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Outside-the-Box Foreign Policy
Brian Mark Weber  
Senator Lindsey Graham Pledges to Block 
Testimony of U.S. Politicians 
Coordinating With Ukraine
by sundance
{ } ~ Senator Lindsey Graham appears on Fox News with Maria Bartiromo and announces he will take all appropriate efforts to stop the truth about Ukraine from being exposed in the Senate... This interview is a critical first step to understanding motives. CTH will expand in the next few posts that will highlight *WHY* Graham will bury information. First, watch Senator Graham say unequivocally he will not call witnesses and will quickly move to dismiss the House impeachment effort. Pay close attention to the part where Graham says calling congressmen to testify is dangerous, and he will not call scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff because he does not want to go down this path. These comments by Senator Lindsey Graham are very self serving. Why?… Because Senator Graham participated in the exploitation of Ukraine for his own benefit. In essence Graham is fearful that too much inquiry into what took place with Ukraine in 2014 through 2016 will expose his own participation and effort along with former Ambassador Marie Yovanovich. Graham is attempting to end the impeachment effort because the underlying discoveries have the potential to expose the network of congressional influence agents, John McCain and Graham himself included, during any witness testimony.  
Ted Cruz -vs- Chuck Todd
by sundance
{ } ~ Senator Ted Cruz appears on Meet The Press to discuss the fiasco of the impeachment effort…. and things immediately go south.  Chuck Todd flips though page of Share Blue and Media Matters talking points while attempting to interrupt and knock down arguments put forth by Senator Cruz.
The smoking gun tying scumbag-George Soros 
to the impeachment hoax just dropped
by ~ The Left’s only focus going into the 2020 election is impeaching President Trump. If they don’t impeach him, they will be doomed when the election comes along... And the smoking gun tying scumbag-George Soros to this scheme just dropped.With scumbagt/liar-Adam Schiff’s impeachment report released, proving that Trump did nothing worthy of impeachment, Democrats are moving their efforts to the House Judiciary Committee, led by Rep. scumbag liar-Jerry Nadler. In the first day of hearings, they brought in a series of “experts” on impeachment. And the counsel Democrats chose to question witnesses turns out to have ties to billionaire Left-wing donor scumbag-George Soros. Norm Eisen, who Democrats chose to testify, founded an organization funded in part by scumbag-Soros. Eisen was also a leading figure in pushing the Russia collusion, co-authoring an op-ed in The New York Times pushing nonsense to try to add fuel to the fire for the “collusion narrative.”: Norm Eisen, the counsel chosen by Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee to question “expert” witnesses Wednesday at its first impeachment inquiry, founded an organization funded in part by billionaire left-wing financier scumbag-George Soros. Eisen founded Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) before going on to work for President Barack scumbagt/liar-nObama as the White House “ethics czar,” where he oversaw the opening of visitor logs though administration officials simply responded by taking meetings with lobbyists offsite. He was later appointed as U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic, and returned to take up a post at the liberal Brookings Institution. He was also a CNN political commentator until this year, and appeared on television frequently to attack the Trump administration. Open Society Institute was an early funder of CREW, which quickly developed a reputation for left-wing bias. As recently as 2017, the Washington Times noted, scumbag-Soros’s Open Society Foundations “donated $1.35 million in 2017.” Eisen bought into the “Russia collusion” hoax, co-authoring a New York Times op-ed in December 2018 in which he referred to “new evidence of collusion with Russia” in the investigation of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. It shouldn’t be a surprise that such an important figure in impeachment has ties to scumbag-George Soros. scumbag-Soros funds much of the anti-Trump resistance, including groups with close ties to terrorist Antifa groups.   
‘It’s Going To Be An Exposé And A Cover-Up’
Tom Fitton Gives His IG Report Predictions
{ } ~ The Justice Department’s Inspector General report on the FBI’s conduct into the 2016 Russia probe is due Monday... The Daily Caller’s Stephanie Hamill spoke with Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton to learn more about what we can expect. “It’s going to be an exposé and a cover-up all at the same time, that’s the way IG reports are,” said Fitton. Fitton also reacted to House Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi’s announcement that the House is moving forward with the impeachment effort against President Donald Trump.  
Serious vote fraud uncovered 
in key battleground state
by ~ Hundreds of illegally registered non-citizen voters were discovered in an investigation by the secretary of state in the key battleground state of Ohio... Since 1964, no one has won the presidency without winning Ohio. Secretary of State Frank LaRose said Wednesday in a letter to Attorney General Dave Yost his review found that 77 of those ineligible noncitizens cast ballots in the 2018 elections, PJ Media reported. LaRose urged Yost to take legal action. "I'm confident that you will give this matter the seriousness that our representative democracy deserves by acting quickly to complete your investigations and pursuing prosecution as warranted," LaRose said. The Secretary of State said the review "utilized a cross-matching of the voter rolls in the Statewide Voter Registration Database with the list of individuals who have Ohio driver licenses or state identification cards." LaRose said that because of "controls and processes of our election system, both voter fraud and voter suppression are exceedingly rare and certainly not as systemic as some claim." However, PJ Media's Paula Bolyard argued no one knows how much voter fraud goes on or how many election outcomes are affected, because it's difficult to detect and even harder to prosecute election crimes. In Ohio, where voters need only present a utility bill or government check to cast a ballot. Any voter can request an absentee ballot without stating a reason. In March, WND reported, the Heritage Foundation released documentation of nearly 1,200 "proven" instances of voter fraud in just the last couple of years. In November 2018, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., accused elections officials in his state of violating laws in their vote recount, spotlighted a directive from a state Democratic Party leader he saw as evidence of fraud. After the 2018 election, Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s Senate campaign sued the Broward County elections supervisor to turn over records regarding how ballots are being counted. He accused election officials of trying to thwart the will of the voters...   
Supreme Court looking at constitutional 
right of homeless to sleep on sidewalk
by Tom Tillison
{ } ~ These are fun times to be alive in America, as we may soon learn whether we have the right to sleep on the sidewalk of our choice...  The U.S. Supreme Court met on Friday to consider for the first time if homeless people have a constitutional right to pull up their favorite piece of concrete for a good night’s sleep, according to the Los Angeles Times. The justices were to hear an appeal of a controversial ruling last year by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that it was cruel and unusual punishment to enforce criminal laws against homeless people if a city does not offer enough shelters as an alternative, the Times reported: The appealscourt’s opinion quoted Anatole France’s famous comment that “the law, in all its majestic equality, forbids the rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges,” and from there, it announced a principle of human rights to strike down city laws that “criminalize the simple act of sleeping outside on public property.” As precedent, Judge Marsha Berzon cited parts of a 1968 Supreme Court opinion in which several justices questioned whether “chronic alcoholics” may be punished for being drunk in public if they cannot control themselves.  “This principle compels the conclusion that the 8th Amendment prohibits the imposition of criminal penalties for sitting, sleeping or lying outside on public property for homeless individuals who cannot obtain shelter,” she wrote for the three-judge panel. She described the ruling as “narrow…That is, so long as there no option of sleeping indoors, the government cannot criminalize indigent, homeless people for sleeping outdoors on public property.”...   
Outside-the-Box Foreign Policy
Brian Mark Weber:  If we’re to believe the policy analysts and talkingheads, President Donald Trump’s foreign policy is a disaster. Of course, the ominous warnings of these so-called experts never seem to pan out.

Maybe what really upsets them is that President Trump is challenging the status quo.

Historian Victor Davis Hanson writes, “Donald Trump promised to shake up U.S. foreign policy. He has certainly done that from the Middle East to Asia. The U.S. is currently engaged in a three-front, maximum-pressure standoff with China, Iran, and North Korea — involving everything from tariffs to possible military action and the strictest sanctions in memory.”

Hanson reminds us, “At first, Trump critics saw these policy recalibrations as either impotent or counterproductive. Pessimists asserted that China, with a population four times the size of the United States’, was fated for world hegemony. Why antagonize those who might soon control our political and economic future?”

But it looks like Trump’s approach is working, at least for now.

North Korea hasn’t given up its nuclear ambitions, but Kim Jong-un has toned down his rhetoric (minus the occasional outlandish threat). As for China, trade negotiations are in the works. And that’s the point. Do we really think Chinese President Xi Jinping would have negotiated with a President Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush? Until Trump came along, U.S. leaders in both parties seemed resigned to China supplanting the U.S. as the world’s pre-eminent economic and military power. So there was nothing to negotiate.

But what about the Kurds? Remember all the criticism from across the spectrum that President Trump had betrayed our trusted friends?

“Trump upended the chessboard in Syria, creating momentary havoc,” Jamie McIntyre writes at the Washington Examiner. “Still, as the dust settles, the U.S. alliance with the Kurds has survived, joint operations against ISIS have resumed, coalition partners have hung tight, and 1,000 U.S. troops have been withdrawn. Chalk some of that up to the ingenuity of U.S. military commanders who have an uncanny knack for turning Trump’s spur-of-the-moment policy pronouncements into a workable strategy.”

We have to remember that it’s in America’s strategic interests to placate both sides. Sure, the Kurds have fought loyally alongside American forces, but we do have NATO obligations involving Turkey. The president’s decision to remove U.S. forces from the region was a minor move that had a broader impact on the region. Recall that it happened just before the successful raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a raid that began in Turkish airspace and relied in part on Turkish intelligence.

In Afghanistan, the likelihood of a deal between the U.S. and the Taliban doesn’t seem likely, especially after Trump canceled a meeting at Camp David back in September. Yet, the fact that Trump took a stand just as the Taliban had claimed credit for an attack shows that he’s aiming to force an agreement at some point.

Another important factor lost in the discussion about the Taliban is that the Trump administration is in the process of reducing the number of American troops in Afghanistan from about 13,000 to 8,600 without compromising our effectiveness.

Last week, the president remarked that, when it comes to the Taliban, “We’ve hit them very, very hard. And they’re down to literally hundreds as opposed to thousands. They had many thousands a short while ago, and now they’re down to hundreds. Probably 200 left. And we’re scouting them out. So we’ll be down to very little, if anything, in a very short period of time.”

That’s probably Trumpian hyperbole, but his move is important considering that we don’t seem to have an end strategy in the region, and most Americans want a way to bring our nearly 20-year presence there to an end.

While some Trump foes claim he’s undermining decades of American foreign policy and embracing isolationism, The Wall Street Journal reported this week that the administration is considering sending up to 14,000 troops to the Middle East in order to thwart Iran’s immediate and long-term objectives. Clearly, the president’s unconventional policy decisions are made with an eye toward countering the real threats we continue to face.

Again, the point here is this president is engaged and is approaching these seemingly intractable matters in new ways. This in itself has been very upsetting to policy-wonks and politicians who are content with the status quo. As for the Democrat-controlled Congress, if they think these wars are a good thing for the country, perhaps they might do their constitutional duty and go on the record by supporting them.

Of course, they won’t. It’s much easier to lob rhetorical grenades at the president than actually get involved in decision-making. Then again, the Democrats simply might not have time to roll up their sleeves and get in the trenches with the president. They’re too busy trying to overturn the 2016 election.   ~The Patriot Post  

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