Five items in total…
“The fundamental dynamic of the effort to impeach Trump has been there from the day after the election – and that dynamic is best expressed by the simple formulations: the right people knew that the wrong person won. Not that he won wrongly. But that the people made a bad choice, and their betters, one way or the other, were going to fix it. From this was born the hilariously inflated idea of the ‘Resistance’ – as if America was France under the Nazis… Why not leave the determination of his fitness for office for the November vote? Or is it now the progressive position, that the people shouldn’t be exposed to a second chance of making the same mistake?” – Rex Murphy, “Time was elections decided things. Apparently Trump’s foes think they know better” – National Post, January 21st, 2020.
“Impeachment has been redefined as a mere vote of no confidence and will become a rank political ploy for years to come once an opposition party gains a majority in the House. It is taking on the flavor of a preemptory device, a vaccination, rather than a medicine, as if to prevent future hypothetical crimes in the absence of current impeachable offenses.” – Victor Davis Hanson, “Government in the shadows” – National Review, January 21st, 2020.
“The People’s Party – Our Slovakia, led by charismatic rebel Marian Kotleba, is polling at 14% ahead of parliamentary elections next February… Kotleba is campaigning against organized gypsy crime, Zionist power, American influence and the European Union. They have combined this with a pro-family socialist economic platform, which will reassert Slovakian sovereignty, defeat high finance, and put the economy back in the hands of the struggling Slovakian people.” – Eric Striker, “Nationalist party critical of Israel rises to 2nd in Slovakia as gypsy violence engulfs country” – Russian Insider, January 27th, 2020.
“It was inevitable that Iraq would demand the departure of U.S. troops after thirty-four Iraqi militiamen were killed by American drone and air strikes, but many in Washington just didn’t get it. Trump threatened, in characteristic fashion, to respond with sanctions, but now Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has made it official in a phone call to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, demanding a plan and timetable for the removal of the American soldiers. The State Department has indicated that it is not prepared to discuss the matter.” – Philip Giraldi, “Trump and Congress double down on demonizing Iran” – Unz Review, January 14th, 2020.
“To understand the effect on Iran and the region, imagine that Stalin had succeeded in murdering George Patton, Dwight Eisenhower, and Douglas MacArthur, all on the same day, in 1946. These US generals, like Soleimani, were very popular, in part because they had just won a huge war against an enemy viewed as an embodiment of pure evil. How would Americans have reacted to such a crime? They would have united to destroy Stalin and the Soviet Union, no matter how long it took, no matter what sacrifices were necessary. That is how hundreds of millions of people will react to the martyrdom of Gen. Soleimani.” – Kevin Barrett, “Trump’s killing of Soleimani: New ‘worst mistake in US history’.” – Unz Review, January 12th, 2020. (Here).