Age of Destruction

Our nation is floundering. All aspects of government are in limbo and virtually ineffective. Compromise between the major political parties is not possible. Our leaders and lawmakers cannot agree on any priorities. And the economy is heading towards a recession, higher prices and untenable national debt.

There are no opportunities for negotiators to meet and compromise in the nation’s capital. Free time is spent castigating individuals and seemingly unattainable objectives. Both sides do not trust the other side, even on issues that are existentially important to all Americans.

Among these items is nuclear proliferation. Putin has morphed into a science fiction evil force who pillages, lies and assaults others in a fruitless effort to dominate mankind. He threatens others with nuclear force just like the bad guys in the movies. In the meantime, Russia continues to experience huge losses of life while unsuccessfully trying to overwhelm a small and somewhat defenseless neighbor. In my dreams, I wish the US had a bench full of brave patriots with the courage and leadership acumen of Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine.

China is intent on keeping political tensions high as it makes its case to recover an independent former island possession. What kind of leaders threaten others with oblivion for relatively negligible causes? And while the big guys are pushing and shoving each other at the UN, and in the South China Sea, nutcases like the Iranian ayatollahs and the dimwit in North Korea are threatening others with weapons of mass destruction. How could the US allow unpredictable two-bit banana republics to build weapons that could stymie humanity? It has always been a top priority of the US to halt nuclear proliferation. Why are we not living up to this promise?

In the meantime, the US government is still debating whether millions of illegal aliens should be allowed to continue to enter the United States. Governors of border states are calling the bluffs of governors of sanctuary states by sending them illegals with free transportation. Illegals, according to radicals, are only acceptable in other neighborhoods.

Exacerbating a plethora of national issues is the fossil fuel controversy. We cannot ban fossil fuels before we have alternative sources of energy. Tesla is not ready to sell battery-operated cars to Americans at this time, at an affordable price. We need fossil fuels to drive our automobiles today and to drive our economy for the next few years.

The current occupants of the White House are attempting to convince the nation and the world that Joe Biden is a leader with all his senses and should run for president again. Not a day passes that Biden’s sycophants don’t walk-back something stupid the president has said. You don’t have to be a geriatric psychiatrist to know that Biden should be in a rest home, not blathering in front of the morons and anti-Americans at the United Nations.

In schools, radical left wingers are attempting to poison young people with perspectives that are not acceptable to a majority of parents. Since when is brainwashing the way to educate children? Since when are our children taught about political, sexual and racial issues by teachers without support from parents?

We are at a crossroads and possibly an age of destruction. At a minimum, power in Washington should change hands immediately. The Democrats are incapable of running the country; they proved it without a doubt. Conservative government, without any interference by Trump, is what we need before the next general election.

An Age Of Destruction

Our nation is floundering. All aspects of government are in limbo and virtually ineffective. Compromise between the major political parties is not possible. Our leaders and lawmakers cannot agree on any priorities. And the economy is heading towards a recession, higher prices and untenable national debt.

There are no opportunities for negotiators to meet and compromise in the nation’s capital. Free time is spent castigating individuals and seemingly unattainable objectives. Both sides do not trust the other side, even on issues that are existentially important to all Americans.

Among these items is nuclear proliferation. Putin has morphed into a science fiction evil force who pillages, lies and assaults others in a fruitless effort to dominate mankind. He threatens others with nuclear force just like the bad guys in the movies. In the meantime, Russia continues to experience huge losses of life while unsuccessfully trying to overwhelm a small and somewhat defenseless neighbor. In my dreams, I wish the US had a bench full of brave patriots with the courage and leadership acumen of Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine.

China is intent on keeping political tensions high as it makes its case to recover an independent former island possession. What kind of leaders threaten others with oblivion for relatively negligible causes? And while the big guys are pushing and shoving each other at the UN, and in the South China Sea, nutcases like the Iranian ayatollahs and the dimwit in North Korea are threatening others with weapons of mass destruction. How could the US allow unpredictable two-bit banana republics to build weapons that could stymie humanity? It has always been a top priority of the US to halt nuclear proliferation. Why are we not living up to this promise?

In the meantime, the US government is still debating whether millions of illegal aliens should be allowed to continue to enter the United States. Governors of border states are calling the bluffs of governors of sanctuary states by sending them illegals with free transportation. Illegals, according to radicals, are only acceptable in other neighborhoods.

Exacerbating a plethora of national issues is the fossil fuel controversy. We cannot ban fossil fuels before we have alternative sources of energy. Tesla is not ready to sell battery-operated cars to Americans at this time, at an affordable price. We need fossil fuels to drive our automobiles today and to drive our economy for the next few years.

The current occupants of the White House are attempting to convince the nation and the world that Joe Biden is a leader with all his senses and should run for president again. Not a day passes that Biden’s sycophants don’t walk-back something stupid the president has said. You don’t have to be a geriatric psychiatrist to know that Biden should be in a rest home, not blathering in front of the morons and anti-Americans at the United Nations.

In schools, radical left wingers are attempting to poison young people with perspectives that are not acceptable to a majority of parents. Since when is brainwashing the way to educate children? Since when are our children taught about political, sexual and racial issues by teachers without support from parents?

We are at a crossroads and possibly an age of destruction. At a minimum, power in Washington should change hands immediately. The Democrats are incapable of running the country; they proved it without a doubt. Conservative government, without any interference by Trump, is what we need before the next general election.

The Royal Family Is Loaded

I hate to be a cynic about the British monarchy on the heels of the great Queen’s death, but a story that details aspects of King Charles’ personal investments and net worth brings up a number of issues that really should be addressed by the Brits.

Note: I want be perfectly clear that I don’t intend to denigrate the amazing service Elizabeth has given to her people for nearly a century. She was queen during my entire life. I have issues, but a monarchy does not exist in America, which I’m thankful for. I expect that some Brits will say, I should mind my own business. I say to all Brits, celebrate this amazing woman.

The British monarchy at one time truly dominated its Commonwealth and a large part of the world politically, economically and socially. The king or queen was the commander in chief of the military and operated as an authoritarian regarding all matters of state. This included what places would be colonized, what wars should be fought, whom should be taxed, etc. The authority of the reigning monarch was absolute. No one questioned the wealth of the monarchy because it provided so many things to the people including safety, support for agrarian activities and manufacturing and it was a reign of great power.

In the mid 1600s, Britain committed to a constitutional monarchy that transferred many powers away from the monarchy to parliament. Part of the deal enabled the monarchy to hold sway over some government and to keep their accumulated wealth. Thereafter, numerous ways to control the monarchy we’re installed as Parliament increased its power. Parliament also provided millions of dollars of spending money to members of the royal family, perhaps to gain its concurrence.

The big question is why should individuals who are born into high society by a twist of fate be entitled  to favors that are not available to commoners? This includes a (very large) spending allowance, no taxation and a great many perquisites such as security and care of the family’s vast real estate holdings.

It’s ironic that questions are now being raised, after the incredible record-breaking reign of Elizabeth II. For seven decades, the queen seemingly gave her constituency what it wanted, a high-end global presence with no real power or influence, goodwill to commoners located around the world and a smiling face to greet heads of state who were equally excited to meet the queen. All diplomacy was conducted by elected MPs. The chit chat and schmoozing was left to the senior members of the royal family.

But we also enjoyed happy moments like living vicariously through the Royals that included Charles and his spectacular marriage to Diana, and the births of William and Harry, the likely heirs to the throne after Charles passes away. It was a great day for the world when there was an heir and a replacement if needed.

And, of course, there were some dark moments. The untimely death of Diana, the uncomfortable marriage of Harry to Meghan and numerous bizarre activities indulged in by various members of the royal family. Most of the royal family moments were weird things chatted up in the gossip columns, the worst of which wa affiliation to a convicted pedophile.

All that is fine and things everybody knows about. The Brits get off watching the queen and king mount steeds in full battle uniform to motivate the military. They don’t go into battle or do anything dangerous. They just ride around in a circle and stir everyone up. I’d love to know what Charles did to earn all of the metals in his on his uniform. What wars did he participate in?

By now, you know the direction I’m going. My concern was encouraged when I saw how much money the royal family has and how much Charles accrued while waiting for his turn to assume the throne. He’s a regular entrepreneur using tax free money from his constituents to enrich himself. No number was given in the Times article about Charles and his fortune or the rest of the family for that matter. I suspect that the number if calculated would be in the multi-billion dollar range.

My question is what have the royals done with the money they received over hundreds of years? It appears that Charles has been investing in polo fields and shopping centers lately. If Brits want to continue to give tax free money to the Royals to invest in all kinds of commoner things, visiting other countries and getting dressed up for galas, so be it. I kinda have a problem with it. Sorry to bring this to the surface so soon after Elizabeth’s death. May she rest in peace.

Trump Isn’t Intelligent Enough To Bring Down Our Democracy

The time has come to isolate Donald Trump from the political discourse in this country.  His intentions are nefarious, and he aspires to be a leader reminiscent of some of the world’s most autocratic (and despicable) leaders past and present.

The recent death of Soviet strongman Mikhail Gorbachev is an important reminder that people throughout the world want democracy and the right to choose their leaders. They are terrified of political power being centralized in one person. History has shown us that autocratic governments eventually end terribly. Gorbachev put an end to the Cold War because he was farsighted. He knew that in an atomic age his beloved Russia could not compete with the US. 

Gorbachev’s diplomatic acumen and prophetic assessment of unlimited authority led him to make a temporary peace with the West so that his country could more effectively exist in the new age. He feared that Russia would evolve into a second-rate power if he did nothing. Unfortunately, Vladimir Putin eventually took control and turned Europe upside down.

The absurdity of Trump’s behavior and his one-day attempt to incite a coup d’état cannot be overstated. Trump contested a fair election without the support he would need to change our democracy to some other form of government under his leadership. This ridiculous gambit failed and has led us into political turmoil as we consider Trump’s true objectives.  

There are many reasons why Trump was in no position to start a revolution. First, the former president is not intelligent enough and lacks the skills to lead a bureaucratic democratic nation, much less an authoritarian state where he would have to make many more decisions. Trump could not even keep a cabinet of advisers intact during his tenure as president. 

Second, a coup requires the support of the military to unseat the existing government. It has been pointed out on numerous occasions that the current US military leadership would not back Trump in such a bold and crazy strategy.

Thirdly, during his tenure, Trump was unable to enhance the power of the Executive Branch, which would be a precursor to expanding his personal influence. What could he accomplish after losing the election?

So, when I read that Biden believes Trump is a threat to our democracy, I slap my forehead. Trump has no power over anyone other than a motley group of followers who want to denigrate our country. To think that he is a modern-day Stalin, Putin, Xi or equal to any two-bit leader of a banana republic is a sorry exaggeration. The only kingdom Trump will ever rule is Mar-A-Largo.

However, I am not so naïve to think that Trump would be unable to destroy a great opportunity for Republicans to retake the government in a free and fair election. He has followers that are brainwashed by a megalomaniac in an empty suit. Even the Talking Heads at Fox News continue to support Trump. The man could not win a general election. Everyone knows he is a demented and misguided.

Republicans need to move on and select a man or woman that will obliterate Biden or any other weak politician the Democrats might nominate. Republicans- don’t miss this opportunity to end frivolous spending, eco-dominated laws, defunding of the police and a weak-handed attitude towards Russia, China, Iran and all the war mongering threats globally.

Americans- forget about Trump. He’s a bad dream that can finally end with your vote.

What Have We Learned From The Pandemic: Not Enough!

On the heels of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s retirement announcement, it’s worthwhile to look back and consider what we learned from the Covid experience and how are lives changed.

First and foremost, we now know that viruses are extremely dangerous to humans and can pose an existential threat to mankind. This means that a mega-virus heretofore only seen in fantasy movies is a real possibility.

Given the severity of this issue, do we need to assess whether enough research money is allocated to fighting viruses? Annually, billions are expended on various types of cancers and other diseases. Since a virus has the potential to end mankind, and these other maladies do not pack the same deadly punch, should money be re-distribute to focus on more dangerous threats?

It may be unfair to say, but I believe the medical community let us down during Covid. I’m referring to those health professionals that study viruses and tell us what to do and how to fight them, not the incredible scientists that created a vaccine so quickly and the health practitioners that cared for so many sick people.

One hundred years ago, mankind faced a similar threat. During the last century, why weren’t more experts worrying about a recurrence? We should have concluded from the last major pandemic that we are extremely vulnerable.

The people responsible for our safety did not receive effective direction from health professionals or government officials. We were told to wear masks, and many said we should not. We were told to take vaccines, and some said they were dangerous and/or ineffective. Fauci himself changed his mind numerous times on a plethora of issues. The public is entitled to receive current information from doctors and leaders. The federal government should be the most important player because we are all equally vulnerable to the virus.

Information flow about the long-term effects of the disease has been totally unacceptable. If one contracts Covid, can you contract it again, and again? What effect do the vaccines have on the virus? Do vaccines prevent another bout with Covid? Does the vaccine decrease the effects of another bout of the disease?

One important observation is that, medically, we are connected to every other country in the world. The virus can easily travel from Australia to the United States on a plane ride. We can no longer ignore what happens in other places. As a corollary, it behooves medical innovators to share information. Actions by China, allegedly hiding the fact that the virus was spreading out of control, eventually were responsible for many thousands of deaths worldwide. Biotech companies should share important facts about infectious diseases without regard to profits or reputation.

The Covid pandemic has had a tremendous impact on how we work, worldwide. It opened Pandora’s Box. Workers are now demanding that employers allow them to work from home. It will be many years before this is sorted out. Unfortunately, every company is unique. Some employees can do their work from home and others must be at the office or factory.

Some families benefited from spending much more time together in their homes during the pandemic. Family relationships strengthened for many. For others, not so much. The latter phenomenon was predictable because humans are social animals. Having relationships at work are important to many of us. In the worst cases, mental health issues arose from “cabin fever” situations.

Digital influence on our country and economy increased. For instance, much more banking was being done at home. The growth of digital has been a great boom to some industries, and the demise of others.

It’s worth trying to find some benefits from the pandemic experience. Although, this will never justify the deaths of so many people.

President Felon

Every day the accusations and subpoenas increase from battling political parties. The possibility that former president Donald Trump committed all sorts of criminal acts seems indisputable, hence I have renamed him “President Felony.”

How long will Americans continue to protect this one-man perpetrator of crimes and chaos. If he is reelected president, we will spend four more years investigating and impeaching him and other government officials. Isn’t it time to move on, even if the 2020 election did not end to your liking?

Trump is a misbehaving child in a 70-year-old empty suit. Why would any American put up with his shenanigans for one second longer. It’s time that Americans work to replace this madman with a politician who operates within legal boundaries and does not think he is above the law. Trump is constantly looking to start a confrontation or say something so stupid (or inflammatory) that voters should demand he retire to his palace in Florida and get out of our faces.

Why would Trump knowingly abscond top secret documents from the White House? Did he plan to use them in a new book or discuss their contents with business associates and friends? Why would he intentionally break the rules and create a legitimate national security crisis? What’s the upside of his actions? Did Trump expect that adversaries would ignore such imbecilic behavior?

After the election results were in, did Trump, the megalomaniac, expect Congress to disavow a fair contest? And why would a sitting president ever covertly or overtly encourage sedition and violence. America is not a third world country ruled by authoritarians. A coup d’état is not an option in the Constitution.

Even if there were sporadic illegal actions during the last election, Trump supporters must give up the cause. If not, there will be an unfortunate result in 2024, another free spending, woke Democrat in the White House. What could be worse? Actually, Trump in the White House would be a worse eventuality.

Republicans and Democrats are equally guilty of wasting resources, overspending, resisting compromise and putting elections above all else. They are not living up to the ideals that our founding fathers proclaimed in the 1700s. Power, greed and a closed minds dominate most people in Washington DC and the country.

It’s time to change the job description of the president, not to the leader of one party, but leader of all Americans. The new president should be a real patriot, willing to use all his and her efforts to make America a better place for every Republican and Democrat. The new president should be younger, more vibrant and tolerant.

Our government operates better when political parties find the middle ground. Social issues have dogged us for generations. We need to build compromise to finally put to rest gun control and the woman’s right to choose, and refocus on climate change, recession, pandemics, nuclear proliferation and human rights.

The next president must be strong in mind and determination. He or she must be willing to come to the rescue of Americans and people around the world. And most importantly, the US must lead the world militarily and economically.

With a more expansive mindset, the next president will find there is room for compromise and a desire to temper the bad blood in our government.

Do we really want a felon in the White House? I think not. It’s time that both parties find great men and women to govern and lead our country.

A Cow Pod Or A Chocolate Cookie?

I knew it was an anomaly when I agreed with Times columnist Charles M. Blow. [See my last blog post.] The uber-liberal returned to the Op-ed arena today to encourage Joe Biden to “boast” about his “remarkable summer.” Blow’s attempts to have us believe Biden’s cow pod administration is a chocolate chip cookie failed miserably.

He starts out by claiming “the truth is that news narratives and polls are symbiotic.” It’s a vicious cycle. I guess I can agree with this statement at least, but nothing else in the Op-ed.

It’s staggering that Biden is being portrayed as a politician caught up in the news cycle and not his own bumbling actions and missteps. Republicans had to repel the ultra-liberal press every day for misrepresentations of the truth during the previous administration, even if they were right about the former president’s character.

Now, Democrats are saying the news is unfair to their leader. Even hardcore Democrats have been saying that Biden can’t legislate and govern worth a damn. It’s been rewarding to see the media accuse Biden for what he really is, a lousy president. This doesn’t pertain to Mr. Blow, however.

Blow goes on to quote Lou Holtz, the legendary football coach who said, “You’re never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you’re never as bad as they say when you lose.” [As an aside, I resent Blow quoting the beloved Holtz. I’m a Notre Dame alum.] Joe Biden is so bad, he set records for low polling ratings of his leadership skills. He’s the worst of the worst.

Sure, it’s true gas prices have fallen 86 cents since the high point. What did Joe do to encourage lower prices? He begged Saudi Arabia, Iran and Venezuela to increase production, rather than inspiring American companies to do so. Biden doesn’t get it, neither do Democrats, the world is not ready to substitute fossil fuel for climate friendly energy like electric cars and windmills. The technologies are not ready for prime time.

Blow mentions the 9.1% increase in inflation by saying that it is offset by improved employment numbers. Tell this to Americans who can’t afford to feed their families and fill their cars with the same paycheck.

OK, the gun legislation was a positive step in the right direction. But it was a weak response. There are still too many ways unbalanced individuals and criminals can acquire guns, including assault rifles. The law is a “very small step for mankind.”

Biden was embarrassed that his multi-trillion-dollar spending spree was waylaid by Sen. Joe Manchin. The president settled for a smaller package that will have practically no impact on global warming and inflation, despite claims of the opposite. [Bernie Sanders chimed in and said the new bill would not have a serious impact on inflation.]

Biden’s foreign policies are in shambles. Russia is still invading Ukraine. China is shooting missiles over Taiwan. Iran can build a nuclear bomb. Britney Grimes is still in a Russian jail.

And Biden will never truly support abortion. He’s a Catholic. He’s always danced around the issue and never accomplished anything in the area of a woman’s right to choose.

Blow says Biden needs to be more boastful. About what? Our nation is falling behind the other superpowers because Biden is timid. Blow even says Biden should be more like Trump. For what, bragging about things that haven’t actually happened.

Charles, you took one step forward and three steps backwards. Biden is an empty suit, and Republicans are going to do a number on Democrats in the upcoming elections no matter how much Biden boasts.

US and PRC Dig In (High*) Heals About Taiwan

*Refers to Speaker Nancy Pelosi

The convoluted US policies towards Taiwan are creating serious angst in diplomatic circles. The PRC even hinted that it would shoot down the plane that carried Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan. Few thought that it was a credible threat, but to her credit, the Speaker defied China.

The US position on Taiwan is reflected in “six assurances to Taiwan.” The Six Assurances include:

  • The US has not agreed to set a date for ending arms sales to Taiwan.
  • The US has not agreed to hold prior consultations with the Chinese on arms sales to Taiwan.
  • The US will not play a mediation role between Taiwan and China.
  • The US has not agreed to reverse the Taiwan Relations Act.
  • The US will not alter its policies regarding Chinese sovereignty over Taiwan.
  • The US will not exert pressure on Taiwan to negotiate with the Chinese.

The position of the US has offended the Chinese continuously ever since 1949, when Chiang Kai Shek’s troops decamped to Taiwan at the end of the Chinese civil war. In 1978, the US announced it would break relations with Taiwan and formally recognize the PRC as the sole and legal government of China.

Over the years, though, American presidents have reconsidered these policies, much to the chagrin of the PRC. For instance, on several occasions, the US stated or implied it would come to the rescue of Taiwan if it were attacked by the PRC.

How does all this affect the current US/PRC relations? Frankly, the PRC resents the wishy-washy position of the United States and the latter’s interference into internal affairs of the PRC. The visit by Speaker Pelosi has riled PRC leadership greatly, and that is resulting in aggressive and undiplomatic actions by the PRC, including a show of force in the area around Taiwan that included live fire combat exercises.

Would the PRC go to war to protect its claims on Taiwan? It’s doubtful that it would initiate a shooting conflict with the US, but it might take other kinds of actions that are deemed to be provocative, such as claiming more islands in the South China Sea and militarizing islands located near the PRC. There is a growing concern that a misstep by either the US or the PRC could accidentally lead to direct conflict.

Seems to me that the current policies of the US are the major issue. Our government has been dancing around its position relating to Taiwan for many years. Direct and frank negotiations with the PRC are an obvious alternative to military confrontation.

These solutions would be complicated and likely fraught with economic sanctions by both sides, something the world economy does not need at this time. I am absolutely dedicated to affirming the rights of US, but we need to be clearer, as it was with Hong Kong. Perhaps a date to reunite the two Chinas in the distant future would be a reasonable idea to discuss. The 100-year deal between the PRC and Hong Kong ultimately worked out without serious violence.

In the meantime, the US should retain all of its rights to have a relationship with Taiwan that includes among other things arming the island. Another Russia/Ukraine situation is not a preferred course. If the PRC wants to annex Taiwan, it should do it peacefully. So long as this happens there will be no need for either the PRC or the US to show their muscles.

Charles Blow Blows His Horn In Opposition To Trump

Charles Blow, columnist at the NY Times, really would like to see Trump in jail for crimes against the nation including sedition, an attempted coup d’état. The January storming of the Capitol by a group of radical right wingers was a travesty, deserving of punishment and a stain on American history. But there was no chance that Trump would rise to the top like other famous authoritarians from the past. The threat to our democracy is being overstated to a great degree.

Nevertheless, I opposed Trump repeatedly before, during and after his tenure as president. His time in the Oval Office earned him “the worst president award,” in my opinion. And I just don’t believe that Trump has the support of enough Americans to make a credible attempt to be president again. Unfortunately, Fox News continues to prove they are no better than their liberal opposition. Too many of their talking heads think Trump deserves another chance to lead this country. I believe this is utter insanity.

Blow, and commentators of like mind, want to guillotine Trump to make sure he doesn’t become president. In a strange way, Biden is so incompetent and unprepared to be president that he gives a megalomaniac like Trump an opportunity. The bar is so low. Just because the last elections have pitted Trump against Clinton and Trump against Biden doesn’t mean that any of these people can be viable candidates.

Credible Republican candidates are frightened to face off against Trump. Why, because they are concerned, he actually has influence over many voters. I believe this is untrue. Dedicated Republicans want someone other than Trump to represent them, just like Democrats want someone other than Biden to represent them.

Back to Blow. A reasonable person should agree that Charles Blow wants Trump to be in jail so he cannot run for president. I appreciate his perspective, but he’s overstating Trump’s influence.

The January assault on the Capitol was nowhere near a successful takeover of our government. It was a protest gone out of control, just like ones perpetrated by radical liberals across the country. All violent participants should spend time in jail.

Blow is trying to convince some people that Trump represents Satan and will return to take over the Earth. For sure, Trump is evil, but to classify him as Beelzebub is a bit much. Trump will be lucky to not get indicted by the Justice Department. He has no magical powers that will help him, nor will anyone try to spring him from jail.

Blow’s op-ed is just another piece that talks about how bad a person Trump is. He learned from his mistakes and will be more evil next time if he wins. Trump can’t be held accountable if he’s president. He will use the presidency to make himself wealthier. He hates women, and so do his supporters. Trump is a sex maniac. And so on.

I admit, I want Trump out of the spotlight and not in government. If he’s in jail, he can’t run, so maybe that would be a good outcome. Trump and Biden are two hiccups in American history. Neither will win their party’s nomination.

The Three Stooges: Russia, Iran and Turkey

Vladimir Putin, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Tayyip Erdogan are conducting a summit of rogue stooges.

Putin’s Russia and the Ayatollah’s Iran are scrambling to survive economically, as the West imposes significant economic sanctions that will impede Russia and Iran from generating revenues to stay solvent. Erdogan is mostly obsessed with the Kurdish presence in and around Turkey. All these countries are intimidated by the US and supportive of Bashar al-Assad of Syria who is responsible for horrendous human rights violations.

Russia is the easiest country to denigrate in this meeting of scoundrels. Putin is trying to reconstruct the former Soviet Union, after 30 years of independence of the former SSR’s. Some of the SSRs, in particular, Ukraine, have prospered after being released by Russia when the Cold War ended. The Russian invasion of the Ukraine is the first important step to bring together countries with long standing Russian culture and act  as a buffer between Europe and Russia- a pipe dream.

It’s obvious that Russia has made a number of bonehead decisions about its military advances in Ukraine. For one thing, the Russians were not trained properly to take on such a fight. The decisions by Putin and his generals seriously underestimated the resolve of the Ukraine people, and the response of the global international community.

With a great deal of assistance from the US and other sympathetic countries, Ukrainians have resisted Russian advances, even though defeat is likely. But Russia has experienced massive losses of soldiers and equipment. And most importantly, the West is doubting the military acumen and strength of Russia to do war against Europe with US support. Of course, all of this is contingent upon the possible use of tactical nuclear weapons Russia.

By soliciting the help of Iran and Turkey, it is questionable how Russia will improve its military situation or regain its status as a world leader. Iran is impoverished and mostly interested in dealing with its hated enemies, the Sunnis and Israel. Iran will be fortunate to avoid a regime change in the medium term by its citizens based upon its present course of actions.

Turkey derives safety from NATO, which is Europe’s principal military force. So, it is unlikely that Turkey will side with Russia and Iran militarily unless killing Kurds is part of the deal.

Iran has begun to make noises that a nuclear weapon is within its reach. It would not surprise many to see Israel taking more action against Iran, given the weakened state of the latter.

If it wasn’t such a sad state of affairs in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, it would be humorous that Putin can only find solace from the likes of Iran and Turkey. Both of the countries have far greater designs than assisting in the takeover of Ukraine. It’s highly unlikely that neither of the rogue nations will be helpful to Russia strategically or diplomatically.

Many analysts are impatiently awaiting some kind of massive event in Russia. Putin seems to be unbalanced and fighting for the sake of fighting, without any strategic goals. I’m surprised the Russian people are not revolting at this moment.

Nothing will come out of this three-country summit because each has a separate agenda.