Preparing for War!

There are two interconnected things that really bother me today.

The first is the misconception that Russia is preparing for war. Reports  this morning are that Russia is beefing up its missiles on its border :-

Russia has announced it will deploy its nuclear-capable Iskander missiles in retaliation for NATO’s military shield on Russia’s western borders. (here)

Russian President Vladimir Putin also said Russia had to react to what it perceived as being a threat from US-led forces in eastern Europe.

‘Why are we reacting to NATO expansion so emotionally? We are concerned by NATO’s decision making,’ RIA quoted him as saying.

He added: ‘What should we do? We have, therefore, to take countermeasures, which means to target with our missile systems the facilities, that, in our opinion, start posing a threat to us.’

NATO orders four additional battalions to Russian border

That was on June 14th 2016 (here) where under the guise of defending Europe against attacks from Iran (Go figure) they need to place hundreds of missiles along Russia’s border. They have been increasing ever since.

America Trashes NATO Founding Act; Rushes Weapons to Russia’s Borders

The NATO Founding Act was agreed to between the US and Russia in 1997 in order to provide to Russia’s leader Boris Yeltsin some modicum of assurance that America wouldn’t invade his country. (here)

The USA told a bare faced lie to the Russians and yet…we claim HIM to be the aggressor.
What NATO is doing is so very foolish and at the beck and call of Obama, is not a smart thing to do.
The first point is that appeasing Obama is all well and good, but in the event of war it will be Europe that suffers the most.
Additionally perhaps the US thinks its insulated, and that perhaps it would not feel any potential threats? But realistically the Russians have been building less tanks and more subs like all the main countries in the world, and, what is the betting there a couple sitting within striking distance of NY right NOW.
That is apart from EMP Electromagnetic Pulse that have now been effected by most governments that can render all electrical machines and communications useless… from a couple of hundred miles UP! (here) As hard as Europe gets it …. so would the USA!

The second is the very real threat to Donald Trump. Over the last few weeks you have had more and more threats to him as he progressed towards the Presidency.

This would be convenient to some and has been suggested by media sites like the Conservative Tree-house many times. Obama wants war, and to stop Trump! What a perfect scenario for that happening!

Sometimes when you fall you fly……

Having had a series of setbacks in my life this last two years, it has made me reflect a little on life’s little hassles………. those things you most want, against the things you most need. Business has been abysmal, a court case has drained resources, and a deep dark chasm has been the sole benefactor of my time.

Thomas A. Edison

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Thomas A. Edison

Fortunes have changed and what was extremely promising moments ago, serve as being mediocre by my standards today. Not so much a failure but more a victim of circumstance, that involuntary tide that takes you sometimes where you do not wish to go.

Winston Churchill

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
Winston Churchill

Of course there are areas that I am fortunate in, but hardly notice while the cloud is hanging right above my head, taking the limelight from the positive things. Although the saving light has been my wife, who, without having the support would have assured me a long stay in a committal institution, or worse still at Her Majesties Pleasure…………

“If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.”
Steven Wright

Always had this idea that if your going to go for it, then shoot for the stars, work at it hard, be enthusiastic, be fair, be honest. I once said to my children, if you want to be a scientist, or if you want to be a road sweep, if its what you feel, do it!, but be the best you can be………

“I make mistakes like the next man. In fact, being–forgive me–rather cleverer than most men, my mistakes tend to be correspondingly huger.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

It now occurs to me that absolute enthusiasm for a project is not always the most prudent thing. To hedge your bets has its merits, creating a soft landing rather than an abrupt halt, is always preferable.

Robert F. Kennedy

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
Robert F. Kennedy

Enthusiastic is the only way I know to be. If I like something, I really like it. So it follows that I should put in everything I have, but somehow never learn that prudence should take precedent.

Now at 59 yrs old, its finally sunk in, that time is not immortal, and I dont have an infinite option in the world. No longer am I super charged with cryptonite, and can take on the world.

On the other hand, I wake up with enthusiasm, look forward to each day, am revitalized from end of day negative thoughts from yesterday. I look for a new option, an alternative goal, a positive optimism of whats gone before and assure myself with effort the current issues are just that as a toothache that pains today, with a hard time remembering what that ache felt like a week later.

Henry Ford once said:“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”
Henry Ford

I would say that the only real mistake, is the one that stops you trying even harder. ….

Thought of the Day…

Thought of the Day

“Forget the Syria debate, we need to debate on why we’re always debating whether to bomb someone,” Maher said. “Because we’re starting to look, not so much like the world’s policeman, but more like George Zimmerman — itching to use force and then pretending it’s because we had no choice.”

Bill Mayer on Bombing.

Quotes of the famous….war

We treasure them for being special in one form or another, but how often we disregard words of wisdom, from the very wise.

Kennedy, so much wiser than his advisers in the Cuban Crisis overcame the problem with a simple phone call to another wise guy called Nikita Khrushchev.

The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution.
John F. Kennedy

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I remember President Kennedy once stated… that the United States had the nuclear missile capacity to wipe out the Soviet Union two times over, while the Soviet Union had enough atomic weapons to wipe out the United States only once… When journalists asked me to comment… I said jokingly, “Yes, I know what Kennedy claims, and he’s quite right. But I’m not complaining… We’re satisfied to be able to finish off the United States first time round. Once is quite enough. What good does it do to annihilate a country twice? We’re not a bloodthirsty people.”

Nikita Khrushchev

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Earnest Hemingway had a different perspective.

In modern war… you will die like a dog for no good reason.
Ernest Hemingway

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I have no idea how WW3 will be fought, but WWIV will be fought with sticks and stones.

Albert Einstein

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And Dwight

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.
Winston Churchill

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War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.
John F. Kennedy

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War does not determine who is right – only who is left.
Bertrand Russell

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It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
Voltaire

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When the rich wage war, it’s the poor who die.
Jean-Paul Sartre

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If we don’t end war, war will end us.
H. G. Wells

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You can’t say civilization don’t advance… in every war they kill you in a new way.
Will Rogers

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“Lets give peace a chance”

John Lennon