Trump Assassinates High Iran Government Official—Has Archduke Ferdinand Feel

Last night as the news was being flashed around the world that Donald Trump had authorized the assassination of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani in Baghdad a thought came to me from the election campaign of 2016.  At the time 50 national security officials wrote and signed what they knew to be a source of great concern.  

Most fundamentally, Mr. Trump lacks the character, values, and experience to be President. He weakens U.S. moral authority as the leader of the free world. He appears to lack basic knowledge about and belief in the U.S. Constitution, U.S. laws, and U.S. institutions, including religious tolerance, freedom of the press, and an independent judiciary.

In addition, Mr. Trump has demonstrated repeatedly that he has little understanding of America’s vital national interests, its complex diplomatic challenges, its indispensable alliances, and the democratic values on which U.S. foreign policy must be based. At the same time, he persistently compliments our adversaries and threatens our allies and friends. Unlike previous Presidents who had limited experience in foreign affairs, Mr. Trump has shown no interest in educating himself.

I knew they were correct years ago.  Their insight and awareness are all the more confirmed today as we consider the staggering action Trump took against a top part of the Iranian government.  This action is as pivotal and consequential as what happened on 9/11.  This assassination will be remembered by the events which will follow.

Just last night at a gathering to celebrate two birthdays I heard a member of a Califonia symphony express fear that Trump would eventually take an uneducated action that would land our nation and the world into a hot crisis.  I would argue that what has now transpired demonstrates how far out of his depth Trump truly is, and how unprepared he is to deal with the real world.  He is more than an imposter in the White.  He is an unhinged and most dangerous person needing to be brought under control.

Couple this assassination with his antagonism of our allies, the purging of our intelligence services and military leadership, intimidating independent thinkers and punishing expertise and it is clear to see why this is the direst place which this nation now finds itself since Trump took office.

Is it any reason this blog will not use the term president in the same sentence with his name.

I have argued since Trump undermined the nuclear treaty with Iran that our mission seems to be all about applying power against Iran without any actual policy outline or goal associated with our actions.  In so many areas of international policy, the lack of any formulated policy or constructive set of steps to be attained is missing from the Trump White House.  This was demonstrated most clearly when a push for a meeting with the leader of North Korea took place without the very needed framework which any such high profile meeting should have first had established.

Why I find this so troubling is that this killing was not retaliation for any particular wrong on Iran’s part but an act of war against the Iranian government.  This blood-letting has the feel of the same senselessness and lack of reasoning that took place when Archduke Franz Ferdinand was shot and killed.   Any action taken, even of a far less degree than the killing of a top government official, would require our government to consider a series of possible related consequences that would then precipitate other counter-actions from us.  Mature minds in government clearly did not wish for this action to occur.

There is no way this murder can lead to anything other than the stationing of more American military personnel in the Middle East, and more loss to this nation in blood and treasure.  For the region that has seen too much conflict, there is nothing that can be seen but far more grim headlines.

For the Trump voters who are beating their chests and slugging back cheap beer let it be said they had never heard of Suleimani before Fox News told them he was dead.  And that, too, is part of the reason our nation is in such a dire place.  We have allowed the shallow end of the DNA stream to have control and now we are feeling the further results of their votes.

And so it goes.

Canopy Nightclub, Cacophony Gearing Up For Williamson Street Neighborhood

When it comes to 924 Willaimson Street there are not many fond memories for the residents of the neighborhood unless they recall back prior to the arrival of Plan B, a gay bar where music blared too loud, and drunken crowds roamed the streets.  What was not to love?

Many residents recall with fondness the camera store that had been a business anchor on the block.  But then a change started to come to that portion of Willaimson Street.  For some of the ‘bright lights’ among the business crowd, it seemed easier to make bucks selling drinks than creating ideas about how various small shops could be assembled to add to the residential aspect of the neighborhood.

Let us be honest. Plan B was a public nuisance.  For the families in the area with kids in bed early at night, and parents needing to be alert come the start of another day, the nightclub was clearly a very bad decision made by the local neighborhood association along with the city.   After a number of years the drinkers and dancers tired of their playground, and the establishment underwent a name change.  Nothing, however, could salvage their business plan and the place closed.

Needless to say, the locals who are homeowners or renters were pleased.  The sad men who use Grindr, not so much.

Recently the neighborhood learned that a new business team, wishing to cram 375 drinkers into their nightclub, is filling out the paperwork and pressing the flesh with movers and shakers in the right offices and social circles. They seem intent on opening Canopy Nightclub within weeks.  Barring the process of a conditional use permit, which can slow any proposal down severely, noise and parking problems are soon to again be a part of this neighborhood.

In 2008 Madison Alderwoman Marsha Rummel wrote the following to the Plan Commission.

I support the application with conditions -some from the meeting held on Monday- and others from talking with staff, immediate neighbors, and MNA Board members. I think the applicants will create an instant hit with their vision and I think it could be an exciting addition to the neighborhood.

She then added this truth.

But there is a significant minority who are opposed to the proposal because of concerns about impacts on the quality of life. Most think the capacity is too large and some are alarmed by recent incidents of alcohol/bar related violence downtown. The calls and emails I’ve received since Monday have been largely opposed.

All are now aware, as should be the alder, that placing a nightclub into a residential neighborhood is like slapping a medium-rare steak onto the plate of a vegetarian.  Nothing good can follow. 

Former Marquette Neighborhood Association President Lynn Lee, living a block away from the booming bass music emitted from the club, even went so far as to paint canvasses of art to sell at a local festival so to raise money to ensure Plan B remodeled their roof.  At the time I still respected Lee and bought a print for $200.00.  But no one in the area should have to hawk his or her wares just to get a good night’s sleep!

The owner of the property, but not the proposed new business owners, is Chuck Chvala, the former state senator who was convicted in the state Capitol caucus scandal.

Your voice is needed if you feel that bar crowds and children sleeping at night do not mix.  You should express yourself if you feel, as a renter, you should have a parking place at the end of your day as opposed to it being taken by a vehicle for a nightclub drinking spree.  You should alert city officials if you feel, as a taxpayer, that your need to sleep peacefully should not be hindered from car noises and rowdy folks who are tanked.

Here is some information that will lead you in the directions that will be most meaningful when you reach out to raise your objections.  Thanks.

Upcoming Canopy Nightclub Review Meetings

Meeting by the new owners of the proposed bar, Canopy.

Wed, Jan 8, Time? Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center

MNA P&D Meeting

Tues, Jan 14, 5:30 pm. Wil-Mar

To sign up for the agenda and announcements, write: Jack Kear <jackkear@hotmail.com>,

ALRC  Alcohol License Review Committee

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 at 5:30 pm.

City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Room 201

https://www.cityofmadison.com/clerk/meeting-schedule/alcohol-license-review-committee-58

Marquette Neighborhood Association Board Meeting

Mon, Jan 20, 7pm. Wil-Mar

https://marquette-neighborhood.org/

Plan Commission (?)

Agendas and minutes: https://www.cityofmadison.com/dpced/planning/plan-commission/1577/