If 2016 has a theme, it is “the year of unforeseen
contingencies.” Despite having the full
resources of the Unforeseen Contingencies research department at my disposal, I
still found it difficult to make predictions for the year. I’m not the only one to experience this;
professional pollsters and prognosticators were humiliated with their erroneous
predictions of outcomes of the Brexit vote and the U.S. elections. I, on the other hand, still managed to repeat
Unforeseen Contingencies 70% prediction rate from last year. Let’s see.
At the start of the year “we” made ten predictions, P1 – P10
(plus an 11th
wild card prediction, but we don’t count these, they
are just wild speculations for fun). Here’s
how we score ourselves:
P1: Clinton would be
the Democrat presidential nominee and
FBI rank-and-file would complain about failures to charge her with
When James Comey failed to charge Clinton or even say she was
indictable, FBI agents who had worked on the case did indeed express their
outrage. Even more, FBI agents working
under federal prosecutors in New York continued to pursue the Clintons, an
effort that is ongoing. And frankly, the
secret meeting between AG Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton just prior to Comey’s
first press conference is one of the most heinous examples of corruption at the
federal level in my lifetime, possibly the worst. I hope these criminals are yet prosecuted,
and they may well be, if we can get Jeff Sessions as AG.
P2: The GOP
would involve an attempt by the establishment to push an
establishment candidate. Miss.
It didn’t happen.
P3: In a GOP split
the establishment would fail to support a non-GOP-establishment candidate. Hit.
The always-reprehensible Bushes, John McCain, Mitt Romney, future U.N.
representative Nikki Hailey, and even Paul Ryan publicly opposed Trump. Ryan did eventually back him,
grudgingly. Such behavior showed that
the establishment is uninterested in freedom, the Constitution, and protecting
America, given that the alternative was Clinton. This is not a surprise to me; I think they
generally share the left’s lust for power and contempt for American values. They simply aren’t fanatic about the latter,
as the left is.
with at least 100 casualties, plus race riots, in the U.S. Hit
unfortunately. In the Orlando nightclub
massacre, a jihadist who pledged allegiance to Daesh killed 49 and wounded
53. And race riots occurred in Milwaukee
August 13-15, and Charlotte September 20-21, both times in response to police
shootings of black thugs who were armed with handguns and threatening the
police. Let’s hope Attorney General
Sessions quickly brings the Black Lies Matter movement under investigation.
would accelerate, and be condemned by the political class. Hit.
While this one was vague, it seems
an obvious hit. We’re “a basket of
deplorables,” you see, and “irredeemable,” as one leftist observer put it. The hysteria of the leftwing intelligentsia –
politicians, academics, media, and
representatives following Trump’s victory are a good illustration. As for Americans preparing themselves against
the political class, 2016 was a record year for both firearm sales and
applications for concealed carry permits.
It also was characterized by high levels of Tea Party activism, and
advancing of the Article V Convention movement.
Clinton. HIT! The wicked witch is dead!
P7: China fires
on a U.S. aircraft or vessel. Hit.
I’m willing to call seizing a U.S. Navy vessel an attack, and that’s
sufficient for me. I greatly appreciate,
by the way, that president-elect Trump accepted a congratulatory call from the
President of Nationalist China, both because Free China deserves support, and
because the thugs in Beijing understand the concept of playing hardball. If one deals with a s=despotic regime, show
strength, not weakness. Despotic regimes
crush weaklings. That’s why China,
Russia, Iran, Daesh, et al. have had such success in the last eight years. America’s girly-man president Obama
intimidates no one.
P8: The economies of
China and Russia
and that of the U.S. will not. Miss.
I had two of three. Official
Russian state statistics claim that Russia’s GDP declined by 0.5% this
year. (For reasons I can’t understand
numerous analysts seem to simultaneously claim the Russian economy a success
this year.) And the economy of the United
States did not decline, and seems to have improved somewhat. But China also seems to have been able to
avoid catastrophe and maintain growth, despite increasing debt and a weakening
of the renminbi. I expected some sort of
crisis in China and was certainly wrong.
P9: Merkel’s career
a shambles. Hit.
The despicable Angela Merkel has now admitted that her beloved
refugees are fueling a wave of crime and terror. She’s done more to advance the German right
wing parties than they could ever have done themselves. Well, Angela, it’s going to get worse, for
both Germany and you.
would be discovered.
darn it. However, on Mars NASA has discovered
substantial evidence of water and organic compounds. There’s reason to think we are close.
Thus on all but P2, P8, and P10 we predicted correctly. On P8 we were partially correct, and P10 is
always admittedly a long shot. Thus “we”
at Unforeseen Contingencies are quite pleased with our 70% score.
Photo: The nightmare that never happened!