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Beto Once Again Earns the Gratitude of the Republican Party

Desperate presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is the gift that won’t stop giving to Republicans.

After promising to confiscate military-style semi-automatic rifles like our AR-15s, Thursday night he continued to reveal the left’s true colors with a vow to deny funding for religious institutions that oppose same sex marriage.

How about religious institutions that oppose atheism? I mean, isn’t that discriminatory?

Beto is a one-man GOP Get Out the Vote machine.

From last nights CNN LGBTQ Town Hall:

QUESTION: Do you think religious institutions like colleges, churches, charities, should they lose their tax exempt status if they oppose same sex marriage?”

BETO: Yes . . . There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone or any institution, any organization in America, that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us. So as president, we’re going to make that a priority, and we are going to stop those who are infringing upon the human rights of our fellow Americans.”

Two Adam Schiff Advisors Worked with the Whistleblower

Another scoop by the Washington Examiner:

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff recruited two former National Security Council aides who worked alongside the CIA whistleblower at the NSC during the Obama and Trump administrations, the Washington Examiner has learned.

Abigail Grace, who worked at the NSC until 2018, was hired in February, while Sean Misko, an NSC aide until 2017, joined Schiff’s committee staff in August, the same month the whistleblower submitted his complaint.

The whistleblower was an NSC official who worked with former Vice President Joe Biden and who has expertise in Ukraine, the Washington Examiner has reported

A career CIA analyst with Ukraine expertise, the whistleblower aired his concerns about a phone conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to a House Intelligence Committee aide on Schiff’s staff. He had previously informed the CIA’s legal counsel’s office. 

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Schiff initially denied he knew anything about the complaint before it was filed, stating on Sep. 17: “We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower. We would like to.”

But it later emerged that a member of his staff had spoken to the whistleblower before his complaint was submitted on Aug. 12. The Washington Post concluded that Schiff “clearly made a statement that was false.”

Trump’s Incomprehensible Betrayal of the Kurds

President Trump’s decision to pull a handful of U.S. troops out of northern Syria to make way for a Turkish attack on our Kurdish allies is perhaps the worst thing I’ve seen out of this presidency.

Sure, the Kurdish forces have ties to groups in Turkey that are terrorists. But we chose these people to assist us. They were remarkably successful in helping us deal with a problem, ISIS, which had been created by Barack Obama’s similarly irresponsible decision to withdraw forces too early from the region.

Trump’s comments about the Kurds not helping us during World War II are moronic. Their abandonment is yet another example of throwing people who deal with us to the wolves, like we did in Vietnam. And like Obama more recently did in Libya, where Muammar Qaddafi had agreed to give up his nuclear weapons and then Obama and Hillary Clinton attacked and killed him, effectively.

This is Obama-style foreign policy. Sure, we need to limit our involvements overseas. But we do need to be involved to some extent, because otherwise, they strike us here, as a quick search in downtown New York City for the World Trade Center towers will remind you.

The Kurds are also guarding lots of bad guys, former ISIS members. These people may soon be melting into the population, only to reemerge soon armed with kalashnikovs and plastic explosives.

What a waste and a dumb idea. We don’t owe anything to Turkey, which refused to allow us to use our base there during the 2003 Iraq War. I don’t know what Trump’s affection Turkish President Erdogan is based on, but the policy is a disaster.

Trump is threatening sanctions. The Turks are not going to care. They want to kill Kurds. He thinks everyone cares as much about money as he does.

From a good opinion piece by Marc Thiessen today in the Washington Post:

President Trump has defended his shameful abandonment of our Kurdish allies in Syria, declaring that “I was elected on getting out of these ridiculous endless wars” that have left America “bogged down, watching over a quagmire.” Listening to the president, Americans might think that we still have large numbers of U.S. troops fighting on fronts across the Middle East. We do not.

The days when we deployed hundreds of thousands of troops in the Middle East are long gone. Today, we have 14,000 troops in Afghanistan, about 5,000 in Iraq and just 1,000 in Syria. That is a grand total of about 20,000 troops in all three countries. By contrast, we have about 37,950 U.S. troops in Germany, 12,750 in Italy, 53,900 in Japan, and 28,500 in South Korea — a total of over 133,000. In fact, we now have three times more troops deployed in Spain (3,200) than we do in Syria. 

Moreover, the vast majority of these U.S. forces are engaged in a noncombat mission known as “train, advise and assist.” U.S. allies do most of the fighting, while American troops provide intelligence, operational planning, fire support and airstrike coordination from behind the front lines. We have helped train and equip about 174,000 Afghan troops64,000 Iraqi troops and 60,000 Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) troops, made up predominantly of Kurdish fighters. They are the ones engaged in ground combat with America’s enemies.

Trump likes to say he “defeated” the Islamic State. Actually, the bulk of the fighting was done by our Kurdish allies, trained and supported by U.S. Special Operations forces. As Gen. Joseph Votel, who served as commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, explains, “Over four years, the SDF freed tens of thousands of square miles and millions of people from the grip of ISIS. Throughout the fight, it sustained nearly 11,000 casualties. By comparison, six U.S. service members, as well as two civilians, have been killed in the anti-ISIS campaign.”

Trump Schedule || Friday, October 11, 2019

1:45 pm || Participates in a photo opportunity with the Little League Baseball and Softball World Series Championship Teams
2:45 pm || Meets on trade with the vice premier of China
4:10 pm || Departs White House
6:05 pm CT || Arrives Chennault, Louisiana
7:00 pm CT || Holds a Keep America Great rally; Lake Charles, Louisiana
8:45 pm CT || Departs Chennault, Louisiana
12:40 am || Arrives White House

All times Eastern except as noted

Whistleblower Worked with Joe Biden at the White House

According to the Washington Examiner:

The 2020 Democratic candidate with whom the CIA whistleblower had a “professional” tie is Joe Biden, according to intelligence officers and former White House officials.

Lawyers for the whistleblower said he had worked only “in the executive branch.” The Washington Examiner has established that he is a career CIA analyst who was detailed to the National Security Council at the White House and has since left. On Sept. 26, the New York Times reported that he was a CIA officer. On Oct. 4, the newspaper added that he “was detailed to the National Security Council at one point.”

Michael Atkinson, the Intelligence Community’s inspector general, told members of Congress that the whistleblower had a “professional tie” to a 2020 Democratic candidate. He had written earlier that while the whistleblower’s complaint was credible, he had shown “some indicia of an arguable political bias … in favor of a rival political candidate.”

A retired CIA officer told the Washington Examiner, “From everything we know about the whistleblower and his work in the executive branch then, there is absolutely no doubt he would have been working with Biden when he was vice president.”

As an experienced CIA official on the NSC with the deep knowledge of Ukraine that he demonstrated in his complaint, it is probable that the whistleblower briefed Biden and likely that he accompanied him on Air Force Two during at least one of the six visits the 2020 candidate made to the country.

A former Trump administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters, said Biden’s work on foreign affairs brought him into close proximity with the whistleblower either at the CIA or when he was detailed to the White House. 

“This person, after working with Biden, may feel defensive towards him because he feels [Biden] is being falsely attacked. Maybe he is even talking to Biden’s staff,” the former official said. “Maybe it is innocent, maybe not.”

AOC Spends $300 on a Haircut

Once the socialist paradise is all set up, everyone will get a $300 haircut. So this is not hypocritical. According to the Washington Examiner: Democratic Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has reportedly spent over $300 on her new hairstyle at an upscale Washington salon. Ocasio-Cortez, 29, spent $80 on a haircut and an additional $180 on low lights… Continue Reading

Democrats Abandon Bipartisanship GOP Showed During Clinton Impeachment

A great story today from Susan Ferrechio at the Washington Examiner. The problem for Democrats is that by doing things is such an obviously partisan and secretive way, they are going to create a Republican backlash and lose independents. President Trump will have a strong case that this is, well, a witch hunt. It’s already… Continue Reading

Trump Attacks Fox News

A new Fox News poll showed 51 percent want President Trump impeached and 40 percent oppose it. Trump no like. Said the pollster “sucks.” The poll is a little worse than Trump than some others but still consistent with them. He then went on to commend One America News, which basically does few if any… Continue Reading