Machiavelli’s Advice To Trump

Watching the Borgias series, I’m fascinated by the occasional appearance of Niccolo Machiavelli. This Florentine philosopher wrote “The Prince” in the early 1500’s (1517?). This book that discussed the acquisition and use of power was mandatory reading for history majors such as I. Below, I apply a snippet of The Prince to Donald Trump’s courting of Mitt Romney and, surprisingly, Albert Gore, Jr., who held political office under Clinton.

Here’s the passage:

From Machiavelli’s The Prince, Book XX: Circa 1517

The prince will always be to win over to himself with the greatest ease those men who in the beginning of a principality had been enemies, and who are of such quality that to maintain themselves they need somewhere to lean. They are all the more forced to serve him faithfully as they know it is more necessary for them to cancel out with deeds the sinister opinion one has taken of them. And so the prince always extracts more use from them than from those who, while serving him with too much security, neglect his affairs.

And since the matter requires it, I do not want to leave out a reminder to princes who have newly taken a state through internal support within it, that they consider well what cause moved those who supported them to support them. If it is not natural affection toward them but only because those supporters were not content with that state, he will be able to keep them his friends with trouble and great difficulty, because it is impossible for him to make them content. And while reviewing well the cause of this, with examples drawn from ancient and modern things, he will see that it is much easier to gain as friends to himself men who were content with the state beforehand, and therefore were his enemies, than those who, because they were not content with it. became friends and gave him support in seizing it.

China/Russian Hypersonic Threat to the US.

When I was studying economics, the subject of the national debt was discussed at length. The US debt is now at $20 trillion, more than doubling under Obama. The problem is, as the professor pointed out, is that the nation cannot afford to fight a war if it has too much debt.  Our adversaries are well aware of this. Read the following article and ponder!

Air Force: Hypersonic
Missiles From China, Russia Pose Growing Danger to U.S.

U.S. falling behind in race for high-speed maneuvering weapons

An artistic rendering of a hypersonic aircraft / AP

An artistic rendering of a hypersonic aircraft / AP

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November 30, 2016 5:00 am

The United States is vulnerable to future attack by hypersonic missiles from China and Russia and is falling behind in the technology race to develop both defensive and offensive high-speed maneuvering arms, according to a new Air Force study.

“The People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation are already flight-testing high-speed maneuvering weapons (HSMWs) that may endanger both forward deployed U.S. forces and even the continental United States itself,” an executive summary of the report says.

“These weapons appear to operate in regimes of speed and altitude, with maneuverability that could frustrate existing missile defense constructs and weapon capabilities.”

Hypersonic missiles are ultra-high speed weapons that travel along the edge of the earth’s atmosphere at speeds above Mach 5, or five times the speed of sound. The missiles also can maneuver to avoid current missile defenses—all of which were developed to hit ballistic missiles with predictable flight paths.

The unclassified summary of the report, “A Threat to America’s Global Vigilance, Reach, and Power: High-Speed, Maneuvering Weapons,” was produced by a blue-ribbon panel of experts for Air Force Studies Board at the National Academies of Science. The summary was made public earlier this month.

It is the first U.S. military study to sound the alarm about an arms race quietly underway for several years to develop hypersonic missiles for both strategic nuclear weapons and conventional rapid strike systems.

Mark J. Lewis, chairman of the panel that produced the report, said the panel concluded that as a result of new hypersonic missiles from Russia and China “the United States may be facing a threat from a new class of weapons that will effectively combine speed, maneuverability, and altitude in ways that could challenge this nation’s tenets of global vigilance, reach, and power.”

“Offense and defense are two sides of the same coin; as in the days of the Cold War, the only reliable deterrent to the use of a hypersonic weapon may in fact be the threat of a corresponding hypersonic countermeasure that might hold at risk the very sites from which the adversaries’ hypersonic strike would originate,” Lewis stated in a forward to the summary.

Lewis urged the U.S. government to engage in a major effort to develop both offensive and defensive means to counter high-speed maneuvering weapons. He criticized what he termed the “relatively leisurely pace of disjointed hypersonics technology development” by the Pentagon.

Additionally, foreign nuclear powers are already designing systems that exploit both the organizational disconnects and current technical limits of U.S. defenses, he said.

Operational flight information for high-speed maneuvering weapons

According to the study, the new class of high-speed maneuvering weapons operate “at the seams” of U.S. defense and national security systems that make them difficult to counter if the weapons are used against U.S. forces or American territory.

“Put another way, while operational doctrine and command structures adequately address traditional atmospheric air attack or exoatmospheric ballistic missile attack, existing doctrine and organizational structure may not be adequate to address the cross-domain threat posed by [high-speed maneuvering weapons],” the report says.

The report says that some may seek to dismiss the new threat as overblown or non-existent and similar to the Eisenhower-era ballistic missile gap because it has taken decades for the hypersonic missile threat to emerge.

Also, some security analysts say the danger can be mitigated by a “silver bullet” solution, or that the threat will never fully emerge.

“However, the value of extreme speed coupled with maneuverability and altitude constitutes a potential threat to U.S. capabilities that should not be discounted or ignored,” the report warns.

In addition to China and Russia, other states are studying hypersonic weapons, including India.

However, China’s multiple tests of a hypersonic glide vehicle dubbed DF-ZF appear to be the more advanced program. The most recent test took place in April.

A Russian official announced in August that developing hypersonic missiles to defeat U.S. missile defenses is a high priority and that the first weapons could be fielded by 2020.

Russia flight-tested its experimental Yu-71 hypersonic glider in April atop a SS-19 missile.

The Pentagon currently has no well-resourced program to either developing hypersonic missiles or to counter them.

Congress has sought to prod the Missile Defense Agency into focusing more resources on hypersonic missiles.

The defense contractor Lockheed Martin is studying an enhanced version of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense known as THAAD-ER, as a possible defense against hypersonic missiles.

The Air Force study said the combination of high-speeds and maneuverability increases the lethality of missiles that can be used to widen the range of attack options, and the missiles operate both within the atmosphere and in space in ways that make them much less vulnerable of conventional ballistic and cruise missile defenses.

Two methods for reaching hypersonic speeds are through missile-powered gliders and rocket, ramjet, or scramjet powered versions.

Such missiles also can conduct precision strikes at ultra-high speeds that the report says could include fixed or slow-moving targets such as runways, command and control facilities, or ships at sea.

“Both categories of high-speed weapons may be capable of carrying conventional or nuclear warheads, thereby complicating strategic intent and posture as well as operational identification, response, and engagement,” the report said.

For those that have sought to play down the hypersonic threat, the report warned that “this is no mere tweaking of an existing threat.”

The committee said it was unable to find any formal strategic operational concept or organizational sense of urgency regarding hypersonic weapons, and faulted what the report called a “lack of leadership coordination” at the Pentagon in seeking countermeasures.

An Air Force spokesman said in a statement that hypersonics are “one of the game-changers that provides high-speed options for engaging time-sensitive targets.”

“The Air Force is developing technologies for a high speed strike weapon to enable a responsive, long-range strike capability,” said Capt. Michael Hertzog, the spokesman.

“These weapons can be employed from fighters and bombers and fly at hypersonic speeds to their intended target on the ground.”

The Air Force is developing what it calls a high-speed strike weapon that will travel at hypersonic speeds. The technology involved in the program includes work on explosives with increased effectiveness in the high temperatures produce by hypersonic speed. Other technology involves smaller warheads, advanced materials for lower weight and cost, precision navigation and control, and solid rocket motor technologies to boost performance for air-launched missiles.

The experts on the Air Force study panel included missile specialists from Raytheon, Lockheed, and Boeing, several former Pentagon weapons developers, and Adm. Richard Mies, former commander of the U.S. Strategic Command.

 

Adios, Fidel, Your Utopia Failed

George F. Will: Fidel Castro and dead utopianism

First Published Nov 26 2016 10:54PM      Last Updated Nov 26 2016 10:54 pm

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WASHINGTON • With the end of Fidel Castro’s nasty life Friday night, we can hope, if not reasonably expect, to have seen the last of charismatic totalitarians worshiped by political pilgrims from open societies. Experience suggests there will always be tyranny tourists in flight from what they consider the boring banality of bourgeois society and eager for the excitement of sojourns in “progressive” despotisms that they are free to admire and then leave.

During the 1930s, there were many apologists for Josef Stalin’s brutalities, which he committed in the name of building a workers’ paradise fit for an improved humanity. The apologists complacently said, “You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs.” To which George Orwell acidly replied: “Where’s the omelet?” With Castro, the problem was lemonade.

Soon after Castro seized power in 1959, Jean-Paul Sartre, the French intellectual whose Stalinist politics were as grotesque as his philosophy was opaque, left Les Deux Magots cafe in Paris to visit Cuba. During a drive, he and Castro stopped at a roadside stand. They were served warm lemonade, which Castro heatedly said “reveals a lack of revolutionary consciousness.” The waitress shrugged, saying the refrigerator was broken. Castro “growled” (Sartre’s approving description): “Tell your people in charge that if they don’t take care of their problems, they will have problems with me.” Sartre swooned:

“This was the first time I understood — still quite vaguely — what I called ‘direct democracy.’ Between the waitress and Castro, an immediate secret understanding was established. She let it be seen by her tone, her smiles, by a shrug of the shoulders, that she was without illusion. And the prime minister … in expressing himself before her without circumlocution, calmly invited her to join the rebellion.”

Another political innovator, Benito Mussolini, called his regime “ennobled democracy,” and as the American columnist Murray Kempton mordantly noted in 1982, photographs of Castro “cutting sugar cane evoke the bare-chested Mussolini plunged into the battle for wheat.” Castro’s direct democracy was parsimonious regarding elections but permissive of shrugs. It did, however, forbid “acts of public destruction,” meaning criticism of communism.

This charge condemned Armando Valladares, then 23, to 22 years in Castro’s prisons. Stalin’s terror was too high a price to pay for a great novel, but at least the world got from it Arthur Koestler’s “Darkness at Noon.” And although Castro’s regime, saturated with sadism, should never have existed, because of it the world got Valladares’s testament to human endurance, his prison memoir “Against All Hope.” Prison food was watery soup laced with glass, or dead rats, or cows’ intestines filled with feces, and Castro’s agents had special uses for the ditch filled with the sewage from 8,000 people.

On April 15, 1959, 15 weeks after capturing Havana, Castro, then 32, landed in Washington at what is now Reagan National Airport. He had been in America in 1948, when he studied English and bought a Lincoln. This time, on April 16, in a concession to bourgeois expectations, he dispatched an aide to buy a comb and toothbrush. His connections to communism? “None,” he said. He endorsed a free press as “the first enemy of dictatorship,” and said free elections were coming soon. Then he was off to a Princeton seminar and a lecture in the chapel at Lawrenceville prep school, well received at both places.

By July red stars were being painted on Cuban military vehicles. Three years later, Soviet ballistic missiles were arriving. A year after that, a Castro admirer murdered the U.S. president whose administration had been interested in, indeed almost obsessed with, removing Castro.

U.S. flings at “regime change” in distant lands have had, to say no more, uneven results, but the most spectacular futility has been 90 miles from Florida. Castro was the object of various and sometimes unhinged U.S. attempts to remove him. After the Bay of Pigs debacle, the Kennedy administration doubled down with Operation Mongoose, which included harebrained assassination plots and a plan skeptics called “elimination by illumination” — having a U.S. submarine surface in Havana harbor and fire star shells into the night sky to convince Catholic Cubans that the Second Coming had come, causing them to rebel against Castro the anti-Christ. Nevertheless, Castro ruled Cuba during 11 U.S. presidencies and longer than the Soviet Union ruled Eastern Europe.

Socialism is bountiful only of slogans, and a Castro favorite was “socialism or death.” The latter came to him decades after the former had made Cuba into a gray museum for a dead utopianism.

The Zumwalt (DDG-1000) Dead In The Water

Most expensive destroyer in Navy history breaks down

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2016 file photo, the future USS Zumwalt heads down the Kennebec River after leaving Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, on it's way to be commissioned. The Zumwalt, the most expensive destroyer ever built for the U.S. Navy, suffered an engineering problem in the Panama Canal Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, and had to be towed to port. Third Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Ryan Perry said a vice admiral has directed the ship to remain at ex-Naval Station Rodman in Panama to address the issues. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)© The Associated Press FILE – In this Sept. 7, 2016 file photo, the future USS Zumwalt heads down the Kennebec River after leaving Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, on it’s way to be commissioned. The Zumwalt, the most expensive destroyer ever…PORTLAND, Maine — The most expensive destroyer ever built for the Navy suffered an engineering problem in the Panama Canal and had to be towed to port.

U.S. Third Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Ryan Perry said a vice admiral directed the USS Zumwalt to remain at ex-Naval Station Rodman in Panama to address the issues, which arose on Monday. The ship was built at Bath Iron Works in Maine and is on its way to San Diego.

“The schedule for the ship will remain flexible to enable testing and evaluation in order to ensure the ship’s safe transit to her new home port in San Diego,” Perry said in a statement.

USNI News, a publication of the U.S. Naval Institute, reported on its website that the ship was in the canal when it lost propulsion. Crew also saw water intrusion in bearings that connect electrical motors to drive shafts, the website reported.

USNI News also reported that the Zumwalt suffered minor cosmetic damage. The ship had been scheduled to arrive in San Diego by the end of the year to start the activation of its weapon system, the website reported.

The 610-foot-long warship has an angular shape to minimize its radar signature and is regarded as the most technologically sophisticated destroyer ever built for the Navy. One of its signature features is a new gun system that fires rocket-powered shells up to 63 nautical miles.

The Zumwalt cost more than $4.4 billion and was commissioned last month in Maryland. It also suffered a leak in its propulsion system before it was commissioned. The leak required the ship to remain at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia longer than expected for repairs.

The ship is part of the first new class of warship built at Bath Iron Works in more than 25 years.

The second Zumwalt-class destroyer, which also cost more than $4.4 billion, was christened in a June ceremony during which U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin called it an “extraordinary machine of peace and security.” The third ship is expected to cost a bit less than $3.7 billion.

A spokeswoman for Bath Iron Works said the shipyard was not planning to comment on the breakdown and deferred to the Navy.

One Reason Trump Was Elected. Obama’s Pen!

(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) President Obama has just set a new record for rules and regulations, his administration spitting out 527 pages worth in just one day, as he races to put his fingerprint on virtually every corner of American life and business.

According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the administration has just shattered the old record for pages of regulations and rules published by the in-house journal, the Federal Register.

At 81,640 total pages for 2016, it ranks first and 235 pages more than all of those published in 2010, the previous record.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/11/obama-sets-new-record-for-regulations-527-pages-in-1-day/#4JjvRY0VeUsjIYPc.99

First Lesson of 2016: Be Careful of What You Wish For!!

The first lesson of the 2016 Presidential Campaign is that Hillary Clinton chose Donald Trump as her opponent.  This comes from Wikileaks emails from her campaign director, John Podesta who referred to Trump, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz as the “pied piper” candidates who could be pushed so far right as to be “Unelectable.”

The Clinton campaign’s greatest strength was its control of an adoring , pliable, complicit Media including all of the major networks and cable services. They took the Podesta instructions to heart and created Trump’s candidacy when they could have, by ignoring him, destroyed it.

Clinton’s greatest strength became her biggest issue for other reasons as well. The voters caught on to the horribly one-sided coverage of the campaign which had the result on causing voters to not believe anything she said and to focus on whatever negative news there was about her. Wikileaks indeed!

Clinton would have been better off if Rachel Maddow and those of similar ilk had covered the Wikileaks and controlled the exposure.They didn’t.

Behind this behavior is the Clinton campaign’s huge over-confidence. For example, they had this so-called “Blue Wall” of Electoral votes that included Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, all of which it lost. It had a so-called demographic advantage based on race and gender, and it controlled the media. Moreover, as stated above and shown below, they had effectively chosen the most unelectable candidate, (they thought) from the seventeen Republicans that started the campaign. As was shown, they ignored Clinton’s considerable flaws and ran a political campaign based on the fact she wasn’t Trump. For example, where Obamacare was a huge issue with premiums rising up to 100% and coverage declining, she vaguely stated that she would tinker with it, maybe fix it, but she would keep it. Trump said he would  repeal it. Which message scored?? He had a plan; she had never Trump.

This election was very significant in that it prevented the second Saul Alinsky disciple from the Oval office. Obama was a community organizer when no one knew what that was. It is a Saul Alinsky invention described in “Rules For Radicals,” his 1971 handbook for radical community organizers. Clinton knew Alinsky, worshiped him and wrote the Wellesley thesis on him and his writings. Obama followed the Rules religiously.His response to any situation was pure Alinsky.

This very significant election had this strange start with one candidateThe first lesson of the 2016 Presidential Campaign is that Hillary Clinton chose Donald Trump as her opponent.  This comes from Wikileaks emails from her campaign director, John Podesta who referred to Trump, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz as the “pied piper” candidates who could be pushed so far right as to be “Unelectable.”   picking her opponent. Here is how it happened.

WikiLeaks: Clinton Campaign Sought to Promote Carson, Trump, Cruz

Image: WikiLeaks: Clinton Campaign Sought to Promote Carson, Trump, Cruz

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By Sandy Fitzgerald   |   Tuesday, 11 Oct 2016 07:31 AM A memo sent out in April 2015 outlined a strategy to boost “Pied Piper” Republican candidates Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Ben Carson in an effort to force the whole slate of presidential hopefuls to “lock themselves into extreme conservative positions,” an email hacked from the account of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, reveals.

A memo sent out in April 2015 outlined a strategy to boost “Pied Piper” Republican candidates Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Ben Carson in an effort to force the whole slate of presidential hopefuls to “lock themselves into extreme conservative positions,” an email hacked from the account of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, reveals.

“Our hope is that the goal of a potential HRC campaign and the DNC would be one-in-the-same: to make whomever the Republicans nominate unpalatable to a majority of the electorate,” the email, posted byWikiLeaks, which provided a link to the email on Twitter, shows.

 

 

The email was sent to Podesta and others involved in the Clinton campaign from the account of mastor@hillaryclinton.com a possible reference to Marissa Astor, listed on Clinton’s campaign outline as a member of her surrogates team, in advance of an upcoming strategy meeting.

The email does not say who wrote the attached memo, which states that most of what was contained in it is “work the DNC is already doing.”

The campaign, in the memo, outlines three strategies:

  • Force all Republican candidates to lock themselves into extreme conservative positions that will hurt them in a general election;
  • Undermine any credibility/trust Republican presidential candidates have to make inroads to our coalition or independents;
  • Muddy the waters on any potential attack lodged against HRC.

Doing that calls for “operationalizing” the “Pied Piper” candidates, and rather than marginalize them, make them appear to be candidates who “represent the mainstream of the Republican Party.”

The candidates included, but were not limited to Trump, Cruz, and Carson, the memo said.

“We need to be elevating the Pied Piper candidates so that they are leaders of the pack and tell the press to them seriously,” the memo said.

The strategy also outlined strategies on other candidates to undermine their credibility among “our coalition,” described as “communities of color, millennials, women” and independent voters.

“The goal here would be to show that they are just the same as every other GOP candidate: extremely conservative on these issues,” said the memo.

For example, the memo called to launch attacks on:

  • Jeb Bush – What to undermine: the notion he is a “moderate” or concerned about regular Americans; perceived inroads with the Latino population;
  • Marco Rubio – What to undermine: the idea he has “fresh” ideas; his perceived appeal to Latinos;
  • Scott Walker – What to undermine: the idea he can rally working- and middle class Americans;
  • Rand Paul – What to undermine: the idea he is a “different” kind of Republican; his stance on the military and his appeal to millennials and communities of color;
  • Bobby Jindal – What to undermine: his “new” ideas;
  • Chris Christie – What to undermine: he tells it like it is.

The memo also called for a “dossier on the GOP candidates” concerning the likely attacks Clinton could face, including on transparency and disclosure, her donors and associations, and her management and business dealings.

“In this regard, any information on scandals or ethical lapses on the GOP candidates would serve well,” the memo concludes. “We won’t be picky.”

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Be careful what you wish for, but if the media wasn’t so corrupt, it wouldn’t have happened.

 

 

 

 

Obama Tells Illegals to Vote!!!

ANALYZE THIS

Democrats have abandoned the rule of law insofar as it deters their political advancement. In the video below, President Obama assures an aspiring illegal voter that she need not fear negative repercussions. “The sanctity of the vote is strictly confidential,” he tells her. Sanctity, however, has its limits. Your vote is not so sacred that Obama would not like it to be cancelled by illegal misconduct. On the contrary, he would like it to be cancelled.

Neil Cavuto comments, “I can’t believe I heard what I just heard.” I guess we are past the point of asking what Obama and his allies have come to, but this must take the cake. Obama all but confides to the young lady that illegal voters are a core Democratic constituency.

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