Sunday, February 28, 2016

President Trump's Credentials

The guy who has actually accomplished stuff!

We've listened to the other candidates -- particularly Cruz and Rubio, pontificate about all of Trump's faults as a smoke screen for their own deficiencies. They bray that Trump is crude, and unpolished, and golly, not Politically Correct!  

Trump draws a small crowd in Phoenix
But, Trump's remarks seem to mirror the feelings of what appears to be a majority of average Americans. 

He plays hardball and addresses issues directly. Some of his solutions are questionable, but, once in the Oval Office, we suspect he will, as he has done with his business enterprises, select the most qualified professionals for his Cabinet and Advisory Staff.

Now, Trump does have a fairly impressive resume and, notably, Trump is far more accomplished than his detractors give him credit. Keep in mind that he's dealt with governments all over the world in his hotel and office building construction -- ranging from developing countries to First World. Here's a sampling: 

Trump Tower in Panama City, PN
Panama City,
Rio de Janeiro,
the countries of Ireland, Azerbaijan, India, Uruguay, the Philippines, and South Korea.

In addition to dealing with governments [corrupt and otherwise], he's also had to negotiate with labor unions and opposition parties, and in some cases, with adversarial elements with potential violent tendencies. In all these cases, he's succeeded, and made few enemies; but, in the big picture [he's a big picture kind of guy] he's increased employment and raised the standards of living for tens of thousands of folks, both his employees and all the small and large companies which support his complexes.

There are those with no P&L [Profit & Loss] business experience who view Mr Trump's business dealings as not honorable since he schmoozes with corrupt and dishonorable politicians in order to get his buildings constructed. In cities like NYC, antagonizing the mayor will result in difficulty getting a building permit -- which is Trump's livelihood. 

Operating in foreign countries often means you have to ignore nasty practices of the local political leaders in order to have your business succeed. As we've noted in each of the [6-hour] business management courses we taught at the University of Maryland, "The Business of Business is Business" -- i.e., make a profit; once that business is viable and profitable, only then can it branch out into beneficial issues to the community. Business can only be benevolent if it is profitable -- but not if it fails. 

Every US President has had to wheel and deal to get his programs endorsed by resistant pols on Capitol Hill. Even George Washington, that paragon of virtue, "did some horse-trading" to get Congress to award him a good portion of what is now Washington DC -- which he then sold back to entrepreneurs or converted into highly profitable enterprises from agriculture to brewing whiskey -- Gawd Forbid! he owned slaves! Teddy Roosevelt was pure as the driven snow, and more strident, but even he had to schmooze once in a while. 

Abe would've kicked ass in the UFC
Lincoln was a pugilist as well as a bare-knuckled lawyer who was elected solely because it was a four-horse race, and the division of electoral votes gave him a squeeky win; his interest in abolition was cursory at best, but he knew how to wheel and deal. 

Reagan won by appealing to Mainstream America and had a gift for persuasion, but, he too was a horse trader and won over Congress to his views. 

It's how you get things done in the White House -- at least it until this Administration, which instead, uses intimidation via 3:00 am house calls by Chicago thugs to his opposition. 

It's been a lesson for us in that there are people who are adamant about their candidate [in this case Cruz and Rubio] who believe that impeccable moral standards should be the only criteria for selection for office.  
[Cruz has since established that he has no morals, and thus eliminated himself from the Presidential race.]

That would be wonderful if all politicians were moral and honest, but, that would be an oxymoron. We've been in Washington for 50+ years, as well as in 55 countries all over the world, and we've never met a senior politician [in any country] who has not sold out along the way; so, if we send in a moralist [like Jimmy Carter or Cruz] to the White House, how long before the McConnells, the Boehners, the Pelosis, the Reids, the Putins, etc., rip him to shreds.

It seems that not everyone in the universe maintains the same moral standards, so it's necessary to recognize this to prevent exploitation -- or destruction. 

Qadafi: Best US Intel Asset on Terrorism
We are not a Trump-bot; we ARE dyed-in-the-wool pragmatists and recognized such diplomatic gaffes as the unseating and execution of Saddam [at one time, our closest MidEast ally] and Qadafi [the most valuable intelligence resource we had on terrorism] as a poorly executed regime-change which led to chaos both locally and regionally 

[Iraq and Libya are now "failed states", and Libya no longer is the barrier to the flood of African emigrants who are flooding southern Europe; worse, the arms from Libya's military warehouses are now in the hands of a broad range of terrorists.]

We pick the candidate best suited to do the job -- based on our knowledge and experience. 

To recap our experience in worldly issues:
We understand US and international politics based on our decades of hands-on experience working behind the scenes in the US and foreign governments analyzing and assessing the big regional and global situation -- from grass-roots politics to insurgencies to terrorism. 

We've worked directly with, and advised two Secretaries of State, a Director of Central Intelligence, Reagan's Ambassador at Large; we've written White Papers on political and economic stability in developing nations for the National Security Council, authored drafts of NIEs [National Intelligence Estimates], and helped create and direct the operations of a a highly acclaimed global intelligence program.

In the private sector, we've created and managed the international operations of a highly profitable private company, and later created and managed an IT company which assessed and analyzed the Terrorist Threat. 

So, we're a realist and pragmatic when we support a candidate; we don't concern ourselves over whether the candidate lusted after a good looking gal, or made inappropriate remarks; we view him in the context of whether he can actually do the job and go nose-to-nose with guys like Putin. LBJ was easily the most abhorrent and amoral President we've had in two centuries, and we despised him; but he got things done, and he held off all foreign adversaries, with the exception of only one -- which blackmailed him for his role in a poorly conceived Executive Action. 

Cruz and Rubio are wonderful, sweet, moral, and solid Christians. We doubt, however, they'd be able to convert Putin though. 

Gorby, we'll make it worth your while 
to dump the USSR
Trump, on the other hand, knows how to deal with the Putins of the world, and has been doing so for decades.

Just as Reagan negotiated with Gorbachov to dismantle the Soviet Union, Trump will likely be a formidable negotiator with the likes of Putin and other heads of state. 

Trump gets results.

Sunday, February 21, 2016


Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are in a bar. 
Donald leans over, and with a smile on his face, says,
"The media are really tearing you apart for that scandal."

Hillary: "You mean my lying about Benghazi?"
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "You mean the massive voter fraud?"
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "You mean the military not getting their votes counted?"
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "Using my secret private server with classified material to hide my activities?"
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "The NSA monitoring our phone calls, emails and everything else?"
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "Using the Clinton Foundation as a cover for tax evasion, hiring Cronies, and taking bribes from foreign countries?
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "You mean the drones being operated in our own country without the benefit of the law?"
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "Giving 123 technologies $300 Million, and right afterward it declared bankruptcy and was sold to the Chinese?"
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "You mean arming the Muslim Brotherhood and hiring them in the White House?"
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "Whitewater, Watergate committee, Vince Foster, commodity Deals?"
Trump: "No the other one:"

Hillary: "The IRS targeting conservatives?"
Trump: "No the other one:"

Hillary: "Turning Libya into chaos?"
Trump: "No the other one:"

Hillary: "Trashing Mubarak, one of our few Muslim friends?"
Trump: "No the other one:"

Hillary: "Turning our backs on Israel?"
Trump: "No the other one:"

Hillary: "The joke Iran Nuke deal? "
Trump: "No the other one:"

Hillary: "Leaving Iraq in chaos? "
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "The DOJ spying on the press?"
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "You mean HHS Secretary Sibelius shaking down health insurance executives?"
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "Giving our cronies in SOLYNDRA $500 MILLION DOLLARS and 3 Months
later they declared bankruptcy and then the Chinese bought it?"
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "The NSA monitoring citizens' ?"
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "The State Department interfering with an Inspector General investigation on departmental sexual misconduct?"
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "Me, The IRS, Clapper and Holder all lying to Congress?"
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "Threats to all of Bill's former mistresses to keep them quiet"
Trump: "No, the other one."

Hillary: "I give up! ... Oh wait, I think I've got it! When I stole the White House furniture, silverware and China when Bill left Office?"
Trump: "THAT'S IT! I almost forgot about that one".