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Opinion: Trump Puts Fact Ahead of Fiction in Israel

The most exhausting thing about the Middle East — except for the bloodshed, poverty, tyranny, etc. — is that it refuses to conform to how it’s described in the West. It’s like journalists, diplomats, and politicians want to announce a football game, but the players keep insisting on playing rugby. The field looks similar. The scoring isn’t all that different. It’s just a different game. But don’t tell the gang in the booth. They get furious when you point out that the facts don’t line up with the commentary. Consider President Trump’s momentous (though for now mostly symbolic) announcement that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Before you can debate whether this was a good move, you must acknowledge one glaring fact that the chatterers want to ignore or downplay: It’s true. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. The Knesset, Israel’s parliament, convenes there. Israelis call it their capital for the same reason they claim two plus two equals four. It’s just true. What makes the decision controversial is that everyone had agreed to pretend it wasn’t the capital in order to protect “the peace process.” That’s another term that doesn’t quite correspond with reality. There is no peace process. Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president finishing the twelfth year of his four-year term, has refused to meet with the Israelis to discuss anything since early in the Obama administration. Part of the blame for that, of course, belongs with Obama, who built an entire foreign policy around what he wanted to be true rather than what was actually going on. Obama sought to distance the U.S. from Israel on the assumption that Israel was the unreasonably stubborn party in the “peace process.” That’s why, on the way out the door, the Obama administration broke with precedent and opted not to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution declaring East Jerusalem “occupied territory.” This implied that, as a matter of international law, the Western Wall and the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem itself really belong to the Palestinians — which is an insane fantasy. But denying reality is how this game has long been played. In his speech after Trump’s announcement, Abbas talked at great length about Jerusalem’s history as a Muslim and Christian city. He made no mention of the fact that it’s also a famously Jewish city, having been established as the capital of ancient Israel 1,000 years before Jesus was born. Trump called his decision “a recognition of reality.” People invested in irreality insist the move will worsen “the Middle East conflict.” Here, too, we have mislabeling. Whole books are dedicated to the Middle East conflict, as if the Israel–Palestinian issue were the only conflict in the region. Tell that to the hundreds of thousands of dead Syrians or the millions displaced by the civil war there. Tell it to those dying in Yemen, site of a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. It’s been this way for decades. The Palestinians and their Arab patrons insisted to gullible Westerners that the Israel–Palestinian conflict was the source of all the region’s problems. Was the Iran–Iraq War, which cost more than a million lives, a fight over Palestinian statehood? What about the Lebanese Civil War? Turkey’s campaign against the Kurds? The only people who bought the idea that the Middle East conflict began and ended with Israel were those guys in the control booth describing the wrong game — i.e., Western experts and activists deeply invested in the “peace process.” In a sense, that’s understandable. If you’ve dedicated your entire professional life to a moveable feast that covers your airfare and lodging in Paris or Geneva while you discuss grave matters, it’s probably hard not to cling to fictions. But those fictions are losing their hold, ironically thanks in large part to the Obama administration. By working on fantasy rather than facts, Obama threw the balance of power in the region heavily in Iran’s favor, lifting sanctions and giving Iran hundreds of billions of dollars. He thought the Iranians would join the community of nations or some such twaddle. Instead, they pocketed the money and are now on a surer path to a nuclear bomb. As a result of this new reality, the old fictions are a luxury that Iran’s regional adversaries can no longer afford. That’s why Saudi Arabia, a longtime Palestinian patron, has been moving steadily closer to Israel: because Israel is a more valuable friend in the new Middle East conflict than the Palestinians are — or Obama was.

Agreed!!  That spot-on op-ed was written by Jonah Goldberg, who was part of the “never Trumpers” crowd over at National Review.  So, that probably pained him to write that.  But, we give credit where credit is due.  Glad to see he did the same in this case.  Please consider this our “Read of the Day.”  If you read only one article here today, then read this!  Then, pass it along..   Excellent!!    🙂

Trump moves to ‘reverse federal overreach,’ cuts down Bears Ears, Grand Staircase monuments

Saying it was his duty to “reverse federal overreach” by both the Obama and Clinton administrations, President Trump on Monday signed two proclamations to pare down and carve up both the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah. At a speech in Salt Lake City, Mr. Trump said previous presidents have greatly abused their power under the century-old Antiquities Act, and stretched the law past its limits in cordoning off millions of acres of land and placing them under government control. “Some people think the natural resources of Utah should be controlled by a small handful of very distant bureaucrats located in Washington. And guess what? They’re wrong,” the president said to a supportive crowd that chanted “Four more years” immediately after his address. The president’s long-awaited actions — the final result of a review of nearly two dozen national monuments undertaken by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke earlier this year — were immediately decried by environmentalists and Democrats who threatened to sue the White House. The legal fight over a president’s authority to chop up national monuments is expected to last for years, and courts have never ruled on the full extent of an executive’s authority in that regard. Mr. Trump didn’t address to the legality of his action, instead saying the decision simply came down to giving land control back to the people. “The families of communities of Utah know and love this land the best and you know best how to take care of your land. You know how to protect it,” he said. “They don’t know your land and truly they don’t care for your land like you do.” Mr. Trump’s proclamations will dramatically shrink both monuments. The Bears Ears National Monument, created by former President Obama in 2016, will be cut from a single 1.35 million-acre monument to three separate sites encompassing roughly 220,000 acres. The sprawling 1.9 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante site, a highly controversial monument birthed by President Clinton in 1996, will see its acreage cut in half. The remaining 1 million acres will be divided up into three separate monuments, the White House said. In both cases, the monument designations shut off huge areas of land to energy exploration, some types of recreation, and other activities. At Grand Staircase, the change will allow access to a major coal mine. At Bears Ears, uranium mines likely will now be able to be tapped. The reductions have long been a policy goal of Sen. Orrin Hatch, Utah Republican, and other lawmakers who saw the Trump administration as a golden opportunity to finally reverse egregious federal land grabs. Supporters of Mr. Trump’s actions say they’re the beginning of true reform of how national monuments are created and managed. “These new proclamations are a first step towards protecting identified antiquities without disenfranchising the local people who work and manage these areas,” said Rep. Rob Bishop, Utah Republican and chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee. “The next steps will be to move beyond symbolic gestures of protection and create substantive protections and enforcement and codify in law a meaningful management role for local governments, tribes and other stakeholders.”

President Trump Donates Q3 Salary to HHS to Combat the Opioid Crisis

President Donald Trump has donated his third-quarter presidential salary to help the Department of Health and Human Services’ efforts to combat the opioid crisis, acting HHS Secretary Eric Hargan and the White House announced on Thursday. “His decision to donate his salary is a tribute to his compassion, to his patriotism and his sense of duty to the American people,” acting HHS secretary Eric Hargan said during Thursday’s White House press briefing. Hargan said the money will be used in the planning and design of a large-scale public awareness campaign about the dangers of opioid addiction. “HHS is proud to be working with the White House on this effort, and our team of public health experts brings a great deal of experience and expertise to the table regarding how to make these campaigns effective,” Hargan said. “At HHS, our goal is to create healthier lives, stronger communities and a safer country. And we’re glad to have a president who recognizes that the opioid crisis is a huge threat to all three of these goals.” Trump has vowed to donate his entire annual salary of $400,000 while he is in office. His first-quarter salary went to the National Park Service, and his second-quarter salary was given to the Department of Education.

Wow..  Kudos to President Trump for this class act.  Whatever you think of his Tweeting and some of the less that polite things he sometimes says, this act speaks volumes about his character.  And, we know that if Hillary had one, she wouldn’t give away a dime of her salary.  Remember when she was First Lady, and was caught stealing the White House china and other things when Bill was President, which the Clintons eventually had to return?  And, her $300K speaking fees at colleges, to talk about how high college tuition is?  She’s a self-righteous, entitlement-minded, self-serving narcissist.  Yeah..  Kudos to Pres. Trump.  You won’t see this story over at MSNBC or CNN..

Trump Family Christmas Card Wishes Families ‘Merry Christmas’ Instead of ‘Happy Holidays’

President Trump is fulfilling his promise to bring back “Merry Christmas” to the White House by including the phrase in his 2017 White House Christmas card. The Trump family is taking a different approach with their holiday greeting than the Obama family, who opted to use the more generic phrase “Happy Holidays” in their greetings, according to the Daily Mail. The White House unveiled the card, which is signed by President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and their 11-year-old son Barron Trump, on Monday in the White House “Bookseller’s” area after revealing the Christmas decorations to the public. A gold presidential seal adorns the front of the card while the inside of the card includes the phrase “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” with the first family’s signatures at the bottom. Trump made a promise on the campaign trail to bring back the use of the phrase “Merry Christmas” around the holiday season. He began using the phrase around the holidays on his “Thank You” tour in Wisconsin in December 2016. The president reiterated his promise at the Values Voters Summit in Washington, DC, in October when he told the crowd of activists at the conference that he would support the use of the word Christmas again. “We’re saying Merry Christmas again,” he told the crowd.

Yes!!!  To see a pic of the card, click on the text above.  Excellent!!   🙂

President Trump Designates North Korea as a State Sponsor of Terror

President Donald Trump revealed his intentions to declare North Korea as a state sponsor of terror. “In addition to threatening the world by nuclear devastation, North Korea has repeatedly supported acts of including assassinations on foreign soil,” Trump said. The president made his remarks to reporters as he met with his cabinet at the White House on Monday. “Should have happened a long time ago,” Trump said. “Should have happened years ago.” He referred to the death of American prisoner Otto Warmbier and “countless others” brutalized by the North Korean regime. Trump said the announcement was only part of his “maximum pressure campaign” to isolate the North Korean regime in response to their actions. In 2008, President George W. Bush took the regime off the list. Trump also previewed new sanctions that the Treasury Department were preparing to level against North Korea. “The North Korean regime must be lawful,” Trump said. “It must end its unlawful nuclear and ballistic missile development, and cease all support for international terrorism — which it is not doing.”

This is long overdue.  Pres. Bush should never have removed the DPRK from that list.  Kudos to Pres. Trump for putting that evil and dangerous regime back on the list.  Excellent!

President Trump Shuts Down Reporter’s Gun Control Stump Speech in South Korea

President Trump shut down a reporter’s gun control stump speech in South Korea on Tuesday. He did so when NBC News’ Ali Vitali asked if he would support more gun control for would-be gun purchasers. She said, “You’ve talked about wanting to put extreme vetting on people trying to come into the United States, but I wondered if you’d consider extreme vetting for people trying to buy a gun?” Trump responded by questioning the appropriateness of the question, given that it was being asked just two days after the heinous Texas attack as well as the fact that it was being asked during a press conference in South Korea. He then quickly dismissed calls for more gun control and went on to praise Americans’ ability to use guns to stop attacks like the one in Texas. In so doing, Trump stressed that gun control carries with it the threat of making it difficult for law-abiding citizens to get the guns they need to defend themselves and others. He said, “[With more gun control] you might not have had that very brave person who happened to have a gun or a rifle in his truck, go out and shoot [the attacker], and hit him, neutralize him.” Similar sentiment was expressed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) on November 6. During an interview by Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade, Paxton said, “What ultimately may have saved some lives is … people that were outside the church that actually had guns that may have slowed this guy down and actually pursued him. So I would rather arm law-abiding citizens and make sure that they can prevent this from happening as opposed to trying to pass laws that would prevent law-abiding citizens from having guns.”

Exactly!!  To see these to interview video clips, click on the text above.

Media Goes Into Meltdown Over Trump Feeding Fish in Japan

The mainstream media went into meltdown over Donald Trump feeding some fish in Japan. Let that sink in. The farce began when Trump was seen on camera with Japanese Prime Minister Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spooning fish food out of a box to feed koi carp in the Akasaka palace in Tokyo. Trump then empties the remainder of the box into the pond below, an action that set off a firestorm of triggered leftists who spread the fake news that his action was uncivilized and ignorant – despite Abe doing the very same thing seconds before. Trump was merely mimicking the actions of his host. By omitting the clip of Abe emptying his box first, verified liberals on Twitter, as well as big media outlets, went on a narrative rampage, insinuating that Trump had insulted his Japanese hosts. CNN even appeared to deliberately edit their video of the scene to cut out Abe also emptying his box. “Trump told to feed koi fish by spoonful, gets impatient and tips entire box in,” reported the Metro, hiding the fact that Trump was following Abe’s lead. “Donald Trump was supposed to gently feed koi fish. Then this happened,” reported the Independent, again omitting that Trump was following the behavior of his Japanese host. Abe didn’t just ‘sprinkle small spoonfulls’ – he dumped the whole box too, before Trump. This once again underscores how incredibly biased the media is against Trump and how many of the journalists within it, as well as a deluge of triggered leftists on Twitter, have contracted Trump Derangement Syndrome. From having hissy fits over how Trump likes his steak cooked to how many scoops of ice cream Trump prefers, the president can do literally nothing without getting harangued over it by an army of screeching, hysterical morons. They will even go to the length of inventing brazenly fake news, such as the false claim that Trump ignored a young boy in a wheelchair, to smear the president. Whatever Trump says or does, not matter how mundane or inconsequential, is spun into a giant witch hunt and used to demonize him as either weird, unsophisticated or heartless. While Trump is by no means perfect in his behavior or actions, this demented and insatiable desire to constantly drag him down for every minor infraction underscores why Trump is at war with the media.

Indeed…  It also serves to “underscore” just how “fake” the news at CNN, MSNBC, and the rest of the dominantly liberal mainstream media really is.  Those outlets no longer are interested in fair, quality, and honest journalism.  They exist solely to attack Trump and his administration 24/7…and create bs like this to further that agenda.  Trump could discover the cure for cancer, and MSNBC, CNN, NPR/PBS, and the rest of those tools would find something to criticize.  They are pathological in their single-minded focus to discredit and destroy Trump and his administration.  Anyway, to see the actual videos in question, click on the text above.  Thanks to Paul Joseph Watson for bringing this story to our attention.