Combatting Human Trafficking

The national media stays focused on issues that are parochial and sometimes trivial in comparison of the many real stories that they could cover.  As an example, the Trump administration has put an emphasis on combatting human trafficking.  Not long ago, President Trump meet with Indian leaders in Arizona where they discussed the issue of missing children and provided additional resources to help in locating these missing children.  In this video from OAN, the efforts and some of the successes of recent programs in locating mising children are highlighted.  It is an hour long video, but you can get the essence of the activies in the first 10 minutes.  If you have time to watch the whole video, you will learn a lot of which you were probably not aware.


The Peace Initiative in the Middle East


Middle Peace Accords between UAE, Bahrain, and Israel


The peace accords signed today are historic and the ceremony was fun to watch.  Two major take-aways for me were the length of time dedicated to the task and the changes he made to the American diplomatic role.  President Trump had the conference with 50 islamic nations in Saudi Arabia in May 2017.  It was there that he laid out the basis for a new future prosperity for all the attendees.  Since then, he freed the US from dependence on Middle Eastern oil, taking away any threat that oil could be used to influence American policy.  He elevated the position of Isreal by moving the embassy to Jerusalem and strenthened Israel's bargaining power by returning their control over decisions about the future of the West Bank and the Golan Heights.  This approach removed the previous State Department's say over what Israel was allowed to do and removed the "peace veto" of the Palestinians. His team, then, was in a position to facilitate the discussions between the parties in the region to find ways achieve economic benefits for themselves.

President Trump has repeatedly made strategic moves to advance his foreign and domestic policies, while the press, the opposition, and some of his own administration, like Secretary of State Tillerson, fail to grasp the significance.  The underlying theme seems to me to bring parties to work together on improving the welfare of their constituents/citizens.