Al316-3x Märklin Marklin H0 Ac 5100 Pezzo Pista Binari Curvo (M PISTA)

It’s always the oil. While President Trump was hobnobbing with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the G-20 summit in Japan, brushing off a 10mm early medieval anglo-norman army 32 bases (6258) metal painted about the prince’s role in the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Asia and the Middle East, pleading with foreign leaders to support “Sentinel.” The aim of that administration plan: to protect shipping in the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf. Both Trump and Pompeo insisted that their efforts were driven by concern over Iranian misbehavior in the region and the need to ensure the safety of maritime commerce. Neither, however, mentioned one inconvenient three-letter word — O-I-L — that lay behind their Iranian maneuvering (as it has impelled every other American incursion in the Middle East since World War II).

Now, it’s true that the United States no longer relies on imported petroleum for a large share of its energy needs. Thanks to the fracking revolution, the country now gets the bulk of its oil — BT758-1 Roco H0 Empty Box for 63361 Steam Locomotive Steam Locomotive,Very — from domestic sources. (In 2008, that share had been closer to 35%.)  Key allies in NATO and rivals like China, however, continue to depend on Middle Eastern oil for a significant proportion of their energy needs. As it happens, the world economy — of which the U.S. is the leading beneficiary (despite President Trump’s self-destructive trade wars) — relies on an uninterrupted flow of oil from the Persian Gulf to keep energy prices low. By continuing to serve as the principal overseer of that flow, Washington enjoys striking geopolitical advantages that its foreign policy elites would no more abandon than they would their country’s nuclear supremacy.

Marklin Ho 4440-2007702 Db- Transnet Du Bist Mehr Filtro Wert Cisterna -

Emporio Armani Chronograph Stainless Steel Brown Mens Watch AR11169

Headlined “U.S. Seeks Other Ways to Stop Iran Shy of War,” the article was Brawa 42618 Rangierlok V15 DR Epoche III Gleichstrom DC H0 NEU & OVP on page A9 of a recent New York Times. Still, it caught my attention. Here’s the first paragraph:

“American intelligence and military officers are working on additional clandestine plans to counter Iranian aggression in the Persian Gulf, pushed by the White House to develop new options that could help deter Tehran without escalating tensions into a full-out conventional war, according to current and former officials.”

Note that “Iranian aggression.” The rest of the piece, fairly typical of the tone of American media coverage of the ongoing Iran crisis, included sentences like this: “The C.I.A. has longstanding secret plans for responding to Iranian provocations.” I’m sure I’ve read such things hundreds of times without ever really stopping to think much about them, but this time I did. And what struck me was this: is the moment in such mainstream news reports when Americans are the “provocative” ones (though the Iranians immediately accused the U.S. military of , a provocation, when it came to the U.S. drone its Revolutionary Guard recently shot down 3D Metal Puzzle DIY Roaring Lion Model Laser Cut Assembly Jigsaw Toys Gift H1 over Iranian air space or the Strait of Hormuz). When it comes to Washington’s never-ending war on terror, I think I can say with reasonable confidence that, in the past, the present, and the future, the one phrase you’re not likely to find in such media coverage will be “American aggression.”

Wrebbit Puzz 3D Puzzle Foam - Built Art Enchanted Carousel - NEW- Collectible

Caddx Ratel 1 1.8'' Starlight HDR OSD 1200TVL NTSC16 9 4 3 Switchable 1.66mm wtgxxz7255-New toy

BM98-1x Märklin H0 AC Speisewagen etc DB TEN WLABsm + Wrümh 132 + Düms 902

TRIPOLI, Libya — Sometimes war sounds like the harsh crack of gunfire and sometimes like the whisper of the wind. This early morning — in al-Yarmouk on the southern edge of Libya’s capital, Tripoli — it was a mix of both.

All around, shops were shuttered and homes emptied, except for those in the hands of the militiamen who make up the army of the Government of National Accord (GNA), the U.N.-backed, internationally recognized government of Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj. The war had slept in this morning and all was quiet until the rattle of a machine gun suddenly broke the calm.

A day earlier, I had spent hours on the roof of my hotel, listening to the basso profundo echo of artillery as dark torrents of smoke rose from explosions in this and several other outlying neighborhoods.  The GNA was doing battle with the self-styled Libyan National Army of warlord Khalifa Haftar, a U.S. citizen, former CIA asset, and longtime resident of Virginia, who was NEW WARHAMMER 40K TAU EMPIRE COALITION COMMAND FIGURES FANTASY GAMES GW-TAU-5625 by President Donald Trump in an April phone call. Watching the war from this perch brought me back to another time in my life when I wrote about war from a far greater distance — of both OOP Citadel Warhammer Bretonnian Questing Knight Paladin BNIB — a war I Bowser Canadian National CN Alco C630M Locomotive Sound & DCC NIB + decades after the fact, the one that Americans still call “Vietnam” but the Vietnamese know as “.”

Caddx Ratel 1 1.8'' Starlight HDR OSD 1200TVL NTSC16 9 4 3 Switchable 1.66mm wtgxxz7255-New toy

Hijax Junior Size Beginner Stilts For Active Kids (Made-In-America) Toys Games

Brand New Woodland Scenics HO Country Store Expansion Assembled TOTE1

How best to describe the recently completed allied commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of France? Two words come immediately to mind: heartfelt and poignant. The aged D-Day veterans gathering for what was probably the last time richly deserved every bit of praise bestowed on them. Yet one particular refrain that has become commonplace in this age of Donald Trump was absent from the proceedings. I’m referring to “fake news.” In a curious collaboration, Trump and the media, their normal relationship one of mutual loathing, combined forces to falsify the history of World War II. Allow me to explain.

In a stirring presentation, Donald Trump — amazingly — rose to the occasion and captured the spirit of the moment, one of gratitude, respect, even awe. Ever so briefly, the president sounded presidential. In place of his usual taunts and insults, he managed a fair imitation of Ronald Reagan’s legendary “Boys of Pointe Du Hoc” speech of 1984. “We are gathered here on Freedom’s Altar,” Trump began — not exactly his standard introductory gambit.

Flat Wagon Brakeman's Platform R 02 Prussian DB Ep III Fleischmann

Marklin 47050 HO Flat Car Set (3)

Don’t try to deny it! The political temperature of this country is rising fast. Call it Trump change or Trump warming, if you want, but grasp one thing: increasingly, you’re in a different land and, whatever happens to Donald Trump, the results down the line are likely to be ever less pretty. Trump change isn’t just an American phenomenon, it’s distinctly global. After all, from Vintage Set of 3 platforms,1 Loaded low Side Gondola,1Tank car All Diecast,HO,VG to ACME H0 45059 - SET 2 WAGONS Ibbes INTERFRIGO - FS Ep. IVa, the (I10) Märklin 37791 37790 Tgv SNCF Carcasa Nuevo Completo Top Repuesto to Hungary, Donald Trumps and their supporters keep getting elected or reelected and, Maletin de Policia Juguete Niño Completo Pistola Esposas Linterna walkie-talkie a recent CNN poll, a majority of Americans think Trump himself will win again in 2020 (though, at the moment, battleground-state polls look grim for him).

Still, whether or not he gets a second term in the White House, he only seems like the problem, partially because no president, no politician, no one in history has ever gotten such 24/7 media coverage of every twitch, tweet, bizarre statement, falsehood, or fantasy he expresses (or even the clothes he wears). Think of it this way: we’re in a moment in which the only thing the media can’t imagine saying about Donald Trump is: “You’re fired!” And believe me, that’s just one sign of a media — and a country — with a temperature that’s anything but 98.6.

Caddx Ratel 1 1.8'' Starlight HDR OSD 1200TVL NTSC16 9 4 3 Switchable 1.66mm wtgxxz7255-New toy

Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Happy Giddy Bowling Set With 6 Pins, Bowling Ball,

NEW WARLORD GAMES FARM ANIMALS SMALL GAME WAR COLLECTIBLE FIGURES 993010002

The recent White House decision to speed the deployment of an aircraft carrier battle group and other military assets to the Persian Gulf has led many in Washington and elsewhere to assume that the U.S. is gearing up for war with Iran. As in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, U.S. officials have cited suspect intelligence data to justify elaborate war preparations. On May 13th, acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan even presented top White House officials with plans to send as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East for possible future combat with Iran and its proxies. Later reports indicated that the Pentagon might be making plans to send even more soldiers than that. Hawks in the White House, led by National Security Advisor John Bolton, see a war aimed at eliminating Iran’s clerical leadership as a potentially big win for Washington. Many top officials in […]

CASTILLO de FALKENSTEIN - Básico - juego de rol 1ª ed. 1995 Martínez Roca 0
INDIPENDENTE DELLA redAIA SI CONNETTE - 1977 N. 153 A 164

RS1 VAN RICHTEN'S GUIDE TO THE LICH RAVENLOFT DUNGEONS & DRAGONS AD&D 2ND ED - 1

In this country, reactions to the Mueller report have been all-American beyond belief. Let’s face it, when it comes to election meddling, it’s been me, me, me, 24/7 here. Yes, in some fashion some set of Russians meddled in the last election campaign, whether it was, as Jared Kushner improbably Roco 44532 Personenwagen 1 - 3 Klasse DRG, “a couple of Facebook ads” or, as the Mueller report described it, “the Russian government interfer[ing]… in sweeping and systematic fashion.”

Dust Studi Dust 1 48 Allies USMC Bulldog - Babylon Pattern (Premium E Box MINT

Aeronica Champion 85 Balsa Model Aeroplane by Guillows. Delivery is Free

What is democracy? Since this deceptively simple question first came into my mind, I haven’t been able to shake it. We think we understand the word, but what are we really referring to when we talk about a system in which the people rule themselves?

The word democracy is all around us, invoked in almost every conceivable context: government, business, technology, education, and media. At the same time, its meaning, taken as self-evident, is rarely given much serious consideration. Though the headlines tell us democracy is in “crisis,” we don’t have a clear conception of what it is that is at risk. The significance of the democratic ideal, as well as its practical substance, is surprisingly elusive.

13x Well Painted Wargames Foundry 28mm Metal WW2 British Paratroopers-VI
Read More

Caddx Ratel 1 1.8'' Starlight HDR OSD 1200TVL NTSC16 9 4 3 Switchable 1.66mm wtgxxz7255-New toy

Puzzle Ensky Art Crystal Jigsaw Puzzle 1000-AC001 One Piece (1000 Pieces) MA

1000 piece jigsaw puzzle Gintama ° (50x75cm) Japan import

As Notre Dame burned, as the flames leapt from its roof of ancient timbers, many of us watched in grim horror. Hour after hour, on screen after screen, channel after channel, you could see that 850-year-old cathedral, a visiting spot for 13 million people annually, being gutted, its roof timbers flaring into the evening sky, its steeple collapsing in a ball of fire. It was dramatic and deeply disturbing — and, of course, unwilling to be left out of any headline-making event, President Trump promptly tweeted his advice to the French authorities: “Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!” No matter that water from such planes would probably have taken the cathedral’s towers down and endangered lives as well — “the equivalent,” according to a French fire chief, “of dropping three tons of concrete at 250 kilometers per hour [on] the ancient monument.” […]

2 Eurographics puzzles 1000 pcs The Grand Canal of Venice + Sunset over Venice
Read More
Shadows over Filmland - Trail of Cthulhu RPG (Ken Hite & Rob Laws, Pelgrane) New

25mm Age of Sigmar DPS painted Stormcast Eternals A Knight-Incantor AP5062

KTM O Gauge Scale 0-8-0 Indiana Harbor Belt R. R. '102'

In January 2015, I spent the longest, queasiest week of my life on a cruise ship filled with conspiracy theorists. As our boat rattled toward Mexico and back, I heard about every wild plot, secret plan, and dark cover-up imaginable. It was mostly fascinating, occasionally exasperating, and the cause of a headache that took months to fade. To my pleasant surprise, given that I was a reporter traveling among a group of deeply suspicious people, I was accused only once of working for the CIA.

The unshakable certainty that many of the conspiracy theorists possessed sometimes made me want to tear my hair out, how tightly they clung to the strangest and most far-fetched ideas. I was pretty sure they had lost their hold on reality as a result of being permanently and immovably on the fringes of American life. I felt bad for them and, to be honest, a little superior.