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Friday, May 25, 2018

Trump Card: North Korea Restates Desire for Talks After Trump Cancels Summit

This is how "Peace Through Strength" works!

Obama Secretary of State John Kerry was so desperate for a deal with Iran that he would do anything to keep negotiations going. The Iranians knew that too and so got a deal where they got $150 billion up front and promptly used the money to increase military spending by 145% and fuel another round of terrorism and war throughout the Middle East.  History will show Trump was right to cancel that reincarnation of Neville Chamberlain and Munich.

When President Trump began talking about a summit with North Korea the same pro-Kerry partisans who swallowed the Kool Aid on the phony Iran deal began attacking Trump for being naive; even reckless.  But Trump quickly made it known he wasn't prepared for another foolish round of "peace at any price."  As the historic summit between leaders of North and South Korea concluded, Trump said that he would meet with North Korean Leader Kim Jung Un at the earliest possible moment if conditions warranted. If not, he would walk away.

While there was plenty of hope for a breakthrough after the North-South summit there also the reminder that North Korea had made peace overtures before only to backtrack. Which is what happened over the past weeks. North Korea suspended talks with South Korea, objected to U.S. and South Korean military exercises that Kim had previously said were acceptable.  In the past week, talks about talks ground to a halt as North Korea skipped a vital meeting in Singapore and stopped answering their phone.  U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a Senate hearing we got "a lot of dial tones" when trying to contact the North.

After strong statements from National Security Adviser John Bolton and Vice President Mike Pence reiterating that nuclear disarmament is an absolute must for negotiations the official North Korean Foreign Ministry web site ran a statement by Choe Son Hui, vice-minister of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK calling Pence a "political dummy" and "stupid." The official went on to threaten a "nuclear to nuclear showdown:"
[W]e can also make the U.S. taste an appalling tragedy it has neither experienced nor even imagined up to now.

Before making such reckless threatening remarks without knowing exactly who he is facing, Pence should have seriously considered the terrible consequences of his words.

It is the U.S. who has asked for dialogue, but now it is misleading the public opinion as if we have invited them to sit with us. I only wonder what is the ulterior motive behind its move and what is it the U.S. has calculated to gain from that.

We will neither beg the U.S. for dialogue nor take the trouble to persuade them if they do not want to sit together with us.

Whether the U.S. will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision and behavior of the United States.
That threatening statement caused Trump to cancel the summit in the following letter issued on Thursday:

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24 Hours Later North Korea backs down

On Friday North Korea followed their Thursday bluster with a statement from a higher ranking official, the first vice-minister:
The historic summit is now high on the agenda between the DPRK and the U.S., and the preparations for it are being pushed forward at the final stage amid the remarkably great concern of the world.
As far as the historic DPRK-U.S. summit is concerned, we have inwardly highly appreciated President Trump for having made the bold decision, which any other U.S. presidents dared not, and made efforts for such a crucial event as the summit.
We would like to make known to the U.S. side once again that we have the intent to sit with the U.S. side to solve problem regardless of ways at any time.

Trump: We're Talking Again

No threats of nuclear Armageddon this time, but repeated appeals to continue planning for the meeting. And suddenly, the phone calls are being answered in the North. A report by the Washington Times:
“We’re talking to them now,” Mr. Trump told reporters at the White House. “They very much want to do it. We’d like to do it. We’ll see what happens.”

The White House even left open the possibility Friday of dispatching a summit planning team to Singapore if the meeting is rescheduled.

“There are still a few hours left to decide,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. “If it takes place on June 12, we’ll be ready. If it takes place on July 12, we’ll be ready.”
In response to a reporter's question Trump added: “Everybody plays games. You know that better than anybody.” Not sure if Trump was speaking to a CNN reporter.

Democrats who pounced on Trump for cancelling the meeting (1,2) may soon be eating their words.

North Korea may change it's mind again and restart the bluster that caused the summit to falter. But one thing is clear, Trump will not be changing his mind just to get a deal. America and the world will be better off as a result!

UPDATE: It's official. Summit back on!
UPDATE 2: North Korea's Kim Meets South Korea's Moon and affirms commitment to summit and “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula.

Waiting for the Trump haters to apologize.....

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Chess Masters: Connecting the Dots to MI-6 and the Phony Trump Russia Conspiracy

In the U.S. We're focused on Obama deep state Trump sabotage. But the story has international legs!

A note first before we begin:  It's a complicated story with multiple plot twists. Many of the players involved are masters of subterfuge who are expert in misdirection and covering their tracks. But as with all complicated plots it's impossible to cover up all the evidence.  This week a big shoe dropped in the Trump-Russia hoax which leads directly to a bevy of MI-6 former(?) agents, Australians and Americans.  The details are complex. I attempt to summarize but also to provide additional resources for those who wish to take a deeper dive into the murky waters of the deep state.

Hillary and DNC Emails Start Ball Rolling

The whole mess starts with Hillary Clinton's 30,000 deleted emails and the "hack" of the email server for the Democrat National Committee. Timeline for this chapter begins in September 2015.  Interesting that the FBI, who knocked down the door of former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort in the predawn hours and shoved his wife to the ground with a gun pointed at her head showed no interest in obtaining the DNC server for evidence or analysis that might lead to the culprit.

Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy notes:
The fons et origo of the counterintelligence investigation was the suspicion — which our intelligence agencies assure us is a fact — that the Democratic National Committee’s server was hacked by covert Russian operatives. Without this cyber-espionage attack, there would be no investigation. But how do we know it really happened? The Obama Justice Department never took custody of the server — no subpoena, no search warrant. The server was thus never subjected to analysis by the FBI’s renowned forensics lab, and its evidentiary integrity was never preserved for courtroom presentation to a jury.

How come? Well, you see, there was an ongoing election campaign, so the Obama Justice Department figured it would be a terrible imposition to pry into the Democrats’ communications. So, yes, the entire “Russia hacked the election” narrative the nation has endured for nearly two years hinges on the say-so of CrowdStrike, a private DNC contractor with significant financial ties to the Clinton campaign.
McCarthy goes on to document the double standard in treatment of Hillary's legal problems in comparison to how Trump has been treated by the FBI. Hillary's accomplices were given immunity and allowed lawyer client privilege. Trump's lawyer's office was raided and minor subordinates held to the very strictest interpretation of the law but that's a subject for a later day.

So now the email issue is out there. The chess board is set up and the game is on.

Pawn in the game: George Papadopoulus

Early in his presidential campaign Trump sought to bolster his foreign policy credentials by putting together a team of foreign policy experts. Papadopoulus had previously been listed as a volunteer for the suspended Ben Carson campaign and was available to help fill the roster. There isn't anything significant in his background to recommend his inclusion. The Huffington Post called him "little-known, little-qualified." He was soon to make up for his lack of experience.

Chess Masters at Work: "The Professor" and a Clinton Connection

"The Professor" (left) meets with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. If meeting this guy is a crime why isn't the Foreign Secretary in jail?
After being named to the Trump advisory panel Papadopoulus was contacted by the first of the shadow figures, Joseph Mifsud, otherwise known as "the Professor."  He's got a shady past with ties to Russia, but also to British intelligence. Both the Professor and Papadapoulus worked at the London Center for International Law Practice, itself a dodgy operation that has shifted premises five times in three years and where few people actually seem to work.  Sound like a front operation in a James Bond movie? It gets better.

Mifsud not only is photographed meeting with the U.K. Foreign Secretary but also with Claire Smith of the UK Joint Intelligence Committee. He also worked with Saudi intelligence. But perhaps most interesting is his connection to associates who had ties to the Clintons. Not the last time we'll hear that in this story. One associate, Gianni Pitella even campaigned in the USA for Hillary Clinton.

Into this web walks young Papadopoulus. On March 14, one week after joining the Trump advisory panel Mifsud, "the Professor," approaches his target and strikes up an acquaintance. Six weeks later on April 26 later he tells Papadopoulus “the Russians had emails of Clinton...They have thousands of emails.”

Chess Master: The High Commissioner. Spy and Clinton Ally!

Jump forward to May 4 when an article is published in the London Sunday Times in which Papadopoulus criticizes British Prime Minister for calling Trump “divisive, stupid and wrong” for Trump's policy of vetting Muslim immigrants to the United States. Papadopolous demands an apology. What he gets instead is a visit with another chess master.

Shortly after the Sunday Times story comes out Papadopoulus gets a call from an assistant to Alexander Downer the Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, the American equivalent of an ambassador. Downer wants to meet George. What was portrayed in the media as a chance encounter at a London bar was anything but. Media reports, no doubt coming from Downer describe Papadopoulus as drunk and talking smack about Russia having Clinton's emails. Downer is reported to have told Papadopoulus to "leave Cameron alone." Downer also relays what he learns back to his government which leaked the information to the FBI triggering the counterinelligence probe.

What's left out of most the press reporting of this chapter is the connection Downer has to top former MI-6 officials in a firm with strong Clinton connections. But we don't need to speculate on that. we have $25 million being directed by Downer from Australia to the Clinton Foundation. A picture may say a thousand words, but $25 million says it louder!

Chess Master Downer. Tight with MI-6 and personally arranged major donation to the Clinton Foundation.
So, there's poor George dropped in it. Set up by the Professor and turned over to the FBI by the High Commissioner. But we're not done yet.

Chess Master:  Another Professor and Another Clinton Connection

High Commissioner Downer also has a connection with the next character in our story, Stefan Halper. Both shared a panel at Cambridge University where Halper is a professor focusing on intelligence and U.S. national security issues.

Suddenly in September 2016, Halper sends Papadopolous an unsolicited email and invites him to come to London, all expenses paid and write a paper on issues related to Turkey, Cyprus, Israel and the Leviathan natural gas field. While in London, Halper questions Papadopolous about the Hillary emails. Chuck Ross with the Daily Caller reports:"Halper made an out-of-left-field reference to Russians and hacked email." “George, you know about hacking the emails from Russia, right?” Papadoplous is reported to have responded he knew nothing.

Readers will not be surprised to learn that Halper is quoted as saying that a victory for Hillary in the election "would be best for US-UK relations."

Halper is also reported to have contacted other Trump campaign officials including Carter Page, another pawn in the game. One other long time associate of Halper's deserves special attention...

Chess Master: MI-6 Former Chief Dearlove

Dearlove, the man with the Bond name. Former head of MI-6 and Ring master or another puppet in the circus?
A guy with a Bond movie name is our nominee for puppet master behind the scenes. Or at least behind the scenes in London. He's former MI6 chief Sir Richard Dearlove, closely linked with Stefan Halper. He also has ties to Richard Steele, the former MI-6 Moscow Bureau Chief who wrote the infamous Steele dossier. Dearlove may have advised Steele on how to proceed with the dossier.

Some have concluded that "all roads lead to London" in this affair but we can't discount the back channel to Washington and especially to Brennan at CIA.  Dearlove is a former station chief of British intelligence in Washington. He certainly would have excellent contacts within the Obama deep state. Some surmise he's the ringleader  but I'm still open to the thought that he's just taking orders from elsewhere.

Trump to Rip the Mask Away

The following tweet was sent on Sunday:
Stay tuned!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Whose Side Are They On? Dems and Media Attack Trump For Calling MS-13 Gang Members Animals

If anything, "animals" is a tame description for these monsters. And once again, Dems take their side over that of law abiding citizens!

If you listen to Democrats illegal immigrants are all "dreamers" seeking a better life. The truth is not so simple. Large numbers of illegal aliens are not refugees from poverty and violence, they are members of one of the most vicious and bloodthirsty gangs on the planet.  Wouldn't you think the Democrats who condemn members of the National Rifle Association because they support the right of law abiding citizens to carry firearms would be doubly concerned with criminals who commit horrific acts of violence and murder innocent Americans?

MS-13 gang bangers routinely use machetes to chop their victims into tiny bits of blood, tissue and bone. Their victims are usually other immigrants and young people. Boys and girls.  The motto of the gang is “Murder, rape, control." These are the people Democrats and their media allies are defending.

One particularly brutal crime scene on Long Island New York four teens who "disrespected" MS-13 were hacked to death in the most vile way imaginable.

Dems Want No Justice for These "Dreamers?"

Teens hacked to pieces by MS-13 in June 2017.
At the crime scene police described one of the victims:
Hacked with a machete, his face had no nose, no lips, no cheeks; it was just a mass of bloody tissue and broken bones.
This horrific crime was not an isolated incident. In a park near Washington DC last year  MS-13 monsters stabbed a man 100 times, decapitated him and cut out his heart. It's happening all over the country.

Trump Calls Out Evil, Media Attacks Trump

On Wednesday President Trump held a meeting with California citizens and law enforcement to discuss California's sanctuary state policy.  A video is available of the event and a transcript. Here is an excerpt of what Trump said:
TRUMP: California’s law provides safe harbor to some of the most vicious and violent offenders on Earth, like MS-13 gang members putting innocent men, women, and children at the mercy of these sadistic criminals. But we’re moving them out of this country by the thousands. MS-13, we’re grabbing them by the thousands and we’re getting them out, Kevin.
We all remember the tragic case of Marilyn Farris who was murdered by an illegal immigrant who had been arrested six times prior to breaking into Marilyn’s home, raping her and savagely beating her to death with a hammer.
That's the background for the discussion. At the roundtable Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims complained to Trump about how difficult it was under California law to deport MS-13 gang members. Trump responded:
SHERIFF MIMS: Thank you. There could be an MS-13 member I know about — if they don’t reach a certain threshold, I cannot tell ICE about it.

THE PRESIDENT: We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in — and we’re stopping a lot of them — but we’re taking people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals. And we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before. And because of the weak laws, they come in fast, we get them, we release them, we get them again, we bring them out. It’s crazy.
For referring to these monsters as "animals" the same New York Times and Washington Post that have written extensively about the brutality of this gang (1,2) attacked Trump.
The same quote, clearly out of context was cited by a number of major network and print media. Politico was one of the few sites that bothered to correct the record with a story titled "Trump: ‘Animals’ comment referred to MS-13 gang members."

And you wonder why Trump calls the left media fake news?

Pelosi Thinks MS-13 Killers Have "Divinity" and "Dignity"

Knowing full well exactly what Trump said and intended didn't stop House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) from saying on Thursday:
PELOSI: "When the president of the United States says about undocumented immigrants, ‘These aren't people; these are animals,' you have to wonder: does he not believe in the spark of divinity, the dignity and worth of every person?"
Pelosi went on to say that Trump's statement was a "manifestation of why their policies are so inhumane." No word from Pelosi about the young men and women who lives have been taken and whose bodies had to be scooped from the ground with shovels so their family could bury what's left.

What Does American Left Want?  More Rape? More Murder?

Now you know why Israel has a wall. House MS-13 gangs in this idiot's neigborhood!
Once again, the American left and their media mouthpieces take the side of genuine evil over that of the innocent American citizens and immigrants. The campaign ad for the fall election practically writes itself. Americans have a real choice this November. Choose stupidity and evil or common sense!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Trump Greeets Freed American Prisoners After North Korea Release

Another sign of the big thaw made possible by the application of Peace Through Strength. Works every time it's tried!

Smiles and hugs at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, DC in the early hours of Thursday morning as three Americans held prisoner in North Korea arrived back in the United States to be greeted by President Trump and First Lady Melania along with Vice President Pence and his wife Karen.

Unlike Obama's ill fated Iran deal, $150 billion in cash wasn't required to seal the release of the three Americans, all of Korean ancestry.

At Joint Base Andrews Trump welcomed home the three Americans:
THE PRESIDENT: This is a great honor. Hopefully everything is going to work out at the highest level. We want to thank Kim Jong-un, who really was excellent to these three incredible people. They are really three incredible people. And the fact that we were able to get them out so soon was really a tribute to a lot of things, including a certain process that’s taking place right now. And that process is very important.
This release stands in marked contrast to that of Otto Warmbier, an American student taken prisoner in North Korea. He was tortured. His teeth were pulled out and put back in the wrong sockets among other horrors inflicted on the 22 year old.  He was released by the North Koreans in June 2017 in a comatose state and died soon after. His parents had been told by the Obama Administration not to raise the issue of their son's detention.  It took an intervention by President Trump to obtain Otto's release.

A different homecoming for Otto Warmbier who died shortly after his release from North Korea.  Obama Administration officials ignored his plight.
Otto was on the mind of President Trump as he greeted the plane with freed prisoners. At Joint Base Andrews Trump added:
TRUMP: And I must tell you, I want to pay my warmest respects to the parents of Otto Warmbier, who was a great young man who really suffered. And his parents have become friends of ours. They are spectacular people. And I just want to pay my respects. I actually called them the other day, and Mike called them, also — Mike Pence. And they are really incredible people.
No more leading from behind or strategic patience and it's already paying results!

Trump announces Summit Date/Place
Movement and progress on all fronts. When will the Trump haters who said he would start a nuclear war admit they were wrong?

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Former Trump Campaign Staffer Tells Senate Dems: 'God damn you to hell!' The Hidden Personal Cost of the Trump Witch Hunt

When will Republicans learn to fight fire with fire?
Three heads of the deep state snake. Comey, Clapper and Brennan!
Here's how they did it. The Hillary campaign paid P.R. firm Fusion GPS $12 million through a third party to hide the expenditure from campaign reporting. Fusion hired British ex-spy Christoper Steele who in turn paid Russians to concoct dirt on Trump.  None of which was verified or proven.  Next, the dossier gets leaked through Clinton State Department aides and ends up on the desks of the former FBI Director Comey and former Director of National Intelligence Clapper and former CIA Director Brennan.  Comey agrees to brief President-Elect Trump on the dossier then Clapper leaks that news to CNN.

For their pains, Comey makes millions on a silly book and Clapper gets a paid gig at CNN. Former CIA Director Brennan gets a paid gig at MSNBC.  Payoffs for fake news? CNN wins a prestigious award journalism award for their part in the fake news scandal.

News of the fake dossier is then used to justify hiring of a Special Prosecutor triggering the ongoing circus. Caught in the net are a bunch of small fish who would never have been placed in legal jeopardy had the Democrat deep state not succeeded in engineering this farce.  Most are not guilty of anything but forced nonetheless to hire expensive lawyers and appear before Senate and House investigating committees and answer questions from the Special Prosecutor.

Among the little fish is Michael Caputo. Caputo has never been accused of any crime. He testified Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee and is forced to sell his house and move away from family to make money to pay legal bills.  Unlike most people hauled before one of the Dem's Star Chamber hearings Caputo didn't hold back.

Caputo's statement via the Daily Mail:
'In 2009, my wife and I moved to my hometown of East Aurora, New York to have a family. Making far less money back home, we had a far better quality of life. That is, until the Trump-Russia narrative took off. Today, I can’t possibly pay the attendant legal costs and live near my aging father, raising my kids where I grew up.

'Your investigation and others into the allegations of Trump campaign collusion with Russia are costing my family a great deal of money – more than $125,000 - and making a visceral impact on my children.

'Now I must to move back to Washington, New York City, Miami or elsewhere, just so I can make enough money to pay off these legal bills. And I know I have you to thank for that.

'Here’s how I know: how many of you know Daniel Jones, former Senate Intelligence staffer for Senator Dianne Feinstein? Great guy, right? Most of you worked with him. One of you probably just talked to him this morning.

'Of course, very few of us in flyover country knew Daniel until recently. Now we know that he quit his job with your Senate committee not long ago to raise $50 million from ten rich Democrats to finance more work on the FusionGPS Russian dossier. The one the FBI used to get a FISA warrant and intimidate President Donald Trump, without anyone admitting -- until months after it was deployed -- that it was paid for by Hillary Clinton.

'In fact, good old Dan has been raising and spending millions to confirm the unconfirmable – and, of course, to keep all his old intel colleagues up-to-speed on what FusionGPS and British and Russian spies have found. Got to keep that Russia story in the news.

'Of course Dan’s in touch with you guys. We know from the news that he’s been briefing Senator Mark Warner, vice chairman of this committee. Which one of you works for Senator Warner? Please give Danny my best.

'I saw some of his handiwork just last month. Remember this lede paragraph, from McClatchy on April 13?

'The Justice Department special counsel has evidence that Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and confidant, Michael Cohen, secretly made a late-summer trip to Prague during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

'That’s your pal Dan, isn’t it? He came up with some kind of hollow proof that Michael Cohen was in Prague meeting with Russians when he wasn’t. He tried to sell that to reporters, and they didn’t buy it because it doesn’t check out. So, to get a reporter to write up his line of bull, he gave the documents to the Office of Special Counsel.

'We know that’s likely, because he’s told people he’s briefing investigators.

'So, technically, the special counsel’s office has evidence. Your pal Dan gave them more of the Democrats’ dossier, funded by more Democrats, provided again by Russian and British spies. Information no reporter would write up, but now there’s an angle: the Special Counsel has it. Now it’s a story.

'It’s a clever but effective ruse. That’s a story, just like when reporter Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News wrote this gem on September 16, 2016:

'“…U.S. officials have since received intelligence reports that during that same three-day trip, Page met with Igor Sechin, a longtime Putin associate … a well-placed Western intelligence source tells Yahoo News. That meeting, if confirmed, is viewed as especially problematic by U.S. officials…”

'Dozens of stories were written from the Isikoff piece, doing real damage to the Trump campaign. Of course, now we know Isikoff’s reference to “intelligence reports” was just him renaming a dossier funded by Democrats and dug up by his longtime pal Glenn Simpson and some foreign spies. Once Simpson gave his Clinton campaign opposition research to the feds, it was news.

'This was especially true after Isikoff intentionally labeled the campaign materials as intelligence – just like McClatchy called Dan’s information “evidence.”

'But who is McClatchy’s second source? It couldn’t be Dan; he was the first source. It couldn’t be Simpson; he works for Dan. It can’t be the Mueller investigation; they kicked the McClatchy story to the curb with aplomb. So who could it be – perhaps one of his former Senate Intelligence colleagues? I mean, you’re all in this together. You’re the swamp.

'What America needs is an investigation of the investigators. I want to know who is paying for the spies’ work and coordinating this attack on President Donald Trump? I want to know who Dan Jones is talking to across the investigations – from the FBI, to the Southern District of New York, to the OSC, to the Department of Justice, to Congress.

'Forget about all the death threats against my family. I want to know who cost us so much money, who crushed our kids, who forced us out of our home, all because you lost an election.

'I want to know because God Damn you to Hell.'
Caputo points out that Dan Jones, former committee staff, is now spearheading a new $50 million effort to repeat the Steele dossier fracas with a new pack of lies designed to ensnare innocent people in legal troubles and derail the Trump presidency.

While Jones and his cohorts continue to cash in while innocent people have their lives and reputations ruined fair minded people might wonder when these deep  state Dems will face the same level of scrutiny and legal jeopardy they routinely inflict on others? Until that happens we can expect the circus to continue!

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Why Are "Refugees" from Oppression Claiming Asylum in U.S. While Waving Honduran Flags?

And if they are really fleeing oppression and violence, why didn't they seek asylum in Mexico?

It's always puzzled me why migrants demanding legal status in the United States wave flags from the countries they left behind at protests. But at least, in those cases they were people who were already on U.S. soil.

Now we have a "caravan" of mostly Honduran migrants who have fled Honduras claiming the country was violent and oppressive and show up at the U.S. border demanding to be let in. First, if they had a legitimate claim to asylum Mexico would admit them. But apparently that's not good enough. They traveled the length of Mexico and are now huddled on the other side of the U.S. border demanding to be admitted. Wouldn't you think that if they were so desperate to live in the United States they might wave Old Glory and not the Honduran flag representing the country they claim is so oppressive?

Migrants sitting on top of the U.S. southern border fence waving the Honduran flag.

A Soros funded group called Peoples Without Borders has organized these caravans and encouraged what they call "desperate" people to make the dangerous journey. Preying on the poverty of Hondurans might make great propaganda but it takes away resources from others who may have a more legitimate claim to seek asylum. It also encourages another wave of illegal immigration creating more problems with large numbers of illiterate, unskilled persons who do not speak English.

While so-called refugees were waving the Honduran flag on the Mexican side of the border, left wing protesters on the American side also showed up with the Honduran flag.  But look also at the printed protest sign for another hint at who is sponsoring this mass attempt to corrupt U.S. immigration laws:

Printed sign paid for by ANSWER Coalition. Funded by communists and George Soros.
Are the Russians also funding this unrest?
U.S. immigration law defended by Democrats is so weak that anyone who touches U.S. soil can claim asylum and will be released into the country.  Nearly all do not show up for court dates to adjudicate their claim.  In essence these arrivals become a new underclass of illegal aliens that Democrats will then exploit. And they are so brazen about it they wave Honduran, not U.S. flags!

Monday, April 30, 2018

South Korean President Says Trump Should Get Nobel Peace Prize

He refused to take credit for himself but suggests progress is all due to Trump!

From USA Today:
President Trump should receive the Nobel Peace Prize if anyone gets the award for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday.

"President Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize. All we need is to bring peace," Moon said, according to the Blue House, Seoul's equivalent of the White House.

Moon made the comment after reading a message from Lee Hee-ho, the widow of late South Korean president Kim Dae-jung, congratulating Moon for Friday's historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, The Korea Timesreported.

Lee's note suggested that Moon should be awarded the prestigious prize, but Moon said Trump deserves the honor, according to the Blue House.
Moon, has consistently praised Trump for his efforts. In January, Mr Moon said Mr Trump "deserves big credit for bringing about the inter-Korean talks. It could be a resulting work of the US-led sanctions and pressure".

Unlike Obama, who was awarded the prize after only a few weeks in office, if peace comes to Korea, Trump will have EARNED the prize!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Korean Summit: One Small Step for Kim. One Giant Leap for Peace?

And NONE of it would have happened without Trump!

Growing up I never thought I would see the Berlin Wall come down, let alone the collapse of the Soviet Union and freedom for Eastern Europe.  But President Reagan had a vision of peace and with the persistent help of allies like Britain's Margaret Thatcher and Pope John Paul II the reality we see today became possible.  Are we witnessing another great moment in history today?

I doubted whether this was possible either:

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet in the truce village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, South Korea, April 27, 2018. Korea Summit Press Pool/Pool via Reuters. Photo gallery at the Daily Caller. Step by step of the visit with photos and quote at Channel NewsAsia.

One step across a line separating one nation divided by war and the enmity of decades and suddenly peace seems possible. At their meeting the two leaders signed a joint statement titled the "Panmunjeom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula." The full text is here. The declaration begins:
The two leaders solemnly declared before the 80 million Korean people and the whole world that there will be no more war on the Korean Peninsula and thus a new era of peace has begun.

The two leaders, sharing the firm commitment to bring a swift end to the Cold War relic of longstanding division and confrontation, to boldly approach a new era of national reconciliation, peace and prosperity, and to improve and cultivate inter-Korean relations in a more active manner, declared at this historic site of Panmunjeom.
Three main points follow along with a pledge for continued direct communications and meetings. When North Korean leader Kim signed the guestbook at the South Korean "Peace House" he wrote: ""A new history starts now. An age of peace, from the starting point of history."

Before we start signing Kumbaya around the campfire it's important to remember that everything about North Korea must be taken with a grain of salt. Bruce Klingner at the Heritage Foundation and CIA veteran with direct experience in Korean affairs tweets:
With nuclear weapons being the only claim to fame for North Korea many are skeptical that they can or will give up those weapons and actually move to a complete "denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" as promised. Kim made several statements suggesting this time would be different. “I came here to put an end to the history of confrontation,” said the North Korean leader. Kim also addressed past failures:
KIM: As the expectations are high, so is the skepticism. In the past, we had reached big agreements, but they were not implemented for more than 10 years. There are people who are skeptical that the results of today’s meeting will be properly implemented.
Today, we will make sure that the agreement we have reached, which the people of the Korean Peninsula and the world are watching, doesn’t repeat the unfortunate history of unfulfilled promises.
As the old saying goes, the proof is in the pudding. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reacted: "I strongly ... hope that North Korea will take concrete actions. I will keep close eyes on North Korea's actions from now."

High Stakes for Trump

President Trump has been in close contact with South Korean and Japanese allies throughout this process. He recently met with Japan's Abe at Mar-a-Lago, his Florida White House. He's also been praised by South Korea's President Moon for fostering today's developments. But now, expectations have been raised especially in light of an even more unprecedented meeting between Kim and Trump.

Trump commented on the developments at a meeting with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House on Friday:

Trump: "We're not going to be played."

With National Security Advisor John Bolton and newly confirmed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo onboard Trump has the kind of strong and level headed team to assure progress. While some observers fret Trump may not realize what he's walking into others in the know suggest that there is likely to be solid progress behind the scenes that may explain Trump's cautious optimism. However,  Trump has made it clear from the beginning of discussions on a Trump-Kim summit that he's prepared to walk away if negotiations don't bear fruit. Unlike past leaders who Trump said were "played like a fiddle." Right there, that kind of frank talk is encouraging. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

France and U.S. Forge New 'Special Relationship' with State Visit Triumph

Reagan had Margaret Thatcher, Trump has Macron!

When Winston Churchill left office in 1955 he warned his colleagues to "never be separated from the Americans." For decades the "special relationship" between the United Kingdom and what Churchill called "the Great Republic" was a hallmark of diplomacy between great powers. Later in the 20th Century, the ideological soul match between UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and President Ronald Reagan were a further demonstration of that bond. But now, Britain has been cast into the shade by the personal diplomatic tour de force of French President Emmanuel Macron during his state visit to Washington, DC. The first state visit of the Trump era.

Macron and Trump displayed an unmistakable 'relation spéciale' on a personal level rarely seen among world leaders. Throughout the visit there were reminders that France was America's first ally and the long history our two nations have shared. Macron even took a slight dig at the British by pointing out in his toast at the state dinner how wonderful it was to be in the White House calling it a "legendary place" and reminding his host "This White House full of history that the British burned down in 1815." The French President has made it clear he does not share the British reticence about embracing Trump and Macron clearly relished the role.

Macron explains the foundation for his unusual friendship with Trump:
“We have a very special relationship because both of us are probably the maverick of the systems on both sides,” Macron said. “I think President Trump’s election was unexpected in your country and probably my election was unexpected in my country. And we are not part of the classical political system.”
Throughout the visit those words "special relationship" came up again and again.

A state visit brings a flurry of words and images. I've selected a few to share. On the first day of the visit the leaders and their spouses planted a tree, a gift from President Macron, on the White House lawn. The sapling came from Belleau Wood, the site of a battle in World War I in which more than 9,000 American soldiers died.

Next it was off for dinner at Mount Vernon, home of George Washington, aboard Marine One.

On Tuesday, the official welcome ceremony at the White House is a time for pageantry and speeches. Behind the scenes, meetings are taking place to address key issues.


The warmth between the two men was obvious as they left the White House balcony at the end of the welcome ceremony and later as they went to the Oval Office.

At their joint press conference:

TRUMP: "I like him a lot."
Their personal affection was on display in this joking moment in the Oval Office when Trump pretended to remove dandruff from Macron's suit:

TRUMP: We do have a very special relationship.... he's perfect!
The Washington Post put together a video montage. Macron is one handsy guy. But in a good way!

State Dinner

After the welcome ceremony the highlight of the visit is a state dinner. Trump choose to dispense with Obama's tent that was erected on the lawn so Barack and Michelle could party with Hollywood celebrities and choose the more intimate, formal and historic setting of the White House state dining room. But first, another welcome and more photos:

First Lady Melania Trump selected the Clinton china

Back to the bromance with the Toasts (text.)

The First Lady Competition

While Emmanuel and Donald were busy with meetings, First Lady Melania took France's First Lady Brigitte Macron to the National Gallery. Fashions of the two were compared, two women in white, but a writer at the Daily Mail paid special attention to the footwear.

Macron Addresses Joint Session of Congress

House Speaker Paul Ryan invited President Macron to address a joint meeting of both the House and Senate. It's a rare honor and as Ryan points out “The first foreign leader to address Congress was Marquis de Lafayette, the French general whose heroism during the Revolutionary War earned him honorary American citizenship."

In Macron's speech he didn't shy away from expressing his differences with Trump on issues like climate change or trade. And once more, he alluded to the "very special relationship."

The trip was a triumph for Macron and for Trump. Both affirmed the historic alliance of France and the United States while demonstrating warmth on a personal level that can only lead to better solutions to the challenges we face together.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Trump's Best Shot at REAL Peace with North Korea is to Follow Reagan's Example

"Peace through strength" and "trust but verify" work every time they are tried!

You can't go wrong when Ronnie leads the way!
In 1983 President Reagan countered the left's nuclear freeze proposals by calling out the Soviet Union as an "evil empire." He delivered that speech on March 8, 1983 at a convention of the National Association of Evangelicals in Orlando, Florida [speech text]. Establishment appeasers and left wing useful idiots went bonkers insisting that such harsh language is not the road to peace but to war. A few weeks later on March 22 Reagan gave an Oval Office address to the nation [speech text] announcing his Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) with the purpose of realigning our national defense strategy away from the policy of mutual assured destruction (MAD) to one where incoming missiles could be shot down. Again, the Reagan haters went wild denouncing this as "Star Wars" starting an arms race in space that could only lead to war.

Three years later in 1986 President Reagan met the USSR's General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev for a summit in Reykjavík, Iceland but walked away from a stunning deal to rid the world of nuclear weapons if only the U.S. would give up it's SDI program. Reagan refused. Again, establishment appeasers and the left went bonkers. However, a year later Gorbachev removed his objections to SDI and signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty which relieved tensions in Europe and led to broader agreements on strategic nuclear weapons.

With the hindsight of 35 years of history we can see that Reagan had a vision of a better world. He stuck to that vision and wasn't afraid what the naysayers and appears had to say. He understood that effective arms control required first that the U.S. negotiate from a position of strength. "Peace through strength" was the phrase Reagan, and earlier Winston Churchill and others had used. Another key element to Reagan's negotiating strategy was the Russian phrase "dovorey no provorey," trust but verify. At the INF Treaty singing in 1987 Gorbachev joked "you repeat that at every meeting." Reagan responded "I like it" as he went on to describe how important verification and inspection provisions were to actually achieving real arms control success.

North Korea Peace Trump's Reagan Moment?

There's been a lot of positive noise about the situation with North Korea in the past few weeks. If we apply Reagan's lessons it may provide the best opportunity to actually move the dial closer to peace between North and South Korea and the United States and our allies.

The flurry of news in the past week alone has been stunning. Reports coming mainly from South Korea that the North is ready to engage in talks to actually end the war that was suspended but not ended by the armistice:
(NEWSER) – North Korea wants "complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula and is willing to drop its key demand that American troops fully withdraw from South Korea, according to Seoul. South Korean president Moon Jae-in, who is scheduled to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on April 27, said Thursday that Pyongyang had expressed a will for denuclearization and had not attached any conditions that the US would consider unacceptable, including a troop pullout, the Guardian reports. "All they are expressing is the end of hostile policies against North Korea, followed by a guarantee of security," he said. North Korea has not confirmed that it has dropped the demand for the withdrawal of US troops.

Moon said his summit with Kim could be a step toward a formal end to the Korean War and aid for the North's economy if it gets rid of its nuclear weapons program, though he cautioned that no progress would be made separate from the upcoming US-North Korea summit. "First, the South-North Korean summit must make a good beginning, and the dialogue between the two Koreas likely must continue after we see the results of the North Korea-United States summit," he said, per Reuters. The April 27 meeting will be only the third meeting of Korean leaders since 1953. On Friday, the first-ever telephone hotline between the leaders was installed and tested in preparation for the summit, the AP reports.
As with any proposal from North Korea it has to be taken with a huge grain of salt. Both President's Clinton and Obama have been snookered by North Korean promises in which the U.S. gave aide and the North Koreans continued with their nuclear and missile development after a short break. Will things be any different this time? President Trump realizes the dilemma. The following statement is from April 18, after a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Abe at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort:
TRUMP: We will not repeat the mistakes of previous administrations. Our campaign of maximum pressure will continue until North Korea denuclearizes. We have great respect for many aspects of what they’re doing, but we have to get it together. We have to end nuclear weapons, ideally in all parts of the world. That would be a goal for all of us, to hope for and to cherish.

As I’ve said before, there is a bright path available to North Korea when it achieves denuclearization in a complete and verifiable, and irreversible way. It will be a great day for them. It will be great day for the world.
The Trump haters, some of whom insisted he was unfit for office when he previously talked tough on North Korea still aren't happy. Insisting Trump will be conned into an agreement and nothing will change. Of course some who now criticize Trump's peace prospects for North Korea were cheerleaders for Obama's deeply flawed deal with Iran that gave the mad mullahs $150 billion to fund new terrorism up front with no leverage later.

Channeling his inner Reagan Trump has said that he is prepared to walk away from the upcoming summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un. Trump told Japan's Abe: "If the meeting, when I'm there, is not fruitful, I will respectfully leave the meeting and continue what we're doing." Continuing pressure on North Korea with our allies united in the effort is the best path to peace. Trump knows it. The question is, do the North Koreans? We may have some insight on that after the North-South summit at the Peace House on Friday, April 27. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Mother of a Dynasty: Barbara Bush Dead at 92

A woman of undoubtable grace, class, humility and humor!
June 8, 1925 – April 17, 2018 
Photographed at the White House with dog Millie c. 1990
More photos at George H.W. Bush Library

The last time I saw Barbara Bush was on the White House lawn November 4, 1992.  She had just returned with her husband George and Vice President Dan Quayle and his wife Marilyn the day after their defeat in the presidential election.  The presidential limo parked at the southern base of the large lawn nearer the Washington Monument.  Both couples were forced to run a gauntlet of cheering supporters all the way up to the House and eventually giving a wave from the balcony.  All of them, including Barbara Bush looked totally exhausted.

The George H.W. Bush Library has put together a special web site for remembering Barbara Bush. Go there for the official obituary as well as other biographical resources. I'll just share a few photo reflections here.

Above all, more than being First Lady, Barbara Bush prided herself on being a mother and wife to the over of her life, husband George.
Barbara Bush: "At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a child, a friend or a parent." Addressing Wellesley College graduating class June 1,1990. More notable quotes here.
Family First 
The Bush family in Kennebunkport, Maine August 24, 1986
Kennebunkport with Millie in 2004.

George W. Bush and Laura Bush at their wedding in Texas on November 5, 1977, with George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush.
Duty Follows

Second only to duty to the family came duty to the country.  Only the second woman in U.S. history who was both the wife and mother of a U.S. President (Abigail Adams being the first). She was fixture of Washington life for a generation. As wife of a Vice President followed by First Lady then grande dame of the growing Bush clan. My apologies to those too young to remember.

Photos do not do her sincere humanity justice:

Barbara Bush watches as husband George H.W. takes the oath of office January 20, 1989. 
(I was there)
Walking the Reagan's to Marine One helicopter as they leave Inaugural ceremony 1988.

President and Mrs. Bush walk down Pennsylvania Avenue during
the Inaugural Parade January 20, 1989

A tense night in Austin Texas with then Governor George W. Bush
on election night November 7, 2000. Result of the election was contested by Al Gore.
Greeting the World

Welcoming Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Phillip for a State Visit to the
White House May 14, 1991
Former First Lady Barbara Bush shares the center spot with Queen Elizabeth II at the
British Ambassador's residence in Washington, DC on May 8, 2007.
Yes, she might Princess Diana too (1,2).

Barbara Bush was a charmer. Here she is kissing the hand of Denis Thatcher, spouse of UK Prime Minster Margaret Thatcher.

President Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush at Chequers with Prime Minster
Margaret and Denis Thatcher.
She also had to put up with a lot of unsavory characters:

Anyone want to caption this?
Welcoming Hillary Clinton to the White House November 19,1992
weeks after losing the election to Bill Clinton.

Good bye Barbara Bush!
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