Yet again the DC swamp class continues to derail President Trump’s pro-America agenda.
In a 68-23 vote in the U.S. Senate, elected officials voted to advance an amendment that opposed President Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Syria. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed his concern about Trump’s withdrawal plan, claiming that “ISIS and al-Qaida have yet to be defeated. “ He added that American national security interests require continued commitment to our missions there.”
This vote is a direct response to President Trump’s announcement in December, to make a withdrawal of all troops from Syria and a significant withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Just like open borders are part and parcel of the globalist status quo in DC, never-ending wars are another pet project for DC Swamp dwellers. Ever since 9/11, the neoconservative wing of the DC status quo has made it a point to try to rebuild the Middle East along Western democratic lines.
Never mind that the overwhelmingly majority of Middle Eastern countries do not have the cultural or institutional ingredients to make property rights, democracy, or the rule of law work. Despite that, the “enlightened” classes in DC have tried for 17 years to rebuild Afghanistan after launching the War on Terror.
And this war has come at a steep cost. The US has spent over $1.07 trillion dollars to rebuild the country and lost over 2,350 troops in the conflict. With U.S. Navy Seals taking out Osama Bin Laden on May 2, 2011, it seemed that the mission in Afghanistan was over. However, DC leaders had other plans and continued with their nation building scheme.
As if Afghanistan and the subsequent Iraq invasion weren’t enough, US neocons set their sights on Syria in 2014 when they decided to get involved in the Syrian Civil War. Under the guise of helping freedom-fighting Syrian rebels, US forces along with France, UK, and the Syrian opposition have worked to topple the government of Bashar al-Assad. Such an ambitious foreign escapade has naturally attracted other foreign actors such as Russia and Iran to come to Syria’s defense.
With no real end in sight, the American populace has become tired of the foreign meddling over the past decade. According to results from J. Wallin Opinion Research survey, “78 percent of Democrats, 64.5 percent of Republicans, and 68.8 percent of independents supported restraining military action overseas.”
This Senate’s latest road blocking antics just show that the DC political class is out of touch with the wants of the American people. For America’s sake, nation-building should be a thing of the past.
President Trump can do right by ignoring the obstructionists in Congress and get our troops out of these entanglements. It’s time for other nations to get their houses in order.
Canadian Police Report Almost 2,200 Home Visits To Monitor Quarantine Compliance
Canadian police officers reportedly have conducted almost 2,200 home visits to ensure travelers into the country are complying with quarantine rules.
In late March, the Canadian government announced the start of the Quarantine Act, which mandates that anyone entering the country, with the exception of essential workers like truck drivers and those in healthcare, must self-isolate for 14 days.
Failure to comply can incur a fine of up to $750,000 and/or six months in prison. However, so far there have been no arrests, and only one fine of $1,000.
Still, many may find unsettling the degree to which the Canadian police, in coordination with official border and health services, are enforcing a nanny state by paying home visits to incoming travelers deemed at risk of non-compliance. In addition, prime minister Justin Trudeau has hinted that even tougher measures could be coming, even once Canada begins easing cross-border travel.
Also in late March, the Trudeau government announced a halt to all immigration in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. However, current immigration applications would not be closed or denied due to failure to meet typical requirements.
Still, many pointed out that Canada’s response was actually stronger than the US’, which has continued to import thousands of H-1B workers even while under lockdown due to a global pandemic.
The border between the US and Canada has been closed since the end of March, and this was recently extended, likely into mid-June. Trudeau has stated that the closure and its extension were implemented with full cooperation from the US.
While travel into Canada has not stopped completely, it has fallen drastically since the implementation of restrictive policies. However, critics of the government question whether Trudeau reacted quickly enough, and argue that the policy going forward is too vague and requires more explanation and accountability.
As stated by Conservative MP Pierre Paul-Hus:
“It was the Trudeau government’s failure to close our borders that allowed the virus to spread in the first place. It is incumbent on the Trudeau government to explain how they plan to ensure that travelers who are coming back to Canada are not spreading COVID-19… Unfortunately, right now the Trudeau government is telling Canadians to ‘wait and see’ without explaining what metrics they are relying on to make decisions.”
While Canada is doing significantly better than the US in terms of the number of cases, one tragically sobering area in which it has exhibited clear failure is the fate of its elderly, particularly those in state and private long-term care institutions.
It is estimated that up to 86% of the Canadian death toll is from facilities such as long-term care, retirement, and corrections, with the first two making up the large majority. In one privately-run nursing home, as much as one third of residents have died from coronavirus.
While the situation is complex and there are few countries that do not seem to have significant problems with their approach, it is clear that something is wrong with Canada’s. Perhaps the government should focus more on taking care of its elderly than intrusively monitoring its citizens.
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