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War in Syria: $4 million to train one SFR fighter

In June of last year the Obama administration allocated $500 million to train, supervise and equip 3,000 Syrian Free Rebels (SFR), a group of opposition fighters committed to overthrowing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. However, a year has passed causing “mission creep” to the war theater, adding the task of defeating ISIS to the menu. As a result the Department of Defense Secretary Ash Carter reports only 60 SFR fighters have been trained to fight tens of thousands of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorists.

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Drain the swamp don’t recycle it

(OP/ED)-The Trump revolution is demanding change in the way our government does business. Fifty percent of Americans expressed their complete disdain for the Washington elites and special interest form of government that has dominated Washington politics for half a century.

But what may not be known outside the “Washington Beltway” is a cyclical truism that the election losers take refuge in think tanks, foundations, and lobby-related firms to regurgitate and repackage their loser ideas until the electorate rejects the winners and the losers emerge from those think tanks, foundations, and lobby-related firms with their tired ideas in shiny new packages, doomed to be rejected themselves, and continue the cycle. That is what Trump referred to as “the swamp.”

For the Messrs, if Trump and Pence are to be successful in draining “the swamp” they cannot turn to the power elites and special interests who have swamp blood in their DNA – it is all they know and how they have always played the game.

Americans are demanding a break in the cycle of corruption and favoritism that is thoroughly inbred in Washington. Americans want a government that represents the interests of the majority of Americans, not the few, the greedy, and the self-centered.

Recycling the old GOP guard that has been holed-up in their think tanks, foundations, and lobbying firms for the last eight years is NOT going to generate programs to destroy the elitism of Washington it will merely recycle it as they demand their share of the spoils as the “winners.”

The Trump administration must seek blood that flows with innovation, dedication, and respect for all Americans. Every program must be audited to determine who benefits from it. If it does not create jobs, reduce the deficit, or reduce the size and invasiveness of government we must be willing to walk away from it.

Clearly, the foreign policy of the “establishment” has not worked, despite President Obama’s mantra that the world is safer – it is not. The defense firms are richer but Americans are not secure. The “too big to fail” policy of capitalizing big banks with taxpayers’ money means unprofitable banks go on Fed Reserve life support instead of jail.

Those policy makers who have destroyed free enterprise in favor of globalism must not be recycled with the same old ideas repackaged to make them palatable to the revolution.

The architects of Obamacare have created a sinkhole in the middle of American medical care. The only option to restoring order to the chaos of the shattered Obamacare is to replace it with expanded Medicare coverage. Despite the conservatives’ claims that we should not have national medicine, get over it, we have had Medicare for decades and it works well. If the government did not “borrow” from the “trust funds” taxpayers and their employers pay into Medicare every month it would not need resuscitation. More importantly, Medicare is not an “entitlement” program, workers and businesses pay for it. It’s true the government has expanded it to cover non-payers, but has not seen fit to fund the annual shortfalls from general revenues.

Regardless of the past, Medicare is in place with a complete system of providers, fee schedules, and policies. Such an expansion would eliminate the need for dozens of government funded or supported programs and save billions. As we know, everyone ends-up in Medicare either through disability or old age. Seems like a no-brainer to expand it to replace Obamacare and a dozen other federal related healthcare programs.

Likewise, lost in the national debate over immigration is that legal immigration provides a social transfusion of new ideas, methods, and ambitions whereas illegal immigration sucks the lifeblood of the nation by diverting billions to social and medical welfare programs. Legal immigrants clear health, financial, civics, and language hurdles, but more importantly, they take a pledge to defend our Constitution and our way of life.

While many claim those who oppose open borders and sanctuary cities are xenophobic and those who oppose unvetted Muslim refugees are anti-Islamic, miss the point that preserving and defending one’s way of life is not anti-immigrant, it ensures the perpetuity of the way of life, and, that anti-Islamic sentiment is not unwarranted since the only people trying to kill us are Muslims! As Winston Churchill proclaimed, “No stronger retrograde force (Islam) exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith.” As Sun Tzu teaches, “We must know our enemy.” Islam does not want to be like us, they demand we be like them.

Unless we want to be Muslims, we must at least acknowledge the threat Islam poses to the West and deal with the threat to ensure our own security and survival. So recycling all of the Republican elites who have given us failed foreign, domestic, and fiscal policies is only a reinforcement of their tired policies of failure. Mr. Trump says we don’t win anymore and he is right, but we will not win in the future if we do not get our heads out of our asses and worry about hurting feelings. It is better to be feared than liked. You cannot “win hearts and minds” until you have broken the will of the enemy to resist and he has abandoned all thoughts of resistance.

Perhaps Trump-Pence will realize they do not have to pander to the “establishment” by recycling tired ideas because they have the support and conviction of the people. “Drain the swamp” by all means, just don’t expect the gators to help.

Semper fi, Colonel sends