Can we give Trump a pass on Puerto Rico?
Dialysis patients whose oxygen tanks are running out; generators without any diesel; disabled people stuck in homes without a way to get supplies --- this is the reality in Puerto Rico right now.
It’s been a week since Hurricane Maria devastated the island and killed ten people.
Almost the entire island is still without electricity or cell phone service.
Officials say it will take months to restore electricity. Assessing the damage is difficult. Right now, there are few flights to the island and emergency power efforts are focused on hospitals.
Predictably, President Trump is being criticized by politicians and celebrities on the left for not focusing enough attention on Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, home to 3.4 million American citizens. He usually tweets way too much for critics, but now he’s apparently not tweeting enough about Puerto Rico.
The facts don’t support his critics in this case. Last week, Trump declared Puerto Rico a disaster zone, making it eligible for federal aid. He also sent FEMA head Brock Long and homeland security adviser Tom Bossert to the island. Oh, and 10,000 FEMA workers. That’s all. Just 10,000.
Trump did tweet Monday night about some of the unique obstacles that make disaster recovery more difficult in Puerto Rico compared to Texas or Florida, namely the island’s broken infrastructure and ancient electrical grid. And the teensy little factor that Puerto Rico is an island. That tends to complicate relief efforts a bit.
President Trump plans to visit Puerto Rico on October 3rd, but it will be too little too late for his critics. Honestly, with all the problems facing the country right now, can we give Trump a pass on Puerto Rico?
Besides, President Trump isn’t the only American who can do something to help our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico. If only those NFL player protests had tried to raise awareness for something else.
Bannon was right.
“Your day of reckoning is coming.”
That was the dire warning from Steve Bannon to the Republican establishment.
He was clearly confident that his candidate for the Alabama special election, Roy Moore, would win Jeff Sessions former Senate seat against Luther Strange, endorsed by Donald Trump.
And Bannon was right. That day of reckoning is here.
Moore’s victory was an undeniable upset to the Trump Administration and the Republican establishment.
Now, it may seem odd that Bannon, Trump’s former White House Chief Strategist, stumped for Moore.
I’m old enough to remember when the slightest disagreement about anything Trump said would be met with vicious reprisal from Steve Bannon. Now, it’s Steve Bannon who is not only disagreeing, but campaigning against Donald Trump.
In 2017, every principle has an expiration date.
Bannon wants everyone to know that his attack on Trump is an attack on the Republican establishment. Which I guess it is. After all, who is more establishment than the President of the United States?
It’s like an 8th-grade romance gone wrong.
According to Bannon, draining the swamp is the reason why he did not support Luther Strange. Throwing his support behind Moore was actually meant to help Trump, not hurt him.
Praise and honor him? Call me old-fashioned, I think those words are best used for God.
These are strange times. But, last night, Donald Trump found out that his day of reckoning was indeed here, courtesy of Steve Bannon.
The lines are being redrawn in the Middle East.
We are witnessing the birth of a new country, but hardly anyone is reporting on it. In an act that has been a century in the making, the Kurds in Northern Iraq voted yesterday to separate and gain their independence.
The fallout from the post-WWI Sykes-Picot agreement continues. Stage one was when ISIS declared their Caliphate and dissolved the Syria/Iraq border. Stage two begins now. It’s rare that you get to witness a true pivot point in history, but it’s happening right now in the Middle East.
After the dust settles, the entire map of the Middle East will look different. But freedom isn’t free. The Prime Minister of Iraq is furious. He’s given the Kurds until Friday to turn over all their airports, oil assets and border crossings. If the Kurds refuse, Iraq has promised to begin a travel and goods embargo.
Iraqi troops and trained Iranian Shiite militias are moving to the Kurdistan/Iraq border. Turkey is also moving tanks and troops to their border with the Kurds and threatening their own embargo. Iran has shut down air travel. The entire area is set to ignite.
Something else that isn’t being reported on is the small religious minority currently caught in between Iranian and Iraqi forces moving North and the Kurds holding their ground. The region of Nineveh will be one of the main battlegrounds. It’s among the oldest Christian lands in the world and, once again, the Christians living there face annihilation.
We are witnessing the birth of a new country and change on a massive scale. But change of this magnitude always comes with a cost. As is usual in this area, I fear Christians may end up paying the highest price.