sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Sunday, March 25, 2018

An Interesting Footnote

China Gets It

Even if the general US population doesn't understand what is going on, the leadership in China understands recent US moves. The bottom line is that China needs the US and US markets if it intends to march forward and engulf all of Asia, which are their aims. Asia in fifty years, Africa in fifty years (or simply drained of all mineral wealth) and Russia when they get around to it.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin spoke about the issue  yesterday on Fox News:

“We are going to proceed with our tariffs. We’re working on that,” Mnuchin told “Fox News Sunday” in an exclusive interview, while acknowledging the U.S. is also trying to reach a trade deal with China in which the country would reduce tariffs and further open its markets. 
“We’re simultaneously having negotiations with the Chinese to see if we can reach an agreement,” he also said. “As the president has said, we want to cut the trade deficit $100 billion over the next year. … I’m cautiously hopeful we reach an agreement, but if not we are proceeding with these tariffs. We are not putting them on hold.”
And that's how it's going
  • If China doesn't leash back its North Korean dog, it there will be a nuclear war on its doorstep. They're working to bring the Norks to the bargaining table. 
  • If China won't stop dumping steel and is not capable of dealing with $100 billion in trade deficits next year (meaning it will need to buy more from US markets), they'll be hit with tariffs and it will hurt them worse.
  • China is on a military build up for hegemony in the Pacific, the US is building 37 more warships with emphasis on submarines that can sink the Chinese fleet.
China played it's hand early. Now President Trump is responding and their options are far more limited than it might seem - if they want to keep their agenda on schedule.

Sunday Sermonette

The Invocation

It's time for another polemic here at Virtual Mirage.
Easter is coming and the saints are marching in. It's
high time that we recognize them.

Saint Andrew?

There is the upcoming book tour
where I'm sure that he will refer to
himself as "St. Andrew".
Do delusions of adequacy qualify somebody to be a saint? McCabe might tell you that they do. It's about all that he has going for him now that they've taken his retirement badge/credential away. He'll write a book to prove it. He thought that he wanted a career but it turns out that all he wanted was paychecks. 

You know how I feel about the FBI's role in the effort to mount a coup d'etat against the Trump Presidency if you've read this blog for any time at all. And of all the conspirators, you have Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who took charge of the Clinton e-mail investigation and also took $700K in a thinly disguised bribe from the Clinton Machine.
Alan Dershowitz notes that, "If Andrew McCabe is so insistent that the actions taken against him were fraudulent and politically motivated, he can easily waive his right to privacy, and allow the internal FBI investigative report by its Office of Professional Responsibility that recommended the details of his termination, to be made public

If that internal investigation was flawed or a farce as he seems to suggest, that report would likely indicate such, or perhaps give more credibility to his claims." 
And he could then do a fist pump and join the Saint James Comey "I really admire myself" book tour because that party sounds awesome.
Every time I hear disgraced former FBI Director Comey speak I want to hurl my cookies at that self-righteous windbag. He's a self-made man who worships his creator.

If a regular special agent did what McCabe or Comey did, they would have been fired out-of-hand as would Comey. "All pigs are equal. Some are more equal than others."

Saint John?

I think that he'd like the title,
"St. John".
On Thursday, President Trump replaced a man who built the case for war with North Korea as a last resort with a man who just made the case for war with North Korea as more of a first resort. Trump announced that National-Security Adviser H.R. McMaster will be succeeded by John Bolton, the George W. Bush-era United Nations ambassador.

John Bolton, a Fox News contributor, is a wing nut. I'm sorry, I have to call them the way that I see them. I want to stop short from calling Bolton an idiot. I really want to.

For the record, I always thought that General McMaster was a poor choice for national security advisor, not because he's stupid, but because of his politics and his connections to the old Obama regime and their political cadre. He can go back to the army, pick up a fourth star and do something at the Pentagon that will benefit Beltway Bandits (Govt. Contractors) to prepare for his "soft landing" in retirement. He was always sort of a 'stuffed shirt'.

John Bolton (he is not only dull. he causes dullness in others) had a very high opinion of himself before this move by President Trump. I'm sure that today, he's insufferable. I don't think that he'll have a long tenure. BUT Bolton wants a war (really any war will do) and I always worry about those people. They can cause a lot of damage. Look at George W. Bush's NS Advisor, Paul Wolfowitz (his mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork). He, more than anyone, (even more than Rumsfeldt and Cheney) pushed for the Iraq war and that was and is a disaster.

Bolton's one of those guys who shoots his pistol and calls whatever he hits, the target. President Trump is reaching deep to find this guy. Must not be anyone left in the barrel.

The Benediction

It's time to retreat to the Arizona highlands and worry less about the world around me, curtail some of the work that I'm doing and calm down a bit. Is it fishing season yet? I need to hear the wolves howl at the moon and the big cats roaring as cat's do at night when they're on the rut.

I expect the general contractor to explain to me that he has to pass on the increased price of lumber to me. And there will be other cost over-runs. I understand, but I'm never happy about them. Hey, I'm stimulating the economy. There's a bright side.

Expect sporadic blogging for a few days.

Then it's back to the salt mine when I surface. Thankfully there is more work in the offing and I have the capacity to support myself.