Trump and the generals

Our Army generals are panicking.  Their vocation, their whole way of life is under threat.  The future of the United States Army as a ,major fighting force may not survive.  President Trump isn’t going to give them any wars to fight.  And he’s going to shut down the ones they’re currently fighting.  In the not too distant future, a substantial downsizing of the Army will take place.  The Navy will be the winner.  Along with the Air Force and the Space Force.

We’ll keep our airborne divisions, Marines and Special Forces, of course.  Their mission is to go in, do a job, and get out.  Any American President should always have that capability at their disposal.

But the infantry is a different proposition.  American infantry is designed as an overseas expeditionary force, and an occupying force if need be.  It’s not designed for use here at home in the USA.  It’s not needed.  We have a Navy and an Air Force to keep the bad guys away.  We haven’t been invaded since 1814, and we never will be again.  We don’t need an infantry.

Unless, of course, we have to send it overseas, to fight on foreign soil, for the defense of some other country.  But Donald Trump doesn’t believe in those kinds of wars, and neither do the American people.  We never have.

We fought the Germans in the first European Civil War of the 20th century because they attacked our ships at sea.  That was an act of war, and we responded accordingly.  We fought them in the second European Civil War because they were led by a madman, who declared war on us.  But Americans will not stand for their sons and daughters to be sacrificed in a third European Civil War.  NATO or not.

We didn’t want to fight in the Korean Civil War, or the Vietnam Civil War.  We lost 80,000 men in those wars.  We lost 3,800 in Iraq, and so far have lost 1,800 in Afghanistan.  The American people, left, right, and center, are sick of it.

We’re not pacifists, and if our national interest is threatened we’ll support a war.  When Iraq invaded Kuwait, our access to Middle East oil was threatened, and we had no choice but to respond.  We lost 149 brave patriots in that fight, and we honor their service.  But we went in, kicked ass, and left.  That kind of war we can live with.

But we need not ever send our infantry overseas again.  We don’t need that Mideast oil anymore.  We don’t need anything that we’ll have to fight a war for.

We’ll fight to defend our maritime allies, who are our partners in ruling the oceans of the world.  We’ll fight for freedom of the seas.  But there’s nothing on the landmass of Eurasia, or Africa, that we need to fight over.

That’s the real reason the generals are angry with President Trump.  He wants peace, and he’s going to get it.

 

Fritz Pettyjohn studied Alfred Thayer Mahan as a Midshipman in the UC Berkeley Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1962-63.

 

Trump’s Dollar Diplomacy

(An edited version appears in today’s American Thinker.  Unfortunately, the last line was taken out.)

The United States has Turkey by the balls, economically.  It doesn’t take much pressure to get the Turks’ attention.  That’s why Turkey is making nice.  They have no choice.

Eisenhower used the same tactic in 1956 with Britain and France.  They were warring on Egypt, trying to steal the Suez Canal.  The economic sanctions he threatened were enough for them to call the whole thing off.

FDR used a similar tactic with the Japanese, cutting off their oil imports from the US, and forcing them to either back off in Manchuria or go to war.  They unwisely chose war.  Bad decision.

The Mexican government decided to cooperate with us in border enforcement because they had no choice.  President Trump has the power to bring their economy to its knees.

This is the 21st century method of choice in American foreign policy.  Don’t use military force.  Use economic carrots and sticks.  Sticks if you’re bad, carrots if you’re good.  If the Norks ever do come around, it will be the allure of the carrot (economic development) as much as the pain of the stick (sanctions).

Now that the western hemisphere is energy independent, it can get along just fine without the rest of the world.  As a result, the United States is a great power without vital interests abroad.  We can pick and choose when we will engage with the world.  It will always be on our terms, and in our interest.

North and South America are islands, in the geopolitical sense.  The other island, maritime, nations of Britain, Japan, Australia and New Zealand are allied with us in ruling the oceans, and thus the commerce, of the world.  Any attack on them is an attack on us.  We fought World War One for freedom of the seas, and we’ll fight again for the same cause.

Beyond that, our interest in the conflicts of the world is discretionary.  President Trump intervenes with Turkey in order to prevent a humanitarian disaster, and to keep ISIS confined.  You don’t have to put young Americans in harm’s way to do it.  Nancy Pelosi doesn’t comprehend any of this.  In foreign affairs, she has the innocence of a child.

In the third grade.

Drudge finally got a girl friend

Matt Drudge has a number of things going for him, but he’s never been a hit with the ladies.  He’s not an attractive man, and has never married in his 52 years.

His website, the Drudge Report, has just recently undergone a radical transformation.  All of a sudden, it’s an all out attack Trump platform.  V.P. Pence cut a deal with Turkey yesterday, which will hopefully avoid a bloody war in northern Syria.  Drudge hasn’t mentioned it.  This is astonishing.  The DR is always right on top of the latest news.

There’s only one explanation.  Drudge has a girl friend, and in order to keep her he has to be all in on Never Trump.  That’s her politics, so that’s his politics too.

He’s pussy whipped, plain and simple.

Trump will set the terms of debate

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) has set its dates for the 2020 election.  But the Commission has lost all credibility and is no longer useful.  In 2012 it selected Democratic partisan Candy Crowley as a moderator.  She successfully bullied Mitt Romney into submission, and may have cost him the election.  In 2016 uberliberal Anderson Cooper was a moderator, “balanced” by Chris Wallace of Fox News.  With this kind of track record, President Trump has no reason to cooperate with the CPD.

He’ll want debates, though.  They will give him the chance to expose the radical agenda of the Democrat to the widest possible audience.  But if the Democrat refuses to cooperate, and insists on CPD involvement, there won’t be any debates.  The elections of 1964, 1968 and 1972 were held without them.  The republic survived.

Trump knows television, and he will only agree to a format which suits him.  Each candidate could choose a co-moderator, who can then agree to a third, compromise choice.  Trump may want Tucker Carlson or Sean Hannity.  The Democrat has the entire fake media to choose from.  Trump was forced to play defense against Clinton in 2016.  2020 will be a different ball game.

“Are you better off than you were four years ago” was a great line for Reagan in 1984.  Count on Trump to come up with something even better.

 

 

 

 

Trump to the rescue in Virginia?

Virginia’s been a purple state, but it’s trending blue.  Clinton edged out Trump in 2016, and in 2017 Democrats won statewide offices handily, and reduced Republicans in the House of Delegates from 66 to 51.  This year, due to redistricting, Republicans will be fortunate if they manage to hang on to 20 of the 40 seats in the State Senate.  It is widely predicted that they will lose their one vote majority in the House.

Unless.  Polls show Democratic voters more enthusiastic than Republicans, but the election is four weeks away, and that could change.   President Trump could turn it around with one giant rally.  With one such rally in Lake Charles last Friday, Trump denied Louisiana Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards a majority in the jungle primary. Just before the Nov. 5th  election, he’ll be going to Kentucky to help endangered Gov. Matt Bevin win reelection.

Louisiana and Kentucky are hard red, and Trump isn’t helping his own reelection chances by campaigning in them.  Virginia, however, is ripe for the picking in 2020.  If he’s going to win his landslide, Virginia would be part of the red wave.

He’s got some red meat to feed the crowd in Virginia.  From Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon:

“Virginia turned down hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal money used to combat gun crime in 2018, rather than comply with federal immigration authorities, according to documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.  A series of Department of Justice memos show that two anti-gun-crime grants were transferred from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), which had previously administered the program, in Dec. 2018. The memos say the transfer was necessary after state officials refused to certify that Virginia would comply with federal requirements to share immigration information with federal law enforcement.”

While the State Senate may be too steep a hill to climb, the Republican majority in the House of Delegates can be saved.  And Trump may have a little personal motivation to save it.  When he addressed the House of Delegates on July 30th, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first meeting of the Virginia legislature, Delegate Ibraheem Samirah interrupted with a speech to the audience condemning Trump as a racist.

Delegate Samirah, like the rest of his Democratic colleagues, is eagerly looking forward to serving in the majority.  They plan on transforming the political structure of Virginia.  The only thing standing in their way is President Donald J. Trump.

Fritz Pettyjohn’s Uncle William served in the Virginia House of Delegates in 1786.

(This appears in today’s American Thinker)