AS A MATTER OF FACT

Every time Donald Trump speaks, on any subject, someone in the MSM will automatically accuse him of lying. Some one recently claimed that Trump lied an average of 7.5 times per day. Once would think that Donald Trump is a serial liar who simply cannot tell the truth. But before reaching that conclusion it is important to understand how the MSM determines whether or not someone is lying. Following is the article by FactCheck.org which is hopelessly biased:

https://www.factcheck.org/

Trump was accused of lying because he said there was a “new” crisis at the U.S. Mexico Border. There are two problems here. One is that Trump did not say this was a “new” crisis, he said: “there is a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border.” The other is that if Trump was lying about calling this a “new” crisis, it would only be a lie if one admits that there was an existing crisis. The MSM argues there is not and never has been a crisis. This is just plan nonsense.

Trump was also accused of falsely claiming Democrats were refusing to pay for border security. Trump did say that, but only after he explained that he considers a border barrier to be an essential element of border security.

The article goes on to say Trump lied about how drugs come into the United States. Here is what Trump actually said:

Our southern border is a pipeline for vast quantities of illegal drugs, including meth, heroin, cocaine and fentanyl. Every week 300 of our citizens are killed by heroin alone, 90 percent of which floods across from our southern border.

This is called a lie, because most drug arrests happen at ports of entry. That argument  is absurd. Government statistics only report drugs we find. There are no reports regarding the quantity of drugs we don’t find. That is the real problem. Since drugs are indisputably pouring in, it is obvious just monitoring ports of entry is NOT WORKING! Seriously, do Democrats really believe that criminals will always choose to try and sneak drugs through a port of entry, where they are far more likely to get caught, then to try and smuggle them across an open border with no fencing at all? This is just dumb.

Shepard Smith, who never passes up an opportunity to slam Trump, accused him of lying because he issued scary warnings about murders by immigrants. Smith made a snarky comment about how: “Statistics show that there is less violent crime by the undocumented immigrant population than by the general population.” This study runs directly counter to a cold hard fact. According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the percentage of inmates in federal prisons who are in the country illegally is 25%. That is a lot higher than the percentage of illegal immigrants in the population. In addition the GAO reported that criminal illegal aliens were arrested an average of 7 times. So the theory that illegal immigrants are far more wonderful people than the rest of us is more than a little suspect. In addition, even if this study came strictly from the lips of God, nothing Trump said about those murders was a lie.

What makes this more disgusting is that the MSM does the same thing all the time. If one black guy gets shot by a cop, the MSM pretends every cop is out to shoot innocent black males for walking while black. Statistics show the opposite is true but they don’t care. Every time there is a mass shooting, people like Shepard Smith immediately trot out the victims and make heart rendering screams about the need for more gun control. The liberal left NEVER resists exploiting personal tragedy for political purposes. In most cases, none of the proposed gun control efforts would have had any impact on the situation, but that inconvenient fact is ignored. Talk about hypocrisy.

Shepard Smith also said repeated the myth that Trump lied about how drugs entered the country. He, like most of the MSM just repeats Democratic talking points. Then Smith said that Trump lied about the trade deal helping to pay for the wall by saying the trade deal is not complete. I am not sure how that makes anything Trump said to be a lie. Finally, he claimed Trump lied about law enforcement professionals asking for the $5.7 billion. Technically, Smith is right about this’ Law enforcement professionals didn’t ask for $5.7 billion, they wanted a lot more. They asked for whatever it takes, which is probably closer to $25 billion. This is nothing more than deliberate parsing of words to make it appear as though Trump is telling deliberate lies.

Sadly, this garbage has been repeated numerous times on virtually every network. There is even a gambling site where people can wage bets on how many lies Trump tells each day. This is just ridiculous.

But my favorite is Jim Acosta, who is very skilled at doing something incredibly stupid. He just posted a picture of himself on twitter standing by a border wall saying:

“I found some steel slats down by the border. But I don’t see anything resembling a national emergency situation. At least not in the McAllen TX area of the border where Trump will be today.”

Duh. Maybe the reason there is no crisis in that location, is that THERE IS ALREADY A WALL THERE! Acosta actually made Trump’s case.

Romans 1:12

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.”

If this fact checking technique was used to evaluate comments by any other politician, including Barrack Obama, they would be also be accused of lying every time they spoke. I suspect almost everyone would be guilty of serial lying by this standard. For example if you said it was hot yesterday, some jerk in MSM would sanctimoniously point out that it was only 102 degrees while the day before it was 105. Then they would call you a liar, ignoring the obvious fact that both temperatures actually are “hot.” This is evidence of nothing more than the extreme bias toward Donald Trump by the MSM and the sustained willingness to repeat absurd allegations about him.

The sad truth is a lot of people see this garbage and they really believe Trump is a serial liar. Some of the social media posts are beyond incredible. The good news is that most of them are Democrats, who would vote for Adolph Hitler if he ran as a Democrat. They are annoying, but they are far from the majority of people in this country. As a matter of fact, the rest of us are not as easily misled.

TDM

THE CHICKEN DANCE

Donald Trump gave a terrific speech. He made a strong case for the border wall. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer embarrassed themselves on national TV. It was beyond pathetic. But none of it may matter, because there are already some Republicans warming up for the “Chicken Dance.” The usual suspects, like Murkowski from Alaska, have already abandoned ship. Odds are more Republicans will start heading toward the exits.  We have seen this all before. If Republican flake on this, Democrats will double down next time. It would be incredibly naïve to think that they will ever vote for a border wall, regardless of how necessary, if they win this one. Once again it sure looks like Republicans are on a path to rewarding bad behavior.

But, it doesn’t have to end this way. I did a little research that put things in perspective. In June 1863, Abraham Lincoln looked like a failed president. Republicans were increasingly pressuring him to negotiate with the South to end the Civil War. Robert E. Lee was leading an invasion of Pennsylvania. Union victories were scare and Lincoln was running out of Generals. None of the political pundits of the day predicted a good result. That all changed in just a few days. General Grant announced the surrender of Vicksburg, giving the Union full control of the Mississippi River and General Meade defeated Robert E. Lee at the battle of Gettysburg. By the fall of 1864, Lincoln cruised to re-election and the Union Army was wrapping up the civil war.

Lincoln had a lot of advisers, including General McClellan telling him he couldn’t win and to negotiate a settlement. All of the “peace” makers thought they were smarter and stronger than Lincoln. They were all wrong. Lincoln knew that if he didn’t back down, the South could not win that war. He just needed to find the right general who would make that happen. He found that general in Vicksburg, Mississippi. His advisers and other generals warned Lincoln not to trust General Grant. They described Grant as a drunk. Lincoln responded with the following:

Find out what whiskey he drinks and send all of my generals a case, if it will get the same results.”

If Trump holds firm, he will discover that he holds all the cards. He has the truth on his side. He also has public opinion. The latest poll shows that 52% of Democrats do not think a wall is necessary. That means that 48% of Democrats do think it is necessary and a very high percentage of Republicans and Independents think it is necessary.

Democrats and the main stream media will raise a lot of stink and steam. They will do everything possible to intimidate Trump into surrendering. That may even work; it has certain worked in the past. But what if Trump does not surrender?

According to the MSM, Trump is losing the shut-down argument. He is, if they are the only judge and jury. But they aren’t the only judge and jury and these people are wrong about nearly everything. The following article is typical:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-trump-democrats-government-shutdown_us_5c3624f4e4b00c33ab5f0899

This is what they believe. This is what they want you to believe. If they succeed, Trump is in big trouble and the country is headed for disaster. Democrats are now threatening to shut down the Senate from passing anything until Trump yields. They are so blinded by their hatred of Donald Trump that they simply cannot see reality.

They would be wise to pay attention to what Mitch McConnell had to say yesterday:

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/mcconnell-accuses-democrats-of-throwing-partisan-tantrum-over-shutdown

“Maybe the Democratic Party was for secure borders before they were against them,” McConnell said. “Or maybe they’re just making it up as they go along. Or maybe they are dead set on opposing this particular president on any issue, for any reason, just for the sake of opposing him.”

“Today, my friend the Democratic leader [Schumer] is proposing to add a Senate shutdown to the partial federal government shutdown and block even more of the people’s business, all to avoid more of what he already voted for. The only things that have changed between then and now are the political winds and of course the occupant of the White House.”

“So, this is no newfound principled objection, it’s just political spite. A partisan tantrum being prioritized over the public interest.”

It really boils down to this. If President Trump and Mitch McConnell mean what they are saying, this will not end up well for democrats. If you watched both Trump and the Democratic response last night, ask yourself a simple question. “Who was focused on fixing a problem and who was focused on fixing the blame?Who was throwing a temper tantrum, Trump or Schumer? Don’t assume that Democrats with the help of the hopelessly biased MSM are winning the public debate here.

TDM

THE BULLY PULPIT

President Trump is announcing a speech to the nation tonight at 9:00 EST. The networks have all agreed to broadcast this live. This is an acknowledgement that Trump has the right to speak directly to the public regarding a situation he considers to be an emergency. This is a significant contrast between when in 2014 Obama asked for air time to “xplain” his new immigration policy.

This is a huge problem, for Democrats. Trump is a master showman.  He appears to be planning on speaking for about eight minutes. It would be foolish to underestimate him. You may like him, you may hate him, but you can’t take your eyes off him. The man flat out knows how to work a camera.

Neither the Democratic Party nor any member of the main stream media approaches this level of personal magnetism. Responding to a speech from the Oval office is always risky. Remember all those Republicans who gave the response to a State of the Union speech by Barack Obama?  Me neither, which is the point. This is like entering a slam dunk contest with Lebron James when you can’t even play basketball.

Pelosi and Schumer routinely accuse Trump of lying and Pelosi says the law is immoral. They are both on public record supporting a wall, before Trump was President. Was the portion of the wall built by Obama immoral too? Even Chris Cuomo at CNN noticed the problem. The usual suspects like Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon are too busy being the problem to notice the problem.

Trump has a team of speech writers verifying every fact. Nancy and Chuck and others responding to him will be basically winging it. Always remember that a President of the United States knows things you do not know. It is extremely risky to challenge a President regarding factual issues. If they falsely accuse him of lying, they will be shredding their own credibility.

If the people listening tonight believe Trump, Democrats are in deep doo doo. Since Trump is reporting on something that is obviously true, odds are a lot of people will believe him. Most of those who will never believe him will probably not bother listening to his speech in the first place.

These things are impossible to predict, but if I were a Democratic strategist contemplating Pelosi and Schumer responding in real time on National Television to Donald Trump, with zero time to prepare, I would be very very worried.

TDM

COLOR BLIND

In the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump in Los Angeles County by a margin of 1,694,621; with 2,464,364 votes compared to Trump’s 769,743 votes. Hillary won by 2,868,518 votes nationwide, but she won by 4,269,978 in California alone. Obviously, if it wasn’t for California, Hillary LOST the popular vote by a big margin.

We now know for a fact that California vote totals are highly suspect. Judicial Watch just won a stunning victory that will have a major impact on cleaning up voter registrations in California, particularly in Los Angeles County:

https://www.judicialwatch.org/

The problem was well known but ignored by the main stream media.  Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit that proved that millions of inactive voters were on the voter rolls in Los Angeles County alone. They forced Los Angeles County and the Secretary of State to sign a settlement agreement to clean up California voter rollsLos Angeles County must remove 1.5 million inactive voters from existing voter rolls. That is remarkably close to Hillary Clinton’s total margin in Los Angeles Country.

The California Secretary of State has reluctantly agreed to bring California in compliance with federal guidelines. Every County in California will be required to remove inactive voters and they will be required to only register new voters in compliance with federal standards.

This is one reason everyone in California has to get a new Drivers’ License if you plan on boarding an air plane after early fall 2020. You have to turn in your current license for a “real ID.” To get a real ID you need to prove both citizenship and residency. California recently tightened rules to require “two” proofs” of residency, usually current utility bills, in order to comply with federal law.

The only thing consistent in American politics is that things change. California used to be a Republican state. The Southern States used to be a Democratic block. This is exactly the kind of event that could materially change the political structure in this state.

I wrote a blog titled: “What Color is California?” http://scotshonor.com/?p=3701 in August 2017.

Then I estimated that there were potentially 1,049,371 illegal voters in Los Angeles County. If the Judicial Watch report is accurate, the actual number is closer to 1,500,000 voters and Los Angeles Country has reluctantly agreed to remove these voters from the rolls. Facts are stubborn things and although they can be ignored for long periods of time they are still facts. I am not predicting that California will become a Red State, but it may become a lot more color blind.

TDM

TO SIR, WITH LOVE!

Donald Trump may have done the impossible. He just may have planted a spine in the Republican Party. Mitch McConnell has flat out told Nancy Pelosi that the Senate will not vote on any spending bill that Trump will not agree to sign. So far, no Republican Senator is even hinting at opposition to Trump.

I am sure that the plan for both Schumer and Pelosi was to hold the government hostage and score a cheap political victory over Donald Trump. Before Trump, this would have almost certainly worked. Republican RINOs are famous for folding under pressure. But things are different now. Donald Trump has proved that sometimes the only thing necessary to win is the willingness to fight for what you believe. Many of these Republicans may despise Trump, but they recognize who is winning and who is not.

Schumer and Pelosi may have stupidly chosen to fight a battle against Donald Trump on the worse possible battle field. In spite of the spin by the main stream media, the majority of Americans WANT the government to build a wall/fence/ditch along our border.

So far, Republicans are not turning tail. If anything, they are encouraging Trump to stay the course. Even his former enemies, like Lindsey Graham, are loudly supporting him. John Kennedy once said that: “victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.” Donald Trump is winning and the size of his bandwagon is going to surprise a lot of folks.

Mitt Romney, probably on a mission to fill the void left by Corker, Flake and McCain wrote a self-righteous sermon slamming Trump. No one applauded. Instead he was met with a furious backlash. He has already started backing down big time. It looks like a lot of those Republican Senators have figured out something. Perhaps they have done some research and read up on Benjamin Franklin:

We must, indeed, all hang together or, must assuredly, we shall all hang separately.

Or maybe they understood what Lindsey Graham meant during the Kavanaugh hearings:

 “Boy, you all want power. God, I hope you never get it.”

If Trump loses, every Republican in congress loses. Even worse, the country loses. Democrats have proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that they have zero interest in compromise or sharing power. Their mission is nothing less than to attain absolute power. Republicans either stand together and fight back or risk extermination. Donald Trump, for all his faults, knows how to fight back.

There is an old joke about what do you call a 300 pound tattooed biker with bad breath shouting insults at you from a dark alleyway. The obvious answer is: “sir.”

The whole world has figured this out. The Chinese, the North Koreans, the Canadians, the French and even the Mexicans are all calling Donald Trump: “sir.” Not because they like him, but rather because they fear and respect him.

How do you thank someone who has got North Korea to back away from nuclear weapons? How do you thank someone who got China to blink and at least consider a more balanced trade agreement? How do you thank someone who just got Mexico to help stem the flow of illegal immigrants? How do you thank someone who called Nancy Pelosi’s and Chuck Schumer’s bluff by refusing to back off support for Brett Kavanaugh and for the absolutely necessary border wall?

They actually wrote a song about this and even made it into a movie: “To sir, with love.”

You don’t have to love Donald Trump, but you sure should love what he is doing for our country.

TDM

WHAT PRICE VICTORY?

If Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi score a huge political win over Donald Trump, it may prove to be a very short term and catastrophic victory. There are already reports of a new caravan with more than 15,000 people forming in Honduras. If Trump is forced to give up on constructing a barrier on our Southern Border, the problem will become much worse and it will create enormous problems. I suspect both Schumer and Pelosi know that. The plan is to probably to publicly humiliate Trump, but behind the scenes to secretly support protecting our border. The problem is that if the President of the United States is viewed as weak and impotent, it endangers all of us. This will not be limited to our southern border. Our enemies all over the world will be emboldened to attack us.

If you think this is a reach, go back and look at the way a Democratic congress handled things following the resignation of Richard Nixon. Nixon won the war and North Vietnam signed a peace treaty. But when Nixon was removed from office, the Democratic controlled congress cut off all funds for the war and refused even to allow South Vietnam to purchase the military weapons and supplies necessary to defend itself. President Ford begged congress to change course, but they ignored him, and our country endured a humiliating defeat.

The speed at which this happened was shocking. Nixon was forced to resign on August 8, 1974. North Vietnam immediately realized that the U.S. was vulnerable and by December of 1974 North Vietnamese Communist Party Secretary Le Duan developed a two-year plan for the “liberation” of South Vietnam. In reality, it only took 55 days. On April 23, 1975, President Ford announced to students at Tulane University that as far as American participation was concerned the war was over.  The students cheered joyfully. On April 30, Saigon fell, and the last American personnel were evacuated. The liberal left was too busy rejoicing to give any consideration to the millions of people who were slaughtered as a result of their “victory.”

If Democrat succeed in humiliating President Trump, with regard to what he considers to be a grave threat to national security, we may see similar results all over the world. The problem will not be limited to our southern border. Imagine this country facing grave threats, all over the world, in the Ukraine, the South China Sea, North Korea and Iran. Now imagine a committee, lead by Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Dick Durban developing an effective strategy for dealing with these threats. A strategy that will take weeks, if not months to develop and which will always be a day late and a dollar short.  Be very, very afraid.

TDM

DEMOGRAPHICS

Donald Trump made a very interesting tweet that borders on brilliant:

Have the Democrats finally realized that we desperately need Border Security and a Wall on the Southern Border? Need to stop Drugs, Human Trafficking,Gang Members & Criminals from coming into our Country. Do the Dems realize that most of the people not getting paid are Democrats?

I have frequently remarked that the famous Trump tweets are not actually written by a bitter and angry old man sitting in his underwear in the oval office. Trump actually has a team of people who “help” him with his tweets. While his tweets occasionally wander off course, they are actually the result of a well-choreographed media campaign. They definitely drive liberals insane, but if you look at them, they are the polar opposite of being spontaneous and unfocused. Trump, the master performer, knows his audience.

Trump is spot on in his observation that most people not being paid by the partial government shutdown are Democrats. A lot of these people are part of the entrenched bureaucracy who have been in place for years. They consider any President to be the temporary occupant of the White House. The real power lies with them, the unelected and unmovable mass of bureaucratic employees who really don’t pay much attention to elections. But there is a reason they are considered non-essential employees. The world will continue, relatively unscathed, whether they draw a paycheck or not.

Oh, shutting down the government will result in a lot of stink and steam, but most of the people affected will be those drawing a paycheck from the federal government. The rest of us will quickly understand why non-essential really does mean “non-essential.” There is a real risk that if the shutdown lingers for too long that a lot of people will start asking a very obvious question. “Why are we paying all this money for people we don’t actually need?”

The main stream media, totally dominated by the Democratic Party, will spin this as an unprecedented disaster. They will focus entirely on a couple of antidotal cases intended to tug at our heart strings by showcasing the inhumanity of it all. This is similar to the current attempts to represent all illegal immigrants and people banned from countries that harbor terrorists as wonderful people we all want living next door. The reality is that while some of them are like this, there are also others like this animal that shot a police officer in Newman, CA.  There is an old saying that one should avoid throwing out the baby with the bath water, but they leave out an important part of that quote. No one benefits by keeping the old bath water.

The result is that while Nancy Pelosi is relaxing in Hawaii, Trump is holed up in the White House looking like the only adult left in Washington, D.C. At some point, this will become so obvious that even the Kool-Aid drinking progressives just elected to congress will figure it out. In spite of the rhetoric, Trump is spot on in his analysis. If we don’t stop people from flooding in over our southern border, we are going to have enormous problems that cannot and will not be ignored. In addition, if we allow non-essential people to stay home, we are likely to learn that they really are non-essential.

This reminds me of an employee who was habitually late to work. I finally met with her and gave her a final written notice saying that if she was late again, she would be fired. She came in to see me the next day and asked for a raise. Apparently, she though she needed more compensation for not doing her job. It was a very short meeting and I wished her well in her next employment adventure.

Sometimes, when people take their ball and go home, we learn that we didn’t actually need their ball anyway.

TDM

THE GOOSE AND THE GANDER

My mother used to say: “You might as well get hung for a goose as a gander.” I always wondered where this came from. Later I realized she probably got this from the phrase “might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb.” The point is that if you are going to pay for a crime anyway, you might as well do something worse as the penalty is the same.

This reminds me of a personal moment of enlightenment during my second combat tour in South East Asia. I suddenly realized that, short of committing a crime, there really was nothing else the Air Force could do to me that would be worse than my current assignment.  I was flying daily combat missions on rickety aircraft over hostile territory.Then at night we could look forward to rocket and/or mortar attacks.Even the coveted re-assignment to Fairbanks, Alaska wasn’t much of a threat. I literally laughed out loud.

I suspect Donald Trump is in a very similar position. Granted, he will be blamed, by the MSM, for the government shutdown. But he is blamed by the MSM for everything anyway. He was even blamed for daring to visit the troops in Iraq over the Christmas Holiday. We are at the point where it is literally impossible for Trump to get worse press coverage. When you think about it, Trump has almost nothing to lose. He is hardly going to get impeached over this.

If Trump refuses to budge, the only way Democrats win is if they can get 2/3rds of the House AND 2/3rds of the Senate to override a Trump veto. Good luck with that. Republicans are not pressuring Trump to fold, they are instead encouraging him to stay the course.

At some point, sooner rather than later, the American public is going to realize that unless Democrats compromise, this partial shutdown will continue. The people most affected will be public sector employees and odds are a high percentage of them are Democrats. Don’t assume that Chuck and Nancy won’t start to get a lot of heat. Dumping on Trump is great fun, but so is paying the mortgage.

There is a long history of Republicans snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, and it would be naïve to expect anything different. But this time there is at least the potential for a different outcome, if for no other reason than Trump actually has little left to lose.

TDM

SPECIAL DELIVERY

It appears as though the Trump administration has finally figured out how to win the border wall funding debate. It is quite simple; just give Democrats exactly what they want. Democrats don’t want a border wall at all, they just want open borders. So, let people come in and deliver them to, gasp, Democrats. They can invite CNN and others in to report on how great this is working out. ICE has already figured this out and they know that Beto O’Rourke is the right man for the job. So they just dropped off 200 migrants at the El Paso, Texas, bus station:

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/dec/25/beto-orourke-seeks-help-after-ice-leaves-200-migra/

Veronica Escobar, the Democrat who is replacing O’Rourke, calls this “really alarming.”  Why? These are wonderful people just seeking a better life. She should be thrilled at the opportunity to help. What better plan than to hand over responsibility for their care and feeding to their strongest supporters. And, in the ultimate act of kindness, they were delivered on Christmas Day.

Imagine buses arriving in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Chicago, New York, New Jersey, and Washington D.C.  All of them are full of fresh arrivals, ready to start their life in the U.S. Since most of them are guaranteed to vote only for Democrats, send them to Democratic strongholds where they will be most welcome.

Perhaps some buses could even be sent to the home addresses of Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Diane Feinstein and Kamala Harris. They will know what to do.

If this continues, then just give ICE and the border patrol New Year’s Day off. Be sure to let everyone at CNN know this is happening. All these wonderful people will flood into our country, in places like San Diego and El Paso. The California dream will become available over night. The budget war will be over, because this will prove once and for all why a border wall is completely unnecessary. What a great way to start the New Year.

Happy New Year

TDM

THE VACUUM CLEANER

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a convoy of troops has been sent by Saudi Arabia and UAE to areas controlled by the Kurdish YPG group.

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/12/21/checkmate-saudi-crown-prince-mbs-sends-replacement-troops-to-defend-kurds-in-syria/

This would be in the same area where Trump just authorized the withdrawal of American troops. There are two major concerns in this area. One is that Turkey was getting ready to launch a military exercise against the Kurds. That would be the same Turkey that tried to use the Kashoggi affair to point the finger at the Saudi Crown Prince. The same Crown Prince that Trump refused to throw under the bus, even though people like Lyndsey Graham were and are demanding exactly that. Now we may know why, as the Crown Prince is the one sending in the Saudi Troops. Like Trump said, we need Saudi Arabia as an ally.

The other was the fear of a resurgence of ISIS or the continued influence of Iran. Both those concerns just disappeared over night. So, has the fear of a Turkey invasion of the Kurds. We are likely to hear very little about what happens in this region, and that is a very good thing.

If this is accurate, and it looks very accurate. Trump has shown why the military reports to the President and not vice versa. Trump has been very consistent about demanding  that allies put forth more effort to defend their own interests. Saudi Arabia appears to be doing just that. I doubt that either Syria, Russia, Iran or Turkey will be very interested in a conflict with Saudi Arabia. In the meantime, those people predicting a rapid return of ISIS are facing the reality of Saudi Arabia ready, willing and able to finish the job. Unlike our troops, Saudi Arabia will do the necessary without being hampered by the smothering presence of the main stream media. If nothing else, the Kashoggi affair shows us that the Saudis are far less tolerant of resistance in the media.

In summary, instead of creating a vacuum with the removal of U.S. troops, Trump has instead sent in a vacuum cleaner. He has done exactly what he promised. Once again, his opponents may have seriously underestimated Donald Trump.

TDM