It’s What He Does

Bill Neinast

Last week was new decade resolutions time.  This week is one of thanksgiving.

The traditional Thanksgiving Day is 11 months away, but that is too long to wait.  Americans have too much to be thankful for to wait that long.

Thanks should rain down on the White House.  The current occupant of that symbol of democracy and freedom is a man of his word.

That he uses so many words, however, makes him an object of hate for many people.  Without question, our President is a blowhard.  His overabundance of tweets in response to what he calls fake news is simply a modern version of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s fireside chats.

An appropriate response to this flood of tweets, however, is to apply the adage of “Look at what he does, not at what he says.”

Applying that rule of thumb to the current situation portrays Donald Trump in sharp contrast with Barack Obama.  

When our President draws a line in the sand, he means it and enforces it.  Conversely, anytime someone crossed a line drawn by Obama, the line was simply moved further out.

The validity of that observation is proven by the current situation in the Middle East.  Recently, when Iran tested our resolve by downing one of our unmanned drones, there were many demands for retaliation.

Our President, however, commented that no American lives were lost, so military retaliation was not warranted.  But he did draw a red line.  He warned that there would be consequences if Iran or any of its allies caused the death of an American.

Iran crossed that line when the actions of General Qassem Suleimani resulted in the death of an American contractor and the injury of two American soldiers in Iraq.  A few days later, the man of his word in the White House ordered that Suleimani be taken out, and he was.

In all the criticism of the assassination of this murderer of thousands of Americans and our allies, not a word has been spoken or printed about the significance of that action.  There is no mention or discussion of the phenomenal intelligence that pinpointed the exact location, time, and vehicle in which Suleimani would be riding, so that it could be taken out by a drone without damage or death to others. 

That type of intelligence and pinpoint action should give pause to any other tyrant thinking about challenging the U.S.

Unfortunately, however, tyrants/dictators think they are invincible and want to show the world that they can take down the mighty United States.

It is worse than a shame that some in this country want to support dictators like Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.  Representative Nancy Pelosi, Senator Chuck Shumer, and other socialists in Congress are crying that they were not informed about the planned elimination of Suleimani.  They are now proposing war powers legislation to prohibit the President from taking such action without prior congressional approval.

Imagine having those clowns in charge of the security of our nation.  One of the basic principles of military action is surprise.  The enemy should never know what, where, and how you are going to strike next.  

If Congress had been in on taking out Suleimani, how long would it have been before the plans were “leaked” and Suleimani would have taken another vehicle or route.

And those upset about our assassination of a world leader should read Annie Jacobsen’s “Surprise, Kill, Vanish, The Secret History of CIA Paramilitary Armies, Operators, and Assassins.”

This book is based on declassified CIA records and interviews with past and present CIA operatives.  It places the U.S. at the top of the list of countries interfering with other countries’ political processes, including assassination of political leaders.  

If Pelosi and Schumer were to spend some time studying this book, they might, but probably not, want to shake our President’s hand rather than criticize him.

So here’s the perspective.

What happens next is pure speculation.  As mentioned earlier, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is a dictator.  As such, he thinks he is invincible and that he can bring the U.S. to its knees.  

The next call is up to him and what that might be is anyone’s guess.  

Fortunately, with the intelligence capabilities indicated with the assassination of Qassem Suleimani, our President may have warnings of what may be coming and will take appropriate actions in defense.

Remember, judge a person by what he does, not by what he says.

Be thankful that we have a President who does what he says he is going to do.



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