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Bits and Pieces – 20180117, Wednesday

Commentary: In law, hearsay carries little weight. It is the “he said … she said” conundrum. When it comes down to a person’s word, it actually carries little weight. When it might, the credibility of witnesses is attacked vigorously, especially when no other proof of position is available.

A moment of illumination occurred tonight as I watched a video in which the commentator pointed out that there is no evidence that Trump uttered the “shithole” remark about countries that the expression aptly describes. Apparently, the assertion that he made it comes from the Washington Post, a demonstrably anti-Trump source of “fake news”, whose reporters were present at a White House meeting. No audio or video record of the meeting has come to light although the White House has said that they have such, being now standard practice to record all meetings.

That the MSM and the Liberal intelligentsia have had an orgasm over the attributed comment is of no surprise. What really hit me though was the fact that I had assumed the comment was true without any thought or question. I hope I will be more vigilant in the future, even if I do not report anything on the the issue I am considering as s the case here..

Tracking the Spread of Peace and Democracy by Western Powers

We have not seen any comprehensive tracking of the peace and prosperity brought to places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt and now the Ukraine by Western nations such as the US, Canada and NATO. This post is a placeholder for articles we come across. By country:

The Imperial Dream of the Muslim Brotherhood

By Felix Imonti. Reprinted by permission from OilPrice.com.

Members of the movement come from the upper levels of Egyptian society.  They are the businessmen, doctors, university professors, military officers, and other professionals.  Over their eighty four year history, they have infiltrated every area of government, education, and industry.

If its economic policies are all there is about the movement, it would pose no threat in the public mind.  What does frighten so many is the secrecy that shields the organization from scrutiny and the negative propaganda spread by worried authoritarian regimes.  Under such circumstances, it is understandable that the attacks by various governments would have forced the Brotherhood to protect itself beneath a cloak of secrecy.

They have grown in societies that are authoritarian, corrupt, and have shown little inclination to invest in the development of the society.  Saudi Arabia has a quarter of its youth unemployed in spite of the wealth generated by the vast oil resources.  Beyond the petroleum industry, the Kingdom has done little to expand its economy in order to absorb the coming generation: and that is true of most of the region where sixty-five percent of the population is under the age of twenty-nine years.

Western Foreign Policy Success Updated

Recall how in our efforts to overthrow evil tyrants and bring peace and democracy to the oppressed, we invaded Iraq, deposing the murderous Saddam Hussein. We thought you might like a current measure of the fruit of our labour. From NightWatch yesterday:

On Friday, 84 people were killed and 77 wounded in attacks in 12 towns. Most of them were shooting intermixed with a few bombings. On Saturday, 46 people were killed and 106 were injured in 17 towns. Most of the attacks were bombings, with a few shootings and clashes. On Sunday, 77 people were killed and 223 injured by bombings and shootings in 18 towns.

That’s 207 dead and 406 injured in 3 days. Not bad! The Iraqi people are so much better off now. Right? And now that we are just about finished bringing peace and democracy to Afghanistan, think of how bright their future will be for Afghanis, especially for those who collaborated with the allied forces. They’ll be paraded through the streets as heroes, right? Surely Syria is about ready for Western intervention and salvation. And Egypt is just warming up. Such exciting times ahead for Western foreign policy wonks.

Flash Point: The Eye of the Hurricane

The holiday season is all but over and we are left with a strange sense of quiet leading to disquiet. There appears to be nothing in the news now that the fiscal cliff deal has been reached. A discussion with friends last night reviewed what we think are a few major issues – none new – will heat up in 2013. This is a watch list not a forecast list:

Robert D. Kaplan on the Middle East (Agenda)

Here is a longer video from Stratfor (12:11 minutes) that gives a helpful analysis of what is going on in the Middle East in general and Egypt in particular. We consider this to be an important viewing.

Egypt and the Strategic Balance

Egypt and the Strategic Balance

December 4, 2012 | 1001 GMT


By George Friedman
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Immediately following the declaration of a cease-fire in Gaza, Egypt was plunged into a massive domestic crisis. Mohammed Morsi, elected in the first presidential election after the fall of Hosni Mubarak, passed a decree that would essentially neuter the independent judiciary by placing his executive powers above the high court and proposed changes to the constitution that would institutionalize the Muslim Brotherhood’s power. Following the decree, Morsi’s political opponents launched massive demonstrations that threw Egypt into domestic instability and uncertainty.

In the case of most countries, this would not be a matter of international note. But Egypt is not just another country. It is the largest Arab country and one that has been the traditional center of the Arab world. Equally important, if Egypt’s domestic changes translate into shifts in its foreign policy, it could affect the regional balance of power for decades to come.

Flash Point: How Badly the MSM Got Morsi Wrong

From Bloomberg we got the typical MSM’s view of events in Egypt: How Egypt’s Mursi Can Find the Path Back Toward Democracy. Generally the reaction of the West has been to condemn Morsi’s act as an attempt to assume dictatorial power. There is almost no mention of his relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). After all, didn’t he, like a good Western political aspirant, forsake his ties to the MB? A few of the statements that we found incredibly naive in the Bloomberg article are as follows (our comments in-line  in red):

Two Short Videos on the Nile River and China

A 1:49 minute video from Stratfor on the geopolitical impact of the Nile river.

And an 8:35 minute video on the succession in China.

Egypt’s Geographic Challenge

Egypt is plays a pivotal role in Middle eastern geopolitics. To enhance our understanding:

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