Sunday, October 11, 2015

Trump - Builds Stuff - May ReBuild America

Help me retake America from the Communists

We continue our series of guest blog posts by superior thinkers and writers.
Today's piece was written by G. Murphy Donovan, who covers national security, 
military affairs, intelligence, threat analysis, and terrorism.  He had two tours in Vietnam, 
and is a recognized professional smart guy when it comes to Russian studies and political and diplomatic assessments.  Although his pieces are widely distributed, we republish here to ensure his work, and his blog get even wider distribution through our global audience.  
We salute Mr Donovan and trust he will continue to provide us with his superb insight on national and world events. 

Donald Trump is a piece of work even by New York standards: tall, white, loud, brash, entrepreneurial, successful, rich, ruthlessly candid, well-dressed, and fond of heterosexual women. He has married at least three delicious ladies in fact. Trump has five children and seven grandchildren. Indeed, his progeny are well above average too, smartly groomed, photogenic, and successful to boot.

Created thousands of jobs
As far as we know, Donald does not have any tattoos, piercings, unpaid taxes, or under-aged bimbo interns. He is not a drunk or a junkie either. Trump projects and enterprises probably employ more folks than the NYC school system -- or the United Nations.

You could say that Trump is living the life, not the life of Riley, but more like Daddy Warbucks with a comb over. “The Donald,” as one ex-wife calls him, is not just living the American dream. Trump is the dream -- and proud of it. 

You could do worse than think of Trump as upwardly mobile blue collar. He is the grandson of immigrants and the product of Long island, a Queens household, and a Bronx education. The Donald survived the Jesuits of Fordham University for two years before migrating to finish his baccalaureate at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania .

When readers of the New York Times, The New Yorker, and the New York Review of Books speak of “the city”, they are not talking about the Queens or the Bronx.  Growing and schooling in the blue-collar boroughs gives Trump a curb level perspective, something seldom found in Manhattan . Or as any “D” Train alumnus might put it, Trump has “a pretty good Bravo Sierra detector.”

So what’s not to like about Donald Trump? He doesn’t just stay in four-star hotels; he builds them. He doesn’t just own luxury condominiums; he makes them. He doesn’t just own historic buildings; he restores them. He doesn’t just eat at the best restaurants; he creates them. He just doesn’t belong to the best country clubs; he builds those, too.

And Donald Trump, unlike the Manhattan/Washington fantasy Press and every Beltway political pimp, doesn’t just pay lip service to a bigger and better economy, he creates micro-economies every day.

The only thing we don’t know about Donald Trump is why he would like to emigrate to the District of Columbia.

Wished AIDS on Jesse Helms
In any case, the merits of entrepreneurs like Trump might best be defined by the character or motives of his critics. Trump detractors are for the most part “B” list politicians, ambulance chasers, and a left-leaning Press corps that lionizes the likes of Nina Totenberg, Dan Rather, Chris Matthews, Andrea Mitchell, and Brian Williams.

If the truth were told, most of Trump’s critics are jealous, envious of his wealth, and they loath his candor.  Donald might also be hated for what he is not. Trump is not a lawyer, nor is he a career politician who lives on the taxpayer dime. Trump is paying for his own campaign. Bernie, Barack, McCain, and Kerry could take enterprise lessons from a chap like Trump.

Unlike most government barnacles, Trump can walk and chew gum at the same time. He knows how to close a deal and build something. He is a net creator, not consumer, of a kind of wealth that provides “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” for Americans -- real jobs not feather merchants.

Today, Trump has nothing left to prove. Yet, success has allowed him the rarest of public privileges, an electoral pulpit and the courage to speak his mind. Alas, truth is not necessarily a political asset in a socialized democracy.

Indeed, the erstwhile presidential candidate stepped on his crank recently by suggesting that Mexico
, already exporting dangerous drugs, cheap tomatoes, and even cheaper labor, was also exporting violent felons to the US.

Truth hurts!
Sanchez murdered Steinle  in Sanctuary city 

Trump’s rude candor is underwritten by nearly half a million illegal felons in American jails. 

Coincidentally, events have conspired to support Trump’s take on Mexican dystopia with the El Chapo Guzman jailbreak and the murder of Kathryn Steinle by Francisco Sanchez.

Señor Sanchez sported a lengthy criminal record and had been deported on four previous occasions. San Francisco, a "sanctuary" city, failed to honor existing warrants and released Sanchez from jail just before he blew Kathy Steinle away.

As serendipity would have it, Trump then went to Phoenix on 12 July and gave a stem winder to a sell-out crowd on the subject of illegal immigration. Senator John McCain was not pleased to have The Donald on Arizona ’s front lawn and intemperately called Trump supporters “crazies.” Trump returned fire saying that McCain was no hero.

Here again Trump cut to the quick, pointing out that no one qualifies as a hero because he was shot down or captured. Indeed, being a hostage in North Vietnam is not necessarily heroic either. McCain is thought by some to be a heroic because he refused to accept an early release.

In fact, the Hanoi parole offer was a ruse, a Hobson’s choice, designed to embarrass McCain and his father at CINCPAC.

If McCain took the parole and abandoned his fellow POWs, he would have shamed his father and been ostracized by shipmates. Indeed, had John McCain not been the son and grandson of famous nd victorious, Pacific Command flag officers, no one would have noticed him then or now.

Few of the demagogues who have come to John McCain’s defense could name any of the 600 Vietnam-era POWs other than McCain. McCain is famous today because he, like John Kerry, has parlayed a very average Vietnam military service into a three-decade political sinecure.

We know of 50,000 Vietnam veterans that might be more deserving than John McCain. Unfortunately, they died in a war that generals couldn’t win and politicians couldn’t abide. A body bag seldom gets to play the “hero.”

McCain is no political hero either.

He is famously ambiguous on domestic issues like immigration. He is also a Johnny-come-lately to Veterans Administration rot, which has metastasized as long as McCain has been in office. On foreign policy, McCain is a Victoria Nuland era crackpot, supporting East European coups, playing cold warrior, and posturing with neo-Nazis in Kiev . McCain pecks at Putin too because the Senate, like the Obama crew, hasn’t a clue about genuine threats like the ISIS jihad or the latest Islam bomb.

To date, Trump has run a clever campaign. He is chumming, throwing red meat and blood into campaign waters and all the usual suspects are in a feeding frenzy. McCain, the Press, the Left, and the Republican establishment all have something to say about “the Donald.” It is truly amazing how cleverly Trump manages to manipulate the establishment.

If you are trying to sell an idea or a candidacy, there’s no such thing as bad publicity.

Who knows where the Trump campaign goes? For the moment, he has scored direct hits on Mexico and McCain. With El Capo on the loose again, every time a toilet flushes in Sinaloa, Mexican garbage is likely spill out in Los Angeles , Hollywood , San Francisco , Portland , or Seattle . Indeed, it’s hard to believe that the Left Coast could survive without cheap labor, pistileros , meth, coke, heroin, or weed. Necrotic immigration and its byproducts are ready made targets for a gunslinger like Trump.

Trump is no bigot. He probably employs more Latinos and Blacks than Enrique Peña Nieto or Barack Obama. In his own way, Donald Trump is both immigrant and POW, a refugee from Queens and still a prisoner of Wharton. The Donald is The Dude, the guy with babes and a role of Benjamins that would choke a shark. He is the wildly successful capitalist that some of us love to hate.

At $337 Million per - a DOD Bargain!  [cdn images]
Before democratic socialism, success and effectiveness were measures of merit.  It doesn’t take much insight to compare Trump’s various enterprises with federal programs.  Public education, banking oversight, public housing slums, poverty doles, veterans fiascos, Internal Revenue hijinks, and even some Defense Department procurement programs are consensus failures.  

The F-35 “Lightning” fighter is an illustration, arguably the most expensive single DOD boondoggle in history. Pentagon progressives seldom win a catfight these days, but they still spend like sailors.

If and when Trump fails, he is out of business.

In Trump’s world, failure has consequences.  In contrast, Washington rewards failure with better funding. Indeed, generational program failure is now a kind of perverse incentive for Beltway politicians and apparatchiks to throw good money after failed programs.

The difference between Trump and McCain should be obvious to any fair observer; Trump has done something with his talents. McCain, in contrast, is coasting on a military myth and resting on the laurels of Senatorial tenure.

Any way you look at it, Donald Trump is good for national politics, good for democracy, good for America , and especially good for candor. If nothing else, The Donald may help Republicans to pull their heads out of that place where the sun never shines.

Friday, October 9, 2015

#DHS Outs #McCarthy

Elmers and McCarthy -- reportedly closed door sessions were not just political strategy   [GotNews]

Click here for related story [NY Post]

The political game of feints and jabs on the Hill just took a new turn.
The buzz has been over why McCarthy dropped out of contention for the Speakers position, and of course, there's been enough finger pointing to put a few eyes out.
But, the New York Post now reports that allegations of McCarthy's affair with Renee Elmers [R-NC] were the real cause. [Both have denied the allegation.] Normally, we would not repeat such tawdry accusations, but, in this case, due to the circumstances, we'll make an exception.
Now, this would be standard political subterfuge, normally expected among political foes. But, in this case, it turns out the allegations were posted on Wikipedia, by, ummm, 
-- none other than the Department of Homeland Security, which has had more than its share of scandal in recent years.
Seems the perp was unaware that posting to Wikipedia tracks back to the Internet [IP] address of the person/organization posting. In this case, the poster was located in the DHS office in Springfield, Va.  
Oops! Call in the Hatch Act police.
[FYI, the Hatch Act outlaws "pernicious political actives"]
This Kabuki drama now takes a decidedly new twist, which will very likely result in an inquiry/investigation/inquisition by both Parties in Congress as to why DHS is slandering politicians via the Media.
It's annoying enough that NSA is eavesdropping on Congress, and that CIA has been spying on Congress, but, heaven forbid, we certainly can't have DHS joining in the political fray of slander, back-stabbing, and innuendo.
These nasty situations inevitably result in a uniting of the political Parties against a common foe -- in this case, the Administration, which may have used a national security organization to slander [expose?] a Congressman.  
It's not that Congresspersons or Senators [or Presidents] do not have affairs [we would be surprised if they weren't having affairs; it's what they do!]; but, by golly, they don't want such news leaking back to their constituents who expect their political representatives to exercise at least a modicum of marital fidelity, or sobriety while representing their constituents.
Now, the search begins for the perp, and who put him/her up to this mischief.
The last iteration of such political engagement by a national security organization resulted in the Church and Pike Committees gutting the Intelligence Community.  Will Congress go after DHS with the same zeal?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

#Clinton suppressed terrorist reports

Clinton Legacy?

Click here for related story [IBD]

We've previously addressed the unique relationship of Hillary with the Muslim Brotherhood and Sisterhood, as well as Hillary's foiled covert meeting with Iran's President Ahmadinijad leaders; we've also noted Bill's seeming incompetence when it came to pursuing Osama bin Laden.

But, now we learn from US Intelligence officers and executives that Bill actually suppressed evidence of terrorism sponsored and carried out by Muslim extremists, with support from Saudi and Iranian backers.

Here's the list, as presented by IBD in the referenced article:
1)   1993: World Trade Center Bombing:  Six killed, 1,000 injured.
      No follow-up action

2)   1995: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia US Military Training Center Bombing:
       Five Americans killed.

3)   1996: Khobar Towers Bombing:
      19 US Servicemen killed; hundreds wounded.
      a) The six Saudis involved in the attack told the FBI they obtained
          their Iranian passports and reported to an Iranian general.
      b) FBI Director Louis Freeh confirmed that Bill Clinton and NSC chief
          Sandy Berger called the evidence "hearsay" and ordered Freeh to
          not disseminate lest it undermine closer relations with Iran.
      c) Clinton's knowledge of this evidence was confirmed in a 1999 Top Secret cable [now
          declassified] in which he discussed with then President Mohammad Khatami of "credible
          evidence" that members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps worked with Hizballah
          in the bombing of the Khobar Towers resident complex in Saudi Arabia.
      d) Wayne White, a State Department Intelligence Officer [1979-2005] advised that intelligence
           on the attack had been cut off by Sandy Berger, National Security Advisor to Bill Clinton.

4)  1996:  Sudan's President Bashir offers to
     arrest and extradite Osama bin Laden to Saudi
     Arabia; in the absence of a US response,
     bin Laden was "evicted".  Sudan also tossed
     out a number of the functionaries in the 2001
     bombing of the World Trade Center in New
     York.  Clinton's non-response was an
     indicator that Sudan might be targeted by
     Clinton for political purposes; thus Bashir's
     eviction notice to bin Laden.

5)  1998: Bombings of US Embassies in Nairobi,
     Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania:
     224 killed; 5,000 injured.

6)  1998: US bombing [political] of Iraqi sites to
      distract Media attention from Monica
      Lewinski Impeachment scandal.
      [The Iraqis had fully cooperated with US/UN inspection demands, until the US 
      demanded access to Saddam's personal quarters.  Clinton used this refusal as the basis for 
      bombing Iraq.]

7)  2000: USS Cole bombing by al Qaeda in Yemen:  17 US Sailors killed, 37 injured.
     Clinton blamed Sudan.  Bin Laden celebrated and received massive new donations and
     large numbers of new recruits.

Interestingly, this new reporting supports the history of Democrats forcing the Intelligence Community to distort or suppress actionable or exculpatory intelligence to support the sitting President's political agenda.

It dates back to FDR's suppressing Intelligence that the Japanese were planning to bomb Pearl Harbor, LBJ's creating the "evidence" of hostile actions by North Vietnam as the basis for his assault on Tonkin Bay to escalate US involvement, Jimmy Carter's muzzling of the US Intelligence Community on reporting on North Korea and, later, on Iran and the Ayatollah Khomeini; and, of course, Mr 0bama's consistent dismissal of his daily Intelligence Briefs ignoring Russian and Chinese threats to the US -- not to speak of his loosely shaded links to the Muslim Brotherhood.

The IBD asks [rhetorically],
"Do we want another Clinton in the Oval Office?"