The election of Donald Trump signals bad news for the Iran nuclear deal, Barack Obama’s signature foreign policy initiative. Calling it “the worst deal ever negotiated,” the author of The Art of the Deal has threatened to tear up the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on day one of his presidency.
Supporters of the agreement and Obama allies warn that shredding the deal will only benefit Iranian hardliners, the very people it was supposed to restrain. “The big winner in the aftermath of a Trump victory is Iran’s Supreme Leader,” Suzanne Maloney, an Iran expert at the Brookings Institution, told Reuters. Ali Khamenei, she explained, “will be able to walk away from Iran’s obligations under the JCPOA while pinning the responsibility on Washington.”
As powerful as America’s military is, President elect Trump has pledged to make it even more so.
Trump wants an even larger military, modernized and in some cases larger than at any time since Vietnam.
Trump has vowed to make a military “so strong and powerful and so respected, we’re not going to have to nuke anybody.” At the same time he’s has pledged to reduce the Pentagon’s military footprint abroad, hinting he would close bases in regions where allies have underspent on defense and over-relied on the United States.
Currently, the USA spends more than two and a half times more on defense than China, and about ten times as much as Russia. If Trump is successful in getting America’s allies to pay their fair share of the defense burden, the huge spending increases Trump has planned may be unnecessary.
Every indication is that Trump’s defense spending would increase defense spending by a considerable margin—perhaps as much as $100 billion annually in today’s dollars.
Two Princeton professors relfect on one of the most unexpected outcomes in presidential election history, one in which nearly every poll got it wrong. Read the full story
This link gets us there:
That achieved, it’s just two hacks mouthing off, demonstrating the so old cliche that is embarrassing to have to dust off here –
garbage in garbage out.
They are talking in polling cliches, wrapped up their detached elitist bubble, not getting to grips with what Brexit was screaming at them to examine – why the polls were wrong. I’ve already identified that in a previous post.
Their little exercise in self-delusion does not prove polling as such is useless, just that all those wrong Clinton/Trump polls, so limited in their liberal-left horizons and their failure in understanding of the Trump voters, their design, their wording, their analysis, proved useless on this occasion. The liberal arrogance holds that passionately held views are ipso facto the morally right view, the righteous view, and that anything that sustains that delusion is justifiable.
Incompetent/fraudulent pollsters have been getting good money to tell the emperor that the people haven’t noticed he has no clothes.
Until now. Continue reading
The U.S. Navy is slated to cancel the projectiles for the two big guns that outfit its newest and most advanced warship due to excessive costs that total an estimated $800,000 per round.
The Long Range Land-Attack Projectile, or LRLAP, is the only guided precision ammunition designed to be fired by the USS Zumwalt, a land-attack destroyer that was created to hold two 155 millimeter/62-caliber Advanced Gun Systems that could, according to defense contractor Lockheed Martin, “defeat targets in the urban canyons of coastal cities with minimal collateral damage,” Defense News reported.
The announcement comes just two weeks after the U.S. Navy commissioned the warship.
A Navy official familiar with the program said that the LRLAP’s unit price skyrocketed after the number of Zumwalt class destroyers was cut from 28 to three.
“We were going to buy thousands of these rounds,” a U.S. Navy official familiar with the program told Defense News. “But quantities of ships killed the affordable round.”
A NBC station was caught posting election results showing a Hillary Clinton victory days before the election, fueling concerns that the mainstream media is conditioning the public to accept a rigged election favoring Hillary.
Political activists discovered a hidden web site <http://nesara.news/index.php/busted-here-are-the-complete> for WRCB out of Chattanooga, Tenn. showing election results with Hillary Clinton securing 343 electoral votes and 42% of the popular vote.
The web site originated from the FTP server of WorldNow, a media software company that provides real-time data – such as election results – and other media assets to local news stations.
The activist who found the page pointed out that the results align well with the “fractional vote” method used by voting machines to rig elections to a predetermined outcome.
“On election day, you will see the same percentages overall, with only the numbers that claim to equal them different,” the activist reported. “The difference in total votes shown on the station pages, with the same overall final percentages proves the election theft is automated to hit desired percentages, no one has to lift a finger during the election itself to accomplish the steal.”