War or diplomacy

Which works better, war or diplomacy? We will soon have a practical demonstration to compare which works better in the Middle East, the Bush method of change by means of war or the Obama method of change through peaceful diplomacy. Critics on the right including most or all of the GOP, FOX News, the Wall Street Journal and Benjamin Netanyahu all claim that Iran cannot be trusted. However, I trust the Iranians and President Obama more than I trust all the critics of the agreement.

Trump joins crowd

Donald Trump has joined the crowd of those GOP politicians who advocate bombing Iraq. I have not heard his reasons but he is reported to have advocated bombing Iraq’s oil fields, possibly to defund ISIS. However, Iraqi oil production is at record heights and is contributing to a world-wide oil glut that is forcing prices lower. Follow Trump’s advice and see the results at your local gas pump.

Cyber warfare

United Airlines, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Stock Exchange, all down today at the same time due to technical glitches. I don’t believe the statement that hackers are not involved. Too much of a coincidence unless all three use the same servers and I don’t think that they do. Someone has launched an attack on the US, perhaps as a test, and I doubt that al-Qaeda or ISIS has the capacity.

Not their best people

Donald Trump on Mexican immigrants. No people in the past have sent their best people to the US. The best people succeed at home and stay there. In contrast, the US has always welcomed the poor who want to better themselves. That is why this is on the base of the Statue of Liberty:

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

It is true that the Mexican elite regard the US as a dumping ground for their poor. By encouraging emigration to the US, the 1% of Mexico need not make the reforms necessary to care for all their people. Why is there so much resistance to illegal immigration at this time? It is due to the lingering effects of the Great Recession plus the fact that most immigrants today are people of color.