Friday, October 18, 2019

Belated Realization: The Old World Order Is in Shambles

NATO leaders pose for a family picture
NATO leaders pose for a family picture ahead of the opening ceremony of the summit in Brussels on July 11, 2018. (Ludovic Marin, Pool via AP)
Events on the Turkish-Syrian border revealed how fragile the security arrangements of the last century have become. The Kurdish crisis rapidly became a Turkish/NATO one as Ankara's offensive penetrated deeper than expected, precipitating a potential rupture with the U.S. and some European countries.
The administration responded to the invasion by threatening targeted sanctions against Turkey in coordination with Congress. The NATO dimension was underscored by a New York Times report that "over the weekend, State and Energy Department officials were quietly reviewing plans for evacuating roughly 50 tactical nuclear weapons that the United States had long stored, under American control, at Incirlik Air Base." Even Brussels bared its gums. "EU foreign ministers unanimously agreed on Monday to 'condemn' Turkey’s military action ... But the bloc stopped short of agreeing to an EU-wide arms embargo... instead issuing a relatively toothless pledge."
As my last post predicted, Syria risks becoming Erdogan's "Vietnam." But the pressure had been building for a long time. Turkey has been NATO's odd man out since Obama. "Since the end of the Cold War, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has been fraying ... Islamism has been on the rise in Turkey. Everyone knew it. Whereas during the Cold War, Turkey was governed by a pro-American, secular autocracy, today it is ruled by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, a totalitarian Islamist who fancies himself the sultan of the new Ottoman Empire."
President Obama, and later, Trump, supported the Syrian Kurds in their fight against ISIS. The problem was that Turkey viewed the Syrian Kurds as terrorists who were closely aligned with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a Kurdish terrorist organization in Turkey that is responsible for the deaths of more than 60,000 innocent Turks over the course of 40 years ... the Obama administration refused to maintain a Patriot missile defense battery in Turkey in 2013 despite Turkey having officially requested the presence of such a system. ...
In the words of Jim Townsend and Rachel Ellehuus, the two former Obama administration officials most responsible for managing the U.S.–Turkey military relationship, “Ankara came to view its missile defense requests as a litmus test for how much NATO really cared about Turkey.” ... Last year, Turkey took possession of the Russian-built S-400 missile defense system after Ankara abandoned any hope of acquiring its desired Patriot missiles from the United States, its NATO partner.
The S-400 purchase prompted the Trump administration to kick Turkey out of the F-35 program in July 0f 2019. "The U.S. has removed Turkey from the F-35 joint strike fighter program, and Turkey will lose its production work on the jet by March 2020, following its acceptance of the S-400 Russian-made air defense system," the White House announcement of the cancellation read. “The F-35 cannot coexist with a Russian intelligence collection platform that will be used to learn about its advanced capabilities.”
These problems have now come to a head. By the time the Turkish offensive began, the poisonous atmosphere that already existed between Washington and its NATO ally was captured by the text of Donald Trump's letter to Erdogan on October 9, 2019, as reported by the New York Times.
Let's work out a good deal! You don't want to be responsible for slaughtering thousands of people, and I don't want to be responsible for destroying the Turkish economy — and I will. I've already given you a little sample with respect to Pastor Brunson.
I have worked hard to solve some of your problems. Don't let the world down. You can make a great deal. General Mazloum is willing to negotiate with you, and he is willing to make concessions that they would never have made in the past. I am confidentially enclosing a copy of his letter to me, just received.
History will look upon you favorably if you get this done the right and humane way. It will look upon you forever as the devil if good things don't happen. Don't be a tough guy. Don't be a fool!
I will call you later.
If diplomacy, in the words of Winston Churchill, “is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip,” it is doubtful Donald Trump possessed the talent to make Erdogan look forward to his destruction. Nor did Erdogan seem to mince words. He warned the EU that if they dared label his actions an invasion, "it's very simple. We will open the gates and send 3.6 million refugees your way."
Although European Council president Donald Tusk tried to politely tell Turkey not to use refugees to "blackmail" the EU, the "right-wing" icon Geert Wilders was not so restrained. He tweeted: "this must be done NOW: Expel Turkey from NATO. Expel Turkish Ambassador. Annul Trade Agreement with Turkey.  No visa for Turkish citizens anymore. Boycot Turkish products and airlines.  Cancel Schengen Treaty and reintroduce national border control and immigration policy."
But kicking Turkey out of NATO may not prove so easy, as Stripes explains: "While Article 13 in NATO’s Washington Treaty offers a way for a county to quit, the charter is silent on how to force out a member state that has fallen out of favor ... Should NATO ever decide to remove a member, it would have to amend its treaty. And that would mean getting unanimous support from all members, including Turkey."
Problems that were once papered over have burst into the open. Liam Halligan, writing in the Telegraph, says that "beset by political dysfunction and chronic economic crisis, the EU is too dangerous to remain inside." Indeed Boris Johnson has taken to likening Brexit to escaping from a maximum-security penitentiary. "Brexit is like the Shawshank Redemption," he said  "… but now we can see the light."  Johnson shouldn't celebrate yet. Reuters reports that "Britain’s Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is set to back a second referendum on a new Brexit agreement, the Times reported on Thursday."
The old world order is in shambles. By October 31 the EU will lose one of its most powerful members. In Washington, the political class is paralyzed, unable to adapt to changing circumstances. Even Democratic candidates can't agree on what constitutes a vital American interest in the Middle East. This implies that the trouble in Kurdistan is only symptomatic of greater geopolitical shifts, a small part of a larger fracture. If Turkey was willing to bomb U.S. positions, menace Incirlik's nukes, and threaten the EU, the tripwire of U.S. lives was not the sure shield it was assumed to be.
The last few years have been one of belated realization. The cans which for decades had been kicked down the road now constitute a giant metal wall. The realities of the 21st century have outrun the politics of the 20th.
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ALSO: My opinion piece at the Wall Street Journal on what lights up the soul. Well, it's a surprise. Man does not live by 5-year plans alone.

A third world nation would understand Adam Schiff's secret tribunals.

Schiff caught tampering with another witness

Venezuelan lawmaker dares Bernie Sanders to visit the socialist nation without bodyguards

Venezuelan lawmaker dares Bernie Sanders to visit the socialist nation without bodyguards

'It's a dictatorship. There's no power separation.'

A Venezuelan assemblyman, currently in exile from socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro's regime, has issued a challenge to presidential candidate and democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — daring the senator to take a week strolling through the streets of Venezuela without bodyguards and report back what he sees.

What are the details?

Video journalist Nicholas Ballasy approached Venezuelan assemblyman Jose Guerra on Tuesday, and asked the lawmaker what message he has for American politicians such as Sanders "who do not label Maduro a dictator."
"Maybe they misunderstand what is going on in Venezuela," Guerra replied. "It's a dictatorship. There's no power separation. There's more than 400 political prisoners. They are persecuted, like me. And it's a new dictatorship, but it's a dictatorship, in fact."
Ballasy went on to tell Guerra that activist Jesse Jackson has actually come to the defense of Maduro, and added that both Jackson and Sanders appear reluctant to speak publicly about what is going on in the socialist country.
"I don't know that Jesse Jackson and Bernie Sanders know in a very good way what is going on in Venezuela," Guerra said, before adding, "I suggest Bernie Sanders take a week and go to Venezuela without bodyguards, and go [take] to the street [with his] cell phone to [see] what's going on."

Anything else?

Fox News pointed out that Sanders refused to label Maduro a dictator during a CNN town hall in February. In September, the senator from Vermont conceded during the third Democratic presidential debate that "anybody who does what Maduro does is a vicious tyrant," CBS Newsreported.
Sanders has taken offense when critics compare his democratic socialist ideals with the policies set forth by Maduro — who has driven his country to financial ruin, hyperinflation and famine. 
During the September debate, Sanders told Univision's Jorge Ramos (who was detained by the Venezuelan government earlier in the year): "To equate what goes on in Venezuela to what I believe is extremely unfair."

Mexico where terrorist militia rule.

The Mexican government captured El Chapo’s son — cartel gunmen forced his release

Trucks burn on a street in Culiacan
Trucks burn on a street in Culiacan, Mexico. Heavily armed men fought intense battles against Mexican security forces in the Sinaloa state capital, and cartel leader Ovidio Guzman Lopez was reportedly captured at least temporarily. 
(AFP / Getty Images)
Mexican security forces captured and then released one of country’s most powerful drug lords Thursday after apparently being overpowered by heavily armed combatants who laid siege to the northern Mexican city of Culiacan.
Security Minister Alfonso Durazo told Reuters that officials were trying to protect lives when they decided to free Ovidio Guzman Lopez, a leader of the powerful Sinaloa cartel and the son of notorious drug boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
Others speculated, however, that authorities may have colluded with gang members in Guzman’s release. 
The cartel’s victory was a stunning humiliation for the Mexican government, which has struggled to quell growing violence across the country.
Burning vehicles in Culiacan.
Burning vehicles serve as a roadblock during the battle between gunmen and security forces in Culiacan.
Videos posted on social media showed a city in which the government appeared to have lost control, with masked men firing high-powered weapons in the streets and roads blocked with burning vehicles.
In one clip, a group of civilians dressed in bulletproof vests and toting assault rifles surrounds soldiers who appear pacified. In another clip, a truck is driven through the city with a .50-caliber machine gun bolted to the back.
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City residents took cover from the firefights wherever they could.
In one highly circulated video, a father comforted his daughter while they sought shelter from a shootout on the floor of a store.
“Why are they shooting bullets?” she asks.
“I don’t know, my love,” he answers. “Get down.”
Vehicles are riddled with bullet holes after the battle.
Vehicles are riddled with bullet holes after the battle.
(Rashide Frias / AFP/Getty Images)
Some Mexicans were angry that the government didn’t immediately announce Guzman’s release.
In a televised message Thursday night, Durazo said members of the army and the newly formed national guard had been conducting a routine patrol in the Tres Rios neighborhood of Culiacan when they were fired upon from a house.
Authorities returned fire, took control of the house and found four occupants inside, Durazo said. One of them was the 28-year-old Guzman.
Allies of Guzman quickly flocked to the scene and “surrounded the house with a greater force” than that of authorities, he said. At the same time, Durazo said, “other groups carried out violent actions against citizens in various points of the city, generating a situation of panic.”
Durazo did not say in his televised message that Guzman had subsequently been released, although he later clarified what happened to Reuters.
Police patrol after the fierce gun battle in Culiacan, capital of Sinaloa.
Police patrol after the fierce gun battle in Culiacan, capital of Sinaloa.
(AFP/Getty Images)
The arrest of a highly sought fugitive who has helped lead one of the country’s oldest and most powerful cartels would have been an impressive feat for the government.
Guzman has controlled a wing of the Sinaloa cartel along with his older brother, Ivan Archivaldo Guzman Salazar, since their father was captured and extradited to the United States in 2017. Their father was sentenced to life in prison in the U.S. on drug trafficking and conspiracy charges earlier this year.
The Guzman sons, known as “Los Chapitos,” have faced competition in the past from Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, a co-founder of the cartel who has at times sought to oust them.
Smoke rises from burning cars amid the gunfight.
Smoke rises over Culiacan from burning cars amid the gunfight.
(Associated Press)
The group has also faced challenges from the ascendant Jalisco New Generation Cartel, which has a history of openly confronting the state. The cartel is suspected in the ambush and killing of 14 police officers in the state of Michoacan on Monday.
Falko Ernst, a Mexico researcher with the nonprofit International Crisis Group, said the chaos in Culiacan “sets a highly dangerous precedent.”
“The message is: the Mexican government is not in control, and it can be successfully blackmailed,” he said.
He said all eyes will now be on Lopez Obrador, who has frequently criticized the militarized approach of his predecessors and who has vowed instead to tackle the social roots of crime.
“This is an extremely critical moment,” Ernst said. “If the government does not define a sound reaction to this, this might trigger imitations by others.”
Lopez Obrador was expected to address the situation in Culiacan at a news conference Friday morning.
Jan-Albert Hootsen, Mexico representative for the nonprofit Committee to Protect Journalists, who was in Culican on Thursday night, said the conflict there appeared to be ongoing.
Smoke from blockades was visible on the horizon, he said, and many residents were sheltering in place. “People are pretty spooked,” he said.
The Sinaloa state government issued a statement urging residents to “keep calm.”
“Given the high-impact events that have been occurring in the last hours in various parts of Culiacan, we are working together ... to restore order and tranquility,” the statement said. “The message to the population at this time is to remain calm, not to go out on the streets and to wait for official news about the evolution of these events.”



Thursday, October 17, 2019

Oh To Be a Democrat in New Jersey

Oh To Be a Democrat in New Jersey

NAACP President Jeffrey Dye had a record of threatening his brother with a knife, getting caught with six bags of crack cocaine, assaulting police officers on two separate occasions, so of course he was appointed to work for the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development.

Governor Phil Murphy’s Dem administration had previously appointed Al Alvarez, his guy in charge of Latino and Muslim outreach, accused of trying to rape one of his staffers during the campaign, as chief of staff the New Jersey Schools Development Authority. The last time Dye had gotten in trouble was when he had been charged with aggravated assault after a confrontation with 3 police officers in 2007.

That’s not counting the time he failed to file campaign finance reports while running for public office.

Dye morphed into a perennial Democrat candidate, running and losing one election after another, and headed Passaic’s NAACP chapter. As Rachel Dolezal, a white woman claiming to be black, who headed the Spokane NAACP chapter, showed the organization doesn’t have high standards for chapter leaders.

But Dye met the most crucial standard that the Murphy administration cared about. He supported Phil Murphy. You can be a rapist or threaten your brother with a knife, all you need to do is back Phil.

Phil is a former Goldman Sachs exec, DNC finance chair and Obama’s Ambassador to Germany.

Last year, Dye’s NAACP announced that it was honoring Marcellus Jackson at its “2nd Annual Freedom Fund Community Service Award Luncheon.” It mentioned that Marcellus, a former Passaic City Council member, was working as a special assistant in the Department of Education’s Office of Civic and Social Engagement. The reason Marcellus was a former member of the Passaic City Council was because the FBI had busted him for taking bribes and he was sentenced to 25 months in prison.

After pleading guilty, Marcellus had echoed General Douglas MacArthur, intoning, “I shall return.”

New Jersey Democrats made sure that Marcellus did.

Dye, who had tried and failed to secure Marcellus’ old position, was honoring the corrupt politician. And the NAACP invitation alerted everyone to the fact that an ex-con public official who had taken bribes was working for the state on a mission to "advance public education in New Jersey."

"I hope we see a lot more of this, that somebody made a mistake, they admitted it, they repented, they paid their price," Governor Murphy said, the unconfirmed crook defending his decision to hire a confirmed crook. "We have to get these folks back up on their feet in society and this state."

If New Jersey hadn’t charitably hired a corrupt politician, he might have starved on the streets.

Instead, Phil gave Marcellus a $70,000 a year job. But perhaps Governor Murphy was hoping that one day a future corrupt Democrat politician will be equally charitable to him.

Mayor Frank Jackson of Cleveland had been very charitable to Lance Mason, another disgraced fellow Democrat, after he violently assaulted his wife. The former judge got a job in the Minority Business Development Administrator for Cleveland before going back and brutally murdering his ex-wife.

“We hire many ex-felons and almost all of them turn out well because we have second chance as a part of what we do as a policy in the City of Cleveland,” Mayor Jackson insisted.

New Jersey, which is almost entirely run by criminals, will always give criminals a second, third and fourth chance. As long as they vote for the Democrats a second, third and fourth time.

And so back in New Jersey, Jeffrey Dye was working for the state despite a record as long as his arm, which included threatening his brother with a knife, getting caught with six bags of cocaine, which he claimed were someone else’s, and giving the police somebody else’s license after an accident. Then there were the multiple violent confrontations with police officers and stuffing food in a prison toilet.

Despite his plum job, Dye spent his time ranting about Jews and Latinos on Facebook.

He blamed Jews for a hip-hop feud between two black stars, “Jews At it again divide & conquering us.” Under an entry about the New York Times’ 1619 Project, Dye ranted that, “american has no business giving our tax paying dollars to israel to kill palestinians & enslave africans & using both for their body parts.” He also praised racist Nation of Islam hate group leader, Louis Farrakhan.

Dye had also attacked former New Jersey SDA boss Lizette Delgado-Polanco, a union activist and Murphy backer, who was paid $225,000 to head the Schools Development Authority, and began spending money like crazy, firing existing employees and replacing them with SEIU thugs and relatives.

Delgado-Polcano had brought in the mother of her grandchild, a friend of her daughter’s, her old SEIU district leader, and the SEIU district leader’s daughter-in-law, and her former SEIU executive director, a former SEIU vice president, and her own second cousin, who had been accused of sexual harassment.

Criticizing Delgado-Polcano in racial terms, who is, despite her departure a key labor ally for Murphy, probably sealed Dye’s fate. But Governor Murphy defended hiring Dye despite his criminal record.

"People, if they make reparations, if they make up for what they’ve done, I’d like to be the state where folks get a second chance," the Democrat insisted.

Meanwhile pressure was mounting on Dye to resign as head of the Passaic NAACP.

When David Wildstein, a New Jersey Globe reporter, who had closely covered Dye’s case, contacted the former government employee, the Farrakhan supporter snapped back, “I don’t talk to f____ Jews.”

Later, on Facebook, Dye claimed that he had never said that and that it was a Jewish conspiracy.

"The Statement ( “I Don’t Talk To F_____ Jews” ) Is Simply A Lie By David Wallstien Who Is A Jewish Reporter For The New Jersey Globe," the Democrat perennial candidate ranted. "What You Are Seriously Watching Here Is “COINTELPRO & JEWISH MEDIA PROPAGANDA ASSASSINATION HIT TEAM.”

Following a common trope of leftist bigots, Dye insisted that he was an anti-Zionist who was "Telling The Truth About Israel & The Killing & Murder Of The Palestinian People" rather than an ordinary bigot.

Then he insisted that it was a plot by "former Republicans" to "Use Me Against Our Governor Phil Murphy Who They Are Really After & Their Using Me & Others Like Me To Tarnish Our Governor Phil Murphy So He’s Not Successful In His Re-Election."

"And Yes I Personally Still Support Governor Phil Murphy," he later also tweeted.

Dye concluded his Facebook rant by warning that, "They Want To Disrupt & Dismantle & Get Rid Of The Passaic NAACP And Me The President. When You Have Any Real Activist That Speaks Like I Do He’s A Threat & Dangerous To Any Racist That’s Trying To Destroy Black & Latino People To Advance Their Cause To Dictate & Control This World."

Jeffrey Dye’s concern for Muslim rights is surprising though considering that his first altercation occurred back in 1994 when he got into an argument with a Muslim convenience store owner over lottery tickets.

According to media accounts, it concluded when the store owner "allegedly grabbed a machete he kept under the counter, leaped over the counter, and threatened Dye with it.”

It’s unknown if the Muslim store owner with the machete is working for the State of New Jersey.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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"The Human Rights Council continues to abandon human rights and is now in the business of protecting dictators and war crimes," said Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon.

 OCTOBER 17, 2019 20:49

    United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres addresses the opening of the UNGA
    United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres addresses the opening of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly . (photo credit: REUTERS/LUCAS JACKSON)
    UNITED NATIONS - Venezuela was elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday with 105 votes and a round of applause, despite fierce lobbying against it by the United States and rights groups, and the late entry of Costa Rica as competition.

    In a secret ballot by the 193-member U.N. General Assembly, Costa Rica garnered 96 votes despite only entering the race this month, when President Carlos Alvarado Quesada declared "the Venezuelan regime is not the suitable candidate." Along with Brazil, the three countries were competing for two seats on the 47-member Human Rights Council starting Jan. 1. Brazil was re-elected for a second three-year term with 153 votes. Members can only serve two consecutive terms.

    Libya was also chosen to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council.

    Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, said, "The Human Rights Council continues to abandon human rights and is now in the business of protecting dictators and war crimes. In Venezuela, a dictator starves his people, and in Libya there are camps that torture African migrants."

    Danon added that "these countries are added to the Council's 'moral leadership,' as the body no longer hides its obsessive hostility to Israel, and legitimizes those who blatantly violate and act against its original mandate."

    "Venezuela's undeserved and narrow election to the U.N. Human Rights Council is a slap in the face to the country's countless victims who have been tortured and murdered by government forces," said Philippe Bolopion, Human Rights Watch deputy director for global advocacy

    The United States has for months been trying to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who has overseen an economic collapse and is accused of corruption, human rights violations and rigging a 2018 presidential election. It is one of more than 50 countries that have recognized Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's president.

    "It's simply unconscionable that massive human rights violators like the former Maduro regime in Venezuela are allowed to play a role on the (Human Rights Council). I won't stand for it, and neither should the U.N.," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft said on Twitter after the vote.

    Guaido invoked Venezuela's constitution in January to assume an interim presidency of the OPEC-member nation. Maduro calls Guaido a U.S. puppet seeking to oust him in a coup.

    "We will have to measure the impact of this victory in the coming days, but we think it is historic given that we were up against a ferocious campaign," Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said on Venezuelan state television after the U.N. vote.

    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence called on the United Nations in April to revoke the U.N. credentials of Maduro's government, but Washington has taken no further action to push the measure and diplomats said it is unlikely to get the support needed in the General Assembly.

    The United States withdrew from the Geneva-based council in 2018 - half-way through a three-year term - over what it called chronic bias against Israel and a lack of reform.

    The Human Rights Council, created by the General Assembly in 2006, is responsible for strengthening promotion and protection of human rights. It can mandate independent inquiries into specific situations.

    The council agreed last month to set up an international fact-finding mission to document violations in Venezuela, including torture and thousands of summary executions.

    U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said in a July report that Venezuelan security forces were sending death squads to kill young men, staging scenes to make it look like the victims resisted arrest.

    The Maduro government has called the U.N. report a "selective and openly partial vision" of the situation.

    The U.N. General Assembly elected a total 14 Human Rights Council members on Thursday from five regional blocs. Germany, the Netherlands, Libya, Mauritania, Namibia and Sudan were elected uncontested but still needed to win a majority vote.

    Armenia, Poland, Indonesia, Marshall Islands, South Korea and Japan beat competition in their regional blocs to win seats - Japan for a second term. Iraq and Moldova were unsuccessful.