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Geopolitical Tectonic Plates are Shifting

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With the world on fire in so many places, trying to write an overview can be a daunting task when a book-sized effort is really needed. But our commentaries here can help readers begin to connect the dots as to why this is all happening, what the downside risks are to us, and what options we have to try to approach it better.

I got the idea for the title from comments in General Mattis’ new book, No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy. He holds the position as the most respected person in the Trump administration so far.

“We all know that we’re better than our current politics… Unlike in the past, where we were unified and drew in allies…We are dividing into hostile tribes cheering against each other, fueled by emotion and a mutual disdain that jeopardizes our future, instead of rediscovering our common ground and finding solutions,” he said.

France’s Macron also contributed a major comment, that Russian isolation would be Europe’s “Profound Error.” I agree with both of these men, that we are heading into more dangerous waters and time is getting short for being able to make a mid-course correction.

Like the rumblings of miniquakes that seismologists tell us often precede “the big one”, I am feeling tremors below my feet now. The wars of course are at the top of the list, both those that are currently shooting events, and those in the US-Western incubator, ready to replace any that are ended somehow.

The Mideast is a tinder keg whose temperature can go from warn to hot in a day, but we are just one bad event away from a major shooting war there. Admiral Trump’s naval police force for the Persian Gulf is but a token of what he had wanted, with most European allies viewing it as nonsense to send ships there, making it more dangerous.

We have Israel making preemptive attacks on Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon in just one week, and of course all for “defensive purposes”. This is something that only Israel can do. If it is tried “on” Israel, then someone gets nuked.

Lebanon has managed to keep its head down during all the Syrian mayhem, having its hands full with Palestinian refugees and a diverse coalition government, which is a monster to control in itself. We recently came close to a war there after the Israeli drone strike on the Hezbollah media office in Beirut killing two Hezbollah people.

Then we waited for Hezbollah’s retaliatory strike that we knew would come. Veterans Today’s analysis of the footage of the double missile strike showed the large diesel tank in the MRAP vehicle going up in a 50-foot diameter fireball which would certainly have caused serious injuries.

The IDF put out a cover story of minor damage, which few believed.........

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