A Welcome Effort to Assure Election Integrity

May 12, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Yesterday, President Trump took a long-overdue step aimed at answering a nagging question: Has there been interference with the democratic process in the recent U.S. elections? Its focus, however, is alleged domestic, not foreign, interference.

Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will lead an advisory commission on election integrity. It will explore both alleged voting fraud and voter suppression.

We have endlessly been told that there is no voting fraud in America and that efforts to ensure only eligible, registered U.S. citizens vote disenfranchise large numbers of poor people and minorities. Hopefully, the new commission will establish the truth with respect to both points.

My guess is the panel will find that the same IDs needed to cash a check or fly or enter many buildings ought also be required for our most important civic duty: voting. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

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Deju Vu All Over in Korea Will End Badly

May 11, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The situation on the Korean peninsula feels, as Yogi Bera famously quipped, like déjà vu all over again.

For its part, the regime on the northern side of the Demilitarized Zone is, once again, combining its acquisition of ever-more-dangerous weapons with increasing belligerency towards its neighbors and the United States.

And, once again, South Koreans have responded to the clear and growing menace from the North by electing a president who believes he can mitigate it through appeasement, pursued via what is euphemistically known as a “Sunshine Policy.” 

We have seen this movie before – and it doesn’t end well. Rewarding North Korean bullying and military buildups simply encourages more of the same, and inexorably increases the threat from Pyongyang.  

The United States must stand firm and insist on actually protecting our forces and people from that threat.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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Comey’s Willful Blindness on Sharia Justified His Firing

May 10, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

President Trump did the right thing yesterday in firing FBI Director James Comey, if only for reasons that have yet to be cited. Think of it as swamp-draining. 

Specifically, Mr. Comey and his senior management team – which should also be replaced as soon as possible – have long been malfeasant with respect to the most serious internal threat we face as a nation: namely, the array of Sharia-supremacists seeking the destruction of our country.

Like his predecessor, Director Comey has serially acceded to Muslim Brotherhood demands that his agents ignore the danger posed by Islam’s anti-constitutional, totalitarian doctrine. As a result, Sharia’s adherents have been treated as no danger until they engage in jihadist violence, and then dismissed as individual “lone wolves.”

The facts – not submission to Islamists, cloaked as “political correctness” – must guide the next FBI Director and the Bureau.

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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Farewell to France

May 9, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

This weekend’s French election brought to power Emmanuel Macron, a self-professed “globalist.” He exemplifies the ominous phenomenon of “transnationalism” in Europe and elsewhere – including the United States.

Like his fellow “transies,” France’s new president has a low regard for such concepts as national borders, identity, culture and – inevitably – security. He has embraced continuing immigration and the Sharia-supremacists who are exploiting it to transform France beyond recognition. 

There is now little hope for slowing the subordination of the French to the dictates of a sovereignty-crushing European Union. And, inexorably, there will be more accommodations to the Islamists’ demands for submission by secular, non-Muslim France.

If so, history will likely record the choice made by the French this week as the tipping point for Western civilization on the continent of Europe – and a rising challenge to the United States and a shrinking Free World.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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U.S. Airlines Must Not Appease Hamas Doing Business as CAIR

May 8, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Increasingly, America’s airlines are being sued by Muslim plaintiffs who claim they have faced discrimination because of their faith and/or their appearance. 

Interestingly, these plaintiffs all seem to be represented by the Council on American Islamic Relations, better known as CAIR.

While CAIR purports to be a “civil rights” group, a new book by the Center for Security Policy demonstrates that it is actually a front for the designated terrorist group, Hamas. So, CAIR routinely engages in what amounts to “lawfare” and other acts of political warfare to force Americans to submit to the totalitarian code the Islamists call Sharia.

Before any airlines settle with CAIR and its clients, they should understand that doing so effectively rewards the stealthy jihadists – and can only encourage more of their supremacist aggression.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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U.S. Enabling of Palestinian Incitement Precludes Peace

May 5, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Renowned deal-maker Donald has set his sights on achieving the most elusive deal in the world: a real and durable peace between Israel and Palestinian Arabs. 

As a presidential candidate, Mr. Trump recognized that such a deal required the Palestinians to stop “the education of hatred.” On Wednesday, President Trump expressed confidence that he could reach a peace accord with the man ultimately responsible for that education, the Palestinian Authority’s “President,” Mahmoud Abbas.

That confidence is clearly misplaced given that Abbas flatly lied to him saying, “Mr. President, I affirm to you that we are raising our youth, our children and grandchildren, in a culture of peace.”

In truth, the peace Abbas envisions is one achieved by the destruction of Israel. Unless and until that changes, America must repudiate – not enable – Israel’s Palestinian enemies, and ours.

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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North Korea’s Latest Missile Test was a Warning, Not a Failure

May 4, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Last week’s dramatic congressional briefings on the threat from North Korea apparently failed to address its single most worrisome feature. That serious oversight was highlighted, though, by the North’s missile test on Saturday, in which a ballistic missile flew to an altitude of 71 kilometers, then exploded. 

Initially, the test was depicted as yet-another in a long line of failures. But it actually demonstrated the North’s capability to use a single nuclear warhead to unleash a devastating electromagnetic pulse (or EMP) attack against our friends and forces in South Korea, destroying unprotected electric grids and electronic devices.

Experts have long warned against such an attack against our country, too – perhaps launched from a tramp steamer off our coast or an orbiting satellite. We must protect our grid against such threats – and the world against the North’s pathological despot, Kim Jong-Un.

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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Stop Sharia’s Mutilation of Women and Children in America

May 3, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Americans are shocked by the recent arrest of three individuals in Michigan for acts of unimaginable barbarism, involving the mutilation of two little girls from Minnesota.

Tragically, this crime is surely but the tip of a huge iceberg. One alleged perpetrator reportedly is suspected of doing this for twelve years possibly subjecting hundreds, if not thousands, of other girls to what is called Female Genital Mutilation (or FGM). Half a million more may risk having it done to them.

Such horrifying statistics are plausible because Islamic supremacists believe that FGM is permitted and condoned, if not actually obligatory, under their brutally repressive Sharia doctrine. They say they’re guided by the life and sayings of the perfect, model Muslim: the prophet Mohammed.

And most alarming of all, like so many other aspects of Sharia, this one is happening here. That must end.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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U.S. Presidents Shouldn’t Embrace Hostile Dictators

May 2, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Talking with foreign leaders goes with the job of president of the United States. Such interactions with actual or potential adversaries, however, entail real risks if they conjur notions of personal relationships that are allowed to mutate or supersede reality-based national security policies. 

The ballyhooed “bromance” between President Trump and China’s Xi Jinping is worrying in that regard. Mr. Trump’s upcoming meetings with Russian despot Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s would-be Caliph, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, may be similarly fraught. And the President is now openly entertaining the possibility of a face-to-face meeting with North Korean tyrant Kim Jong-Un.

Barack Obama was properly criticized for “extending the hand of friendship” to assorted U.S. enemies without precondition. The world is a much more dangerous place because, to varying degrees, he did that. Donald Trump risks making it even more so by repeating Obama’s mistake.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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Xi Jinping is No “Friend” of America, Mr. President

May 1, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

President Trump is talking up his new “friendship” with China’s president, Xi Jingping. It’s a potentially grave, if common, mistake when leaders believe that personal chemistry counts more than national interests. 

Specifically, Mr. Trump is seeking help on North Korea from a guy who has gotten to the top of the Chinese power structure by being a ruthless nationalist, who regards the United States as a usurper of China’s rightful role as the world’s greatest power.

Before investing more in his relationship with such a man, President Trump would be well advised to read a formidable new study by the National Association of Scholars entitled, Outsourced to China. It documents the PRC’s insidious influence operations on U.S. college campuses – a reminder that taking us down, not helping us out, is the goal of Xi Jingping and his regime.

This is Frank Gaffney. Learn more at nas.org.

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