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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.

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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. 

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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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Fuzzy video, yes, but for musicality and creativity this 1958 clip from The Steve Allen Show  is off the charts. Enjoy.

 

Frans Timmermans, whose recent tweet about embracing "diversity" is above, is the No. 2 man person in the unelected, unaccountable, and very powerful European Commission that controls much in the lives of the 500 million people who live in Europe. He is obsessed with enforcing "diversity" on Europe, even as Europe is dying from it.

"Diversity" for "diversity's" sake -- or something else?

In a 2015 essay documenting the fanatical Islamophilia of Timmermans and his fellow European Union officials, Fjordman quoted Timmermans as saying:

The rise of islamophobia is the one of the biggest challenges in Europe. It is a challenge to our vital values, to the core of who we are. Never has our societies’ capacity for openness, for tolerance, for inclusion been...

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There are compelling moral and political reasons to resist the grandly vacuous memorial to Eisenhower that will one day adjoin the National Mall, none of which even blip on the special radar screens of court history.

The following presidential press conference exchange of July 17, 1957, however, almost takes the cake. The man was unable to mount a defense of free society against a Soviet military apparatchik! I suppose that makes Ike's the perfect presidential memorial to follow FDR's, the president we remember for doing so much to entrench and expand the Soviet Union and centralize and socialize the US government (no, we don't remember him for that but we should). 

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One day, I looked up from my writerly bunker to discover that it was a really new and awful day: The American right wing was suddenly defending "nationalist" "Christian" "populist" "statesman" Putin, that Chiang Kai-shek and Ataturk, all rolled up into one "freely elected" leader, Vladimir Putin.

When, how did that happen? It was all a bit Rip van Winklian in that I felt I had missed some big connecting step. There we were, say, roundabout 2010, watching that very intriguing sleeper cell of undercover Russian intelligence agents rolled up and Obama-sped out of the country -- one of the Russian undercover agents, it was credibly reported, was getting "too close" to Secretary Clinton. In 2012, Obama was telling Medvedev to tell "Vladimir" he would be "more flexible" after his last election ... and now this....

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This is how it's done. Bravo, Rep. Perry for bringing the burning scandal of Skolkovo to the people's attention in the context of longtime Russian efforts against this country as enabled by American traitors, and asking whether transferring cutting edge, dual-use American technology through the Obama-Clinton "reset's" Skolkovo project was, in fact, in the best interests of the United States.

Answer: no -- as seen, for example, in "Hillary Hypersonic Missile Gap."

 

 

The extraordinary Tommy Robinson on the Westminster attacks, the problems with Islam, and what to do about them. 



The following timeline appeared in an "Infobox" in the Los Angeles Times on April 4, 1999.

It is a timeline of what one vector of foreign influence on a presidential election and presidency looks like.

Chung and China

1994

Aug. 2

Chung gives his first $11,000 to the Democratic National Committee at President Clinton's 48th birthday party. He will donate a total of $366,000 to the DNC by the 1996 election.

Dec. 20

Chung squires a Chinese beer maker to meet Clinton at a White House Christmas party, helping to establish Chung's ability to get Chinese access to Clinton. He will make 50 White House visits.

1995

March 11

Chung brings six business associates to the Oval Office for Clinton's weekly radio address.

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More spectrum-Right tweets pushing Russian influence.

a1)  Calling out mass/Islamic immigration, Islamic violence, coercion now makes one a "Russia's line partisan." 



1) "Risks"?? 

 

2) WWSD



3) Why Russia risked all to promote "America First" (as told by a carnival-ready political contortionist):   





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Now at The Daily Caller.

Starting in May 2010, the Washington Examiner reported, drawing on emails obtained by Citizens United, "Clinton Foundation staff pushed Hillary Clinton's State Department to approve a meeting between Bill Clinton and a powerful Russian oligarch as her agency lined up investors for a project under his purview."

His name was Viktor Vekselberg of Renova (a Clinton Foundation donor) and the project under his purview was Skolkovo. The following month, Bill Clinton would receive $500,000 for a speech in Moscow from a Renaissance Capital, a Russian investment bank with ties to the Kremlin, a...

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Task: Marking the messaging.

Subjects: Information warfare; hostile foreign influence; subversion; iron-handed suppression of all of the the above by the US government (some of the very subjects discussed throughout American Betrayal*).

1) Pro-Trump Roger Stone is ramping up "McCarthyism" and "Red-baiting" as "fear-mongering" and "mudslinging."

There may be some tiny chance Stone is ignorant about the McCarthy facts; nevertheless, it seems highly unlikely Stone does not know better,...

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Had an excellent conversation this a.m. with Alexander Marlow on Breitbart Daily News (not that I realized that I had come up with the headline...) about All Things Swamp. 

Here is the write up by John Hayward (audio link, too):

On Wednesday’s Breitbart News Daily journalist Diana West, author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character,...

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Breitbart News Daily host Alexander Marlow and I kick around some ideas about why Joseph McCarthy still terrifies the Swamp; what the "deep state" really is, and how President Trump can drain and expose it all with an American Truth Commission. 

 

On with my favorite All-Americas team -- Allan Dos Santos in Brazil and Jeff Nyquist in the USA -- beginning with the bright shiny "wiretapping" the world is chasing even as President Trump is being walled off from key components of his agenda.   

 

If you're anywhere near Fairbanks, Alaska this Saturday, the newsminer.com (The Voice of Interior Alaska) lists the following event for Saturday, March 11:

Book Discussion Group, “The Death of Grown-Up: How America’s Arrested Development is Bringing Down Western Civilization,” by Diana West, hosted by League of Women Voters of the Tanana Valley Book Discussion Group. 10-11:30 a.m., Noel Wien Library, 1215 Cowles St. Free to attend, open to public.

I wish I could be there to hear the conversation!



As noted here, CNN recently "reported" the following:

"Steve Bannon in 2013: Joseph McCarthy was right in crusade against Communist infiltration."

... Bannon made his comments in July 2013 while interviewing conservative pundit Diane [sic] West about her book “American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character.” 

These statements of facts engender hisses, screams, fainting -- but only among media and other fact-proof ideologues. Informed readers will just shake their heads over the hermetically-sealed mindset that kills curiosity and engenders such Pavlovian-prompt reporting. 

As in -- excerpted from American Betrayal, p....

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Believe it or not, CNN has done something no other media have done. They actually found a connection between American Betrayal and Steve Bannon. 

Not that this is hard to do. There is a massive queue of stories about American Betrayal at Breitbart under Bannon's helmsmanship.

These include:

1) A “breaking history” series in five parts that I wrote for Bannon/Breitbart, drawing from American Betrayal's discoveries. 

2) Numerous pieces covering American Betrayal, the controversy (i.e., the disinformation...

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Dear X ---



Are you watching what is going on over here?



So, Trump, just to review a couple of items, plans to expand the grossly deteriorated US nuclear arsenal and restore sovereign US powers that were about to expire completely in a morass of world (i.e., anti-democratic elites) governance — and his overall plans for an American restoration include, of course, restoring US manufacturing.



That, we are supposed to believe, made Trump the clear “choice” of V. Putin and all of his strategists — NOT the Clinton machine, which, just to review one item, enriched itself mightily while advancing Russia’s military/intelligence/cyber capabilities in the Obama/Clinton-Putin creation of “Russia’s Silicon Valley” — Skolkovo. So...

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The AP reports:

MOSCOW  -- Russia on Friday decried the uproar in the United States over Attorney General Jeff Sessions' meetings with the Russian ambassador as a replay of McCarthyism, voicing regret over the lack of any substantive dialogue with Washington....

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov argued that contacts with officials and lawmakers are part of any ambassador's duties. He added that the pressure on Sessions "strongly resembles a witch hunt or the times of McCarthyism, which we thought were long over in the United States as a civilized country."

Repeat after me: "The times of McCarthyism" netted scores of American KGB agents and agents of inflluence covertly embedded in the US government...

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The two best pieces I have seen this week on the Trump adminstration and Russia are Walter Russell Meade's "Trump Isn't Sounding Like a Russian Mole," which opens with a salient point that I wholeheartedly agree with: Donald Trump plans to revamp and expand the US' nuclear arsenal. "Someone someone who was safely in Vladimir Putin’s pocket wouldn’t run around saying things like this."

It goes on from there, and Meade offers Trump-watchers the signal tip-off to watch for that will tell us Trump has gone Russian: If "his foreign policy [starts] looking much more like Barack Obama's." 

The second piece by Jeff Nyquist is a mind-expanding excursion called: "Golitsyn's Methodology and the Trump Administration."

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Thanks to Peter Schweizer, we have a foundational base of information about Skolkovo, "Russia's Silicon Valley," but there is so much more to learn about this dangerous, time-bomb of a legacy of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. That foundational base of information is his report, "From Russia, With Money: Hillary Clinton, The Russian Reset, and Cronyism."

But there is something much worse than the cronyism that Schweizer shows us. Knowingly or unknowingly, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton presided over the modernization and advance of Russian military, including nuclear, and intelligence capabilities. They did this through their "reset" with Russian which included massive technology transfers from the US and wider West through the establishment of the...

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It'll be gone soon.



Now at The Daily Caller

Former FBI special agent John Guandolo has written a strong and sobering essay at his website, UnderstandingTheThreat, called "Unfit for Duty." It argues that two senior Trump administration officials, HR McMaster and Sebastian Gorka, are "catastrophically wrong" in their assessment of Islam as publicly stated and that this is "leading America down a disastrous road towards defeat."

I agree. However, the problem is much, much larger than that.

It is true that the statements (excerpted below) of both men serve to sever the logical, in fact, blatant connections between Islam and what I will call Hot Jihad (terrorism, war) and Cold Jihad (the imposition of Islamic law and customs through migration into Western democracies, also Hot Jihad). Both are components of the age-old design of Islamic conquest. With regard to Sebastian Gorka, a friend and strong supporter of American Betrayal back in the day, it grieves me to have to say so, but I have to say so.

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Across the pond at the Times Literary Supplement, in an essay called "Steve Bannon, Heir to Plato" -- and to the think, the New York Times' exegesis was only called "What Does Steve Bannon Want?" -- the Lenin thang appeared again, as a sharp-eyed reader informed me, in the following line.

This juncture is probably how Bannon, who once compared himself to Lenin, views the 2016 elections. 

Oh, what the heck -- I decided to tweet my little story to the writer, Nicholas Barrett.

Here is how our conversation went:



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Something that should be common knowledge in evaluating the Ron Radosh claim that Steve Bannon said to him, "I am a Leninist" (which Bannon denies) at David Horowitz's November 2013 book party is that Radosh was exposed as a prevaricator and a fraud at Breitbart News in the fall of 2013 under the helmsmanship of Steve Bannon.

For example, I did it here -- but that was nothing next to the highly enjoyable evisceration Vladimir Bukovsky and Pavel Stroilov performed on Radosh and David Horowitz's Frontpage Magazine both here.

It's just something to bear in mind on evaluating sources. The...

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The main reason Donald Trump, one month into his presidency, is surely the most embattled president in US history is not only because he campaigned on an agenda which, if executed, will destroy the corrupt and elitist ancien regime, but also because it will expose it.

It's that simple. The opportunity -- the threat -- is unprecedented and in all probability unique. Only someone as giant as Trump could even attempt to expose it, or  "drain the swamp."

I received a very nice email this month from a 65-year-old man who was just finishing American Betrayal and, as he put it, "seeing the world with very new eyes." 

He wrote:

With Trump's Swamp-Drainer persona riding high, American Betrayal rightly now finds itself at the center of the universe of American discourse, it seems. It might be described as a map of the swamp, even.

A map of the swamp -- I like that. 

American Betrayal is...

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During a "listening session" yesterday on domestic and international human trafficking, President Trump announced that "solving the human trafficking epidemic is a priority" for the Trump administration." 

I want to make it clear today that my administration will focus on ending the absolutely horrific practice of human trafficking. ... It's getting worse and it's happening in the United States in addition to the rest of the world, but it's happening in the United States, which is terrible.  

 It's a very, very terrible problem. It's not talked about enough. People don't know enough about it.  And we're going to talk about it, and we're going to bring it out into the open and hopefully we're going to do a great deal to help prevent some of the horrific -- really horrific -- crimes that are taking place. 

And I can see -- I really can say, in this country, people don't realize how bad it is in this country, but in this country and all over the world.

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As not everybody knows because most people have no time for such fluff, The Washington Post has unveiled a motto: "Democracy dies in the darkness."

I used to write for a newspaper with a motto -- the late, lamented Dispatch International. Ours was from Thomas Jefferson: “Freedom of the press cannot be limited without being lost. In 2013, Lars Hedegaard, editor in chief, was very nearly was assassinated by a Danish Muslim (who later disappeared into ISIS) for doing his job as a journalist and commentator regarding the limitations Islam and the establishment (I don't how to say "swamp" in Danish) seek to impose on free speech and other matters.

I will still take Thomas Jefferson over a misremembered line from Star Trek 14, but note of the delusional aspect. In the Post's fever dream, it, the Post, is this sleek light-sword slicing the galactic darkness where democracy...

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From Reuters

A Dutch secret service agent who was part of the team responsible for protecting Geert Wilders, the frontrunner in next month's election, has been suspended on suspicion of leaking details to a criminal organization, the secret service said on Wednesday.



Wilders, who campaigns on an anti-Islam platform that includes closing mosques and banning immigration from Muslim countries that has led to the protection, condemned the alleged breach, saying he cannot function without adequate security.

Dutch newspapers De Telegraaf and NRC Handelsblad and the country's national broadcaster NOS identified the suspect as an experienced officer in his mid-30s, using his first name and last initial.

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Now at The American Spectator

Today, Trump White House official Sebastian Gorka is "profiled" -- targeted in a scope, is more like it -- in the Washington Post, which, of course, is owned by Jeff Bezos, as most people seem to know, and whose Amazon Web Services, most people don't seem to know, has developed a $600 million computing cloud for the CIA that serves the 17 agencies making up the "intelligence community." 

I just thought I'd throw that interlocking syngergy out there. By comparison, Bezos bought the whole Post for $250 million, which makes does make it a cheap rag. Naturally, its tone is cheap, too.

I mean, seriously, Post: 

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