Yesterday, at 2.37 a.m. North Korea decided to launch yet another ICBM. For my readers who do not know what that is it stands for "inter-continental ballistic missile." This last launch went eleven times higher than the current international space station. In short, North Korea has just announced, without any fanfare, that they can hit any target in the United States, including Washington D.C.. Let me put this a different way. A punk dictator named Kim jong un has now threatened the entire world with a nuclear war. That's right, a nuclear war. Now, let that sink in. What ever has happened in the last year, the new sexual revolution (including the new Barbie LGBT doll,) the election on Donald Trump as President, mass shootings, the firing of Charlie Rose and Matt Lauer, the creation of "fake news," the failure to repeal Obamacare, the tax fiasco, or, as my teenage readers refer to as "whatever," all pale with this latest development on the Korean peninsula. Whatever our hopes an aspirations are to maintain peace, well, it is all jeopardized now. Decades of negotiations, detente, and "deals" with North Korea have failed, and failed miserably. Now, it is not whether or not a war will break out, it is whether or not how BIG it will become. Will there be an exchange of nuclear weapons? Will Japan now seek its own nuclear arsenal? Will South Korea just invade now? Will China and Russia step in to avert disaster? The assumption that all civilized societies do not want a nuclear exchange now seems false. Can this situation be contained? Will North Korea back down? How long will the West allow itself to be blackmailed? Here are the facts. Any war, any, will result in the end of the North Korean government. That is a "fait accompli." The real question is how messy will the war get. Will the war be limited to conventional weapons or will it escalate to a nuclear exchange. If a nuclear exchange begins, will the targets be limited to North Korea and the United States? Will other nations, China and Russia, decide to take advantage of the situation and launch a all out strike against their foe, the U.S., and of course, will the United States retaliate? And oh, don't forget the India/Pakistan problem. Hey, why not, maybe India and or Pakistan might see this a a good reason to take each other down. While all this might seem a little hypothetical, let's play this out. Would you personally allow Saddam Hussein to have a nuke? Just sayin! Yes, it is a stupid question and we all know the answer. However, Kim jong un now has one...hello. From my perspective, there is only one, and only one answer to this problem. China, Russia, Japan, NATO, and the United States must take a joint action to solve this problem. The rules have changed. It will only be with a concerted effort of this group of nations, as a unified force, will the solution present itself. After all, nobody wants a nuclear war...or do they? That's the way I see it, today, November 29th, 2018.
The death toll at a mosque in Egypt has exceeded 300 with a hundred more wounded. This is close to the worse terrorist attack Egypt has ever seen. Muslims killing Muslims. I write this article for many reasons, but one of the more important ones has to do with the leadership role Egypt has taken over the years. Egypt and Jordan are the only two Arab nations to sign and adhere to a peace treaty with Israel. For that, both of these nations have earned my respect. Taking a leadership role in the Arab world is precarious, at best. Just ask Anwar Sadat. Sadat's role in taking a peace initiative with Israel cost him his life. Yitzak Rabin's role as a "peacenik" also cost him his life. Leadership is not easy. The steadfast 40 year old peace accord between Egypt and Israel, while not perfect, has helped to stabilize the entire region. At least up to now. With the development of ISIS, a major terrorist organization, the Middle East is once again at a precipice. The Sunni-Shiite conflict continues and now the state of Iran and Saudi Arabia are preparing for war. The attack in Egypt yesterday exemplifies how far this conflict has gotten out of control. ISIS has managed to get a foothold in the Sinai as well as other regions in the world. No doubt, Egypt will retaliate, as well they should, but it should not be discounted how far this conflict has come. The Taliban, ISIS, Hezbollah, Houtis, Hamas, and others are really only the tip of the iceberg. Centuries of Sunni-Shiite conflicts are now coming to bear and the use of force is being applied exponentially. War is here. War has been coming. For all parties involved, it will be a messy business. The West has been drawn in, hook, line, and sinker. Remember 9/11? Remember the Marine bombing in Lebanon? Remember Qaddafi? Remember Saddam Hussein? ...and the list goes on and on. Today, there is a new ruler in Saudi Arabia and he is not going by the old rules. After arresting one-third of his family he has taken over the Saudi government. Change is here. The winds are blowing in, blowing in from everywhere. Saudi Arabia may enter into a new alliance with Israel to thwart Iran's plan for a takeover. Who saw that coming? Unfortunately, the innocent continue to die, they usually do. This latest attack in Egypt is just a precursor for things to come. Stand by, be ready, ready your defense. It ain't over till its over. I wonder what the Pharaohs would say? That's the way I see it, today, November 25th, 2017.
Al Franken, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and now Charlie Rose, just to name a few, and don't forget Roy Moore, are now part of the sensationalism sweeping the country. Part of me, the biased part, does enjoy seeing the left eat their own. In fact, it appears there is a feast going on. All of these people are being tried in the public arena by allegations. Whether allegations are true or not, this is not a court of law, but the damage is the same, if not worse. I have always held the belief that the so called system is beyond corrupt and now it is proving that I am right. Hollywood, the media, and the political system have always, and I mean always, insulated itself with power and money. This is true today as it is in the past, and most likely, will continue into the future. Money begets power and power begets corruption and corruption has existed since they started putting it into the Bible. Corruption is old and pervasive and is unlikely to disappear tomorrow. Our media system is no longer limited to print and T.V. Social media, radio, and the internet have changed the game. Everyone, anyone, all of us are finding out that we are accountable. Chaos reigns. And, in my opinion, that is a good thing. Maybe the divisive nature of politics, Democrats vs. Republican, will come together as the public throws all the bad into the sexual pit of accusations. At least, here, they can find a consensus, finally. We will see. Keep in mind, both sides are guilty. Cell phones, police cameras, and surveillance cameras are all starting to bear reality. It is hard to ignore the truth when you see it live on networks. The downfall of Charlie Rose is a mile marker. This one will hurt and have long term ramifications which will be hard to predict. I have always enjoyed his shows, even though he was a little too left for me. Unfortunately, history will decide. Like Bill Clinton, Lance Armstrong, Tiger Woods, falling from grace and hero status hurts, it hurts them and hurts us, all of us. What lessons can we learn from all of this? Putting all of our faith into people will always prove precarious. People are fallible, hero status usually can not be maintained, eventually, they will fall. The fall of Charlie Rose, well not similar to that of Lance Armstrong, will again have a massive impact on society. In the end, morality prevails. Hopefully, we will all learn once again that vigilance is an ever present element of a democratic republic. While we all are flabbergasted at the crimes coming out into the public, surely we are not surprised. The end result, hopefully, will be a society that is more conscientious and accountable. That's a good thing. That's the way I see it, today, November 21st, 2018.
My heart is heavy, again. Sutherland Springs, Texas, 26 dead, 20 plus wounded, shot while going to church. I don't have any answers. I don't have any solutions. I only have questions...
Do as many people go to church today as they did in 1920? Does raising our children without two parents (40 of families only have one parent) have anything to do with disrupting our culture? Could a massive unemployment rate of 92 million people out of work cause problems in our society? Does the constant bickering in the Federal Government make you happy or sad? How about the media lies, biased reporting, and constant drumbeat of nonsensical bullshit, does that bother you? Does the corruption of the political parties ever make you wonder if your living in Alice in Wonderland? How about over two decades of constant war...does that get your dander up? Does reading about dead Americans in San Diego, NYC, Orlando, Texas and Las Vegas bother you, does it keep you up at night? Does letting terrorists, drug cartels, and just plain criminals into our country every day have anything with why we have so much crime in the USA? Does misguided Black Live Matters, ANTIFA gangs, white supremacists, 99 and 3 per-centers ever get to you? Do you feel safe sending your kids to public school? How about the Hollywood rapists and pedophiles, do they get your attention? Do you believe that a socialist government is the solution to all your problems? Should "big brother" take care of you all the time? Are you happy living in your parents basement? Do you like being called a "snowflake?" Are you a happy millennial with over a hundred thousand dollars of college debt and no job? Do you believe that this shit can get worse? Is there a civil war coming to a neighborhood near you? (Oh, if you live in Chicago, Detroit, DC its already there.) Do you think if we took every single gun off the street people would stop killing each other? Is the American culture fucked up? How come other countries with shit-loads of guns don't kill each other? How about killing people with trucks and knives, do you like that?
What has happened to America? Where are the dreams? Why are we killing each other? Just who is the enemy, your next door neighbor? What gives? Questions, questions, questions. If we don't start asking them and finding solutions this crap is going to get worse, much worse, before it gets better. That's the way I see it, today, November 5th, 2017.
Whether you "like" President Trump or not is irrelevant. Donald Trump is your President. All the hatred in the world, dis-information from the media, political rhetoric from both parties, and "feelings" of negativity will not change this fact. After hearing about the "hating on Trump" yesterday from the Bush family one inescapable fact is apparent. The Bush family and political dynasty mirrors that of the Obama's. What both parties fail to understand is the following. President Donald Trump broke up the Democratic/Republican establishments and set a new precedent in modern elections. Breaking from party tradition, Trump told the electorate that he will represent them, not the party. Too this day the Republican Party is so furious they can't see straight. Hey, for over eight years you did not hear a peep out of the Bush dynasty. Now, a year into Trump's presidency they are coming out swinging. Here's why. The Republican party can't control or manage even their own party. They know it and are desperately trying take it back. All the effort in the world can't produce a "take back." The American electorate is now keen to "party tactics" and demands the truth, they also demand accountability. A good example of Republican Party failure is the failure to repeal Obamacare. Even with a majority, they squabbled among themselves, refused to represent the people, and produced NOTHING. Pitiful. What is apparent is that President Donald Trump is a disruptor, plain and simple. As with all disruptors, change is the basic format, change followed with unparalleled success. President Donald Trump was successful, he won the election. Now, for my Democratic friends, the basic format of your party, lies and hatred, has to change. The people of the United States now demand that you actually put forth a "platform" for your party. If they fail to do this the Democratic Party will not recover from its historic losses last November. The "rigging" of the Democratic Party in favor of Hillary Clinton has now disillusioned many Democratic voters who most likely will not return to the polls in the next election. The corruption of the Clinton dynasty may not be able to survive the court system. Here is my take on the entire political process. America is changing. Our political system is being re-defined. We may, hopefully, see the emergence of a multi-party system, which in my opinion is long overdue. Keep in mind, the success of the American political system is chaos, the more chaos, the more success. Sounds counter-intuitive, its not. Since 1776 this has been our tradition, democracy is messy, always has been, always will be. I would love to see the emergence of a viable and strong third party if not more. America needs to move forward, needs to change, needs to embrace the future and needs to set new goals. Let's move forward and "Make America Great Again!" That's the way I see it, today, November 11th, 2017.
"The purpose of my writing is twofold. First, to get things out of my head. Second, to show it to you."
Daniel D Scroggin
A freelance writer, flight instructor, and world traveler. Sharing his ideas, opinions, and adventures for your consumption.