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Ken’s Thought of the Week: My concerns, hopes, and predictions for 2020



By Ken Abramowitz, President & Founder, SaveTheWest

See the sources for this article and more research in the Additional Reading section.

As we enter 2020, bad and good news abound. For the year 2020, I have five concerns, three hopes, and two predictions.

My concerns

(1) I am concerned that Iran will misread U.S. impeachment and election rhetoric to seek opportunities to attack U.S. soldiers, bases, and ships. (Recall what Iran did in 2016, below.)

(2) I am concerned that Iran and its terrorist proxy, Hezbollah, will misread Israeli political turmoil and seek to accelerate attacks on Israel and Jews worldwide.

(3) I am concerned that Iran will continue growing its 3 terror arms (physical terror, narco terror, and cultural terror) particularly in Africa and Latin America, despite the U.S.-led economic sanctions against its ruling regime.

(4) I am concerned that the forces behind skyrocketing anti-Semitism in the U.S., Western Europe and elsewhere will not be dealt with as harshly as necessary.

Link to the above CNN story, from December 29, 2019, here.

(5) I am concerned that Islamists’ hate-speech and incitement will neither be sufficiently condemned, nor criminalized.

Islamist parade in England, 2007.

My hopes

(1) I hope that the Tory landslide victory in the U.K. will serve as a precursor for a similarly massive victory by Israel’s Likud party, and the re-election of President Trump. See my previous article on Boris Johnson’s victory here: Boris Johnson’s landslide victory is great news for U.K. and Western civilization

(2) I hope that the Republicans regain control over the House, aided by the Democrats’ over-reach in their impeachment hoax.

(3) I hope that many of the 40-80 Trump coup co-conspirators are indicted for their apparent crimes.

My predictions

(1) I predict that withdrawing U.S. troops prematurely from Afghanistan, Syria, and Africa would be a huge mistake (to paraphrase the President) that would badly backfire on the administration’s military and political interests. If the Islamist terror organizations are not stopped in Northern Africa, they will move into Southern Africa and accelerate the war against the Christians there.

(2) I predict that 2-3% GDP growth, low interest rates, and the low unemployment numbers will continue to propel the U.S. economic and innovation machine to stand out as the envy of the world.

Happy New Year!

Additional Reading

VIDEO: Iran mocks captured US sailors at parade

Iran releases 10 U.S. sailors captured in Persian Gulf – CBS News

VIDEO: U.S. Navy Fires Warning Shots at Iranian Military Vessel in Persian Gulf

Hezbollah and Israel: Deterrence at the Edge of Destruction – International Crisis Group

Major beneficiaries of the Iran deal: The IRGC and Hezbollah – Brookings Institution

Hezbollah: Revolutionary Iran’s most successful export – Brookings Institution

In first, Hezbollah confirms all financial support comes from Iran – Al Arabiya English

Iran has been the #1 largest state sponsor of global terrorism – SaveTheWest

Hezbollah’s cocaine Jihad; Faced with dwindling Iranian funding, Shiite terror group partners with Mexican drug cartels; uses millions of dollars in drug money to support weapon acquisition habit – YNet

Why is Iran conspiring with Mexican drug dealers? – Foreign Policy

The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook – Politico

Desperate For Allies and Secret Assets, Iran Penetrates Africa – The Tower

There was an attack on Jewish New Yorkers almost every day last week. Police are investigating these as possible hate crimes – CNN

FBI report: Jews the target of overwhelming number of religious-based hate crimes – Religion News Service

Terrorist Attacks Against Jewish Targets in the West (2012-2019): The Atlantic Divide Between European and American Attackers – Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

Ken’s Thought of the Week: Boris Johnson’s landslide victory is great news for U.K. and Western civilization – Save The West

Impeachment Power Can Be Abused – National Review

Ignore the hype — this is not an impeachment inquiry – TheHill

Brennan, Clapper, Comey and McCabe offer the nation warped theories about Trump – Washington Times

The Brennan Dossier: All About a Prime Mover of Russiagate – RealClearInvestigations

New in 2020: Will Trump pull the US military out of Iraq and Syria? – Military Times

Democrats are running into Trump’s economic buzzsaw – The Week