Fred Henneke, Attorney & Counselor-At-Law

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS; 05/18,2019

In the aftermath of World War II, the United States stood as the bastion of freedom, human rights and democracy. The other super power, the Soviet Union, represented the polar opposites – repression, dictatorship and servitude. The enlightened leadership of our Nation at that time realized that America, both for its own best interests and the interest of the entire free world, had to LEAD the recovery from the immense devastation of that conflict in a way that benefited ALL in the long run. Through efforts like the Marshall Plan, the United Nations, the World Bank, NATO,  etc., we willingly gave up our overwhelming position in order that others might benefit along with us.

I find that commitment to the greater good to be sorely lacking today.

Let’s take a look at what is happening internationally today.

  1.  IRAN: Iran used to be one of our closest and best allies. No longer. We rightfully do not support the repressive, theocratic government in Iran that espouses hatred for the United States or its apparent mission of meddling in the internal affairs of its neighbors. However, our policy towards Iran is one of maximum pressure and isolation, believing that the people of Iran will rise up, overthrow the government and be more like us. Ain’t gonna happen. With the possible exceptions of Israel and Saudi Arabia, we stand alone in the measures we have imposed. Additionally, many strike at our best allies, causing them to oppose our policies. And, our efforts have the unintended (I hope) consequence of  heightening the possibility of armed conflict.
  2. NORTH KOREA: The happy talk that came out of the Shanghai meeting between President Trump and Kim Jung Un has vanished. Any delusions about the North Korean’s willingness to denuclearize vanished in a few minutes at Hanoi when Trump and Kim again met. Now, North Korea has resumed (if they ever stopped) enriching uranium and have conducted additional missile tests. The President continues to tout his close relationship with Kim but there have certainly been no concrete steps towards denuclearization as a result.. Back to square one.
  3. VENEZUELA: We could not convince the military to change sides so Maduro is still in office and the people are still starving. Without concrete results, the support in Venezuela for our man Gaido is waning.  Russia and  Cuba stepped up to support Maduro despite our threats. Like Hungary in 1956 and Cuba in 1961,  we have encouraged the people to rise up against a repressive government without a clear plan or avenue to assist them in effecting that change with disastrous results. Bold statements by John Bolton are no substitute for a plan and action.
  4. CHINA:.  Tit for tat. I see your hundred billion in tariffs and raise you another hundred. Never mind the price being paid by the American consumer and the agricultural industry. If we stick to our guns, we shall prevail and force the communist Chinese government to bend to our will. Right. Never mind that we have essentially acquiesced in the Chinese militarizing the South China Sea; never mind that we pulled out of the Trans Pacific Partnership which was designed to blunt the Chinese influence in Asia.  Doers anyone in the Trump Administration have any clue about China and their heritage other than the items on a menu?.
  5. RUSSIA: Do we have a policy? Seem like all we do is open doors for Russia to insert itself into areas where we are absent such as Syria and  Venezuela.

And then there is the Order, but we will leave that for another day.

 

STAY TUNED!

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CURRENT RUMBLINGS; 05/13/2)19

Ruminations on current rumblings in the news, real or fake: MUELLER REPORT:  True to form, the warring factions – let’s call them the Hatfields and the McCoys – are each touting those portions of the Mueller Report that best support their particular mountain hollow and ignoring the rest. Is there any fire under the smoke… Continue Reading

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SOCIALISM; 04/30/2019

There has been a lot of chatter lately about “socialism”, sometimes referred to as “democratic socialism”. Let’s take a minute and learn a little about what socialism is, and is not. “Socialism” is a government and economic theory. In a socialist system, the means of production – i.e., industry, manufacturing, agriculture, transportation, etc. – as… Continue Reading

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MUELLER REPORT, ETC.; 04/22/2019

My Muse has not been with me for some time. I believe she (or he) is so tired of the same old story lines re-packaged and re-hashed that a sabbatical was required.  However, some note of the end of the nearly two year Mueller investigation and subsequent report  is worthwhile. Have I read the entire… Continue Reading

9 responses to “MUELLER REPORT, ETC.; 04/22/2019”

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THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER; 04/01/2019

In an alternate universe, what I am writing might be taken as an April Fools Joke. But, it isn’t.   CRISIS ON THE SOUTHERN BORDER. Yes, there truly is a crisis on our Southern border. And the face of the crisis are asylum seekers, men, women and children fleeing their violence-ridden home countries for refuge… Continue Reading

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THE MUELLER REPORT; 03/24/2019

Well, my friends, Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered his report to Attorney General William Barr and it is flopping around like a mackerel on a hot sidewalk.The full report has not been released to the public but Attorney General Barr has provided a summary of the Special Counsel’s most important conclusions. Before we turn to… Continue Reading

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THE SOUTHERN BORDER; 03/11/2019

There is a crisis on our southern border. But, it is not what we think it is. Yes, there are people crossing our border in search of work and a better life. Some may not be nice people; some are smuggling drugs (although statistically most of the drugs come across at legitimate border crossings); many… Continue Reading

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RECENT ITEMS OF SOME INTEREST: 03/01/2019

COHEN TESTIMONY: Michael Cohen, the President’s former personal attorney and all-around fixer, testified before the House Government Oversight Committee his past week for some 8 1/2 hours. I was not able to watch it all but did see about 1 1/2 hours plus all the re-runs. The Republicans played the traditional defense counsel role, trying… Continue Reading

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NATIONAL EMERGENCY?; 02/18/2019

First of all, a brief primer on the National Emergency Act. Congress passed the National Emergency Act in 1976 in recognition of the perceived need for the President to have certain powers in the event of an emergency. The NEA terminated all previous national emergencies and formalized the process for the President to declare a… Continue Reading

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TO WALL, OR NOT TO WALL? IS THAT THE QUESTION?; 02/03/2019

To paraphrase from Laurel and Hardy, “This is a fine kettle of fish you have gotten me into!” President Trump and Speaker Pelosi have given a conference committee of Congressional appropriators until February 15th (effectively the 9th) to come up with a formula for funding the 25% of the government that was shutdown for 31… Continue Reading

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