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Trump Middle East & Terrorism Doctrine-Saudi Arabia at the Core

The Mainstream Media, Anti-Trumpers, and Washington Elites try to claim that President Trump does not have  a cohesive policy regarding the Middle East and the War on Terror.  The main reason is that they fear that the Trump Middle East War On Terror Doctrine will actually work!  It is the antithesis of the Neocons invasive policies of meddling directly in everyone else’s business and a rejection of the Left and Elites globalist policies to weaken the US.  In short, President Trump Gets It!

The Trump Middle East Doctrine actually includes West Asia, India, and Pakistan and is based on a strong Sunni alliance for the Muslim countries anchored to Saudi Arabia at its core.  The inclusion of India and Pakistan creates a Mutually Assured Destruction alliance of the areas two pre-eminent nuclear nations (excluding Israel) that is critical to insure that Pakistan does not form an unholy alliance with other neighboring nations.  This alliance sets up Iran as the primary military foe and Iranian sponsorship of terror as a key target of the War on Terror.  Under the covers, Israel is also included in the Alliance via its mostly covert interaction with Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

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Trump Middle East / War on Terror Doctrine

  1. Combat Radical Islam By Enlisting Sunni Muslim Nations:
    1. Create an Anti-Terror Sunni Muslim Coalition:  Earlier this year, President Trump met with over 50 Muslim nations to enlist their support in combatting Radical Islam.  All 50 countries agreed to cut off funding support for Radical Islamists and to create reforms in their countries to curb the spread of radical ideologies. 
    2. Setup Saudi Arabia as the Cornerstone to the Sunni Muslim Anti-Terror Coalition:  It is important to note that the meeting of the 50+ Muslim Arab nations was hosted by Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah with his son and heir apparent, Mohammed bin Salman, or “MBS” at his side.  President Trump has invested his trust in MBS to not only take his country into the twentieth century (not a typo), but to lead the Sunni Arab nations to checkmate Iran, Russia and Syria in the region.  MBS knows that in order to temper, then eliminate the Saudi Wahhabi radicals, he must isolate their internal supporters.  Hence, the current round of arrests and the freezing of their assets.  In the past, many in the royal family funded terrorism around the world and supported the Wahhabi radical Islamists.  The plan is to reform Saudi Arabia internally so they can then take the lead to reform Islam in the Sunni world and drive out radical Islamists.  This removes the past duplicity of Saudi Arabia claiming to support the US war on terror while funding terrorists!  MBS views radical Islamists as the barrier to not only religious reform, but a barrier to bringing the Sunni nations into the modern world.  MBS knows that the oil dominance of the Middle East is seriously threatened by US energy production and that his economy needs to diversify or die.  He also needs to get his citizens working so they are occupied and do not engage in idle radicalization.  Some question if MBS is leading Saudi Arabia into an Iran like takeover by radical Islamists.  The main differences between 1979 Iran and 2017 Saudi Arabia is technology, US Support and military might.  MBS controls one of the most weaponized militaries in the Middle East with a surveillance capability to deeply monitor and respond to any insurrection.  MBS knows he also has President Trump watching his back.  President Carter threw the Shah of Iran under the bus that allowed the Ayatollahs to overthrow the Shah’s regime!
    3. By eliminating funding sources to terrorists, it will make it very difficult for them to expand and export their poison.
      Also, it is critical that this be a Sunni Arab effort and not be seen as the US led intervention.  US Intervention and resulting Middle East wars do provide some fuel to terrorist propaganda.  It is hard to claim that the killing of 2-400,000 Iraqis endears the Iraqi population to the US.  
    4. Create a coalition of Sunni Arab nations to stand against Iran, its nuclear and missile programs, and its exportation of terror. This is critical to achieve a long-term peace solution without a significant US military intervention and extended occupation.  This is a two-part win if successful.  One, the Sunni Muslims will stand on their own in terms of controlling their region.  Two, Iran will quickly see that the “Great Satan” (the US and Israel) is no longer valid and they are challenged by other Muslims in their own neighborhood.  
  2. Make the US Energy Independent:  This is an often overlooked piece of the puzzle in securing peace in the Middle East and combating terrorism.  Why?  The US needs to use its dominant energy production to checkmate Russian intervention in the region by threatening to ruin the Russian economy by taking a large chunk out of their energy exports which supports 70% of the Russian economy.  Our energy position also checkmates Middle Eastern Oil Producers/OPEC and incentivizes them to support the Trump Doctrine for the Middle East.
  3. Rip Up the Iran Nuclear Agreement:
    1. The Iran Nuclear Agreement is a guarantee that Shiite Iran will become a nuclear power within the Middle East with tested delivery systems that will threaten not only the Middle East but Western Europe as well.  President Trump has set in motion the abandonment of this agreement to isolate Iran.
    2. President Trump will begin to reestablish harsh sanctions on Iran in an attempt to regain some ground given up by the Obama cash giveaway program to Iran.  Our treasury secretary must weaken and degrade Iran’s economy to the point that their ability to continue to support terrorism and invest in their nuclear program is difficult.  Too bad Obama subsidized their terrorism efforts to the tune of $150B when we had Iran on the ropes economically!  Treasonous.  
    3. Once the US takes the sanctions lead and is out of the Iran Nuclear Agreement, President Trump will deal with Iran as a terrorist nation that is an existential threat to the rest of the world much like North Korea.  He will be solidly backed by the Sunni Arab coalition formed during his Saudi Arabia summit with Israel as their “wingman”.  IF Iran does not denuclearize unilaterally, which is not likely, then the coalition will have to degrade their nuclear development with strategic attacks all the while fomenting internal unrest against the Ayatollahs.  One way or another, Iran is incapable of standing against the 50 nation coalition even with Russian support.
  4. Expel Iran from Syria and Iraq:
    1. Due to the failures by the Bush and Obama regimes, Iran has taken a firm foothold in both Syria and Iraq and is aiding the Taliban in fighting US Forces in Afghanistan.  Trump’s efforts to degrade Iran’s terror and nuclear programs is a step towards removing Iranian influence in Syria and Iraq via their Revolutionary Guard.  President Trump will have to convince Russia that their continued support of the Assad regime and the Iranian meddling in Syria is not in Russia’s best interest.  The President can assure Putin that the Syrian Mediterranean facilities he controls can be maintained as a Russian “peaceful” facility as long as they maintain their agreements to stand against Assad and Iran.
    2. Convince Russia that their military interventions in Afghanistan and Syria are not in their long-term best interests.  Sound fanciful?  Not really.  Russia is an economic house of cards and Kevin Spacey proved how flimsy that can be!  Russia relies on its oil exports to fund its economy,  The US rising dominance in world energy production is a gun to the head of the Russian economy.  We could export sufficient quantities of LNG and oil to the EU and other western Asian countries who now import these commodities from Russia, and cripple the Russian economy.  Putin is ruthless but not stupid!  Russia could benefit economically if they join the US and the 50+ Sunni Arab nations in an economic and security pact.   If President Trump could convince China to also join such an arrangement, Russia would be hemmed in.
  5. Israel-Palestinian Peace?  The other side benefit of the 50+ Sunni Arab coalition is that it makes the potential for a Middle East Peace agreement more likely.  How?  The Palestinians cannot survive without outside subsidies from the 50+ Sunni Arab Nations!  President Trump can leverage the coalition to pressure the Palestinians to negotiate in good faith with Israel.  This may end up being too good to be true but I don’t think so…

So, President Trump’s Middle East & Terrorism Doctrine can be summarized as:

  • Form a Middle East Coalition with 50+ Sunni Muslim nations.
  • Develop the US energy sources and make the US a net exporter of energy and a dominant player in the world energy market.
  • Use the ME coalition to eliminate terror group funding from Sunni Muslim countries.
  • Work with the ME Coalition to transform their economies and reduce their dependence on oil long-term and empower their citizens to raise their standard of living.
  • Tear up the Iran Nuclear Agreement.  Assumes that Iran does not agree to abandon their nuclear ambitions.  
  • Re-impose Iranian sanctions and choke their economy.
  • Use the ME Coalition to encircle and isolate Iran and force them to denuclearize or face military attacks.  
  • Use the ME Coalition to support dissidents inside of Iran.
  • Use the ME Coalition to pressure the Palestinians to negotiate a Middle East Peace with Israel.
  • Pressure and negotiate with Russia and China to cooperate in Syria to depose the Assad regime and stand up a peaceful Syria without Iranian intervention.  
  • Pressure and negotiate Russia and China to support the ME Coalition as an economic trading partner with the US, Russia and China!

The implementation of this doctrine will not be easy and not without issues and bumps along the way.  But, it recognizes that a Middle East solution must be based on the support of Sunni Arab Nations, Pakistan, and India. 

It recognizes that both Russia and China would benefit economically by a peaceful Middle East.  No nation has really benefitted by supporting military operations in this region to try to establish hegemony in the region.  It would allow the US to “tame” the Taliban if we can checkmate Russian and Chinese interference. 

The irony is that this doctrine is simple and less threatening to the entire region versus the Neocon interventionist policies of the Bush dynasty.  The Clinton, Bush, Obama mess in Iran and Syria is still a threat but hopefully the Coalition can help defuse the Iranian threat to the region and the world.  

If the Trump Middle East Doctrine is successful, the entire world would benefit from the lessening of the constant turmoil of the region; the exporting of terrorism around the world; and a lowering of tensions between the three largest militaries in the world. 

Since 1917, the carving up and control of the Middle East has caused nothing but conflict, destruction, and terrorism.  This doctrine has the potential of wiping out the evils of 1917 and returning the Middle East to its occupants.  Some of the existing national borders may be redefined during this process which will create some tensions.  One such realignment may be the creation of a separate Kurdish nation out of Northern Iraq.  Hopefully when these realignments occur, the Coalition can intervene and negotiate a peaceful transition.   

One can only hope this doctrine succeeds!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Hat Tips:

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/11/06/saudi-arabias-dramatic-transformation-continues-weekend-arrests/

 

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Honoring our Fallen-Must See Video and Movie

Image result for chief of staff john kelly press conferenceI do not generally link to videos or movies in place of an article of fact or opinion.  But, following the sick tirade of a member of Congress condemning the manner in which President Trump tried to console a Gold Star Wife.

The video is a press briefing given by General Kelly who is a Gold Star father and who has another son in the military serving his FIFTH tour.  General Kelly took over the White House briefing yesterday and schooled the nation on the reverence accorded to our fallen, and to their families.  Please click on the video below to watch this video on YouTube.  General Kelly starts at minute 2.

Hopefully you watch the entirety of this briefing.  In the video, General Kelly referenced a movie titled, “Taking Chance” as a way to see and feel the absolute reverence afforded to our fallen by the military and the impact on the families of the fallen.  Immediately following the press briefing, my wife and I watched the movie “Taking Chance”.  We were totally blown away by the content and raw emotion of the movie.  The movie was portrayed through the eyes of the Marine (Kevin Bacon) who volunteered to escort the remains of Private Chance Phelps to his family in Wyoming.  You can check out the trailer and features by clicking on this link:

The movie is available On demand by some cable providers and on Amazon Prime.  Just search for “Taking Chance” on your providers search engine.

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Our Thanks to the fallen and their families…

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Afghanistan/Pakistan/Indian/South Asia Challenge-The Trump Doctrine

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The Trump Afghanistan/Indian Sub Continent/South Asia Doctrine:

Last night, August 21/2017, President Trump outlined his Afghanistan foreign policy plan as part of his Afghanistan/Indian Subcontinent/South Asia foreign policy.  He has been asking his advisors for months “What does winning in Afghanistan look like”?  Trump drilled down on the result first, forcing his advisors to start with the conclusion then working a strategy to achieve that result…  He kept questioning their approaches until he was able to formulate a foreign policy that may achieve a result that benefits United States self-interest.  What has evolved is a doctrine that seeks to bring together a real diverse, and challenging “coalition” of disparate interest and nations.

Strategic Change:  Afghans Determine their Future

Inside of Trump’s address, was the notion that the US has no interest in defining the political self-governance structure of Afghanistan.  GW Bush and the Neo-Cons had the goal of establishing a western-style democracy over a country that is absolutely tribal in nature, with war lords as their overseers, with no experience in self-governing other than within the tribe.  This concept was doomed for failure at the outset especially when you add in the fact that these peoples were Muslim.  Islam has its own inherent governance structure.

Afghanistan is NOT a country made up of homogenous ethnic peoples with the same self-interests or even share any historical commonality.  There are 8 major ethnic groups within the current Afghan borders that were defined in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s by the British, Russia, and China.  The resulting “country” was basically a corral around a many peoples, most of which knew little or nothing about the other.  The map below will give you an idea of how disparate the ethnic make-up of Afghanistan is.

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Don’t make the mistake and try to draw a comparison to our republic that is made of 50 States.  The closest US analogy would be if the Christopher Columbus had drawn a line around the US and told all of the tribes of native peoples (Indians) and island dwellers, that they had to be subservient to Washington DC (I know it did not exist in 1492).  Further, that they had to vote for the central government leadership!  It is pretty amazing how clueless our own leadership is!

President Trump recognized that for the US to try to superimpose a central government over Afghanistan is a fool’s folly.  He stated point-blank that he has no interest in meddling in the Afghans governance.  While this one message is subtle, it is key to recognize that an Afghan western-style democracy cannot be a criteria for success!

Primary Success Criteria:  Eliminate Terrorist Haven in Afghanistan

President Trump stated that there are 20 separate terrorist groups in Afghanistan and in Pakistan.  His number one success criteria is the elimination of terrorist organizations from Afghanistan and allowing the terrorist organization from reconstituting in Pakistan.  Period!  

This is not simple and contains many tactical changes to give this a fighting chance.  Trump stated he will incorporate changes to achieve this goal:

  1. Rules of Engagement:  The President stated that he will take off the restraints on our commanders and soldiers and allow them to fight to win.  This will include the elimination of having embedded LAWYERS making the decision as to whether a soldier can fire on someone planting an IED!  How stupid is it to read a terrorist his “Miranda Rights”!  Further, that in-field tactical decision-making will not require approval from Washington and that the Military command will be empowered to take the fight to the criminals and terrorist, this is critical that we fight both, and eliminate them as a threat.  
  2. Focus on the Fight:  The US will no longer be in the business of nation building.  Our troops will no longer be building roads and buildings but focused on killing terrorist.  Period.
  3. Eliminate Cross-Border Safe  Havens:  The President also said that they will pressure Pakistan, apply real pressure and not just lip service, to not object to the US bombing terrorist havens inside of the Pakistan border with Afghanistan.  Today, the terrorist scurry across the border and we do not pursue them.  Trump will use our aid to Pakistan and other economic incentives to coerce the Pakistan Government to cooperate with the US.  He will also seek to isolate their nuclear weapons even more to ensure they do not fall into the hands of the terrorists.
  4. Stalemate China:  China has been a long-term player in both Afghanistan and Pakistan and are close neighbors with the former sharing a small border with China.  China has also been instrumental in the nuclearization of Pakistan!   The US will have to put pressure on China to keep them from interfering in our efforts to work with Pakistan to eliminate the terrorist from the region.
  5. Stalemate Russia:  The old Soviet Union bordered Afghanistan and had long sought to take over the Afghan mineral deposits.  Since the Progressive Left has interfered with Trump’s ability to work with Russia on Syria and other common issues, it will be difficult for the President to stalemate Russia.  That said, Trump will do everything he can to insure that Russian arming of the militants is minimized.  Russia shares many of our concerns for militant Islam and hopefully Trump will be able to overcome the “Russia Fever” that the left has created in our country.
  6. All Out War:  Trump will also wage a war to win and focus less on pressures to fight a “gentlemen’s war”.  He has already increased bombings by over 182% since taking office.  He will use special forces, air power, cyber, and increase commitments from NATO and other allies.  He may run into some resistance from some NATO allies as he talks the gloves off.  The French, for example, don’t like to fight at night!  Amazing.  Trump will also push the envelope in terms of pure fire power using even more MOABs to get the attention of the Terrorists.
  7. Engage the War Lords:  Trump’s team recognizes the role the regional war lords play in running Afghanistan.  Trump will have to prevail on them to cease sheltering and aiding any of the terrorists.  If he can persuade them that the US is not supporting a centralization of an Afghan government and allow the war lords to have a larger role in Afghanistan’s future, he may win most of them over.

Second Success Criteria:  Reduce the US Financial Commitment

Trump was subtle in his speech to enlist more financial support from Afghanistan, NATO and even India!  He is focused on $$$ and the US need to get others to help foot the bills that benefit others as well as the US.  He will probably tell Tillerson that he will take care of this part of the diplomatic effort!

  1. Afghanistan Financial Support:  Remember Trump talking about the Iraq war and that we should have “taken” some of the oil as repayment for our economic commitment to “liberating” Iraq?  Well, Afghanistan’s mineral and gemstone wealth is estimated at 1-3 Trillion dollars and include: barite, chromite, coal, copper, gold, iron ore, lead, natural gas, petroleum, precious and semi-precious stones, salt, sulfur, talc, zinc, emerald, lapis lazuli, red garnet and ruby.  Trump will probably seek to bring in international companies to help Afghanistan develop these resources and use part of the proceeds to offset our costs in the war effort.  Trump will also have to replace Afghanistan’s largest cash crop, poppies for opioid sales, with other sources of income for the war lords.   This change is needed to help rid the world markets of cheap opioids.  
  2. NATO:  Trump will ask NATO to increase their financial and military commitment to the Afghan Terrorist War as well.  NATO has already stated that they approve of the Trump Doctrine in South Asia and are open to discussions moving forward.
  3. India:  India is an interesting inclusion into the increased economic support for fighting terrorist in Afghanistan.  First of all, India is not a Muslim majority country and is in fact the home of the Sikhs who are enemies of the Muslims.  India would love to see the US exert more pressure on Pakistan as the two are also enemies in both religion and politics.  A more stable South Asia would benefit India and allow it to focus even more on its economic development and somewhat less on national defense.  The President seeks to pressure India, via its trade advantage with the US, to have India supply economic aid in Afghanistan in various forms.  At best, this will challenge even Trump’s “Art of the Deal” skills.  The overall alliance will include Muslims (both Sunni and Shia), Hindu, Sikhs, and a handful of others!  The alliance does, however, form a solid base for a true South Asia policy that includes Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Indian sub continent.  (May be easier than repealing Obamacare in Congress though)

The goals of the strategic change in Afghan self-determination, the defeat of terrorism in Afghanistan and to some degree Pakistan, and the Cost-Sharing goals to reduce US economic commitment to Afghanistan, define Trump’s success in Afghanistan.  If this succeeds with this “odd” alliance of players, it will have long-standing benefits in South Asia and help to stabilize a Post-Soviet South Asia.  If we do not succeed according to a time-table only Trump knows, we may pull out of Afghanistan sometime in the future.

There are many other facets of this doctrine that will be fleshed out in the coming months.  Trump will let the Generals and the troops do their jobs but will keep pressure on Mattis and his staff to keep their eye on the ball.  He will also make sure the Treasury is doing all they can to cut off the supply of funding to the terrorist and keep other cabinet members contributing in any way they can to assist the fight.  Rex Tillerson has a difficult job of keeping the coalition together while maintaining stability in Pakistan and elsewhere.  No small task.

Observation:  One thing to look for that will differentiate this campaign from our past feeble efforts to rid Afghanistan from Terrorist is a cessation of warfare during the winter months.  I would hazard a guess that Trump will seek to keep the terrorist from relaxing during the winter months with a series of asymmetrical attacks by land and air.  Sleep deprivation can be a demoralizing factor for sure…

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Hat Tips:

http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/boundaries-iii

http://afghanag.ucdavis.edu/country-info/culture-and-working-locally/Man_Afghan_Culture_CWTI.pdf

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

 

Trump to Pentagon On Afghanistan, “What Does Winning Look Like!”

Trump to Pentagon,

“What does Winning Look like in Afghanistan?” 

Culture shock in DC now extends to the Pentagon.  Specifically when it comes to defining Foreign Policy Strategy as it impacts Military Operations.   

As a businessman, Trump goes to the bottom line with every deal.   What does it mean to win and what does it look like in this particular deal.  We have been embroiled in conflict in Afghanistan since October, 2001.  We have seen what Bush thought was victory, then a redo with the surge, to Obama replacing combat with tentative engagement.  Trump will not approve of a military strategy in Afghanistan until he is convinced that he knows and believes what winning this conflict would look like and what will be the cost in blood and treasure.  Period.  

Apparently, in his meetings with DOD he was presented with a continuation of our prior strategy and was not satisfied with the strategy nor did he hear what winning would mean to the US.  Until he does, he will continue to press Mattis and McMaster and others.

While the MSM and talking heads are going nuts over not being able to pin Trump down on an Afghanistan strategy, why get in a hurry after almost 17 years of misery  and all too many casualties and injured servicemen and servicewomen. 

  • Trump has correctly said in the past that winning in Afghanistan has to include operations in Pakistan or we will continue to play “tag” with the Taliban scurrying back and forth from Afghanistan to their “safe space” in Pakistan. 
  • He has also indicated that anyone who receives billions from the US (Pakistan), must support our strategies or risk losing our aid.   Of course Trump detractors say that Pakistan is a nuclear nation so we can’t risk alienating them.  How about if you get$2B in aid and you probably can’t risk alienating us!

Trump also knows that doing nothing is also an option.  He will not naively dip his toe in an unwinnable conflict if he is not convinced that winning is not only attainable, but the likely outcome.  He believes that he owes this to our men and women in the military.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

 

Syria-What Will Be the Outcome?

Who Will Be the Winners?

Who Will Be the Losers?

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In merely 4 1/2 years, the status and toll of this conflict varies by source but the Syrian Centre for Policy Research (SCPR) estimates that 11.5%, of the Syrian population has been killed or wounded.  They estimate that 470,000 men, women and children have been killed since 2011 while the United Nation estimates this number to be 250,000, but the UN stopped estimating casualties 18 months ago.  11 million of the 18 million Syrians have lost their homes.   The number of wounded has been estimated at 1,900,000.  Destruction to Syria itself is estimated to be over quarter of a Trillion dollars. Regardless of the actual numbers, this conflict has been catastrophic to Syria and its people.   

Who Are the Good Guys?

Or, are there any good guys in this conflict?  Go back to 2011 when the “Arab Spring” sprung and was blessed by the Obama regime.  Inside of Syria, “pro-democracy” dissident groups began fighting back against the Assad Syrian Government and this soon erupted into a nation-wide conflict as Assad cracked down on the dissidents.  To this day I doubt anyone truly knows who or what the dissidents are.  

To understand the Syrian conflict, you need to understand that Assad and the government are Alawite Shia Muslims and the dissidents are primarily Sunni MuslimsFurther, Assad has been tightly aligned with Iran with both being supported by Russia!  So, you have the Assad Syrian Government, Iran (via Hezbollah), and Russia on one side, with the primarily Sunni dissidents on the other.

But, with Obama’s and Clinton’s precipitous withdrawal from Iraq, a vacuum was created that was filled by the newly formed Sunni Islamic State (ISIS).  ISIS and Iran both want to dominate and control the rich resources of Syria and Iraq.  So, ISIS secured large regions of Syria from the Assad Government and set up the capital of their “Caliphate” in Raqqa, Syria!  So, now you have ISIS and the dissidents fighting against Assad, Iran, and Russia!  But, ISIS and the dissidents are not aligned and ISIS forces or kills dissidents who do not swear allegiance to their caliphate.  To make it even more complicated, the Kurds occupy much of northern Syria and Southern Turkey and they don’t like anyone particularly!  The map below shows how Syria has been carved up by each group.

 

mapThe bottom line is that there may not be any “good guys” in this conflict, just a bunch of guys fighting for their own self interests!

Where Does the US Fit In?

Depends!  From Obama’s perspective, the US has two goals.  First goal, don’t cross the Iranians.  Two, act like you are fighting ISIS.  The first goal became evident when Obama penciled in his Red Line regarding Assad’s use of chemical weapons.  Obama/Clinton were told in no uncertain terms that the Iranian nuclear talks were over if Obama intervened in Syria against Assad.  So, Obama/Clinton took out their Red Line Eraser and we bowed again to the Ayatollahs in Iran.  The second goal included arming the dissidents to a low-level so the dissidents could fight ISIS on the ground.  Of course the dissidents took shots at Assad’s army as they were actually the primary dissident target and both the dissidents were Sunni.  Some believe that the CIA annex in Benghazi was a front for moving arms from Libya to the Syrian dissidents.  Obama/Clinton mixed using the dissidents and air strikes against ISIS to show the American public that he was fighting against ISIS in both Syria and Iraq.

From the Neo-Con perspective, the US needs to intervene on behalf of the dissidents as all freedom fighters who want democracy are good and deserve our help to whatever degree possible, including armed intervention!  You heard Senators McCain and Graham on talk shows the past 4.5 years demanding that we back the dissidents.  McCain even met with some of them in Syria.  The Neo-Cons would have the US engage directly in the Syrian conflict with the dual goals of removing Assad from power and killing off ISIS.  Whoa!  Assad is backed by Iran and Russia and to a lesser degree, China.  What the Neo-Cons are advocating are at least a 4 power war over Syria!  The Assad regimes have ruled Syria since 1971, why now?

From a US Self-Interest perspective today, the horse is out of the barn; the train left the station; and any other cliché you want to use to describe a situation in Syria that is only a Lose-Lose for the US.  Obama’s and Clinton’s lack of action early on removed all US options in this country, if we ever had any, other than all out war with Russia, Iran and Syria.  The fact is that since Obama/Clinton abandoned Iraq with his rapid pullout, Iraq will most likely align with Iran.  The majority in both countries are Shia and Iran has coveted Iraq in order to create a three state power consisting of Syria, Iraq and Iran.  They will then look towards Lebanon, Jordon and Israel for additional conquests. 

In Syria, we have put up with an Assad regime in power, aligned with Russia and Iran, for over 45 years.  It makes no sense from a national self-interest to engage the Assad regime in Syria.  We do have a national self-interest in annihilating ISIS and that interest is shared by Syria, Russia, Iran and Iraq. 

Trump Is Right in Syria:

You may not like Donald Trump but he is dead right on Syria.  We have a national self-interest in removing ISIS from Iraq and Syria but no self interest in removing Assad from power.  The shame of it all is that we lost countless lives, many of our soldiers were gravely wounded in the war in Iraq, and we spent trillions of dollars for naught.  Iraq also suffered casualties ranging upwards of 250,000 including both military and civilians.  To walk away is a shame on both the Bush and Obama/Clinton administrations.  Bush should not have left the status of forces agreement up to Obama/Clinton and Obama/Clinton should not have walked away from Iraq without a solid SFA with Iraq.  But, we did and we need to cut our loses and get out after taking our ISIS.

Lesson? 

History repeats itself if we do not learn from our mistakes.  We failed politically, not militarily, in Vietnam and in Iraq.  We may have to add Afghanistan if we keep up our current politically correct engagement.  We need to learn to lead from strength, engage when our national-interests are jeopardized, and walk away when it is not our fight.  There will always be bad guys and we will always have to stand strong against them.  But, to pick fights when we are not threatened or do not have the will to win politically, like Iraq and Vietnam, it will always end in failure. 

If you get a chance, read or peruse Sun Tzu’s the Art of War, written 500 years BC.  It is still a good “rule book” for fighting a war today.   (http://suntzusaid.com/)

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Hat Tips:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/russia-u-tensions-spill-over-u-n-meeting-011240631.html

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/11/report-on-syria-conflict-finds-115-of-population-killed-or-injured

http://suntzusaid.com/

Obama to Give Our Control of OUR Internet to Globalist and Our Enemies

Globalist Unite!  Give Away US Control Over the Internet

Piece by Piece

The Dismantling of America

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Continuing the Obama Agenda to

Fundamentally Change America!

On October 1st, 2016, The US Department of Commerce will finalize the surrender of control of the internet to  a GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL AUTHORITY.   Over the past 20 years, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will no longer be administered by the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration with oversight by the U.S. Department of Commerce.  The new international coalition will include countries such as China, Russia, Iran and others.  This plan has been supported by the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations.

Why should you care?  ICANN basically controls the internet, period.  ICANN manages the world’s domain and IP address database that in effect, keeps the internet running smoothly and insures stability and internet security.  In effect, it controls every URL (Uniform resource locator), AKA web address/host names, and email domains and addresses used on the internet.  For example, http://www.google.com, Your.Name.Gmail.com, http://www.whitehouse.gov, etc.   Control of this database is as strategic as protecting access to our power grid, financial institutions, military installations, and many more vital resources of the U.S..  In the wrong hands, entire countries, major industries, major defense systems, and terror networks can be enabled or disabled by who is in charge of ICANN.  On October 1st, this will no longer be the United States!

Key Question:  Do you think the internet, that we invented, should be managed by an agency that pretty much looks like the United Nations?  How has the UN been to us and to our allies like Israel?  Not so good. 

If we relinquish the control over the Internet to a body that does not have our best interest at heart, why are we taking this step towards information and infrastructure annihilation?  Why would we put our financial institutions at risk?  Our Military?  Our industry?  Our very existence?

Because George Soros and the Globalist Oligarchy Thrive On Anarchy!

They Swoop In and Buy Up the Rubble for 10 Cents on the Dollar!

Remember the 2008 Recession and Financial Crisis?  That was not an accident!

Let Trump Know You Want this Stopped.  Congress is a Waste of Time! 

After 3 Administrations, Congress Has Yet to Act!

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RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Hat Tip:

https://www.icann.org/

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/08/19/us-relinquishes-control-internet-naming-system-oct-1.html

http://mybroadband.co.za/news/internet/176669-the-us-to-lose-control-of-the-worlds-internet-domain-database.html

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

     

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:

Image result for lone soldier

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

Hat Tips:

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/r/ronaldreag183965.html

 

 

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.

#NeverTrump + Hillary = Radical Islamic “Death to America”

50 Killed In Orlando Florida By and Islamic Terrorist

Hillary/Obama Will Not Call It Islamic Terrorism

Death Hillary Never Trump#NeverTrump Crowd Is Trying to Assure a Hillary Victory

And Condemn Americans to Death!

It is one thing for Mitt Romney, Bill Kristol and their cohorts to try to defeat Donald Trump, but it is another thing to throw the election to Hillary Clinton will continue to get Americans killed at the hand of Islamic Terrorism.  If Romney/Kristol did not know better, you may be able to excuse their idiotic obsession with Trump. 

But, they should know that if they get traction in their #NeverTrump crusade, and Hillary is elected, then Americans will continue to die at an alarming rate and we will lose the Supreme Court to Progressives/Socialists for the next 3-4 generations.

#NeverTrump is Tantamount to Treason, Period

Anyone, yes anyone, who does not call these idiots out as traitors to our great nation are accomplishes to their crime.  It is hard to believe that the Republican Party could have had a candidate like Mitt Romney who has such disdain for the Republican Party and the Republican Voters, and the safety of this nation and its citizens. 

Everyone in the GOP should stand shoulder to shoulder and say

ENOUGH MITT! 

Cease and desist!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

GW Bush Owes the Vets, to Support Trump

G.W. Bush & Donald Trump Need to Come Together for our Vets!

The Bush family, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Jeb Bush are refusing to back or even vote for Donald Trump for the President of the United States.  I find this refusal to vote for the Republican candidate disgusting even though I heard Trump’s tough condemnation of G.W. for going to war in Iraq in 2003.  (I personally have serious reservations regarding our first and second invasion of Iraq and understand how G.W. may take Trump’s criticism personally.)  But, Bush’s decision to go to war was as the President of the United States, and not just G.W. Bush as a member of the Bush family. 

The result of war are deaths and casualties.  

Our Vets are struggling to obtain treatment from our inept, if not corrupt, Veterans Administration, to combat their physical and metal injuries. 

I totally believe that G.W. Bush deeply cares for our wounded warriors and that their plight weighs on him every single minute.  His real concern is the most perplexing dichotomy in his decision not to support Trump.  I would really like to see him reach out and help Trump to help the Vets.  There is no greater noble deed for a past President.

G.W., Don’t Abandon Your Vets When They Need You the Most!

Hillary Clinton Will Not Help Our Vets!

Hillary Clinton has already stated that the VA “problem” was overstated and political as stated in her CNN interview: (1)

“Hillary told Rachel Maddow on the latter’s Friday program that the VA scandal was “overstated”, that “overall, veterans who do get treated are satisfied with their treatment,” and that “nobody would believe that from the coverage that you see, and the constant berating of the VA that comes from the Republicans, in — in part in pursuit of this ideological agenda that they have.”

The “Bush Boycott” may help Clinton to defeat Trump who has pledged to revamp the VA and help the Vets.  The result will be a President Clinton who does not even believe there is a VA problem and that the Vets are receiving all of care they need in spite of having 22 Vets per day committing suicide! 

G.W. beamed his support for the “Invictus Games” that showcase wounded veterans from 14 nations who compete in various competitive sports.  This is just one of many events the President supports to help our wounded warriors.  He was interviewed by Bob Woodruff of ABC News where he said: 

“And, part of what we gotta (sic) do here in America, and in other countries as well, is to … teach people how to deal with these vets, and teach the vets that they can get help,” Bush said. “And so it’s a giant gap that a lot of us need to work to close.”  Further, “President Bush says much more needs to be done for those with invisible wounds including PTS and TBI. Says more than 80% don’t want to admit it.” 

Sometimes we just have to step outside of ourselves to help others. 

This is one of those times. 

Time for Donald Trump and G.W. Bush to Step Up

to help our Vets!

 

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Hat Tips:

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/05/05/both-former-bush-presidents-refuse-to-endorse-donald-trump.html

http://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/video/jeb-bush-refuses-to-vote-trump/vp-BBsJmCz

(1) http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/28/opinions/hewitt-hillary-clinton-va-scandal-remarks/index.html

(2) http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/exclusive-president-bush-hopes-invictus-games-put-wounded/story?id=38980429