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A Washington Post revised Middle East?

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

{ by Charles Cameron — Israel takes Saudi I kid you not ]

This is a straight, unphotoshopped, slightly reduced screenshot from the online WaPo as it appeared in my browser today:

Ambitious peace-making!

Sunday surprise, humor from Riyadh

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

[ by Charles Cameron — ]


Muggle, muggle, toil and trouble.



A great-great-..-grandson of Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab is seated between the Jew, Jared Kushner, and the Catholic, Steve Bannon.

On second thoughts, perhaps that’s an indication of interfaith solidarity..

Traveling Trump, minor issues

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

[ by Charles Cameron — media keeps wildly guessing re matters of protocol ]

For example..


Ah, well, no one can say Trump is not sensitive:


And then again:


Oops again:

Nope, he was bending to receive a medal around his neck.

So far so good — nobody seems to know what’s what, but ni disasters have been spotted. . The first major test is yet to come. As the Washington Post puts it, Trump campaigned against Muslims, but will preach tolerance in Saudi speech.

That will be quite a trick — but not impossible if his speech writer has been reading Will McCants.

And I suspect Melania is the President’s trump card in all this..


Oh, and now this, for good measure:

I’m reminded of roulette..

Impeachment: the unintended consequences

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

[ by Charles Cameron — unknown unknowns and the cloud of unknowing ]

As so often, there’s little thought given to consequences when thise who deeply dislike and distrust President Trump call for his impeachment.

One consequence of a successful impeachment and conviction would be the ascension of VP Pence to the office of the Presidency — a possibility dramatized for liberals by the discovery of an old interview in which “Vice President Mike Pence once had told The Hill, a political newspaper and website, that he never dines with women alone, nor does he attend functions without his wife if alcohol is being served.” but that can be handled, as this bumper sticker testifies:

What worries me a whole lot more, though, is the predictably dire resuts of liberal enthusiasm to convict blinding those same liberals to the militant support President Trump receives from his core support base:

OODA, Ouroboros — and Trump

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

[ by Charles Cameron — first of three relatively minor posts while awaiting Trump’s Saudi speech re Islam ]

First off, the Boyd OODA loop — shown in the lower panel below in one of Michael Wilson‘s variant versions from Graeco-Roman Egypt — is an Ouroboros, shown in the upper panel in a version from Toward an Ontology of Integrated Intelligence & Conflict.


Then, the loop is getting so tight here, it’s almost a tautology:

“If Donald Trump gets impeached, he will have one person to blame: Donald Trump,” one of those administration officials said.

That’s from The Daily Beast, Trump Officials: ‘He Looks More and More Like a Complete Moron’

One hardy perennial ouroboric comment about President Trump is that he has shot himself in the foot [ eg: 1, 2, 3 ] — even when he thinks abpout shooting someone else on Fifth Avenue:

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