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Suspect in revenge killing of Palestinian teen hunted victim, prosecutors say

Suspect in revenge killing of Palestinian teen hunted victim, prosecutors say | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Man charged with killing Arab teen went on "hunting expedition"
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These scum deserve no mercy. Young? Insane? They are the dregs with neither the capacity for justice towards others nor empathy. Perhaps they could be sent to Guantanamo. Now, that might be a reasonable use for that cancer.

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The Trump story media dare not utter: They sacrificed democracy for ratings

The Trump story media dare not utter: They sacrificed democracy for ratings | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Democracy can't survive when media have a sole commitment to profit with little consideration for the public good
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This piece is worth reading if only to get us all thinking about the role of the press in politics. I'm not sure how much the free mentions in the media affect things, but then I don't watch television or listen to much radio, so how would I know. Do you think that the any free mentions of Trump and the few mentions of Clinton and earlier of Sanders had a major effect on what happened this last election cycle? Is the press becoming so concentrated and uninterested in fair coverage as to endanger our democratic system? 
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The Most Dangerous Jobs in 2015

The Most Dangerous Jobs in 2015 | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The most dangerous jobs in the U.S. belong to lumber workers, fishers and pilots according to updated data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Interestingly, while refuse collectors have high risk jobs, police are lower on the list and firefighters don't make the top group at all. Maybe it's time to rethink what creates risk and how to protect workers in all professions. 
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Search For Missing 5-Year-Old Leads To Body In Family's Restaurant

Search For Missing 5-Year-Old Leads To Body In Family's Restaurant | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The girl's parents, who reported her missing Monday, now face charges over her death.
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In the midst of all the international and national news that so often makes us despair, it is often too easy to forget that the world is made up of people, of families in which there is also way too often much sorrow and pain. That a little girls is beaten to death by her mother, that the father tries to hide the realities: humanity cab be so ugly. 
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Donald Trump slams “overrated” Meryl Streep after her epic Golden Globes speech

Donald Trump slams “overrated” Meryl Streep after her epic Golden Globes speech | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The president-elect is using his Twitter account to address a major priority — responding to Meryl Streep
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I thought Meryl Streep out of line for using the Golden Globes for a political agenda when that topic was already well known to the public, but (IMO) for Mr. Trump to feel the need to respond is simply pathetic. My advice to him: Get over yourself and get on with providing leadership.
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GOP Congressman removes painting from U.S. Capitol with pig in police uniform

GOP Congressman removes painting from U.S. Capitol with pig in police uniform | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In this Jan. 5, 2017, photo, a painting by David Pulphus hangs in a hallway displaying paintings by high school students selected by their member of congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. AP PHOTO/ZACH GIBSON
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I don't necessarily like the painting, which I find overly busy and too political and topical to be good art for the long haul, but I strongly oppose censoring the art of others. Art helps us to grow and adds to our understanding of the world. Worse, this one man arrogated the right to decide what is and is not free expression in our capitol. Is this what we as a people want, censorship? Not this Broody New Englander. 
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Alleged Fort Lauderdale shooter heard voices telling him to join ISIS

Alleged Fort Lauderdale shooter heard voices telling him to join ISIS | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The horrible intersection of inadequate mental health care, the American gun culture, and the climate of terror that is taking over our world. 
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Here we see the horrible intersection of inadequate mental health care, the American gun culture, and the climate of terror that is taking over our world. Which is the biggest failure in this story, the failure of the FBI to keep track after this guy even came to tell him that he was contemplating terror, the mental health professionals who didn't see that he was so dangerous, the gun laws that didn't allow the FBI and mental health professionals to make sure he wasn't armed, the military first for not catching his mental health issues and then for not recognizing that he had been deteriorating over time and would need serious supervisory mental health care, the lack of such longterm and supervised mental health care in America so he could so easily go off his medications even if he was a danger. When will we get it that some people need more support and supervision and less freedom than others. There aren't that many people who require that kind of support, but we do need to make sure those who need it get it. And, of course, we have to recognize the potential of military service to produce or exacerbate mental health issues. 

In the end, the people who died, lost loved ones, or were harmed are the victims not just of this one crazy man but of the failure of the entire system, especially the military. And all they wanted was to take a trip to sunny Florida. How horrible. 
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Lawmakers in 6 More States Are Pursuing ‘Bathroom Bills'

Lawmakers in 6 More States Are Pursuing ‘Bathroom Bills' | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The battle of the bathrooms is about to resume. Lawmakers in at least six states have already filed bathroom-related bills
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What are people so afraid of? What is America's preoccupation about hiding genetalia about? Are we going to insist on fig leaves for the animals at the zoo? How about on our pets? Actually, do most of us even care about this? I feel like this is a ginned-up issue to get people on the right to think they are having an effect when in fact the important issues of morality, justice, and governance can be manipulated unnoticed. What do you think?
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Sheltering in place: For students in Donald Trump-loving coal country, “school choice” isn’t a solution

Sheltering in place: For students in Donald Trump-loving coal country, “school choice” isn’t a solution | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The only high school in Martin County, KY, is condemned. 45% of its minors live in poverty. How will Trump help?
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I've written often of my understanding of why Trump won. This essay by a teacher in Kentucky captures from her experience the same sense of frustration and of feeling ignored that I have tried to present, the same sense that the security of life—no matter how thin it may have been—has been lost. Like rioters angry at the system end destroying their own neighborhoods, the people of coal country have voted to further befoul their lives in the vain hope that somehow things will change. As I read this essay, it brought tears to my eyes. As for this teacher and those like her trying desperately to help and for the students she writes of, gathered in the tight knit sense of group and desperation, to them I can only send my prayers and hopes. 
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Israeli PM summons US ambassador amid UN vote row - BBC News

Israeli PM summons US ambassador amid UN vote row - BBC News | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Israel's prime minister summons the US ambassador amid a growing row over a UN vote on settlements.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Did the Obama administration in fact draft the resolution? That's an interesting charge from Netanyahu. Personally, I think the resolution was spot on and think it time for the US to push Israel towards a real peace with the Palestinians (And to help the Palestinian state to develop so it can be a real government.) I would remind Israel that your best friends are not those who go along with you but those who push you towards doing what is just and what will end in a good result. I only wish Mr. Obama had done this earlier, when he still had time to push on Israel. Of course, if Mr. Trump comes up with a solution that will give Israel both the land it wants to grab and the security is needs to feel, then there will be a major realignment of the Jewish vote in America. Meanwhile, I want to see a just situation given the realities of both history and current conditions. 
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Tibetans in anguish as Chinese mines pollute their sacred grasslands

Tibetans in anguish as Chinese mines pollute their sacred grasslands | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Beijing’s thirst for mineral resources is causing unrest in Tibet.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Paradoxically, mankind advances most when we use the minerals and organic matter found deep in the earth. The bronze age. The iron age. The age of steel. The age of petroleum. Even now, in the modern electronic age we need minerals, indeed many of these are very rare and found only where the earth has pushed up from the core towards the surface, places, for instance, like the Tibetan plains. The problem is that bringing those materials to the surface for human consumption endangers the people involved. Consider what uranium has done to the Navajo. Consider the blackened lungs of miners. Consider this sad story from Tibet. Were I the leader of an underdeveloped nation that might have such hidden resources, I would surely want to keep the greedy great powers at bay. China, the US, and in the near future India and Iran all hungry for more. Beware! 
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Islamic State warning to Erdogan shows soldiers burned alive - The Boston Globe

Islamic State warning to Erdogan shows soldiers burned alive - The Boston Globe | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Islamic State released a video showing two Turkish soldiers chained and then burned to death by Turkish-speaking jihadists, prompting Turkey’s government to block Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.
The video was released by news websites close to the Islamic State, and the two victims identify themselves as Turkish soldiers taken hostage.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
In this new age of asymmetrical warfare, by what rules should nations play? As ISIS (ISIL) sinks into barbarism, should governments such as Turkey head in the same direction? When the outlaw drives trucks into marketplaces filled with innocent shoppers, should the European (and American) militaries stop considering collateral damage and just go for the kill? Increasingly, this has become a question that gnaws at me. Philosophically, I cannot give up the notion that we should nay, must—strive for the highest spirit of mankind. But, in my gut I want to burn the fuckers, to wipe them off the face of the earth. In the end, that is the worst part of terror, that it brings out the terrorist in us all. Perhaps even worse, it makes us want to hole-up in fortresses, like the fortress America that Mr. Trump espouses. In the end, we become no better than animals defending our territories and fighting one another to the death. 

That terrorism is most typically justified in the name of some god or some principle of social justice doesn't make it any the better. In the end, the person who hurls the bomb into the crowd is trying to bring out the worst of us all. Every government should join together in fighting terror even that which serves their own ends because in the end, it is all humanity that suffers from such asymmetrical aggression. 

With that, I wish us all in this time of religious renewal to remember that mankind can reach for the heavens or dig our way into the pit. That choice is up to us all. 
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Dance or else: Rockettes pressured to perform at Trump's inauguration, but some don't want to

Dance or else: Rockettes pressured to perform at Trump's inauguration, but some don't want to | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The union that represents the Radio City Music Hall dance troupe reportedly told the group that any talk of a boycott of the event is "invalid."
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What could be more emblematic of this incoming administration than "forcing a group of women to do something with their bodies against their will?"
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Jewish Family Flees County After Fox News, Breitbart Falsely Blame It for Cancellation of Christmas Play

Jewish Family Flees County After Fox News, Breitbart Falsely Blame It for Cancellation of Christmas Play | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A Jewish family whose child attends an elementary school in Lancaster, Pennsylvania has fled the county out of fear for its safety following false rep
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Once again the lies and hatred that is Breitbart hammers a wedge into a community. What sickness lurks in the heart of America? Breitbart knows. 
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Northeast US temperatures are decades ahead of global average

Northeast US temperatures are decades ahead of global average | Upsetment | Scoop.it
"the fastest warming region in the contiguous U.S. is the Northeast, which is projected to warm by 3 degrees C when global warming reaches 2 degrees C."
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This climate change news from Science Daily is enough to depress even this  Broody New Englander. Meanwhile, enjoy the book and share the love, life, and darkness. https://www.amazon.com/Broody-New-Englander-Kenneth-Weene-ebook/dp/B00QCUYK12/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 
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Did Netanyahu plot with his enemy?

Did Netanyahu plot with his enemy? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit might soon be confronted with a decision whether or not to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for receiving favors and benefits, including from the latter's arch-nemesis Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon Mozes.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Way too many Americans buy into the image of Netanyahu as a great leader standing up to the villains of the Middle East and the appeasement oriented American POTUS. However, some of us long ago figured it out that the man is corrupt and more interested in his own political future than the wellbeing of Israel. Time for American Jews to see Israel more realistically. 
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Who's fighting whom in Iraq's Sinjar?

Who's fighting whom in Iraq's Sinjar? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
After KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani warned that the KRG may resort to force to expel the Kurdistan Workers Party from Sinjar, tensions rose in the region.
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In the madness that is the Middle East, Kurds fight Kurds to take over an area that is majority Yazidis. Saddam was right, by taking him down the US created a mess that will haunt us all for years. But try to tell that to the simple-minded of Washington. 
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Public Hanging Reenactment of Native Man Sparks Outrage - Indian Country Media Network

Public Hanging Reenactment of Native Man Sparks Outrage - Indian Country Media Network | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Westmoreland County Historical Society reenacts public hanging of Mamachtaga, a Native American Delaware man convicted of murder in 1785.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
What do you think? Should we reenact the evil parts of history complete with its hatred in order to better understand what happened and how we should behave in the future? For example, don't we honor Schindler's List? On the other hand, if presented as a YouTube and out of context, are we presenting history or simply playing to and inflaming passions? Interestingly, when the question of race was raised, the discussion was in terms of a Black person instead of a Native American, but what if the hanged actor had been a white person, would the justifications have been the same? For my part, I honestly couldn't bring myself to watch this video, which I think was shot by somebody in the crowd. If you want to watch it, the link is in the article. I won't even paste it here. 
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The crack in this Antarctic ice shelf just grew by 11 miles. A dramatic break could be imminent.

The crack in this Antarctic ice shelf just grew by 11 miles. A dramatic break could be imminent. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A growing rift is setting the ice shelf up for an imminent loss of nearly 2,000 square miles of ice, scientists say.
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This single event should raise the level of the seas about two inches. That won't matter much to those of us who live in Arizona or even most people who live in places like New York or Miami, but in island nations in the Pacific and Venice this is a real threat. Of course, for a while, this will cool the warming seas and people can make believe that this giant cocktail world in which we live isn't getting warmer, but reality is that our climate is warming and that is going to dramatically alter the quality of life on Earth. 
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Israeli-Made Active-Protection Hard-Kill System to Be Purchased by Swedish Defense Contractor, Dutch Army

Israeli-Made Active-Protection Hard-Kill System to Be Purchased by Swedish Defense Contractor, Dutch Army | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A Swedish defense contractor and the Royal Netherlands Army have both ordered an Israeli-made active-protection system (APS) for armore
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Could Israeli membership in NATO and the EU make it possible for Israel to in turn actually work towards a two state solution with an economic union with the resulting Palestinian state that could change the tension in the Middle East? Clearly, Europe has an ambivalent attitude towards Israel and a real appreciation of what Israel has to offer both in science and in other products. And Israel wants the security of more than American support. Does the Jewish state want that security enough to leave its intransigence behind and move forward towards a new day? 
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WSJ: Trump Set To Restructure Intel Agencies, Which He Thinks Are Biased

WSJ: Trump Set To Restructure Intel Agencies, Which He Thinks Are Biased | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Donald Trump and his transition team are working on a plan to revamp and reduce the size of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the CIA because the President-elect believes that the U.S. intelligence community is biased against him and has tried to undermine his election, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday evening.

Trump's national security adviser, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, and his nominee to lead the CIA, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) also believe that the DNI and CIA are biased, and the two are helping devise the plan to restructure the agencies, according to the Journal.

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I figure this is going to get me some enemies, but I think Mr. Trump is right to question the goals and efficiency of the espionage (intel) community. While I know they love America, they seem to me to have distorted views of the world. Instead of changing with the times and encouraging us to grow new relationships, they are stuck in the mindset of the late 1940s and 1950s, a mindset in which Russian communism was the bugbear and the Kremlin's domination of the world was the great horror. While I'm not an apologist for the Kremlin or a Commie, I do know that the world wasn't that simple then and still isn't. 

For example, consider Asia. I know that Mao didn't steal mainland China from democracy with the help of Russia. Chaing lost it because his administration was totally corrupt and unconcerned in the face of the human suffering. In Vietnam, the same thing. The Buddhist people of the south didn't want to be taken over by Ho's communist regime, but they preferred it to the repressive and self-serving government in Saigon. Certainly the madness that took over Cambodia after the US forces did their dirty-work was done in the name of Communism, but the people who carried it out were detested in Moscow. Meanwhile, by ignoring and even trying to sabotage Chinese Mainland interests, we lost whatever leverage we might have gained by working with Mao and his government to alleviate the suffering of their people and to bring them into the modern world. Even in Korea, while we were right to oppose aggression from the North, we ignored China's message to us—via India because we refused to have relations with Beijing—as to what they would and would not tolerate. Instead, the CIA encouraged Douglas McArthur in his ill-advised adventure to the Yalu. 

And that's just my brief with our "intelligence community" in Asia. So, Mr. Trump, I think you may be moving in the right direction here. 
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Downing Street criticises US comments on Israel - BBC News

Downing Street criticises US comments on Israel - BBC News | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Downing Street says the US secretary of state's comments on Israel's government are "not appropriate".
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Quite simply, it is time for the American alliance to come to terms with its own composition. For one thing, we can no longer make believe that Israel is the long-suffering good guy while it moves towards ever-greater repression of the Palestinians. And, at the midst of that problem is the role of Britain, the tightrope walker of diplomacy. Pakistan and India, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Sudan and South Sudan, Israel and Palestine, Nigeria, Uganda: the high-wires that the Empire left behind as it retreated are places where others die. If we could go back in history, perhaps those many problems could have been solved, but we live today. It is time to address them. Can there be a viable two-state solution? I don't know, but the alternatives are worse. 
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40 shot in Chicago over the weekend

40 shot in Chicago over the weekend | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The city has been in the national spotlight for increasing gun violence in recent years.
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Am I the only one fed up with this kind of mindless, senseless gang violence? Obviously, the gang warfare in Chicago is out of hand. It has passed from being about drugs and money to being about tribe and power. I have this awful thought that the best way to deal with the level of violence is not to use the courts but to allow these hoodlums to have their war, just not on the streets where innocent people can be hurt and where the city has to provide the cleanup and medical care. Perhaps, as they are caught, gang members could be taken to a isolated place, given weapons, and allowed to figure out what their fight will get them. I know, I'm supposed to be a liberal and to care about every living being, but I don't want to spend our wealth and wellbeing on those who have no interest in a better way of life. I'm a strong believer in providing rehabilitation in prisons, but gangs seldom allow that to happen because tribal loyalty becomes the prime directive.  

I'm sure we can find a suitable uninhabited island in the Pacific. Set them down with some food and lots of weapons and come back in thirty days to drop off the next crew. I figure in thirty days a bunch of idiots can kill one another and maybe leave one or two survivors. I'd even tell them that when the fighting was all done whichever gang was left standing could get the drug trade in Chicago. Then, while they were killing one another, I'd legalize drugs. Seriously, which is worse, human vermin with guns or the drugs? 
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For women, heavy drinking has been normalized. That’s dangerous.

For women, heavy drinking has been normalized. That’s dangerous. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
And experts say alcohol companies target women with messages that promote heavy drinking.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
The other day I learned that a man with whom I had worked when he was a teen had died of epileptic seizures caused by extreme alcoholism. His death reminded me of how horrible alcohol can be. Sure I like an occasional glass of wine or even a margarita, but alcoholism is a scourge. The answer is not prohibition; we tried that and know it doesn't work. Nor is the answer to forbid advertising or limit showing alcohol in the media. Let's be real; people have to be responsible for themselves. However, it is reasonable for us to do everything we can as a society to educate people about alcohol (and other drugs). It is reasonable for us to work at better understanding the genetics and neurochemistry that lead to problems with drink and drugs and to help people learn about those biological vectors in their own bodies as well as ways of dealing with the behavior. What doesn't make sense is to recognize that there are problems in our society and then to ignore those problems because we might upset corporations or affect their profits. Sex, guns, alcohol, drugs—illegal and prescription: these are some of the topics that we need every person to understand and have the capacity to use (or refuse) intelligently. 
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The U.S. tried to change other countries’ governments 72 times during the Cold War

The U.S. tried to change other countries’ governments 72 times during the Cold War | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Here's what we can learn about Russian hacking in 2016 from past U.S. covert operations.
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Often people think I'm exaggerating when I talk about foreign affairs and America's efforts to overthrow other governments. They think it unreasonable that I point out, for example, that Iran has every reason to distrust us or that much of South America has been targeted by the CIA. So, here's a bit of backup for my position. This doesn't mean that Russian hacking of our recent election is okay. It does, however, mean that when you let the genie out of the box you don't really have the right to damn his presence in the world. 
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John McCain: We have a stake in Syria, yet we have done nothing

John McCain: We have a stake in Syria, yet we have done nothing | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Just because America cannot stop every horror does not absolve us of the responsibility of using our great power to end the worst injustices where we can.
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Mr. McCain is surprisingly eloquent in this absolutely wrong-headed piece. It isn't that I feel for the people of Aleppo or the people of Syria in general. I do. However, much of the suffering there has been generated by American involvement. If early on we had recognized that Russia, Iran, and Turkey—but especially Russia—had legitimate power interests in Syria and looked to them to settle the uprising and revolution that was coming, far fewer people would have suffered and far fewer would have been displaced. 

Sadly, the Cold War mentality in Washington has precluded a new cooperative instead of confrontational—approach in dealing with Russia (and other "opponents" like Iran). Hopefully, Mr. Trump will at least get us out of the High Noon sheriff mindset that has plagued us. If he does, that will be a great change. If he only gets us into bed with Russia and exacerbates competition with China and possibly Iran, India, Turkey, and other major players, then that will be horrible. 
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