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The Left & the MSM are THE EXISTENTIAL THREAT to America

Senate Security Briefing Documents the Real Issues Facing the US

The Left Wing media and the Democrat Party are distracting US citizens with the “Russia” and “Comey” issues while the world left by Obama is a powder-keg ready to consume the West.

The Senate Intelligence Committee met today in an open, then closed, session to review the status of world-wide threats with the heads of the CIA, FBI, NSA the DNI and others.  The purpose of the hearing was to lay out to the committee the status of world and threats to the US.  Too bad the MSM is cherry picking the discussion as even the open portion of the meeting was scary to say the least.  But, the MSM focus remains on the Comey firing and the “Russian/Trump” left-wing conspiracy.  They feel this is more important than the US being attacked at home and abroad by radicals and enemies across the globe.  This is TRAITOROUS at best.

Bullet Points from the Meeting:

  • The American people deserve to know that North Korea represents an EXISTENTIAL threat to the US NOW! 
  • They need to know that Russia is seeking to expand their territorial land grab in Europe, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. 
  • Also, Russia is stepping up their counter-intelligence efforts using updated technology and methods as are the US and others.
  •   NATO nations are threatened by Russian westward expansion; continued radical Islam terror attacks; 
  • The US is directly threatened by terrorism plans from Al Qaeda, ISIS, Iran and other radical groups;
  • and Iran is rapidly moving toward developing their nuclear capability and refining their delivery systems. 

All the MSM and the left can focus on is their narrative that Trump colluded with the Russians and defeated Clinton!

The graphic above shows that in spite of wall to wall coverage of Director Comey for the past year or so, only 17% of Americans have a positive view of the Director! In spite of his notoriety, 48% of Americans have no opinion of Comey.  And, 40% OF AMERICANS FEEL CONGRESS IS SPENDING TOO MUCH TIME ON THE “RUSSIAN AND WIRETAPPING” INVESTIGATIONS!  American need jobs and security, not political rhetoric!

Trump will continue to deliver on his campaign promises that are already making the MSM and the left apoplectic.  Their coordinated efforts to de-legitimize President Trump is inciting violence, hatred, and is posing an existential threat to our democracy and our future. 

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The only possible outcome from this activity is higher and higher levels of violence ending with and all out armed conflict between the left and the legitimate government of the United States.  When?   Probably well before the end of Trump’s first term and perhaps as early as the mid-term elections.   We will see how sanctimonious the MSM pundits and the Democrat fringe are when this occurs.  Hopefully Trump will utilize the tactics of his hero Andrew Jackson, rather than Abraham Lincoln, and not engage in a civil war to bring the country back together. 

Far fetched?  It starts with killing free speech.  The left has a coordinated effort underway on college campuses and elsewhere to shut down conservative viewpoints.  Sanctuary cities are already defying Federal laws and are aided and abetted by left-wing judges who ignore the Constitution and the rule of law.  Firing the first shot is merely a matter of who and when.

RD Pierini

Twitter:  @RDPierini

 

 

Trump, The Exorcist of the Left

In Two Weeks, Trump Is Crushing the Progressive’s Advances of the Past 40 Years

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Trump has just been the President of the US for two weeks and about 8 hours as of this writing.  In a mere two weeks, President Trump has crushed the left’s promotion of illegal immigration, paused the entry of individuals from terrorist laden countries, rolled back crushing EPA and DOE regulations on American manufacturing, mining, agriculture, and small businesses, initiated the beginning of the repeal of Obamacare, slammed Iran with sanctions, worked with business leaders to keep and create new manufacturing and other jobs in the US, met with or conference called dozens of world leaders, fought to get most of his cabinet approved by the Senate, nominated a conservative judge to replace Scalia, and a plethora of other initiatives designed to wrestle this country back from the grasp of the progressive left and return it  to the people under the Rule of Law!  And he did all of this with less than half of his cabinet in place due to obstruction by the Left Wing Senators!

What is the Left’s Response?  VIOLENCE!

Protestors Bonfire

The Left displayed their true self these past two weeks by resorting to violence, ugly name calling, and even physically threatening President Trump and his family.  Don’t make the mistake and believe that the Left believes in democracy or the rule of law.  They use democracy and the rule of law as a weapon to destroy “We the People” financially, morally, and legally.  When they do not win, they resort to violence and the courts that they have packed with Leftist judges to thwart the will of the people.  Leftist progressives like George Soros fund the violence and the corrupt politicians and judges to fight to maintain globalist status quo.  Soros has a wad a cash in excess of $60 Billion so he can fund a lot of black shirt paid protestors, corrupt politicians and judges.

Trump represents the Anti-Christ to the Progressive Left!

Make no mistake, the Left will not go down easily and lose their hard-fought advances of the past.  The Left has taken over much of the main stream media (MSM) who will carry the Left’s torch against Trump and ANYONE who dares to support him.  The MSM is FAKE NEWS which makes defending the moves of this administration difficult but…  Trump’s use of social media is thwarting what would otherwise be an easy media assassination of President Trump personally as well as his policies.  He also works harder than the MSM and is up Tweeting before they even get out of bed!

I the near future, expect more violence and vitriol aimed at stopping Trump from totally reversing the Left-wing agenda that ALMOST took this country down militarily, financially, morally, and spiritually under Obama, Pelosi, Schumer and Reid.  There is a new Sheriff in town and he needs our support to truly Make America Great Again.

  A Trump failure would signal the end to our Constitutional Rule of Law as we knew it; and result in the implementation of Obama’s goal of transforming our nation by insuring that we have a mediocre military, a weak economy, and become an amoral nation. 

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Nov. 8th, 2016-Rebirth or Death of Our Nation?

We The People, OR, We the Elitist Global Establishment

We the Elitist

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” 

Ronald Reagan, March 30, 1961, Phoenix, AZ

The United States has moved far away from its founding Constitutional principles where the Federal Government was limited to only those few powers granted it by the Constitution and the States retained ALL other powers.  Today, the Federal Government intrudes into every facet of American life and the States are little more than “agencies” to carry out Federal policy and dole out the financial crumbs the Federal bureaucracy deems appropriate. 

The United Kingdom’s (UK) Brexit vote was a wake up call for the United States in terms of thinking about whether we still live under a rule of law by We The People or a rule of law dictated by an Elitist, Globalist Establishment class.  In the case of the UK, the European Union’s never-ending usurping of British self determinism eventually led to the positive Brexit vote to leave the European Union.

Trump & His Supporters Stand Alone Against Globalist Elites

There are 4 major issues separating Trump and the Global Elites:

  1. Trade Agreements:  Trump trade policies focus on balanced trade between our trading partners. 

    1. Currency Manipulation:  Trump is against countries manipulating their currencies to make their goods and services more affordable to their currencies at the expense of other supplying countries.  Global Elitists believe that all countries should use currency manipulation to level markets.

    2. Dollar for Dollar:  Trump believes that trade with our trading partners should be balance on a dollar for dollar basis to the largest extent possible.  Global Elitists believe that richer nations should transfer wealth from themselves to developing nations via trade imbalances.

    3. Trade Agreement Equity:  Trade agreements cannot result in companies and industries moving out of the US to our foreign partners with a net loss in jobs in the US.  Global Elitists believe that developed nations should export their companies and industries to underdeveloped nations in order to level the global playing field.

    4. No Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) Provisions:  This provision transfers jurisdiction out of our Constitutionally  lawful US courts to an international court or tribunal for dispute resolution.  If one of our businesses is thought have violated its agreement with a foreign company, the foreign company can go to this foreign jurisdiction for adjudication.  Trump would require that these types of resolution be subject to US laws and courts.  Today, the proposed, Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and the existing NAFTA, World Trade Organization Agreements, and the Energy Charter Treaty, to name a few, have ISDS provisions.  Global Elitists have forced ISDS onto America and the West in search of  “FAIRNESS”.

    5. Energy:  Trump believes that the US should pursue an independent energy policy.  Global Elitists push Global Warming and wealth redistribution based on developed nations subsidizing developing nations via capital redistribution.

  2. Immigration:

    1. Open Borders:  Trump does not believe in Open Borders and supports enforcement of immigration laws and physical control over the border.  Global Elitists believe in Open Borders and in fact immigrants have a right to inhabit more affluent nations to share in the wealth.

    2. Refugees:  Trump believes that refugees can only be admitted when a thorough and effective vetting process can be constructed and applied.  Further, that refugees should be resettled as close as possible to their homes so they can be repatriated as soon as conditions allow.  Global Elitists believe that refugee immigration should be encouraged to immigrate to affluent nations to allow the refugees to share in their new nation’s wealth.

    3. Visa Programs:  Trump believes that Visa programs need to be reviewed and visa programs should be balanced against US unemployment and underemployment.  The levels of Visa immigration would restricted in support of US workers.  Global Elitists believe that all Western nations should allow for unfettered Visa immigration.

  3. Foreign Policy:

    1. America First:  Trump believes that the US should intervene only when it is in America’s best interest and that we should not engage in regime change or nation building.  Elitist Globalist believe that the US should intervene whenever international or even regional interests would be served with regime change and resulting nation building.

    2. Iranian Region Manipulation:  Trump believes that the Iranian Nuclear agreement should be abandoned and re-negotiated to ensure that Iran remain non-nuclear.  Global Elitists believe that Iran should be made powerful, with nuclear capabilities, to counter balance Israel and Pakistan, and to create a Shia Syria-Iraq-Iran axis.

  4. Sovereignty:

    1. America First:  Trump’s entire approach to governance is America First.  American sovereignty and self-determination is the cornerstone to his platform.  Global Elitists believe that a One World Government is the goal and the shackling of the US is the first step toward this goal.

    2. NATO & the UN (and others):  Trump believes that all of our treaties and associated participation in regional and global organizations must be reviewed to insure that America’s interests are in the forefront.  If these organizations do not promote America’s best interests, the we should renegotiate our agreements or depart from the organization.  Global Elitists believe that One World Order is the goal, period.

Standing Alone:

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Republican Elite Insiders Fully Support Globalization and the Global Elite Platform

Republican insiders/establishment and self-professed conservatives support the Global Elite Platform and oppose the Trump American First Platform.  This is a long list but to list just a few:  Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney, George Will, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Jeb Bush, Lindsay Graham and many others.  These people do not work against Trump because Trump is not a conservative.  They oppose Trump because he does not support Globalism and believes in America First!

We the People and Trump are fighting Republican Elitists, Democrats, Socialists, the Main Stream Media, Labor Unions, Global Industrialists, and world-wide globalists to take back America.  This is going to be hard and dirty fight.  But, our very Nation is at stake and we either take our country back and start our re-birth or stand by and watch our nation fade into the dust of history!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

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Trump-ISIS and America First

Trump Has Put Forth Several Different Components of

Fighting the War On Terror (1)

 

Section 1

This article consists of two sections.  The first will lay out the terrorism issues and the second, the Trump policies to counteract the terror threat.  This article is a little long but the need to be as comprehensive as possible to lay out the problem, then the solution, makes it necessary.

War On Terror Is Not Just An ISIS Problem:

While Trump has kept the defeat of ISIS as his top priority in waging the war on terror, he and his security team have referenced the broader group of Islamists that include Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, Boko Haram, and others.  They have more broadly discussed the issue of Radical Islam as supported by Islamists.  ISIS is at the forefront as it is the closest known direct threat to the US and Europe.  The other groups are no less lethal and threaten Central African and Middle Eastern countries.  Hamas and Hezbollah are really state sponsored terror groups funded in a large part by Iran.  In that vein, Trump views Iran as a major antagonist in the war on terror as well as a global nuclear threat that resulted from the Obama Iran Nuclear agreement.

A Trump administration would view Radical Islam as the enemy regardless of their self-described sect or moniker.  Further, with this view, the war on terror is not isolated to one or more radical Islam groups, but rather is inclusive of all of the groups and solutions have to address the concept of radical Islam rather than the more tactical view of ISIS alone.

Terror MatrixWar On Terror Matrix (Partial, For Illustration Only)

Tentacles of Terrorism:

On the right hand side of the graphic shown above, there is a column titled “Tentacles of Terrorism.  The list includes 9 items but it should be noted that the list is actually quite longer and nuanced.  But, for purposes of this article, this list will provide a springboard for discussion.  (The Taliban is excluded from this discussion as they are locally focused and semi-governmental in nature.)  

Command and Control:

In the past, command and control within terror groups have consisted of a dispersed group of leaders communicating with one another in any way they could devise.  They did not have bases of operations where synchronized planning and communications could take place.  Some of their communications involved the releasing of video tapes by terrorists like Osama bin Laden and his key followers.  

ISIS has broken that mold and seems to have much of its centralized command and control in the Syrian city of Al-Raqqah.  They are establishing sub C&C centers in Iran, Libya and other expansion areas.  ISIS has also broken out and disbursed C&C to local cells such as the one in Brussels.  ISIS has also mastered a new paradigm of creating what has been erroneously called lone wolf actors.  These are not lone wolf actors that act out based on their own motivations.  A better description would be Decentralized Islamic Radicals (DIR).  

These individuals and small groups have become radicalized through the ISIS internet propaganda campaigns.  Just as non-state sponsored terrorism was created so nations could not retaliate against nations, the newly created DIR terrorists are an attempt to eliminate the need for direct contact to train, motivate, and execute despicable terror acts.  Al-Qaeda attempted to create this form of terror in the early 2000’s but were not as successful as ISIS has been.  AQ also was more focused on large-scale attacks whereas ISIS sees any form of terrorism as meeting their objectives of domination through fear.

This category of terrorist may be the most difficult to detect and stop as the campaign has been designed to take advantage of surveillance protocols in the US and Europe.  By remaining under the radar of normal surveillance via covert or non electronic communication, they can plan and execute with a high degree of anonymity.  In the San Bernardino and Orlando attacks, it was not until long after the attacks did we learn that the radicalization of the perpetrators took place over an extended period of time.  Further, our current tracking protocols are totally incapable of creating an effective prevention regime.  NSA surveillance will not yield much information to prevent these types of attacks.

Operational Organization:

Operational organization includes not only a hierarchical management team, but financial, military, cyber, asset, and terror export management.  AQ started with a tightly controlled management team with Osama Bin Laden at the top.  As international pressure was applied, their leadership dispersed and they became a less centralized organization.  Hezbollah and Hamas basically are tightly controlled from Iran.

ISIS has created a hybrid form of operational organization.  The centralized governance is located in Al-Raqqah with disbursed “subsidiaries” in Iran, Libya and elsewhere.  The DIR groups basically give ISIS a totally decentralized and distributed form of cell management that can operate with or without communication or funding from Al-Raqqah.

Financial Operations:

AQ, Hamas, and Hezbollah and others have relied to a large degree on funding from nation states and individuals who are sympathetic to their war on the West.  This funding has been subsidized by criminal activities such as “Kidnapping and Ransom (KNR)” and other such activities.  Hamas and Hezbollah are principally financed by Iran and Syria whereas Saudi Arabia was a major contributor to AQ and other terrorist organizations. 

ISIS has added a new twist to its terrorist financial operations.  ISIS captures oil and banking assets and turns them into cash flow to support ongoing operations.  While this is a “fragile” arrangement, as these operations are exposed either physically or via banking transactions, they have allowed ISIS to be self-sufficient financially.  Also, their use of DIR terror, basically makes a lot of their terror operations virtually free! 

Military Operations:

Typically, terror organizations consider tactical strikes of terror, even 9-11, as military operations.  Traditionally we have defined military operations as an organized effort to take and control geographical areas, regions, or even nations.  This definition fits the ISIS operation but not most other terror groups.  ISIS has invaded and taken control of areas in Iraq, Syria and Libya but are moving into central Africa and other areas in the Middle East.  Much of their arms and equipment were “confiscated” from weaponry and assets left behind by the US!  ISIS military operations appear to be centrally controlled through their headquarters in Syria.  ISIS military operations are both sophisticated and fairly well self-financed.  This gives ISIS a military and terror component that heretofore has not be pursued by most terror groups.

Cyber Operations:

Due to technological advancements in recent years, the use of the internet, hacking, and other cyber activities have been adopted by terror organizations.  The dark internet has provided an area of communications that is difficult to track and police effectively.  Facebook, Twitter and other mass use applications provide a vehicle for terror groups to communicate, recruit and train followers.  Their use of hundreds of temporary accounts have made it impossible to shut down or track a lot of its usage.

Since the birth of ISIS is a fairly recent phenomena, they were early adopters of technology to recruit and train their military operations and DIR cells.  The Obama administration erroneously refers to those recruited, radicalized and deployed via these Cyber tools as “lone wolves”.  This is totally masking the danger and effectiveness of ISIS to perform their outreach and radicalization on citizens of any nation, making the tracking of these would be terrorists difficult if not impossible. 

Cyber hacking also allows terror organizations disrupt or intercept banking, security, and intelligence information and can even be a lucrative source of revenue.  The larger concern is that terrorist organizations will develop either a nuclear or non-nuclear Pulse Bomb (EMP) that is deployable via a drone!  This could be used to wipe out computers and communications in very large metro areas.  This is particularly worrisome following our ill-advised Iranian Nuclear agreement.  Between Iran and N. Korea, neither would have any hesitation deploying this technology and they would probably opt for the nuclear variety in order to maximize the damage.   Cyber terror will continue to grow until governments take a much more aggressive approach to eliminate this threat.

Exporting Terror Operations & Cells:

ISIS has taken the exporting of terrorism to a whole new level.  Al-Qaeda attempted to accomplish this but were primarily successful in underdeveloped areas without a lot of counter-terror security.  ISIS has deeply penetrated the west, especially the European Union (EU) nations, with their terror network.  They have taken advantage of the dark-net and social media to recruit, train and deploy “lone” terrorists described above as DIRs.  It is simplistic to label these individuals as lone terrorists as you will miss the key point which is how they were created in the first place!  ISIS created them, indoctrinated them, and gave them the emotional strength to carry out acts of terrorism. 

Terror Exported-Europe:

The EU has blindfolded itself and tied at least one of their own hands behind their backs as a result of their open borders and Syrian refugee immigration programs…  They have brought in millions of immigrants from countries who have supported or allowed terrorists to prosper.  ISIS has taken advantage of both programs and has many supporters throughout the EU.  ISIS is also recruiting more each day as the EU has failed to integrate many of these immigrants which has created Muslim ghettos where hatred of the West and continued radicalization is nurtured and allowed to mature into dangerous terror cells.   The EU and the individual countries’ no-gun policies have exacerbated the vulnerability of their own citizens.  The key question is whether the EU has tipped past a point of no return! 

BREXIT Note:  It should be noted that the upcoming referendum in the UK, that will decide whether the UK remains in the EU or be independent of that organization, could be critical to the future of both the EU and the UK.  It is my opinion that if the UK stays in the EU, that the decline of Europe will continue on its current accelerated pace.  All of Europe will eventually be overrun with immigrants, many of whom support Sharia and a great number who have become radicalized.  If the UK breaks away, it may provide incentive for some of the other members of the EU to depart the union or at the very least challenge the highly unpopular mass immigration policies of Brussels.  The UK then could also become a base of strength that is not hamstrung with the woes that are besetting the rest of Europe and may eventually be the military base that “liberates” the mainland!  Déjà vu all over again!  This time, however, fascism would have been imported by their own actions and not a result of a foreign nation’s invasion…

Terror Exported-US:

During the Obama administration, one million additional Muslim immigrants have entered the US will little or very shallow vetting.   Obama is also increasing the Syrian Refugee immigration with the same porous level of vetting.  A recent survey in the US among our Muslim population found that 50% of the current Muslim population support Sharia Law over the US legal system.  While many of our past Muslim immigrants have assimilated into our population, many of the more recent immigrants have not.  This is especially true of many of the central African immigrants. 

While the US is a little better off in terms of harboring radical terrorists, it is not too far behind.  If current levels of immigration from these sources continue and allowed to expand, we will quickly be at a tipping point in the US as well.  We have already seen ISIS terrorists engage in mass killings in San Bernardino and Orlando.  These will continue to grow in numbers and frequency as the current administration is incapable of dealing with Radical Islamic Terrorism as a concept, let alone a reality!

Section 2

Enter Donald J. Trump

The Trump Anti-Terror Policy (1)

Donald Trump, his surrogates and foreign policy team have all discussed various components of a Trump Anti-Terror Policy.  While many details remain to be filled in, it is possible to formulate a structured overall policy based on these discussions. 

Terror Defense

The graphic shown above contains 9 separate components of the Trump war on terror.  These components may have multiple targets such as ISIS, Al-Qaeda, while others may be more specific.  One purpose of this graphic is to show that an effective war on terrorism is not a simple strategy and has many components and moving parts!  It should be noted that the next administration is some 210 days away and the situation on the ground will obviously change somewhat between now and then.  The actual ground situation could alter the tactical deployment of various strategies.  Also, the matrix shown above contains several components many of which will have to be implemented simultaneously.   Below is an overview of what may shake out as the Trump war on terror policy.

Military Intervention:

We all understand warfare where ground troops, air strikes and other combat tactics are deployed.  In the case of terrorism, the military strategy will include various strategies and tactics depending on the terror organization and the geographic area that has been impacted.  For purposes of this article, the focus will be on military operations against ISIS.

ISIS Syria:

A key to defeating ISIS will be the destruction of its command and control center in Al-Raqqua, Syria.  This effort will require at least 3,000 special operations and technical unit personnel with 15,000 troops from neighboring nations such as Egypt and Jordan to stabilize this region following the decimation of the ISIS command and control.  It will also require the use of non-nuclear EMP attacks to shut down the ISIS communication capabilities.  Targeted air strikes will be key and they will have to be supported by ground intelligence in order to minimize collateral damage.  It must be noted that any effective military incursion into Al-Raqqua will result in civilian casualties.  This will be caused by ISIS using civilians as cover.  In today’s war against terror, the US and its allies must prepare their citizens that collateral damage is a reality caused by the enemy, and not our liberation efforts!

The fact that Syrian Assad government is still in place adds a new dimension to our offensive moves in Al-Raqqua.  Trump will most likely give Assad and Russia assurances that our primary objective is the elimination of ISIS and NOT regime change in Syria.  (That train has already left the station with all of the failed Obama red lines.)  Trump will also need assurances with Russia that our goal is singular and not threatening to Russia’s interests in the area.  Once the command and control of ISIS is taken out, the international force, that is primarily comprised of other Middle Eastern nations, will secure the Al-Raqqua area and allow humanitarian relief to help restore the area.  Additional refugee camps will have to be constructed to bridge the relocation task that will take quite a while to complete and stop the mass exodus out of Syria into the West.

Trump will also have to freeze Iran out of Syria during these operations.  Iran’s meddling in Iraq will be dealt with separately.  The bottom line is that if Assad remains in control of Syria, Iran will continue its status as an ally with Syria as it has for decades!

ISIS Libya: 

Military intervention into Libya will be a similar multi-national force, primarily consisting of Egypt and Jordan supported by our special operations and technical unit personnel.  Without the command and control in Al-Raqqua, the ISIS operations in other countries will be severely crippled.  Couple that with the Trump program to seize oil and financial resources of ISIS, in Syria, Iraq and Libya, the ISIS resistance in Libya will be severely reduced.  The key issue in Libya will be to have the Islamic coalition re-establish stability and governance in Libya.  Egypt particularly, as the next door neighbor to Libya, has a vested interest in the establishment of a stable Libya.  The final military operation will be one of “Martial Law” to keep the Libyan war lords from continuing their opposition to stabilization. 

ISIS Central Africa:

ISIS in Central Africa is presently not as cohesive as in Syria and Libya.  Without support from Syria, the Central African allegiance to ISIS will be seriously degraded.  Military operations in Central Africa will consist of US special operations with the majority of the force being from other Islamic nations.  The goal will NOT be nation building but the elimination of the terror elements. 

Financial and Oil Asset Seizure:

Trump has talked a great deal about the retaking of ISIS controlled oil assets and seizing any financial assets or revenue that they have used to grow and sustain their operations.  The oil asset seizure will consist of air strikes against oil trucks and ground troops to take back the oil facilities.  The risk will be that ISIS will demolish the oil facilities as they depart.  That is a risk that we need to take and if it happens we can rebuild the infrastructure paying for it with oil revenue once the asset have been re-established. 

The financial and oil asset seizure strategy is vital to the total elimination of ISIS (and other terrorist organizations).  Once they lack funding, their ability to fund external operations diminishes greatly.  Without internet communications, recruitment, training and deployment of foreign ISIS terrorist will be greatly diminished. 

International, Domestic Intelligence & Law Enforcement Coordination:

Rudy Giuliani and others could be vital to the formulation of our International and Domestic Anti-Terror reset under Trump.  Giuliani understands the absolute necessity of coordination between International Intelligence, the FBI and local law enforcement.  The creation of Homeland Security under Bush has only served to create a behemoth bureaucracy that is still ineffective in creating a state of the art communication team that is all-inclusive.  Recent terror attacks have shown that local law enforcement has been out of the loop in terms of threats or the surveillance of specific individuals.  This has to change!

A key to the short and long-term elimination of Radical Islamic Terrorism, will be to create an international team of local assets that can gather and communicate intelligence on all terror operations world-wide.  This has been typically a CIA operation but I am not sure that agency is capable of effective foreign operations at this point.  Trump may need to “retool” the CIA.  These assets must be locals who can infiltrate terror organizations.  This will require a serious commitment to this type of foreign intelligence.  All of the information that is gained by this agency, must be tightly coordinated with the Domestic Intelligence operation.

US Domestic Intelligence operations are typically executed by the FBI.  Like the CIA, the capabilities and organization of the FBI will be reviewed and revamped as necessary.  The FBI has to work seamlessly with the International Intelligence operations to ensure that any threat uncovered can quickly be translated into local action by local law enforcement 

The Domestic Intelligence operation will also include agencies like the NSA.  The NSA intelligence mandate will be reviewed by Trump with a refocus on social media and targeted electronic monitoring.  To day, the NSA massive data storage has only served to provide post event intelligence.  By then, it is a bit too late.  The entire system needs to be refocused on targeted threats both domestic and foreign and within constitutional constraints. 

Immigration Security and Border Control:

Trump will definitely curtail or dramatically cut back on immigration from countries where terror threats have emanated and also the Syrian Refugee program.  He will create a team to propose changes that are needed in immigration policy and vetting procedures as well as a new post immigration follow-up.  The Syrian Refugee program may be replaced by building Syrian refugee camps to temporarily house refugees until we rid Syria of ISIS.  Other Visa programs may be restarted once the new programs and screening are in place.  The new policies will include the tracking of Visa immigrants to insure that overstays are brought back under control. 

Physical control over the southern and northern border is critical to stop the influx of illegal immigrants as well as drugs and other undesirable smuggling.  A physical fence will be built on the southern border with increased electronic and drone coverage for both the northern and southern borders.  The federal border control agencies will once again be mandated to closely coordinate enforcement with local law enforcement.  Sanctuary States or cities will be eliminated as a violation of federal law and any offending States or cities will be sanctioned by the withholding of federal funds. 

Federal, State and local law enforcement will re-institute the deportation of illegal aliens with first priority on those who have violated other Federal, State or local laws.  Due to the neglect over the past seven and a half years that has created a backlog in our immigration courts, special legislation may be needed to create additional courts and jurisdictions to eliminate the backlog.

The E-Verify program will be strengthened and re-implemented with enforceable teeth.  Violators will be prosecuted and the applicants encouraged to engage in a newly formulated alien repatriation program.  The goal will be either the eventual assimilation of illegal immigrants through a lawful process or self-deportation for those preferring to leave the US. 

H-1A and H-1B programs will be revisited and emphasis on domestic hiring prioritized.

NATO Terrorism Emphasis:

Trump has spoken several times on the need to review the NATO charter, financial contributions by member nations, and its effectiveness in today’s world.  NATO will have to be changed to add an emphasis on counter-terrorism.  Changes to NATO that involve control over European immigration will be met with resistance from the European Union who favors a more open border policy.  The US may be faced with a decision as to whether it can actually help defend EU nations if they do not tighten immigration policy and internal security.  NATO is primarily structured to deal with external threats.  Terror threats are internal threats that require a much different approach.  A Trump administration will not be all that supportive of an open border policy that could very well be counter-productive to NATO security agreements. 

If the EU NATO members and other members do not tighten their border and immigration controls, Trump will place VISA vetting requirements for anyone traveling to the US from nations who do not tighten their own borders.  Without increased scrutiny of those travelers, the US would have a gaping hole in its own security protocol and one that terrorists would exploit.

Conclusion:

A Trump administration would usher in a totally different war on terror approach. 

Obama basically has adopted a hands off approach to fighting the war on terror and has exacerbated our vulnerabilities by opening our borders and not enforcing any immigration laws.  He is doing virtually nothing to physically combat ISIS and others overseas leaving them to metastasize leaving the world less secure. 

Bush basically combined fighting terror with nation building that ended up leaving our security in about the same spot, for different reasons, as Obama. 

Trump would execute a war in terror by eliminating the core of the terror organizations, tightening our own physical security, strengthening international counter-terrorism capabilities, with or without NATO, and Not engage in nation building.  Trump’s solution would empower other Islamic nations to help rebuild impacted nations and regions but not directly intervene in national governance.

If Hillary is elected and Trump is not, she will continue Obama’s policies with a little bit of Bush’s nation building thrown in. 

If that happens, by a Gun, Move to the Mountains, and Pray!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

(1)  To consolidate Trump’s terrorism/ISIS foreign policy, I have combined elements  of his speeches, campaign rallies, and interviews.  Often Trump assumes that the audience understands the details behind his “One-Liners” but often the press, his opponents, and RINOs attribute erroneous conclusions to his comments.

Clinton-The Real Disaster for You and Your Family

Hillary’s Proven Legacy of Death and Destruction

Hillary FailuresTop Left:  Hillary kisses wife of PLO Leader Arafat; Destruction in the Middle East; Rape of Europe promotes open immigration; Started negotiations on Iran Deal  Middle Left:  Promoted “Arab Spring” in Egypt; Foreign Disrespect of US Flag; Coddle 9-11 perpetrators; Supported “Arab Spring in Tunisia; Supported the Iranian Nuclear Agreement;  Bottom Left; 4 Americans Killed in /Benghazi due to Clinton hesitation to send help; Email Scandal sends US secrets to our enemies; Hillary disrespecting 4 dead Americans, What difference does it make!; Phony reset with Russia!

Experience?  Yes.  Judgement?  No!

Hillary Has Been a Placeholder in Government, Not a Patriot, Leader, or Statesman

Hillary claiming Trump “would be” Dangerous for America and the world. 

This is a “Dangerous” Accusation: 

HILLARY HAS PROVEN SHE IS AND HAS BEEN DANGEROUS FOR AMERICA AND THE WORLD!

Dangerous Queen Hillary-Wall-Street-Benghazi-Clinton

Hillary is trying to frame Donald Trump as Dangerous to the US and World at large and blames his temperament and lack of experience and judgement for his not being ready to be the President of the United States.  Hillary needs to take a long look into the mirror of history to see just how unqualified she is to ever again be involved with US Foreign Policy or be anything other than a tourist visiting the White House.

Here are a few examples using her own soundbites from her supposed “Foreign Policy” speech yesterday.  (She can’t even tell the truth about a speech.  It was not a foreign policy speech but rather a political campaign speech against Trump!)

CLINTON: “This is not someone (Trump) who should ever have the nuclear codes because it’s not hard to imagine Donald Trump leading us into a war just because somebody got under his very thin skin.”

  • Trump is not a rabid interventionist like Hillary as evidenced by her promoting the invasion of Libya and her plea for regime change in that country.

  • Trump believes in America First and would only act if he felt the nation was at grave risk. 

  • Hillary put the country at grave risk with her advocacy for a Nuclear Iran and supporting rapid pullout of Iraq without a Status of Forces Agreement.

  • Hillary vindictively went after and helped to destroy all of her Husband’s lovers and victims.  Is this being too thin skinned?  Maybe her judgement should have been aimed at her husband rather than rape victims…

CLINTON: “Donald Trump’s ideas aren’t just different – they are dangerously incoherent,”

  • Trump advocates reviewing decades old treaties such as NATO and others to insure that these defense agreements are effective and are fair to the US.

  • Unlike Clinton, Trump believes that regime change is not in the best interest of the US.  He believes that war is the last resort and never justified unless US self interests can be achieved.  Clinton supported regime change in Iraq, Libya and Syria.  How is that working out!

  • Hillary aided and abetted the Russian takeover of Ukraine after a phony “reset of relations” with Russia.  This reset led to Russia becoming increasingly more belligerent in reclaiming parts of the old Soviet Union. 

  • Hillary pushed Obama into taking out the Kaddafi regime in Libya in spite of the fact that Kaddafi was an acquaintance of Obama’s pastor, Rev. Wright!  This ouster totally destabilized Libya and left the country ripe for ISIS to step in and take over.

  • Trump is a collaborative business person who will seek the best advice of experts before acting.  Hillary surrounds herself with 2-3 close confidants and excludes everyone else! 

  • Hillary uses an unsecured Blackberry in an unsecured area of the State Department to text Sid Blumenthal, in opposition to a direct order by her Commander and Chief, to see what she should do in Libya and elsewhere. 

  • Trump has engaged an impressive national security team that includes Senator Jeff Sessions, to formulate his foreign policy.  Big difference…

  • Hilary ramped up a pro-Iranian nuclear agreement that eventually led to a solution designed to give Iran $160 Billion to use to support their world-wide terror organization, insured that Iran would get nuclear weapons, and featured virtually a non-inspection pact allowing Iran free reign to do what ever they wanted during their development of nuclear weapons.  And this is coherent?

CLINTON:  “He is not just unprepared – he is temperamentally unfit to hold an office that requires knowledge, stability and immense responsibility.”

  • Clinton has yelled at the Secret Service, her Staff, and her husband in well documented accounts.  She is also more paranoid than Richard Nixon. She would not use government issued, secured email and handheld devices as she feared a FOIA request that could sunshine her actions.  She feared that even Obama would find out that she was communicating with Sid Blumenthal.  And she says Trump is unfit?  If she won’t obey a direct order from the President of the United States, why would you think she will obey the US Constitution!

  • Trump runs over 500 companies world wide with thousands of employees.  He negotiated and built each of these enterprises from scratch including many “turnaround” situations requiring the rebuilding of assets and infrastructure.  His “temperament” has served his ventures well and he understands how to reach out to his adversaries.  He has converted the majority of his former opposing presidential candidates to becoming his supporters and has rallied 85% of the Republican Party to his side.  You don’t do this if you are temperamentally unfit! 

CLINTON:  “He believes we can treat the U.S. economy like one of his casinos and default on our debts to the rest of the world, which would cause an economic catastrophe far worse than anything we experienced in 2008.”

  • Well, this one is rich!  Hillary was part of a Senate and then part of the Obama administration who drove the national debt to over $19 trillion dollars and climbing.  Our debt is over 100% of our GDP and growing, thanks in part to Hillary’s policies and advocacies. 

  • Hillary and her husband were co-architects of the sub-prime loan disaster that led to the 2008 recession.  All the while receiving millions from Wall Street!

  • Trump had 4 operations that failed, out of hundreds and those operations filled for bankruptcy protection.  As opposed to Hillary’s support and vote for the GM “government contrived bankruptcy”, backed by taxpayers, as well as the bank bailouts of 2008.  The Trump company bankruptcies did not put taxpayer money at risk. 

  • Hillary is great at gambling with your money, all the while raking in money for herself. 

 

Hillary Must be Desperate to Use Foreign Policy to go After Trump

Her Failed Positions and Policies are Legend

Only Biden, and Neo-Conservatives, Have a Worse Foreign Policy Record than Clinton

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Hat Tips

http://www.npr.org/2016/06/02/480487308/hillary-clinton-delivers-foreign-policy-speech-in-san-diego

http://hotair.com/archives/2016/06/02/hillarys-foreign-policy-speech-trump-is-dangerously-unfit-for-office/

Read Hillary Clinton’s Speech on Donald Trump and National Security

 

 

Obama-248 Days Left Of the Destruction of Our Republic

50% of Those Polled Approve of Obama’s Performance!

Really!

2016 Presidential Campaign Allowing Obama to

“Fundamentally Transform America”

While We Are Not Watching

King Obama

The Buzz today is about discussing Donald Trump’s love life from 30 years ago!  Really?  

Obama and the Main Stream Media (MSM)  will do and say anything to distract us from seeing that Obama has literally redefined America.  We, including our elected Republican officials in Washington DC, have done nothing to stop him.  Here are a few of Obama’s “Accomplishments“:

  • Completely weakened the financial fabric of this nation by driving up our debt to $20 Trillion.

  • Exploding our welfare assistance to illegal and legal immigrants and eliminating our borders entirely.

  • Emasculated the breadth of our banking system and consolidated our financial institutions to the detriment of the consumers.

  • Ruining higher education by taking over Student Loans and driving the cost of higher education through to roof enslaving our students through a life of debt owed to the almighty government.

  • Gave Iran a clear path to create and possess nuclear weapons and provided $150 Billion to help finance their creation and subsidize Iranian terror networks.

  • Giving Iraq and Syria to Iran with his hands off policy in Syria and his allowing Iraq to fall into political and military disarray through his hands off policy with ISIS. 

  • Giving Iran a clear path to complete its missile arsenal with which to deliver its soon to be completed nuclear weapons.

  • Allowed Iran to intimidate our navy by capturing and detaining one of our ships in international waters.

  • Destabilized Libya by taking out Qadhafi and destroying its governing infrastructure leaving it for ISIS and other nefarious organizations to pick at its carcass. 

  • Allowing China to “annex” the South China Sea without resistance nor repercussions.

  • Allowing Russia to intimidate our military with low flyovers and close encounters with our ships and aircraft.

  • Giving North Korea a clear path to complete their nuclear arms and ballistic missile programs.

  • Allowing Central and Eastern Africa to become a cesspool of terror and unrest.

  • Transformed cultural norms such as traditional marriage by his advocacy of same-sex marriage giving SCOTUS a clear path to overturn DOMA and a millennia of cultural tradition.

  • Literally destroying the American Health Care System with Obamacare.

  • Using Obamacare to destroy the Freedom of Religion to force religious institutions to conform with Obamacare mandates regardless of their long-held religious objections to abortions, birth control, and sex reassignment procedures.  Euthanasia next?

  • Using Title IX and Title VII, redefined bathroom, changing room and shower access to be wide open to all genders.

  • Setting the stage to force the private sector to allow transgender individuals to use restrooms, changing rooms or other typically gender restricted areas as they wish ignoring the risk to the innocent by pedophiles and sex offenders.

  • Undermining our civil order by making continuous disparaging remarks about our police and other law enforcement officials and using the DOJ to interfere with local law enforcement.

  • Inciting riotous behavior by siding with anarchistic organizations such as Occupy and Black Lives Matter.

  • Creating open borders and open immigration policies that are destroying the cultural fabric of our nation.

Still Think Obama Does Not Know What He Is Doing!

Unfortunately, the list is virtually endless as everyday more and more of our liberties are lost, our economic prosperity driven into the oblivion of debt, and our moral fiber destroyed.  Race relations, due to Obama’s constant race baiting tactics, are at their worst since the 1960’s.  The plight of Blacks and other inner city minorities is dismal with Black on Black crime escalating exponentially.   Obama blames law enforcement and the bias of the justice system!

So, when you hear or see the MSM focusing on silly issues like Trump’s love life when he was single, stop and ask, “What is the Administration and the Media trying to Hide”?  The MSM has become one big reality show meant to distract and mislead the public.  Unfortunately, we are too easily duped into thinking that what we are going through is “NORMAL”!  It isn’t! 

This Election is Vital to this Nation’s Survival. 

While some on the right are chanting the #nevertrump mantra, Obama and the left keep on destroying what is left of this republic.  Hillary, if she is able to run, or for that matter any Democrat (or socialist) candidate for president, will continue to take this nation down the path of progressive annihilation. 

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You may not like some of the things Donald Trump says or does. 

But, It Is Trump Or The Fall of America. 

This is not being dramatic, this is being truthful.

 

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Hat Tips:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president_obama_job_approval-1044.html

http://www.westernjournalism.com/a-comprehensive-list-of-obamas-worst-executive-orders/

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2014/02/04/ruth-marcus-obama-executive-order/

Ryan Vs Trump-Career Politician Vs Businessman

Who Understands the Real World Better?

Trump Ryan borderRyan was the Primary Sponsor of Only 2 Pieces of Legislation in 17 Years!

One to Name a Post Office in His Home Town

Two, to put an Excise Tax on ARROWS

Trump built a $10 Billion International Real Estate Company

The DC, self-proclaimed conservative pundits hail Ryan as a principled conservative and rail against Trump as a non-conservative populist. 

They glow over Ryan’s budget prowess and his creds as a “policy wonk”, while they spew hatred for Trump’s uncouth dispatch of his 2016 rivals and scoff at his lack of intelligence in being able to articulate policy positions. 

The DC, Self-proclaimed Conservative Pundits are the Enablers that Allowed This Country to Sink Into Economic, Political and Moral Decline

They have Covered for our Feckless Republican Leadership and Excused the Progressive Agenda as an Unavoidable US Political Evolution

We The People Cannot Distinguish and Difference between Our Current Republican and Democrat Leadership

Ryan PelosiRyan and the Republican Insiders have stood by for the past 24 years and have allowed or helped the left to drive this country into near oblivion:

  • Created the depression of 2008 by setting up the prime loan perfect storm then nationalizing our banking system

  • Created an unthinkable level of national debt even when in total control of the Government

  • Created conditions that have driven our military unpreparedness to levels not seen since before WWII

  • Created a stagnated economy while spending over $4 Trillion per year 

  • Created an ineffective and systemic corruption of our educational system

  • Created a trade paradigm that has exported 40% + of our manufacturing jobs and industries, and allowed our healthcare system to be decimated and much, much more. 

  • Created a system of environmental, labor, other regulations that cripple and kill our own industries while putting our international competitors at a competitive advantage.

So, if Ryan and the Republican Insiders are “Pure Conservatives” with “Principled Positions”, what on earth are their positions?

  • Support for nationalized, centralized banking system?

  • Support for uncontrolled spending and debt accumulation?

  • Support for weakening our military so we are unable to defend our nation?

  • Support for driving our economy down, holding down our middle class incomes, driving more and more citizens into poverty and big government hand out programs?

  • Support for dumbing down our educational system while increasing our cost per student and enriching the Teacher’s Unions?

  • Support for promoting “unbalanced” “free trade” programs that serve to drive our industries overseas and drive our citizens into unemployment?

  • Support for Big Government regulations to drive industries out of the US and enhance the capabilities of our competitors.

I am not the problem, It is the Pigs in Government
I am not the problem, It is the Pigs in Government

It is obvious to We the People that Politicians are only focused on their own re-election and increasing the power of the federal government and thus their own personal power. 

It is time for us to go back to our Founding Father’s Principles, not Republican or Democrat, and have a President, and ultimately a Congress, made up of Business People and not professional politicians, like Ryan and others, who have never ran a business nor even had a job, other than being a lawyer, in the real world.  We need more people in government who have signed the front of paychecks rather than just the back of a government check!  We need a government who lives among We the People and understand what We the People are going through every day. 

Ryan and the Insider Professional Political class will never come up with solutions that really work.  They simply do not have the experience and they are motivated more to perpetuate their own kingdoms than take care of We the People.  Business men and women are confronted with issues and problems every day.  They have to act quickly and in a cost-effective manner or they perish. 

What is the Punishment for Inept or Corrupt Politicians? 

BIG FAT PENSIONS AND A GOLDEN PARACHUTE WITH LOBBYING ORGANIZATIONS AND DC POWER BROKERS.

 

Why Trump Does Not Need Ryan’s Endorsement

We the People, Republicans, Democrats, and Independents support Trump and his vision, and not those of the DC Establishment.  Votes Count, eventually.  We will get enough people in Congress who are from the real world, and care more about this country than themselves and who will follow Trump’s example.  The DC Establishment has decimated our Constitution and the enumeration of powers.  We need to get the power back to the States where it started and cut DC down to size. 

This is not the Hunger Games even though DC resembles “Panem” and Obama, President Snow and Congress His Puppets! 

Ryan does not control nor speak for We the People

Get over it!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Contested Conventions Count-1976 Gave Us Today’s Iran!

Elections Matter!

Ford Given the Nomination In 1976

He Lost to Jimmy Carter

Did this Start the Rise of Today’s Iran?

 

1976 GOP Primary:

# Delegates Required to Win:  1,130;  # of Ford Delegates:  1,121;  # of Reagan Delegates:  1,078

In 1976, the GOP primary came down to a battle between the sitting President Gerald Ford and the California Governor, Ronald Reagan.  After all of the primary voting, both of the candidates came up short as is predicted for this 2016 GOP Primary.  In a contested convention in Kansas City, Gerald Ford was able to convince (almost bribe) enough delegates to support him over Ronald Reagan.

Gerald Ford and the GOP insiders, sound familiar, feared and disliked Reagan as a rogue candidate.  Remember also, that Ford was Richard Nixon’s Vice President and Ford took over following Nixon’s resignation.  So, Watergate followed Ford into the White House.  Ford issued an executive order granting Nixon a full pardon for any potential wrong doings a month following Nixon’s resignation.  This pardon was contentious and damaged Ford’s standing with GOP and Democrat voters. 

So, when Ford joined the GOP Presidential Primary, he did so under the shadow of the Richard Nixon Watergate scandal.

The GOP insiders were all aware of Ford’s damaged image and that many GOP voters associated him with Watergate following the pardon.  The GOP was hell-bent on making sure that Ford was legitimized by winning the office via an election.  Reagan was fighting an uphill battle against the Republican Party and the associated donor class and GOP insiders.

The Carter Catastrophe

The bottom line was that the GOP nominated Gerald Ford at the Kansas City GOP Convention in 1976.  Ford’s Democrat opponent was a relatively unknown peanut-farmer/Governor of Georgia, Jimmy Carter.  Carter was actually a weak candidate but the Nixon baggage carried by Ford was too much for Ford to overcome in the general election. 

Enter President Jimmy Carter; the overthrow of a long time US ally, the Shah of Iran; enter the radical Islamic Ayatollah Khomeini and the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran;  and finally, the Iranian Hostage Crisis. 

Could a President Ronald Reagan in 1976 Prevented the Rise of Iran?

Given Reagan’s hard-line stance on the US hostages held by Iran, his disdain for the overthrow of the Shah, it is pretty much a sure thing that if the GOP had nominated Reagan in 1976, he would not have had the Ford baggage and would have defeated Carter! 

A President Reagan in 1979 would have defended the Shah of Iran against the overthrow by the religious Islamic fanatics. 

Therefore, I submit for your consideration:

  • That today’s maniacal Iranian regime would not exist;
  • The war between Iran and Iraq would not have taken place, both leaders were allies of the US;
  • Hamas and Hezbollah would be non-entities due to a lack of funding by Iran; 
  • George H.W. Bush would not have had any provocation to invade Iraq; 
  • GW Bush would not have had any provocation to invade Iraq;
  • Al-Qaeda would have had great difficulty to thrive the way they did in the 1990’s;
  • ISIS would probably not exist at all in Iraq and Syria as both would have strong leaders.

So, Do Primaries Matter?

What Do You Think?

Another GOP Supported Insider would be a Re-Run of 1976

 

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Assad/Putin May Prove Trump Correct on Syria/ISIS

Palmyra, Syria, Recaptured by Assad/Russians From ISIS

Reminder:  Trump said he would work with Russia to rid Syria, Iraq and the World of ISIS. 

Trump Sessions

Obama is doing this by default!

President Assad of Syria, aided by the Russians/Putin, just recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from ISIS!  There is a better than even chance that Assad/Putin will eventually, maybe before Obama leaves office, rid Syria of ISIS and eliminate its “caliphate’s capital” stronghold in Al-Raqqah. 

Elimination of Syrian Rebels:  Further, during the purge of ISIS, Assad/Putin will most assuredly take out the so-called ally of the West, the Syrian Anti-Assad group, praised by Senators Ted Cruz,  John McCain and Lindsay Graham.  If this occurs, Syria will remain in Assad’s control as an Alawite dominated nation with close ties to Russia and IRAN.  This will effectively “sandwich” Iraq between its two recent enemies, Syria and Iran. 

Iraq Reverts to Shia-Then Splits:  Iraq, then, will be left to its own devices to deal with the remnants of the Sunni ISIS in Iraq.  Please remember that the Sunni ISIS group was founded by members of Saddam’s Sunni army back in 2003 after we invaded Iraq.  Saddam Hussein was a despotic Sunni dictator who maintained Sunni control over the Shia and Kurdish inhabitants by brute force.  After we eliminated Saddam and tried to set up a coalition government, the country remained divided and crippled and this allowed for Sunni ISIS to raise from the ashes we created.  

ISIS then is diametrically opposed to Syria’s Alawite leader Assad, the Kurds in Northern Iraq, and the predominant Shia population in the balance of Iraq, and Shia Iran.  Iraq is primarily Shia (62%) like Syria and Iran.  Ethnically the Kurds in the North (17% of Iraq’s population) do not associate themselves with their Iraqi co-inhabitants to the South but are more allied with Iran.  Eliminating the Sunni-ISIS uprising in Iraq would be a “Holy” victory and return Iraq to its Shia roots! 

Iraqi Problems-Ethnic Diversity and Oil:  What to do with Iraq after ISIS is defeated is the real questionThe major two problems with Iraq is that the disparate groups who were thrown into the same geographic nation back in 1917 by the Europeans and the US, are historically and in some cases ethnically different; and two, the oil fields in Iraq and the multiple pipelines traversing Iraq are not uniformly distributed along ethno-religious lines.  If Iraq is subdivided between the Kurds in the North, and then Western and Eastern Iraq, or between the Kurds and the rest of Iraq, the oil wealth would not be disbursed evenly.  Some economic arrangement would have to be reached to make this split, or a two way split, as equitable as possible.  This would not be easy.

 

Two Way Split of Iraq:  So, how do you divide Iraq and keep some semblance of peace?  Probably a two-way split of Iraq would be the easiest alternative.  The Kurds in the north could be separated from the rest of Iraq.  But the Kurds also lay claim to portions of Turkey and Syria.  The Kurds feel some of their land was unlawfully “annexed” into Turkey and Syria in the 1917 realignment.  It is estimated that there are approximately 18 million Kurds living in Turkey alone as a result of this division. 

The map below will give you an idea how difficult any border realignment would be to segregate the Kurds.  The Kurdish populations in the Middle East are shown in Red below.  The Kurds have major populations in Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran!  In a practical sense, there will be no way to establish a unified Kurdish state.  At best, the North Eastern and Northern portions of Iraq could be segregated.  The Kurds in Syria and Turkey will probably remain segregated.  Perhaps an international agreement could be reached with Syria and Turkey to protect the Kurds in those countries.  These types of arrangement have always been limited in terms of there success.

Kurds

Post ISIS Syria, Iraq, Iran and the Kurd nation would look a lot like the pre-Saddam Iraq with the exception of the Kurdish separation.  Like, during the cold war, Russia would revert as the major influence in Syria and Iraq and would increase their influence in Iraq.  The Kurds would probably remain allied with the West for self preservation!  So basically, after 40 decades of US direct involvement in Iraq, Iran and Syria, the original status quo would be re-established!!! 

Will Trump be Vindicated?

So while many have criticized Donald Trump’s views of how to defeat ISIS, and return this portion of the Middle East to some semblance of “peace”, his positions, proposed alliances, and predictions may actually come to pass.  Most of Trump’s detractors are those who were the architects and players in the US intervention of the region.  So Trump may win a bittersweet war of ideas but that will not bring back the 250,000 Syrians who died in the Syrian Civil War; the thousands of Iraqis who died in our two gulf war interventions; the 3,600 or so US military personnel who died in our two gulf war interventions; and the countless Kurds, Iraqis and Syrians who have been killed by ISIS.  Nor will it eliminate his critics as they had a bloody hand in the creation of this debacle!

Christian Genocide:  One other tragic outcome of these decades has been the systematic genocide of Christians in Syria, Iraq, and Iran at the hands of ISIS, Saddam Hussein, Assad, the Ayatollahs in Iran, and the post war, US supported, Iraqi governments.

Islamic Terrorism will Survive:  It is important to note, that even if ISIS is removed from Syria and Iraq, some form of Islamic Terror will continue until we attack that problem at is cultural-religious roots.

In the final analysis, the question will be what lesson, if any, have we learned over the past 30 years?  Probably none!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Hat Tips

http://www.pewforum.org/2009/10/07/mapping-the-global-muslim-population/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_Civil_War

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurds

GW Bush and the Ascension of Iran & ISIS

Iraq Iran US Leaders

GW’s Role in the Ascension of Iran & ISIS as Dominant Players in the Middle East

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Timeline – 1979 to Today

1979-Carter Abandons Iran’s Shah and Allows Khomeini and Radical Islamist to Seize Power in Iran and Create the Islamic Republic of Iran

1980-Start of Iraq-Iran War-Lasts until 1988

1982-President Reagan (George H.W. Bush as VP) began Arming Iraq via Arms Sales through Israel and Jordan, (including chemicals to make chemical weapons) Western Europeans, the Soviets, along with Saudi Arabia.  Syria backed Iran and cut off Iraqi use of a Strategic Pipeline.

1982-1988:  Hussein Used Chemical Weapons Against Iran Multiple Times During the War.  The International Community, Including the U.S., Did Nothing to Stop Saddam Hussein from Using Chemical Weapons.

1988-Iraqi Casualties:  Estimated at 105,000–200,000 Killed, about 400,000 had been Wounded and some 70,000 Taken Prisoner.

1988-Iran Causalities: Estimated 200,000–220,000 killed, or up to 262,000 according to the Conservative Western Estimates. This Includes 123,220 Combatants, 60,711 MIA and 11,000-16,000 Civilians

1988-August 1990:  Iraq Invades Kuwait over Oil Drilling and Debt Dispute;  President George H.W. Bush’s Ambassador to Iraq, April Gillespie, told the Iraqi High Command, “Inspired by the friendship and not by confrontation, (The U.S.) does not have an opinion on the disagreement between Kuwait and Iraq, stating “we (U.S. Government) have NO Opinion on the Arab–Arab Conflicts”.  Iraq took this as a Green Light to Invade Kuwait! Then…

1990-1991:  George H.W. Bush Led the U.S. Against Iraq to Liberate Kuwait in Dessert Shield and Dessert Storm

2001-September 11:  al-Qaeda Attacks World Trade Center

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George W. Bush’s War Against Iraq

2001-October:  U.S. Invades Afghanistan to Rid it of al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden

2001-November:  G.W. Bush instructs Rumsfeld to have Tommy Franks Draw up a Battle Plan to Invade Iraq Within a Week?  (Why then?)

2002-Latter Half:  CIA reported that Iraq was Trying to Reconstitute their Nuclear Program to build Weapons of Mass Destruction

March 18, 2003-GW Bush Notified Congress That the U.S. was going to War Against Iraq;  Bush Attacked 2 Days Later

May 1, 2003:  G.W. Bush Issues his “Mission Accomplished” Speech

2007-Iraq Surge to Re-establish Stability in Iraq

December, 2008-G.W. Bush Signs a Weak Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq Including Complete Withdrawal of Troops by 12/31/2011, and the Agreement Would Expire on the Same Date.

12/31/2011-Obama Fails to Extend SOFA and Troops in Iraq

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A power vacuum was created in Iraq by Bush and Obama that allowed for the rise of ISIS/ISIL and incursions into Iraq by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard to further destabilize Iraq and Syria and position Iran in a position of strength in Iran and its ally Syria.

Iran could not defeat Iraq in war in the 1980’s, but now that the U.S. had weakened Iraq, Iran was in a superior position to be able to exert its influence over it long time enemy, Iraq.

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G.W. Bush/Obama Iraq Aftermath & the Rise of Iran

12/31/2011:  All U.S. Troops Leave Iraq

April, 2013-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) Created by al-Baghdadi

December 2015-ISIL Controls Vast Populations of Iraq and Syria

2015-Iran Nuclear Deal-Obama

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G.W. Bush was so bogged down in Afghanistan and Iraq that he did not devote the time that stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons really deserved.  The Bush Administration spent half of its time in office dabbling with a European led group negotiating with Iran.  (Sounds like leading from behind!)  The end result was that no agreement was reached during Bush’s term and the ball was punted to Obama who was salivating at the prospect of giving nuclear capabilities to Iran and “fundamentally changing the balance of power in the region”. 

G.W. Bush, while not intentionally, helped to create the power vacuum in Iraq that gave tacit approval to Iran to “come on in”.  Part of the vacuum was filled with ISIS and part with the Revolutionary Guard from Iran.  Now that Iran is assured of gaining a nuclear weapon, it is capable of becoming a dominant player in the Middle East.  While much of this is on Obama, GW had a hand in the ultimate destabilization of Iraq by not negotiating a long lasting SOFA with Iraq.

The sad part is that Saddam Hussein was probably trying to get nuclear weapons all along but apparently had not reached his goal.  Saddam’s biggest mistake (Iraq has denied any involvement)  may have been trying to assassinate George H.W. Bush in 1993.  Was this the real reason George W. Bush attacked Iran in 2003?  Or was it that he truly thought that Iraq had nuclear capabilities?  We obviously knew that Iraq had chemical weapons as we supplied the chemicals during the Iraqi-Iranian war in the 1980’s when George H.W. Bush was Vice President. 

History will record the final chapter of President George W. Bush and his role in shaping the Middle East of 2016.  The goal of this article is not to lay all of the blame of today’s Middle East issues on this President, but to merely point out that actions have consequences, many unintended and unanticipated.

Donald Trump today is maintaining that going to war against Iraq was a mistake and led to the current destabilization in the Middle East.  It is certainly curious that both George H.W, Bush and George W. Bush both went to war against a former ally.  They took out a SUNNI leader of a Shia country that totally confounded the rest of the SUNNI world.  Today, other candidates are blaming Trump for making enemies out of our SUNNI allies with his tightening of Muslim immigration.  Well boys and girls, if an immigration policy can make our allies upset, imagine what taking out one of their own would do!  Further, GW is actually responsible for our total pullout from Iraq with his signing of a week SOFA agreement in December of 2008.  I have no lost love for Obama but Bush is certainly partially to blame for the mess as stated by Donald Trump! 

Obama could have done more but why should he?  He believes hat Iraq should be led by its Shia Majority!!!

Sun Tsu maintained that if you only go to war for the purpose of maintaining or achieving your own self interests, then the outcome will always be to your benefit.  When you go to war for some other reason, even if seemingly altruistic, then the outcome will be merely a depletion of your own treasure and blood. 

You may feel better about yourself,

but your own self interests have not been advanced!

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RD Pierini

Twitter:  @RDPierini