Peace a Self-Serving Illusion

Roman General ‎Publius Flavius Vegetius wrote in his book, “Epitoma Rei Militaris,” Si Vis Pacem, Parabellum, “If you want peace, prepare for war.” The General wrote another remembrance, “Igitur qui desiderat Pacem, praeparet bellum.” In English: “they, therefore, who wish for peace, prepare for war.”

Russia’s Putin is a belligerent antagonist, playing, unhindered, a dealt poker game of stud. He has two cards up showing an Ace and a King as he pushes his bet forward. The man has calculated his strategic exposure founded on the premise that  NATO is reluctant, indecisive, and uncertain. His risk, therefore, is tactically nominal. The USA fearful of losing Allied support and lacking the necessary will to act holsters the advantage of confrontation in favor of hesitation. Such is the perfect example of the cat climbing the tree while the dog is limited to loudly barking.

The Ace in metaphoric terms is nuclear weapons; the King, NATO’s lack of clear-eyed decisive leadership.

The American government covets idealism and hopefulness to the extreme of naiveté. We will not recognize that the dark side of human behavior is a remorseless constant. Consequently, America though willing to shed the blood of its armed forces and spend its treasure; is unwilling to accept the blunt reality that the global strategy of the heretofore playground-like pushing and shoving accomplishes nothing.

Putin’s cadre of the few is a methodically dangerous purposefully amoral and tenaciously driven kleptocracy. There is no hidden agenda; the Russians of the Putin era are gangsters in gangsters clothing. The thugs feed off of weakness. The antidote to Russian’s Putin is blunt force trauma.

America refuses to accept the role of the world’s policemen while behaving, in every way measurable, as the world’s policemen.

Since the discovery of fire humankind has, for a cause or no cause, with “malice of aforethought” been killing fellow humans, the invention of the wheel increased the amount of violence. Peace is not a noble ideal. Peace is a myth.

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Pay The Piper

Inquiry:

Did President Obama’s influence undermine the lawfulness and operating integrity of its administration so to favor Clinton’s 2016 election bid? Did President Obama knowingly turn a blind eye to Clinton’s illegal transgressions? Did veteran FBI investigative leadership implement biased discretion as ordered by Attorney General Loretta Lynch?

The response, yes.

The politically inclined wanton influence of the Obama administration desperately tried to initiate the beginnings of a coup d’état. Wherein leadership within the FBI, DNI, and the CIA purposefully acted unlawfully to topple a duly elected President.

Pissed, bewildered, and confused by Trump’s election Obama and his duly appointed went bongos. Suffering from election induced PTSD, FBI leadership, Brennen, and Clapper with the aid assist of Clintonites and the progressively inclined barking media decided to correct the mistake of the electorate.

The Mueller investigation was the “sure thing.” The finality of the Trump presidency. Pundit followed by pundit took their turn, heaping scurrilous accusation upon unfounded speculation, the political left assured of Trump’s demise could not stop its ad hoc prosecution.

However, this illicitly executed and the extralegally contrived scheme was doomed to discovery and subsequent prosecution. The perpetrators of anti-Trump rhetoric were the elected, the appointed, staffed, and President Obama; they will “pay the piper.”

The Meaning of Fair

The Meaning of Fair-In The Day-To-Day Drama of Contesting

The word fair as in just, fair-minded, or impartial, evokes positive thoughts and the predictive of an agreeable consequence. Society is partial to the process of fair. However, what’s fair is subject to a multitude of caveats, statutory regulations, and societal/cultural constraints; as a consequence, the decision and result of what’s fair, in meaningful terms, is calculated. For that reason, in the hard knuckle sweat and grind of daily life, the concept of fair is more a noble ideal than an actual.

The broadcasting companies CNN and MSNBC (after Trump’s inauguration) were messaging a public relations narrative to ensure a Republican did not triumph in the mid-term election. To attain a Democratic majority in the House, and of course, positioning a liberal progressive electoral victory in 2020. The founding emphasis of these broadcasters’ story was that President Trump was in cahoots with Russia’s Putin to win the 2016 election.

It, therefore, followed that progressive dogmatist in concert with a willing media suggested the impeachment of President Trump. CNN and MSNBC producers, regardless of blatant political bias, sensing a political slam dunk, gamed the network’s content to endorse the Democratic Party’s policies and issue perspective.

What’s fair has little to no impact on the day-to-day battle within the judicial system or the in-plain-view contesting of ideas.

Politicians and talking heads use the word fair as often as they evoke American values as the standard of what’s moral and ethical. However, as committed contrarians and self-serving opportunist, they all understand and practice the Machiavellian approach to truth, justice, and the American way. In essence, they all speak in the idiom of scattered deceptive wherewithal purposed to suspend, misdirect, or temporarily if not permanently set aside the truth of the matter.

We, the people, recognize these lies. However, we are inclined to accept (the lies) as artful articulation. That is as long as the lies track the ideology of one’s political tribe: and the beat goes on.