Trump’s Afghan speech was on point but…

I had to take a few days to reflect on President Trumps Afghanistan speech. There were parts of the speech I liked a lot and other parts that still left questions. One of the first issues is did Trump flip flop? He had on numerous occasions in the past stated we need to leave Afghanistan. But then I’ve said the same thing. My position was that if we aren’t going to actually fight then let’s leave. The people of Afghanistan are too tribal and corrupt to create and run a competent central government. It’s in the culture. If on the other hand, our primary purpose is to kill terrorists than Afghanistan is in the heart of the enemy and has prime real estate to launch attacks from.

When President Trump came into office one of the first items on his agenda was to have the “Generals” review the Afghanistan strategy. This was the correct thing to do. President Trump does not have military experience and asking for a complete review and new plan was the right move.


Our previous plans for building the central democracy and not killing terrorist was flawed. Not only was it impractical with the culture of the region but we didn’t actually enforce democratic rules or fight the obvious corruption (see poppy eradication plan- a complete lie – fact the Taliban are the only ones willing to eradicate). We made so many compromises to our democratic ideals and rule of law that what resulted resembles neither democracy nor a competent dictatorship. It is just chaos.

Trump’s cabinet completed the review and presented the conclusion recently at Camp David. Trump makes the point that campaigning and being in office is different. This is a lesson many learn however it should not necessarily change their views unless solid evidence is produced. This review many have had that information.

Trump points out that like Iraq, should we just up and leave, a vacuum would be created most likely filled by terrorists. This would only lead to us returning at a later date after Al-Qaeda, ISIS or some other radical Islamic group has had time to build a foundation for its organization again. This is most likely true but could we not just bomb them once they congregate at their bases? We could but would we? That hasn’t really been done since 2002.

President Trump also stated that the US will not announce its intentions prior to operations. This is a great point. Something President Obama was clueless about. You can’t set a time table or pre-determined troop strength without regards to the needs on the ground. The Taliban are regressive but not dumb. They understand the waiting game and can hit and run till your timetable runs out. Trump left open the possibility of talking with the Taliban but not at this time. You must wait till they are softened up and hurting before we talk. They will be ready. If this policy is carried out the Taliban may beg to be at the table one day.


Then there is Pakistan. Trump’s words on Pakistan have been a long time coming. Pakistan has taken millions or more and we watched as insurgents ran back across the border with impunity. Pakistan has been playing to both sides since the beginning yet we have been too weak to confront them in any meaningful way. If Trump is willing to put real pressure on Pakistan I’m all for that.


The lifting of the restrictive ROE sounds encouraging also. Although it’s not clear just what the new ROE is. This has been a sore spot for many in the military again since the beginning. While there have been times when the ROE was less restrictive as soon as progress was made the handcuffs went right back on. The ground commander must have the authority to run his campaign. If he fails then fire him but give him an opportunity to win.

Finally we get to another potential big issue. Nation building. According to President Trump we will no longer use American military might to construct democracies. This is a good point. I’m not opposed to building democracies that are trying and have the basic culture where democracy is possible but for the most part in South West Asia you must be willing to take complete control of the country as we did in Germany or Japan. Run the institutions ourselves until they get the concept then leave. This may take decades that I would bet Americans wouldn’t be up for. So lets just stay away from nation building.

Overall I liked the speech but talk is cheap and we will have to wait and see. I, like most people don’t have a complete or even good answer for Afghanistan.  But if we are there let our people fight.


Hold the line Mr. President


Hold the line : This term alludes to former military tactics, in which a line of troops was supposed to prevent an enemy breakthrough.

The first week of President Donald Trump’s administration certainly has been interesting. The divide between what the press is reporting and what is actually taking place seems wider than ever. European leaders are in a frenzy, trying to figure out what the US President is up to. They see their status quo falling apart. This is not that way it’s supposed to work.

Germany’s Chancellor Merkel says that the fight against terrorism is no excuse for banning refugees. Luckily for the US, Germany’s Merkel doesn’t get a vote on our immigration and refugee policy. If they did we would see the same staggering rise in rapes, murders, and general disregard for western values and laws. (We have enough of that to deal with already)

There is no inherent right for anyone to just migrate to another sovereign country. We have no obligation. Period!

In London, the Mayor asked for the state visit from President Trump be canceled. Well since the British Prime Minister just made that request it doesn’t seem likely to be reversed. But that wasn’t really his point. London has become a safe haven for radical Muslims and Sadiq Khan appears to support this.

He told Sky News: "I am quite clear, this ban is cruel, this ban is shameful, while this ban is in place we should not be rolling out the red carpet for President Trump.”

How exactly how a ban on people coming to the US is cruel he doesn’t explain. The definition of cruel seems very wobbly in this case.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “Donald Trump should not be welcomed to Britain while he abuses our shared values with his shameful Muslim ban and attacks on refugees’ and women’s rights.

Except as Brexit seems to indicate, the Labour party may be in the minority on this issue in Britain. So, it’s no surprise they complain.

The elites are in a tizzy and it is a joy to see. Immigration is an issue that is for the sovereign nation’s own population to decide not foreign agitators. The elites of Europe see their influence diminished with President Trump in office, the Radical Islamist see their potential access to do harm threatened and don’t like Trump in office. The American people we are told by the preening press are divided. We shall see.

The Bloomberg headline says a lot about the coverage.

“Global Criticism of Trump Ban Builds From Germany to Google.”

Google? What country is this?

All the while many in the US and quietly around the world are cheering. Finally, someone with the fortitude to stand for the people. One can only hope he continues and doesn’t lose his spine.

The one note here is that based on the wording of the executive order, legal residents should have been explicitly exempted. While one can assume that was that idea, it was not clear.


Trump gave a very good speech at Gettysburg today.  If you think the Government is fine than you won’t like it.  If you think our system has lost it’s way it may be of interest to you. 

I have never been a big trump fan but what he says in this speech I agree with.  I found very little that I was opposed to. 



  • FIRST, propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress;
  • SECOND, a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health);
  • THIRD, a requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated;
  • FOURTH, a 5 year-ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service;
  • FIFTH, a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government;
  • SIXTH, a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.
  • FIRST, I will announce my intention to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205
  • SECOND, I will announce our withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership
  • THIRD, I will direct my Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator
  • FOURTH, I will direct the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately
  • FIFTH, I will lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal.
  • SIXTH, lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward
  • SEVENTH, cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure
  • FIRST, cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama
  • SECOND, begin the process of selecting a replacement for Justice Scalia from one of the 20 judges on my list, who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States
  • THIRD, cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities
  • FOURTH, begin removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back
  • FIFTH, suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered extreme vetting.

    1. Middle Class Tax Relief And Simplification Act. An economic plan designed to grow the economy 4% per year and create at least 25 million new jobs through massive tax reduction and simplification, in combination with trade reform, regulatory relief, and lifting the restrictions on American energy. The largest tax reductions are for the middle class. A middle-class family with 2 children will get a 35% tax cut. The current number of brackets will be reduced from 7 to 3, and tax forms will likewise be greatly simplified. The business rate will be lowered from 35 to 15 percent, and the trillions of dollars of American corporate money overseas can now be brought back at a 10 percent rate.

    2. End The Offshoring Act Establishes tariffs to discourage companies from laying off their workers in order to relocate in other countries and ship their products back to the U.S. tax-free.

    3. American Energy & Infrastructure Act. Leverages public-private partnerships, and private investments through tax incentives, to spur $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over 10 years. It is revenue neutral.

    4. School Choice And Education Opportunity Act. Redirects education dollars to gives parents the right to send their kid to the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school of their choice. Ends common core, brings education supervision to local communities. It expands vocational and technical education, and make 2 and 4-year college more affordable.

    5. Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act. Fully repeals Obamacare and replaces it with Health Savings Accounts, the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines, and lets states manage Medicaid funds. Reforms will also include cutting the red tape at the FDA: there are over 4,000 drugs awaiting approval, and we especially want to speed the approval of life-saving medications.

    6. Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act. Allows Americans to deduct childcare and elder care from their taxes, incentivizes employers to provide on-side childcare services, and creates tax-free Dependent Care Savings Accounts for both young and elderly dependents, with matching contributions for low-income families.

    7. End Illegal Immigration Act Fully-funds the construction of a wall on our southern border with the full understanding that the country Mexico will be reimbursing the United States for the full cost of such wall; establishes a 2-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S. after a previous deportation, and a 5-year mandatory minimum for illegally re-entering for those with felony convictions, multiple misdemeanor convictions or two or more prior deportations; also reforms visa rules to enhance penalties for overstaying and to ensure open jobs are offered to American workers first.

    8. Restoring Community Safety Act. Reduces surging crime, drugs and violence by creating a Task Force On Violent Crime and increasing funding for programs that train and assist local police; increases resources for federal law enforcement agencies and federal prosecutors to dismantle criminal gangs and put violent offenders behind bars.

    9. Restoring National Security Act. Rebuilds our military by eliminating the defense sequester and expanding military investment; provides Veterans with the ability to receive public VA treatment or attend the private doctor of their choice; protects our vital infrastructure from cyber-attack; establishes new screening procedures for immigration to ensure those who are admitted to our country support our people and our values

    10. Clean up Corruption in Washington Act. Enacts new ethics reforms to Drain the Swamp and reduce the corrupting influence of special interests on our politics.

Melania Trump modeled nude, do models do that?

The latest attack on the Trumps appears to be that Melania was a model. Of course we all know that.  So what’s the big deal. Well the NY Post seems to think it’s a big deal.  The Post decided to print some nude or semi-nude photos Melania had done years ago. I don’t know if the Rupert Murdoch owned Post did this to hurt Trump or help him.  The “conservative right” and the left have jumped on this.  How dare Trump marry such a harlot?  I know, it seems silly even writing that but it’s funny how the conservative right and the left seem so in tune at times.  Hummm…

Well for us rec blooded American men we say, “nice going Trump.” 

I don’t think this hurts Trump at all.  He knows his wife and her past and so do we.  He seems quite proud of her and why not? 

So, once again Trump will get more press coverage

This kind of goes along with my previous post where German nudist were threatened.  Maybe this is a Trump attack on radical Islam?


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Wacky political world we live in

It has been a crazy couple of weeks. World news has been happening faster than I can comment on. I am in a Master’s program and with homework, projects and work there hasn’t been a whole lot of thoughtful musing time in between. So, this will be a quick overview of thoughts this week.


I hate election years. We are inundated with commercials, robo calls and a news media that seems to forget there are still things happening around the world. But let me say just a few things about the election process as it stands now.

One, I would have never thought Donald Trump would have such staying power. It is not that I do not see some appeal in Donald Trump, it’s just looking back on his past it’s hard to know what he truly believes. But the one thing he has going for him is that he doesn’t back down. I think a large portion of Americans just want a leader that doesn’t bow to anyone. Not a dictator as some would like to project on Donald Trump, but someone who doesn’t let the media bully him or her.

In my mind there really are only two candidates on the Republican side of this election. Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

Ted Cruz has made some mistakes in this race in my opinion. The issue with Ben Carson and his staff sending out a tweet that Ben had dropped out was dumb, then Rick Tyler Cruz’s communication director distributed a video that falsely depicted Marco Rubio dismissing the Bible. It was amateurish and petty let alone wrong.


When you add these events to the horrible display at the debates of incivility it’s just a shame. But unfortunately if you are civil, and simply state your positions with reason, and don’t sling the mud, you’re doomed. Ask Ben Carson, John Kasich or those other guys. But we truly need some standards.

Still compared to the democrats these guys are model politicians.

After serving over twenty years in the military, I could never vote for Hillary. Beside the decades long distain she has shown our military, her actions as Secretary of State were awful. Our foreign policy is in a shambles. Are allies don’t trust us, our enemies don’t respect us and the “Lead from behind”, concept has done what most of us expected. Nothing good.


Also having served in positions with a clearance, Hillary’s private server, spillages and outright disregard for classified material and the potential consequences, completely eliminate this person as a potential President in my mind. Too many people have lost their jobs and some people have served jail time for less.

Then there is Bernie Sanders. When Leprechauns and unicorns run wild and free across the fruited plains we’ll have enough money to fulfill Bernie’s promises and nobody to actually do any work.


Donald, is it legal?

Whether you agree with Donald Trump’s shutting down Muslims from entering the US or not, does he have a legal basis for such an act?


8 U.S. Code § 1182 – Inadmissible aliens

(f)Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by President

Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate. Whenever the Attorney General finds that a commercial airline has failed to comply with regulations of the Attorney General relating to requirements of airlines for the detection of fraudulent documents used by passengers traveling to the United States (including the training of personnel in such detection), the Attorney General may suspend the entry of some or all aliens transported to the United States by such airline.