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Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital HELPS Mideast Peace

That’s right. All the conventional, in-the-box thinking you’re hearing about how President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel – which, de facto, it already is – and move the embassy there actually increases to prospects for an eventual negotiated settlement between the Israelis and Palestinians. Even supporters of the move who say, Well, it’s just the right thing to do, don’t understand that it also makes sense strategically.

Here’s why.

As Trump the dealmaker knows, you don’t negotiate from a position of weakness. And you don’t, as Barack Obama was fond of doing, show that you are willing to cave to the incessant and unreasonable demands of your adversaries.

What Trump did Wednesday was demonstrate to the Arab world, a violent arena of ruthless Darwinian struggle, that he isn’t cowed by the usual tactic deployed by Israel’s enemies of threatening to unleash Jihads and Intifadas to get their way. The Arabs are now made to understand that there is a completely different character in the White House, one who is willing to make a deal with them, but not if they engage in activities that only draw the sides further apart.

In the short term, there may be some violence. And of course, the Arab states have issued the obligatory denunciations of the move, treated by the press as thundering declarations of consequence that could ruin Trump’s outreach to Saudi Arabia’s princes and other Arab leaders. But in reality, this is little more than pro forma commentary by states that know they need the United States to combat actual existential threats like Islamist extremism and Iran.

Whatever violence prompted by Hamas and the like will dissipate, because its instigators know it is of no use. This is not a president, like the previous one, who is instinctually sympathetic to the Palestinian cause and is prone to, for example, wetting his pants and invite the Russians into the Middle East when a punk like Syrian dictator Bashar Assad crosses his “red line” by launching chemical weapons. The current president responded to the same provocation by swiftly dispatching a few cruise missiles toward Damascus. No more chemical weapons.

Trump’s strategy with the Jerusalem recognition is actually subtler and more marked by long-range, strategic thought than the knee-jerk, surface analyses of the intellectuals who despise him as a fool. Trump’s approach is reminiscent of Ronald Reagan’s in 1981, when rather than caving to the illegal demands of striking air control tower workers, he fired them, even at risk of having a plane crash blamed on his action. The move was noticed in Moscow which, like the Arab world today, understood it had a new and tougher adversary in the West Wing and would not be able to roll him over with threats and demands.

When people get that their adversary won’t be indulging their bellicosity and folding when they bluff, they are more likely to make the kind of concessions that can lead to a deal. The Palestinians are on notice, if they are even serious about peace: They will either get something that is fair to both sides, or they will get nothing. And their leaders will understand that in the long term they will lose the support of their own people if they unleash violence that leads to little but contempt from America and retaliation from Israel.

Reagan’s motto was peace through strength. It works. Just ask the free people of Eastern Europe.

Nancy Reagan is Dead

Nancy Reagan was not just the wife of one of the greatest presidents in American history. She was Ronald Reagan’s soulmate, his protector, and often, his closest advisor. And in his twilight, as he declined due to the effects of Alzheimer’s, she was his caretaker, too.

Now, former First Lady Nancy Reagan is dead at the age of 94. She passed away on Sunday of congestive heart failure at her home in Los Angeles.

Ronald Reagan shared his innermost self with very few people. Mrs. Reagan had access to aspects of the president that no one else could fathom.

In her role as her “Ronnie’s” fiercest guardian, she was known particularly for her involvement in staff decisions, ever on the watch for people who might be putting their own interests first. She was reportedly deeply involved in the ouster of White House Chief of Staff Donald Regan in 1987 following the Iran-Contra crisis.

But Mrs. Reagan carved her own role in the Reagan presidency. Her “Just Say No” campaign against drug use became one of the great movements of the 1980s. In true conservative fashion, she sought to address a problem not through massive government intervention but by using her bully pulpit to effect cultural change.

The title of the cause, which became perhaps the decade’s most famous watchword, was chosen after she met with schoolchildren in Oakland, according to the Ronald Reagan Library. “A little girl raised her hand,” Nancy Reagan remembered, “and said, ’Mrs. Reagan, what do you do if somebody offers you drugs?’ And I said, ‘Well, you just say no.’ And there it was born. I think people thought we had an advertising agency over who dreamed that up — not true.”

The crusade took her to 65 cities in 33 states and 9 foreign countries. She made 110 appearances and 14 anti-drug speeches on behalf of the effort in 1984 alone.

Mrs. Reagan also was involved during her husband’s presidency in a program to create “foster grandparents” for needy children.

Nancy Reagan was born Anne Frances Robbins on July 6, 1921, in New York City. Her mother was an actress who eventually married a Chicago neurosurgeon, Loyal Davis, who adopted her. The then-Nancy Davis became an actress herself and met then-fellow actor Ronald Reagan in the late 1940s.

They were married March 4, 1952, in a small ceremony and had two children together. They remained together until the president’s death on June 5, 2004.

She will be buried next to her husband at the Reagan library in spot overlooking California’s  Simi Valley.

Cruz “Scorpion” Video Plays Off Reagan Ad

Ted Cruz released a new campaign video today, this one cleverly playing off a famous 1984 reelection campaign ad by Ronald Reagan, “The Bear in the Woods.”

Some of you surely remember it. Here’s the Reagan ad first.

And now the Cruz ad.

All the candidates tonight will be trying to claim they are just like Reagan.

I don’t think Reagan really claimed to be like anyone else. He didn’t say he was the new Barry Goldwater, although he tipped his hat to him.

The one who compares himself the least to Reagan, it seems to me, is Donald Trump. He claims he’s just like Donald Trump. And that makes him more like Reagan.

The Dissing of America: Our enemies and rivals show no respect

As President Obama was traversing Alaska last week sounding the alarm about the theoretical consequences of global warming, a more concrete threat loomed just off the coast, in the Bering Sea. Five Chinese naval ships suddenly materialized and were cruising about, symbols of China’s growing military might and its challenge to America’s naval hegemony in… Continue Reading

Labor Secretary Perez Goes After Ronald Reagan

Labor Secretary Tom Perez, one of the more ideological and also annoying members of the Obama administration, attacked Ronald Reagan for his prediction that Medicare would lead to socialized medicine and, indeed, socialism. Here’s some of what Reagan said. Now, I know everyone likes their Medicare. But Reagan had it absolutely right. With health insurers… Continue Reading

The Seriousness of Ronald Reagan

Fifty years ago today, Ronald Reagan staked his claim to leadership among conservatives with a speech meant to rescue Republican candidate Barry Goldwater. It didn’t rescue Goldwater. But it saved conservatism. And maybe the nation. Writing in the Washington Post, Steven Hayward, the Ronald Reagan distinguished visiting professor at Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy, notes that… Continue Reading

The Wit of Ronald Reagan

This ran on the CBS program Sunday Morning day before yesterday. The piece is ostensibly about how Reagan was methodical about his humor, but it’s really an excuse to air some of Reagan’s famous jokes and take a trip down memory lane. Funny how kind CBS is to Reagan. You’d have never seen something like… Continue Reading

Reagan? Who’s That Dude?

Yes, let’s throw some more money at education. It’s really working out great. And let’s make sure everyone goes to college, even these kids, who should instead be moving immediately into the cashier profession. Instead, Obama wants to make sure they’re in debt for advanced schooling, and that taxpayers are covering a bunch of their college… Continue Reading

A Key Figure in American History Died Saturday

Were you aware of that? Many of you probably know who I mean. Perhaps the best comment I’ve seen on the life of William Clark, former judge and advisor to Ronald Reagan, was made by another ex-Reagan aide, Faith Whittlesey, via The Washington Times: Bill Clark was Ronald Reagan’s best friend and was the great unsung hero… Continue Reading

Obama: Thatcher “One of the Great Champions of Freedom”

President Obama today hailed Margaret Thatcher, his ideological opposite, as “one of the great champions of freedom and liberty” who was a “true friend” of the United States. Obama sounded almost like a neoconservative in his gracious written tribute to Thatcher, who died today, writing that she “knew that with strength and resolve we could win… Continue Reading