Remember When Donald Trump Said He Wanted To Win More Wars?

Remember When Donald Trump Said He Wanted To Win More Wars?

It's more about the speculation of escalating into war than winning a war.
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Over the past two decades, the United States government have spent trillions of dollars for military operations in the Middle East. Recalling February 27th, President Donald Trump stated at a White House meeting that he wanted to win wars again. He increased the military spending for the operations in the Middle East, insisting to “start winning wars again.”

President Trump’s “must win wars again,” statement seemed to indicate a possible future with this particular incident.To elaborate, it's more about the speculation of escalating into war than winning a war. It may seem melodramatic to presume, but current ties with Russia and United States are not looking well.

Several days ago, the United States fired tomahawk missiles at Syria in response to Assad’s chemical weapon’s attacks on Syrians citizens, including children and infants. The target was a military airfield in Homs.

As Commander-in-Chief, Trump made the decision on Syria due to the images of children that were infected with this incident. The president reversed his response of the United States staying out of Middle East conflict and is hypocritical with the travel ban upon Syrian refugees. It is hard to tell how Russia may react to this event.

Russia has been allied with Assad Regime with its six-year civil war, criticizing the United States government's decision as a violation of international law. Russia's government is heavily resenting the U.S. for its attack, not for attacking its associate ally, but 100 Russian troops were in proximity of the attack, which the U.S. gave out a notification.

The United Nations are in sessions regarding the incident, with Russia and Syria denouncing the incident, while the U.S. and other allies from Europe, Israel, Turkey and Saudi Arabia agreed with the U.S. decision upon the chemical attack.

Let’s also not forget the scandal referring of Russia interfering with the Presidential Election, which has been an ongoing investigation. A contemplation that has viewers shifted on the airstrike attacks and without Russia's cooperation for the scandal, it could put the investigation to a halt.

Besides the feud, Trump had a summit with Chinese President Xi Jiping with discussions regards on how to contain the dictating North Korea. One of the biggest stress from this Communist country is its non-stop nuclear warhead and missile tests.

CNN reported recently that a U.S. naval aircraft carrier group is heading towards the Korean Peninsula, which was confirmed by U.S. defense official. The news report indicates having this carrier to operate in that area is uncommon. Speculation is that the aircraft carrier is pressing onward to the Korea region, whether it is a scare tactic or defensive measures to intimidate North Korea. North Korea’s regime is known to be unpredictable.

These political matters are reaching to more on the military branch, displaying and unraveling controversial military operations that are conflicting powerful nations. The presumptions and constant reporting are only going to cerebrate. Ever since Trump spoke about winning more wars, his executive powers have now switch to militaristic activity.

Cover Image Credit: John Angelillo // United Press International

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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A Florida House Committee Is Undermining Your Vote On Amendment 4

Before felons can regain their right to vote, they must pay court fines, fees, and take care of any other "financial obligations." Essentially, this is a poll tax.

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Amendment 4, also known as the Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative, was added to the Constitution of Florida after being passed this last midterm election on November 6, 2018.

Amendment 4 restored the voting rights of Floridians with prior felony convictions after all terms of their sentence have been met, including parole and probation. This amendment only applies to felons who have not been convicted of murder or sexual offenses.

On January 8, 2019, an estimated 1.4 million ex-felons regained their right to vote. This is monumental. Prior to this amendment, Florida was one of four states that used felony disenfranchisement. Amendment 4 gives voice, and rightfully so, to felons who have served their time. Amendment 4 is also putting to rest, finally, years and years of disenfranchisement and suppression.

Now, only two months after its passage, the House Criminal Justice Committee is trying to water down this piece of legislation. This is a direct violation of the will of the 64% of Floridians who voted for the legislation as is. This amendment was not to be "clarified," as Governor DeSantis put it, but rather to be self-implementing.

However, the House Criminal Justice Committee proposed a bill that would tack on some extra qualifiers in order for felons to be enfranchised. The bill will require court fines, fees, and other "financial obligations" (in addition to fees administered in a judge's sentence) to be paid in full before a felon's voting rights are restored. This seems awfully similar to a poll tax to me. Obviously, this is going to affect people without a lot of resources rather than white-collar criminals who can afford a $500,000 bond.

This new qualifier will prevent felons from voting based on the money that can be coughed up as if they don't have to worry about their finances long after they leave prison.

Some may argue that these felons shouldn't have committed a crime in the first place. However, I would argue that holding a felon's vote hostage on the basis of money is unconstitutional.

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