Tag: Strategy

Donald Trump’s current strategy isn’t about winning in court. It’s about disrupting the process in the hope of winning the US election by default – ABC News

A Supporter of President Donald Trump confronts a counter-protester in the middle of the street.

One of his legal advisers, Jenna Ellis, claimed it paved the way for “Republican state legislator[s] [to] select the electors” — an open invitation for the Republican-led legislature to hand the state to Trump, not Biden, in defiance of the will of the people. This was a state that Biden won by almost 150,000 votes.

Donald Trump’s current strategy isn’t about winning in court. It’s about disrupting the process in the hope of winning the US election by default – ABC News

Trump’s Authoritarianism is Ill-Suited to a Pandemic | The Smirking Chimp

Hospitals have been instructed to send COVID data to a central database in Washington, bypassing the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The information will no longer be accessible to the public, raising concern that the data is being hidden for political reasons and the lack of transparency will make it easier for the administration to mislead the public.

The administration is also blocking CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield from testifying before Congress about the safety of reopening schools. They are attempting to block GOP senators from allocating billions of dollars to the CDC, Pentagon, and State Department for pandemic response. And the administration even opposes sending billions to states for testing and contact tracing.

via Trump’s Authoritarianism is Ill-Suited to a Pandemic | The Smirking Chimp

Donald Trump fires Inspector-General Michael Atkinson, who sparked US President’s impeachment – US Election 2020 – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Coronavirus has spooked Trump

The top Democrat on the Senate intelligence panel, Virginia senator Mark Warner, said it was “unconscionable” that Mr Trump would fire Mr Atkinson in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We should all be deeply disturbed by ongoing attempts to politicise the nation’s intelligence agencies,” Mr Warner said.

House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, who led the House impeachment inquiry, said “the President’s dead of night decision puts our country and national security at even greater risk”.

via Donald Trump fires Inspector-General Michael Atkinson, who sparked US President’s impeachment – US Election 2020 – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Turnbull may be standing in front of the orchestra pit but Abbott composed the cacophony they are playing – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tony Abbott is being widely dismissed in the media as having little influence in the Liberal Party today but I beg to differ.

Abbott is, in fact, very much the architect of today’s Liberal Party strategy.

Malcolm had a go at telling us there was never a more exciting time to be us and that innovation would solve all our problems.

But he failed dismally to excite the nation. Talk of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists and innovation hubs meant nothing to an electorate struggling to get by with stagnant wages, insecure employment and inadequate welfare.

So Malcolm ripped up the science playbook and adopted the well-honed Abbott strategy of going for character assassination instead, with a fishing expedition hoping to find some mud that would stick.

via Turnbull may be standing in front of the orchestra pit but Abbott composed the cacophony they are playing – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Donald Trump escalates conflict with media: ‘They are the enemy of the people’ – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Donald Trump is bypassing mainstream media outlets, which he calls fake news, and giving favour to conservative news organisations. So how should the media respond?

Source: Donald Trump escalates conflict with media: ‘They are the enemy of the people’ – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Trump and Netanyahu: A shared art of exploiting terrorism | +972 Magazine

Trump is using the same framework for understanding terrorism to justify his Muslim ban and immigration policy that Netanyahu and Israel have exploited to justify half a century of occupation. By Naomi Dann Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit with President Trump at the White House this week. It will be a true meeting of minds. Both leaders are bombastic and rely on false claims, fear-mongering, and stereotypes to pursue discriminatory, racist, and violent policies. [tmwinpost] The parallels would be comical if they weren’t so harmful. Just last week, Trump asserted, based on no evidence, that people were bussed…

Source: Trump and Netanyahu: A shared art of exploiting terrorism | +972 Magazine

600 SAS are off to Iraq to train the Iraqi army. The same army of deserters that abandoned their US hardware to ISIS. They have no guaranteed loyalty to the state of Iraq other than$$. Is Abbott doing us any favours??

Tony Abbott is desperate to go to war, but what are the costs Veteran Australian diplomat Bruce Haigh says

The so called Islamic State is a marauding force of Sunni adherents with an ambitious and opportunistic agenda. It seeks to fill the political and military vacuum brought about by the first American invasion of Iraq.  Acquiring power behind the shield of religion is its modus operandi.

Commonsense and compassion dictates that the rampaging rebels must be halted and contained. They must be stopped from beheading western hostages, abducting and raping women and executing prisoners of war. But who is it that should stop them?

This is not Australia’s fight.Australia is not threatened in the way Iraq and neighbouring states might feel threatened.This is a fight for a broad coalition of Arab states. In the absence of this why should Australia step up?

Abbott is approaching military involvement as a religious crusade. He has said that anyone fighting for the rebels is against God and religion. The Attorney General, George Brandis, appears to be on the same hymn sheet, describing the “mission” as humanitarian with military elements. They describe the rebels as evil.The original Crusaders saw their missions as an act of love, righting the wrongs of Islamic occupation of the Holy Lands.

As with American entry to the war in Vietnam, this current undertaking is bereft of strategic thinking and planning. There is a forward rush based on emotional footage and commentary.Abbott and his followers are banging an urgent military tattoo, in order to drown out dissent and numb clear thought.

In building the case for war in Vietnam, media outlets in 1963 were swamped with images of village headmen decapitated, hung and disembowelled by the Viet Cong. Emotion and fear was exploited.

The slogan of the time was that it was better to fight Communism in Vietnam than at home. Abbott’s better to fight the Jihadists in Iraq than Australia eerily echoes the propaganda from that earlier ill-judged and failed war. 60,000 Australians served in Vietnam, 521 died and 3,000 were injured.

Nothing was achieved.

America fatally misread the political and social dynamics of Vietnam.Yet here is Abbott, a latter day lap dog, swallowing every grim U.S. ‘intelligent report’ on IS and Iraq, not factoring in the earlier failure of U.S. policy, which has led to the present imbroglio.

How exactly does Abbott believe the U.S. confrontation of IS will proceed to a more successful outcome than Vietnam, the first and second Iraq wars and Afghanistan?

We have gone to war with the IS in conjunction with the Iraqi military in order to support the government of Iraq, but what if the government in Iraq collapses and/or the  untrained and uncommitted Iraqi military fades into the desert? Will the ‘Coalition’ continue the war? Will they take over the instruments of the failed Iraqi state?If Vietnam is any guide, the answer is yes — and with predictable and catastrophic results.What if IS should have further success, gaining more ground and assets and, in the process, look and behave more like a functioning state to the point that a number ‒ perhaps a majority of Arab countries ‒ give recognition and trade with the new entity or state.What if they turn against the ‘Coalition’ on the basis that it comprises interfering infidels?

What if the Taliban in Afghanistan use the ruggedness and remoteness of the country to train IS and other fighters?

As the war drags on, or perhaps before even that situation is reached, will the Abbott government introduce a war levy (tax) and re-introduce selective conscription, for what is likely to become an unpopular war? To top off Abbott’s silly and alarming sabre rattling, we have heard little from the immature government he leads regarding the far greater threat to the world posed by the Ebola plague.

Bruce Haigh is a political commentator, conscript and retired diplomat, who served in the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan.