Saturday, October 7, 2023

Israel War: Hamas surprise attack spotlights Biden team's failures. Here's what comes next - Chuck DeVore


​ by Chuck DeVore

The aftermath of Hamas attacks in Israel on Saturday will ripple around the world from Washington to Beijing and beyond



Sabbath tranquility in Israel was ruptured on Oct. 7, marking the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War and 43 years to the day that Egypt’s president Anwar Sadat was assassinated by Muslim Brotherhood terrorists. 

Early on Saturday morning Hamas unleashed a barrage of rockets upon Israel, reaching as far as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. 

This audacious attack shines a glaring spotlight on the failures of the Biden administration’s foreign policy, the unholy alliance between Iran and Hamas, and the global implications that reach as far as Beijing. 


Let’s look at all the pieces on the global chessboard and what it means for the U.S. under Biden’s leadership going forward.

The Unholy Alliance: Iran and Hamas

Iran's support for Hamas is not a secret. What’s alarming is the extent to which this alliance has been fueled by the Biden administration’s billions in aid to Iran. Despite the theological divide between Iran’s Shiite theocracy and Hamas’ radical Sunni ideology, their common goal of annihilating Israel unites them. 

Israel faces a grueling struggle ahead, fighting on multiple fronts while facing international scrutiny. 

Look for Iran to bring in its most powerful proxy in the region, Lebanon’s Hezbollah, with an arsenal of some 100,000 rockets aimed at Israel. 

The Hostage Crisis: A Calculated Move

Hamas has escalated the conflict by taking Israeli hostages, likely confined in fortified bunkers. Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu has responded with full military mobilization. The recovery of these hostages will be a long, costly endeavor, potentially involving thousands of casualties.

The Palestinian Power Vacuum: West Bank in the Balance


As if the situation weren't volatile enough, Hamas is likely making a play to unseat the geriatric Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas. Should it succeed, a new front will open in the historic Jewish lands of Judea and Samaria, complicating Israel’s military calculus.


The "Proportionality" Trap: International Scrutiny

Israel, while defending its very existence, will be subject to calls for "proportional" response from the international community. It’s a twisted irony that Israel is expected to moderate its self-defense while under indiscriminate attack.

Biden’s Track Record: A Litany of Failures


The Biden administration’s foreign policy failures have had a profound impact since the president took office. From the disastrous withdrawal from Kabul to the lack of deterrence against Russian aggression in Ukraine, the U.S. has displayed glaring weaknesses. Adding insult to injury, recent reports suggest that Iran has successfully placed agents of influence within the Biden administration. This is not just a breach of national security; it’s a chilling testament to the level of Tehran’s ambitions and a direct contributor to the emboldening of Iran and its proxies like Hamas.

The Saving Grace: The Abraham Accords

Israel finds itself in a precarious situation, but it would be in even greater difficulty were it not for the Abraham Accords. Orchestrated by the Trump administration, this visionary diplomatic effort normalized relations between Israel and several Muslim nations, including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco. 



These agreements have created a strategic realignment in the region, providing Israel with a broader coalition of nations that share an interest in curbing Iranian aggression and fostering stability. While the Abraham Accords may not directly mitigate the immediate crisis, they offer a long-term framework that isolates malign actors like Iran and Hamas, giving Israel strategic depth and diplomatic leverage it didn’t have before.

Beijing Watches: The Taiwan Connection

As the crisis unfolds, Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping is observing America's response closely. Any sign of American indecisiveness or weakness will be analyzed as a factor in China’s own geopolitical calculations, particularly concerning Taiwan. In a world increasingly defined by great power competition, how America responds to the Israel-Hamas crisis will resonate far beyond the Middle East.



The Road Ahead: High Stakes, Higher Costs

Israel faces a grueling struggle ahead, fighting on multiple fronts while facing international scrutiny.

Hamas, emboldened by Iranian support and American weakness, will continue its assaults. The potential collapse of the Palestinian Authority adds yet another layer of complexity.

In this global chessboard of high stakes, the ripples of weak leadership can spread, affecting alliances, emboldening enemies, and altering the geopolitical landscape.

America must urgently recalibrate its foreign policy, purge its administration of foreign influence, and stand firmly with its allies. 

If it fails to do so, the consequences will reverberate far beyond the borders of Israel, impacting the power dynamics of a world already teetering on the edge.


Chuck DeVore is a vice president with the Texas Public Policy Foundation, was elected to the California legislature, is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, and the author of the new book, "Crisis of the House Never United."


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Live updates - Israel at war: At least 200 killed, dozens kidnapped, 1,000 injured - Israel National News


​ by Israel National News

Over 3,000 rockets fired towards Israel; Hamas kidnaps dozens; hostages in Be'eri and Ofakim.


IDF forces in Sderot

Sirens sounded Saturday morning in Israeli cities and towns throughout the Jerusalem area, central Israel, and southern Israel, prompting the IDF to declare "Operation Swords of Iron."

Multiple civilians reported hearing loud explosions in their immediate vicinity; as of 7:30p.m. on Saturday, at least 3,000 rockets had been fired towards Israeli civilians.

Just after 8:00p.m., air raid sirens were activated in Ness Ziona, Rehovot, Herzliya, and various other communities. Less than ten minutes later, a second barrage was fired towards Ramat Gan, Kfar Chabad, Yavne, Rishon Lezion, Tel Aviv, and other areas. Magen David Adom reported hits and injuries in Yavne, Givatayim, Bat Yam, Beit Dagan, Tel Aviv, and Rishon Lezion.

Two people were seriously injured by one of the barrages on central Israel. At the same time, a building in Bat Yam was reported hit by the barrage; no one was injured, but damage was caused.

Following this, the IDF reported that it is striking a number of targets belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza.

The barrages were fired as Jews around Israel celebrated the Simchat Torah holiday, and in many cases disrupted the holiday prayer services.

Parallel to the rocket attacks, dozens - perhaps hundreds - of terrorists infiltrated multiple Israeli communities, overtaking Israeli towns on the Gaza border and murdering Jews in nearby cities as well. Initial reports were that these attacks left at least 100 Israelis dead; an 8:50p.m. update raised the number of dead to 200.

Israel's Health Ministry reported that 1,104 injured Israelis have been evacuated to hospitals. Of these, 17 are in critical condition, 200 are in serious condition, 226 are in moderate condition, 451 suffered only light injuries, 11 suffered shock, and 142 are being evaluated.

Upon the conclusion of the Sabbath and the Simchat Torah holiday, it was reported that a shootout is taking place in a home in Ofakim, where hostages are being held and a terrorist is threatening to set off a grenade which would kill the residents of the home.

Approximately 50 residents of Kibbutz Be'eri were taken hostages and held by terrorists in the town's cafeteria. At the same time, shootouts took place in Kfar Aza and Sderot. Some of the terrorists were eliminated, and some of the terrorists were arrestd and brought to the Netivot police station.

Magen David Adom (MDA) reported that over 100 Israelis have been killed since Saturday morning, and 1,000 Israelis have been injured. Among the dead is Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council Chairman Ofir Liebstein, as well as the Sderot fire station chief and a firefighter.

Israel Railways is operating, in coordination with the IDF and Transportation Ministry, special trains for IDF soldiers, traveling north to south, from 5:00p.m. and according to demand. The railway also said that, "Operations at the Ofakim, Netivot, and Sderot stations will not be resumed until further notice."

Israel National News


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IDF confirms: There are hostages and Israeli captives in Gaza - Israel National News


​ by Israel National News

IDF confirms Hamas is holding kidnapped Israelis, shootouts in 22 locations in southern Israel.


Riots in Gaza
Riots in Gaza                                                                                    Atia Mohammed/Flash90

An IDF spokesperson has confirmed that there are Israeli hostages and people were kidnapped during the fighting.

In addition, there is a high chance that a fighting front will open on Israel's northern border.

"Israel has been at war since 6:30 in the morning, with rocket attacks and dozens of terrorist infiltrations at a large number of ground locations, naval [locations], and from the air - also at the crossings. There are 22 locations around the Gaza border where fighting is taking place - we have forces in all of the towns. We want to do a second round of searching, to ensure they are all killed," the spokesman said.

"We have hostages in Ofakim and in Be'eri - there is fighting there, with Yamam and other special forces. We have fighting in the Gaza area, in Nahal Oz - that is under control right now."

The spokesman explained that, "The IAF is attacking in several locations, where there are breaches in the fence. There are dozens of attacks and hundreds of dead, including terrorists on the border. The intention is to kill all of the terrorists who are in Israeli territory."

"There are difficult hours ahead of us - there are civilian casualties, fighters, commanders. A largescale call-up of reserves has begun - there are four divisions being brought down to Gaza, including tanks. In the Northern Command, they are ready for any event, and anyone who tries us will be hit."

According to the spokesman, the IDF is attacking all Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza: "There is no immunity in any place in Gaza. This is war, the border area is first - we are working to kill all of the terrorists and close the fence. We are reinforcing the Central Command with additional forces."

Hamas released a statement Saturday evening claiming to have taken dozens of IDF soldiers and officers captive.

The Hamas terrorist organization claimed this evening (Saturday) that it had captured dozens of IDF soldiers and officers in its surprise attack against Israel this morning.

"We bring good news to our captives and our people that the Al-Qassam Brigades are holding dozens of officers and soldiers captive and secured in safe places and resistance tunnels," Hamas claimed."

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Operation Swords of Iron: Rockets spray down, Hamas in Israel - Gadi Zaig, Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman

​ by Gadi Zaig, Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman

Hamas has taken Israeli hostages, the IDF confirmed.


Smoke is seen in the Rehovot area as rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip, in Israel October 7, 2023. (photo credit: REUTERS/ILAN ROSENBERG)
Smoke is seen in the Rehovot area as rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip, in Israel October 7, 2023.

The Hamas terrorist organization has taken Israelis captive in Gaza, the IDF has confirmed hours after a barrage of rockets slammed into southern and central Israel Saturday. 

Hamas terrorists infiltrated the country and took over Southern Israeli towns, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that Israel is at war.

"Since this morning, the State of Israel is at war," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, shortly after the IDF declared "Operation Swords of Iron."

At least 100 people were announced dead by early evening and more than 900 wounded by Magen David Adom and the Health Ministry. The number of people captured has not yet been confirmed. 

Among them, Ofir Liebstein, head of the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council, was killed in an exchange of fire with terrorists. Liebstein was killed as he defended his settlement during an attack. Deputy head of the council, Yossi Keren, is currently filling his place. 

An aerial view shows vehicles on fire as rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip, in Ashkelon, southern Israel October 7, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/ILAN ROSENBERG)
An aerial view shows vehicles on fire as rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip, in Ashkelon, southern Israel October 7, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/ILAN ROSENBERG)

A second Israeli - a woman in her 60s - was killed when a rocket hit her building in the Gederot Regional Council.

The names and identities of the other victims had not yet been released, but the IDF said the numbers included several soldiers. 

Upwards of 2,000 rockets were fired, the IDF said. Sirens sounded multiple times in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and southern Israel. 

Shelters were opened across the country. 

A direct hit was reported on a building in Ashkelon. Dozens of vehicles also caught fire in the city. Many parts of Ashkelon and the surrounding were without electricity. 

In Ramla, four civilians who were trapped under a damaged building were rescued by the Israel Fire and Rescue personnel.  

Smoke is seen in the Rehovot area as rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip, in Israel October 7, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/ILAN ROSENBERG)
Smoke is seen in the Rehovot area as rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip, in Israel October 7, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/ILAN ROSENBERG)

"We urge residents to stay in protected areas, avoid approaching the scenes, and refrain from touching rocket remnants that may contain explosives or similar hazards," Israel Police said. 

"The public is urged to follow the instructions of the Home Front Command to stay close to protected areas, and residents of the Gaza periphery are requested to stay indoors," the army requested.

'The State of Israel will win this war’

"The Hamas [terrorist organization] has made a grave mistake this morning and launched a war against the State of Israel. IDF troops are fighting against the enemy at every location," said Defense Minister Yoav Gallant following a situation assessment, as the IDF struck back with multiple forces.

Dozens of fighter jets and other aircraft of the IDF targeted 17 military facilities and four operational headquarters of the Hamas terrorist organization throughout the Gaza Strip, the IDF said.

"We have combat management over the Gaza Division, including support from combat helicopters; we have control there," the IDF added. "We are conducting blockades with the Israel Police in all regions. There are airstrikes on several targets, such as tunnels, launchers, and fighter jets striking the border. Hundreds of such strikes have been carried out - resulting in many casualties, including numerous terrorists.

"The main effort is to eliminate all terrorists on the border and anyone attempting to return to the Gaza Strip. We first engage with aerial fire, followed by heavy ground assets," the army said. 

Gallant approved the draft of reserve soldiers per the IDF's requirements. He also announced a "special security situation" in Israel's Homefront, within a 0-80 km radius of the Gaza Strip. This status enables the IDF to provide civilians with safety instructions at close relevant sites. 

"IDF is targeting all Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad targets in the Gaza Strip," the IDF said. "Wherever there are Hamas operatives, they will be targeted, they have no immunity."

Gallant added: "The State of Israel will win this war."


In addition to the rockets, dozens of terrorists infiltrated numerous border points, the IDF said. There was also a maritime infiltration attempt into Kibbutz Zikim, as well as numerous border fence breaches. 

In Ofakim and Be'er Sheva, there are events involving residents of the Arab community, and special forces with senior officers are handling the situation there, the IDF said. In Kibbutz Be'eri, also in Southern Israel, Hamas took dozens of Israelis hostages, according to media reports. 

"We are conducting combat operations in 22 locations," the IDF said. " There is no settlement without our forces, in all the communities. Some settlements have been cleared, but additional sweeps are needed before declaring them safe."

A building is ablaze following rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, in Tel Aviv, Israel October 7, 2023.  (credit: REUTERS/ITAI RON)
A building is ablaze following rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, in Tel Aviv, Israel October 7, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/ITAI RON)



Official response

Israeli officials held a security meeting in the afternoon and updated the public on Israel's military plans.

"Our first goal is primarily to clear the territory of the enemy forces that have entered and restore security and calm to the settlements that have been attacked," Netanyahu said. "The second goal, concurrently, is to exact a heavy price from the enemy, even in the Gaza Strip. The third goal is to fortify other areas so no one mistakenly joins this war."



Injured seek medical attention

Hundreds of Israelis sought medical attention at hospitals throughout the country.

Magen David Adom (MDA) said it had treated hundreds of people throughout the country, including many in critical condition. In addition, MDA teams provided care for victims of anxiety and other minor injuries resulting from falls on the way to shelters.

Hospitals including Soroka Medical Center, Kaplan Medical Center, Asaf Harofeh Hospital, Samson Assuta Ashdod Hospital, Hadassah Medical Center, and Barzilai Medical Center all took in wounded.

Soroka reported treating close to 300 people, including 60 in serious condition.

Politicians speak out

As the war waged on, Israeli officials from across the spectrum spoke out.

"The State of Israel is facing a difficult hour," said President Isaac Herzog. "I stand with the IDF, its commanders, soldiers, and all the security and rescue forces. I want to send words of encouragement and strength to all the residents of Israel who are under attack.

"I call upon everyone to listen to the instructions of the Home Front Command, to show mutual support, and to stay resilient," the president continued. "Together, we can overcome all those who wish us harm."

National Unity Party leader Benny Gantz said, "Hamas made a grave mistake, and they will bear the consequences. All citizens of Israel stand behind the IDF and the security forces, and the government has full backing to exact a heavy price for any determined and responsible action.

"We will remain attentive, united, and deliver a heavy and painful blow to the enemy," he continued.

Lapid stated that he would announce that he would support a military response to the broad attacks against Israeli citizens.

However, Labor Party leader Merav Michaeli wrote on X: "Today is Netanyahu's Yom Kippur - a terrible and shameful failure, and a tough morning. To start Saturday and the holiday morning, children run to the stairwell with terrible reports about what is happening in the southern settlements."

Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman stated, "Our strength is our unity. Fifty years since the Yom Kippur War, we once again find ourselves in a war for the home against the enemy. The Israeli government must exact a heavy price from Hamas."

Protest leaders also reacted, calling off the evening's demonstration in Tel Aviv.

"We stand by the IDF and the security forces carrying out their duties during this difficult time and hope for the restoration of calm and security," the Kaplan Force said.

Brothers in Arms and Forum 555 also called on their followers to support the IDF and fight for Israel's security.

"We call on everyone who is required to stand up for the defense of Israel to do so without hesitation and immediately," Brothers in Arms said in a statement. "Right now, the most important thing is the country's security." 


Gadi Zaig, Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman


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IDF: State of alert for war | Massive terror attack in Israel, more than 100 killed - Israel National News


​ by Israel National News

Hamas begun a massive shooting of rockets and terrorists infiltrated into Israeli territory in a number of different locations.


War in Israel

Since the early hours of the morning, the Hamas terrorist organization has begun a massive shooting of rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory, and terrorists infiltrated into Israeli territory in a number of different locations.

According to initial reports, there are many casualties and a concern that Israelis have been abducted and brought to the Gaza strip.

Civilians in the southern and central areas are required to stay next to shelters, and in the area surrounding the Gaza Strip, inside shelters.

The Chief of the General staff is currently conducting a situational assessment and approving plans for the continuation of the IDF activity.

"The Hamas terrorist organization is the sovereign in the Gaza Strip and is responsible for this attack. It will face the consequences and responsibility for these events" the IDF announced.

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Thomas Friedman Equates Trump and Netanyahu With Putin and Xi - Joseph Klein


​ by Joseph Klein

A peculiar display of moral equivalence.


[Make sure to read Joseph Klein’s contributions in Jamie Glazov’s new book: Barack Obama’s True Legacy: How He Transformed America.]

New York Times foreign policy columnist Thomas Friedman wrote an opinion piece published by the New York Times on October 4th, entitled “How Four Leaders Are Turning the World Upside Down.” The four leaders whom Mr. Friedman lumped together in a disgusting display of moral equivalence were Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, former U.S. President Donald Trump, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He accused them all of having “created massive disruptions inside and outside their countries based on pure self-interest, rather than the interests of their people.”

Thomas Friedman’s condemnations of Putin and Xi were spot on, but he went off the rails completely by including Netanyahu and Trump on his list and claiming that Donald Trump “is the most dangerous of the four.” Friedman left out altogether North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un who has ramped up North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile testing and launches. And he skipped over Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, whose regime is arming Russia in Russia’s aggressive war against Ukraine and is providing military and financial support to Islamist terrorists.

Mr. Friedman has written several columns that have taken Prime Minister Netanyahu to task, mostly because of what he absurdly has labeled “a judicial coup led by Netanyahu.” The so-called “judicial coup” was legislation approved by Israel’s duly elected Knesset to rein in the runaway power of unelected Israeli Supreme Court judges. The judges have taken it upon themselves to invalidate laws passed by the Knesset because the judges believed the laws were not “reasonable.”

Israel’s judiciary arrogated to itself the power to override legislation and government executive actions based on the judges’ subjective judgments that not all the related aspects of the policy issues involved were adequately considered and accorded their proper weight. The judges went far beyond deciding whether the Knesset or government officials exceeded their authority as defined in Israel’s Basic Laws or arbitrarily committed an outrageous act that was grossly unjust. And they went far beyond deciding whether the Knesset or government officials unduly infringed on a person’s fundamental human rights to dignity and liberty as spelled out in the Basic Laws. Instead of serving as an independent check to ensure that these limits on legislative and executive powers were not exceeded, the Israeli Supreme Court judges have turned themselves into an unelected super-legislative branch.

Prime Minister Netanyahu and his duly elected governing coalition were attempting to restore democracy through the Israeli people’s elected representatives against a judicial “coup.”

Moreover, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s government did not conduct mass arrests and imprisonment of peaceful protesters. Freedom of speech and assembly of those who disagreed with the legislation to reform Israel’s judicial system were respected. Presidents Putin and Xi, on the other hand, lock up peaceful dissenters, if not make them disappear for good. Putting Israel’s prime minister on the same list as these two brutal dictators is an abomination.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has also proven to be a peacemaker, both by entering into the Abraham Accords and attempting to bring Israel and Saudi Arabia together in what would be an historic agreement to establish diplomatic recognition between the two former enemies. President Putin is a warmonger who invaded Ukraine and threatens other sovereign countries. President Xi is putting increased military pressure on Taiwan and encroaching on other countries’ rights in the South China Sea.

Mr. Friedman’s claim that Donald Trump “is the most dangerous of the four” world leaders that he listed in his column demonstrates how his extreme case of Trump derangement syndrome has blinded him to any semblance of the truth.

Friedman complains that Trump has ignored the troublemakers in the world and “has praised the troublemakers, including Putin. It’s what makes the prospect of another Trump presidency so frightening, so reckless and so incomprehensible.”

Donald Trump’s actions as president tell a different story than Thomas Friedman’s anti-Trump spin.

President Trump removed the restraints on the military so that it could decimate ISIS. He also ordered the killings of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as well as Qasem Soleimani, the Iranian regime’s vicious leader of the terrorist-sponsoring Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its ruthless Quds Force. Far from ignoring these troublemakers who represented major threats to America and its allies, Trump used the military might of the United States to wipe them out.

President Trump provided Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine, which President Obama had refused to do. Vladimir Putin grabbed Crimea during the Obama administration and invaded Ukraine during the Biden administration, not during the Trump administration. Putin took advantage of the weaknesses he saw in both Obama and Biden to make his aggressive moves but decided not to test Trump too far because he did not know how Trump would react.

As for China, President Trump pushed back against the regime, particularly when it came to trade by imposing stiff tariffs on Chinese imports. The Trump administration also “increased the frequency of U.S. Navy ships sailing through the Taiwan Strait, and sold arms to Taiwan with greater regularity — and less concern about China’s objections — than past administrations,” reported an NPR international correspondent who covers Chinese affairs.

President Biden has talked a tough game by indicating he would support sending U.S. troops to help Taiwan defend itself if China attacked Taiwan, but his aides walked back Biden’s bluster each time. After witnessing President Biden’s disastrous retreat from Afghanistan, President Xi sized up President Biden as a weak president. Xi has stepped up his air and maritime military maneuvers around Taiwan and his threats against Taiwan since President Biden took office.

“When the world becomes this chaotic,” Thomas Friedman wrote, “the rest of the world depends on the United States to take the lead in containing the trouble and opposing the troublemakers.” That is a fair statement, but Friedman has gone after the wrong U.S. president for not taking on the troublemakers as the leader of the free world by blaming Trump.

Joe Biden, not Donald Trump, has been the president who has allowed Russia and China, as well as Iran and North Korea, to foment serious trouble without facing any major consequences. As a result, the world has become far more chaotic and dangerous since President Biden took office.

Joseph Klein is a Harvard-trained lawyer, and the author of Global Deception: The UN’s Stealth Assault on America’s Freedom and Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, The United Nations & Radical Islam.


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The Lesson of ‘Ouster-Gaetz’: The Most Dangerous RINO Is the One Claiming to Be a RINO Hunter - Thaddeus G. McCotter


​ by Thaddeus G. McCotter

Chaos is the ally of the ambitious, ergo, Rep. Gaetz


Tuesday’s ouster of U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) brings to a head long simmering questions Republican-Populists must confront if the movement is to prove enduring, rather than another in a lengthening line of intermittent and fleeting eruptions, such as the Reform and Tea Parties. In fact, the failure of these earlier attempts to “drain the swamp” can be instructive, at least in what not to do; however, few seem to have the stomach to review, let alone conduct, such a grim post-mortem of these populist carcasses. Be warned: what follows is not for the squeamish.

Founded and funded by billionaire H. Ross Perot, the Reform Party was based upon economic populism. The party vehemently opposed international economic agreements, most notably the North American Free Trade Agreement. Their argument was that such agreements would create a “giant sucking sound” of American jobs leaving for “low cost” countries. In two elections, Mr. Perot ran for president on the Reform Party ticket. In 1992, Mr. Perot drained enough center-right votes to help defeat incumbent GOP president, George H. W. Bush and elect democrat Bill Clinton. In 1996, Mr. Perot doomed the long-shot candidacy of GOP Sen. Robert Dole (R-Kan.) to unseat President Clinton.

Unfortunately for the sustainability of the Reform Party, its biggest asset was its most debilitating liability: H. Ross Perot. In many quarters of the electorate, his persona eclipsed the party and its policies; consequently, the public conflated the party and its policies with a person. When Mr. Perot no longer had even the remotest chance of being elected president, he abdicated his role and the party was forced to try and find someone with the stature to replace him. Though Donald Trump was courted to be the party’s standard bearer in 2000, he demurred; and the Reform Party was a spent political party – though its economic platform would remain and await another movement to adopt and advance it.

The lesson? Despite the strength of its economic populist platform, the Reform Party was viewed by voters as a man not a movement; and, once the man was gone, the movement was stymied.

Flash forward to the Tea Party, which sprouted in the wake of 2008 Wall Street bailout, and blossomed in a losing battle over Obamacare. While the history of the Tea Party is well beyond the scope of this article, it is inarguable the movement grasped and advanced the economic populism of the Reform Party, as well as incorporating an even more biting antipathy toward Big Government’s enabling “Uniparty” and corporate America. The Tea Party was a driving force in the GOP recapturing a Congressional majority in 2010. It was truly a powerful message and movement – until it wasn’t.

Unlike the Reform Party, as a true grassroots movement the Tea Party had no singular leader or titular head. Further, as a grassroot uprising the movement was collectively impatient and frustrated, passionate and patriotic, and, yes, politically naïve. This allowed for too many grifters to latch onto the movement, sprouting all the right slogans on cable TV while behind the scenes feathering their own nests with the GOP establishment’s largesse at the true believing grassroots’ expense. It was a festering sore that kept growing – much to the delight of the swamp that abetted it. On their part, the Tea Party’s true believers’ righteous demands for change rendered them susceptible to the emotional, siren songs of the grifting demagogues. The tension was unsustainable and the movement – never cemented by any singular organization of leader – splintered into impotence. By the 2012 election, the Tea Party was thoroughly coopted by the GOP establishment, as evidenced by now Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) becoming the party’s presidential nominee.

The lesson? Members of a populist movement must not let their emotions get the better of them, because demagogues will try to emotionally exploit them to advance their own venal financial and political interests.

Today, Ouster-Gaetz has crystallized how these crucial lessons from the Reform and Tea Parties must be learned and embraced by the present Republican-Populist movement. If not, the long-term viability of the movement and its much-needed populist policies will be jeopardized.

As with the Reform Party, the Republican-Populist movement’s platform is often overshadowed in the electorate’s mind by the personality of its present head, former President Donald Trump. Like the Tea Party, Republican-Populists are collectively impatient and frustrated, passionate and patriotic, and, yes, politically naïve. Against this history, entered Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.).

Throughout the deposing of Speaker McCarthy, the end game of Rep. Gaetz seemed abstruse. While he had much to say regarding why McCarthy had to go, he was less than specific about what would rise from the chaos he and seven other House GOP members created. He would not be running for Speaker. Rep. Gaetz named no particular successor to the deposed Speaker, arguing whoever was elected must be less pliant than McCarthy to the pressures of the Swamp and, of course, could not be a RINO (“Republican in Name Only”). Along these lines, on the eve of “Ouster-Gaetz,” as Rep. Gaetz commenced his procedural assault on Speaker McCarthy, he asserted: “I have enough Republicans where at this point next week, one of two things will happen: Kevin McCarthy won’t be the speaker of the House or he’ll be the speaker of the House working at the pleasure of the Democrats.”

Rep. Gaetz was attempting to insulate himself against the reality he needed to collude with the Democrats to remove Speaker McCarthy. To wit, the vote to depose the Speaker: 210 GOP against it; 8 GOP and 208 Democrats for it. In the final analysis, then, Kevin McCarthy was no longer working as Speaker “at the pleasure of the Democrats.” Interestingly, the standard definition of a RINO is one who colludes with Democrats to sell out their fellow Republicans. It is rather rich how, after voting with a unanimous bloc of 208 Democrats, these 8 Republicans declared victory over RINOs.

It is little wonder during “Ouster-Gaetz” that Rep. Gaetz wanted to rebrand himself from a RINO into a unicorn of MAGA, slaying the swampy critters in GOP House leadership. This is both a short-term necessity and reveals his long-term goal.

Recall the aforementioned lessons of the Reform and Tea Parties. Whenever Mr. Trump departs the political scene, the present Republican-Populist movement has no heir apparent to replace him. The members of the Republican-Populist movement are collectively impatient and frustrated, passionate and patriotic, and, yes, in many instances politically naïve. This leaves them ripe for emotional exploitation. Rep. Gaetz sees this; and is exploiting it.

Chaos is the ally of the ambitious; ergo, Rep. Gaetz will continue to pursue his personal political agenda heedless of the toll it will take upon the Republican-Populist movement, the GOP, and the country. That Rep. Gaetz can advance his aims by settling a personal score with former Speaker McCarthy only serves to please and spur him to further venal exploits. He will rationalize and, at a politically propitious moment, proclaim how it will all be set right once he replaces Mr. Trump at the top of the movement.

For those who think such an assessment may seem an overly dramatic assessment, history affords a plethora of warnings where the least likely climber reaches the mountain top of power. After all, a Corsican peasant became Emperor of France. Still, in the wake of “Ouster-Gaetz,” is it really possible Rep. Gaetz could one day succeed President Trump and lead the Republican-Populist movement?

Not if Republican-Populists learn the lesson of “Ouster-Gaetz:” the most dangerous RINO is the one claiming to be a RINO hunter.

An American Greatness contributor, the Hon. Thaddeus G. McCotter (M.C., Ret.) represented Michigan’s 11th Congressional district from 2003-2012, and served as Chair of the Republican House Policy Committee. Not a lobbyist, he is a frequent public speaker and moderator for public policy seminars; and a Monday co-host of the “John Batchelor Radio Show,” among sundry media appearances.

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UK prime minister says country shouldn't 'be bullied' into believing there are more than 2 genders - Brianna Herlihy


​ by Brianna Herlihy

Sunak: 'Man is a man, and a woman is a woman, that’s just common sense'





United Kingdom Prime Minister Rishi Sunak went viral this week for a speech in which he said no one should be "bullied into believing that people can be any sex they want."

Sunak, the first British Asian to hold the high office, said in his remarks at the Conservative Party conference on Wednesday that "a man is a man, and a woman is a woman," which was met with loud applause by the party faithful.

"We are going to change this country, and that means life. Now, that shouldn’t be a controversial position," Sunak said. "The vast majority of hard-working people agree with it. It also shouldn’t be controversial for parents to know what their children are being taught in school about relationships. Patients should know when hospitals are talking about men or women."

"And we shouldn’t get bullied into believing that people can be any sex they want to be. They can’t. Man is a man, and a woman is a woman, that’s just common sense," the U.K. leader said.

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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak speaks during the final day of the Conservative Party Conference on Oct. 4, 2023, in Manchester, England. (Carl Court / Getty Images)


Sunak went on to say that "we should also never be afraid to talk about the thing that matters most to us – family."

"Whenever you want to talk about family, someone whispers, ‘Is that wise, Prime Minister?’"

"You’ll be accused of promoting a once-size-fits-all view. But in this Conservative Party, the party that legislated for same-sex marriage and is investing record amounts in child care, we know that love cascades down the generations," he said.

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Members of the LGBT+ community carry a huge rainbow flag during the annual Pride Parade on July 2, 2022, in London. (Hollie Adams / Getty Images)

Sunak’s comments come as the British government announced that hospitals would not allow non-biological women in female hospital wards and prevent convicted sex offenders from changing their gender.

On Tuesday, The Telegraph reported plans for U.K. Health Secretary Steve Barclay to announce proposals to push back against "wokery" in the health service that has led to women’s rights being increasingly sidelined.

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This photo shows a sign of the London Ambulance Service of NHS in London on July 27, 2022. (Rasid Necati Aslim / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)


The changes would give men and women the right to be cared for on wards only shared by people of their same biological sex and to have intimate care provided by those of the same sex.

Barclay said the plan would mean the return of "a commonsense approach to sex and equality," ensuring that women’s dignity is protected and that their voices are heard, the outlet reported.

The proposals follow concerns from patients and staff about biological men being allowed in women’s hospital wards. In 2021, National Health Service (NHS) guidance said trans patients could be placed on single-sex wards on the basis of the gender with which they identified. Barclay also announced the return of "sex-specific" language to the NHS after references to women were expunged from advice on menopause and diseases such as cervical and ovarian cancer.

"We need a commonsense approach to sex and equality issues in the NHS. That is why I am announcing proposals for clearer rights for patients," Barclay told The Telegraph.

"And I can confirm that sex-specific language has now been fully restored to online health advice pages about cervical and ovarian cancer and … menopause. It is vital that women’s voices are heard in the NHS and the privacy, dignity and safety of all patients are protected," he said.


Brianna Herlihy is a politics writer for Fox News Digital.


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Trump unveils sweeping anti-crime agenda, including stop-and-frisk and protecting cops from lawsuits - John Solomon


​ by John Solomon

Trump said he wanted to embolden police to take stronger action without fear of lawsuits or repercussions. 


Former President Donald Trump says if re-elected to the White House he will enact a sweeping new law-and-order agenda that will create federal authority for stop-and-frisk policies and new indemnification from lawsuits to help local police fighting intensifying crime in blue urban areas.

In a wide-ranging interview with Just the News, the 45th president said Americans coast to coast are fed up seeing their stores looted, their neighbors violently mugged and their cars repeatedly stolen. 

“You know, we're a laughingstock all over the world,” he told an hourlong Just the News presidential candidate townhall sponsored by the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) and televised nationally on the Real America’s Voice network. “No other country has this, where our police are great, but they're not allowed to do anything because they're standing there watching these kids walk out with very expensive items, destroying businesses. And then the business closes, and they have empty stores all over the place.”

Trump proposed several new initiatives for crime fighting, including creating federal justification for the stop-and-frisk policies that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani instituted three decades ago to significantly lower crime in the Big Apple.

“You have to also do a stop-and-frisk program,” he said. “You know, we had stop and frisk in New York, Rudy Giuliani did it incredibly. … They did strong but fair stop and frisk. And it worked.

“You're gonna have to do it. And if you don't do it, your cities, you can't walk down the street,“ he added. “These people, they go for a loaf of bread, they end up being shot and killed.”

Trump urged law-enforcement officials to conduct more forceful, aggressive crackdowns during the waves of violent crimes hitting cities so that offenders feel consequences and face a deterrence factor from committing new crimes.

“If you spent one really tough, vicious day and you tell them don't ever do it again because if you do it again, people are going to get seriously hurt if you walk out of a store carrying two television sets under your arms. It would stop immediately. Stop immediately. All over the country,” he said.

The former president, leading the 2024 GOP field by 40 to 50 points in polls, said he would also work with Congress to create new protections from lawsuits — indemnification, provisions — so that police officers feel more confident cracking down on crime and arresting offenders. Right now, some cities and states are eliminating the qualified immunity that officers enjoy for official acts.

“You're not allowed to do anything because they (officers) don't want to lose their family, their pension, their house, their wife. … And they say, ‘All right, look, we can't do anything.‘ They're told not to do anything.

“And one thing I'm going to do is on a federal basis, I'm going to indemnify any and all police officers from having a problem,” he added. “Now people will say, well, that's bad, because some will be bad actors. But it's very few. But we're going to indemnify the police. We’re going to indemnify the city. And we're going to indemnify the state. … So that they can fight without having to worry about the fact that they'll spend the next 10 years in court.”

Trump also addressed how he would shrink  the massive federal budget expected to top $7 trillion in 2024, up from $3.7 trillion just a decade ago.

He said he would like to eliminate federal agencies, like the U.S. Education Department, and take the tax savings and send them back to states and cities in the form of block grants.

“I want to move the Department of Education into the states,” he said. “… I need like one desk and one good person in Washington.”

Trump also addressed several foreign policy issues, saying he would like to move Russia, farther away from its new alliance with China as part of the effort to end the Ukraine war peacefully.

He also said he would like to end subsidies to U.S. chip manufacturers, and instead impose tariffs on foreign makers of computer chips that dominate the global market from Asia.

“So they're giving billions and billions and billions of dollars to these chip manufacturers that by the way, make billions of dollars. So we take them out of Taiwan, but all we have to do is put a tariff on the chips coming in. And we'll make our chips here because these companies have a lot of money to set up,” he said.

Trump also discussed how he copes with the four separate criminal indictments he faces, as well as an ongoing civil lawsuit in New York aiming to take away his iconic business empire.  

“I'm a big believer in the racehorse theory. You know, fast racehorses had very good parents, smart parents, good parents, and they lived to an old age. And I think I believe that. I believe in that,” he said.

“But I also think that I have a great enthusiasm for and love of this country. I have a great enthusiasm for a very simple term — MAGA— Make America Great Again, or America first,” he added.

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Biden agency 'likely' violated free speech by working with Big Tech to censor election content: court - Brianna Herlihy


by Brianna Herlihy

CISA 'likely significantly encouraged the [social media] platforms’ content-moderation decisions'


A federal court ordered an injunction on a top agency within the Department of Homeland Security after finding that it likely violated the First Amendment by coordinating with social media companies to effectively censor "election-related speech."

On Tuesday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals extended the scope of an injunction in place that limits the Biden administration's communication with big tech companies to include the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) within the Department of Homeland Security.

According to GOP Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey, who is leading the litigation against the Biden administration, CISA is the "nerve center" of the White House's "vast censorship enterprise" and "the very entity that worked with the FBI to silence the Hunter Biden laptop story."

"CISA was created to protect Americans from foreign attack, and now it has begun targeting its own citizens," Bailey told Fox News Digital.


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Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey speaks to the media outside the U.S. Supreme Court. (Valerie Plesch / Bloomberg via Getty Images / File)

A three-judge panel determined in the court order that CISA was the "primary facilitator" of the FBI’s interactions with the social-media platforms and worked in close coordination with the FBI to push the platforms to change their moderation policies to cover "hack-and-leak" content.

The opinion describes CISA’s "switchboarding" operations as "merely relaying flagged social-media posts from state and local election officials to the platforms." But the judge said that "in reality, the practice is ended up being "[s]omething more,'" the order reads.

"CISA used its frequent interactions with social-media platforms to push them to adopt more restrictive policies on censoring election-related speech. And CISA officials affirmatively told the platforms whether the content they had ‘switchboarded’ was true or false," it continues.


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The Biden administration is appealing a court order that limited its communication with social media platforms. (Kevin Dietsch / Getty Images / File)

"Thus, when the platforms acted to censor CISA-switchboarded content, they did not do so independently. Rather, the platforms’ censorship decisions were made under policies that CISA has pressured them into adopting and based on CISA’s determination of the veracity of the flagged information. Thus, CISA likely significantly encouraged the platforms’ content-moderation decisions and thereby violated the First Amendment," the judges said. 

The injunction stems from a lawsuit brought by Missouri and Louisiana attorneys general against the Biden administration that accused high-ranking government officials of working with giant social media companies "under the guise of combating misinformation" that ultimately led to censoring speech on topics, including Hunter Biden’s laptop, COVID-19 origins and the efficacy of face masks.


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CISA ‘likely’ violated the First Amendment with its content moderation practices, a federal court found. (CISA)

The attorneys general deposed several officials, including Dr. Anthony Fauci and FBI Special Agent Elvis Chan. On July 4, federal Judge Terry A. Doughty of the Fifth Circuit ordered the first injunction, which prevents White House officials and federal agencies from meeting with tech companies about social media censorship, arguing that such actions likely violated the First Amendment.

The scathing Independence Day injunction said the government's actions during the pandemic were akin to "an Orwellian ‘Ministry of Truth.'"

"If the allegations made by Plaintiffs are true, the present case arguably involves the most massive attack against free speech in United States’ history," the injunction continues. "In their attempts to suppress alleged disinformation, the Federal Government, and particularly the Defendants named here, are alleged to have blatantly ignored the First Amendment’s right to free speech."

The Justice Department has appealed the court order to the Supreme Court, arguing that the government faced "irreparable harm" because Doughty's order may prevent the federal government from "working with social media companies on initiatives to prevent grave harm to the American people and our democratic processes."


Brianna Herlihy is a politics writer for Fox News Digital.


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House Republicans move 'full steam ahead' on impeachment inquiry even amid speaker uncertainty - Brooke Singman


by Brooke Singman

An Oversight Committee aide told Fox News Digital the panel will take 'further action' in the coming days



The House impeachment inquiry against President Biden will continue "full steam ahead," with "further action" expected in the coming days, despite the uncertainty surrounding who will take the helm as speaker of the House of Representatives following the ouster of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Fox News Digital has learned.

McCarthy, R-Calif., who served as speaker of the House from late January through October and is the first in United States history to have been voted to be removed from the post supported the launch of an impeachment inquiry against the president last month, after months of GOP-led investigations into his family’s business dealings and whether he was involved.

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US President Joe Biden speaks from the White House. ((Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images))


House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., and House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith, R-Mo., were tasked by McCarthy with leading the impeachment inquiry.

But even with McCarthy ousted, their investigations are expected to continue.

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UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 14: Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has announced his bid for House speaker. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

"Full steam ahead," a senior Judiciary Committee aide told Fox News Digital.


Jordan announced his bid for speaker of the House on Wednesday morning, just hours after McCarthy’s ouster.

And an Oversight Committee spokesperson told Fox News Digital that the committee’s work "continues."

"The committee is continuing to review documents, records, and communications and will take further action in the coming days," the Oversight spokesperson said.

Reps. Scalise, Jordan, Hern, and Emmer are the rumored candidates for Speaker of the House - after Rep. Kevin McCarthy was ousted. (Getty Images)

A spokesperson for the Ways & Means Committee concurred. 

"The Ways and Means Committee remains committed to holding the following the facts where the evidence leads," the spokesperson told Fox News Digital. 


Despite the speaker vacancy, subpoenas that have already been issued by committees as part of the impeachment inquiry—like subpoenas for Hunter Biden and James Biden’s personal and business bank records—as well as those issued as part of general Biden administration oversight, remain valid.

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer

Chairman James Comer, R-Ky. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)


The next steps in the investigation come after the committees hold their first joint-panel impeachment inquiry hearing last week.

The GOP lawmakers say the financial records that the Oversight Committee has obtained to date "reveal a pattern where the Bidens sold access to Joe Biden around the world to enrich the Biden family."

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WASHINGTON - MARCH 9: House Ways and Means Chairman Jason Smith (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Fox News Digital first reported that the House Oversight Committee has learned that the Biden family and their business associates brought in more than $24 million between 2014 and 2019 by "selling Joe Biden as ‘the brand’ around the world."

The scope of the impeachment inquiry covers the span the time of Biden’s vice presidency to the present, including his time out of office.

But beyond investigating Biden’s ties to his family’s business dealings, House Republicans are also probing the alleged obstruction of the Justice Department’s years-long federal investigation into Hunter Biden. The allegations stem from IRS whistleblowers who allege politics influenced prosecutorial steps throughout the probe.

The White House maintains that President Biden was never in business with his son and never discussed business with his son or his family. White House officials have blasted the impeachment inquiry against the president as an "evidence-free" political stunt. 

Brooke Singman


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