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States’ rights, sending bombs, and poison gas

 

Headline from

NPR.org

“President Trump quietly signed legislation Thursday that rolls back an Obama-era rule protecting certain federal funds for Planned Parenthood and other organizations ... .”

Between the Lines

Unlike the Left’s belief that this was a horrible thing to do, conservatives have long held that the states need to have more discretion when it comes to deciding what benefits must be covered. States should have the right to determine how best to use funds, and whether they go to Planned Parenthood or some other abortion providers. Decisions made closer to home make much more sense than those coming from Washington.

Headline from

DNC Press

“Trump was weakest in the area where the stakes were highest -- foreign affairs.”

Between the Lines

That statement misses the mark and really points to a marked difference between the Trump administration and the past eight years under Obama. It was Obama who had no foreign policy experience and made decisions on foreign policy based on people with “book smarts” rather than street smarts.

The difference is obvious.

Headline from

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar

“Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians is an absolute atrocity. Like all Americans, I was horrified by the images of innocent children among the victims.”

Between the Lines

Cuellar refers to Trump’s “reversal” on foreign policy. Actually, this is not a reversal. The 59 Tomahawks to which Cuellar refers targeted a Syrian airfield after Assad had used poison gas to kill civilian men, women, and children. The purpose of the attack was not to conquer the country, but to protect the people.

The Syrians have been suffering atrocities at the hands of Assad for years, with Russia’s complicity. Thus, this action also served to send a message to Russia and others that gassing civilians will not be tolerated, even if the United Nations fails to act.

Further, it would appear that the investigations of collusion between the Trump administration and Russia may not seem to be so urgent now that Trump’s actions obviously fly in the face of currying favor with Russia.

Critics said that the president needed congressional approval prior to sending bombs -- but to have a debate in Congress about our next military move would be tipping our hand. It never would have worked. That is what we elected the president for: not to make the decisions as did Obama, but to appoint good people who know what they are doing, and trust their judgment.

Headline from

CJR.org

“When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action.”

Between the Lines

Those were the words of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley hours before the targeted attacks in Syria. Even president-wannabe Hillary Clinton agreed with the U.S. attack that was designed to take out an airfield from which Assad was launching weapons and using poison gas on innocent men, women, and children.

The world situation is not good; we need to pray that peace and wisdom prevail.

 
 
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