Why is America Losing its Friends and Allies?

The Chessboard is Changing!

By Paul E. Vallely, Major General, US Army (Ret.)

Each day as I watch the news reports from across the globe on recent events, I begin to wonder who our friends are anymore. I ask you to identify who are the friends of the United States? Allies are dropping like flies. Saudi Arabia just fell off the American friend tree!

We have major problems even defining who our enemies are. Having visited the Middle East (Turkey, Syria, and Egypt several times in the past eighteen months), I was witness to the obvious signs of the downward spiral of US credibility and respect we have with our friends, allies, and enemies.

Egyptians cannot understand after 45 years that an American administration would spurn their civil uprising against the Muslim Brotherhood and shut off the US military modernization assistance at a critical time in the Middle East when the security of the Suez Canal is at stake. It appears that this administration continues to cast aside allies, to marginalize our friends, and the number of our enemies seems to be growing.

MG Vallely meets with General al-Sisi in Cairo last month as part of a 'Blue Ribbon' panel sponsored by the Westminster Institute.
MG Vallely meets with General al-Sisi in Cairo last month as part of a ‘Blue Ribbon’ panel sponsored by the Westminster Institute.

Do we in fact, have any competent senior government officials or are the only amateurs handling foreign relations and our national security? How many of you see this happening and are you as concerned about this as I am?

Any special relationships garnered since World War II appear to have disappeared or are certainly in decline. Maybe many of our old allies have lost confidence in us as a leader in the world. The international chessboard is changing and not changing for the good of America.

We cannot permit the current leaders in the White House and Halls of Congress to continue in their efforts to lead us down the road of Progressive Socialism and destruction of America. We cannot continue to allow our national prestige and honor to be decimated at home or abroad.

The chessboard must be reset, and reset now; before chaos and any irreparable damage takes place. The more damage incurred by this nation only means that we will have to endure more pain in order to resurrect the United States international reputation and former standing as the world’s sole super-power. Please do not take my word for it. Just look around and commit yourself to being part of the solution, become a large and major part of resetting the chessboard of the globe.

The current battle that Constitutionalists and Americans face is the incompetence, deceit, fraud, corruption, dishonesty and violation of the US Constitution and oaths of office of certain and well identified elected and appointed officials. To our friends (whomever they may be now), this relates to our national character, our alliances, our mutual security, our interwoven economies, and the trueness and viability of our friendships.

The Obama White House, State Department, and CIA have been peculiarly inept at working with any of our allies and enemies to the point that it has jeopardized some of our most important relationships (Egypt as the current example). Can anyone tell me when our last diplomatic victory occurred?

Hillary Clinton traveled the world, setting new State Department records for burning fuel, with no record of any success diplomatically anywhere that I can document. John Kerry appears to be following the same path and continually trying to reuse old, tired, and failed ploys.

As a result, President Vladimir Putin of Russia rises as a diplomatic hero and has charmed much of the world even though they know the nefarious intentions of the Russian government. I have tried to determine the last diplomatic victory for America and lo and behold, it was in the Reagan era when the ‘Wall” came down and the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton on one of her many trips, this one to the Middle East
Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton on one of her many trips, this one to the Middle East

No less dismaying is Mr. Obama’s attitude to U.S. friends. A current example of this here is to think that leaving the Israelis open to recent diplomatic attacks regarding the Flotilla blockades into Gaza will buy goodwill in a Middle East.

The still greater folly is to think that distancing ourselves from the Israelis will buy us leverage with the Muslim states. Turkey, an old ally, has now changed the current chessboard and is cozying up with Iran and was responsible for encouraging and supporting the flotilla against the Israeli naval blockade.

Now, it also appears that Saudi Arabia is upset with the way Obama has handled Syria, Iran, and the Palestinian issues. He brought everyone to the brink, then he just washed his hands of it all from the appearances the Saudis and others perceive in favor of talks with Iran and kowtowing to Russia. None of these moves included discussions with the Saudis and their neighbors.

Russia is not our friend and never has been. Russia does what it wants to do and if it can gain any edge over America, it will. As for North Korea and Iran, the National Security Strategy threatens them with rhetoric, and/or sanctions and isolation. Is North Korea not already isolated? Is talking to the Iranians in alignment with previous actions? Again, this administration plays into the hand of the enemy while marginalizing friends.

The administration cannot even bring itself to accurately characterize the enemies that it must admit we have. Their National Security strategy declares that we are at war with “Al Qaeda and its affiliates.” Islamist extremists? Jihadis? No, they will not admit that. Senior officials have repeatedly insisted that they know that radical Islamism runs counter to the authoritative teachings of an altogether peace-loving religion—when the truth is that all religions, including Islam, have within them entirely authentic, deeply rooted, and often sophisticated fanatical streams. In the case of Islam though, it is the controlling factor. This refusal to acknowledge the creed of our enemies is further evidence of a lack of strategic seriousness.

Demand Resignation of derelict and incompetent officials by the people of this country is now required. The Declaration of Independence states:

“To secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness.”

The oath of office is simple and reads:

“I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

Sadly, we have seen them violate their oath, constantly consistently. Fraud, lying, and corruption are rampant and some have engaged in treasonous activities. They effectively thumb their noses at us and have sold you to the highest bidder. Just take a look at the latest evidence in Congress itself where “extortion” has been uncovered and “get rich” schemes abound through the intentional misuse of campaign funds.Obama-Syria_chess-300x229

The Articles of Confederation were replaced with the Constitution, which granted the federal government enough authority to cultivate, promote, and secure the Blessings of Liberty. The balance of authority and individual liberty was understood. Power was confined to that which was enumerated in the Constitution with a certain and meaningful intent for check and balances.

Lincoln issued this warning in his inaugural address:

“Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government and form a new one. This is a most valuable and sacred right – a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world.”

Being a representative republic, not a democracy, “rising up” means making change other than revolution by force of arms. The people must “rise up” from the grass roots across this great country as we think of the greater good of this and future generations. We are limited in the peaceful transfer of power… forced resignation, natural death, secure elections, and impeachment, but we must act now.

“We the People” have had enough.

The Obama Administration and identifiable Members of Congress are now taking America on a death march and are reducing our country to new lows and jeopardizing our very survival as a nation. We have watched them violate their sacred oath of office. In the end it is imperative that the “people” must open their eyes, educate themselves; decide to Stand Up for this great country and defy those who tear her down and destroy our future and that of our friends as well.

Let us build friendships not destroy them!

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MG Vallely is the Chairman of Stand Up America US

Faithfully Executing…illegal orders

Editor’s Note – The Dream Act passes – by executive fiat. If the idea was sound, and if it only needed a policy enforcement change, he would have done so. The problem is, he announced it with an Executive Order. The only conclusion is it was an election season move. He has completed ignored his oath of office, again, and this move does so much damage, and is so illegal, and unconstitutional.

If it was a good idea it would have gone through Congress, but even his own party’s members would not pass the so-called Dream Act. If it was such a good idea, why did it take three and a half years? Again, this man will say and do anything to get re-elected – even if it means making the economy for all Americans tougher. The young are already struggling, now they have another wall in front of them while seeking employment, at any level.

Why bother taking the oath of office? Since he did, he threw it out the window along with the Constitution anyway! So Faithfully Executing...

When will America see through this reprobate? That oath only mattered in 2009, when they did it twice to achieve legal status, now its just a bunch of words, unworthy of his second thought. Just like the way he treats the Constitution – as if it were just another piece of paper.

Below this article is an amazing video from a series, this one directly addressing Obama’s actions on Friday.

The story behind Obama’s immigration order

By Brian Bennett and Christi Parsons

Gathered around a conference table one day in late April, Democratic senators had a specific request for White House aides: take a closer look at using executive power to shield young illegal immigrants from deportation.

One week earlier, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) had told reporters about his plans to propose a scaled-back version of the Dream Act -– legislation designed to provide help to young immigrants. Democrats were skeptical that Rubio could gain his own party’s support for that idea. But seated in the big conference room next to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid‘s office, the senators  pressed aides to the president to do more.

The White House officials responded that the Department of Homeland Security already had been discussing how to refine its deportation practices so officials could focus on the most serious cases.

The idea, they believed, had merit.

Over the next several weeks, administration officials reexamined the issue, diving into the legal precedents governing the president’s authority over immigration enforcement.

Since the second year of the administration, officials at the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees immigration enforcement, had operated on the understanding that, even without Congress overhauling  immigration policy, executive officials could make certain decisions on a case-by-case basis when carrying out deportation law.

They knew the standard Obama and his top aides would apply. The president, a constitutional lawyer, believed that creating a special class of people entitled to particular rights was something only Congress could do. At the same time, however, if prosecutors could agree on how to exercise their judgment on a case-by-case basis, without any guarantees, that would be permissible as part of their discretionary power, according to a senior administration official familiar with the decision.

The White House had accepted that principle in two legal memos, one written in 2010 and the other in 2011, which underscored the leeway agency officials had on when to pursue a case and when to drop it.

The sheer volume of cases means the government can’t prosecute every single violator of immigration law, said one senior administration official, so enforcement agencies always have to pick and choose which cases to pursue based on the seriousness of each one.

This spring, officials considered how that principle could be applied to help the young immigrants who would be covered by the proposed Dream Act  or, as the president had begun to call them, “the dreamers.”

By early June, Homeland Security officials had come up with criteria that would target the right population: young people who had been brought to this country before they turned 16, and whose promise and loyalty the country could least afford to lose.

Aides did not say when Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano signed off on the idea, but they said the policy was substantially completed by the beginning of June.

The announcement this week comes after a tough run of luck for Obama, as he struggles to persuade Americans to stick with his economic plans despite dismal jobs figures.

He is also preparing to speak next week to NALEO, the national association of elected and appointed Latino leaders, amid a presidential race that will turn in part on whom Latino voters support.
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The Obama – Friday’s actions explained simply:

National Call to Battle Series – “To Secure the Nation”

By Paul E Vallely

As the Declaration of Independence states:

“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness.”

We started the National Call to Action series early in 2011 to alert America of the dangers facing the Nation and that immediate action needed to be taken by our elected leadership. This has failed to occur and now we know now that we are in a Battle to save the country before much more aggravated pain is afflicted on the society. The arrogance of power and incompetence in Washington has generated widespread dissent across America. From our research and analysis at Stand Up America, we have found that the following are the greatest threats to America and must be dealt with immediately to save the Nation and the Republic.

  • Dysfunctional, corrupt and inept government
  • Financial Crisis/Collapse
  • Inability to develop and execute a viable US “forward strategy”
  • US Borders, particularly, the Southern Border
  • Rogue nations like Iran and North Korea
  • Islamists/Enablers of Radical Islam
  • The Progressive Socialist Media
  • Russia and China as enablers against America
  • Globalism and multi-culturists, New World Order zealots
  • Afghanistan/Pakistan Region
  • United Nations and their subversives
  • Cultural decline

All these take on different degrees of severity and threat to America’s well-being.

Each member of the House of Representatives, the United States Senate and even the President of the United States placed their hands on the Bible, raised their hands to swear on their sacred honor to protect, defend and serve the people of the United States. Sadly, we see them in violation of their oaths and their responsibilities. We should see a massive resignation demand on the steps of the capital and the call for the Impeachment and arrest of Barack Obama and others. We should be seeing them groveling before those who instilled their faith and trust in them by electing them to public service. Most have violated the Constitution of the United and many are guilty of treason. Fraud and corruption are rampant in the use of the peoples’ money.

We the people have had enough of this inept Government, elected officials and appointees. Our political system is broke…all branches appear dysfunctional and unable to solve any problems. Where are leaders with Wisdom, Courage and Common Sense? Have we no “Warriors” anymore. Where are the national security and “policy wonks” as well as our Generals and Admirals to reset the military strategy to deal with today and tomorrow’s threats.

We are on a progressive socialist suicide march. WE, the people have watched the President and his Cabinet, Congress and other bureaucrats defile our founding documents and sacred principles for several years now with no end in sight.

In 1789, Thomas Jefferson was overheard saying to Madison:

“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves therefore are its only safe depositories.”

In Lincoln’s 1861 Inaugural address, he issued this warning to his peers:

“Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government and form a new one. This is a most valuable and sacred right – a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world”.

A change in government leadership must be conducted by the People of those elected and appointed political leaders who have violated the Constitution, which states in Article One, Section Five, Clause II “Each House may determine the Rules of its’ Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly behavior, and with the concurrence of a 2/3 vote, expel a member”

The Constitution and the States, however, provide the people the right and authority to do either of the following:

Per the 10th amendment to decide domestic matters within individual states, also grants the right to the state to refuse federal aid and to sever from the Federal Government’s authority entirely or per Article Two, Section Four, “The President, Vice President and ALL CIVIL OFFICERS of the United States shall be removed from office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

The current oath of office was enacted in 1884: The Oaths of Office is administered to:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Supreme Court
  • Congress

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

  • When a young man or woman enlists in one of the armed forces, he or she takes an oath to protect and defend the United States of America.
  • When an officer in any of the armed services raises his hand and takes an oath to protect and defend his or her country, the Officers are expected to keep the vow.
  • When any officer of the court takes an oath to perform their duties it is done with an expectation they will do so.

Why not the same for any member of the United States Government, but especially those that are elected by the people? Each member of the House of Representatives, the United States Senate and even the President of the United States raise their hands and swear on their sacred honor to protect, defend and serve the people of the United States.

BERATING and CONDEMING the United States before the world, overseas and in the United Nation is a flagrant violation of Trust and Honor.

The American people must do their duty to God and Country and use the power of their votes and remove the violators from office. WE need to establish a “Vote Of Confidence” measure. In the event there may be some doubt in certain individuals then for the good and welfare of the country ALL must go. We will start over if we have to! We will seek out those who have a strong desire to see America continue as created and designed by our Founding Fathers.

The majority of American people have lost trust and faith in those they have elected to serve the country because they have abrogated their oaths, given comfort to the enemy both foreign and domestic. The American confidence level of Congress has fallen to 12%. 545 men and women (that includes the President and Vice President as well as Members of the Supreme Court) have sworn to serve the nation. They have willingly taken an oath to protect and serve and defend the people and interests of this great country. Sadly, we see them in violation of their oaths and the moral strength to do what needs to be done.

America, Act Now for our survival as our strong and trusted nation is in great jeopardy. This is our National Call to Battle. This is a battle to save America.

Paul E. Vallely – Major general, US Army (Retired), Chairman of Stand Up America