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12573733_828304790628555_5483197664783316735_nCOMMON SENSE: French is the language of diplomacy and has been for half a millennium. It’s why there are so many French words and phrases that have come into the English language concerning foreign policy—words like rapprochement, fait accompli, and de facto/de jure. The cardinal rule of diplomacy is understatement. In diplomacy, to say an act by another nation is “unfriendly” is close to declaring war.
 
The Progressives, especially in the media, have been very critical of President Trump for using the term, “Fire and Fury,” when speaking out about our current crisis with Kim Jung-un of North Korea. Specifically, they are enraged because Trump’s words were well outside of normal, appropriate diplomatic language.
 
I disagree with the media’s assessment. The language of diplomacy will work with nearly all nation-states, but it is actually counterproductive with a rogue nation like North Korea.
 
Before SWorld War II, Winston Churchill was criticized by appeasers to Hitler for being bombastic and crude, but Churchill was right and Neville Chamberlain was wrong. In our current crisis, all that Kim Jung-un understands is brute force, and that is what Trump has given him. Neither Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush, nor Barack Obama were willing to be confrontational. Consequently, the North Koreans have considered the USA to be weak—a paper tiger.
 
Trump, standing up for the American people, is calling their bluff. Kim Jong-un has two choices. Either he can attack and be destroyed, or he can backdown and lose face. Either way, his days are numbered. To be sure, this is brinkmanship diplomacy, but I do not believe it will lead to thermonuclear war. That’s the way I see it.
 
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COMMON SENSE: Quietly, while the media has focused its attention exclusively on Russian collusion and the evils of Donald Trump, the President has been busy making America great again. Since the day after his victory, with the promise of deregulation forthcoming, the economy began to surge. Now, six months into his first term, he has added $4 trillion in growth, achieved close to full employment, and created an environment that favors working people over deadbeats.
 
But this pales in importance to what he has accomplished geopolitically. By permitting the energy industry in America to liquify natural gas, which Obama vehemently opposed, we are now able to ship natural gas to Europe to be de-liquified and used to heat the homes in Scandinavia, Poland, Germany, the Baltic nations, and many others.
 
By doing this, the USA is crippling Russia’s energy stranglehold on Eastern Europe, the Baltics, and the rest of Europe, effectively ending Vladimir Putin’s dream of reestablishing the mighty Soviet Union. From now on, Russian energy, their only valuable export, will have to compete with American energy, which neutralizes Russia’s ability to leverage its influence throughout Europe.
 
If Trump never accomplishes another thing in his Presidency, this move will make America great again. It’s that significant. It will increase American influence throughout Europe, while simultaneously decreasing Russian influence, the very thing Putin feared Trump would do.
 
(If you like my posts, you will love “Creating Trump Nation.” For a signed copy, purchase here: mcgeeandme.net).
 
Jack Watts

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