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There is no finer United States Marine officer than Major Fred C. Galvin (ret.), a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars -- including hard-won battles against the failed senior command leadership at Bati Kot and Sangin. Thus, I can think of no better man to ask for a reaction to President Trump's announcement last night to send more troops to Afghanistan.

So I did.

Here is what Maj. Galvin wrote.

Hello Diana,

Thank you for asking. 

President Trump broke his promise to the American people and military personnel in the worst way.

Every buck Private...

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Tonight, President Trump is expected to announce a new and supposedly improved American military committment to The Islamic Quagmire Republic of Afghanistan.

There is no such thing.

I will reserve further comment until after the president's announcement. Meanwhile, this possible turning point seems like an apt moment to reflect on Candidate Trump's "America First"
foreign policy in the form of an address I gave last summer on the subject, which was recently published by the Journal of Strategy and Politics.

Here it is: America First: 1940-2016.pdf



I confess to some puzzlement over the framework of Dinesh D'Souza's new book, which I recently picked up. It's called The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left. 

Whither the Communist roots of the American Left? Seemingly gone in a Sieg Heil, along with FDR's admiration for (and manipulation by) "Uncle Joe" Stalin and the rest, although I will have to wait and see how it all comes out.

D'Souza sets out to "turn the tables on the Democratic Left and show that they -- not Trump --are the real fascists. They are the ones who use Nazi bullying and intimidation tactics and subscribe to a full-blown fascist ideology."  

But who are the "real fascists" anyway? Nazism,...

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Circa's Sara Carter dusted off a February 20, 2017 Washington Times story and re-launched it on Twitter.

Headline: "Ex-Obama national security adviser to McMaster: Get rid of Bannon-led group"

The story doesn't resonate anew so much as throb violently.  

Back in February, the Wash Times reported:

Former Obama national security adviser Susan E. Rice on Monday urged her new counterpart in the Trump White House, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, to get rid of a national security wing led by presidential strategist Stephen Bannon.

“Hope you will be able to choose your team, have direct reporting and daily access to POTUS, and can eliminate Strategic Initiatives Group,” Ms. Rice wrote in a congratulatory note to Lt. Gen....

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Now at The Daily Caller 

Americans don't like being played for a sucker or patronized as Little People, so here's something else they won't like: being expected to believe without evidence that the Russians "attacked" our presidential election by "hacking" the DNC server -- and, the story doesn't go but this is what happened, exposing the sickening corruption of Clinton-Democratic machine. This Big Lie still-in-the- making has many fathers, mothers and caregivers, too: 1) the Democrats, to delegitimize Donald Trump's victory, paralyze his presidency, and sanctify Hillary Clinton's loss, thereby turning her into the patron saint of the New Cold and/or Hot War with Russia and even canceling our her and her husband's lifetimes of "collusion" with Beijing and Moscow dictators; 2) Democrat media (to do the same thing); and 3) Republicans, who can't wait to get back to Democrat/media business as usual, damn the Deplorables who won them their seats along with 31 states for Donald Trump.

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With thanks to Gates of Vienna, Vlad Tepes, and Ava Lon for the translation.

I have been watching the case of Sebastien Jallamion for about long as Baron Bodissey, who, thankfully, has written the following introduction to the video. I am out of words.

We’ve posted previously about Sébastien Jallamion, a French policeman who was drummed out of the force for an anti-ISIS post on Facebook that was considered “hate speech”.

After he was cashiered, Mr. Jallamion was attacked by several “youths” and beaten very badly. Later he was prosecuted for his “crime”. Then, when his attackers were finally taken to court, they walked free after receiving the lightest possible slap on the wrist.

After his first prosecution, the judge refused to impose jail time. However, the prosecution appealed the leniency of the lower court, and the appeals court eventually imposed...

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Now at The Daily Caller.

Want to blow through the poisonous miasma of Russian Collusion to find out what was really going in American political system in the last year or two or twenty? Whatever you do, don't ask Congress to investigate -- not even to ask a few lame questions in five-minute increments. What's the point? Congress is the most expensive dog-and-pony-show on earth. Sure, We, the Taxpayers, pay through the nose for these guys and gals to go to "work" every day: by my calculation (535 X $174,000), Capitol Hill costs Americans at least $93,090,000 annually just for the privilege of being "represented." But the only thing all that power and money coursing through those snaking hallways buys for us is power and money coursing through those...

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I love this lady, whom Dr. Susan Berry has highlighted at Breitbart.

Spread the word: #PullTeenVogue



Now at The Daily Caller

Just for a moment, imagine that the Time cover features a different face: not that of the handsome young Donald Trump Jr., but the old one of Bill Clinton, whose every depravity has left him with a withered mask. 

The headlines on my imaginary Clinton cover are the same: "Red Handed. The Russia Scandal Hits Home." My highlighted prompts -- the white-bolded words -- are quite different.

Instead of "Hillary info," "I love it," and "obviously very high level," my cover highlights include:  

$500,000 speech .... Uranium One ... $148 million ... Clinton Foundation ... Rosatom chairman to Putin: “Few could have imagined in the past that we would own 20 percent of U.S. reserves.”

My highlighted prompts, of course, stand for a dense...

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After some time off the grid, I've begun to come up to speed on the reax to President Trump's Western civ speech, which burns with an intensity mismatched with those few airy gusts of pro-West rhetoric Trump delivered in Warsaw last week. For example, that man of letters, Jonathan Capehart, declared himself "triggered" by Trump's having noting that "We," the Western world, "write symphonies." The lovely Amanda Marcotte (she who described abortion as akin to removing a cavity and babies as time-sucking monsters) trashed Trump's address as "alt-rigth" and "white nationalist rhetoric." I am sure they would all say the same of the Constitution.

Not that Trump's Warsaw speech is in that class, of course. It is a noteworthy fact,...

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Clapper lied, Obama spied, Holder let it ride.

Sensenbrenner said all the rights things -- and then it all sank into the Swamp. 

As usual.

 



Now at The Daily Caller 

If there's one thing that 31,065 deadly Islamic terror attacks since 9/11 teach us, it's that there is no way to foster a fact-based discussion of Islam in the halls of Western power.

That's right -- I said fact-based discussion of Islam. After 15-plus years since our Twin Towers burned and collapsed, I am still not talking about "Islamofascism," "Islamism," "Islamist extremism," or any other figleaf-word made up by blushing Westerners to cover up the embarassingly appalling facts about Islam: its defining laws which can be as revolting as they are repressive; its history of violent conquest and "radical" religious...

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Some 12 to 14 million German-speaking civilians, mainly women and children, were forcibly relocated by the Allies following WWII.   

From the e-mailbag, fascinating insights on that point where world and personal history converge from Caroline Beckenhaupt, a longtime reader and dear friend. During WWII, Caroline's father served in the British RAF and flew bombing raids over German cities as a rear gunner (Caroline thinks) until his Lancaster was shot down over Essen. He spent two years as a POW in a German camp. Her email concerns her mother's family.

Dear Diana,



Through your wonderful book American Betrayal,...

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Judicial Watch -- not the media, not our elected representatives (any of them) -- has learned that the NSC records believed to be related to "unmasking" political opponents as conducted by Obama NSC director Susan Rice have been sent to the "Obama Presidential Library," and are thus sealed until January 2022.

In other words, the Obama/Rice domestic spying records have been safely stashed away for the duration, beyond the reach of a FOIA lawsuit.

Here is where things get extremely interesting, however.  As JW's Tom Fitton (video below) explained on Fox & Friends, (1) the president, (2) the Congress and (3) the special counsel ALL have the powers to retrieve these records.

So, who calls the ol' Obama Library Bluff? Anyone? 







Watch...

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The "elite"-driven suicide of the West in two sentences. 



Multithanks for the big shout-out from the good ol' Soros-funded folks at Right Wing Watch, a Project of People for the American Way. What caught their attention this time was last week's special three-segment-interview with Frank Gaffney on Secure Freedom Radio during which Frank and I drill down on the rotten center of the "Russia" "hacking" story -- the key fact that the FBI never examined the DNC servers or John Podesta's computer devices. That means the entire Russia/DNC/hacking firestorm was ignited on the say-so of a (recently discredited) DNC contractor. That suits the anti-Trump Swamp fine, including...

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Now at The Daily Caller

About those Comey hearings.

Not one US senator asked former FBI Director James Comey to account for the sinister fact that the source of the explosive determination that "Russia hacked the DNC" computer system is a DNC contractor, not the FBI.

Not one US Senator asked why Comey's FBI deferred to Debbie Wasserman-Schultz's DNC when the DNC refused to permit FBI forensics specialists to examine the DNC computer system; or why the FBI was never able to examine John Podesta's personal devices, either. Not one member of the Senate Intelligence Committe inquired as to why the DNC servers have not, after all of this time, ever been re-examined by the FBI; or whether it is just possible that this same DNC contractor putting forward...

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Friend of mine sent me a link this morning to a UK Express interview with Brian Cox, who stars in a new movie about Winston Churchill. The headline was like something right out of American Betrayal: 

Churchill did NOT want D-Day ‘His plan would have ended WW2 6 months EARLIER'   However, when I clicked on the Express link, I got this:



Gone.

Fortunately, the story was cached, so I took a series of screen shots to reconstruct it below. 

Cox discusses Churchill famed "soft underbelly" strategy to press Nazi Germany...

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Pvt. Elliot West, 102nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, Gen. Omar Bradley’s 2nd Army, circa 1944

Today is the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, the 1944 invasion of Normandy, a.k.a. the long-discussed "second front" -- although, as tallied by a letter appearing in the New York Times in 1943, this "second front" should really have counted as the ninth front.

Why we persist in calling Normandy the "second front" is a long story all about what we would today call "Russian influence." It is laid out in American Betrayal, my book closely examining such "Russian influence." The book digs into the historical record to seek a better understanding of what American government officials,...

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Some call it reframing; others put a coat of paint on it and call it a new car. Basically, it is the process by which a deception is perpetrated simply by saying thus is so and pointing to the shiny surface as proof.

This is once again happening with the egregious David Horowitz. Several years ago, I had the unexpected misfortune of having to experience the true nature of David Horowitz due to his spearheading a disinformation campaign against me and my 2013 book American Betrayal. This campaign of lies would end up including nearly two dozen pieces by a cabal of writers, the first of which I rebutted, perhaps ironically, at Breitbart News. (Other rebuttals, too,...

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Watched a couple of minutes of the "#MarchForTruth"  in New York City, one of a series of "nationwide rallies demanding action on possible Russia collusion," as the organizers put it. It seems to be drawing the kind of people who used to deny "Russia collusion" to the death, even if its name was Alger Hiss.

But some things never change: they're still pushing the rest of the "commie" program -- the glories of state-run health care, the shame of white privilege, the evils of Donald Trump ... who, by pulling out of the Paris Accords, has emerged as the biggest threat to that same communist/Marxist/progressive/globalist/Alinskyite/socialist program since Ronald Reagan. Not that we discuss such things in such terms.  

One of the rally speakers was House of Cards writer Beau Willimon (picture above)....

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Fanatical globalists in happier days ...

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The meaning is clear, even if the terminology is often opaque: To leave the Paris Accord on "climate change" is to turn off a giant spigot of American wealth redistribution, which is to strike a blow at bad old-fashioned international communism -- or, in its 21st century guise, postmodern global governance by fanatical elites. Bully for President Trump for bucking these postmodern slavedrivers of collectivism.

Not that every Paris Accorder speaks in riddles. Take the "world renowned climate economist" Ottmar Edenhofer. Assuming his Wikipedia page is a reasonably accurate CV, Edenhofer's career includes being a professor of the Economics of Climate Change at the Technical University of Berlin;deputy director and chief economist of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research; director of the Mercator Research...

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No one needed high-tech surveillance, a FISA court or illegal "unmasking" to pick up that infamous exchange between Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev during the 2012 presidential campaign, when Obama was videotaped telling Medvedev he would have more "flexibility" on missile defense after his "last election."

“I understand,” Medvedev told the U.S. president. “I will transmit this information to Vladimir.”

What is truly rich is the Washington Post news report's spin:

The exchange provided a rare glimpse of a world leader speaking frankly about the political realities he faces at home." 

Now, imagine if it had been Jared talking to Russian Ambassador...

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I remember a famous exchange Milosevic had with his judge. It was 2002, and, still, the closest Western consciousness came to beheading lay somewhere between the history of the French Revolution two centuries ago, and the absurdity of Lewis Carroll's Red Queen.

Milosevic was trying to show what jihad looked like, which, in his war, was a beheaded Serbian soldier.

MILOSEVIC: These are crimes from the 26th of March, 1992, in Sijekovac.

The units (Mujahedin) crossed the Sava River and slaughtered the Serbs. Please put the big picture on the overhead projector.

That's it. That's what they did. That's what the Mujahedin did, the ones we saw yesterday. And we saw Izetbegovic (leader of the Bosnian Moslems) reviewing them yesterday.  

What's the matter? Is it not on the screens?

JUDGE MAY: It's on the screen. Do you want the next photograph shown?

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The late Sydney Schanberg on "McCain and the POW Cover-Up" here.

From American Betrayal, on leaving thousands of US GIs and British soldiers to USSR here.



Russia aside ...

The New York Times today is breaking news about actual, honest-to-goodness "Islamofascism": a $20 billion "cornerstone investment" by the largest Saudi sovereign wealth fund in the "Blackstone infrastructure fund," an "investment vehicle" overseen by "private equity titan" Stephen A. Schwarzman, which "dovetails with a $1 trillion infrastructure initiative the Trump administration has promised, to be fueled by government partnerships with the private sector."

Classic private-public economic fascism + infusions of Islamic cash = "Islamofascism."

For all non-titans out there, Schwarzman is the head of the Blackstone Group, where, conveniently, Mohammed bin Salman, "crown prince" of Saudi Arabia (i.e., dictator-in-waiting) and his Public Investment Fund are already a "major client." Schwarzman also "leads an elite committee of business executives...

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... Rep. Martin Dies (D-TX) gavelled the House Un-American Activities Committee to order for the first time.

Boy, could America use a Martin Dies today.



Andrew C. McCarthy lays out three clear measures the Trump administration and Congress must take in order to expose Russian collusion for what it is, not what Democrats and the media want it to be:

He writes:

Merely calling Democrats out on this farce is not going to end it. Thanks to President Trump’s unruliness, it is working too well. So, I have three suggestions.

First, the Justice Department should appoint a special counsel to investigate the potential abuse of government surveillance powers for the purposes of political spying and leaks to the media. The investigation should scrutinize all unmasking of Americans to determine whether it conformed to court-ordered restrictions. The president should...

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It's not reporting, it's suppressing.

Take today's headline "news" from CNN:

"A Texas congressman just said something deeply irresponsible about Seth Rich" 

Yes, that's a headline. No doubt it was crafted by a snowflake who got a start telling on kids back in kindergarten.

And never mind that the congressman, Blake Farenthold (R-TX), didn't mention Seth Rich and was very clearly trying to make a completely separate and extremely crucial point.  

Thus, CNN had its work cut out for it -- suppression, not reporting -- as indicated in the subhead about the cable network's hero-supressors:

"Lawmaker confronted over debunked story" 

Since his 'n' her suppressors John Berman and Poppy Harlow (real name?) were so good at their craft, CNN...

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Former DCIA Brennan, he who voted Communist in 1976, has been testifying about "Russian influence" in the House today.

At about 31:00 here, Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) starts to build his question, mentioning the "Russian playbook," how Russians try to build relationships, especially with influential Americans, and how that's one of the things the CIA is looking out for.

Wenstrup continued: "So I'm just trying to understand process here a little bit, what sets up a red flag, what type of conversation do you hear that says, hmm, maybe we need to take a little bit further look into this, or refer it on. 

Wenstrup then harkened back to the previous election when a hot mic picked up That Exchange between President Obama and President Medvedev. The congressman related the two famous lines. 

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Now at The Daily Caller

I really, really do not want to waste a lot of time on Donald Trump's Saudi Arabian visit; however, for the record, which is still important, it was a nightmare.

The images could not have been more ghastly.

The substance could not have been more repulsive.

The nation-to-nation exchange could not have been more shameful: Yet another American president, a decade and a half after 9/11, lying to himself and the entire world to declare that Islam is wonderful, it's just extremism that's a mortal threat, in exchange for hundreds of millions of Saudi petrodollars in arms deals. The $100 million pledged by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to "empower women entrepreneurs" through a World Bank "initiative" (slush fund?) Ivanka Trump is associated with was particularly ugly. It turned the president's daughter into a pitchwoman for these very nations whose Islamic laws and culture recognize women as chattel. How they must have rolled on the tent floor after the pathetic American delegation was en route to Israel, a nation Saudi Arabia does not recognize.         

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CONTINUOUSLY UPDATED:

June 14, 2016: The Washington Post reports "Russian government hackers penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee." On what did the paper base this claim? The Post cites "committee officials and security experts who responded to the breach." 

These "security experts" are with CrowdStrike, a private cyber security firm hired and paid by the DNC.

While reading the following chronology, it is important to bear in mind that the FBI has never examined the DNC computer network because the DNC prohibited the FBI from doing so. Also, that the FBI, under former Director Comey, not to mention former President Obama and the "Intelligence Community," thought this was perfectly ok.

Another point:...

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Now at The Daily Caller

Flipping back the pages of my proverbial notepad I find a fair amount about Robert Mueller and his Bush-to-Obama tenure at the FBI.

Despite the rose petals bestrewing his path back to DC as special counsel, it was not a pretty thing. Summing up -- as Patrick Poole began here in 2012, as former FBI special agent John Guandolo does here --  Mueller's FBI tenure should be remembered in large part for having been one long "Muslim outreach" to combat so-called Islamophobia, one long purge of Islamo-realism; and literally so, as when Mueller's FBI purged lecturers and training materials for their supposed offensiveness to Muslims...

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To Gotcha or Not to Gotcha, that is never the question for the Washington Post -- or, for that matter, those "current and former U.S. officials" hiding in anonymity to leak what they allege are specifics of an Oval Office meeting between President Trump and the Russian foreign minister and ambassador.

On second thought, I must qualify: To Gotcha-Trump or Not to Gotcha-Trump is never the Post's question. This is not across-the-board journalism, it's information warfare. If that were not the case, to take a few examples, Post readers might well have have been treated to some of these headlines:  

"Obama reveals secret intelligence to Iranians"

Or, going back a few years:

"Clinton reveals secret intelligence to Chinese"

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One hundred and some days in, it's not looking good, as Ann Coulter, Candidate Trump's fiercest and fearsome-est supporter, notes at The Daily Caller; meanwhile, back at the White House, the Weekly Standard reports that it's Steve Bannon against everyone when it comes to trying to prevent Trump from renewing and extending the debacle in Afghanistan. In other words, the ship of state is still sinking when Trump's National Islamic Apologist -- I mean, National Security Adviser -- lectures from the podium all about "three of the world greatest religions."

Then there's this. The president's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who...

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Axios Presented by Koch Industries is a news?site created by Politico's co-founders, which opened shop this year, having, it seems, pretty easily come up with $10 million to get going late last summer. According to a celebratory launch piece in Vanity Fair, Axios collected its pile of cash in a "round" led by Lerer Hippeau Ventures, which is described a main backer of Huffington Post and BuzzFeed.

So sheltered is my life I had not heard of either Lerer or Hippeau of said Ventures. Apparently, LHV was "founded by the incredibly liberal and politically minded Huffington Post crew" -- that, according to Pando. (Pando?) Lerer, it turns out, is a high-rev media leftist, raising big bucks for Democrats, launching an anti-NRA site, and, as chairman...

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File this in the Passing Parade.

The late Avi Davis was the founder of the American Freedom Alliance, a conservative group dedicated to elucidating and preserving the values and underpinnings of Western civilization. When he died unexpectedly in 2015, we lost a champion whose verve and kindness really are irreplaceable. I feel that loss keenly, and selfishly so, in part because Avi was such a strong champion of my work. While I think we had connected even before 2007, the year The Death of the Grown-Up appeared, that book, I am happy to say, deeply resonated with him. Over the years, we had many occasions to come together in in-depth interviews and conferences, and naturally I accepted when Avi asked me to become an AFA fellow.

In 2009, I was honored to introduce Geert Wilders at an AFA gala dinner in Los Angeles, where he was receiving the AFA's Hero of...

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Former DHS official Phil Haney explains the core conflict between "reform" and jihad: According to Islamic law, it's illegal to turn away jihad.

Turning away from jihad is "apostasy," a capital crime according to Islamic law. The very concept of "rehabilitation," then, according to Islam, is a form of Islamic "blasphemy."

To understand this starkly simple concept is to understand that jihad rehab, rooted in the belief there is something wrong with Islam (jihad), is in itself blasphemous to Muslim believers, and is an act of apostasy to accept.

In Islam, apostasy = death. 

What is so hard to understand about that?

Absolutely nothing. Most people, it turns out after lo, these many years, don't want to understand it.  It's more than frightening to them -- but not the...

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Bail hearing for deep-cover Russian intelligence officers "Tracie Lee Ann Foley" and "Donald Heathfield," 

Recommended watching: The Daily Caller's Ginni Thomas interviews Mike Waller, who, clearly and calmly, analyzes how it was that President Trump's "first 100 days" were, as he puts it, stolen from him by an unprecedented campaign of organized, funded street protest, targeted leaking from intelligence and other "deep state" agencies, a knee-capping congressional investigation, and the like.

As Waller says, yes, for sure, investigate the Trump campaign for "Russian influence" -- but make it a serious investigation of Russian subversion across the board. Such a review would, for example, necessarily include...

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Somehow seems apt to cap this depressing budgetary/health care week with the last stretch of American Betrayal:

Then again, is this a democratic republic?

That, too, becomes a trick question after peering past history’s mirrors. In 1955, journalist and author John T. Flynn, one of the most famous and prolific critics of statism, collectivism, and Roosevelt (not necessarily in that order), argued in The Decline of the American Republic that following the Depression-triggered, war-entrenched Roosevelt-Truman revolution in spending, taxation, regimentation, and centralization known as the New Deal, and, later, less mem- orably, as the Fair Deal, the essential character of American society changed beyond recognition. The USA, Flynn wrote in that formative year of McDonald’s, “Rock Around the Clock,” and Disneyland, bore only “an external and superficial resemblance” to the republic that had existed for 144 years until 1933—and who even knew the difference by 1955 when Americans forty years of age (b. 1915) had no adult memory of anything different? The Constitution, of course, remained officially unchanged, Flynn noted. “It has been done by sheer usurpation of power by the federal government.”35

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The Daily Caller has picked up on the Kushner-Soros shocker, as related by Peter Schweizer:

The author of the best-selling book that revealed alleged pay-for-play schemes during Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state is sounding the alarm about Jared Kushner’s ties to liberal bankroller George Soros and Goldman Sachs.

“Clinton Cash” author and Breitbart News editor Peter Schweizer said in a radio interview that Kushner’s ties to Soros — who funds a network of left-wing activists — as well as his billion-dollar loans, both of which he failed to include in...

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Now at The Daily Caller

Occasionally, a dragonfly makes it out of the Swamp to arc across the sky, where, shimmering, it can still be seen.

Trump:

"I mean, had Andrew Jackson been a little later you wouldn't have had the Civil War," President Trump said to the Washington Examiner. "He was a very tough person but he had a big heart. He was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War, he said 'There's no reason for this.'"

"People don't realize, you know, the Civil War, if you think about it, why? People don't ask that question, but why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?"

And the PhDs of the nation convulsed;...

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Senator McCarthy's coffin is carried from the Senate by a detachment of Marines after his funeral service

Not a reader but a tweeter reminded me that on May 2, 1957, Senator Joseph McCarthy died.

Today is the sixtieth anniversary of his death at the age of 48.  

I didn't know very much about McCarthy before I read M. Stanton Evans' Blacklisted by History.  To write this book, Evans reconstructed McCarthy's political life from long lost, stolen or forgotten primary documents, in the process eviscerating the mass of McCarthy "anti-history" that keeps the nation reviling one of its greatest heroes. (Here are just a couple of recent  examples of such anti-history.)  

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Take a look at the lead story of November 1, 1940.

With the presidential election just a few days away, GOP presidential candidate Wendell Wilkie made giant headlines with a warning to the nation.

Wilkie Warns U.S. Of One-Man Rule; Citing President's `My Envoy' Remark

The President Next May Be Speaking of `My People,' He Tells 12,000 in Camden

Wilkie was seizing on FDR's mention in a speech of "my Ambassador to Great Britain" -- and, maybe more notably, the New York Times was seizing on his seizing on it.

FDR's use of the possessive struck Wilkie as something new or likely jarring to the American people, and he fit it into the context of the GOP's ultimately unsuccessful push against FDR's decision to flout the tradition set by George Washington and seek what would be his unprecedented third, and, later, fourth term in office. 

Wilkie...

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Part 1 is here.

Part 2 is here. Also this and, not to be missed by aficianados, this.

One of the many incongruent things about what we might one day look back on as the great Russian Influence Scare is the air of discovery about it all. It feels forced.

Suddenly, nearly exactly one hundred years after the Russian Revolution, the Establishment...

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It's not just Ann and Milo whom violent thugs known as "antifas" are silencing (Berkeley), or trying to, like Charles Murray (Middlebury). It's not just college campuses, which are not only turning out Marxists (gee, I wonder why?), but also abiding by the speech laws of totalitarian dictatorships such as Communist North Korea and China. (Read the crawling apology of Bertam Johnson, the Middlebury political science department chairman, for sponsoring Murray's appearance if you have a very strong stomach.)  

Now this, via Gateway Pundit:...

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Explanatory note. The Desk Drawer series is not a category of general interest. It is a place to put the lies and omissions of the Book Burners as I find them. 

In the last installment, I noticed that David Horowitz in his own "formal departure" from the Communist conspiracy against this nation in 1985 claimed to be by 1973 "in a state of kind of shell shock and sitting on the sidelines" when in fact he was still deep into his Black Panther period and, for example, yet to push back against Solzhenitsyn. 

In the installment before...

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Now at The Daily Caller.

From the Establishment, a news flash.

The greatest threat today, writes Andrew A. Michta, dean of the College of International and Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, is "the self-induced deconstruction of the West." 

In a complementary column headlined "The Crisis of Western Civ," the New York Times' David Brooks identifies the driver of self-deconstruction thus: "Starting decades ago, many people, especially in the universities, lost faith in the Western civilization narrative. They stopped teaching it, and the great cultural transmission belt broke." 

What is immediately stunning about these observations is the implication that this breakdown all around and inside "the West" or its "narrative" was some spontaneous thing. 

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Via Gates of Vienna, with thanks to Ava Lon's translation and Vlad Tepes' subtitling. 

Revivifying.

Update:

Frank Hesperado writes in with more on Farid Samhi, noting:

"... within a few minutes of Googling, I found another public screed of his, in 2011, after he was apparently expelled from the political party of Marine Le Pen, and among the things he badmouths her with is that "Marine Le Pen est financé par l'Etat d'Israël pour faire de l'anti-islamisme" ("Marine Le Pen is financed by the state of Israel to do anti-Islamism").



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSwXAhRJ0MY



At about the same time, Smahi also said:



« L’islamophobie...

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