As goes Ford, so goes America?
- Dollar rises versus euro, oil drops before ECB, OPEC meetings (Reuters)
- Smog chokes Chinese, Indian capitals as climate talks begin (Reuters)
- Obama: COP21 Paris Climate Talks Could Be ‘Turning Point’ For Planet (BBG)
- China plans to launch carbon-tracking satellites into space (Reuters)
- Scientists Dispute 2-Degree Model Guiding Climate Talks (WSJ)
- At NATO, Turkey defiant over downing of Russian jet (Reuters)
- ECB Left With No Choice But Action After Draghi's Priming (BBG)
If we want to get to a world where terrorism isn’t such a regular tragedy, governments need to start recognizing the fact that the so-called “War on Terror” is a self-fulfilling prophecy destined to foment one thing and one thing only: more terrorism.
It's no secret that the US has played an outsized role in facilitating Syria's five-year civil war by funneling money and guns to a hodgepodge of opposition groups. It's also no secret that The Pentagon's latest "train and equip" program was a disaster of epic proportions. But rest assured, if Washington can make it worse, Washington will make it worse, which is why we weren't surprised that the 2016 NDAA authorizes more taxpayer money for the funding of "moderate" Syrian rebels.
Perhaps Voltaire said it best: "To determine the true rulers of any society, all you must do is ask yourself this question: Who is it that I am not permitted to criticize?"
Another 'mass' shooting, and another outraged statement from President Obama proclaiming "enough is enough." With 9 injured, and 2 police officers and 1 civilian dead after the dreadful standoff at a Planned Parenthood office in Colorado Springs, the President took the opportunity to explain "we have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them. Period." Of course, any discussion of the shooter's mental health, the violent polarization towards and politicization of abortion among an increasingly micro-aggressive America were conveniently ignored.
Russia Sends 10,000 AK-47s To Afghanistan As Government Mulls "Inviting" Moscow To Help Fight "Terrorists"Submitted by Tyler Durden on 11/28/2015 10:04 -0500
As the US struggles to contain the Taliban, Kabul is set to receive a shipment of 10,000 Kalashnikovs from Moscow. Afghan lawmakers have also requested helicopter gunships and are now considering allowing Russia to participate directly in anti-terror ops. However, with Iran (The Kremlin's staunchest regional ally) having forged an unlikely alliance with the Taliban in an effort to subvert US influence and counter ISIS, questions abound regarding just who Russia would be targeting and who will be on the receiving end of the new AK-47s.
This is a chess match between ISIS, China and the U.S. using Taiwan as a game piece.
A society that is given the option to protect itself is not a fearful society, it is a prudent one. The victims of Paris were never allowed the option to protect their lives, nor were they fortunate to have armed defenders present or trained combatants to stop the attack before it reached them. People need the opportunity to secure their own safety since, as the past twelve years has shown, the State will fail them.
When it comes to NATO and the West you can always find a contradiction or two (or five) when it comes to foreign policy rhetoric which is why we weren’t at all surprised (although we were amused) with what we found when we decided to take a look back at what Erdogan said in 2012 after Assad’s air force shot down a Turkish F-4 phantom jet when it crossed into Syrian airspace.
President Obama Explains Why Americans Should Keep Calm & Spend Amid Global Terror Alert - Live FeedSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 11/25/2015 11:49 -0500
With Americans facing a day of travel and giving thanks tomorrow, President Obama is set to make a statement we presume urging everyone to get out and spend... but be more alert to bad guys...
Following yesterday's dramatic geopolitical shock, U.S. equity index futures rise as Russia has not escalated the confrontation with Turkey as some had feared, while Asian shares fall, reversing earlier gains. European stocks are rallying and the euro is falling on the back of a Reuters report that the ECB is mulling new measures to prop up lending, although it’s not clear at this point what the real impact from these measures would be.
- Turkey downs Russian warplane near Syria border, Moscow denies airspace violation (Reuters)
- Investors seek safety in bonds, yen after Turkey downs Russian jet (Reuters)
- Donald Trump Is Not Backing Down (BBG)
- Uber's Exposure May Grow as U.S. Drivers Seek 57.5 Cents a Mile (BBG)
- U.S. issues global travel alert as manhunt continues for Paris attackers (Reuters)
- Stung by Oil, Distressed-Debt Traders See Worst Losses Since '08 (BBG)
The American people have been forced to pay untold millions for a ten-year CIA and Pentagon program to undermine and overthrow the Syrian government, and now we are supposed to pay millions more to provide welfare for the refugees Obama created. If Obama wants to take in refugees from the chaos in Syria, there are probably plenty of vacant rooms in the White House.
Those who don’t understand history are doomed to repeat it, those that do understand are doomed to watch in horror while everyone else repeats it.