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The Wizard of Mar-a-Lago pulled it off



Oz the Great and Powerful was a 2013 Disney prequel to the 1939 MGM classic, The Wizard of Oz. The prequel never found an audience, but I liked it. James Franco had the title role of a deceptive magician blown into Oz in a battle among three witches -- East, West, and North.

Glinda the good witch installs the Franco character as the wizard as she desperately fights off the two evil sisters.

My favorite scene is when he is introduced to Oz.
Oz: [whispering to Glinda, as her city celebrates his arrival] You know, I should tell you. I might not actually be a wizard...
Glinda: Yes, I know.
Oz: Oh?
Glinda: Well, at least not any kind of wizard we were expecting.
Oz: Uh, you could tell?
Glinda: Yes. I can also tell you're weak, selfish, slightly egotistical, and a fibber.
Oz: I see. Anything you don't know about me?
Glinda: Whether or not you'll save my people.
Oz: Ah, no, I just told you I'm not the wizard.
Glinda: But they don't know that. If you can make them believe, then you're wizard enough. (sadly) These are desperate times, after all. Can you make them believe?
Oz: [nervously] Um... Will I... still get that gold?
Glinda: [surprised] Ah... [nods her head yes]
Oz: [to the crowd] Good people of Oz. Your wizard is here!
Wizard enough.

If unlike me, you are not convinced that President Donald John Trump is honest and a true patriot who will save the nation and the world, I have good news. He's wizard enough. You may see him as weak, selfish, slightly egotistical, and a fibber, but he is getting the job done.

Obviously, President Trump is a real man, not a fictional character. And obviously, there are no such things as wizards. And the situation is far more serious than three ladies fighting over a pair of shoes. But wizard enough explains how he may just have ended a 40-year cold war between Iran and the United States of America by firing one missile at the head of Iran's terrorism unit.

After President Trump approved killing General قاسم سلیمانی  (no one can spell his name in English), Iran had to retaliate even though that could be suicidal. Its retaliation last night was a spectacular failure with a barrage of missiles that missed their targets. Perhaps deliberately so.

This morning, our beloved president told the American people, "Last week, we took decisive action to stop a ruthless terrorist from threatening American lives. At my direction, the United States military eliminated the world’s top terrorist, Qasem Soleimani. As the head of the Quds Force, Soleimani was personally responsible for some of the absolutely worst atrocities.

"He trained terrorist armies, including Hezbollah, launching terrorist strikes against civilian targets. He fueled bloody civil wars all across the region. He viciously wounded and murdered thousands of U.S. troops, including the planting of roadside bombs that maim and dismember their victims.

"Soleimani directed the recent attacks on U.S. personnel in Iraq that badly wounded four service members and killed one American, and he orchestrated the violent assault on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. In recent days, he was planning new attacks on American targets, but we stopped him."

No apology. None needed.

Later, President Trump pantsed Obama on the world stage.

President Trump said, "Iran’s hostilities substantially increased after the foolish Iran nuclear deal was signed in 2013, and they were given $150 billion, not to mention $1.8 billion in cash. Instead of saying 'thank you' to the United States, they chanted 'death to America.' In fact, they chanted 'death to America' the day the agreement was signed.

"Then, Iran went on a terror spree, funded by the money from the deal, and created hell in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The missiles fired last night at us and our allies were paid for with the funds made available by the last administration. The regime also greatly tightened the reins on their own country, even recently killing 1,500 people at the many protests that are taking place all throughout Iran."

No president before him has called out his predecessor like this.

No previous president had to.

He later said, "Today, I am going to ask NATO to become much more involved in the Middle East process. Over the last three years, under my leadership, our economy is stronger than ever before and America has achieved energy independence. These historic accomplishments changed our strategic priorities. These are accomplishments that nobody thought were possible. And options in the Middle East became available. We are now the number-one producer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world. We are independent, and we do not need Middle East oil.

"The American military has been completely rebuilt under my administration, at a cost of $2.5 trillion. U.S. Armed Forces are stronger than ever before. Our missiles are big, powerful, accurate, lethal, and fast. Under construction are many hypersonic missiles."

Peace through strength instead of leadership from behind.

He ended his remarks with hope for Iran.

President Trump said, "Finally, to the people and leaders of Iran: We want you to have a future and a great future -- one that you deserve, one of prosperity at home, and harmony with the nations of the world. The United States is ready to embrace peace with all who seek it."

I am rooting for a trade deal with Iran.

The stock market brushed off the rockets red glare in Iraq because investors trust President Trump. Since his election, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained 10,000 points, a 55% gain in a little over 3 years. It rose 161 points today.

Investors blew off media cries of World War 3 because no intelligent person believes the mainstream media when it comes to Donald Trump. From his nomination to his election to Russian Collusion to the Mueller report to impeachment, the American press has been wrong. The American media is as accurate as Iranian missile launchers.

History is large. We are small. President Trump made history this week by killing General قاسم سلیمانی and with him Iran's hopes of dominating the Middle East. This is not magic. It is hard work and knowledge of the situation.

But I will say wizard enough if that helps a skeptic understand this better.

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