Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 8, 2017
Politicians have been known throughout to often make dumb statements. While our current president Donald Trump plays the role of the anti-politician, he too has come up with some doozies during the past year.
Not to be outdone, two of our esteemed congresswomen, Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters, both of California, came up with a couple recently that could put them on top for year. It seems Ms. Pelosi still thinks Bush is president. As for Ms. Waters, she seems to believe that Russia invaded North Korea. This video below might humorous if these folks weren’t charged with enacting legislation for the Country.
While the mainstream media was all too happy to take on Sarah Palin for claiming she could see Russia from her property, don’t expect coverage on the mistakes made by Leftist politicians.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 21, 2015
The advancement of North Korea’s nuclear capabilities demonstrates the likely outcome of negotiations with any rogue nation determined to obtain nuclear weapons.
In December 1985 North Korea signed the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty (NPT). That treaty required signatories to submit to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) by 1992 reports on their nuclear activity. The IAEA found North Korea out of compliance, which resulted in it withdrawal from NPT the following year.
In 1993 North Korea proposed direct negotiations with the United States on the nuclear issue, which the Clinton Administration accepted. Negotiations led to the US accepting some North Korean demands with North Korea accepting limited IAEA inspections. In 1994 North Korea and the United States signed the Agreed Framework between the United States of America and the Democratic People’s Republic. This agreement supposedly eliminated weapons grade fuel from North Korea’s power plant, replacing it with the harder to weaponize light water reactors. This agreement remained in place for a few years during which North Korea did some sable rattling, which was quieted down by the United States offering financial and agricultural assistance.
By 2003 the Agreed Framework between the United States of America and the Democratic People’s Republic broke down. In 2006 North Korea tested its first nuclear bomb followed by other tests.
This week CNN reported that North Korea claimed significant advances in its nuclear weapons including the creation of miniaturized warheads, improved missile accuracy and firing a rocket capable of carrying nuclear warheads from a submarine. These are ominous developments, especially the capability of producing smaller weapons that can be more easily sold to terrorists or other rogue nations.
The history of the negotiations and North Korea then becoming a nuclear nation after breaching the agreements made should surprise no one except the elitists in the State Department. A country determined to obtain nuclear weapons cannot be stopped through negotiations. The power and prestige these rouge nations gain by entering the nuclear club is perhaps the most valuable asset they can seek. Given this reality, negotiations are a charade. Those who believe that the current negotiations with Iran can lead to any more successful results have a juvenile understanding of history and the drive for sovereign power.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 14, 2013
According to Wikipedia the Peter Principle “is a proposition that states that the members of an organization where promotion is based on achievement, success, and merit will eventually be promoted beyond their level of ability”. This principle is often as “people within an organization tend to rise to their level of incompetence”. While many organizations are guilty of perpetuating the Peter Principle, bureaucratic governments tend to take it to heightened levels.
Wall Street Journal writer Bret Stephens published an op-ed titled “Axis of Fantasy vs. Axis of Reality” that focuses on the US State Department’s current naïve stance concerning negotiations with Iran on its nuclear weapons. Stephens also shares a glaring example of the Peter Principle in action within the government with the following history of State Department employee Wendy Sherman.
- Prior to entering government service/politics Sherman was a social worker.
- In 1988 Sherman managed Mike Dukakis’s Washington office during his failed presidential run. She also worked at the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
- During the mid-1990s Sherman was the CEO of the Fannie Mae Foundation. While classified as a charity, it was ultimately shut down for inappropriately using its tax-exempt status.
- Sherman joined the State Department and was a key person in our negotiations with North Korea over its illicit nuclear weapons program. She later held other positions at the State Department.
Okay, so Sherman was involved with Dukakis’s failed run for the presidency, she held political positions in the DNC, and was heavily involved with the US’s failed negotiations with North Korea over nuclear weapons. While this record of failures should have relegated Sherman to at best a low level desk job, instead she has since been appointed the US’s chief negotiator with Iran over to nuclear weapons program.
Sherman has a history of failure, but has been promoted due to political patronage. Expecting a positive outcome from her negotiations’ efforts with Iran borders is not rational.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 29, 2012
President Obama was about to hold a news conference earlier this week in Seoul, Korea when he got caught unknowingly by and open microphone. The Wall Street Journal reported that when discussing the issue of missile defense, Obama leaned over to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and said: “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.” To this Medvedev replied: “I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir and I stand with you.”
Obama’s view of the electorate is typical of politicians in general, and more specifically, Progressive ones. Such politicians view the people who elected them as mentally inferior and unable to make appropriate decisions for themselves or the country.
While Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was appropriately taken the task for ‘his campaign manager’s Etch A Sketch comments changing positions, the President will mainly get a pass from the mainstream media for similar inappropriate comments. More evidence that Obama’s promise of hope and change was nothing more than political marketing.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 4, 2012
The video below includes the story of Tibor Rubin, a Jewish survivor of a Nazi death camp. Rubin was rescued from the camp in 1945 by the American Army. This liberation affected him to the extent that he became determined to join that Army to repay the debt.
After joining the U.S. Army, Rubin faced anti-Semitism inside that service. This did not, however, stopped Rubin from serving his new country and in fact becoming a war hero, receiving the Medal of Honor for his gallantry in Korea.
The real story here is not about heroism. It is instead about a man who was inspired to serve the country that adopted him, even though it was not perfect. Rubin understood that as imperfect as America was, it was far better than what he escaped in Europe.
The “greatest generation” that produced Rubin, also produced and American president that a few years later would say during his inauguration: “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” Had John Kennedy said these words today, he would be considered a right-wing extremist. It is likely that he would also be vilified by Barack Obama and many of the radicals that now control the Democrat Party.
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