End the Judicial Misconduct that Risks American Lives

October 20, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Third time, it turns out, is not the charm.  At least that’s true so far with respect to President Trump’s efforts to protect Americans from immigrants wishing to do us harm. 

The President has exercised his constitutional and statutory authority to do just that with three different executive orders, only to have one or more federal judges block their implementation.  There are a couple of lessons to be learned from all this: 

First, leftist judges have no business countermanding lawful presidential efforts to restrict immigration from failed and/or hostile states.  Period.

Second, the Supreme Court, which has already to varying degrees acted to correct lower courts on this question, needs to do so definitively now.

And third, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell needs to finish dismantling Senate procedural techniques that have slow-rolled the confirmation of Mr. Trump’s nominees to the federal judiciary.   

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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Accountability at Last for Clintons’ Uranium One Scandal?

October 19, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

Finally, official Washington is focusing on actual, hard evidence that senior American political figures colluded with the Russians to our country’s detriment.  No, there’s been no new revelations by the special counsel searching high and low for some – actually any – proof that the Trump campaign did such a thing during or after the 2016 election.  

Rather, attention is suddenly being given to a scandal that has for far too long been ignored.  It involves Democrats Hillary Clinton, her husband and their foundation’s apparent pay-to-play scheme that got them nearly  $150 million for allowing the Kremlin to acquire twenty percent of U.S. uranium reserves. 

Now, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley says his panel will investigate recent reports that Obama administration counterintelligence and corruption probes of this transaction were suppressed until after the deal was approved.  If true, there should be hell to pay. 

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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McMaster’s Dangerous Policy Delusions Require that He’s Got to Go

October 18, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

When Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster urged him to keep the United States bound by Barack Obama’s fatally flawed nuclear agreement with Iran – a deal the President correctly said the mullahs were violating and was not in America’s vital interests, the prime rationale was that perpetuating the Obamabomb deal would help constrain Tehran’s malevolent behavior.

But, within days, Iranian militia rolled into Kurdish areas of northern Iraq, effectively strangling in the crib the prospect of an independent Kurdistan closely allied with the United States.  That’s a strategic setback for this country of the first order.

H.R. McMaster, however, seems to think it’s okay since Iraq remains a unified, sovereign and friendly nation.  In fact, that country is now effectively controlled by Iran’s jihadist regime – which is only being emboldened by the general’s delusions and policy recommendations. He’s got to go. 

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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Designating the IRGC Was a Necessary, but Insufficient Step

October 17, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

“Death to America” has been the Iranian mullahs’ mantra – and policy – for nearly four decades.   

Realizing their ambition to destroy our country and people has been a prime task of General Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. President Trump rightly declared Soleimani’s IRGC to be a terrorist organization last week since the blood of many American servicemen, diplomats and citizens is on his hands. 

This jihadist general is in the vanguard of the mullahs’ bid to kill millions of us with nuclear weapons and to wipe out our friends and allies in the Middle East. From Yemen to Lebanon, Soleimani’s IRGC has been on the march and it’s now crushing the pro-American Kurds seeking independence from Iraq. 

The mullahs’ success is one of Barack Obama’s most dangerous legacies. It is being advanced, however, on Donald Trump’s watch.

This is Frank Gaffney. 

 

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Helping Iran Get the Bomb Isn’t in America’s Interest, Neither is Its Conquest of Kurdistan

October 16, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

Last week, President Trump declared that the Obamabomb deal with Iran was not in America’s vital interests.  Today came a fresh reminder of just how much Iran’s ambitions are at odds with our security priorities. 

This morning, Iranian-dominated Iraqi forces invaded the Kurdish-controlled areas that voted in September to become independent. Oil fields and the city of Kirkuk appear to be the immediate target, but crushing the Kurds’ aspirations for a sovereign state is surely the ultimate objective. 

It is no more in America’s interests to see the mullahs consolidate their control of all of Iraq than it is to have them continue to make progress on acquiring the Bomb.  An independent Kurdistan would welcome U.S. bases, enabling us to help protect Christians and other minorities seeking refuge there and creating a counterweight to hostile Iranian, Turkish and Syrian regimes.  

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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McMaster Engineers Obama’s Third Term

October 13, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

If President Trump today declares the Obamabomb deal isn’t in the U.S. interest but keeps us in it, that incoherent decision will be a personal triumph for his National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster.

McMaster’s accommodating approach to the accelerating nuclear threat from Iran is of a piece with his willful blindness about the Sharia-supremacism that animates it and threats from elsewhere, as well.

For example, at an event this week marking the 70th anniversary of the National Security Council, he described the 9/11 attacks as “mass murder,” not jihad.  And he’s entrusted key positions at the Council to two Kosovar expatriates and to Mustafa Jared Ali, a man who insisted that a prominent opponent of Sharia-supremacism not be allowed to brief the NSC unless its proponents at the Hamas-linked Council on American Islamic Relations did, too. 

Sure sounds like Obama’s third term.

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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Stubborn Facts Require Ending the Obamabomb Deal

October 12, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

Facts are, as they say, stubborn things.

Some supporters of the Obamabomb nuclear deal with Iran want President Trump to perpetuate it, claiming the mullahs have not “materially breached” its terms. 

Yet, what could be more of a material breach than the Iranian regime’s documented practice of preventing international inspectors from visiting sites suspected of covertly continuing nuclear weapons-related activities?  Presumably that’s being done to conceal other material breaches, but it’s enough for the President to find Tehran is not in compliance. 

Since no good can come from further legitimating and enabling Iran’s hostile – and increasingly dangerous – mullahocracy, Mr. Trump must also certify another harsh fact: The Obamabomb deal is not in the United States’ vital security interests, either.

Given such facts, it would be bizarre and irresponsible for us to remain bound by this fatally flawed, so-called “political understanding.”

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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Congressional Oversight, Despite the Leadership

October 11, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Members of Congress yesterday took some of the most important testimony since Republicans came to power.  It was all the more remarkable because the evidence concerning a far-reaching and portentous scandal was taken with no thanks to the GOP leadership.

In fact, the event was arranged by Reps. Louie Gohmert, Scott Perry, Jim Jordan and Ron DeSantis to conduct the kind of oversight Speaker Paul Ryan has, to this point, prevented.  These legislators were, therefore, obliged to interview witnesses the way Democrats often do: informally and outside of the committees that are supposed to perform such work, even though all four of them are subcommittee chairmen.

Consequently, the American people are finally being read-in on the potentially grave implications of dozens of Democratic lawmakers relying on Pakistani nationals for information technology services. It’s a good start, but must not end there.

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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The Art of the Deal on DACA?

October 10, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

Donald Trump is president substantially because of his commitment to restore American sovereignty.  He promised to: build a “wall” across the southern border; keep out would-be immigrants who don’t “share our values”; and stop the damage to our economy and security caused by lax enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws.

Last month, Mr. Trump announced that he would pursue with Democratic leaders so-called DACA legislation that would, effectively, confer an amnesty on children brought here illegally by foreign nationals.  It sounded like a sell-out to “the Swamp” he undertook to drain. 

On Sunday, however, the White House released a detailed list of highly laudable changes the President wants made to border security, interior enforcement and immigration policy.  It remains to be seen if these improvements will materialize since Democrats have already denounced them.  If they don’t, there should be no deal on DACA.

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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Kill, Don’t Perpetuate, the Obamabomb Fraud

October 6, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

On October 12th, President Trump is expected to announce his decision regarding Barack Obama’s fraudulent nuclear deal with Iran. His senior subordinates – or, more accurately, insubordinates – reportedly want him to say this:

“The Iran deal is the worst ever negotiated. Iran is not complying with the deal.  The deal is not consistent with the vital interests of the United States.  And we’re going to stay in it.”

That’s the sort of incoherent nonsense that has given the Washington Swamp a bad name. American voters were offered the opportunity to continue to be governed by such addled policies – and rejected it, choosing instead to elect someone who denounced the deal as “fatally flawed.” In particular, those who elected Donald Trump thought he would get rid of it.

It’s time to establish this is not Barack Obama’s third term.  Kill, don’t perpetuate, the Obamabomb deal.

This is Frank Gaffney. 

 

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