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Ken’s Thoughts Of The Week: How did the U.S. do in the past month?

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By Ken Abramowitz, founder and president, SaveTheWest.com

The World Series is coming up! Will your team win? Will they lose? In other sports, will your team tie?

Foreign policy and national security are no different. So how did the U.S. do in the past month?

In some ways, we won:

  • Pastor Brunson was released from a Turkish prison, where he was held for two years.
Pastor Brunson prays with President Trump in the Oval Office, one day after being released from a Turkish prison. (Photo courtesy: CBN)
  • A new government was formed in Iraq, with U.S. encouragement — and without bloodshed — through compromise that is uncharacteristic in the Middle East.

In some ways, we tied:

  • A Chinese warship nearly rammed an American counterpart in the South China Sea.
A Chinese warship (right) nearly rammed a U.S. Navy ship in the South China Sea on September 30. (Photo courtesy CNN)
  • The Saudis may have murdered a journalist, and we are searching for responses that don’t affect our $100 billion of future arms sales to the Kingdom.

In some ways, we lost:

Russia’s S-300 anti-aircraft missile system. (Photo courtesy Sputnik News)
  • Neither America nor our ally Israel have blown up Iranian targets in Syria for the past month.
  • The U.S. encouraged Israel to allow Qatar-supplied fuel to reach Muslim Brotherhood-controlled Gaza, while Israel and Hamas are in a state of war.

Overall score for the past month: B.

Let’s root for an A next month!

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Jon Sutz was the Consulting Editor & Videographer of SaveTheWest.com from 2014 through August 2020. Jon is a liberty-oriented multimedia graphic designer, writer and creative consultant, based in Charlottesville, VA (jonsutz.com). Most recently, Jon authored his first book, about the dog that helped to save his life after 9/11, "Saved By Shayna: Life Lessons From A Miracle Dog," and is creating an activism campaign to help prevent dogs from suffering in hot cars: HeatKills.org.