DIME 1851

In a stunning move, President Trump in a video statement says he will bring home the 2000 troops currently fighting ISIS in Syria. Russian President Putin has agreed ISIS is all but defeated. I hope ISIS knows this. There has been a lot written and spoken about US involvement in Syria and President Trump’s announcement. Here are my thoughts on this. In the Diplomatic area,  […]

DIME 1818

President Trump should kill the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known as the Iranian Nuclear Deal. Reached in Vienna on 14 June 2015 between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council; China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, the United States, plus Germany. Iran is the real threat in the Middle East and we handed them the […]

DIME 1837

I’m back after a long absence. During the past few weeks a lot happened… In the Diplomatic arena, The Trump Administration announced on Tuesday the closing of the Palestinian Liberation Organization office in Washington DC. Stating the PLO “has not taken steps to advance the start of direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel” and the ICC probing Israeli war crimes, President […]

DIME 1842

Another Honduran migrant caravan approaches the U.S. – Mexico border. The Trump Administration response is different with this one. In the Diplomatic realm, The Trump Administration is responding to the moving caravan by threatening to close the US – Mexico border.  Mexico now braces for the invasion of 3000-4000 Honduran migrants. In response to President Trump’s diplomatic move, Mexico airlifted […]

DIME 1901

Here is the first DIME of the year… number 1901 for 2019 and the first week of the year. The new Congress is in place and the insanity has begun in Washington DC. Today, Conservative commentators are again working in a target rich environment! In the Diplomatic world, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) wasted no time inserting herself […]

Taking Names: DIME 1802

NPR photo After the resolution vote in the General Assembly on declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel, an overwhelming number of our allies voted against us. President Trump told the world we were taking names via Ambassador Nikki Haley’s speech. It looks like the first nation on the chopping block is Pakistan, totaling $1.3 billion. […]

Nation’s DIME 1801

This week’s Nation”s DIME, I want to open pages in the Trump Administration’s 2017 National Security Strategy. The last section is an important one, what the National Security Strategy calls “The Strategy in a Regional Context,” beginning on page 45. This regional context review of the world’s geographic areas spells out our diplomatic, informational, military […]

Israel’s capital of Jerusalem – Nation’s DIME 1751

Here’s the Nation’s DIME I’m thinking about from the recent declaration by President Trump’s Administration on Israel’s capital of Jerusalem… In the Diplomatic realm- UN Envoy Nikki Haley delivered the following speech at a Special Session of the United Nations Security Council. Three points I found most interesting: 1. Former US administrations have recognized Jerusalem […]

Nation’s DIME 1752

Looks like the United Nations will not be shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue with US dollars after the General Assembly resolution vote on 21 December, condemning our statement Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. I will be honest with you right up front, the Trump Administration’s stance on Israel is one of many reasons I […]

Lets Get Started – Nation’s DIME 1750

Welcome to the first edition of On the Nation’s DIME, an acronym the government uses for describing elements of national power. DIME stands for the elements of diplomatic, informational, military and economic power. This week I’m thinking about recent events in North Korea… In the Diplomatic realm: I’ve asked myself what is the diplomatic and political […]