Fun movie quote for Monday before we really get started . . .
"The organizing principle of any society . . . Is for war."
That's a disagreeable idea but it makes just as much sense as this meandering montage of Prez Trump talking about Prez Obama, Iran and the danger of a war BEFORE he was elected.
We won't try to reason with with the stans from either side on this one because media is attempting to mold the discourse into a classic, losing progressive vs. Conservative debate when, in fact, there are many right-wingers who oppose Iran escalation.
This Republican from Kentucky isn't a RINO and he's not progressive on any issue from immigration to healthcare but he's the first of many to contradict the party line:
Rand Paul Slams Trump Over Airstrike: 'If You Don't Want Perpetual War, You Don't Keep Sending More Targets'
As with every debate about armed conflict throughout the history of the world . . . We notice that the people amped up about combat will be far, far away from any actual fighting or danger. We can only hope the tradition of "leading from the rear" (ew) endures given that most broke-ass Americans are too busy and too powerless struggling to earn a buck to worry about the consequences of International conflict.
To that end (ew) and because this broke-ass blogger doesn't care about local portfolios . . . We still can't help but notice that Kansas City corporations which don't pay much in taxes and enjoy one break after the next will be making out from this conflict like bandits with very little real risk.
Whilst the plebs are busy berating friends, family and neighbors about the virtues of patriotism without any tough questions of elected leaders OR the cringey antics of the supposedly loyal opposition; big biz corporate trusts are positioning to make EVEN MORE HISTORIC PROFITS.
Reference point from not so long ago whilst so many Vets continue to struggle with PTSD and other injuries:
Contractors reap $138bn from Iraq war
From local bomb makers to tech, logistics and market makers of every sort will enjoy EPIC bank from blood that will inevitably spill.
Accordingly, we share this big picture perspective on how global corporations with some local branches will be the only people who really win a complex Geo-political conflict, right or wrong, initiated by a former TV game show host.
Toughest War Talkers Are Always Old School Dudes Who Won't Have To Fight
Trump critics and peace advocates watched in horror Thursday night and Friday morning as some of the top architects of the Iraq War took to the corporate media to spin a narrative aimed at retroactively convincing Americans that the killing of Iranian military official Qasem Soleimani was essential to the safety of the U.S.-a replica of the run-up to the Iraq War nearly two decades ago.
President Donald Trump dug in Sunday night on his threat to attack Iranian cultural sites if it should retaliate for the U.S. killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, one of Iran's top military and intelligence officials. Speaking aboard Air Force One on his return to Washington D.C.
Sometimes Biz Is Personal
The daughter of slain Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani warned the families of U.S. soldiers deployed in the Middle East during a funeral ceremony that saw hundreds of thousands in prayer for the leader killed in Baghdad following a Trump approved airstrike strike on Friday.
Don't Pass Gas???
Investors should exercise patience when evaluating stocks shortly after a geopolitical incident, like the U.S. airstrike that killed a top Iranian military leader, CNBC's Jim Cramer said Friday morning. That's because it usually takes more than one day for clarity to arrive, but the "Mad Money" host said Friday there are really only three oil stocks that make sense in this uncertain and overdone environment.
The Real Gold Standard
Global stocks fell on Monday while crude oil and gold prices rose sharply as escalating tensions between the US and Iran jolted markets for a second day. Asia's major equity markets posted broad declines, with Japan's Nikkei the worst performer as it fell 1.9 per cent after coming back online following the holiday season.
Dividends Are Da Bomb
By Shares of Northrop Grumman were among the few stocks to gain on Friday as aerospace companies climbed in the wake of the killing of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani. Shares of defense contractor Northrop Grumman were up 5.1% in Friday afternoon trading, while those of another defense company, Lockheed Martin, gained 4.1%.
Stock Game Peak
Dow Jones Futures: Stock Market Rally In Bullish Channel As Iran Exits Nuclear Deal; Paycom, Disney, Lululemon Near Buy Points | Investor's Business Daily
Dow Jones futures fell Sunday night, along with S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq futures, as Iran pulled out from the 2015 nuclear deal in the wake of the U.S. killing top Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani. Can the stock market rally hold its bullish channel?
Best Defense Money
Defense Stocks Lockheed, Northrop, Ratheon Rally After U.S. Kills Top Iranian Commander | Investor's Business Daily
Defense stocks rallied Friday following the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran's most powerful military commander, raising the risks of serious escalation with Tehran. Defense names such as Northrop Grumman ( NOC) and Lockheed Martin ( LMT) were big winners in Friday's stock market trading, along with Raytheon stock.
Rage Biz Booming
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar accuse Trump of threatening to commit "war crimes" against Iran
Progressive Democratic Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar accused President Donald Trump of threatening to commit "war crimes" against Iran in a series of Saturday tweets. Trump warned Iran via Twitter that the U.S. had compiled a list of 52 sites in Iran that it would strike militarily if the Persian Gulf nation chose to retaliate to the early Friday killing of Qassem Soleimani.
Bad Joke Hombre
Comedian George Lopez responded to news of a call on Iranian state television for an $80 million bounty on President Donald Trump's head by saying "We'll do it for half." Trump on Thursday ordered the drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani near a Baghdad airport.
Money Talks Always
'Likely just the beginning': Here's what 6 experts are saying about what Trump's deadly Iran strike means for already shaken markets
Markets are reeling amid heightened tensions between the US and Iran. Global stocks plummeted on the news that a US airstrike killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani late Thursday. Gold approached its highest price in six years, oil surged, and Treasury bond prices jumped as investors fled volatile assets and feared a hit to the global oil supply.
Developing . . .