Friday, December 22, 2017

Twilight over the "Palestinian Cause" - Guy Millière




by Guy Millière

Here is everything you need to know about "Palestine".


  • Reports from the West Bank after the Six Day War show that the Arabs interviewed defined themselves as "Arabs" or "Jordanians", and evidently did not yet know that they were "the Palestinian people". Since then, they were taught it. They were also taught that it is their duty is to "liberate Palestine" by killing Jews. The Palestinians are the first people invented to serve as a weapon of mass destruction of another people.
  • "The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality, today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese." — PLO leader Zuheir Mohsen, interview in the Dutch newspaper Trouw, March 1977.
  • Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the European Union has become the main financier of the "Palestinian cause", including its terrorism. They are also contributing to war.
  • Iran, strengthened enormously by the agreement passed in July 2015 and the massive US funding that accompanied it, has been showing its desire to become a hegemonic power in the Middle East.
  • The grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdulaziz ibn Abdullah Al ash-Sheikh, recently issued a fatwa saying that "fighting the Jews" is "against the will" of Allah and that Hamas is a terrorist organization.
For many years, "Palestine" has not stopped aspiring to new heights in the so called "international community". "Palestine" has been present at the Olympic Games since 1996, and, later, became a permanent observer to UNESCO and the United Nations. The vast majority of the 95 "embassies" of "Palestine" are in the Muslim world; many others are in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. In 2014, the Spanish Parliament voted in favor of full recognition of "Palestine." A few weeks later, the French Parliament did the same.


There is no other instance in the history of the world where a state that does not exist can have missions and embassies presumed to function as if that state did exist.

Now the time has probably come for the "Palestinians" to realize that they have lost and fall back to earth, as noted by the scholar Daniel Pipes.


Have "Palestinian" leaders been showing by their speeches and actions that they are ready to rule a state living in peace with their neighbors and with the rest of the world? All "Palestinian" leaders have incessantly incited terrorism, and do not hide their wish to wipe Israel off the map.

Is there a long-standing aspiration by the "Palestinian people" to have a state and to live peacefully within that state? The answer is actually no. The "Palestinian people" were invented in the late 1960s by the Arab and Soviet propaganda services. As PLO leader Zuheir Mohsen told the Dutch newspaper Trouw in March 1977:
"The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality, today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese."
Reports from the West Bank after the Six Day War show that the Arabs defined themselves in interviews as "Arabs" or "Jordanians"; they evidently did not know that they were the "Palestinian people". Since then, they were taught it. They were also taught that it is their duty to "liberate Palestine" by killing Jews. The Palestinians are the first people invented to serve as a weapon of mass destruction of another people.


Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the PLO, at the Arab League summit in Rabat, Morocco, 1974. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Is there at least a historic past that gives legitimacy to the aspiration to create a "Palestinian state"? The answer again is actually no. There is no Palestinian culture distinct from the cultures of the Muslim Arab world, no monument that can be defined as a "Palestinian" historic monument, except by falsifying history.

More basically, would a hypothetical "Palestinian state" be economically viable? Again, the answer is actually no. Territories occupied by the Palestinian movements survive only thanks to international financial assistance from the West.

How then could so many countries wish for so long to create a state whose rulers would likely be regressive, corrupt "Palestinian" leaders; whose inhabitants would be used as killing machines, whose history is non-existent-to-falsified and whose economic potential seems zero?

The answer is simple.

Behind their support for the creation of a "Palestinian state", those countries have been pursuing other goals. For decades, countries of the Muslim world obsessively wanted one thing: the destruction of Israel.

They tried to reach their goal through conventional warfare, then terrorism, then diplomacy, then propaganda. They blamed only Israel for all the evils of the Middle East.

All the while, they know who the "Palestinian" leaders are and what they do. They know that the "Palestinian people" were invented. They know why the "Palestinian" people were invented. They know that a "Palestinian state" will not have a viable economy. Yet they have been committed to a strategy of destabilizing and demonizing a non-Muslim nation, Israel.

They call the "Palestinians" "victims"; terrorism, "militancy"; and incitement to kill, "resisting occupation". They have been trampling rightful history and replacing it with myth.

They press "Palestinian" leaders to "negotiate", knowing perfectly well that no agreement will ever be signed and that negotiations will end in bloodshed.

They propose only "peace plans" they know Israel must reject – those which include the "'49 'Auschwitz' armistice lines" or the "right of return" for "Palestinian refugees", who numbered half a million in 1949, but near five million today.

They recognize a "Palestinian state" while knowing that the "state" they recognize is not a state, but rather a terrorist entity without defined borders or territory, and imbued with a will to spill more blood and create more mayhem.

They have relied on turmoil, blackmail and lies to encourage the rest of the world to think the situation requires drastic international intervention.

They have been saying they want a "Palestinian state", but never that they want this state to renounce terrorism and end the conflict.

Instead, they have been waging a vicious war they have long hoped to win.

For more than thirty years, they benefited from the support of the Soviet Union. It financed wars (1967, 1973), terrorism, diplomacy and propaganda. The Soviet Union made the "Palestinian" enterprise an "anti-imperialist" cause -- a means of strengthening Soviet positions and galvanizing the enemies of the West. The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, but the effects of its support for the "Palestinian cause" for a time remained. Many countries hostile to the West still support and recognize the "Palestinians" while pretending to ignore that they are recognizing a terrorist entity. They are contributing to war.

Countries of the Western world, subjected to the pressures of the Muslim world and the Soviet Union for many years, have gradually given way, some even before any pressure was applied.

France chose its camp in 1967, when General Charles de Gaulle launched what he called an "Arab policy" after its defeat in Algeria. French foreign policy become resolutely "pro-Palestinian" -– in an apparent effort to deflect terrorism, obtain inexpensive oil and compete with the US -- and has remained so to this day. Western European countries have gradually adopted positions close to those of France. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the European Union has become the main financier of the "Palestinian cause", including its terrorism. Western European leaders know what the real goals are, yet they repeat without respite that creating a "Palestinian state" is "essential". They are also contributing to war.

Although a long-time ally of Israel, the United States changed its Middle East policy in the beginning of the 1990s to positions closer to those of the Muslim world. American politicians and diplomats pressured Israelis to negotiate with "Palestinian" leaders and seemed to have lost sight of what the "Palestinian cause" was secretly about. Wishful Israeli leaders agreed to negotiate. The tragic result was the Oslo Accords and the creation of the Palestinian Authority (PA). It quickly became a new base of anti-Israeli terrorism. A wave of lethal, anti-Israel attacks started immediately, with a stepped-up anti-Israel diplomatic and propaganda offensive right after. A "two-state solution" was invoked. American leaders, as if they had slept through several years, started to say that a "Palestinian state" had to exist. Three American Presidents proposed "peace plans", also contributing to war.
An additional "peace plan" is expected soon, but the parameters will be profoundly different. President Donald Trump appears to wish to break with the past.

He recently told Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas that "Palestinian" leaders were liars. None of the American negotiators he chose seems to have the slightest illusion about the "Palestinian" leadership or the "Palestinian cause".

The Taylor Force Act, passed on December 5 by the US House of Representatives, plans to condition US aid to the "West Bank and Gaza" on "the actions taken by the Palestinian Authority to end violence and terrorism against Israeli citizens"; the Act could be adopted soon by the Senate. The PA rejected all the requirements in the Act.

The Muslim world is also undergoing change. Iran, strengthened enormously by the agreement passed in July 2015 and the massive US funding that accompanied it, has been showing its desire to become a hegemonic power in the Middle East. The mullahs' regime now holds three capital cities in addition to Teheran: Baghdad, Damascus, and Beirut. Iran attacks Saudi Arabia and supports the war led by the Houthi militia in Yemen; it intends to seize Sanaa and take control of Bab El Mandeb, the gateway to the Red Sea and the Suez Canal. Qatar and Turkey have established close ties with Iran.

Saudi leaders appear aware of the danger. King Salman chose his son, Mohamed bin Salman, as heir to the throne, and gave him broad powers. "MBS", as he is known, seems intent on leading a real revolution. Militarily, he is head of the 40-member Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition, and has declared his desire to "end terrorism". Economically, he is in charge of an ambitious reform project aimed at making his country less dependent on oil: Saudi Vision 2030. All Saudi leaders in disagreement with the new orientations of the country were placed under arrest and their assets confiscated. Mohamed bin Salman has identified Iran as the main enemy, and recently described its Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, as a "new Hitler." Qatar and Turkey have been subjected to intense Saudi pressure to distance themselves from the Iranian regime. The grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdulaziz ibn Abdullah Al ash-Sheikh, recently issued a fatwa saying that "fighting the Jews" is "against the will" of Allah and that Hamas is a terrorist organization.

Mohamed bin Salman has the support of the Trump administration; Vladimir Putin who, while being allied to Iran, may want a balance of power in the Middle East, and Xi Jinping, who is facing the risk of a Sunni Islamic upheaval in China's autonomous territory, Xinjiang.

"Palestinian" leader, Mahmoud Abbas was reportedly summoned to Riyadh, where King Salman and Mohammed bin Salman told him that he had to accept the plan proposed by the Trump administration or resign, and that it would "risky" for him to consider launching an uprising – which he has anyway, although being careful to keep it lukewarm.

During the month of October, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a close ally of Mohamed bin Salman, invited the leaders of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas to come to Cairo for a "reconciliation". He apparently demanded control of the Gaza Strip to be handed to the Palestinian Authority. It also seems that the Trump administration and President Sisi told Hamas leaders that they had to approve the terms of the "reconciliation" agreement, and that if they carried out any attacks against Israel, they risked complete destruction.

The "peace plan" evidently to be presented by the Trump administration is provoking the extreme anger of "Palestinian" leaders. The goal of the "plan" seems to be to revive an open ended "peace process", allowing Saudi Arabia and the members of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition to move closer to Israel and push the "Palestinian cause" toward the back burner.

On November 19, an Arab League emergency meeting held in Cairo strongly condemned Hezbollah and Iran. Moreover, for the first time in fifty years, a meeting of the Arab League did not even mention the "Palestinian" question.

President Trump's recognition on December 6 of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has led to restlessness and acrimony both in the Muslim world and among Western European leaders. Sunni leaders allied to Saudi Arabia, however, as well as Saudi Arabia itself, seem too concerned about the Iranian threat to quarrel with Israel, the United States or really anyone. Western Europe has almost no weight in what is taking shape; all it has shown is cowardice, fear, and continued contempt for a fellow Western democracy: Israel.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, now in the twelfth year of his four year term -- and apparently seeing that he is getting little support -- appeared to seek divine intervention: he asked the Pope for help. There would be "no Palestinian state without East Jerusalem as its capital," Abbas said. He sounded as if he had begun to understand that the "Palestinian cause" could be fading, and, with other "Palestinian" leaders, called for "three days of rage". A few protesters burned tires and American flags – the usual.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to convene in Istanbul on December 13, and urged leaders of Muslim countries to recognize Jerusalem as the "occupied capital of the Palestinian state". Saudi King Salman stayed well away as did almost all other Sunni leaders. He only sent a message saying that he calls for "a political solution to resolve regional crises". He added that "Palestinians have right to East Jerusalem" – the least he could do; he did no more. Erdogan is mainly supported by Iran, today's foremost enemy of Saudi Arabia and other Sunni countries.

"It will not be the end of the war against Israel," said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, "but it could be the beginning of the end of the "Palestinian cause".

It now seems a good time for Western European leaders who still blindly support the "Palestinian cause" to cut their losses, both politically and economically. Taking the side of Erdogan and the mullahs in order to support a terrorist entity that will never be a "state" will do nothing to help them fight either terrorism or the increasing Islamization of Europe.

Guy Millière, a professor at the University of Paris, is the author of 27 books on France and Europe.

Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/11565/palestinian-cause

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Egypt's Paper-Peace with Israel - A. Z. Mohamed




by A. Z. Mohamed

"The greatest obstacle to the expansion of peace today is -- public opinion on the Arab street, which has been brainwashed for years by a distorted and misleading presentation of the State of Israel." — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

  • "The greatest obstacle to the expansion of peace today is not found in the leaders of the countries around us. The obstacle is public opinion on the Arab street, public opinion that has been brainwashed for years by a distorted and misleading presentation of the State of Israel." — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
  • Today, in spite of the lasting peace treaty between Cairo and Jerusalem, much of the media in Egypt continues to demonize Israel. Even under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, with whom Netanyahu has been developing mutually beneficial security relations, prominent figures in the state-run press disseminate anti-Israel conspiracy theories.
  • El-Sisi now has a genuine opportunity to spread to his populace his own increasingly positive relations with a neighbor that could significantly benefit his people and his country.
The 40th anniversary of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's historic visit to the Knesset took place on November 21. There, Sadat had announced:
"I have come to you so that together we might build a durable peace based on justice, to avoid the shedding of one single drop of blood from an Arab or an Israeli."
To commemorate the occasion, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered an address, saying:
"The greatest obstacle to the expansion of peace today is not found in the leaders of the countries around us. The obstacle is public opinion on the Arab street, public opinion that has been brainwashed for years by a distorted and misleading presentation of the State of Israel."
Netanyahu had a point. Today, four decades later -- in spite of the lasting peace treaty between Cairo and Jerusalem -- much of the media in Egypt continues to demonize Israel. Even under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, with whom Netanyahu has been developing mutually beneficial security relations, prominent figures in the state-run press disseminate anti-Israel conspiracy theories.

Former MP Mustafa Bakri, for instance, editor-in-chief of the newspaper Al-Osboa and the host of the "Facts and Secrets" talk show on Sada El Balad TV. told the Egyptian daily Al Youm 7, as recently as November 20th, that Egypt must force the "Israeli enemy," the "Zionist entity," to return antiquities that it had supposedly smuggled out of Egypt into Israel.

Earlier in the month, when it was announced that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri had resigned (he has since suspended his resignation), Bakri said on his talk show that Israel -- which he referred to as the "State of Israeli Occupation" -- was the only party that would benefit from a new war breaking out in the Middle East. He also alleged that Israel was conspiring against Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, Egypt and Lebanon.

During a different segment of his show in the beginning of November, Bakri denounced the 1917 Balfour Declaration as a sinister act -- a crime committed by Britain that enabled Israel to extort Palestine (which did not exist in 1917) -- and backed the Palestinian Authority's threat to sue Britain in the International Criminal Court.

In a 2016 study -- "Peace with Israel in Egyptian Textbooks: What Changed between the Mubarak and el-Sisi Eras?" -- Ofir Winter, an Egypt specialist at the Tel Aviv-based Institute for National Security Studies, found that although the Egyptian government had revised the way in which the Egypt-Israel treaty was presented and taught to ninth-graders in the 2015-2016 academic year, the change had little effect on the Egyptian public. Winter writes:
"the book... presents peace with Israel in the current era as a strategic asset whose preservation is a basic condition for Egypt's economic revival; it illustrates the lesser centrality of the Palestinian problem in Egyptian public discourse; and it shines a more positive light than in the past upon Israel's role as a legitimate peace partner, even to the point of mentioning friendly relations."
However, according to Winter:
"Major Egyptian newspapers ignored the report, and administration officials avoided mentioning it. ... The reason ... is probably twofold. First, ... the sensitivity of the topic. Second, the changes in how peace with Israel is portrayed in the new textbook, as compared with textbooks from the Mubarak era, were limited mainly to fine nuances."
These 'nuances," as can be seen in reviewing an edition of same textbook used during the 2016-2017 academic year, actually appear to be not so "fine." British Mandatory Palestine, for example, is referred to in the book as "originally Arab" (p.57); the Zionist movement is called a "colonialist" enterprise (p.57); Israel is depicted as an aggressive entity with expansionist aspirations that threaten the Arab states (pp. 58-60); the Arab wars against Israel are described as an act of Arab self-defense and an effort to defend the Palestinians (pp. 58-66); and the peace deal with Israel is portrayed as the result of pragmatic-utilitarian considerations, not Egypt's earlier recognition of the Jews' historical right to the land (p.70).

Clearly, then, it would seem that Egypt still has a way to go before its populace can embrace more than a paper-peace with Israel. Bakri and his associates not only represent that populace, but have a direct influence on it. El-Sisi now has a genuine opportunity to spread to his populace his own increasingly positive relations with a neighbor that could significantly benefit his country and his people.


Pictured: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat (left) and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin (right) acknowledge applause during a Joint Session of Congress in which U.S. President Jimmy Carter announced the results of the Camp David Accords, September 18, 1978. (Image source: Warren K. Leffler/Library of Congress)

A. Z. Mohamed is a Muslim born and raised in Middle East.

Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/11446/egypt-paper-peace

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Congress to investigate Obama officials who thwarted investigation into Hezb'allah - Rick Moran




by Rick Moran

Media blackout on the story continues while Congress targets former Obama aide Ben Rhodes.

Congressional sources are telling the Washington Free Beacon that Congress will investigate the Obama administration's efforts to thwart a decade long investigation into the massive criminal activities of the terrorist group Hezb'allah. 

A report in Politico earlier this week exposed the White House's interference and eventual killing of a wide ranging investigation by dozens of federal law enforcement agencies into Hezb'allah's billion dollar drug trade in Latin America, as well as other illegal enterprises that included weapons smuggling and human trafficking. The profits from these illegal activities - including drugs smuggled into the US - were used to fund Hezb'allah terrorist activities around the world as well as their military actions in the Middle East, including assisting President Assad in Syria, the Houthi rebels in Yemen, and Shiite militias in Iraq.

Senior law enforcement officials who were involved in the investigation say that the probe was stopped "at the top" - meaning the White House. The reason the investigation was halted was to curry favor with Iran and clear the way for an agreement on their nuclear program.
Congress is now taking steps to formally investigate the reports, which multiple sources described to the Free Beacon as part of a larger Obama administration effort to overlook Iran's global terror operations in order to cement the nuclear deal.
Rep. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.), a member of the House Oversight Committee and chair of its National Security Subcommittee, told the Washington Free Beacon on Wednesday that he and other top lawmakers are examining evidence that could implicate top former Obama officials, including National Security Council official Ben Rhodes, the architect of the former administration's self-described pro-Iran "echo chamber."
"I've long believed that the Obama administration could not have done any more to bend over backwards to appease the Iranian regime, yet news that the Obama administration killed the investigation into a billion dollar drug ring that lined the terrorist group Hezbollah's pockets in order to save its coveted Iran deal may very well take the cake," DeSantis said.
"Hezbollah is a brutal terrorist group with American blood on its hands and it would be unconscionable for American policy to deliberately empower such a nefarious group," he said.
Lawmakers will be paying particular attention to whether Rhodes or other senior officials accused of misleading Congress and the American public about the Iran deal played a role in thwarting the Hezbollah investigation.
You may recall that Ben Rhodes bragged to the media about how he manipulated foreign policy experts to advance talking points on the Iran deal that the administration wanted advanced. Many of those talking points were fiction, and Rhodes knew it.
"Congress will be investigating this thoroughly and my National Security subcommittee will be particularly interested in how such a decision came about and whether it was driven by key Iran deal architects such as Ben Rhodes," DeSantis said.
Congressional investigators are already preparing letters to various U.S. government agencies in order to obtain greater information about the alleged interference, according to those with knowledge of the matter.
Rep. Peter Roskam (R., Ill.), a chief national security voice in the House who fought against the nuclear accord, told the Washington Free Beacon that Congress must investigate the Obama administration's actions and work to increase pressure on Hezbollah.
"The report alleging the Obama Administration turned a blind eye and allowed Hezbollah to pump drugs into the United States to fund its terror campaigns in the Middle East is not surprising," Roskam said. "Hampering the DEA's investigation of Hezbollah would be emblematic of the previous administration's fixation to strike a nuclear accord with Iran at any costs."
"This blind eye imperiled our efforts to combat Iran and its proxies' malign behavior and left us with a cash-flush Iran on the warpath across the Middle East with a nuclear program legitimized by the JCPOA," Roskam said, using the acronym for the nuclear deal's official name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. "Congress needs to investigate this report and do what the Obama Administration refused to do, severely increase pressure on Hezbollah and hold the terrorist group, and its benefactor Iran, accountable for their crimes."
The Obama administration lied about the Iran deal. They lied about what was in it. They lied about what it was supposed to do. They lied about the nature of the Iranian regime.
In fact. it's amazing they were able to keep most of those lies straight - except they were expert liars and not only hoodwinked the American people, but Congress as well.
Democratic Senators who were inclined to vote against the deal, were convinced otherwise by lies. Some organizations who might have been expected to oppose the nuclear deal were convinced to support it because of lies. 

The lies have been proved. And the story about groveling before the Iranians, trying not to offend them by busting open their proxy Hezb'allah's criminal enterprises is absolutely shocking in its implications. Any future attack on US citizens by Hezb'allah will have been funded by the profits from criminal activities that were enabled by an American administration.

Today, this story has disappeared from most major media news sites. The Daily Beast has a story about the capture of a Brooklyn man who has been charged with aiding the terrorists, but they mention the Politico story only in passing and without comment. Other than that. mostly silence. A story with massive implications for US security and the safety of US citizens has disappeared down the rabbit hole because it tarnsishes the reputation of liberal icon Obama.

I hope that Congress exposes Ben Rhodes and nails him for what Lee Smith writing in the Weekly Standard last year described so aptly:
For the last seven years the American public has been living through a postmodern narrative crafted by an extremely gifted and unspeakably cynical political operative whose job is to wage digital information campaigns designed to dismantle a several-decade old security architecture while lying about the nature of the Iranian regime. No wonder Americans feel less safe—they are.
Indeed.

Rick Moran

Source: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/12/congress_to_investigate_obama_officials_who_thwarted_investigation_into_hezballah.html

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Democratic surrealism - Gary Gindler




by Gary Gindler

The events of the past month give every reason to believe that Trump is aiming at the full-scale bankruptcy of his political opponents.

The Russian attempt to influence the elections in America seems to have been confirmed. This attempt was carried out not through Donald Trump, but by Democratic supporters of Hillary Clinton.

The 13th month after the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States has just ended. For his political opponents, this month was as unfortunate as anything that is usually associated with the "unlucky" number thirteen.

The strategy of the Democrats after the defeat in November 2016 was understandable from the very beginning -- to deprive Trump of the post of president at any cost by either declaring him an illegitimate president, or recognizing him as legitimate, but removing him from the White House by impeachment. For example, the investigation by special prosecutor Robert Mueller concerning the "criminal collusion between Trump and Putin" was for many months considered by "Democrats" the highest achievement of anti-Trumpism.

But no one knew about Trump's survival strategy in the Washington swamp.

The events of the past month give every reason to believe that Trump is aiming at the full-scale bankruptcy of his political opponents. This bankruptcy refers not only to financial, but also political, legal, and moral bankruptcy of the Democratic and its allies in the disinformation media.

Put yourself in Trump's place.

After all, he knows like no other that he is not Putin's marionette. It is reasonable to assume that Trump has built his counterstrike strategy based on this fact. Why did the Washington swamp not think about the possibility of such a counterpunch and precisely from this direction? Are Soros, Obama, and Clinton so naive that they sincerely believed that Trump would accept their rules of engagement and just idly sit by?

Did they seriously expect that an investigation into something that doesn’t exist would trigger no answer from Trump? None of these neo-Marxists with allegedly high IQs bothered to consider a strategy to forestall Trump just in case he turned out not to be guilty of anything. Could the creatures of the Washington swamp have hoped that Trump would not take advantage of the opportunity provided to him by the Democratic surrealists?

The list of Trump’s counterpunches during the 13th month is impressive. We suddenly found out that:
  • The trumped-up dossier on Trump about his adventures in Russia was ordered and paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign The fabricated dossier was probably used by the Obama administration for obtaining FISA court warrant for surveillance and wiretapping of Trump and his campaign headquarters until his inauguration.
  • The wife of U.S. Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr (in the Obama administration) was hired by Fusion GPS (the main contractor of the "Russian dossier") for work on drafting the dossier.
  • Bruce Ohr met both with the head of Fusion GPS and with former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele (a subcontractor of the "Russian dossier"). It was Steele who, using his old contacts in Moscow, managed to organize a communication channel for a Russian FSB disinformation diversion into the West.
  • The FSB-produced disinformation served as the basis for fabricating the "Russian dossier."
  • The same FBI "super-agent," Peter Strzok, was implicated in the case of Hillary Clinton, in the case of General Flynn, in the team of prosecutor Mueller, and in an extensive conspiracy against Trump.
This list is far from complete. Every day we learn something that no Hollywood screenwriter could ever come up with.

For example, look at the composition of the Mueller team. It's impressive. All of his investigators are supporters of Hillary Clinton. One of Mueller's investigators spent the election night of 2016 at Hillary's headquarters to take part in the expected celebration of Hillary Clinton's victory. Another investigator at one time was one of the Clinton Foundation lawyers. Mueller's right-hand man was a lawyer for a computer engineer who installed a vulnerable e-mail server for Hillary Clinton. It is documented that 9 of the 16 Mueller team investigators donated large sums of money to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

What was Mueller thinking while assembling his openly anti-Trump team? A man who has made his way to the very top of the Washington swamp is not a naif. Perhaps the Washington elites are not as smart as their lapdog press pretends.

It’s impressive that the pause before Trump's counterpunch lasted a full year. For twelve months Trump was mostly picking fights with pseudo-reporters. And then someone turned on the green light. Almost every day, America began to learn the detials of the unprecedented "witch hunt," in which the investigation of Mueller is just the tip of the iceberg. The method and frequency of public disclosure of this information indicate that the people behind it are perfectly aware of the news cycle.

After only one month of Trump's counterpunches, most Americans are questioning the objectivity of Mueller and his team. The reputation of Mueller's team drops further every day. This is also facilitated by the fact that all the official charges put forward by the Mueller team so far are unrelated to either Trump or Russia. FBI agent Strzok (who was fired from Mueller's team for ardent anti-Trumpism) mentioned that this whole "Russiagate" against Trump started simply as an "insurance policy" for the Washington swamp in case of Trump’s win. Nobody needs to explain to Americans what it means.

Since it became known that it was agent Strzok, a Hillary supporter, who not only initiated the Russian investigation but also the termination of the case against Hillary Clinton for criminal negligence in possession of top secret documents, many are calling for the "investigation of investigators." Of course, the criminalization of American politics will make our country look and feel very similar to the proverbial banana republics. Nevertheless, the Democrats have made their choice in favor of this particular method of political vendetta.

If evidence is presented that the Obama administration used FSU disinformation to obtain permission from the secret FISA court to wiretap the Trump campaign, the reputation of the Democrats and Obama will be destroyed. It is no secret to anyone that the Watergate scandal has led to the fact that the use of government institutions to spy on political opponents has become a real political taboo in America.

The surrealism of the situation lies in the fact that the Russian attempt to influence the elections in America seems to have been confirmed. Republicans should have listened to the Democrats when they accused Russia of interfering in the election process in America -- the Democrats knew exactly what they were talking about.

They knew that this Russian attempt was carried out not through Donald Trump, but through Democratic supporters of Hillary Clinton.

Gary Gindler is a conservative Russian-American blogger at Gary Gindler Chronicles.

Source: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/12/democratic_surrealism.html

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Trump Restores Realism with His National Security Strategy - E. J. Kimball




by E. J. Kimball

Palestinian leaders, with the support of Iran, Turkey, and Qatar, have created an authoritarian kleptocracy that suppresses the rights of everyday Palestinians and is working towards driving the Jews into the sea.



President Trump threatened yesterday to cut off aid to any country that votes today against the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The vote takes place today at the emergency special session being convened at the United Nations General Assembly, called for by Turkey and Yemen (via Iran).

This vote follows the announcement of Dec. 6, when Trump fulfilled his campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and directed the State Department to begin the process of moving the U.S. embassy there. But more than that, Trump's recognition acknowledges the underlying problem of the past 30 years of diplomatic efforts: recognizing reality.

The Jerusalem announcement was a preview of President Trump's larger vision of operating within reality, a central theme in the subsequently released National Security Strategy. On Jerusalem, it acknowledges that "Israel is not the cause of the region's problems," and accurately blames regional instability on Iran and jihadist organizations. This administration is the first in American history to so explicitly break from the false causation drawn between Israel's existence and the problems of the region. The rejection of this lie is long, long overdue.

Trump is the first U.S. president to explicitly reject the false causation drawn between Israel's existence and regional problems.

Further, while reflexively dismissed by pundits and foreign governments, the Jerusalem announcement may well be a helpful step in negotiating the "deal of the century" if it is properly leveraged.

The Palestinian leadership still wages the war that the Arab countries started 70 years ago upon the approval of the UN partition plan, which is a genocidal aim to destroy, rather than promote, peace. Only with an Israeli victory over rejectionist enemies — including Palestinian leadership along with Hamas, Iran, and Turkey — will the conflict end. History has shown that lasting and meaningful peace between Israelis and Palestinians will not come through negotiations.

More likely, peace will arrive when one side gives up its goals. Israel is nearly 70 years-old, and the only example in the Middle East of a modern, successful, free, and democratic country, one in which all minorities — including its substantial Arab population — are citizens with full rights. Meanwhile, Palestinian leaders, with the support of Iran, Turkey, and Qatar, have created an authoritarian kleptocracy that suppresses the rights of everyday Palestinians and is myopically working towards, in their words, the central goal of driving the Jews into the sea.

It's in America's interest that the Palestinians give in to Israel's vision, not the other way around.

It's in America's interest that the Palestinians give in to the Israeli vision, and not the other way around.

A second example of the National Security Strategy's recognition of reality is the usage of the terms "Islamist," "Jihadist," and "Shariah" a combined thirty-seven times, which stands in stark contrast to former President Barack Obama's National Security Strategy in 2010 and 2015 and President George W. Bush's in 2002 and 2006, none of which used those terms at all.

This terminology was scrubbed from our lexicon during the Bush administration for political reasons and has led to disjointed and often ineffective policies in addressing the ideological threat, which is the root of jihadist terrorism. The Obama and Bush administrations did not want to give credence to jihadist claims (through Al Qaeda, Al Nusra, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Islamic State, etc.) that the U.S. was waging a war against Islam.


Terms like "Islamist," "Jihadist," and "Shariah" were scrubbed from the official U.S. lexicon under President George W. Bush.

This was commendable, but not to the point of neutering our ability to accurately identify the enemy and its doctrine. Whether they are misguided or strict adherents, what matters is that they truly believe in this jihadist ideology and are willing to die in order to commit atrocities.

If we continue to be blinded by political considerations, our national security apparatus, whose mission it is to ensure Americans are kept safe, is rendered ineffective.

On Monday, President Trump announced we would no longer be hampered by our prioritization of wishful thinking over recognition of reality. This unexpected and unorthodox change in national security policy has many on edge, but it should be embraced, not condemned.

Previous administrations failed to comprehend the jihadist threat and what really holds Israelis and Palestinians back from peace.

Previous administrations have failed to comprehend the reality holding Israelis and Palestinians back from peace, and the conflict has persisted, costing far too many lives. These same administrations have refused to acknowledge the reality of the jihadist threat, and countless people around the world have paid the price with their lives.

Trump's new strategy document also takes reality into account when addressing other enduring threats like North Korea and Iran. The breaks it takes from past failed policies is not only pragmatic, but promising. Reality may seem like a scary place, but it's where our enemies live. It's time for us to live there too. We can't defeat them from the clouds.


E. J. Kimball is the director of the Israel Victory Project at the Middle East Forum.

Source: http://www.meforum.org/7116/trump-restores-realism-in-national-security-strategy

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Winning Bigly on Taxes - Matthew Vadum




by Matthew Vadum


President Trump and Republicans make their mark on history with ambitious tax cuts.




Congress passed the largest overhaul of the tax system in decades yesterday, handing President Trump his first major legislative victory and clearing the way for strong economic growth likely to provide potentially long-term electoral benefits for Republicans.

This historic development is already causing apoplexy and aneurysms on the Left where allowing people to keep their own hard-earned money is heresy. Anything that tends to roll back government power is a threat to left-wingers who are happiest when bossing other people around. Nothing is more frightening to leftists than economic freedom.

The tax legislation reduces corporate and personal income tax rates, increases the child tax credit, caps state and local tax deductions, doubles the estate tax exemption, repeals Obamacare’s hated individual mandate, and opens part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to energy exploration, according to media reports. Getting the bill through Congress also burnishes – at least temporarily – the conservative credentials of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) who have both repeatedly come under assault by conservatives in their own party.

President Trump spent much of yesterday taking a well-deserved victory lap. He hosted a large group of lawmakers at the White House to celebrate the tax win.

“The Tax Cuts are so large and so meaningful, and yet the Fake News is working overtime to follow the lead of their friends, the defeated Dems, and only demean,” Trump tweeted yesterday. “This is truly a case where the results will speak for themselves, starting very soon. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!”

After the House gave what was thought at the time to constitute final congressional approval of the legislation Tuesday, the Senate’s parliamentarian ruled that provisions in the bill ran afoul of the budget rules of the reconciliation process that Republicans used to preclude the possibility of a filibuster by Democrat senators. The offending provisions were then struck from the measure.

So the House passed the measure, formally referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, again, this time by a 224 to 201 vote. Among the nays were 12 Republican members. They are: Darrell Issa and Dana Rohrabacher of California; Walter B. Jones of North Carolina; Rodney Frelinghuysen, Leonard Lance, Frank A. LoBiondo, and Christopher H. Smith of New Jersey; Dan Donovan, John J. Faso, Peter T. King, Elise Stefanik, and Lee Zeldin of New York.

Early yesterday morning the Senate concurred with the House in a 51 to 48 vote, giving final congressional approval of the legislation. All Republicans present and voting voted in the affirmative. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) missed the vote because he was receiving treatment for brain cancer.

Many of the provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act are likely to spawn to contribute to economic growth the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the 1990s.

A new Heritage Foundation analysis projects the legislation “will increase the level of gross domestic product in the long run by 2.2 percent. To put that number in perspective, the increase in GDP translates into an increase of just under $3,000 per household. Though we only estimate the change in GDP over the long run, most of the increase in GDP would likely occur within the 10-year budget window.”

The measure does things that Republicans have been promising to do for decades.

The bill slashes the corporate income tax rate from an oppressive 35 percent to a much more competitive 21 percent. On the campaign trail, Trump had pushed a 15 percent rate.

Individual income tax rates will fall and the standard deduction for filers will rise dramatically. According to a Fox News summary:
The bill keeps the seven tax brackets while reducing the rates for five of them. The new rates start at 10 percent and rise to 12, 22, 24, 32, 35 and 37 percent. The highest rate -- 37 percent -- applies to individuals whose income exceeds $500,000. For joint filers, the threshold is $600,000. This rate is being lowered from 39.6 percent.
Effective 2019, it repeals the hated Obamacare individual mandate that forces Americans to buy health insurance. This could, depending on how Republicans play it, make it easier to dispose of the remaining bits of the un-American leftist abomination known as the Affordable Care Act and inject desperately needed market discipline into the health care system.

The soon-to-be law opens an ugly, barren airport-sized sliver of ANWR to oil drilling, a move that is causing panic among left-wing environmentalists who for years have campaigned against drilling in the region. “There isn’t even a tree to hug in ANWR,” former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) quipped on “The Five” yesterday.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminates the alternative minimum tax (AMT) on corporations but not on individuals. It boosts the exemption to $500,000 for single taxpayers and $1 million for couples.

The legislation allows taxpayers to claim a $2,000 credit for each qualifying child under 17. It retains the current death tax rate of 40 percent but raises exemption levels which are now just under $5.5 million for individuals and $11 million for married couples. The law also maxes out the mortgage-interest rate deduction for mortgages up to $750,000, down from the current $1 million.

The measure caps the deductibility of state and local taxes (SALT) on federal income tax returns at $10,000. Setting a limit on SALT deductions earned the ire of Republicans in high-tax states.

Taking away the deductibility of state and local taxes is a good move, according to Veronique de Rugy of George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, because it eliminates the “federal distortion that enables punitive tax policy in states such as California, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey.” Although getting rid of the deduction is unpopular in some circles, the reform puts pressure on greedy states to do right by their residents by reducing state-level taxes. It is also the fairer approach because it stops the residents of low-tax states from effectively subsidizing those in high-tax states.

Those on the Left aren’t taking things well.

Before the final votes in Congress, celebrity Rosie O’Donnell apparently committed federal felonies by offering huge bribes to lawmakers to vote against the tax package. In a tweet time-stamped 10:25 p.m. on Tuesday, the TV personality offered $2 million each to Sens. Susan Collins (R-Me.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) to vote against the bill. “No shit[.] 2 million cash each[,]” she tweeted.

Presumably to show she was serious, O’Donnell, a longtime nemesis of Trump, urged the two senators to direct-message her on Twitter.

Eyeing a presidential run someday, Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) put his name on an email that was mass-distributed by President Obama’s tax-exempt pressure group, Organizing for Action. It consisted of – what else? – a collection of lies and class warfare-based hatred.
The tax bill that the House passed just minutes ago, and the Senate passed late last night, will touch every American life. It is is [sic] a cruel reminder of the choices our congressional leaders have made. They've chosen inherited wealth over hard-earned income. They've chosen executive profits over employees' retirement savings. They've chosen a massive, permanent gift to the richest corporations -- paid for by mothers working double shifts, by low-income students struggling to get by, and by vulnerable Americans not getting the help they need.
This Chicken Little, who took Barney Frank’s old seat, warned that next Republicans will “come for Medicaid, for education and food assistance, for Medicare and Social Security -- programs that you've paid into, so that they'd be there when you need them, or when a friend or neighbor needed a helping hand. And they'll have the gall to call it ‘entitlement reform.’”

Do Republicans have that kind of gall in them?

We can only hope.

Matthew Vadum, senior vice president at the investigative think tank Capital Research Center, is an award-winning investigative reporter and author of the book, "Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts Are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers."

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Candace Owens Video: Trump Derangement Syndrome: An American Epidemic - FrontPageMag.com




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Let's do a symptom check.


In her new video, Candace Owens (aka Red Pill Black) unveils Trump Derangement Syndrome: An American Epidemic. Don't miss it!





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KSA Animation Video: Saudi Forces Conquer Tehran In Retaliation For An Iranian Attack On A Saudi Ship - MEMRI




by MEMRI

"To reach the Qibla of the Muslims is a main target for the Iranian regime. We will not wait until the fight is in Saudi Arabia. We will bring the fight to Iran."

A Saudi animation video posted on YouTube, Twitter, and other social media platforms warned Iran of the Saudi retaliation in the event of an Iranian military strike against the Saudi kingdom. The video, which is in English with Arabic subtitles, with versions subtitled in Farsi, Turkish, Spanish, Japanese, and Hebrew, begins with a quote by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud: "To reach the Qibla of the Muslims is a main target for the Iranian regime. We will not wait until the fight is in Saudi Arabia. We will bring the fight to Iran." Next, a Saudi aid ship in the "Arabian Gulf" finds itself under attack by Iranian speedboats. A Saudi frigate destroys the incoming Iranian boats. After another attack, this time by missiles, which are intercepted and destroyed by the Patriot radar system, the Saudi command moves for a retaliation attack, by air, land, and sea. Finally, Saudi ground forces storm an Iranian bunker and capture Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. 
The video culminates in a mass celebration in Azadi Square in Tehran, during which Saudi flags and posters of the Saudi Crown Prince are raised, and Saudi planes drop leaflets that read: "Peace be upon you. We are with you," on the Iranian crowds. The video appears to be a response to one published by the Iranians in early 2016 (see MEMRI TV clip no. 5261 Iranian Animated Film Simulates Yemeni Missile Attacks on Saudi Oil Fields, Military and Civilian Targets, January 9, 2016), showing a "Yemeni" missile attack on Saudi Arabia. In the Iranian animation, missiles attacked the facilities of the Saudi Aramco oil company, whereas in the Saudi animation, it is Saudi "Eastern Winds" missiles that destroy the Iranian Bushehr nuclear plant. In the Iranian animation, posters of Prince Mohammed bin Salman are shown on billboards in Jeddah, during the missile attacks. In the Saudi animation, similar posters appear at the celebration rally in Azadi Square.




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Source:  https://www.memri.org/tv/ksa-animation-movie-saudi-forces-conquer-tehran

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