After Paris and now the Turkish shooting of a Russian plane, it looks like a big war has started with some small steps…
This could all have been avoided.. by pushing back aggression a long time ago..
It’s wrenching to see the world spiral into chaos and war, just because an arrogant and clueless person sits in power..
A Syrian passport was found near the body of one of the terrorists. Why was it there? Undoubtedly, to back up the ISIS boast that it is infiltrating operatives amid the refugees flooding Europe. The passport may have been fake, but the terrorist’s fingerprints were not. They match those of a man who just a month earlier had come through Greece on his way to kill Frenchmen in Paris.
If the other goal of the Paris massacre was to frighten France out of the air campaign in Syria — the way Spain withdrew from the Iraq war after the terrorist attack on its trains in 2004 — they picked the wrong country. France is a serious post-colonial power, as demonstrated in Ivory Coast, the Central African Republic and Mali, which France saved from an Islamist takeover in 2013.
Indeed, socialist President François Hollande has responded furiously to his country’s 9/11 with an intensified air campaign, hundreds of raids on suspected domestic terrorists, a state of emergency and proposed changes in the constitution to make France less hospitable to jihad.
Meanwhile, Barack Obama, titular head of the free world, has responded to Paris with weariness and annoyance. His news conference in Turkey was marked by a stunning tone of passivity, detachment and lassitude, compounded by impatience and irritability at the very suggestion that his Syria strategy might be failing.
..Hollande is trying to gather a real coalition to destroy the Islamic State, even as Obama touts his phony 65. For 11 post-World War II presidencies, coalition leading has been the role of the United States. Where is America today? Awaiting a president. The next president.
Just a little update – our earlier predictions from October 13th about Trump vs. Hillary for the next election seem to hold..
Both have a commanding lead in their parties, and in a few days we’re entering December..
This also has potentially big implications for the upcoming shifts in US domestic and foreign policy, 1 year from now.
Republican insiders tell Politico that Donald Trump “could take two of the first four early voting states, though they caution his hold on Iowa is weak.”
“Roughly three-in-four GOP insiders in New Hampshire and South Carolina, many of whom have been repeatedly and consistently skeptical of Trump’s chances, now say he would win their states if their primaries were held today… But his hold on Iowa and Nevada is more tenuous, according to insiders who note those states’ caucuses require significant organizational muscle to produce a win.”
It still looks like Trump is holding his lead nationally and might win the early states, and the nomination..
A new Morning Consult poll finds Donald Trump continues to lead the Republican presidential field nationally by a wide margin, after seeing his support dip in late October.
Trump leads with 38%, followed by Ben Carson at 19%, Marco Rubio at 7%, Ted Cruz at 7% and Jeb Bush at 6%.
Good points about Jeb… he should get out soon….
Jeb Bush “is suddenly campaigning like he’s in a therapy session, wounded and wrestling with his identity both as a political performer and as heir to the Bush family dynasty. On a comeback tour here this week to rehabilitate his sputtering candidacy, Bush wore his emotions on his sleeve and volunteered introspective interpretations of why he wasn’t winning,” the Washington Post reports.
“Ten months ago, Bush was the ready-set-go candidate — the one many Republicans could most easily imagine in the Oval Office. Now, he is an awkward aspirant humbled by his own mistakes and miscalculations — not to mention months of Donald Trump’s ‘low energy’ taunts — and searching for his currency in a conservative movement that has moved on from the Bushes.”
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Trump is likely just stronger as a candidate after the 3rd round of debates.
He was more “above the fray” this time, more restrained but also very efficient and authoritative when shutting people down, and in the end – he will probably get enough votes to become the nominee, based upon his proven ability to get things done.
Trump is now widely seen as most electable candidate, has huge leads on issues like the economy, trade and immigration, a big polling lead nationally, and big leads in 3 of 4 primary states for months.
A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that 70% of Republican voters view Donald Trump as their strongest general election candidate, highlighting “the sharp contrast between the party’s voters and its top professionals regarding the billionaire businessman’s ultimate political strength.”
Trump & Carson steady in the front for the GOP nomination, Trump back up in Iowa, and big leads (+17 and +26) in NH and SC.
A new CBS News poll in Iowa shows Donald Trump and Ben Carson deadlocked at 27% to 27%, with Ted Cruz at 12%, Marco Rubio at 9% and Jeb Bush at 6%.
In New Hampshire, Trump leads with 38%, followed by Carson at 12%, Bush at 8%, Rubio at 7%, Carly Fiorina at 7%, Cruz at 5% and John Kasich at 5%.
In South Carolina, Trump leads with 40%, followed by Carson at 23%, Cruz at 8%, Rubio at 7% and Bush at 6%.