Nobody has ever accused President Trump of being eloquent. The way he’s handling the new “Space Force” concept is, well, very Trumpish.
His actual Tweet is something you can’t make up:
“Space Force all the way!”
Go team, go!
Space Force all the way!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2018
Trump first floated the Space Force idea as a part of his national security strategy March 13. On Thursday, he expressed his enthusiasm for the plan in a tweet shortly after Pence made the announcement, saying: “Space Force all the way!”
The president described in March how he had originally coined the term as a joke, while discussing U.S. government spending and private investment in space. Trump then directed the Pentagon in June to immediately begin the creation of the new branch.
Trump misses the whole point of big military parades
Many countries put a lot of effort and spend a lot of money polishing their missiles, repainting their vehicles, and transporting a big chunk of their military apparatus just to display them to the people in a parade. President Trump got the idea from a French parade. We see images all the time of North Korean and Iranian military parades.
There’s a reason these and other countries have these parades. It comes down to an old business adage, “fake it ’til you make it.”
The United States doesn’t have to fake it. That’s why it should be no big deal that President Trump’s vision of a big parade seem to be postponed at best.
Washington already has quite a few parades, including some with military participation held on Memorial Day and July 4. There was even a 1991 victory parade following the Gulf War complete with 8,000 marching troops, an F-117 Stealth Fighter, some tanks and a Patriot Missile Launcher.
But even that grand display of military hardware from the Gulf War didn’t seem to be what Trump had in mind. He noted that France had represented uniforms and equipment from different wars and that the Bastille Day parade lasted a full two hours. Trump said he envisioned a similar military extravaganza next July 4 down Washington’s famed Pennsylvania Avenue, which connects the White House to Capitol Hill.
Nations often try to build confidence and raise nationalism through parades. In many countries, it’s the best opportunity for the people to get a glimpse of the men and equipment set to protect them. It’s a confidence builder.
Not many Americans would say our military is too small or lacks technological advancements. A parade is not necessary to build American confidence. It would simply be a waste of taxpayer dollars.
The President may not get the big parade he wanted, but at least he and the rest of us know our military is effective whether we put it on display or not.
Robert Wood Johnson on the failed Iran deal
As ambassador to the United Kingdom, Robert Wood Johnson understands the situation in Iran. He’s acutely aware that sanctions against Iran are the only thing short of military intervention that can prevent them from producing nuclear weapons in the near future. The Iran deal, the alleged hallmark of President Obama’s and Secretary of State Kerry’s legacy, has been clearly demonstrated as an utter failure.
Iran has not backed down. They’ve only placated the world when absolutely necessary with lies on top of lies. The United States is fighting back by pulling out of the deal and laying sanctions on Iran, but they need more to join the fight. Johnson is calling on his host nation to follow suit.
“Far from becoming a more responsible member of the international community, as we had all hoped, Iran grew bolder.”
Source: The Hill
“It is clear that the danger from Iran did not diminish in the wake of the [2015 Iran] deal,” Johnson wrote. “Far from becoming a more responsible member of the international community, as we had all hoped, Iran grew bolder.”
“It is time to move on from the flawed 2015 deal,” he continued. “We are asking global Britain to use its considerable diplomatic power and influence and join us as we lead a concerted global effort toward a genuinely comprehensive agreement.”
Being American doesn’t mean ignoring facts. Ron Paul right about Trump-Putin meeting.
In the era of torn Russian relations, Ron Paul takes a step back and views more information than almost any pundit on air or on twitter. It’s bipartisan to hate Russian, and that causes many Americans to hold inconsistent views on foreign policy issues related to Russia.
The media’s coverage on all things related to Russia was bad before it’s terrible coverage of Trump. We need a balanced factual approach to foreign relations with Russia. Not everything is Russia’s fault. America needs a new approach to Russia, and Trump can bring that.
John Kerry spent so much time picking losing battles with Russia and the United States needs to move on from these geopolitical skirmishes. Part of this means throwing the Obama administration under the bus. Between John Kerry and Hillary Clinton, US interests in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe faced setbacks. Only then can we have a better relationship with Russia.
I appreciate Ron Paul’s perspective because, in an era of hot takes and the political popularity of Russia hating, he maintains a just perspective that embraces facts.
US Russia Factsheet
US and Russia
- These two countries have the largest nuclear arsenal
- US military currently miles ahead of Russia
- Relations have ever been good
- Both (sort of) friends with the Kurds
- Russia largely used as scapegoat, punching bags in American politics
- Trump administration upped military spending
- US through NATO still practices a containment policy with regards to Russia
- Both countries have issues with Islamic terrorism
- Working together on North Korea issue
- Is not a free country
- Does not pretend to be a free country (like Europe)
- Its people largely view the break up of the Soviet Union as a tragedy (regardless of feelings about communism)
- Actually likes Putin, a lot (strangely)
- Has had Putin at the helm for decades
- Putin came out in affirmation of the Iran Deal
- Trump remained opposed
- This point of contention was largely ignored by the media
- Russia and Iran are allies
- Iran taking control of Iraq through Shia paramilitaries
- Backs Houthi rebels in Yemen
- Invaded by the US in 2003
- War lost when the Obama Administration refused to negotiate a status of forces agreement
- Iraqi military fell apart to ISIS when they invaded from Syria
- Iranian backed militias filled the vacuum
- Status of Kurds unclear
- Russia has a vested interest in Syria
- Russia was instrumental to the Fall of ISIS in Syria
- The US, under the Obama administration, played a role in the Islamic State’s rise
- Syrian people better off under Assad regime than Islamist rebels
- Syrian Rebels are terrorists, usually rebrandings of Al Qaeda
- Assad regime doesn’t persecute Christians to near the same extent as its alternative have or would
- Syrian Christians largely support the government
- “Syrian Rebels” have no strategic leverage, are fighting a lost war
- Government war atrocities, alleged or proven, have not occurred in territory held by SAA forces
- NATO ally Turkey performing land grab in Syria
- Syria props up Hezbollah terror organization
- Syria is a historic enemy of Israel
- Democratically elected government in Ukraine overthrown in a coup backed by EU
- Russia invaded Ukraine
- Russia annexed Ukraine following a referendum vote
- Polling shows Crimeans uninterested in becoming Ukrainian again
- Ukraine does not have the military capabilities to take Crimea back
- Ukraine is not an American ally
- Ukraine helped North Korea
- Ukraine colluded with Hillary campaign for damaging information on Trump
- Turkey is a member of NATO
- Turkey opposes Israel
- Turkey provoked war with Russia by downing Russian jet
- Turkey becoming increasingly Islamic under neo-Ottoman regime
- Kemalism was killed in the attempted coup
- Ergodan held a referendum to grant himself more power
- Russia and Turkey have an arrangement in Syria to not fight each other
- Turkey performing land grab in Syria
- Turkey killing Kurds in Syria
- Turkey backing its own Islamist in Syria
- Trump administration the most Israel-friendly administration in US history
- Russia opposes Israel on a geopolitical level (along with most US allies)
- Russia backs enemies of Israel
- US backs enemies of Israel (Saudis)
- Israel believed to have nuclear capabilities
- US and Russia back differing factions
- US played large role in destabilizing region during the rebellion
- Terrorist that America aided attack a US consulate and murdered four people, including Ambassador Stevens
- US has long history of meddling in foreign elections
- Russian meddling had no effect on the outcome of 2016 election
- DNC never handed over server to investigators
- Indictments are not convictions, not even close
- Russia should be embarrassed if that was their attempt to interfere in a US election
- Media overplaying story because they dislike Trump
- Trump sided with Russia over US agencies on election interference
- American public largely distrusts FBI, CIA, and other government agencies
- Hillary Clinton still hasn’t been indicted