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Israel Temporarily Closes Border Crossing into Gaza Strip
Thursday, July 19, 2018 12:17 AM

Israel’s Defense Ministry recently announced that it was suspending fuel deliveries to the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom border crossing. The shutdown will only last until Sunday, and Israeli officials stressed that the delivery of food and medical supplies would not be affected. Israel will further reduce Gaza’s fishing area off the coast from six miles to three as a means of putting additional constraint on Hamas.

The new measures are a result of a series of arson attacks launched by Hamas into Israeli territory. Since the latest wave of Hamas-backed protests began on March 30th, operatives have adopted a new tactic of sending incendiary kites and balloons into Israeli territory. This rudimentary strategy involves attaching burning coal embers or even explosive devices to kites to attack Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and set agricultural fields on fire. Officials estimate close to 2,500 acres of forest and farmland have been burned.

Hamas is also seeking ways to expand this campaign; the group is planning to mount explosives to unmanned aerial drones with Iranian support. On Monday, workers from Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority discovered a dead falcon hanging from a tree attached to explosive material. The falcon wore a harness, leading Israeli officials to conclude that it was sent intentionally to cause a fire.

After Hamas fired 200 rockets into Israel on Saturday, the IDF conducted strikes on several tunnels, a training facility, and other significant terror sites in Gaza. The next day, the United Nations and Egypt brokered a ceasefire in which Israel asked Hamas to cease all aforementioned terror activities. Hamas agreed to a gradual ceasefire but will continue launching fire kites despite “begging” Israel to end the counter strikes. Hamas leadership is reportedly afraid that Palestinians would view the complete cessation of terror activities as surrender to Israel.

Hamas and its supporters justify these attacks because of what they consider Israel’s oppression of Palestinians and illegal occupation of Palestinian territory. Hamas said in a statement that it considers the IDF’s actions against Gaza a crime against humanity that warrants dangerous repercussions against Israel.

However, Israel enacts these measures to provide security for IDF personnel. Hamas has a long history of using the Kerem Shalom border crossing to export explosives into Israel. Earlier this year, Israel intercepted deadly chemicals hidden among boxes of medical supplies. These events are further evidence that Hamas has devoted far more capital into destroying Israel than in building Gaza.

Escalating attacks have prompted the IDF to respond more aggressively. The Israelis use their own drones to intercept incendiary materials and border guards have had to resort to targeting kite flyers by shooting near them. Israel has also conducted airstrikes on drone storage facilities and Hamas-linked individuals with drone-making expertise.

Kerem Shalom has been shut down by Israel several times before. Palestinians have targeted goods being shipped across the border numerous times and have even conducted attacks directly on the crossing. Among the goods that were targeted were gas and building supplies, exacerbating the humanitarian crisis they blame on Israel.

IDF officials have insisted they do not want war in Gaza over the kites and rocket attacks, but according to Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, the IDF is “prepared for any mission” and will intensify its response against Hamas’ “relentless terrorism.”

With Diana West, Dr. Peter Pry, Daniel Pipes and Bill Marshall
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 3:44 PM

DIANA WEST, Nationally Syndicated Columnist, Blogs at DianaWest.net, Author of “Death of the Grown Up” and “American Betrayal”:

    What is the Putin agenda?The ‘Big Lie’ and totalitarian operations

PETER PRY, Executive Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, Director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, Served on the Congressional EMP Commission, the House Armed Services Committee and the CIA:

    Implications of Putin’s agenda to national securityRussia’s violations of the INF TreatyDangers of Russia’s ‘Poseidon System’

DANIEL PIPES, Founder and President of the Middle East Forum, Affiliate Professor at the University of Haifa:

    Consequences of John Brennan’s career under ObamaWhat issues are conservative parties in Europe focused on?The current state of Turkey

BILL MARSHALL, Senior Investigator for Judicial Watch:

    Peter Strzok’s shocking testimonyImplications John Brennan’s strong assertions against TrumpTiming of Maria Butina’s arrest
The Putin Agenda
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 3:43 PM

With Diana West, Dr. Peter Pry, Daniel Pipes and Bill Marshall

DIANA WEST, Nationally Syndicated Columnist, Blogs at DianaWest.net, Author of “Death of the Grown Up” and “American Betrayal”:

  • What is the Putin agenda?
  • The ‘Big Lie’ and totalitarian operations

PETER PRY, Executive Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, Director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, Served on the Congressional EMP Commission, the House Armed Services Committee and the CIA:

  • Implications of Putin’s agenda to national security
  • Russia’s violations of the INF Treaty
  • Dangers of Russia’s ‘Poseidon System’

DANIEL PIPES, Founder and President of the Middle East Forum, Affiliate Professor at the University of Haifa:

  • Consequences of John Brennan’s career under Obama
  • What issues are conservative parties in Europe focused on?
  • The current state of Turkey

BILL MARSHALL, Senior Investigator for Judicial Watch:

  • Peter Strzok’s shocking testimony
  • Implications John Brennan’s strong assertions against Trump
  • Timing of Maria Butina’s arrest




The Crisis of Nicaragua: A Tragic Story of Deception, Opportunism and Russian Involvement
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 2:48 PM

Nicaragua is experiencing a crisis that began in April with a mass demonstration that started as a protest against social security reform and it quickly extended to rebellion against government corruption and tyrannical tendencies. The president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, is defending his fraudulent, corrupt and dictatorial regime with an iron fist. More than 350 people were already killed and thousands were wounded as a result of government repression.

On July 16th, the United Nations, the U.S. and several countries in Latin America issued statements condemning the violence and calling for it to stop immediately. Meanwhile, Ortega’s reaction was to approve a law that declares damage of public and private property as an act of terrorism and punishes it accordingly. The idea is to criminalize the protests and even “upgrade” them to the status of “terrorism”.

Ortega’s repression is part of a pattern that is part of the painful legacy of the regional authoritarian tendencies sparked by the emergence of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela in 1999, which was followed by the rise of a chain of regimes that used Chavez as a model, including Nicaragua.

These dictatorships have adopted different styles. The Venezuelan and Bolivian regimes are openly revolutionary and hostile to business, capitalism and the United States. Other dictatorships hide behind a pragmatist attitude while consolidating a despotic political regime. One such regime is the Nicaraguan one.

Indeed, Ortega managed to deceive his people and the world by accommodating the business class and maintaining free trade agreement with the United States. The business class had no problem with Ortega as long as its interests were not harmed. A tacit agreement was established between Ortega and the business sectors. Thus, Ortega guaranteed the proper environment for business investments while the entrepreneurs looked the other way as Ortega consolidated a dictatorship by securing its indefinite reelection through fraud, corruption and subjugation of the institutions of democracy and the judicial system.

Thus, Ortega established a sort of Chinese model of government where it kept a dictatorship with Marxist and socialist justification while legitimizing it through a sort of pro-business economy. Nicaraguan entrepreneurs even managed to lobby U.S Congress against the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA Act). The NICA Act, would require the President to oppose certain loans by international financial institutions that would benefit the government of Nicaragua until the Nicaraguan government takes effective steps to combat corruption and promote democracy, free speech, civil society and rule of law. The bi-partisan NICA Act passed the House of Representatives but it is still being held in the Senate, presumably under the pressure of lobbyists.

However, with the protests that began in April, this pact between business and government seems to be breaking down. For Ortega, the maintenance of the dictatorship is the priority. The business class was betrayed and now they are paying heavily for their naiveté. The illusion of separation between economics and politics is over.

Repression in Nicaragua is being carried out through the use of para-military forces, gangs, thugs and the Nicaraguan army. Following the Cuban and Venezuelan models, Ortega targeted the military in order to secure its loyalty. Ortega established a direct relation with top generals and they supported Ortega’s indefinite reelection. Furthermore, Ortega also enabled the indefinite reappointment of the army chief of staff and gave the military all kinds of economic privileges. The army has become an economic power with investments in the stock market, the hotel industry, the health sector, real estate, and other industries.

Thus, reports that army officers and soldiers have a role in the current repression comes as no surprise.

These individuals have been seen using heavy military weapons. According to reports, most deaths were reported to have been caused by high-caliber weapons usually used by the military.

Russia is playing an important role in the arming of the Nicaraguan army, particularly since 2015. Indeed, in the last three years Russia has been providing sophisticated weaponry to Nicaragua that according to reports have included T-72 tanks, war boats, warplanes, and powerful bombs.

Russia would play the role of guarantor of Ortega’s dictatorship and would become its strategic ally as well. Russia is planning now to train Nicaraguans in the fight against “drug trafficking and terrorism” but that could well be a façade to train guardians of the regime. The Venezuelan and Nicaraguan peoples might be forever condemned to live in a situation similar to that of Cuba, namely enslaved to the caprices of an unending dictatorship.

Russia views the Nicaraguan and the Venezuelan regimes as allies against the United States and as such as bastions of Russian influence in the Western hemisphere. Russia is also close to Iran. Iran is close to the drug cartels and already has a strong and solid presence in the continent and very strong relations with Venezuela and Nicaragua. We may be condemned to live with this nefarious influence in our neighborhood.

Before President Donald Trump met with Vladimir Putin on July 16th, the outgoing Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos urged Trump to demand Putin to cease his support of the Venezuelan regime. This subject-matter was probably not discussed during the meeting.

Russia is a greater challenge than President Trump is willing to admit. Latin America is only a portion of that challenge but important enough to take it seriously.

John Brennan’s First Stone on ‘Treason’
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 11:40 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Misdeeds by Peter Strzok and his confederates do not implicate thousands of other FBI and Justice Department employees, but they have damaged confidence in those agencies.  Former CIA Director John Brennan’s Tweet that comments by President Trump in Helsinki were “treasonous” is a timely reminder of justified concerns about Obama administration politicization of the wider intelligence community.

Mr. Brennan should be careful about casting the first stone. He voted for a Communist. As Obama’s Homeland Security Advisor, he institutionalized Muslim Brotherhood influence operations inside the U.S. government and endorsed its false claims that jihad is merely “holy struggle” and that Islam has “nothing to do” with terrorism.

John Brennan’s evident enmity towards Donald Trump today was  operating when he was in government.  It damaged the objectivity and reputation of the organizations he led – and discredits him as a critic of the President.

This is Frank Gaffney.

John Brennan’s First Stone on ‘Treason’
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 11:38 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Misdeeds by Peter Strzok and his confederates do not implicate thousands of other FBI and Justice Department employees, but they have damaged confidence in those agencies.  Former CIA Director John Brennan’s Tweet that comments by President Trump in Helsinki were “treasonous” is a timely reminder of justified concerns about Obama administration politicization of the wider intelligence community.

Mr. Brennan should be careful about casting the first stone. He voted for a Communist. As Obama’s Homeland Security Advisor, he institutionalized Muslim Brotherhood influence operations inside the U.S. government and endorsed its false claims that jihad is merely “holy struggle” and that Islam has “nothing to do” with terrorism.

John Brennan’s evident enmity towards Donald Trump today was  operating when he was in government.  It damaged the objectivity and reputation of the organizations he led – and discredits him as a critic of the President.

This is Frank Gaffney.

“These people are living under constant red alert sirens”
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 9:44 PM

On the “America, Can We Talk” program with Debbie Georgatos, the Center’s Vice President for Research & Analysis Clare Lopez discussed issues including a Hamas terror attack prevented by Israel, the constant threat of missiles launched at the Jewish state, and the protests taking place in Iran.

“They are prosecuting people on a partisan basis, and that, is the beginning of tyranny”
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 9:41 PM

The Center’s Executive Vice President Christopher Hull discussed Peter Strzok’s congressional testimony and the issue of bias in prosecution on One America News Network’s Tipping Point With Liz Wheeler.

Deadly Mali Attack Leaves 14 Dead
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 8:46 PM

On Sunday, July 15th, a group of gunmen attacked a village in Northeastern Mali, killing 14 civilians. The victims of the assault and a few vehicles were both burned by the attackers before leaving. Local government officials have not stated who they believe is responsible for the attack. Tuareg militia members have claimed the assailants belong to a criminal organization along the border with Niger. The attack comes two weeks before Mali’s Presidential election.

Mali has been a hotbed for violence and terrorism since 2012. After the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) rebelled against the government, the MNLA aligned itself with Ansar al-Dine (AAD), a group linked to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb’s (AQIM). After an attempt between the MNLA and AAD to form a united government in 2012, conflict between the two groups broke out. AAD turned against the MNLA and Ansar al-Dine emerged as the sole governors of the rebel regions. At the end of 2012, a Western coalition led by France and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) joined forces to retake Northern Mali. Within a year the territories had been recaptured, and by 2015 a peace deal between the MNLA and the Malian government was signed.

While the Mali government and the MNLA have a peace deal, the conflict between the Mali Government and AAD, along with other jihadist groups, continues to rage on. Core principles of AAD, such as the strict enforcement of Shariah law and Malian unity under their governance, eliminate any hope of a reasonable peace deal. Previous peace talks between Mali and AAD have not resulted in a lasting ceasefire mainly for these reasons.

The attack is troubling news for the upcoming Mali elections. There is already broad distrust of the Malian government, and the added problem of continuous terror attacks from al-Qaeda-backed groups only adds to issues surrounding the election. The election is being viewed as a vote on confidence in the Mali government and on the 2015 peace deal with MNLA. If the Malian government cannot protect its citizens during the election, turnout numbers will only decrease, and this may allow for losing parties to challenge the legitimacy of the election.

It is in the best interest of the United States for the Malian government to have free and fair elections that result in a stable government that can bring peace and freedom to the citizens of Mali. The U.S. already supports the Malian government in counterterror operations, and this will surely continue through the election process.

Russia’s Global Ambitions
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 5:58 PM

With David Satter, Dr. Mark Schneider, Amb. Yoram Ettinger and Kevin Freeman

DAVID SATTER, Former Moscow correspondent, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute as well as the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia, Fellow of the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Author of the book: The Less You Know, The Better You Sleep: Russia’s Road to Terror and Dictatorship under Yeltsin and Putin (May 2016):

  • What was agreed upon in Putin-Trump 4 hour meeting?
  • Recommendations for Trump’s future Russia policies

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

  • Russia’s assessment of summit’s accomplishments
  • Implications of the New Start Treaty
  • Why missile defense is critical to US national security

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

  • Insights on yesterday’s Helsinki summit
  • Russia’s long-term global aims
  • The current state of play in Israel

KEVIN FREEMAN, Author of Game Plan: How to Protect Yourself from the Coming Cyber-Economic Attack (2013), Author of Secret Weapon: How Economic Terrorism Brought Down the U.S. Stock Market and Why It Can Happen Again (2012), Founder of Globaleconomicwarfare.com, Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy:

  • Implications of Trump-Putin summit
  • How economic policy influences national security




With David Satter, Dr. Mark Schneider, Amb. Yoram Ettinger and Kevin Freeman
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 5:54 PM

DAVID SATTER, Former Moscow correspondent, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute as well as the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia, Fellow of the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Author of the book: The Less You Know, The Better You Sleep: Russia’s Road to Terror and Dictatorship under Yeltsin and Putin (May 2016):

    What was agreed upon in Putin-Trump 4 hour meeting?Recommendations for Trump’s future Russia policies

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

    Russia’s assessment of summit’s accomplishmentsImplications of the New Start TreatyWhy missile defense is critical to national security 

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

    Insights on yesterday’s Helsinki summitRussia’s long-term global aimsThe current state of play in Israel 

KEVIN FREEMAN, Author of Game Plan: How to Protect Yourself from the Coming Cyber-Economic Attack (2013), Author of Secret Weapon: How Economic Terrorism Brought Down the U.S. Stock Market and Why It Can Happen Again (2012), Founder of Globaleconomicwarfare.com, Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy:

    Implications of Trump-Putin summitHow economic policy influences national security
Moscow’s Agenda Is Not – and Must Not Be – Ours
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 11:45 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

If there is any good news for President Trump coming out of his summit meeting and press conference yesterday with Vladimir Putin, it may be that his widely condemned comments about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election have distracted attention from the rest of their agenda.

In his remarks to the press, the Russian dictator claimed bilateral agreement on a litany of initiatives ranging from past and future arms control measures, keeping weapons out of space, establishing a commission of academics, businessmen and others to advise on U.S.-Russian relations, “cooperation” on terrorism and cyber threats, saving the Iran deal, etc., etc.

These are among the hardy perennials of Kremlin efforts to subvert U.S. security. President Trump needs now to clarify – and walk back – any mandates for institutionalizing Moscow’s agenda in ways that would make the appalling Obama-Clinton “reset” with Russia seem robust.

This is Frank Gaffney.

Moscow’s Agenda Is Not - and Must Not Be - Ours
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 11:24 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

If there is any good news for President Trump coming out of his summit meeting and press conference yesterday with Vladimir Putin, it may be that his widely condemned comments about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election have distracted attention from the rest of their agenda.

In his remarks to the press, the Russian dictator claimed bilateral agreement on a litany of initiatives ranging from past and future arms control measures, keeping weapons out of space, establishing a commission of academics, businessmen and others to advise on U.S.-Russian relations, “cooperation” on terrorism and cyber threats, saving the Iran deal, etc., etc. 

These are among the hardy perennials of Kremlin efforts to subvert U.S. security. President Trump needs now to clarify – and walk back – any mandates for institutionalizing Moscow’s agenda in ways that would make the appalling Obama-Clinton “reset” with Russia seem robust. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

Ethiopia and Eritrea Improving Ties
Monday, July 16, 2018 8:39 PM

On Monday, July 16th, Eritrea reopened its embassy in Ethiopia’s capital city of Addis Ababa. The symbolic move represents further improvement in the ties between the two countries after a long-lasting border dispute. The dispute devolved into a two-year war beginning in 1998 and has been followed by a series of skirmishes between the two countries’ militaries since. The embassy opening comes on the heels of a formal peace agreement in June that officially ended the war.

An improved relationship between the two countries will be mutually beneficial. After Eritrea voted for independence in 1993, Ethiopia lost its coastline and Red Sea ports. Eritrea promised Ethiopia would have continued access to the Red Sea, but border disputes strained the relationship and severed economic ties between them.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, prioritized a resolution with Eritrea and reached the peace agreement just two months after taking office. Better relations with Eritrea give Ethiopia access to the Red Sea and the ability for Ethiopia to continue to develop its economy, which is @WEO/OEMDC/ADVEC/WEOWORLD/AFQ/SSA" target="_blank">rapidly growing due to foreign investment in infrastructure and manufacturing.

Abiy also announced last month his intent to reconstitute Ethiopia’s Navy. After Eritrean independence, Ethiopia’s Navy was disbanded. Ethiopia reached deals with Sudan, Kenya, and Djibouti to establish a military presence, and it is likely this peace agreement will pave the way for an Ethiopian base in Eritrea as well. Ethiopia’s powerful military will be boosted by a reestablished Navy, making it one of the strongest in Africa.

The agreement will bring much needed stability to a strategically important region, dominated by one of the busiest trade routes in the world, the Red Sea. At the southern end of the Red Sea, the Eritrean coastline covers the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, which is a gateway to the Suez Canal in the north. Stability between these two countries will facilitate trading and relieve tensions with Djibouti, a nation that also has a border dispute with Eritrea. The U.S. and many other countries established bases in Djibouti to maintain military forces close to conflict zones in Africa and the Middle East.

Peace between the two countries will also allow Ethiopia to focus on counterterror efforts and peace missions across the region. Ethiopia’s military is instrumental in preserving peace in Sudan’s disputed Abyei region and is a major force against al-Shabaab in Somalia as well. Domestically, Ethiopia continues to face unrest as evidenced by last month’s grenade attack at a government rally.

It is worth watching if the relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea result in better cooperation from the Eritrean government in efforts to oppose terrorism. The State Department reports that Eritrea has financially supported al-Shabaab in the past despite public statements from Eritrean officials committing to fight terrorism. The U.S. placed sanctions on Eritrea in 2009, but a U.N. group has found no conclusive evidence that Eritrea has continued supporting al-Shabaab.

In any case, Eritrea’s government has rejected meeting with Western officials to discuss its counter terror strategy, so the U.S. cannot be certain Eritrea is acting against terrorists. Ethiopia has also asked the U.S. to lift sanctions on Eritrea based on the U.N. group’s findings in an effort to facilitate the resolution. If Eritrea has indeed severed ties with al-Shabaab, the peace agreement between these two countries should be viewed as a positive development for U.S. interests and should assist in stabilizing the region to provide an economic boost to an impoverished area of the world.

 

The Emerging Trump Doctrine - Defeat Communist China
Monday, July 16, 2018 11:34 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin today in Helsinki offers an insight into what might be called the Trump Doctrine. 

The common denominator for Mr. Trump’s foreign and trade policies seems to be a determination to isolate and counter Communist China.

Russia has become a close ally of China.  North Korea is Beijing’s puppet. Pakistan, Iran and Venezuela are its clients.  The European Union – unlike NATO and many of its members – is hostile to the U.S. and doing deals with the PRC. 

So, President Trump is working hard to drive wedges between China and the Russians and North Koreans, weakening its regional proxies, and challenging our allies for harming U.S. interests and rewarding them when they don’t.  And he’s taking on China directly with trade, investment and military measures.

Here’s hoping this is the Trump Doctrine – and that it works. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

With John Guandolo, Joe diGenova, Chris Farrell and Matt Brodsky
Friday, July 13, 2018 5:29 PM

JOHN GUANDOLO, President and Founder of Understandingthethreat.com, Veteran of Desert Storm, Former Commanding Officer of an FBI Swat Team:

    Implications of yesterday’s Strzok hearingThe politicization of US intelligence agencies 

JOE diGENOVA,  Founding Partner of the Washington, D.C. Law Firm of diGenova & Toensing, LLP, Former U.S. Attorney, District of Columbia, Former Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the Senate Rules Committee, Former Chief Counsel to the Senate Judiciary, Governmental Affairs and Select Intelligence Committees:

    Significance of Peter Strzok hearingWhy hearing was an affront to Congressional oversightHow are FISA warrants granted?

CHRIS FARRELL, Director of Investigations at Judicial Watch:

    How Strzok personifies the deep stateImplications of Clinton’s email leaksUpdates on the House IT scandal

MATT BRODSKY, Senior Fellow, Security Studies Group, Senior Analyst in Wikistrat’s Analytic Community, Former Director of Policy for the Jewish Policy Center for Security Policy:

    Current state of Israel-Palestine ‘peace process’What is Iran up to in Syria?
Trump’s Tough Love is Required for Sound Policy
Friday, July 13, 2018 11:36 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Donald Trump speaks truth to power, often with undiplomatic frankness.  But, by so doing, he exposes problems that are typically papered over or simply ignored, to the detriment of America’s interests and security.

Mr. Trump’s current travels in Europe have provided a number of cases in point. He told the NATO allies that their defense spending is wholly inadequate. He warned about Germany’s growing dependence for energy on Russia, the very country whose threat necessitates such increased expenditures. He pointed out that “All this immigration has changed the fabric of Europe.” And he criticized British Prime Minister Theresa May for “wrecking” negotiations over her nation’s exit from the European Union, pursuing arrangements that will preclude a new free trade deal with the United States. 

Such candid tough love is rarely welcomed, but a necessity for sound policy. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

With Admiral James ‘Ace’ Lyons, Matthew Kroenig, Andy McCarthy and David Goldman
Thursday, July 12, 2018 7:20 PM

ADMIRAL JAMES ‘ACE’ LYONS: Former Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, the largest single military command in the world, Served as Senior U.S. Military Representative to the United Nations:

    The importance of increased defense spending by NATO membersConcerns regarding current status of House IT scandal

MATTHEW KROENIG, Author of The Logic of American Nuclear Strategy (2018) and A Time to Attack: The Looming Iranian Nuclear Threat (2014), Associate Professor and International Relations Field Chair in the Department of Government at Georgetown University, Senior Fellow in the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at The Atlantic Council:

    President Trump’s actions at NATO summitHow much will other NATO members defense expenditures increase?Implications of Russia’s nuclear arsenal buildup

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, New Podcast: The McCarthy Report

    The state of Mueller’s probeAttorney General Rosenstein’s role in ongoing investigations 

DAVID GOLDMAN, Author of How Civilizations Die, Best known for his series of essays in the Asia Times under the pseudonym Spengler:

    Trump’s successful NATO summitImplications of Germany’s reliance on Russian gas
Designate the Entire Terrorist Muslim Brotherhood Now
Thursday, July 12, 2018 11:46 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Congratulations to Rep. Ron DeSantis and others who took on the Muslim Brotherhood yesterday in a hearing on Capitol Hill.  They established that it’s a foreign terrorist organization and will be officially designated as such by the U.S. government.  The only question is how soon and how comprehensively. 

Muslim reformer Zuhdi Jasser testified that in 2011 then-FBI Director Robert Mueller told Congress that “elements of the Muslim Brotherhood both here and overseas have supported terrorism.” Dr. Jasser added, “Nothing would be more pro-Muslim than the marginalization of the Muslim Brotherhood and its direct affiliates.”

That’s because the Brotherhood seeks to impose its seditious Sharia-supremacist doctrine on pro-American Muslims as it works – according to the group’s secret plan – to use stealthy “civilization jihad” to “destroy Western civilization from within.” 

They must be stopped.  Start by designating the entire Muslim Brotherhood now

This is Frank Gaffney.

With Dr. Lawrence Sellin, Diana West, Luke Rosiak
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 5:00 PM

DR. LAWRENCE SELLIN, Author of Restoring the Republic: Arguments for a Second American Revolution, Retired Colonel with 29 years of service in the US Army Reserve, Veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq:

    Implications of Pakistan’s influence in AfghanistanWhat is Iran and Pakistan’s ‘peace process?’

DIANA WEST, Nationally Syndicated Columnist, Blogs at DianaWest.net, Author of “Death of the Grown Up” and “American Betrayal”:

    New allegations to slander President TrumpSignificance of Trump’s meeting with NATO alliesUpcoming Putin-Trump summit 

LUKE ROSIAK, Investigative Reporter at The Daily Caller:

    House IG’s report on IT scandalWhy an independent investigation is critical in the Awan case

DANIEL HOROWITZ, Senior Editor at The Conservative Review, Author of “The Conservative Consciousness with Daniel Horowitz,” Former Policy Director for the Madison Project:

    Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme CourtSignificance of the role of the JudiciaryWhat is the constitutional crisis we currently face?
Trump’s Tough Love is What NATO Needs
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 11:28 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

President Trump has once again applied a dose of “tough love” to America’s allies.  They have, as usual, taken it badly.

Mr. Trump kicked off a NATO summit in Belgium today by upbraiding especially Germany – Europe’s largest economy – for failing to do its part to protect continental security.  He cited not only its woeful underfunding of defense.  The President also channeled Ronald Reagan in challenging Germany’s corrupt and strategically reckless decision to make itself reliant on energy supplies from Russia.

Mr. Trump could also have pointed to the immense damage done to European security by German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s admission of millions of illegal aliens – many of them Sharia-supremacists. 

It’s essential to NATO’s future viability to acknowledge these unpleasant truths and take corrective actions.  President Trump deserves credit for addressing them, and must now lead the alliance in doing so, as well.

This is Frank Gaffney.

With Christine Douglass-Williams, Sam Westrop, Gordon Chang, Kevin Freeman
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 4:21 PM

CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS, Author of The Challenge of Modernizing Islam (Released: July 18, 2017), Nine-Time International Award-Winning Journalist and Television Producer, Federally appointed Director with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation:

    Justin Trudeau’s immigration policiesConsequences of Canada’s M-103 blasphemy laws

SAM WESTROP, Director of Islamist Watch and Stand for Peace UK, Fellow of Gatestone Institute:

    Implications of the Islamic Relief organizationThe Muslim Brotherhood in AmericaLawful vs. violent extremism

GORDON CHANG, Author of “The Coming Collapse of China” and “Nuclear Showdown; North Korea Takes on the World:”

    Has Trump’s NK policy collapsed?How China is moving back to a totalitarian stateImplications of China’s social credit system 

KEVIN FREEMAN, Author of Game Plan: How to Protect Yourself from the Coming Cyber-Economic Attack (2013), Author of Secret Weapon: How Economic Terrorism Brought Down the U.S. Stock Market and Why It Can Happen Again (2012), Founder of Globaleconomicwarfare.com,Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy:

    The status of China-US trade warChina’s aims to replace dollar as global reserve currency
Non-ally Turkey - NATO’s Elephant that Shouldn’t be in the Room
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 11:23 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

President Trump heads today to a summit meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.  To his credit, it will make tangible progress on increasing the member nations’ investment in their respective and collective military capabilities. 

Ironically, such increased NATO defense spending is necessary due to intensifying nuclear and other threats from the man with whom Mr. Trump will be meeting next week in Helsinki: Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

Unfortunately, NATO summiteers seem likely to ignore the proverbial – and strategically alarming – “elephant in the room.” Namely, the fact that Turkey is an ally no more. 

Under Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey is aligning itself not only with Putin’s Russia, but China, Iran and other Sharia-supremacists, as well. NATO must urgently come to grips with this reality, not ignore – let alone reward it with America’s new F-35 fighter, intelligence and political legitimation.

This is Frank Gaffney.

With Raheem Kassam
Monday, July 9, 2018 5:05 PM

RAHEEM KASSAM, Shillman-Ginsburg Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum, Senior Distinguished Fellow at the Gatestone Institute, Former Chief Advisor to UK Independence Party Leader Nigel Farrage, Author of Enoch Was Right: ‘Rivers of Blood 50 Years On’:

    Is Theresa May’s government in turmoil?Significance of series of resignations in UK 

(PART TWO):

    Implications of Boris Johnson’s resignationProspects of trade deal between US and UKTrump’s upcoming visit to England

(PART THREE):

    The miscarriage of justice regarding Tommy RobinsonThe rise of conservative political parties across Europe

(PART FOUR):

    What was Enoch right about?Consequences of mass migration into the UK
The House IT Scandal Must be Exposed, Not Covered Up
Monday, July 9, 2018 11:38 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

Preoccupation with Donald Trump’s next Supreme Court nominee contributed to a virtual news blackout last week concerning a terrible miscarriage of justice.  Unless rectified, the Washington Swamp will get away with covering up one of our nation’s most potentially explosive political scandals.

The Daily Caller’s Luke Rosiak has exposed what sure looks like a Pakistani intelligence operation that gained access to the personal and official correspondence and other sensitive information of dozens of Democratic legislators.  Lawmakers thus exposed declined to press charges.  And the Justice Department enabled their cover-up, ignoring massive evidence of the Awan family’s criminal conduct and even espionage, and allowing the ringleader off with probation for a single charge of bank fraud.

The Republican leadership has been complicit in deep-sixing this scandal. Anyone implicated has betrayed the public trust – and disqualified themselves from further responsibility for running the House. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

With Rick Fisher
Friday, July 6, 2018 3:19 PM

RICK FISHER, Senior Fellow, Asian Military Affairs at the International Assessment and Strategy Center, Former Consultant on PLA issues for the Congressionally chartered U.S. China Security and Economic Review Commission:

    Has trade war with China formally been launched?History of unrestricted warfare waged by China against the US 

(PART TWO):

    What are China’s long-term aspirations?Beijing’s ambitions for the South China Sea

(PART THREE):

    Implications of the buildup of China’s naval powerChina’s lack of transparency regarding nuclear arsenal

(PART FOUR):

    China’s underground tunnelingThe militarization of space
Believe - and Believe In - Jim Jordan
Friday, July 6, 2018 11:42 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

Donald Trump declared yesterday, “Jim Jordan is one of the most outstanding people I’ve met since I’ve been in Washington. I believe him 100 percent. No question in my mind.”  Amen.

The President is responding to reports calculated to besmirch Rep. Jordan’s heretofore unblemished record of integrity, character and conservative conviction. 

Two facts help calibrate such reports.  First, they are emanating from Perkins Cole – a Washington DC law firm best known as an instrument of Democratic political warfare, notably, for its promotion of the fraudulent Steele “dossier.”

Second, Perkins Cole’s attack on Rep. Jordan is occurring as the Congressman’s campaign to become the next Speaker of the House gathers steam.  Swamp creatures, including Democrats and the current Republican congressional leadership, have a mutual interest in taking him out.

The rest of us should join President Trump in standing with Jim Jordan.

This is Frank Gaffney.

Only North Korea’s Complete, Irreversible and Verifiable Denuclearization Is Acceptable
Thursday, July 5, 2018 11:35 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Mike Pompeo is off on his third trip to Pyongyang aimed at advancing the denuclearization of North Korea. The Secretary of State must contend with two competing realities.

First, Kim Jong-un’s regime is continuing nuclear weapons-related activities, notwithstanding the commitment to denuclearization he ostensibly expressed to President Trump in Singapore. That’s evident from photographs of above-ground facilities and must be assumed to be true at deeply buried, covert ones, as well. 

Second, officials in South Korea are urging the Trump administration to back away from its insistence that nothing less than Kim’s complete, irreversible and verifiable denuclearization will be acceptable. They are leaking that the U.S. has actually agreed.

Given North Korea’s past, unbroken record of cheating, the fact that it is already violating the spirit of Kim’s undertakings means that complete, irreversible and verifiable denuclearization is the only acceptable outcome. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

With Diana West, Phil Haney, Harold Rhode and Kevin Freeman
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 5:08 PM

DIANA WEST, Nationally Syndicated Columnist, Blogs at DianaWest.net, Author of “Death of the Grown Up” and “American Betrayal”:

    What do democratic socialists stand for?Implications of Rep. Keith Ellison

PHIL HANEY, Retired Homeland Security Officer, Author with Art Moore of See Something, Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad:

    The morale of law enforcement agenciesWhy we should not abolish ICEJuly 4th Cleveland terror plot uncovered 

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

    What does Erdogan’s win mean for Turkey?The current state of Turkish-Israeli relations 

KEVIN FREEMAN, Author of Game Plan: How to Protect Yourself from the Coming Cyber-Economic Attack (2013), Author of Secret Weapon: How Economic Terrorism Brought Down the U.S. Stock Market and Why It Can Happen Again (2012), Founder of Globaleconomicwarfare.com, Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy:

    Trump’s economic sanctions on Europe and ChinaChina’s unrestricted warfare against the USGeorge Soros’ involvement with stock markets globally
Paging POTUS - Protect Us from Gulftainer
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 10:31 AM

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro has raised a much-needed alarm about a serious national security threat.  On Saturday, she and Rep. Duncan Hunter established that UAE-based Gulftainer is a company that shouldn’t be anywhere near U.S. ports, let alone running two of them. 

Congressman Hunter observed that Gulftainer is co-owned by the family of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear bomb-maker.  And it has a joint venture with a Russian company that exports the Club-K system – which conceals a launcher for four cruise missiles inside what looks like an ordinary shipping container.  These missiles can be equipped with weapons of mass destruction.

Government bureaucrats have failed to address the inherent danger posed by such a company and permitted it to manage container operations at Port Canaveral, Florida and the port of Wilmington, Delaware.  President Trump must protect our ports – and us – from Gulftainer. 

This is Frank Gaffney.