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The Commander-in-Chief Protects the Military from Gender Dysphoria
Thursday, July 27, 2017 11:42 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Both as a candidate and as president, Donald Trump has often expressed his determination to rebuild an American military ravaged by eight years of Barack Obama’s sustained wrecking operations. Yesterday, Mr. Trump made a tangible and important step towards delivering on that promise.

With three Tweets, the current Commander-in-Chief announced the reversal of his predecessor’s decision to allow individuals with a mental illness known as gender dysphoria to join the armed forces.  This was just one example of President Obama’s practice of contemptuously engaging in social engineering of the military – without regard for its devastating impact on readiness, morale and war-fighting capabilities.

Those in uniform, and those who support them, owe President Trump a debt of thanks for sparing our military services the unjustifiable burdens of transgender troops. Next, he must protect women from being forced to serve in ground combat units. 

This is Frank Gaffney.                      

With Erik Prince, Diana West and Michael Cutler
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 6:51 PM

With Erik Prince, Diana West and Michael Cutler

ERIK PRINCE, Former U.S. Navy Seal Officer, Founder of Blackwater USA, now known as Academi and served as CEO until 2009:

    Review of U.S. options in AfghanistanChanging realities on the ground

(PART TWO):

    The “third-way” in AfghanistanCriticism of using military contracts

DIANA WEST, Nationally Syndicated Columnist, Blogger at Dianawest.net, Author of American Betrayal and Death of the Grown Up:

    Failure of DNC’s information systemsSelective criticism of Russian collusion

MICHAEL CUTLER, Retired Senior Special Agent of the former Immigration and Naturalization Services:

    The Executive’s power to prohibit entrance of aliensLoopholes in Supreme Court’s ruling regarding family membersHow are we counteracting material support for Jihadists?
With Kevin Freeman, Russ Dallen, Janet Tavakoli and Matt Brodsky
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 1:38 PM

 KEVIN FREEMAN, Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy, Host of Economic War Room on TheBlazeTV:

    Was the NASDAQ ‘glitch’ economic warfare?Chinese monopoly on rare earth mineralsBeijing funding of environmental groups in the U.S.

RUSS DALLEN, Publisher of the Latin American Herald Tribune:

    Aftermath of the plebiscite in VenezuelaHow Russia is going to prop up the Maduro regime

JANET TAVAKOLI, Consultant, Expert Witness, Author and Speaker:

    How the hijab is a symbol of female oppressionLegislation in Maine to criminalize FGM

MATT BRODSKY, Senior Middle East analyst at Wikistrat:

    How Secretary Tillerson is undermining President Trump on the Iran deal and QatarObama holdovers sabotaging White House direction on JCPOA
Keep Jeff Sessions on the Job
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 11:48 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

President Trump has signaled recently both that he has lost confidence in Attorney General Jeff Sessions and that he holds Mr. Sessions in high regard. Which is it? 

Jeff Sessions deserves the President’s affection and confidence.  He is, quite simply, the best member of the Trump Cabinet.  He’s the most loyal, and the one most successfully implementing the President’s agenda. 

Consequently, Mr. Trump must not terminate Mr. Sessions’ tenure as A.G. at this juncture.  That would simply create an opening at Justice that would be filled temporarily by Rod Rosenstein – the source of the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller that has the President so vexed with General Sessions.  Any real successor will inevitably be hung up by Senate Democrats for months. 

Donald Trump’s supporters want and expect Jeff Sessions to be kept on the job, not wrongfully put out to pasture.

 This is Frank Gaffney.

‘The Apprentice’ for Real
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 11:35 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Arguably, Donald Trump is president today because of a popular television reality show in which he regularly “fired” people who did not measure up. It’s high time he really does that to a number of unworthy subordinates.

Top of the list for such action are holdovers from the Obama administration who have, inexplicably, been allowed to run its successor.  Never mind that Candidate Trump explicitly pledged to repudiate the Obama legacy – something its authors cannot be relied upon to do. 

Then there’s one of the President’s regrettable choice as his National Security Advisor, Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster. Literally from Day One in the job, McMaster has insubordinately defied his boss on everything from naming our jihadist enemies to committing ground forces in Syria to certifying Iranian compliance with the fraudulent Obamabomb deal.  

It’s time for Donald Trump to tell McMaster: “You’re fired.”

This is Frank Gaffney.

With Rep. Paul Gosar, Gordon Chang, Andy McCarthy and John Fonte
Monday, July 24, 2017 5:59 PM

With Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-4), Gordon Chang, Andy McCarthy and John Fonte

REP. PAUL GOSAR (AZ-4), Member of House Committee of Natural Resources, Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government, Member of Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations:

    The Western Conservative ConferenceFreedom CaucusRare Earth Minerals linked to National SecurityWhy does Treasury (CIFUS) control mineral wealth?

GORDON CHANG, Forbes.com columnist, World Affairs Journal Blogger, The Daily Beast contributor:

    Breakdown of talks between Xi Jinping and TrumpWill the trade-war with Beijing expand?

ANDY MCCARTHY, Contributing Editor of National Review, Senior Fellow at National Review Institute, Former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York:

    Why Mueller’s investigation sees no boundariesThorough timeline of events leading to creation of special counselAttorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal

(PART TWO):

    Testimony from Jared Kushner and Donald Trump Jr.Is a pardon necessary and forthcoming from the President?Voting fraud investigation

JOHN FONTE Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for American Common Culture at the Hudson Institute:

    The post-West and transnational progressivismCentral Europe’s fight for independenceThe elitist enterprise that is the European Union
God Bless the USS Gerald Ford
Monday, July 24, 2017 11:33 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Few things are more impressive than a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier.  The occasion of the commissioning of a new one happens infrequently.  And, when it does, the event should be seen as a cause for national jubilation as it marks a significant improvement in our country’s ability to project power and, thereby, promote “peace through strength.” 

And so it was on Saturday, when President Trump presided over the induction into the fleet of the USS Gerald Ford. The high point for me was when ordered to “bring the ship to life,” the Ford’s crew raced aboard, fanning out along the deck in a dazzling display of discipline and patriotic pride.

God bless the Gerald Ford and those who will, having brought her to life, now bring her to bear to protect the lives and freedoms of their countrymen.

This is Frank Gaffney.

With Christine Douglass-Williams, Michaela Dodge, Bill Gertz, Ken Timmerman and John Malcolm
Friday, July 21, 2017 6:28 PM

CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS, Author of The Challenge of Modernizing Islam, Nine-Time International Award-Winning Journalist and Television Producer:

    Is supremacism at the core of Islam?Danger of the growing ‘stealth Jihad’Canada’s M103 policy and its implications

MICHAELA DODGE, Senior Policy Analyst, Defense and Strategic Policy at the Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at the Heritage Foundation:

    Why we need space missile defensePresident Trump’s nuclear posture review

BILL GERTZ, Senior editor at the Washington Free Beacon, Inside the Ring columnist at the Washington Times:

    Moscow’s involvement in NotPetya malware attacksDangers of Beijing-Moscow alliance

KEN TIMMERMAN, President and CEO of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran

Author of Deception: The Making of the YouTube Video Hillary and Obama Blamed for Benghazi:

    Why the Kurds are our natural ally in Middle EastThe KRG wants U.S. troops on the groundFighting between Kurds and Iranian backed Shiia militias inevitable

JOHN MALCOLM, Vice President for the Institute for Constitutional Government:

    Democrats slow rolling Trump’s judicial appointmentsAttorney General Jeff SessionsJudicial overreach on the immigration pausePresident Trump’s voter fraud commission
Hillary Clinton’s Administration at Work in Foggy Bottom
Friday, July 21, 2017 11:34 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

For six months now, demoralized supporters of Donald Trump have consoled themselves with one thought:  At least we don’t have to contend with a Hillary Clinton administration bringing us Barack Obama’s “third term.”   

A new report out of Rex Tillerson’s State Department confirms the bureaucracy didn’t get the memo.

The “2016 Country Reports on Terrorism” exemplify the Obama-Clinton team’s hostility towards Israel and whitewashing of the jihadist Palestinians. For example, it claims the Palestinian Authority rarely “explicitly calls for violence against Israelis” and “generally does not tolerate it.”

As Rep. Peter Roskam of Illinois wrote Secretary Tillerson yesterday, that’s “demonstrably false.” “The PA…not only tolerate[s] terrorist attacks against Israelis but it also incites, rewards, and memorializes those who carry out these horrific attacks.” 

It’s time the State Department works for Donald Trump – and us, not Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

With Katherine Zimmerman, Fred Fleitz, Dr. Ted Bromund and Ambassador Yoram Ettinger
Thursday, July 20, 2017 5:29 PM

KATHERINE ZIMMERMAN, Research Fellow at The American Enterprise Institute, Lead Al Qaeda Analyst for AEI’s Critical Threats Project:

    #SalafiJihadiHow the Salafi-jihadi movement uses violence to obtain powerTracking Islamic history to understand future of extremist groups 

FRED FLEITZ, Senior Vice President for Policy and Programs at Center for Security Policy, former CIA analyst,

    Reaction to the renewal of the JCPOAResistance to President Trump’s policies from within the administrationEffect Obama “holdovers” are having on the Trump AdministrationBlocking Trump’s policies through the nomination process

TED BROMUND, Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher’s Center for Freedom, Columnist for Newday and Great Britain’s Yorkshire Post:

    Should Turkey be considered an ally?S.-German relations appear grimFormer German Chancellor colluding with Russians 

AMBASSADOR YORAM ETTINGER, Former Minister for Congressional Affairs at Israel’s Embassy in DC, Consultant to Israeli and US legislators:

    Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit to EuropeThe uneasy relationship between Israel and the EUDoes renewal of the Iran deal signify appeasement?What Iran’s growth in power means for Israel and the Middle East
Drain the Swamp Inside Your Administration, Mr. President
Thursday, July 20, 2017 1:35 PM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

One-eighth of Donald Trump’s term of office is past.  While there have been notable accomplishments, it was far less productive than either the President or his supporters wanted.

Arguably, that’s substantially because the Trump administration is largely staffed by people who do not support the President and his policies.  Most worked previously for Barack Obama.

This is an obvious formula for disaster.  Yet, a Trump subordinate frequently at odds with his boss, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, recently told his staff that there are “no [Obama] hold-overs” on the National Security Council. Any there who previously worked for Obama are now “part of the team.”

If President Trump allows people who actually are still playing for the other team to call plays on his, he will find the rest of his term as frustrating and unproductive as its first six months.

This is Frank Gaffney.

With Rep. Scott Perry, Diana West, Harold Rhode and Daniel Horowitz
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:56 PM

REP. SCOTT PERRY (PA-4), Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Member of Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, Member of Committee on Homeland Security:

    Why Skolovo needs rigorous investigationHuma Abedin’s ties to Muslim SisterhoodWhy is the DOD reviewing climate change?

DIANA WEST, Nationally Syndicated Columnist, Blogger at Dianawest.net, author of American Betrayal and Death of the Grown Up:

    Is President Trump’s effort to improve relations with Russia a sign of weakness?The Skolkovo FoundationA bipartisan effort amongst political elites to hinder the Trump Administration

HAROLD RHODE, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute, Former Turkish Desk Officer at the US Department of Defense, author of Modern Islamic Warfare:

    How Modern Islamic Warfareexplains the current crisis and terrorismExplanation of the divide between Sunni and Shiite MuslimsThe Temple Mount in Israel attack last weekHow weakness by Western nations is seen by Arab nations

DANIEL HOROWITZ, Senior editor at Conservative Review, Author of Stolen Sovereignty, Former Policy Director for the Madison Project:

    Lack of leadership and conviction from the Republican PartyCongress’ inaction on the JCPOAFederal district and appeals court rewriting laws and SCOTUS decisions
Mr. President, Putin is No Friend
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 12:57 PM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Donald Trump has made no secret of wanting an improved relationship between the United States and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. And during his presidency to date, Mr. Trump has relentlessly pursued that goal.

My greatest concern about this agenda has always been that Putin would perceive his American counterpart’s efforts as evidence of weakness or worse, appeasement.  We saw how that worked out when Barack Obama actually engaged in such accommodating behavior – namely, the Kremlin’s immense nuclear buildup, serial aggression and mounting threats to our allies and this country.

Now, Mr. Trump faces an all-too-common presidential temptation.  Having forged a personal relationship with an adversarial leader, including over dinner at the recent G-20 meeting, the American senses that their rapport will overcome real, serious and abiding conflicts. 

As they say in New York, Mr. President, when it comes to Vladimir Putin, fuggedaboutit. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

With Rep. Paul Gosar, Enrique Altimari, Fred Fleitz, and Kevin Freeman:
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 8:21 PM

REP. PAUL GOSAR (AZ-4), Member of House Committee of Natural Resources, Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government, Member of Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations:

    Border control improvements under President TrumpEpidemics linked to illegal immigrationSanctuary cities must comply with Federal law

ENRIQUE ALTIMARI, Pro-Democracy Venezuelan Activist:

    6 million Venezuelans engaged in plebiscite against the Maduro RegimeHow to put pressure on the Maduro RegimeActions the U.S. takes to help the freedom fighters in Venezuela

FRED FLEITZ, Senior VP for Policy and Programs at Center for Security Policy, former CIA Analyst:

    McMaster’s Clinton-like approach to recertification of the Iran dealTehran’s violations of the JCPOAMoscow’s demands for US to return seized mansions

KEVIN FREEMAN, Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy, Host of “Economic War Room” on The Blaze TV:

    Venezuela's economic free fallPeter Navarro and his role in the Trump Administration’s trade policyThe new cyber branch of the military and its potential capabilities
With Adm. James “Ace” Lyons, Gordon Chang, Michael Rowan and Michael Pregent
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 4:28 PM

ADM. JAMES “ACE” LYONS, Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet (Rt), Served as Senior U.S. Military Representative to the UN:

    Why strength is essential for diplomacyHow to reconsider South Korean defense optionsDangers of Iran’s interregional bridgeRecognition of a Sovereign Kurdistan in Iraq 

GORDON CHANG, Forbes.com columnist, World Affairs Journal Blogger, and The Daily Beast Contributor:

    Developing hard-liner economic policies from the Trump AdministrationPresident Moon’s ‘sunshine’ policy towards the North KoreansBeijing’s’ overseas expansion into AfricaChinese dissident Liu Xiaobo’s death

MICHAEL ROWAN, Columnist, Author of “Threat Closer to Home: Huge Chavez and the War Against America:

    Maduro’s elimination of the Venezuelan ParliamentCaracas’ dangerous support and HezbollahWhy the U.S. must stop buying Maduro’s oil, gasoline, and bonds 

MICHAEL PREGENT, Adjunct Fellow at the Hudson Institute, Senior Middle East analyst, Embedded with the Peshmerga in Mosul ’05- ‘06:

    Status of the sectarian divide after the fall of MosulThe U.S. military role in the conflict between Iraqi Sunni and ShiitesGrowth of the Iranian influence in the region
With Rep. Brian Babin, Mark Schneider, Elaine Donnelly, and Russ Dallin
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 4:28 PM

REP. BRIAN BABIN (TX-36), Member of House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Chairman of Subcommittee on Space:

    Hartzler Amendment to the NDAAPreventing taxpayer dollars from funding transgender surgeryConsequences of a weakened military under the Obama AdministrationSkolkovo: technology transfer to the Russians

(PART TWO):

    Attempts to interfere with the immigration pause by Hawaiian CourtsSerious problems with the Refugee Resettlement programThe importance of state and local governments enforcing federal law

MARK SCHNEIDER, Senior Analyst with the National Institute for Public Policy, longtime career in the Office of the Secretary of Defense:

    Dangerous technology transfers with SkolkovoNuclear modernization in Russia and ChinaMoscow’s New START Treaty violationsThe Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review

ELAINE DONNELLY, Founder and President for the Center for Military Readiness:

    Hartzler Amendment failing to passSocial engineering and how it will affect the Defense DepartmentImplications on the morale and readiness of the U.S. military

RUSS DALLEN, President and Editor in Chief of the Latin American Herald Tribune, Head of Carcass Capital Markets:

    Venezuelan’s Opposition-led vote this weekendHow the Maduro regime is trying to stifle the voteAttorney General Luisa Ortega facing trial
Team Trump Legitimates Defective, Violated Obamabomb Deal, Again
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 11:48 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

Three months ago, President Trump was furious when the State Department wrongly certified that Iran was complying with its obligations under the Obamabomb deal – an accord that he had rightly savaged as a candidate.  Worse yet, the new administration affirmed it as in the national security interests of the United States.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was ordered immediately to denounce Iran for conduct that was decidedly not consistent with American security – notably, its support for terrorism, ballistic missile developments and regional hegemonism.  All of these activities have been greatly enabled by the legitimacy and $150 billion Tehran’s mullahs got out of the deal.

Incredibly, despite a last-minute, high-level internal administration slug-fest yesterday, the State Department recertified Iranian compliance – while once again incoherently denouncing, and even sanctioning, its continuing, threatening behavior. 

There can be no excusing such a dangerous misstep this time.

This is Frank Gaffney.

America Must Stop Enabling Venezuela’s Dictator
Monday, July 17, 2017 11:44 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Over seven million Venezuelans turned out yesterday in a massive, collective and desperate plea for help to prevent the regime of Nicholas Maduro from completing its destruction of their country, economy and lives. 

That regime banned the plebiscite, but as many voted against Maduro as in the last free election that gave the opposition control of parliament. Maduro responded that time by effectively stripping the National Assembly of its power.  On July 30th, he will use a rigged ballot to complete Venezuela’s transformation from a nominally “democratic” failed state into a full-blown dictatorship. 

How can America help the people of Venezuela avoid that fate – and the ominous implications for our own security of an unchecked, radical leftist government in this hemisphere with immense oil reserves and ties to Cuba, Iran, China and Russia? Stop buying the regime’s oil and stop selling it gasoline.

This is Frank Gaffney.

With Rep. Jody Hice, Mark Krikorian, Adam Kredo and Fred Fleitz
Friday, July 14, 2017 12:00 PM

REP. JODY HICE (GA-10), Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the House Committee on Natural Resources: 

    Need to investigate the investigators and problems with Mueller’s special council Should other forms of collusion by non-Trump member be a part of the special investigation? Kate’s Law and the greater need for similar action by Congress 

MARK KRIKORIAN, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies, Contributor at National Review: 

    Obstruction of immigration enforcement Organized labor’s flip-flop on illegal immigration Update on President Trump’s campaign promise to eliminate DACA 

ADAM KREDO, Senior Writer for the Washington Free Beacon: 

    The Trump administrations’ Iran policy (or lack thereof) Unprecedented leaks under President Trump How leaks have weaponized national security  

FRED FLEITZ, Senior VP for Policy and Programs at Center for Security Policy, former CIA Analyst: 

    North Korean nuclear threat Possible actions for the Trump Administration 90 days until President Trump’s decision on Iranian Nuclear Deal  
Collusion with Russia that May Actually be Treasonous, and Demands Investigation
Friday, July 14, 2017 11:55 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Has there been treasonous “collusion” between American political figures and Vladimir Putin’s Russia? 

I have spent four decades defending our country against the Kremlin and welcome the sudden interest in exposing and ferreting out Moscow’s hostile activities – provided it is authentic, and not artificially restricted for partisan purposes.

A test of that important caveat will be whether any of the investigations now underway address an initiative that certainly seems to involve collusive actions with Russian interests that have materially endangered U.S. national security.  

Like the better-known sale of large quantities of America’s uranium stockpile to Russia, this one – known as Skolkovo – was a result of Hillary Clinton’s willingness to help donors to her family’s foundation transfer to Putin sensitive American assets, in this case militarily relevant technologies.  They included hypersonic rocket engines now being used to threaten our country. 

Skolkovo demands investigation.

This is Frank Gaffney.

The Military’s Mission is Our Defense, Not Social Engineering
Thursday, July 13, 2017 11:40 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Missouri Congresswoman Vicki Hartzler wants her colleagues in the House of Representatives to have a vote today to roll-back part of Barack Obama’s wrecking operation against the U.S. military.  

Historically, it has been both common sense and official practice to regard the armed forces as essential to the security of our nation. Accordingly, their personnel were selected for the purpose of winning decisively any conflict.  

During the Obama years, however, the military services were directed to subordinate this priority to advancing a radical political agenda, without regard for – and at huge cost to – combat readiness and morale in the ranks.  The most egregious example of such social engineering is a requirement to integrate “transgender” individuals and pay for their sex change operations and other, vast health care requirements.

Rep. Hartzler is trying to stop such insanity, and deserves our strong support.

This is Frank Gaffney.

With Ambassador John Bolton, Diana West, Bruce Klinger and Kyle Schideler
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 9:21 PM

AMBASSADOR JOHN BOLTON, Senior Policy Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, former Permanent Representative to the United Nations:

    The most important lesson for President Trump at the G20 SummitThe defeat of the Islamic State in SyriaWhy U.S. designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization is key to supporting President Trump’s Qatar policy

DIANA WEST, Nationally Syndicated Columnist, Blogs at Dianawest.net:

    Ongoing hysteria over Trump’s alleged Russia collusionDemocrats’ Russia collusionOpposition toward Trump’s Warsaw Speech

BRUCE KLINGNER, Senior Research Fellow for Northeast Asia at The Heritage Foundation, Former Chief of CIA’s Korea Branch:

    How imminent is the threat from Pyongyang?Capability of the North Korean missile programProspect of an EMP attackWhat the Trump administration can do to deter Kim Jong-un

 KYLE SCHIDELER, Director of Threat Information Office at Center for Security Policy:

    Why relying on Iranian-backed militias to fight ISIS is problematicISIS activity in the PhilippinesHow Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is undermining President Trump on Qatar
With Joe diGenova, Tom Rogan, Kevin Freeman, and David Satter:
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 11:45 AM

JOSEPH DIGENOVA, Former U.S. Attorney for the District and Former Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the Senate Rules Committee and Counsel to the Senate Judiciary, Governmental Affairs and Select Intelligence Committees:

    Why criticism of Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian attorney is overblownMueller’s appointment was a mistakeComey’s irreversible damage to the FBI 

TOM ROGAN, Columnist for National Review and Opportunity Lives, Book Reviewer for The Washington Free Beacon and Senior Fellow at the Steamboat Institute:

    Why there is reason to be skeptical of Trump and Putin’s ceasefire arrangementArrest of Eric Kang in Hawaii for allegiance to the Islamic StateWhy the U.S. needs to address fundraising by terrorist organizations

KEVIN FREEMAN, Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy, Host of “Economic War Room” on The Blaze TV:

    Resolutions to the Qatari diplomatic crisisRetaliations from DohaHow the U.S. can enact pressure on the Maduro regimePresident Trump plan to create a cyber security group with the Russians

DAVID SATTER, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, author of The Less You Know, The Better You Sleep and Age of Delirium: The Decline and Fall of the Soviet Union:

    Meeting between President Trump and Vladimir PutinInsight into Donald Trump Jr.’s connection with a Russian lawyerPutin’s ability to hold power in Russia
Tillerson Must Stop Undermining Trump on Qatar
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 11:41 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Donald Trump went to Saudi Arabia in May to call on Muslim nations to “drive out” those who engage in or sponsor Islamic terrorism.  Several responded by isolating and boycotting one of the worst offenders: Qatar. 

President Trump subsequently declared his support for this “hard but necessary” step to confront a nation that had been “a funder of terrorism at a very high level.”

Yet, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has repeatedly expressed official support for Qatar. A former ExxonMobil executive long tied to that nation, he should have to recuse himself on this issue. Instead, he just signed a memorandum of understanding with the Qataris about jointly countering terrorism.  That’s protective cover for Qatar’s toxic ruler that will enable and encourage him to continue supporting our jihadist enemies. 

This must stop, and officials who won’t support the President’s policies must go. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

Is Petraeus ‘Unfit to Serve’ as a Presidential Advisor
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 11:31 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Democratic partisans’ latest line of attack on Donald Trump is that he is “unfit to serve” as president. They contend that, as such, he must be removed from office, pursuant to the Constitution’s 25th Amendment.

The Washington Post reports that David Petraeus at least implicitly endorsed this premise during a question and answer session last week at the Aspen Institute’s leftist summer gabfest in Colorado.

President Trump would be entitled to regard such behavior as not just offensive, but disloyal. After all, he has relied heavily – some would say unduly – on advice from the disgraced former general in staffing his administration. In fact, Petraeus’ awkward deflections about the President’s fitness contrasted sharply with his enthusiastic endorsement of the “national security team” he helped place in the Trump administration.

It’s time to reassess David Petraeus’ fitness as an advisor on policy and personnel. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

With Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-4), Tom Popik, Gordon Chang, Dan Perkins and Kyle Shideler
Monday, July 10, 2017 7:40 PM

REP. JIM JORDAN (OH-4), Member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform:

    Investigating the investigators How the Comey’s investigation proves unequal treatment of the lawHouse Democrat IT scandal 

TOM POPIK, Chairman and President of the Foundation for Resilient Societies:

    A mysterious explosion that left 140,000 people without power in Los AngelesImportance of transformers in providing power to the electric gridOther risks and threats to the electric grid 

GORDON CHANG, Forbes.com Columnist, World Affairs Journal Blogger and The Daily Beast Contributor:

    As Beijing aids North Korea, Trump will take harder stance on other bilateral issuesPresident Trump’s strategic relationship with New Delhi Why a full-scale war between India and China may be looming   

DAN PERKINS, Author of The Brotherhood of the Red Nile: 

    American leadership in the Middle East under the Trump Administration“Good cop, bad cop” strategy in QatarWhy the Muslim Brotherhood should be designated a terrorist 

KYLE SHIDELER, Director of the Threat Information Office at the Center for Security Policy:

    Linda Sarsour’s call for jihad against Trump What is the exact meaning in Sarsour’s speech?The Islamic Society of Baltimore and their ties to terrorist groups
LA’s Loss of a Transformer is a Wake-up Call for America
Monday, July 10, 2017 10:51 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Over the weekend, 140,000 people in Los Angeles spent 12 steamy hours without power when a local high-voltage transformer blew up.  No one knows the cause of this particular disruption of service.  But it’s the latest reminder of an ominous reality.

The U.S. electric bulk power distribution system, better known as “the grid,” is literally indispensable to life in 21st  Century America. If it is widely disrupted and stays down, we’ll quickly lose access to clean water, safe food, our finances, transportation, communications, health care, etc.

The present grid critically depends on several thousand large – and vulnerable – transformers to move power around the country. There’s   effectively no way to replace them all.  If we lose large numbers of them, through enemy action or naturally occurring solar storms, we are toast.

To avoid such a fate, we must secure the grid now.

This is Frank Gaffney.

With Mike Waller, Bill Gertz, Gordon Chang, Luke Roziak, and Frank Calzon:
Friday, July 7, 2017 5:27 PM

MIKE WALLER, Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at the Center for Security Policy, and Senior Writer at the American Media Institute:

    President Trump’s defense of Western Civilization during speech in WarsawVladmir Putin’s hindrance of U.S.-Russian relationshipFormer Soviet Secret police system of psychiatric prisons never fully abolished

 BILL GERTZ, Senior Editor of the Washington Free Beacon: 

    Pentagon’s newly released Russian military power reportKremlin use of information warfareChina’s double-game on North Korea

GORDON CHANG, Forbes.com Columnist, World Affairs Journal Blogger and contributor at The Daily Beast:

    China’s role in the intensification of the North Korean threatThe Administration’s transition from granting concessions to Beijing to imposing costsPresident Trump’s role in redirecting South Korean President Moon’s position on North Korea

LUKE ROZIAK, Investigative journalist for The Daily Caller:

    Update on the IT scandal involving twenty House Democratic Caucus membersWhy the security breach has not been treated as a counterintelligence issueReasons why the Republican leadership has not opened an investigation

FRANK CALZON, Executive Director at the Center for a Free Cuba:

    The Obama legacy in Cuba and its repressive consequencesEU’s pursuit of a new pact with CubaContinuing cooperation between Moscow and Havana
With Dan Gallington, Claudia Rosett, Ace Lyons, and Fred Fleitz
Friday, July 7, 2017 12:51 PM

With Dan Gallington, Claudia Rosett, Ace Lyons, and Fred Fleitz:

ADM. JAMES “ACE” LYONS (Ret.), Former Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, the largest single military command in the world:

    Seriousness of the North Korean threatImportance of reversing the Obama era demilitarization of U.S. forcesBolstering Japanese missile defense

 DAN GALLINGTON, Senior Policy and Program Advisor, George C. Marshall Institute

    Possible actions Donald Trump should take to deter North KoreaPublicizing hard limits placed on Kim Jong-Un’s regimeDisrupting Russia and China’s defense of Pyongyang

FRED FLEITZ, former CIA analyst, Senior Vice President for Policy and Programs at the Center for Security Policy:

    Is a conflict with North Korea inevitable?The Trump Administration’s efforts to curtail North Korea and ChinaPresident Trump’s visit to PolandUnethical investigation practices by the Intelligence Community

CLAUDIA ROSETT, Foreign Affairs journalist at Forbes.com, Fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum:

    The rationale behind North Korea’s strategyWhat policy options are available for the United States?China’s role in dealing with Pyongyang
In Warsaw, Trump Channeled Reagan
Friday, July 7, 2017 11:58 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

Donald Trump channeled Ronald Reagan yesterday in his powerful address in Warsaw, Poland.  His repeated affirmation of freedom and Western civilization – and the imperative of defending them against enemies, foreign and domestic – could scarcely have contrasted more strongly with the apologies and submissive messaging of one of Mr. Trump’s other predecessors: Barack Obama. 

Instead of Obama’s trademark weakness and irresolution, the Trump speech conveyed a muscular commitment to defeating liberty’s enemies – including, but not limited to, “radical Islamic terrorism.” It evoked the Polish experience of overcoming totalitarian aggression with courage and tenacity as a clarion call for our times.

The President returned again and again to the importance of what he calls “our values.”  Donald Trump recognizes that protecting those values – and the people who cherish them – is his highest responsibility, and he deserves our steadfast support as he executes it.

This is Frank Gaffney.