and I” – Green Day on “21 Guns” released in 2009 on their 21st Century Breakdown Album.
The sack-race of President Donald J. Trump is insane. The turnover of staff and appointed members of his cabinet is into historic levels. The supposed prestige of getting these roles are dwindling down. As in so many departments, government organizations and such-such are filled with temporary acting individuals, instead of Congress approved personnel. That is because, well, the President cannot be stable or sincere enough to keep the one his gotten approved.
President Trump have today fired the warmonger, the lousy and flimsy character, the Iraqi Jedi, John Bolton from his position as the National Security Advisor. He had this role for 520 days, his predecessors under this administration was taken out much quicker. First was the Gen. Michael Flynn, which only lasted 24 days, the acting NSA Keith Kellogg had 7 days and the one right before Bolton was Gen. H.R. McMaster who lasted until now record-breaking 412 days.
Bolton and McMaster lasted over a year, by a thread, because the trust between them and President wore thin. That is because of the erratic and insane attitude to governing that is residing in the White House. The Banana Republic and the tin-pot acting dictator in the flesh. Who thinks he does it all best, but continues to fail. Therefore, it is easier to fire someone, than actually trying to proper govern.
That is why the White House is looking for its fifth NSA, that since January 2017. Which doesn’t seem to long ago, but is in the mental state of this White House a decade. The way its eats and spits-out personnel. Like men with titles, clearances and ability to grasp the positions they need grow on trees.
President Trump has wasted yet another ally. Another one of the Republican hacks, who was match made in heaven, but ended in a minor moment of hell. Instead of making things better, none of these made an effort to make change. Trump didn’t want advice, and in the end, the warmongering advisor had to get the axe. Because, that is easier than actually doing something profound and meaningful. While being in office.
Trump has wasted yet another man, another White House Official, who was loyal to him. Not that I like the man. I don’t and his legacy is endless war and thinking the bullying of nations will solve things. Is just a messed foreign policy, which will end in someone’s destruction. Right now, it was his. Surely, he can go back to lobbying and earn money from gun- and ammo manufactures, which is friends. So, he can support warfare and be the merchant of death. Which is where Bolton belongs.
I don’t salute the end of Bolton in the White House. However, there is time for them 21 Guns and stop the nonsense. No, NSA will be good enough for Trump. They will differ and like a whiny bitch, he will sack them over nothing. Peace.
There are these gentlemen of the world, who are just modeling the world under a paradigm as long as you get rid of dictators and totalitarian leaders. Everything will be fine and dandy, they think killing a leader and suddenly his reign will fall. They think that the idea of going in with military and militias are the solution to cross over to a democratic models. However, this sort of activity is only risky and usually opens up a can of worms, that no-one can predict, as the civil service and the power-vacuum created isn’t filled. While the militias, the weapons and the new war-lords can create new conflict and pro-longed civil wars to get their party to control the new government. Therefore, when people like John Bolton, Mike Pompeo, Mike Pence and Donald J. Trump are saying they want a Libyan model. They are not considering the implications.
They are saying it is fine to support militias to kill a leader, to destroy his political and military party, to destroy the nation building project around that person and try to force someone else through a military solution. That is a proxy war with support and help from allies. This meaning NATO and other bombing from air, while militias are supported with arms and ammunition. That is all to conquer and take down a dictator. Instead of trying to get a peaceful takeover with a transitional period and also dialogue, that takes time and build trust between all stakeholders. They are anticipating that the final nail in the coffin and the killings of a leader is the key moment, that will create a brave new world.
In October 2012, the Human Rights Watch published a report called ‘Death of a Dictator – Bloody Vengeance in Sirte’ which stated: “Video clips filmed by mobile phone cameras at the time of Gaddafi’s capture and posted on social media sites offer visual evidence for at least one such execution. In one video clip showing Gaddafi in the custody of militia fighters at the drainage pipes just moment after his capture, a dazed but alive young man with his right leg in a cast can be seen sitting down on the ground behind Muammar Gaddafi and his captors, appearing virtually unharmed, with his hands raised in a gesture of surrender. As the phone camera pans away from the young man and focuses on Gaddafi and his captors, several short bursts of machine gun fire can be heard in the background. In a second video clip apparently filmed just moments later, a group of men captured from the convoy are filmed on the main road above the culvert with the drainage pipes being brutally beaten by militiamen, and the phone camera then pans down to show the same young man with the cast on his leg lying lifelessly among the bodies of several dead Gaddafi loyalists, with blood still flowing from his wounds. While the actual moment of his killing was not caught on camera, the two video clips taken together strongly suggest that he was shot dead by militia fighters in the moments immediately after his capture, as there do not appear to be any exchanges of gunfire taking place at the time the videos were recorded. A Human Rights Watch inspection of his body the day after the killing found that he had been shot in the chest and the upper right leg” (Human Rights Watch, P: 30-31, 2012).
So, when this is the ending of someone who ruled Libya for decades on end and had total control. When you say you want this model, that must mean you want militias to come in and get rid of his body in a demeaning way. What else can it mean? Because the Libyan model is supporting militias to get rid of Gaddafi, but not having support or plans of succession. Neither what sort of government and legitimate ruler there was supposed to come after. The reports from Libya ever since is chaos and continued fighting, a pro-longed civil war that has lasted for 7 years from 2011 to 2018. That was supported by Western Allies and has ended in countless tragedies.
Therefore, I am amazed when the likes of the Trump Administration proposes a ‘Libyan model’, do they want to promote civil wars and destruction of nations, just so they can have a puppet and they can control the resources? Is that the norm and values of the United States?
Because, it is seemingly as long as there is no peaceful transition and no sort of temporary impasse for all stakeholders within a conflict. There will be more blood shed and less of evolution to a peaceful and legitimate government. It has been changes from dictators without bloodshed, when the dictators has stepped down and gotten ‘untouchable’ and put in exile. While the state could have figure out new maneuvers within a transitional time, so that the parties and stakeholders could get their slice of the newfound peace. Not just figure out ways to eat and control, but actually fill the vacuum left after the fall. But that is all a pipe-dream as the super-powers want to bomb places to oblivion, kill the leader and loot the nations, while leaving the people dry and hoping that the empty pockets and plates doesn’t retaliate towards the puppets installed. It is like we never learn and that our leaders never want to learn. Peace.
The White House continue its purge on its staff, the Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, who has been working there since Trump Presidency begun. Even the Department of Veteran Affairs was looking forward to have Shulkin at the helm in January 2017. Now in March 2018, he is gone. Just like so many, there has been so many people who has left this administration. What is more striking, is who the President has picked to be his successor.
The White House has picked his personal physician Ronny Jackson. He has been a naval officer and worked for two presidents before in the White House, but that as a doctor, not an administrator. He has no history of working a big administration. He has no prior knowledge of bureaucracy or the inner-works of government. Just like the President, who hires people carelessly. That is why the White House Communication Team got a new member yesterday, the former Disney Starlet Charlotte Sunshine. She will work in tandem with Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Clearly, the shakes-up continue and is ever working. Ironically, Sunshine played a character in Disney on ‘Shake it Up’, the theme of how the President hires and fires personnel.
Now, that also Shulkin is gone, the man that the DVA was looking forward to work for and his leadership. Now, we will see how the presidents doctor will do and if the doctor get the clearance from the Congress, since as a secretary, he needs that, since he has no prior clearance.
At this point, it is hard to imagine more narrow and weird appointments, as the President are picking people he is watching on TV. He is not looking at experts or people in the fields of expertise, or experience. That is lacking, that is not important. Just imagine if Obama picked someone who was on Bloomberg or The View to be in cabinet. That would wreck havoc, but in Trump era its a Tuesday.
This White House is a mess, but a mess that the President created and wanted to create. At this point, he cannot blame anyone else, even though he will do it with passion on Twitter. It is weird, but natural at this point to hire his own physician. That should be a no-no, but here it is go-go. But this is the same government, that doesn’t care about nepotism or growing conflict of interests. Where the slumlords, the real-estate businesses and foreign investments are more important, than policy. Such a beautiful day in DC to be able to use the power for personal gain, just ask Kushner about that.
Now we know, that if your face on TV, you can be picked, if you speak well of the President, you can get appointed. That is the knowledge we can get from this. That is why Jackson suddenly gets appointed. Which is insane. Peace.