Saturday, December 02, 2023

This week's syndicated column

About those 300 U.S. military advisers that the Obama administration has ordered to Iraq.

They belong on the United States border with Mexico. They are urgently needed to assess what U.S. military force should be deployed immediately to secure our own border, not Iraq's border, from what is surely the most unconventional and, I believe, the most dangerous war in our history. As tens of thousands of so-called unaccompanied alien children (UAC) crash our southern border, we are undergoing a war against the existence, the concept of the USA as a nation-state.

After all, a nation-state doesn't exist unless it controls its borders and protects its citizens. We, the People, do neither. But the existential danger here comes not from the assault itself. Nightmarishly, it comes from the Obama administration, which, in its greatest betrayal, is leading, or at least supporting,...

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The Obama administration is actively encouraging the unending flow of young aliens on an HHS website.

From the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR): website:

In order to help UAC [Unaccompanied Minors] access legal representation to the greatest extent possible and practicable, ORR coordinates a legal access project. The legal access project provides UAC with presentations on their rights, conducts individualized legal screenings, and builds pro bono legal representation capacity. Many UAC meet conditions that make them eligible for legal relief to remain in the United States including asylum; special visas for children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned by the parents or guardian; special visas for victims of severe forms of trafficking and other types of criminal violence; or adjustment of status for those who have a legal resident or citizen family member.


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The local news from around the USA  tells us that the US federal government is not only enabling the mass invasion at our own border, it is doing nothing to repel it. It is, in fact, doing everything it can to make it permanent.

I include a random news round-up below, but first, behold the "holiday card" above. I found it on the homepage of the Administration of Children & Families.This is a division of the Department of HHS, which is a department of the United States Government, which, last time I looked, was supposed to have something to do with of the people, by the people, and for the people -- " the people" being the American people. The people who run these bureacracies, however, have completely different other ideas, as the picture worth a thousand words reveals.

The caption beneath this illustration says:

By law, it’s ORR's responsibility to temporarily take care of unaccompanied...

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Photo: Maj. Jim Gant, proponent of "going native," with the Pashtun tribal chief he dubbed "Sitting Bull." Later, "Sitting Bull" would adopt Gant, which presupposes Gant converted to Islam.. 

With the appearance of a new book, the abrupt fall from Army grace of SF Maj. James Gant has been in the news. What is worth noting is that he was relieved from his command not for his particularly unhinged version of COIN (described below) but mainly for moral and behavioral infractions of military code. The COIN, presumably, was commendable.


My syndicated column of April 9, 2010:

A reader e-mailed me to comment on a column by David Ignatius, who recently accompanied the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, to a shura, or local council meeting, in Marja, Afghanistan.

Ignatius wrote: "Given the weakness...

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From July 18, 2005, still tragically topical:

Only one faith on Earth may be more messianic than Islam: multiculturalism.

Without it -- without its fanatics who believe all civilizations are the same -- the engine that projects Islam into the unprotected heart of Western civilization would stall and fail. It's as simple as that. To live among the believers -- the multiculturalists -- is to watch the assault, the jihad, take place un-repulsed by our suicidal societies. These societies are not doomed to submit; rather, they are eager to do so in the name of a masochistic brand of tolerance that, short of drastic measures, is surely terminal.

I'm not talking about our soldiers, policemen, rescue workers and, now, even train conductors, who bravely and steadfastly risk their lives for civilization abroad and at home. Instead, I'm thinking about who we are as a society at this...

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From the Daily Beast:

On Wednesday, Brett McGurk, the senior State Department official responsible for policy on Iraq, met in Baghdad at the home of Ahmed Chalabi, the former exile leader who was supported by neoconservatives inside the Bush administration before the Iraq war.

I repeat: Ahmed Chalabi? Chalabi is by most accounts an agent of Iranian influence. He is a conman for sure, and in more ways than one. He conned 'cons (neocons) into thinking the shadowy ex-pat would return to Iraq as "our man in Baghdad" by popular demand. Evidence indicates he was really Iran's man in Baghdad, or, rather, one of them.

To reacquaint ourselves with Chalabi, here's a 2007 description of him from Mugged by Reality...

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Hillary: Neocon vessel of interventionism?

This week's syndicated column

Are the neocons going home?

By "neocons," I refer to followers of the hawkish foreign policy school that began to coalesce in the 1970s around New York writers and academics who had rejected their Communist or Socialist lodestar to become vocal anti-Communists. A generation or so later, from Kosovo to Georgia, from Afghanistan to Iraq, from Libya to Syria, from Ukraine and now back to Iraq, they consistently advocate the use of American power, often American troops, to establish and enforce a "liberal world order."

By "going home," I mean returning to the Democratic Party.

The question took shape while I was reading a profile in The New York Times about neocon light Robert Kagan -- brother of Iraq "surge" architect Frederick Kagan, son of Yale professor Donald Kagan, and husband of State Department...

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Blogger and author John L. Work wins the kewpie doll for Iraq analysis today. He writes:

So, lemme see if I have this straight. Al Qaida, (Sunnis), are overthrowing Maliki's Shi'ite regime. The Saudis (Sunnis and BHO's pals) are funding Al Qaida. Iran (Shi'ite state) now reportedly has a green light from BHO to send troops into Iraq and fight against Al Qaida. All the Repubs are shouting, jumping up and down and waving their arms because it's all falling apart and, sooner or later, Bush's folly will become apparent. Or will it? The Repubs, Mark Levin and Joe Farah at WND want some by God military action, stone age bombing, to prop up Maliki. All the Dems are saying, no help for Iraq - except.......BHO sends an aircraft carrier with man o' war escorts into the Persian Gulf. Wait a minute!  Whose side is BHO on - Sunnis or Shi'ites?  What's he doing now with this Iran junta tap dance?  What's...

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From the AP (multiple hat tips to Andrew Bostom):

...While ISIL fighters gained the most attention in this week's swift advances, it was increasingly clear that other Sunnis were joining the uprising.

Not ... the "Sunni Awakening" Sunnis ... the same Sunnis of Anbar who, once upon a "surge," "rejected Al Qaeda"?

Several militant groups posted photos on social media purporting to show Iraqi military hardware captured by their own fighters, suggesting a broader-based rebellion like that in neighboring Syria.

In Saddam's hometown of Tikrit, overrun by militants Wednesday, witnesses said fighters raised posters of the...

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This week's syndicated column

It isn’t that the barbarians are at the gate. The barbarians control the gate. I don’t know what else to call a president and attorney general who have opened the U.S. border to literally tens of thousands of “children” – some described as “sexually active” teens, some even suspected of ties to gangs. This not only breaks laws, it breaks trust. Opening the border this way also opens the most outrageous front to date in what increasingly looks like a kind of war aimed at “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” And the people’s elected representatives do nothing.

Children are usually just children, but when 130,000 of them are expected to storm the border in the coming year, they more closely resemble an advancing column, a kind of foreign legion of child-mercenaries raised abroad with cynical promises of booty in the form of cradle-to-grave...

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Marcia at the website What Would the Founders Think kindly invited me to participate in a Q&A following positive reviews she wrote of American Betrayal and then The Rebuttal (here and here).

I enjoyed our conversation, which covers much ground.

Here is an excerpt.


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Fox News' Megyn Kelly recently interviewed six members of Bowe Bergdahl's platoon. In the first segment, there is a fascinating exchange (hat tip MJG) that shows an unexpected side to Bowe Bergdahl as his platoon-mates knew him. To them, the 23-year private not only expressed no criticism of America or the army in 2009. Instead, he was "frustrated" by the counterinsurgency strategy of winning hearts and minds.

From the first segment, starting around seven and half minutes in:

MK: Did he say anything to any of you guys, though, about 'I'm disiullusioned with the war effort,' `I hate the army'?

Evan Buetow, Bergdahl's former team leader: He never said to me that he hated the army. He came to me at one point and said that he was concerned and frustrated with America's, the army's, our approach to the war and what we were doing. He said he was frustrated with...

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The AP today reports that Rolls Royce has opened a showroom in Cambodia, one of the world's poorest countries.

Cambodia's average per capita annual income is about $2,600, a bit less than 1 percent of the cost of the cheapest Rolls-Royce. However, a small but wealthy elite lives in the capital of the mostly rural nation.

This prompted Al Jazeera's Lisa Fletcher to tweet:

But think: The sticker price of a Rolls isn't too far from the price of one lousy speech by Hillary Clinton.

At least by century's end the guy would have a nice car.


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1933 article by Gareth Jones, the Ukraine Terror Famine truth-teller who was thrown down" not only by Walter Duranty but by a conspiracy of his journalist-peers.


PJ Media and The New Criterion recently teamed up to bestow the 2013 Walter Duranty Prize for mendacious journalism. Presenters once again included Roger Simon, Roger Kimball, Claudia Rosett ... and Ronald Radosh.

How could they? Seriously, the only word for this is cruel. How could SImon and KImball and Rosett not have been the least bit aware of the ordeal they were undoubtedly subjecting Radosh to? Have they no feelngs? You've heard the old adage, Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. That's nothing. How about Always a presenter, and never a recipient? In short, this Duranty Prize dinner, soigne, chi-chi, and officiated over by the Wall Street Journal's James Taranto, was nothing less than a crime. Radosh, as so many readers...

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American Betrayal came out on May 28 one year ago, but, happily, people continue to read and write about it. At Family Security Matters, Lawrence Sellin reflects on the energence of the Big Lie in public life, as discussed in American Betrayal, and in today's Winona (MN) Daily News, columnist Stan Gudmundson grapples with some of the questions the book raises.

Sellin's piece is here; and Gudmundson's column is below.

"Communists held undue influence"

by Stan Gudmundson

I have a question whose answer runs against the grain a little. It is prompted by a very interesting book written by Diana West. Titled “American Betrayal,” it turns, to some extent, the conventional view of World War II on its head.

The question is, who won that war? Maybe the question really should be, who lost?

Certainly Germany and the Axis lost. But that is not all. Poland lost. So did the people of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Belarus, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, China, North Korea, Yugoslavia, Albania, and parts of the Far East such as the Kurile Islands, Manchuria, and Mongolia. They were all swallowed up by brutal communist regimes. They all lost, too. Big time.


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This week's syndicated column

One day, I predict, the fate of Bowe Bergdahl will prove to be the least important aspect of the Bowe Bergdahl story. For now, though, even more than President Obama, Bergdahl is the locus of rage as Americans erupt in pent-up frustration over the disaster that is Afghanistan.

It is probably the poisonous reek of government lies breaking open that has ignited this passion -- so many lies and so much subterfuge that a clear story has yet to take shape. But this collective outrage over Afghanistan -- a first in the history of our long war there -- shouldn't all be spent on Bergdahl, or even on Obama. But I will save that story for another day.

In the meantime, it's worth noting that the nation's wrath is as understandable as it is real. Bergdahl wasn't captured as the government vaguely led us to believe, even going so far as to prevent some of Bergdahl's...

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I am greatly honored and most delighted to announce that the American Freedom Alliance will be recognizing two people tonight at their eighth annual Heroes of Conscience Dinner in West Los Angeles --  the Rev, Jesse Lee Petersen and me. AFA will also be paying tribute to The Clarion Project this evening. Details here.

Led by Avi Davis, AFA has been warmly supportive of my work since The Death of the Grown-Up came out in 2007. A few years ago, Avi offered me the privilege of introducing Geert Wilders, a true hero of conscience, when he received this award in 2009. When the attacks on American Betrayal began last summer, Avi's robust and principled response was to offer me several platforms in Los Angeles from which to speak and discuss the issues, In this AFA event in December 2013, I was ably assisted on a panel that included M. Stanton Evans and Sebastian Gorka.


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