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The FBI Investigation is Over

Earlier in the week, The FBI submitted their investigation of Donald Trump and his associates. The investigation has been the talking point, and primary focus of many news agencies.

President Trump, despite several of his colleagues and campaign associates facing legal troubles, continues to call the overall investigation a witch hunt.

Donald Trump sitting with members of his cabinet.

Now, news agencies and The American People, and President Trump, await the release of information in Robert Mueller’s investigative actions against the President.

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How Strong is America’s Defense? #StateOfEmergency

The obvious answer is very strong. Hundreds of billions of dollars is now spent annually on America’s Defense. The United States Army is as strong as ever, and every other branch appears to exist without much flaw. As a matter of fact, one can conduct a bit of research and decipher that often times, too much is spent on the Department of Defense. Whirlwind headlines of Navy coffee mugs costing thousands of dollars can be a prime example of a Nation’s military with a budget that appears to have no end.

So my question is, with a military spread all over the entire world and allies spanning every continent, why has The President declared a State of Emergency?

The U.S. Government was recently Shut down for over 31 days, the longest recorded government shutdown in recorded history. With a military so strong, in a robust and prosperous Capitalist society, a shutdown is now the tail end to what appears to be a declaration of an emerging crisis.

In recent month’s time, there were reports of an invasion along the southern border, an actual cry from the President which has led him to orchestrate a campaign of border defense. His campaign includes most importantly, a 2000 mile long border wall between The U.S. and Mexico. Without rehashing the terrible war of words President Trump has had with others over this wall, it is easy to understand that he was incapable of acquiring the funds necessary to complete his campaign promise of building a massive border wall.

This, only days after a month long Government Shutdown, and after only acquiring 1 billion dollars of the 30+ or so billion dollars needed for his project, The President has now issued a State of Emergency.

How long does this remain in effect? Who does it effect? Are we as weak as he perceives? What is to come?

Perhaps the most important question may be, are we going to be invaded?

What a world of conspiracy. This is no Russian folk tale.

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The Resignation of General James Norman Mattis, Secretary of Defense.

In a powerful display of opposition to President Trump announcing a complete withdrawal of troops from Syria, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis submitted his letter of resignation. The letter, pictured below, highlights many facets that General Mattis enjoyed while Secretary of Defense, but the letter also plainly States to the President that he does not agree with the decision to withdraw troops from Syria, arguing that the move abandons allies on the battlefield.

Despite the resignation of General Mattis, and what appears to be a bipartisan pushback from both Republicans and Democrats, President Trump remains resilient in his decision to withdraw troops, explaining to the American People that ISIS has been defeated, and that he has been more successful than any President in modern history in defeating ISIS.

Several officials and News outlets have reported that the decision to withdraw troops was not advised by Senior military officials or The Pentagon, and that this is move done largely in part by Donald Trump.

Again, despite pushback from every angle, Trump remains resilient in downsizing the battlefields overseas, with rumors now floating the agenda that The President also intends to withdraw as many as 9,000 troops from Afghanistan as early as January.

General Mattis served four decades in The United States Marine Corps. He ends his career on a high note, putting countrymen and his allies before self. He will officially depart Trump’s Administration February 2019.

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The Border Wall: The Fight for The American Dream

Any average american will tell you that border protection is one of the major problems facing our Nation today. Over the past decade, studies have found that an average of 1 million immigrants have entered the country annually. As of today, there are roughly 37 million immigrants now residing here in the United States. Recent Presidents have a history of trying to implement comprehensive immigration policies, from George W. Bush’s welcoming message to immigrants (much to the dismay of his party), to Barrack Obama’s prolific speech acknowledging that the government had failed practices of immigration and that immigration reform needed to happen.

Walking to the beat of an entirely different drum from his predecessors, President Trump ran his entire campaign with the promise of dismantling any immigrant’s ability to cross into the U.S. illegally, and throughout his campaign demanded of the government to build a massive 2,000 mile long wall, reinforced with border agents along it’s mammoth divide between the United States and Mexico. The Wall is a campaign promise that has yet to be met, and different factions of the government are squabbling with one another to figure out just how this wall is going to be funded.

Although the process is taking longer than President Trump would have liked, it does appear that funds are accumulating.

The Wall has a proposed budget of around $18 billion dollars, yet legislation has never been implemented for a project of this caliber before (except for military projects). Given the sheer size and ramifications of it existing, key officials and lawmakers are still scrambling to find a way to fund the wall without the approval of The Democrats, who currently stand against the construction of the wall and still advocate for immigration reform. A recent proposal by Representative Bradley Bryne, Republican from Alaska, introduces legislation aimed at allowing Republicans to circumvent votes from Democrats to pay for the wall. The proposal has the same build as a proposal from 2017, which was used to pass a Tax Overhaul Bill. If the proposal works, and Republicans are allowed to pass legislation with around 50 votes, a request of funds from The U.S. Treasury at the tune of $25 billion dollars will be allocated to The Department of Homeland Security for both a security trust and border protection.

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Immigration into The U.S.

Caravan of immigrants traveling with the promise of entering the U.S.

The United States now remains split on immigration policies. Republicans led by Donald Trump argue that immigration is a problem, and that it has led to illegal immigrants effecting our laws. Recently Republicans passed a measure prohibiting non-citizens to vote in U.S. elections, as there is a growing fear that immigrants are illegally voting. That was a major consensus by now President Trump after losing the 2016 popular vote to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

President Trump ran on the proposal of a massive border wall, a protective measure he feels is necessary to keep out illegal immigrants. He ran most of his campaign on the promise of building the wall, but although his resolve for the issue remains the same, funding for the wall remains gridlocked as Democrats unanimously voice against its creation, and Republicans fall short of coming up with a way of paying for it. The nearly 1000 mile long border wall could end up costing the U.S. $18 billion dollars.

Just this week, sentiments have been expressed in regards of the massive group of people now traveling across Mexico with the hopes of reaching the United States. Republicans are arguing that this is an overall atrocity, some stating that no one has a right to enter the U.S., while President Trump declares the migrating group of foreigners a National Emergency, cautioning the Military and further expressing the group of migrant’s countries of origin that all aid will be stopped because of the massive caravan heading toward the United States.

While Democrats argue that the president is fear mongering when discussing the caravan of immigrants, the republican controlled government stands united with the argument that immigrantion is not a right and that something has to be done about the oncoming group of migrants, and immigration as a whole.

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Nuclear Arms: The United States and Russia Made a Deal.

The United States of America and The Union of Soviet Socialists Republics (USSR) were nations who had known the effects of war. They both were participants of WWII, and both of their military might combined, coupled with the efforts of various other nations, helped to take down the axis powers and defeat Nazism from taking over Europe. What sprung from WWII was another test of might, one that would last decades up until December 5th, 1994, a war The USA and Russia will always be known for. The Cold War. This decades long display of nuclear power created an instability in the world, and although neither country formally attacked the other, the threat of nuclear war greatly loomed over both nations. Today, both the USA and Russia are a part of a Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, also known as S.T.A.R.T., which ultimately led to an armistice between the two powerful nations which led to the end of the Cold War.

It appears things may soon change.

A call to the end of the armistice between Russia and The USA appears to be President Trump’s latest battle cry, and it comes in the wake of many other events taking place in the political spectrum. Russia has been accused of meddling in the 2016 Presidential election by The Democrats and other government officials, and while many republican officials refuted the notion, to include President Trump, now President Trump himself is accusing Russia of attempting to interfere with the 2018 midterm elections.

At this point, it is tough to understand what will come next. A pullout from this armistice with Russia, because they are indeed testing long range nuclear missiles, may perhaps ultimately mean that The USA will now continue to embark on tests as well. It wasn’t too long ago that world leaders were arguing for an end to nuclear weapons altogether (this argument still exists), but this latest move by President Trump may be an inadvertent show of strength. Perhaps before his time is up as President, he will enact an agenda to institute more nuclear armament testing, unlike the world has ever seen before. One thing is true, and it is that President Trump does not like to be outdone. He likes his stuff bigger, and he likes his stuff better.

We may be witnessing the start of a new nuclear arms race.

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Complicit and Friends: The United States of America and Saudi Arabia remain Business Partners despite Controversy.

The strange thing about the current events that consume American news, the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, is that this is not the first time that people have questioned the overall morals of the Saudi Arabian government. On September 11, 2001, 15 of the hijackers were Saudi citizens, and the Mastermind, Osama Bin Laden, was a Saudi Arabian citizen. The attacks that unfolded that day led the U.S. Military into a longer than decades war against Al-Qaeda and other terrorists affiliates across regions of the middle east, with a primary focus on the country of Afghanistan. Although the attackers were primarily from Saudi Arabia and had deep Saudi ties, The U.S. government embarked on a narrative that completely avoided any confrontation with the Saudi Government.

Fast forward to today, after years of unanswered questions and unresolved court cases by American citizens against the Saudi government, and you have this remarkable case of a whodunit, where American citizens argue that The Saudi government conducted the murder of Mr. Khashoggi, The Saudi government argues that they were not involved at all, The Washington Post says that the Saudi government is lying, and the President of the United States believes the Saudi government. It is safe to argue that our financial ties with Saudi Arabia is at stake, and also self evident that U.S. leaders (namely the President) do not want to forgo any financial agreements already established. Recently, President Donald Trump stated in a press covered meeting that he refuses to forgo any deals with Saudi Arabia, as it is “the largest order ever made”.

So what is next? Will The United States place sanctions on Saudi Arabia if they find out they had government insiders complicit with the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, potentially causing great strain on our diplomatic ties in the middle east? Recently The Trump Administration has been tougher on Russia, vowing to pull out of the decades long nuclear arms deal they’ve had with the nation. Perhaps at this moment, Donald Trump could stand to gain votes for re-election by proving to be hard on those who have done wrong, or what is more likely, he may end up balancing the status quo with the middle east powerhouse and continue to portray the narrative that Saudi Arabia is a nothing less of a great government, business partner, investor in American military power, and the center of the Muslim world.