EDITORIAL

Government Of The People, By The People, And For The People: Will It Endure?

 

 

 

LAWRENCE SELLIN

Retired Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve

 

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, captured the essence of the 2016 election when he commented about a number of Republicans disavowing endorsements of or support for Donald Trump following the release of the vulgar 2005 video:

“A lot of these bed-wetting, hand-wringing Republicans: They’re not afraid Donald Trump is going to lose — they’re scared to death that Donald Trump is going to win,” and “mess up the neat little package of fun they have and they all play to the donor class.”

Even avowed Hillary supporter MSNBC anchor Mika Brzezinski tore into Republicans who withdrew their support for Donald Trump over his hot mic comments, calling them “pathetic, weak and spineless.”

The arrogance of political establishment has only gotten more brazen since 1993, when Lewis H. Lapham (“A Wish for Kings”) wrote:

“The politicians dress up the deals in the language of law or policy, but they’re in the business of brokering the tax revenue, and what keeps them in office is not their talent for oratory but their skill at redistributing the national income in a way that rewards their clients, patrons, friends and campaign contributors.”

Corruption is now endemic in Washington DC, where politicians like the Clintons convert public service into personal profit by granting financial favors to foreign governments and international business interests.

I have long said that there is a Cold Civil War underway in the United States to determine who should control the federal government. It is not a contest between the Democrat and Republican ideologies, but a battle between the entrenched power of the bipartisan political establishment versus the rights and liberties of the American people. It is a conflict between those who want to adhere to the Constitution and the rule of law and the party leaders, who wish to continue the practices of political expediency and crony capitalism.

In this election cycle, Donald Trump has forced the permanent political establishment out of the closet, exposing it to the voters for what it really is, an oligarchy; a small, mutually supportive group of politicians, media outlets and financiers that exercises control of the government for corrupt and selfish purposes.

It should surprise no one that Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan doesn’t support Donald Trump and wishes to continue business as usual in Washington DC.

It is because Ryan’s policies more closely match those of Hillary Clinton.

Both promote open borders and international trade agreements that treat American workers simply as chips in a high-stakes globalist poker game.

The rise of Donald Trump can be directly attributed to a Republican Party that never practiced the principles that it preached nor pursued the policies it proposed. They are people who are only interested in maintaining their position as the junior partners in the ruling elite and courting the affection of the mainstream media.

As Charles Krauthammer noted, Republican voters have felt not just let down or disappointed, but betrayed, sold out to donors and lobbyists:

“Did they repeal Obamacare? No. Did they defund Planned Parenthood? No. Did they stop President Obama’s tax-and-spend hyperliberalism? No. Whether from incompetence or venality, they let Obama walk all over them.”

When the disingenuous Republican establishment talks about “limited government,” what they really mean is limiting voter choice, limiting the need to fulfill their campaign promises and limiting their responsibility to represent the views of those who placed them in office.

Likewise, Hillary Clinton champions policy positions in public that are meant to deceive voters about the true intentions of her private policy positions.

Hillary’s America will be defined by globalist exploitation of our economy and the further subservience of our workforce to those global interests.

In Hillary’s America there will be unlimited mass migration through open borders, which will forever change the demographics of the country in ways that will render American culture unrecognizable and ensure a permanent far-left Democrat Party majority.

The First Amendment will be replaced by political correctness and speech codes.

Black Lives Matters and other domestic extremist groups will be encouraged to create crises that can be exploited to limit individual liberties.

For example, the Second Amendment will be decimated by additional federal regulations and executive orders, further restricting private gun ownership and ultimately leading to universal confiscation.

Do Americans want eight years of a President Clinton, who, through top aide Huma Abedin, will do even more to empower the Muslim Brotherhood and impose its agenda on America, such as Sharia in our schools, courts and communities?

If, according to the political-media establishment, the 2016 election is “over” because of crude, but private eleven-year-old comments in order to elect a thoroughly corrupt, tyrannical and ruthless woman, then America is surely “over” too.

Nothing is more important than defeating Hillary Clinton. Nothing.

 

 

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Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is a retired US Army Reserve colonel, a command and control subject matter expert, trained in Arabic and Kurdish, and a veteran of Afghanistan, northern Iraq and a humanitarian mission to West Africa. He receives email at lawrence.sellin@gmail.com.


FBI Director James Comey Has His Glenn Beck Moment

FBI Director James Comey Has His Glenn Beck Moment

Lawrence Sellin
Retired Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve

 

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Gone are the heady days when Americans could laugh at the ineptitude of government as a gaggle of befuddled politicians offering unworkable solutions for misunderstood problems to be executed by bureaucratic ignoramuses.

Now the survival of the country is at stake, threatened by Islamic terrorism and permanent political corruption.

During a hearing this week before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, FBI director James Comey faced pointed questions about recent terrorist shootings and bombings in the United States and about his failure to recommend indictment for Hillary Clinton in her private server scandal.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, referring to multiple instances of the FBI failing to act on evidence that it had on various terrorist suspects before they killed Americans, asked “Is it your position that no mistakes were made in each of these in judging them not to be credible threats?”

Channeling his inner Glenn Beck, a man now famous for his serial public melt-downs, Comey conceded that he is a “deeply flawed and fallible human” who failed to stop some terrorist attacks before they happened.

The FBI Director also admitted that he was out-maneuvered by Hillary Clinton’s aide Cheryl Mills during the Clinton email inquiry.

Pleading incompetence, Comey said “we are not perfect people,” noting that a pending inspector general investigation will help the FBI learn from its mistakes.

At that point, I had fully expected Comey to dunk his face in a bowl of crushed Cheetos.

Making mistakes in a sincere effort to thwart Islamic terrorism or to bring criminals to justice is unfortunate, but forgivable. Pursuing terrorist suspects through the filter of political correctness and not referring cases for criminal prosecution on the basis of political expediency are not.

There is now little doubt that the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails was a sham from the beginning, that the Bureau never had any intention of prosecuting her, turning its back on its own traditions of rising above partisan politics in the pursuit of justice.

Just how much Comey and the FBI punted on “EmailGate” has become painfully obvious, as noted by former National Security Agency analyst John Schindler:

“Redacted FBI documents from that investigation, dumped on the Friday afternoon before the long Labor Day weekend, revealed that Hillary Clinton either willfully lied to the Bureau, repeatedly, about her email habits as secretary of state, or she is far too dumb to be our commander-in-chief.

Worse, the FBI completely ignored the appearance of highly classified signals intelligence in Hillary’s email, including information lifted verbatim from above-Top Secret NSA reports back in 2011. This crime, representing the worst compromise of classified information in EmailGate – that the public knows of, at least – was somehow deemed so uninteresting that nobody at the FBI bothered to ask anybody on Team Clinton about it.”

That travesty of justice is further compounded by the revelation of Comey’s connection to the Clinton Foundation, a potential serious conflict of interest as leader of the FBI investigation into Hillary’s misuse of classified material.

Comey’s performance in office is symptomatic of a problem that cuts across the entire political-media establishment, namely the desperate attempts being undertaken by those trying to preserve the corrupt status quo.

As part of that effort, the FBI Director joins a long list of aspiring office holders and fawning journalists willing to exchange integrity for the opportunity to audition for a seat at Hillary Clinton’s Presidential dinner table.

President Trump should fire James Comey.

 

 

 

Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is a retired US Army Reserve colonel, a command and control subject matter expert, trained in Arabic and Kurdish, and a veteran of Afghanistan, northern Iraq and a humanitarian mission to West Africa. He receives email at lawrence.sellin@gmail.com.

 

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Sizing up Robert Gates’ criticism of Donald Trump

Sizing up Robert Gates’ criticism of Donald Trump

By Lawrence Sellin

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In his September 16, 2016 Wall Street Journal commentary “Sizing Up the Next Commander-in-Chief,” former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates concludes that Donald Trump is “unqualified and unfit to be commander-in-chief.”

My response is — compared to whom?
The secretary might be reminded that Barack Obama assumed office without any foreign affairs or national security experience, although he excelled in the use of a teleprompter and the cadence of speech delivery.
Together with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Obama Administration brought us such international triumphs as Benghazi, ISIS and the Iranian nuclear deal.

In fact, all the festering national security problems enumerated by Gates as serious challenges for the new President i.e. China, Russia, North Korea, Iran and the Middle East were inadequately addressed or aggravated during the tenure of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, according to Gates himself:

“Regarding Iran, whatever value Mr. Obama’s nuclear agreement has brought, the deal has led to no decrease in Iran’s aggressive meddling in the Middle East nor any lessening of its hostility to the U.S. Iranian naval challenges to U.S. warship operations in the Persian Gulf have nearly doubled over the last year.”

Were Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton misinformed by their advisors or “stubbornly uninformed about the world” as he claims Trump to be or, more simply, did they fail because they possess a toxic mixture of incompetence and ideological delusions?

Have they not been the contentions of the Obama Administration that climate change causes terrorism and ISIS arose from a lack of employment opportunities?

Gates writes:

“The world we confront is too perilous and too complex to have as president a man who believes he, and he alone, has all the answers and has no need to listen to anyone. In domestic affairs, there are many checks on what a president can do; in national security there are few constraints. A thin-skinned, temperamental, shoot-from-the-hip and lip, uninformed commander-in-chief is too great a risk for America.”

Is Gates referring to Trump or Obama? I’m not sure.

Is it not Barack Obama who reflexively responds to every Islamic terrorist attack and racial incident with excuses for the perpetrators?

Was it not Secretary Gates, who claimed that Obama made a “serious mistake” that hurt America’s credibility in the world when he drew the red line in Syria and then did not act after the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime?

“Backing away from reacting once the red line was crossed impacted American credibility not just in the Middle East, but I think it was being watching in Moscow and Tehran and Beijing and Pyongyang and elsewhere,” Gates said.

That is, the China, Russia, North Korea and Iran about which Gates voices so much concern in regard to Donald Trump.

Gates also says Trump is “temperamentally unsuited to lead our men and women in uniform,” unlike the Obama Administration, who made lying the primary instrument of government policy, were “extremely careless” in their handling of highly classified information, doctored intelligence reports and violated the most sacred creed of the armed services – no one gets left behind.

Although he provides no recommendations to remedy our current national security challenges, Secretary Gates offers the following bromide:

“I understand the broad anger and frustration against political leaders in both parties. I have written about my disgust as secretary of defense as I watched politicians repeatedly place re-election above the nation’s best interests. Polls make clear that most Americans are dissatisfied with the two major party candidates for president. But as I used to say in the Pentagon, we are where we are — not where we might wish to be.”

In their support of Donald Trump, the American people are stating unequivocally that we do not like where we are as a nation and we fully intend to go where we wish to be, even if it involves calculated risk and the irritation of the political establishment.

Gates seems to think that Hillary Clinton is an unknown quantity that before the election she will “address forthrightly her trustworthiness, to reassure people about her judgment.”

Seriously? Sorry, Mr. Secretary, I don’t think it is Donald Trump who is “beyond repair.”

 

 

 

Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is a retired U.S. Army Reserve colonel, a command and control subject matter expert, trained in Arabic and Kurdish, and a veteran of Afghanistan, northern Iraq and a humanitarian mission to West Africa. He receives email at lawrence.sellin@gmail.com


Defeating ISIS And Embracing Operational Ambiguity

Defeating ISIS And Embracing Operational Ambiguity

LAWRENCE SELLIN

09/16/2016

 

Even without ISIS, the Middle East, the epicenter of radical Islam, is a complex political-military environment dominated by the Sunni-Shia religious conflict, but influenced by ethnic aspirations, tribal rivalries, regional hegemony, superpower competition and ever-shifting allegiances.

For example, Turkey under the leadership of Sunni Muslim President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan opposes the Syrian regime of Shia Muslim President Bashar al-Assad. Turkey is a NATO-member and ally of the United States. Assad’s government has strong diplomatic and military support from Russia, is a long-time ally of Iran, and is backed by Lebanon’s ShiaHezbollah militant group. Yet, such differences are superseded by their mutual fear of and animosity towards Kurdish independence or autonomy. On August 18, 2016, Turkey and Syria engaged in what appeared to be a coordinated attack against Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in and around the city of Hasakah.

The fighting in Hasakah came after the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), whose main component is the YPG, captured Manbij on August 13th, a strategically placed town in north Aleppo province. Four days earlier, Turkish President Erdogan had met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and appears to have obtained his acquiescence to a limited Turkish military intervention in northern Syria. The Turkish-Russian, at least temporary understanding, relieved some of the hostility in the wake of the shooting down of a Russian fighter-bomber by a Turkish jet on November 24, 2015.

In its battle against ISIS, the US supports the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is an alliance of Kurdish, Arab, Assyrian, Armenian, Turkmen and Circassian militias, but it is really a wholly owned subsidiary of the YPG. The umbrella organization of the SDF provides diplomatic cover for the US because the YPG is considered by many as the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a group designated as a terrorist organization by the US and NATO and one that has been waging war against the Turkish state since 1984.

In regard to ISIS, it is an ambiguous operational environment offering only poor options and one largely of our own making.

If the strategy of George W. Bush can be described as naïve and punctuated by neoconservative hubris, those pursued by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton represent the intersection of ideology and incompetence.

In the wake of 9/11, the Bush Administration, sought a long-term political solution to international terrorism, which they believed emanated from the lack of democratic participation, where resentful individuals, having been excluded from the political process in their own countries, directed their hatred and violence against the West. Bush chose Iraq as a starting point for the democratization of the Middle East, from where he had expected democracy to spread and, consequently, would both assimilate and contain potential terrorists. When democracy failed to take hold in Iraq or anywhere else for that matter, he initiated an alternative approach, the idea to integrate unspecified “moderate” Islamists into their own countries’ governments.

If the Bush method after the Iraq invasion had been largely tentative and reactive, the Obama Administration policy became preemptive; whereby the US would actively encourage, if not directly support, the overthrow of what it considered reactionary Arab regimes.

In 2010, Obama ordered his advisors to produce a secret report, later known as Presidential Study Directive-11 (PSD-11), which concluded that the United States should shift from its longstanding policy of supporting stable but authoritarian regimes in the Middle East and North Africa to one backing, what Obama Administration officials considered groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and the Turkish AK Party, now led by President Erdoğan, as a so-called “moderate” alternative to more violent Islamist groups like al-Qaeda and Islamic State.

The disastrous consequences of the Obama-Clinton policies we have witnessed in Egypt, Libya and Syria result, not just from the policy itself, but, to no small extent, from the “zero footprint” manner in which it was executed.

The rise of ISIS can be directly linked to the power vacuum left after the premature withdrawal of US forces from Iraq in December 2011 and fueled by American abdication of a foreign policy in Syria, where we sub-contracted our foreign policy to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey. Not surprisingly, those countries pursued their own interests; the Saudis supporting radical Islamic Salafists, while the Turks and Qataris backed the Muslim Brotherhood, whose goals do not defer markedly from Islamist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS, that is, a global caliphate and the implementation of Sharia.

We are now left with only one short-term course of action: ISIS must be comprehensively defeated on the battlefield by whatever combination of methods and assets.

ISIS persists because they appear to be winning. In addition, it has a simple and uncompromising message, one that resonates with the alienated, aimless or unsuccessful. For disaffected Muslims, ISIS can represent a form of Islamic glamour that fills an emotional need both for purpose and redemption. It is an opportunity to belong and be a winner. For life’s losers, it provides a powerful enticement to live out sexual fantasies without consequences and to obtain revenge for real or imagined insults in the form of helpless victims.

Piles of dead ISIS fighters, however, make poor recruiting posters. An ideology has little chance to flourish, if there are few left eager to practice it.

Yet the defeat of ISIS will not solve the Iraq-Syria conflict and no outside player alone, whether it be the US, Russia, Iran or Turkey, can shape the outcome. The Shiites and the Kurds, for example, do not speak with one voice and the Sunnis have not found their place in a post-Saddam Iraq. It means that each faction and sub–faction will pursue their separate interests, likely resulting in continued or even greater fragmentation.

In the long-term, it is not the responsibility of the United States to reconcile all the various opposing factions in the Middle East, but to manage and sometimes leverage the chaos in a manner that fulfills our national security interests.

 

 

Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is a retired US Army Reserve colonel, a command and control subject matter expert, trained in Arabic and Kurdish, and a veteran of Afghanistan, northern Iraq and a humanitarian mission to West Africa. He receives email at lawrence.sellin@gmail.com.

 

Defeating ISIS And Embracing Operational Ambiguity


Mosul: Averting A Humanitarian & Governance Nightmare After We Win

Mosul: Averting A Humanitarian & Governance Nightmare After We Win

LAWRENCE SELLIN

It has been reported that the U.S. is gearing up to assist Iraqi forces in an offensive to reclaim the city of Mosul from Islamic State, an operation expected to begin as early as October.

Mosul was captured by Islamic State in June 2014 when Iraqi security forces, riddled with corruption and sectarianism despite billions of dollars in U.S. aid, dropped their weapons and fled from the insurgents.

An additional 400 American troops have been sent into Iraq to assist Iraqi forces consolidating south of Mosul in the city of Qayyarah. There now are more than 5,000 U.S. military personnel in the country.

According to the new commander of the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State, Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the battle to retake the jihadist group’s last major Iraqi stronghold will be a difficult and dangerous operation, like “a siege.” Fortifications, tunnels, improvised bombs and even civilians used as human shields likely await advancing forces. Islamic State fighters are digging moats and filling them with oil and tires and burning them to obscure the view of U.S. pilots conducting airstrikes or aerial surveillance.

Winning, however, is only half the battle. Conquest is easy. Control is not.

The Mosul operation has also triggered large-scale humanitarian planning, with the U.N. predicting that up to one million people could flee the city in all directions, potentially exacerbating the already-existing demographic and security concerns of regional players.

Governance may present an even greater challenge, a failure of which will only increase and prolong the humanitarian crisis.

The battle for Mosul is like the race to get to Berlin between the Soviets and the West in 1945. The positioning of forces of the Kurds, Shia and Sunni Arabs in this final push is expected to redraw the boundaries in northern Iraq. For the Shia-dominated and Iranian-aligned Iraqi government, who will attack from the south, this is a chance to reunify the country under the control of Baghdad. But for the Kurds in the north and east of Mosul, the fight against the Islamic State is an opportunity for greater autonomy or even independence. For the Sunni Arab militia, which will join the Kurds in attacking Mosul from the west, the battle is a chance to re-establish a Sunni presence that has nothing to do with the Islamic State, but everything to do with Iraqi politics and Iranian regional hegemony.

In a civil conflict or disaster situation, command and control is as important as food, water, or shelter. When human life is lost and the infrastructure is devastated, humanitarian and governance organizations can quickly become overwhelmed by the number and complexity of the problems without an efficient and effective means to integrate and coordinate relief and stability efforts.

The rapid deployment of ad hoc networks and services in event-driven environments should fulfill the following basic criteria:

Establish critical communication support capabilities to facilitate information sharing and collaboration among relief organizations through a secure wireless infrastructure supplying voice, data and video services.
Provide a single portal application interface for government, military, private sector, UN, and NGO relief organizations, whose features include:
Interoperability and collaboration based on commercial off-the shelf (COTS) components and open standards;
directory integration of names and contact information for inter/intra-agency collaboration and synchronous and asynchronous information exchange;
Situational awareness and incident tracking with geo-spatial mapping capabilities;
Multiple and instantaneous language translation.
The objective is to enable multiagency interoperability and real-time crisis management to help save lives, protect property and manage recovery efforts — after the battle.

A humanitarian and governance nightmare in Mosul and the surrounding area is inevitable. Whether that crisis can be met effectively with the necessary command and control infrastructure and policies remains an open question.

How the US wins the battle against the Islamic State and perhaps, more importantly, manages a fragile peace, may ultimately determine, at least strategically, our success or failure in the fight against radical Islam and the achievement of some degree of Middle East stability.

 

Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is a retired US Army Reserve colonel, a command and control subject matter expert, trained in Arabic and Kurdish, and a veteran of Afghanistan, northern Iraq and a humanitarian mission to West Africa. He receives email at lawrence.sellin@gmail.com.

 

“Mosul: Averting A Humanitarian & Governance Nightmare After We Win”


Why Donald Trump appeals to ordinary Americans

Why Donald Trump appeals to ordinary Americans

 

By Lawrence Sellin

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There is a winning coalition in America: one which Donald Trump represents, one inclusive of all Americans, and one for all those who believe in a simple proposition — honest, representative and effective government.

There are many important issues facing voters in the 2016 election: the threat of radical Islam, a weak economy, skyrocketing national debt, unchecked illegal immigration and a dying middle Class.

Yet, none of the problems can be solved without first recognizing a far greater danger to the survival of the country.
The federal government and the media are, as institutions, hopelessly corrupt and, although we have elections, we no longer have representative government.

This election is not simply a contest between the Democrat and Republican ideologies, but a battle between the entrenched power of the bipartisan political establishment versus the freedom and well-being of the American people.

It is a conflict between those who want to adhere to the Constitution and the rule of law and those who wish to continue the practices of political expediency and crony capitalism.

It is a choice between a government of the people, by the people and for the people or “elective despotism” when lies, corruption and tyranny are embraced by the political-media establishment.

Americans now believe that we are no longer citizens of a republic, but subjects of an elected aristocracy, composed of a self-absorbed permanent political class, which serves the interests of international financiers at the expense of the American people. They maintain their authority by an ever-expanding and increasingly intrusive government and use a compliant media to manipulate public opinion in order to maintain the illusion of democracy.

From the perspective of the ruling class, elections have become little more than occasions to redistribute power between select political elites. For the international financiers, who fund the politicians, it does not matter who wins the election as long as they can continue to influence policy through lobbies and political donations.

To maintain control, both Democrats and Republicans have fostered a culture of dependency. Democrats create dependency by expanding federal mandates and increasing entitlements. Republicans promote dependency by limiting voter choice and co-opting or crushing independent candidates and grassroots political movements.

The federal government is now an industry competing with the private sector, but unconstrained by regulation and the rule of law, which has inevitably led to massive and widespread corruption.

Our political-media establishment is now characterized by executive overreach, legislative complicity, judicial partisanship and journalistic decadence.

It is a fundamental principle of democracy that the efficiency and effectiveness of government are directly dependent upon the trustworthiness of government officials as representatives and executors of the views and desires of the people.

It is time to take America back.

When the history of the Obama Administration is written, the epitaph will read, to paraphrase Winston Churchill, “Never in the course of American history, has so much harm, been done to so many, by so few.”

It is not by accident.

What we are witnessing is the product of eight years of Barack Obama and his divisive rhetoric and destructive policies.

Obama’s “transformation” is a euphemism for the deliberate crippling and humbling of a great nation he fraudulently considers racist, oppressive, venal and dysfunctional.

It is not the imagination of conspiracy theorists and none of it is “home grown.”

There is an unholy alliance between the global political left and radical Islam, two totalitarian philosophies that have a shared hatred of Western civilization and Judeo-Christian democracy; and both are determined to extinguish liberty and subjugate the individual, either to Sharia or the state.

They cannot achieve global subjugation without first destroying the United States.

It can happen because America’s domestic enemies promulgate notions that attack the basis of our constitutional republic, which emphasizes the uniqueness and sacredness of the individual. They also promote policies that weaken our ability to transmit to the next generation the values and traditions upon which the United States was built.

Political correctness is part of that effort. Its aim is to narrow the range of thought in order to make independent thinking literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express those thoughts. It is accomplished through the systematic destruction of language as “microaggressions” or simply making statements that are patently untrue.

Anti-American, messianic political movements can only succeed when the individual believes that his or her actions are determined, not by personal freedom endowed by the Creator, but by the destiny of the community, controlled by a ruling elite of commissars or mullahs.

Most of the social chaos and extremism we are currently witnessing in our country is the product of a well-funded and well-organized anti-American, radical Islamo-leftist agenda — and an administration that enables rather than opposes the aims of our enemies.

I will not mince words.

To many Americans, the Democratic Party appears to be sympathetic to that agenda and promotes policies that undermine, not just the United States the sovereign nation, but our Constitution, our culture, our traditions, all of what “America” has come to mean.

Likewise, the Republican Party is dominated by globalists, obsessed with the acquisition of personal power and profit, uninterested and unwilling to defend the rights, liberties and well-being of American citizens. The GOP leadership has solidified its choice to no longer represent what had been its constituency, but to adopt the identity of junior partners in the ruling class.

Three years before the start of the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln said a government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free — that a house divided against itself cannot stand.

Likewise, a government separated from the people cannot stand.

It is time to take America back.

Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is a retired colonel with 29 years of service in the US Army Reserve and a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq. Colonel Sellin is the author of, Restoring the Republic: Arguments for a Second American Revolution.

 

 

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/presidential-campaign/294596-why-donald-trump-appeals-to-ordinary-americans


James Comey makes the government safe for corruption

James Comey makes the government safe for corruption

by LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD July 6, 2016

 

 

It is times like this that words almost fail me, but, thinking about FBI Director James Comey, “coward,” “disgrace” and “cheap political hack” come to mind.

Other words like “hypocrite” and “double standard” are, in this case, equally appropriate.

The FBI investigated Hillary Clinton for alleged violations of U.S. Code Title 18 § 793 – Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information, subsection (f):

“Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer- Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.”

On national television, Comey, describing his reasons for not charging Hillary Clinton with a crime, said:

“Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case. Prosecutors necessarily weigh a number of factors before bringing charges. There are obvious considerations, like the strength of the evidence, especially regarding intent. ”

First and foremost, U.S. Code Title 18 § 793 subsection (f) says nothing about “intent” as a requirement for indictment.

Secondly, recalling my days in the US Army Reserve for which I had a security clearance, the classified computer system (SIPRNet) was neither connected to nor interactive with non-classified systems. Moving information from SIPRNet to a non-classified computer system was both a violation of U.S. Code Title 18 § 793 and could only be done physically and intentionally using a portable storage device like a thumb drive.

Somebody had to move that classified information, physically and intentionally, from the State Department’s classified system for delivery to Hillary Clinton’s non-classified account.

Will anyone be prosecuted or does everything surrounding this case get swept under the rug?

And what is the difference between the “extreme carelessness” that Comey claims Hillary Clinton demonstrated and the “gross negligence” described in U.S. Code Title 18 § 793 subsection (f)?

And why didn’t Comey let the “prosecutors” in the Department of Justice decide not to indict rather than FBI, which really isn’t its role in the legal system?

Comey followed his appalling excuse for inaction with what one could consider an outright lie, stating:

“In looking back at our investigations into mishandling or removal of classified information, we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts.”

There was just such a similar case less than a year ago.

On its own website, dated July 29, 2015, the FBI boasts about the conviction of a Folsom California Naval Reservist, who was convicted and sentenced after pleading guilty to unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials:

“According to court documents, Nishimura was a Naval reservist deployed in Afghanistan in 2007 and 2008. In his role as a Regional Engineer for the U.S. military in Afghanistan, Nishimura had access to classified briefings and digital records that could only be retained and viewed on authorized government computers. Nishimura, however, caused the materials to be downloaded and stored on his personal, unclassified electronic devices and storage media. He carried such classified materials on his unauthorized media when he traveled off-base in Afghanistan and, ultimately, carried those materials back to the United States at the end of his deployment. In the United States, Nishimura continued to maintain the information on unclassified systems in unauthorized locations, and copied the materials onto at least one additional unauthorized and unclassified system.”

Does that not sound like, in substance, what Hillary Clinton and her subordinates did?

Comey’s decision was nothing less than politically-motivated malfeasance, that is, the performance by a public official of an act that is legally unjustified, harmful, or contrary to law.

Thanks to Comey, it should now be clear to all thoughtful Americans that the US Government, as an institution, is hopelessly corrupt, unaccountable to the people and unconstrained by the rule of law.

Comey obviously concurs with and has aptly demonstrated that the political elite are immune from prosecution regardless of the damage done to our national security and the Constitution, specifically the concept of equal justice under the law.

James Comey has secured his place in US History.

America has a new Benedict Arnold.

 

 

 

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Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is a retired colonel with 29 years of service in the US Army Reserve and a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq. Colonel Sellin is the author of “Restoring the Republic: Arguments for a Second American Revolution “. He receives email at lawrence.sellin@gmail.com.

 

http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/james-comey-makes-the-government-safe-for-corruption?f=must_reads

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“Path to Glory”

“Path to Glory”
By
Paul Vallely (MG, US Army Ret) and Tom Marin

 

 
Today, we Americans are marching to a new ‘Path to Glory” for our country much as our founders and ancestors had to do. Today, we must be Americans First and rise above partisan politics and political parties. We must face the future through a reality prism and seek to restore this great country, our Republic and the Constitution. The challenge ahead is to select common sense leaders who understand our challenges and have the vision to lead us to a secure America so all can be in the pursuit of happiness and a thankful life.
On April 19th 1775, British regular troops and colonists came to blows in what many believe was the real beginning of the Revolutionary War.

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Evil has many forms, and simply stated, it is a word to describe the acts of omission or acts of commission to inflict wanton harm or destruction or, according to Wiktionary, a deliberate violation of some accepted moral code of behavior, i.e. a fiduciary obligation. Evil, as defined by The Free Dictionary, is that which causes harm, misfortune, or destruction: as in a leader’s power to do both good and/or evil.

The history of human existence, an accumulation of human events, has included the dominance to control resources and enslaving the free and the weak in order to increase power and greed. It was only natural for our founding fathers to plant our flag in our course of time in history and lay claim to life based on freedom and liberty. It makes perfect sense that our founding fathers began the Declaration of Independence with the words, “When in the course of human events…” Our enemies both foreign and domestic do not want to discuss the course of human events, events and facts that happened, but only want to focus on their elixir of the future, “tomorrow”, aka the new world order, based once again on natural resources, the consumption of resources, and control.

The manifestation of evil that we have been witnessing, especially the last seven years, as well as the complete lack of enforcement of our laws by people we have entrusted with our safety and security, not only patronizes who we are as individuals, our heritage and what we stand for as a nation but also hurls us into great risk. We can no longer tolerate this ongoing sabotage by omission with its willful blindness and negligent disregard. It has been a deliberate effort to accomplish the complete destruction of America and its way of life. The intent is to create a new world order based on resource management where American citizens and other freedom-loving people will be part of the resources to be managed as the lowest replaceable units. An American citizen needs only to read the details of The Affordable Care Act to understand this herding.

At the Battle of Concord and Lexington, ordinary residents of the colony of Massachusetts made a decision of conscience to stand up against the increasingly oppressive tyranny of King George III and the British Parliament after a series of methodical steps to limit their freedom, their physical security, and to inhibit their health and welfare by limiting their retention of the benefits of their own labor and use of their private property by raising taxes and controlling commerce. Even in 1763, the cartel of entrenched parliamentarians did not want to relinquish control to subordinated subjects who were regarded merely as producers and consumers of goods and services for the benefit of The Bank of England and who reported to the higher authority of the crown and the elite, all knowing, ministers of control. Unable to coerce the residents under their authority, the British Parliament ordered the seizure of their guns and ammunition.

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Nothing has changed. Human behavior and the battle of good vs. evil is ongoing. The patriots at Concord knew it, and as Ronald Reagan clearly stated almost two centuries later, “The Founding Fathers knew a government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. So we have come to a time for choosing.”

Through the years, with all the “legislative” tools and devices, from the 1760’s and 1770’s, from The Sugar Act, The Stamp Act, the Quartering Act, The Declaratory Act, The Townshend Revenue Acts, The Tea Act, The Intolerable and Coercive Acts, and The Prohibitory Act to 1978-2008 to The Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980, to The Credit Card Rules and Credit Card Act, to The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act , to The Commodity Futures Modernization Act, to The Community Reinvestment Act, and to 2009-2016 and Obamacare and the Trans Pacific Partnership, which was negotiated in secret for a reason, and to the 229 restrictive executive orders that equate to 1,086 pages issued by the current administrative controller, Reagan’s words rang true in 1981 as if he was speaking in 1775 at the North Concord Bridge. It was as if he was establishing a bridge for the path to glory to the past and to tomorrow for today. Our past, present, and future (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow) are based on the confrontation of good vs evil. It is in the genre of novels, art, and movies all throughout the history of man and the history of Christianity. This is why “progressives”, which are actually fascists and communists, want to rewrite history and forget our heroes. Our past also confirms the confrontation of evil and its consistent defeats. At each and every juncture in American history, individuals made a decision to stand up and be free. To do otherwise, they would relegate their destiny to evil. Today we must confront “The Total Collective Effort of Evil” in our time and to do so we must recognize “the artful liars” and all the hidden agendas in selling us out to a system of control. Statesmen need to come forward to actually serve the people and preserve and protect our Republic. The “politocracy” must be eradicated. A very simple question needs to be asked as we evaluate how to proceed at each event, “Who benefits and who gets hurt?” We believe the minutemen at Concord and Ronald Reagan knew the simple answer and the courage it took to never relinquish freedom.

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“There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.” – Ronald Reagan

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” – Edmund Burke

“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”
— James Madison, The Federalist, No. 47

 

Editor’s Note: “The Path to Glory” is part of the America First Project.

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Advice for SecDef Ashton Carter’s cyber warfare recruitment program

Advice for SecDef Ashton Carter’s cyber warfare recruitment program
by LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD June 26, 2016

 

 

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In order to quickly address urgent issues facing the military, you sometimes have to be willing to rock the boat, bend the rules and push the envelope; but more importantly, you must have the ability to identify innovative solutions and the practical means to implement them.

In my civilian career with IBM, I learned that innovation is the intersection of inspiration and invention, that is, ideas coupled with action.

 

As one part of his “Force of the Future” initiative, most of which I do not endorse, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has asked Congress for changes in existing laws to facilitate the Pentagon’s quest for talent in specialized areas such as cyber warfare, including:

– Let cyber and other technical experts join the military at higher ranks than fresh-faced second lieutenants right out of ROTC, something only doctors can do today;

– Let DoD hire talented graduates as Pentagon civilians fresh out of school, without going through the usual civil service rigmarole of USAjobs.gov;

– Let military officers take non-standard assignments, such as going to graduate school, without being penalized for it when they’re up for promotion;

– Let Carter and future secretaries waive provisions of the landmark Defense Officer Personnel Management Act (DOPMA) to address shortages in crucial skills.

 

Although none of these ideas is new, they all face an uphill battle against bureaucracy, tradition, and long-established statute.

The effort may have merit as long as the program is used to recruit genuine specialists and not merely provide an alternative means of employing political hacks.

Perhaps a personal anecdote might provide some comfort to Secretary Carter in his effort to upgrade the military personnel system.

When I assumed command of the US Army Reserve Medical Support Unit (MSU) in Heidelberg, Germany in June 2006, I was faced with a similar problem, albeit on a smaller scale.

The MSU was in a virtual permanent non-mobilization, non-deployable state because, among other deficiencies, the unit could never recruit enough doctors to fill its required number of allocated positions. And the prospects for even finding available American military physicians in Europe remained bleak.

The innovative solution we identified was to recruit Army Reserve physicians from the continental United States, “attaching” them to the MSU, rather than assigning them.

The key to the recruitment process, however, was offering the physicians and other medical personnel, opportunities for unique and professionally-rewarding training experiences.

That second component proved to be the most challenging aspect of the recruitment process because we were met with enormous bureaucratic resistance throughout the chain of command, which ultimately required us to rock the boat, bend the rules and push the envelope; all of which created considerable consternation within the bureaucracy, and, as the MSU commander, made me something of a pariah at the general officer level.

Nevertheless, we succeeded in attracting a wide variety of medical personnel, even a veterinarian, an expertise we found to be critical to our efforts in Africa.

Beginning from the Summer of 2006, the MSU participated in three missions to Africa (Benin, Mali and Niger), one multinational exercise in Germany (December 2007) and one joint, multinational exercise in the Republic of Georgia (Immediate Response 2008, July – August 2008). The mission to Mali in August-September 2007 was a joint (US Air Force, US Army Reserve) medical, dental and veterinarian humanitarian deployment with Special Operations Command Europe.

In addition, the MSU provided Combat Life-Saver Training throughout Europe to over 3,000 Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine personnel.

Word quickly spread that the MSU was offering meaningful real-world training opportunities and between 2006 and 2008 the unit increased its strength from 60% to over 150%, improving both its recruitment and retention, and was for the first time in its recent history fully manned and deployable.

Secretary Carter may be buoyed by our experience and what became the MSU motto – “The difficult we do immediately, the impossible takes a little longer.”

 

 

 
Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is a retired colonel with 29 years of service in the US Army Reserve and a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq. Colonel Sellin is the author of “Restoring the Republic: Arguments for a Second American Revolution “. He receives email at lawrence.sellin@gmail.com.

 

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Deliver Us From Evil. Amen

Deliver Us From Evil.  Amen.

 

DELIVER US FROM EVIL.  AMEN.

DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN.

 

 

BREXIT was a repudiation of collectivism and the end to the 43 year debate against unelected European Union bureaucrats imposing stifling regulations on a foreign nation.

Nigel Farage of the UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party) spoke out against the EU: “I can speak on behalf of the majority of British people in saying that we don’t know you, we don’t want you and the sooner you are put out to grass, the better.”

Farage led the way to freedom for his nation. The British Brexit takes back its sovereignty for itself, for freedom, for their own economy –for their own self-directed future.  Lord Christopher Monkton pointed out that under the European Union Great Britain suffered its worst markets in 650 years.

BREXIT is a repudiation of the control and regulations from 27 unelected faceless commissars in Brussels who were not required to live under the laws they enacted and who had no interest in the rights of the British citizen.

The British through BREXIT have announced their preference to govern themselves. Imagine that!  The chains that bind have been broken and tossed aside for freedom and independence.

Should the leaders of the Remain faction or any other globalists try to reinstitute their policies they will gain the well earned wrath of the British people.  Many who were in the Remain faction were looking for the same exit only in a slightly more prolonged fashion fearing the financial repercussions.

The BRITS never embraced the Euro having retained their own British currency which will facilitate a far easier and less complicated transition back to a fully sovereign nation.

Cameron failed the British people. He had promised to renegotiate the terms of the European Union in 2015 assuring his citizens of the fundamental changes to come.

Though that was simply a reelection ploy worked out appropriately enough in a Chicago O’Hare pizzeria with then Foreign Secretary William Hague.  In the end no reforms came and that failure set the BREXIT win in motion. The British people finally said ENOUGH! The Trump phenomenon in America helped to break the binds of political correctness.

The progressive globalist movement (read communist) that has swept Western Europe, and America, have been rebuffed and will crumble.  Thank God!
Uncertainty and anxiety drove yesterdays British markets down 9% but by day’s end markets were only down 3%. However, volitility is here to stay for awhile.
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There will be bumps in the road as Great Britian rides back to freedom and other nations also move to regain their sovereignty.

Expect the ripple effect in Spain, France, Denmark, Sweden and Italy as nations regain their footing in repudiating the 1957 Treaty of Rome, now shown to be nothing more than a failed political project enacted by the untrustworthy lot of evil social engineers of the political-media establishment-class.

The European Union as a centralized economic unit could never have worked as there was no centralized political power. BThe EU is 27 different countries with different cultures and different languages.  The artificial construct of the European Union was doomed to failure from its very beginnings.

Immigration was the lightning-rod for a vast array of grievances against the EU. The Brits rejected the same globalization policies Barack Obama is selling in AMERICA “of building a country within our country.”

The Brits resented the regulation of their lives and of their country by a foreign entity. They rejected the EU’s political policies of multiculturalism, political correctness, and burdensome taxation.  They particularly rejected the flooding of the UK with violent Muslim refugees that never assimilated and excessive immigration into their country.

BREXIT is a rejection of the forced immigration of Muslim men into their country via Angela Merkel’s open door policy that led to hoardes of Muslim men in the UK and the great strife that came along with them.  The Muslim pedophile rings of Bradford and other no-go zones has fully exposed the ill fit of the European Union regulating rape and crime into the UK where politicians turned a blind eye to the lawlessness showing their heartlessness to the systematic rape of over 1500 young British girls by Muslim gangs of cabbies.

Political Correctness and Globalism died today telegraphing that British leaders had better wake up and stand with and for the rights of their own citizens.

The Fabian socialists who “set the world afire to mould it to their heart’s content” have been defeated.

The globalist movement of today guided by Nazi collaborator George Soros, and failed US President Barack Hussein Obama, among other soulless globalists, as originally conceived by the Keynesian pedophile and babykiller Margaret Sangar with their band of godless misfits, has thankfully come to an end.

 
May they and those who follow in their footsteps rot in hell.  Long may the Union Jack fly.


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