Jeff Carr and I at Grant County Dems.
I’m at the Deming Duck Race Parade today with the fabulous Deming Democrats and these wonderful candidates pictured from the left: Jeff Carr, me, Joe Cervantes, Candie Sweetser, and Michael Padilla!
Pres Trump was strong in tone but short on specifics in his address on Afghanistan. We have 4 takeaways from his speech.
1. A shift from a time approach to a conditions approach. Key to this is his dictate that there will be no announcement of dates, of movement of troops, or of impending actions.
2. There will be an integration of diplomatic, economic, and military strategy with an aim to support building a stronger, and self-sufficient Afghanistan.
3. A change in the approach to Pakistan, in which that country must choose whether to partner with us against ISIS and other terrorist organizations, or to continue sheltering them.
4. We will partner with India to help stabilize the region economically and politically.
My response: his first point removes any semblance of a time-table to our involvement in Afghanistan. There is no end except as undefined “conditions” allow.
Second, Trump has largely dismantled our Diplomatic Corp, so integrating diplomatic, economic, and military approaches is problematic. In whom, and under the jurisdiction of what agencies does he picture this taking place?
And finally, he announced a change from the Pakistan partnership we have experienced, to an India based approach. This is problematic due to the long-standing hostility between those two nations (both of which are nuclear powers), and in that India is not a Muslim country. Rather than stabilizing the region, this approach may, very well, further destabilize it.
I will continue to watch as events unfold.
Please be sure to comment with your own observations.
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My thoughts are with the missing and injured sailors of the USS John S McCain after the tragic collision with a merchant ship near Singapore. My husband and I are both veterans of a seafaring service, the US Coast Guard. While I did not go to sea, he did, many times and in many harrowing conditions. We cannot forget the fear and despair the families of these brave sailors are experiencing. I pray the missing are found alive, and will keep all those involved in my thoughts.
I spent the evening at the Otero County Fair. The local Dems are fabulous people, and I thank Nadia Sikes for allowing me to share some time with them. Please, if you live in Otero and haven’t joined them, take a minute to visit their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Democratic-Party-of-Otero-County-158906637520681/
I did not get a photo of the Socorro County Dems meeting in Magdalena today. It was an excellent meeting!
I’m at the Otero County Fairgrounds with the Otero Dems as they set up for the fair! Come on down when the fair opens later this week!
Mad Hildebrandt shared an event. August Meeting in Magdalena Potluck and Planning Meeting August Meeting in Magdalena Potluck and Planning Meeting The Democratic Party of Socorro County will meet in Magdalena for a discussion of upcoming events followed by a potluck dinner.
There is no place in our America for the Alt-Right, KKK, Neo-Nazis & their ilk. I condemn them & their beliefs. Today, we must all stand together against their American-bred terrorism.
My prayers & condolences 2 the people of #Charlottesville -Americans MUST come together 2 overcome hate & bigotry. We are better than what has happened in Virginia.