Nation’s DIME 1841

There is a lot happening around the world this week you should know about. Here is this week Nation’s DIME…

In the Diplomatic environment,

Ambassador Nikki Haley resigned unexpectedly as our nation’s representative to the United Nations effective 1 January. Her service to the nation has been exemplary. Ambassador Haley has defended President Trump moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, told Kim Jong Un’s regime they will be utterly destroyed, and the Iranian Mullahs do have a ballistic missile program. She gave no reasons for resigning and there is a lot of speculation

In the Informational realm, the Chinese are in the news again,  

Revealed this week was a small microchip the Chinese inserted into servers destined for Amazon and Apple. The world’s largest tech companies were infiltrated by a chip no bigger than the end of a No. 2 pencil. Both deny it happened but what if it really didn’t. There is still the threat. And the culprit is none other than… the People’s Liberation Army. Some of these small microchips even made it into the Department of Defense and CIA computer servers. President Trump and President Xi will have an interesting conversation when they meet. The Center for Strategic and International Studies released this recent report on offensive operations against Russia. The Cold War intensifies…

In the Military arena, time to go offensive!

President Trump issued National Security Presidential Memorandum 13 to go offensive with our cyber weapons.  I did not know the White House released a cyber strategy to guide our efforts in this area. A question many ask is what does “defending forward” mean in the new Cyber strategy. Cyber Warfare is a highly classified code word world in the DoD. I got taste during the invasion of Iraq and it was incredible!  

 The Economic realm took a shock to the system this week.

What is going on in the Stock Market? Tech stocks to a big hit this week, Microsoft being one of the biggest. Some are saying why did it take so long to happen. The market needed a correction after record highs. Not to worry some have said. Did any of us think the Dow would go above 24,000 two years ago? A commentator on one of the radio shows today thinks the DOW will go above 28,000 now.

More next week… 

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Have a great weekend!

Sluggo Sends!

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Nation’s DIME 1839

There is so much going on this week in the diplomatic, informational, military, and economic worlds.

In the Diplomatic arena,

The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings have gripped the nation. This all comes down to who you believe. Dr Ford and Judge Kavanaugh gave very impassioned speeches. Senator Lindsey Graham gave the most fiery speech of the hearings. The vote was along party lines to move his confirmation to the floor with one caveat from Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, a limited FBI investigation. There are a number of takeaways from these hearings.

In the Informational area,

Earlier this week I received a Facebook IM from a General I used to work for. I knew something was wrong. Another security breech! This time it looks like Facebook has been the victim. There is a way to tell if your FB account has been hacked. I found this TedTalk very informative. Pablos Holman shows how easy it is to break into networks. Cyber and network attacks are part of the military’s toolkit. 

In the Military realm,

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brought pictures to the UN on Thursday of Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile build up. The Israeli Air Force continues to attack Iran’s infrastructure in Syria, but are under fire after a Russian IL-20 spy plane was shot down by an S-200 missile. The Russians are giving Syria additional S-300 systems to defend against more IAF attacks. Russia also sent their newest electronic warfare vehicle to the base at Khmeimim near Latakia.  Israel has the next move.

The Economic trends are both good and bad depending on where you are…

The US strong economy and dollar continues to break new records and is very strong and will remain so.

On the other side of the world, the Turkish Lira has taken big hits, and the Russian Ruble has tumbled too. Venezuela continues to sink deeper from years of socialism. The European outlook for the rest of 2018 seems to be stable but their may be issues.

There is much more I could write about but you get the picture. Have a great weekend.

— Final note, please let me know your feedback and suggestions on Twitter, your thought on this weeks DIME, and what do you want more or less of? Let me know by sending a tweet to @MarkHasara and put #nationsdime in the header.

Have a great weekend!

Sluggo Sends!

P.S. — If you’re reading my book Tanker Pilot: Lessons from the Cockpit, I’d really love to hear your thoughts in a review on Amazon here or Barnes and Noble here. I read them all.

Nation’s DIME 1838

There is so much going on this week its hard to know where to start…

In the Diplomatic area,

Other countries must look at the spectacle of the Justice Brett Kavanaugh hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee and laugh. Who has ever heard of someone saying to a Senate Committee hearing these are my demands before testifying. Ms Ford wanted an FBI investigation. The FBI turned down Ford’s request, that’s not what the FBI does. Demands made through her lawyer include… no external lawyers! The letter from Dr. Ford’s attorney can be found here. My hope is Senator Grassley calls for a vote on Monday. 

In the Informational realm,

Are you tired of the line Russian meddling? Meddling is what governments. Russian meddling is information warfare. Russia has used information warfare very effectively in the Crimea. The US may not be ready for this type of warfare. The US needs to develop a good informational warfare strategy which may require new intelligence disciplines to combat.

In the Military realm, talk about stranger things!

An Israeli Air Force four ship of F-16 Sufas attacked Iranian targets near Latakia. The ammo warehouse belongs to the Iranian backed Hezbollah terror group.  But during the IAF airstrike Syria shot down a Russian Il-20 COOT reconnaissance plane in the process with one of their new S-400 SAM systems which sits on the same mountain as their SA-5 GAMMON site. The entire crew was lost. In an interesting twist, a French Navy Frigate also destroyed targets. Is there a new US-Israel-British-French alliance?

The Economic news keeps getting better.

The Dow and S&P 500 closed new records. Jobless claims fell to their lowest in 49 years. Second quarter GDP was adjusted from 4.1 to 4.2 percent. And Senator Elizabeth Warren submitted a seriously misguided bill for the government to control any company earning $1 billion dollars.

The November elections are going to be really important.

Nation’s DIME 1837

I’m back after a long absence from writing. During the past ten weeks a lot happened while gone.

In the Diplomatic arena,

The Trump Administration announced on Tuesday the closing of the Palestinian Liberation Organization office in Washington DC. Stating the PLO “has not taken steps to advance the start of direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel” and the ICC probing Israeli war crimes, President Trump ordered the PLO Washington Offices closed. The PLO said the closure is an act of war but may be an opportunity. I’m glad it’s closed… most of the money was going to terror organizations.

In the Informational area,

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote next week to confirm President Trump’s nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Hearings have been a circus… protestors, accusations of misrepresenting himself, blocking subpoenas for documents, and recently a letter about his behavior in High School. Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine has been threatened if she votes to confirm. Progressives have actually turned on Senator Schumer during this hearing. So, what is the Democrat’s end game? Information, true or false, is now a political weapon, as it has been through the ages. If you think the Democrats and protesters were unhinged at the hearings, wait till he’s confirmed!

In the Military arena, so much is going on,

The Cold War returns to the coast of Alaska. Two F-22s intercepted Russian Tu-95 BEAR bomber and its escorting SU-35 fighters. The SU-35s would have required air refueling so there was a Midas tanker somewhere too. The Russians and Chinese recently held a large force exercise near Vostok. The pictures of the strength and size of the forces should worry the west.

Russian found out how brutal a US beating can be in February of this year when Russian mercenaries attacked our outpost near Deir Ez Zor.

In the Economic realm,

The Trump Administration has cut $200 million in aid to the Palestinian Liberation Organization, and snapped ties with the PLO. President Trump warned nations and UN organizations this would happen. Watch this list of countries voting against our initiative to move our Embassy to Jerusalem, where it now resides. When he says he will do something, President Trump has rarely backed down on his word.

 

— Final note, please let me know your feedback and suggestions on Twitter, your thought on this weeks DIME, and what do you want more or less of? Let me know by sending a tweet to @MarkHasara and put #nationsdime in the header.

Have a great weekend!

Sluggo Sends!

P.S. — If you’re reading my book Tanker Pilot: Lessons from the Cockpit, I’d really love to hear your thoughts in a review on Amazon here or Barnes and Noble here. I read them all.

Nation’s DIME 1827

By 53% of the Mexican population, leftist Andreas Manuel Lopez Abrador will become the new President. President Obrador faces many challenges. One of those challenges is our common border. The MSM continues to vilify the Trump Administration over the separation of children from their families. Several things now coming to light about the chaos on the border.

In the Diplomatic area,

Lopez Abrador has stated the following: “Soon, very soon, after the victory of our movement, we will defend migrants all over the American continent and the migrants of the world who, by necessity, must abandon their towns to find life in the United States; it’s a human right we will defend.” Leftist use the “human right” term a lot. How Lopez Obrador intends to defend that human right will not take place in the UN. The US is no longer a member of the High Commission on Human Rights. There are few diplomatic avenues available for Lopez Abrador to defend his human right statement. 

Then there is the child separation issue…

On the Informational front,

Everyone should read this post by Lee Whitt, an EMT and Flight Nurse with Flight for Life in Texas. He followed his 20 June post with this. His posts dispels a lot of the MSM dialogue against the Trump Administration on separating children from the cartels and the traffickers, not their parents. The previous Administration separated tens of thousands more. The Main Stream Media is incapable of telling the truth on this subject. Talk to a Border Patrol agent and get the real story.

In the Military arena,

The situation along the southern border is a Commander’s nightmare. Drafting rules of engagement or ROE for operations against the traffickers and Drug Cartels is extremely difficult. The first question to considered a hostile act? If a trafficker is armed is that considered a hostile act? A border group called Arizona Border Recon drafted their own ROE. I would start with a long conversation with Operation Underground Railroad, freeing children from sex trafficking.

In the Economic area,

The cost of securing the border continues to climb. President Trump’s Border Wall remains controversial, pros and cons for and against the wall. President Trump said the US Wall will be modeled after the Israeli Border Fence. This website contains a very good debate on options for immigration.

My biggest concern remains who is coming across. There continues to be no real vetting process determining an illegal aliens point of origin. I taught for many years our worst enemies are inside the wire and they came here through the porous Mexican border. 

— Final note, please let me know your feedback and suggestions on Twitter, your thought on this weeks DIME, and what do you want more or less of? Let me know by sending a tweet to @MarkHasara and put #nationsdime in the header.

Have a great weekend!

Sluggo Sends!

P.S. — If you’re reading my book Tanker Pilot: Lessons from the Cockpit, I’d really love to hear your thoughts in a review on Amazon here or Barnes and Noble here. I read them all.

Nation’s DIME 1826

This is what I’m thinking about today. The United States is coming apart at the seams. And it’s self-inflicted. Civil discourse I feel is no longer possible not only in the United States but on the world stage. Fear, sarcasm, and ridicule seem to be the only methods we communicate with each other over differences. In some cases, physical threats. We are trillions in debt. These things are happening because of three things: power, passions, and appetites.

In the Diplomatic area,

Recently ambassador Nikki Haley stated clearly the United States would no longer be part of the United Nations Human Rights Commission. In her speech, she called the commission a “cesspool of political bias.” An organization responsible for stopping wars and genocide seems to have no problem with countries threatening the state of Israel. The leading candidate for President in Mexico openly stated it is a “human right” to live in the United States and he will flood our borders with people. A representative from California stated this past week to openly harass anyone part of President Trump’s cabinet while out in public. During an election in New York an avowed socialist defeated a10-term incumbent member of the House of Representatives.  

In the Informational arena,

A great example of informational rhetoric on both sides of the aisle is the furor over the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. The right says elections have consequences, the left, if President Trump’s nominee gets approved specific laws concerning social issues, will be in danger. Danger how exactly? Someone actually said openly in public the President’s son should be jailed with pedophiles. The same representative of California I spoke of above has received death threats because of her open hostility towards conservatives. Why does anybody wonder a man would go into a news outlet in Maryland and kill five people and injure many more?

In the Military area,

American men and women in uniform have been engaged with our enemies since the 1991 Desert Storm war. The KC-135 I flew came into the Air Force inventory in 1957, over 60 years ago. Same with the B-52. The US military needs rest and recapitalization. But the price tag of doing so is so enormous both political parties cannot agree on how to do it. Do not get me wrong here… I am all for a strong military as we not only defend the US but our military has become an incredible humanitarian tool of compassion. But here is an example, the Lockheed F-35 stealth fighter program may be the first trillion dollar program. Do any of you know how much the US government spent on a World War II P-51 Mustang? The price tag in 1945 dollars was $50,985 for each aircraft. A stack of a trillion one dollar bills stretches 67,866 miles.  

President Eisenhower warned in 1961 as he was leaving office, “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.” He went on to explain how it developed, “Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions.” Are we there yet?

Speaking of Economic and trillion,

For the first time ever in the history of the US, credit card debt in 2017 surpassed the 1 trillion dollar mark, the same amount of money being spent on the F-35 program! American households average $6375 in credit card debt. What would a trillion dollars do? One, you could pay $54 million a day for the rest of your life and still leave your children billions to live on. Two, you could buy every pro sports team… NFL, MLB, NBA, the NHL, and even NASCAR… and still have over three-quarters of your trillion in the bank. Credit card debt is killing households because we spend money on things we want but probably don’t need.

Power… Passions… Appetites. This coming Independence Day week let’s be a lot longer on love thy neighbor and a little shorter on the amount of burgers and fireworks we buy.