April 7, 2019

For the third year, President Donald Trump revealed Friday that he will not attend the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Why should he since he thinks the press is “Fake News” and “the enemy of the people.” This black tie event is about joking around and just having fun. Trump doesn’t exactly fit in to that no matter what he says. Being a classic narcissist, in my opinion, he’s the opposite of being self-deprecating. The president seemed to indicate he… Read more

April 7, 2019

[For an explanation of these 18 posts, see Part 1 published on 3/27/2019.] Pakistan-Afghanistan Fence Not long after the Islamic organization al-Qaida attacked the U.S.—on September 11, 2001—our military invaded Afghanistan and routed the Taliban. It was because this extremist, Islamic group had largely controlled Afghanistan and allowed al-Qaida to be headquartered there to train its militant insurgents. Although the U.S. succeeded in ending the Taliban’s rule of Afghanistan, it did not then achieve its main purpose of capturing and/or… Read more

April 6, 2019

[For an explanation of these 18 posts, see Part 1 published on 3/27/2019.] Baghdad Trench and Wall In 2003, the U.S. and its allied, U.N.-approved, coalition forces attacked Iraq and overthrew its President Saddam Hussein and his government. Eventually, the U.S. had to establish a walled-compound in Bagdad, Iraq’s capital, to thwart Islamic attacks. Called “the Green Zone,” it still exists today as a very secure fortress. In September, 2006, the newly-formed Iraqi government announced plans to dig a water-filled… Read more

April 5, 2019

[For an explanation of these 18 posts, see Part 1 published on 3/27/2019.] Saudi Arabia’s Iraq Fence and Yemen Wall The 560-mile desert border between Saudi Arabia and Iraq is called “no man’s land.” But that has never prevented people from crossing it illegally. So, in 2006, Saudi Arabia announced plans to build an electric fence along this entire border with Iraq. At first, Saudi Arabia’s government was troubled by some of the country’s own radical, Muslim, male citizens illegally… Read more

April 4, 2019

[For an explanation of these 18 posts, see Part 1 published on 3/27/2019.] Israel, Egypt, and Gaza Fences and Walls In 1996, Israel attempted to improve its security by completing a wire fence with posts and sensors along its entire border with the Gaza Strip. In mid-2007, Israel’s army revealed the nation’s plans to construct another electric security fence. This one was along its entire 135-mile southern border that it shares with Egypt. That is where Israel’s Negev wilderness meets… Read more

April 3, 2019

Golf magazine just published a piece about Donald Trump cheating all the time at golf. It is adapted from a new book written by sportswriter Rick Reilly and entitled Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump. It is published this year by the biggest publisher in the world until recently–Hachette Books. Rick Reilly says Donald Trump “cheats like a mafia accountant” at the game of golf. Reilly cites a bunch of witnesses who testify to it. Some are credible and famous people…. Read more

April 3, 2019

[For an explanation of these 18 posts, see Part 1 published on 3/27/2019.] Israel’s West Bank Security Barrier and More Fast forward to modern times. Israel began constructing its West Bank Security Barrier in 2003. Before that, several Israeli prime ministers had discussed this idea for many years. In late 2015, this 430-mile planned fence-wall barrier was nearly complete. But it creates hardship on Palestinians living near it, especially those inside the Barrier. Some Palestinians call it “the apartheid wall.”… Read more

April 2, 2019

As President Donald Trump gloated last week by claiming on the basis of Attorney General Barr’s four-page letter to Congress that the Mueller reported “exonerated” the president of any wrong doing, the president called for the Mueller report to not only be given to Congress but made public as well. Fox News political analyst Judge Napolitano said yesterday that that public statement by Trump may have relinquished him of any right to claim executive privilege about anything in the report…. Read more

April 2, 2019

[For an explanation of these 18 posts, see Part 1 published on 3/27/2019.] The Great Wall of China In discussing national border walls that have served as protection for its people, The Great Wall of China takes first place. It still exists today and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is visited by millions of tourists annually. While much of The Great Wall still exists today, some… Read more

April 1, 2019

[For an explanation of these 18 posts, see Part 1 published on 3/27/2019.] Some Early History of Walls and Fences Some people argue that physical barriers on national borders are immoral and that people should be allowed to freely go wherever they desire. But that is overly idealistic, if not naïve, in a world of evil. Just as homeowners have a legitimate right to decide who they allow into their homes, nations have a right to decide who comes into… Read more

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