Sanctuary Fraud ?

Supreme Court Weighs State Identity-Fraud Charges Against Immigrant Job Seekers

“The Supreme Court on Wednesday explored whether states can prosecute undocumented immigrants for identity theft when they provide false social security numbers or other information when applying for jobs.

“The justices considered an appeal by the state of Kansas, which obtained convictions against three restaurant workers for using other people’s social security numbers on forms given to their employers. The state Supreme Court threw out the convictions, saying the prosecutions were pre-empted by a provision of federal immigration law that says any information submitted with federal work-authorization forms can’t be used for state law enforcement purposes.”


It would be ridiculous if states do not have coexistent authority (through statutory law) to combat fraud at the start using information that forms part of an applicants ability to work in the state. R Mall

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His Holiness has opinions on everything*

Pope Francis: Obese Are ‘Victims of Improper Dietary Habits’


Has Pope been snacking on some capitalist treats? If somebody has a picture of this pope not displaying a corpulent ~ample~ visage please forward it

“As is his wont, the pope proposed that the problem of malnutrition and hunger are ultimately the by-products of the free market economy. “The battle against hunger and malnutrition will not end as long as the logic of the market prevails and profit is sought at any cost, with the result that food is relegated to a mere commercial product subject to financial speculation and with little regard for its cultural, social and indeed symbolic importance,” he said.

“It is a cruel, unjust and paradoxical reality that, today, there is food for everyone and yet not everyone has access to it,” he said, “and that in some areas of the world food is wasted, discarded and consumed in excess.”“To escape from this spiral,” he concluded, “we need to promote economic institutions and social initiatives which can give the poor regular access to basic resources.”


First part of article:

Pope Francis: Obese Are ‘Victims of Improper Dietary Habits’
ROME — Pope Francis said that there is a “distorted relationship between food and nutrition” in the world, resulting in both world hunger and obesity, even in poorer nations.
In a message Wednesday to Qu Dongyu, Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the pope said that food “is ceasing to be a means of subsistence and turning into an avenue of personal destruction.”

This means that “820 million of the world’s people suffer from hunger, while almost 700 million are overweight, victims of improper dietary habits,” the pontiff stated in his message for World Food Day.Many of these overweight people, he suggested, are found not in affluent nations but in developing countries “where they eat little but increasingly poorly, since they imitate dietary models imported from developed areas.”Francis said that these improper eating habits call for “a conversion in our way of living and acting,” which must begin with nutrition.“Nutritional disorders can only be combatted by the cultivation of lifestyles inspired by gratitude for the gifts we have received and the adoption of a spirit of temperance, moderation, abstinence, self-control and solidarity,” he said.

These nutritional virtues “summon us to a more simple and sober life, and unfailing concern for the needs of those around us,” he added.Whereas individualism and egocentrism “serve only to generate hunger and social inequality,” he said, . a “fraternal solidarity that seeks the common good” will promote a healthy relationship with ourselves, with our brothers and sisters, and with the environment.  . . .

*so many of them hypocritical

Now that it is tradition to retire – afterwards might His Holiness expect a gig as spokes-Pope for Weight Watchers?

No irony in His Holiness’s pronouncements and his  rotundness, jet-setting, air-conditioned, mostly wall-enclosed nation-state.

So little seems sacrosanct — we wonder if a pontificate can be renamed and might we suggest his be referred to as the reign Pope Ignoramus I?  No?  OK you are right . . . he is of  a timeless quality (we hope). How about Pope Ignoramus ∞

R Mall

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Barr’s speech should be nailed to the ND law school walls

More accurate ND motto

  • It’s not like the students there would see similar scholarship coming from their Notre Dame professors
  • Tag-ons to the video of Barr’s speech says something about what is behind the abortion, China, and transgenderism mania

Attorney General Bill Barr spoke at the Notre Dame Law School Friday October 11. Barr, a practicing Catholic spoke on the foundational importance of morality and religion to sustain our Constitution, our way of life  (the only alternative to command and control society).  We at V’PAC — imperfect sinners that we are, sometimes profane, sacrilegious by some standards —  hope we have nonetheless conveyed over time our appreciation of the necessity of maintaining the Judeo-Christian culture, its institutions and their traditional application.

That an AG would get an invitation to speak at any law school is not remarkable. That AG Barr would go to Notre Dame to delivery the particular remarks he gave is not talking to the choir (would that it were) nor even a merely discordant one (perhaps why he agreed to go).  Notre Dame is in many ways the Fifth Column. Emanations from its abundantly liberal faculty used to undermine Judeo-Christian precepts (in our humble opinion of course). We believe it would be no more difficult to get defenders of traditional values at a secular university.

At Notre Dame the liberal political correctness started with Hesburgh and is now well-established in its President Jenkins. So many officially Catholic colleges and universities have also gone out of their way to hire leftist dissidents in what may have been a pathetic show of diversity which has now become a resume and tenure requirement. Champions of  “The Faith”, even faith, are the exception.

Barr describes a number of the assaults on religious and faith based institutions (which the Trump administration and his office are fighting). He described what we are up against – “First is the force, fervor and comprehensiveness of the assault on organized religion we are experiencing today,” said Barr. “This is not decay. This is organized destruction. Secularists and their allies have marshaled all the forces of mass communication, popular culture, the entertainment industry and academia, in an unremitting assault on religion and traditional values.” . . .

“The problem is not that religion is being forced on others,” Barr said. “The problem is that irreligion is being forced; secular values are being forced on people of faith.” As paraphrased by Terrence Jeffrey in his Townhall article that inspired our comments today: “The threat is not that the government will establish a state religion; the threat is that the state will attack people for conscientiously practicing their own.”

We would not term Barr a great orator in terms of delivery, more so in terms of content. On that it is a powerful speech. Nevertheless his speech (in fairness perhaps intended more as guest lecture and the certain dryness that might entail) is entirely watchable at 40 minutes in length.  At this writing we have not found a transcript, however the links below employ many quotes in their analysis of his speech.  Below the links is a video of his remarks.

Note that the video was posted by INFOWARS who issued perhaps the earliest and one of the few postings in our search. The organization has a no-holds-barred reputation to say the least. It is not on our roster of links. The editor is Alex Jones, whose delivery we were not familiar with, and seems to approach Sam Kinison in its graveliness.

Tagged onto Barr’s speech are INFOWARS’ clips dealing with several topics that run only three or four minutes each. We found their accuracy to be unassailable with the audio annotations pointed even if clumsy. That we are dealing with maniacal forces assaulting the culture is evident.

Analysis and summaries of Barr’s speech:

Bill Barr: Religious Liberty Warrior  by Rod Dreher writing at The American Conservative
AG Barr’s Speech To Notre Dame Rips The Mask Off The Progressive Agenda 
by Wes Walker via The Daily Caller

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New logos for NBA and Nike

Both corporate entities now pretty much owned by Red China

LeBron to update the “Che” look










We have thought for quite a while now that the Nike Scythe Swoosh was missing a little something










LaBron doesn’t know Che, or what Red China is really like but someone told him the look would be cool.  We think it was Phil Jackson, Kareem or AOC,


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NBA’s only 250 IQ player

Daryl Morey received a BA in computer science from Northwestern well as an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. LeBron James has a high school diploma from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio


Academic Scholar and Holder of Multiple PHD’s in Basketball Scolds Anyone who Supports Hong Kong’s Resistance to China’s Repression as “misinformed” and in need of “education” about Hong Kong

Undoubtedly James will be featured in Nike’s Next ‘Patriotic’ Advertising Theme!

Take a knee, LeBron!       dlh

LeBron under fire after blaming China row on ‘misinformed’ Rockets GM

Los Angeles (AFP) – Basketball superstar LeBron James was accused of turning a blind eye to Chinese repression on Tuesday after he criticized a Houston Rockets executive for angering China with a “misinformed” tweet supporting protesters in Hong Kong.
James told reporters that Rockets general manager Daryl Morey “wasn’t educated” on Hong Kong and should have kept his mouth shut, as the outspoken Lakers forward waded into a charged debate that other high-profile NBA figures have shied away from.

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Trump knows a Kurdmire when he sees it

Kurds are definable as an ethnic cultural group with an historic territory referred to as  Kurdistan an “unofficial”designation however that overlaps several established states (however artificially those states were established after WWI ).  It is a strategic and resource valuable area that none of the states that are overlapped want to cede control over. Immensely complicating the situation is that Kurds are tribal and “political as in some “conservative” (~~traditional)  and communist (the latter especially associated with terrorism).

and these are the good guys

It is a complicated situation to say the least. Read the Wiki entries about some of the history and players here  here  here  here  here  and report back if you see a clear path to establishing a Kurdistan especially if it does not involve us militarily subjugating Turkey, Syria and Iran  (and Iraq for that matter), a path that includes getting the various Kurd representatives to agree on matters and work together for the necessary amount of time.

Another HP endorsed commentary is set forth below. This one an October 10th post by Jose Gordon whose military experience in the area is identified on his Facebook pages.

On Turkey, Syria and the Kurds…a couple of hard facts:

1) There is no “Kurdish Territory. The Kurds occupy Syrian territory on Turkey’s border – we established that safe zone.
2) As much as I love the Kurds, they haven’t been fighting for us. They’ve been fighting with us to support them establishing a Kurdish territory in Syria. Truth is they helped us fight ISIS to sweep the northeastern half of Syria which they wanted to claim for themselves – not blaming them, but the truth is this is a fact…just ask any Kurd.
3) Another hard fact, the YPG troops we’ve been supporting are aligned with the PKK who are the Marxist/Leninist faction of the Kurds (Kurdistan’s Workers Party – sound familiar).
4) The PKK (the people we’ve been tangentially supporting) are a designated terrorist organization.
5) Over the last 30 plus years, the PKK has been using the Syrian territory they occupy as Kurds as a platform to launch terrorist attacks in Turkey which has resulted in thousands of Turkish deaths.
6) Here’s the hard fact to accept. Whether we like it or not, Turkey is a NATO member. We are allied with NATO. Therefore, Turkey is our real ally.
7) Obama armed the YPG back in 2014 to fight regular Assad aligned Syrian forces.
8) We know a lot of those weapons have found their way into ISIS hands who fought against us. In addition, they have found their way into PKK hands to fight Turkish troops – our NATO ally.

Even though we know the duplicity of Erdogan, the fact is – for those of us who have been involved for more than half our life and careers in that part of the world – this is the norm of all muslim cultures – including the Kurds. So… show me a muslim who doesn’t practice duplicity as if they’re making a living doing it, and I’ll show you a unicorn.

The last but most important point I’m gonna make comes from my experience of doing what I’ve been doing for almost 40 years now – making young Soldiers grow old like me. The lads are tired. Their families have had enough. We as a Country, which have been involved in a cultural fight which isn’t ours since I first entered the Army in 1982, are getting “long in the tooth” and growing leery of follies which has cost our Country a valuable immeasurable commodity in human capital at the expense of the Max Boot’s, Richard Haass’, Colin Powell’s, Jim Mattis’, Joe Dunsford’s, Mike Mullin’s, Jimmy Carter’s, Susan Rice’s, Barrack Obama’s, Paul Wolfowitz’s and other geniuses who don’t have or never had skin in the game. Bottom line: I’ve been there, I’m still there and I can’t shake the feeling of always knowing these idiots will keep sending my Brothers and Sister’s in arms off to fight for their own vision of “the global solution and exportation of democracy”. My point is F#$% them!!! I care too much for our kids fighting for people who will the next day, think of them as their enemies!!!

Folks…this isn’t that hard…to me there are only two options. Either a) we pull our Troops out of Syria – as POTUS finally did, or b) we remove the PKK from the international list of terrorist organizations and consequently expel Turkey from NATO.

Yea right…go ahead and try to get our our other NATO allies to agree to expelling Turkey from NATO. Good luck with that.

Its OK when your helping Communists?

Who can forget the Country Joe and the Fish “Vietnam Protest Song” ( well the ones fighting now won’t remember because they were not alive).  Below the song clip we set forth the lyrics, adjusted for irony and we shove it back at the leftist Trump critics.  For the record, Vietnam had much more to recommend compel our involvement.

Well, come on all of you, big strong men,
Uncle Sam needs your help again.
He’s got himself in a terrible jam
Way down yonder in Vietnam  Kurdistan
So put down your books and pick up a gun,
We’re gonna have a whole lotta fun.

And it’s one, two, three,
What are we fighting for ?
Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam; Kurdistan
And it’s five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain’t no time to wonder why,
Whoopee! we’re all gonna die.

Come on Wall Street, don’t be slow,
Why man, this is war au-go-go
There’s plenty good money to be made
By supplying the Army with the tools of its trade,
But just hope and pray that if they drop the bomb,
They drop it on the Viet Anti Cong.

And it’s one, two, three,
What are we fighting for ?
Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam. Kurdistan
And it’s five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain’t no time to wonder why
Whoopee! we’re all gonna die.

Well, come on generals, let’s move fast;
Your big chance has come at last.
Now you can go out and get help those reds
‘Cause the only good anti-commie is the one that’s dead
And you know that peace can only be won
When we’ve blown ’em all to kingdom come.

And it’s one, two, three,
What are we fighting for ?
Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam; Kurdistan
And it’s five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain’t no time to wonder why
Whoopee! we’re all gonna die.

Come on mothers throughout the land,
Pack your boys off to Vietnam. Kurdistan
Come on fathers, and don’t hesitate
To send your sons off before it’s too late.
And you can be the first ones in your block
To have your boy come home in a box.

And it’s one, two, three
What are we fighting for ?
Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam. Kurdistan
And it’s five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain’t no time to wonder why,
Whoopee! we’re all gonna die.

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  • Or at least he and Obama’s concept for the US military does
  • Special Forces proceeding with integration

We get that women can dress the part of front-line infantry

It has been a concern of ours but perhaps former active duty Special Forces members here in the Quad Cities with theater experience have an opinion on this topic. Perhaps they can summarize or lead us to what their fellow SF operators are saying about this.

We have one, but theirs is, in our view, far more meaningful and important. And we’d like to get it and post it for all of our readers.

Excerpts below are from an article which describes some major changes to the standards by which aspirants earn membership in  America’s most elite fighting forces.

The overriding issue seems to be whether these changes are necessary to reflect “the military’s need to adapt to evolving security threats from Russia, China, Iran and other foes”.

Or… are they aimed at making it “easier to pass the qualification course as a way to boost lagging recruiting numbers and ensure that women will eventually qualify”.

This article seems intended to allay fears of  critics who say that the “Green Berets will become weaker and dangerously less capable than ever before.”

To us, it seems that an objective of the Obama Pentagon continues to thrive under a Trump administration which seemed committed to reversing what  it thought was a very dangerous idea to the detriment of a strong military. That was the notion that integrating women into the nation’s most elite, front line combat forces would enhance “unit cohesiveness” and “strengthen our military capability”!

We believe that this was a wildly wrong-headed concept…and early returns seemed to confirm that.

How integrating women into front line combat units would “improve unit cohesiveness” may have been, to us, one of the most stupid ideas to have come out of an Obama “defense establishment” rife with stupid ideas. (Recall, for example, the use of “green fuels” to power our Navy’s warships, resulting in astronomical cost increases while military budgets were being drastically reduced?! Or, worse, how about the “increased unit cohesiveness” and “improved readiness” achieved by integrating women into Naval warships, including  submarine crews. “Cohesiveness” and “Readiness” improved so much that pregnancies among female crew members resulted in drastically reduced readiness in the Navy    overall ! )*.

We have  footnoted below several news sources we would urge readers to review. Some  are from sources most likely to support Obama Administration views (NPR, TIME). Nevertheless, the articles, contemporaneous with the Pentagon’s actions, tend to reflect the silliness and early failures of the Obama efforts to what we would describe as its “social experimentation within the military”.

Maybe some V’pac readers have a different view, or an insight based on personal experience.

Please share your views on this vital topic. Contributors will be anonymous if they wish.   VeritasPac Editors


Big changes to grueling Special Forces course draw scrutiny  

By Lolita Baldor

“The changes that are beginning now have led to resentment among some Special Forces that the brass wants to make it easier to pass the qualification course as a way to boost lagging recruiting numbers and ensure that women will eventually qualify. The fear, such critics say, is that Green Berets will become weaker and “dangerously less capable than ever before.”

CAMP MACKALL, N.C. (AP) — Deep in the dark North Carolina woods, a small white light flickers in the heavy underbrush. It’s after midnight and a soldier is taking a risk by turning on his headlamp to find his way.

The overnight land navigation test is just one hurdle in the grueling, monthslong course to join the Army’s elite Special Forces, and using the light violates the rules. Just the night before, at least 20 commando hopefuls had either committed a disqualifying failure or given up in the drenching rain.

“We got a light!” barks an Army instructor from the front seat of his truck as he patrols the woods. Almost instantly the tiny white beacon goes out as the soldier spots the truck headlights and tries to escape detection.

For the nearly 200 candidates scrambling through Hoffman Forest at Camp Mackall, the struggle to become a Green Beret is real. But Army commanders are making sweeping changes to shorten and revamp the course. The aim is to meet evolving national security threats and to shift from a culture that weeds out struggling soldiers at every point to one that trains them to do better.

The changes that are beginning now have led to resentment among some Special Forces that the brass wants to make it easier to pass the qualification course as a way to boost lagging recruiting numbers and ensure that women will eventually qualify. The fear, such critics say, is that Green Berets will become weaker and “dangerously less capable than ever before.”

Army leaders insist the changes reflect the military’s need to adapt to evolving security threats from Russia, China, Iran and others foes. They say the nearly two-year course had to be shortened, so some training will be done when soldiers get to their units, where it can be tailored to the specific needs of the region.

“Today’s qualification course is for exactly the type of Green Beret we needed for 2008. It is not what we need for 2028,” said Maj. Gen. Kurt Sonntag, who until recently was commander of the Army Special Operations Center of Excellence, which includes all the Special Forces training. “We need to reestablish our forte, which is our ability to work with partner forces, developing their capabilities to provide an advantage for them and the United States against our adversaries — North Korea, Iran, and China and Russia.”

*  (This article suggests that a high percentage of women serving on a Naval vessel can result in a negative effect on military readiness when unplanned pregnancies increase sharply, as they have in recent times. ) (EXCLUSIVE: Deployed US Navy Has A Pregnancy Problem, And It’s Getting Worse: That number is up 2 percent from 2015, representing hundreds more who have to cut their deployments short, taxing both their unit’s manpower, military budgets and combat readiness. Further, such increases cast a shadow over the lofty gender integration goals set by former President Barack Obama.) (“The Marine Corps just released a year-long study testing whether women can survive the rough, grueling world of ground combat. The details are stark. All male units outperformed mixed-gender units across the board. Here’s the decision Marine leaders have to make now – ask the Pentagon to still bar women from ground combat or push for tougher physical standards to let them in.” ); ;Women in Combat: Why the Pentagon Chief Overruled the Marines

“Carter’s bottom line echoes what advocates of opening up front-line combat jobs to women have long argued: that while the average female soldier or Marine may be weaker and slower than her male counterpart, outstanding women can out-perform average male military personnel. The defense secretary, who never served in uniform, relied on the advice of former Navy officer and current Navy Secretary Ray Mabus—who is the Marines’ civilian overseer—for cover in steamrolling the Marines’ recommendation against women serving in such combat assignments.”

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Another AP editorial, er, “news” story

The Associated Press is ‘on the case’; determined to get the word out to local news outlets nationally that Trump is imagining that there’s a “Deep State” and that there are unprincipled Democrats, “out to get him”; and that he’s really destroying “civil political discourse”.

“Raw, angry, uncensored”: Welcome to Trump’s impeachment-era campaign – Associated Press  (via Politico)

“The president’s latest rallies show a bare-knuckled approach the likes of which voters have never seen before.”

That’s how the Associated Press likes to describe President Trump’s ‘terrible, awful, raw, angry’ comments he uses in tweets and in the rallies he appears in, before massive crowds.

From reading the AP one must feel deep sorrow for the reporters who must cover these occasions. To be exposed to this kind of language, it’s obvious that these fine, refined people, especially those who work for the ‘dignified’ “Ass. Press”, are scandalized.

“They’ve been trying to stop us for the past three years with a lot of crap,” he (Trump) stated matter-of-factly about his Democratic opponents…”, the news agency reports.

Imagine! AP staffers having to listen to this…and Trump even said it “MATTER-OF-FACTLY”!!

It has even caught the attention of the saintly Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and, devout Catholic (her words). Ms. Nancy, just the other day noted that President Trump used bad language.

But, to Rashida Tlaib’s “victory comment” last January:
“And when your son looks at you and says, ‘Mama look, you won. Bullies don’t win,’ and I said, ‘Baby, they don’t,’ because we’re gonna go in there and we’re going to impeach the motherf****r,” Michigan Democrat congressperson, Rashida Tlaib said Thursday…, the gracious Ms. Pelosi was notably unperturbed…”it’s a ‘free speech issue…”, she said.

But more importantly, the AP wants the American people to know that President Trump thinks that there has been some kind of a “coup plot” against him by the “political establishment”!

“How silly”, suggests the AP, “why would anybody think that?!”!

The AP hopes that people realize that Trump is even trying to convince his ‘supporters’ that the “legitimate impeachment inquiry” is just an attempt by those he sees as his political enemies to overturn his election. (“Teehee, isn’t that weird “, seems to be the AP’s assessment of this.)

Trump is described as “furious”, as using the “victim card”, as “part of a warlike strategy” to complain ‘relentlessly’ that ‘partisans’ are attempting to put “constraints on his power”. (My, my, who could believe that?! We are SHOCKED! says the AP, “SHOCKED I tell you!)

The highly partisan “news” agency accuses Trump of being “eager to stoke an already-toxic political environment” with his ‘rawness’ and by being the “rawest, angriest, least censored version of himself”.

Here’s one of AP’s prime examples: “Far from the only coarse language in his hour-plus speech, Trump jokingly referred to himself as a “son of a bitch” while imitating an intimate conversation between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page…two models of decorum and civility, AP style.

Is that awful…or what? That a political figure would use such “raw” language! Oh, the humanity!” Who does Trump think he is? ‘Uncle’ Joe Biden? (recall, BIDEN: “Well, son of a bitch. He (the Ukrainian prosecutor) got fired.”)

To Americans who may not pay a lot of attention to the political climate or hear the stuff the AP, day-in day-out, is attempting to flood news outlets throughout the nation with, may not realize they are being led to believe that the President and his supporters are imagining that Hillary Clinton was not “a gracious, dignified, selfless, honorable campaigner, full of love for her fellow Americans regardless of their political affiliations and beliefs”. Or, that “she did not have a governing agenda that would bring peace and prosperity to the country she loves”.

And, when she lost, despite running one of the noblest, most cultured, informative, and civil campaigns in modern history, that darn Trump wants his supporters to think she did not accept her defeat with supreme dignity and grace”. (That man…how does he come up with such outrageous accusations!)

The AP story excerpt…note; It is not an editorial; this is a “news” story!:

LAKE CHARLES, La. — First he claimed the political establishment was rigging the 2016 election against him. Then he accused special counsel Robert Mueller of overseeing an “attempted takeover of the government.” Now President Donald Trump is telling his supporters he’s the victim of a “coup” that House Democrats have disguised as a legitimate impeachment inquiry.

It’s the same warlike strategy Trump has employed throughout his presidency: complain relentlessly about partisan constraints on his power, furiously berate political opponents, and use the victim card to bond with Americans who feel similarly betrayed by the political system. And yet, it’s unlike anything voters have seen before.

The president made it known on Friday, in his second appearance on the campaign trail since Democrats launched their impeachment probe, that he is eager to stoke an already-toxic political environment by being the rawest, angriest and least censored version of himself.

“They’ve been trying to stop us for the past three years with a lot of crap,” he stated matter-of-factly about his Democratic opponents on Capitol Hill.

Far from the only coarse language in his hour-plus speech, Trump jokingly referred to himself as a “son of a bitch” while imitating an intimate conversation between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page. And he suggested that his campaign print t-shirts emblazoned with the phrase “Where the hell is he?” in reference to Biden’s son Hunter, who has kept a low profile since the Ukraine scandal first broke.


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Trump’s foreign policy instincts

  • In part a pivot toward defense against China and we are not talking pick and roll(over) like the NBA
  • Pompeo speech lays out Trump foreign policy

America as Rome (something this editor had some resignation toward on the theory it was in our and the world’s best interest) was a flippant response to paralysis of morally bankrupt Europeans who have had more directly at stake in the mess that is the Middle East. But it was not America as conqueror Rome but a protector Rome. It was practical to the extent of ~~ who would want to  “partner” with such a besotted lot – Europe and nutso Middle East nations anyway ~~ just take charge and get the job done because dallying with them just costs you more. So we nursed everyone along and to what avail?  None have grown up and won’t until they are taken off America’s nipple.

Countries with so little demonstrable will, or so far from being on the same page are going to have to hit bottom and show evidence of pulling themselves up. Europe has to step up and fight what are most intrinsically more their battles, we can only help.

Providently the Middle East nutsos can no longer strangle us by choking off trade in oil — a critical concern prompting the picking of allies for several recent decades. Of course leftists here insured that dependence was as acute as possible for as long as possible as their green and energy efficiency policies were to such a great extent fraught with counterproductive  error (wind and solar as opposed to nuclear for example)  and opposing use of the abundance of energy sources we have access to.

The big stick – not a police baton

Nevertheless we have legitimate independent interests in the region to insure that nutcases who shout death to America do not get the means to actually do so from the means of wealth they confiscate.  That is how we viewed the justifications for what came to be called OIF and support of actual or quasi allies in the region. Afghanistan was to be a a war to obliterate terrorist cells and activity there in part directed at us. We were not going to allow intimidation or another loss as occurred here on 9-11-01.

You start it, or threaten it, we will end it. That is what we interpreted as the underlying foreign policy. Nation building and accompanying garrison duty was ill considered.

Here are a couple of “real-politic” assessments of Trump’s foreign policy. The first link is to a compelling article by Sumatra Maitra writing at The Federalist and deals in particular with the real-politics of the region.

Why Trump Is Absolutely Right To Get U.S. Troops Out Of Syria
Moving American troops from Syria would be perhaps the most far-sighted thing Trump does as president, and would benefit the United States in the years to come

Kurt Schlichter writing at Townhall includes domestic implications with characteristic directness along with reasoning and support for Trump’s decision as a matter of military and foreign relations. He also brought to our attention the speech of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the Claremont Institute setting out the Trump foreign policy “doctrine”. Pompeo is a West Point graduate, along with  experience as a congressman (Kansas Republicans occasionally do something right) and national security expert.  The video of his speech is set forth below the link to Schlichter’s article.

The Elite Hates The Trump Doctrine Because It Puts America First 

One favorite profundity in Pompeo’s speech, past the half-way point, were words to the effect ~~ “it used to be said , then what ever is good for General Motors is good for the country, Obama said words to the effect what is good for the world is good for America, (although it hurt America and the world was not better off for such globalist BS) —  Trump’s emphasis is that “what is good for America is good for the world.”   We will go back and transcribe the exact words but we like the general formulation.

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Little Margaret Ellen sat down to inveigh, confusing Kurds along the way

  • Peggy Noonan would make policy out of an anecdote
  • There are Kurds, and there are Kurds

Yesterday our DLH raised the matter of the usual suspects clutching pearls or being hypocrites in their criticisms of Trump’s decision to pull troops out of Syria.  Below  are commentaries and links from terrorism and military analysts that support Trump.  The particular choices includes commentaries from individuals who have also “been there” which is appropriate given that so much mileage has been given by Trump critics to comments of a Special Forces soldier including knee-jerk Trump critic Peggy Noonan.  She was the focus of the DLH’s article. Noonan wrote:

. . .  compelling is what Jennifer Griffin, the respected national-security correspondent for Fox News, reported Wednesday night. She spoke to a “distraught” U.S. Special Forces soldier on the ground alongside the Kurdish forces that were about to be abandoned. “It was one of the hardest phone calls I have ever taken,” she tweeted. The soldier told her “I am ashamed for the first time in my career.” He said, “There was no threat to the Turks—none—from this side of the border.” The Kurds, who are guarding thousands of ISIS prisoners, had just prevented a prison break and were pleading for U.S. support. Without it, the soldier said, those detainees would likely soon be free. Of the president: “He doesn’t understand the problem. He doesn’t understand the repercussions to this.” “It’s a shame,” he added. “The Kurds are standing by us. No other partner I have ever dealt with would stand by us.”
I believe every word of this.

Noonan, she of the speech writing  “Read my lips – no new taxes” fame which GHW Bush   promised and abandoned, just can’t seem to get her head around the idea of 1) a president keeping a promise and 2) that Trump’s policy is certainly defensible and 3) why everyone doesn’t believe everything she thinks she knows.

Andrew McCarthy has written much that is helpful in understanding Trump’s decision which we link to below. But first the comments of a person known to this publication – HP an Army Lt Colonel (ret) (Special Forces) “Green Beret”  who introduces and endorses the comments of  John Tubin, an Army Colonel (ret) (Special Forces) who also served in Iraq and writes frequently in his Facebook pages about war and foreign policy.

HP served in Iraq in the Mosul area as an advisor to an Iraqi general. The area is near the Syria, Kurd and Turkish operating area Noonan seems to be so sure of herself about. HP follows events in the Middle East and has experience with the issues involved. He wrote in his direct manner regarding Col. John Tubin’s comments::

Please read, because this the way it really is. Any congress critters from both sides of the aisle crying about pulling out a small detachment of Americans need to have this jammed squarely up their noses.  HP

October 10th post by John Tubin

OK Folks, “Plickee” everybody is going nuts over the removal of about 100 US Troops from Prison Camp Guard duty in northeast Syria and to bring them and their support units home. Folks before you touch the Zippo to the gas soaked scalp, let us cut the BS from the Congressional Employees of the Military Industrial complex.

You can’t tell the players without a scorecard, the map below shows the area occupied by the Kurds over the centuries. Now if you look at the Syrian/Turkey/Iraq border area, that southeast area of Turkey is now mostly flooded by the Ataturk Dam Project, you will see few roads, few towns. Few areas to stage a campaign against the Kurds in Iraq.(comments continue below map)

Now there are four different Kurdish groups, we will work on two, the Peshmerga, our allies, over 60,000 strong well equipped, extremely well led, and superbly trained by the “Quiet Professionals” of the US Army Special Forces, and who President Trump will continue to supply and support, even with air cover, if necessary. They are allied with the Syrian Defense Force, and they will probably work together, surrendering Syrian land, if necessary, and moving East back to their homeland.

The other group, mostly concentrated in eastern and southeastern Turkey are the PKK, a Marxist/ Maoist group who have been on the US and world Terrorist list since at least the mid 1980s, they have been the PROVOS, Bader-Meinhof, Japanese Red Army, Black September like group of Turkey blowing up civilians, murdering etc. They are not our friends and allies. They are the Turkish target, oh and the Syrians are also in that area, so if Turks and Syrians murder each other off, don’t cry for me Argentina.

Now if the Congress want to do the right thing and establish a formidable ally, who would gladly work with our Israeli, Jordanian, Azerbijanis and other allies in the area, they will petition the UN, ok, you have to check the box, and help the Kurds establish, Kurdistan, and announce to all comers that they are our friends and allies, Iran would go berserk, but then again how many more times can they scream “Death to America.”

Ike warned of the “Military Industrial Complex” (MIC), he led millions of troops and freed millions of people. Lindsay Graham, a USAFR JAG officer, and the other Congresscitters only claim to military fame is how much money the MIC had bribed, I mean donated to their accounts.

Tubin also has a Kabuki Dance theory:

October 11 post

 Now that you are convinced that my recent medical event involved a frontal lobotomy, or that I have always been dumber than an anvil, this is the Part B of my last post, is it just a thought or a Bayer Aspirin Fantasy.

 Is this the beginning of steps to establish Kurdistan?

 1. How many times have you heard everybody saying POTUS didn’t consult with the (fill in the blank), the (fill in the blank) were blindsided, even the (fill in the blank) wasn ‘t told. Hey folks, what you don’t know, you can’t LEAK.

 Now who has been silent, and who probably knew, GEN Mark Millet, Chief of Staff of the Army, and Designate Chairman, Joint Chiefs, and career Special Forces Officer.

 You have heard from a lot of retired guys, but did you hear from SF Command, USASOC, NO.

 You hear second and third hand “well a buddy of mine in Special Forces said he has never been so ashamed”, understand his feeling, but if no one knows except those that need to know, NO LEAKS.

 The USAF units and support troops were told they are going to Saudi Arabia, and they are, are they staying there or are they going to be the new Air Cover, who knows, but it got them to theater, NO LEAKS.

 2. Allowing the screes and screams of the FASCISTS, who hate the military and deployments, rise to a fever pitch, the INFONAZIS and FASCISTs have given the Kurds near sacred status since he “abandoned” them. They have been screaming war cries and want investigations into why he didn’t consult with his military leaders. He now has the ability to pull off this Kabuki dance, or they will have to do a 180 degree overnight, and NO LEAKS.

Bonchie writing at RedState refers us to ‘Andrew McCarthy Pens a Must Read Reality Check On the Turkish-Kurdish Conflict

McCarthy writes: (Read the entire article not just these excerpts as his arguments are found in every paragraph

Turkey and the Kurds: It’s More Complicated Than You Think

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Where to begin? Perhaps with the basic fact that there is no Kurdish territory. There is Syrian territory on Turkey’s border that the Kurds are occupying — a situation that itself serves to “inflame and complicate” the region for reasons I shall come to. Ethnic Kurds do not have a state. They live in contiguous parts of Syria, Turkey, Iraq, and Iran. Most are integrated into these countries, but many are separatists.

The Kurds have been our allies against ISIS, but it is not for us that they have fought. They fight ISIS for themselves, with our help. They are seeking an autonomous zone and, ultimately, statehood. The editorial fails to note that the Kurds we have backed, led by the YPG (People’s Protection Units), are the Syrian branch of the PKK (the Kurdistan Worker’s Party) in Turkey. The PKK is a militant separatist organization with Marxist-Leninist roots. Although such informed observers as Michael Rubin contend that the PKK has “evolved,” it remains a formally designated foreign terrorist organization under U.S. law. While our government materially supports the PKK’s confederates, ordinary Americans have been prosecuted for materially supporting the PKK.

The PKK has a long history of conducting terrorist attacks, but their quarrel is not with us. So why has our government designated them as terrorists? Because they have been fighting an insurgent war against Turkey for over 30 years. Turkey remains our NATO ally, even though the Erdogan government is one of the more duplicitous and anti-Western actors in a region that teems with them — as I’ve detailed over the years (see, e.g., here, here, here, here, and in my 2012 book, Spring Fever). The Erdogan problem complicates but does not change the fact that Turkey is of great strategic significance to our security.

While it is a longer discussion, I would be open to considering the removal of both the PKK from the terrorist list and Turkey from NATO. For now, though, the blunt facts are that the PKK is a terrorist organization and Turkey is our ally. These are not mere technicalities. Contrary to the editorial’s suggestion, our government’s machinations in Syria have not put just one of our allies in a bind. There are two allies in this equation, and our support for one has already vexed the other. The ramifications are serious, not least Turkey’s continued lurch away from NATO and toward Moscow.

Without any public debate, the Obama administration in 2014 insinuated our nation into the Kurdish–Turk conflict by arming the YPG. To be sure, our intentions were good. ISIS had besieged the city of Kobani in northern Syria; but Turkey understandably regards the YPG as a terrorist organization, complicit in the PKK insurgency.

That brings us to another non-technicality that the editors mention only in passing: Our intervention in Syria has never been authorized by Congress. Those of us who opposed intervention maintained that congressional authorization was necessary because there was no imminent threat to our nation. Contrary to the editorial’s suggestion, having U.S. forces “deter further genocidal bloodshed in northern Syria” is not a mission for which Americans support committing our men and women in uniform. Such bloodlettings are the Muslim Middle East’s default condition, so the missions would never end.

A congressional debate should have been mandatory before we jumped into a multi-layered war, featuring anti-American actors and shifting loyalties on both sides. In fact, so complex is the situation that President Obama’s initial goal was to oust Syria’s Assad regime; only later came the pivot to fighting terrorists, which helped Assad. That is Syria: Opposing one set of America’s enemies only empowers another. More clear than what intervention would accomplish was the likelihood of becoming enmeshed, inadvertently or otherwise, in vicious conflicts of which we wanted no part — such as the notorious and longstanding conflict between Turks and Kurds.   . . .

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