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J.D. Vance’s VP Nod Likely Final Nail In Coffin Of The Forever War Wing Of GOP, Experts Say

Former President Donald Trump’s pick of Republican Ohio Sen. J.D. Vance as his vice president could speed the GOP’s departure from a “permanent conflict” approach to national security, should Trump win in November, former U.S. officials and defense experts told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Vance has aligned himself with Trump’s “America First” approach to national security and generally advocated against U.S. intervention in foreign conflicts, including the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war. Given Vance’s ideology, Trump’s choice to pick him as vice president has alarmed some prominent neoconservatives — a term frequently used to describe “hawkish” and pro-intervention conservatives — but welcomed by former senior U.S. officials and defense experts who told the DCNF they see his views as credible and pragmatic.

“Vance is unique among GOP politicians on foreign policy. You can either be a party leader on foreign policy or you could be right about foreign policy, but you can’t be both. But Vance seems to be both,” Justin Logan, director of defense and foreign policy at the CATO Institute, told the DCNF, noting that it is unsurprising that neoconservatives were upset by Vance. “Those people are extremely anxious, and I think they should be extremely anxious.”

“The selection of Vance does indicate a break with the neoconservative wing of the GOP that has been the dominant faction for a long time,” Michael DiMino, senior fellow at Defense Priorities and former CIA official, told the DCNF. “I think this represents Trump putting a stake in the ground and saying, ‘Hold on now, let’s put America first.’ And that’s about realism and restraint, and it’s about putting core U.S. interests first.”

Vance is expected to speak at the Republican National Convention (RNC) on Thursday and emphasize his stances on foreign policy, but previous comments could hint at what could be expected from his speech. The Ohio Senator has been critical of the Biden administration’s deepened involvement in the Russia-Ukraine war and the over $175 billion that has been provided to Kyiv since 2022.

One of Vance’s chief concerns is that Ukraine is incapable of winning the war, which he outlined in an April opinion article for the New York Times. Ukraine suffers from a lack of manpower arsenal, problems that have only gotten made worse as Russian forces continue to seize territory in eastern Ukraine.

“Ukraine needs more soldiers than it can field, even with draconian conscription policies. And it needs more matériel than the United States can provide,” Vance wrote in his op-ed for the Times in April, recommending Kyiv take a defensive posture rather than attempt an offensive. “The Biden administration has no viable plan for the Ukrainians to win this war.”

Vance has voted against aid to Ukraine in the past and advocated in recent months for the U.S. to prioritize brokering a peace settlement between Ukraine and Russia. Trump has advocated for a similar policy and promised to end the Russia-Ukraine war before even being inaugurated in January, should he win the presidential race.

“Vance is in lockstep with Trump on that issue,” ret. Lt. Col. Daniel Davis, host of the Daniel Davis Deep Dive show and senior fellow at Defense Priorities, told the DCNF. “It doesn’t surprise me the least that those who have a different view of the Russia-Ukraine war or the neocon crowd would be terrified… because they want permanent conflict, whether they say that or not, the results of their policies and their choices are unambiguous.”

More broadly, Vance has advocated that the U.S. should pressure Europe to focus on its own security rather than rely on American interventionism. Like Trump, Vance has been critical of NATO members for failing to meet their defense spending obligations while the U.S. pays more than any other nation in the alliance.

“Vance has carved out a place for himself to have a voice on foreign policy, and Trump is aware of that. I think it’s largely consonant with Trump’s views on foreign policy, so that helps,” Logan told the DCNF.

Vance will speak about foreign policy and defense on Wednesday at the RNC, whose theme for the day centers around “Make America Strong Again,” according to the Times. Lawmakers and officials who spoke to Politico on Wednesday said they are incredibly nervous about what Trump’s pick of Vance means for national security.

“Picking somebody like Vance just underscores that ‘America First’ is where the future is headed,” DiMino told the DCNF. “And it upsets the apple cart that the neocons have become so used to over the past 25 years. I think what you’ve seen over the last couple of days is these people having meltdowns over this.”

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CAIR’s Sexual Deviant Leader May Use The ‘Aisha Defense’

The Council On American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Orlando Regional Coordinator, Ahmad Abrar Saleem [pictured above], was nabbed by Lake County, FL law enforcement in a child-sex sting operation on 5/20/2015.  Mr. Saleem’s intended victim was a 12 year old girl.

Two charges were filed by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office against Mr. Saleem.  1.  “use of computer to seduce/solicit/entice a child to commit sex act.”  2. “Travel to seduce, solicit, lure a child to commit sex act.”  Bail was set at $100,000 for both offenses.

Ahmad Saleem’s bail was paid two days after his arrest so he is walking the streets until his arraignment on 6/15/2015 at 8:30 AM.

The Aisha Defense

I believe Ahmad Saleem should be locked up and off the streets for the next hundred years but here in America even this child molester is entitled to his day in court.

As a devout follower of Islam, Ahmad Saleem would be well within his rights to initiate the Aisha Defense.

The foundation of the Aisha Defense is centered on the example provided by Allah’s messenger Mohammad.  Islamic doctrine and theology teaches that Mohammad is a model for all mankind.

IqraSense.com a respected Islamic site states that Qur’an verse 33:21, “clearly tells mankind that Prophet Muhammad (s) was sent as a model for mankind to follow and the success in this life and the hereafter depends on following him.”

Therefore, Amad Saleem, has an obligation to follow the example of Mohammad to gain success in this life and the hereafter.  A clever lawyer could make the case that Mr. Saleem was not following his own will but was victim of the undue influence of Mohammad himself.

The weight of the ‘Aisha Defense’ rests on  the Hadith’s of Sahih Bukhari.  Hadith’s are the collections of the reports, teachings, deeds and sayings of the Islamic prophet Mohammad.  Sahih is an Arabic word that means authentic.  The Sahih classification  proceeds a Hadith of the highest level of authenticity and is second in importance only to the Qur’an.

The following Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith tells of Mohammad marrying a young girl named Aisha at 6 years of age and consummating the marriage at 9 years of age.  Mohammad was reported to be either 53 or 54 years of age when Aisha was 9 years old.

A Sahih Bukhari Hadith Narrated by ‘Aisha says,  “that the Prophet married her (Aisha) when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old, and then she remained with him for nine years (i.e., till his death). (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 62, Number 64; see also Numbers 65 and 88).”

Take a moment and let the gravity of this Hadith sink into your mind.  The practice of Muslim men taking child brides, following the example of Mohammad, is well documented and continues at an alarming rate today.

In a May 16, 2014 Washington Post article titled, “Muslim clerics  resist Pakistan’s efforts to end child marriage’ Naila Inayat goes into great detail of why child marriage is a current problem that needs to be condemned.

According to Ahmad Saleem’s bio, that has been scrubbed from CAIR Florida’s website, it says he is the son of Pakistani immigrants.  On Mr. Saleem’s arrest report it states he is still residing at his parents opulent Orlando home.

According to this Washington Post article and the Sahih Bukhari Hadith one could conclude Ahamad Saleem may have been influenced by the culture of his parents native Pakistan and/or Allah’s messenger Mohammad.

Conclusion

It is highly unlikely Ahmad Saleem and his defense lawyers will use the Aisha Defense.  By using the Aisha Defense, Ahmad Saleem will have to put Mohammad the Prophet of Islam on trial as well.

In this case, it would be tantamount to Ahmad Saleem slandering Mohammad to establish a moral equivalence for his sexually deviant behavior.  Under Islamic law anyone who slanders Mohammad can be charged with a capital offense.

Ahmad Saleem’s boss at CAIR, Hassan Shibly tweeted shortly after Saleem’s arrest, “Nothing is more painful than hearing those who were entrusted with protector our children betraying that trust. 0 tolerance 4 such wicked ppl.”  I agree with Hassan Shibly that Ahmad Saleem is ‘wicked’ for betraying the trust of children.  By association Mohammad is also “wicked” for betraying the trust of Aisha when he consummated his marriage with her at 9 years of age.  Does Hassan Shibly believe the messenger of Allah, Mohammad, is “wicked” for betraying the trust of the child Aisha at age 9?

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The Three Things You Don’t Need Robert Gates’s Book to Know

“Excerpts from a new tell-all book made quite a splash in Washington yesterday. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates apparently blasts President Obama on foreign policy and the U.S. military in his upcoming book, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” writes Amy Payne from the Heritage Foundation.

But as Heritage’s James Jay Carafano said, “You don’t need a book from the former Secretary of Defense to know that many of the decisions Obama made during Gates’s watch were a disaster.”

Gates started as Secretary of Defense during President George W. Bush’s second term, and Obama asked him to stay on during his first term.

The revelations from Gates’s book come as no surprise to Heritage experts, who have been warning that Obama has made decisions based on his personal preference for domestic policy—at the expense of America’s standing in the world and our men and women in uniform.

Here are three things you don’t need to read the book to know.

1. President Obama is reaping what he has sown on foreign policy.

“The President has never had a coherent approach to foreign policy,” explained Heritage’s Ted Bromund. “Instead, he entered office with a string of liberal platitudes about the world and a deep desire to focus on domestic policy.”

Obama’s style? “Instead of leading from the front, the President emphasized multilateral institutions (such as the U.N.), international law, and engagement with hostile regimes,” Bromund said. The essence of the Obama Doctrine—the President’s foreign policy approach—is that Obama has “placed hope above reality” when dealing with countries like Russia, Iran, China, and North Korea, said Heritage’s Luke Coffey.

2. Lessons learned in conflict are costly.

Fighting terrorism and state-sponsored enemies is a deadly business. As the focus of 2014 turns to the Administration’s promise to pull out of Afghanistan, the specter of Iraq looms large.

“The withdrawal from Iraq was a colossal failure,” says Carafano, Heritage’s E. W. Richardson Fellow. “Violence is higher today than when Obama took office. The country is near civil war.”

And our enemies haven’t taken a break.

“We are already seeing the Taliban and al-Qaeda staging a comeback following Obama’s mishandling of the surge in Afghanistan and the drawdown of forces planned in 2014,” Carafano said. He wrote yesterday that “what we need from the White House is leadership that reestablishes America’s ability to influence outcomes in the region for the good—rather than trumpeting easy ‘fixes’ while doing as little as possible.”

3. The state of the U.S. military matters.

During Gates’s tenure, the military began to shed war-fighting capabilities, canceled missile defense programs, and compromised on readiness. Again, this reflected the place of defense among the President’s priorities. But this directly impacts America’s ability to respond to a crisis.

“Throughout his Administration, the President has sought—successfully—to cut the defense budget. But, inevitably, there came a time when he thought it was right to use force,” Bromund said. “His successors will, at some point, be in exactly the same position, perhaps when action really is in America’s vital national interest—but by that point, his cuts will have made successful action difficult or even impossible.”

America has to be ready to defend itself—and reducing the military’s capabilities carries the risk that the country may not be ready when action is needed.

Decisions have consequences. Heritage’s Carafano and Distinguished Fellow Kim Holmes predicted years ago that Obama’s approach to foreign policy would prove to be bad for America and the world.

“Ultimately, the Obama Doctrine will force friendly nations to look elsewhere, not to Washington, for arrangements that bring them greater security. And that will make this a far more dangerous world indeed.”