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Bolton is right: Trump’s maiden UN speech ‘finest’ he’s ever given

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While America has been pummeled by 2 major hurricanes, the world of international politics has just been struck by their Category 5 storm, Donald Trump at the United Nations.

Trump’s maiden speech at Turtle Bay is another in his series of well-done, large speeches. He can’t stop himself from tweeting absurdities, but when he’s at bat, he swings for the fences. And in this speech, he scored a home run.

Standing before the UN, an organization which wants the nation-state to go away, and for us all to defer to it, Trump would have none of it. Oh he spoke a few fine words about the UN, but he also spoke of ‘rogue regimes, represented in this body.” He spoke of how America is growing stronger again, including a supposed $700 billion expansion of our military.

He presented again his vision of how America should act on the world stage. Saying that, “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. Strong, sovereign nations let their people take ownership of the future and control their own destiny. And strong sovereign nations allow individuals to flourish in the fullness of life intended by God.” He went on to state, “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.”

These are strong words indeed, after Obama would go to the UN, and assert nothing but liberal platitudes. Trump’s vision is far more in line with an American foreign policy of modest ambitions, and strength. A policy aimed at providing for the safety of our Republic, without the need to make every nation on earth over in our image. His vision is refreshing.

But Trump had more to say, about current world affairs.

Trump swore that, if forced to defend itself and its allies, America would destroy North Korea. He called Kim Jong-Un ‘Rocket man’ on a ‘suicide mission.’ He hoped it would not be necessary to fight Kim, saying this is the sort of the thing the UN exists for. I wouldn’t hold my breath on the UN acting against Kim, not when China’s a Permanent Member of the Security Council. He turned briefly on Iran, accusing it of using oil wealth to fund evil, rather than benefit its people. Then he lit a fire beneath the Organization of Islamic Countries, the UNs largest voting bloc, when he said, “We will stop radical Islamic terrorism because we cannot allow it to tear up our nation, and indeed to tear up the world.” Venezuela also came up, saying that socialism has been ‘faithfully implemented’ in that poor nation.

Trump also showed little desire to take in more refugees, an issue of interest to the UN. He argued that it’s better to help those in need where they are, rather than shipping them here. He’s right. It would have been better to demand that the Islamic nations take in their fellow Muslims, rather than shipping the problem into the West.

There was much more in his speech than this, and I encourage my readers to read his words. Former Ambassador John Bolton is correct, this is the finest speech President Trump has yet given.

A good Trump speech wouldn’t be complete without cavil, and cavils there are. Rich Lowry at National Review complained that Trump’s speech was ‘Jacksonian’ but never tells us what this means. He also whinged that Trump didn’t speak of ‘liberal democracy’ what this thing is I’m not sure, but it sounds like Progressive Mob-Rule.

Politico thinks that Trump’s speech shows the President believes that American First is how the world works. But Trump didn’t say that. He said America First for America, and their own nations first for all the other countries in the UN.

I doubt that this speech will win Trump credit with the UNs internationalist bureaucrats, but it’s won him great credit with Americans.

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Would the White House pressure Benjamin Netanyahu to form government with left-leaning parties?

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Would the White House pressure Benjamin Netanyahu to form government with left-leaning parties

On the surface, it may be difficult to imagine President Trump, a Republican, quietly pressuring Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form the next Israeli government in a coalition with left-leaning parties should he win the April elections. But dig a little deeper and the thought becomes plausible. Why? Because it’s very likely his much-touted Middle East peace plan includes provisions for the Palestinians that conservatives in Israel may not allow.

A pair of articles out of Israel hint at this possibility:

My Take

It isn’t just those supporting such a move who are talking about it. New Right candidate Caroline Glick told the Jerusalem Post in an interview: “It’s mystifying that [Trump administration officials] think there’s a deal to be made when there so obviously isn’t one from the Palestinian perspective.”

Just as President Obama wanted to make his mark with the Iranian nuclear deal, so too would President Trump want to do what no world leader has been able to truly accomplish in history: a negotiated and firm peace in the Middle East between Israel and the Palestinians. It would be a crowning achievement if that was the only thing in his legacy. It would be truly historic.

Of course, most experts on Middle East affairs agree that there’s no chance for such a deal or a lasting peace without a two-state solution on the table, which is almost certainly what the Trump administration is going to push on Israel. The left in the Jewish state seem amicable to the idea, but conservatives are generally opposed. Doing so would weaken them militarily, forcing them to cover areas they currently control and bringing the potential for attacks against Israel nearly impossible to repel.

It’s the hope of any American leader to bring peace to the Middle East because it’s never been done before. Unfortunately, the path to peace is one that would eventually be covered with Israeli blood. That’s the nature of the hatred towards the Jews.

 


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Losers all around: Untangling the border bill that benefits literally zero Americans

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Losers all around Untangling the border bill that benefits literally zero Americans

The Senate and House just put a bill on the President’s desk that he intends to sign. This bill will keep the government funded for most of the year and has many components worth discussing within its 1200 pages. For this discussion, let’s look specifically at the border security components because there seems to be losers across the board without a single winner in sight… at least not from this country.

First, let’s look at the two parties.

Democrats lose the political clout that would have come from a bipartisan agreement to fund the border wall. While most on the left see it as a win that they were able to put together a bill that snuck in so many atrocious immigration loopholes (which we’ll cover below), those loopholes will be used to demonstrate how bad their border policy really is.

But it would all be worth it to them if the wall never got built, at least politically speaking for 2020. The wall is President Trump’s post-midterm achievement if he can get a good chunk of it built, so stopping him from doing so would have been a win. There’s still a chance it can be a win for the Democrats if the White House doesn’t play their cards right. The national emergency declaration may or may not get the wall started before the election, so they’ll need to invoke 10 U.S.C. 284 to get it going sooner rather than later.

Of course, the biggest loss for Democrats is their own policies. It may not have the immediate negative impact necessary to affect them in 2020, but it will have a negative impact nonetheless. As drug cartels and criminal illegal immigrants benefit from the insane policies they put in the bill, the only defense the Democrats will have is that a majority of Republicans backed it as well.

Republicans lose because this deal demonstrates their weakness. They were too weak to fight the border wall battle when they had control of the House, Senate, and White House simultaneously. There’s no reason to expect them to have grown a backbone since the midterms, and this bill proves they did not.

They folded on the border wall dollars. They folded on the restrictions placed on the border wall itself. They folded on the number of beds set aside for detained illegal immigrants. They folded on the allowance of what can only be construed as amnesty for future illegal border crossing unaccompanied minor sponsors (it’s a mouthful, but we’ll get into those protections a bit later).

In short, they folded on nearly everything and put the President in a position where his only viable option was to declare the national emergency. Sadly, it means the GOP not only accomplished nothing since the shutdown began, but also demonstrated the shutdown could have easily been avoided by simply caving then instead of waiting two months to cave.

Now, let’s look at everyone other than the parties themselves.

President Trump loses because this deal makes the shutdown look meaningless. It also exposes him to the wrath of conservatives who are both unhappy with the deal itself and infuriated by the massive overreach the national emergency declaration represents.

The only possible way for him to make it out of this mess with chances still intact for a reelection win are if three very specific things happen:

  1. He has to get a good chunk of the wall built before the election.
  2. Crime and illegal immigration numbers must go down before the election.
  3. Somehow, the negative components of this deal cannot come back to haunt him, though that seems unlikely at this point because the negatives are so numerous and utterly horrendous.

But the worst loss of all for the President is that it will be very hard for him to spin the use of a national emergency and creative appropriations to build a wall when he said literally hundreds of times that Mexico was going to pay for it. Yes, this catchy line helped him win the primaries and possibly even the general election, but it’s turning into such an inaccurate campaign promise that it can’t even be called a broken promise anymore. At this point, it appears to be a bald-faced campaign lie.

Most of all, the American people lose, This will be demonstrated on so many levels over the next couple of years that it will be hard to keep track of every instance that this bill makes us less safe, wastes our money, steals from our prosperity potential, and undercuts our sovereignty.

I’ll let Twitter explain this even further:

And the winner is…

Drug cartels, criminal illegal immigrants, and anyone willing and able to take advantage of Washington DC’s stupidity are the only winners from the border omnibus deal. National emergency declarations cannot take away from how bad this is. In fact, it may make it worse.

 


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As Benjamin Netanyahu meets with world leaders, focus centers on Iran in Syria

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As Benjamin Netanyahu meets with world leaders, focus centers on Iran in Syria

The threat represented by Iran in the war-torn nation of Syria manifests in multiple ways. Other Middle Eastern nations are concerned that if Iran’s military is allowed to get entrenched in Syria, they will have too much direct access to the region in ways that threaten the peace. The United States and western allies are concerned that exerting control over the Syrian regime will turn them into a puppet state that will not solve the problems faced by the Syrian people.

Meanwhile, Israel faces the greatest threat as the nation that wants to wipe them off the map would be next door neighbors if they continue to fortify themselves in Syria. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu knows this all too well and has not been shy about expressing these views to the world. In fact, he did it today in meetings with 60 world leaders and followed up by sharing his perspectives on Twitter.

Iran is not Israel’s problem alone. They are a problem for all freedom-loving countries in the region as well as powers throughout Europe, Africa, and parts of Asia. Israel needs our support as well as the support of others who realize the threat Iran poses to us all.

 


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