This Story Explains the DNC Hack, the Wasserman-Shultz failures, Hillary’s failures — and possibly, just maybe — the murder of Seth Rich

This Story Explains the DNC Hack, the Wasserman-Shultz failures, Hillary’s failures — and possibly, just maybe — the murder of Seth Rich

If you are a loyal partisan Democrat, you do not want to read the copyrighted story below from The Daily Caller and Luke Rosiak, because it details, in a factual but horrifying way, how Debbie Wasserman-Shultz compromised the security of the United States in an Congressional Employee IT Fraud Scheme that allegedly involves — multiple cases of illegal activity up to and including blackmail — and may still be continuing today.

Read this and weep if you are a still a Democrat and are still hoping they will impeach Trump, I suspect, now that these links are finally surfacing — many top Democrats holding office today will be arrested this summer.

By LUKE ROSIAK Published on May 23, 2017
Congressional technology aides are baffled that data-theft allegations against four former House IT workers — who were banned from the congressional network — have largely been ignored, and they fear the integrity of sensitive high-level information.

Imran Awan and three relatives were colleagues until police banned them from computer networks at the House of Representatives after suspicion the brothers accessed congressional computers without permission.

Five Capitol Hill technology aides told The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group that members of Congress have displayed an inexplicable and intense loyalty towards the suspects who police say victimized them. The baffled aides wonder if the suspects are blackmailing representatives based on the contents of their emails and files, to which they had full access.

“I don’t know what they have, but they have something on someone. It’s been months at this point” with no arrests, said Pat Sowers, who has managed IT for several House offices for 12 years. “Something is rotten in Denmark.”

A manager at a tech-services company that works with Democratic House offices said he approached congressional offices, offering their services at one-fourth the price of Awan and his Pakistani brothers, but the members declined. At the time, he couldn’t understand why his offers were rejected but now he suspects the Awans exerted some type of leverage over members.

“There’s no question about it: If I was accused of a tenth of what these guys are accused of, they’d take me out in handcuffs that same day, and I’d never work again,” he said.

The Awans’ ban sent 20 members searching for new IT workers, but another contractor claims he’s had difficulty convincing offices to let him fill the void, even when he seemed like a shoo-in. He says he has the sense some members wrongly believed that he blew the whistle on the Awans’ theft and they were angry at him for it.

Politico reported the Awan crew is “accused of stealing equipment from members’ offices without their knowledge and committing serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network.”

A House IT employee who requested anonymity said tech workers who have taken over some of those offices found that computers in some — but not all — offices were “thin clients” that sent all data to an offsite server in violation of House policies. Additionally, staffers’ iPhones were all linked to a single non-government iTunes account.

Awan began working for Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida in 2005, and his wife, his brother’s wife, and two of his brothers all appeared on the payrolls of various House Democrats soon after, payroll records show. They have collected $4 million since 2010.

For years, it was widely known that Awan, and eventually his 20-year-old brother Jamal, did the bulk of the work for various offices, while no-show employees were listed on members’ staffs in order to collect additional $165,000 salaries, workers said. This circumvented a rule that prevents any one staffer from making more than members of Congress.

Members were fiercely protective of the business, despite objectively shoddy work and requests for computer help routinely ignored for weeks, all said. An IT specialist who took over an Awan office said they did not keep an inventory of what hardware was there, and the office was paying for phone lines it hadn’t used in years.

“The number of offices they had would definitely be suspicious. The loyalty [members] had [coupled with] customer service that wasn’t there,” Sowers said.

One Democratic IT staffer said Awan “would come in and only help the member — he’d tell me this — because staff come and go. There was one staffer whose computer was broken and said, ‘I’m not going to pay my invoices until you fix my computer,’ and Imran went to the member, and they fired [the staffer who complained] that day. Imran has that power.”

Sowers said, “I love the Hill but to see this clear lack of concern over what appears to be a major breach bothers me. Everyone has said for years they were breaking the rules, but it’s just been a matter of time.”

An employee of a third private company with House IT office contracts, who like most of the others requested anonymity, said the Awans had more offices than anyone, yet “there’s networkers meetings once a week and I never saw them ever come to them. We have an email group; I never saw them contribute or reply.”

The investigation goes far beyond the theft of millions of dollars. The employees could read all emails dozens of members of Congress sent and received, as well as access any files members and their staff stored. Court records show the brothers ran a side business that owed $100,000 to an Iranian fugitive who has been tied to Hezbollah, and their stepmother says they often send money to Pakistan.

“When you’re an admin for an office, yes, you have access to everything, you’re the one providing access for others,” the IT specialist said.

Wasserman Schultz, the victim of a disastrous hack while she was chairman of the Democratic National Committee, renamed Awan an “advisor” to circumvent the Capitol Police’s computer network ban on the brothers. Ohio Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge’s office told Politico a month after the ban that she had not fired Imran either.

After Wasserman Schultz and Fudge, as well as New York Democratic Reps. Gregory Meeks and Yvette Clarke and the House Democratic Caucus office, retained the Awans, the incumbents or their staffs encouraged newly-elected members to place the family on their payrolls.

“You’d think in the caucus they’d know these guys were working for all of them and they couldn’t possibly support all of them. Someone must have been turning a blind eye,” the IT specialist said.

“You have the power to shut down the office, remove all their data and lock everyone out. It’s got to be a trusted adviser. How could you not see this? Maybe it’s not specifically blackmail, maybe it’s, you knew this was going on and let me do this” for years, the specialist continued.

Another Democratic IT contractor said members “are saying don’t say anything, this will all blow over if we all don’t say anything.” The Awans “had [members] in their pocket,” and “there are a lot of members who could go down over this.”

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Is Duterte Crazy? The Chinese don’t think so…

Is Duterte Crazy? The Chinese don’t think so…

Maybe, if you consider the extra-judicial killings – but politically with China right now — he’s acting crazy like a fox.

If you don’t know about him, the Philippines strongman, and President, has led a war on drugs — that has provably extended to extra-judicial killings.

Duterte even bragged on radio about riding around on his motorcycle, and bagging a few drug dealers himself. However, where it comes to China, his recklessness — combined with his predecessor’s caution — has left him in the cat’s bird’s seat.

Former President Benigno Aquino III took the issue of The South China Sea to The Hague’s Permanent Court of Arbitration, years ago. It wound its way slowly through the machinery as all these things do, and the final result was a huge legal victory for the Philippines.

It was not the final word however, in fact, according to the Chinese it isn’t even the beginning for a possible settlement of the South China Sea issue.

But that isn’t true. The ruling has giving Duterte and his poor country, something the Chinese covet more than money, respect.

They would love to just ignore the ruling – which was emphatically in the Philippines’ favor – and refuse to acknowledge the authority of the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

That will not work for China; however, for 3 reasons:

1. Particularly right now, Beijing likes to appear – to be on the right side of International Law

2. Duterte has already called their bluff and reported the Chinese have threatened war — if he insists on the legality of the ruling, making it look bad for Xi if he does attack some Philippine’s fishing and/or resource recovery ships — and lastly, the Chinese would like to make a deal with Duterte because they believe him so crazy, as to be beyond American influence.

This is a big tell by the way, Xi is not our friend over here in the good ole’ U.S. of A.

So Duterte, court ruling in pocket, is using it to exert powerful leverage over the Chinese negotiators meeting this month in Guiyang — something that must really irritate the ultra smooth and polished Xi, who must be wondering how this crazed motorcycle killer-local yokel got one up on him.

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Dan Rather is a National Disgrace

Dan Rather is a National Disgrace

CBS is trotting out the same, tired, old, narrative spinning liberals that once had some trust with the American people and it’s landing with as much welcome — as a flat tire.

Last week, Dan Rather said, “What a news night, almost surreal, and of course, dangerous for the country. But in the same token, I do think there is something reassuring about this. For most of the early stages of the Trump presidency, the question begged are (sic) we still a country of laws or have we become or are we becoming a question of men and man.”

That was pure Rather-ease, it sounds like a question, but is a scathing indictment, farcical on it’s face — for an administration just a few months in — but it didn’t sound like Rather meant any of this, it sounded like they had dusted off the old Nixon cue cards for him and some of the narrative wasn’t corrected, but they went on air anyway.

Rather attempts to sound professorial, comes off condescending instead — “And today’s events with the appointment of this special counsel, special prosecutor gives a resounding answer we’re still — this is one of the things that unites us— we’re still a nation of laws, not of men. And now facts are going to tell us what our destiny is and what our history will be. Not Donald Trump’s version of anything.”

This was also Rather calling the President a liar, while insisting he was looking for facts.

Rather joins the liberal echo chamber self-cheering section here – “Number two, these Times stories are big stories. Thank god for the American press, The Washington Post and New York Times and others doing a good job. This information about when they knew that Flynn was under investigation for serious law breaking, they went ahead and appointed him,”

Rather continued. “And as you alluded to, this raises anew the question what it is that Flynn knows about Donald Trump and his campaign that Donald Trump wants to keep hidden? Obviously, Flynn knows something. It may not be criminal. But if it’s not bad news, if it’s not something criminal or corrupt, why are they working so hard to hide it?”

Wow. Rather is either senile, reading a script, or blind to the flurry of reporting — refuting everything he said here — and for that matter, that the NYT and the Washington Post reported. This should not surprise me; these newspapers lie for a living.

“Number two, I think today shows us this is the day — up until today, President Trump has had the ability to control almost every news cycle. From this day forward, he no longer has control. And, instead, if you will, of being the hunter, he becomes the hunted.”

Ignore how wrong he is about the news coverage the President has received — and focus on the wording of the last sentence. That tone is unacceptable from a newsman, it’s just a shame no one notices things like that anymore.

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Trump Turns Away from Iran – Obama becoming a Distant Memory

Trump Turns Away from Iran – Obama becoming a Distant Memory

Obama infuriated Saudi Arabia, Israel, The GCC countries and most of the Arab world. They got so mad, when he held an Arab Summit at the White House — in his final year in office — no one came.

But the Saudi’s were patient. They have been friends of the U.S. since WWII — and most importantly –they understand American politics, the fact that the American public, not it’s leaders decide how things will be – in the end.

The mainstream media in America is ignoring all this of course, but as noted below by AFP’s Feuillatre, there is a big sea change underway, and Trump is the reason.

The piece below is poor journalism; note the immediate characterization of the President as “unpredictable”, and the attempt to cast everything negatively – but – also note how this effort fails and Trump is getting credit for success in these area’s, despite the author’s efforts to smear him.

Way to go Trump.


US President Donald Trump’s emphatic embrace of Sunni Arab regimes and his vilification of Iran mark a stark departure from the vision of his predecessor Barack Obama in the volatile region, analysts say.

Pointedly delivering his first foreign speech in Riyadh on Sunday, Trump praised the six-state Gulf Cooperation Council, specifically Saudi Arabia, for efforts to cut off funding to extremists while lambasting Iran as the “spearhead of terrorism”.

While the unpredictable Trump completed the visit to the region without committing a major gaffe, his approach “swept away the entire Obama legacy with the wave of a hand,” said Thierry Coville, an Iran expert at the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs.

“That the United States wants to restore a certain balance in its ties with Saudi Arabia, OK, but to put Iran and the IS group on the same level is false, illogical and counter-productive,” Coville told AFP.

Coville said that removing human rights concerns routinely levelled at Arab states from the centre of US foreign policy was “understandable”.

But he added: “Telling (Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi) that he is doing a ‘fantastic’ job and saying that Saudi Arabia is a ‘magnificent kingdom’, while forgetting that in Iran people are making the effort to get out and vote, is very dangerous.”

Hasni Abidi, head of the Geneva-based Study and Research Centre for the Arab and Mediterranean World (CERNAM), also spoke of a “break in US policy”.

Obama, whose secretary of state John Kerry helped broker the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, “banked on Iran’s moderate forces, (while) Trump has chosen the Sunni camp, starting with Saudi Arabia, a country with unequalled financial means,” Abidi told AFP.  Washington and Riyadh agreed deals totalling some $380 billion (340 billion euros).

“But the price of regaining the confidence of Saudi Arabia and the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council is to portray Iran as a threat,” Abidi added.

He noted that Washington still depends on Iran for cooperation in Iraq against IS and in Afghanistan against the Taliban, and Trump has “shown caution so far”.

Coville went further, calling Trump’s speech a “smokescreen” aimed at “making people forget that he is in the process of validating the nuclear accord”. He also noted that Iran Air, in Tehran’s first deal with a US aviation group since the 1979 Islamic revolution, finalised in December a contract worth $16.6 billion to purchase 80 Boeing planes.

Paris-based political scientist Azadeh Kian said authorities in Tehran had not taken Trump’s Riyadh speech seriously, pointing to a tweet by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif saying that Washington was “milking” Saudi Arabia. But she said it was “worrying, especially after an election… that showed that there is a real dynamic towards democratisation and opening in Iranian society.”

Meanwhile Trump’s call for Israelis and Palestinians to “make a deal” has drawn praised mixed with a healthy dose of scepticism. Speaking in Jerusalem, the US leader offered no specifics but said he was “personally committed” to helping to resolve the decades-old conflict. “Making peace, however, will not be easy,” Trump said. “But with determination, compromise and the belief that peace is possible, Israelis and Palestinians can make a deal.”

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz said Trump had “succeeded in bringing peace, which in recent years had become a dirty word, back to the centre of Israeli public and political discourse.” But it added: “Trump has the will and motivation, but for now he has no plan.”

Former Middle East peace negotiator Aaron David Miller, writing in Politico last week, argued that “strange as it may seem, Trump actually has a Middle East strategy, or at least a reasonably coherent approach.”

The idea is to forge a “US-Israeli-Sunni Arab entente… held together by several objectives they share in varying degrees: destroy ISIS, roll back Iranian influence, and deliver some kind of Israeli-Palestinian peace,” Miller wrote.

It is a “transactional deal” in which the Arab states would help Washington revive the peace process in exchange for a much tougher US policy against Iran, he said. However, he warned: “But Washington’s approach seems driven more by hope than experience. Trump is likely to discover that the region… is more complicated than he thought.”



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The Threat of Sharia Law, Islamic Terrorism, and the Muslim Religion is much more serious than revealed by MSM

The Threat of Sharia Law, Islamic Terrorism, and the Muslim Religion is much more serious than revealed by MSM

Is the Muslim Religion a peaceful religion? In general, I would say yes, the problem is, if even 10% of the world’s Muslims embrace either Islamic Jihad and/or demand Sharia Law, we have a gigantic problem on our hands. And the real number is actually twice that bad — or even worse.

President Bush and President Obama lied to us, and despite a mountain of intelligence demonstrating they were not being honest with us — they either downplayed the magnitude of the threat and/or made it worse.

How do I know all this? Read the conclusions below from Pamela Geller, who extrapolated Pew Opinion Research data — to give us a glimpse into just how much trouble we are in. Or you can turn on the TV and watch the news. Or read the Centom reports on the worldwide spread of threats. Trump has his hands full, that’s for sure.

Pamela Geller — My analysis focused only on the questions about Sharia law: (1) Should the law of the land be Sharia law?; and (2) should that apply to everyone, including non-Muslims?

Pew asked question (1) in countries that account for about a billion Muslims, and question (2) in countries that account for about 830 million. If you accept their results in just the countries they surveyed, we learn that:
— 70%, or 700 million Muslims out of the billion represented by Q1 of their survey, want Sharia law to be the law of the land;

— 32%, or 266 million Muslims out of the 840 million represented by Q2 of their survey, want to force it upon everyone.

I don’t know about you, but I’d say that alone represents over a quarter billion “radical” Muslims, with only just over half (53%) of their total population accounted for by the survey.

But we can make reasonable (and conservative) assumptions about the rest of them, and the results are even scarier. I extrapolated Pew’s results in each region (e.g., Central Asia) across the whole region, using the smallest percentages that they found for the countries in the region they did survey. The lower-bound estimates I get for the world Muslim population are as follows:

— 63%, or just under a billion Muslims, want Sharia law;
— 38% of those Muslims, or about 370 million, want to force it on everyone.

That’s 24% of all the Muslims in the world that are, by my definition at least, radical. And that’s more than the population of the US and Canada put together.

Pamela Geller is the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), publisher of and author of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America and Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance.

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Taiwan question still on Trump’s plate, now tied to China/North Korea, this from Taipei…

By Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter Taipei Times As US President Donald Trump’s administration is committed to its “America first” foreign policy, Taiwan-US relations should be reoriented toward increased business ties, defense cooperation and a high-level dialogue mechanism, Idaho Republican Party chairman Stephen Yates yesterday told a forum in Taipei organized by the World Taiwanese […]

via Time To Reconfigure Taiwan-U.S. Relationship? — Peace and Freedom

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Dershowitz Scoops NYT – Trump has Landmark Saudi/Israeli Deal Coming

Dershowitz Scoops NYT – Trump has Landmark Saudi/Israeli Deal Coming

I like Alan Dershowitz, the incredible Harvard law professor — as readers of my blog know — because he’s smart AND honest.

He is also very dialed in to what this President is doing, and I believe Trump is also following Dershowitz’s thoughts closely, SO, if you want a clue about where this administration is going legally over the next four years — here’s a huge tip for you — watch what Dershowitz writes or says.

Today, Dershowitz scooped the leftist NYT, and the WaPo commie rag and the entire domestic media machine — which essentially works for the Democratic Party — so they’ve been getting scooped a lot lately.

Here is news Dershowitz spilled on TV today — note his announcement toward the end that Trump carries with him a deal from the Saudi’s that would reestablish diplomatic relations between the two countries.

If Dershowitz is right, and he’s like Adrian Monk, he’s always right, this is big news.

Of course the liberal media here is interviewing that crook Podesta, instead of focusing on what Trump is accomplishing. No matter, here is Fox News on the Dershowitz interview:

From Fox — Alan Dershowitz says that President Donald Trump is saying and doing all the right things during his two-day trip to Israel.

Dershowitz, a legal scholar and Harvard University Law School professor, said on “Fox & Friends” this morning that Trump has struck a different tone than former President Barack Obama, particularly with his declaration that “Iran must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon.”

“That was a very important statement,” Dershowitz said, adding that Obama also decided not to veto the “stupidest UN resolution ever,” which stated that the Western Wall is not part of Israel.

“I’m so glad that President Trump is going to the Western Wall,” Dershowitz said.

As for Trump’s stated goal of establishing peace between Israelis and Palestinians, Dershowitz said there’s something on the table and he hopes both sides can agree to it.

He explained that if Israel will stop building settlements deep in the West Bank and do a little more humanitarian work in Gaza, then Saudi Arabia will be open to establishing official diplomatic relations.

“If President Trump can come home with that deal, he’ll be able to say, ‘I accomplished more in 130 days than the previous four presidents have accomplished,'” Dershowitz said.

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Understanding the US/China economic dynamic is not easy — here is honest data and an honest analysis — from Belt & Road to GDP

Beijing’s mixture of political and economic priorities may not result in an overall Belt and Road policy formula that is workable. Christopher Whalen May 21, 2017 A great deal of attention is being paid by Western media to China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, the most ambitious foreign-policy initiative yet for paramount leader Xi Jinping. […]

via China’s Belt and Road to Nowhere — Can ayone just say no? — Cutting through China’s propaganda — Peace and Freedom

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Trump’s Saudi Speech a Thing of Absolute Beauty

Trump’s Saudi Speech a Thing of Absolute Beauty

Here is the meat, stripped of the introduction, thank you’s — and what not. It’s an important statement from Trump — making a new line clear — Muslim nations that actively suppress “Terrorism” can be our allies, and from our allies — he expects funding of these groups to end completely. The rest he will treat as enemies.

His reasoning, that terrorism kills more Muslim children, destroys Muslim cities, and societies, and cannot continue — is sound — and if Saudi Arabia is a judge, Trump is way more popular with our Arab allies than Obama was, even after this sobering and blunt message.

The Saudi’s could have been offended if they had chosen that course, what with Melania’s flowing locks, and hand shakes all around, all little signs Trump sent on purpose to signal he meant business — But the Saudi’s ate it all up and welcomed him like one of their own Kings. They love strength and to them — Obama was the picture of weakness, vacillation, double talk, lies, manipulation and cowardice.

Here’s Trump speaking Truth: America is a sovereign nation and our first priority is always the safety and security of our citizens. We are not here to lecture. We are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship. Instead, we are here to offer partnership based on shared interests and values to pursue a better future together.

Above all, we must be united in pursuing the one goal that transcends every other consideration. That goal is to meet history’s great test, to conquer extremism and vanquish the forces terrorism brings with it every single time. Young Muslim boys and girls should be able to grow up free from fear, safe from violence, and innocent of hatred.

When young Muslim men and women should have the chance to build a new era of prosperity for themselves, it has to be done and we have to let them do it. With God’s help, this summit will mark the beginning of the end for those who practice terror and spread its vile creed. At the same time, we pray this special gathering may someday be remembered as the beginning of peace in the Middle East and maybe even all over the world

But this future can only be achieved through defeating terrorism and the ideology that drives it. Few nations have been spared the violent reach of terrorism. America has suffered repeated barbaric attacks from the atrocities of September 11 to the devastation of the Boston bombings to the horrible killings in San Bernardino and Orlando. The nations of Europe have also endured unspeakable horror. So too have the nations of Africa and South America. India, Russia, China, and Australia have all been victims

But in sheer numbers, the deadliest toll has been exacted on the innocent people of Arab, Muslim, and Middle Eastern nations. They have borne the brunt of the killings and the worst of destruction in this wave of fanatical violence. Some estimates hold that more than 95 percent of the victims of terrorism are themselves Muslim. We now face a humanitarian and security disaster in this region that is spreading across the planet

It is a tragedy of epic proportions. No description of the suffering and depravity can begin to capture its full measure. The (missing words) of ISIS, if you look at what’s happening, al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, and so many others must be counted not only in the number of dead; it also must be counted in generations of vanished dreams.

The Middle East is rich with natural beauty, vibrant cultures, and massive amounts of historic treasures. It should increasingly become one of the great global centers of commerce and opportunity. This region should not be a place from which refugees flee but to which newcomers flock. Saudi Arabia is home to the holiest sites in one of the world’s great faiths. Each year millions of Muslims come from around the world to Saudi Arabia to take part in the Hajj

In addition to ancient wonders, this country is also home to modern ones, including soaring achievements in architecture. Egypt was a thriving center of learning and achievement thousands of years before other parts of the world. The wonders of Giza, Luxor, and Alexandria are proud monuments to that ancient heritage. All over the world people dream of walking through the ruins of Petra in Jordan

Iraq was the cradle of civilization and is a land of natural beauty.

And the United Arab Emirates has reached incredible heights with glass and steel, and turned earth and water into spectacular works of art.

The entire region is at the center of the key shipping lanes of the Suez Canal, the Red Sea, and the Straits of Hormuz. The potential of this region has never, ever been greater. Sixty-five percent of its population is under the age of 30. Like all young men and women, they seek great futures to build, great national projects to join, and a place for their families to call home

But this untapped potential, this tremendous cause of optimism, is held at bay by bloodshed and terror. There can be no coexistence with this violence. There can be no tolerating it, no accepting it, no excusing it, and no ignoring it. Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith

Terrorists do not worship God; they worship death. If we do not act against this organized terror, then we know what will happen and what will be the end result. Terrorism’s devastation of life will continue to spread, peaceful societies will become engulfed by violence, and the futures of many generations will be sadly squandered. If we do not stand in uniform condemnation of this killing, then not only will we be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, but we will be judged by God

This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations. This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life and decent people, all in the name of religion. People that want to protect life and want to protect their religion. This is a battle between good and evil. When we see the scenes of destruction in the wake of terror, we see no signs that those murdered were Jewish or Christian, Shia or Sunni.

When we look upon the stains of innocent blood soaked into the ancient ground, we cannot see the faith or sect or tribe of the victims. We see only that they were children of God whose deaths are an insult to all that is holy. But we can only overcome this evil if the forces of good are united and strong, and if everyone in this room does their fair share and fulfills their part of the burden. Terrorism has spread all across the world, but the path to peace begins right here on this ancient soil in this sacred land.

America is prepared to stand with you in pursuit of shared interests and common security, but the nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them. The nations of the Middle East will have to decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their country, and frankly for their families, for their children. It’s a choice between two futures, and it is a choice America cannot make for you. A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and drive out the extremists

Drive them out. Drive them out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your communities. Drive them out of your holy land. And drive them out of this earth. For our part, America is committed to adjusting our strategies to meet evolving threats and new facts. We will discard those strategies that have not worked and will apply new approaches, informed by experience, talent, and judgment. We are adopting a principled realism rooted in common values, shared interests, and common sense.

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Trump Foreign Policy Emerges

Trump Foreign Policy Emerges

1. Renew old acquaintances ignored, insulted, attacked, or compromised by Obama. So far, this is going great.

2. Strike at our enemies with military force, and notice, commensurate with the threat and — our troop safety — not the politics or optics. This is also going well.

3. Build the Wall, settle immigration, and start off our foreign policy with the rule of law obeyed by all on this topic. Success is TDB.

4. Renegotiate trade deals stacked against the U.S., success is TBD.

5. Israel is the tricky spot in foreign affairs because Iran, the JCPoA, Islamic Terrorism, Iran’s missile program, Turkey, Erdogan, the Palestinians, the GCC, SA, Assad, it all comes together here.

Because all these line intersect at Iran — I think Iran is the key to unlocking Peace in the Middle East.

I think the Israeli’s do as well.

The problem is, with the Ayatollah’s making final decisions there, we can never count on any agreement they make. Sharia Law, which they obey, dictates this be so. Which is why the JCPoA is such a problematic document. Obeyed, in spirit and letter, down to what happens after the agreement expires — and the world will breathe easy. I just doubt that will happen.

Anyway, here’s part of a paper by Dr. Singer, from the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, on why the Iran nuclear question isn’t settled and may not be for another decade at least.

By Dr. Max Singer

It is a misapprehension that the Iran nuclear agreement, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA), will allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons after 10 years have elapsed. In fact, an item in the JCPoA’s general provisions states that the plan “will ensure the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program.” Another item reads: “Iran reaffirms that under no circumstances will Iran ever seek, develop, or acquire nuclear weapons.”

The world powers that negotiated the deal agreed to lift the sanctions against Iran only on the stated assumption that Iran never had, and never would have, a nuclear weapons program. Although it is unlikely that any parties to the deal believed Iran’s nuclear program was only for peaceful purposes, they all found it diplomatically convenient to assert that it was.

This diplomatic prevarication means that any time evidence is found suggesting Iran is trying to produce or acquire nuclear weapons, the US may feign shock at having been deceived. And without violating what it agreed to in the nuclear deal, the US can announce that it will do whatever is necessary to ensure that Iran will not succeed in acquiring nuclear weapons.

Nothing in the agreement precludes the countries that signed the deal from acting to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Since Tehran had insisted that it did not have a nuclear weapons program, the regime cannot claim that its pursuit of nuclear weapons was authorized by the JCPoA.

The problem of stopping Iran is therefore not a legal one. The question is whether the US and other powers have the tools to compel Iran to abort its nuclear weapons program, and whether they have the will to use them. Are the great democracies sufficiently determined to impose decisive economic sanctions, or to encourage internal opposition to the Iranian revolutionary regime? What about military force?

The US, Germany, France, and Britain no doubt have the power to end Iran’s nuclear weapons program. If they cut off all communication with the country – flights, telephone, internet, banking – along with the countries that would follow their leadership, Iran would be compelled to yield, regardless of what China and Russia might do. And Beijing and Moscow would not be enthusiastic about standing against the West’s actions to defend Iran.

The democracies don’t need to commit to changing the Iranian regime, or to collaborate actively with Iranian dissidents. Even moderate political and social support by the US and Europe for Iran’s internal opposition could scare the regime into postponing its efforts to get nuclear weapons.

No military attack, even by the US, could reliably destroy all Iranian weapons production facilities, but complete destruction is not necessary. Partial elimination might be enough to convince the regime that rebuilding would not be worthwhile because they could be attacked again. And a successful attack could undermine the Iranian security services’ control over the population.

The decisive question is how determined the US and the other democracies are to prevent Iran from having nuclear weapons. If they have the will to do so, they have the necessary power, and the nuclear deal is not an impediment.

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