Is Petraeus ‘Unfit to Serve’ as a Presidential Advisor

July 11, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Democratic partisans’ latest line of attack on Donald Trump is that he is “unfit to serve” as president. They contend that, as such, he must be removed from office, pursuant to the Constitution’s 25th Amendment.

The Washington Post reports that David Petraeus at least implicitly endorsed this premise during a question and answer session last week at the Aspen Institute’s leftist summer gabfest in Colorado.

President Trump would be entitled to regard such behavior as not just offensive, but disloyal. After all, he has relied heavily – some would say unduly – on advice from the disgraced former general in staffing his administration. In fact, Petraeus’ awkward deflections about the President’s fitness contrasted sharply with his enthusiastic endorsement of the “national security team” he helped place in the Trump administration.

It’s time to reassess David Petraeus’ fitness as an advisor on policy and personnel. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

 

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LA’s Loss of a Transformer is a Wake-up Call for America

July 10, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Over the weekend, 140,000 people in Los Angeles spent 12 steamy hours without power when a local high-voltage transformer blew up.  No one knows the cause of this particular disruption of service.  But it’s the latest reminder of an ominous reality.

The U.S. electric bulk power distribution system, better known as “the grid,” is literally indispensable to life in 21st  Century America. If it is widely disrupted and stays down, we’ll quickly lose access to clean water, safe food, our finances, transportation, communications, health care, etc.

The present grid critically depends on several thousand large – and vulnerable – transformers to move power around the country. There’s   effectively no way to replace them all.  If we lose large numbers of them, through enemy action or naturally occurring solar storms, we are toast.

To avoid such a fate, we must secure the grid now.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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In Warsaw, Trump Channeled Reagan

July 7, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

Donald Trump channeled Ronald Reagan yesterday in his powerful address in Warsaw, Poland.  His repeated affirmation of freedom and Western civilization – and the imperative of defending them against enemies, foreign and domestic – could scarcely have contrasted more strongly with the apologies and submissive messaging of one of Mr. Trump’s other predecessors: Barack Obama. 

Instead of Obama’s trademark weakness and irresolution, the Trump speech conveyed a muscular commitment to defeating liberty’s enemies – including, but not limited to, “radical Islamic terrorism.” It evoked the Polish experience of overcoming totalitarian aggression with courage and tenacity as a clarion call for our times.

The President returned again and again to the importance of what he calls “our values.”  Donald Trump recognizes that protecting those values – and the people who cherish them – is his highest responsibility, and he deserves our steadfast support as he executes it.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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End Obama’s Social Engineering of the U.S. Military

July 6, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Arguably, Donald Trump’s most important commitment in the 2016 campaign was his pledge to restore the U.S. military after Barack Obama’s eight-year wrecking operation. After all, if enemies destroy our nation, we aren’t going to get to our other priorities. 

With all the damage Obama’s draconian budget cuts did to the readiness of our armed forces and the qualitative edge we want them to have in combat, it is easy to overlook one of his most insidious assaults on the the morale of our men and women in uniform: the extensive social engineering of the military. 

Fortunately, last Friday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis suspended a particularly outrageous aspect of that agenda: recruitment of transgender individuals. This policy should be permanently rescinded – as should other Obama measures contrary to good order and discipline, like forcing women into ground combat units.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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Kim Jong Un’s Regime Must Go

July 5, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

One of history’s hardest lessons is that dangerous threats get worse over time.  That certainly has been true of the menace posed by the dynastic Kim dictatorship in North Korea. 

Yesterday, the ability of North Korea’s current tyrant, Kim Jong Un, to attack this country became more palpably alarming.  The ballistic missile he tested as an in-your-face 4th of July display is believed to be capable of delivering a nuclear weapon over intercontinental ranges. 

Even without such a missile, however, the North has acquired the means to destroy the United States by detonating such a weapon in space, perhaps aboard one of their orbiting satellites – unleashing devastating electromagnetic pulses capable of taking out our electric grid and country.

We no longer have the luxury of ignoring such threats, or hoping someone else will save us from them.  Kim’s regime must go.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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20 Years After Hong Kong’s Surrender, One Country, One System

June 30, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Twenty years ago tomorrow, I was present in Hong Kong to witness Britain’s surrender of that tiny bastion of freedom to Communist China.  Like many of the Hong Kong people around me, I sensed that we were watching the inexorable snuffing of liberty’s light there. Two decades later, that ominous premonition has been validated.

Ostensibly, Beijing’s promise of “one country, two systems” would protect the democratic traditions that the one-time British colony had developed and practiced.  In fact, from the get-go, it was clear that the Chinese Communists had no intention of permitting their favored candidates and “system” from losing in Hong Kong.  

Tragically today, China exercises unrivaled control over Hong Kong’s people and vast financial equities.  And the vestiges of what was once a Chinese democracy pose no threat to the Communist Party’s absolute and ruthless dominance of its own population.  

This is Frank Gaffney.

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As Maine Goes on Female Genital Mutilation

June 29, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Candidate Donald Trump promised to stop importing jihadists and others who “don’t share our values.”  His administration is cleared to implement a partial immigration pause meant as a first step towards devising and implementing techniques to keep such people out – but permit entry for those seeking to embrace, and join in safeguarding, our constitutional freedoms.

Lawmakers in Maine are currently wrestling with one of the more horrific manifestations of distinctly anti-American values: the practice known as female genital mutilation.  The Centers for Disease Control estimate that over half-a-million girls and women in this country have already had their genitals mutilated, or are still at risk of being involuntarily disfigured in this fashion – including some now living in refugee communities in Maine.

FGM is a federal felony offense.  Maine should once again lead the nation by making it a state-level crime, as well. 

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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Will the Cyber Attack Next Time Target the U.S. Grid?

June 28, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

As we speak, the world is reeling from yet-another, virulent cyber attack.  It started in Ukraine and is holding data for ransom and interfering with services across the globe. 

What if the target of such cyber malevolence instead were the United States’ electric infrastructure?  Ukraine’s has been blacked-out twice by hackers.  And there is increasing, bipartisan alarm that – given our own reliance on the Internet to monitor and manage electric power distribution in this country, our grid is a sitting duck for computer-inflicted malevolence. 

President Trump has made upgrading our infrastructure a priority. He has recruited Rudy Giuliani to help ensure its resilience against cyber attack.  And just last week 19 Democratic senators wrote Mr. Trump demanding cyber-hardening of the grid. 

We must secure the grid now, against all hazards – including, but not limited to, computer-delivered ones. 

This is Frank Gaffney.  Learn more at SecuretheGrid.com

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What Trump Must Do Post-SCOTUS to Keep Us Safe

June 27, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

There’s good news and bad news in the Supreme Court ruling yesterday concerning President Trump’s latest executive order imposing a pause on most immigrants from six failed and/or hostile nations.  

The good news is that the President’s right to restrict such immigration has been affirmed, at least implicitly – repudiating lower courts’ insistence that this particular president lacked such authority. 

The bad news is that the Supremes have created a new class of potentially dangerous foreign nationals who – on the basis of a claimed “special relationship” to American citizens – will be entitled to litigate their entry into the United States.

What matters most now is whether – after all the thrashing over pausing immigration until a system is instituted for vetting and keeping out potential jihadists – President Trump will adopt Sharia-supremacism as the only sensible basis for such screening?  

He can, and he must. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

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Towards an Indo-U.S. Alliance

June 26, 2017

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

President Trump will host his Indian counterpart, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at the White House for the next two days. It’s an opportunity to enhance a relationship that could be transformative on at least two fronts.

First, the Indians represent the biggest impediment in Asia to the threat we and they both face from Communist China’s ambitions.  Over the past few decades, India has fought a succession of border conflicts with China and its proxy, Pakistan.  It is in America’s interest to strengthen India’s capacity to contend with, and deter, what are, at best, two U.S. “frienemies.”

Second, few nations understand better than India the threat Donald Trump calls “radical Islamic terrorism.”  Brutally conquered by Sharia-supremacists centuries ago and repeatedly subjected to their jihad ever since, India is a natural ally in Mr. Trump’s promise to rid the earth of that scourge.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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