Thursday, February 02, 2017

Trump is a bunch of hot air. Any aggression toward Iran, I would not be surprised if NATO along with Russia opposes Trump.

Trump is a jerk with a capital J.

February 2, 2017
By Jim Michaels

President Trump's stern warning (click here) after an Iranian ballistic missile test that the country has been "put on notice" risks drawing the United States into a conflict or making Trump look weak if it doesn’t follow through with some retaliation should Iran take another provocative action, foreign policy analysts said.

Even those experts who welcome a robust response to a country many in the Trump administration view as one of the most dangerous threats cautioned that the new president needs options ready to respond if Iran tests his resolve.

“If you’re going to make a threat, you need to be prepared to carry through with it,” said Fred Kagan, an analyst with the American Enterprise Institute. “The question is: Are they prepared to do carry through with it.”

Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, said Wednesday that the United States was “officially putting Iran on notice” after Iran launched a ballistic missile on Sunday and an Iranian-backed militia in Yemen attacked a Saudi naval vessel....

Donald Trump has many tricks in his verbal repertoire. Let me ask, when one thinks the house is on fire how well does cognition work so much as react. Donald Trump is causing violence to break out everywhere. Either be a puppet or don't listen and wait for some real diplomacy if the Trump administration can actually produce it.

Human memory is a peculiar thing, (click here) at once astonishing in its scope and power and dismaying in its fallibility. There's much we don't know about how memory works, but suffice it to say it isn't perfect. Particularly vexing is the phenomenon of false memories, erroneous or unconsciously fabricated recollections of past events that feel so real and true that people who experience them refuse to accept evidence to the contrary.

Psychologists call the phenomenon confabulation. The term is used clinically to refer to memory defects experienced by patients with brain damage, and also to describe everyday phenomena like embellishing the truth when recounting events and inventing facts on the fly to fill in gaps in memory. We've all done these things at one time or another, though we're rarely conscious of it when we do....

The facts please, just the facts. There is no place for hatred or perceived hatred anywhere on Berkeley's campus. Enough!