This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Speaker Paul Ryan seems determined to make the capstone of his career pushing through the House of Representatives legislation granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.  A new poll of likely voters suggests that supporting such a bill would be a political tombstone for many GOP congressmen.

Republican legislators preparing to vote today on Mr. Ryan’s amnesty bill and another one offered by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte ignore at their peril a brand new survey conducted for the Tea Party Patriots by highly respected pollster John McLaughlin.

He warns: “…By a margin of 61 percent to 18 percent  among GOP voters, and 59 percent to 19 percent among Trump voters – voters would be less likely to vote to re-elect a GOP Member of Congress who voted to provide amnesty for a group of illegal immigrants.”

Don’t go there, Congressmen.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley struck an important blow for freedom yesterday by denouncing and withdrawing from the odious UN Human Rights Council. 

Recall that, before there was a Human Rights Council, there was a Human Rights Commission.  That commission became a parody of a UN agency – with its tolerance for members who routinely violate human rights, its anti-Semitic obsession with alleged Israeli violations, and its dependence on underwriting from appalled U.S. taxpayers. 

The Bush 43 administration pulled the plug, inducing what was supposed to be a much-needed institutional overhaul. It didn’t happen. President Obama nonetheless decided to join the resulting Human Rights Council.

Amb. Haley rightly labeled it “a cesspool of political bias” that is still riddled with human rights violators, rabidly hostile towards Israel and reliant on U.S. subventions. 

It’s high time where outta there.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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June 19, 2018

Space Force!

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

One of President Trump’s most important legacies may be the U.S. Space Force, whose establishment he embraced yesterday.

The need for what would be a new, sixth military service arises from the fact that the “high frontier” of space is increasingly vital to both our national security and to our economy, and even our way of life.  Actual and potential adversaries have long recognized that reality.  Worse, they have been systematically acquiring anti-satellite and space control technologies capable of threatening our dominance over space and even our access to it.

For America’s Space Force to be able to deter the use of such weapons against us, let alone defeat them if need be, far more than a new command structure is required.  A mandate for U.S. space dominance and the strategy and actual capabilities needed to realize it must be forthcoming, too. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Official Washington is known as The Swamp mostly because of the kind of people who are attracted to it. I have studied them closely over my nearly fifty years here, and it’s not for the faint of heart.

Even in a less unsavory population, one man would be a standout.  In the Swamp, though, he has been the gold standard for professional excellence, for integrity and for courage. 

His name, of course, is Charles Krauthammer. 

For decades, he’s been the ultimate TV pundit, a brilliant author and columnist revered for his ability to communicate lucidly, wittily and powerfully even the most complex of ideas, the most inside of political baseball, the most personal of subjects.

Charles has said his goodbye at the end of a life of immense pain and great grace.  Now, we must sorrowfully say ours.  Farewell, Dr. Krauthammer.

This is Frank Gaffney.

 

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The Inspector General of the Department of Justice seems to be channeling his inner Groucho Marx. That quintessential comedian once famously quipped, “Who are you going to believe – me or your lying eyes?”

Yesterday, General Michael Horowitz released the 500-page report of his extensive inquiry into the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email scandal. Despite its abundant indications that the FBI gave Hillary wildly preferential treatment, the IG says that there was “no political bias” on the part of its then-Director, James Comey. 

Naturally, this single line became the talking point of the anti-Trump left and their media enablers.  The good news, however is that most Americans are going to rely upon their own eyes and intuition, and will insist that those who betrayed the public trust and abused their law enforcement powers are held fully accountable, at last.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

It’s palpable.  The once-seemingly inevitable prospect that Republicans would lose control of the House of Representatives in this fall’s election to Democrats determined to impeach President Trump is perceived to have faded.  These days, poll-driven conventional wisdom is discounting the so-called “blue wave” and the political trauma it would likely inflict.

Instead, as President Trump celebrates his 72nd birthday today, he seems confident that his improved popularity, booming economy and recent domestic and foreign policy feats have made him politically unassailable. 

Today’s prognosis may prove as fleeting as the previous one if Speaker Paul Ryan gets House Republicans to impale themselves, with the President’s encouragement, on a vote for amnesty for huge numbers of illegal aliens.  The base that elected them to secure the border and prevent, rather than incentivize, further flows of such aliens will feel betrayed and stay home in this fall’s elections. 

Don’t go there.  

This is Frank Gaffney.

 

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

NBC News and its even more leftist cable outlet, MSNBC, have hired Ben Rhodes – a man who while a senior Obama administration official specialized in manipulating them and others in what he derided as the media “echo chamber.”

After Donald Trump drove his team from office, Rhodes decided to launch “National Security Action.” This so-called “NSA” is reportedly designed to keep the Obama band together, presumably the better to spin their friends in the press and promote the anti-Trump resistance.

It has been a bit much, however, to see a man who has admitted to lying about the Iran deal suggesting that President Trump won’t tell the truth about his private conversation with North Korean despot Kim Jong-un.

And it is pathetic – if revealing – that one of the major U.S. networks would actually pay him to continue his deceptions on camera.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Arms control is, as the British whit Samuel Johnson once said of second marriages, “the triumph of hope over experience.”  The new accord signed today by President Trump and North Korea’s dictator might described as the triumph of confidence in personal chemistry over hard reality.

Mr. Trump has invested before in relationships with foreign leaders, with uneven results. It very much remains to be seen whether his bonding with one of the world’s most ruthless and least reliable dictators will turn out better.

To his credit, though, the President has acknowledged that his press for North Korea’s complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization may not work out. As long as his pursuit of negotiations to that end is guided by the hard reality of our bad experience with previous arms control deals, particularly with North Korea, there may actually be reason for hope.

 

This is Frank Gaffney.

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June 11, 2018

What Trump Must Tell Kim

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

President Trump will soon sit down with one of the world’s most brutal and dangerous dictators.  Neglecting that reality in the interest of getting some deal will likely perpetuate, rather than eliminate, the threat posed by Kim Jong-un to our friends and us.

President Trump has made clear that he seeks nothing less than the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of Kim’s regime.  Yet, the pressure to settle for less, or at least to defer such an outcome to future negotiations, will be intense. 

The only real hope for success, therefore, is to establish that the talks are grounded in reality.  The Chinese are encouraging – and enabling – North Korea to remain intransigent and slow-roll Mr. Trump.  So, the President must double-down by insisting that Kim Jong-un not only end his nuclear weapons program, but also the barbaric mistreatment of his own people. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

The alleged betrayal of their country by two former U.S. intelligence officers underscores how dangerous an adversary is Communist China.

The problem is not simply that Chinese espionage agents are evidently doing successfully in the United States what spies do the world over. They recruit turncoats – using bribes, sex, blackmail and other techniques – to obtain access to foreigners’ state secrets.

What is especially worrying, however, about the cases of Kevin Mallory and Ron Hanson, two veterans of the Defense Intelligence Agency, is that the Chinese may have identified them using the immense trove of sensitive data about U.S. government employees that Beijing is believed to have hacked from the Office of Personnel Management.   

If so, they are likely not to be the last Americans targeted employing such information – especially our own spies, service members, defense contractors and others with security clearances. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

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