For Obama, Cold War Foes Are Preferable to Friends

May 24, 2016

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

President Obama is obsessed with repudiating America’s Cold War policies.  He has: vainly sought to “reset” relations with Russia’s anti-U.S. dictator; struck a terrible deal with Iran, in part, as compensation for CIA involvement in a coup there long ago; and provided political legitimacy and economic life-support to Cuba’s still-hostile Stalinist regime.  

Now, Mr. Obama is using shared concerns about Chinese militarism as cover for yet another repudiation of past American stances, by allowing communist Vietnam access to U.S. weapons systems. 

In this case, the misplaced priority Team Obama gives to helping Cold War enemies is showcased by the fact that pro-U.S. nations no less in Beijing’s cross-hairs than Vietnam – like Taiwan and the Philippines – are not receiving such presidential attention or help with their defenses. Showing yet again that, under Obama, it’s better to be America’s foe, than its friend. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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Mullah Mansour and the Taliban

May 23, 2016

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

President Obama confirmed the liquidation over the weekend of Mullah Aktar Mansour.  Whenever Islamic supremacists like the leader of the Afghan Taliban are neutralized, it’s a good day for freedom.  But it remains to be seen if it will have any enduring benefit for the American forces he had been targeting, or the Afghans his group has brutalized for so long.

Unfortunately, Mr. Obama himself may have minimized any such benefits from this drone strike. Two years ago, he exchanged five top Taliban commanders detained at Gitmo for one American deserter. 

At the time, it was clear they would likely return to the fight. If so, their status as jihadist rock stars and experienced leaders may assure that one or more will help rally the Taliban – and undo whatever good might otherwise accrue from killing their erstwhile, and now-thankfully dispatched, mullah. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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Hearings Confirm Grid Must Be Protected

May 19, 2016

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

An unfenced swimming pool is known in the law as “an attractive nuisance” – an accessible, irresistible and possibly fatal temptation. 

The same might be said of the vulnerability of America’s electric grid.  

Two congressional panels this week served notice:  Enemies of this country know our grid lacks resiliency – and they are tempted to exploit that vulnerability by denying electricity to large parts of this country for protracted periods.  The consequences could be catastrophic, even nation-ending. 

Fortunately, Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania and Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin convened vitally needed oversight hearings in the House and Senate, respectively.  They established that, while our grid is vulnerable to attacks and to Mother Nature’s periodic powerful solar storms, we can protect it. 

They deserve our thanks – and bipartisan support in transforming a grid that’s an attractive nuisance into a critical infrastructure that’s resilient. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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Rhodes Stiffs Congress on His National Security Fraud

May 18, 2016

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Ben Rhodes was a no-show on Capitol Hill yesterday.  The President’s Deputy National Security Advisor wouldn’t defend the deception he’s acknowledged perpetrating on Congress, the media and the American people to sell the so-called Iran nuclear deal. 

His contempt for the public, as well as the public trust, could scarcely be more palpable – or more unacceptable.  So is the possibility that, in the process, he has broken the law prohibiting the federal government from engaging in domestic propaganda. 

There was a time when Rhodes’ sort of malfeasance would have prompted bipartisan demands from lawmakers for accountability and his resignation.  What is so worrying about the failure of Democrats to do so is that they are signaling not simply their blind loyalty to President Obama, but their indifference to this sort of misconduct.  

That’s a sure-fire formula for getting more national security fraud. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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Venezuela, Poster Child for Socialism

May 17, 2016

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

Anyone still attracted to the illusion of socialism and its promise of social justice and wealth redistribution needs to check out what’s happening in Venezuela. Seventeen years of Bolivarian revolutionary repression and ripping off an oil-rich nation have left its people without food, electrical power or even toilet paper.

Now, the despotic regime founded by the radical leftist, Hugo Chavez, has declared a state of emergency.  It justified this extreme measure by asserting the United States was organizing a coup – a preposterous claim given President Obama’s friendly attitude towards Chavez and his successor, Nicholas Maduro. 

The people of Venezuela have already expressed how fed up they are with Maduro’s misrule.  Last year, they gave control of parliament to a coalition of opposition parties now pursuing a legal means of removing Maduro from power.  They, not the regime, deserve our support. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

 

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Obama’s Missile Defense Two-Step Emboldens Putin

May 13, 2016

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Yesterday, the Pentagon at long last cut the ribbon on a new missile defense deployment in Eastern Europe.  A decided chill was cast on the celebration of this milestone, however, by threats from Russia to respond with nuclear attacks on the basing nation, Romania. 

Early in his presidency, Barack Obama foolishly sought to lubricate his vaunted “reset” of relations with Moscow by canceling an anti-missile capability that would, several years ago, have started protecting our European allies and the American homeland from Iranian – but not Russian – ballistic missiles.  

By contrast, the relatively modest “Aegis Ashore” system declared operational on Thursday still can’t stop Russia’s vast missile threat to Europe – and won’t defend us against Iran’s. 

Putin has long hoped to shatter the NATO alliance.  Obama’s earlier appeasement and belated, half-a-loaf reversal has emboldened Russia’s dictator, perhaps actually to try to do it. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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Ben Rhodes Must Go

May 11, 2016

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

National security fraud has been a hallmark of the Obama administration.  Fraudulent claims to have reset relations with Russia, disarmed Iran and routed al Qaeda are just a few of the more egregious examples. 

Now, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes has actually bragged about deceiving the public and Congress about the President’s fatally flawed deal with Tehran.  The mullahs are $150 billion richer and more able to pursue their nuclear ambitions, aspirations for regional hegemony and jihadism thanks to Rhodes’ successful bait-and-switch. 

Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois is among those who think that Rhodes’ public admission of his lying to lawmakers should require his resignation.  Anything less will only affirm that perpetrating national security fraud is standard operating procedure for Team Obama.  Worse yet, it will assure that there is more of it to come. 

Ben Rhodes must go. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

 

 

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How to Assure More Rapes on Campus

May 10, 2016

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Even as the Obama administration berates colleges and universities for the rising numbers of rapes on campus, it is insisting that they take at least two steps certain to assure there are still more of them. 

First, the Education Department threatened the University of North Carolina system that, unless its state rescinds a statute that designed to bar men from using women’s locker and bath rooms, UNC risks a cut-off of federal aid.  Should Team Obama get away with such coercion, every other institution of higher learning in America will be forced to create conditions in which rape is virtually inevitable.  

Then yesterday, the Secretary of Education told such institutions not to screen applicants for criminal records. That’s a formula for campuses not only having males invading females’ privacy, but that some of them will be convicted sex offenders. 

That’s nuts. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

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The Islamic Supremacists’ Milestone in London

May 9, 2016

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Voters in London just made a Muslim their mayor.  Some describe the election of the Labor candidate, Sadiq Khan, over the Conservative’s Zac Goldsmith, to be a milestone in the evolution of Great Britain’s increasingly multicultural society. And, indeed, it is. 

Interestingly, Milestones is the title of a book by one of the most influential leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, Sayyid Qutb. It describes how Islamic supremacists must pursue a phased approach to dominating  unbelieving infidels. That goal is advanced by electoral majorities arising from migration of the faithful to non-Muslim lands. 

Goldsmith unsuccessfully warned of Khan’s ties to such Islamists. His loss brought denunciations from his own party for undermining its efforts to “build bridges” to Muslims. But Qutb declared such “bridges” could only be built for the purpose of bringing infidels to Islam. 

London is just the beginning.

This is Frank Gaffney.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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Ben Rhodes, Perpetrator of National Security Fraud

May 6, 2016

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Sunday’s New York Times Magazine features a fawning – and chilling – portrait of a disinformation campaign that’s operated for eight years at the highest levels of the U.S. government. Its object has not been to fool foreign powers or audiences.  Rather, the point of propaganda campaigns orchestrated by senior Obama aide Ben Rhodes has been to deceive the American people. 

The paper credits Rhodes in particular with exploiting the presidency and the inexperience, incompetence and sympathy for the Obama agenda of much of today’s media to sell the “nuclear deal” with Iran. Rhodes manufactured a false narrative about when negotiations started, misrepresented the nature and terms of the unsigned agreement and used a friendly, socially-networked echo-chamber to subvert congressional and allies’ opposition. 

National security fraud endangers us all. Ben Rhodes is now exposed as its witting, and damnable, perpetrator.  

This is Frank Gaffney.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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