Memo to President Trump – don't lose focus; after 100 days you are making a difference

by DR. ROBIN MCFEE May 15, 2017

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Not that you would read it in the "attack Trump media" but the president is making good on some of his campaign promises, and it appears some of his early efforts are paying off.  But with forces against traditional America, and the Trump agenda, and the omnipresent attacks designed to derail his policies, this is a dangerous time for POTUS, and for America.  

From an objective perspective, President Trump has done some pretty strong actions to protect the United States, and in the process has sent a very clear message to friends and foes alike. Of course the message came with a sonic boom, at least 50 of them in response to Syrian chemical weapons use. And I would bet some of the bad guys in Afghanistan who survived the MOAB still have a Mecca sized case of tinnitus. As for China, the Donald's subtle announcement between dinner and dessert that he's just launched a bunch of missiles into Syria without having to get global consensus or provide the silly preamble of Obama and his useless lines in the sand. China immediately took notice, and the diplomat took an antacid. In case the cruise missiles and threatening NATO to step up or we step out weren't enough, MOAB (big bomb go boom) should have sent the message that the US is no longer being run by a globalist, a weakling, or an apologist. For those activities alone, Trump should get at least an A- for his first 100 days. And God forbid we ever get another ‘weaken the US, globalist POTUS.'  A new sheriff is in town. Will that make us safer? Well at least the bad guys know there is more than 1 bullet in Trumps gun! 

NATO

Speaking of NATO apparently some of our Euro allies may let the moths out of their wallets as well as start looking under the sofa cushions to start paying more towards their fair share of NATO.  Germany has lagged well behind several nations, and yet is financially capable of ponying up the cash.  The media will say those plans were in the works for years; referencing Obama years no doubt. If that's the case, Obama didn't have much to show for it! Call that a small potential win for Trump. 

Fighting Radical Islam

Then there is the release of 83 women (many Christian) held hostage by Boko Haram. Some of the negotiations were done October (with Swiss and Red Cross influence), one suspects Trump had something to do with the recent release through back channels.  While Michelle and Barry put on teary faces for the media, giving pretty speeches about the tragedy befalling these women, at the end of the day once again Obama did very little to stand up to Radical Islam, which in this case, kidnaps women in the Nigerian territory, forcing them to marry Islamic extremists and become pregnant.  This has been going on for years. At least Trump is unafraid to name Radical Islam as an evil, and an enemy, and is not wedded to apologizing for American influence to stop the Caliphate Islamists threat.   

Memo to Trump....don't ignore the faithful.  

Not that you would read it in the Times, the Post, or other major papers, there has been a concerted effort to displace and kill Christians by Radical Islamists, which certainly grew under the Obama years, thanks to his bungling of the Middle East, and his general silence on the matter.  There are people of faith (mostly Christian but also Moslems, Buddhists, Hindus, and of course Jews) being attacked, intimidated, even slaughtered in multiple regions across the planet.  Nigeria is but one example. The near genocide and extensive mistreatment and displacement of Christians in Iraq is in large measure due to the mishandling of that nation by Obama, who opened the door to the savagery going on there. Some missionaries and pastors are being held hostage in Turkey, in Iran and elsewhere because they are Christian. One can only hope Trump will put his efforts where his words have been, and be a force for good to stop this madness against indigenous people of faith, like Coptic Christians in Egypt, or those in the Iraq-Turkey-Syria-Iran region. 

As an aside, Christians need to unite here and abroad and enlist the support of our governments to stop the horrific acts against the faithful. If religious freedom is something we support for Moslems here and abroad, are Christians no less deserving of the same tolerance?  While hope isn't a strategy, one hopes Trump will step forward and slow the progression, and dare I suggest even intercede on behalf of Christians being tortured, crucified, killed at the hands of Radical Islamists in Iraq, and Africa, and elsewhere in the Middle East.  

Migration

Shortly after President Trump took the oath of office, there has been a demonstrable slowing in the flood of illegal aliens across our Southern border; it has been significant, important, and shock of shocks, underreported or misreported in the media. From a variety of sources the tide of folks crossing our borders has slowed exponentially from the days of Tammany Hall Obama, where every illegal was merely an undocumented Democrat. Let's be clear - we are an immigrant nation. But illegal aliens by definition are not immigrants, and the hijacking of language from authentic to obfuscating is what makes difficult a legitimate discussion of immigration policy. No one wants to harm kids or separate families. But no one should be so naïve as to think the massive influx of mostly illiterate aliens is beneficial to the communities they enter (overcrowding of schools, with strains on police, public services, housing, emergency departments), unless you think the US is one big global ATM for any and all takers. Do some illegals contribute to society? Yes, of course. But communities have a culture, and a right to foster the social consciousness that multigenerational efforts have created. That's why we have managed immigration. No one can argue against the fact that many immigrants, from the Italians, Irish, Jews, Germans, Chinese, Polish, Armenians (and the list goes on) have made the US a better nation. And, they came in the front door, got jobs, learned the language, put their kids through school, and in a short time had contributed greatly to the national landscape. That is the right way for immigration. Not a leave the back door open policy where everyone from the illiterate to the criminal - almost all of whom will go on welfare - come in, and become a massive dependency class, and place where drugs, crime and human trafficking are more likely to occur. Should we help people? Yes. Should we implement societal suicidal? No! Trump is correct - come in the front door where there is a big welcome mat with a generous nation awaiting you.

Gangs

From the perspective of a security professional, the targeting and arresting of members of MS13 is a strong first move! Many of my colleagues and I have argued for years that gangs such as MS 13 should be categorized as terrorist organizations, and treated accordingly, using the full weight of federal laws against them, and against all who support their activities, including politicians. We'll talk more on that in another article.  

Gang activities are also enhanced by illegal alien migration, and often involve crossing state and international lines. 

Having chaired a transnational crime council it is evident that large gangs in the United States are in fact terrorist support groups (criminals of the world uniting) as well as transnational corporations with ties to terrorism, non-state enterprises, and in some cases work with and for sovereign states, including our own politicians in the US. Gangs such as MS13 are merchants of death, dealing in human misery. Gangs earn their living, and it is often in the millions of dollars per week, from human trafficking, weapons, drugs, transportation of illegal goods, and running various forms of protection shakedowns to innocent businesspeople.  

Gangs are loathsome enterprises and anyone in the social engineering class who thinks because gangs often provide a form of hierarchical stability to kids from broken homes, well that kind of thought is INSANE! Gangs are rarely, except in the movies, a force for positive social change, regardless of how many kids they feed. Real social changes comes from better behavior - like not popping babies into the world like an easy bake oven, like making your kids go to school, like standing up for your kid if someone harasses the child with Uncle Tom and White Want-to-be epithets, like supporting education - it is the magic bullet out of the ghetto to a better life. As an aside, if you want a family surrogate with a hierarchy of human behavior, I can't think of a better one than the armed forces. 

Trump is correct - gangs have to be weakened. Local police can't fully handle the load often because political cover is provided to gangs, or because the "R" (racist) card gets levied at them, in spite of the fact most residents in poor urban regions would be better off without gangs. Doubt me? Check out Chicago. Gangs and gang violence wouldn't exist if the local politicians weren't providing some political cover, and getting something in return.  And residents in those communities die because of it. Yet they still support the politicians. It boggles the mind! A federal response is needed. Go get them Trump!  

Too early for a report card?

From a foreign policy and domestic security perspective, Trump is making progress. He must avoid losing focus because of the media, the attacks on his campaign, and the concerted efforts of democrats (and some republicans), professional protestor groups and others aligned to derail his America First promise to those who elected him. Trump also needs to surround himself with more folks who understand the swamp - in his own West Wing, and in Washington, especially Congress and K Street. Until he gets a handle on the 5th column in his midst, until he can provide stronger messaging - taking the successes and challenges to the people so we can mobilize on behalf of policies to help the country, until he can herd the GOP kittens in Congress to act as a team, to think more about the nation than themselves, and until he can put together the best legal minds to represent our interests, and overcome activists judges and ACLU tantrums, Trumps initial security related successes may be very short lived.   We'll talk about domestic issues later.... 

Memo to President Trump - follow your campaign check list, get your supporters mobilized again, and don't lose focus.

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Dr. Robin McFee, MPH, FACPM, FAACT, is a physician, and clinical toxicologist. As medical director of Threat Science - and nationally recognized expert in WMD preparedness, she consults with government agencies, corporations and the media. Dr. McFee is the former director of the Center for Bioterrorism Preparedness (CB PREP) and bioweapons - WMD adviser to the Domestic Security Task Force, the former chair of the Global Terrorism Council of ASIS International, and a member of the US Counterterrorism Advisory Team. She has coauthored two books: Toxico-Terrorism by McGraw Hill and The Handbook of Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Agents, published by Informa/CRC Press    

 

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