Post # 55, Bob McKnight's Subscription Commentary As he completes his first full term as President, Donald Trump has proven his loyalty to 2 individuals--Vladimir Putin of Russia and Bibi Netanyahu of Israel. Critics would say his loyalty to these 2 individuals has been at the expense of America. But, there appears to be a reckoning coming for Trump. He must decide whether to support Putin or Netanyahu because a conflict between the two is now occurring in Syria. Consider
"Last month, Russian mercenaries attacked our troops in Syria. The US courageously fought back and hammered them. Putin denied everything. Trump said nothing. The Congress and NATO did nothing." Remember as kid the expression, "It is as easy as 1,2,3." Watching the world stage recently, the kid's expression came to mind. The way we are going, another war in the Middle East looks as easy as 1,2,3. Consider: America has long stood loyally in support of Israel. Putin snoo
With the start of the Olympics in South Korea, no doubt military news will stay focused on the crisis in North Korea with threats of a nuclear attack on the U. S. We have about 30,000 troops stationed on the dangerous DMZ there, and I know something about that because I was one of them a number of years ago. But, with all the current political discussion about domestic issues like the Mueller Investigation, the Budget, and DACA, do we have to be reminded we are at war folks?
As some of the readers of this Commentary are aware, I was honored last year by being inducted into my High School Athletic Hall of Fame for football. I was an unqualified over achiever. But I do enjoy football, especially at the college level. As we football fans are aware, a Quarterback often uses a tactic of throwing short, high percentage completion passes. There are usually used when opponents play the receivers for deep throws. These passes are often referred to "
With the swirling events in the World, I am often asked by friends and readers to help sift through the noise to establish an opinion of a new development. The surprise attack against Syria by President Donald Trump Friday night is one such example. Although the President indicated in advance his shock at the pictures of "beautiful Syrian babies" being gassed by their own President, his decision to strike Syria was still a surprise to most. As a matter of fact, even thoug
Everyone seems to have opinions on our two Presidents--the one outgoing and the one incoming. Most are intense and unwavering. I have always tried, after an initial assessment, to reverse my position and analyze the subject from the other side. Sometimes it affects my final assessment and sometimes it does not. After having done that on President Obama, here is my assessment of him, with the emphasis on four failures.. I have largely applauded President Obama. He is unqu
Much of the discussion about Donald Trump's 2016 Campaign for President has centered around his relationship to Russian Premier Vladimir Putin. The speculation has been that the attraction to Putin for Trump was not political but rather the opportunity for making money and business. That may have been the case, but I believe Putin has had a plan beyond taking advantage of Trump's inexperience at high level international affairs, from day one; and continues to challenge Ame
I previously wrote in this column about our Longest Quagmire--The War in Syria. I cited both poor management by the Obama Administration and devious manipulation by Soviet Premier Putin as the primary reasons for failure to reach peace. The forced absorption of hundreds of thousands of fleeing Syrian Refugees continues to fuel fighting and protests around the world. There is no end in sight to this quagmire. Now we have serious artillery attacks on our ships in internation