Trump rescinds DACA as he promised

You may not like all of the policies President Trump has put forth but you can’t say he hasn’t pushed what he promised on the campaign trail. Isn’t that what many Americans have been complaining about with past politicians? DACA is an issue Trump could have easily push to the side. Even die hard controlled immigration activist realize the issue with children brought here illegally by their parents or others is a tough call.

That said the executive order probably wouldn’t have withstood a judicial review. President Obama’s own administration admitted the executive order was not constitutional.

This best part of this announcement is that congress will now be able to do their jobs or let DACA go away completely. They have six months to come up with real legislation. The legislation branch had numerous chances in the past to pass laws that would addressed this issue but failed to act. DACA was an unconstitutional workaround. Unless congress wants the President to have nearly unlimited power this is a good move.

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Trump’s Afghan speech was on point but…

I had to take a few days to reflect on President Trumps Afghanistan speech. There were parts of the speech I liked a lot and other parts that still left questions. One of the first issues is did Trump flip flop? He had on numerous occasions in the past stated we need to leave Afghanistan. But then I’ve said the same thing. My position was that if we aren’t going to actually fight then let’s leave. The people of Afghanistan are too tribal and corrupt to create and run a competent central government. It’s in the culture. If on the other hand, our primary purpose is to kill terrorists than Afghanistan is in the heart of the enemy and has prime real estate to launch attacks from.

When President Trump came into office one of the first items on his agenda was to have the “Generals” review the Afghanistan strategy. This was the correct thing to do. President Trump does not have military experience and asking for a complete review and new plan was the right move.

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Our previous plans for building the central democracy and not killing terrorist was flawed. Not only was it impractical with the culture of the region but we didn’t actually enforce democratic rules or fight the obvious corruption (see poppy eradication plan- a complete lie – fact the Taliban are the only ones willing to eradicate). We made so many compromises to our democratic ideals and rule of law that what resulted resembles neither democracy nor a competent dictatorship. It is just chaos.

Trump’s cabinet completed the review and presented the conclusion recently at Camp David. Trump makes the point that campaigning and being in office is different. This is a lesson many learn however it should not necessarily change their views unless solid evidence is produced. This review many have had that information.

Trump points out that like Iraq, should we just up and leave, a vacuum would be created most likely filled by terrorists. This would only lead to us returning at a later date after Al-Qaeda, ISIS or some other radical Islamic group has had time to build a foundation for its organization again. This is most likely true but could we not just bomb them once they congregate at their bases? We could but would we? That hasn’t really been done since 2002.

President Trump also stated that the US will not announce its intentions prior to operations. This is a great point. Something President Obama was clueless about. You can’t set a time table or pre-determined troop strength without regards to the needs on the ground. The Taliban are regressive but not dumb. They understand the waiting game and can hit and run till your timetable runs out. Trump left open the possibility of talking with the Taliban but not at this time. You must wait till they are softened up and hurting before we talk. They will be ready. If this policy is carried out the Taliban may beg to be at the table one day.

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Then there is Pakistan. Trump’s words on Pakistan have been a long time coming. Pakistan has taken millions or more and we watched as insurgents ran back across the border with impunity. Pakistan has been playing to both sides since the beginning yet we have been too weak to confront them in any meaningful way. If Trump is willing to put real pressure on Pakistan I’m all for that.

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The lifting of the restrictive ROE sounds encouraging also. Although it’s not clear just what the new ROE is. This has been a sore spot for many in the military again since the beginning. While there have been times when the ROE was less restrictive as soon as progress was made the handcuffs went right back on. The ground commander must have the authority to run his campaign. If he fails then fire him but give him an opportunity to win.

Finally we get to another potential big issue. Nation building. According to President Trump we will no longer use American military might to construct democracies. This is a good point. I’m not opposed to building democracies that are trying and have the basic culture where democracy is possible but for the most part in South West Asia you must be willing to take complete control of the country as we did in Germany or Japan. Run the institutions ourselves until they get the concept then leave. This may take decades that I would bet Americans wouldn’t be up for. So lets just stay away from nation building.

Overall I liked the speech but talk is cheap and we will have to wait and see. I, like most people don’t have a complete or even good answer for Afghanistan.  But if we are there let our people fight.

McMaster’s get out of jail free card?

Circa News is reporting the General McMaster sent a letter to former National Security Advisor (NSA) Susan Rice waiving the requirement for a “need to know” to access classified information while serving as NSA.

Important quote in the letter Circa posted.

“I hereby waive the requirement that you must have a “need to know” to access any classified information contained in items you, “originated, reviewed, signed or received while serving as National Security Advisor”

Interesting no?

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There is no date on this memo so I’m not sure what to make of it. But if it’s real, President Trump has enemies sitting next to him daily.

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Leaking out of control and dangerous

Leak have always been around. Mostly used by administrations to get out information they didn’t want to directly release or as a trial balloon. But the leaks in the Trump administration are much worse. While leaks that are planned, are not really leaks at all, these current leaks appear illegal and disclose information that is classified or sensitive at the least. The precedent this sets will not be good for the country if these leakers are not caught and prosecuted.

The latest leaks find the Washington Post with alleged transcripts of President Trumps calls to world leaders. The new Chief of Staff, John Kelly better get on this.

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I am a bit confused as to why the leakers or at least the ones in the White House haven’t been discovered. Has the deep state so infiltrated the government at all levels that they can’t be touched?

I don’t know if the leaks have actually hurt President Trump but they make the government look even worse than it is. Well maybe not worse but shows the depth of deceit and lack of integrity we have in the many levels of our government. It’s not encouraging. The problem is that while it may not hurt President Trump it is hurting the country.

One can only conclude the number of Anti-Americans in our government and media is extremely high.

Drastic measures may be needed to ferret out these treasonous people. I just hope we have someone, anyone, in government that is not on the take and will actually take the steps required to end these leaks. While they’re at it, they can start indicting the many criminals from the previous administration and any found in the current.

As it stands very few in government ever get anything more than fired which often leads to lucrative book deals (Comey) or lobbyist positions.

Jihadis among German refugees… Really?

German Intel Agency Says Hundreds of Jihadis Arrived Among Refugees

 

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Hans-Georg Maassen, Head of the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (Bundesamt Fuer Verfassungschutz)

 

“BfV further said hundreds of jihadis arrived among the more than one million migrants who entered the country over the past two years.”

“We have to assume that we can expect further attacks by individuals or terror commandos in Germany too,” BfV chief Hans-Georg Maassen said at a press conference Tuesday. “Islamist terrorism is the biggest challenge facing the BfV and we see it as one of the biggest threats facing the internal security of Germany.”

Well no shit.

I am not criticizing Herr Maassen, as the German intelligence community is very robust.  However, the country is run by those they are either blind, stupid, or trying to destroy their nation (see Angela Merkel).  Add to that the German people have been living in a protected bubble for decades.  Too many Germans are surprised by the actions of many refugees, whom they were told were all very nice, educated doctors or some other such nonsense. 

Political correctness in Germany is much worse than America and is more indoctrinated into their populace.  For many Germans, they’d rather let rape, murder and abuse proliferate than be seen as mean.  Plus the German  government has used the anti-Nazi laws to restrict free speech to a great extent.

http://dailycaller.com/2017/07/05/german-intel-agency-says-hundreds-of-jihadis-arrived-among-refugees/?utm_source=site-share

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-security-idUSKBN19P1MY

Democrats won’t cooperate in Voter fraud investigation

Democrats are already stating they will not comply with President Trump’s voter fraud commission probe. So, how exactly can we be sure there is no voter fraud? Just like the DNCs hacked servers that were never turned over to the FBI, the Democrats don’t want the American public to see what’s behind the curtain.image

Three states, California, Virginia and Kentucky, have said they won’t comply. Isn’t voter fraud a serious issue? Shouldn’t it be investigated? Many on the left say there is no wide spread voter fraud. But wouldn’t hacking by the Russians be voter fraud. There was no need for evidence in that investigation. As the left always says, the issue is too serious not to investigate.

I don’t know if there is or isn’t enough voter fraud to alter a presidential election or a local election for that matter, but shouldn’t we be trying to ensure our system is unquestionable. Or are there some that like it a little vague and open?

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Travel ban mostly reinstated

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Presidents travel executive order in October. In the mean time they have lifted most of the restrictions put on the order by lower courts.

What bothers me is that the 9th circuit where most of the lower ruling come from seems to rule without regard to the law. Activist judges that don’t appear to either know the law or feel it necessary to enforce or rule by the law rule unabated.

Granted if the Democrats continue on their historic losing streak it may eventually be a moot point.

Many traditional Democrats are coming to the realization that Hollywood, Silicon Valley and the District of Colombia have no idea what the average American is dealing with.

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http://www.newsday.com/news/nation/supreme-court-partly-reinstates-travel-ban-will-hear-case-in-fall-1.13763826

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/26/supreme-court-partially-reinstates-donald-trumps-travel-ban/

http://www.ajc.com/news/breaking-news/supreme-court-reinstates-key-parts-trump-travel-ban/qKAZRddsRQZmCKxJKHQn7M/

More troops to Afghanistan?

Argument 1: #Afghanistan is falling apart. The Taliban has re-emerged and is taking hard fought ground back from the Afghan government. More troops are needed to push back the Taliban and re-assert the government’s authority.

Argument 2: The Government of Afghanistan is so utterly corruptimage that more troops won’t help the situation. The continual in-fighting and distrust of the Ghani administration will not be helped by more troops. Pakistan’s support of the Taliban using its land as a base will continue to frustrate any coalition forces.

Argument 3: If the US doesn’t send in troops the Afghan government will be over, the Taliban will regain control and the Afghan countryside will once again become a training ground for terrorism. Let the Afghan government fall. The Taliban will rebuild and in the aftermath and the US coalition forces can then attack in massive force (air), cutting off the retreat to Pakistan and destroy the Taliban. This will not fix the country but may leave it less a threat and reduce US casualties.

Argument 4: If the US and coalition forces are unwilling to rebuild (run ourselves) an Afghan government that is at least not as corrupt as the current administration and the last, if the in-fighting between the various factions can’t be stopped, we will not be able to save this war. If the US is unwilling to confront Pakistan in a meaningful way we will not be able to win this war. If the US is unwilling to kill many people without regard to the press’s crying of innocent civilians we will not be able to win this war and more troops won’t help.

More troops to Afghanistan? To what end?

Before we send more troops we need to define what victory is. What does it look like? Are we willing to do whatever it takes to achieve it?

If we cannot answer the first two questions or the answer to the third is no, then leave.

The Left gets what it’s been advocating – violence

nbcwashington.com “House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four other people were shot and wounded Wednesday morning as the Republican congressional baseball team held an early-morning practice in Alexandria, Virginia.”

bnd.com “The shooter who fired at congressmen and aides during practice for a baseball game Wednesday morning is from Belleville.

The shooter is James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, who belongs to a number of anti-Republican groups, including one called “Terminate the Republican Party.”

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Hodgkinson, 66, owns a home-inspection business. Hodgkinson was a licensed home inspector from 1994 to 1997, when his license expired, according records from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. He also held a license from 2003 to 2016, but it was not renewed.

Two days ago, Hodgkinson posted an angry tweet about President Donald Trump on Facebook.

“I Want to Say Mr. President, for being an ass hole you are Truly the Biggest Ass Hole We Have Ever Had in the Oval Office,” he wrote on Facebook.”

The Smoking gun; “The gunman who opened fire this morning on Republican congressmen and staffers recently declared in a Facebook post that, “It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.”

The Week; “Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) recounted an "odd" encounter he had as he was leaving the field just minutes before the shooting: "There was a guy that walked up to us that was asking whether it was Republicans or Democrats out there, and it was just a little odd," DeSantis told Fox News.”

The left continues to hurl accusations of violence at the right yet it seems most of the actual and imitated violence is from the left. The liberal, tolerant left can’t tolerate any deviation from their group think.

The leaders of the Democratic Party are not helping.

They keep pushing and their demented followers will act. The hate the left has knows no bounds. 

 

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http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Alexandria-Police-on-Scene-of-Shooting-in-Del-Ray-428383133.html

http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article156065789.html

http://theweek.com/speedreads/705653/rep-mark-walker-says-gunman-targeted-congressional-baseball-practice-kill-many-republican-members-possible

Theresa May still may not get it.

“We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed – yet that is precisely what the internet, and the big companies that provide internet-based services provide,” Ms May said.

“We need to work with allied democratic governments to reach international agreements to regulate cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremist and terrorism planning.

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No Prime Minister, you need to go to the places where the Jihadist live and teach. Neighborhoods filled with Jihadi preaching turds and Mosques need to be opened up and exposed. Those not citizens need to be removed. Citizens linked to Jihadist crimes or overseas training camps need to be jailed. The enemy is not hiding behind the Internet, they are right in front of you.

It’s not the internet. But of course once you control the internet you will certainly have control over free speech and those that criticize the government.

The governments of the West are too busy looking for “far right” boogeymen instead of fighting the fight that has been brought to us.