International, Issues, War on Terror

Iran Nuclear Chief Confirms Iran Violated Nuke Deal

Surprising precisely no one, Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran’s nuclear chief, confirmed on Iranian state media that the terrorist state flagrantly violated Barack Obama’s “nuclear deal,” even using Photoshop to fudge the evidence. According to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) translation of the report, this was accomplished by secretly buying replacements and using Photoshop to fake “proof” of destroyed infrastructure. Salehi, of course, spun the duplicity not as one of strategic necessity but rather that the evil United States would renege. “The leader warned us that they were violators of agreements,” Salehi said. “We had to act wisely. Not only did we avoid destroying the bridges that we had built, but we also built new bridges that would enable us to go back faster if needed.” Thanks for that strategic move, Barry!

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

In yet another confirmation of Iran’s blatant violation of the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which is committed to translating into English otherwise-hidden primary source material from the Arab and Muslim world, has reported that the terrorist regime in Tehran secretly purchased replacements for its nuclear infrastructure that the nuclear deal had otherwise required it to destroy. Per MEMRI:

Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, was interviewed on Channel 4 TV (Iran) on January 22, 2019. He said that the negotiations surrounding the JCPOA had required Iran to destroy the Arak reactor’s calandria by filling it with cement, but that Iran had secretly acquired replacement tubes ahead of time so that the reactor’s functionality would not be ultimately affected. He also said that pictures that had circulated that showed the Arak reactor’s pit filled with cement had been photoshopped.

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Big govt, International, Politics

Pelosi Prematurely Celebrates Short-Term Funding Victory

Pelosi and her anti-Trumpers are in full celebration of what appears at first glance to be a win for open borders, but a closer reading of President Trump’s announcement to temporarily reopen the government appears to be one of common sense and deliberation-qualities that the rabid Left are only too eager to reject. The temporary reopening, even as Pelosi began to look more desperate and vulnerable, will further national security (particularly by redressing airport security) as well as get federal employees up to date on their paychecks until Feb. 15. After that, President Trump has given Pelosi an ultimatum to sign off on funding for the border wall or he will declare a national emergency and get the job done. We’ll get the popcorn ready.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Even more Democrats have now publicly taken a position against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s opposition to a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, as President Donald Trump considers an emergency declaration to build the wall with executive authority.

Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, now supports funding additional barriers along the border.

“Democrats and Democrat leaders should recognize there may be some additional areas on the border that might require some fencing or steel slats … we already have a lot of it down there already,” Kind said, per the local newspaper report.

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), another Democrat, is calling for Democrat leaders to negotiate with Trump on the border wall–but to do so after the government reopens.

“Open the government first, because you can’t negotiate about anything while the government is closed,” Gottheimer said in an interview with CNN.

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Big govt, International, Politics

Trump Threatens to Shut Down Southern Border “Entirely”

One week into the federal government shutdown, President Trump is vowing to “close the Southern Border entirely” if Schumer and Pelosi continue to reject his demands for $5 billion to finish securing the U.S./Mexico border. “We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with,” Trump blasted through Twitter. The amount in question represents just 0.13% of the budget, yet it has become a nonstarter for the open borders Left. It’s a game of political chicken, and someone’s going to lose big as things begin to heat up in the battle for 2020. What Democrats have yet to realize, however, is that voters are squarely in the border security camp, and it may be too late for Schumer and Pelosi to change their tune.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

On the seventh day of the federal government shutdown, President Trump threatened to “close the Southern Border entirely” if Democrats continue to reject his demands for money to “finish” building a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border.

Last Friday, Democrats refused to approve $5 billion for the wall, even though the amount is just 0.13% of the budget. Instead, Democrats — led by Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), expected to become Speaker of the House in January — decided to let the government partially shut down instead.

“We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with,” the president wrote on Twitter.

 

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Big govt, International, Politics

Flashback: Schumer Admits Border “Far More Secure” with Fence

Back in 2009 when border security was a dead letter with Barack Obama at the helm, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) supported constructing hundreds of miles of border fencing along our border with Mexico. Why? In his own words, fencing the southern border made it “far more secure” because it posed a “significant barrier to illegal immigration.” But that was then. During the same period, Schumer laid out a set of seven principles during an address at a Georgetown University immigration conference in which he detailed, “The first of these seven principles is that illegal immigration is wrong, plain and simple.” My how things change when the wheels of political fortune turn. Nowadays, one would think that Schumer, arms locked with Pelosi, is the caped crusader for open borders and the plight of migrants and refugees the world over.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said in 2009 that construction of hundreds of miles of fencing along the southern border made the border “far more secure” because it created a “significant barrier to illegal immigration.”

Schumer made the remarks while addressing the 6th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference at Georgetown University about the seven principles he said were the basis of an immigration reform package that he wanted to pass.

“The first of these seven principles is that illegal immigration is wrong, plain and simple,” Schumer said. “When we use phrases like ‘undocumented workers,’ we convey a message to the American people that their government is not serious about combating illegal immigration, which the American people overwhelmingly oppose.”

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International, Issues, Politics

Time to Recognize Israeli Sovereignty over the Golan Heights?

Roger Simon is arguing that with the U.S. disengaging from Syria where a dictator reigns and Iran and Russia remain on the ground, now is the time for the U.S. to officially recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. He writes: “Given the behavior of Syria’s horrendous dictator Bashar Assad…the Israelis would have to be completely insane to give up the Golan.” And he’s right. The more strategically secure Israel is against a totalitarian regime – backed by Iran – the easier it will be for the U.S. to continue backing them. What’s in Israel’s best interest is also in ours. Let’s get to it!

Here’s more from PJ Media…

Now that Donald Trump has signaled the departure of U.S. troops from Syria–to the consternation of many who were urging him to do it in the first place, no surprise–it’s a perfect moment to ease some worries and do something overdue literally for decades: officially recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

Given the behavior of Syria’s horrendous dictator Bashar Assad–gassing women and children while destroying nearly his entire nation to “save” it and creating a refugee crisis that is turning Europe into the ghost of itself, not to mention allying with the homicidal terrorist maniacs in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah and, of course, Russia–the Israelis would have to be completely insane to give up the Golan.

Not even a nuclear bomb on Tel Aviv would get them to leave so Syria can once again rain artillery over northern Israel as they did for decades. Everybody knows that, but few in this country or Europe want to say it out loud.

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Big govt, International, Politics

Left Pounces on Death of Girl at the Border

Instead of blaming the parents of a seven-year-old girl who died at the border for having had no food or drink for several days – despite the best efforts of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) – Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) and her ilk are blaming law enforcement as proof positive that the 6,000-strong caravan of “asylum-seekers” in Tijuana must be admitted into the U.S. “This is tragic. We need a full and thorough account of what happened before this 7-year-old girl died of dehydration and exhaustion in CBP custody,” Harris tweeted. Naturally, the leftist media is using the incident as “proof” the Trump administration hates children and migrants.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

In a true tragedy, a 7-year-old girl died last Friday after she and her parents, along with 160 others, crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally and surrendered to U.S. Border Patrol agents December 6. Eight hours later, the Guatemalan girl suffered seizures and was flown to an El Paso, Texas hospital, The Washington Post reported.

The girl went into cardiac arrest and “was revived,” the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) told the Post. “However, the child did not recover and died at the hospital less than 24 hours after being transported,” CBP said. The CBP also said the girl “reportedly had not eaten or consumed water for several days.”

Now, one might think the parents of the young girl might bear the brunt of the blame. But to liberals and Democrats — especially those who want to run for president in 2020 — the blame goes squarely on President Trump and Republicans.

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International, Issues

Caravan Guns for the Border

About 150 migrants from the Central American caravan charged the U.S.-Mexico border toting signs that read, “La paz y Dios” within 500 feet of American soil. The white signs were purportedly intended to signify peace. The response came after President Trump closed the border in order to better secure it against the caravan’s determined charged. The question in the coming days is whether Mexico will be able to control security inside their own country. We’re betting not.

Here’s more from Fox News

A group of about 150 migrants carrying white flags that read, “La paz y Dios,” or “Peace and God are With Us,” separated from the larger caravan near Southern California and inched within 500 feet of the U.S., a report Thursday said.

The migrants said they are carrying the white flags to show that they are peaceful, and will attempt to present themselves as asylum seekers near Baja, Calif., The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

President Trump on Thursday threatened to close the border with Mexico if his administration determines that Mexico has lost control of the situation. The Union-Tribune reported that Mexican federal police held a barrier near a pedestrian crossing and urged the migrants to apply for jobs in Tijuana. Police claimed there are thousands of jobs in the city. Federal police were dressed in riot gear and prevented the caravan from getting closer to the U.S.

Carlos Lopez, a Honduran who was leading the small group, told the paper that the conditions in Mexico are horrible. He said there are sick children and women and children are forced to remain outside in the elements.

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Elections, International, Politics

Border Wall Referendum Ready for November Vote

House Majority Head Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) just introduced a bill to fully fund the border wall promised by President Trump. In effect, this turns the 2018 midterms into a voter referendum on delivering that campaign promise. According to a Breitbart report, lame duck Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is even hinting at a post-election border wall fight. Ostensibly, it will be over McCarthy’s “Build the Wall, Enforce the Law Act,” which includes $23.4 billion for border wall construction in addition to other enforcement measures, including “Kate’s Law.”Explained McCarthy, “The American people want us to build the wall and enforce the law. Maintaining strong borders is one of the basic responsibilities of any nation. For too long, America has failed in this responsibility.” With polls squarely in favor of a wall, Democrats may be up against it beginning November 7th.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will introduce a bill this week that will fully fund President Donald Trump’s planned wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, thereby setting the midterm elections up as a referendum on immigration policy, Breitbart News has learned exclusively.
Outgoing Speaker Paul Ryan hinted at a post-election border wall funding fight on Monday.

“We intend on having a full-fledged discussion on how to complete our mission to secure the border, and yes, we will have a fight about this,” Ryan said of the wall fight that looms at a news conference on Monday.

Now Breitbart News can exclusively report exactly what is expected to happen in the lead-up to, and immediate aftermath of, the midterm election. First, McCarthy, his office confirmed to Breitbart News, will introduce a bill this week that includes the full funding for the border wall–about $23.4 billion more than what has already gone to the wall effort–as well as several other enforcement measures that have already passed the House of Representatives.

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International, Politics

Nancy Pelosi Trashes Trump over North Korea Summit

San Fran Nan is at it again with her policy towards President Trump: no good deed goes unpunished. First, the tax reform deal offered taxpayers ‘crumbs’, and now the NK Nuclear Summit is apparently ‘conceding too much’.

Regardless of one’s position on Trump, there’s no way to discount how huge this is.

George W. Bush warned the world of the threat from the ‘Axis of Evil’, which in roughly 18 months has been largely neutralized.

And let’s not forget that Pelosi praised President Obama’s Iran Deal as a ‘masterpiece’ despite that it gave away billions of taxpayer dollars (illegally) and virtually zero accountability to promises of non-proliferation and halted development of nuclear weapons.

Note to Pelosi: last time a Republican president had a major victory in foreign affairs, his party won a landslide in the November elections.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) trashed President Donald Trump’s diplomatic efforts Tuesday at a summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un in Singapore, claiming he had conceded too much to the regime.

The would-be Speaker of the House also complained that Trump had insulted American allies and sidelined the experts at the State Department.

Pelosi’s full statement, as reported by Alex Moe of NBC News, is as follows:

Nuclear nonproliferation is a pillar of America’s national security. We respect any serious and real diplomatic efforts to achieve that goal on the Korean peninsula. Apparently, the President just handed Kim Jong-un concessions in exchange for vague promises that do not approach a clear and comprehensive pathway to denuclearization and non-proliferation.

In his haste to reach an agreement, President Trump elevated North Korea to the level of the United States while preserving the regime’s status quo. The millions of families currently living in fear of nuclear weapons in the region deserve strong and smart leadership built-in diplomacy and engagement with our regional partners and allies.

The president’s marginalization of the State Department and his habitual disparaging of our allies as demonstrated at the G7 Forum hinders a lasting, stable pathway to peace.

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International, Politics

Firm: US Opens Embassy in Jerusalem Under Fire

The Trump administration made good today on its promise to move the US embassy in Israel to its rightful place in Jerusalem.

Prime Minister ‘Bibi’ Netanyahu beamed, “What a glorious day!”

What most don’t know is that Congress made this decision nearly a quarter-century ago.

But unrest in the Middle East replete with threats from the PLO and other fellow terrorist travelers put a damper on that move.

The official opening came under fire, as we might have expected.

Palestinian insurgents continued their attempted breach of the border along the Gaza Strip which resulted in dozens of casualties.

It’s just another reminder that radical Islam is a religion of peace just as long as full submission and compliance are the terms of agreement.

The US must continue its resolve, regardless of the terms of engagement.

Here’s more from JPost…

Sixty-nine years after Israel declared Jerusalem as its capital, and 23 years after the US Congress passed a law mandating that Washington move its embassy there, the US formally opened its embassy in the city on Monday afternoon, in a move Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called “courageous” and “momentous.”

“What a glorious day. Remember this moment!” Netanyahu entreated the applauding crowd. “President Trump, by recognizing history, you have made history. All of us are deeply moved. All of us are deeply grateful.”

“Last December, President Trump became the first world leader to recognize Jerusalem as our capital, and today, the United States of America is opening its embassy right here in Jerusalem,” Netanyahu said. “Thank you President Trump, for having the courage to keep your promises!”

 

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