I hope you can let this go. President Trump reportedly asked former FBI Director James Comey to end the federal investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn, according to contemporaneous notes Comey took shortly after the president made the request in February. The New York Times In Washington, and beyond, talk of obstruction of justice. Politico Related: Comey reportedly considered the overture inappropriate and shielded it from line agents working on the Russia probe. The Washington Post More: Another day, another body blow to an administration already reeling. Politico Still More: Where are the White House tapes? Weekly Standard And: Here come the subpoenas. The Hill Meanwhile: The DOJ wants to find the leakers. Daily Beast —

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Only a state of war . . .

A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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Iraq — What will history say?

After 9/11 we took our revenge on Iraq.  The leader was the bad guy we said, for what? It was not 9/11.  Nevertheless, we took our revenge. We had no reason to do what we did.  Is there something wrong with us?  I think we could use some repentance and self-limitation.  Yet, times are dangerous, dangerous for all of us, and all of us are guilty. There is no blame to place on one person or another.  Understanding what might be wrong, one cannot simply be an observer.

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We worry about ISIS in regard to America.  I think it would be more generous were we to worry about ISIS with regard to what is being done to the people of the Middle East..

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Making America Great Again

Trump has succeeded.  He has made America Great again.  He’s done it just as the state of Washington did it when state financed Safeco Field and Century Link Field – each a public-private partnership.  The United States is joining with Trump in a public-private partnership for Trump. This does not bode well for us.

Posted in Trump, United States of America

Spokane Bluff Park and Qualchan

Spokane South Hill Bluff Park, access road to remove timber cut for development of a small golf course at the Qualchan Golf Course…/bulldozer-contractor-provides-c…/

The road is a temporary access road for the purpose of removing trees felled to make way for the tree removal as part of the project to build a three-hole golf course near The Creek at Qualchan. Parts of it may also be used by Avista to improve the electric transmission lines which need replacement. My investigation shows that there was already an old access road which has been used over many years which the new access road follows. The road will not be a road. But, it could be retained in its undeveloped state but with some improvement to make a handicap accessible access to the Bluff Park area. The temporary access road can be made into a great park improvement.

I do not know Adam Swedberg of Swedberg Logging. He should be complimented for the careful way he made the access road. Good job!

And, to all who read this — Go to the road, walk it. I think you will see what I see, and maybe you too will suggest to the Park Board to use the road for an accessible pathway in the Bluff Park.

Posted in Environment, Spokane, Spokane Parks

Syria — Trump and Putin

People have complained about President Trump being impetuous when he and his team ordered cruise missiles to strike the air base from which the planes flew to drop sarin bombs on innocent children. Still shaking in my boots, I began to reflect. I came up with this:

Yes, but impetuosity has had its effects, some quite beneficial and others not so much.

I am not convinced the matter will turn out to be a big deal.  An understanding will be reached, conscious or unconscious.  And it will be between people who have played in the same sandbox together – the oil box of the Middle East. I think they are growing weary of the Middle East and are beginning to understand the various wars taking place in the area are the product of clashes of instinctual expressions. The deathly confrontations will continue until everyone is simply worn out.

There is no real answer to problem of the Middle East. Everything is overdetermined, unfathomable. I think of what Sigmund Freud said in his response to Albert Einstein on “Why War.” Why War Correspondence.

The two players, Russia and the United States, will find a way to put the action in a proper place and get on with things.  Beyond that, I think there is a beneficial way much more could happen.  I think of this:  for there to be real world order in our the next 20 – 30 years or so we need at least three major powers, each an actual power, to be the grounds a dialectic which had good chances of producing from time to time,  of a balance of power.

Such balance would work well for some years. Think of the Peace of Westfalia.

Posted in Foreign Policy, Hope or Despair?, Middle East