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Anti-Trump sentiments, THAAD and Moon May 12, 2017

Posted by hslu in 美國, Economics, Global Affair, Middle East, Muslim, Obama, Russia, Trump, U.S. Foreign Policy.
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Trump believes that being the president of the most powerful nation in the world entitles him to demand other nations to do whatever he wants. 

It doesn’t work that way.

Trump wanted South Korea to pay $1 billion for the deployment of THAAD which angered South Koreans because THAAD wasn’t really designed to protect South Korea against missiles from the North. America forces THAAD on SK because it needs to monitor China and Russia as America “pivoting to the East.” In the end, the State Department quietly announced that America tax payers will pay for the deploytment. Trump ate his own words again.

In fact, 56.5% of South Koreans, according to a recent poll, want the deployment of THAAD suspended and leave the decision to the new government. 

But, after SK and the U.S. agreed in July 2016 to deploy one THAAD battery in SK, U.S. sent two mobile launchers to a U.S. military base in SK in March 2017 because America wanted to speed up the installation before a new government comes into power in May 2017. 

However, THAAD deployment has been under fire from the get-go because it was made without parliamentary approval and discussions by the public. The heavy-handed approach by the U.S. government against the will of majority of the South Korean people angered the opposition party which swept Moon Jae-in (文在寅) to the office. Of course, Park’s indictment decimated her party which also helped Moon won the election.

Trump’s bullying personality and his unorthodox foreign policy maneuvers destablized the balance of power in many countries and upset other nations’ politics because Trump’s ascent to power emboldened the populist movements worldwide.
This isn’t good for the U.S. because the strategic alliances cultivated by the U.S. over the past five decades are in danger of breaking apart. Many new governments, e.g., Phillippine and South Korea, may adapt anti-U.S. foreign policies and several pro-America royal family rulers in the Middle East might face renewed oppositions at home. 

None of that is good for the United States. America is threading dangerous water now. It will get worse and the end isn’t near at all.

If you haven’t heard of this place, you soon will May 12, 2017

Posted by hslu in China, Cold War, 美國, Global Affair, Liberal Media, Middle East, Russia, U.S. Foreign Policy.
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Tashkurgan, China.

American press will not print anything relating to this place. American reporters will not tell you any story about this small town along the China-Pakistan border. It is the most westerly settlement in China and soon it will be the center of activity for the most ambitious infrastructural project in history: “One Belt and One Road Initiative.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/12/chinese-president-belt-and-road-initiative

Tashkurgan map

Source: The Guardian

This weekend, several world leaders; Russian’s Vladimir Putin,  Pakistan’s Nawaz Sharif and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will be in Beijing to hear hear what China’s Xi Jinping has to offer.

Have you noticed what Putin, Sharif and Erdoğan have in common? None of them is a friend of the United states.

Actually, the “One Belt and One Road Initiative” is designed to offset America’s “Pivot to the East” strategy. America, with its willing foot soldier, Japan, can block China all it want on the east, China will build an open pathway to Central Asia, Southeast and Southwest Asia, India, Indian Ocean, Middle East, Mediterranean Sea, Eastern Europe, Russia, Western Europe and Africa. Railroads, highways, pipelines, Internet cables and sea lanes will link these regions with China leaving the United States all alone in the Pacific Ocean.

Soon, with direct capital investment from China, areas around Tashkurgan in western China and eastern Pakistan will transform into one of the busiest regions in Central Asia since merchants first walked the silk road more than a thousand years ago.

Again, American press will not print this story. They want you to just forget this desolate place where few people in the world have ever walked.

Tashkurgan mountain scene

Credit: Tom Phillips for the Guardian.

In a decade or two, people who ride in this tractor trailer will be worth millions. If you are young, rich and dare, buy a few hundred acres of land along this two-lane highway, your future generation will thank you.

Big money April 29, 2017

Posted by hslu in Islam, Middle East, Military, Muslim, U.S. Foreign Policy.
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I am not talking about “Wheel of Fortune” where contestants yell “Big Money” in excitement after spinning the money wheel.

I am talking about big money on bombs; the GPS guided bombs. It has been reported that the America has dropped so many bombs against IS in Iraq and Syria that the U.S. military is actually running out of bombs now.

According to DoD data, 23% of the total cost ($11.9 billion through 2/28/2017) was spent on munitions: about $2.9 billion on bombs, bullets and grenades. 

I wonder how many IS fighters have been killed by bombs and how many innocent civilians have died from the bombing. 
Here is one version from the Pentagon based on a report from Zero Hedge:

It seems that either these America-made bombs have eyes or the Pentagon is doing a poor job misleading the world. 

By the way, the Wall Street Journal reported in June 2014 that IS only had 4,000 fighters in Iraq. 

Has America committed war crimes or are these civilians merely collateral damages which can’t be avoided in a war?

MOAB did this April 27, 2017

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If you only watch American media, you’ll think that Pentagon has defeated the IS in Afghanistan with one big MF MOAB on 4/13/17.

2003 test.

BBC’s reporter, Auliya Atrafi, went to the site to inspect the damage first hand and said this:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-39705128

The BBCreporter also said that the MOAB did kill many IS fighters but more IS fighters who wear 6 pairs of socks (no shoes so that they can sneak up to government soldiers) come back. Maybe the U.S. needs to drop more MOAB to scare the IS fighters into submission, otherwise, Trump may want to send in more American boys and girls to fight the IS on the ground.
In any case, read or watch BBC News to get the real scoop instead of the make-naive-Americans-feel-good fake news.

Auliya Atrafi has this to say at the end of his report:

It’ll never end April 25, 2017

Posted by hslu in Global Affair, Islam, Middle East, Military, Religion.
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With more bombs, missile strikes and drone killings of innocent muslims by America and western forces’ killing machines, the hatred against the U.S. and some western countries will only increase and the subsequent revenges will likely continue for years if not centuries. 

The U.S. calls these people terrorists but what do these people call America?

America is proud of their killing machines and its military might.

It never ends for a simple reason.

So many muslims have lost sons, daughters, parents, relatives and friends in the hands of powerful American weapons. It is difficult to image the pain and suffering endured by these muslims.
America should review its foreign policy on Israel, re-evaluate its relationship with Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and all other muslim countries in the Middle East and abandon nations building practices in every continents of the world. 

The U.S. is killing people. The ISI is killing people. America has had its shares of killings over the years.

When will the killing of innocent muslims stop?

Death of innocent children is collateral damage to Pentagon. To Trump and American generals, it is, for the sake of national security, inevitable but necessary.

America’s national interests sometimes equal to killing members of the ISIS and innocent civilians because they are at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Regime change and subsequent nations building with hand-picked candidate are necessary steps to maintain America supremacy in a region.

Economic sanctions and financial control are powerful tools used by America to subvert other nations to obey America’s demands. These tools seldom worked but they always make lives of the people of those countries miserable.

To the muslims, the so-called war on terror is the modern version of crusade. To G.W. Bush after 9-11 and Trump now, the war on terror is a crusade but they just can’t admit it in the public. 

Instead of bows and arrows in the past, America now has missiles equipped with warheads, drones with air to ground missiles and C-130 with MOAB. Instead of horses, America now has Apach helicopters, F-35s stealth fighter, B-52 Stratofortress, destroyers capable of launching cruise missiles, submarines and air carriers.

What do muslims have to fight against the U.S. and other western countries? Guns, IEDs and themselves.

How did the world end up in the situation which we are in right now and how can we get out of the death spiral of self destruction?

I don’t know. Do you?

A crane and two clams fight to the death April 11, 2017

Posted by hslu in China, Cold War, Global Affair, Islam, Middle East, Military, Muslim, Putin, Russia, Trump, U.S. Foreign Policy.
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The fisherman on the sideline benefits without doing a thing.

In Chinee, it means:

鷸蚌相争,魚翁得利。

Pictures are worth a thousand words. 

You’ll know who is the crane and who are the clams.
You’ll have to guess who the fisherman is.

The U.S. wants Assad out. America is building another nation. It just can’t stop messing around with other nation’s business, can it?

Trump apparently wants to start two regional wars, one chemical and one nuclear, at the same time. 

Now, how many Koreans are there in the United States and how many of them are from the North of the 38th parallel?

What will North Korea do? 

What will Trump do?

What will Russia do? Back to “Cold War” again?

麻煩了! April 7, 2017

Posted by hslu in 美國, Global Affair, Middle East, Military, Muslim, Putin, Trump, U.S. Foreign Policy.
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有去無來何時了,飛彈打多少,
川普昨夜顯威風,敍國機場被炸損壞中,

普丁阿薩應猶在,只是恨癢癢,

伊朗能有幾多仇,恰似卡倫大江向南流。

Do Americans even care? March 25, 2017

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Yeah, the Pentagon said that there will be an investigation about civilian deaths in the hands of U.S.-led airstrike in a western neighborhood in Mosul.

Then what? An apology by a Pentagon spokesman is probably all American people will hear six months later. But do American people even care what’s going on in Iraq? Probably not. They care more about Kadashine’s next bf than how many Iraqis got killed by American bombs and missiles.

However, Iraqi people and a lot of people in the Middle East will remember every death in the hands of the U.S. government.

Hatred against the U.S. in the Muslim world perpetuates.

Let the war begin February 7, 2017

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The more Americans fight each other within its own border, the more people around the world can enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime show. It can’t get any better than Trump vs California.

Democrats against Republicans.

Liberals against conservatives. 

Citizens against illegals. 

Whites against non-whites. 

States against the federal government. 

Trump against people he doesn’t like. 

Trump against companies he doesn’t like. 

Trump against special interest groups he hates. 

Trump against Immigrants.

Trump against Muslims.

Trump against environmental movements. 

Trump against judges.

Trump against Obama.

Trump against Clintons.

Trump against news media.

Trump against Hollywood celebrities.

White House needs a separate war room just to keep up with all the fights Trump started. Someone in the WH needs to keep a tally of Trump’s tweets and a scorecard of where each fight is at. Trump might also need a special office next to Vice President’s cubicle in case the VP is needed to put out fires Trump started. 

Let the war begin.

What comes next? February 4, 2017

Posted by hslu in Cold War, Islam, Middle East, Military, Oil, Putin, Trump.
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Okay. The war between the U.S. and Iran officially starts today. Trump won’t back down. Neither will Iran’s Supteme leader, Ali Khamenei. 

The big question is this: which side will Putin be on: Iran or the U.S.? What about China?

Armed confrontation is just a matter of time. Terrorist attacks against American interests, domestic and foreign, will intensity.

Sooner or later, Iran will abandon U.S. dollar as the currency to buy Iran’s oil.