Antifa and the left are no different from al Qaeda, Hamas, ISIS, etc. – totalitarian, genocidal ideologies. Their partnership is a natural fit.
‘There is clearly overwhelming evidence that there are growing ties between U.S. radicals and the Islamic State, as well as several [ISIS] offshoots and splinter groups,’ stated the FBI field report, which was delivered to Acting Director Andrew McCabe on July 11, 2017, and which is being published for the first time in my new book All Out War: The Plot to Destroy Trump.
And the uniformly left wing elites in media, academia, and the culture work furiously to disarm the American people in the gravest threat to our freedom and our very way of life. Read the whole story in FATWA: Hunted In America.
US ANTIFA AND OTHER LEFTIST GROUPS MET IN GERMANY WITH AL-QAEDA AND ISIS TO PLOT TRUMP’S DESTRUCTION
These hard-Leftist groups, although they claim to be against fascism, are fascist to the core, wanting to shut down, violently if necessary, anyone who disagrees with them. They claim to be against hate, but are more hateful than anyone, and so they see natural allies in al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. Both hate the West, both hate the U.S., both hate the Judeo-Christian tradition, so they see each other as kindred spirits.
“EXCLUSIVE: US left wing groups travelled to Germany for the G20 Summit last July to meet with Al qaeda and ISIS leaders and plot the destruction of President Trump, secret FBI investigation reveals,” by Ed Klein, Dailymail.com, October 29, 2017:
Edward Klein is the former editor in chief of the New York Times Magazine and the author of numerous bestsellers including his fourth book on the Clintons, Guilty as Sin, in 2016. His latest book is All Out War: The Plot to Destroy Trump will be released October 30, 2017
A secret FBI investigation of the violent ‘resistance’ movement on college campuses against President Trump has led to an alarming discovery—the collusion between American anarchists and foreign terrorists in the Islamic State and Al qaeda, according to a confidential ‘Informational Report’ by FBI field offices.
‘There is clearly overwhelming evidence that there are growing ties between U.S. radicals and the Islamic State, as well as several [ISIS] offshoots and splinter groups,’ stated the FBI field report, which was delivered to Acting Director Andrew McCabe on July 11, 2017, and which is being published for the first time in my new book All Out War: The Plot to Destroy Trump.
The FBI report on efforts by Islamic terrorists to recruit followers among violent U.S. groups like Antifa corroborates President Trump’s controversial claim, following last summer’s deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left-wing anarchist groups are just as dangerous as right-wing white supremacists.
A secret FBI investigation of the violent ‘resistance’ movement on college campuses against President Trump has led to an alarming discovery—the collusion between American anarchists and foreign terrorists in the Islamic State and Al Qaeda (Pictured above are the protests in Charlottesville, VA)
‘This is the greatest challenge to law enforcement since the Weather Underground and the Black Panther Party,’ the FBI report declared.
Last summer, the FBI dispatched a task force to Europe to report on massive demonstrations planned by radical groups, such as the German contingent Antifaschistische Aktion, to protest President Trump’s attendance at a meeting of leaders and central bank governors of the G20 group of major industrialized countries
‘Task force covered G20 meeting in Hamburg, studied intel from local authorities, Interpol, and other assets, determined that as assumed U.S.-backed anarchist/radical groups had traveled to Germany and took place in the violence,’ the FBI’s summary stated.
‘There is also evidence of meetings between these individuals and associates of ISIS. There is an urgent need to closely surveil the identified individuals.’
The agents sent by the FBI paid particular attention to a group of anarchists from Oakland, a major port city that lies adjacent to the campus of the University of California at Berkeley, the scene of several violent protests….
http://drrichswier.com/wp-content/uploads/antifa-isis-e1509618850578.jpg377640Pamela Gellerhttp://drrich.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/logo_264x69.pngPamela Geller2017-11-02 06:34:422017-11-02 06:35:29U.S. Radicals and Antifa met with al-Qaeda and ISIS in Germany
The danger posed by returning Americans who have trained with and fought for ISIS overseas cannot be understated nor ignored. The Geller Report has revealed the official United States policy that any foreign fighters, American or otherwise, who have joined ISIS should die on the battlefield. While it is impossible to know exactly how many Americans have left home to join ISIS, it is heartening to know that of those our government knows about, very few have returned home thus far.
More than 120 Americans who were recruited to fight for ISIS are unaccounted for, according to a new report.
This week, the Soufan Center – a Washington-based security intelligence consultancy – released ‘Beyond the Caliphate: Foreign Fighters and the Threat of Returnees’.
In the report, the agency said that at least 5,600 citizens or residents from 33 countries have returned home, making up approximately 15 per cent of ISIS’s fighters.
However, for the United States, of the 129 fighters who succeeded in leaving the country, only seven have returned home.
In 2015, the US government estimated that approximately one in five of the American fighters who fled to join ISIS were killed in war zones.
However, there are no exact numbers of how many were killed abroad or how many may have escaped into other countries – leaving the whereabouts of many unknown.
An FBI spokesperson told Fox News that 300 Americans have ‘traveled or attempted to travel to Syria and Iraq to participate in the conflict’ – including those have joined other armed groups, such as the US-backed People’s Protection Units, Peshmerga or Free Syrian Army.
‘While this number is lower in comparison to many of our international partners, we closely analyze and assess the influence groups like ISIS have on individuals located in the United States, who are inspired to commit acts of violence,’ the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson also said of the 300 US fighters, approximately 40 died after traveling to Iraq or Syria.
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Of the 5,000 residents of the European Union who flocked to Iraq and Syria, a quarter are believed to have returned home.
The countries with the highest number of foreign fighters included Jordan at 3,000 with around 50 returning home.
In France, 271 of 1,910 fighters have returned, and in Morocco, 198 have gone home out of 1,623.
‘America does not strip the citizenship of those who join ISIS, so we can’t prevent them from coming home,’ national security expert Ryan Mauro, from the Clarion Project, told Fox News.
‘A lot of these returning ISIS recruits are likely disillusioned with the caliphate, but we must not mistake disappointment with a rejection of jihadist thinking overall.’
While the Soufan Report cited (only 41 pages, read it; the best counter-jihadist is an informed counter-jihadist!) does not specify what happened to the seven Americans who returned home from battle, it does note that ‘the United States has charged 135 individuals for terrorism offenses relating to IS, with 77 convicted by August 2017.’ Additionally, the Soufan Group also divulges that the recapture of ISIS-held territory has been an enormous windfall for intelligence agencies on individual ISIS members:
However, the recovery of large amounts of data following the fall of IS administrative centers such as Mosul in July 2017, Tal Afar in August 2017 and Raqqa in October 2017, has helped to reveal the identities of many foreign fighters and has already led to the disruption of connected cells in third countries.
Like al-Qaeda, IS has maintained meticulous records of its membership, administrative orders and deployments, and there has been a considerable international effort to collect and share this information, especially the details and origins of its fighters. By September 2017, INTERPOL had collected the names of around 19,000 people who were confirmed to have joined IS, along with detailed identifying particulars.
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Multiple news outlets have identified the man who killed 8 people and injuring 11 as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, 29, of Tampa, Florida. Sayfullo is “sword of Allah” in Arabic. Saipov is a Muslim migrant from Uzbekistan who came here, according to sources, under a diversity visa issued by the Obama administration in 2010. According to Wikipedia:
Islam is by far the dominant religion in Uzbekistan, as Muslims constitute 79% of the population while 5% of the population follow Russian Orthodox Christianity, 16% other religious and non-religious.
Here is a video of the attack published by the Wall Street Journal (WARNING some images are disturbing):
The suspect, identified as Sayfullo Saipov, 29, is originally from Uzbekistan and is not a U.S. citizen, federal law enforcement sources have confirmed to Fox News.
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Saipov had handwritten notes pledging his loyalty to the Islamic State terror network and shouted “Allahu akbar” (“God is great”) after the crash, law enforcement officials told Fox News.
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The suspect had a green card, a source told Fox News. Saipov came to the U.S. in 2010, and, according to the Associated Press, has a Florida driver’s license but was said to be living in Paterson, N.J.
After the attack President Trump tweeted that he was asking all federal agencies to step up their extreme vetting procedures. The President tweeted:
looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person NOT IN THE U.S.A.!
We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!
After being briefed by Florida law enforcement Governor Rick Scott released this statement:
I am absolutely disgusted by the act of terror that occurred in Manhattan today. All of Florida is praying for the victims, their families and our brave law enforcement and first responders.”
The United West noted that recently Dr. Muzammil H.Siddiqi, one of the top Islamic scholars in the world issued a FATWA, an Islamic religious ruling according to Shariah law, about Halloween. Dr. Siddiqi, former president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), stated:
Halloween is an old pagan holiday of the witches and the dead. Later some Christians tried to Christianize it by calling it “All Saints Day“. However there are still many Christians who resent it and consider it a bad holiday. Some of them even call it a “helliday.”
Whether Christians accept it or not, we Muslims should not accept this holiday. It is meaningless. Wearing costumes, going tricking and treating and decorating houses with witches, spider nets and wasting so much pumpkins, etc., are all repugnant things.
It is strange to see reasonable people acting as weirdo and doing foolish things. It is also becoming quite dangerous nowadays. Some people really act like monsters and witches. Muslims should not participate in this holiday.
Allah Almighty knows best.
SOURCE – ABOUT ISLAM
This soldier of Allah is not a lone wolf, he is a known wolf. The ideology he follows, where he came from, how he looks, his name, his migrant status all are indicators that he, and those like him, are a clear and present danger to the United States of America.
This soldier of Allah was driven by his Islamic beliefs to slaughter so as to strike fear in the hearts of every American. As John Michael Chambers wrote, “The opposite of love is not hate, it is fear.”
RELATED VIDEO: Discussion with Dr. Bill Warner on New York City jihad attack.
http://drrichswier.com/wp-content/uploads/Sayfullo-Saipov.jpg360640Dr. Rich Swierhttp://drrich.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/logo_264x69.pngDr. Rich Swier2017-11-01 05:12:452017-11-03 10:30:08VIDEO: Muslim Migrant Named 'Sword of Allah' Slaughters in New York City, Again!
More than half surveyed said Australia felt like a foreign country!
And, the upshot of this news story is a warning that if the nationalists can mount a countrywide political campaign they could become the power in Australia.
Rejecting the usual excuse that migrants stimulate economic growth, economics are not a major concern—loss of culture and quality of life is driving the worry. (Hint! Although it isn’t politically correct, don’t be afraid to bring up those concerns!)
Here is the latest from The Atlantic. I don’t really want to put an inordinate amount of emphasis on this screening for terrorists activity because I don’t think it is our greatest threat from out-of-control immigration/refugee resettlement.
Our greatest problem (IMHO) is the enormous social and cultural upheaval from large numbers of migrants (of any sort) entering the US who will not assimilate and don’t have any respect for our laws and our Constitution as designed. And, on top of that, we, the taxpayers, pay for it all!
If Islamic terrorism is our greatest concern, how are we going to screen-out the 2-year-olds who enter the country and grow up two decades later (under the influence of the local mosque) to become Jihadists?
(Yes, the Boston bombers were refugees because they were, under the law, a category of refugee—successful asylum seekers. And, yes, Somalis who have tried to kill Americans came as little children, as refugees!).
Let me ask this: If this security screening issue gets ironed out, does it mean our gates will be opened wide to allow uncontrolled migration from across the globe?
Honestly, I’m getting weary of being dragged down the screening rabbit hole…
….but, since I’m sure you want to know what the latest Trump Administration screening project entails, here is some newsabout it (albeit with a Leftist slant):
The Trump administration issued an order Tuesday that resumed the resettlement of refug s in the United States, but said the applications of citizens from 11 “higher-risk” countries would be considered on a case-by-case basis during a new 90-day review period. The administration has so far declined to name the countries officially and publicly but two officials—one from the administration and the other from an advocacy group—separately confirmed that the countries were Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, North Korea, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.All of those countries—except North Korea and South Sudan—are predominantly Muslim.
Six countries on the list—Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and North Korea—were not a surprise: They were also on the latest version of the administration’s travel ban that was announced last month and is currently blocked by the courts. But that travel ban also included the citizens of Chad and Venezuela. Tuesday’s refugee list, on the other hand, included the citizens of Iraq, Mali, Sudan, South Sudan, and Egypt. The restrictions imposed last month were an outright ban on travelers—but not refugees—from those countries. Tuesday’s announcement does not constitute a ban. Rather, it is a list of 11 countries whose citizens will be subject to additional security screening if they apply for refugee status in the U.S.
Eric Schwartz is more than President of Refugees International. He is a Hard Left Soros protege who ran the State Department refugee program in the early years of the Obama Administration.
The 11 nations on Tuesday’s list made up a significant proportion of refugees accepted by the U.S. in the last fiscal year, which ended September 30. Of the 53,716 refugees accepted by the U.S. in that time, 23,357 were from the 11 listed countries (about 43 percent), according to data maintained by the State Department’s Refugee Processing Center. The breakdown of the number of refugees accepted from each of the 11 countries in the last fiscal year is as follows: Egypt, 9; Iran, 2,577; Iraq, 6,886; Libya, 3; Mali, 6; North Korea, 12; Somalia, 6,130; South Sudan, 176; Sudan, 980; Syria, 6,557; and Yemen, 21. [I’m grateful that someone took the time to do the numbers—ed]
“This is remarkable. The administration has had more than six months to review this policy under the March EO [executive order on travel], and they’ve come back in October to re-impose what will largely be seen as another unreasonable ban that primarily affects Muslims,” said Eric Schwartz, the president of Refugees International, a group that advocates for refugees. Although the move announced Tuesday is not a ban, refugee advocates say it is tantamount to one because of the additional security requirements that are often time-consuming.
“I hope they at least have the decency to be transparent about what they are doing, and name the nationalities affected,” Schwartz said. “It is a cynical and tragic manipulation of administrative process, and conflicts with U.S. values and interests.”
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The leftist/Islamic alliance is the gravest threat to our freedom, our very way of life. Both the leftists in Antifa and the jihadists believe violence is legitimate in order to impose their totalitarian agenda.
I ESTABLISHED A TERROR MOVEMENT IN AUSTRALIA, AND I QUIT
SHAYNE Hunter established the far-left and violent Antifa movement in Australia. After four years the Brisbane man quit. Here’s why.
Shayne Hunter, as told to Corrine Barraclough, News.au, October 25, 2017:
ANTIFA is a growing extreme group who believe violence is legitimate.
I got radicalized in Sydney. I was originally concerned about Western intervention in Syria. Radical left wing people dominated rallies and I started to associate with them more. My so-called ‘normal’ friends drifted away.
We would hang out at an anarchist library in Sydney. Here a bunch of people on the dole gather enough money to rent out the space and run a bookshop. It’s like extremist networking.
I came to believe that war was a symptom of bigger systems at play in society and they were the real enemy, like white supremacy and patriarchy. Antifa believe these systems need to be smashed through a process of ‘de-platforming’ to save the world. People who don’t necessarily agree on everything are united to attack their common enemy — anyone in the right wing of politics.
This micro-society became my life for four years.
They believe historically their roots were fighting Nazi oppression. They run a website which is updated every couple of weeks with a hit list of right wing names. They believe if these people are allowed to speak, society will suffer. So, they must be pushed back.
There is no mission statement, rather, it’s a dangerous rhetoric. There are a lot of very damaged people who are drawn to it.
Lots of activists came from Sydney University. They invited me along to some of their lectures. When I was organising the ‘Reclaim Australia’ rally and pushing Antifa into Brisbane, we delegated roles out across the gathering. Someone would print pamphlets that got our propaganda out there. Someone else would look after social media and online, we all gathered people to come.
Shayne showing off some of the Antifa propaganda the group uses to recruit members.Source:Supplied
I read that Antifa in the US is training people to shoot and punch. It’s the same here. Antifa in Sydney are doing martial arts to, as they would put it, ‘fight the Nazis’. It’s a paramilitary mindset. It’s more dangerous than ISIS.
I was ideologically possessed for four years. I would speak louder on public transport so people could hear me speak, hoping they would hear my message.
The radical left of Antifa presents itself as being about compassion and empathy; it’s a Trojan horse. All conversations are about entitlement and rights, not responsibility. When these people talk about freedom, they really mean freedom from responsibility.
Often the people who are drawn to this cult don’t have a strong identity outside it. I’m not a psychologist but, like ISIS, it gives people a sense of belonging to something and having purpose.
A ‘social justice warrior’ cringe video appeared on my social media feed. I didn’t watch it at first. A couple of weeks later it popped up again so I pressed play. It was like seeing the entire cult through an outside lens. It woke me up. I realised that everything I had started to believe was wrong.
You don’t know humiliation until you’ve left a cult; I wasted four years of my life.
I cut ties over time. I’m still in contact with some ex-cult members but I don’t see anyone who’s still active.
In my 20-something generation, social media plays the role of a 24/7 preacher — like a pocket preacher. Each day you’re being validated by the echo chamber on your phone.
Antifa would say there is nothing good about Australian society. Their minds project that belief, and everything is filtered through this ideology.
Without doubt it’s a huge and growing threat to Australian society. It’s a miserable mindset. When I got out of it and stopped feeling oppressed, I finally felt like I could take control of my life. That’s what I intend to do now.”
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Jihad Watch has been tracking jihad activity in the U.S. and around the world, day in and day out for fourteen years.
The Jihad Watch archives, which you can access on the right sidebar, are over 60,000 pieces of evidence. Evidence that the warriors of jihad is advancing against non-Muslim nations in Asia, Europe, and North America, and are active on all the continents except Antarctica. Evidence that those warriors are acting upon core imperatives of the Islamic faith.
And evidence that Western governments are in wholesale denial about the nature and magnitude of the threat, and are even cracking down on those who call attention to that threat.
Opposition to jihad terror and Sharia oppression, and in defense of the freedom of speech and equality of rights of all before the law, has been stigmatized as “Islamophobia.” All too many people have been cowed into silence, and some have even refrained from reporting suspicious activity for fear of being seen as “Islamophobic.”
It’s time to call a halt to all this, and to try to restore sanity to the public discourse. That’s why I wrote my new book Confessions of an Islamophobe. In it, I explain how I became hated and notorious, and why it is so insane to think that opposition to jihad terror is “bigotry.” If you have friends or relatives who think a profit-seeking cabal of “Islamophobes” is unjustly maligning Islam and Muslims, this is the book to get them.
Do your bit to talk Western civilization off the ledge. Preorder your copy of Confessions of an Islamophobehere now.
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President Trump has decided to make public the JFK files. While the media is going over the files and cherry picking parts of it to make a point, I would like to go back to look the man and what he said. Looking at President Kennedy’s words one begins to wonder how his policies would viewed by his party and its leadership.
QUESTION: Would JFK be a called ‘deplorable’ by his own party today?
The quote in the featured image was taken from President Kennedy’s speech on the Berlin Crisis given on July 25th, 1961 (below). When President Kennedy made this speech Nikita Khrushchev, the former Premier of the Soviet Union, had threatened to end the allied presence in West Berlin. The rights to this presence had been won in the peace treaties, concluded with Soviet agreement, after the defeat of Nazi Germany. Kennedy refused to buckle under this threat, and was prepared to go to war to defend freedom if necessary.
In this speech President Kennedy sought to dramatically increase military spending, expand the draft, increase the numbers of men in our military in order to protect the people of West Berlin. President Kennedy stated:
And let me add that I am well aware of the fact that many American families will bear the burden of these requests. Studies or careers will be interrupted; husbands and sons will be called away; incomes in some cases will be reduced. But these are the burdens which must be borne if freedom is to be defended–Americans have willingly borne them before–and they will not flinch from the task now.
During the Berlin Crisis speech JFK requested from Congress an additional $3,247,000,000 of appropriations for the Armed Forces, an increase in the Army’s total authorized strength from 875,000 to approximately a million men, an increase in the Navy and Air Force by 29,000 and 63,000 men respectively and he ordered that draft calls be doubled and tripled.
With the release of the JFK files more Americans will learn how John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated at 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas. Every American remembers where they were when the news came of his shooting and death. I was in class at Washington University, in St. Louis when the word came of his assassination. The class was dismissed and all students sent home.
“Through competitive matches and sports in coordination with the National Board for Promotion of Rifle Practice, the Association fills an important role in our national defense effort, and fosters in an active and meaningful fashion the spirit of the Minutemen.”
JFK with an AR-15 in the Oval Office.
During his 1961 Berlin Crisis speech President Kennedy requested 1.8 billion dollars for the “procurement of non-nuclear weapons, ammunition, and equipment.” Among these non-nuclear weapons was the AR-15 rifle. It was the Kennedy administration that developed the AR-15 rifle and made it the standard weapon for soldiers in our military. The AR-15 became a symbol of America’s military might and advanced technology competing with the Russian built Kalashnikov AK-47. Later the AR-15 became the American made rifle of choice by gun owners globally.
Given the threat of a nuclear armed Iran, the bloody onslaught of radical Islam, Russian saber rattling in Ukraine and China’s cyber warfare against U.S. interests perhaps we should remember what President John F. Kennedy said when confronted with a similar evil:
“We in this country . . . are—by destiny rather than choice—the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility . . . and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of peace on earth, goodwill toward men. That must always be our goal, and the righteousness of our cause must always underlie our strength. For as was written long ago, ‘Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain’.”
President Kennedy made it clear that evil must be confronted. He said:
The solemn vow each of us gave to West Berlin in time of peace will not be broken in time of danger. If we do not meet our commitments to Berlin, where will we later stand? If we are not true to our word there, all that we have achieved in collective security, which relies on these words, will mean nothing. And if there is one path above all others to war, it is the path of weakness and disunity.
Kennedy drew red lines for the American people and his party.
Would today’s Democratic Party label JFK a deplorable? We report, you decide.
Larry Elder did a video asking the fundamental question: JFK – Democrat or Republican?
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“In the days following Sergeant Bergdahl’s desertion, soldiers with knowledge of the facts were forced to sign nondisclosure agreements. The truth about Sergeant Bergdahl was suppressed at the cost of their peace of mind. Though it was common knowledge inside the unit that Sergeant Bergdahl had deserted, the Army allowed the myth to perpetuate that he might have fallen behind on a patrol. Soldiers who knew the truth were afraid to speak up, out of fear that they would be punished.”
This should be the focus of a full investigation, and those responsible for the Army spreading this lie removed from their positions, if they’re still there. If Obama was responsible, that needs to come out as well.
The man (left) in the photo with Bergdahl is Badruddin Haqqani, head of operations and financial chief for the Haqqani network. The insurgent group is blamed for some of the deadliest and most spectacular attacks on NATO and Afghan troops in Afghanistan.
“A soldier’s perspective on Bergdahl,” by Chase Spears, Baltimore Sun, October 24, 2017:
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who pleaded guilty to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, will soon face sentencing, bringing him and the Army one step closer to legally resolving the chain of events that started when Sergeant Bergdahl walked away from his unit in Afghanistan in 2009. He was captured and held as a hostage for five years; six soldiers died looking for him, according to some accounts.
Sergeant Bergdahl’s case has faced politicization from both sides of the aisle. Those speaking the loudest publicly about it have overlooked the consequences that his actions had on the unit he abandoned.
Sergeant Bergdahl was assigned to the storied 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, which traces its history to the liberation of France during World War II. Soldiers in this unit are proud to be part of the “1-Geronimo” battalion.
I began my career as a military officer at Fort Meade and served as the public affairs officer for Sergeant Bergdahl’s unit before returning to Maryland to attend graduate school this year. I worked and spoke candidly for six years with soldiers who were deployed with the unit when Sergeant Bergdahl disappeared, and I have read the initial investigation.
The most basic tenet of my job as the unit spokesman was to be knowledgeable on all critical facts pertaining to the brigade. The Bergdahl story was the biggest annual recurring news event reflecting one of our soldiers. Yet, it took months for me to convince a leader to brief me on the facts associated with it. In the days following Sergeant Bergdahl’s desertion, soldiers with knowledge of the facts were forced to sign nondisclosure agreements. The truth about Sergeant Bergdahl was suppressed at the cost of their peace of mind.
Though it was common knowledge inside the unit that Sergeant Bergdahl had deserted, the Army allowed the myth to perpetuate that he might have fallen behind on a patrol. Soldiers who knew the truth were afraid to speak up, out of fear that they would be punished….
Sergeant Bergdahl’s return to the U.S. resembled a well-orchestrated public relations campaign, complete with presidential Rose Garden ceremony and National Security Advisor Susan Rice telling ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on June 2, 2014, that Sergeant Bergdahl “served the United States with honor and distinction.” This prompted fury among those who knew the truth….
RELATED VIDEO: President Obama Speaks on the Recovery of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on May 31st, 2014.
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Transcript of President Donald Trump’s remarks at The Heritage Foundation’s President’s Club Meeting on October 17, 2017.
President Trump at The Heritage Foundation’s 2017 President’s Club Meeting. Photo: Willis Bretz
ED FEULNER: Thank you my dear friends and fellow members of The Heritage Foundation. We, at Heritage, know why President Trump was elected president of the United States. Because he listened to the forgotten men and women of America and promised that if they elected him, he would not forget them. He has kept his promise, despite Washington’s political and media elites being shocked by it. Mr. President, we at The Heritage Foundation stand ready to help you keep your promise and to realize the promise of America.
Ladies and gentlemen, I have the high privilege and distinct honor of presenting to you, the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.
TRUMP: Thank you Ed for that really wonderful and dynamic introduction. And because of Ed, I hear they had to make this room a lot larger, quickly, that’s great, thank you very much. Thank you folks. And really, Ed’s dedication and leadership and devotion to our country has really been spectacular, we appreciate it very much. I’d like to begin by providing a quick update on our economy. I don’t think too many people in this room will be upset but the stock market hit today, 23,000, that’s an all time record high so congratulations to everybody in our country.
It’s an incredible honor to be here tonight to celebrate this really wonderful foundation. Just a few months from now, you will mark the 45th anniversary of this esteemed institution. For nearly a half a century, you have been titans in the fight to defend, promote, and preserve our great American heritage. Few people have worked harder to protect this heritage than Ed Meese, a fearless defender of our constitution. Where is Ed? Where is Ed? Thank you Ed. And Mrs. Meese, thank you very much, thank you. Thank you.
Wow, that’s a very popular couple I must say. I also want to express my deep appreciation to the great Steve Moore, who is with us tonight. Steve, where is Steve? Steve has been fantastic. We’ve been working long and hard together. We’re thrilled to be joined by many distinguished guests including Senator Joni Ernst and Congressman Ron Desantis. Please, stand up. Where’s Ron? Ron Desantis. Thank you Ron for everything and thank you Joni, thank you Joni. Thanks Ron.
Finally I want to express our gratitude to Kay James, Bill Walton, and the dedicated scholars and staff at the Heritage Foundation, thank you very much. Thank you. Great job. Everyone here tonight understands a core truth, that for America to have confidence in our future, we must have pride in our history. As Americans, we have inherited a special legacy of freedom, culture, laws, traditions, and values. Your organization is named, The Heritage Foundation, because you understand that our glorious heritage is the foundation of everything we hope to achieve. You understand that human progress must be built upon a firm foundation of timeless truths. These truths are immortalized in our founding documents and the most important truth, our founders understood was this, freedom is not a gift from government, freedom is a gift from God.
And that is why we’re here tonight, to rededicate ourselves to the defense of our God given rights. We’re here to insure that we defend this legacy from any threat, foreign or domestic, that would seek to weaken our values, diminish our freedoms, or dissolve the bonds that hold us so strongly and firmly together. As our nation has responded in recent weeks to a series of heartbreaking tragedies, from the catastrophic storms to the devastating wild wires to the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas, we are reminded that no destructive force on earth is stronger than the courage, character, and love of the American people.
This is a time of great challenge for the world but also a time of great opportunity. We can unleash the creative power of our citizens, unlock new frontiers in science and medicine, and usher in prosperity for communities all across our land. But to achieve these great things, we must hold fast to the values that define who we are as a people and as a nation. Everyone here tonight is united by the same enduring beliefs. We believe that the constitution is the greatest political document in human history, and that judges should interpret the constitution as written.
We believe we should preserve our history, not tear it down. Now they’re even trying to destroy statues of Christopher Columbus, what’s next? Has to be stopped, it’s heritage. We believe that America is a nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws and we support the incredible men and women of law enforcement. We believe that our great American flag should be treated with reverence and respect and that young Americans should be taught to love our country, honor our anthem, and proudly recite the pledge of allegiance.
We believe that strong nations must have strong borders and that our most important job is to serve the needs of America and the American people, that includes common sense reforms like cracking down on sanctuary cities, ending catch and release, and very importantly, ending chain migration. The loyal hard working citizens of our country deserve a government that shows them the same loyalty in return., Finally, we believe that the basis for international security and peace is mutual cooperation among independent and sovereign nations. This is the message I delivered in my address to the United Nations. I told the leaders in that hall that just like I expect, and we all understand this, and they finally understand it because there was a great misunderstanding, that just like I expect them to put the needs of their countries first, I will always put the needs of our country first.
That is why we are withdrawing from one sided international deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris Climate Accord. Devastating to our country if we would have gone into those deals. My administration is working to strengthen old alliances, and form new friendships based on shared interests, shared goals, and shared values. As a demonstration of America’s will, we have passed historic increases in defense spending, you saw that just last week. Because as Ronald Reagan said, “We believe in peace through strength.”
We’ve made historic strides in the fight against ISIS, dealing them one brutal defeat after another. We are confronting dangerous regimes from North Korea to Iran. Last week I announced our strategy to insure the Iranian dictatorship never acquires a nuclear weapon. And we have imposed tough terrorism sanctions on Iran’s Islamic revolutionary guard core. I also canceled the last administrations, one sided deal, with the communist Cuban regime. And we will not lift sanctions until political and religious freedoms are restored for the Cuban people.
At the same time, we are confronting the socialist oppression of the Madura Regime. The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented. We stand in solidarity with the people of Venezuela in their struggle for freedom. Here in America, we are strengthening our own freedom but appointing judges to the bench who will support and defend the constitution of the United States.
With your help, we have not only nominated but confirmed the new Supreme Court Justice, who is doing a spectacular job, Neil Gorsuch. We have taken action to repeal the EPA so called Clean Power Plan and we have ended, finally, the war on clean beautiful coal. People going back to work, they’re going back to work. Over the last 9 months, we have removed job killing regulations at a record pace, in fact, in 9 months, we have done more, they say, than any president in history, and we’re 9 months, and there’s more to come. We have statutory guidelines, we have to go by a period of time, but there’s much more to come and I believe in regulation but it has to be limited to what we need. We want clean water, we want clean air, it has to be fair. We also want, by the way, jobs.
And our regulatory reductions are going to put more Americans back to work and more lobbyists out of work, I don’t know, there could be some lobbyists in this room, sorry. Which is why regulatory reform is a crucial part of our drive to drain the swamp. On the economic front, we’re upholding the legacy of America’s greatest presidents, from Washington to Jackson, to Lincoln, by defending American industry and defending our American workers. We want more products stamped with those beautiful words and letters, Made In the USA.
To restore opportunity and freedom, we must continue our campaign to repeal and replace the disaster known as Obama Care. And I’ve been hearing that phrase for 7 years, 7 years I’ve been hearing it, and so have you, and I got here and I thought, maybe when I sit down at that desk, the first day, January 20th, I’ll have something to sign. Not as easy as we thought but we’re going to get it done, you watch.
I’m pleased the democrats have finally responded to my call for them to take responsibility for their Obama Care disaster and work with Republicans to provide much needed relief to the American people. While I commend the bipartisan work done by Senators Alexander and Murray, and I do commend it, I continue to believe congress must find a solution to the Obama Care mess instead of providing bail outs to insurance companies.
After many, many years of government obstructing job creation, you have now an administration that promotes job creation and celebrates the dignity of work. Unemployment, and this is something so important, unemployment is almost at a 17 year low. GDP growth reached more than 3.2% last quarter, and people said it would take years to get there. Manufacturing confidence is at record levels but our country and our economy cannot take off like they should and like it should, unless we transform America’s outdated, complex, and extremely burdensome tax cut.
The great Heritage Foundation has been at the center of several incredible tax cuts in American history. Working closely with the Heritage Foundation, Ronald Regan cut taxes to unleash the economic miracle of the 1980’s. You understand that lower taxes mean bigger pay checks, more jobs, and stronger growth. At the heart of our plan, is a tax cut for every day working Americans. The first $12000 for a single individual and the first $24000 for a married couple, will be tax free.
We are nearly doubling the zero bracket, and we substantially increase the child tax credit for working families, which so many people want including my daughter Ivanka. To save American’s precious time and money, we’re also simplifying the tax cut. Under our frame work, the vast majority of families will be able to file their taxes on a single sheet of paper.
In addition to simplification, the other pillar of our tax plan is reducing our crushing business tax so that we can restore America’s competitive edge. Today our business tax rate is 60% higher than our average economic competitor. This is a giant, self-inflicted, economic wound. That is why we will cut the corporate tax rate from 35% all the way down to not more than 20%, way below our average competition out there in this very competitive world. And for small businesses that file taxes as sole proprietors, S corporations of partnerships, we will cap the top tax rate at a maximum of 25%. That’s a tremendous reduction from what it is and I will tell you, it’s the biggest reduction in taxes in the history of this country.
For the more than 30 million American small businesses in America, our plan cuts their top marginal rate by about 40%. This will be the lowest top marginal rate and income tax rate for small and medium sized businesses in more than 80 years. To maximize job creation for at least the next 5 years, we will allow our companies and our manufactures to expense the full cost of new equipment in the year they buy it, one year, it’s written off. Makes me want to go immediately back into business. And yes, we are ending the horrible and very unfair estate tax, also known as the death tax.
Finally, we are going to bring back trillions of dollars currently parked overseas. You look at the money that can’t come back into our country. I’ve been saying for years, it’s 2.5 trillion dollars. Democrats want it back, Republicans want it back, and they have for a long time. They’ve never been able to make a deal. Lack of leadership, they’ve never been able to make a deal. We’re putting that in our tax plan. We’re going to, I think it’s going to be over 3 trillion dollars, it could be substantially more than that because if I’m saying two and a half trillion dollars, and I’ve been saying it for many years, we know one thing, it’s a lot more now. Nobody really knows the answer, I will tell you, I think it’s very substantially over 3 trillion dollars that will be brought back in our plan and put to work in our country, not some other country.
Our framework provides a onetime low tax on profits currently sitting offshore, so that this money can come back, right where it started, come back home to America where it belong and believe me, we can use it in this country. We need it so badly for so many things, including infrastructure which we’ll also be doing. We will eliminate the penalty on bringing home, and we have to do that, future earnings. My council of economic advisors estimates that this change, along with a lower business tax rate, would likely give the typical American household around a $4000 pay raise, and that’s money that’ll be spent in our economy.
Our tax plan will insure that companies stay in American, grow in America, and hire in America. We will lift our people from well fare to work, from dependence to independence, and from poverty to total beautiful prosperity. Which is why we need the help of the Heritage Foundation and everyone here tonight to get our tax cuts through the house, through the senate, and to my desk, for signature. So you’ve got to call you your local senator, and say, Senator, don’t give him a hard time. Don’t give him a hard time. It’s going to be hard getting the democrats because their obstructionists and they vote in blocks but if we get the republicans we need, which is virtually every single one of them, because that’s what we need, we will get that largest tax cut in the history of our country, and you will see things happen like have never happened before. We will have employment, we will have jobs, we will have companies moving back into our country and we certainly won’t have companies leaving anymore, that I can tell you.
So get your senator, call your congressman. You don’t have to call Ron, I think Ron’s okay, right Ron, you’re okay? Good. Ron’s good. Most of them are good. But there are a couple, I think we’re going to get there Ron. Ron is incredible. So let’s give our country the best Christmas present of all, massive tax relief and speaking of Christmas, yes. You want to hear it? Speaking, I just, you know, talking about Christmas presents, I’ll give you a bigger Christmas present, you’re going to be saying Merry Christmas again, okay. You’re going to say Merry Christmas. You know, you go to the stores, and they have the red walls and they have the snow and they even have the sleigh and the whole thing, they don’t have Merry Christmas. They don’t have Merry Christmas. I want them to say Merry Christmas everybody, Happy New Year, Happy Holidays, but I want Merry Christmas. We’re going to say it again, it’s happening already, you know it. You know it’s happening again.
This is our chance to truly make a difference. This is our opportunity to unleash a new middle class miracle. This is our once in a generation opportunity to revitalize our economy, revive our industry, and renew the American dream. The Heritage Foundation can once again help make history by helping to take this incredible idea, this proven idea, this tax cut, making it a reality for millions and millions of patriotic Americans. We know that when the hard working people of this country huddle, in the break room, at the rest stop, or at the end of a long shift, they take pride in knowing that the projects they work and the products they make aren’t just building business, they’re building families and communities and most of all, they are building this nation that we all love so much.
The fact is, the soul of a country is found in its people and we owe it to our citizens to provide them with a future of opportunity where they can earn a living with dignity and purpose. We want every parent to be able to care for their children, and we want every child to know a future opportunity and we want them to have security, and we want them to have hope. We have it, in our power, to build this future together, and we will build upon the firm foundation of our great American heritage. As long as we remember who we are, and what we are fighting for, then we will never ever fail. And as long as we have pride in our country, confidence in our future, and faith in our God, then our best days are yet to come. Our values will endure, our communities will flourish, our people will prosper, and America, the land we love, will thrive as never ever before. Thank you to the Heritage Foundation. Thank you.
Thank you very much. Thank you very much. Thank you very much. Thank you to the Heritage Foundation and thank you to everyone here tonight. Thank you to every American who’s hard work and patriotism makes our country run. And again, God bless you all, and God bless the United States of America. Thank you all, thank you.
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Let’s talk about uranium. Uranium is a chemical element with unique nuclear properties. Radioactive forms of an element are called isotopes. Isotopes that can sustain a fission chain reaction (splitting of atomic nuclei) are called nuclear fuels and are described as fissile. The most common isotopes in natural uranium are uranium-238 and uranium-235. Uranium-235 is the only naturally occurring fissile isotope which makes it extremely valuable for nuclear reactors and nuclear weapons.
Uranium is mined – the uranium that comes directly from the earth is uranium ore. First the uranium must be extracted from the ore and then the uranium must be converted to usable fuel. This is where the discussion of uranium gets interesting. More than 99% of the uranium that is extracted from the ore is uranium-238 but it is the fissible uranium-235 (less than 1% of the ore) that is critical for nuclear reactors and nuclear weapons. Nuclear reactors require approximately 3.5-4.5% concentration of uranium-235 – this significantly higher concentration of uranium-235 is called enriched uranium. Weapons grade uranium is ubra-enriched uranium with an 85% concentration of uranium-235. Clearly uranium is not something one sells to one’s enemies. It is rare and it is dangerous.
1. Kazakhstan – 23,800 tonnes (metric ton = 2,205 pounds)
2. Canada – 13,325 tonnes
3. Australia – 5,672 tonnes
4. Niger – 4,057 tonnes
5. Russia – 3,055 tonnes
6. Namibia – 2,993 tonnes
7. Uzbekistan – 2,385 tonnes
8. China – 1,616 tonnes
9. United States – 1,256 tonnes
10. Ukraine – 926 tonnes
Russia already produces three times the amount of uranium as the United States. Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and the Ukraine are all former Soviet republics of the Soviet Union that Putin seeks to reunite under his control. The combined production of Russia and the former Soviet republics is one half of the mine production of the top 10 uranium producers in the world. The Uranium One deal is about dominance and control. Controlling the world’s uranium production would be an extreme advantage for any country.
Clinton’s secret sale of twenty percent of American uranium is far more of a disadvantage to America than a benefit to Russia. American patriots do not sell twenty percent of our essential American uranium. It is a stunning betrayal of America. Let’s examine the details of the ignominious sale and the motives of the parties approving it which seem to align along financial and ideological lines.
The 2010 Uranium One deal allowed the Russian nuclear energy agency to acquire a majority interest in Uranium One, a Canadian mining company with stakes in the United States. Uranium One has two licensed mining operations in Wyoming that comprise 20% of the uranium recovery in the United States. They also have exploration projects in Utah, Colorado, and Arizona.
Foreign investments that could pose national security concerns must be reviewed by the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS) which has nine members. The Committee can approve a sale but cannot stop it. Only the President has the authority to stop the deal if the committee or any one member recommends suspension or prohibition of the transaction.
The Uranium One deal transferred 20% of American uranium assets to Russia. The United States gets a fifth of its electrical power from nuclear energy but only produces a fifth of the uranium it needs. The sale clearly needed CFIUS approval. So who had to sign off on this contemptible deal?
The Secretary of the Treasury is the Chairperson of CFIUS, and notices to CFIUS are received, processed, and coordinated at the staff level by the Staff Chairperson of CFIUS, who is the Director of the Office of Investment Security in the Department of the Treasury.
The members of CFIUS include the heads of the following departments and offices:
Department of the Treasury (chair) – Tim Geithner
Department of Justice – Eric Holder
Department of Homeland Security – Janet Napolitano
Department of Commerce – Gary Locke
Department of Defense – Robert Gates
Department of State – Hillary Clinton
Department of Energy – Steven Chu
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative – Ron Kirk
Office of Science & Technology Policy – John Holdren
At the time that the Uranium One deal was being reviewed four congressional Republicans voiced security concerns about Russia controlling 20% of our uranium assets. A bill expressing disfavor of Congress was introduced by King, Lehtinen, Bachus, and McKeon and still no disclosures were made to Congress or to CFIUS about the ongoing FBI investigation into racketeering between Rosatom, Russia’s state controlled nuclear energy conglomerate, and the Clinton Foundation. Robert Mueller was head of the FBI at the time and Rod Rosenstein was the U.S. attorney in Maryland where the investigation was being conducted.
So, a secret deal to transfer 20% of American uranium assets to Russia was facilitated and hidden from the American people by the Obama administration. Why? How did the Uranium One deal benefit America? It didn’t – which explains the secrecy of the deal.
The chief benefactors of the Uranium One deal were The Clintons and the Clinton Foundation (CF). CF received millions of dollars and Bill was paid a suspiciously high $500,000 for a speech he delivered in Moscow. It is unknown at this writing if any other participants in the approval process profited financially from the sale.
Let’s review. Mueller and Rosenstein who helped facilitate this traitorous transfer of American uranium to Russia are now investigating President Trump based on a fake dossier commissioned and paid for by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party? People, this is the deep state at work.
Obama’s Uranium One deal is only rivaled in damage to America by his secret Iranian deal.
The Clintons are despicable money-grubbers who prostituted themselves and endangered America for money. Obama is an ideologue still trying to bring down American democracy and replace it with socialism (hope and change). Eric Holder, one of Obama’s ideological appointees who facilitated Obama’s attempts to politicize U.S. institutions and bring down America is considering a presidential run in 2020.
Obama’s ideological and corrupt appointees were placed in powerful positions to facilitate the Obama take down of America. Obama weaponized the government by politicizing it and flagrantly violating the laws. Barack Obama never thought his deceit or his complicit administration would be exposed. In a stunning open-mic dialogue with Russian President Dimitry Medvedev on March 26, 2012 Obama is clearly heard saying, “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.” The conversation occurred ironically at a global nuclear security summit in South Korea and the reference to “flexibility” referred to missile defense issues.
Americans heard the dialogue but most people simply could not fathom an anti-American president of the United States. They could not process what they were hearing and wrap their minds around the idea of an anti-American president. Obama’s ends justifies the means tactics almost brought down America – but then Donald J. Trump won the presidential election and the Trump train intervened. Obama’s third term was quashed and he resurrected himself as leader of the “resistance” movement.
The legacy of President Donald J. Trump will be that he exposed the sinister attempt by Barack Hussein Obama and his gang to bring down America.
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This is one of several statements I’m seeing this morning on the Trump Administration’s latest announcement on more stringent vetting for refugees and others wanting to enter our country.
Editor:When I can’t quite figure out how much Trump is accomplishing on this issue, I can always use a ‘squawk’ gauge—what is the decibel level of the squawking from the refugee industry? It is pretty high today!
As usual, in his Trump-blast, the CEO of one of nine federal contractors (paid by the head to place refugees in your towns) never once mentions that with more stringent vetting and fewer refugees entering the U.S., his ‘religious’ charity may have to absorb a huge loss in FEDERAL funding.
Will Rev. McCullough take a pay cut himself?
Washington, D.C. – CWS joins our partners and communities of faith across the United States in decrying the White House’s announcement today regarding changes to the US refugee resettlement program. As a result of these changes, hundreds, possibly thousands of families that have gone through the exhaustive vetting process in good faith and were promised refuge in the United States will see their eligibility revoked and be exposed to even further danger. The disruption to the program will have severe long-term consequences. [Including, but never mentioned, the possible loss of millions of dollars to their coffers—ed]
Rev. John L. McCullough
CWS’ President and CEO, Rev. John McCullough said “today’s announcement makes the pattern undeniable. The Trump administration is seeking to dismantle the refugee resettlement program brick by brick, through any means necessary.This administration is not interested in pursuing our national interest, enhancing national security, upholding the legal frameworks that protect both us and our allies, much less our shared moral obligation to lead as a nation during the world’s largest displacement crisis. The arguments put forward to dismantle the refugee program are all just smoke screens in order to fulfill the Trump campaign’s bargain with white-supremacy.”
This past summer, I used Charity Navigator for my source of information on CWS and its income (see all nine contractors here). This is what I learned. In the most recent year for reporting (2016), CWS was operating on a budget of just over $88 million. See how much of that YOU (the taxpayer) supplied.
71% of their revenue comes from the U.S. Treasury! Yet, the good reverend is perfectly comfortable protesting, political organizing against the President, and calling any of you who have concerns about the refugee program a white supremacist!
This organization could not exist without government grants!
Church World Service contributions breakdown.
See if a Church World Service subcontractor is working where you live, click here.
(It was Church World Service that sent its subcontractor, Virginia Council of Churches, to the county in Maryland where I live over 10 years ago and so CWS is responsible for helping create this blog! However, I see VCoC isn’t listed as a subcontractor on that list anymore! Hmmm!)
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What happened to Kurdish dreams of independence is a warning signal of what could happen to an Israel which relies on the world.
The Kurdish people have an inalienable right to their own national homeland just as other nations do. The Kurds are the largest ethnic entity in the world, numbering some 30 million people, which does not have a state of its own. Over three years ago, I declared – here on Arutz Sheva – that the world is obligated to see to it that historic justice is granted the Kurds by supporting their dream of being a free nation in their own land.
A referendum was held last month among the Iraqi Kurds over whether or not they should declare independence, while in the background threats emanating from Turkey, Iran, the Iraqi government and even Bashar Assad could be discerned. Joining them were other countries, including the USA and Europe, all of them warning the Kurds – and especially their leader, Masoud Barzani – not to attempt a one-sided declaration of independence. The neighboring countries fear a snowball effect on other minorities in their own countries, including their resident Kurds. More distant countries fear another war in the oil-rich regions such as northern Iraq, which could lead to a much wider conflict.
The referendum showed that a vast majority, over 90% of those voting, support independence. This resulted in Masoud Barzani, head of the Kurdish region, acquiring the ability to wield powerful leverage against the Iraqi government, which was naturally unnerved by the results and tried its best to convince Barazani not to declare independence.
The two main issues in the dialogue between Barzani and the Iraqi regime are:
Delineating the borders of the Kurdish region and whether the oil fields and the nearby city of Kirkuk are within those borders and
What happens to the oil that flows under the ground in the Kurdish region – are the profits Iraqi or do they belong to the Kurds?
Except that Barzani is not the only Kurdish actor on the stage. Jilal Talabani, his rival, did not support the hopes for Kurdish independence espoused by Barzani, and was of the opinion that the Kurds must remain within the national framework of Iraqi sovereignty. He was once the Iraqi president – mainly a ceremonial post – from 2005 to 2014, and died in Germany two weeks ago, on October 3, 2017. A pragmatist, he based his opinion on the realistic understanding that a declaration of independence would have a severely negative effect on the Kurds, because all the surrounding countries would do their utmost to ensure its failure, not balking at the idea of starving the Kurds to death by putting their region under siege.
The differences between Barzani and Talabani are nothing new. In fact, the two families have been at odds for decades, and in the second half of the twentieth century there were actual battles between the two, involving weapons and resulting in dead and wounded. The Iraqi regime knew this well and took advantage of it by forming a coalition of one side against the other. The factionalism of the Kurds prevented them from forming a united stand and the neighboring states – Turkey, Iran and Syria – knew how to make use of this factionalism for their own ends.
This week, the dispute led to facts on the ground: The Iraqi army, supported by Shiite militias, moved towards Kirkuk and the Kurdish Peshmerga fighting force left the city without doing battle. Within two days the Iraqis took over the city and its adjacent oil field without resorting to violence, neutralizing an important part of the leverage Masoud Barzani was hoping to wield during negotiations with the Iraqi government.
It seems that the Pershmega are not united and reflect the ongoing internal dispute among the Kurds. Some listen to Barzani’s orders and others act under the influence of Talabani. The forces guarding Kirkuk were under the sway of Talabani and gave up in the struggle against the Iraqi army’s takeover, to Barzani’s dismay. The internal strife among the Kurds distances them from their dream of independence, a dream that will only move farther away for as long as they cannot agree on its parameters.
The tragedy of the Kurds is even greater because their fighters, part of the coalition led by the US, were the most important force fighting ISIS.
The tragedy that has befallen the Kurds is even greater because their fighters, part of the coalition led by the US, were the most important force fighting ISIS. They were given arms, weapons, funding and training by their coalition partners, but it is they and not the coalition’s fighters, who shed their blood in street to street, house to house, room to room fighting against ISIS. Hundreds of Peshmerga fighters were killed and wounded in the long, exhausting battle to liberate Mosul from the Jihadists of the Islamic State.
The Kurds expected the world, headed by the US, to stand behind them once ISIS was defeated, remembering their large contribution to that defeat and supporting their demand for independence. These hopes were dashed very quickly when the official American stand turned out to be that “we have no intention of interfering in internal Iraqi affairs” – that is, the US will not support the Kurdish demand for independence led by Masoud Barzani, this despite the referendum and their historic rights.
Those Kurds who longed for independence are disappointed and feel betrayed by the nation with whom, for whom and in whose name they fought for a lengthy and bloody period, one filled with battles and Kurdish victims sacrificed in the war against ISIS.
It is possible that the American stand is based on Talabani’s approach, one which saw no need –certainly not an immediate one – for declaring independence and preferred that the Kurds integrate into the Iraqi state for good. Naturally, Talabani’s loyalty to the Iraqi regime is explained by rumors of bribery, jobs and other favors he and his men received from Iraq and Iran.
On the other hand, rumors say that Barzani received his own favors from the Saudis, who are interested in preventing a Shiite axis led by Iran. The Mideast news sources are full of these hard to prove stories (Anyone who thinks that Trump invented the concept of “fake news” is unfamiliar with the media and political discourse of the Middle East…)
Conclusions Israel must draw from the Kurdish saga
For the last several years, and particularly since the signing of the nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers, there has been a discernable warming of relations between Israel and the Arab nations who feel threatened by Iran. Those include Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Kuwait, Egypt and Jordan. As a result there are Israeli pundits, army officers and politicians who view the current regional situation as a golden opportunity that Israel must take advantage of by accepting the Arab peace proposals, establishing a Palestinian state and embarking on a new era of cooperation with the “moderate Sunni axis” in order to bring peace and security to Israel and the entire area. Why? Because all these countries fear Iran as much as, and possibly more, than Israel does.
But let us suppose that the Iranian threat disappears because Israel succeeds in an attack on Iranian nuclear facilities. As a result, war breaks out between Israel and Iran (including Hezbollah), Israel sacrifices hundreds of soldiers and civilians – and the Iranian problem ceases to exist. Will the Arab and Western worlds be grateful to Israel and act to protect Israel’s interests?
The answer is simple: What happened to the Kurds will happen to Israel. The Kurds fought ISIS, sacrificed their soldiers and people, and were thrown to the wolves once they were not needed. That is exactly what the world’s nations will do to Israel once it extricates them from the Iranian problem. Why not? The immediate interests of each and every country and not the moral rights of the Kurds and the Israelis are what makes the world go round.
Israel will indeed be the darling of the “moderate Sunni axis” – that is, for as long as there is an Iranian threat.
Once that is gone, the fracturing of Iran into ethnic components (on the lines of the former USSR, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia) will obviate the need for relations with Israel.
For this reason, Israel would do well not to give up its lands for a piece of paper with the word “peace” stamped on it, because that paper can easily fly away in the desert wind while the worlds on it fade in the blazing Middle Eastern sun.
There are two unassailable proofs for this phenomenon: The first is the peace with Egypt. This peace was a result of Sadat’s need for economic assistance from Europe and Europe’s insistence that peace with Israel precede the granting of that aid so that its money is not squandered on wars. That peace treaty did not stand in Mubarak’s way when he allowed Hamas and its supporters to smuggle arms from Sinai to Gaza, because it was in Mubarak’s interests to bring about a war between Israel and Hamas, allowing Israel to do the dirty work with the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. As soon as the Sinai became Jihadistan and began fighting Egypt, the weapons smuggling from Sinai to Gaza ceased abruptly.
In sum, the peace between Israel and Egypt exists for as long as it suits Egyptian interests.
The second proof is the peace with Jordan, based on Yitzchak Rabin and King Hussein’s shared interest in preventing a Palestinian state from being established. This common interest created wide-ranging cooperation between the two countries. Hussein’s son, Abdullah II, changed his father’s policies and is a strong backer of the idea of a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria whose capital is East Jerusalem. That is why he acts against Israel in every international forum, as if he were one of Israel’s greatest enemies. He relates to the peace treaty as an agreement to refrain from war and no more, while enjoying the economic benefits he gained from it.
The clear conclusion from the Kurdish, Egyptian and Jordanian situations is that Israel must not jeopardize its existence, security and interests by placing them in bankrupt Arab insurance companies.
Israel absolutely must strengthen its position in the Land of Israel, create local governing emirates for the powerful Arab families in urban Judea and Samaria while battening down Israeli control of the rural areas. No peace treaty can give Israel a lasting insurance policy, and the faster Israel and the world internalize this truth the better.
EDITORS NOTE: Written for Arutz Sheva, translated from Hebrew by Rochel Sylvetsky, Consulting and Op-ed Editor, Arutz Sheva English site.
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The computer system used by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) front-line border protection agency is slow, frequently blacks out and can’t prevent the entry of inadmissible aliens with “harmful intent,” a disturbing federal audit reveals. Incredibly, thousands of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents rely on the flawed information technology (IT) system to fulfill their duty of securing the nation’s borders and keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the United States.
“CBP’s IT systems and infrastructure did not fully support its border security objective of preventing the entry of inadmissible aliens to the country,” a DHS Inspector General report states. “The slow performance of a critical pre-screening system greatly reduced Office of Field Operations officers’ ability to identify any passengers who may represent concerns, including national security threats. Further, incoming passenger screening at U.S. international airports was hampered by frequent system outages that created passenger delays and public safety risks. The outages required that CBP officers rely on backup systems that weakened the screening process, leading to officers potentially being unable to identify travelers that may be attempting to enter the United States with harmful intent.”
This may seem inconceivable 16 years after the worst terrorist attack on American soil. CBP is one of the world’s largest law enforcement agencies with 60,000 employees and annual budget of around $13 billion. It’s a crucial DHS agency that must balance national security with facilitating lawful international travel and trade. On a typical day CBP processes more than a million passengers and pedestrians, 280,000 vehicles and conducts more than 1,000 apprehensions. The agency also has an Air and Marine Operations (AMO) that protects sea borders by interception inadmissible aliens and cargo approaching American borders. The division has about 1,800 agents, 240 aircraft and 300 marine vessels throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The agency watchdog found that “frequent network outages hindered air and marine surveillance operations, greatly reducing the situational awareness needed to detect inadmissible aliens and cargo approaching U.S. borders.”
Information technology is a critical part of CBP’s operations and the agency has a special Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Information and Technology (OIT) to assure everything is functioning properly. The office is charged with providing effective technology, infrastructure and communications to adequately carry out border security operations. It’s also well-funded to the tune of $1.4 billion in 2016, the DHS IG report says. That accounts for the largest IT budget within DHS, comprising around 23% of DHS’s $6.2 billion IT budget. The CBP IT division also has a staff of around 5,200, including nearly 2,000 federal employees and thousands of contractors. This is a big-time and handsomely-funded enterprise that should run smoothly and effectively. Instead, it’s notorious for being inefficient and dangerously unreliable.
As an example of traveler delays and safety issues, the DHS report offers recent system outages that affected about 119,774 international travelers nationwide. More than 10,000, arrived at Miami International Airport and the backlog created “hazards and security concerns,” the audit says. CBP had to call local police and fire departments to help mitigate the risks and 258 CBP officers worked 762 overtime hours, resulting in more than $58,000 in overtime pay. The incident “created numerous secondary challenges and risks, including difficulties with crowd control, temperature, health emergencies and officer and public safety,” according to the audit.
Border Patrol agents face similar issues with a system known as e3 that’s famously slow and suffers lots of outages. Agents are frequently unable to carry out border apprehension and enforcement activities, DHS investigators found, with the most common outages related to a key portal that shares information in real time with Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE). Some of the outages were prolonged and others occurred monthly. “The most significant impact of outages and slow processing in the e3 system was Border Patrol agents’ inability to meet court deadlines for submitting information about criminal aliens for possible prosecution,” The report states. For example, 48 individuals apprehended in the Tucson sector of the southwest border were not prosecuted in 2015 due to late records submissions. The same Border Patrol sector missed the deadline for transferring records for another 36 individuals due to e3 system failures.
CBP management does not dispute any of the findings in this alarming report. The question is, what will the agency do to fix the problem.
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There’s a common quote, frequently attributed to G.K. Chesterton: “Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason why it was put up.”
In our modern context, this should be rephrased a bit: “Don’t try to pull down a statue if you have no idea who or what the statue was really about.”
During a 2016 Columbus Day protest conducted by Wunk Sheek, a Native American student organization, activists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus hosted a “die-in” at Bascom Hall, near a statue of President Abraham Lincoln.
According to The Daily Cardinal, a campus newspaper, the protest ended with the group hanging a sign on the Lincoln monument that said “#DecolonizeOurCampus.”
The activist group is now demanding a disclaimer be put up saying Lincoln was complicit in the murder of Native Americans.
Why would they be so angry about Lincoln?
“Everyone thinks of Lincoln as the great, you know, freer of slaves, but let’s be real: He owned slaves, and as natives, we want people to know that he ordered the execution of native men,” said one of the protesters.
“Just to have him here at the top of Bascom is just really belittling.”
This claim from the protester is patently false. The Great Emancipator grew up in poverty and never owned slaves.
Not only that, but his debates with fellow Illinois statesman Stephen A. Douglas offer some of the clearest reasons for why the institution of slavery violated the American creed.
Lincoln saved the union and brought about the end of slavery. Period.
In fairness to the activists, Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg also made the mistake of saying Lincoln owned slaves last year.
Wisconsin educators, it appears you have some work to do. This is a basic fact that most Americans should learn before graduating high school, let alone while attending an institution of higher learning.
But beyond that basic ignorance, simply stating the fact that U.S. soldiers executed Sioux Indians while Lincoln was president doesn’t begin to do justice to what was a very complex situation in the middle of the Civil War.
During the war, Minnesota was in a state of chaos due to soldiers abandoning their posts and armies moving east to join the main war effort. On top of that, the Office of Indian Affairs was mired in corruption that was exacerbated by wartime negligence.
As a result, money promised to the Sioux tribe in Minnesota in exchange for its land wasn’t coming through, and many of its people starved.
This led to a bloody uprising called the “Dakota War,” which the U.S. government eventually put down.
Over 300 Sioux were sentenced to death for connection to the rebellion. Lincoln saw this as extreme, however, and pardoned all but 38 of the alleged perpetrators, whom he believed were guilty of the worst crimes such as rape and murder.
It was the largest mass hanging in American history, but it could have been much worse if not for Lincoln’s compassion. He believed that the Sioux were getting a raw deal, but needed to ensure peace on America’s borders in a time when the future of the United States was seriously in question.
It’s amazing that Lincoln acted at all in this matter, given that the nation was gripped by a bloody civil war more deadly than all of our other wars combined.
As Matt Vespa wrote in Townhall, “It’s not one of our nation’s best moments, but Lincoln was also fighting a much more existential threat to the country[:] an army from the southern states that at the time … was winning the American Civil War.”
It’s silly to judge Lincoln’s actions without some understanding of the circumstances of the time. But this is generally what has sustained the iconoclast statue movement.
Figures of our past are dehumanized, their actions put in a vacuum, only to be narrowly judged by the increasingly absurd, ever-evolving standards of our time.
This is why it was such a short jump from attacking statues of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to Lincoln, even though these men stood on opposite sides of the conflict that shook our nation and decided what we would become in the centuries that followed.
The anti-statue crusade thrives on shallow 21st-century moralizing—the privilege of the prosperous and comfortable, far removed from the suffering and difficulties of earlier times—coupled with the sheer ignorance of a generation that has little understanding of the basic facts of our history.
But the iconoclasts do not just see Confederates or Christopher Columbus or Lincoln as problematic. The movement is about more than these individuals. It’s an attempt to delegitimize and erase the very foundation of our civilization, which to them, is irreparably flawed.
This article has been updated to note when the University of Wisconsin-Madison protest took place.
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