National Security

Bolton Briefed Trump on Russian Bounties – Politics Article

“Top officials in the White House were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans, a full year earlier than has been previously reported,” the AP reports. “The assessment was included in at least one of President Trump’s written daily intelligence briefings at the time, according to the officials. Then-national security adviser John Bolton also told colleagues he briefed Trump on the intelligence assessment in March 2019.”…

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Trump ‘Delusional’ In Foreign Leader Calls – Politics Article

President Trump reportedly alarmed senior US officials due to his highly classified phone calls with foreign heads of state. According to a CNN report on Monday, citing White House and intelligence officials familiar with the contents of the conversations, Trump was often unprepared for discussion of serious issues during his calls with foreign leaders — which include those with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan — and abusive to leaders of America’s principal allies that some senior US…

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Oklahoma Charging Rioters With Terrorism: We Don’t Tolerate Lawlessness, This Isn’t Seattle – Politics Article

Authorities announced terrorism, rioting, and assault charges for violent protesters in Oklahoma City late last week, taking a shot at lawless Seattle in the process. Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater announced the charges, suggesting such harsh penalties would be a deterrent of future crimes. “This is not Seattle,” declared Prater. “We’re not putting up with this lawlessness here.” Two individuals charged with terrorism, according to the Oklahoman, set fire to a sheriff’s van as well as another business, with one…

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Judge chastises Bolton, but won’t block his book – Politics Article

Judge Royce Lamberth, a federal district court judge in Washington, D.C., has denied the Trump administration’s request to block publication of John Bolton’s book. Judge Lamberth, a conservative appointed by Ronald Reagan, found that publication risks U.S. national security by disclosing classified information. However, he concluded that, as he said at oral argument, “the horse is already out of the barn.” Lamberth explained that the book’s details are now publicly available thanks to media reports, and that the whole thing…

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Rand Paul Is Right Limiting the President’s War Powers Is Patriotic – Politics Article

Sen. Rand Paul (Chris Keane/Reuters) On Wednesday, Republican senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee announced that they would support a Democratic resolution to limit the president’s war powers — and unsurprisingly, they’re taking some heat for it. Equally unsurprising is that they’ve particularly pissed off Lindsey Graham, who wasted no time in scolding his colleagues for playing a “game with the war powers act” — calling the act “unconstitutional,” and claiming that their support amounts to “empowering the enemy.” Paul…

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Qasem Soleimani Killing: The Non-Absurdity of Declaring War with Iran – Politics Article

A Marine with Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command 19.2, stands post during the reinforcement of the Baghdad embassy compound in Baghad, Iraq, Jan. 4, 2020. (Sergeant Kyle C. Talbot/USMC) In response to Re: Soleimani Was a Political Killing  Rich Lowry writes: “Iranian-supported forces have been killing and maiming U.S. troops for years, in clear acts of war. Are we not permitted to respond to these attacks absent specific congressional authorization? That’s…

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Pamela Geller, Breitbart News: Hijab Hypocrisy – Politics Article

By Pamela Geller, Breitbart News, February 3, 2018: The Daily Mail reported Thursday that “Tehran police have arrested 29 women for appearing in public without a headscarf as protests against the dress code in force since the Islamic revolution of 1979 intensify,” citing Iranian police. “Those arrested were accused of public order offences and referred to the state prosecutor’s office, Iranian nnews [sic] agencies reported without elaborating,” the report noted. Thursday was also “World Hijab Day,” which its organizers say is…

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U.S.-Iran Confrontation: Qasem Soleimani & America’s Broader Middle East Strategy – Politics Article

An Iranian holds a picture of General Qasem Soleimani as people gather to mourn him in Tehran, Iran, January 4, 2020. (Nazanin Tabatabaee/West Asia News Agency/via Reuters) The devil has a new companion. Qasem Soleimani is dead, killed Thursday by an American airstrike as he arrived in Baghdad airport to plan new attacks against the United States. As a matter of justice, it should have happened long ago. Soleimani’s hands were steeped in innocent blood. He has directed Hezbollah’s terrorism…

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Shadow Secretary of State Pelosi on the killing of Soleimani [With Comment by John] – Politics Article

Nancy Pelosi fancies herself a foreign policy expert who not only must be consulted by the president’s foreign policy team, but who can set or manipulate American foreign policy. Recall her foray into Middle East policy a decade ago, when she defied the Bush State Department, met with Bashar al-Assad in Syria, and declared him the key to bringing peace to the Middle East. Here is what Shadow Secretary Pelosi said about the killing Gen. Soleimani: American leaders’ highest priority…

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Report: Rocket strike takes out the odious Gen. Soleimani – Politics Article

Fox News reports that Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani has been killed in a rocket attack at Baghdad International Airport. Soleimani was the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had said that Soleimani is as dangerous as the late ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed by a U.S. strike last year. I think that’s true. In any case, Soleimani is responsible for more American deaths than Baghdadi was. His forces…

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‘We Are Pissing Away Our Money’ – Politics Article

The New York Times has a long, narrative account of the block on Ukraine aid that adds some new details to the story. A major theme is how Trump’s top national-security advisors, rightly and understandably, opposed the hold, while other officials scrambled to come up with a legal justification for it. But the Times article also hits on something I noted the other day — that Trump’s concerns about Ukrainian corruption, were, at least in part, sincere, if obviously selective.…

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Space Force: New Service Faces New Challenges – Politics Article

Tropical Storm Bill in the Gulf of Mexico in a picture from the International Space Station by NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, June 15, 2015. (NASA/Handout via Reuters) So now, barring a last minute hold up, we have the Space Force President Trump wanted, a new military service dedicated as one proposed concept puts it “The mission of the US Space Force will be to deter conflict in space, enable commerce, ensure the rule of law, and should deterrence fail, secure…

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American Foreign Policy in Iraq & Afghanistan: Ideas Has Consequences – Politics Article

U.S. Army paratroopers in Afghanistan, September 2017 (Corporal Matthew DeVirgilio/US Army) In the process of correcting Senator Josh Hawley and others on the details, I think my colleague Ramesh Ponnuru is understating the importance of ideas and ideology over the last 20 years of American foreign policy. We didn’t go to Afghanistan for an idea, nor Iraq, he contends. Ponnuru cites Bush’s ideologically extravagant second inaugural — the one that talked about the United States lighting a “fire in the…

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Swamp Creature Extraordinaire – Politics Article

There is no doubt that Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a very interesting politician. The problem is that she is also one of the premier examples of a bonafide “Swamp Creature” in what has become a sewer called Washington. After getting caught fixing the election for Hillary in the primaries at the expense of a much more popular Bernie Sanders — Debbie fell from the powerful post of DNC Chairwoman.  While I am not a Bernie supporter, he was treated unfairly…

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BREITBART NEWS: Seattle Imposes Ad Ban to Annul Pamela Geller’s Free Speech Lawsuit Victory – Politics Article

Seattle Imposes Ad Ban to Annul Pamela Geller’s Free Speech Lawsuit Victory Officials who oversee Seattle’s transit system moved to ban political, religious, and other ads from its facilities and public transportation vehicles soon after Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) prevailed in a freedom of speech lawsuit against the city, earning the right to run FBI’s Most Wanted terrorist posters, Breitbart News has learned. By: Edwin Mora, Breitbart, April 16, 2019: “People should realize that this is a…

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Trump Deals On Dreamers And Democrats Reject

That was quick. President Donald Trump in a speech from the Diplomatic Room in the White House offered a deal on the Dreamers to re-open the government and the Democrats immediately rejected it. According to CNBC… President Donald Trump on Saturday proposed legal protections for undocumented immigrants in exchange for money to build his proposed border wall, a plan meant to put pressure on congressional Democrats as the longest government shutdown ever drags into its 29th day. The offer likely…

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