Investigate Obama’s Appeal for Russian Help with his Reelection

May 26, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

On Tuesday, a Republican congressman finally asked questions that could shed light on an actual instance of American collusion with Russia to interfere in a presidential election. 

Ohio Rep. Brad Wenstrup broadened the focus of the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into whether alleged Russian influence operations were abetted by Trump campaign personnel. He did so by asking former CIA Director John Brennan about President Obama’s request for Vladimir Putin to give him “space” in the 2012 election – after which he would have “more flexibility.”

When Dr. Wenstrup asked whether such a comment raised a “red flag” concerning a prominent U.S. citizen and Russia’s “playbook” for interfering with and subverting our elections, Brennan refused, in his words, “to recognize that question.” 

Congress must now recognize the imperative of pursuing such a line of questioning – and require John Brennan, among others, to answer it.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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Jihadist Turkey will Render NATO Worse than ‘Obsolete’

May 25, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Donald Trump has said the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance is “obsolete” and that it isn’t. His visit to NATO headquarters today should establish which is right.

That will not be determined simply by whether our allies agree to deliver on promises to increase defense spending and join in defeating the Islamic State. Important as these topics are, the future of the alliance actually depends on its reckoning with a largely unacknowledged “elephant in the room.”

The attack in Manchester underscores that Europe is under assault from jihadist enemies within. Large numbers of them have been sent there by Islamist Turkey, a NATO ally increasingly in name only. If that Trojan horse is allowed to remain – and do damage – inside the alliance, NATO will inevitably become worse than obsolete. It will be a vehicle for intensifying the Sharia-supremacists’ take-down of the Free World.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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If a Muslim Brother’s Lips Are Moving, He’s Likely Lying for the Faith

May 24, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

A faithful Muslim is obliged by Islam’s totalitarian doctrine known as Sharia to engage in taqiyya. This practice of lying for the faith was on full display yesterday when the Muslim Brotherhood officially condemned the murderous jihadist attack in Manchester, England.

The Brothers insist that they reject “the killing of innocent people for any reason.” They even claim that “Islam prohibits unlawful killing in any manner.” Both of these statements are meant to deceive Western audiences who would take them at face value. But for Sharia-supremacists, non-Muslims can’t be “innocent” and killing them is actually entirely lawful under Islamic doctrine.

Presumably, this exercise in Muslim Brotherhood taqiyya is part of a larger information operation aimed at persuading the Trump administration that this “Islamist extremist” group should be embraced, not driven out of our country. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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Don’t Subject Israel to Future Manchesters - and Worse

May 23, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Britain is reeling from another horrific suicide attack, this one aimed at concert-goers in Manchester, including children. It has precipitated a familiar response: assertions that the as-yet-unidentified perpetrator acted alone; disavowals that such terrorism has anything to do with Sharia-supremacism; and resolute statements by the targeted nation’s leaders and expressions of solidarity from their allies. 

One of those allies is President Trump. As it happens, his denunciation of the “evil losers” who engage in such violence was issued from a place that continues to incubate them: Palestinian-controlled Bethlehem.  

Israel’s separation fence and intensive security operations have dramatically reduced jihadist attacks against her people. The President is being advised, however, to restart a so-called “peace process” with the express aim of creating a Palestinian state that risks resulting in a Jewish one at far greater risk of Manchester-style mayhem, and much worse.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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Trump’s Test for Sharia-Supremacism

May 22, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Yesterday, Donald Trump bet his presidency –and perhaps the future national security of the United Sates –on what bookies would have to call a long-shot: the prospect that Sunni Muslim nations, led by Saudi Arabia, will help root out and defeat Sharia-supremacism.

The President called on them to “DRIVE OUT” “Islamic extremists” whose “ideology” teaches them to kill and dominate. His audience understood that ideology is Sharia, thought, and that they would risk death as apostates for opposing it.

The President, nonetheless, established a test: Join in removing extremists from their mosques communities, holy land and out of the earth –or else. It follows that the Saudis, Turks and others must do the same in the mosques and communities they have established here, as well. 

If President Trump’s bet doesn’t work out, he must not hesitate to hold Muslim leaders accountable.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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And the Winner in Iran is…Ayatollah Khamenei

May 19, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

One of the most dangerous regimes on the planet – the Islamic Republic of Iran – will hold presidential elections today. Even though the race is increasingly closely contested, the winner is already known, and he’s not even a candidate.

That would be Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran’s so-called Supreme Leader.

The only suspense is whether the incumbent president, Hassan Rouhani, remains in office. It appears the aging and ailing Khamenei may want him replaced by one of his trusted, hard-line fellow clerics – and a possible successor as Supreme Leader – Ayatollah Ebrahim Raisi.

Make no mistake, under either man, Iran will be a great and growing threat. At least that will be more obvious if – instead of a phony, so-called “moderate” like Rouhani – it’s President Raisi, whose elevation will make it impossible to pretend we can do business with the mullahs in Tehran.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller

May 18, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Suddenly, the demands for a special counsel to investigate allegations of Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election have been satisfied. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein yesterday appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to take on that assuredly thankless task.

It may also prove to be an exercise in futility, given the acknowledged absence to date of evidence to support the claims that Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia.

Worse yet, Mr. Muller’s assignment seems to preclude pursuit of what there is plenty of evidence to investigate. Namely, the myriad instances in which Democratic political figures actually did collude with the Kremlin to interfere with American elections and or to advance corrupt purposes.

We can only hope that justice will be served by Robert Muller’s inquiry, even if the probe’s limited scope will allow many to dodge that bullet.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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Trump vs. The Deep State, Again

May 17, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Citing unnamed present and former U.S. intelligence officials, the Washington Post claimed Monday that President Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian emissaries in an Oval Office meeting last week. The article raises several concerns:

 First, if true, it would, unfortunately, be but the latest in a series of instances in which officials of both parties put at risk “sources and methods” of collecting sensitive intelligence and/or relationships with foreign services that share such information with us. Interestingly, previous episodes have generally received less critical scrutiny.

Second, this leak underscores the fact that Mr. Trump has subordinates, among them holdovers from the previous administration, who seem deeply hostile to this president. 

Third, the President’s National Security Advisor, General H.R. McMaster, and his deputy, Dina Powell, insist that the reported incident didn’t happen. Someone is lying. We need to know who.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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Turkey’s Erdogan is a Foe, Not a Friend

May 16, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

President Trump meets today with Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is intent on becoming the next Caliph, or ruler, of a new Sharia-supremacist empire. Ironically, Topic A of their conversation is supposed to be bilateral cooperation in destroying the Islamic State – a group that also seeks the restoration of the Caliphate and has enjoyed Erdogan’s support.

Mr. Trump has been working hard to establish a personal rapport with foreign leaders – even those with agendas directly at odds with America’s. It would be a serious mistake, however, to paper over differences with Erdogan’s Turkey, which has ceased to be a reliable ally – whether with respect to the global jihad or just about anything else.

Indeed, Erdogan is playing for the other side. He must be held accountable – not rewarded – for collaborating with U.S. adversaries abroad and helping subversive Muslim Brotherhood groups here. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

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North Korea Spits in the Face of South Korea’s New President

May 15, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The new president of South Korea received a nasty welcome Sunday from his North Korean counterpart. Kim Jong Un’s regime fired yet another ballistic missile on a very steep trajectory -- perhaps demonstrating a capability to conduct an electromagnetic pulse attack that could devastate the South with a single nuclear detonation outside the atmosphere.

This must have come as a shock to President Moon Jae-in. After all, he ran on a pledge to defuse tensions with North Korea by travelling there, and negotiating directly with its tyrant. Such appeasement now would only invite still more aggressive behavior from Kim Jong-Un.

So would Mr. Moon’s promised removal of the recently deployed U.S. THAAD anti-missile system. After all, it protects not only our South Korean allies. It is required to defend the thousands of U.S. troops there, as well. 

Buck up, President Moon.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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