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Arguably the best foreign policy statement ever made by President Trump

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Arguably the best foreign policy statement ever made by President Trump

For years, there has been an undercurrent of self-righteousness permeating through many “conservative” circles. What most would attribute to Neocons is the idea that we have a moral imperative to spread democracy across the world. As we’ve learned recently, spreading democracy does not always yield the expected benefits.

At his United Nations speech, President Trump had some very quotable moments that highlighted who he is. These quotes, from “rocket man” to pretty much everything he said about Iran, stole all the headlines and coverage. What didn’t get covered was a very important point he made about the future of America’s role in the world.

“In America, we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to watch.”

That’s the buzz line, but what preceded it was just as important.

“We do not expect diverse countries to share the same cultures, traditions, or even systems of government. Strong sovereign nations let diverse countries with different values, different cultures, and different dreams not just coexist, but work side by side on the basis of mutual respect.”

I’ve been very critical of the President in the past and will continue to call him out when he errs, but this is an example of what most of his voters expected. “America first” isn’t just about America. The rest of the world deserves for us to keep our noses out of their business.

Source: American Conservative

Trump Signals Break From ‘Globoloney’ Transnationalism | The American Conservative

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/buchanan/trump-signals-break-from-globoloney-transnationalism/It is difficult to reconcile Trump’s belief in self-determination with a National Endowment for Democracy whose reason for being is to interfere in the politics of other nations to make them more like us.

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As Venezuela implodes, Trump administration recognizes Juan Guaidó as President

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As Venezuela implodes Trump administration recognizes Juan Guaid as President

The destruction of Venezuela by socialism and corruption is practically complete, but hope is on the horizon. A new President has been recognized by the United States, making Nicolas Maduro’s presidency nearly finished.

Juan Guaidó has been serving as the President of the National Assembly of Venezuela since earlier this month and assumed the role of interim President earlier today. The United States joins Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, and Puerto Rico in recognizing his claim as legitimate.

People have filled the streets of Caracas in an amazing display of solidarity against Maduro, who held an “inauguration” on January 11 despite clear indicators the May 2018 elections were rigged. Now, the streets of Caracas are full.

President Trump confirmed the move following multiple news outlets quoting White House officials.

Ironically, Guaidó’s rallying cry happens to be “Sí, se puede!”, Spanish for “Yes we can.”

My Take

This is the only viable move given the circumstances. As I posted on Facebook:

It may not be possible for Guaidó to turn around the failing nation without a lot of outside assistance, but one thing is certain: Maduro had zero chance of making anything better for his starving people.


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Democrats will use “Mexico is going to pay for it” more than they used “Read my lips, no new taxes”

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Democrats will use Mexico is going to pay for it more than they used Read my lips no new taxes

America needs a border wall. This is evident to anyone who is honest and has an ounce of common sense. We need to pay for it as well. But that’s not what we were promised. During the 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump repeatedly said he was going to build the wall “and Mexico’s going to pay for it.”

To be fair, only idiots believed him. It was one of those campaign promises that most conservatives assumed meant restructured trade deals or foreign aid changes that would siphon money from Mexico back into the United States, but that’s not how it’ll be positioned by Democrats in next year’s Presidential election. They’re going to make as many Americans believe that it was a literal promise, one the President hammered continuously. They will say it was a blatantly broken promise and Americans shouldn’t trust any of his campaign promises going forward.

The President will counter with statistics and talking points showing how America is getting money from Mexico in other ways. They may not have written a check for the wall, but they’re paying for it in other ways. That will be the storyline. Will it stick?

To answer that question, we’ll need to see if the Democrats are able to make their narrative prominent without turning it into a joke. If they don’t hammer it enough, it won’t be effective. If they hammer it too much, it’ll be viewed as a repetitive talking point, in which case the President will be able to reverse it on them by demonstrating it’s the only argument they have against his reelection.

In 1992, candidate Bill Clinton was able to drive home the message that President George H.W. Bush lied to Americans when he famously said, “Read my lips, no new taxes.” These words, which played extremely well during the 1988 campaign, came back to haunt him. Most historians attribute H. Ross Perot’s candidacy as the reason the elder Bush wasn’t reelected, but the adamant pronouncement followed by an inability to fulfill it didn’t help Bush’s cause.

For the President to overcome this 2020 election talking point, he must get wall construction started and he must demonstrate that jobs and businesses are coming back to America from Mexico. For America’s sake, as well as for the 2020 election, BUILD THE WALL.


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Is Israel on the brink of war?

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Is Israel on the brink of war

Israel and Iran continue to trade threats and missile attacks over Syria as the latest round targeted Iranian Quds forces near Damascus. The IDF, which has confirmed attacks recently, went so far as to announce the attacks on Twitter.

This attack was in response to a missile launched from Syria by Iranian Quds Forces into the Golan Heights. The missile was intercepted by the Iron Dome, which was captured on camera by skiers on Mt. Hermon.

The overnight attacks on Syria resulted in many missiles and guided bombs being shot down, but enough made it through to damage Quds training grounds, weapons depots, and kill at least 11 people. There are no reports of how many of Iran’s elite forces were killed, though British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said only two of the dead were Syrians.

Israel, in rare move, announces attacks on Iranian targets in Syria, delivers warning

https://www.foxnews.com/world/israel-attacks-iran-forces-in-syria-military-confirmsIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently confirmed that Israel had struck hundreds of targets in Syria linked to Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah militant group, including a weapons facility two weeks ago.

Iran and Hezbollah are allied with the Syrian government in the civil war.

Iran has begun its loudest saber-rattling in some time as they send clear threats of war and the destruction of Israel through state television.

“The young people in the air force are fully ready and impatient to confront the Zionist regime and eliminate it from the Earth,” IRIAF Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh said following the strike.

Iran says ready for war with Israel that will ‘lead to its destruction’

https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Iran-We-are-ready-for-a-war-that-will-lead-to-the-destruction-of-Israel-578108The commander of the Iranian Air Force warned on Monday that Iran was prepared for a decisive war with Israel, “which will bring an end to the IDF’s attacks on Syria.” “Our armed forces are prepared for a war that will bring the crushing destruction of Israel,” he said, according to media reports.

“We are ready for the day when we will see the end of Israel.”

My Take

Americans are often unaware of the importance of Syria to Iran. For years, it’s been assumed the only reason Iran hasn’t attacked Israel, especially when they were at the height of their power during the latter years of President Obama’s administration, is they have no clear path to reach Israel. Iraq, Syria, and Jordan are between Iran and the tiny Jewish state, making it nearly impossible for them to have any real reach into the heart of Israel.

This is why they are so intent on having an embedded military presence in Syria. It’s why Israel is doing everything in its power to prevent them from getting a serious foothold there.

Iran’s military is strong and somewhat sophisticated, but it’s still no match for Israel. However, Iran could take advantage of Israel’s small size if they can get enough missiles and launchers into Syria. Doing so would allow them to use Syrians as cover, a strategy currently in use by anti-Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon.

As long as Iran continues to pursue entrenchment in Syria, war is on the near horizon. Israeli strikes may be a catalyst for war, but they’re necessary if they have any hopes of preventing Iran from taking over their Syrian neighbors wholesale.


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