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The calm before the storm? What is it, how long will it last?

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The media is scrambling to try to find out what Trump really meant when he made this cryptic statement; "Maybe this is the calm before the storm." When asked to explain, he smiled and said, "You'll see."

What now? What does he mean by this ominous sounding remark?

Well, most likely the answer is that he means that a war with North Korea is getting close because he followed up with, "We have the world's great military in this room." That's in line with his recent tweet in which he hinted at military action against North Korea, saying, "Only one thing will work on the secretive communist state."

We never know what this highly reactionary and very volatile individual is going to do. That statement about a coming storm alarmed the members of the media and, no doubt, many millions of Americans. I guess we will find out if he was, once again, bluffing or if he is determined to launch a military attack that would be disastrous for the entire world.

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On the other hand, this comment could have been about Russiagate, the Mueller investigation into Russian meddling in our election process; and possible collusion between Russia, Putin and individuals in the Trump administration, or even Trump himself.

Watching as this investigative scenario plays out one thing stands out. Mr. Trump continues his verbal wars, fighting constantly with almost everyone around him, some of those in his cabinet, and various elements of the media.

But guess which country and leader are never, ever insulted, strongly admonished or subjected to any vicious verbal attack? If you guessed it is Russia and Putin then you are correct in that Trump never says anything derogatory about either.

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However, he knows full well that the U.S. and Russia are on opposite sides in the Syrian civil war and that, very recently, they engaged in highly dangerous military confrontations in Eastern Syria. Any other U.S. president would be condemning Russia and Putin, and demanding that they leave Syria.

But not this president who remains completely silent, not saying a peep about any relationship he might with Russia. This is very strange and may be an indication that he has been compromised in some way by Putin; that Putin has some kind of damning evidence that, if leaked out, would destroy Trump's presidency.

It may be that Trump believes that Mueller & Co. have unearthed clear evidence of collusion in which he is involved and he is signaling that he is going to fire Mueller and bring this entire investigation to an abrupt end. If he does Washington will be engulfed in a tremendous firestorm.

What else could this be? This calm may be the period before Trump is ready to initiate yet one more startling firing or forced resignations of someone in high authority in his administration. Now who might his latest target be? How about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who seems to be at odds with Trump on U.S. foreign policy and who, in a strategy meeting, supposedly called Trump a moron?

Then again Trump's mysterious statement could be nothing more than another diversionary tactic or playing mind games with the media. While the members of the media were tying themselves in knots, trying to figure out exactly what he meant by his cryptic statement, he was probably ecstatic at how he, once again, threw out some red meat and they immediately took the bait.

No one really knows what he meant and, quite possibly, we never will because he was doing what he does best; keeping everyone off balance trying to figure out his next moves. But think about this: it's possible that he may have, unwittingly, described a storm that is growing in strength and gathering momentum just off America's horizon, not yet visible to us; something that may happen, that he could not begin to imagine.

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What kind of storm? Well, as we have seen with the frightening hurricanes that have caused great destruction in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, meteorologists don't really know the exact path hurricanes will take, if and when they hit the mainland of some country. Sometimes they remain on the predicted path and hit populated areas or they suddenly veer in a different direction and go out to sea.

The storm that I'm describing in this analogy is the latent but massive power that the people of America possess, coupled with a great degree of growing anger, frustration and feelings of hopelessness. This could be called a "societal storm" by which Americans have finally arrived at a point where they have totally exhausted their patience and can take no more.

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Are we Americans currently in the calm before a storm? What lies ahead? Are we on the verge of a societal revolution that will return this government into one of, by and for the people? Will such a storm hit America or will it veer off and lose its massive power?

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"We have a Congress that never hesitates to appropriate funds for the military empire and then tries to find ways to slash or eliminate this country's critically important social programs."

Ever get the feeling that everything is bass ackwards in this world?

That's because it is! It's an ungodly, evil world.

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Don't like all the hurricane jokes here, there are other ways to make your point without exploiting others less fortunate after a real storm.


I kinda find this article a fancy for just yourself, with no real meaning other than to hear yourself speak. Maybe realize that news is a serious place, no place to goof off.

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So let me see if I can get this straight. I'm not supposed to mention the word hurricane because it reminds people of the disasters that took place in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands; and that is being highly insensitive on my part. Now maybe we should also tell the various meteorologists that I see on TV that are still talking about Harvey, Irma and the other hurricanes, that they should also cease and desist because this is in bad taste and reminds people of these disasters.

And now I probably should not go forward with my plans to write more articles about the proliferation of guns, the possession of high-powered assault-type rifles, the gun obsessed NRA, and the cowardly members of Congress who refuse to take strong actions to stop these mass shootings -- because it will remind people of the slaughtering of innocent Americans and how very violent this nation has become. That this is highly insensitive and in bad taste.

Well, I'm not joking, I'm not exploiting, not fancying anything, not goofing off. I'm trying to do some objective journalism about serious problems. And I will continue to do just. Now I've seen comments like this from you before and let me give you some advice. Read the article carefully, consider the main premise, and digest what the author is trying to convey. And don't just seize upon some element in the article that, in your opinion, is in bad taste.

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A serious article is about a guy who tweets? By the way, it is called news sensationalism, when you take a topic that affects others and amplify it for your own gain. That does not sound objective at all. Furthermore, how are ever going to learn anything if you don't listen to others. Just so you know, the word opinion is used primarily for things like "I think my team is going to win the Super Bowl next year", no way do you know this, it is just an opinion.


You will not be the first, or the last to write about gun control. But you would be the first if you wrote about people using a little control on how they solve their problems with their head and not their gun.


If you exploit people to make your news article more desirable to read, then I will be back here again. If you don't get the hint and learn from your mistakes then "your opinion" is all you have to offer us and so far it has been done with no taste. I can live through a hurricane, but I can not stand people like you.

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Sorry but I can't help you.

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Making an analogy between a political and a meteorological phenomenon is exploiting people? Ludicrous!

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Hey we don't need an internet troll contaminating this discussion. We have some good, constructive comments being made and all of a sudden you barge in and start getting nasty with others. You obviously need to go to some anger management school but it's not here and we can't help you.

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Presidents are not up to anything, so don't bother yourself working about what they are thinking. It is the people behind the president who set the agenda.Right now having a man with an IQ, and a heart the size of a peanut; well, this works for all of us. Both the people making the agenda, and the bottom feeders who enable this in hope something falls on the floor for them to pick up. I have never met a person who is not a coward. I have never met an honest person. Only once in awhile does a news story actually tell the news. Have not seen very many comments which dress the underlying causes of the problem at hand.


But I have seen selfishness, unwarranted egos, projection, bullying, scapegoating, liars, just about every trick in the book to prevent some kind of accountability, every imaginably excuse to prevent one from saying "hey, I am involved in this problem". So continuing to point fingers and acting like another is responsible for your mess ill likely turn out horrible articles written by that person. I guess that is the difference from me and you, I have experience to write about because I am honest about the experience.

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With Trump what he says tends to be a reflection of his inner state. So my guess at what he meant by the calm before the storm is that he is feeling a lot of pressure building up withing his mind and is close to going off in a fit of anger.

I doubt he knows what he means by his statement; as that is how his mind works (saying thoughts that just pop into his mind). He is not a thinker, a planner, a thoughtful person, he operates from a gut reaction and anything may set him off to say or tweet or act in whatever manner arises in his scattered brain. My guess is that he has no clue as to what he himself meant by those words he said; and the wait and see response is that he doesn't know yet what he might do.

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He is all of those things you mention and a whole lot more. It's becoming clear to more and more Americans, including Republicans, that he is mentally unstable. The general view of those psychiatrists that have spoken out is that he clearly possesses the characteristics of a sociopath, coupled with extreme narcissism. And that's the president of our country and the Commander-in-Chief of the most powerful military in the world. This is like a living nightmare.

I don't see how this can possibly go on much longer before something very shocking is going to happen. He can easily lose control and go over the top and be removed by the use of the 25th Amendment. Or if Mueller comes up with damning evidence of collusion or obstruction of justice or both, he will have to be impeached. Everything he does is of a destructive nature and causing great damage to this country and society. One way or the other this can't go on.

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If this is the calm, I shudder to imagine what the storm will look like.

Regarding N. Korea: I've mentioned once or twice a faint ray of hope for the situation to have a decent ending is the opportunity for Trump to become the US president who brings about an official end to the Korean Conflict ("most people don't know..."), possibly an enormous ego boost. But he is far more likely to try to bring that about by doing something stupid and impulsive than to broker a treaty.

Regarding Russia and Syria: it is perhaps one serendipitous speck of decency in this POSPOTUS, as Rob Kall calls him that he is not rattling his sabre and demanding they leave (what's needed is for all parties to leave). But, yes, the fact he isn't behaving toward Russia like every single predecessor for the last several decades does raise the suspicion of a Manchurian Candidate situation. But you and I are in the minority here. Most OEN writers and commenters believe the Russian meddling thing is a fairy tale, concocted by the DNC and the Deep State. I expect they'll be chiming in any moment now.

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Speaking of Russia and Syria: very few Americans are aware that Russia and the U.S. are rapidly nearing a massive military confrontation in Eastern Syria. In some area of that section of the country where there has been an understanding that Russia and the U.S. must not cross some established red line, just recently rebel terrorist groups with a connection to the U.S. military attacked and killed about 80 Syrian government troops.


Russia has warned the U.S. through its military ministry that if this happens again it will take swift and strong military actions to retaliate. And then lookout what may follow. Is Trump condemning Russia in any way relative to their threat or have we ever heard Trump ranting and raving about Russia's involvement in Syria and telling them to get out?

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I found a note I had clipped about the Russian warning in Eastern Syria; here it is but I can't recall the source:

Moscow has warned the US that if militias it supports in northeast Syria again attack positions of pro-government forces backed by Russia, the Russian military will use all its force to retaliate.

The troops of the Syrian Democratic Force (SDF), a predominantly Kurdish militia that receives support from the US military, have twice attacked positions of the Syrian Arab Army in the Deir ez-Zor governorate with mortar and rocket fire, according to the Russian Defense Ministry's spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov.

"Russia unequivocally told the commanders of US forces in Al Udeid Airbase (Qatar) that it will not tolerate any shelling from the areas where the SDF are stationed," Konashenkov said, adding that the attacks put at risk Russian military advisers embedded with Syrian government troops.

"Fire from positions in regions [controlled by the SDF] will be suppressed by all means necessary," he stressed.

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Michael, going by your posts, it seems you are under the impression that the U.S. has some God given right, to tell other nations how to run their countries.

Please correct me, if I've got it wrong.

Since when, is it up to the U.S. to tell the Russians, or anyone else, what to do, especially when it's the U.S. that is waging an undeclared war against the Syrian people's and supporting a proxy army that is committing horrendous crimes against humanity.

May I also point out to you, Russia has been INVITED by the Legal Government of Syria to assist them in their endevors of self defence against this proxy army supplied, trained and paid for by none other than the U.S. of A, and it's sycophant supports in the M.E. all clamoring to grab a few scraps after the dust up is completed.

May I also remind you, the U.S. is ALLEGEDLY a signatory to the U.N. and it's conventions which clearly and catagoricly state what it's signatory countries can and cannot do.

Would it therefore come as a surprise to you, that the U.S. is in breach of many of those conventions in the countries mentioned above, considering this FACT, please explain to us all, from where YOU feel, the U.S. has the right to tell other nations what to do, whilst it'self igoring those very same protocols ?

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Eddy: Let me tell you what I believe and stand for. In countless of my articles I have been a fierce, anti-war critic who has constantly railed against the uber-aggressive U.S."Government's" foreign policy, its bloated military empire, the illegal invasions and occupations, the interfering of other nation's internal affairs, and the agenda of intimidation and domination.

This "Government" has no business in Syria except to depose Assad, Russia was invited, we were not. I have said numerous times that it should get out of all Middle East countries unless invited. No, this government has no right to tell any country what to do.

I can fully understand why you might have the opinion you stated and it probably came from this statement of mine: "However, he knows full well that the U.S. and Russia are on opposite sides in the Syrian civil war and that, very recently, they engaged in highly dangerous military confrontations in Eastern Syria. Any other U.S. president would be condemning Russia and Putin, and demanding that they leave Syria."

Maybe I should have stated that a bit differently and in more detail. What I meant was that, if he or those around him were not in some way involved with Russian and Putin, if he were not compromised in some way, he would most certainly be demanding that Russia get out of Syria.

And when I say, "Any other U.S. president would be condemning Russia and Putin, and demanding that they leave Syria" I believe that it is a correct statement because confrontation of one sort or another with Russia has been a part of U.S. foreign policy for decades. Hope this makes what I said more clear.

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