Wrapping Up …..

First and Foremost:

Though there will be no break in the news cycle, we will take a break in ours. With that we wish you, our friends and loyal readers, the best of the  holiday season and much health and happiness in the new year ahead.
We promise we’ll be back to present our thoughts on the events of the day.

Syria:

The President made what decision? Well, he overruled his military and diplomatic advisers, who warned against abandoning Kurdish allies and ceding influence in Syria to Russia and Iran.  Why?
His most loyal supporters were stunned:

Sen. Lindsey Graham said he was ‘personally offended’ to read about the decision in the news rather than hearing from the president or his aides. Graham has grown close to Trump and has generally praised him though he often criticized the president during the 2016 campaign.
Why would he not consult with the experts and leaders in congress?

Beyond that, a number of close U.S. allies who are members of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State said they were not consulted and were given no prior warning. One European defense secretary put in a call Tuesday to Jim Mattis after hearing rumors of the decision and received a late-night call back from the defense secretary with confirmation.
Wait, he didn’t tell our allies or consult with them? Why?

Then we heard that Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, did not participate in the meeting with Trump and was in the dark until after it took place, according to several people familiar with the situation. What?

Is this anyway to make a decision like this? I think not.

Where Are With The Wall And CR?

Yesterday the President backed down amid criticism he was causing the shut down. Last night he was criticized by the right for his tweets that started calling it “border security” and not the “wall”. Then the right started attacking him for backing down on the funding and agreeing to a CR.

Guess what? This morning he is still tweeting about border security but putting the wall in after with (Wall). Wow that is fooling us.
Then later because of the criticism he is threatening to not sign the CR. I guess the criticism got to him. Is he really that susceptible to  public criticism? How dangerous is that?
So where are we? I don’t know. Who spoke to him last?

Are Democrats clear on the wall? Yes. No funding is their stance.
Here’s the new left hero Beto O’Rourke on the wall. Figure this out:
Talking to supporters last week, Mr. O’Rourke  lamented the tragedy of people dying trying to cross the border illegally into the United States. This is especially tragic when we are talking about young children dragged by adults — often mercenary coyote smugglers — across such lethally treacherous terrain. We all agree.
Who’s to blame?
The Wall he says. Get this:
The “wall that we have already built that pushes people who are at their most desperate and vulnerable to ever-more inhospitable stretches of the Chihuahua Desert.”
So wait Beto, you mean walls work? Didn’t he just say that?

Wrapping Up Some Other Thoughts:
The Fed raised its key interest rate for a fourth time this year to reflect what it said is U.S. economic strength. They also said it plans two more increases next year. Have they checked the impact they have had on the market? 
This raise lifted the Fed’s benchmark rate to its highest level since the 2008 global financial crisis.
They never raised the rate under Obama, because they never thought the economy was strong. Yup, the same man who now takes credit for any Trump success. Next time he does, remember the Fed judgement. 
The case of Major Matt Golsteyn, is going to be big news next year. He is the Major charged with murder of a terrorist in a war zone.
Now he could face the death penalty  for that. Sides will be drawn up. My thoughts are these:
As a civilized society we cannot condone murder, even on the battlefield. 
However, under the circumstances and understanding what happened,  I do not want him going to prison, much less face the death penalty.
So a trial, and if convicted, he should get a pardon.
This won’t please the left, but who cares. If they can support Bowe Bergdalh’s walking free, they can shut up here. If they can support the pardon of Manning, they can suck this one up. This man is a hero as opposed to those two.
Speaking of which, these kids and the suffering they are having under Trump and how upset they are if a speaker on campus is from the right. Think about this:
Over 100,000 of the Union soldiers in the civil war were under the age of 15.
The average age of a soldier killed on D-day was 22 years old.
Today, we deal with men that cry and boycott if conservatives are scheduled to speak on their campuses.
One word comes to mind: Pathetic. Grow up.
On that topic think about this, too:

In a 1944 speech, Socialist Party candidate for President of the United States, Norman Thomas, said this to the audience: “The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism.  But under the name of liberalism they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without knowing how it happened.

He went on to say,  “I no longer need to run as a presidential candidate for the Socialist party, the Democratic Party has adopted our platform.”

Enough said.
Here’s hoping 2019 is your best ever.

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