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President Trump’s war of words with Pakistan is necessary but dangerous

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President Trumps war of words with Pakistan is necessary but dangerous

Today, the President hit Pakistan hard on Twitter and potentially in their bank accounts…

Ending aid to Pakistan is likely just a temporary threat to get them to cooperate with the U.S. military when they capture mutual enemies. It’s almost unimaginable that the President would risk having our military ejected from the nation, through which we’ve waged our war in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Middle East.

Then again, this is President Trump. One never knows what’s a threat and what will become a reality.

Pakistan responded:

Pakistan’s government hits back at Trump over foreign aid threat: US has ‘given us nothing but mistrust’

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/pakistans-government-hits-back-at-trump-over-foreign-aid-threat-us-has-given-us-nothing-but-mistrust/article/2644697“Pak as anti-terror ally has given free to US: land & air communication, military bases & intel cooperation that decimated Al-Qaeda over last 16yrs, but they have given us nothing but invective & mistrust,” the Pakistan Ministry of Defence said in statement posted to Twitter. “They overlook cross-border safe havens of terrorists who murder Pakistanis.”

My Take

I’m very torn on this issue. The President is correct that Pakistan has been a partial ally (I’m interpreting Trumpspeak here as, he actually said they’ve given us nothing but lies and deceit). They have publicly been friendly but behind the scenes there’s plenty of credible speculation that they’ve aided our enemies at every turn.

On the other hand, declarations on Twitter are not always the most effective way to fix a situation, particularly when it comes to international affairs. I’ll admit I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the effectiveness of some of his Tweets, but others have caused unnecessary stirs when private discussion would have been better. It’s easy to second-guess the President because he’s the first to ever voice such concerns publicly in this manner. Even before Twitter, Presidents had the ability to release statements or make addresses that would achieve the same goals, so it’s not a technology issue. This President moves differently.

If this ends up getting us booted from Pakistan, it will be deemed a huge mistake. Then again, the aid that we give to countries is significant enough that most countries will talk tough but relent in the end.

The President isn’t making friends by doing these things, but he’s definitely energizing his base. If that’s the sole purpose of Twitter outbursts that affect foreign affairs, it’s foolish. If it yields good results, then it all may be worth the headaches.

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Venezuela is colluding with Russia while America is distracted by Trump not colluding with Russia

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Venezuela is colluding with Russia while America is distracted by Trump not colluding with Russia

Two Russian jets carrying troops and equipment landed in Caracas, Venezuela, as part of a mission to “fullfil technical military contracts,” according to Russian media. But it’s almost certain this is part of Russia’s play on Venezuela to prop up socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro just as they did with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

Meanwhile, most Americans who follow the news cycle were bombarded with perspectives on Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the Robert Mueller investigation report. In it, President Trump and his 2016 campaign were found to not have colluded with the Russians in their election hacking endeavors.

My Take

While most were focused on fake Russian collusion, the real thing was happening in one of the world’s hottest spots, Venezuela.

Russia’s play here is simple: keep Maduro in power at all costs. They got the drop on any actions the United States may have been planning, though it’s unlikely those plans included military intervention. Still, Russia isn’t taking any chances. By getting troops and equipment on the ground, they’ll be able help Maduro by offering cover from outside actions while bolstering his support internally.

Any defections or coup attempts will be much less likely with Russia directly involved.

The opposition leader who America and over 50 other nations consider to be the rightful interim president, Juan Guaido, has been trying to get international support while maintaining domestic support, but Maduro’s move may have prevented that from happening.

In essence, the battle over Venezuela is now over. It’s unfathomable to conceive of action by the United States or any other’s who support Guaido other than diplomatic efforts that will accomplish nothing. Venezuela is doomed to retain their socialist dictator now.

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Israel suffers another rocket attack from Hamas

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Israel suffers another rocket attack from Hamas

A confirmed rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on Israeli homes near the border in the Kfar Saba area outside Tel Aviv. Sirens were heard prior to the rocket explosion and posted by the IDF Twitter account.

Six people were injured in the attack.

My Take

The conflict between Hamas and Israel has been getting old for years, but now is not the time to blow off the news. Hamas is having internal strife as its citizens protest living and economic conditions in the Gaza Strip. To garner international support and save face for failing to help their own people, Hamas is trying to start another war.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is caught between a contentious election at home and the need to get his own international support, particularly from the United States. He’s in Washington DC now to meet with President Trump, who has offered his support and endorsement for the long-time Prime Minister.

Hamas would love nothing more than for Netanyahu to be gone, replaced by a leftist who will wheel and deal for “peace” with the Palestinians regardless of the cost. If that happens, the toll will be great on Israel and the world.

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Here’s hoping there’s a plan we don’t know about with North Korea

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Heres hoping theres a plan we dont know about with North Korea

In a move that many, including supporters on the right, are calling a move of weakness, the President reversed the Treasury Department’s additional sanctions on North Korea.

My Take

I’m just not sure what to make of this. I understand many have been concerned about how nicely the President has treated Kim Jong un, but I’ve always felt there was some sort of plan happening behind the scenes that would justify it. Now, I’m not so sure.

This move emboldens Kim to continue avoiding any compromise on his nuclear weapons program. It tells him and the rest of the world President Trump isn’t going to be playing hardball and intends to coax the North Korean dictator into signing some sort of agreement before the 2020 elections.

Dare I say, this seems very Obamaesque? Where’s the hardball? Where’s the threats against Rocketman? If there’s some sort of 4D chess being played in the background, I seriously hope we see it in play soon. This is a strange move.

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