"UN approves resolution condemning US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital" For those of you who dropped out of the loop for Christmas or other reasons, President Trump decided to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and move the US Embassy there. In the UN, Turkey put forth a resolution to condemn it and this passed today with 128 votes vs. 7 and 35 abstentions. President Trump stated something like "We give billions away in Foreign Aid and to the UN...we will remember those countries who tell us what we can or cannot do with our Embassy and those countries who vote against us and receive our aid" (this is the gist, not a direct quote, I'm too lazy to look it up but I did read it yesterday). And, US Ambassador to the UN Haley backed that up with direct language " We will remember it when we are called upon once again to make the world's largest contribution to the United Nations," she said. "And we will remember when so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit." Haley added that Thursday's vote "will make a difference on how Americans look at the U.N. and on how we look at countries who disrespect us in the U.N., and this vote will be remembered." So, fellow monkeys, I would like to hear your opinion on the following... 1. Is recognizing Jerusalem as the capital a good thing or a bad thing? 2. Your opinion on Trump/Haley's response to the UN resolution? I will start... 1. It's a good thing and one that should have been done years ago. Why? Numerous reasons, but the main one is it is time to pick a side. Furthermore, continuing with this nonsense that they will split the city or give it to the Palestinians does nothing but give Palestinians a false hope - which might help them recruit terrorist, funding, or etc. and no matter what is said it will never be allowed to happen, never... I could elaborate and even give more reasons but want to keep this short.. 2. I learned long ago that when it comes to intelligence and/or politics, especially World Politics, you can't assume that what is said or did is the complete and whole truth. Most the time, it is layered, like an onion. I see this as a win-win strategy for Trump administration. First, most Americans are fed up with the UN and if put to a vote today would vote them out of the country. I truly believe this and Trump knows this and he just did something that endears himself to these Americans. Second, the Foreign Aid package is worth somewhere ~$60-$70 Billion a year and we get very, very little for all this money which most Americans also know about so...so with a few chosen words Trump and his administration has not only allowed 128 countries to cut themselves off from their USA financial assistance, he has lowered the Foreign Aid cost while at the same time raised themselves in the eyes of the American citizenry. It's quite brilliant and ballsy. When they come hat in hand, and they will, it will be simple to check the list and say "You made your decision." Personally, I would like to see that Foreign Aid cut back to maximum $5-10 billion, maybe less, and specifically go ONLY to reliable friends/allies which now we know consists of 7 countries. If anyone comes across the list (128 vs. 7 + 35 abstains) please post it. EDIT: The more I think of this, the more I am really happy that FINALLY a President of mine told the UN to go suck eggs. I have worked around the UN pukes for years and believe me the cannot do anything without the USA's assistance but yet they always feel obligated to spit in our face. They need us much more than we need them - a lot more. The USA supplies the majority of all communications, transportation, logistics and funding and on top of that our Foreign Aid is probably more than all others combined. What do we get for it? Loyalty? Perhaps recognition? Maybe a thank you? Nothing. It's expected, more like demanded... It's a dream of mine that we boot them out of the country, move them to Switzerland.... I say that like the Swiss would take them LOL!