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Trump's clash with U.S. spy agencies spooks intelligence allies abroad
Press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of the government
and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can
effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the
responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people."
-- Justice Hugo L. Black
(1886-1971) US Supreme Court Justice
The Trump White House and the U.S. intelligence community moved closer
to open warfare in the wake of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s
spectacular downfall — and the fallout is unnerving key American
intelligence partners around the world, according to several high-level
national security sources.
European and Middle Eastern agencies that have information-sharing
relationships with the U.S., already wary of the Trump team’s perceived
closeness to Russian officials, are now watching with increased
trepidation as a vicious fight boils over in Washington over
intelligence leaks surrounding the Flynn case, current and former
officials told The Washington Times on Wednesday.
Trump Ally to Review Intelligence Agencies
New York billionaire Stephen Feinberg, a Donald Trump
loyalist, is expected to be named by the president to lead a broad
review of American intelligence agencies, The New York Times is
The anticipated appointment of Feinberg, co-founder of Cerberus Capital
Management, is already meeting opposition from intelligence officials,
who are smarting over Trump's continued criticism, according to the
Most recently, Trump has blamed the intelligence community for leaks
which led to the resignation of Michael Flynn as national security
adviser, the Times noted.
Nearly 2 million non-citizen Hispanics illegally registered to vote
Survey bolsters analysis by professors
A large number of non-citizen Hispanics, as many as 2 million, were
illegally registered to vote in the U.S., according to a nationwide
The National Hispanic Survey provides additional evidence for use by
anti-voter fraud conservatives and bolsters an analysis by professors at
Old Dominion University who say non-citizens registered and voted in
potentially large numbers.
President Trump has announced he will appoint a task force on voter
fraud headed by Vice President Mike Pence. He says he wants the
investigation to focus on inaccurate voter registration rolls, which are
maintained by the states and the District of Columbia.
Cost of border wall is less than cost of services for illegals
If President Trump’s border wall stopped just 10 percent of new illegal
immigrants it would pay for itself by saving American taxpayers from
spending money on services for those migrants over their lifetimes,
according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies.
The center, which advocates for a crackdown on immigration, said illegal
border crossers are a net drain of nearly $75,000 per person over their
lifetimes. Stopping just 200,000 border-jumpers over the next decade
would save some $15 million.
The better the wall does at stopping people, the more money it saves taxpayers, the report said.
Russian military provocations testing Trump
Surveillance warship off Connecticut coast
An intelligence ship cruising just off the East Coast. A cruise missile
test that may violate arms treaties. A string of Russian fighter jet
fly-bys that buzz U.S. and allied ships. Provocations all along the
fault lines separating Russia from the West, from the Baltics to the
Russian harassment of U.S. military assets has surged in recent weeks,
testing the new Trump administration and drawing a sharp response from
Mr. Trump’s top aides — even as the White House comes under fire for
working too closely with Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin.
Russia’s recent aggressions have put the U.S. in “an uncomfortable
strategic equation,” Defense Secretary James Mattis said Wednesday,
addressing NATO’s defense chiefs on his first trip to Brussels since his
Senate Confirms Mulvaney as Budget Chief
The Senate has
confirmed President Donald Trump's pick to run the White House budget
office, giving Republicans' tea party wing a voice in Trump's Cabinet.
Mulvaney squeaked through the Senate on a 51-49 vote. Armed Services
Committee Chairman John McCain, who's emerging as perhaps the most
vocal Republican critic of the Trump administration, opposed Mulvaney
for backing cuts to Pentagon spending.
confirmation promises to accelerate work on Trump's upcoming budget
plan. The South Carolina Republican brings staunchly conservative
credentials to the post, though Trump has indicated he not interested
in tackling popular benefit programs like Social Security and Medicare
and wants a major investment in infrastructure programs like highways.
The Silence of the Lambs Congress
what President Trump has accomplished since the inauguration (with that
enormous crowd!) with what congressional Republicans have done.
In the past
three weeks, Trump has: staffed the White House, sent a dozen Cabinet
nominees to the Senate, browbeat Boeing into cutting its price on a
government contract, harangued American CEOs into keeping their plants
in the United States, imposed a terrorist travel ban, met with foreign
leaders and nominated a Supreme Court justice, among many other things.
What have congressional Republicans been doing? Scrapbooking?
More than 90
percent of congressional Republicans kept their jobs after the 2016
election, so you can cross "staffing an entire branch of government"
off the list. Only the Senate confirms nominees, which they've been
doing at a snail's pace, so they've got loads of free time -- and the
House has no excuse at all.
The three-headed hydra of the Middle East
The deadly interplay of Iran, Iraq and Russia leaves Trump with no promising options
Obama administration pre-election pullout from Iraq in 2011, along with
the administration’s failed reset with Russia and the Iran deal,
created a three-headed hydra in the Middle East.
What makes the
Middle East monster deadly is the interplay between the Iranian
terrorist regime and its surrogates Hezbollah and the Assad regime;
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s deployment of bombers into Syria and
Iraq after a 40-year Russian hiatus in the region; and the medieval
beheaders of the Islamic State.
Add into the brew anti-Americanism, genocide, millions of refugees, global terrorism and nuclear weapons.
simultaneously at war against the Assad regime, Iran and Iranian
surrogates such Hezbollah, and Russian expeditionary forces. ISIS also
seeks to energize terrorist attacks in the United States and Europe.
Intellectual honesty and political indifference
Only judicial attributes untouched by the jostling crowd can preserve our liberty
Over the past
weekend, Trump administration officials offered harsh criticisms of the
judicial interference with the enforcement of the president’s
immigration order. The Jan. 27 order suspended the immigration
privileges of all refugees from Syria indefinitely and all immigrants
from seven designated countries for 90 days.
After a federal
district judge in Seattle enjoined the federal government from
enforcing the executive order and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
upheld that injunction, President Donald Trump’s folks pounced.
that we have an imperial judiciary that thinks it has the final say on
public policy — one that will freely second-guess the president in
areas that are exclusively his under the Constitution.
"It is discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit."
-- Noel Coward
(1899-1973) British playwright
Medal of Honor
Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action
enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving
Armed Services of the United States.
to its recipient by the President of the
United States of America in the name of Congress.
first award of the Medal of Honor was made March 25, 1863 to
JACOB PARROTT.The last award of the Medal of Honor was made
September 15, 2011
to Sergeant DAKOTA MEYER.
then there have been: •
3458 recipients of the Medal of Honor.
Today there are 85 Living Recipients of the
Medal of Honor.
Captain Humbert R. Versace
distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism during the period of 29
October 1963 to 26 September 1965, while serving as S-2 Advisor,
Military Assistance Advisory Group, Detachment 52, Ca Mau, Republic of
Vietnam. While accompanying a Civilian Irregular Defense Group patrol
engaged in combat operations in Thoi Binh District, An Xuyen Province,
Captain Versace and the patrol came under sudden and intense mortar,
automatic weapons, and small arms fire from elements of a heavily armed
enemy battalion. As the battle raged, Captain Versace, although
severely wounded in the knee and back by hostile fire, fought valiantly
and continued to engage enemy targets. Weakened by his wounds and
fatigued by the fierce firefight, Captain Versace stubbornly resisted
capture by the over-powering Viet Cong force with the last full measure
of his strength and ammunition. Taken prisoner by the Viet Cong, he
exemplified the tenets of the Code of Conduct from the time he entered
into Prisoner of War status. Captain Versace assumed command of his
fellow American soldiers, scorned the enemy's exhaustive interrogation
and indoctrination efforts, and made three unsuccessful attempts to
escape, despite his weakened condition which was brought about by his
wounds and the extreme privation and hardships he was forced to endure.
During his captivity, Captain Versace was segregated in an isolated
prisoner of war cage, manacled in irons for prolonged periods of time,
and placed on extremely reduced ration. The enemy was unable to break
his indomitable will, his faith in God, and his trust in the United
States of America. Captain Versace, an American fighting man who
epitomized the principles of his country and the Code of Conduct, was
executed by the Viet Cong on 26 September 1965. Captain Versace's
gallant actions in close contact with an enemy force and unyielding
courage and bravery while a prisoner of war are in the highest
traditions of the military service and reflect the utmost credit upon
himself and the United States Army.
Archives: Geoff Metcalf/NewsMax January 14, 2010
Plunging Approval Shouldn't Surprise Democratic Bullies
By Geoff Metcalf
Reasonable people can disagree (or should be able to) reasonably when
they honestly consider facts that may contradict their preconceived
opinions and prejudices.
However, unfortunately, especially in the partisan environment of
politics, reason, honest analysis, and fairness too quickly become
victims of the “us-vs.-them” thing. Politics has become a blood sport
in which the only golden rule is “the team with the gold makes the
Politicians who were elected to represent the best interests,
wants, and desires of their constituents morph into petty,
agenda-driven competitors quick to eschew reason for partisanship.
Sadly, this axiomatic reality is universal and not exclusive to any one
Politics is supposed to be the art of compromise. However, it
increasingly has become a blood sport personifying the absolute worse
elements of abuse of power under the color of authority.
President Barack Obama, a year after promising "change" and a
tsunami of bipartisan cooperation, now reluctantly admits that he has
not succeeded in bringing the country together. In a recent People
magazine interview, the president begrudgingly acknowledged an
atmosphere of divisiveness that has washed away the lofty national
feeling surrounding his inauguration a year
"That's what's been lost this year. . . that whole sense of changing how Washington works," Obama said.
"What I haven't been able to do in the midst of this crisis is
bring the country together in a way that we had done in the
inauguration," he said, referring to last Jan. 20, when hundreds of
thousands flooded into Washington to see him sworn in as America's
first black president. . . before reality and buyer's remorse.
The simple reality is that Obama has failed because he and his
party's leadership (or, critics will argue, LACK of leadership) have
failed — failed to do what they said they would do, and failed to do
anything the "way" they promised.
Notwithstanding lofty eloquence, consensus, and "unity" cannot be
mandated by imperial decree. Partisan acrimony is not and cannot be
bridled by harangue, bullying, or bludgeon. Politics is the art of
compromise, and the facts in evidence demonstrate that this
administration and this Democrat-led Congress have not been disposed to
engage in compromise.http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/nov/2/have-hillary-clintons-scandals-topped-richard-nixo/
Rather, the Democrats have embraced a ham-fisted, "our-way-or-the-highway" forced imposition of their will.
Now, in the wake of spelunking poll numbers, rampant buyer's remorse,
and a previously unimagined nostalgia for the Carter administration,
Democrats seem shocked, amazed, and confused that more than half the
country not only does not approve of what they are trying to do but
also dislikes how they are doing it.
Blaming the dark sky and coming ice age on Bush (or Reagan or
Nixon or Eisenhower or Lincoln) is a worn-out dog that flat-out ain't
When Mr. Cool was promising "change," little did anyone assume
that change might result in a Republican's winning Teddy Kennedy's
Senate seat. (But that could happen, and soon.)
It is a sad reality that, at the same time our military
significantly has improved the quality of the U.S. troops who serve,
the civilian leadership and politicians have regressed to a level
reminiscent of uneducated feudal bullies.
The military is smarter, more fit, better equipped, and as
committed as any generation from Valley Forge to Iwo Jima or Pleiku to
Bosnia. We have an all-volunteer military that is dedicated to
protecting you. Conversely, the political arena is littered with
disingenuous, duplicitous partisans who long since have abandoned their
constituents for the next political victory (and/or pork-laden earmark).
I recently re-read Robert Humphrey's "Living Values for a New
Millennium" in preparation for a seminar entitled "Clarifying American
Core Values" in February.
In a 1997 speech before professor Humphrey passed away, he said
that top leadership, in both our civilian or military government, is
afraid even to discuss this apparent decisive need for new thinking
both at home and overseas. Thirteen years ago, he observed that the
news media and public opinion polls advise, "The people sense a moral
bankruptcy in Washington" with a bickering inability in government to
face these deeper problems.
Wherever you go, you are little bit safer because of the military and
yet more at risk because of the coat-room shenanigans of Congress.
Wherever the military sets a boot, everyone has a friend, a defender,
and a champion. However, politicians seem more concerned about the next
PAC contribution than the wants, needs, or well-being of the very
people they were elected to represent.
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard once wrote, “Moral
relativism has set in so deeply that the gilded classes have become
incapable of discerning right from wrong. Everything can be explained
away, especially by journalists. Life is one great moral mush —
sophistry washed down with Chardonnay.”