All over the news the last few days in anticipation, this now official act recognizes the capital of Israel as Jerusalem and declares the U.S. embassy will be moved there. Because it is getting so much coverage, I will make only brief comments this time.

Some have questioned the timing of the action. On the one hand, it may well be doing this now provides a needed distraction from other controversies, such as the Russian investigation and the tax bill, and that is why routine extension was not the chosen action. On the other hand, some kind of action was going to be needed under any circumstances, because every six months since the late 1990s presidents have delayed moving the embassy to Jerusalem for purposes of stability and peace negotiation in the middle-east.

I am in agreement with the majority of the world in believing this action is more likely to create conflict and bloodshed than aid in any peace agreement.

[Ed. Note: For a little more background, see what I wrote about this in June and also last December.]

Official Title and Link: Presidential Proclamation Recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of the State of Israel and Relocating the United States Embassy to Israel to Jerusalem

Proclamation dated December 6, 2017


Going Backwards?

Yesterday two proclamations were signed in Utah, both radically diminishing the size of National Monuments established by previous presidents – one in the mid-1990’s by President Clinton and the other just last year by President Obama.

Both proclamations are long, attempting to make the case the size should be reduced for various reasons, but fundamentally, the point is to allow for development of those lands. Already, law suits have been filed to block the actions.

There is no precedent for reversals such as these. Some have argued the President does not have authority to rescind a previous President’s actions.

We shall see as the legal process plays out.

Official Titles and Links:

Proclamations dated December 4, 2017

Two Proclamations

It has been a couple of weeks of non-activity, but as the new month approached, the first two proclamations for December were announced yesterday.

Official Titles and Links:

Proclamations dated November 30,2017

Thanksgiving and Family

Two memoranda mislabeled. They both are proclamations.

Official Titles and Links:

Memoranda (Proclamations) dated November 17, 2017

Two More Actions Nov 10

Both are really proclamations although one is labeled memorandum.

Official Titles and Links:

Proclamations dated November 10, 2017

Vietnam War Anniversary Continues

This is something I did not know about previous to reading this proclamation.

As part of the normal defense authorization legislation in 2008 signed by George W. Bush, a section was included to authorize commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam war. The first event was held at the Vietnam War Memorial Wall on May 28, 2012.

This proclamation is a continuation of the commemoration that is to go on for 13 years.

I found this site useful for more detail.

Official Title and Link: Presidential Proclamation Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War

Proclamation dated November 10, 2017