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With Donald Trump’s Inability To Lead, Vladimir Putin Is About To Raise From The Dead, Benito Mussolini.

Posted in United States with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2017 by sheriffali

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History has a definitive record of Benito Mussolini who was Leader of the “National Fascist Party.” Mussolini an ally of Adolf Hitler died on April 28, 1945 and Hitler April 30, 1945. Butchers alike died days apart after the ruins of World War 11.

 

As Trump continues to alienate America’s Allies, especially Europe, the US Embassy in Italy still doesn’t have an Ambassador and Putin is using his savvy Ambassador Sergey Razov to Court Italy’s Communist Party. Donald Trump’s quest to live up to Vladimir Putin’s demands has created a major vacuum for world Leadership and Putin isn’t wasting anytime.

 

Trump’s illegitimate Presidency that has evolved into “Special Counsel Investigating “Trump Russia Collusion,” and with each passing day bombshell after bombshells hit Trump Right in the head and Donald Trump hasn’t been able to do anything productive or honest since he assumed the Office of the Presidency. Unless and until Donald Trump is impeached from Office and Trump’s Cronies are removed from the helm of power, America is falling fast and furious from being the “World Leader.”

 

Realistically, Donald Trump hasn’t only abandoned America’s Allies, Trump has abandoned America and the America people, including those that voted for him and still support him.

 

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[NYT] “ROME — President Trump made the most of his short time in Italy. He was treated to a private audience with the pope, met with both the country’s president and its prime minister in Rome, flew to Sicily for a summit meeting of world leaders and visited with American troops at a nearby naval air station.

 

But as the sudden burst of diplomatic activity subsided with his departure, European and American officials fear a return to the new normal of American inattention as the administration struggles with political turmoil and Russia-related scandals back home.

 

All the while, Russia is assiduously courting Italy, a country that once had the largest Communist party outside the Soviet bloc and that many analysts consider the soft underbelly of the European Union.

 

In Rome, Mr. Trump left behind an embassy without an ambassador, and forfeited a geopolitical playing field that Moscow’s ambassador in Rome, Sergey Razov, is exploiting.

 A deliberate, gray-haired career diplomat, Mr. Razov has been plugging away at building relationships with Italian politicians, organizing concerts for Italy’s earthquake survivors and visiting Italian regional officials who lament the “unfair” sanctions on Russia — which Moscow dearly wants lifted.

 

Next month, Mr. Razov will offer a sumptuous buffet when he hosts the annual Russia Day celebration amid the dripping chandeliers, coffered ceilings and gilded interiors of his Villa Abamelek residence.

 

Like Mr. Razov’s energetic diplomacy, much of Russia’s relationship building is being done in plain sight, as when President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia hosted Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni this month in Sochi, and President Sergio Mattarella a few weeks before that in Moscow.” https://nyti.ms/2rhcubT

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Congress Where The Freeloaders And Non-Thinkers Exist, Defying Obama, Many in Congress Press to Arm Ukraine

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 12, 2015 by sheriffali

Irrespective of how much arms we provide to Ukraine, they cannot win a war against Russia and by giving them arms, we are certainly committing Americans and perhaps the world to World War 111.

 

The only way to resolve the Ukraine situation is for the Europeans to be truly serious about sanctioning Russia in the most severe manner and the United States “targeting” the “Russian Central Bank. If Russia is unable to use Euro Dollars, British Sterling and US Dollars, there is no way Vladimir Putin can continue his internecine actions.

 

Republicans, if given the opportunity will drag America back into reinvading Iraq, bombing Iran, going to war with Russia and perhaps China.

 

President Dwight Eisenhower got us involved in Vietnam and subsequently our involvement escalated into one of America’s defining tragedy. Ronald Reagan unofficially got us into wars in South America; El Salvador, Nicaragua and other South and Central American Countries. President George W.H. Bush invaded Panama and carried out the First Gulf War with Iraq. President George W Bush started the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

 

What do they all have in Common? They are Republicans, full blown Republicans!

 

[New York Times] WASHINGTON — With the peace process stalled and violence escalating in Ukraine, a bipartisan coalition in Congress is defying President Obama and European allies by pressing the administration to provide weapons to the embattled nation.

 

The Senate has included provisions in its military policy bill to arm Ukraine with antiarmor systems, mortars, grenade launchers and ammunition to aid in its fight against Russian-backed separatists. It would also prevent the administration from spending more than one half of $300 million in aid for Ukraine unless 20 percent is earmarked for offensive weapons. The House has passed a similar measure.

 

So far, the Obama administration has refused to provide lethal aid, fearing that it would only escalate the bloodshed and give President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia a pretext for further incursions.

 

The push by lawmakers to arm Ukraine’s beleaguered armed forces threatens to open a rift between the United States and key allies, especially Germany and France, at a time when the Obama administration has been working to demonstrate unified support for extending European economic sanctions against Russia that are scheduled to expire at the end of July.

 

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FIFA Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges; Face Extradition to U.S.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2015 by sheriffali

[NYT] ZURICH — Swiss authorities began an extraordinary early-morning operation here Wednesday to arrest several top soccer officials and extradite them to the United States on federal corruption charges.

 

As leaders of FIFA, soccer’s global governing body, gathered for their annual meeting, more than a dozen plain-clothed Swiss law enforcement officials arrived unannounced at the Baur au Lac hotel, an elegant five-star property with views of the Alps and Lake Zurich.

 

The officers went to the registration desk to get keys, then headed upstairs toward the hotel rooms.

 

The charges allege widespread corruption in FIFA over the past two decades, involving bids for World Cups as well as marketing and broadcast deals, according to three law enforcement officials with direct knowledge of the case. The charges include wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering. Prosecutors planned to unseal an indictment soon against more than 10 officials, not all of whom are in Zurich, law enforcement officials said.

 

“We’re struck by just how long this went on for and how it touched nearly every part of what F.I.F.A. did,” said a law enforcement official. “It just seemed to permeate every element of the federation and was just their way of doing business. It seems like this corruption was institutionalized.”

 

The arrests were a startling blow to FIFA, a multibillion-dollar organization that governs the world’s most popular sport but has been plagued by accusations of bribery for decades.

The inquiry is also a major threat to Sepp Blatter, FIFA’s longtime president who is generally recognized as the most powerful person in sports, though he was not charged. An election, seemingly pre-ordained to give him a fifth term as president, is scheduled for Friday.

 

The case is the most significant yet for United States Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, who took office last month. She previously served as the United States attorney in Brooklyn, where she supervised the FIFA investigation.

 

With more than $1.5 billion in reserves, FIFA is as much a global financial conglomerate as a sports organization. With countries around the world competing aggressively to win the bid to host the World Cup, Mr. Blatter has commanded the fealty of anyone who wanted a piece of that revenue stream. He and FIFA have weathered corruption controversies in the past, but none involved charges of federal crimes in United States court.

 

United States law gives the Justice Department wide authority to bring cases against foreign nationals living abroad, an authority that prosecutors have used repeatedly in international terrorism cases. Those cases can hinge on the slightest connection to the United States, like the use of an American bank or Internet service provider.

 

Switzerland’s treaty with the United States is unusual in that it gives Swiss authorities the power to refuse extradition for tax crimes, but on matters of general criminal law, the Swiss have agreed to turn people over for prosecution in American courts.

 

The case further mars the reputation of FIFA’s leader, Mr. Blatter, who has for years acted as a de facto head of state. Politicians, star players, national soccer officials and global corporations that want their brands attached to the sport have long genuflected before him.

 

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At the State of the Union, a President Outgunned in Congress Is Still Combative [NYT]

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The circumstances facing President Obama as he delivered his State of the Union address Tuesday night could not have seemed less promising: a presidency with only two years left to get anything done in a Congress that is now totally in the control of a party that has routinely ignored his pleas for cooperation. So he chose wisely to send a simple, dramatic message about economic fairness, about the fact that the well-off — the top earners, the big banks, Silicon Valley — have done just great, while the middle and working classes remain dead in the water. His remedy: skim from the rich and redistribute to those below, while deploying other weapons to raise wages and increase jobs.

 

He did not frame the debate over inequality as starkly as many economists have, preferring instead to talk about the virtues of “middle-class economics.” But he came close. “It’s now up to us to choose who we want to be over the next 15 years, and for decades to come,” he said. “Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well? Or will we commit ourselves to an economy that generates rising incomes and chances for everyone who makes the effort?”

Mr. Obama knows his prospects of getting Congress to agree are less than zero; Republicans dismissed his ideas before he even voiced them. That does not make them irrelevant. Mr. Obama was speaking not just to the present but to the future, to the 2016 presidential elections and even beyond. By simply raising the plight of the middle class (and, looming behind it, the larger issue of economic inequality), he has firmly inserted issues of economic fairness into the political debate. Hillary Rodham Clinton or whomever the Democrats nominate cannot ignore them now. Even Republicans, disinclined to raise taxes on top-tier earners, may find attractive the idea of doing something for those in the middle.

 

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Republicans on 18 days paid vacation after denying Unemployment Insurance and blocking equal pay for women!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2014 by sheriffali

The Nexus of Republicans and Vladimir Putin!

 

Republicans, since retaking control of the House of Representatives in 2010 and the forty-five Republican Senators, really haven’t done anything tangible to get us out of the precarious predicament George W. Bush left us in, but, despite that fact, with the intelligence of President Obama and the Democrats, “we have come a long way from where we were at the end of Bush’s Presidency in 2008.”

 

Banks are no longer collapsing; The Stock Market is at an all time high; The S & P went from a low of 730 and stands presently over 1,800, that helped the 401K Plans to not only regain 100% of its value, but added value beyond that. Unemployment that was at an all time high over 10% when Bush left Office is today 6.7%. Under Bush we had a net gain of jobs of one million for all of Bush’s eight years and under Obama, we added 8.9 million new jobs. Obama ended the Iraq war and by the end of this year we would be out of Afghanistan. The total cost of those two wars thus far, is estimated to be over four (4) trillion dollars.

 

However, Republicans cannot take credit for anything because rather than help they obstructed, lied, cheated, schemed and did everything to persuade the American people that “all that ails America and their lives is the fault of President Obama.” As strange as it may seem, a great majority of Americans seems to agree with the Republicans misnomer. To be frank about how uninformed and ignorant we have become, only 27% of Americans knew where Ukraine is located. In a recent Poll many Americans thought that Ukraine was within one of our fifty States; some thought it was located in South America and others placed Ukraine literally in the Ocean 180 degrees from where it is. So, in the final analysis, some of us are just plain dumb!

 

 

Putin is using Ukraine as a Panacea to hide Russia’s rough and tumbled economy and it is getting worse for Russia by the day as it pertains to Russia’s financial stability. However, Russia like North Korea control the media and Putin spoon feed the Russian people as to how great Russia is doing and out of being uninformed and ignorant of facts, many Russians see Putin as their Savior the same as many Americans see the Republicans as theirs.

 

Nothing can be further from the truth because factually, Republican Legislators have become Pariahs of the Middle-Class and the Poor and Putin; he is a self centered, conceited Pariah of anyone and everyone, except Putin.

 

In the final analysis, Putin and our Republican Legislators only interest, is to “remain in power, lie, cheat, steal, deceive for their own benefit and the few they favor!”

 

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REPUBLICANS AND PUTIN

The Republicans are all mouth and no brain!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2014 by sheriffali

 

For Republicans to be whining about President Obama misreading Putin, they should reflect on their own guy, The Great George W. Bush who saw Putin’s Soul! I think the truth of the matter is the past Presidents that have dealt with Putin and Obama who is now dealing with Putin; they can’t be faulted for what they saw in Chameleon Putin!

Putin seems a little deranged and also possibly enraged over the collapse of the USSR. On top of that the information Edward Snowden stole and gave to Putin has America’s Defense Plan in the unlikely event of war. Putin who must have examined what Snowden gave him then realized that he “badly needed” a buffer zone and hence the reason he annexed Crimea, however, Russia’s entry into Crimea is “only” by air or Sea.  On the Eastern Part of Ukraine, Russia “land” borders with Ukraine and that may be Putin’s next goal.

The right wing who seems always hell bent on war can criticize Obama all they want, but, war seems like the most unlikely option. Economic Sanctions on the other hand, especially “targeting” Russia’s Central Bank would collapse Russia’s already devastated economy. But, even so, Obama has to be mindful of our European Allies. The Republicans are all mouth and no brain!

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