Monday Top Headlines

by Media Editors: Sen. rino-John McCain, independent voice of the GOP establishment, dies at 81 (NBC News)

White House flag back at full staff — bad form and needless antagonism (The Resurgent)

U.S., Mexico reach tentative new NAFTA deal (Fox News)

dummycrats-Democrats move to limit role of superdelegates in presidential nominations (The Hill)

dummycrats-DNC goes gender-neutral, demands equal number of men and women on committees (The Daily Wire)

Trump’s power to fire federal workers curtailed by judge (The New York Times)

Trump cancels Pompeo trip to North Korea, citing lack of “sufficient progress” on denuclearization (The Washington Free Beacon)

Pope Francis accused of covering up for abusive ex-cardinal (The Daily Wire)

Assailant at Jacksonville Landing gaming event kills two before killing himself (Fox News)

Feds charge 19 noncitizens with illegally voting in 2016 (The Washington Times)

U.S. cuts more than $200 million in aid to Palestinians (Townhall)

scumbag/liar-nObama CDC director charged with sexual abuse (National Review)

Boston: No Christian flags over city hall; rainbow flags okay (The Daily Wire)

Chinese Communist Party funds Washington think tanks (The Washington Free Beacon)

Humor: Libertarian just gonna kick back and enjoy watching faith in government institutions crumble (The Babylon Bee)

Policy: Three examples of how Social Security robs Americans of greater income before, during retirement (The Daily Signal)

Policy: The missing ingredient of HSA reform (Real Clear Policy)

~The Patriot Post


Judge deals unions win, striking down key parts of Trump’s executive orders

by Melissa Quinn

{ } ~ A federal judge blocked the Trump administration from enacting key elements of a series of executive orders issued by President Trump that weakened protections for federal workers… U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia overturned the provisions in a ruling Saturday, delivering a victory for public-sector unions that challenged the president’s orders. The executive orders, signed by Trump in May, sought to make it easier for federal workers to be fired. Trump’s measures lessened the amount of time poor-performing workers were given to improve before they were terminated. They also placed limitations on the amount of time labor representatives working for the federal government could spend on union business. The trio of executive orders were estimated to save at least $100 million annually. After Trump issued the executive orders, multiple unions sued, arguing the orders violated the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Act and infringed on the constitutional rights of federal workers…


CNN Asks Americans About Cohen, Manafort. Doesn’t Go As Planned


{ } ~ CNN traveled to a county in North East Pennsylvania that voted for former President Barack scumbag/liar-nObama twice and asked voters what they thought about the recent legal drama… facing the Trump administration surrounding Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen. The voters did not care. CNN’s Jason Carroll asked three dummycrats-Democrats, three independents, and one Republican about the recent legal developments regarding Trump’s former campaign chairman and former personal attorney. Registered dummycrats-Democrat Anne Marie Lenahan said that the economy is so strong that she doesn’t have a problem overlooking allegations about Trump’s infidelity, “unless the money came from campaign funds.” Lenahan said that if Trump broke campaign finance laws that would not be good but she would still vote for him again. Registered dummycrats-Democrats Richard and Eileen Sorokas, who voted for scumbag/liar-nObama twice, said they wanted to get rid of political correctness, that they are happy with the direction of the stock market, and they see the drama with Manafort and Cohen as a sideshow. Registered Republican Bob Sellon noted that the ongoing investigations were supposed to be about Russian interference in U.S. elections and he hasn’t seen anything notable come from it…



Muslim Leader Calls for Conquest of “America, Britain, Russia, France, and Italy”


{ } ~ Recently a Muslim spokesman in Tunisia named Said Khecharem, who is affiliated with the international pro-Sharia, pro-caliphate organization Hizb ut-Tahrir, declared… to delighted screams of “Allahu akbar” from his audience that the “establishment of an Islamic state…requires the conquest of America, Britain, Russia, France, and Italy – Rome and other infidel lands will be conquered, Allah willing.” According to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Khecharem also said: “After the laws of Allah were abandoned, and the heretic regimes were imposed on the Muslims, the most important thing to do is to restore the rule of the Muslims, through the Quran and the Sunna, in order to renew Islamic life and to deliver the Islamic message to the world. My brothers, the implication of this today should be the establishment of an Islamic state over all the lands of the Muslims.” And no call to restore the caliphate would be complete without a swipe at the Jews, whom the Qur’an designates (5:82) the worst enemies of the Muslims. Khecharem predicted that “this will happen, of course, after the elimination of the filthy Jewish entity, and after liberation of the lands under direct colonization, like Kashmir and others.”…


Maria Bartiromo Interviews Darrell Issa on Multiple Subjects

by sundance

{ } ~ The overwhelming majority of Sunday political talk-show discussion focuses around the death of UniParty Senator rino-John McCain, etc… There is little value there, and grandma’s rule always applies. However, Representative Darrell Issa appeared on Sunday Morning with Maria Bartiromo for a discussion on multiple subjects including the DOJ, Robert Mueller, North Korea and ongoing trade reset initiatives with China.



US and Mexico close to deal to update NAFTA

by Joe Williams

{ } ~ The U.S. and Mexico are reportedly close to reaching a tentative agreement to revamp a key trade agreement between the two countries and Canada… Negotiations on an update to the North American Free Trade Agreement have stalled in recent months amid disagreements over, among other things, provisions related to the automotive and energy industries. U.S. and Mexican negotiators, however, have made breakthroughs on those issues and an agreement could be reached as soon as Monday, according to Bloomberg. Any deal between the two countries would require approval from Canada, which has stayed out of negotiations over the past few weeks. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently said Canada was “encouraged by the optimism expressed by the U.S. and Mexico.” The U.S. and Mexico are reportedly close to reaching a tentative agreement to revamp a key trade agreement between the two countries and Canada…


Picking Bolton’s Brain

by Caroline B. Glick

{ } ~ This is what happens when one of the world’s most powerful foreign affairs players meets one of the world’s foremost Middle East analysts

As Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs in the George W. Bush administration, Bolton created and implemented the Proliferation Security Initiative. The PSI was the most successful counter-proliferation program the US has undertaken in recent years.

As UN Ambassador in 2005 and 2006, Bolton dismantled the corrupt UN Human Rights Commission. He opposed the formation of its successor, the equally corrupt Human Rights Committee, saying, “We want a butterfly. We don’t intend to put lipstick on a caterpillar and call it a success.”

Bolton’s record of success engendered jealousy among many members of the Washington establishment. But they were more irked by his refusal to go along to get along. Bolton’s stubborn insistence on basing US policies on reality, rather than ideology or fashion has made him the bête noire of the foreign policy establishment.

Trump’s decision to appoint a man who insists on operating on the basis of realities on the ground – even when they are inconvenient and make foreign policy professionals and queasy allies angry or nervous – speaks volumes about his approach to foreign policy and the goals he has set for his administration.

Long considered – rightly – one of Israel’s best friends in Washington, Bolton has distinguished himself throughout the years by his conviction that Israel is the US’s most powerful and vital ally in the Middle East. So it isn’t surprising that during his visit to Israel this week, one of his biggest headline-grabbing quotes was one where he seemed to reject the country’s hope of securing US recognition of its sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

Speaking to Reuters Tuesday, Bolton said, “I’ve heard the idea [of US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights] being suggested but there’s no discussion of it, no decision within the US government.”

He added, “Obviously we understand the Israeli claim that it has annexed the Golan Heights – we understand their position – but there’s no change in the US position for now.”

In a conversation with this writer Wednesday morning at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, Bolton emphasized that he had said, “for now.”

“I said, ‘US recognition of Israel’s annexation of the Golan is not on the table, for now.’”

His clarification was not a diplomatic feint.

There are two aspects of the Trump White House’s relationship with Israel that distinguish it from its predecessors. Unlike his predecessors, but like Bolton, Trump relates to Israel as a key US ally and a partner. Trump’s predecessors generally viewed Israel as a supplicant.

Trump and his advisors are willing to listen to Israel’s positions objectively. They don’t assume, as many of their predecessors did, that their Israeli counterparts are hustling them.

When Bolton says the administration hasn’t changed its policy regarding Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights, he’s inviting Israel to make its case. Why is it important for the US to change its policy? How would such a move improve the strategic balance of forces on the ground? Why is it in the US’s interests to act in this way?

If Israel has a case to make, the Trump White House is willing to listen.

Consider the attention the White House is paying to Iran’s entrenchment in Syria.

Bolton said, “Syria was the main topic of discussion during President Trump’s meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16. This was the case both during their meeting with their advisers and during their one-on-one meeting.”

He added that the importance both leaders attributed to the issue didn’t come out of thin air.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu’s discussion of the issue during his phone call with the president earlier that week and during his visit with Putin during the FIFA tournament contributed to making Syria such an important issue,” he explained.

In other words, when Netanyahu expressed his concerns about Syria, Trump listened.

Until recently, the Trump administration’s position on Syria was the same as the scumbag/liar-nObama administration’s. That is, the US is involved in Syria to fight Islamic State. Iran’s takeover of the country is not its problem.

Today the Trump administration shares Israel’s position that all Iranian forces must withdraw from Syria.

Trump’s decision is not evidence that he is beholden to Israel. It is instead a demonstration of his determination to base US foreign policy on reality.

This determination marks the White House’s policy on Hezbollah as well.

On the face of things, the US-Israeli demand that Iran remove its forces from Syria seems to ignore the elephant in the room. Hezbollah is the second-most powerful military force in the Middle East – second only to the Israel Defense Forces, and the most daunting conventional threat Israel faces. This week, the IDF carried out a massive war exercise in the Golan Heights to prepare its forces for a war with Hezbollah.

As Syrian regime forces have seized the border zone with Israel, Hezbollah forces – often wearing Syrian military uniforms – have deployed directly across from Israel. They pose a clear and dire threat to Israeli security. Yet Israel and the US are not explicitly demanding their withdrawal.

Bolton assured that Hezbollah has not been given a free pass. It is simply that the US views Hezbollah forces as Iranian forces. “Hezbollah forces in Syria have to go back to Lebanon,” he said.

He added, “They are functionally part of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Quds force.” Given this state of affairs, making a separate demand for their departure is unnecessary.

The White House’s clear-eyed view of Hezbollah is not shared across the administration. For instance, the Pentagon stubbornly maintains – against mountains of proof – that Hezbollah does not control the Lebanese government and armed forces (LAF). The Pentagon’s position enables the US to continue to arm the LAF with advanced weapons systems and military training.

Over the past decade, the US has provided the LAF with more than $1.5 billion in military systems and trained 32,000 LAF troops.

In May, Hezbollah expanded its control over the Lebanese government in the parliamentary elections. In June, the US completed a shipment of six A-29 Super Tucano fighter jets to the LAF. In a ceremony marking the arms delivery, US Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard hailed US military assistance to the LAF.

“The acquisition of the A-29 Super Tucano…will transform an already-strong air power capability that has been a key part of the Lebanese Army’s ability to defend this country,” she said.

“The A-29 provides the LAF with precision guided munitions and advanced precision strike capability. This is a game-changing acquisition that takes the LAF to the next level of combat capability.”

Richard added, “We will be complementing the power of the A-29 aircraft with six MD-530G light attack scout helicopters… This is a significant air force that we are building together.”

While avoiding the issue of US military support for Lebanon, Bolton noted that Israelis aren’t the only ones concerned about the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ unit’s control of Lebanon.

“Lebanese Americans are very worried about it. They see that Lebanese President Michel Aoun is controlled by Hezbollah,” he ventured.

The White House’s concerns about Iranian power center on Trump’s commitment to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. To achieve this end, in stark contrast to both the scumbag/liar-nObama and Bush administrations, Trump is predicating his policies on the full realities of Iran’s nuclear program.

Compare, for instance, the Trump White House’s position regarding the Syrian nuclear reactor in Deir ez-Zour that Israel destroyed in September 2007 to that of his two predecessors.

When Israel bombed the nuclear reactor in Syria, it acted in defiance of then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Rice wished to discuss the North Korean-built reactor at the UN Security Council. The Olmert government and other senior members of the Bush administration opposed Rice’s position. Former prime minister Ehud Olmert and Vice President Dick Cheney realized that if the US raised the issue at the UN, any chance of destroying the reactor would disappear into the mist of prolonged sanctions debates.

After Israel destroyed the reactor, Rice demanded that Israel say nothing what it did.

Rice’s concern wasn’t simply a function anger at being ignored. She didn’t want the truth exposed because it made her non-proliferation policies impossible to justify.

The North Koreans didn’t build the Deir ez-Zour reactor alone. As Israeli officials whispered unofficially in the ears of reporters, Iran was also a partner in the project. Iran paid for the reactor.

Rice was unwilling to publicize the fact that Iran and North Korea were jointly engaged in illicit nuclear proliferation activities in Syria because in 2007 she was trying to appease Pyongyang into signing a nuclear deal and she was working to warm US relations with Iran.

But Rice’s policies and determination to ignore the truth paled in comparison to the Obama administration’s policies.

In 2013, then President Barack scumbag/liar-nObama’s deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes told supporters that forging a nuclear accord with Iran was the central goal of scumbag/liar-nObama’s second term. Basing US policy toward Iran’s nuclear program on the reality of the program’s malign intentions – as manifested by the Syrian reactor – would hinder scumbag/liar-nObama’s chances of achieving the deal he sought.

So he ignored reality and insisted that Israel remain silent about the operation.

Israel’s public acknowledgement that it destroyed the reactor had to wait for the Trump administration.

Unlike its predecessors, the Trump administration has not made its goal to reach a nuclear accord with Iran or North Korea. Its goal is to dismantle North Korea’s nuclear arsenal and to block Iran’s path to a nuclear arsenal. To achieve this end, full acknowledgment of all aspects of both regimes’ nuclear operations is essential.

And so it is that Wednesday morning, Bolton readily admitted, “Syrian officers who defected to the United States have told us that they helped transfer the Iranian funds that financed the North Korean built nuclear reactor in Syria.”

Tipping his hat to the US’s most powerful ally in the Middle East, and perhaps signaling US considerations in its nuclear talks with Pyongyang, Bolton added, “The lesson Iran took from the 2007 bombing of the reactor was that if you conduct illicit nuclear operations,do them far away from Israel.”


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