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What’s done is done. There can be no denying or changing that fact. There are now cries that each Tomahawk missile costs approximately $1.4 million which totals $84,000,000.00 for the 60 missiles fired at the Syrian airport on Thursday. Cries of we could have funded this program or we need that program are resonating throughout the nation. This is the wrong argument taking place. What will happen next needs study, discussion, debate and anticipation.


While the reasoning given for this preemptive strike is lauded as humanitarian one needs to study the action versus the long range effects this action could and will have.


Russia has already begun a policy of communication separation of common sense military agreements between the United States and Russia. Iran, predictably, has condemned the action by the United States towards her ally, Syria, giving Iran a reason to step up anti-American activities. ISIS, although supposedly not an ally of the Assad regime, has been handed a retaliatory reason and opportunity. Although ISIS and Assad may be at odds with each other they are both Arab factions and blood is thicker than water. ISIS’ hatred for America runs far deeper than its hatred of the Assad regime. The old adage of the enemy of my enemy is now my friend may come into play. We have seen it happen time and time again with relationships the United States has formed with other nations.


One thing one must realize after an act of destruction and invasion, and yes this action is being construed as an invasion by some factions. A jihadist does not back down, Quite the opposite, they will double down. Do not be surprised if terrorist activity escalates in France, Great Britain, Canada, Mexico, the United States and any other nation that is friendly with America.


If an act of terror strikes American soil then an increased cry to lock down the United States, further the ban on incoming immigrants even if vetted and stealing of land to build the southern wall under the guise of national security will have increased propagandized popularity.


Was the missile attack a signal to those in opposition of the United States that preemptive strikes and other actions are now the new foreign policy? Are these the actions that will be taken by an president who is willing to bypass communication with the legislative and judicial branches of this government regardless of the War Powers Act? Is this a president who is willing to circumvent international law? Quite possibly. But it is also a blatant attempt to bolster backing for policies and programs that are decreasing in the eyes of the legislative, judicial branches and the electorate of this nation.


Is the self appointed master of deception and distraction at it again? I fear so. But now the stakes are too high. Domestic and international stability hangs in the balance. Our enemies have turned too many due to this action no matter what the media has and is reporting worldwide. Is a program of United States colonialism and domination on the horizon? This is what many must and are thinking today.


Push back has already begun. The day after the missile strike the murders in Stockholm occurred killing 4 and wounding others. Two days later two Coptic churches in Egypt were attacked and more than 70 people were killed and countless others injured. Russia, Iran and China have stated further aggression by the United States will not be tolerated and retaliatory steps will be taken. North Korea is posturing aggressively while this administration sends a nuclear fleet to show a forceful presence just off North Korean waters.


I fear an onslaught of terrorist activity in the future. Not in the time frame as Americans live but the long standing time frame of the rest of the globe outside the Western hemisphere. Only time will tell and hope is I am incorrect. If not it will get bloody.


Ric Wells/Akecheta



EXPAT Added Apr 15, 2017 - 11:54pm
"What will happen next needs study, discussion, debate and anticipation.'
What you and my fellow contributors don't understand is that your opinion and discussion; DON"T MEAN SHIT!
Trump has brought together a team of experts who understand the world we live in, and that strength is the only strategy that despots understand.
America is back, and the world understands that they will either act responsibly or be destroyed!
My fear now is that the Democrats will continue to act like idiots, leaving Trump to implement a new world order, without opposition!
"Absolute power corrupts absolutely" is the best known quotation of the 19th century British politician Lord Acton.
America is at it's best when all sides are represented and a compromise allows for difference. We the people have lost perspective and are forcing a Totalitarian Dictatorship to be established to control our passion!
EXPAT Added Apr 16, 2017 - 12:07am
Obama destroyed Syria, then gave it to Russia. It is in total ruin, Iran is the next Trump Target, and Putin is left looking silly in his attempt to control the world oil supply.
Either Russia will be left with an economic basket case, like in Cuba, or they will abandone their efforts to once again be a power in Mid. East, like they did in Afghanistan.
I expect Putin to pull out, after USA forces change in Iran. 
Ric Wells Added Apr 16, 2017 - 12:10am
My opinion may mean nothing but as long as I am able I will continue to do so. And if mine means nothing does that mean yours is less than zero?
Ric Wells Added Apr 16, 2017 - 12:12am
The middle east has been in total disheveled since the Truman Doctrine. And went off the charts after the war in 67.
EXPAT Added Apr 16, 2017 - 12:29am
Yes Ric.
My opinion may mean nothing but as long as I am able I will continue to do so. And if mine means nothing does that mean yours is less than zero?
This is all an exercise in Trivia exchange. None of us knows what the hell we are talking about because the real information is hidden from us. The Internet has made fools of all of us with misinformation, half truths and manipulation.
I try to put what I am told into perspective, but all my knowledge is dated. For over 10 years I have enjoyed total freedom, thanks to economic freedom.
I don't mean to insult you. but what you know is what the decision makers want you to know. and you argue calculated misinformation and innuendo.
A useless gesture that keeps you from picking up a Gun and refreshing the tree of freedom with blood!
EXPAT Added Apr 16, 2017 - 12:42am
The middle east has been in total disheveled since the Truman Doctrine. And went off the charts after the war in 67.

Many civilizations tried to unite the disparate peoples and failed. Assirians, Persians, Babylonians, European Goths, Greeks, Romans, and Crusaders all tried and failed in their time.
Blaming Truman is like blaming Obama for racial animus.
I suggest you stop looking to blame someone for what is, and start looking for how YOU can make a small difference to someone close to you!
EXPAT Added Apr 16, 2017 - 4:03am
Thank you for your informed analysis Dr. John.
I been in the right place but it must have been the wrong time
I'd have said the right thing but I must have used the wrong line
I been in the right trip but I must have used the wrong car
My head was in a bad place and I'm wondering what it's good for
I been in the right place but it must have been the wrong time
My head was in a bad place but I'm having such a good time
Ric Wells Added Apr 16, 2017 - 6:59am
If expressing my opinion stops me from pulling the trigger then I am in a good place. It seems as the Lord of writer beat is in a bad place. To state that one's opinion does not matter is absurd. History is replete with examples of movements starting being successful or being destroyed by the opinion starting with one. To stop is to let go of your freedom and succumb to someone else's totalitarian regime. I am only as good as the information I gather in the way I gather it. If it falls short of your expectations that is my cross to bear not yours. 
Ric Wells Added Apr 16, 2017 - 7:04am
If you think that this is all an exercise in futility it is your right to feel that way. But one has to wonder why you participate. If my opinion is based on falsehoods and is a lie and no one knows the truth then your opinion is a lie also. If you wish to comment fine if not not sweat off me. And your statement that you do not wish to insult is a lie. Be honest about that. You did wish to insult. 
Jeffry Gilbert Added Apr 16, 2017 - 7:41am
Ric this isn't the aftermath its only the beginning. 
Ric Wells Added Apr 16, 2017 - 7:55am
Regrettably I agree Jeffry. 
Ric Wells Added Apr 16, 2017 - 10:42am
What I meant is tgat I agree with you Jeffry.
Minister Peaceful Poet Added Apr 16, 2017 - 12:07pm
ISIS is a creation of the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Turkey for the sole purpose of regime change.  They are very happy that we bombed Syria.  For three reasons, oil, pipeline and the old Israeli map covers most of Syria.  Israel believes that land belongs to them and they want it.  We are Israel's goy and we will do as Israel tells us to. Some of us believe we will be blessed but the powers that be know that the Rothschild hold all the cards.  All they have to do is raise the interest rates and we're toast. 
Minister Peaceful Poet Added Apr 16, 2017 - 12:16pm
Israel has us by the balls but mainstream media will never admit that, the Zionist control mainstream media. 
Dino Manalis Added Apr 16, 2017 - 1:33pm
We don't want to go to war with Russia!  Instead, Washington and Moscow ought to enforce a no-fly zone over the entire country and urge all parties, including Assad, to fight ISIS, instead of each other, while terrorists should be attacked solely on the ground.  We need to work with Russia and Assad to defeat ISIS and Al Qaeda, while the Arab World needs stability, like Sissi of Egypt, followed by international pressure for democratic reforms without destabilizing these countries again.
Lady Sekhmetnakt Added Apr 16, 2017 - 1:36pm
In short Trump fucked up. His approval is in the toilet so he thought by breaking international law and the Geneva Convention and becoming a war criminal, essentially Obama 2.0, he would be elevated in the polls. It failed. Those who hated him before still hate him, and those like myself who foolishly supported him believing he would keep his word and stay out of Syria, now also can't stand him. He is just another liar, the fourth war criminal president in a row. As such the United States has lost all moral credability in the world. As we find out more it looks more and more like the chemical agent was chlorine and from the Al Qaeda terrorist encampment not Assad, who our own intelligence said just weeks ago, that Syria doesn't have chemical weapons anyway. Theses statements I make here are not opinions, but hard facts that only fools would argue. 
George N Romey Added Apr 16, 2017 - 1:48pm
MPP and Jenifer of course you belong on a national show like CNN to discuss the real reasons but we know that will never happen.
Mircea Negres Added Apr 16, 2017 - 1:52pm
Ric, I once read the memoirs of a former mercenary, who said he and his team were hired by the U.S. government to hit a bunch of terrorists who had done something or other to them in Beirut- not for plausible deniability, but because at around $60.000 for the mission it was cheaper than firing a broadside from a U.S. Navy destroyer, which would've cost $300.000 and might have missed, not gotten all the terrorists or worse, hit civilians nearby.
The big problem with the Tomahawk strike was that it might have been cheaper to send in troops, but that's not gonna happen while the majority of the American public who are tired after two invasions and 15 years of war only want to hear "no boots on the ground".
EXPAT is right, our opinions and discussions don't mean diddly because we're being denied information and what we know is almost certainly the result of manipulative selective leaks. That's not to say we shouldn't talk or write articles like you have just done, only for us to be aware the story playing out behind the scenes is very likely different from what's playing in front of our eyes. Good post, anyway. I certainly enjoyed it.
Minister Peaceful Poet Added Apr 16, 2017 - 1:55pm
Myself and many others thought Trump would be different, maybe there is still time,
Thanks George  
Ric Wells Added Apr 16, 2017 - 1:58pm
Trump is acting the very same way in tge Ed Hite House as he acted in the boardroom. To quote Led Zeppelin Dazed and Confused is how he smokescreens everything. 
Bill H. Added Apr 16, 2017 - 3:44pm
Trump is acting exactly as I knew he would even before he was elected. I once worked under and ultra-narcissistic boss with a mega-ego that laid every bit of framework that I use to judge and predict Trump. Both of these guys were peas in a pod. Narcissism has very common and predictable traits and symptoms. 
Wait until he looses his temper with either Putin or Kim Jong Un. You will then see an example of the classic "narcissistic rage", especially when it involves egos. Talk about 0 to 60 in less than 2 seconds!
EXPAT Added Apr 16, 2017 - 4:49pm
When you wake someone from a dream, often they are angry and demand to be left alone.
The dream is their comfort zone and reality unpleasant.
You have offered words of wisdom in the past, but I see you choosing a dream. I tried to wake you, but the result was anger.
Jenifer is in the REM stage and talks in her sleep about War Criminals and Geneva convention and chemistry.
MPP says America is the puppet master and Jews rule.
Bill H. knew it all the time and George wants to get in their dream.
Ric asks why I participate, and I often ask myself the same question. "Why do I participate in this exercise in futility? Only Mircea seems to understand we are being manipulated.
The only answer I have is, I HAVE NO CHOICE. If I am to preserve my own sanity, I must compare it to others. It matters not which delusion prevails. I went from exposing Trump as a Court Jester to Total Admiration for how he has changed the world in 8 weeks.
On Easter Sunday I see Trump offering a solution to the world, and the Democrats wanting to Crucify him for destroying their belief.
I would offer you a Happy Easter, but you can only find happiness in a dream!
Akecheta has his Dream Catcher close at hand.
Bill Kamps Added Apr 17, 2017 - 11:46am
It didnt take Trump too long before his foreign policy started to look like every other foreign policy we've had since WWII, namely a clumsy ad hoc.   Fire a few Tomahawks so it looks like we are doing something.  Low risk, but accomplishes nothing.  What's next ? no one knows because there is no plan.   All it did was blow up a bit of desert, and gave our foes another reason to rail against us. It gave the Russians an excuse to put in some AA batteries, as if they ever need an excuse, but at least now they can point to the US "belligerence" as a reason for extra defense. 
Someone has apparently explained to Trump what NATO does, and now he says that NATO now has value.  At least he is capable of learning. 
Syria is a mess and its best we just stay out.  The Russians are support Asaad, so it is unlikely he will be ousted as long as the Russians are there.
Victor Crain Added Apr 17, 2017 - 12:27pm
I came over to this thread in the expectation of finding an interesting, fact-based discussion. Wow, this thing is totally off the rails. When did personal attacks become a useful form of discourse? "Just because politicians do it" is no excuse for anyone with a brain.
Bill Kamps Added Apr 17, 2017 - 12:41pm
Victor, personal attacks are common because it is a lazy way to disagree and people do say some outrageous things.  I just ignore those that are wildly to the left, right or crazy. 
Victor Crain Added Apr 17, 2017 - 12:47pm
Bill, "left right or crazy" -- doesn't that border on tautology? It brings to mind Twain's comment on dishonesty and politicians. :)
EXPAT Added Apr 17, 2017 - 3:59pm
Martin. Cruise missiles don't expire. Their solid propellant needs to be replaced, and  guidance information upgraded. This is done as a result of testing, not time. Perhaps the One that didn't reach it's target wasn't tested properly.
EXPAT Added Apr 17, 2017 - 4:14pm
Victor. We live in a time when the whole world is angry. WB is no different than Main Stream Media; half truths and innuendo.
Why would you expect anything different?
"Wow, this thing is totally off the rails."
Do you consider that statement interesting, fact-based discussion?
Jeffry Gilbert Added Apr 17, 2017 - 4:52pm
Wow, this thing is totally off the rails. When did personal attacks become a useful form of discourse?
Uh oh, another FNG getting up in arms about how things are done on WB. 
Pro tip: If you believe as apparently you do your WB experience is going to be painful. 
Pro tip: You don't make any friends here as an FNG telling others what they should and shouldn't do. 
Autumn is correctly categorically against censorship. As she should be. Look on the bright side, you'll never have any doubt what people think of your product. 
Stone-Eater Added Apr 18, 2017 - 8:41am
Good thread Rick. And apart from some leftover yesterday POV'S quite amusing :)
The elephant in the porcelain shop ? No. Elephants have brains.
Stone-Eater Added Apr 18, 2017 - 8:42am
Ric not Rick. How dare I :)
Jeffry Gilbert Added Apr 18, 2017 - 9:40am
Silly man proper beaches have sand not rocks. Have another pint and calm yourself.

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