BACK TO NUCLEAR BASICS: DOES UNlateral RESTRAINT WORK?” by Pete Hoekstra

Editor’s Note: From our great friend and regular SUA contributor former Congressman Pete Hoekstra. Pete represented Michigan for 18 years in Congress as chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee and as a leading bipartisan voice on policy and oversight of national security, education, labor, and economic issues.

 

 

 

“BACK TO NUCLEAR BASICS: DOES UNlateral RESTRAINT WORK?”

By Pete Hoekstra

Nuclear weapons are in the news multiple times each day, with unsettling events in North Korea, China, Iran, and Russia escalating the concern that the United States is entering an era of growing instability and uncertainty.

While there are serious and gathering nuclear threats facing the United States and our allies, there is no need to panic, nor believe that doomsday is just around the corner. But we do need to get on with the task of modernizing our nuclear deterrent, enhancing our ballistic missile defenses and working effectively to stop the proliferation of such weapons.

This essay addresses the question of how best to maintain nuclear deterrence. Critics of the current US modernization plan urge the US to exercise restraint by curtailing the modernization of significant portions of our nuclear deterrent under the assumption that if the United States unilaterally stops “arms racing”, our adversaries such as Russia and China will as well.

My conclusion is three fold: (1) recent history shows restraint does not work; (2) nuclear modernization is absolutely required; and (3) a renewed “peace through strength” policy will both reduce nuclear dangers and restore some stability in international affairs.

First, let’s review the facts of the nuclear landscape.

The United States has deployed in its strategic nuclear forces under 1600 nuclear warheads, at least 1000 warheads less than the Russians. [The Russians have to reduce these numbers to the New Start level by February 2018].

Second, the United States has a few hundred tactical or theater nuclear weapons, less than the 2000-5000 such weapons held by Russia.

Third, the Russians are on a pace to modernize at least 90% of their nuclear deterrent force by the turn of the decade, no later than 2021 it appears. By contrast, the US modernization begins with the deployment of a new bomber, submarine and land based missiles no earlier than from mid-2027 through 2031, so US modernization restraint is hardly called for.

Fourth, and just to be clear, current forces are capable but in need of significant investment. Most of the US forces were fielded 30 or more years ago and are at the end of their service lives. They are thus actually way past due for modernization, and that is the only way they can remain credible and capable as the foundation of our deterrent. Four senior USAF and Navy nuclear commanders underscored this point in HASC testimony on March 8, 2017.

In that context, how should we treat calls for major US restraint in rebuilding our nuclear arms? Perhaps it would be instructive to review the impact of US nuclear unilateral restraint just before and following the 1990 collapse of the Soviet Union.

Now to be clear, the US and the Soviet Union and then Russia jointly agreed to the INF (1987), START I (July 1991) and START II (January 1993) nuclear weapons treaties. But unlike in the post 1990 period, we significantly invested in a simultaneous modernization of our entire nuclear deterrent during the Reagan administration while also seeking arms control. Peace through strength worked as we secured major reductions in Soviet-era nuclear weapons and the end of the Soviet Union.

It was only after the collapse of the Soviet Union did our nuclear investments markedly decline. The US went beyond the joint treaties with Moscow and took a large number of additional unilateral actions in both the Bush 41 and Clinton administrations, many of them codified in the 1994 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR). This restraint included a US nuclear policy which:

“Created no new mission or scenario for nuclear-weapon use and articulated the premise that nuclear weapons play a smaller role in U.S. security today than at any other time in the nuclear age.

“Codified that the United States no longer targets any country with strategic nuclear forces on a day-to-day basis.

“Specified that U.S. strategic bombers were taken off alert. Further, more ballistic missile submarines now patrol on “modified alert” out of the range of their targets than on an “alert” status. The U.S. airborne command and control posts now operate at a reduced tempo.

“Called for continued reduction of defense expenditures for strategic nuclear forces and in the number of associated personnel. The levels for FY 97 were roughly one-third those of FY 88.

“Terminated U.S. ground-force nuclear capability and training for nuclear missions. By FY 97, the number of U.S. nuclear weapons deployed in Europe was down from a peak of 7,000 to ‘hundreds.’

“Mandated that all nonstrategic nuclear weapons, including nuclear cruise missiles, depth charges, and torpedoes, be removed from surface ships, multipurpose submarines, and land-based naval aircraft bases. The capability to deploy such weapons on U.S. surface ships has now been eliminated.

“Continued the reduction of the overall U.S. nuclear stockpile–a 59 percent reduction from FY 88 to FY 97. Ninety percent of the nonstrategic nuclear stockpile was eliminated.

The NPR also assumed such unilateral reductions were safe to undertake because the Russians would not brandish for diplomatic or military purposes its nuclear weapons. The study further assumed the Russian leadership was intent on fully joining the “international community of market economies”, and that the Russian nuclear arsenal would not pose a serious threat to the United States. Overall, the report generally foresaw a relatively benign future nuclear environment. (1)

What happened?

In fact, after the American unilateral exercise of nuclear restraint, these serious and adverse nuclear developments followed:

  • The Russians in 2000 turned down START II arguing that Moscow would not agree to the treaty’s ban on multiple warhead land based missiles. Russia insisted that all US work on missile defenses had to be contained within the laboratory with strict adherence to the ABM Treaty. Those conditions were not acceptable to the Clinton administration nor the Congress and thus the treaty never went into effect.
  • North Korea worked to produce nuclear weapons fuel in violation of the 1995 Agreed Framework that purported to end Pyongyang’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. Eventually, in 2006 North Korea tested an actual nuclear weapon while advancing its ballistic missile delivery systems.
  • Iran went forward with its nuclear work, both increasing its capacity to make enriched nuclear fuel and seeking help to design warheads.
  • The Khan network out of Pakistan, what I have termed the “Nukes ‘R Us” outfit, expanded its work of distributing nuclear weapons technology and scientific nuclear know-how to North Korea, Libya, and Iran.
  • Pakistan and India, as well, exploded nuclear devices and made plans to sharply increase their inventory of nuclear weapons.
  • China, too, expanded its nuclear capability, and began the construction of what appears to have been $50 billion (my estimate) in missile tunnels and train tracks that would come to house mobile land based missiles, as part of a modernization of all elements of their nuclear deterrent.

In addition, Russian aggression in Ukraine and Crimea went unchecked, and China unilaterally seized atolls and reefs in the South China Sea on which it is building military bases.

In just the past decade, Russia and China together have rhetorically brandished nuclear weapons three dozen times, threatening to use such weapons in the conduct of their foreign policy, and rhetorically threatening to push the US and its allies to give up important international security objectives or risk nuclear attack.

Recently, both Norway and Denmark, for example, were added to the Russian nuclear target list said the Kremlin, for the “provocative” one for protecting its territorial sea from the incursion of Russian submarines and the other for planning to put a missile defense capability on its Navy Aegis cruisers.

The gathering nuclear threats today cannot be tied to any notion that the US has not evidenced sufficient restraint, including unilateral gestures of nuclear arms control.

China, Russia, North Korea and Iran, seek to replace a rules based civilized order with one of blackmail, coercion, terror and aggression. Acting with restraint in the fact of such aggression is not a policy but it is a faith based hope. Nuclear dangers arose in part because we exercised excessive restraint, what one senior Air Force official described as a “nuclear procurement holiday”created a security vacuum that over a period of the past two decades the bad “hombres” filled.

President Trump has argued that the United States must maintain its nuclear deterrent forces at “the top of the heap” when compared to our adversaries. He has also repeatedly noted that our forces are in need of repair and modernization as Russia and China fully modernize their nuclear forces.

Here the disarmament advocates appear to trying to have it both ways—the claim nothing is wrong with our deterrent as it still is better than the Russians but simultaneously they argue we need to kill large segments of that same force so the Russians don’t engage in an arms race!

For example, former Secretary of Defense William Perry and former defense logistics staffer Lawrence Korb both advocate a massive unilateral 97% reduction in America’s nuclear assets plus a one-third reduction in our warheads, arguing that maintaining nuclear parity with the Russians is unnecessary.

If we don’t try to retreat our way to nuclear safety, isn’t the alternative unaffordable? Can we really increase the defense budget adequately to fully modernize the nuclear deterrent?

Again, let us look at the facts. The United States now spends in the neighborhood of 5% of the defense budget on nuclear modernization. At the peak of this effort next decade, we will be spending 6% but only one half of one percent of the Federal budget. That means for every $100 Uncle Sam spends, the nuclear deterrent gets 50 cents.

Looked at another way, this is the equivalent of a household with a $52,000 income—the national per capita GDP average—spending on auto, fire, life, and homeowners insurance $22 a month.

Ok, it may be cheap the critics might admit, but what does it matter if we underfund our defense? What if we simply gamble and spent less?

Well, let’s look at some history.

Prior to World War II and the Korean War, the US defense budgets were dramatically curtailed or sustained at levels incompatible with our security.

We know that the US and its allies were woefully unprepared for both conflicts.

Defense spending in the US was $700 million in 1933; it remained at that level for every year of that decade up to Pearl Harbor.

After WWII, from 1945-50, US defense budgets declined markedly, from near $90 billion at the war’s end to under $10 billion. Just a year prior to the Korean War, the US defense secretary was urging Congress to cut the defense budget down to no more than $7 billion a year.

On December 7th, 1941, and June 25, 1950, respectively, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and North Korea invaded the Republic of Korea. These wars killed a combined 81 million people, out of a world population of roughly 2.4 billion, or three percent of all the people alive at the time.

These wars were fought almost entirely without the use of nuclear weapons, with the exception of the bombing of two Japanese cities which historians agree saved the lives of millions of people by ending the war in the Pacific.

Spending $26 billion annually now on nuclear deterrence, increasing to $35 billion by the middle of next decade, is a prudent insurance policy that will annually cost $9 billion more next decade than today.

These are the projected nuclear investments now planned in budgets approved by Congress.

By contrast, Americans spent $11 billion in 2016 just going to the movies.

Today’s investment is with treasure and yes the amount is a lot of money.

But if we get this wrong, tomorrow will be paid in blood.

Just to save $9 billion a year or $28 for every American living today, think of what we are willing to risk. As the advertisement says, you can pay me today, or you can pay me tomorrow.

World War II and the Korean War were fought with conventional weapons. And upwards of 84 million people perished.

The next war could be fought with nuclear ones. And we are willing to take that risk just to save each American $28 a year?

 

 

 

 

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Paul Vallely, MG USA (ret) RBTH Interview: Trump won’t take a confrontational approach with Russia.

U.S. General: Trump won’t take confrontational approach with Russia

March 3, 2017 NIKOLAI SHEVCHENKO, RBTH

What would Trump’s reaction to Crimea have been, and what will the U.S. President discuss with Russia’s Vladimir Putin at their first, as yet unscheduled, meeting? In an exclusive interview with RBTH, retired U.S. Army Major General Paul Vallely and Michael Maloof, a former senior security policy analyst for the Secretary of Defense, share their views on these and other issues in U.S.-Russia relations.

Trump, Crimea and the meeting

RBTH: General, imagine that Crimea happened today. How would Trump have reacted?

Paul E. Vallely: I think he would have wanted to talk to Putin and say “Hey, what’s going on? What’s happened, there’s got to be a reason for this, would you let me know?” Obama could never do that. If you read Trump’s book, The Art of the Deal, you find out how he does it.

It’s difficult to guess what he would have done, but we know what his thinking is, and it’s very different from Obama’s. Now, if Russia takes some action somewhere, he is not going to overreact. And if it’s not in the interests of the U.S., if it’s not a threat to the U.S., he is going to think very hard about getting involved.

RBTH: What do you expect from the first meeting between Trump and Putin?

Paul E. Vallely: Putin is going to meet with Trump sooner rather than later. That’s very important. A long time has passed since Mikhail Gorbachev met Ronald Reagan and we are in a very different environment now that looks almost like a new Cold War. But this happens because the media and the Democratic Party blame Russia for everything, which is just ridiculous. There is absolutely no evidence that the Russians affected the U.S. elections by hacking or by any other means.

I think Trump and Putin will discuss issues related to energy, economics. They will talk about the situation in Syria, extremism and how to deal with it. Trump is likely to bring up North Korea as a subject of the discussion too. He will see to it if to bring Crimea and Ukraine as part of the discussion, but he will not be fixated on that. In general, I think Putin respects Trump. I know Trump respects Putin. I would say rather sooner than later we will be surprised about the way things happen.


 

Misunderstanding Russia

RBHT: There are many military representatives in Trump’s inner circle. Do they see Russia as a challenge, a threat, or a potential ally?

Paul E. Vallely: We have a couple of guys who do not understand the new Russia. We still have a contingent of old CIA types who regard Russia as a main threat. I have one person in mind. But I don’t want to name him only because of the transition period. If you quote me on that, he is going to say “Why did he say this about me, I’ve been here for only a week.”

RBTH: Is it true that, among the military members of Trump’s team, Secretary of Defense James Mattis has the most influence with the President?

Paul E. Vallely: Yes, Mattis has an upper hand in pushing his agenda with the White House. Mattis certainly has more power than the other military within the Trump team to shape policy.

RBTH: Does James Mattis see Russia as a threat?

Michael Maloof: Yes, Mattis still regards Russia as a threat, but at the same time he says we can work with Moscow. But it’s important that it was Trump who has brought these people in, knowing what their positions are. And he made it very clear that he wants their opinions, but the ultimate decision remains with him.

Paul E. Vallely: And Trump is very positive about Russia. He does not have any preconceptions that Russia is a threat.

RBTH: Some saw former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s resignation as the closure of an opportunity for Moscow. Was Flynn indeed the Kremlin’s window into the Trump administration?

Is McMaster’s appointment as national security adviser bad news for Moscow?

Paul E. Vallely: Flynn indeed was a window into the Trump administration for Russia. And this was particularly important in light of the legacy Obama had left. Obama never knew how to develop a relationship with Russia. Flynn, on the other hand, has been very proactive in engaging Russia. But even though he had to resign, Trump will still reach out to Moscow.

Trump’s line in the sand

RBTH: Trump seems to be under significant pressure on issues related to Russia. Is it true he has been pressured by the Washington political establishment and the military to change his rhetoric on Russia?

Michael Maloof: To a point. Trump has been more forthcoming about expressing the desire to work with Russia than the old Cold Warriors had. And that’s a part of the changes that are happening in the U.S. now. The country is being mentality oriented into a new direction by the new president. And this is pretty hard when you have old CIA types who are still in their positions and the media, which has been very anti-Russian.  But if Trump makes a decision to cooperate with Russia, they will stand up and salute.

Paul E. Vallely: Definitely, they will stand up and salute. An important thing is that the soldiers are very happy to have Trump as president. And this is what is really important. From that stand point we get a new spirit within the armed forces now.

RBTH: If the military has Trump’s ear, does it mean Trump is going to pursue a more assertive policy towards Russia if he fails to find common ground with Putin?

Paul E. Vallely: No, I don’t think Trump is going to take that approach. Trump and Putin will get along well, and they will make a deal. Trump is not going to take a military confrontational approach to Russia at all.

RBTH: In Syria, what does the U.S. military think about a prospect of cooperating with the Russian military?

Michael Maloof: There is already some level of cooperation. They have video conferences. There was one episode when the U.S. bombed Syrian troops. A serviceman left his post on the U.S. side, and that created the problem. That episode helped establish new procedures to be followed from then on. They are trying to make it work, but that’s the level of cooperation for now.

There is substantial internal resistance within the military against cooperating with the Russians in Syria. There is reluctance on part of the military to share the intelligence, because of the perceived notion that Russia remains the primary threat.

But the whole Syrian thing might change this mindset. From our personal meeting with Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, we have an impression that Russia is willing to achieve it too. And this is one of the messages we are bringing back to the U.S.

RBTH: Obama was criticized for drawing a line in the sand on Syria and then not acting upon it. Would Trump be more decisive to act in a similar situation?

Paul E. Vallely: I don’t think Trump will draw any lines to begin with. For Trump, if there’s a threat to the U.S., then we are going to go and take it out. If, in the meantime, we have to work with the Russians to eliminate that threat, then we will. That’s the attitude. Trump is not that kind of person who wants to draw lines. He wants to identify a problem and work with everyone he can to solve it.

Paul E. Vallely is a retired U.S. Army Major General, Chairman of Stand Up America, Scott Vallely Soldiers Memorial Fund and NEMO ARMS Inc. He is senior military analyst for Fox News.

Michael Maloof  is a contributing writer for national security affairs for WND and G2Bulletin, a former senior security policy analyst in the office of the secretary of defense, and the author of A Nation Forsaken.

Paul Vallely and Michael Maloof both came to Moscow for a series of events organized by the Valdai Discussion Club, including a private meeting with Russia’s deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov.

Nikolay Shevchenko is a foreign correspondent for Russia Beyond The Headlines and an editor at the Global Ethics Network.

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To Those With Ears, Let Them Hear

Friends,

As you well know, the would-be Bolshevik Left has gone out of their collective hive mind over President Trump.  I’ve spent most of my cognizant life studying politics and I’ve never seen the likes of this.  It’s my off-campus newspaper experience gone mad, and with access to virtually unlimited resources.  Need I say there is no factual basis to the madness?

We are witnessing pure, emotional disturbance, a genuine Nineteen Eighty Four style “Two Minute Hate” directed by very evil actors who are insane with furious rage at being denied Hillary Klinton’s ascendance to the throne, securing the end of heritage America.

After careful observation of everything I could find in detailed, painstaking research in person, on the Internet, and in the context of history, I am convinced their goal is CIVIL WAR, attendant MARTIAL LAW, in order to affect an immoral COUP D’ETAT and severe REPRESSION of normal, ordinary, actual blood Americans like you and me.

Trump is a genius backed by one of the smartest teams ever assembled. There are reports that “White Hat” elements of the so-called Deep State recruited Trump many years ago, carefully planning this bold and audacious RESTITUTION of HERITAGE AMERICA with Trump as the front man.  God help them for they face devilish forces of the kind we cannot imagine.  However, I’ve seen their public postings on YouTube, Instagram, assorted web pages/blogs and you can take my word on it: they are devil spawn and what I saw haunts me today, four months later.

We recommend a PRAYER OFFENSIVE in support of President Trump.  This is a winning strategy because, as St. Paul warned us in Ephesians VI, this is not a battle of men born of women but rather spiritual forces of evil, from beyond our normal realm.  We must put on the full armor of God if we are going to prevail.

Pray for our President who risks his life and the lives of his children, grandchildren, and anyone close to him on our behalf.  Pray for your own families that they be granted strength to do what must be done if this continues on its present course, and for the guidance from the Light from Above that took us through the second World War (see the lyrics to “God Bless America”).

Joe

 

Editor’s note:  Some might think some of the statements made in this article are exaggerations.  We think not. What President in modern American history had calls for his impeachment almost immediately after inauguration? What President has received such expressions and demonstrations of hate so soon after taking office as Donald Trump? What former President, in little more than a month after leaving office, setup 250 Organizing For Action offices staffed by 32,000 organizers, 25,000 of them trained anarchists? What former President during his first presidential campaign called for a Civilian National Security Force, “just as powerful, just as well-funded as the U.S. military”? But, where is Hillary Clinton?  Ms. Clinton is keeping her mouth shut, probably at the behest of her attorneys so as to keep her out of jail.  Make no mistake, Clinton is not the head of the Democrat Party, Obama is and remains.

 

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Maxine Waters Calls Trump’s Cabinet: “A Bunch of Scumbags” 

 

U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters took her calls for the impeachment of Donald Trump one step further on Tuesday. In an interview on MSNBC, Waters said, “I just think the American people had better understand what’s going on. This is a bunch of scumbags. That’s what they are.”  Breitbart

Editor’s note:  Maxine Waters is famous for going off half cocked and then trying to step back from expressing her true feelings.  In 2008, Waters was lecturing oil company executives at a congressional hearing when she plainly stated: “Guess what this liberal would be all about?  This liberal would be about socializing…uh, ummm, ahhh, basically taking over, and the government running your companies.”  The government taking over the oil companies? The government (IRS) couldn’t even run a cat house in Reno after they took it over.

 

Universities Encourage Turning Students In for Offensive Speech

230 universities are encouraging students to report their peers for offensive speech, according to a report by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). Through a bias-report system, universities are encouraging students to report their peers for offensive thoughts. Bias is defined by universities to include any speech, protected or not, that subjectively offends anyone.  Breitbart

Editor’s note:  To deflect attention of what they are doing, the left will always accuse their opponents of what they are doing (classic Lenin tactic). Marxism, fascism, socialism is never about truth, it’s about power and control.  And the left accuses Trump of being a fascist?!  In today’s political climate, parents and students need to be very cautious about what college they choose.

 

Gov. Brown Cuts Middle Class Scholarships, But Not For Illegals

Facing a $2 billion deficit this summer, California’s Gov. Brown decided to cut funding for middle class U.S. citizens enrolled in higher education schools–but increase funding for illegal alien students. Daily Caller

Editor’s note:  The Democrat Party owns California. Their No. 1 mission is to make more democrats.  Helping middle class students with scholarships will not accomplish that end.  California is in crisis, certainly a crisis of leadership. While his state’s infrastructure is literally falling apart, Gov. Brown is concentrating on climate change and transgender bathrooms. Having lived in California for over thirty years, I watched as what was once the finest freeway system in the world crumble to dust with potholes and garbage spread everywhere. Levees in much of California have breached, forcing homeowners to evacuate. During the recent drought, water was at record shortages because there is no adequate system in place to hold the runoff from the winter snows, allowing trillions of gallons of fresh water to spill into the Pacific.

Marine Le Pen Extends Lead in French Presidential Poll

Trump-like French Presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen is now comfortably positioned to win first round of voting.  Breitbart

Editor’s note: Like Trump, Le Pen’s lead, according to the ‘experts’ is not expected to hold.  We shall see.

 

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Prayer of Thanks at the White House

Quite a contrast to the riots, street protests, hateful rhetoric and media mania against President Trump.  Fox News

Editor’s note:  The photo was taken January 31, 2017 showing President Trump, his two oldest sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife and daughter, U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch and his wife, Trump’s Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, Maureen Scalia, the wife of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and their son, Fr. Paul Scalia, a Roman Catholic priest, praying together at the White House. Our national motto: In God We Trust!

 

 

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“Our democracy is in peril.”

“We need to protect our democracy.”

Typical complaints from ignorant, mostly liberal, voters. It sounds so right, except it is totally wrong.  We do not live in a democracy!..

We live in a Constitutional Republic!!

A democracy is a government that is ruled by the will of the majority. A republic is a representative form of government that is ruled according to a charter or constitution which limits the power of the government and protects the rights of the individual against the majority.

In a true democracy, the majority rules in all cases, regardless of the consequences to any individual or group. The individual or group has no protections against the majority.

In a republic, the majority is controlled to protect the individual’s God-given unalienable rights.

Democracy = Mob Rule

Republic = Everyone has a voice – Brilliant

Democrats want you to believe we have a democracy because they are, after all… ‘Democrats.’

“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.  Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”

Widely attributed to Benjamin Franklin

 

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Immigration Facts

  1.  950,000+ illegal immigrants had deportation orders as of May, 2016.
  2.  1% of illegal immigrants with deportation orders are in custody.
  3.  There are currently 542,000 pending deportation cases in Federal courts.
  4.  Backlog of deportation cases up 142% since Fiscal Year 2009.
  5.  FY13-FY15 – 86,000+ criminal illegal immigrants released from custody.
  6.  FY10-FY14 – 121 criminal aliens charged with homicide following release.
  7.  FY16 – 58% of all ICE removals were previously convicted of a crime.
  8.  FY16 – 2,057 ICE removals were suspected or confirmed gang members.
  9.  FY15 – 15,715 immigration offenders were convicted of illegal reentry

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Fox’s Tucker Carlson Breaks the Health Care Industry Secret

Everyone today is concerned about the cost of health insurance, their deductables, their exclusions, their co-pays, but no one is asking what the cost of health care is.  No one would take a major item to a store cashier without knowing what the price of the item is, but in health care we do it every day.

The United States has the highest health care cost in the world…spending 17.9% of its gross domestic product on health care…61% higher than the next-highest nation, yet we rank 27th in life expectency.

Several weeks ago we talked about hospitals that charge enormous differences in price for procedures depending on whether you paid cash or had insurance.  Now, Tucker Carlson on Fox News has finally exposed the health care industry for what it is…a giant lobby effort to bleed (no pun intended) as much money as they can from the public.

This short video will educate you on what the real health care problem is…

 

 

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Obama Holdover Government Plotting – 2/18/2017

“Great open.  Agree with retired Lt. Col. Tony Schaffer’s assessment of Clapper and Brennan.  In my opinion, they can add McCain to the list, in view of his comment he made at the Munich Security Conference about the Trump administration being in “disarray.”  He is still pissed that Trump did what he couldn’t do…become President. Thanks for a great read!!”  AEH

“My prediction:  Soon after Trump appoints a new head of the IRS, someone in the IRS will leak Trump’s tax return.  Then the s**t will really hit the fan.”   GH

Any chance we can indict the former president in the months ahead for treason or high crimes????  When is Senator McCain going to admit he is a Democrat?”  RWB

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The Need for Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration by Fred Gedrich

Editor’s Note: From our great friend and regular SUA contributor Fred Gedrich and our friends at Breitbart.

Fred Gedrich is a foreign policy and national security analyst.  He served in the U.S. departments of State and Defense.

President Donald Trumprecently announced that he will be issuing another executive order temporarily pausing travel of refugees and/or aliens from seven dangerous countries to the United States.

His first order on this subject stalled in Federal courts after hundreds of State Department careerists objected to the original order. His new action may once again displease the State Department careerists, federal judges and others opposed to his policy, but it may save lives in the American homeland.

During the first week of his presidency, President Trump ordered a temporary pause in refugee and alien travel to the United States from seven of the most dangerous radical Islamic terror-practicing, terror-infested, civil-war-ridden, and/or failed Muslim-majority states on earth (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen). A prime purpose of the order was for the new administration to evaluate whether current U.S. visa screening procedures for travelers from those countries were adequate enough to prevent foreign terrorists entering the United States disguised as innocent refugees or aliens.

The president’s action seems reasonable to many Americans, the extent of approval/disapproval varying according to polls. One of his presidential campaign promises was to install an “extreme vetting” protocol for refugees and/or aliens from dangerous countries, in the wake of murderous radical Islamic-driven terrorist attacks in the U.S. at places like Ft. Hood, Chattanooga, San Bernardino, Orlando and elsewhere.

Nonetheless, about 900 of approximately 24,000 State Department diplomats, Foreign Service officers and civil servants (whose Dissent Channel policy disagreement with the president on this matter was improperly released to media outlets in violation of the governing Foreign Affairs Manual) objected to the president’s order. The objection came even though the State Department is the lead foreign affairs agency in implementing such presidential policies and its personnel serves on the diplomatic front lines overseas screening visa applications.

They claimed the order would, among other things, sour relations with the seven affected countries; inflame anti-American sentiments; and hurt those seeking to visit the United States for humanitarian reasons. Moreover, the four Federal judges in Washington and the 9th Circuit who stalled President Trump’s original order ruled, among other things, that it was unconstitutionally focused on Muslim-majority countries without placing the overall global Muslim population in context or addressing the governing statute giving the president the authority to act.

Americans – including the State Department dissenters, federal judges and others opposed to the president’s action – should consider the following as they evaluate the merits of the revised order which reportedly will also apply to refugees and aliens from the same seven countries:

  • The U.S. Constitution’s Article 2 gives the President the authority to conduct the nation’s foreign affairs. And the Immigration and Naturalization Act, Section 212 F8 USC 82 F gives the President the broad authority to suspend the entry of aliens into the United States when the president deems it in the national interest.
  • According to Pew Research, there are 50 Muslim-majority nations, with the global Muslim population estimated at 1.6 billion. The presidential executive order applies to only seven Muslim-majority nations with a collective population of about 220 million.
  • The U.S. State Department’s congressionally-mandated annual “Country Reports on Terrorism” identifies the governments that sponsor and support international terrorist activities and/or have significant terror groups and activity occurring within their nation’s boundaries. All seven countries listed in the president’s order are listed in this report and threaten U.S. citizens and national security. To achieve their political ends terrorists have used genocide, beheadings, crucifixions, drownings, burnings, hangings, shootings, roof-top tossings and home-made bombs – against innocent civilians in war zones and urban areas.
  • There are ongoing sectarian civil wars between Shia and Sunni Muslims, tribal wars, and/or genocide occurring in 6 of 7 countries (Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen). The State Department lists the other nation, Iran – where chants of ‘Death to America’ are routinely heard – as the world’s leading exporter of terrorism.
  • The U.S. State Department does not have open U.S. embassies or consulates in five of the seven countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen). Without onsite U.S. representation, it is extremely difficult to have normal relations with host governments (if they even exist) or to properly and thoroughly scrutinize visa applications of citizens of those countries wanting to visit the United States. And in the cases where it does have representation (Iraq and Sudan), ongoing conflicts make it very difficult as well.

The actions of unelected officials – like the State Department careerists and federal judges who may have violated their own regulations or ignored the governing law or serious conditions in the seven countries affected by the presidential order – may be doing a great disservice to the American people by opposing this presidential action, and they will have blood on their hands if a terrorist, or terrorists, from any of these countries is granted entry and strikes the American homeland while courts adjudicate the president’s order.

The most important job of an elected U.S. President is to keep the American people safe.  And it seems from the circumstances listed above that President Trump has the clear constitutional and statutory authority, responsibility and legitimate reasons to temporarily suspend travel from these seven dangerous nations until current visa vetting procedures are properly evaluated to better ensure that terrorists are not among those refugees and aliens cleared for entrance into the United States.  To do anything less would possibly endanger American lives.

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Stand Up America US Foundation Newsletter February 18, 2017

February 18, 2017

 

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Alert!  Obama Holdover Government Plotting

Several intelligence insiders have come forward over the last few days to describe a shadow government of Obama holdovers leaking information to derail the Trump presidency, with National Security Advisor, Mike Flynn’s resignation its first success.

According to the Free Beacon, Flynn was targeted because he was preparing to “publicize many of the details about the nuclear deal that had been intentionally hidden by the Obama administration as part of its effort to garner support for the deal.”

There are even allegations that former President Barack Obama is himself actively involved, citing his establishment of a command center in Washington and continuing involvement with activist organizations.

Retired Lt. Col. Tony Schaffer, formerly CIA-trained defense intelligence officer, said to Fox Business, “I put this right at the feet of John Brennan, and Jim Clapper and I would go so far as to say the White House was directly involved before they left.

The Washington Free Beacon quoted ‘multiple sources in and out of the White House’ on Tuesday to describe a “secret, months-long campaign by former Obama administration confidantes to handicap President Trump’s national security apparatus and preserve the nuclear deal with Iran.”

The New York Post is suggesting that Obama is running the show with not just whisper campaigns, but actively employing agitators across the nation as well.

It has been reported that Obama has employed an army of as many as 30,000 agitators who will fight his Republican successor at every turn of his presidency.  And Obama will command them from his bunker less than two miles from the White House.

Obama is doing it through a network of leftist non-profits led by Organizing for Action.  Organizations that are set up to support a politician are normally disbanded after he leaves office, but not this one.  It is, instead, gearing up for battle, with a growing war chest and 250 offices nation-wide.  Breitbart

 

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Editor’s note:  What will happen when the Trump administration uncovers these seditious organizations?  Will the 30,000 agitators go rogue?  

 

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French Police Flee Armed Mob as Paris Riots Spread

 

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Muslims and leftists continue to riot across France for nearly a week.  The protests, against police brutality, have left a wave of destruction on the streets of Paris with burned-out cars and local shops smashed. Presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen slammed the French government claiming it has become “paralysed.” Le Pen also said, “The government is silent.  A silence that reflects both its cowardice and its impotence.” Breitbart

 

 

Editor’s note:  Former French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has declared war on Islamist terrorism and has demanded all immigrants should “speak French…live like French people.” The French have seen a great many Muslims that have immigrated into their society without any desire to assimilate.  With de-facto no-go zones spread across the country, the French have literally given up parts of their country to Muslims that do not want to be French.  Mr. Sarkozy is running for president once again.

The Press Ruined Its Own Reputation – CBS Anchor

CBS anchor, John Dickerson, agrees with President Trump that the fourth estate has lost its credibility. “Manhattan-Beltway elites have lost the country,” he said.  “Part of it…is a lot of hysterical coverage about every little last thing that doesn’t warrant it.” Townhall

Editor’s note: The latest polling from Gallup shows that only 32% say they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media.  CNN whining about conservative news outlets getting to ask questions at a presidential news conference, even though they were fair questions, did not help CNN. 

Majority of Americans Think Trump is a Strong Leader

Considering the political divide among Americans, Trump is still considerd a strong and decisive leader who keeps his promises among the majority of Americans.  Gallup, Townhall

Editor’s note: Those Democrats who don’t think Trump cares about their needs are those who probably want their hands held through life’s journey.

 

 

CAIR, ISNA & NAIT Are Radical Front Groups – Canadian Intel

According to Canadian intelligence, Muslim Brotherhood groups, the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), are radical Islamic front groups.  They maintain a continuous position of being victims even though the violence may have been caused by other Muslims.  While the media continues to hound President Trump on Russia, they were silent when Obama became the Muslim Brotherhood’s “fairy godmother.” Conservative Base

Editor’s note:  The Muslim Brotherhood says they plan to conquer Western Civilization from within. To do so, they are using these front groups to acquire credibility among political parties, students and voters.  NAIT is a financial arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, holding many properties, including hundreds of  mosques and schools and using financial pressure to acquire independent mosques.

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Experts Turn Out ‘Counterjihad’ Blueprint For America

 by Michael Maloof, Senior Staff Writer, World Net Daily

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A plan to defeat the “global jihad movement” has been released by a team of national security experts who say it offers a blueprint for a “counterjihad security architecture for America” to confront what they call the “existential struggle of our time.”

The Legacy National Security Advisory Group, founded by retired U.S. Army Major General Paul Vallely under the auspices of his Stand Up America US Foundation claims U.S. foreign policy has fallen short in setting goals for the region under Obama that encompasses the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

“The U.S. has limited national security objectives in the MENA region, but they are important and must be precisely defined,” Vallely told G2Bulletin.

He said the objectives of the blueprint are to defend U.S. diplomatic, intelligence and military assets in the region, keep open the naval, maritime, and commercial sea lanes and defend the free passage of oil and other commercial goods.

In addition, he said, the United States must make sure critical waterways such as the Strait of Hormuz, Bab al-Mandab, the Red Sea and Suez Canal are not controlled by the jihadists or other forces “hostile” to the U.S. and the West.

The plan also calls for defense and support of regional allies to include Egypt, Israel, Jordan and the Kurdish people.

In effect, Vallely said, the United States must seek a balance of power in the MENA region, rebuild the military, and defeat the ISIS – “global jihad movement.”

The Legacy blueprint also said it is important to help create a “balance of power” between Shiite and Sunni Islamic forces, while avoiding actions to further destabilize the region “unless compelled in defense of other core U.S. national security objectives.”

“We must understand that fashionable policies like ‘exporting democracy, COIN (counterinsurgency), winning hearts and minds,’ and ‘nation building,’ are futile among societies of Islamic law (Sharia) and showed no success.” America must move the strategic “Lily Pad” concept and doctrine as articulated by MG Vallely in other published documents.

“Sometimes accepting local strongman rule that supports U.S. and Western interests, even though not democratic, is the lesser of two evils when the alternative would be either chaos or an Islamic jihad-and-Sharia takeover,” the document said.

It also calls for rebuilding the U.S. military “ASAP” (as soon as possible), given that sequestration has “decimated” U.S. military readiness, hindering its efforts to respond effectively to “national security requirements.”

It also said that Sharia law is a threat, calling on the White House to formulate and implement a national security strategy that “defines Islamic law (Sharia) as an enemy threat doctrine.”

“It must be a priority objective of this new National Security Strategy to deter and defeat Islamic jihad globally,” the Legacy document said. “To do that, it will be necessary that U.S. national security leadership understand that the Sharia threat is advanced by way of jihad, which may be kinetic or non-kinetic.”

It also called for the White House and the intelligence community to “remove the jihadist penetration of and influence against the U.S. government, especially at top levels of national security.”

The blueprint particularly singled out Iran with its weapons of mass destruction programs, especially “nuclear and electromagnetic pulse (EMP) programs and international continental ballistic missile delivery systems.

It said these pose an “existential threat to the U.S. mainland as well as regional allies like Israel.”

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F. Michael Maloof, senior staff writer for WND/G2 Bulletin, is a former security policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  Maloof is the author of “A Nation Forsaken–EMP: The Escalating Threat of an American Catastrophe,” the e-book, “ISIS Rising: Prelude to a Neo-Ottoman Caliphate.” 

 

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