Quick read...but the axiom know yourself and know the enemy...in this case it's get someone truly fluent and knows the region to have an effect.
Hard to influence a nation and people when you are not native in language, colloquialisms, and understanding of past and present in the area of interest.
In this case, Israel got it right in support of its cognitive operations. See what future MOEs look like for this social media interaction.
Follow-up to yesterday's discussion on Israel owning the message using Arab accounts and channels to push information.
Prince Salman is looking at Israel as a tech and economic hub Saudi could possibly link into for the region. This puts the region on a divided line, especially when it comes to hardline Islam.
The article points out, which we all understand, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Both have no joy for Iran, so why not come to a mutual support agreement.
Additionally, it might temper, or ease, the points of how to deescalate the Israel and Palesine issues and get Iran out of this picture which would stabilize the region.
The Holy Land of Islam recognizing the Jewish state would put a huge dent in the religious tensions and wars in the area. Wait and see....
Think about this...or should I say, how is this for a jump point to who knows what and with what influence on a global scale.
In a realm of anonymity online, unless identified, this leads into the world of gray and black messaging and attribution. Granted, this discussion is already taking place in multiple realms against other nation states, but when looking at warfare, in its true asymmetric way, this is another avenue of approach in operational preparation of the environment.
Get ahead of the message and own the message...
China is returning to the age of Mao...autocratic. The party has changed the ruling to allow Xi to rule indefinitely...which means there is a whole different way to look at china now.
Will more stagnation allow for greater targeting of leadership to change the strategic environment, or does this allow them the long game while governments which turn over every 4 or so years?
Time will tell.
So here is a bigger question when it comes to SEC pressing the test on crypto, where does the FDIC fall into this argument?
Not sure who has been tracking the BITCOIN house hacks lately, but it is starting to make CC Fraud/Theft look like amateur fun with the amount of money being pulled out.
Is there a point where crypto's and block-chains are going to be tied to a nation's bank insurance structure for bailout and what pain will it cause on a strategic level, let alone a tactical level on economy and livelihood
As the nation goes into day whatever of the government shutdown there can be no arguing away the fact that this disruption of government services, paychecks, etc. is owned - exclusively - by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and the hyper-partisan political animals of the Progressive Left. And own it they will come election time.
Many are trying to equate this government shutdown - which is really not a paralyzing of government, but a disruption in many government services and federal outlays to employees and those receiving benefits - is akin to the last government services disruption cause by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) when he filibustered for the repeal of Obamacare. It is not.
Sen. Cruz was using the filibuster to the benefit of the American people in that he was pressing for the repeal of a wholly unconstitutional law that affected every citizen of the United States. Sen. Schumer is filibustering to the benefit of non-citizens of the United States in his totalitarian insistence that the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program be passed without deviation from the whims of Progressives and Democrats in Congress. Cruz advocated for American citizens. Schumer is not.
The sad thing is that Republicans and President Trump are willing to negotiate a compromise on DACA and, in fact, are actually doing so, much to the chagrin of many. What Schumer is doing is a political show; politically opportune grandstanding. It is all for political and partisan purposes. It is politics over government; Leftist, open-borders ideology over good government for the citizens of our country.
Retired Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas once said, "The most dangerous place in Washington is between Chuck Schumer and a TV camera.” It's very hard to argue with Mr. Dole on that.
Government officials in Afghanistan are reporting that more than 40 people were killed after Taliban terrorists assaulted the Intercontinental Hotel in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, Saturday. This leads to a question: How are they able to do this?
The United States and an international coalition have been battling the Taliban and its affiliated forces since just after the 9/11 attacks. In the years before Barack Obama assumed the presidency, the Taliban had its back against the wall; existing far more decimated than when battling the Russians in the 1980s and 1990s.
Today, the Taliban can strike at the heart of the capitol city in Afghanistan and do so targeting a location that is allegedly heavily guarded to protect foreign diplomats and business people.
Two points come to mind at this reality. First, the Afghan military/Security Forces and intelligence mechanisms are infiltrated with Taliban sympathizers who afford critical security information to that terrorist group. And second, we have declared a modicum of success prematurely.
If this reality is not dealt with more effectively; if the Taliban is allowed to strengthen again to the levels pre-9/11, the next strike on our soil - or in the free world - will make 9/11 look like a traffic accident!
Just in case you wondered how the hermit kingdom lives and thrives, its women now have an app for beauty tips. Kim Jong-Un has expanded beyond haircuts for men to ideas for women. Wonder if his wife or sister is pulling the strings on this one. Think of the old military grooming standard posters...
The citizens of Hawaii started their day Saturday with a message that a ballistic missile attack on their islands was imminent. Thankfully, it was a test message gone horribly wrong. It really should stop and make us think.
My sister lives in Hawaii. Immediately after the false alarm was issued my immediate family's text messaging lit up. We here on the mainland were confused. My sister was terrified at the thought of having to say goodbye to her family in short order. The thought is chilling.
Hawaiian officials have since apologized for the error and put in place redundancy systems for verification for both tests and actual alerts. Politicians will, no doubt, bleed this issue to justify investigations so they can say they did something in the aftermath.
This event brings to the forefront the reality of how Israelis live every single day. They live in proximity to countries and populations who pledge to them a fiery death, if not daily, every Friday at massive rallies, mostly sponsored by their governments. And some of those countries are now nuclear capable.
One has to wonder. If Americans had to live each day under the threat that Hawaiians felt on Saturday, would we tolerate it for very long? Or would we insist that our leaders eliminate that threat so we might live in peace?
Think about that the next time you hear some jackass politician claiming that Israelis should just suck it up and tolerate their aggressive neighbors. They live with the fear the Hawaiians felt Saturday for 45 minutes every day, all day and night.
The former North Korean national talked almost matter-of-factly about horrors we in the West can only imagine, if we can even do that. But her horrors were reality in her native North Korea, a nation ruled by a tin-pot despot who now has nuclear capability.
Ji Hyeon-A, who was forced to repatriate to North Korea after escaping to China three time before making it to South Korea and the sanity of the West, told of forced abortions (done without any pain medication), harsh labor camps for pregnant women who conceived of mixed-race, inmates being starved to death, and the dead of the labor camps being fed to dogs.
If Kim Jong-un condones this kind of barbaric behavior towards his country's pregnant women, imagine what he would do to Westerners caught on the field of battle, or civilians who would somehow come under his purview?
It is time this little fraud be dealt with. That the Chinese have not done so is the greatest indictment to their delinquent human rights record.
READ MORE: THE WASHINGTON TIMES
US Senator Bernie Sanders (S-VT), took to NBC's Meet the Press Sunday to say that Democrats shouldn't "jump the gun" on their attempts to impeach President Trump. He is clinging, incredulously, to the false-narrative of Trump-Russian collusion advanced by the discredited Fusion GPS Trump dossier.
"[I]f Mueller brings forth the clear evidence that there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, I think you have grounds for impeachment. But I think jumping the gun does nobody any good," Sanders said. "You have to bring the American people onto this issue. You don't want to make it into a partisan issue."
A motion to start impeachment proceedings against the President by Rep. Al Green (D-TX), was crushed in the House last week by a vote of 364 to 58.
One of two things is certain here. Either Sanders is completely delusional, or he is pathetically partisan. If he is delusional then Democrats should seriously think about dismantling his potency in their party. But it's more likely that he is being caustically and pathetically partisan.
The narrative of Trump-Russian collusion has not only been debunked, evidence unearthed by the Left's quest to ruin President Trump suggests that Hillary Clinton and Democrats are actually guilty of communications with the Russians and other foreign entities to affect the outcome of the 2016 General Election. It was Democrats -- and the then-chief figurehead of the Democrat Party -- that was guilty of collusion. Once again, Progressives (and Clinton is a Progressive) accused their opposition of exactly what they did.
Further, that Sanders would be carrying water for this now-recognized-as-false narrative after it was found that Hillary Clinton -- the person who cheated him out of a fair shot at the Democrat nomination -- was the catalyst for the fake Trump dossier, is tantamount to suffering from Stockholm Syndrome.
Honest political opposition is good for the governmental process. It keep both sides in check. False outrage over false narratives that everyone knows aren't true is simply opportunistic politics. The American people are tired of taking it in the chops from power-hungry political actors.
It is time to cull the herd.
SOURCE: FOX NEWS
President Trump did the right thing. The duly-elected Israeli government recognizes Jerusalem as the capitol of their nation. But for years, especially during the Obama Administration, the United State refused to acknowledge the city as Israel's capitol. That ended today.
President Trump, much to his credit, has acquiesced to the fact that Israel is a sovereign nation; a nation whose government can declare its own capitol. That the rest of the world, and the pathetically anti-Israel United Nations, should have any say at all over where Israel decides to establish its capitol is insane.
The fact of the matter is this. The root of the word Palestine is "philistine"; a people, not a land. In fact, it is the scriptures of the Jews that even afford the Philistines with an area, mostly accepted to be fluid and without fixed borders. That modern-day Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capitol is antagonistic.
In the end, and for today's argument, the world must recognize Israeli sovereignty and their claim to Jerusalem as their capitol. If to the victors go the spoils, then the Israelis have a right to land they have already ceded back to their aggressor enemies. They could have kept it all after the many wars they have suffered at the hands of neighboring lands. It is time aggressors toward Israel in that region -- and around the world -- recognize Israeli sovereignty and end the Palestinians' false claim to Israeli land.
SOURCE: THE DAILY MAIL
The title says it all. There really isn't anything more to add to this story except for the fact that this is a hilarious way to go about "regime change." This also serves as testimony to the fact that some with boots on the ground understanding of the brutality in North Korea don't think enough is being done.
SOURCE: THE WASHINGTON TIMES
We are at a crossroads with this; a crossroads that will define the direction of the country. If these indictments do not focus on the systemic corruption in the Federal government today, then a two-tier justice system will be cemented forever and the Republic is, for all practical purposes, lost. If they do focus on true corruption, the first volley in the effort to taking back the government from the oligarchs is upon us.
SOURCE: FOX NEWS
This predicament is one that feeds into the border security issue. With this realization it becomes wholly irresponsible to oppose any elevated vetting and advanced border protection measures. Should Democrats, liberals and Progressives continue their opposition to enhanced vetting and border security measures, the blood of the next 9/11 is on their hands.
The American people -- and the people of the free world -- dodged a bullet in the last General Election when Hillary Clinton lost. Would she have won it's clear we would be looking at an explosion of nuclear weapons capability across the Middle East.
Clinton, in only the way an American-hating globalist can, has somehow twisted the negation of the hideously inequitable Iran nuclear deal made under the Obama administration with United States credibility around the world.
"That is bad not just on the merits for this particular situation, but it sends a message across the globe that America's word is not good," said Clinton. "This particular president is, I think, upending the kind of trust and credibility of the United States' position and negotiation that is imperative to maintain."
So, the Obama-Clinton team negotiates a deal that literally facilitates Iran's continued development of nuclear weapons and that somehow validates our nation's "credibility" on the world stage. But the negation of that piss-poor agreement -- a negation that very much makes the world a safer place -- damages our national credibility? Seriously?
It is abundantly clear that the Progressive-Left, anchored by Alinsky-ites like Obama and Clinton, not only came very close to permanently destroying the ability of the United States to be a major player in defending freedom, but that they are -- regardless of being out of power to a certain extent -- willing to defend the endangerment of the world at their hand.
Why Hillary Clinton is still relevant is a quandary. She has proven herself to be a horrible leader, a self-serving politician, a corrupt individual, and pathetically sore loser. She is everything that is wrong with the modern "Selfish Age," and for the good of the country we need to put that age out to pasture.
Have you heard the name Linda Sarsour? If you have a grimace probably just came over your face. Sarsour is one of the most disingenuous political parasites of modern times. Now, this opportunistic fraud is diverting funds from the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Sarsour was one of the minor players in organizing the vagina-hat march against Donald Trump in the early days of his presidency. This was the march with Madonna saying she often thinks about blowing up the White House (interesting since the eight years before Trump saw the White House occupied by Barack Obama) and Ashley Judd spewing rhetoric that should have mandated her a trip to a psychiatrist. Sarsour glommed on to the event as is she had given birth to it. She did not.
Sarsour is vehemently anti-Israel and foaming-at-the-mouth pro-Palestinian. She is a proponent of advancing Sharia Law into the West. She injected Muslim activism into the Ferguson issue and rebuked then-President Obama who reluctantly called on the Muslim community to denounce those who executed the attacks in San Bernardino, California; attacks perpetrated by Islamofascists. She has, since her showboating at the vagina-hat march, attached her self, opportunistically, to the Black Lives Matter movement, the immigration issue, the Confederate statue issue, you name it, if it's a Progressive anti-American cause, this charlatan is there.
Now, Legal Insurrection reports that in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, this fraud is misdirecting people on social media who want to help the flood victims. In a tweet, Sansour directs potential donors to political action groups (PACs) with which she is affiliated. These are community organizing PACs dedicated to Progressive social justice initiatives. They have absolutely nothing to do with providing much needed financial aid to victims of Hurricane Harvey; people who need - in the immediate - food, clothing, water, emergency shelter, etc.
This is why the overwhelming majority of thinking Americans despise the Progressive-Left. They are an ideological gaggle of deceivers who prey on people's emotions even as they defraud those they have manipulated, both intellectually and monetarily.
Sarsour, a typical Progressive-Left activist, is beneath contempt for her dishonesty. Even in Allah's afterlife, this woman is going to burn.
North Korea's child tyrant is claiming that he has miniaturized a nuclear warhead to fit on top of his "balsa wood" ICBM missiles. President Trump has, necessarily, responded with his war face. And while many are talking about the possibility of a confrontation between the US and North Korea, there are options that would change the game.
Part of executing a potent and respected foreign policy is to not only be steadfast in your alliances, but to be unpredictable to you foes. In this instance, regarding North Korea, being unpredictable is the way to go.
Conventional thinking embraces the thought that the United States should leverage its relationship with China to quell the aspiration of Kim Jong-un. But short of a Chinese invasion of that despotic nation, there really is little the Chinese can do. Kim doesn't think twice about letting his people starve to death in deference to the elites and the military.
What President Trump should do is exercise a move from an outside the box thought process.
Why not enter into a strategic military alliance with Japan giving them what they have sought for years: military autonomy? Let Japan lead the way, figuratively and strategically, against North Korea. Japan has as much if not more to lose as the United States if North Korea lights the nuclear candle.
An aggressive Japan would strike a great deal of fear into the hearts of the entire Asian continent, with memories of their totalitarian conquest circa World War II still fresh in many minds.
A strategic military relationship with Japan leading the way would both strengthen our relationship with Japan and send a clear and potent message to North Korea, as well as China and Russia.
It seems that the smiling tyrant of the Iranian revolution, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is going to face some of his own style of punishment. It appears the leisure suit wearing Islamofascist is starring at sentences on seven convictions of misusing billions of dollars in government funds while in office.
While the penalties for these convictions are not immediately known, we are talking about the justice of the Iranian mullahs. That said, the punishment could be anything from a lengthy (maybe life) prison sentence in a location such as the notorious Evin prison, where political prisoners are many times literally tortured to death, or, more mercifully, death.
Interesting is how the Iranian darlings of the moment are so easily brought to corruption and then delivered to the status of criminal pariah. Once one of the most powerful despots in the world, now relegated to chains, incarceration and possibly death.
Thus is the Islamofascist culture. Do you still believe that culture is equal in stature with the West?
It can be argued that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should not have recused himself from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 General Election. Meeting with a Russian ambassador in a social capacity as a sitting US Senator is not improper. That said, Mr. Sessions' foot-dragging on all things Clinton is eyebrow-raising.
While some would spin it that Sessions should refrain from going after the Clintons and the DNC in an effort to avoid an onslaught of Democrat and Progressive charges of political persecution, it is clear to even the deaf, dumb and blind that the Clintons and the DNC have done things worthy of investigation.
Chief among the acts that should be investigated are the many instances of foreign governments -- and entities acting on behalf of foreign government -- donating to The Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton's time as US Secretary of State. The "coincidences" of favorable determinations by the State Dept. that occurred in proximity to "donations" to The Clinton Foundation are more than worthy of investigation.
Almost as important -- and perhaps even more so -- is the issue of Hillary Clinton having housed, received and transmitted classified information on an unauthorized private email server. Since we now know that the DNC and Clinton Campaign email servers were hacked (via Wikileaks disclosures), we simply must assume that Clintons unsecured, unauthorized, private email server was also compromised. This is -- and always was -- a very big deal. That's why the country gasped in horror when James Comey let Clinton off the hook.
Another item worthy of investigation are the meetings between the Clinton Campaign and the embassy staff from Ukraine; meetings confirmed to have been about colluding to influence the 2016 General Election.
There are so many questionable actions that have been executed by the Clintons over the years one would have trouble tallying them up. So, many of us commiserate with President Trump on this issue. When, Mr. Sessions, will we see serious and honest -- non-political -- investigations into these most serious of questionable acts at the hands of the Clintons?
Former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice will take the hot seat before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Tuesday to discuss the unmasking of US citizens in in intelligence gathering related to the 2016 election. If anyone thinks any damning evidence will come out of this they really should stop chewing gum when they walk.
While the questions will be relevant during her grilling (at least from Republicans -- Democrats will execute the obligatory interference and deflection routine), can anyone expect a serial liar to answer any of the questions truthfully?
Because everyone on the planet -- including Rice, herself -- knows that the answer to the above question is "no," why are we wasting taxpayer money on this hearing at all? Why not just let the Justice Department initiate an official investigation and acquire evidence in a chain that can be used in a prosecution should that be the logical next step?
This is the problem with politicians. In order to get "face time" with the media so that their constituents believe they actually do something, they have to have these useless "investigative" committees that showboat with witnesses that can only be categorized as hostile and partisan.
To better serve the people -- and so that they stop wasting taxpayer dollars -- how about they conduct cursory investigations using staff investigators and if they believe their are nefarious acts taking place the committee recommends/requests to the DoJ that a format criminal investigation be executed.
This streamlines the process and retards -- or at least reduces -- the never-ending flow of caustic partisan bullsh*t showboating that politicians have become so want to do.
To listen to Democrats and their mainstream media puppets explain it, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin met in the "cone of silence" to systemically corrupt and gerrymander the 2016 General Election to Trump's advantage. The narrative is bullsh*t, but that's what they would have you believe.
Why do I know it's BS? Because after months of investigations -- both governmental and not, as well as a full-blown effort by the media to uncover anything that could serve as evidence of illegal activity, well, as they would say in Godfellas, "they got nothin'."
This is why Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, had to very subtlety manipulate the very basis of the complaint Democrats have been making.
“I don't want to see us continue to lower the bar here and say the only question is whether this is illegal. This was unethical," Schiff said Tuesday. "It was, I think, a violation of the oaths of citizenship to willingly solicit, receive, encourage foreign intervention in our elections.”
Did you catch that? He doesn't want to "lower the bar" by making the issue exclusively about illegality. This is after Democrats, like Maxine Waters, Hillary Clinton, and the usual caustically partisan Progressives, have insisted that illegal collusion took place. They claim that Donald Trump committed "high crimes and misdemeanors" in his "collusion" to the point of warranting impeachment!
But suddenly, because no evidence could be unearthed to prove otherwise, this matter isn't about the subject of illegality. Now, as Schiff points out, it is about "ethics."
I didn't know that a violation of ethics was the criteria for impeachment or imprisonment. If "ethics" was the litmus test then Barack Obama should have been impeached ten-fold, and Hillary Clinton would have to be secured like Hannibal Lecter to keep her away from all things government.
This serves as a perfect example of one important thing. It shows how Progressives redefine things in order to support their narratives, no matter how far the stretch and no matter how beyond the lines of legitimacy it needs to go.
Democrats are going to try to ride the Russian collusion story into the mid-term elections. Schiff's overt shift in language proves this out. It's pathetic, but it's what politically partisan Democrats and Progressives do when..."they got nothin'."
Remember that $11.9 billion that the Obama Administration paid to the Iranian mullahs via that oh-so-spectacular Iranian nuke deal? You remember, the deal that John Kerry and all the other globalist Progressive toadies defended ad nauseum? Do you know what Iran is doing with that money? They are sending it to Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad and Hamas terrorists.
Israeli Defense Forces Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Hertzi Halevi said Wednesday that Iran is funding Hezbollah to the tune of $75 million a year, while paying $50 million towards Hamas’s budget, and approximately $70 million to Islamic Jihad.
At that rate, the Obama Administration - through its payment to the mullahs - will be sustaining these contributions to these terrorist organizations for over fifty years!
These facts, as presented, pose a very serious question. How can anyone from the Obama Administration claim they were engaged in the war against Islamofascist aggression when they have literally funded three of the most potent Islamist terror groups on the planet?
Additionally, why are news organizations -- including FOX News -- employing people from the Obama Administration to provide any kind of argument regarding the issues of the Middle East when everyone signed on to this abhorrent move to fund terrorist organizations? They simply must be seen as plants for the advancement of Islamofascism at this point.
It's time we got away from the constant drone of argumentative journalism anyway. No one learns anything from the fake "debate" set-ups that is currently the formula of every cable news channel. It is time to get back to informative, functionally educational, and investigative journalism that uses established facts as a base.
That said, an expose into the Obama Administration and how their policies benefited the Islamofascist movement would be a grand idea. Don't hold your breath for MSNBC or CNN to move on this idea...
Okay, let's say that high level operatives in the Trump campaign actually did collude with the Russians to bring Clinton down in the 2016 General Election. Truth be told, it wouldn't have made a difference if they did.
Would it have been ethical and above board? No, it wouldn't have. It would have been dirty politics; politics of the kind that Progressives have engaged in against Republicans since the 1960s. Unethical? Unsavory? Yes on both counts, but criminal, not by a long shot. As long as no money went directly to the Trump campaign from Russian nationals (which there is not) - and as long as there was no proof of ballot tampering (which there is not), it doesn't matter what the Russians did or whether or not the Trump campaign knew about it.
Contrast this to a few things, and these are things that actually do matter:
The facts are what they are. The Trump campaign had no unethical and/or illegal contact with the Russians concerning the 2016 General Election here in the US. Conversely, the Clintons had an ongoing relationship with the Russians and were working nefariously to rig the election to their favor both in the media and by use of unethical and illegal means.
So, the question begs, why is a special prosecutor not being seated to investigate:
One day, before I die, I truly hope that Republicans elected to office grow a set of balls big enough to actually go after these bastards.
Europe, including the UK and Russia, have witnessed instances of terror plots and/or attacks every nine days on average in 2017. This represents an enormous spike in violent jihadist activity on the Continent.
Attacks and thwarted attacks have taken place in Austria, France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Italy, Russia, Sweden, Norway, and Germany. Further, 14 Islamofascist terror attacks have occurred in Turkey, a NATO member country currently vying for European Union membership.
Only the truly ignorant can blindly ignore that Islamofascists have declared war on the West, and are waging that war on the European Continent. Further, only those crippled by the lunacy of political correctness can ignore that Islamofascists have used the refugee crisis to literally infiltrate the lands and cultures they intend to conquer.
Truth is often a reality best served raw and cold. Islam has a gigantic problem and that problem is the demographic who follows its barbaric tenets to the letter. Islam is in desperate need of religious reformation and the only people who can affect that reformation are Muslims themselves.
This task is difficult when the controlling Imams insist that the Quran is the literal word of God because that means anyone seeking to reform the dogma would necessarily be deemed an apostate, punishable by death in the Quran.
So, it comes down to how courageous the peace-loving Muslim community is...and right now there is no courage to be seen.