This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Amidst all the talk about “Russian collusion,” one of the most egregious – and consequential – examples has received negligible attention.  During her tenure as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton engineered the transfer of lots of high technology – including militarily relevant ones – to Russia’s Silicon Valley, in the vain hope of “resetting” relations with Vladimir Putin.

At the time, the Pentagon warned that this arrangement amounted to an “overt technology theft operation” that gave the Kremlin, among other things, strategically sensitive hypersonic missile know-how and gear.  It also massively profited Clinton Foundation donors.

Today, President Trump unveils a missile defense plan made necessary by such treachery.  His long-awaited Missile Defense Review proposes a comprehensive program of space-based and other means of protecting the American people against the hypersonic missiles Russia and China are now deploying.  Unfortunately, we need such defenses yesterday.

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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January 16, 2019

Oppose All Supremacism

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted nearly unanimously in the wake of published remarks by Rep. Steve King to condemn “white nationalism and white supremacy.” Mr. King voted for the resolution, underscoring his animosity towards such practices, and his devotion to Western civilization.

One of the hallmarks of our civilization is a commitment to individual liberty.  The highest expression of that commitment is to be found in the U.S. Constitution with its guarantees of unalienable, God-given rights.  The most foundational of these is freedom of speech. 

Every legislator who voted Tuesday has sworn an oath to support and defend the Constitution as the “supreme law of the land.” Yet, singling out certain forms of supremacism for criticism is a formula for restricting some speech as “hateful” – and, thereby, eroding one of our most important, and needed, bulwarks against supremacism of all kinds. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

In a Tweet on Sunday, President Trump threatened Islamist Turkey, promising devastating economic sanctions if it attacked Kurds inside Syria. It would appear he has correctly concluded that the Turks are allies no more – and will be pursuing policies reflecting that reality.

It’s high time.  After all, under the Sharia-supremacist Erdogan regime, Turkey has repeatedly demonstrated that it is playing for the other team – buying advanced weapons from Russia and China, violating sanctions to trade with Iran, pushing migrants into Europe, threatening Israel and enabling ISIS.

A principal concern about Mr. Trump’s decision quickly to withdraw the small contingent of U.S. special forces on the ground in Syria was the prospect that the Turks would see it as a greenlight to crush our Kurdish allies there.  Here’s hoping that the threat of devastating U.S. economic sanctions will prevent that from happening.

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is touring the Middle East, addressing regional security challenges and U.S. policy towards them.  In Cairo last week, he affirmed America’s commitment to Israel and Christians and its determination to counter those like the Islamic State and the mullahs of Iran who seek to impose worldwide the toxic ideology they call Sharia.

Particularly striking was Mr. Pompeo’s explicit repudiation of the approach embraced a decade ago by then-President Barack Obama, notably in an address he also made in Cairo. Obama low-balled the threat from ISIS, embraced the Muslim Brotherhood and engaged and then-enriched the Iranian regime.

By contrast, President Trump has decisively attacked the Islamic State, denounced the Islamists’ supremacist ideology and stopped enabling the ayatollahs’ misrule in Tehran. Now, Mike Pompeo must forge the regional partnerships needed to finish these jobs.

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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January 11, 2019

Farewell, Admiral Ace Lyons

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The Nation lays to rest today one of its greatest naval leaders and most indefatigable freedom-fighters.  Four-star Navy Admiral James “Ace” Lyons’ passing last month is an occasion not only for fond remembrances of a fallen colleague, but for reflecting on the robust strategies he championed and executed during his seven decades of service to our country.

For example, Admiral Lyons helped devise and operationalize President Reagan’s plan for destroying the Soviet Union without firing a shot.  He recognized the grave danger posed by Sharia-supremacists in Iran and elsewhere in the Muslim world, and strove to counter them, in and out of uniform.  And as Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and over the years following his retirement, he warned about Communist China’s growing threat – and promoted practical steps for defending against it.

Farewell and following seas, Admiral Ace Lyons.

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

President Trump heads to McAllen, Texas today to meet with Border Patrol and other government officials struggling to secure our porous border with Mexico.  While he is tamping down expectations for the trip, it’s likely to showcase the significant contribution an effective barrier can make to their success in protecting the rest of us.

Meantime, the President is being encouraged to accept a deal to get something in the way of funding for “the Wall” in exchange for an amnesty for some who have come here illegally.  In particular, Sen. Lindsey Graham is proposing legalization and a path to citizenship for so-called “DACA kids” and those who were previously given what’s known as “temporary protected status,” even though they immigrated unlawfully.

Doing so would amount to a magnet for more illegal immigration before the border is secure – and a grave mistake.

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The claim by Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer that the humanitarian and security nightmare at our southern border is a “manufactured crisis” calls to mind the famous Marx Brothers line “Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?”

Fortunately, recent polling makes clear that the vast majority of the American people – including overwhelming numbers of Democrats – perceive that illegal immigration is a real crisis.

That’s because we see that such immigration is accompanied by increased crime, drug- and human-trafficking, sexual and other abuse and, yes, the threat of terrorism. As a result, we recognize that public safety and national security are being endangered by drug overdoses, gang violence, murder and mayhem – often on a very large scale.

Thank you, Mr. President, for fulfilling your oath of office by standing firm for a secure border, not disorder.

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Tonight, President Donald Trump will make a critically important prime-time address to the nation about the crisis at the southern border.  He will employ that quintessential “bully pulpit” to explain his determination to protect our countrymen and women from growing and serious transnational threats through the appropriate use of personnel, technology and, yes, a barrier.

The President would do well in the course of his remarks to cite the powerful testimony about the necessity of building a wall that was delivered last night on Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News.  It came from an unlikely source: the Border Patrol chief under Barack Obama, Mark Morgan, who lost his job when the Trump administration came to office.

Mr. Morgan affirmed that he and experienced professionals agree that “walls absolutely work.”  Mr. President, please take that bipartisan case to the American people.

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

National Security Advisor John Bolton traveled to the Middle East to clarify that President Trump has two important preconditions before U.S. forces will be withdrawn from Syria:  First, Turkey must refrain from attacking our Kurdish allies there. And, second, ISIS must be defeated.

It’s very good news that the U.S. government is determined to achieve these goals. Defeating such Sharia-supremacists – whether those waging jihad under the ISIS banner or those like Turkish President Erdogan who has supported ISIS – must be our purpose, in the Middle East and beyond.

To learn what that will take, all of us should review an indispensable explanation of Sharia and what its adherents are obliged to do to achieve our submission produced in an excellent video-based course by our colleagues at Understanding the Threat.  You – and our leaders – have a need to know.

This is Frank Gaffney.  Visit UnderstandingtheThreat.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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January 4, 2019

No Wall, No Deal

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

“No Wall, no deal.”  That’s how Vice President Mike Pence described the Trump administration’s bottom line in the fight with congressional Democrats who voted yesterday to provide no funding for “the Wall.” None. Zero. Nada.

More is riding on this fight than whether America’s southern border will, at last, be secured.  This is President Trump’s PATCO moment.  As when Ronald Reagan took on air traffic controllers using an illegal strike to extract pay raises, Mr. Trump’s presidency will be defined by whether he prevails over Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and the Open Borders crowd.

Therefore, Donald Trump must hold the line.  He’s to be commended for doing so to date and for ordering the U.S. military to build, if not the Wall, then other barriers to illegal immigration and the growing threat it poses to public safety and national sovereignty.

This is Frank Gaffney.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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