This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The United States is poised to have a new Secretary of State with the ability to be among our best.  President Trump deserves great credit for nominating CIA Director Mike Pompeo to the job and for helping persuade the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s deciding vote, Republican Senator Rand Paul, to support him yesterday.

Of course, the full Senate has to go along, too.  But with Democratic Senators Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Manchin and Joe Donnelly announcing their support for Director Pompeo, it’s all over but the shouting. 

And shouting there may be since some Democrats have chosen to cloak their naked partisanship with loud condemnations of Mr. Pompeo’s informed and legitimate concerns about Sharia-supremacism – which he shares with President Trump. Ditto his robust national security-mindedness.  It’s a very good thing such critics are in the minority in the Senate, and the country.

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

In 2016, the American people elected a President who promised to return to the practice Ronald Reagan called “peace through strength.” They were responding to the appalling failures of the Obama administration’s national security policies. Donald Trump’s victory was also a popular rejection of the prospect of more of the same under Mr. Obama’s first Secretary of State.

Mr. Trump has now nominated Mike Pompeo as his second Secretary of State.  His life experience as a top-of-his-class graduate of West Point and distinguished service as an Army officer and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency equips him brilliantly to pursue peace through strength.

It would be regrettable if those who lost in 2016 cause such a man’s nomination to be spurned today in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  Fortunately, it seems likely the full Senate will agree with the winner.

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

Admiral Philip Davidson, who’s been nominated to lead U.S. forces in the Pacific, warned Congress this week that – short of war – the Chinese are now capable of controlling the strategic South China Sea.  He added that there is “no guarantee” the United States would win such a war if it occurred.

This ominous reality has been developing for decades, accelerated by the eight-year wrecking operation conducted by Barack Obama against the U.S. military, which coincided with and encouraged massive build-ups of Russia’s, as well as China’s, armed forces. And increasingly the stage is set for conflict in the Pacific, and beyond.

This sure would be a good time to have a brilliant West Point graduate as America’s Secretary of State. Fortunately, North Dakota’s Sen. Heidi Heitkamp agrees and became the first Democrat to announce her  support for Mike Pompeo’s nomination.  Who’s next? 

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

President Trump is engaged in the highest-stakes diplomacy since Ronald Reagan walked away from talks with Mikhail Gorbachev in Reykjavik, Iceland three decades ago. Yesterday, Mr. Trump commendably made clear that he, too, is prepared to abort his summit with North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong-un.

His decision will be informed by the intelligence collected and analyzed under the leadership of CIA Director Mike Pompeo – some of it obtained during his secret visit with Kim over Easter.

Senate Democrats decry both North Korea’s nuclear threat and Mr. Trump’s bellicosity in countering it. So why would they jeopardize his diplomatic alternative by putting partisanship before national interests and blocking Mr. Pompeo’s confirmation as Secretary of State? That’s a particularly untenable stance for the 10 Democratic senators from states Trump carried who voted just last year to confirm Mr. Pompeo to his CIA job.

This is Frank Gaffney. 

 

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April 18, 2018

Turkey is an Ally No More

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Turkey is an ally no more.  That’s the conclusion of a new book from the Center for Security Policy Press addressing the ominous transformation of a long-time secular Muslim nation and reliable member of NATO into an ever-more Sharia-supremacist, hostile and dangerous state. 

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan seeks to become the next Caliph of a neo-Ottoman empire.  He’s embracing U.S. adversaries like Russia, China and Iran. His forces have encircled, blacked out and menaced American troops stationed at Turkey’s Incirlik air base.  And now they are threatening to launch attacks on our special forces units in Syria.

Furthermore, Erdogan has harshly imprisoned an American Christian named Pastor Andrew Brunson – a microcosmic example of the enmity he has for us infidels and our country. 

We must stop pretending Erdogan’s Turkey is a friend. 

This is Frank Gaffney.  Read Ally No More for free at SecureFreedom.org.

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

President Trump recently blocked the takeover of an important American strategic asset by a potentially hostile entity.  He must do it again, now

In March, Mr. Trump prevented Broadcom, a Singapore-based proxy for Communist China, from gaining control of its U.S. competitor, Qualcomm.  Today, Gulftainer, a company based in the United Arab Emirates, is poised to take control of the strategically located port of Wilmington, Delaware. 

Unless the President intervenes on national security grounds, the Delaware General Assembly will approve this transaction on Thursday. Then a company that is co-owned by the family of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear bomb-maker and a joint-venturer with a Russian enterprise that conceals cruise missile launchers in shipping containers will be cleared to operate the Port of Wilmington.

That company already runs Port Canaveral, Florida and Jacksonville, Galveston and Oakland are in its sights.

Mr. Trump, Just say “No.”

This is Frank Gaffney.

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

This weekend’s elaborately choreographed, devastating and expensive aerial bombardment of Syria by the United States, Great Britain and France highlighted an alarming reality:  The three facilities targeted represent just part of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s chemical weapons arsenal. 

And Assad’s arsenal likely pales compared to those of his allies: Russia, Iran and China.  And none of them is supposed to exist.

All four nations are parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention that we were told would “rid the world” of chemical arms. It turns out, the CWC only rid the Free World of the one proven means to prevent the use of these terrible weapons: the threat of in-kind retaliation. 

Faced with the present – and growing – danger posed by these weapons of mass destruction in the hands of unfree nations, the United States should reconsider its posture of unilateral chemical disarmament.

This is Frank Gaffney.

 

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

The Port of Wilmington’s Board of Directors recently voted unanimously to turn over management of that strategically located facility to a billionaire Iraqi family named Jafar. One of its most prominent members is Dr. Jafar Dhai Jafar. Fifteen years ago, he was considered such a threat that U.S. troops liberating Iraq were directed to capture or kill him. 

The reason why?  Jafar Jafar was Saddam Hussein’s nuclear bomb-maker. 

The inadvisability of having the Jafars anywhere near an American port is further heightened by the fact that their company, Gulftainer, also has  partnered with Rostec, a Russian state-owned weapons and technology company that exports the Club-K Missile Launch System. That’s a cruise missile-launcher concealed in what looks like an ordinary shipping container.

Fortunately, Rep. Duncan Hunter has urged President Trump to direct a national security review of this transaction.  Obviously, it’s long overdue. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

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April 12, 2018

Jim Jordan for Speaker

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

House Speaker Paul Ryan’s announcement yesterday that he will not seek reelection offers congressional Republicans an opportunity to pull out of the political death-spiral that imperils their majority and invites the impeachment of President Trump. 

The question is:  Will the House GOP seize the opportunity to excite and engage voters indispensable to such outcomes?  Or will it alienate them further, ensuring that the base stays home – with predictably devastating results?

That choice will be determined by whether the Republican caucus tries to fob off on its base another establishment politician, presumably drawn from the ranks of Ryan’s lieutenants.  If, instead, in the days ahead the House GOP embraces as its next leader an authentic conservative with passion, energy and, most importantly, Make America Great Again principles, they will give the base a reason to turn out – and prevail

Jim Jordan for Speaker.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

President Trump wants to punish Bashar Assad’s regime for its alleged role in the latest, murderous chemical weapons attack against Syrian civilians. The temptation is to lash out with more tactical retaliation against military targets implicated in such operations.

If successful, that would convey resolve and impose costs. The trouble is that, like the response itself, the signals thus sent – let alone the effects – are likely to be very short-lived.  Assad and his Russian, Iranian, Hezbollah and Turkish partners will discount such attacks, and perhaps even be emboldened by them.

What is clearly required is a broader, more strategic and enduring response.  That could be conveyed by three initiatives: First, provide military and political assistance to the Kurds in the region. Second, support Israel as it defends its vital interests – and ours – in Syria. Third, treat Turkey as an ally no more.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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