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September 16, 2020

The Morning Report - 9/16/20

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Good morning, kids. First of all, the latest update on Hurricane Sally as of 5AM Eastern is that it seems to be stalled over the Gulf, but it is gaining strength and floods are expected in the Panhandle and Alabama coastal areas. Please, please, please, if you are called to evacuate de-ass with the quickness and stay safe!

Getting back to the regularly scheduled meshugas for midweek, I'm going to take a break from the violent wave of terrorism and insurrection here at home to put President Trump's stunning Middle East peace breakthrough up top. Without putting to fine a point on it, it is the most significant diplomatic achievement in decades, and in the cold light of day. potentially one of the greatest ever. The significance of the deal also goes beyond the countries involved but it also gives a gigantic black eye to globalism, and the self-anointed elites who exist to serve bureaucracy and process for process' sake.

In any case, in one fell swoop that no doubt took months or perhaps the better part of Trump's first term, the geo-political calculus of the world's most volatile and strategically important region was completely realigned, both in service of our own national security interests and really for the betterment of the nations and peoples involved.

Most important, Trump's actions have put paid to the long, failed, expensive "peace process" and its magical thinking of "land for peace," "two nations living side-by-side in peace," moral equivalence, and endless summits and agreements -- all to hide the UN, EU, and progressive American despicable demonization of Israel. That calumny has been so relentless, unjust, and irrational that it has become the face of post-holocaust anti-Semitism.

The agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are likely the beginning of a cascade of Arab Sunni nations, perhaps even Saudi Arabia, normalizing relations with Israel. To be sure, this sea-change is based solely on those states' national economic, military, and geopolitical interests, reflecting the old tribal wisdom that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend." If this happens, Donald Trump will go down as the most consequential foreign policy president since Ronald Reagan. But don't expect a Nobel Peace Prize. If Reagan, engineer of the collapse of the Soviet Union, was passed over for Mikhail Gorbachev -- which is like recognizing the bravery of a man who fled his burning house instead of staying to redecorate -- Donald Trump doesn't stand a chance.

Excellent analysis from Bruce Thornton at Frontpage Mag, so read his whole essay. Of course he doesn't. But the fact that he was nominated - twice, for this deal and for brokering another almost equally impossible deal between Kosovo and Serbia - has got to stick in the craw of the globalists, and especially a jug-eared Hawaiian stoner who got his prize as an affirmative action participation trophy. As Groucho Marx once said, "I'd never want to belong to any club that would have me as a member. Considering that Obama is in stellar company with the likes of Le Duc Tho, Rigoberto Menchu, Yasser Arafat and Al Gore, my first instinct would be to say "thanks, but no thanks." Then again, if he does beat the 10,000-1 odds and does win, he should accept on behalf of the Victims of Communism-Socialism organization and donate the prize to them.

Returning to analysis, Another comprehensive analysis from Sukhayl Niyazov over at Human Events that is worthy of your time:

We can expect the new peace agreement to function as an icebreaker to encourage similar moves by other Arab countries in the short term. Egypt and Oman have voiced support for the Abraham Accord, and Saudi Arabia, though it did not explicitly endorse the deal, nevertheless "cautiously welcomed" the agreement, stating that it "could be viewed as positive," and opened its airspace to Israeli planes.

Such a welcome reception of the agreement by Arab states stands in stark contrast with the previous attempts at reconciliation. Egypt's president Anwar Sadat, who oversaw the signing of a peace pact with Israel in 1979, was killed by jihadists two years later (with the peace treaty being one of the motivating factors behind the assassination). Following the adoption of the deal, the entire Arab world (with the exception of Sudan) condemned Sadat's efforts, and Egypt's membership in the Arab League was suspended. U.A.E 's agreement with Israel, however, has been received much more positively -- with the Arab League refusing to condemn the new peace agreement.

Lastly, Michael Goodwin from the New York Post:

[The Palestinians] accuse their fellow Arabs of betrayal and stabbing them in the back. But in fact, it is two generations of Palestinian leadership that have betrayed their own people and forfeited their veto over peace.

They lost that veto because Donald Trump took it from them. The president, breaking the mold set by his predecessors. Still, he offered the Palestinians a deal, the "deal of the century," he called it, but they responded with insults and intransigence.

It was a huge mistake, one that reduced them to disheartened spectators as the world watched in astonishment as two more Arab countries took the historic step of normalizing relations with the Jewish State. The likelihood that others will soon follow, possibly including Saudi Arabia, means that Israel will no longer be a pariah in its own neighborhood.

It is almost impossible to overstate the importance of these agreements. The Mideast has long been the world's hottest hot spot and now, seemingly all of a sudden, peace is breaking out.

If nothing else, the agreements will push the anti-Semites at the United Nations to find a new scapegoat for the world's problems. Even Rep. Ilhan Omar will be hard-pressed to come up with a vile objection this time.

Iran, of course, is the other major loser of the day. The Arab monarchies it has threatened repeatedly are lining up to join America and Israel in an alliance against the mad mullahs. As Trump put it in his remarks, "We're here to change the course of history."

Big decisions have big consequences and Trump's Mideast policy is remarkable not only for its success, but also for its unprecedented approach. The contrast with Barack Obama is especially dramatic.

I would disagree with Goodwin's assessment of the Joo-haters in the UN and Bro-Fo Omar/Nur. If Jews never existed they'd have to invent them so they could have a scapegoat to blame their own failures on, but I digress. If you scan any Leftist propaganda organ you will either see no coverage of this or you will see it disparaged, ridiculed or otherwise lied about. The front page of the NY Times does have it in the lead, but there is no banner headline for which it is justly worthy. And their phrasing of the sub-head in terms of Trump and the evil Jooz spitting on the poor, sweet, innocent Palestinians. Or look at the link about Juan "Wan" Williams just reflexively supporting Malig-Nancy Pelosi's assertion that this is all a "distraction." You know, considering that the public - including now a growing contingent of Democrats - stuck in places like Portland, Kenosha and Minneapolis are scared shitless that that Party's unofficial/official terrorist brigades are going to come after them, and as a result are perhaps now jumping ship to vote Republican, Williams should kiss Trump's ass for this "distraction."

As I alluded to at the top, this is not just a sea-change in geopolitics, it underscores the complete failure of the so-called elite political class here and abroad. That's because their decades of failure is not just failure; it's a scam. Remember that the first rule of bureaucracies is to perpetuate and keep growing. If bureaucracies actually solved problems, they would put themselves out of business. Same goes for the race hustle. Anyone who thought that the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, or affirmative action, or the Community Reinvestment Act, or the multiple trillions of dollars thrown at the "problem" of race in America, or most assuredly the election and then re-election of Barack Obama was going to finally end racism in America once and for all, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and BLM want you to put your ear in their megaphone because they have something to tell you.

Same thing holds true for "the peace process." If you actually solve the problem by ending conflict, you put a whole lot of foreign service officers, diplomats and their staffs and expense accounts - as well as potentially generals, admirals and their DoD budget lines - out of business. And as an aside, but somewhat related, Lt. Colonel Doughboy Bearclaw Vindman, who had the unmitigated gall to commit insubordination by subverting his commander-in-chief and now publicly disparaging him for going against what he insisted was correct foreign policy (ignoring the rather salient fact that the President sets that policy, not the State Dept.), in the eyes of any reasonable person looks like a complete asshole, given what the man he disparaged has just achieved.

Finally, I do have one caveat and it is a question that has to be considered; are the mutual and absolute common ground on a whole host of secular and security issues, as well as even some cultural common ground enough to counteract the teachings of the Koran vis a vis Jews and other infidels? Ultimately, peace is never achieved between political leaders but between the average person in the street. If we examine the 40 years of "peace" between Israel and Egypt, the prospects are not so hot. That said, Egypt is a third world country where the UAE and Bahrain are not. And while Islam has remained stagnant and even regressive for 1,500 years, the world in many aspects has changed radically over the past 40-50. Certainly in the last four. The more that these countries can cooperate, especially considering Iran is still a force to be reckoned with and now perhaps Turkey as well, the more that other barriers break down and bonds formed. Between average people, and not just national leaders.

Winds of change. Yet again, all because Donald Trump won in 2016.

NOTE: The opinions expressed in some links may or may not reflect my own. I include them because of their relevance to the discussion of a particular issue.

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