Thursday, May 28, 2020

Support for China Falls Dramatically in European, Indian Polls - Lawrence Kadish


by Lawrence Kadish

What can only be described as a diplomatic earthquake is the emerging political fault line along China's southern border with India.



A soon to be released international survey finds that when the COVID-19 virus finally burns itself out its biggest victim may be the very country that launched the pandemic —China.

Bluster, bullying, and propaganda launched by China's leadership to subdue international criticism of their handling of COVID-19 is only stoking the anger among nations as diverse as the U.K., Germany and India, according to data revealed during a comprehensive poll conducted by the firm McLaughlin & Associates.

They may not embrace the White House on any given issue but when it comes to China, a large and significant number of those polled in this global COVID-19 survey would now support economic sanctions, confronting China's strategy to achieve global dominance by controlling worldwide access to technology, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, and more.

What can only be described as a diplomatic earthquake is the emerging political fault line along China's southern border with India.

The McLaughlin poll found that a majority of voters in the world's largest democracy, some 54%, believe China hid key COVID-19 details, resulting in more damage by the pandemic, and 78% believe China knowingly kept data from the international community.


And it gets worse for Beijing. As many as 85% of Indian voters believe China should be held accountable with 88% approving of an investigation of not just China but the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding what did they know and when did they know it.

More than three time zones away, in Germany, a significant majority, 69% of voters polled, say China has not been open or honest about COVID-19, and more than a third say there is little doubt China hid key details regarding its origins or spread. In the U.K. seven out of 10 voters, or 68%, say China kept data about the virus from the world.

In Germany, 61% of the voters believe China should be held accountable while in the U.K., 81% of those voters polled said the Chinese government should be held accountable with 20% of those United Kingdom respondents suggesting one response should be lawsuits by families impacted by COVID-19.

Some 26% proposed diplomatic actions, and 38% believe economic actions would be the best response.

When asked whether they would support changes in diplomatic and economic relations with China if it was revealed that that regime withheld information, more than half of the Germans polled, 54%, said yes.

A stunning 80% said their nation needs to end its dependence on China and 71% believe Germany should withdraw manufacturing investments. In the UK 74% of the respondents were prepared to change their relationship with China following COVID-19.

The only good news for a China intent on diminishing America's role as a 21st century superpower is that a majority of those surveyed abroad believe China's COVID-19 induced economic tremor has impacted America's global leadership, a goal the Chinese dare not accomplish through military means, no matter how many additional nuclear weapons they seek to place in their growing arsenal.
That response reflects a tacit acknowledgment that China's handling of the COVID-19 outbreak, whether deliberate or otherwise, has allowed it to win a public perception battle without firing a shot.
It also reveals what the White House already knows; this is a defining moment for China, its relationship with the United States, and those nations the Chinese intend to place under their economic thumb.

This poll will compel Beijing to consider a stark truth. Their offer of billions in health aid to those nations suffering from COVID-19, coupled with an extensive media/diplomatic blitz that threatens those brave enough to question their actions, is a complete failure.

In fact, the global survey documents a rising awareness of the existential threat from a China that has not only infected the world but seeks to hold the keys to the medical and economic remedies our world needs.

We will recover from COVID-19. Our nation has withstood far worse.

What America needs now is to hear these overseas voices of outrage over China's treachery and respond with the bipartisan political will to confront the real danger: a regime that will use the chaos of COVID-19 to acclerate their strategy of dominating the 21st century as the world's sole superpower.
This article was originally published by Newsmax,

Appendix: Survey Methodology

McLaughlin & Associates conducted 3 separate and unique surveys in the United Kingdom, the Federal Republic of Germany, and Republic of India. Surveys in the United Kingdom and the Federal Republic of Germany were both conducted among 1,000 likely national election voters, each. The survey conducted in the Republic of India was conducted among 2,000 likely national election voters. All surveys were conducted from May 8th through May 17th, 2020

All interviews were conducted online; survey invitations were distributed randomly within predetermined geographic units for each country. These units were structured to correlate with census populations for each individual country. Respondents in India were given the choice to take the survey in Hindi or English. The United Kingdom survey was conducted in English; and the survey in the Federal Republic of Germany was conducted in German.

The accuracy of the sample of 1,000 likely national election voters in the United Kingdom and the Federal Republic of Germany is within +/- 3.1% at a 95% confidence interval. The accuracy of the sample of 2,000 likely national election voters in the Republic of India is within +/- 2.2% at a 95% confidence interval.

The full poll results for the Kadish article on our European and Indian polls are found here.
John McLaughlin has worked professionally as a strategic consultant and pollster for over 35 years. During this time he has earned a reputation for helping some of America's most successful corporations and winning some of the toughest elections in the nation. His political clients have included former Presidential candidates Steve Forbes and Fred Thompson, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and 22 current and former U.S. Senators and 21 current Republican members of Congress. In 2016, John worked as an advisor and pollster for Donald Trump from the primaries through Election Day. Their firm currently polls for the Trump Pence re-election campaign.
Jim McLaughlin is a nationally recognized public opinion expert, strategic consultant and political strategist who has helped to elect a U.S. President, Prime Ministers, a Senate Majority Leader, and a Speaker of the House. Jim has worked for over 70 members of Congress, 14 U.S. Senators, 10 governors, numerous mayors and scores of other elected officials. Read Jim McLaughlin's Reports — More Here.

Lawrence Kadish is a real estate developer, entrepreneur, and founder and president of the Museum of American Armor.

Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/16063/poll-support-for-china

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Jerry Nadler in 2004: ‘Paper ballots are extremely susceptible to fraud’ - Dom Calicchio


by Dom Calicchio

Hypocrisy on full display

If President Trump is seeking a high-ranking Democrat to side with him against mail-in election ballots – in a bid to build bipartisan opposition to the idea in Congress -- he could try contacting U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler.
Although Nadler, as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, helped lead the impeachment fight against Trump last year, a C-SPAN video clip from 2004 shows the New Yorker speaking out strongly against paper-based ballots during a Capitol Hill hearing.
At the hearing -- in which lawmakers examined perceived voting problems in an Ohio election -- a member of the public spoke in support of paper ballots, later citing research by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that she said showed hand-counted paper ballots to be “among the most reliable” voting methods.

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Nadler didn’t agree.

“Paper ballots are extremely susceptible to fraud,” he said. “And at least with the old clunky voting machines that we have in New York, the deliberate fraud is way down compared to paper. 

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., is seen during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 8, 2019. (Associated Press)
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., is seen during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 8, 2019. (Associated Press) 
“When the machines break down, they vote on paper – they’ve had real problems,” he added.

Nadler didn’t have a suggestion for an absolutely reliable voting method, but said, “There’s gotta be a way of getting the best of our methodologies.”

The woman from the audience continued her support of paper ballots.
“At least if there’s a miscount you can discover it,” she said. “You can’t discover miscounts with these machines.”

Nadler then pitched “optical scan with paper” as a compromise solution – meaning paper ballots would be scanned electronically to count the votes. But he wasn’t ready to endorse a hand-counted paper-based system.

“I want a paper trail, I want paper somewhere,” Nadler said. “But pure paper with no machines? I can show you experience which would make your head spin.”

Earlier this month, Nadler accused President Trump of opposing mail-in ballots because he was worried that voters "won't vote for you."

In a Tuesday morning Twitter message, President Trump asserted that mail-in ballots would be “substantially fraudulent” if used for the 2020 presidential election.

The president’s argument appeared in line with that of a 2005 bipartisan report prepared by a federal election reform panel chaired by former President Jimmy Carter and former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker.

“Absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud,” the report concluded.

But a mail-in plan has been suggested for November in a $3.6 billion proposal this month by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Democrats such as California Gov. Gavin Newsom have also supported mail-in voting for some remaining state primary elections.

Fox News' Gregg Re contributed to this story.


Dom Calicchio

Source: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/jerry-nadler-in-2004-paper-ballots-are-extremely-susceptible-to-fraud

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A viral video may keep Biden’s nasty little habit in the public eye - Andrea Widburg


by Andrea Widburg

The Democrat establishment can destroy Tara Reade, but a new video reminds us that Joe may still have bigger problems than Reade's allegations.


Even if Leftists successfully obliterate Tara Reade’s story, there’s one creepy Joe Biden narrative that’s not going to go away, and that’s the endless footage of him getting too close to and too touchy with little girls. On Tuesday, a new video emerged with the usual footage showing Biden relentlessly pawing manifestly uncomfortable little girls. What makes this one different is the way it’s paired with statements from Professor Anthony Zenkus (ironically enough, a die-hard leftist and anti-capitalist) who speaks in an old video about how pedophiles groom children:


No matter how you slice it, what Biden is doing is wrong. No older man should ever handle little girls as he does. The fact that Biden engages in this behavior in public doesn’t change the matter.

Indeed, rather than appearing friendly and naïve, as the “Joe will be Joe” crowd alleges, Bidens blatant behavior opens itself to two unpleasant interpretations: First, he believes that his status in D.C. puts him above the law. Like some Roman emperor, Joe thinks (correctly to date) that he can get away with anything. Second, Joe may get some sort of sick exhibitionistic kick about showing his preference for young girls so publicly.

Gateway Pundit published a reminder that, even when the camera wasn’t there, Biden routinely behaved badly with woman and children, so much so that the Secret Service struggled to deal with him:
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the [a former Secret Service] agent asserted that,  “We had to cancel the VP Christmas get together at the Vice President’s house because Biden would grope all of our wives and girlfriend’s asses.” The annual party was for agents and Navy personnel who were tasked with protecting the Biden family.
“He would mess with every single woman or teen. It was horrible,” the agent said.
According to the source, a Secret Service agent once got suspended for a week in 2009 for shoving Biden after he cupped his girlfriend’s breast while the couple was taking a photo with him. The situation got so heated, the source told Cassandra Fairbanks, that others had to step in to prevent the agent from hitting the then-Vice President.
Additionally, the agent claims that Biden would walk around the VP residence naked at night. “I mean, Stark naked… Weinstein level stuff,” he added.
There’s more here, and it’s all gross.

For years, Democrats have argued that Trump is practically a rapist because he stated, accurately, that some women will let a billionaire or someone else powerful or famous, handle their bodies with impunity. However, when shown videos of Joe Biden openly handling little girls’ bodies, we’re suddenly told that we’re prurient while Biden is pure. His defenders insist that Biden’s sole motive is a sweet admiration for little girls, as evidence by his grabbing them in front of their families, something only a morally innocent man, rather than a predator, would do.

The problem is that the  Democrats’ defense ignores how power corrupts – and Biden has held power for almost fifty years. As far back as 2008, the late Alexander Cockburn wrote a scathing article in the leftist Counterpunch about Biden’s sleaze factor, something tightly tied to his power-fed vanity:
Biden is a notorious flapjaw. His vanity deludes him into believing that every word that drops from his mouth is minted in the golden currency of Pericles. Vanity is the most conspicuous characteristic of US Senators en bloc, nourished by deferential acolytes and often expressed in loutish sexual advances to staffers, interns and the like.  On more than one occasion CounterPunch’s editors have listened to vivid accounts by the recipient of just such advances, this staffer of another senator being accosted by Biden in the well of the senate in the weeks immediately following his first wife’s fatal car accident.
None of the little girls whom Biden pets and paws in the videos has ever come forward to complain that he did anything worse to than his public behavior, nor have other girls come forward with stories. This implies that what we see in the videos is the worst that Biden does. However, that public behavior is grotesque enough that we shouldn’t have to demand more proof of his creep factor before saying that his conduct makes him both too dangerous and too disgusting for the White House.

Andrea Widburg

Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/05/a_viral_video_may_keep_bidens_nasty_little_habit_in_the_public_eye.html

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Palestinians: The Home Demolitions No One Talks About - Khaled Abu Toameh


by Khaled Abu Toameh

[I]nternational human rights groups and the European Union -- are ignoring home demolitions carried out by Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

  • While international human rights groups and the European Union have also been condemning Israel, they are ignoring home demolitions carried out by Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
  • In February, Hamas notified 50 families... that their homes would be destroyed on the pretext that they were built without a license. The families were instructed to evacuate their homes within two weeks.... Last year, Hamas demolished another house in Khan Yunis belonging to Bassam Duhan, also on the pretext that it was built without a license. Duhan, a father of eight, set up a tent in front of the demolished house. He complained that relatives of senior Hamas officials had also built homes in the same area, but no one destroyed their homes.
  • Last year, a youth group in the Gaza Strip called on the Arab League and other Arab and Islamic parties to launch an investigation into Hamas's crimes against Palestinians. Needless to say, the group has never received a reply from the Arab League or any other organization in the Arab and Islamic countries. The appeal came after Hamas militiamen used excessive force to prevent Palestinians from protesting economic hardship and Hamas corruption.
  • In the absence of an international response, Hamas continues to demolish homes in the Gaza Strip -- and other crimes against its own people -- with impunity, leaving hundreds of families without shelter.

On May 15, Hamas bulldozers demolished a partially constructed house belonging to the Sha'ath family in the city of Khan Yunis. Hamas claimed it was being built without a proper permit. According to eyewitnesses, dozens of Hamas militiamen armed with batons and electric stun-batons beat women and children and hurled abuse at other members of the Sha'ath family during the demolition. Pictured: Khan Yunis. (Image source: Dans/Wikimedia Commons)

Hamas, the Iranian-backed terrorist movement controlling the Gaza Strip, is often one of the first Palestinian groups to condemn Israel for demolishing homes of terrorists or Palestinian-owned houses built illegally in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

While international human rights groups and the European Union have also been condemning Israel, they are ignoring home demolitions carried out by Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

In the past 10 years, Hamas has demolished not only houses, but also a mosque -- a move that has received almost no attention from the international media and human rights organizations or the EU.

On May 11, Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem denounced as a "war crime" the demolition by the Israeli military of the house belonging to Qassam Barghouti in the village of Kubar, north of the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Barghouti was a member of a terrorist cell responsible for the murder of 17-year-old Israeli teenager Rina Shnerb in August 2019. She was killed by a roadside bomb while hiking with her father, Rabbi Eitan Shnerb, and brother Dvir near the settlement of Dolev. Her father and brother were wounded in the attack.

Barghouti's mother, Widad, announced that her greatest achievement was giving birth to a hero. "I say to [my son], to all of them [the prisoners], that we are proud of you," she said. "If we want to talk about our achievements as mothers, then the most important achievement that we have made in our lives is that we gave birth to heroes such as these."

Four days after the demolition of Barghouti's home, Hamas bulldozers demolished a house under construction in the city of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip. Hamas has justified the demolition by arguing that the house was being built without a proper permit.

According to eyewitnesses, dozens of Hamas militiamen armed with batons and electric batons accompanied the bulldozers as they demolished the house belonging to the Sha'ath family.

The witnesses accused the Hamas members of beating women and children and hurling abuse at other members of the family during the demolition.

In a statement, the Sha'ath family condemned Hamas's assault on the home of one of its sons. "Hundreds of Hamas members attacked the Shout neighborhood of Khan Yunis," the statement said.
"The attack resulted in the injury of dozens of family members. We hold Hamas responsible for this dangerous escalation. We won't stand idly by about what happened. Hamas practices the most brutal methods of repression and persecution against the people of the Gaza Strip who criticize its behavior."
In February, Hamas notified 50 families in the suburb of Al-Amal in Khan Yunis that their homes would be destroyed on the pretext that they were built without a license. The families were instructed to evacuate their homes within two weeks. "Instead of building us new homes, Hamas is demolishing Palestinians' houses," the residents said. "We have no place to go. We prefer to die under the rubble of our houses together with our children."

This was the fourth demolition of its kind by Hamas since the beginning of the year.

Two weeks after the demolition of the Sha'ath home, Hamas demolished a house belonging to an elderly widow from the al-Shinawwi family in the Gaza Strip. Palestinians pointed out that the demolition took place during the Islamic holy fasting month of Ramadan.

"May God punish you," the elderly woman, weeping, said in a video posted on Facebook. "Hamas are sons of dogs; even the Jews don't do such things to us. I still haven't paid my debts for the construction of the house."

In April, Hamas bulldozers demolished a house belonging to Sultan al-Astal, also in Khan Yunis, on the pretext that it was built without a license.

Al-Astal told the Palestinian newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida that he and his family have "lived on this land for 150 years, and I inherited it from my father and grandfather." He added:
"Despite the fear of the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, Hamas members arrived at my home at dawn. They demolished my house and beat my wife and daughter. They behaved as if they were liberating land occupied by the Jews. Hamas is destroying the homes of innocent and oppressed people."
Khamis al-Astal, the contractor who built the house, said: "Hamas bulldozers destroyed the house without any moral or religious consideration."

In March, Hamas demolished three houses in Khan Yunis on the pretext that they were built on "state-owned" land.

Last year, Hamas demolished another house in Khan Yunis belonging to Bassam Duhan, also on the pretext that it was built without a license. Duhan, a father of eight, set up a tent in front of the demolished house. He complained that relatives of senior Hamas officials had also built homes in the same area, but no one destroyed their homes.

In 2017, Hamas bulldozers demolished several homes in the northern Gaza Strip. Eyewitnesses said protesters set fire to one of the bulldozers.

In 2015, Hamas bulldozers demolished six houses in the Namsawi neighborhood of Khan Yunis on the pretext that they were built on "state-owned" land.

During the same year, Hamas also demolished a mosque belonging to an Islamist group opposed to the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip. Three bulldozers participated in the demolition of the mosque in the town of Der al-Balah. Residents said that Hamas did not even give them time to remove copies of the Koran from the Al-Mutahbin Mosque.

In 2010, Hamas destroyed 20 houses in the Tal al-Sultan neighborhood of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Residents said they were notified of the demolition orders only 48 hours earlier, adding that they didn't have time to remove their belongings before they were evicted by force.

Palestinians are evidently afraid to condemn Hamas for its continued home-demolition policy. Last year, a youth group in the Gaza Strip called on the Arab League and other Arab and Islamic parties to launch an investigation into Hamas's crimes against Palestinians. Needless to say, the group has never received a reply from the Arab League or any other organization in the Arab and Islamic countries. The appeal came after Hamas militiamen used excessive force to prevent Palestinians from protesting economic hardship and Hamas corruption.

For now, it seems that the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip have been betrayed not only by their Arab and Muslim brothers, who care nothing about their plight, but also by the international community, which appears to have a policy of ignoring Hamas's repressive and brutal measures against its own people. In the absence of an international response, Hamas continues to demolish homes in the Gaza Strip -- and other crimes against its own people -- with impunity, leaving hundreds of families without shelter.
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Khaled Abu Toameh, an award-winning journalist based in Jerusalem, is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at Gatestone Institute.

Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/16065/palestinians-home-demolitions

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A Man in Full - Bruce Bawer


by Bruce Bawer


Dan Crenshaw’s inspiring story.




I guess I became aware of Dan Crenshaw, the freshman congressman from Texas, when most other Americans did. Three days before the 2018 election, Saturday Night Live aired a “Weekend Update” segment on which cast member Pete Davidson mocked a few House candidates. Among them was Crenshaw, whom Davidson described as looking “like a hitman in a porno” – the purported joke being that Crenshaw wears an eyepatch. Davidson tagged his jest by saying: “I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in a war…or whatever.” 

Indeed, Crenshaw was a Navy SEAL in Afghanistan, where, on June 15, 2012, a Taliban bomb severely damaged both of his eyes. Although doctors expected him to be totally blind, surgeons at Walter Reed managed – miraculously – to save his left eye.

Davidson’s tin-eared dig at Crenshaw made headlines around the world – that’s why I heard about it (I haven’t watched SNL in years) – and sparked outrage. There were calls for him to be fired. But Crenshaw didn’t join in the pile-on. Instead, on the following Saturday, after he’d won his election, Crenshaw appeared on SNL, graciously accepted an apology from Davidson, and read a few gags at Davidson’s expense.

That display of class and good humor was impressive. During the year and a half since, Crenshaw has become a familiar face on cable news, and he’s been consistently impressive there, too – articulate, unflappable, and very, very smart. Hence I expected Crenshaw’s new book, Fortitude: American Resilience in the Era of Outrage to be a worthwhile read.

It is. But it’s more than that. It’s a serious, intelligent meditation on a culture in which victimhood is so highly prized that we’ve made an art out of taking offense –  discovering racism and sexism everywhere, waging campaigns of personal destruction on the slightest of pretexts, and perpetrating ridiculous hoaxes à la Jussie Smollett. In such a climate, it was only to be expected that after Pete Davidson told that dumb joke, there would be calls for his head.

Not that Davidson was ever in any real danger of losing his job. After all, Crenshaw’s a Republican. Generally, you can get away with insulting, and even libeling, somebody on the right. But offend the left and your career may be over. Indeed, as Crenshaw points out, not long after his cozy SNL appearance, a newly hired SNL cast member turned out to have used supposedly offensive terms about Asians and gays on a comedy podcast, and NBC kicked him promptly and unceremoniously to the curb.  

In any event, one thing’s clear: for many leftists, easily triggered outrage is a virtue. Crenshaw recalls seeing a group of protesters outside of the Capitol with signs reading “Stay Outraged.” About what? Anything and everything, apparently. Another time, inside the same building, three of his House colleagues “held aloft a T-shirt that said, IF YOU’RE NOT OUTRAGED THEN YOU’RE NOT PAYING ATTENTION.”

Crenshaw doesn’t like any of this. In his view, when millions of Americans are capable of being devastated (or are willing to pretend to be devastated) by some offhand remark, and are, moreover, prepared to go nuclear on those who’ve offended them, that’s not good for any of the parties involved, and it’s not good for America, either. Crenshaw approvingly quotes Thomas Sowell’s observation that “we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain.”

And almost none of that complaining makes sense, anyway, given that, as Crenshaw points out, we live in “the best time to be alive, period.” Of course, even more absurd is that the people who have it best of all tend to be the touchiest. Crenshaw reminds us that “students at Oxford University voted to replace clapping with ‘jazz hands’ because clapping could, in their words, trigger anxiety.’”

How can this be? Crenshaw’s answer: “today’s society…is swelling with the wrong role models.” Not a new observation, needless to say, but Crenshaw’s approach to the topic – and to the question of whom young Americans should look up to – is fresh, smart, and incisive. Citing sources that range from Dostoevsky, Seneca, Jung, Aristotle, and Marcus Aurelius to the movie Patton, the cable series Game of Thrones, and not least (well, yes, actually least) the teen sitcom Saved by the Bell, Crenshaw makes an argument, as Tom Wolfe did in his novel A Man in Full, for the inestimable civilizational value of Stoicism, the third-century B.C. philosophical school that exalts reason, self-control, and fatalism. “Our culture,” Crenshaw writes, “has begun to confuse passion with substance, reward the loudest and angriest voices, and thus incentivize behavior wholly at odds with Stoic wisdom.”

To be sure, Crenshaw readily admits that he himself is capable of getting unreasonably worked up about minor irritations, such as bad Wi-Fi on airplanes. But when this happens, he says, he recalls his ancestor Sarah Howard, who at age sixteen crossed the frontier on foot with the goal of settling in Texas – a weeks-long ordeal during which “she had a run-in with Comanches that resulted in the death of her husband,” then experienced the deaths, “in similar circumstances,” of her second husband and infant child, and finally underwent an Indian captivity from which she “miraculously escaped.” Crenshaw adds: “And here I am, complaining about the Wi-Fi.” 

It’s all, he says, about putting things into perspective: “A healthy sense of perspective is an antidote to outrage. It is an antidote to self-pity, despair, and weakness.”

Another woman who helped give Crenshaw a sense of perspective was his mother, who, after a painful five-year struggle with breast cancer, died when he was ten – a torment she faced throughout “with endurance, grace, and optimism.” In the difficult days after his bomb injury, he thought of his mother: “I wasn’t about to let some cheap-ass IED in the ancient killing fields of Afghanistan render me unworthy of her memory.”

For good measure, Crenshaw also holds up as role models the local interpreters whom he calls “the unsung heroes of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They often suffer threats and ostracism for their willingness to endure the battlefield alongside us. Their motivation isn’t money; there isn’t enough money to make it worthwhile facing down insurgents who know where you and your family live. They are idealists. They work and risk death because they believe in our common cause of freedom.”

How did Crenshaw end up as a Navy SEAL? At thirteen he read Rogue Warrior (1992), the autobiography of Dick Marcinko, founder of SEAL Team SIX, and, just like that, decided to become a SEAL. He never wavered in his pursuit of that objective, although the road was hard. Along the way, he put together a pretty impressive résumé. Before joining the Navy, he studied international relations and physics (!) at Tufts University; after losing his eye – and thus his Navy career (he’s still palpably angry at the military brass for jettisoning him) – he earned a master’s at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

No, this is no ordinary politician – and no ordinary political autobiography, either. I confess that un-Stoic tears filled my eyes several times while reading it. Yes, I was moved by Crenshaw’s account of his mother’s fortitude and by his own grit in the face of his eye injury. But I was also moved by the idea that the United States Congress – a body crammed with fools and scoundrels – has at least one member who’s served his country as bravely and selflessly as Crenshaw has done and who possesses the hard-won wisdom and decency of character to write a book like this.

Many of us who consider Donald Trump a vitally necessary world-historical figure have wondered where to turn after his eight years are up. We’ve worried that it will be a case of après lui, le déluge. Could Crenshaw – whose career I find myself following with growing interest, respect, and admiration – fill Trump’s shoes? Increasingly, the idea seems appealing. So far I, for one, can see few other satisfactory candidates.

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Photo credit: Gage Skidmore


Bruce Bawer is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/05/man-full-bruce-bawer/

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Ayatollah Khamenei and the Unhinged Mind of a Religious Zealot - Ari Lieberman


by Ari Lieberman

Iran’s Supreme Leader calls for a “final solution” to Israel and the “liberation of Palestine.”




This past Friday, Israelis of all backgrounds and political persuasions celebrated Jerusalem Day, which commemorates Israel’s liberation of the eastern part of the city during the Six Day War of 1967. While Israelis were celebrating and reflecting on their admirable achievements, it was an entirely different affair in the Islamic Republic of Iran where Iranian authorities organized and orchestrated anti-Israel demonstrations in commemoration of Quds Day. The hateful rallies came with all the expected banalities including the requisite burning of Israeli and American flags and effigies.

The demonstrations were accompanied by the usual over-the-top rhetoric by Iran’s so-called Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who likened Zionism to a “virus,” and Israel to a “cancerous tumor,” that must be destroyed and whose destruction is imminent. In a twitter rant, the mercurial supreme mullah leader called for a “final solution” to Israel’s existence, invoking Nazi-like genocidal language and promised that “Palestine [would] be free.”

This sort of bombast is to be expected from Iran’s virulently anti-Semitic leadership. This isn’t the first time that Khamenei referred to Israel as a “cancerous tumor,” and the employment of Nazi-like verbiage is unsurprising given that the mullah leadership frequently indulges overt Holocaust denial and sponsors Holocaust denial exhibits.

Khamenei also criticized Arab countries for warming to Israel and forging ties with the Jewish state noting that in so doing, “they forgot their human, Islamic and political responsibilities and their Arab pride.” The Persian Shia leader, who for years has wreaked havoc and fomented chaos in the Arab Sunni world, is talking about Arab pride. Now that’s rich.

What is further both interesting and ironic is the Supreme Leader’s perplexing confidence in Israel’s alleged weakness and imminent demise. The contrast between Israel and Iran in terms of strength and stability could not be starker.

Israel is a member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a testament to its commitment to democracy and a free market economy. Its economy is strong and vibrant. Unemployment is low, inflation is low and its currency is rock-solid stable. Israel is recognized world-wide as a technology superpower, and no serious international technology company would consider doing business without maintaining an R& D presence in Israel. In terms of military prowess, Israel has convincingly defeated its enemies in every war it has had, beginning with the 1948 War of Independence through Operation Protective Edge, and routinely ranks among the world’s most powerful nations.

In sum, in every metric gauging a nation’s strength and stability, Israel ranks high. Iran by contrast, is plagued with economic, military and political malaise. Iran is recognized as a pariah state, a rogue nation shunned by most of the civilized world. Its commercial airlines and maritime fleets are barred from most of the world’s airports and seaports. Iran has been disconnected from the SWIFT system preventing its banks from engaging in international banking transactions, and crucially, Iran has a limited market for its oil, which is its chief export.

Iran’s economy is in shambles. Its currency, the rial, is virtually worthless. On the black market, one dollar fetches 160,000 rials. Unemployment hovers at about 12 percent, and that figure represents pre-COVID-19 levels! And speaking of COVID-19, while Israel has largely defeated the Wuhan virus and is opening up, the killer pathogen continues to ravage the Islamic Republic, with shockingly high death and infection rates.

Militarily, Iran is under extreme distress. In January, its air defense units shot down a Ukrainian commercial Boeing 737-800 killing all 176 passengers (most of which were Iranian) and crew members. The downing demonstrated lack of discipline, inadequate training and poor command and control. Embarrassed by the fiasco, Iranian authorities tried in vain to conceal the debacle, further damaging Iran’s already tarnished reputation on the world stage.

Then on May 11, in what has been described as a friendly fire incident, an Iranian missile boat obliterated another Iranian auxiliary ship with a C-802 ship-to-ship missile. The Iranians initially admitted to the loss of one sailor but perhaps learning from their experience in January, revised their casualty count, acknowledging the loss of 19 sailors and the wounding of 15 others. Other sources placed the number of dead at 40.

In Syria, Iranian forces, subjected to a relentless pressure campaign by the Israeli military, are reportedly evacuating some bases and retreating. Moreover, Iran has still not recovered from the loss of its Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani and many of his top lieutenants in a U.S. drone strike at Baghdad International Airport in early January.

On May 9, Iran suffered another military reversal when an Israeli cyberattack on the Shahid Rajaee port facility in the Iranian coastal city of Bandar Abbas, temporarily disabled the port’s computer systems that regulate traffic flow and logistics, causing a complete shutdown of the facility. The attack was in retaliation for a failed Iranian cyberattack on Israel’s water facilities.

On every front, economic, political and military, Iran is reeling, making a mockery of Khamenei’s malign Quds Day rhetoric. Khamenei’s bombast not only exposes his virulent anti-Semitism, it also reveals the unbalanced mind of a religious zealot steeped in a perpetual, make-believe fantasy loop.

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Photo credit: Thierry Ehrmann


Ari Lieberman

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/05/ayatollah-khamenei-and-unhinged-mind-religious-ari-lieberman/

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Navarro blasts Biden, accuses ex-VP of spending Obama years 'toadying up and kowtowing' to China - Charles Creitz


by Charles Creitz

"To Brother Joe, I guess he forgot the eight years he was toadying up and kowtowing to the Chinese"

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro accused Joe Biden Tuesday of spending his entire tenure as Barack Obama's vice president "toadying up and kowtowing to the Chinese" in response to the Biden campaign's claims President Trump's actions fueled the economic crisis initially caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

"To Brother Joe, I guess he forgot the eight years he was toadying up and kowtowing to the Chinese," Navarro told "The Story," "and of course he is not going to basically hold China accountable for this pandemic."

BIDEN ARGUES TRUMP'S POLICIES FUELED CORONAVIRUS ECONOMIC DISASTER

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This is what astonishes me," Navarro added, "the evidence is overwhelming that the Chinese Communist Party foisted this pandemic on the world, destroyed trillions of dollars of wealth and they killed close to 100,000 Americans so far."

Turning to the economy, Navarro told host Martha MacCallum that he expected a "steady trend upward" as states reopen more and more of their economies throughout the summer.

"What this president cares about and what I care about is not Wall Street, it's Main Street," he said. "What I see, basically, as we open up this economy, we are going to have to do it gradually because of the social distancing, but we are going to be doing that.

"I think that what matters here are trends," Navarro concluded. "We basically crashed to a stop and now I think what you are going to see is a steady trend upward."

The trade adviser emphasized that a key part of any long-term recovery must be a systematic return of manufacturing to American shores.


Charles Creitz

Source: https://www.foxnews.com/media/navarro-biden-toadying-up-kowtowing-china-obama

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Iran: US Chance for a Knockout Punch - Peter Huessy


by Peter Huessy

Iranian tankers laden with gasoline are now traveling to Venezuela. The US Navy could easily capture those tankers still at sea.

  • There are five actions the Trump administration must take: (1) extending the UN arms embargo on Iran; (2) snapping back economic sanctions on Iran (they were originally loosened as part of the JCPOA); (3) shutting down the smuggling and trafficking networks of Hezbollah in the Americas; (4) stopping the Chinese-Iranian oil and gas pipeline developments through Pakistan; and (5) interdicting if possible Iranian tankers filled with gasoline and headed for Venezuela.
  • The embargo on Iran selling or importing high-technology military equipment, especially ballistic missile technology, must also be one of the administration's highest priorities. Particularly worrisome is that Russia and China want to sell equipment to Iran that, when combined with Iran's indigenous missile capability, would greatly accelerate Tehran's ICBM development program.
  • The US administration has let it be known that it could still sanction any entity selling Iran advanced weapons, especially ballistic missile technology.
  • Iranian tankers laden with gasoline are now traveling to Venezuela. The US Navy could easily capture those tankers still at sea. There is ample precedent. Both the US and Great Britain have legally seized Iranian ships bringing missiles to terrorists in Yemen. With a similar action, the US could both deny funds for Iran's terrorist and nuclear activities and energy desperately needed by the oppressive Maduro regime in Venezuela.


Iranian tankers laden with gasoline are now traveling to Venezuela. The US Navy could easily capture those tankers still at sea. There is ample precedent. Both the US and Great Britain have legally seized Iranian ships bringing missiles to terrorists in Yemen. Pictured: The oil tanker Fortune, the first of five Iranian-flagged tankers bringing Iranian gasoline to Venezuela, docked at the El Palito refinery in Carabobo, on May 25, 2020. (Photo by AFP via Getty Images)

In 2015, the United States, France, Great Britain, Germany, Russia and China signed an agreement that was named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or the JCPOA. The agreement (which Iran serially violates) ostensibly curtailed Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons -- for a short time -- in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions against Iran.

Nothing in the deal called for Iran to: (1) stop development and deployment of ballistic missiles; (2) end the presence of its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) terrorist militias in Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq, and Afghanistan; (3) stop its smuggling and trafficking activities in the western hemisphere, or (4) curtail a growing oil-and-gas-related economic and cooperative military partnership with China.

Since the West signed the agreement –which, incidentally, Iran never actually signed -- Iran has never shown the slightest inclination to stop its nuclear weapons activities. There has not been, therefore, a JCPOA quid pro quo for the United States to embrace. As a result, the US has expanded its sanctions into a (not quite) "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran -- already on the economic ropes -- and now has an opportunity plant Iran face down on the geostrategic canvas with a few well-placed economic right hooks (pun unintended).

To do that, there are five actions the Trump administration must take: (1) extending the UN arms embargo on Iran; (2) snapping back economic sanctions on Iran (they were originally loosened as part of the JCPOA); (3) shutting down the smuggling and trafficking networks of Hezbollah in the Americas; (4) stopping the Chinese-Iranian oil and gas pipeline developments through Pakistan; and (5) interdicting if possible Iranian tankers filled with gasoline and headed for Venezuela.

The embargo on Iran selling or importing high-technology military equipment, especially ballistic missile technology, must also be one of the administration's highest priorities. Recently, an IRGC rocket successfully launched a satellite, signaling that Iran is close to a real intercontinental ballistic missile capability. Particularly worrisome is that Russia and China want to sell equipment to Iran that, when combined with Iran's indigenous missile capability, would greatly accelerate Tehran's ICBM development program.

The United Nations ban on Iran importing or exporting advanced military equipment expires this October. A continuation of the ban will require the adoption of a resolution extending the current arms embargo by the UN Security Council.

This necessity means that success for the American plan to extend the embargo is unlikely: Russia and China are permanent members of the Security Council and can veto any such resolution. A veto is likely, given that both have made no secret of their intention to sell Iran tons of new advanced military weaponry.

Nevertheless, close to 400 members of the House of Representatives have signed a letter supporting the administration's work to extend the arms embargo, and 50 former senior US government officials have urged the administration to put the embargo plan's pedal to the metal.

As a result, the US administration has let it be known that it could still sanction any entity selling Iran advanced weapons, especially ballistic missile technology.

Separate from the arms embargo is the possibility of the US unilaterally snapping back those economic sanctions loosened by the Obama administration against nations or entities that invest in or trade with Iran, outside of humanitarian goods.

Some European countries, China, and Russia are actively seeking more trade with and investment in Iran. China, for instance, is trying to build an extension of a gas pipeline from Iran through Pakistan and on to China's Xinjiang province with funds from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. US sanctions against this prime target would not only deny Iran an important source of revenue but also deny China an important source of energy.

In addition, a recent opportunity has presented the United States a way visibly to upend another Iranian plan to circumvent sanctions. Iranian tankers laden with gasoline are now traveling to Venezuela. The US Navy could easily capture those tankers still at sea. There is ample precedent. Both the US and Great Britain have legally seized Iranian ships bringing missiles to terrorists in Yemen. With a similar action, the US could both deny funds for Iran's terrorist and nuclear activities and energy desperately needed by the oppressive Maduro regime in Venezuela.

Closer to home, Hezbollah is the biggest smuggler of contraband cigarettes in the Americas. It also traffics in women and children. Both activities should be stopped, especially in view of the Obama administration's reluctance to interdict Hezbollah's Latin American cigarette smuggling gangs.

Iran is economically desperate because of plummeting world oil prices, a huge decline in its economic growth due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and U.S. economic sanctions. Estimates are that Iran's GDP has declined more than 20%, with a loss of at least $200 billion in government revenue that was to fund Iran's military activities. Oil exports alone have dropped from 2.5 million to 200,000 barrels per day.

All these factors point to an opportunity to bring down the totalitarian regime of Iran's clerics. Now is precisely the time to hit Iran economically again -- with further "maximum pressure."

Iran's leaders are on the ropes; it is time to put them on the canvas.

Peter Huessy is Director of Strategic Deterrent Studies at the Mitchell Institute.

Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/16064/iran-knockout-punch

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Anti-American, Racist NY Times Smears U.S. Military as Racist on Memorial Day - Bosch Fawstin


by Bosch Fawstin 

There are no greater racists than "anti-racist" activists.




On our Memorial Day, a day when Americans honor those who have died fighting for our freedoms, the leftist supremacists at the The New York Times decided to smear the U.S. military as "white supremacist" in an op-ed titled "Why Does the U.S. MilitaryCelebrate White Supremacy?" .

The leftist supremacists at The New York Times could not resist leaving it alone even for one day, not even a day where we should all honor those who have fought and died to uphold the freedoms that we enjoy. The New York Times editorial board, filled with anti-American racists, attacked America and its military, instead of honoring both. And here's my cartoon that visualizes how I see The New York Times, especially on this day.


Bosch Fawstin

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/05/anti-american-and-racist-new-york-times-smears-us-bosch-fawstin/

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