Greenberg’s Law of Idle Threats

Never make a threat you don’t intend to carry out. If you have any doubts about your ability to carry out the threat, do not make it.

Corollary:

If you never test the opposition about whether they make idle threats, then you enable them to ignore this law.


Israel Baits the Hook. Will Syria Bite?

New Eastern Outlook has the article Israel Baits the Hook. Will Syria Bite?

At face value, for Iran to inexplicably launch missiles at Israel, unprovoked and achieving no conceivable tactical, strategic, or political gain strains the credibility of Israel’s narrative even further.

But it is perhaps published US policy designating Israel as a hostile provocateur tasked with expanding Washington’s proxy war against Damascus that fully reveals the deadly and deceptive game Israel and the Western media are now playing.

For years, US policymakers admitted in their papers that the US desired regime change in Iran and sought to provoke a war to achieve it.

This article provides an analysis that I had not considered before. Perhaps Russia is being wise to avoid retaliation against unprovoked attacks from the USA and Israel. Still, I wonder if it makes any sense for Russia to make threats that it knows it is not prepared to carry out. If the USA specifically wants Russia to carry out these threats, that may be an even better reason not to make them.

I don’t doubt that Vladimir Putin has thought about this more deeply than I have. Perhaps he has a strategy that I am unable to recognize.


Exclusive: Russia doesn’t have firepower to retaliate against Trump, says ex-Putin aide

Yahoo has the article Exclusive: Russia doesn’t have firepower to retaliate against Trump, says ex-Putin aide.

Russia doesn’t have the financial capability to retaliate to a military intervention in Syria by the US.

That’s according to a former senior aide to Vladimir Putin, who has told Yahoo Finance UK that threats from Moscow of a ‘backlash’ against the US are completely unfounded.

Given “Greenberg’s Law of Idle Threats

Never make a threat you don’t intend to carry out. If you have any doubts about your ability to carry out the threat, do not make it.

Corollary:

If you never test the opposition about whether they make idle threats, then you enable them to ignore this law.

My worst fear is that either Russia’s threat is an idle one, or Trump thinks it is, and will apply my corollary.

Perhaps China is intending to add to Russia’s threat credibility. This is how I interpret Pravda’s news story China supports Russia in diplomatic war against the West.

One can also imagine a Russian retaliation that is not too financially expensive for Russia to carry out without China’s help.


April 11, 2018

I forgot to put in the link to the CNN article Chinese defense chief says his trip to Russia is a signal to the US.

The US should take notice of China and Russia’s increasingly close military ties, a top Chinese official said Tuesday.


Why I must Abandon Bernie Sanders

I posted many comments and signed many petitions telling Bernie Sanders not to endorse  Hillary Clinton.

I placed this post in the category of Greenberg’s Law of Idle Threats.

Greenberg’s Law of Idle Threats

Never make a threat you don’t intend to carry out. If you have any doubts about your ability to carry out the threat, do not make it.

Corollary:

If you never test the opposition about whether they make idle threats, then you enable them to ignore this law.

 

If I broke this law, I would lose all my credibility, just as Bernie has.


Monsanto Lobbyist Says You Can Drink “A Whole Quart” of Roundup but Does This When Offered Some!

Nation of Change has the article Monsanto Lobbyist Says You Can Drink “A Whole Quart” of Roundup but Does This When Offered Some!

The video they show is on YouTube.

French television station Canal+ recently sat down with Dr. Patrick Moore for an upcoming documentary. Dr Moore, who claims to be an ecological expert and is currently the frontman for Ecosense Environmental, stated to the interviewer that Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup was not responsible for skyrocketing cancer rates in Argentina.

Note that I have put this post in the category of Greenberg’s Law of Idle Threats.

Greenberg’s Law of Idle Threats

Never make a threat you don’t intend to carry out. If you have any doubts about your ability to carry out the threat, do not make it.

Corollary:

If you never test the opposition about whether they make idle threats, then you enable them to ignore this law.


I helped end the Bush tax cuts for the rich

MoveOn sent me an email telling me that I helped end the Bush tax cuts for the rich.  This is what MoveOn wanted me to share on the web.

I joined over 250,000 MoveOn member and progressives calling for President Obama to veto any extension the Bush tax cuts for the richest Americans–and he just made a public commitment to do it! Share this victory for the 99% with your friends, family, and co-workers.

When I posted this to my Facebook page, I added the comment:

Unfortunately, didn’t Obama back out of that commitment the last time? I will breathe easier when he actually does the veto as promised.

After receiving some psuh back on that remark, I explained why I made it.

Fairly early in life I recognized a principle that I have stuck to. “Never make a threat that you won’t be willing to carry out if developments take you to the threshold you warned about.” There must be some equivalent idea in poker.

Once you have backed down from carrying out a threat, then no threat in the future will carry any weight. So, if you have any doubts about your ability to carry out the threat, do not make it.

If your opposition knows from past experience that you operate under that principle, they will take your words more seriously.

Otherwise, they know your spine is weak and they can walk all over you. I can’t count the number of times I have emailed the President about this, and how many times he has been walked all over because he won’t take any advice.

So am I supposed to pretend that this threat is serious? Should I be willing to look like a fool in front of the opposition, by pretending that I believe these threats?

This isn’t just about Obama’s credibility anymore. This is now about my credibility. That is why I take his failures personally.

I will now add a new law to this blog,  Greenberg’s Law Of Idle Threats.  “Never make a threat you don’t intend to carry out.  If you have any doubts about your ability to carry out the threat, do not make it.”

Corollary:

“If you never test the opposition about whether they make idle threats, then you enable them to ignore this law.”

How many people remember George Bush’s threat, “Read my lips, No New Taxes.”  Remember how he was ridiculed in and lost his bid for re-election because of his failure to carry out his threat?