Opinion: John Bolton: The bomb thrower

first_imgTwitter Twitter printAs the United States enters into a critical period of talks with North Korea, it is imperative for the President to be surrounded by competent advisors who have the nation’s best interest at heart and in mind. Recently, President Donald Trump fired his national security advisor, H.R. McMaster, and announced he will be replacing him with John Bolton– a man who, now more than ever, is unfit for that position.The role of National Security Advisor was created in the early years of the Cold War for two reasons. First, to coordinate the national security apparatus which includes all the intelligence agencies and the Departments of Defense and State. Second, to act as a senior advisor to the President and brief him on national security affairs. These roles have remained relatively unchanged since their inception.Some better known National Security Advisors include Henry Kissinger, John Poindexter, Colin Powell, John Hadley, and Susan Rice. Under Trump, we’ve witnessed two National Security Advisors. Michael Flynn, who served for a short, twenty-four-day period until it was discovered that he misled the Vice President on his past affairs with the Russian ambassador. Then, H.R. McMaster who is a three-star general, former military history professor, distinguished research fellow and counterinsurgency advisor. He has served in the first Gulf War and numerous counter-terrorism operations in the Middle East.McMaster is incredibly well-qualified to advise the President on matters of national security and very much understands the cost of waging war. He and the President had been at odds regarding North Korea and the Iran nuclear deal in the past.The job, again, of the National Security Advisor is to reflect the viewpoint of the national security apparatus– even if the President disagrees with it. Reportedly, the President grew tired of being told ripping up the Iranian nuclear deal is detrimental to national security, which would result in the acceleration of Iran’s path to the bomb, and fired McMaster from his job.His replacement is a yes man and an enabler of Trump’s worst nationalistic tendencies– his name is John Bolton.Bolton got his start in diplomacy working as the Under Secretary of State for Arms and Control and International Security Affairs in the George W. Bush Administration. His work primarily focused on tracking the development of weapons of mass destruction. In the run-up to the Iraq War, he regularly argued Saddam had WMD’s– which wasn’t true—and has been routinely accused of misshaping U.S. intelligence to fit his worldview. Famously, he accused Cuba of having biological weapons. When the State Department’s top bioweapons analyst refused to sign off on that claim, Bolton attempted to have him removed without providing evidence himself.When John Bolton was nominated to represent the United States at the United Nations in 2005, multiple staff from within the State Department testified in the Senate that Bolton had a history of abusing subordinates with disrespectful behavior and attempting to have officials who disagree with his policy positions canned. It became such an issue that during a Republican-held Senate under the presidency of George W. Bush, he failed to receive a confirmation because his unprofessionalism disqualified him from the job. He later was given the position while Congress was in recess.Since he left the government, Bolton has worked with the American Enterprise Institute and regularly appeared as a commentator on Fox News. His current foreign policy views are well known as he advocates for a forcible regime change in Iran and North Korea as the only legitimate option in dealing with these countries.Regardless of your belief on how to deal with Iran and North Korea, the position of the National Security Advisor is to communicate the views of the national security apparatus to the President in a clear and unbiased form.H.R. McMaster understood the threat Iran poses.  He has experience in both Iraq Wars and even lost his own men to Iranian provided weapons. He understands the cost of regime change, war and the folly of destabilizing regions without planning for what comes next.John Bolton, on the other hand, is a bomb thrower with a history of cherry picking information to support his own hawkish worldviews no matter how horrific the consequences, while berating staff who disagree with him on facts.Based on the responsibilities of the National Security Advisor, as well as Bolton’s personal record within the intelligence community, I firmly believe that entrusting him to advise a President who has limited foreign policy experience is detrimental to the best interest of the United States, especially as we enter delicate talks with North Korea.Regardless of your policy positions, his unprofessionalism and conduct is unacceptable behavior for any American official and is an insult to the well-qualified men and women who tirelessly work to keep our nation secure. ReddIt Opinion: In spite of negotiations, containment should stay first priority Jean-Paul Dubos TAGSjohn boltonnorth korea Previous articleFrogs for Wellness looking to expand peer education programNext articlePolitiTalk: Troops to the border, trade disputes, Amazon Jean-Paul Dubos RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Opinion: Trumpism is taking over the Republican Party, that’s bad for America Jean-Paul Duboshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jean-paul-dubos/ Linkedin Facebook Jean-Paul Duboshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jean-paul-dubos/ ReddIt I have a unique appreciation for the value of books. As long as I can remember, my family has collected them. Bookshelves are present in every room in my house. When we last attempted a count, we gave up in the neighborhood of 5,000. It may be slightly surprising, then, that I do not condemn the transformation of Houston’s Lamar High School’s library to get rid of books in order to add a coffee shop and e-books. Needless to say, this was not the most popular move. One of the more critical articles in the Houston Press used words such as “appalling,” “stupid” and “terrible.” Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Linkedin + posts What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlineslast_img read more

La Cañada Presbyterian Church to Present POPS: “Rhapsody in Gershwin”

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Singer Diane Wallace sings solo at last year’s LCPC POPS Concert.The timeless music of George and Ira Gershwin will be celebrated in song, dance and big band accompaniment when La Cañada Presbyterian Church presents POPS: “Rhapsody in Gershwin” on Friday, June 15, at 8 p.m. and on Saturday, June 16, at 4 p.m.The church’s 50-voice Chancel Choir, the Jack Lantz Little Big Band, a premier lineup of soloists and the LCPC Pops Dancers will bring to life Gershwin classics from Tin Pan Alley to Broadway to Hollywood, including “Love Is Here to Stay,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” “I Got Rhythm” and “Strike Up the Band,” as well as solos and duets from the popular musical “Porgy and Bess.”“The singing, dancing and comedy are infectious, and will send you out with a smile on your face and a song (or two) in your heart,” promised Jack Lantz, LCPC’s Director of Music and Worship Arts, who will direct the program.Soloists will include Lori Stinson and Gregory Geiger (in a duet of “I Loves You, Porgy”), Diane Wallace, Matthew Thomas, Tom Malcom, Ellen Kirstein, Deanna Murray, Lori MacDonald and Joanne Horne. The Pops Dancers will kick up their heels in a black-light dance to the Gershwin rag “Rialto Ripples” and will dance in swimming pools to “‘S Wonderful” – “People might get wet,” Lantz joked.Another highlight will be excerpts from “Of Thee I Sing,” a Gershwin satire of presidential elections from the early 1930s. It figures tobe particularly apropos in this election year.The La Cañada Presbyterian Church Sanctuary will be transformed into a Broadway theater for “Rhapsody in Gershwin,” a program that will be “a delightful blend of pops music, dance, frolic and fun, geared to the whole family,” Lantz promised.Tickets are $15 general admission, $20 reserved, $10 children under 12 and $50 for a general admission family plan. They may be purchased from Lori MacDonald at (626) 794-1522, at the church office (818) 790-6708)or at the door. La Cañada Presbyterian Church is located at 626 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. For further information, visit www.lacanadapc.org.About La Cañada Presbyterian ChurchLa Cañada Presbyterian Church (LCPC) began in 1948 with 158 members and a vision to reach the world for Jesus Christ. That early church was built quite literally on faith and charity from remainder brick and an operating budget that turned just about all of its revenue into active ministry. Through 65 years of outreach, LCPC grew to 2,000 active attendees doing ministry throughout Southern California and in 40 countries around the world. In 2010 the church completed a campus expansion which doubled its physical base for ministry and kept its historical sanctuary as the heart of the new grounds.La Cañada Presbyterian Church, 626 Foothill Boulevard, La Cañada, (818) 790-6708 or visit www.lacanadapc.org. Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS HerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Tips To Rejuvenate Winter Dry, Chapped LipsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTips From A Professional Stylist On How To Look Stunning In 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News center_img Subscribe Community News Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Religious Music La Cañada Presbyterian Church to Present POPS: “Rhapsody in Gershwin” Another highlight will be excerpts from “Of Thee I Sing,” a Gershwin satire of presidential elections from the early 1930s. It figures tobe particularly apropos in this election year. Published on Friday, June 1, 2012 | 5:46 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Donegal Aontú hits out at Taoiseach’s reaction to calls for Churches to reopen

first_img Pinterest Facebook By News Highland – March 11, 2021 Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Google+ Twitter Google+center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Donegal Aontú hits out at Taoiseach’s reaction to calls for Churches to reopen FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articleFunding sanctioned for Finn Valley College extensionNext articleEU Medicines Agency to consider approving Johnson and Johnson vaccine News Highland A Donegal Aontú representative has hit out at the Taoiseach’s statement that he was ‘surprised’ church leaders were requesting an easing of restrictions for church services.A number of bishops met with Micheal Martin this week, where they called for the return to normal services including the reopening of mass.Mary T Sweeney says the Taoiseach’s refusal to look at the reality of the situation is an insult to citizens of faith in Ireland.She has described the situation regarding funerals as horrendous:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/sweeney1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

2-year-old girl missing from campsite in northern Michigan

first_imgMichigan State Police(MONROE, Mich.) — An urgent search is underway in a wooded area in northern Michigan for a 2-year-old girl who went missing at the end of a family camping trip.The family of Gabriella Roselynn Vitale told the Oscoda County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police that they had been camping for a few days and were getting ready to leave Monday morning when they noticed that the toddler was nowhere to be found.Deputies and troopers are using canine teams to search the area.Early into the search, the girl’s pink jacket was found several hundred yards away from where she went missing, police said. She is wearing a gray shirt, pink bottoms and tennis shoes.The family says they live in the Monroe, Michigan, area, which is about 200 miles south of where the girl went missing. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Home moves to shrink by 200,000 following Brexit vote, says L&G chief

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Home moves to shrink by 200,000 following Brexit vote, says L&G chief previous nextHousing MarketHome moves to shrink by 200,000 following Brexit vote, says L&G chiefLegaly & General Surveying Services MD says market is still ‘fragile’Nigel Lewis11th October 20160628 Views The Brexit vote may lead to some 200,000 transactions being knocked off the number of homes sold this year according to Legal and General Building Services’ managing director Steve Goodall.Speaking at a recent conference organised by Mortgage Finance Gazette, Goodall (pictured, below) said the UK long-term average was 1.5 million transactions a year, topping out at 1.6 million during the “heady heights” of 2006/7 before the financial crisis, then dipping down to 900,000 and now running at 1.2 million.“Because of what happened over the summer – i.e. the referendum vote for the UK to leave Europe – this year we night see a flatlining of transactions,” he said.“The equivalent number of transactions over the last three months may have actually dropped to around one million per annum.”Goodall also said transactions should be much higher overall, pointing out that current levels of transaction should be measured against the growing number of households in the UK. Therefore, he calculates, the market should be running at 1.7 or 1.8 million transactions a year not 1.2 million.“There are more people yet there are fewer housing transactions,” he said.The conference was attended by a mixed bag of industry leaders including Karl Knipe from Hertfordshire-based Kings Group and David Westgate, the recently-installed new chief executive of Andrews Property Group.During the debate Westgate said he thought changing demographics including greater labour mobility plus the building industry’s lack of house building are why transaction levels remains weak. “The house builders are drip feeding property into the market because fits in with their financial aspirations or their profit targets,” he said.Legal & General Brexit Steve Goodall October 11, 2016Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

American Frigate Conducts Underway Engagements in Black Sea

first_img Training & Education May 8, 2014 View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today American Frigate Conducts Underway Engagements in Black Sea The exercise was aimed at improving maritime capabilities and reassuring the U.S. NATO allies and partners of the U.S. commitment to the alliance and to their security.“Exercises like this enhance the capabilities of our two navies and allow us to work better together as partners in the region,” said Taylor’s Commanding Officer, Cdr. Murzban Morris. “Engagements like this also strengthens the bonds we share.”During the event, Taylor, along with four Romanian ships, conducted a live-fire exercise and an anti-submarine warfare scenario.“The only way to prepare for potential regional instability is to train and keep our forces ready,” said Morris. “What better way to do that than with those who share a commitment to stability in the Black Sea region.”The U.S. Navy, on a normal and routine basis, operates ships in the Black Sea consistent with the Montreux Convention and International Law.Taylor is deployed in a multi-mission role in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to contribute to regional maritime security, perform search and rescue activities, support humanitarian missions, conduct bilateral and multilateral training missions, and to support NATO operations and deployments throughout the region.U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts a full range of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation missions in concert with coalition, joint, interagency, and other partners in order to advance security and stability in Europe and Africa.[mappress]Press Release, May 8, 2014; Image: Wikimedia View post tag: Engagements View post tag: conducts View post tag: Navy View post tag: underway View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Frigate View post tag: Black View post tag: American The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) participated in a bilateral underway engagement with ships from the Romanian navy in the Black Sea, May 6. American Frigate Conducts Underway Engagements in Black Sea View post tag: sea Share this articlelast_img read more

Royal Navy WW2 torpedo bomber found in the Solent

first_img View post tag: Royal Navy View post tag: Fleet Air Arm A Fairey Barracuda torpedo bomber was discovered in the English Channel 75 years after its pilot was forced to ditch during World War 2.The Fleet Air Arm bomber has been found largely intact and is now being recovered in sections.The wreck was uncovered by engineers working for the UK National Grid who are laying a 150-mile-long cable from Fareham to Normandy.“If we had chosen a slightly different route, there is a good chance the plane would never have been found,” said David Luetchford of National Grid.“Over the course of the project we’ve inspected over 1,000 targets of interest, many of which were found to be unexploded ordnance, not unusual given the history of this location. However, to have found a 1943 Fairey Barracuda torpedo bomber is incredible and such a key piece of British history.“It’s not every day you get the chance to play a role in an operation like this and it is very lucky to have found the plane in such a small search area.”Photo: Royal NavyThe wreck was discovered last year but they waited until fair weather this summer to begin the three-week recovery operation with experts from Wessex Archaeology, clearing clay and silt so sections can be lifted.Despite more than 2,600 Barracudas rolling off the production lines – mostly for service with the Fleet Air Arm – there are none today.The aircraft is believed to be BV739 of 810 Naval Air Squadron which lost power shortly after taking off from HMS Daedalus in Lee-on-the-Solent.Barracudas saw extensive action in the second half of WW2 as carrier-based dive and torpedo bombers, taking part in attacks against Hitler’s flagship Tirpitz in Norway and later with the British Pacific Fleet as the war closed in on Japan. View post tag: Fairey Barracuda Share this article View post tag: WW2 Photo: Photo: Royal Navylast_img read more

FDF publishes new sustainable sourcing guide

first_imgThe Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has launched a free sustainable sourcing guide to help UK food businesses tackle risks within the supply chain.The new guide, entitled Sunstainable Sourcing – Five Steps Towards Managing Supply Chain Risk, aims to offer key advice to small and large-sized companies on areas such as raw ingredients, packaging, water and energy usage.Developed by the FDF’s Sustainability Steering Group, the sustainability guide encourages business owners to look at the supply chain on an individual product basis, looking at key ingredients, who supplies them and the source of materials. Further steps identify impacts, risks and opportunities, assess and prioritise findings, as well as creating an action plan.David Bellamy, environment and policy manager at the FDF, said: “It’s one of our key deliverables this year and it has been put together to address what we perceive are a number of global threats, as well as in response to increasing consumer demand for sustainably produced products.“We started from the basis that we wanted a simple and practical guide to give to our members, applicable to all sizes of company, as well as addressing sustainable sourcing from a risk-based perspective. During the process that the guide takes you through, it encourages businesses to work with their suppliers and understand the risks involved in their supply chains.”Talking about the commercial benefits that the new guide could bring to businesses, Ian Bowles, group head of sustainability at Premier Foods, told British Baker: “There are a series of financial metrics around our business to ensure sustainability in everything we do. In regards to our own programme at Premier Foods delivering bottom-line commercial benefits to the business, yes absolutely. With the environmental KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) that were set for 2007 for things like energy, waste and water, reductions have been very significant.“For instance, from 2007 to 2011, we reduced waste to landfill by 82%. A number of our 40 UK sites are now zero waste to landfill sites, and where waste would appear as a cost centre, we are now transforming it into a revenue centre. So by segregating our waste more effectively, we are making money from it by selling it as things such as animal feed, or improving recyclables leaving sites, instead of keeping them mixed. In the round, sustainability does deliver some commercial benefits to businesses.”Andrew Kuyk, FDF director of sustainability, added that a key aim of this new guide was to help reduce the numbers of environmental impacts in the food sector while increasing manufacturing output.The FDF said that, in 2013, it will be launching a number of interactive tools on its website, along with further individual information for both small and large businesses, to support the new sustainability guide.last_img read more

PHOTOS: Mike Gordon “Shreds” Brooklyn Steel For New York Pleaser

first_imgPhoto: Andrew Blackstein Mike Gordon stopped by Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, NY, on Saturday, March 10, as part of his ongoing OGOGO tour. Gordon and his band–comprised of guitarist Scott Murawski, keyboardist Robert Walter, drummer John Kimock, and percussionist Craig Myers–have spent much of the last month on the road, as their Saturday night performance marked the almost-end of a lengthy tour. Playing songs off the recent OGOGO album, as well as some fun, unexpected covers of Jon Cleary, Fiona Apple, Aerosmith, Talking Heads, and of course, Phish, the energetically-charged, two-set show was well worth the wait.At one point during the show, Gordon abandons the bass and goes for an old-fashioned, traditional “shredder”. Then, Murawski pulls out an electric shredder, proceeds to shred a piece of paper, before the two wonder “who that was” that made the introductions. Watch the skit below, courtesy of @thenotoriousaob on Instagram: Playing as good as it gets after a month on the road, Mike Gordon will head to The Egg in Albany, NY tonight, before taking the rest of March off. On April 4 and 5, Mike Gordon will head to Burlington, VT’s Higher Ground.Check out the full gallery from Saturday night’s show, courtesy of photographer Andrew Blackstein.Mike Gordon | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 3/10/18 | Photos: Andrew Blackstein Photo: Andrew Blacksteincenter_img Load remaining images Photo: Andrew Blacksteinlast_img read more

5 Activities to Keep you Cool this Summer

first_imgLooking for ways to stay cool this summer?  Here are a few activities on the water to help get you outdoors and having fun in the sun.1. PaddlingPaddling can be a great way to slow down, disconnect from your phone for a few hours, and enjoy the solitude of being your own island out on the water. A canoe or a tandem kayak is perfect for those who wish to paddle in pairs, or it can be a solo venture in a kayak or atop an SUP. Not owning any of these is no problem, as rentals are commonly available.For a slower paced and still water adventure, lakes are an excellent spot in the morning or just before sunset as boat traffic is slow and the views can be spectacular. Rivers are common destinations as well for paddlers who are more experienced or are search for a more fast paced, exhilarating day on the water.Who ever said paddling was only for humans?Photo by Emily Jane PhotographyPrices vary depending on location, but here are some typical costs for each adventure:SUP: $20/ hour, $40/ half day, $60 full dayCanoe: $50/dayKayaks: Single: $35/day, Tandem: $55/day, Whitewater: $50/day2. RaftingLocals of the Blue Ridge are all too familiar with passing bus tours with inflated rafts in tow. Whitewater rafting adventures are a popular summer activity for groups to enjoy conquering rapids, meandering currents, and the refreshing slashes. Many outdoor centers and rafting companies offer guided tours for a little added expense for those who would like an experienced rafter on board with them.A fully-guided 3 hour rafting trip on an 8 mile stretch of the Nantahala River would cost $50 per person. Prices vary based on group size, length of trip, if you wish to have a guide, and location.3. FishingWhile it is an activity that requires a bit of patience, fishing can be an exhilarating experience for people of all ages. Fly fishing in particular spices the sport up a bit through its unique casting technique and can certainly help fishers to cool down if they choose to wade in the waters as they cast a fly.Guided tours are offered along many rivers for those just beginning and without equipment. A guided tour in NC’s trout capital of Jackson County for one person is $150 for a half day and $225 for a full day.4. TubingPhoto by Farmington River TubingAnother family favorite, tubing, is a relatively inexpensive way to get out on the river and have fun. Based on the river, tubers can choose to have a calming “lazy river” style of ride or a thrilling experience of rapids, drops and turns for a good laugh and a few dunks along the way.Many tubing companies will provide their renters with transportation back to their base at the end of the ride.River tubing in Duluth, GA for 2 hours is just $10 a person and at Deep Creek in NC is just $6 for an entire day, making it a great outdoor activity for larger groups.5. SwimmingIt’s simple, free, and an excellent workout all at once. Make a day of it at a lake or a swimming hole by a waterfall with a picnic packed and with towels and sunscreen at the ready. You can set distance goals or challenge someone to a race across the lake or bay. Always use proper precautions when swimming, especially if you are in waters where there is boat traffic around.last_img read more