Peace through bor­der con­trol

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I’m dy­ing to hear about the “3-D chess” Trump is play­ing with his an­nounce­ment on Mon­day that he’s break­ing his prom­ise on Afghanistan and throw­ing more forces into that ut­terly point­less war. Will he be send­ing the trans­gen­der troops?

But then the Em­peror God gave a mag­nif­i­cent speech in Ari­zona Tues­day night. Cu­ri­ously, when he talks to vot­ers -- as op­posed to his Cab­i­net and White House staff -- there’s very lit­tle about send­ing more U.S. troops to die in the hu­man meat-grinder of Afghanistan.

Trump got thun­der­ous ap­plause from his 30,000-per­son fo­cus group for the wall, stepped-up de­por­ta­tions and Ari­zona Sher­iff Joe Ar­paio -re­cently con­victed of con­tempt for “racially pro­fil­ing” His­pan­ics. But you could hear a pin drop when he men­tioned Afghanistan, Nikki Ha­ley and Gen. John Kelly. (At least he had the good sense not to bring up Gold­man Sachs’ Gary Cohn again.)

There were long faces all over ca­ble news af­ter Trump’s speech, which surely trig­gers the re­ward cen­ter in his brain, like giv­ing a mouse cheese.

What was so re­fresh­ingly dif­fer­ent about the Trump cam­paign was that the can­di­date didn’t use any of the id­i­otic, con­sul­tant-writ­ten bro­mides of­fered by every other GOP pres­i­den­tial can­di­date for at least the past 30 years. In­stead, he looked around the coun­try, saw what the prob­lems were and said he’d fix them.

Here are the high­lights from every speech by any Non-Trump can­di­date for the past sev­eral decades:

“I lis­tened to the Amer­i­can peo­ple.” “Peo­ple are frus­trated.” “This elec­tion is about the fu­ture!”

It may not seem like it at first, but an­other one of those head-scratch­ing cliches is: “Peace through strength.” Dur­ing the cam­paign, this was a sta­ple of knuck­le­heads like Jeb!, but I’m sorry to re­port that our hero used it on the Ari­zona crowd, re­fer­ring to his de­ci­sion to send more troops to die in Afghanistan for no earthly pur­pose. The Swamp is sticky.

When Rea­gan said, “peace through strength,” it meant some­thing. But 30 years af­ter Rea­gan won the Cold War, any­one who uses this ex­pres­sion con­veys only that he has no un­der­stand­ing of the cur­rent war.

Dur­ing the Cold War, Amer­ica was fac­ing an ag­gres­sively im­pe­ri­al­is­tic, nu­clear-armed Soviet Union. By con­trast, the main threat to Amer­i­cans’ safety to­day comes not from a coun­try, but from mil­lions of in­di­vid­ual sav­ages spread through­out the globe.

Amer­i­cans aren’t be­ing slaugh­tered by in­vad­ing Soviet troops, “Red Dawn”-style, but by Is­lamic ter­ror­ists on tourist visas fly­ing com­mer­cial air­planes into our sky­scrapers, and by first- and sec­ond­gen­er­a­tion Mus­lim im­mi­grants set­ting off bombs and shoot­ing peo­ple at the Boston Marathon, Amer­i­can mil­i­tary bases, com­mu­nity cen­ters and gay night­clubs.

Amer­i­cans are raped, ad­dicted and mur­dered not by the Red Army, but by mil­lions of il­le­gal aliens waltz­ing across our wide-open bor­der.

Our free­doms are be­ing taken away not by a for­eign power, but by our own govern­ment -- in or­der to pro­tect us from ter­ror­ists, in­ter­na­tional crime rings and Mex­i­can drug car­tels op­er­at­ing in our own coun­try.

De­feat­ing a non-coun­try ad­ver­sary may seem an im­pos­si­ble task, but the sav­ages are per­fectly con­tain­able. To­day’s en­emy has no ca­pac­ity to harm a hair on a sin­gle Amer­i­can’s head -- as long as we don’t let them come here.

We don’t need a mil­i­tary vic­tory. We need an im­mi­gra­tion mora­to­rium.

The Non-Trump Repub­li­cans promised us only more im­mi­gra­tion and more wars. PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH!

How does a mil­i­tary buildup help Kate Steinle? How about the 3,000 Amer­i­cans killed on 9/11? Did Obama’s escalation of the war in Afghanistan pro­tect sol­diers at Fort Hood or night­club­bers in Or­lando? Did it do any­thing for Grant Ron­nebeck, who was fa­tally shot by an il­le­gal alien rob­bing a con­ve­nience store in Mesa, Ari­zona, in 2015?

More than 1,600 Amer­i­can troops died in Afghanistan un­der Obama, and not one Amer­i­can is safer.

All we need to do to win the cur­rent war is: Keep our nu­clear weapons in work­ing or­der and stop al­low­ing en­emy forces into our coun­try. If we must have troops con­stantly de­ployed some­where, the only place they’d ac­tu­ally be use­ful is 10 feet into Mex­ico. (Let a court try to stop that!)

Dur­ing the cam­paign, Lit­tle Marco dis­missed as un­re­al­is­tic Trump’s pro­posed tem­po­rary sus­pen­sion of Mus­lim im­mi­gra­tion to our coun­try -- in­clud­ing the more than 2 mil­lion Mus­lims we’ve taken in just since 9/11. In­stead, Ru­bio pro­posed we do some­thing achiev­able, like re­make the en­tire Mid­dle East with wars in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Afghanistan.

Trump, and only Trump, promised to put our coun­try first and pro­tect our in­ter­ests when it came to im­mi­gra­tion and for­eign wars. He didn’t care that po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness dic­tated putting Amer­ica’s in­ter­ests dead last.

But since be­com­ing pres­i­dent, in­stead of drain­ing the swamp, the swamp seems to have drained Trump. His agenda has been drowned out by the agenda of Wash­ing­ton’s Uni-Party.

That’s why all we ever hear about is tax cuts and war (un­less Trump is speak­ing to one of his 30,000-per­son fo­cus groups).

Rather than ac­tu­ally be­ing like Rea­gan and win­ning the war we’re in, Trump has de­cided to con­tinue Obama’s un­con­sti­tu­tional “ex­ec­u­tive amnesty” -- opposition to which gave the GOP stun­ning vic­to­ries in 2014 and 2016. This week, he grabbed the hot poker of Afghanistan, al­low­ing ec­static Democrats to scratch that dis­as­ter off Obama’s Great­est Hits list. Now, it’s Trump’s war.

I don’t know why Trump would sur­round him­self with peo­ple who op­pose his agenda, but on Tues­day night he heard again from the peo­ple who see him as our coun­try’s last hope. He should lis­ten to them.

Ann Coul­ter

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