Beyond the Cusp

December 4, 2016

It’s In, Trump’s Failed Presidency

 

The headlines almost uniformly report the Trump Presidency was a failure. Trump was a complete and total disaster and everything he touched turned to liberal progressive pain and disgust. The media all over has it figured and the problem is that Trump cannot do anything right. Or maybe it is he does everything right when to succeed everybody knows you have to be on the left, not just right. You see left is good, left is correct and right is just plain wrong. And whatever you do, do not come forward and say that Trump has not even been sworn in yet because that doesn’t matter, he’s a failure and nothing you or he can do will change that.

 

What if the economy takes off and both the markets, numbers of people employed and all other indicators fly high after he takes office? Well, obviously you must have missed the eight years of dedications and making the hard choices by President Obama which are finally paying off. Trump is simply reaping the rewards of all of President Obama’s brilliant handling of the economy. Had President Obama been permitted a third term or Hillary Clinton been elected, then they would have gained and gleaned all the glory but instead it is falling undeservedly on Donald Trump. No, there is little hope that the average American will understand these things as they are just so complex. This is how it always happens that a Democrat’s hard work is then claimed by their Republican successor when the difficult work was done before the Republican came into office. Reagan gained acclaim for all the work done by Jimmy Carter. It was President Carter’s examples of selflessness and showing that even a Capitalist can have a heart which wore down the USSR and not that military wastefulness of Reagan who claimed to have spent the Soviets into ruin. Have you ever heard anything so preposterous? They were brought low by love and caring of President Carter and not the brashness and impolite efforts of that brutish Reagan and everybody who knows anything knows that. Reagan also took credit for the economy made possible by President Carter’s fiscal policies. Like President Obama, President Carter inherited an economy teetering on the edge of oblivion and saved the United States from guaranteed ruination but does he ever get the credit for that miracle, no. Instead the historians have been pulled in by Reagan’s allure and simple charm. Simple charm, it was more like simpleton charlatan than simple charm. What they will not claim despite all the honest evidence.

 

Everybody who understands reality knows the truth and knows that the truth is often sacrificed because it is simpler to cheer and root for the new kid than recognize the dedication and hard work done by the predecessor who actually set the stage for the triumphant simpleton who lucked into the glories made possible by leftist policies carried out by the hard work of the previous administration. One great example has been Carrier deciding to keep a fair number of jobs and production in the United States rather than move it to Mexico. We understand that you heard it was because of efforts by Trump and Pence which arranged for these jobs to be kept in the United States rather than transferred to Mexico. Well, they have tried to steal the glory but remember who is in the White House and finally should be receiving the credits he is due. President Obama saved those jobs with his well-crafted policies designed to retain jobs in the United States finally paying dividends, but as is the Republican way, they stole the glory and thunder of a Democrat administration’s accomplishments. Their blatant disregard for facts is just appalling.

 

What will they claim next, that they are able to rebuild the military? The sole reason they are able to rebuild anything concerning the military has been due to the marshalling of efforts and the cutting of numerous wasteful military projects in favor of a more integrated military with a shared ability with their European counterparts. The Obama Administration had streamlined the military and its prolific spending and made it into a lean, green fighting machine and now Trump thinks he can simple ride in on his white steed and claim all the glory. Well, not if the media has anything to say about this glory hound who is never there for the hard work but first in line when taking credit is due. It has already been made clear that Donald Trump has no shame and will bathe himself in the glories only made possible by the hard and dedicated work of his predecessor who will receive no credit for his efforts. Donald Trump, just like Ronald Reagan, will be front and center to claim the great leaps and gains of the American economy which is simply responding to the inevitable wondrous gains in leaps and bounds due to what President Obama managed to accomplish despite a do nothing Congress and all the chips down against his success. While nothing could prevent the great recovery put in place by the policies of President Obama, heaven knows that Trump tried to ruin everything with his fiscal policies. It was simply more in place thanks to President Obama and his dedication setting the stage for a recovery which unfortunately for President Obama will come too little too late. Still, the historians will likely get everything sorted out and President Obama will rise meteorically and rival any President before and likely after him in what he accomplished.

 

Donald Trump

 

How else can the media report the greatness and the legacy which rightfully belongs to President Obama but will be stolen by his Republican successor. It is such an old trend where President Eisenhower inherited the result of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and continued by Harry Truman. We saw it with Ronald Reagan, a man who knew how to milk a scene from his days in Hollywood. Now we sit prepared to hear how Donald Trump will be appointing a man responsible for this betrayal as the bird awaits orders for the glamour shots to be taken. It was made all the more obvious as the President Elect stole the wonder which rightfully belonged to the team of the Obama Presidency. Be prepared for stories such as these as Trump’s policy reversals and smart management start to take hold. The one thing the media will have gotten correct is that President Obama may never get the credit he deserves for rescuing America from ruin.

 

The preceding was an exercise in sarcasm though this may be exactly what we are bound to hear for the next decade and possibly longer. We on the conservative end of the political spectrum can expect to read article after article in the likes of the New York Times just like what is written above except they will be serious as a heart attack. Their famous Pulitzer Prize winning writers will return and do their best to eviscerate Trump, his Cabinet choices and anything they have a hand in creating. Finally, the newsprint accusations will flirt with the truth just enough to make their condemnations sound credible. What Americans can do is ignore the media and take their news from their own lives and those of their friends, neighbors and yes, even liberals. Just nod knowingly as they explain how everything Trump accomplishes was actually due to President Obama who did all the heavy lifting. We know that there will be need for people capable of herculean abilities if the United States is to be rescued and placed back on the rails. All the way along the Progressives will be digging up the tracks and dynamiting the bridges in attempts to force Trump failures but even after such subterfuge The Donald will prevail. What will happen is that as long as Trump is in office, and presumably Pence after Trump leaves office, there will be sniping and biting at the ankles in attempts to destabilize the economy as well as governance in order to blame Trump. The secret to preventing such is to elect like-minded people to serve with the next Congress making Trump’s task that much easier. But do know the mainstream media will stop at nothing to undercut your efforts and those of Donald Trump. Do not fret as The Donald is a big boy and has taken down his share of bullies and these paper tigers of the media have absolutely no clue what is coming their way. Pop some popcorn and sit back after January 20, 2017 and prepare for the greatest show on Earth, and should we send the right thinking candidates to Congress for the next six years, three elections, then it just may be possible to wrest the United States from the death-grip of the looney left and put America on the tracks of being great again.

 

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November 25, 2016

Media Suddenly Discovers Dastardly Destruction Everywhere

 

With the election victory by Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence the media has discovered numerous pressing situations bordering on the brink of catastrophes. Suddenly Syria has become a conundrum of crushing confrontations waiting for the President elect while the current resident of the White House faced much lesser problems and addressing this would be asking a bit much. Oddly enough they also realized that Iraq is torn with ethnic strife as well as having much of its territory either occupied or threatened by the Islamic State. They also found that the Islamic State is operating as they please in Syria. Yemen is in the midst of a civil war and threatens a vital waterway at the south end of the Red Sea called the Bab-el-Mandeb. Saudi Arabia and Egypt have split with Egypt now aligning with Russia and Bashir al-Assad while Saudi Arabia continues to fight the Yemen Houthi rebels who are backed by Iran. The Saudis are also backing terrorist groups fighting Bashir al-Assad and some suspect they are knowingly funding and arming the Islamic State through alternate avenues. Turkey’s Erdogan appears to have suddenly gone rogue demanding immediate answers for Turkey’s admittance to the European Union (EU) one day and threatening to turn away any offer from the EU and consider joining the joint trading group organized by Russia and China called the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). There are warring tribal groups contending with terrorist groups and crime families all vying for control of their slice of what was Libya. The Sudan and South Sudan are still fighting and there is a civil war of sorts in South Sudan adding to the confusion. There are terrorists plaguing Nigeria and even Europe is being overrun. Their prognosis is that the election of Donald Trump has caused the nations of the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) to explode suddenly and fiercely into frenzied destruction and fighting breaking out everywhere. Additionally, Russia is protecting their ports in Syria, namely in Latakia, and thus also protecting Bashir al-Assad who is ever so slowly regaining control of Syria one costly meter at a time. Wait; Russia has use of a port in the Mediterranean Sea, this is big. Oh how simple things would have stayed had only the voters in the United States had chosen wisely and elected Hillary Clinton.

 

The sudden awakening of the mainstream media to the problems throughout MENA states and beyond is almost amusing. Anyone reading news services from these effected regions have known and spoken with furrowed brows and stern hard faces often using terse terms describing ongoing events which continue to spin further and further out of control. Many have laid the problems at the feet of fecklessness in the foreign policies of the United States over the past decade emphasizing the retreat and resentment at being abandoned left to the scoundrels and other threats without any hope of rescue from those they had believed were their ally and eternal friend. As long as the United States did not have even a dog in the fight, and we mean literally not even a dog, let alone manpower or military forces, these traumatic conflagrations were unimportant as far as the media was concerned. The White House ignored these problems while making the one-off mention brushing aside concerns as if they were nothing more than a hiccup on the timeline of history as the White House was making it. The White House and especially President Obama and his Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry along with Samantha Powers and Susan Rice, the pair were Presidential Security Advisor and Ambassador to the United Nations and then switched positions a while after Benghazi, have all painted the Middle East as there being a situation in Syria and the Israeli-Palestinian problem and if only Israel would make nice and completely surrender to the Palestinians then miraculously Syria would become peaceful overnight as would any other disturbance anywhere in the world. It is as if the only actual disturbance in the force is Israel, so does that make Israel Yoda? Seriously, the Obama White House position has been that Israel causes unrest throughout the Middle East and beyond and it is the Jews residing beyond the 1949 Armistice Lines on lands gained in a defensive war started by Egypt and Syria and joined on day two by Jordan despite pleading from Israel for their remaining neutral. This Jordanian attack led to Israel liberating Judea and Samaria from Jordan’s illegal occupation for nineteen years including half of Jerusalem.

 

Had Syria and Egypt attacked any other nation in the world and had Jordan joined on the second day and, for example let us say they attacked Peru; if Peru in that war had gained the lands of Judea and Samaria, they would have been allowed to retain the lands and even push any non-Peruvians off the lands with minimal complaint from the world. The problem is they did not attack Peru but instead they attacked Israel. There is an effort initiated by the British when they saw that allowing the formation of the Jewish State was going to upset the Arabs they decided to do whatever they were able to prevent Israel from ever coming to fruition. They could do this as they controlled the Mandate for the geographic area called Palestine, a name derived from the Roman name for the area of southern Syria, Syria Palaestina.

 

Roman Provinces of Syria Palaestina

 

The British after World War I continued to import Arabs to reside between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea with ample assistance from the Arab League and surrounding Arab nations from as far as Algeria though largely from the Sudan, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and even Turkey. This kept the Jewish population below fifty-percent thus never quite fulfilling the requirement of being capable of ruling a nation. In the aftermath of World War II the British had lost their taste for empire and simply wanted to leave the Middle East and particularly the area which was to become Israel. Ever since the British leaving and Israel being founded there have been numerous studies which have shown how the Arab world has designs to be rid of the Jewish State and how often the European nations are supportive of the Arab efforts as though they would love for Israel to fail, they do not have the will to cause such in any manner other than indirectly. Do not misunderstand as the Europeans gladly enrich their lives with the discoveries and inventions from Israeli sources and even have utilized some such as instant messenger programs to support the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanction Israel) Movement and other injurious acts.

 

Denouncing Israel in the United Nations General Assembly and throughout the various agencies which often act in injurious ways such as when recently UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) ruled that the Temple Mount and surrounding areas have no historical ties to the Jews or Judaism which is a manner of denying the existence of the First and Second Temples and close to two-thousand years of Israelite and Jewish history. And UNESCO comes in a poor second when it comes to denunciations of Israel where the UNHRC (United Nations Human Rights Council) who have denounced Israel in virtually every meeting for the past five years. The General Assemble also has a poor record though there has recently been some small headway with Israel sponsoring resolutions which was passed by a vote of 129-30-8 to set up technical training, global entrepreneurship and sharing of technologic systems through assistance efforts where often Israel and other developed nations share technological advancements in areas such as agriculture and power generation assisting these developing nations making greater and stronger strides toward a bright future.

 

Needless to point out that all these problems, wars, conflagrations and turmoil have existed for much of the past decade and is not a reaction where the world all but exploded because of the election of Donald Trump. We can also predict some of the big news stories and special editions where a story is expounded and enlarged all passed off as news. There will be all sorts of new findings about the rampant homelessness and how people are feeling helpless and cannot seem to find any assistance for their plight. The mentally challenged living on American city streets not receiving their medications and suffering because of the difficulty in receiving proper care will be another feature story, multi-part most likely running for a week or for four straight Sunday night prime time. Unemployment stories will be big initially and the people who are now not considered to be seeking work as their unemployment insurance ran out and they have been unemployed over one year thus are not part of the computations, well, the media will now use a newer and more accurate definition which they will mention softly and in passing once and then count people who have not held a job up to five years, maybe a decade. There will be heartbreaking stories of youths dropping out of school and the United States will have a drug problem once again. There will be heart-wrenching profiles of people being deported for being illegally in the country whether that be overstaying a student visa because you found a good job and who wants to return to the Ukraine about now. There will be stories about how families are on the verge of being broken up as one or any number of the family are here illegally. Many of these stories will be about people who are using the system to press their particular case and many will remain and become legal citizens within a decade, but while they are uncertain their stories play oh so well. Let us leave you with what you may find to be an unbelievably astounding fact; President Obama has deported more people than any previous President.

 

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October 8, 2016

White House Complaints Echo Aid Difficulty

 

What is wrong with the thirty-eight-billion or so dollar aid deal Israel had all but forced upon it without permitting any input from Congress and placing all power over how Israel aid can be allocated within the White House? Now it has become a potential weapon as the White House will react in predictable manner whenever Israel does not mind its actions and check with the White House and get approval before acting in any manner. This was made clear when the White House erupted when Israel announced plans to finalize the construction of housing, mostly apartment buildings, beyond the Green Line which was approved well over eighteen months ago. Israeli building methods force construction, especially any beyond the Green Line, to go through numerous steps with their being announced each step of the way. This has led to the White House under President Obama to throw conniption fits at each juncture as if they had no idea that the announcement was coming. This is complete nonsense and has become so predictive that it is bordering on nauseating here in Israel. Many in Israel are siding with Ron Paul in calling for aid from the United States to be pulled and negotiated on each weapon package as is done with other nations rather than continue to have this Sword of Damocles hanging endlessly over Jerusalem’s head. That is another problem, the White House would insist they are not holding anything over Jerusalem as they hold things over Tel Aviv and would never ever hold things over Jerusalem as they are fighting alongside the Arab Palestinians in their drive to replace Israel with an Arab binational state where the Jews were to be driven out or to be slaughtered if they refused to depart.

 

The United States seems to continually have faults with their memory as the military aid package they provide Israel did not come into being until after 1967 and the Six Day War which got the attention of Lyndon Baines Johnson. Unbelievably, before that United States aid to Israel had been nonexistent. The final straw, as we have discussed repeatedly, was the Israeli plans on building a fourth generation fighter jet called the Lavi. This would have been in direct competition on the world arms market with the F-16 and possibly the F-15 in some markets as the price would have been lower and the purchasing nation would have had the potential to include some of their own avionics which could have made the Lavi even more attractive. Instead of compete, the United States gave Israel an offer she could not refuse of F-16s to replace the Lavi Fighter Jets Israel was in the final stages of development and F-15s as icing on the cake. Further, the United States promised the Israelis unfettered and unchallenged air superiority in the Middle East through American air power being sold to Israel first and usually exclusively. That promise has, like all such guarantees through history, cooled until the United States now guarantees to use their promise now as a way of controlling Israel through threatening their ability to have air equality, let alone air superiority. So, perhaps the time has come to make our own way here in Israel and develop our own fifth generation fighter jet in-house. We could start with the Lavi frame as Israel does not need an aircraft with the ranges and specific and broad capabilities of such as the F-35 JSF.

 

Israel should proceed to produce their own fifth generation jet fighter in exchange for revoking all aid agreements with the United States and promising to refuse any and all aid even should Congress override a Presidential Veto to provide military aid to Israel in exchange for United States guarantees to continue with any other support in other areas and even joint development programs even in avionics and aviation projects. Further, aid from Congress approved by Presidential signature or by Congressional override of a Presidential veto with a moratorium of three years on military aid allows Israel not to be held to return aid received over the past four years. There should not be a full divorce between the two allies but a legal separation with shared custody in mutually beneficial programs and development. There are many programs where Israeli expertise has improved or even led the way for United States programs such as drones and anti-missile systems. The relationship between Israel and the United States needs an adjustment and that was the most telling and potentially productive result of the eight years of President Obama’s Administration. Such a change in the current relationship would free the United States from the suspicions that they are attached to Israel at the hip rather than merely allies often of convenience. Such a new relationship could prove to be as lasting and deep as the current relationship but without the abrasiveness of any feelings of imposition or reliance by one side or the other. Such a clearing of the air could only be healthier for both nations and in the end lead to a better understanding and relations.

 

Many people from both Israel and the United States claim that Israel could not long survive without the unwavering support of the United States. When it comes to the United States guarding against one-sided resolutions in the Security Council, the support of the United States is invaluable, especially concerning any Chapter Seven enforceable resolutions. Israel could likely survive lesser resolutions which do not force sanctions or permit enforcement through military force. It is not like Israel is not already facing drives in all areas and continual assaults through the United Nations General Assembly where the Arab, Muslim, and allied nations hold an undeniable majority and animosities from numerous nations and countless NGO’s worldwide. Israel would not expect support from the United States in the Security Council any more serious or of any deeper quality than any other ally of the United States such as Germany or other NATO nation. Perhaps Israel could finally apply and be granted membership in that organization providing sufficient pressure could be exerted on Turkey who had vetoed every attempt by Israel to join NATO.

 

There would also be one last benefit from such a separation, the United States would be freed from being the go to nation when the world demands Israel be pressured. Israel would not fear the potential loss at a crucial point of military backing and thus be vulnerable to United States pressure; some might say blackmail, simply for building apartments in Jerusalem.

 

What many around the world, and apparently in the State Department, do not understand or even have the slightest clue is that the Arab Palestinian Authority officially still claims that all of Israel belongs to them and that the Jews have no history or claim to any Islamic lands anywhere in the Middle East and that the Jews all are from and need to, as a famous reporter once put it, “return to where they came, Germany, Britain, United States or Alaska or whatever nation they came from.” What is less well known is that around half of Israelis are descendants of Jews from the Middle East or North Africa with quite a number who can trace their families back over two-thousand-years right here within Israel with some having resided in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) until 1949 when Jordan ethnically cleansed the area after they illegally occupied the area for the next seventeen years and many of whom have yet been permitted to return to their homes as the Arab Palestinians have autonomy over some of the areas within Judea and Samaria. That is correct, there are areas where the vast majority of Arab Palestinians reside where Jews are forbidden from living and if the world had its way then Israelis would be forbidden from residing in much of the lands which were all part of Israel at the dawn of the nation on May 15, 1948 immediately before over six Arab nations invaded with the intent of genocidal cleansing of the Jews and any Arab who refused to fight with them against the Jews of Israel who the Arab world believed from the very beginning must be murdered so the lands could return to the service of Allah. Apparently Jews are not allowed to reside on lands belonging to Allah while the world apparently demands that Arab Muslims be welcomed everywhere in the Christian and Jewish worlds, interesting. A little aside we may discuss another time, Allah and Hashem are not identical or even near the same.

 

 

A map of Israel should any of the nations of the world actually be honest and truly be seeking peace which can only be attained should Israel have the most defensive borders imaginable.

A map of Israel should any of the nations of the world actually be honest
and truly be seeking peace which can only be attained should Israel
have the most defensive borders imaginable.

 

Perhaps it would be best to simply state that there may be benefits to both Israel and the United States if Israel was returned to being responsible for their own air superiority instead of having to hold the United States to their promise of the late 1960s. The one thing which should be learned from President Obama is that any United States President can redraw the American relations such that any promise is nullified and knowing that it would be irresponsible for Israel to continue to rely solely on the United States for her air superiority and thus her safety. Since the F-35 JSF will likely not be combat capable until 2020 to 2025 thus Israel would likely be capable of producing a fifth generation fighter jet within Israel before that date or soon thereafter. That is the reality Israel needs to measure the future as at some point she will be required to produce her own aircraft as the only peoples to remain near the top of their creative abilities for century after century through the millennia has been the Jewish people, so perhaps that should be the wellspring from which we depend. Nothing against our friends but perhaps the day may come when we will be the ones helping you just as you have assisted us. It will be our pleasure as we are to be a light unto all nations, especially all nations who remain our friends.

 

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