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    The US has the ability to track everything that flys over the border. The tech we have now is amazing and scary. I hope law enforcement has the funding to deal with this problem. If not the military should be brought in.

    If you have any personal knowledge of planes bringing drugs over the border I hope you have reported it.

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    I was discussing the matter way back with an illegal. He claimed that's what is being done. He said they also hide drugs in large semi trucks impossible to check 100%.

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    I agree everything coming across the boarder should be thoroughly searched. Thes would slow down border trade significantly and benefit companies that produce and manufacture goods inside the US.
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    I might have evolved into a cynic concerning politicians, and I'm still skeptical of everything I read and hear about political issues, but President Trump is definitely proving to be an interesting and unique character who isn't afraid to stir the pot... And, let's face it, President Trump is not motivated by political greed since he is already a successful businessman who refuses to accept his presidential salary.

    The controversy surrounding the "Wall" is clearly indicating who cares about preserving the traditional integrity of America, and those who want to destroy it from within.




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    Why President Trump Will Likely Be Reelected, And What It Means For Global Security

    By Loren Thompson

    Donald Trump’s presidency has been so widely derided in the national media that a casual observer might easily conclude his prospects for reelection are dim. However, that is not what the odds makers are saying. They give Trump a solid edge over any Democratic candidate in 2020.

    The odds makers are right. Trump will probably be reelected if he chooses to run. What follows is an explanation of why the odds favor Trump, and what eight years of his leadership would mean for global security. Let’s start with the factors favoring a second term.

    First of all, candidates who get elected to the presidency once tend to get reelected if they run. Only two chief executives seeking reelection over the last 50 years—Carter and Bush 41—failed in their bid for a second term. Nixon, Reagan, Clinton, Bush 43 and Obama all won reelection, even though at least two of them were highly controversial. In fact, the most controversial presidents tend to roll up the biggest reelection victories.

    Second, Trump has presided over the strongest economy in living memory. Unemployment is at record lows, inflation is nearly non-existent, and new jobs are being created at a startling pace. Anyone who studies presidential politics knows that strong economies are the most important factor driving support for the incumbent. While growth may moderate between now and election day, few economists expect a recession anytime soon.



    Third, the nation is at peace. Trump has avoided involvement in new overseas adventures, and is pressing to scale back what is left of the operations he inherited from his predecessor. Critics complain he is too eager to get out of places like Afghanistan and Syria, however the record shows that voters have little patience for foreign military intervention. Unpopular wars are the one issue that can eclipse a good economy in the minds of voters, but at the moment Trump seems to be delivering both peace and prosperity.

    Fourth, Democrats are busy reminding voters in the middle of the political spectrum why they voted for Trump in 2016. Ever since the Democrats drifted away from their blue-collar base in the 1970s, winning the party’s presidential nomination has required appeals to the Left. While many voters may resent the rich and want more government benefits, those sentiments become muted when the economy is strong. Having given more voters a stake in the economic status quo, Trump can count on an electoral backlash against controversial measures advocated by Democratic presidential candidates in the primaries.

    Fifth, polls showing weak approval of the president’s performance have lulled Democrats into thinking his defeat is nearly inevitable in 2020. But Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan were both unpopular during their first terms, and then went on to score landslide victories against opponents who made the incumbent look good. Surveys indicating that a majority of voters aren’t inclined to vote for Trump again are misleading, because we don’t know who his Democratic rival will be in 2020. That will be a decisive factor drawing voters to the polls—as often as not because they are so eager to cast their ballots against a contender they detest.

    Sixth, people have gotten used to Trump. He doesn’t seem as outrageous as he once did. His critics will fret that this amounts to “normalizing deviance,” but what it really shows is that two years in the nation’s top job have taken the edge off of Trump’s confrontational personality. He no longer sounds like the strident outsider he was on inauguration day. As people become more accustomed to his style and he learns better how to modulate it, the appeal of voting for an alternative will tend to recede.

    I could go on. Trump is a masterful speaker when he campaigns, he has delivered on many of his promises to key constituencies, etc. The point is that, Robert Mueller and Kamala Harris notwithstanding, President Trump is probably going to be reelected. So what does that mean for global security?

    It’s hard to answer that question precisely without knowing which party will control Congress or what our various overseas partners and adversaries might do in the future. However, there is one critical consequence for global security that you can take to the bank if he wins reelection. The world order that America fashioned in the years after World War Two—the 40 years now known as the Cold War—will be finally and definitively done for.

    That global order was grounded in three fundamental precepts: support for democratic principles, collective security against Russian aggression, and liberalization of international trade. Now every one of those precepts is at risk due to President Trump’s nationalistic, transactional approach to his job. In Trump’s view, many of the ties that America has to other nations are left over from another time, and have become a pretext for draining the nation’s treasury. He wants to stop subsidizing the security of nations that are not paying their fair share, and focus more on looking out for America’s economy the same way every other nation does.

    This is not the crazy idea that many of his critics allege. The United States began the new millennium generating nearly a third of global GDP, and a decade later that share had fallen to less than a quarter. The biggest cause of the decline was China’s relentless mercantilism after joining the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the failure of successive U.S. administrations to insist Beijing live up to its commitments. Similarly, the U.S. spends 4% of its GDP on defense in part because Germany—the linchpin of NATO—spends only 1%.

    The most persistent thrust in President Trump’s policymaking during his two years in office is that Washington is done dealing with overseas partners who don’t contribute to the security and prosperity of America. The president’s efforts to change the disastrous global status quo he believes he inherited have had wrenching effects, but he deeply believes in what he is doing, so he will keep doing it.

    What that means is that at the end of eight years, the framework of institutions we have come to associate with the postwar world order will have withered. NATO will be increasingly fragile because most of its members won’t begin to match the commitment of military resources Trump is demanding. The free trade regime fashioned under the WTO will have given way to managed trade that better supports U.S. economic aspirations. And having a democratic government will no longer be the price of admission to close relations with Washington. Donald Trump is a change agent in ways that even many of his supporters don’t fully grasp, and a second term would bring his most cherished goals close to fruition.

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    But of course Bolton had to ruin the meeting.

    Donald Trump's North Korea Deal Fell Apart Because of John 'Bomb-'Em' Bolton, Experts Say



    White House National Security Adviser John Bolton's last-minute role in influencing President Donald Trump's negotiations with North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un played a major role in the summit's ultimate failure to produce any agreements, experts said.

    Bolton, who has a long history of dismantling international deals, was not present when Trump and Kim sat down for dinner Wednesday at the Sofitel Metropole Hotel in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi. Neither was North Korean envoy, Stephen Biegun, who has led extensive, unprecedented negotiations with Pyongyang in the wake of a historic bilateral summit in Singapore last June.

    Biegun's absence raised some eyebrows among observers. When he took a backseat to not only Secretary of State Mike Pompeo—who did dine with the two leaders—but to Bolton at the negotiating table the following day, those hoping to see a diplomatic milestone immediately grew worried.

    "Something happened," Christine Ahn, founder and international coordinator of the Women Cross DMZ activist group, said Thursday during a press call, discussing Kim's choice of personnel as a sign that he was prepared for serious diplomacy. "When we saw the table and John Bolton sitting at the table and Stephen Biegun sitting behind when he had done all this work to do all this preparation, it just seemed for us, 'Oh my gosh, something fishy is going on here.'"

    While few expected to see Kim agree immediately or unconditionally to forfeit the nuclear weapons program his country has held dear for decades, analysts saw the real possibility that the two countries—technically still at war since the two Koreas fought in the 1950s—could declare peace and that the U.S. was prepared to offer some sort of partial sanctions relief in exchange for North Korea's commitment to take concrete steps toward denuclearization. Instead, Trump told reporters that "sometimes you have to walk and this was just one of those times."

    The upset left many wondering what went wrong. Amid the many variables surrounding the complex, uncharted talks between the U.S. and North Korea, those who followed the events of the last few days closely were pointing their fingers at Bolton's presence. The former top arms control official and United Nations ambassador has made no secret over the years of his distaste for international agreements and his preference for military action over diplomacy.

    Bolton was a major proponent of the Iraq War, and has continued to defend the conflict despite the justification for the war—that the country was producing weapons of mass destruction and harboring militants affiliated with Al-Qaeda—having been proved wrong. In the year before the war, he had overseen former President George W. Bush's exit from the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty with Russia and, since he was appointed to his current role last April, he has overseen Trump's exit from another Cold War–era arms control agreement, the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, as well as the Iran nuclear deal.

    "He's made it very clear that he doesn't believe in international agreements," John F. Tierney, a former Massachusetts congressman who serves as executive director at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, told reporters Thursday.

    "This is a person who has a history of finding a way to be in a position of destroying the things he does not believe in," Bonnie Jenkins, who served as the State Department's coordinator for threat reduction programs under former President Barack Obama and now heads the Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security group, followed up. "Unfortunately, what we are seeing now is exactly what we feared."
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    Bolton is a war monger............

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    Donald Trump & the Long Con

    1,400 words Anybody want to buy a used MAGA cap? Grilling season starts next month, and I hope that Ann Coulter takes me up on my offer to stop by with remaindered copies of In Trump We Trust. They should burn fine in my fire pit as we roast wieners, drink martinis, and lament the […]

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