Dump This Iran Deal

April 20, 2015

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

If you thought the magnitude of Team Obama’s abject capitulation to Iran on the latter’s nuclear weapons program could not be exceeded, think again. 

Caught in the lie that the Iranians had agreed to a conditional and phased relaxation of sanctions as the price for limited restrictions on their pursuit of the bomb, the administration has reportedly agreed to an enormous new concession:  If Iran now agrees that some sanctions would remain in place, the U.S. would immediately repatriate as much as $50 billion in Tehran’s frozen assets.

The mullahs can buy a lot of terrorism, subversion, regional hegemony and nuclear weapons for $50 billion. Moreover, some experts believe that this shot in the arm for Iran’s economy would negate the leverage of any remaining economic sanctions.

Congress must dump this deal.

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. Learn more at SecureFreedom.org.

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Mr. Obama–Stop Breaking Our Military

April 17, 2015

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

When Barack Obama first declared that he intended to “fundamentally transform the United States of America,” most of us had no idea what he intended, let alone the breadth and implications of those transformative changes.

Particularly problematic – and difficult to reverse – is his transformation of the U.S. military, starting with massive reductions in funding that are hollowing it out. That damage is being greatly compounded by Team Obama’s aggressive social engineering advancing a radical homosexual agenda and pushing women into combat.

Less-remarked is the assault underway on Christian military chaplains whose religious beliefs are at odds with Team Obama’s policies. The Washington Times reported yesterday that the effect is driving chaplains out of the armed forces and hurting both retention and recruitment of Christian servicemen and women.

Mr. Obama: Stop breaking our military.

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. Learn more at SecureFreedom.org.

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Why Don’t the Saudi’s Take Muslim Refugees?

April 16, 2015

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Americans are being played for fools. During the Obama presidency, hundreds of thousands of refugees have been brought here from Muslim nations. 

By some estimates, as many as ninety percent of them are Muslims. That can be a serious problem if they adhere to Islam’s supremacist shariah code – a doctrine that promotes jihad and is wholly incompatible with our Constitution and the rights and freedoms it guarantees. 

Now, President Obama intends to bring in thousands of Syrians, many of whom will come from refugee camps controlled by jihadists.   

Immigration expert Mark Krikorian recently made a startling observation:  Wealthy and under-populated Muslim nations like Saudi Arabia have not taken any of these refugees.  That’s unfair to American taxpayers and to the Muslims denied an opportunity to find refuge in societies that share their culture and values.

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. Learn more at SecureFreedom.org.

 

 

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A Formula for Rubber-stamping Obama’s Iran Deal

April 15, 2015

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

On the surface, yesterday’s insistence by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that Congress get a vote on a nuclear deal with Iran appears to be a victory for what is left of our constitutional republic.  

Two clues suggest otherwise:  First, the panel’s legislation was adopted unanimously. And second, the White House says Mr. Obama is willing to sign such a bill. 

The President and his partisans on Capitol Hill are on board for a simple reason:  Instead of this deal facing the high hurdle the Constitution requires for treaties – in which the executive branch must persuade two-thirds of the Senate to approve it, the mechanism set up by the proposed legislation will require opponents to come up with that super-majority in both houses of Congress. 

This arrangement serves Iran’s interests, not America’s. 

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. Learn more at SecureFreedom.org.

 

 

Kerry Isn’t Delusional, He’s Deluding Us

April 14, 2015

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Senator John McCain last week called Secretary of State John Kerry “delusional.”  The trouble is not that Kerry is misleading himself about the nature and contents of the agreement he claims to have struck with Iranian diplomats. 

It’s that he’s trying to delude the rest of us.  

Secretary Kerry is frantically defending Team Obama’s serial misrepresentations of what amounts to wishful U.S. thinking about agreed restrictions on Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

Now, Mr. Kerry wants Congress to allow still more negotiations he hopes will get an actual agreement and to forego voting on its acceptability.  

It would be a huge strategic error were legislators to convey to our Iranian enemies that they will go along with – and reward – such flim-flammery by giving the mullahs’ more time and the administration a free hand. 

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. Learn more at SecureFreedom.org.

 

 

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Hillary’s Disastrous Foreign Policy Legacy

April 13, 2015

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Hillary Clinton is running for President, in no small measure on the basis of her accomplishments as Secretary of State.  The trouble is, there’s not much there there.

For example, nearly a year ago, Hillary cheerleader and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote: “Critics are right that Hillary Rodham Clinton never achieved the kind of landmark peace agreement that would make the first sentence of her obituary. But give her credit: She expanded the diplomatic agenda and adopted new tools to promote it — a truly important legacy.”

Now that she is a formal candidate, presumably Mrs. Clinton and her handlers will do a better job of spinning her claims to fame. But her real foreign policy legacy will be that of co-pilot for much of President Obama’s disastrous one.

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. Learn more at SecureFreedom.org.

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Obama’s Appeasement in the Americas

April 10, 2015

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Barack Obama will extend his losing streak in foreign affairs with this weekend’s Summit of the Americas in Panama.  He is compounding in our own hemisphere his disastrous record of appeasement elsewhere.

First, he is removing Cuba from the list of state-sponsors of terrorism as a further concession to the Castro brothers – whose regime has extensive and ongoing ties to the world’s terrorists. 

Next, he will try to placate another terror-sponsoring state, Venezuela, by denying that it represents a threat to U.S. national security. Never mind that he formally attested to that reality just a few weeks ago in imposing sanctions on seven of its leaders. 

Under President Obama, America is neither feared nor respected by its adversaries.  And that can only make the world a more dangerous place.

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. Learn more at SecureFreedom.org.

 

 

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No Blank Check for Obama on Trade

April 9, 2015

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Next week, an institution once revered as “the world’s greatest deliberative body” will be asked to foreclose its ability to have meaningful deliberations about what will, predictably, be a deeply flawed international trade treaty. 

The accord in question is the as-yet-incomplete Trans-Pacific Partnership.  And the United States Senate is being pressed by both its Republican and Democratic leadership to give Barack Obama what amounts to a blank check to agree to cut whatever trade deal he wants. 

It is simply unbelievable that anybody – and most especially GOP lawmakers – would even contemplate giving this President so-called “Fast-Track Authority” on the TPP.  His serial failures to negotiate fair prisoner swaps, sound arms control agreements or sensible diplomatic normalizations neither inspires confidence nor warrants Congress turning its check-and-balance role into a blank check.

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. Learn more at SecureFreedom.org.

 

 

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D.C. Blackout Shows Need to Secure the Grid

April 8, 2015

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

It was a pretty spectacular reminder of a fact most of official Washington tries to downplay, if not ignore:  Our nation depends critically on electricity.  If its availability is disrupted – even for brief periods, the impact can range from inconvenient to dangerous.  Protracted, widespread disruptions would imperil the nation itself and many millions of its people.

Yesterday, parts of official Washington – including the White House complex and State Department – went dark for a time. Fortunately, the mechanical failure at a single Maryland transformer substation triggered rapid work-arounds and back-up generators kicked in. 

We must not respond to this evidence of a yawning vulnerability with complacency and inaction.  Physical sabotage, cyber attacks, electromagnetic pulse weapons and intense solar storms threaten extensive, enduring blackouts. We must secure the grid now. 

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. Learn more at SecuretheGrid.com.

 

 

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Barry U Punishes Opponent of Campus Jihad

April 7, 2015

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

James O’Keefe is an intrepid investigative reporter whose undercover videos have repeatedly exposed outrageous behavior – often forcing corrective actions. 

One might have expected that outcome when O’Keefe’s Project Veritas recently revealed officials at two prominent U.S. universities supporting the establishment of a campus club to promote and support the Islamic State terrorist group. Yet, at Florida’s Barry University, it's the  acclaimed honor student who participated in the sting operation – identified as “Laura” – who’s been suspended within weeks of her expected graduation. 

Now is the time for alumni, parents of students and other backers of Barry University to repudiate those who think supporting terrifying jihad is an appropriate activity at their institution. And a courageous student who challenged such administrators should be applauded, not punished. 

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. Learn more at SecureFreedom.org.

 

 

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