Author: Alex Christy

North Korea: Plenty of Bad Options

When news that the Carl Vinson strike group was turning around and heading north to the Korean Peninsula* the world once again moved to the edge of its seat and watched and waited.  (As an aside, why are we naming ships after congressmen, but I digress.)  Despite sudden newfound anxieties from the left about fairly routine shows of force in response to North Korean saber-rattling, the weekend came and went without the world tail-spinning into World War III.  As it turns out, the Carl Vinson strike group was actually in the Indian Ocean conducting joint exercises with Australia. The Trump Administration seems to want...

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The Aftermath of Trump’s Syria Strikes

President Trump has initiated his first military operation as President.  On April 6 USS Ross and USS Porter lobbed 59 Tomahawk Cruise Missiles into Shayrat Airbase in western Syria.  The President was reportedly moved to take action against the regime after seeing images of civilians, including babies, suffer after Bashar al-Assad launched another sarin gas attack on his own people.  The move was a shift for his previous policy of abandoning the effort for regime change in Damascus.  Being in the big chair appears to have changed the President’s approach to the conflict. Still, there are many unanswered questions in the wake of the...

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Rice Named, Nunes Vindicated

The political world appears to be in the midst of learning a valuable lesson about jumping to conclusions. At first, Democrats and some on the right mocked Trump’s claims that Obama had his “wires tapped.” What we did not know back then was that former National Security Adviser and former Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice repeatedly sought to unmask those close to Trump. Nunes’ Discoveries On March 22, House Intelligence Committee Chairman David Nunes claimed that there may be evidence that the Obama Administration had intercepted communications by Trump’s transition team.  Nunes, though vague, said he would...

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The Republican’s Health Care Debacle

The Republican efforts in health care can only be described as failures and broken promises.  After not bringing up the Affordable Health Care Act for a vote, Speaker Paul Ryan seemingly threw in towel saying, “Obamacare is the law of the land” and will remain so “for the foreseeable future.”  The President has had an even more troublesome reaction.  He has indicated he will seek out Democratic support, saying that he never said he would repeal the law.  He then accused the Freedom Caucus and other opponents of the AHCA of saving Planned Parenthood. Democrats are smiling in D.C. that...

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Budgeting and Spending Assumptions

President Trump has released his first budget proposal.  Considering the things he has said about infrastructure and health care, it could have been a lot worse.  Trump’s initial proposal calls for a cut of $13.6 billion or 1.2% in discretionary spending.  That is a drop in the bucket, but considering the question that is asked in the halls of the bureaucracy is not “How much do we need to fulfill our mission?” but rather “How much more do we need as compared to last year?,” some cuts are certainly better than no cuts.  Trump’s budget is far from perfect....

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