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  1. rikyrah says:

    From BJ:

    The Devolution Of A Superpower & The End Of The American Century Part II: Levantine Edition

    by Adam L Silverman at 6:24 pm on February 12, 2018.

    Earlier today MSNBC’s Ali Velshi interviewed Ronen Bergman, the Senior National Security Correspondent for Yedioth Ahronot. Bergman book on Israel’s assassination program has just been published, but the interview never actually got to the book. Rather, it was all about the Israeli Vs Syrian and Iranian fighting over the weekend. The discussion was illuminating, alarming, and discouraging (click across to see the video as it won’t embed).

    Bergman is reporting that Israel was preparing a full scale operation
    against the Syrian military, the Iranian Quds Force, and Hezbullah on Saturday in response to the drone incursion and the downing of the IAF F-16I. The operation was called off when Prime Minister Netanyahu got an angry phone call from Russian President Vladimir Putin telling him to stand down as this operation would put Russian military assets and personnel in Syria at risk. Bergman’s conclusion is that the US has now ceded its role in the Middle East to Russia. And that Putin may not have the region’s well being, let alone stability in mind, as he pursues his own agenda. Bergman also reported that when the Israelis went to the US and asked for them to get involved the American responses were a combination of less than reassuring to non responsive. As a result the Israelis, specifically Netanyahu, have concluded that the US is now disinterested and not willing to be engaged at the national and regional strategic level. Therefore the Israelis will make their own
    determinations about what to do, when to do it, and how to do it without concern for what the US may or may not want.

    Bergman’s reporting should be shocking. And not just to national
    security and foreign policy hawks. There is a legitimate discussion to be had about the US’s role in the world, or in specific regions of it,
    and how better to balance other states involvement in the 21st Century global system. Essentially a long overdue discussion about what the global system should be, how it should be organized, who should guarantee a basic level of security within it, and who should be the rule maker or rule makers, as the post World War II and post Cold War international orders break down and need to be replaced. These discussions require intelligence, forethought and foresight, nuance, reason, the ability to negotiate in good faith and communicate across cultures to balance competing interests. From long established powers like the US to emerging powers like China to smaller, but regionally significant powers.

  2. Ametia says:

    REPOST

  3. Ametia says:

    ENOUGH ALREADY, FROM THE MEDIA’S PUSHING THE MEME
    “TRUMP’S DOING WHAT HE DOES TO SATISFY HIS BASE”

    IT’S DIVISIVE, AND FURTHER PROVIDES COVER FOR #45’S RACISTS, WHITE SUPREMCIST, UGLY AGENDA & GOP’S COMPLICITY.

    NOT ACCEPTABLE, MOFOS!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Ametia says:

    CaC JEFF SESSIONS, YALL

    “The office of Sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement. We must never erode this historic office”:

    Sessions, speaking at National Sheriffs Association Conference

    https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4714112/sessions-sheriffs-conference

  5. Our President and First Lady FOREVER! @BarackObama @MichelleObama

    https://twitter.com/MsPackyetti/status/963074928789598208

  6. rikyrah says:

    Countdown Clock:
    Four Days Until WAKANDA 😎😎🙆🙌👏

  7. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone 😄😄😄

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