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California’s Governor Signs a Law Allowing Citizens to Ignore Cops Calling for Help

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Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at his gubernatorial campaign’s primary night watch party in San Francisco, Tuesday, June 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

 

 

Here’s a strange bit of legislation.

On Tuesday, California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill freeing citizens from the obligation to help cops who need help making an arrest.

SB 192’s sponsor, Democratic state Sen. Bob Hertzberg, told The Sacramento Bee it repeals the California Posse Comitatus Acto of 1872. According to Bob, the old law’s a “vestige of a bygone era” that forces “an untenable moral dilemma” for folks.

From the bill:

Existing law makes an able-bodied person 18 years of age or older who neglects or refuses to join the posse comitatus or power of the county, by neglecting or refusing to aid and assist, as described, in making an arrest, retaking into custody a person who has escaped from arrest or imprisonment, or preventing a breach of the peace or the commission of any criminal offense, after being lawfully required by a uniformed peace officer or a judge, guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to punishment by a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $1,000.

This bill would repeal that provision and make conforming changes.

The state Sheriff’s Association wasn’t much for the law, and they made it known via a statement:

“There are situations in which a peace officer might look to private persons for assistance in matters of emergency or risks to public safety and we are unconvinced that this statute should be repealed.”

But what if the command puts the person in danger?

It certainly could. As reported by the Bee, a couple claims it did:

The law was cited as recently as 2014, when the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office invoked posse comitatus in its defense during a lawsuit filed by a man and woman alleging they were deceived into responding to a dangerous 911 call on the office’s behalf.

Personally, I find both things strange — that there’s a bill aggressively freeing the public from cooperating with cops in need during an arrest, and also the fact that there was a law demanding the opposite which necessitated it.

What are your thoughts? Is this a wise correction, or just the latest rise out of wacky California?

I look forward to hearing from you in the Comments section.

-ALEX

 

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Don Lemon and Guest: Obama was Great for Them, but Trump Spits in Black People’s Faces

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Don Lemon has a message for black voters: Sure, your unemployment rate may be at a record low, but don’t vote for Trump.

As reported by Newsbusters, on Friday, Don and his CNN guest downplayed August’s headline-grabbing 5.5% black unemployment in favor of highlighting the President’s “racist behavior.”

Besides, the black prosperity was all ‘causa Obama.

Panelist Keith Boykin BOOYAHed for Barack:

“It started going down though in the Obama administration. It was 16.8 percent in March of 2010. And it dropped to 7.8 percent; a 54 percent reduction under President Obama. And Trump…while this was happening, denied that it was even happening. He called the numbers ‘fake news;’ until he came into office, and suddenly all the numbers he said were fake were magically real. And so, he took credit for the momentum that…has occurred since that time.

“So we have 8.9 percent in the Obama presidency, and down by 2.5 percent in this presidency. As you said, it is good news. It is a good trend. But it didn’t start under this president, and the numbers actually declined much stronger under the former president.”

Well there ya go.

Plus, racism.

Here’s what Keith believes black people think:

“I think the message is something that does not resonate with black communities and brown communities simply because of the rhetoric that has come out of the White House.”


To what rhetoric was he referring?

Apparently, some Klannish stuff from that guy who spits in the face of non-whites:

“And so, I think I said almost two years ago to the day on this program, that if someone spits in your face and then hands you a napkin, you don’t get to say ‘Thank you.’”

Don seemed to really like that.

Go sour, Lemon:

“As you say, if someone spits in your face and hands you a napkin, how…what is that supposed to…I don’t understand that argument. Does that mean that the only part of your brain, or the only part of our being that matters is money? Rather than how someone treats you and what someone says about you?”

What has Donald Trump said about the black race?

Oh, here it is; Don posed the following question:

“How do black voters in 2020 weight these unemployment numbers against the President’s racist behavior [indecipherable]– Charlottesville, slamming Baltimore, ‘rodent infested,’ and, you know, go on and on?”

Has Baltimore become the black race? Is it racist to criticize that particular city or refer to a rodent infestation? If so, watch Democrats — including the city’s black mayor — do racist things here, here, and here.

Strange new definition, though; here’ s the old one: the judging of an individual solely by his or her race.

Regardless, the President — it sounds like — has done nothin’ good.

Keith pressed harder, in case you missed it the first time:

“Donald Trump had little to nothing to do with the drop in unemployment for African-Americans. No one can…no one who talks about this in the Republican Party can cite a single policy contributed by Donald Trump that is responsible for the drop in black unemployment. It’s all because of policies that … that started long ago. It wasn’t the tax cut or anything like that. Policies started long ago in the Obama administration when we started to see the drop. And the other thing is that Obama had the good sense not to go out and brag about it every time that there was a drop in unemployment because he knew that it’s still too high compared to the white unemployment rate.”

And that’s the news.

-ALEX

 

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The RedState Box Office Report — Strictly Clowning Around

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An anticipated sequel floats well above the competition.

A sign of an impending blockbuster is the other studios getting out of the way and avoiding a major release. No other big titles were released in the past couple of weeks with the arrival this weekend of a major horror sequel and the players were wise in the decision. Apart from the top movie no other title earned money even in the double-digits.

So here is our off-ramp into the fall season with the first arrival of a major title. In a couple of weeks more notables will arrive, but in the meantime get the greasepaint out.

1.  IT: CHAPTER TWO – $92.0 Million
The numbers here are really only slightly off from the performance of the first film, so no complaints at all are being heard from New Line/Warner Brothers. There were hints at this one landing near the $100 million mark, but just shy is just fine. This performance still stands as second-best in a number of categories that were topped by the shocking performance of the first film. The real surprise in all of this is that the studios did not expand this version into a “Chapter 3”. Part of the reason this total is lower is the number of possible screenings was truncated by the two hour-fifty minute showing. A trimmed run time would have made for more screenings and allowed for an additional release. Also considering the budget here was double that of the original ($79 million versus $35 million) the costs would have been evened out and profits greater. But then, I’m not studio boss.

2. ANGEL HAS FALLEN – $6.0m
The fun action thriller from Gerard Butler has crossed over $50 million. This second sequel is on track to perform better than “London Has Fallen”.

3. GOOD BOYS – $5.39m
This surprise comedy hit continues to linger near the top. There is not as much money to be had these days but the lads are still gathering some cash.

4.  THE LION KING – $4.2m
The undisputed king of the summer is still around. At this stage it is the 13th highest earner ever, in North America, and globally the film has hauled in 1.6 billion to stand as 7th-highest all time.

5.  OVERCOMER – $3.75m
The small faith-based film for Sony/Affirm is continuing to defy the soft projections. To date it has earned $25 million on just a $5 million production budget.

6.  HOBBS & SHAW – $3.72m
Now has taken in over $700 million globally, and in the U.S. it is fifth in the Fast & the Furious franchise.

7.  THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON – $2.27m
This Shia LaBeouf arthouse release about a young man with Downs Syndrome who travels on an adventure has been out five weeks and expanding gradually. It enters the top-10 in a softened field for the first time as it now plays on over 1,300 screens.

8.  SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK – $2.26m
The Lionsgate release has been a decent hit as it has earned more than the “Dora The Explorer” film, which opened the same week with double the budget.

9.  READY OR NOT – $2.23m
A class warfare satire packaged in a horror film this has been managing to grind out a respectable return of 4225 million on its meager 46 million budget. Critics and audiences have favored this, just not to the levels you would like to see for that much affection.

10.  DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD – $2.17m
Another indicator of how poorly this has performed is that it opened on 1,500 more screens than “Scary Stories”, and now is playing on 300 fewer screens.

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Republican Smart Set Attack Conservatives for Fighting Back Against Cancel Culture, Offer No Solutions of Their Own

The propensity for a certain sect of blue check mark Republicans to constantly attack their own side continues. They are virtuous, moral, and our betters in every way and they want you to know it all times. The latest example of this involves “cancel culture,” which is the act of using someone’s past statements against them in order to get them fired, punished in some way, or ostracized from polite society.

The left have pioneered its use for years with no mercy. For the most part, Republicans have sat on the sidelines sneering. It hasn’t worked at all. Instead, the left have only build up their offensive inventory more, with outfits like Media Matters and CNN’s KFile constantly looking for anyone on the right to destroy.

That has led many conservatives to decide that holding the left to their own standards is not only the best way to push back, but the most just way to handle the situation.

Of course, then you get stuff like this.

This is absolute nonsense and it’s typical of the kind of snark and venom directed at fellow Republicans by some of the conservative “smart set.” They rarely muster such energy when going after the left though, as you’re more likely to find them exchanging sarcastic, cutesy quips with liberals on Twitter in order to appear “above the fray.” They’ll savage you if you cross their line on an issue but are always respectful to whatever Vox reporter or CNN personality they are interacting with.

Logically, there is nothing immature about holding your opponent to the same standards they apply to you, especially when those standards themselves are not objectively immoral. You may not like it when the right exposes the bad behavior of someone on the left, but that’s not immoral. It was not immoral when Breitbart exposed a college professor for racist views, including saying white people couldn’t have opinions. Why should a school be expected to keep someone like that when he has to interact with students of all races?

Yet, some Republicans rushed to his aid. That’s the entire catalyst for the above tweet and the story written by Robby Soave at Reason. They simply don’t want you fighting back, instead preferring to sit on the sidelines and keep signaling their virtue. That’d be fine if what they were signaling was actually virtuous but politics is not religion and shouldn’t be treated as such. Morality is one thing. Disagreements on tactics are another and it’s perfectly legitimate to use the left’s own attacks against them.

The bigger problem though is that these same conservatives who scold their own side constantly about cancel culture continue to offer no solutions of their own to the issue. Why are Republicans bound to let the left continue to beat their brains in with this? What “principle” dictates that exactly?

John Ekdahl wrote a great response to all this.

What these certain conservatives are demanding is for their own side to simply allow cancel culture to overtake them. The left are not going to stop just because enough Republicans get on Twitter and scold them. Things are only accelerating now and they are only going to stop when destruction is mutually assured. By Griswold’s logic, Reagan should have gotten rid of all nuclear weapons to show the Soviets we are better than them. After all, it was really immature of him to build our weapons stockpiles, fighting fire with fire, when we could have just laid down our weapons and told the communists how bad they are. That would have been the mature, virtuous action, right? It also would have led to our destruction.

If Griswold, Soave, etc. want to keep slamming their political allies, perhaps it’s time they offer some viable solutions other than losing gracefully. There’s a serious rift on the right and I’m not sure Trump leaving the national stage sometime in the future is going to fix it. Too much has been said, too many bridges have been burned. The vast majority do not want to go back to getting beat with the Mitt Romneys of the world. That doesn’t mean everyone now has to be like Trump, as he’s certainly got flaws, but they will have to be willing to go after the left with vigor.

That’s a base requirement at this point and a select group of conservatives seem to be repulsed by even the most basic push back toward the progressive movement. They can either start figuring out ways to win within whatever behavioral worldview they hold or they can continue to go extinct as a political force. What they can’t continue to do is bash fellow conservatives for reacting reasonably while giving no alternatives of their own. That’s a quick path to irrelevancy outside of the bubble they currently inhabit.

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Liberal Gillian Anderson Lends Sympathetic Words to a Politician, Stokes the Inflamed Twitter Mob’s Fire

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On Saturday, another Hollywoodite catalyzed a Twitterfit.

X-Files star Gillian Anderson performed what turned out to be the unacceptable feat having something sort of nice to say about Margaret Thatcher — who she’s soon to play on Netflix series The Crown.

The show’s page posted a dastardly quote:

“I am so excited to be joining the cast and crew of ‘The Crown’ and to have the opportunity to portray such a complicated and controversial woman. Thatcher was undoubtedly formidable, but I am relishing exploring beneath the surface and, dare I say, falling in love with the icon who, whether loved or despised, defined an era.”

And here’s how that went:

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[Screenshot from Twitter, https://twitter.com/smooney11/status/1170318108738953218]

People had some pretty harsh takes on Margaret; were they mistaking her for Donald Lucifer Trump?

Select users remarked upon Margaret the Monster:

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[Screenshot from Twitter, https://twitter.com/UhThisIsPatrick/status/1170404973705945090]

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[Screenshot from Twitter, https://twitter.com/SpillerOfTea/status/1170386964455088128]

And perhaps most acutely, what appears to be a millennial in Austin knows enough about both Thatcher and Ronald Reagan to confirm — they’re both burning in hell:

Perhaps what we can most take away from this is: Never run for a political office.

Aside from that, even for liberal Gillian Anderson — who once took a knee for the NFL…

…and definitely for Margaret Thatcher…the rage is out there.

-ALEX

 

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It is Time To Leave Afghanistan and the People Wetting Themselves Over Trump Meeting With the Taliban Need To Grow Up

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As my colleague Bonchie noted just a little earlier today, we’ve reached a point in our national discourse where it is impossible for President Trump to do virtually anything without a) the left and the media going utterly batsh** crazy and b) the NeverTrumpers and Vichy Republicans engaging in a freakout. The Pavlovian stimulus, in this case, was an announcement by President Trump that he had suspended negotiations with the Taliban because of a terror attack in Kabul:

This is what the Vichy wing of the NeverTrumper coalition had to say:

Putting aside French’s incredibly stupid assertion that the entire Trump administration doesn’t know what the Taliban are, the objection seems to be that the Taliban negotiators were coming to Camp David to seal the deal. First off, bringing odious characters to Camp David to achieve a diplomatic goal. Jimmy Carter brought the terrorist Yasser Arafat to Camp David as did Bill Clinton. Khrushchev, Gorbachev and Putin all visited visited Camp David. The only difference between any of those and the Taliban was a better haberdasher and marginally better person hygiene. We’ve been in direct negotiations with the Taliban since early 2018, so having them come to the US to try to nail down a deal makes good sense.

Any armed conflict has a fairly finite number of outcomes. You can win, and impose your will upon the enemy (think World War II). You can fight to a stalemate and negotiate an end to hostilities (think Korean). Or you can preemptively withdraw and leave the area to your enemies. If you are an empire or totalitarian regime, you may be able to sustain a multi-generational war, but that is a process, not an outcome.

Winning in Afghanistan, as most Americans would understand it, has never really been on the table. Mostly for the reason that no one could ever describe what a “win” looked like in a sh**hole backwater like Afghanistan. Even after nearly two decades of substantial Western contact, it remains a country whose society has deep ethnic fault lines, limited natural resources (if you rule out opium poppies), landlocked, and it is enslaved by a particularly brutal form of a religion that is firmly locked in the 8th century.

This is a war that started out as a punitive expedition, an exercise in killing as many people and breaking as many things as necessary in order to root out al Qaeda training camps and to teach whatever potentate or collection of potentates that took over the smoking ruins a lesson in behavior. Had we done that, we could have been out of Afghanistan in 2002 and declared, with total honesty, that our objectives had been achieved. The Bill Kristols of the world would have been unhappy because they’ve never really found a military adventure they could resist. The left would have been unhappy because the successor regime to the Taliban wouldn’t have had a significantly different worldview. But there would have been no al Qaeda camps there and a message would have been sent loud and clear.

Somewhere along the line, the mission changed from a punitive expedition to some kind of crusade to spread democracy and to transform Pashtun society. You didn’t have to be particularly bright to see that neither was going to happen without the active involvement of several hundred thousand US and NATO troops over three or four generations. And you had to be profoundly stupid to thing that level of political and military commitment was possible.

With a win being unachievable and some 18 years sunk investment, we had two remaining options: Negotiating a face saving withdrawal and leaving the Afghans to their own devices, or pulling the plug on this misadventure and leaving. In the end, the difference between these will be little more than semantic because when we ultimately leave there seems to be no indigenous coalition that can resist a Taliban supported by Pakistan and Iran.

If we accept that a negotiated settlement is necessary, then a visit to Camp David or Mar-A-Lago (the latter would probably not have been a great idea) would be an indispensable part of that. The Taliban are Pashtun and governed by the code of Pashtunwali and key components of that are hospitality and personal honor. The act of a US President receiving the Taliban delegation at a private retreat would have placed enormous pressure on the delegation to reach an accord simply to return the honor that was shown them. Literally an president interested in ending this war would be required to do the same and I’ve no doubt that he received this advice from both State and Defense.

Not to say this is a shame. We had the choice of leaving Afghanistan with honor and prestige, we elected to not do so. We had the choice of demonstrating the irresistible might of the US Armed Forces and I fear we have not only upped the Taliban’s game but we’ve taught more terrorists that if you simply hang in there America will lose interest. Were the investment of another 10 or 20 years likely to produce a different outcome, I’d be on the front ranks demanding that we hang in there. But it won’t because it can’t. We simply are not willing to undertake the kind of effort it would take to win and so we need to cut our losses and protect the inept and corrupt Afghan government as best we can as a new equilibrium is reached. If any good has come out of this experience, I hope it is in impressing upon our political establishment the folly of attempting a strategy the involves the transformation of a society without acknowledging the time and effort that will be required…or maybe just decide not to do it at all.

The people throwing feces in rage over this have nothing better to offer. They are simply opposed to a negotiated settlement because Trump is negotiating it. They really need to grow up.

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Brexit, Boris and the Remainers

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Well, the House of Commons has gone and tried to assert itself into the negotiations of exiting the EU, and it is all a ruse to remain. Jacob Ress-Mogg, the House Leader, has called it “Irregular”, which is his way of calling it unconstitutional. However it ends up, the damage is done, and more damage is expected. On top of that, former PMs have been doing their own private negotiations with Brussels, which, if that was done here, would be violations of law, since that is the job of the Executive Branch, for us. I’ll bet it is, there, also. Sounds kind of like something John Kerry was caught doing over here, doesn’t it?

This last week has had a real turn for the worst, against the people of Great Britain. The House of Commons voted to take over the Whip in that body, and while Boris lived up to his threat, to boot the Tories who went along with it, it had the effect of his losing a majority. But that only exposes a serious problem with the House of Commons. The next scheduled general election is not until 2022, but that can be changed. I’m not really sure how many changes are available to Boris, but a vote of No Confidence is one, and another is a snap general election, that requires both the House of Commons and the House of Lords to provide a two third’s majority to become a law.

The British Parliament has made itself the enemy of the people of Britain, and it is showing in polling. It is so bad that the Labour Party, the Liberal Democrats, and the rest of the scrounging little greenie parties have lost all support, because the people who voted in a record referendum in 2016, have become more in favor of Brexit, and that is making Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party go back on his words, about both No Confidence and a snap election. What really amazes me is the level of arrogance the remainers exhibit, and the support in the media, especially the BBC, is all for remaining in the EU. Do you see a trend between two countries?

Even without the Brexit Party, led by Nigel Farage, who has already been able to field close to 600 candidates in a general election, the Tories, because of Boris Johnson, can easily defeat Labour, and with the egg on “Corbyn Chicken’s” face, he is soon to depart from party politics, because even Labour wants him gone. Talk about a mess. I’ve seen reports that Labour has even called for a general strike, but they love to do that, even if they don’t have support from their own people.

The problem is that Boris Johnson wants that general election to prove it, and get on with Brexit, but Labour is standing in the way, because they know the problem will never go away, and will lose handily. Nigel Farage is ready, willing and able to join with any party who will be willing to complete Brexit. It will be interesting to see how Boris handles this, and I hear he is even considering laying down in front of the Queen, figuratively, to get a general election. The Prime Minister resigning, without having a clear majority in the House of Commons is another way to force a general election. I think the man is putting his country before his own personal political ambition, if he does that, and will probably end up being the PM, again, after all the storm has cleared. That will be an impressive move if he does that. I understand He and Trump are friends. I think I understand why. Whatever. I’d take a Nigel Farage, or a Boris Johnson, or even, and especially, a Jacob Rees-Mogg as the British Prime Minister. If you’ve just never heard of Jacob Rees-Mogg, just go to the Oxford Union debates, that are all on Youtube, and watch him talk. If he doesn’t impress you, I don’t know what will.

What do you call it when your own government openly refuses to deny your wishes, as a result of a national referendum?

I call it Tyranny.

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It is Time To Leave Afghanistan and the People Wetting Themselves Over Trump Meeting With the Taliban Need To Grow Up

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As my colleague Bonchie noted just a little earlier today, we’ve reached a point in our national discourse where it is impossible for President Trump to do virtually anything without a) the left and the media going utterly batsh** crazy and b) the NeverTrumpers and Vichy Republicans engaging in a freakout. The Pavlovian stimulus, in this case, was an announcement by President Trump that he had suspended negotiations with the Taliban because of a terror attack in Kabul:

This is what the Vichy wing of the NeverTrumper coalition had to say:

Putting aside French’s incredibly stupid assertion that the entire Trump administration doesn’t know what the Taliban are, the objection seems to be that the Taliban negotiators were coming to Camp David to seal the deal. First off, bringing odious characters to Camp David to achieve a diplomatic goal. Jimmy Carter brought the terrorist Yasser Arafat to Camp David as did Bill Clinton. Khrushchev, Gorbachev and Putin all visited visited Camp David. The only difference between any of those and the Taliban was a better haberdasher and marginally better person hygiene. We’ve been in direct negotiations with the Taliban since early 2018, so having them come to the US to try to nail down a deal makes good sense.

Any armed conflict has a fairly finite number of outcomes. You can win, and impose your will upon the enemy (think World War II). You can fight to a stalemate and negotiate an end to hostilities (think Korean). Or you can preemptively withdraw and leave the area to your enemies. If you are an empire or totalitarian regime, you may be able to sustain a multi-generational war, but that is a process, not an outcome.

Winning in Afghanistan, as most Americans would understand it, has never really been on the table. Mostly for the reason that no one could ever describe what a “win” looked like in a sh**hole backwater like Afghanistan. Even after nearly two decades of substantial Western contact, it remains a country whose society has deep ethnic fault lines, limited natural resources (if you rule out opium poppies), landlocked, and it is enslaved by a particularly brutal form of a religion that is firmly locked in the 8th century.

This is a war that started out as a punitive expedition, an exercise in killing as many people and breaking as many things as necessary in order to root out al Qaeda training camps and to teach whatever potentate or collection of potentates that took over the smoking ruins a lesson in behavior. Had we done that, we could have been out of Afghanistan in 2002 and declared, with total honesty, that our objectives had been achieved. The Bill Kristols of the world would have been unhappy because they’ve never really found a military adventure they could resist. The left would have been unhappy because the successor regime to the Taliban wouldn’t have had a significantly different worldview. But there would have been no al Qaeda camps there and a message would have been sent loud and clear.

Somewhere along the line, the mission changed from a punitive expedition to some kind of crusade to spread democracy and to transform Pashtun society. You didn’t have to be particularly bright to see that neither was going to happen without the active involvement of several hundred thousand US and NATO troops over three or four generations. And you had to be profoundly stupid to thing that level of political and military commitment was possible.

With a win being unachievable and some 18 years sunk investment, we had two remaining options: Negotiating a face saving withdrawal and leaving the Afghans to their own devices, or pulling the plug on this misadventure and leaving. In the end, the difference between these will be little more than semantic because when we ultimately leave there seems to be no indigenous coalition that can resist a Taliban supported by Pakistan and Iran.

If we accept that a negotiated settlement is necessary, then a visit to Camp David or Mar-A-Lago (the latter would probably not have been a great idea) would be an indispensable part of that. The Taliban are Pashtun and governed by the code of Pashtunwali and key components of that are hospitality and personal honor. The act of a US President receiving the Taliban delegation at a private retreat would have placed enormous pressure on the delegation to reach an accord simply to return the honor that was shown them. Literally an president interested in ending this war would be required to do the same and I’ve no doubt that he received this advice from both State and Defense.

Not to say this is a shame. We had the choice of leaving Afghanistan with honor and prestige, we elected to not do so. We had the choice of demonstrating the irresistible might of the US Armed Forces and I fear we have not only upped the Taliban’s game but we’ve taught more terrorists that if you simply hang in there America will lose interest. Were the investment of another 10 or 20 years likely to produce a different outcome, I’d be on the front ranks demanding that we hang in there. But it won’t because it can’t. We simply are not willing to undertake the kind of effort it would take to win and so we need to cut our losses and protect the inept and corrupt Afghan government as best we can as a new equilibrium is reached. If any good has come out of this experience, I hope it is in impressing upon our political establishment the folly of attempting a strategy the involves the transformation of a society without acknowledging the time and effort that will be required…or maybe just decide not to do it at all.

The people throwing feces in rage over this have nothing better to offer. They are simply opposed to a negotiated settlement because Trump is negotiating it. They really need to grow up.

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A Hollywood Icon Makes an Astonishing Claim, and it Raises an Important Question: How Can We Return to One Nation Under God?

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Hating the president is a great American pastime.

But I’m talking about the more pedestrian kind of hate — like you hate when your shoe comes untied or you hate the The Backstreet Boys ’cause ‘N Sync sings your jam.

Maybe you voted for the other guy, so you hate this guy.

But the inauguration of Donald J. Trump brought a whole new kind of vicious enmity to politics.

And despite his critics’ constant assertion that he and his followers are dripping from the fangs, it seems to be the people who most ardently oppose him who’ve upped the game.

Good grief, there’s some hate for Trump out there.

And that emotional drive is often partnered with stunning claims, which — perhaps not merely coincidentally — seem rarely outfitted with explanation.

Donald Trump is an evil man who’s destroyed every tenet of the Constitution and brought on Armageddon, and that’s just the way it is.

To me, the hysteria doesn’t help anything. There’s no American conversation; there’s only memes.

The Commander-in-Chief, among his most fiercest adversaries, has become a cartoon.

Apropos, on Saturday, director Rob Reiner made an announcement: Donald Trump is the most lawless president in history. Or, more accurately — as lawless as any in history.

Powerful claim.

Rob also believes Trump has abused his position in order to “line his pockets”:

Such is the state in which we’re living.

So is this, speaking of cartoons:

Is that really how history will remember things?

The above tweets are mild examples; there are much, much, much more extreme ones that I don’t care to entertain at present time.

America appears to be currently separated into at least two countries: one which is in utter chaos, where the sky has fallen and the rivers have dried, where liberty has been abolished and Earth will never recover; and the other one, in which everything’s fine and people look at the alternate nation and say, “What the _____ is wrong with you??”

How did we get here? We’re co-existing in a fractured reality.

We may need to answer that question before we can address a more pertinent one:

How do we get back?

How do we return to that old school version of hating the president, as we all more or less live in the same United States?

We’re supposed to be “One Nation Under God.” As for God, that’s a whole debate in itself.

But how do we even make it to the “one nation” part?

I’d like to hear from you.

I’d like to know.

At this moment, I surely don’t.

-ALEX

 

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Those Freaking Out About Negotiating With the Taliban Need a Better Argument

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Yesterday, a major story broke via Donald Trump’s Twitter feed involving the war in Afghanistan. He announced that he had cancelled a major negotiating meeting between the US and Taliban at Camp David. This came not he heels of the Taliban bragging about carrying out a terrorist attack in Kabul.

Because everything during the Trump era must produce moaning and gnashing of teeth, this turned into a major scandal, specifically among some on the right.

Here’s National Review’s David French, who naturally had to use this as a way to snark on Twitter and project his supposed moral superiority, because that’s his entire shtick.

Yes, I’m sure that’s it. I’m sure Trump, this entire administration, and the entirety of the Obama administration had no idea who the Taliban were until this week. We’ve been negotiating with them since 2013 completely clueless as to their true intentions or something. Trump was citing a recent attack, not asserting he had no idea they had committed such acts in the past.

Then there was Bill Kristol’s personal grifter and faux 2020 Republican primary candidate, Joe Walsh, making this silly comment.

Trump was hoping to end a nearly two decade long war that’s claimed thousands of lives. Walsh is going to walk around for a photo op while taking shots at people trying to end said war. Does he really think that tweet makes him look like the better person in this equation?

I despise this kind of intellectually dishonest tripe. We’ve been in Afghanistan for 18 years. Let me repeat that. We’ve been in Afghanistan for 18 years. There was a time when the war there made sense. It no longer does and the only way to negotiate a peace is to deal with the Taliban. Those are the realties of the situation on the ground. No amount of virtue signaling and prideful Twitter rants are going to change that.

Kurt is exactly right here. There is zero chance we are going to escalate Afghanistan into a major conflict again, complete with the civilian casualties it’d take to really hamper the Taliban. The United States citizenry has no stomach for it. Nor, do they have a stomach for staying there another decade or walking away in total defeat.

That leaves one option. You negotiate with the Taliban and try to get some concessions that allow us to keep a strategic hold in the area to prevent future terrorism. This was not some crazy idea made up by Donald Trump. These negotiations go back seven years and have held bi-partisan support since at least the last few years of the Obama administration. The right is just as apt to want an end to war in Afghanistan as the left are.

I’ve seen some say this is about meeting at Camp David and it being close to 9/11. If the administration felt they were close to a deal, why would anyone care about such concerns over optics? Shouldn’t ending the war and the bloodshed of American military members be the priority? I don’t get the moral argument there at all. It seems completely backwards to me.

Here’s the biggest issue though. People who want to argue for not negotiating because of optics, pride, or some other worry about decorum continue to make no effort to articulate their strategy for victory, nor what we are actually fighting for. It’s not 2001 anymore. Our surveillance and counter-intelligence technologies are far more advanced. We don’t have to stay on the ground in Afghanistan, having soldiers continue to die into perpetuity, just to be able to stop the possibly of future terrorist training camps being built.

The Taliban are not going anywhere. We have no path to extricate them from the country because the American people, nor its politicians on both sides support major escalation. We either negotiate with them and do what it takes to get a deal, even if that means a meeting at Camp David, or we continue slogging away, letting soldiers die while we are unwilling to put them in a position to win. The former is a much better option, much more moral option at this point.

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