This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Once upon a time, the world was considered a bipolar place, in which the United States and the country ruled by the Kremlin were seen as “superpowers.”  Over the decades, these countries forged a series of arms control agreements that were supposed to make the planet safer and more peaceful. 

There were, however, two problems: First, the Kremlin’s rulers, initially doing business as the Soviet Union and then as Russia, violated each of these accords. And second, such bilateral arms control treaties left completely unconstrained the growing threat posed by Communist China. 

Vladimir Putin’s most recent cheating on the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (or INF) Treaty and his preparations to do the same with the so-called New START limitations fully justify ending our participation in this one-sided – and increasingly dangerous – fraud. 

We must rely instead on the time-tested practice of “peace through strength. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

 

Last Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took to the editorial pages of the New York Times threatening that: “Unless the United States starts respecting Turkey’s sovereignty and proves that it understands the dangers that our nation faces, our partnership could be in jeopardy.”

 

Actually, Turkey’s de facto dictator has been working for over a decade to transform his nation from a secular, Muslim democracy into a Sharia-supremacist Islamic republic. He has encouraged Turks to hate the United States as he worked to foist on Europe millions of Muslim refugees – in the process making a mockery of the notion that Turkey is still a reliable NATO member.

 

Erdogan closed by warning he’ll “start looking for new friends and allies.”  In fact, he is already playing for the other team, having lashed up with Russia, China and Iran. We must proceed accordingly.

  

This is Frank Gaffney.

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

Yesterday, Vice President Mike Pence reaffirmed President Trump’s intention to create a new entity to safeguard America’s myriad, vital security interests in outer space. He set a deadline of 2020 for the establishment of a separate armed service called the U.S. Space Force.

This is an important step towards properly understanding and addressing the reality that, from now on, space will be a battleground. Protecting our equities there fully, however, is going to take more than a new military branch.

As the Heritage Foundation’s Dakota Wood notes, the U.S. government has some sixty agencies with “ownership of the space issue” including our access to, exploration and use of the “high frontier.” Retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel Wood suggests that another armed service, the Coast Guard, may provide a model for integrating these key military and civilian functions under an effective management structure.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

Last Saturday, Venezuela’s dictator, Nicholas Maduro, temporarily missed his rendezvous with Satan.  Two “drones” that were evidently meant to kill him as he made an address to a military parade exploded close enough to hurt bystanders, but left Maduro unscathed.

This weekend’s attack may be the first time assassins gunning for a top political figure utilized unmanned aerial vehicles. But, it will surely not be the last. 

Indeed, the ever-increasing proliferation of such devices and their relatively low cost means that the job of protecting the president of the United States, his foreign counterparts and countless other high-value targets will inevitably become more and more difficult. Add in that drones are being miniaturized, enabling them to perform a range of covert surveillance missions and offensive operations, and the imperative of developing means of detecting and defeating them takes on the utmost urgency. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

 

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Arms control with tyrannical thugs like North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has been compared to the phenomenon of second marriages, which the British wit Samuel Johnson once defined as “the triumph of hope over experience.” The promises made by the Kim dynasty have been a virtually unbroken litany of bad experiences that crushed naïve and unjustified hopes.

That certainly appears to be the case with respect to the pledges “Little Rocket Man” made about denuclearizing his country before and during the Singapore summit with President Trump. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton have confirmed little, if any, progress on that score has been made to date.

So, it’s time to start ratcheting up the pressure again.  Enforce sanctions.  Resume U.S. military exercises with South Korea. And tell its Quisling president to stop appeasing Kim Jong-un.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

 

The Iranian people who have for nearly forty years been compelled to shout “Death to America” are in the streets demanding “Death to the dictator.” Now that they finally have a U.S. president who is on their side, an end to the oppression may be at hand.

 

Donald Trump has gone beyond merely expressing support for the long-suffering people of Iran.  At midnight, the President reinstated sanctions that Barack Obama recklessly waived as part of his sell-out Obamabomb deal with the mullahs.

 

Mr. Trump has, moreover, created real costs for the Europeans should they try to ignore our sanctions in order to prop up the Iranian dictatorship.

 

We’re told the object of such important policy changes is merely to change that regime’s behavior.  But the Trump administration’s actions seem likely, if not calculated, to help Iranians instead change the regime itself.    

 

This is Frank Gaffney.

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

President Trump has understandably refused to hire so-called “Never- Trumpers.” They are prominent, mostly national security professionals who publicly – and scathingly – declared during the 2016 election their unalterable opposition to him.  

Yet, Mr. Trump’s administration continues to employ, and even promote people, from his opposition’s team.  For example, a promotion is reportedly in the offing for top State Department official Brian Hook who organized the group that put out the Never-Trump letter. Andrea Hall, a protégé of the notorious Obama propagandist Ben Rhodes, is said to be his replacement. And at least three out of four of the nation’s top intelligence officers are close allies of the ultimate Never-Trumper, former CIA Director John Brennan – with yet another possibly getting the intelligence portfolio at the National Security Council.

President Trump recently kept several insubordinate subordinates from holding key jobs.  He mustn’t stop now.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Yesterday, Americans got a crash course on a reality most of us have long ignored.  Four top U.S. national security officials briefed White House reporters to warn that our country is under attack. 

They focused on Russia’s past and ongoing influence operations aimed at “weakening and dividing” the United States.  That’s what hostile powers do to their adversaries.  Such efforts by Vladimir Putin’s regime should be robustly countered and trigger appropriate retaliation. 

The same should apply, however, to even more comprehensive and far more effective influence operations long mounted against us by Communist China and Sharia-supremacists led by the Muslim Brotherhood and, increasingly, by Turkey.

In the 2018 elections – and for the foreseeable future – we are going to face enemies, foreign and domestic.  We can ignore that reality no longer and must be able and willing to respond in equal measure.

This is Frank Gaffney

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

In 1787, Benjamin Franklin famously quipped that the founders of this country had given her people a republic – if they can keep it.  He and the rest of the framers understood that to do so would require, at a minimum, an informed electorate.  

Scholar, author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza has long argued that  America’s citizenry has been seriously disinformed for decades by leftist academics, politicians and media.  Fortunately, his newest movie, Death of a Nation, which premiered in Washington last night and opens in 1,000 theaters nationwide this weekend, is a powerful and much-needed corrective.

If you love this country and want to ensure its survival for your children and grandchildren take them to see Death of a Nation this weekend – especially if they are at risk of being seduced by leftists or their Islamist allies into surrendering our Republic.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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August 1, 2018

Keep Tommy Free!

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

Civil rights activist and political prisoner Tommy Robinson is out of jail in Britain. He was incarcerated for reporting on a trial the UK government and media have worked hard to obscure.

Mr. Robinson was covering the prosecution of Muslim men accused of an increasingly common crime in his country – the practice of immigrants usually from South Asia raping, trafficking and enslaving thousands of young British women and girls.  The authorities, some of whom have long known about these so-called “grooming gangs,” should be in jail, not the man who has been trying to hold them accountable.

Mr. Robinson is now out on bail, pending his appeal. His well-informed and courageous opposition to Sharia-supremacists’ abuse of women, contempt for British laws and values and other threats have inspired a world-wide “Free Tommy!” campaign.  Happily, our rallying cry can now be “Keep Tommy Free!”

This is Frank Gaffney.

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