Monday, September 19, 2016


Hard choice:
Act or hesitate

LATE NEWS: Police arrested an Afghan man in New Jersey in connection with the NY/NJ bombings. He shot two police officers before being wounded and taken into custody.

ISIS is taking credit for the knife attack that injured 9 in a St. Cloud, MN mall.

A talking head news reader asked if there is a connection between the bombs in NY and NJ and the knife attacks in Minnesota. There is: ISLAM.

BASED ON THE AMOUNT OF TIME the next president will have to make a “Shoot – Don’t shoot” decision, American voters have to decide between Hillary (“Let’s get all the facts” Clinton and Donald (“It’ s bomb”) Trump.

According to the CBS 60 Minutes program airing 9/18/2016, the president will have, maybe, 10 minutes for the “we’re under attack” message to filter through too many individuals and then make the “Shoot – Don’t shoot” decision.

NBC News, under the headline How Trump and Clinton Reacted to New York City 'Bomb' reported that

    The presidential candidates remained true to form in their reactions to the explosion in New York City on Saturday night, with Donald Trump sounding alarms and Hillary Clinton offering caution.

    After waiting on his plane for about 13 minutes, he took the stage and reported what no news outlets or law enforcement had yet: that a "bomb" went off in New York City.

    While Clinton, the Democratic nominee, appeared to criticize Trump for immediately calling the incident a bombing, she initially referred to it the same way.

    "I've been briefed about the bombings in New York and New Jersey and the attack in Minnesota," she said.

    Asked later to respond to Trump's calling the explosion a bombing, Clinton told NBC News that it's important to wait until jumping to conclusions.

    According to the CBS 60 Minutes program on 18 Sep 2016, the president will have less than 12 minutes for an ICBM attack on the U.S. to be filtered through multiple layers of bureaucracy before reaching his ears and forcing the “Shoot – Don’t shoot” order to America’s defense operations: ICBMs, bombers, missile submarines. There will be less time to respond to missiles launched from submarines off America’s coasts. (Apparently all efforts are focused on threats from Russia; ignoring China and North Korea. Iran is not a threat to the U.S. since Obama paid them off in return for a promise to halt work on nuclear weapons.)

    If Trump’s sources are discounted, then his declaration that a “bomb” exploded in New York city can be considered “knee jerk.” (I am not discounting Trump’s sources which, based on Clinton’s initial remarks, also were available to her.)

    A knee jerk reaction in a nuclear scenario would be fatal to millions – both in the U.S. and in attacking country.

    On the other hand, Clinton’s “wait and see” reaction – again, even after initially calling the explosion in New York city a “bombing” – would result in millions of American’s dying – some instantly, some slowly and painfully.

    Americans will be caught between a rock and a hard spot is we elect a president who acts on reports not made generally public (e.g., available to the media) and a candidate to back tracks on her initial statement ("I've been briefed about the bombings in New York”) and then urges a wait and see approach (important to wait until jumping to conclusions).

    I assume the NBC article got Clinton’s remark that it is “important to wait until jumping to conclusions” screwed up. “Waiting” and “jumping to conclusions” is an oxymoron.

    In an effort to be fair to both candidates, the following Web sites also carried their responses:

    CNBC: Trump, Clinton respond to New York City explosion

    ABC: Trump, Clinton Respond to New York City Explosion

    CNN: Trump says 'bomb went off in New York'

    Bizpac: CNN edits Hillary’s embarrassing response to NYC bombing – fixed it right up

    Business Insider: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both refer to New York explosion as a bombing

    Conservative Treehouse: Hillary Clinton Says “Bombings In New York” – 40 Seconds Later Criticizes Use of Word “Bombing”…

    Politico: Clinton tweaks Trump over Manhattan blast response

    The list is not "all inclusive," I took the first page of "hits" on Google and listed them above.

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