Trump declares Jerusalem as Israeli's capital
Israeli heads of state are in Jerusalem not Tel Aviv. By recognizing Jerusalem as Israeli’s capital, President Trump makes good on promises broken by both Obama and Clinton. I wanted to discuss this yesterday on the radio, but ran out of time. Thank you all for the calls and notes.
On December 18, UN ambassador Nikki Haley vetoed an Arab sponsored Security Council Resolution rebuking the US decision of relocating the embassy. All other 14 Security Council members supported the anti-American resolution, including U.S. allies Great Britain, France, and Japan. Then the UN General Assembly passed a non-binding resolution disapproving of Trump’s decision.
Several more U.S. allies failed to vote with the U.S., including Canada and Australia, which abstained. Before the general assembly vote, Haley stated the U.S. was “taking names” of those voting against us, and announced a quarter billion cut to the UN’s budget…saying, “we will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked.”
Good. Moving the embassy is not only the right decision, but Haley’s response was appropriate. I admit, however, that it could be more nuanced but that’s not Trump’s style.
The world is full of people who only respond to power. Basically those who flip America the bird with one hand while accepting handouts with the other. And they do so with relative impunity. Why? One reason is 8 years of crossed Obama-esque red lines. No one takes the threat of American action seriously.
We talked about this on the radio yesterday as it relates to dealing with the rising crime rate in Indianapolis. It’s all about follow through. As long as America follows through, we send a message that is universal from toddlers to world leaders: I’m not going to threaten more than I’m willing to do.
I aggressively threatened you and then followed through on the threat. Maybe I was unreasonable and folks were critical. But it’s action. I did what I said I was going to do. And now, I’m saying I’m about to do something again. So, how do you want to play this one? I am oversimplifying, of course, but sending a strong message and standing by it is better than doing nothing. It’s surely better than trying to bribe our “friends.” Whether it’s fighting chaos in the UN, or fighting record homicides in Indy…backing up the lines drawn in the sand is a great start.
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