21 May 2019
Nike, Converse, Adidas among 170 shoe retailers warning Trump against trade war with China – Washington Post, 05/21/2019
The shoe sellers signed a letter to the White House warning of the “catastrophic” effects Trump’s proposed 25 percent tariffs would have on consumers, companies and the U.S. economy. Trump last week proposed the higher tariffs against shoe imports as part of a broader package of restrictions on $300 billion in Chinese goods, including many consumer items. The U.S. already has imposed tariffs, a type of import tax, on $250 billion in Chinese products, but consumer products had largely been shielded during that round.
The footwear industry is not alone: Economists and other business groups contend that tariffs are a tax on Americans that comes due on the U.S. companies that import foreign goods. Trump has countered that imposing tariffs incentivizes companies to move production back to the United States.
He has also said it is the only way to get Beijing’s attention as he seeks leverage in his trade fight — a battle he maintains the United States is “winning.”
“We’re going to be collecting over $100 billion in tariffs,” Trump told reporters last week from the South Lawn.
This will be an interesting dynamic if tariffs are implemented on shoe imports. Obviously the shoe companies want the status quo. They are making money and the environment is predictable. On the other hand, the country is losing money big time with China with regards to trade and Trump wants to stop the bleeding. What’s better? Low cost shoes or reigning in the loss of money in trading with China?
19 Dec 2018
Trump to Pull U.S. Troops Out of Syria – The New American, 2018/12/19
The “victory” declared by President Trump was against the Islamic State, often referred to as ISIS. Significantly, Trump did not include regime change, with the goal of ousting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power, as any part of the American military deployment in the country, declaring the defeat of ISIS as “my only reason for being there during the Trump presidency.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders explained the move in a statement, saying that the United States had defeated the Islamic “caliphate” in Syria. “We have started returning United States troops home as we transition to the next phase of this campaign. The United States and our allies stand ready to re-engage at all levels to defend American interests whenever necessary.”
Opponents of Trump’s move raised concerns that withdrawal could lead to a resurgence of the militant ISIS. Nicholas Heras of the Center for a New American Security said, “The decision, even before ISIS is defeated on the battlefield, is tempting a massive resurgence of ISIS by the end of this year.” It also appeared to contradict the message of Trump’s secretary of defense, Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis, who told reporters as recently as September, “Getting rid of the caliphate doesn’t mean you then blindly say okay, we got rid of it, march out, and then wonder why the caliphate comes back.”
The truth is that ISIS-types will always be around, especially in that region of the world. They are born and bred to believe what they believe and cause chaos and destruction. So there is no right answer here.
If nothing else, this is a great Christmas gift for the troops that can come home and be with their families. Congrats to them on a job well done.
11 May 2018
How much do you think they prayed about being released? God granted their request.
10 May 2018
Five key Isil leaders captured in sting after Iraqi agents lure them into trap using Telegram app – UK Telegraph, 2018/05/10
A security advisor to the Iraqi government told Reuters that Iraqi agents had used an app on the mobile phone of the senior aide to lure four commanders from the group into a trap.
Iraqi agents used the Telegram messaging app on Eithawi’s mobile phone to lure other Isil commanders to cross the border from Syria into Iraq, where they were captured, Hashimi said.
10 May 2018
Five Top ISIS Officials Captured in U.S.-Iraqi Sting – NY Times, 2018/05/09
Five senior Islamic State officials have been captured, including a top aide to the group’s leader, in a complex cross-border sting carried out by Iraqi and American intelligence, two Iraqi officials said Wednesday.
The three-month operation, which tracked a group of senior Islamic State leaders who had been hiding in Syria and Turkey, represents a significant intelligence victory for the American-led coalition fighting the extremist group and underscores the strengthening relationship between Washington and Baghdad.
Iraqi and American intelligence officials then spent weeks interrogating him, learning the details and whereabouts of other ISIS leaders in hiding, the officials said.
The American-led coalition used this information to launch an airstrike in mid-April that killed 39 suspected Islamic State members near Hajin, in the Deir al-Zour district of Syria, the second official said.