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Impeachment: the unintended consequences

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

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

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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:

Traveling Trump, upcoming speeches

Friday, May 19th, 2017

[ by Charles Cameron — given a choice between Stephen Miller and Will McCants.. ]
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The Saudi speech:

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The NATO speech:

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The Israel speech:

Israel, where Trump wanted to land his helicopter atop Masada..

Unlike former presidents who have made the trip, such as George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Trump declined to land the helicopter at a base of the historic site and then take the cable car up, preferring to cancel the visit altogether.

And the Western Wall is in the West Bank?

All in all, one might wish there were a Will McCants to proffer speechwriting advice — or, hey, write speeches — for Saudi, Israel, NATO, the vatican, onwards…

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Coda:

Two sides of the Saudi coin?

Friday, May 19th, 2017

[ by Charles Cameron — sunni / salafi hope, shia fear, when the us weighs saudi oil against iranian nukes — what say the sufis? ]
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Context one:

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Context two:

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Having said that, returning to the Saudi visit:

Hayder al-Khoei is less than enthused:

Addendum requested: McCants on Gesture

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

[ by Charles Cameron — vexed questions — to bow or not to bow, hold hands, smooch, that funny handshake, dance moves, veil ]
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WIll McCants has lined up his “friendly advice for the poor speechwriter tasked with crafting Trump’s upcoming speech on Islam” in a Politico piece titled Trump Is Giving a Speech About Islam. What Could Go Wrong? The next word, opening McCants’ sub-head? Plenty.

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Thing is, gestures speak loud as words. Here are some of the slippery issues McCants might like to address in terms of gesture.

Bow:

There’s the question of bowing. President Obama may or may not have bowed, or leaned over to give a double-handed handshake. It’s a founding principle that America doesn’t feel deferential to monarchy, and Obama reportedly didn’t bow to Queen Elizabeth when he met her..

Here’s Bill O’Reilly:

If it were me, I wouldn’t hold his hand, I wouldn’t smooch him, I wouldn’t bow, I’d say “Hey, how ya doin’, King..”

Holding hands:

George W Bush holds hands, Chris Matthews and Jon Stweart riff..

Kiss-kiss, aka smooch:

Wolf Blitzer has this one:

Dancing with drawn sword:

Whoda thunkit? This one is truly remarkable, from my Eurocentric perspective…

That no less remarkable handshake:

Veil:

And then there’s one for the women in Trump’s entourage, Melania and Ivanka to be precise. To veil or not to veil?

Here’s Michelle Obama:

If there is humor in much of the above, it is the humor of contrast with expectation..

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Salaam:

Without getting into the details of who greets whom, who goes first and who responds, and in what words, all of which is proper for a Muslim to discuss, I can at least say that the Quran is deeply invested in courtesy of a kind that diplomats would file under “protocol” — as we see in Sura 4 verse 86:

When a (courteous) greeting is offered you, meet it with a greeting still more courteous, or (at least) of equal courtesy. Allah takes careful account of all things.


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