Trump’s Homecoming to the Washington Snake Pit
In the three weeks since our last entry, President Donald Trump ventured into the tempestuous sea of international relations, accomplished more in nine days than many of his predecessors accomplished in their respective terms, and now has returned to the snake pit that is Washington, in all its anti-Trump forms. The forces allayed against this president are as vast as they are visceral, united in a single determination to bring this president down, at any and all costs.
They include the entire Democrat Party, large swaths of the Republican Party, deep-state career apparatchiks who want to avenge Hillary Clinton’s defeat- both in and outside the White House, the vast majority of cable, network and print news media as well as practically all of academia, Hollywood and the rest of the “resist” movement- clandestinely funded by George Soros, championed by Hillary Clinton and augmented with the support of Barack Obama.
With such an array of vipers coiling in every corner of what has become the state of political affairs in our nation, it begs the question as to why the president would ever want to come back to this.
After all, he was much better received in Saudi Arabia where he exquisitely implored the leaders of twenty-four Muslim nations to join in the fight against terrorism and drive from their midst and their mosques, those (ISIS) who seek only death and destruction. The first U.S. president ever to venture into the Saudi Kingdom while in office, his flight from Saudi Arabia to Tel Aviv marked the first time any plane ever flew directly from Saudi Arabia to Israel. In Jerusalem, and while wearing a yarmulke, Trump became the first sitting U.S. President to pray at the Western Wall, the first sitting U.S. President to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. His widely- and wildly-accepted speech to the Israeli people touched on six major themes:
First, President Trump affirmed the Jewish people’s “ancient and eternal” ties to the land of Israel.
Second, Trump explained that in the heart of the tyrannical Middle East, Jews, Christians and Muslims live freely in the one democracy in the region- that being Israel.
Third, Trump pledged that the United States will always stand with Israel.
Fourth, Trump hinted at the possibility of a larger, regional peace between Israel and the Sunni Arab nations.
Fifth, Trump pledged his firm commitment to ensuring that Iran doesn’t obtain a nuclear weapon and halting Tehran’s support for terrorists.
Lastly, and contrary to what the mainstream media would have us believe, Trump claimed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinians themselves are “ready to reach for peace.”
With regards to the latter, Trump became the first sitting U.S. President to venture into the West Bank, urge the Palestinian Authority to join in the fight against ISIS, meet with the Palestinian leader, and secure a commitment from Abbas to put forth a sincere effort to make peace with Israel.
Try to think of any President during your own lifetime that managed to do all of this in but a few days- let alone during the terms of their office.
Yet, Trump wasn’t finished. From Jerusalem, his journey continued onto Rome, where he met with Pope Francis, and thus completed a triad of having visited the holy cities and religious centers of all three of the world’s monotheistic, Abrahamic faiths- Islam, Judaism and Christianity.
He continued on to the dedication of the new NATO headquarters in Brussels, and publically put forth what had been privately put forth by most all of his predecessors since NATO’s founding at the end of World War II- the need for NATO’s member nations to provide their own nominally fair share of providing for their own defense. Only four of NATO’s twenty-seven member nations are in compliance with the 2% of GDP threshold, and past efforts over the decades to “diplomatically” remind the remaining nations in private to pony up have yielded little or no results. Leave it to Trump to bring this before the people of Europe and all the world, and remind them that insuring the peace should not be the exclusive burden placed upon the backs of the American taxpayers… imagine that!
…Why, it was enough to send all of the tweed-jackets in academia and all of the pin-striped suits in the State Department to cry aghast, and swoon in shock, at the horror of this intemperate faux pas, on the part of our president. While the feckless and spineless leaders of Europe smirked in derision at the president’s remarks, they nevertheless received the long-overdue message that America’s protective security is not to be taken for granted and that such a treaty must be participatory in nature, by all its members. The massacre outside Manchester’s arena provided yet another tragic reminder that opening the doors to immigration and unfettered international transit, all in the name of political correctness and inclusion, is all-too-often the pathway to peril in the age of Islamist extremism. That Europe refuses to actively join in the fight against ISIS is reprehensible enough, but it is becoming clear that warning signs associated with the individuals responsible for the attack were all around and yet, inexplicably, not acted upon. Trump, citing the attack, reminded these same NATO leaders, and those assembled for the G-7 conference in Sicily that the world can only prosper when it rids itself of Islamist terrorism.
The defeat of terrorism- an all-encompassing theme to Donald Trump’s first international trip is, by any measure, an undeniably noble and critically-important mission that the entire sane world can wrap its head around, and yet…
…the President of the United States, on the heels of a wholly-successful overseas trip, is welcomed home to the snake pit that is his own nation’s capital, where opposition to his presidency, obfuscation of reality, and obsession into all things Russian are pursued by those within and outside his own party. A Chuck Schumer (D-NY) here or a Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) there is of no surprise, but throw in a John McCain (R-AZ) or a Ben Sasse (R-NE) or a Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and the treachery and venom of treason begins to rear its ugly head, be it a leak of secure information or the determined attempt by our elected officials to bring down the nation’s duly-elected President.
Alas, the only thing separating the greater anti-Trump counter-insurgency from a photo of Kathy Griffin holding a severed head of Donald Trump is the image itself, for in the end, they all seek the same thing- the destruction of Donald J. Trump.
-Drew Nickell, 31 May 2017
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