Friday, April 15, 2022

The Biden-Obama Administration’s 'Rebalancing' in the Middle East - Joseph Puder

 

​ by Joseph Puder

Biden changed "maximum pressure" on Iran to "maximum concessions."

 


President Joe Biden seems to be dedicated to the foreign policies of his former boss, President Barrack Obama. Like Obama, he is clearly bent on reviving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) also known as the Iran nuclear deal. In its eagerness to sign a deal with the Iranians at all costs, the Biden administration is willing to overlook the human rights abuses being committed by the Ayatollah’s regime and its praetorian guards – the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). It is similarly ready to put aside the issue of Iran’s development of long-range ballistic missiles that would enable Tehran to equip such long-range missiles with nuclear payloads and target major sites on American soil, not to mention all points in Israel and the Arab Gulf states.

Former President Obama did more than lift the sanctions imposed on Iran, he provided the Ayatollahs with $150 billion in cash. It enabled the Iranian regime to grant generous military and financial aid to the Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon, the jihadist Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), Hamas in Gaza, as well as the Houthis in Yemen. The windfall from the JCPOA also afforded the IRGC to provide military training, equipment, and funds to an assortment of Shiite militias from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. It amounted to the Obama administration strengthening Iran and its proxies at the expense of the security interests of Israel, Saudi Arabia, and other Gulf states such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain.

President Donald Trump reversed that equation. He applied a “maximum pressure” sanction policy that crippled Iran’s economy. He also maintained closer ties with Saudi Arabia, and designated the Houthis as a terrorist organization. At the same time, Trump became the first American president to fulfill the promise to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s historical capital – Jerusalem. He recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and acknowledged the legality of Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria. Trump consigned the IRGC to the list of terrorist organizations, and placed sanctions on its leadership.

The Biden administration is now ready to reverse practically all the actions his predecessor took in the Middle East. First and foremost, Biden is prepared to turn Trump’s “maximum pressure” on Iran into “maximum concessions,” rewarding Iran for renegotiating the nuclear deal. The Biden administration is also seeking to bring about a rapprochement between Iran and Saudi Arabia, just as Obama did. This is part of the administration’s so-called refocusing on the Asia-Pacific theatre, while leaving the Middle East to fend for itself. This divestiture from the region, while China and Russia are moving deeper into the Middle East, may backfire on the US. It is clearly evidenced by Saudi Arabia’s leaders ignoring Biden’s calls and American requests from Riyadh to pump more oil into the market, to satisfy western consumers demand, and in an effort to lower energy costs for Americans. 

Curiously, while asking the Saudis to increase the oil supply so that Americans at the gas pump will be less angry, as they will soon vote in American election primaries, Biden has de-listed the Houthis as a terrorist organization. Another irony is that Biden also asked the Saudis and Israelis to support the sanctions against Russia over its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. Yet, at the same time, Russia is more than likely getting sanction waivers so that it can continue to guarantee the nuclear deal with Iran. No wonder the Saudis are snubbing the Biden team.  

Biden’s “balancing” act is in many ways an assault on the regional order the US had established following WWII. The nuclear deal with Iran would likely replace the former US-led regional security structure with a system in which Iran, backed by China and Russia, becomes America’s new sub-contractors, while its hitherto allies - the Arab Gulf states, and to some extent Israel, are demoted to second-tier states. It is precisely for this reason that some of the moderate Sunni-Arab states, especially Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, the UAE, and Israel, seem to be forming a defense and security pact, as a bulwark against an aggressive and hegemonic Iran, that is becoming a “threshold nuclear state.” The above mentioned states still hope that the US will play a major role in such an alliance. The Sde Boker summit earlier this month laid this unprecedented foundation.

During both the Biden and Obama administrations, Iran increased its maligning activities in the region directly or through its Shiite proxies. Yet both Biden and Obama have called on Riyadh to “de-escalate its war in Yemen against the Houthis, and advised Jerusalem to forgo building homes in Judea and Samaria lest it might alienate the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, where Mahmud Abbas, and his failed team have shown little willingness to compromise for peace. Biden’s Washington also counseled Israel to be more restrained in responding to the PIJ and Hamas’s provocative terror attack on Israeli cities last May, which prompted Israel to react with Operation Guardians of the Wall.

In fact, Reuters reported (April 7, 2021) that, “The Biden administration announced (that) it would provide $235 million in US aid to the Palestinians, restarting funding for the United Nations agency supporting refugees (UNRWA) and restoring other assistance cut off by then-President Donald Trump.”  UNWRA is nothing less than an incubator for Palestinian terrorism. At UNRWA schools, children are taught hate for Israel, Jews, and non-Muslims. The following month, while Hamas and the PIJ lobbed missiles at Israeli cities, Reuters reported (May 14, 2021) that, “The Biden administration notified Congress…that it will send millions of dollars in US assistance to the Palestinians aimed at promoting peace even as violence between the two sides rages… US calls for restraint, (and) that it will provide $10 million to Palestinian groups in the West Bank and Gaza… The recipients of the aid were not named.”

Both Hamas and PIJ are trained, armed, and funded by Iran’s IRGC, and should the renewed nuclear deal with Iran be signed and implemented, Iran will once again receive billions of dollars in sanctions relief, and Russia, no doubt will also get a cut, which will help Moscow fund its war in Ukraine.

In a March 2016 interview with the Atlantic Magazine, President Obama asserted that wars and chaos in the Middle East will not end until Saudi Arabia and Iran can find a way “to share the neighborhood.” Obama had thought to create a balance of powers between Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. What he clearly missed is the fact that Iran wants to “wipe Israel off the map,” and in its hegemonic drive in the region, it is employing terror and instability throughout the region, not to mention its efforts to push the US out of the Middle East. President Biden is willingly going along with Iran’s desire to expel the US from the region, albeit, it is happening with Iranian rockets aimed at servicemen and US facilities in the region.

 

Joseph Puder

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2022/04/biden-obama-administrations-rebalancing-middle-joseph-puder/

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Israel successfully tests groundbreaking laser defense system - Israel National News

 

​ by Israel National News

'Iron Beam' successfully intercepts variety of targets in big step towards bringing cheap, effective laser defense system into operation.

 

 

Israel has conducted the first successful tests of a state-of-the-art laser interception system, dubbed 'Iron Beam,' the Defense Ministry announced Thursday afternoon.

The tests involved a series of experiments of a laser ground interception system against fast-moving threats in a variety of scenarios and targets.

The successful tests represent a breakthrough in the integration of laser technology into the defense system of the State of Israel. The demonstrations, developed in collaboration between the Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological and Rafael, demonstrated interception of shrapnel, rockets, anti-tank missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles, in a variety of complex scenarios.

Israel is among the first countries in the world to succeed in developing powerful laser technology to operational standards for defense and demonstrate interception in an operational scenario. The laser is an effective, accurate, easy-to-operate tool that is significantly cheaper than any other existing means of protection.

This series of tests is the first phase in a multi-year experimental program by the Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure and the defense industries to develop a terrestrial and aerial laser system for dealing with threats at various ranges and altitudes. The development plan is led by the R&D Division in the Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure. Rafael is the main developer of the system, in collaboration with Elbit Systems.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz expressed satisfaction with the initial tests and said that "about a month ago we announced a dramatic move, the execution of a huge order for the development and production of a laser defense system. Today this step becomes an international achievement. For the first time ever, a powerful laser system, from Blue and White development, has intercepted targets from a distance."

"This achievement is a product of Israeli innovation, the defense system and the industries that come together and provide an umbrella of security and protection for the citizens of Israel. Every effort will be made to make the system operational soon and enable an effective, cheap and innovative defense umbrella. A protective umbrella that will save lives - and allow a wide maneuvering space in the face of an attack by our enemies."

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said in response to the successful tests: “We have successfully completed a series of tests on our new 'Iron Beam' laser air defense system. This may sound like science-fiction, but it’s real."

"This state-of-the-art laser system is capable of firing laser beams that intercept incoming UAVs, mortars, rockets and anti-tank missiles. It’s a game changer.

"This the world’s first energy-based weapons system, that has proven to actually work. The Iron Beam’s interceptions are silent, they’re invisible and they only cost around $3.50. We are turning the tables on terror.

"I would like to thank the Ministry of Defense and the defense industries on this huge achievement,” the Prime Minister concluded.

 

Israel National News

Source: https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/325874

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Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter, take it private - Stephen Sorace

 

​ by Stephen Sorace

Tesla CEO Elon Musk offered to buy Twitter for $54.20 per share

 

 

Tesla CEO Elon Musk offered to buy Twitter in a deal worth more than $43 billion and take the social media company private.

Musk’s best and final offer was to pay $54.20 per share for 100% of Twitter, and said that if his offer was not accepted he’d have to reconsider his position as a shareholder, according to an SEC filing.

MUSK CALLS OUT TAYLOR SWIFT, JUSTIN BIEBER FOR RARELY TWEETING: ‘IS TWITTER DYING?’

Musk recently disclosed a 9.2% stake in Twitter, but he rejected an offer to join its board of directors and criticized the social media platform in tweets.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
TWTR TWITTER INC. 45.08 -0.77 -1.68%
TSLA TESLA INC. 985.00 -37.37 -3.66%

He wrote in the filing that he'd want to "transform" the social media platform as a private company.

Elon Musk is seen in a photo illustration. (Jim Watson/AFP via / Getty Images)

ELON MUSK FACES SHAREHOLDER LAWSUIT OVER DELAY IN DISCLOSING TWITTER STAKE

"I invested in Twitter as I believe in its potential to be the platform for free speech around the globe, and I believe free speech is a societal imperative for a functioning democracy," Musk wrote. "However, since making my investment I now realize the company will neither thrive nor serve this societal imperative in its current form."

  (Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via / Getty Images)

Musk said the takeover attempt is "not a threat, it's simply not a good investment without the changes that need to be made."

 

Stephen Sorace

Source: https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/elon-musk-offer-buy-twitter-take-it-private

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Yes, Iran's IRGC is a Terrorist Organization - Peymaneh Mirshafiei

 

​ by Peymaneh Mirshafiei

Three reasons why the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps should remain designated as a foreign terrorist organization.

 

President Joe Biden would be making a grave mistake by delisting Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) from the State Department’s Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) blacklist. Iran’s regime is currently hindering nuclear talks that have continued in Vienna among world powers by raising this latest demand, claiming the IRGC is a “national army” and its terror designation as an FTO is a “red line.”

There is good reason why former president Donald Trump designated the IRGC as an FTO back in 2019 as part of his administration’s maximum pressure campaign that deprived Iran’s regime, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, of tens of billions of dollars. Reports indicate Tehran had only $4 billion in foreign currency reserves as a result of Trump’s sanctions.

The Biden administration, however, has adopted a pro-appeasement approach and been providing concessions to the Iranian regime. As a result, the mullahs in Tehran have been raising more demands, including the IRGC’s delisting from the State Department’s FTO list.

  • The three criteria necessary to be designated in the FTO list are:
  •  The organization must be foreign
  •  The organization must engage in terrorist activity
  •  The organization’s activities must threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security (national defense, foreign relations, or the economic interests) of the United States.

The IRGC meets all three criteria and its nature has not changed in 40 years, let alone since the initial 2019 designation.

Firstly, the IRGC is a foreign organization as it belongs to the mullahs’ regime ruling Iran.

Secondly, the IRGC has for four decades engaged in terrorist activity that continues to this day.

  •  On October 23, 1983, a double bombing in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, left 241 American service members, 58 French military personnel and six civilians killed, alongside hundreds of others injured. Iran’s IRGC supported the Lebanese Hezb’allah in carrying out this bombing.
  •  On June 25, 1996, terrorists backed by Iran’s IRGC bombed a U.S. Air Force barracks in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, killing 19 American airmen and wounding 498 people, mostly civilians.
  •  Following the 2003 U.S.-led war in Iraq, Iran’s IRGC went into full gear to attack and kill American soldiers. Qassem Soleimani, the former head of the IRGC Quds Force who was killed in a U.S. airstrike outside of Baghdad International Airport in on January 3, 2020, was responsible for the deaths of over 600 U.S. soldiers in Iraq, according to the Pentagon.

“General Soleimani and his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more,” the Pentagon reported. “He had orchestrated attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the last several months… culminating in the death and wounding of additional American and Iraqi personnel. General Soleimani also approved the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that took place this week.”

  •  In March 2020, Iraqi extremist groups backed by Iran’s IRGC carried out a rocket attack that killed two Americans and one U.K. citizen at an Iraqi base north of Baghdad. “The Iranian proxy group Kata'ib Hezbollah is the only group known to have previously conducted an indirect fire attack of this scale against U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq," said former CENTCOM chief Gen. Frank McKenzie at the time.

Of course, the list of IRGC terrorist activities is far beyond the capacity of this article.

Thirdly, the IRGC’s activities threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security of the United States.

  •  On March 13, Iran’s IRGC officially claimed responsibility for launching 12 ballistic missiles from Iranian soil targeting the city of Erbil in northern Iraq. “The missiles came down in areas near a new U.S. consulate building, according to Kurdish officials,” as reported by Reuters. Iranian state media said the IRGC carried out the attack against Israeli "strategic centers" in Erbil. Israel is the U.S.’ most important and strategic ally in the Middle East.
  •  On March 25, the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen -- supported by the IRGC -- launched multiple drone and missile attacks targeting cities in Saudi Arabia. The Aramco oil facilities in Jeddah, western Saudi Arabia, came under heavy attacks.

“The Houthis launch these terrorist attacks with enabling by Iran, which supplies them with missile and UAV components, training, and expertise,” reads a statement issued by U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. It is a known fact that the IRGC, with their extraterritorial Quds Force, are in charge of arming and guiding Tehran’s terrorist militias and proxies checkered across the Middle East and beyond.

  •  The United Arab Emirates said on January 31 that their military intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Iran-backed Houthi militias as the UAE hosted Israeli president Isaac Herzog.

It goes without saying that Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and the government of Iraq are U.S. allies and partners, and the abovementioned IRGC-supported terror attacks threaten U.S. foreign relations and economic interests.

The IRGC has proven for four decades now that an FTO designation is in its DNA. It cannot forgo such a characteristic as it would undermine its very purpose. With that said, the Biden administration should not bend the knee before the Iranian regime’s demand.

And as a rule of thumb, appeasement emboldens dictators and terrorists. The more you cave in, the more they will demand.

 

Peymaneh Mirshafiei

Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2022/04/yes_irans_irgc_is_a_terrorist_organization.html

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The Unbearable Lightness of Bernie - David Horowitz

 

​ by David Horowitz

Understanding the Progressive Mind, Part III.

 


[Order David Horowitz's new book -- I Can't Breathe: How a Racial Hoax Is Killing America: HERE.]

[See Part I HERE and Part II HERE.]

Bernie Sanders is the founder of the Progressive Caucus and most popular figure in the Democrat Party. He is also the Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, and therefore a key player in determining how Washington decides to spend taxpayers’ dollars. Bernie is also a lifetime fan of Communist regimes and apologist for their totalitarian practices – and atrocities. He supported Iran’s Islamo-fascist regime in 1979 when it made hostages of 52 American diplomats and embassy workers, held them for 444 days, and chanted “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” – repeating the threats through time.[1]

As an American politician for more than five decades, Bernie’s chief passion has been hatred of billionaires and of wealth in general, and of the economic system that makes wealth possible. He pursues this passion without a scintilla of self-awareness, ignoring the fact that he, himself, is worth $3 million. This personal wealth allows him to own three houses, while the average person is lucky to own one. While presenting himself as a champion of the working classes, and opponent of million- dollar incomes, he has no apparent intention of redistributing his own wealth to less fortunate individuals who may need it more than he does.

Without the slightest sense of irony, Bernie boasts that his first priority as a politician is to make socialist theft the law of the land, using the power of the state to force the most successful people to fork over their earnings and allow him as budget chairman to spend them. As his 2020 presidential campaign spokesman embellished this social injustice: “The record shows that from the very beginning, Bernie anticipated and worked to combat the rise of a billionaire ruling class and the exploding power of Wall Street and multinational corporations.”[2] Specifically, Bernie hoped to accomplish this transfer by passing a law that would make it illegal for anyone to accumulate more wealth than he or she could spend in a lifetime, and that any income above $1 million per year would be taxed at a rate of 100%. “Nobody should earn more than a million dollars,” the multi-millionaire Bernie explained.[3]

In keeping with his determination to lead a campaign against wealth, whether earned or not, Bernie’s Twitter feed is monotonously filled with jeremiads about how bad, unfair and obscene it is for CEOs of large corporations to make more money than their workers. The following is a typical snark: “CEOs at large corporations are paid 350x more than what their average worker makes. Is that the kind of economic reality we should accept? I don’t think so.”[4]

At this point, one might ask: What educational or job experience can Bernie claim that would even suggest that he had the credentials to draw such a society-changing conclusion affecting the lives of three hundred million Americans? The answer is none.

In 1964 Bernie graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Chicago. While at UC, Sanders joined the Young Peoples Socialist League, an ideological perspective he took with him when he went to work as an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. This radical component of the civil rights movement was led by Stokely Carmichael, a rabid anti-Semite notorious for his claim that “the only good Zionist is a dead Zionist.” Carmichael was also a black racist who invented the slogan “Black Power” to challenge Martin Luther King’s leadership of what was then an inter-racial movement dedicated to non-violence and inter-racial peace. Carmichael then expelled all the whites in his organization.

Nominally, Bernie is a Jew. But all Bernie’s Jewish connections, including the time he spent on a kibbutz in Israel were organizations run by anti-Israel, anti-American and pro-Arab Marxists, just as his stateside political bases were anti-American, pro-Castro and pro-Soviet. Typical was his membership in the Jewish “Zionist” group, Hashomer Hatzair, whose founder Ya’akov Hazan described the USSR as a second homeland, and in 1953 put on sack cloth and ashes because of what he described as “the terrible tragedy that has befallen the nations of the Soviet Union, the world proletariat and all of progressive mankind, upon the death of the great leader and extolled commander, Josef Vissarionovich Stalin.”[5]

Before turning to a full-time political career, Bernie participated in a Quaker project at a California psychiatric hospital, and worked briefly as an organizer for the leftwing United Packinghouse Workers Union. He then moved to Vermont – a radical Mecca - where he worked variously as a carpenter, filmmaker, writer, and researcher.

This survey of Bernie’s early absorption in an ideological war that was anti-capitalist, anti-American, and anti-business should make obvious why his mature views are so ignorant of the basic workings of the economic system that has made him a multi-millionaire. And oblivious of the fact that this same economic system had created the greatest prosperity and freedom for all who live under it in the history of mankind.

Let’s put the question bluntly then: Would paying the CEO of a corporation close to what one of his average workers makes benefit anyone connected to the corporation and dependent on its earnings?  Only if anyone can run a corporation successfully, which is obviously not the case. Steve Jobs founded Apple and ran it for years as a thriving company until he was forced out during a power struggle with its board. John Sculley was an accomplished corporate executive who had run Pepsi-Cola. But the minute Sculley was running Apple without Jobs, its earnings and stock price began to tank until it teetered on the edge of bankruptcy.

In practice this meant that all its average workers were in imminent danger of having their wages reduced or being unemployed. Hundreds of thousands of ordinary people who owned stock in Apple had already lost significant portions of their savings. Bernie’s socialist delusions, if put into practice would have punished not only the CEO but all the average workers dependent on his judgment and skills to make the company that provided their income successful.

While he was exiled from Apple, the talented Jobs founded two new hugely successful corporations: the animated film-maker Pixar, and the computer company neXT. In 1996, Apple bought neXT for $427million bringing Jobs back to the company whose board quickly made him Interim Chief Executive. Immediately, Apple’s stock began to rise and, under Jobs’ restored leadership, Apple soon became the largest corporation in the world.

Business genius commands a high price because everyone whose prosperity depends on the company’s success benefits when the company is successful. So the economic reality of which Bernie is so ignorant is this: business genius, like all genius, is not fungible; people are not equal and in a just world their rewards will be commensurate with their contributions to others even if makes them 350x richer than the average worker they employ.

Elon Musk is worth $273 billion which makes him the richest person in the world. His achievements show that he is also probably the smartest. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 at the age of 23, having majored in business and. physics. The following year he and his brother cofounded a company, funded by angel investors, called Zip2. At the time Musk could not afford an apartment and instead rented an office, slept on its couch, showered at the YMCA, and worked round the clock seven days a week programming.

In 1995, Musk sold Zip2 for $307 million. Musk’s share was $22 million. He was 24 years old. Four years later, Musk co-founded X.com, an online financial services and e-mail payment company. The following year, X.com merged with the online bank Confinity, which became PayPal. In 2002, PayPal was acquired by eBay for $1.5 billion in stock, of which Musk, the largest shareholder, received $175.8 million.

The preceding year, Musk became involved with the nonprofit Mars Society. He was inspired by plans to place a growth-chamber for plants on Mars and discussed funding the project himself. In October 2001, Musk traveled to Moscow to buy refurbished Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) that could send the greenhouse payloads into space. The Russians were uncooperative and the mission failed, but the following year Musk invested $100 million to found SpaceX, as a company that could build affordable rockets. Twenty-one years later after several successful flights in space, it is safe to say that without Musk’s SpaceX investments the United States would not have a space program.

In 2004, Musk invested $6.5 million in Tesla, Inc., a fledgling motor car company, and became its largest stockholder joining its board as chairman. In 2008, Tesla built an electric sports car, the Roadster. With sales of about 2,500 vehicles, it was the first serial production all-electric car to use lithium-ion battery cells. A mass market sedan, the Model 3 was released in 2017. Three years later, it had become the world's best-selling electric car, with more than 500,000 units delivered. It has been estimated that Musk advanced the production and use of electric vehicles by 20 years. In October 2021 Tesla reached a market capitalization of $1 trillion, the sixth company to do so in U.S. history.

These are only some of this remarkable man’s achievements. It would not do to omit the fact that during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Moscow’s cyber attacks took out the Ukranian Internet isolating the Ukranian defenders from each other. Elon Musk immediately restored the Ukranian Internet providing a vital tool for Ukraine’s defenses.

Elon Musk’s career shows how utterly worthless progressive ideas about the economy are, about human motivations, about economic inequality, and about the dread profit motive. Obviously, Musk’s plan to grow plants on Mars, or to create electric cars, which led to the creation of SpaceX, were not motivated by greed or monetary gain. If you are a billionaire, and $100 million is but a 10th of your portfolio account, personal money is virtually meaningless. The other 900 million will produce $50 million a year if invested modestly. Musk has said physical things mean nothing to him, and it is easy to see why this could be so.

The irony is that Musk had motivations similar to those of leftist missions wanting to change the world and make it a better place. But unlike leftists who think that destroying the system that made a Musk possible would pave the way to a glorious future, Musk took advantage of the amazing economic system – capitalism - that empowers individuals like himself and makes grandiose schemes like taming outer space feasible.

The left’s sinister foolishness is summed up in its demands to replace the market system with “production for people not profit.” This slogan merely demonstrates the mind-numbing stupidity of leftist views. Criminal money-making schemes aside, how is it possible to make profits if you don’t serve people? Profit is a measure of efficiency; it is produced by increasing revenues and lowering costs. Profit is an incentive to meet people’s needs and satisfy their desires. Why is Amazon the greatest beneficiary of the pandemic? Because its leaders found the most efficient and satisfying way to allow people to shop from their own homes during a pandemic. Are their dishonest merchants who will try to pass off inferior goods on customers to create unjustifiable profits. Yes. But that is a failing of human nature - of ethics not profits. In a competitive system, if you try to manufacture profits by cheating customers, eventually you will fail.

These observations lead directly to a consideration of the greatest and most destructive blind spot of the fact-challenged progressive outlook: the refusal to recognize the fundamental inequality of human beings and their capabilities. This refusal is manifest in their inability to appreciate the unique genius of entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk, and instead to respond to them with a destructive hatred born of envy and resentment, which are the key passions of the progressive mind. It also leads directly to an inability to appreciate the insurmountable obstacles to their utopian schemes 

To belabor the point: there are 60,000 songs a day submitted to the Internet music publisher Spotify by aspiring entertainment stars. There are millions, then, of such individuals. But there are only a couple of thousand people who are talented enough to fill Madison Square Garden or a sports stadium and earn millions of dollars in a single night. Superstars like Bruce Springsteen and Eric Clapton who can fill such venues are personally worth $500 million each. Did they earn that money? Are their rewards worth their earnings? Millions of customers to whom their music has brought solace and pleasure say they are. Even if they make 350x what the average worker in their organizations make.

Steph Curry is the greatest shooter in the history of basketball. He makes $40 million a year from his salary as a Golden State Warrior. There are players on the Warriors’ roster who don’t make one million dollars. There are members of the Warriors’ organization who earn 100 times less than Steph Curry, maybe 350x less. Curry is well-rewarded because he is a “franchise player.” His talent is so great and the show he puts on such a fan draw that his team fills the arena every night over the course of an 80+ game season and earns the Warrior organization billions of dollars. Every dollar that Bernie Sanders wants to take from Steph Curry in the name of social justice, is a dollar stolen from a man who earned it, and from all the workers and shareholders in his organization who benefit from it. Socialism is theft.

Bernie Sanders’ progressive myopia put me in mind of a joke I was told as a child. A small individual confronts a very large one with this challenge: “If I were as big as you, I would be heavyweight champion of the world.” “Oh yeah,” comes the reply, “Well why aren’t you lightweight champion?”

Bernie Sanders’ hate-filled outrage at the inequality of reward between a CEO and the “average worker” in his company stems from an obtuse denial of the inequality of intelligence, skills, and judgement distributed among human beings – a diversity that is characteristic of all humanity. It is the inequality of capabilities that translates into an inequality of rewards. The cry for an impossible dream of “social justice” – a world of equals –is a crime against humanity and its diversity. Its fruits are envy, resentment and hate. It is social injustice personified, an attempt to steal the unequal rewards and powers that accrue to individuals who have earned them, and who possess the talents – if they don’t abuse them - to make life for all of us better.

David Horowitz is the founder of the Freedom Center and the author of many books, including The Enemy Within: How a Totalitarian Movement is Destroying America.

Notes:

[1] https://www.thedailybeast.com/when-iran-took-americans-hostage-bernie-backed-irans-defenders

[2] https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/14/politics/kfile-bernie-nationalization/index.html

[3] https://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individuals/bernie-sanders

[4] 9:26 AM · Apr 5, 2022·Twitter Web App

[5]  https://freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/3393818/posts

 

David Horowitz

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2022/04/unbearable-lightness-bernie-david-horowitz/

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Trump’s Civil RICO Suit Against Hillary Clinton - Ron Wright

 

​ by Ron Wright

Private parties can sue civilly under RICO, but there are limitations. The FBI and the DOJ should have initiated an investigation and filed a criminal RICO complaint a long time ago

 

President Trump filed a civil RICO suit against Hillary Clinton and her junta. From Trump’s RICO case:

“The members of the Enterprise are a group of persons associated together for the common purpose of carrying on an ongoing enterprise; specifically, the Enterprise had a common, unlawful goal of dismantling the Plaintiff’s political career and/or impeding his ability to effectively govern through fraudulent, deceptive, and criminal means, including, but not limited to, falsely implicating the Plaintiff, the Trump Campaign, and the Trump Administration as colluding with Russia,” the lawsuit states, explaining its RICO case [Full complaint].

The Clinton and Biden Families are criminal enterprises - a continuation of the DC swamp’s business of organized crime activity.  Laptop from Hell, written by Miranda Devine (NY Post reporter), tells all and incriminates Uncle Joe.  The New York Post's story was canceled and censored  as Russian disinformation by the MSM and Big Tech that affected the 2020 Election.

Fifty former senior government intelligence officers, including former CIA Director John Brennen and DNI Director Jim Clapper, opined the laptop information was Russian disinformation.  Why?  To conceal the criminal actions of federal agencies, including the intelligence agencies in Hillary’s soft coup to interfere with the 2016 Election, and then, “. . . impeding his [Trump’s] ability to effectively govern through fraudulent, deceptive, and criminal means . . .” [Trump’s complaint][DOJ RICO manuals civil and criminal].

Private parties can sue civilly under RICO, but there are limitations.  The Trump civil case has issues and could be summarily dismissed (See this Federalist article).  The FBI and the DOJ should have initiated an investigation and filed a criminal RICO complaint a long time ago against Hillary.   Why not?  The FBI and the DOJ are complicit by being active participants and covering for the criminal actions of the Clintons and the Bidens – a Catch 22 dilemma.

There is the possibility that Trump's suit could break the logjam of foot-dragging and cover-ups.  Senators Ron Johnson and Chuck Grassley recently addressed the Senate on the cover-ups. The US Attorney in Delaware aappears to be on a course to indict Hunter Biden that may ensnare President Biden. Senator Johnson had these pertinent questions for President Biden.

The MSM is tepidly  lying by omission now, some eighteen months later, acknowledging some of the information from Hunter's hard drives is true, but President Biden did nothing wrong.  (Be wary, though, of new files discovered by Jack Maxey as possible disinformation.)  The midterm elections with a potential shift in power may force the appointment of a special prosecutor with a mandate to go far and wide to prosecute the perps.

Trump's complaint needs to include the criminal actions of the Biden Family to fix the concerns expressed in the Federalist.   The statute of limitations of civil RICO is four years from when the criminal activity is discovered.  In some cases, the statute of limitations can be extended from the last overt act or act to cover up or conceal the conspiracies (John Brennan and Jim Clapper and others lying to Congress).

These ongoing criminal conspiracies extend back many years to the Obama administration.  They started with the Fast and Furious, the IRS scandal, the Benghazi incident, and Hillary's pay-to-play scheme violating US Espionage Laws.  The conspiracies continue with the Russian Collusion narrative, the illegal spying on US citizens by the FBI and the CIA, the first impeachment trial of President Trump, and the election fraud of the 2020 Election.  And the second impeachment of the trial of President Trump (the insurrection that wasn't)—fixing the timing issue of the two required RICO predicate offenses.  The actors throughout include many of the same members of the Executive Branch, members of Congress, the Department of State, the Department of Justice, the FBI, the CIA, and other federal agencies.

 

Ron Wright is a retired detective from the Riverside, CA Police Department. He holds a BA in political science CSUF, M. Adm. University of Cal, Riverside. Facebook at Ron T. Cop.

Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2022/04/trumps_civil_rico_suit_against_hillary_clinton.html

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Iran's – and America's – Plans to Fund Russia's War In Ukraine - Con Coughlin

 

​ by Con Coughlin

Despite denials by the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted by the Russian news agency RIA confirming that there has been coordination between the parties for the purpose of bypassing Western sanctions.

  • Iran's efforts to conclude a revised nuclear deal with the Biden administration could result in the Kremlin receiving a windfall of half-a-billion dollars to fund its war effort against Ukraine.

  • To boost its economy, Russia is now demanding that Iran pay in cash for the deals currently under discussion, as well as repaying outstanding debts believed to be worth more than half a billion dollars in cash owed for Russia's work on the Bushehr facility.

  • "Iran has promised Russia that it will pay its debt once Iranian funds held in the US are no longer under sanctions and become available for use," a senior Western security official told me this week. "Furthermore, Iran has made transferring down payments to Russia for the purpose of implementing the military agreements between the parties conditional on reaching an agreement in Vienna."

  • Apart from offering to help the Kremlin evade sanctions, Iran is also believed to be working to engage China and enlist its assistance as well for the purpose of bypassing Western sanctions.

  • Despite denials by the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted by the Russian news agency RIA confirming that there has been coordination between the parties for the purpose of bypassing Western sanctions.

  • Western security officials are concerned that any funds Iran sends to Moscow will be used to help fund Mr Putin's war effort in Ukraine. There have already been reports of Iran providing weapons to support Russia's war effort in Ukraine, and Moscow is desperate to find new ways of supporting its economy so that it can maintain its military offensive.

  • The fact that Iran is actively seeking to provide Moscow with financial assistance which could be used to fund the war in Ukraine is deeply embarrassing for the Biden administration, which still shows no sign of ending its efforts to revive the nuclear deal.

  • Certainly, if the deal does go ahead, enabling Iran to pay off its debts to Moscow, then the Biden administration could find itself accused of having the blood of innocent Ukrainian civilians on its hands for allowing Iran to fund the Kremlin's war effort.

Iran's efforts to conclude a revised nuclear deal with the Biden administration could result in the Kremlin receiving a windfall of half-a-billion dollars to fund its war effort against Ukraine. Apart from offering to help the Kremlin evade sanctions, Iran is also believed to be working to engage China and enlist its assistance as well for the purpose of bypassing Western sanctions. Pictured: Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) speaks with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi (R) in Moscow on January 19, 2022. (Photo by Pavel Bednyakov/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images)

Iran's efforts to conclude a revised nuclear deal with the Biden administration could result in the Kremlin receiving a windfall of half-a-billion dollars to fund its war effort against Ukraine.

That is the conclusion reached by Western security officials who are becoming increasingly concerned by the discussions taking place between Moscow and Tehran about deepening their cooperation once the nuclear deal has been signed.

Iran has already engaged in detailed discussions with Moscow about helping Russia to evade Western sanctions by giving it access to Tehran's sophisticated financial sanctions-busting network.

With the Russian economy suffering as a result of the economic sanctions imposed in retaliation for President Vladimir Putin's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, Moscow is increasing the pressure on Tehran to provide it with economic support.

In particular, the Kremlin is pressing Tehran to pay a number of outstanding debts relating to its nuclear programme.

Russia has worked closely with Iran on the construction of the controversial Bushehr nuclear plant, with construction work finally being completed in 2011.

With Russia now facing the prospect of long-term economic sanctions, as most Western countries look to end their dependence on Russian oil and gas, Western security officials say Moscow is keen that Tehran repay its outstanding debts relating to previous work on the Bushehr facility.

Moscow is also in the process of negotiating a number of trade agreements with Tehran, including arms deals, in the expectation that it can establish lucrative trade ties with Iran once the nuclear deal has been signed.

Mr Putin served notice to Washington last year that Moscow intends to proceed with its controversial arms sales to Iran as well as completing construction there of a nuclear power plant.

"For economic reasons, Russia is interested in (military) cooperation," Mr Putin said. "And the political reasons are that we believe that Iran must be an independent state capable of defending its national interests."

To boost its economy, Russia is now demanding that Iran pay in cash for the deals currently under discussion, as well as repaying outstanding debts believed to be worth more than half-a-billion dollars in cash owed for Russia's work on the Bushehr facility.

Following detailed discussions between senior Iranian and Russian officials in recent weeks, Western security officials say that the two sides have come to an arrangement where Iran has promised to repay its outstanding debt relating to Bushehr once the new nuclear deal is signed and the Biden administration agrees to lift sanctions against Iran.

"Iran has promised Russia that it will pay its debt once Iranian funds held in the US are no longer under sanctions and become available for use," a senior Western security official told me this week. "Furthermore, Iran has made transferring down payments to Russia for the purpose of implementing the military agreements between the parties conditional on reaching an agreement in Vienna."

Attempts to deepen trade ties between Moscow and Tehran have seen a number of top-level Iranian delegations visiting Russia in recent weeks, including Petroleum Minister Javad Owji, and Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Iran, Mohsen Karimi.

Iran claims that more than half a billion dollars are currently being held in the US as part of sanctions imposed by the Trump administration. The funds would be released once a nuclear deal is agreed, enabling Iran to transfer the money to Moscow to repay its outstanding debt.

Apart from offering to help the Kremlin evade sanctions, Iran is also believed to be working to engage China and enlist its assistance as well for the purpose of bypassing Western sanctions.

Iran is already operating a clandestine banking system and carrying out international trade under sanctions by using shell companies and cover accounts in banks in China, Turkey, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

Despite denials by the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted by the Russian news agency RIA confirming that there has been coordination between the parties for the purpose of bypassing Western sanctions.

Western security officials are concerned that any funds Iran sends to Moscow will be used to help fund Mr Putin's war effort in Ukraine. There have already been reports of Iran providing weapons to support Russia's war effort in Ukraine, and Moscow is desperate to find new ways of supporting its economy so that it can maintain its military offensive.

The Russian economy has been badly hit by Western sanctions imposed following the Ukraine invasion, one recent example being the announcement that state-owned Russian Railways has been ruled in default on a bond after missing an interest payment last month.

The fact that Iran is actively seeking to provide Moscow with financial assistance which could be used to fund the war in Ukraine is deeply embarrassing for the Biden administration, which still shows no sign of ending its efforts to revive the nuclear deal.

Certainly, if the deal does go ahead, enabling Iran to pay off its debts to Moscow, then the Biden administration could find itself accused of having the blood of innocent Ukrainian civilians on its hands for allowing Iran to fund the Kremlin's war effort.

Con Coughlin is the Telegraph's Defence and Foreign Affairs Editor and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at Gatestone Institute.

 

Con Coughlin

Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/18426/iran-us-russia-ukraine

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Russia makes nuclear threat to Sweden, Finland over NATO consideration - Brie Stimson

 

​ by Brie Stimson

Medvedev's warning came as Sweden and Finland seem closer than ever before to joining the Western alliance

 

Russia will have to bolster its defenses in the Baltic Sea -- including a potential nuclear escalation -- if Sweden and Finland join NATO, Moscow said on Thursday. 

"There can be no more talk of any nuclear-free status for the Baltic - the balance must be restored," Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of Russia’s security council and former president of Russia, said, Reuters reported. 

"Until today, Russia has not taken such measures and was not going to. If our hand is forced, well ... take note it was not us who proposed this," he added, according to Reuters

Medvedev's warning came as Sweden and Finland seem closer than ever before to joining the Western alliance. 

SWEDEN PLANS NATO APPLICATION, FINLAND SIGNALS INTENT TO JOIN WITH SECURITY ASSESSMENT: REPORT

Finland and Sweden’s prime ministers held a joint news conference in Stockholm on Wednesday, with Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin saying the country would decide within the next few weeks on NATO membership and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson saying her country is making the same calculation. Finland shares a significant land border with Russia. 

Deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev speaks during a meeting with members of the Security Council in Moscow on February 21, 2022.

Deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev speaks during a meeting with members of the Security Council in Moscow on February 21, 2022.  (Photo by ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images)

Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas said Russia already has nuclear weapons in the area, according to Sky News

RUSSIA INVADES UKRAINE: LIVE UPDATES

"The current Russian threats look quite strange when we know that, even without the present security situation, they keep the weapon 100 km from Lithuania's border," Anusauskas said. "Nuclear weapons have always been kept in Kaliningrad. The international community, the countries in the region, are perfectly aware of this. They use it as a threat."

Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte also dismissed the threat. 

"That Russia threatens, it is nothing new," Simonyte said Thursday, according to the Independent. "Kaliningrad is a very militarized zone, has been for many years, and it is in the Baltic region."

 

Brie Stimson

Source: https://www.foxnews.com/world/russia-nuclear-threat-sweden-finland-nato

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Is STEM Being Politicized? - Mason Goad

 

​ by Mason Goad

You better believe it. For proof, look no further than UC Santa Cruz. (Then keep looking.)

 

“To me, science and justice exist in opposition to each other,” said James Battle, an assistant professor of sociology in a video for the Science and Justice Research Center (SJRC) at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In the same video, Derek Padilla, a physicist, explains that science and justice are about “being more than just in your silo as a science student.” These scenes are the face of the growing politicization of science.

Defenders will say these scientists are doing their duty as good citizens. In fact, they fail to answer the question: What is the proper interface between science and public interest? Should science stand apart from politics, acting as a source of dispassionate advice to society? Or should science be harnessed for explicitly political aims? The former apolitical approach is clearly better, as the latter foments skepticism and mistrust.

Even the authors of the SJRC’s 2019-2020 annual report express concern that “at an increasing rate, many forms of scientific evidence are met . . . with skepticism and mistrust.” Oblivious to their own contribution to that problem, they explain their “vision of good science . . . strives towards institutional change.” Their vision is blind to the consequences of defining science as “good” only when conforming to a political agenda. Good science, in reality, strives towards truth in a rational and objective manner, where the merit of scientific conclusions mitigates skepticism and mistrust.

Striving towards institutional change is more akin to political activism, but that is likely the point. The founding director of the SJRC, sociology professor Jenny Reardon, is trained in molecular biology, feminism, and critical race studies. The authors of Critical Race Theory state plainly that all scholarship is political activism and meritocracy is a myth. If this ideology is brought to scientific training, then why should the SJRC expect anything but increasing skepticism and mistrust of so-called scientific evidence?

Unfortunately, the SJRC was not established by a fringe contingent of political ideologues working alone. The center reports that it “grew out of the success of the Science & Justice Training Program (SJTP), initially supported by the National Science Foundation (2012-2014).” The program, they explain, is unique in broadening “the scope of ethics education in science and engineering to include and build new sites and practices for pursuing social justice.” 

Why is this politicization happening? Certainly, these ideologues want to spread their ideologies, but there is another and more immediate motive: funding. The sciences are where the money is.

The National Endowment for the Humanities, for example, has funded a cumulative total of about $4.7 billion in grants over its half-century of existence. In that same time, the total federal support for scientific research is at nearly $900 billion—almost 200 times greater. It is only natural, therefore, that race and social justice ideologues have intruded into the notably greener pastures of STEM education and research, camouflaging themselves with beautiful words such as diversity, inclusion, and equity—DIE, an appropriate acronym.

The division of science at UC Santa Cruz has committed itself to the DIE initiatives. They are now promoting “social justice and equity across intersections of race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, faith, abilities/disabilities, age, socioeconomic background, ancestry, national origin, and all other identities.” How administrators manage to ensure equity when taking an indefinite set of variables into account is not exactly known. Indeed, it is not likely to be possible.

Moreover, when a barrier to equity exists, such as academic standards, what is to be done? In the case of UC Santa Cruz, faculty spent summer 2021 conducting Project REAL, which stands for “Redesigning Equity and Advancing Learning.” The project was “designed to provide faculty with a research-based program to engage in . . . course redesign to improve teaching and learning and contribute to equitable outcomes for students at UC Santa Cruz.”

Contributing to equitable outcomes, however, necessarily lowers academic standards, creating graduates unprepared for work outside of the university. It also leaves employers in the dark as to who the truly meritorious job applicants are, incentivizing employers to disregard higher education as an indicator of merit. These factors combined will lead to the death of the academy, as the general public comes to regard higher education as being of little to no help in career advancement.

Clearly, STEM is being politicized. You need to look no further than UC Santa Cruz to witness this occurrence, but look further anyway. The abundance of these policies today might come as a horrific surprise. The outcomes of these policies tomorrow will be far worse, but not too surprising.

 

Mason Goad is a junior researcher with the National Association of Scholars, investigating DEI in STEM education and research. He can be contacted on Twitter (@GoadMason) or via email at goad@nas.org. 

Source: https://amgreatness.com/2022/04/13/is-stem-being-politicized/

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No Jail for NYC Prankster Who Told Diners He Had a Bomb and Would Kill Them for Allah - Robert Spencer

 

​ by Robert Spencer

Malik Sanchez hopes to join the military - and he will likely have no trouble getting in.

 


When Malik Sanchez was sentenced on Wednesday for claiming he had a bomb and telling two women outside a New York City restaurant that he was going to kill them, he apologized to the women and said that his actions were those of an “immature and reckless child.” Manhattan federal court Judge Colleen McMahon stopped him right there and corrected him, saying his action was “that of a sicko.” Nevertheless, she gave him no jail time at all while praising his post-arrest behavior and calling him a “pretrial success story.” Scaring people half to death is no big deal in New York City; in the decaying Leftist paradise of Bill de Blasio and Eric Adams, it takes a great deal to be sent to prison.

Sanchez faced up to five years in prison, but McMahon sentenced him to time served: he spent 23 days in jail after he was arrested and nine months confined to home. It was an extraordinarily light sentence for Sanchez, who ran a modestly popular (he had 5,400 subscribers) YouTube channel called “Smooth Sanchez” that has been dormant since his arrest. I watched hours of this little creep’s videos last year when he was first arrested, trying to find his bombing threat, but he had apparently already taken it down. He terrorized people not just in the instance in which he got arrested; his whole act was to walk around Manhattan and harass random strangers. He even assaulted one man, but apparently his victim didn’t wish to press charges. Whatever else he may be, Malik Sanchez is certainly a sociopath and possibly a dangerous one.

The “Smooth Sanchez” videos feature Malik Sanchez walking along the streets of New York City and yelling abuse at passersby, mostly young women. (He identified himself as an “incel.”) In a February 2021 video, Sanchez approached the outdoor seating area of a Manhattan restaurant where the two women were dining and said he was going to “enhance their meal.” Then he began shouting, “Bomb detonation in two, in two minutes.” He screamed, “I take you with me and I kill all you. I kill all you right now. And I kill all you for Allah. F**k, f**k that s**t. I’m gonna Allah. I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna f***ing do it for Allah. I’m gonna do it, for, Allah, Allah, Allahu akbar, Come on. I do it, bomb now, bomb now.”

This moving peroration led six people to flee from the enclosed outdoor dining area, which the Cary-Grant-like, self-proclaimed Smooth young man took as a victory. “Yo, all of them scattered. … Holy s**t. Holy s**t, boys. That was f***ing five stars. That was five stars. Holy s**t, huh?”

According to the Daily Beast, in another video on March 20, 2021, Sanchez was seen “making hand gestures ‘mimicking pointing a gun.'” A court filing stated, “After multiple individuals attempted to get Sanchez to stop, Sanchez sprayed pepper spray in the face of one of those individuals. Sanchez was arrested by responding NYPD officers and charged with state offenses and was thereafter released on bail.”

Not only that, but once Sanchez had been arrested, police discovered that he had previously pepper-sprayed another woman when she took exception to his videoing her.

One of the women who was at the restaurant when Sanchez came up and started screaming about Allah and his bomb recounted, “For the next several weeks, I lived with my parents in Pennsylvania, too afraid to return to life in the city. I was convinced that a terrorist was operating in my neighborhood, ready to actually use violence at any given time. Mr. Sanchez altered my faith in humanity and made me realize there are truly bad people out there who enjoy seeing others suffer.”

Yes, there are, and Malik Sanchez is certainly one of them. But that’s no big deal in today’s entirely Leftist-ruled New York City, where coming down too hard on a young man who screamed “Allahu akbar” while making a hoax bomb threat might have appeared to be “Islamophobic.” Now, Sanchez hopes to join the military and he will likely have no trouble getting in, as no one in Gen. Mark Milley’s woke armed forces will care that he once faced charges for pretending to be an enemy of the United States. Loyalty? Dependability? Pah! No one cares about such things anymore. If Malik Sanchez can master the intricacies of Critical Race Theory, he’ll be a prized recruit.

 

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of 23 books including many bestsellers, such as The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)The Truth About Muhammad and The History of Jihad. His latest book is The Critical Qur’an. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2022/04/no-jail-nyc-prankster-who-told-diners-he-had-bomb-robert-spencer/

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

Biden’s Iran Nuke Deal is So Outrageously Bad - Robert Spencer

 

by Robert Spencer

Even Democrats oppose it.

 


Republicans who go against their party are a common sight in Washington. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Ala.), and the rest vote with Democrats so often, it’s hard to see them as anything but controlled opposition. Democrats, however, generally march in lockstep; one of the reasons for the unhinged outrage against Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) for opposing Biden’s socialist agenda was that Democrats simply don’t do that. They vote with the party at all times, like good comrades.

But now, a group of no fewer than eighteen Democrats in the House have come out publicly against Biden’s Iran nuclear deal. For that many Democrats to break ranks with the putative boss, the deal must be extraordinarily bad.

One of the group, Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.), explained Wednesday, “We understand that while the recent negotiations have not concluded, we feel that we can’t stay quiet about the unacceptable and deeply troubling turn that these talks have reportedly taken.”

Unacceptable and deeply troubling is an understatement. Old Joe Biden’s handlers, in yet another of their endless series of decisions that could easily have catastrophic consequences for ordinary Americans, have actually turned over the leadership of the Iran nuke deal negotiations in Vienna to a Russian diplomat, Mikhail Ulyanov. And Ulyanov explained early in March that the deal will be of immense benefit to two countries: the Islamic Republic of Iran and the People’s Republic of China.

Ulyanov didn’t say anything about the United States of America benefiting from the deal, and apparently Biden’s handlers are fine with that. Another member of the group of eighteen sane Democrats, Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) asked, “Are we seriously going to let a war criminal, Vladimir Putin, be the guarantor of this deal?” Apparently we are.

The deal gets worse from there. Right now, Biden’s handlers are considering dropping the terrorist designation from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC; the establishment media fastidiously and inaccurately calls the group the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, trying to obscure the Islamic wellspring of its activities). Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid issued a joint statement on March 18, declaring that the IRGC is “a terrorist organization that has murdered thousands of people, including Americans. We refuse to believe that the United States would remove its designation as a terrorist organization.” Believe it.

Lapid and Bennett also noted that the IRGC “directs and instructs Hezbollah in Lebanon, Islamic Jihad in Gaza, the Houthis in Yemen and militias in Iraq, and that the body is responsible for attacks against American civilians and American forces throughout the Middle East, including in the past year.” They added, “They kill Jews because they are Jews, Christians because they are Christians, and Muslims because they refuse to surrender to them.” Biden’s handlers, on the other hand, seem ready enough to surrender to them.

Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.) pointed out that Biden’s handlers have kept Congress in the “dark” about the details of the deal, and noted some disquieting parallels between the situation today and Obama’s disastrous 2015 Iran nuke deal. “It’s a little bit like last time. They keep us in the dark. Then … it turns out there are some fatal flaws,” Vargas said. “It was a bad deal then, and it’s a bad deal now.” Indeed. “We cannot afford another failed agreement,” Rep. Luria added.

It’s great to see that there are still some members of the Democrat Party who actually care about the United States of America and don’t want to see us enter into a ridiculously one-sided and possibly suicidal deal with a rogue state whose leaders regularly chant “Death to America.” Biden’s handlers, on the other hand, are so avid to vindicate Barack Obama against that upstart Trump who flushed the first Iran deal that it seems as if any deal will do, no matter how catastrophic its consequences could be.

Biden’s handlers should heed the warnings of these eighteen Democrats. But it’s much more likely that they’ll be ignored by the White House and excoriated by the media while the deal is signed, sealed, and delivered. It’s very clear that the Leftist oligarchs in charge do not like dissent. It will accordingly be quite interesting to watch the careers of Elaine Luria, Josh Gottheimer, and the rest.

 

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of 23 books including many bestsellers, such as The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)The Truth About Muhammad and The History of Jihad. His latest book is The Critical Qur’an. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2022/04/bidens-iran-nuke-deal-so-outrageously-bad-robert-spencer/

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