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Months before resigning as defense secretary, James Mattis plotted to challenge President Trump in 2020 GOP primary

James Mattis, 68, former U.S. Marine Corps general who was widely revered by rank-and-file Marines for his blunt talk and leadership, was recruited by President Trump into his administration as Secretary of Defense, to the roaring approval of conservatives and patriots.

See “Obama regime purges 5th senior military officer: Cmdr of CENTCOM James Mattis

Mattis was defense secretary for only two years, from January 20, 2017 to December 31, 2018.

According to Wikipedia, on December 20, 2018, a day after Trump’s announcement of an immediate U.S. withdrawal from Syria over the objections of his national security advisers, Mattis submitted his resignation after failing to persuade Trump to reconsider. Mattis had recently said that the U.S. would remain in Syria following the defeat of ISIL to ensure they did not regroup.

Mattis’ resignation letter contained language that appeared to criticize Trump’s worldview, such as praising NATO which Trump has often derided. In his letter, Mattis wrote that Trump has “the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with [his] on these and other subjects” and that his resignation would be effective February 28, 2019. Three days later, angered by Mattis’ implicit criticism of Trump’s worldview, Trump moved Mattis’ departure date up to January 1. A day after Mattis’ departure, on January 2, 2019, Trump criticized Mattis’ performance as Secretary of Defense and said he had “essentially fired him.”

Now we know the real reason why Mattis resigned or was fired: At least seven months before he resigned, Mattis had put together a plan to challenge Trump in the 2020 Republican primary elections.

This stunning news is from Big League Politics, whose sources are:

  1. Travis Snyder, 25, an Indiana-based political consultant who was the point man for a team working to launch a Mattis Republican primary campaign against President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. Insiders say Snyder is close to Vice President Mike Pence.
  2. Alex Rountree, a conservative consultant whom Snyder tried to recruit for the Mattis team.

As recounted by Patrick Howley for Big League Politics, May 22, 2019, then Defense Secretary “James Mattis and some White House employees were directly aware of and monitoring a team working to launch a Mattis Republican primary campaign against President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, according to documents obtained by Big League Politics and statements from the organizers who put the team together.”

In a series of interview, Travis Snyder told Big League Politics: “My job was to see what his [Mattis’] pathway to the White House would look like. There was a very small team. I oversaw early states polling, putting together possible running mates. I did not work with the fundraising team. I solely looked at what his path to the nomination would look like, and then his pathway to the White House. General Mattis was aware of the effort. He knew of the team, who exactly brought the team together. There are people who currently serve in the White House who knew that the team was coming together. This group is no longer active.”

Snyder kicked off his Mattis whisper campaign by planting an article with Andrew Feinberg, who wrote an August 2018 piece for Beltway Breakfast headlined, “Defense Secretary Mattis Weighing 2020 Bid, Predicts He’d ‘Kick Trump’s Ass’“.

August 2018 was four months before Mattis submitted his resignation.

Mattis’ running mate prospects included Nikki Haley, the Trump administration’s U.S. ambassador to the UN (2017-2018), and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas).

Snyder said Nikki Haley and Dan Creshaw were polled as a VP nominee in the event that Mattis ran. Also Jackie Walorski, Mitch Daniels, and regional smaller named people like Staff Sergeant Johnny Joe Jones. Snyder said his team also polled Vice President Mike Pence’s chances to run against Trump, but found that Pence had no chance.

Snyder declined to name the donors to the effort or the main person organizing it.

Snyder approached conservative consultant Alex Rountree about being part of the team, but Rountree told Big League Politics he wanted nothing to do with it. Rountree had signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement with Snyder, but the agreement is now expired.

Rountree says he never had any intention of helping Snyder, only in exposing the establishment plot to betray President Trump. Rountree identifies Snyder as being “good family friends with Pence” and also an adviser to Jackie Walorski, the congresswoman in Pence’s old district. According to Rountree, Snyder made it appear that Pence was supportive of the primary challenge to Trump. Rountree told Big League Politics:

“He [Snyder] was fluffing around a little bit about Pence, saying, ‘Pence wouldn’t be upset if Mattis ran.’ Somebody who knew the President’s every move all the time was working with Mattis: that turned out to be (John) Kelly. They were hoping for Nikki Haley on the ticket. [Snyder was trying to put together] 15 consultants or operatives in 15 different states. He said he had a polling firm that just signed an NDA that worked for the [Ted] Cruz campaign.”

Ted Cruz’s pollster during the 2016 election was The Polling Company, the president and CEO of which was KellyAnne Conway, who resigned from the company on January 20, 2017 to become Counselor to President Trump. Snyder did not deny Conway’s possible involvement in the Mattis team.

Snyder told Rountree that the Mattis team had representatives in Arizona, Michigan, Virginia and Florida.

Below are screenshots of handwritten notes that Rountree took of his conversations with Snyder on May 16 and 17, 2018, seven months before James Mattis submitted his letter of resignation:

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Rabbi Yisrael Ariel declares Jewish holy war against Christians & Muslims

Freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar recently declared, “This is not going to be country of white people”. Meanwhile, Muslim children in Philadelphia sing songs about torturing, killing, and chopping off the heads of their enemies.

But it’s not just Muslims who are bent on killing Christians.

Yisrael Ariel, 80, the former chief rabbi of the Israeli settlement in the Sinai Peninsula during the years when the Sinai was controlled by Israel, is the founder of the Temple Institute, an organization in Israel aimed at reinstating animal sacrificial worship and building the third Jewish temple on the Temple Mount that is currently occupied by the Islamic mosque, Dome of the Rock. Ariel is also involved in the effort to revive the Sanhedrin — a national rabbinical court of Jewish law in Israel.

If you think the Muslim jihad or holy war against infidels is bad, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

On September 9, 2015, in Jerusalem, Yisrael Ariel was recorded as declaring that the whole world must be brought under the Sanhedrin rule of the Seven Noahide Laws, by war. Males who refuse to follow the Seven Laws — Christians and Muslims — will be killed, until “there is no more Christianity, no more Islam.”

Below are quotes from Rabbi Ariel’s talk:

“What power does the Sanhedrin have with respect to the other nations of the world?…. Maimonides [a Jewish rabbi of the Middle Ages] says that they must agree to follow the Seven Noahide Laws.”

Just as there is a commandment to conquer the land of Israel, there is a commandment to fight sanctioned laws…. Who makes the decision to embark on a sanctioned war? King David asks the Sanhedrin!…. Maimonides says that King David went to the Sanhedrin and asked them if he could go out and conquer. Everything that David did was sanctioned by the High Court…. Then he [David] went out to conquer Northern Syria and Aleppo….”

Non-Jews who do not follow the seven Noahide Laws, such as ‘Thou shalt not kill’ and ‘Thou shalt not steal’, etc., you proclaim peace to them, meaning, you ask them ‘Do you follow the seven laws?’. If so, we will allow you to live. If not, you kill all of their males, by sword. You only leave the women…. They must all agree to follow the seven Laws. And that is how you impose the seven Laws on that city.

Someone just said: ‘We don’t have the might to fight.’ But who decides if we have might or not? God! He gives you the might to raise an army. Therefore, he is the one who commanded [us] to go from city to city, to conquer them and to impose the seven Laws [throughout] the world. That is the job of the [Jewish] messiah, among others….

We will conquer Iraq, Turkey…. We will get to Iran too. We will impose the seven Noahide Laws on all these places. But installing does not mean with courts! Rather, it means with war! But not to just kill. Just the opposite. You say ‘I call upon you in peace.’ If they raise the flag [of surrender] and say, ‘From now on, there is no more Christianity, no more Islam. The mosques and the Christian spires and their crosses come down, from now on we follow the seven Noahide Laws.’ This is a task of the messiah, to bring the entire world to the seven Laws, for real….

Therefore, Maimonides says that if you see a person in the street who does not follow the seven Laws…if you have the might, you have to kill him. If you catch [U.S. President] Obama on the street and you know that he does not follow the seven Laws, etc., you are commanded to kill him…and the sooner the better….

If someone threatens you, to ruin you, to kill you, you kill him first. But there are numerous levels to the snake, and you have to go level by level…. May we all merit to follow the commandments, and to see the messiah follow these commandments.”

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Democrat Presidential Hopefuls

Look who’s running in 2020!

That’s right, John Kerry, Joe Biden, and (gasp) Hillary!

John Kerry and Joe Biden were all over “network” news this morning. Both were saying they might consider a presidential run, and both were posing and primping. And there is still the specter of another Hillary run.

But let’s not forget whose agenda they most recently served.

They all have their finger prints on the dirty Iran nukes deal, the sale of vast amounts of uranium to Russia, insider relations with Muslim Brotherhood (the birthing ground for all current jihadists except Iranian jihadists), massive election fraud, the sending of race baiting activists to every American city to stir up race war, not to mention Obamacare and the failed Obama economy.

But not pictured here is Hillary, another member of the Obama team.

An architect of the Arab Spring (no it’s not a deodorant soap)

The “Arab Spring” that overthrew governments across North Africa, Syria and the Levant, with the aid of Obama operatives like Hillary Clinton and John McCain, and the passive support of Facebook and other social media, devastated most of the Christians of those regions.

Did I mention that stalwart of American patriotism, John McCain?

Yup, the McCain who secretly sent supplies. intel and military support to the good terrorists to oppose the bad terrorists.

Did I mention it was these good terrorists who massacred the Americans at Benghazi? Yeah, the poor jihadists mistook a signal to mean that the Americans who were arming them had betrayed them.

But let’s stop bickering over who killed who, and recognize the real objectives being served.

Obama’s team helped rid North Africa, Syria and the Levant of all those pesky Christians, even their dangerous children.

So when you decide on who to support for president, remember,

a vote for Kerry, Biden or Clinton
is a vote for Lucifer.

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About those "child" refugees in Britain: Two-thirds quizzed about their age are found to be adults

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Shocker, not.
From Daily Mail: Nearly two-thirds of ‘child’ refugees who were questioned about their real age after coming to Britain were found to be adults, an official report has found. In one year, 65 per cent of asylum seekers assessed after claiming to be juveniles were judged to be over 18.
The report, by immigration watchdog David Bolt, revealed that the Home Office received 2,952 asylum applications from unaccompanied children in the year to June last year.
Out of these there were 705 age disputes – around a quarter of the total – where officials suspected the individual was lying about their age. Of these, 618 cases were resolved and 402 – or 65 percent – were found to be adults.
If these asylum seekers had been treated as children it would have left councils and local taxpayers facing a care bill of millions of pounds a year.
The statistics come amid concern that Britain’s generosity towards genuine child victims of war, terror and humanitarian disasters is being abused.
The figures were published in a report by Mr. Bolt, the independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, into the Home Office’s treatment of lone child migrants.
They relate to young migrants with neither parents nor carers who have sneaked into Britain stowed away in trains, lorries and ships and then claimed asylum.
If a refugee does not have a birth certificate or other travel documents, a Home Office screening officer must decide whether or not they are a child based on their ‘physical appearance and demeanour’.
Unless the person appears ‘significantly’ over 18, they should be ‘afforded the benefit of the doubt and treated as children’ until they are age-assessed by local council social workers, official rules state.
This is to avoid the risk of a child migrant accidentally being placed in adult accommodation or detention. But on some occasions it meant adults were treated as children, potentially posing a risk to school pupils, foster families or children in care.
Home Office figures reveal that there have been 12,942 disputes over the ages of child asylum seekers since 2006, with 5,965 – around 46 per cent – found to be over 18 in this period.
Mr. Bolt’s report said Home Office staff ‘did not feel confident about making initial age assessments of applicants claiming to be children, particularly judging whether the claimant was “significantly over 18” and should be entered into the adult process’.
It added: ‘They received no training to help them make such judgments. Some local authorities were concerned that the Home Office applied its “benefit of the doubt” policy too readily, and highlighted the risks of wrongly placing an adult with children in their care.’
Reacting to the figures, Tory MP Tim Loughton, a member of the Commons home affairs select committee, said: ‘This has been a problem for some time. We have been a soft touch in too many cases for asylum seekers who abuse our hospitality by elaborating their credentials. It is right we give a safe haven to those who are in danger but too often we have been too trusting.
A row flared in October 2016 amid concern that some adult refugees were lying about their ages to gain entry to Britain.
There were calls for the Home Office to take action after mature-looking ‘child migrants’ were among those who arrived in the UK from the squalid Jungle camp in Calais to be reunited with relatives as part of a resettlement programme.
Jack Straw, the Labour former home secretary, led demands for more accurate age tests.
Some critics said dental checks should be introduced. Officials insisted all the migrants were aged under 18. But some looked several years older, with crow’s feet and flecks of grey hair.
Computer analysis of photographs of some of the migrants suggested many could be in their 20s and 30s. The facial recognition software written by Microsoft, even suggested one migrant was 38.
Ministers have ruled out using medical tests, including dental checks, to assess the age of migrants. Citing guidance by the Dental Medical Association, they say tests of teeth are ‘inaccurate, inappropriate and unethical’.
But Britain is one of only three EU countries not to use medical checks to verify the age of child asylum seekers. The others are Ireland and Cyprus. Every other nation calls in doctors, dentists or psychologists to root out adults who are abusing the asylum system by pretending to be children.
A Home Office spokesman said: ‘After consultation with stakeholders we published revised guidance on age assessments and we have committed to produce more child-friendly information in a range of languages to help children better understand the asylum system.’
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German leisure center becomes first to ban migrants

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Someone finally doing something to protect their people.
From Daily Mail: A German leisure centre has become the first in the country to ban all migrants after a schoolgirl was sexually assaulted in a public swimming pool by Syrian teenagers.
Three Syrian boys were arrested earlier this month over the attack at a leisure centre in Munich as the country grapples with growing concerns about sex crimes perpetrated by asylum seekers.
In response to growing concerns, a leisure centre in Bornheim, North Rhine-Westphalia, has now barred all migrants.
The ban also follows an attack by an 18-year-old refugee on a 54-year-old woman in Bornheim, where he had grabbed her by the private parts and tried to kiss her. The victim was only rescued from a further attack by a couple who heard her screams and ran to help. The teenager was arrested a short while later.
Bornheim social affairs councillor and deputy mayor Markus Schnapka said the move followed an emergency meeting of locals where the swimming pool ban was announced. He said: ‘At the public meeting, I made it quite clear that it was an extremely difficult decision and it’s clear that many innocent refugees are also affected by this.’
He added that so far none of the local incidents had resulted in criminal complaints, but it was clear that action needed to be taken to prevent the situation escalating.  He said: ‘We are mainly talking about verbal attacks.’
Bornheim currently has 300 refugees living in accommodation who have been told that the ban will be lifted when the message has been received that women need to be respected.
In the Munich attack, the three boys are alleged to have surrounded the 17-year-old girl in the pool before one of them groped her underneath her swimming costume in an offence deemed rape under local law.
When the girl’s sister, 14, tried to make them stop, she too was groped by the trio of teenagers, who were all aged under 15.  The girls managed to flee and raise the alarm with the lifeguard at the swimming pool, who called police.
Because the asylum seekers were only 15, they were not remanded in custody and will be prosecuted under juvenile law.
The main offender’s two friends were arrested for assault for taking part in the attack.
It comes after more than three hundred women reported being sexually assaulted by groups of mostly Arab or North African men in Cologne during New Year celebrations.
Hundreds of criminal complaints have been filed by police, with about 45 per cent involving allegations of sexual offences, and most of the suspects identified so far are foreign nationals.
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Shocker, not: Refugees eyed in British subway terrorist attack

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From Fox News: Authorities named one of two Middle Eastern refugees believed to be responsible for last week’s London subway bombing, as new details emerged about their troubled time being fostered by a British couple previously honored by Queen Elizabeth II.
Yahyah Farroukh, 21, was identified as one of the suspects being held by London police, Sky News reported. Farroukh was arrested at a fried chicken shop, where he worked, in Hounslow in west London Saturday night. Suleman Sarwar, 43, who owns the chicken shop, said the 21-year-old suspect was arrested after he finished his shift.
“He was very normal,” Sarwar told Sky News. “I don’t know how long he worked here. It was surprising seeing him on the news.”
Farroukh’s Facebook profile indicated he was from Damascus and studied English in West Thamas College between 2013 and 2015. He was living in Stanwell, Surrey, where officials conducted a search on Sunday, but also most recently was registered to live with Penelope and Ronald Jones, who were honored by the queen for fostering more than 200 children – including refugees from Middle Eastern countries affected by conflicts. Another unidentified 18-year-old man who was arrested earlier in the day at Dover ferry port, where boats to France leave, was also fostered by the couple.
Both men are being held under the Terrorism Act and questioned by London police about Friday’s attack, when an improvised explosive device partially detonated aboard a subway train at Parsons Green station during morning rush hour, injuring 30 people.
But trouble with the couple’s foster children was reportedly visible beforehand – when police visited the Sunbury house two or three weeks ago, according to neighbor Stephen Griffiths.
“The police were there multiple times over the span of about a month — a few times a week,” Griffiths said. “You always think foster kids are going to have a bit of trouble, but you don’t think terrorism.”
The 18-year-old man is believed to be an Iraqi orphan who moved to the United Kingdom when he was 15 years old, after his parents died. The man was reportedly a “problem” for the foster parents and they had been contacting officials before the attack, according to the Telegraph. He lived with the Joneses, but hadn’t been arrested “in the last couple of weeks” despite the police activity at the Jones house, a Metropolitan Police spokeswoman told Sky News.
The news of frequent police visits could shed light on a tweet sent soon after the attack by President Trump in which he appeared to criticize British authorities for not acting sooner to prevent the attack.
“Another attack in London by a loser terrorist. These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!” Trump wrote.
Images of the 18-year-old suspect, who is believed to have planted the bomb, have not emerged.
ITV News, however, obtained CCTV footage showing a man near Joneses’ Sunbury house Friday morning carrying a bag from Lidl supermarket. Images after the device detonated on Friday showed it was carried in a Lidl bag.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, but British officials said there’s no proof yet the terror group was actively involved in the planning, preparation or carrying out of the attack. British Prime Minister Theresa May raised the city’s terror threat level to “critical” – meaning an attack is imminent – but downgraded it Sunday to “severe” – meaning an attack is highly likely.
“Severe still means that an attack is highly likely, so I would urge everybody to be vigilant but not alarmed,” Home Secretary Amber Rudd said.
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John McCain's foundation is funded by Saudis, Rothschilds & Soros


Sen. John McCain (RINO-AZ) has an eponymous foundation, the McCain Institute for International Leadership, that is less known and much smaller in scale, but rivals the Clinton Foundation in corruption.

Note: Don’t confuse the McCain Institute with either:

  • The philanthropic John and Cindy McCain Family Foundation that, according to NonProfitFacts.com, claimed a paltry $1,002 in income and $6,013 in assets in 2013; or
  • The McCain Foundation, which has nothing to do with John McCain, but was founded by McCain Foods.

The Institute describes itself as a tax-exempt non-profit and “non-partisan do-tank dedicated to advancing character-driven global leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom and human dignity – in the United States and around the world.”
Reporting for The Daily Caller on June 19, 2017, Richard Pollock writes that the  Institute began with $9 million left over from McCain’s failed 2008 presidential campaign, and has become a huge operation, featuring upwards of 80 people including dozens of full time staff and board members. Associated with Arizona State University, the McCain Institute has assets valued at $8.1 million.
According to Pollock:

“Critics worry that the institute’s donors and McCain’s personal leadership in the organization’s exclusive ‘Sedona Forum’ bear an uncanny resemblance to the glitzy Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) that annually co-mingled special interests and powerful political players in alleged pay-to-play schemes.”

So who exactly are McCain Institute donors?

(1) Saudi Arabia

A WikiLeaks tweet says the McCain Institute is funded by the Saudis:
wikileaks-tweet-on-mccain-instituteThe WikiLeaks tweet is corroborated by a Bloomberg report in 2016 on a $1 million Saudi Arabian donation to the institute, a contribution the McCain group has refused to explain publicly. (See “McCain cuts off questions about Saudi donation“)
Baxter Dmitry of YourNewsWire observes that the secretive $1 million donation from Saudi Arabia “looks suspiciously like a Clinton Foundation style pay-for-play ‘donation'” and explains why Sen. McCain has “certain ‘viewpoints’ about the Middle East, and keeps making secret trips to Syria.” Saudi Arabia, as well as Israel, are adamantly opposed to Syria’s Assad government and seek its overthrow by “rebels” who include Al Qaeda jihidasts.
More than that, according to the censored 28 pages of the 9/11 Commission’s report, the Saudi government was involved in the 9/11 attack. John F Lehman, a Republican member of the 9/11 commission, said:

“There was an awful lot of participation by Saudi individuals in supporting the hijackers, and some of those people worked in the Saudi government. Our report should never have been read as an exoneration of Saudi Arabia.”

See “Congress releases classified 28 pages of 9/11 Report: It’s Saudi Arabia”.
But John McCain took $1 million donations from the very same Saudi government.

(2) The Rothschilds

According to the above-referenced WikiLeaks tweet as well as the McCain Institute’s staff members page, Lynn Forester de Rothschild — a buddy of the Clintons — is a trustee of the McCain Institute.

The involvement of the Rothschilds goes beyond Lynn being an institute trustee.
John McCain has been accused of accepting improper campaign donations from the Rothschilds. U.S. political campaigns are forbidden from accepting contributions from foreign nationals.
According to the nonpartisan citizens’ watchdog group Judicial Watch (via The Guardian), in 2008 John McCain violated election laws by accepting campaign contributions from two non-U.S. nationals.
At issue is a fundraising luncheon held in March at London’s Spencer House during McCain’s swing through the United Kingdom. An invitation to the event lists Lord Rothschild and Nathaniel Rothschild as hosts, and indicates the event was made possible with their “kind permission”. Tickets to the luncheon cost $1,000 to $2,300.
Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said: “The question is whether or not the Rothschilds paid for the event, the venue, the catering, or any other related costs.”

(3) George Soros & Clinton Crony

According to Richard Pollock of The Daily Caller, the McCain Institute has also “accepted contributions of as much as $100,000 from billionaire liberal activist-funder George Soros” and from Teneo, a for-profit “global strategies” company founded by a Clinton crony named Doug Band, who was Bill Clinton’s “bag man”. As Pollock puts it, “Teneo has long helped enrich [Bill] Clinton through lucrative speaking and business deals.”
Pollock says McCain and Soros became friends after the senator was exposed as a member of the “Keating Five” in the savings and loan (S&L) industry scandal that erupted during George H.W. Bush’s administration. As the S&L bank chairman, Charles Keating had paid $1.3 million to bribe five members of Congress, including McCain, to interfere with government regulators on behalf of the savings bank.
The experience so scarred McCain that he became a vigorous advocate of campaign finance reform and in the process reportedly became friends with Soros — the thoroughly evil funder of black riots here in the United States (see “List of persons/groups paid by Soros to protest in Ferguson & Selma“), and of the Muslim invasion in Europe (see “Soros aids invasion of Christian Europe by Muslim refugees, says Hungary prime minister”).

(4) Moroccan Government

According to Pollock, the McCain Institute has also taken at least $100,000 in “donations” from OCP, S.A., a Moroccan state-owned phosphate company operating in Western Sahara which repeatedly has been accused of worker abuse and exploitation.
Morocco seized Western Sahara in 1975 and has since occupied the region by force in defiance of U.N. resolutions and legal declarations by other international bodies. Human rights groups, including the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice, say Morocco’s state-owned companies, including OCP, subject its workforce to gruesome conditions while exploiting Western Sahara’s natural resources, especially phosphate, Morocco’s “white gold” that is used to make fertilizer. The Western Sahara holds half of the world’s phosphate reserves.
The King of Morocco was also a major donor to the Clinton Foundation. Hillary Clinton personally accepted $12 million from the King in return for holding a CGI (the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Global Initiative) regional meeting in Morocco. OCP, the Moroccan state-owned phosphate company that “donated” $100,000 to the McCain Institute, was a major sponsor of the CGI meeting, and Bill Clinton was the featured speaker.
McCain has lavished effusive praise on the King of Morocco, saying in 2011, that the country was a “positive example to governments across the Middle East and North Africa.”

(5) Pro-Iran Foundation

Pollock reports that the McCain Institute has also accepted at least $100,000 from the pro-Iranian Pivotal Foundation, founded by Francis Najafi who owns the private equity and real estate firm Pivotal Group.
The Pivotal Foundation has in the last three years given $205,000 to the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC), which has been a vocal advocate for the Iranian nuclear deal the Obama administration negotiated. The NIAC describes itself as “a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the voice of Iranian Americans and promoting greater understanding between the American and Iranian people.” In other words, the NIAC act as Iran’s lobbyists in Washington, although it has neither registered as a lobbyist with Congress, nor filed as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
Indeed, NIAC President Trita Parsi has long been an advocate a lobbyist for Iran:

  • In May 2013, Parsi spoke to a packed Capitol Hill meeting sponsored by Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison to argue in favor of the nuclear deal. Ellison was the first Muslim elected to Congress and is also deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
  • As recently as May 2017, Parsi demanded that President Donald Trump and officials in his administration “cease questioning the integrity of” the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran.

Sen. McCain’s involvement with Iran lobbyist NIAC is troublesome:

  • Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen, said: “This is a very real conflict of interest. This is the similar type of pattern we received with the Clinton Foundation in which foreign governments and foreign interests were throwing a lot of money in the hopes of trying to buy influence.”
  • Lawrence Noble, general counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, said that accepting contributions in the name of a sitting senator like McCain raises troubling issues: “In terms of the ethics of it, it does raise a broad question of people trying to get good will with the elected official. From a personal standpoint, I’d rather not see these entities exist.”
  • Charles Ortel, a retired Wall Street investment banker and philanthropy law expert, said that “high government officials such as John McCain, [former Secretary of State] Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama should not get involved with vehicles like these where substantial sums can be funneled over time in ways that at best, reeks of impropriety and at worse are public corruption.”

Pollock says the McCain Institute did not respond to requests for the dollar amounts of its high donors, when the donations were made and if there were strings attached to the contributions, claiming it did not have any of the information.
For his part, Sen. McCain professed he has no involvement with his own institute that is named after him, saying “I’m proud that the institute is named after me, but I have nothing to do with it” — which stretches credulity.
The institute’s donations from governments like Saudi Arabia and Morocco raise legitimate questions of pay-for-play. They also contradict McCain’s vision of human rights and national security.

How the McCain Institute spends its millions also raises questions.
Combating human trafficking is an important program of the Institute. The actor Ashton Kutcher is a member of the Institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council.
According to Baxter Dmitry of YourNewsWire, the Institute claims to have donated a total of $2.5 million to stop human trafficking: $500,000 in 2012; $500,000 in 2013; and $1,500,000 in 2014.
The only problem is every penny of the $2.5 million went to the Arizona State University Foundation that “does not appear to have anything whatsoever to do with human trafficking.”
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Turkey claims U.S. has 10 military bases in northern Syria

We’re getting very mixed signals from the Trump Administration regarding U.S. policy in Syria.
On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, it was reported that President Trump has decided to end the CIA’s covert program of arming and training so-called Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad.
As I explained and demonstrated in my post, “President Trump ends Obama administration’s insane policy of arming Syrian jihadists,” those “rebels” include Al Qaeda jihadists — which the State Department had known since at least 2012 when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. The proof is an email from Jacob Sullivan, the State Department’s then Director of Policy Planning, in which Sullivan, referring to Al Qaeda, wrote that “AQ is on our side in Syria”.
President Trump’s sensible decision would seem to indicate that the U. S. is withdrawing from the Obama administration’s wrong-headed involvement in the Syrian civil war.
But according to an article published on July 18 by Anadolu Agency, the state-run news agency of the Turkish government, the United States is “speeding up” its military aid to the Kurdish PKK/PYD in northern Syria, which seeks to overthrow the Assad government and which Turkey regards as a terrorist organization.
Note:

  • PKK = Kurdistan Workers’ Party, a left-wing Kurdish separatist organization based in Turkey and Iraq, which has been in an armed conflict against the Turkish state since 1984.
  • PYD = Democratic Union Party, a Kurdish democratic confederalist political party founded in 2003 in northern Syria.

More importantly, the Anadolu report claims that the United States actually has 10 military bases in PKK/PYD-held areas in northern Syria — a level of military involvement in Syria hitherto undisclosed to the American people. The 10 U.S. military bases consist of:

  • Two air bases in Harab Isk and Rmeilan.
  • Eight “military points” in Ayn Dadad, Ushariya, Sabt, Ayn al-Arab, Ayn Issah, Tal Tamir, Tal Baydar, and Ash Shaddadi.

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The Turkish government regards PKK/PYD as the Syrian offshoot of the terrorist organization PKK, which means that for Ankara, the U.S. is aiding and abetting terrorists. Turkey is a member of NATO. As the Anadolu Agency report puts it:

“According to the Pentagon, the U.S. military aid to several armed groups in Syria, including the PKK/PYD, comprises of 12,000 Kalashnikovs, 6,000 machine guns, 3,500 heavy machine guns, 3,000 RPG-7s, 1,000 American AT-4 or Russian SPG-9 anti-tanks, 235 mortar guns of different calibers, 100 sniper rifles, 450 PV-7 night vision binoculars and 150 binoculars with infrared laser illuminator….
The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and the EU, has waged a terror campaign against Turkey [for Kurdish independence] for more than 30 years, during which more than 40,000 people have been killed. It is also involved in illicit drug production, manufacture, and trafficking.

However, the U.S. sees the PKK/PYD, which is part of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), as an ally in the fight against Daesh.”

Note:

  • The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is an alliance of 40% Kurdish and 60% Arab militias in the Syrian civil war, aiming to overthrow the secular government of Assad.
  • Daesh is the Arabic language acronym for ISIS or the Islamic State.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has opposed the Trump administration’s decision back in early May to arm the PKK/PYD Kurdish militia.
Reacting to the Anadolu report, the Pentagon said it had conveyed its concern to the Turkish government. Major Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway, a Defense Department spokesman, said in an emailed statement:

“While we cannot independently verify the sources that contributed to this story, we would be very concerned if officials from a NATO ally would purposefully endanger our forces by releasing sensitive information. The release of sensitive military information exposes Coalition forces to unnecessary risk and has the potential to disrupt ongoing operations to defeat ISIS.”

Levent Tok, an Anadolu Agency reporter on the story, said the information about U.S. military bases in northern Syria was based on field work by Anadolu’s Syria reporters and information that had been broadcast on social media by Kurdish fighters. Tok said, “The U.S. should have thought about this before it cooperated with a terrorist organization.” (Geopolitica)
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Karma comes in three: John McCain, F. Lee Bailey & Bill Cosby

Or look at it another way: It’s God giving these three men one last chance to repent, before they must answer for their sins.

(1) Sen. John McCain (RINO-Az)

Nominally a Republican, McCain is a never-Trumper who gave the FBI the wholly fake “Russian prostitute golden shower” dossier on Trump, and actually said US leadership was stronger under Obama, when surveys found the military during the Obama administration to be plagued with low morale.
A warmonger (“neo-Con”) who has never met a war he doesn’t promote, McCain met with Syrian jihadists while going postal on Syrian Christians. He is loathed by military veterans for making political capital as a “war hero” when he “sang like a canary” to the VietCong and made a ‘Tokyo Rose’ propaganda recording. More unforgivable still are his tireless efforts to suppress information on America’s still-missing POWs.
On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix said in a statement that McCain has the most common but aggressive type of brain cancer called glioblastoma. Without treatment, survival is typically 3 months; with maximum treatment, the cancer usually recurs, with fewer than 3% to 5% of patients surviving longer than five years.
Despite that, not only has McCain refused to resign, he also trashed President Trump’s decision to end the Obama administration’s irrational and counter-productive policy of the CIA arming and training Syrian jihadists.

(2) F. Lee Bailey


F. Lee Bailey was one of O.J. Simpson’s four defense lawyers in Simpson’s trial for the 1994 murder of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman. (On Thursday, July 20, 2017, O.J. was given parole for his 2007 robbery of sports memorabilia and will be released from a Nevada prison this October.)
A famous criminal defense attorney, the 83-year-old Bailey is now flat broke, reduced to living with a hairstylist.
Last year, Bailey filed for bankruptcy after a string of scandals inside and outside the courtroom left him disbarred and shamed, including an accusation that he misappropriated funds from his defense of an alleged drug dealer.
Unable to practice law, Bailey runs a consulting business above his girl friend’s hair salon.
Bailey’s lawyer pal, Alan Dershowitz — a friend of convicted millionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein who frequently flew in the latter’s private plane to Epstein’s pedo-island, as well as provided legal assistance to the pedophile — blames “the vindictive way” Bailey’s been treated on his defense of Simpson.
Bailey continues to insist that a Los Angeles jury had reached the correct verdict in acquitting Simpson of the murders. (SFGate)

(3) Bill Cosby


The 80-year-old actor/comedian, accused by many women of rape and sexual assault, recently got off the hook when his trial for the 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand ended in a mistrial on June 17.
Not only has the prosecutor vowed to re-try Cosby, the National Enquirer reports that according to a source “close to Cosby,” the actor has senile dementia. The source says:

“Bill is showing signs of dementia. Some of his reasoning skills seem impaired. He’s been terribly forgetful and his normal behavior has changed. He’s doing strange things, like cutting a sandwich and eating it with a fork — and it’s not because of his vision. The problem is getting him to remember his lines, his own words. At some point, if his wife doesn’t step in — and right now that doesn’t seem like a real possibility — he’s going to need a caretaker, someone who is adept at handling a patient with dementia.”

Even Cosby’s attorney, Brian McMonagle is taken aback by his client’s impaired functioning.
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H/t FOTM‘s MCA
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President Trump ends Obama administration's insane policy of arming Syrian jihadists

The United States is supposed to be fighting Muslim jihadists like ISIS/Islamic State and Al Qaeda.
Under Obama, however, the CIA has been arming and training so-called rebels in Syria who, we are told, are “moderates,” but in reality are jihadists. See:

The proof? — An email from Jacob Sullivan to “H” (Hillary Clinton?), dated February 12, 2012, in which Sullivan states “AQ [Al Qaeda] is on our side in Syria”.

Note: Jacob Sullivan, 40, had worked under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the State Department’s Director of Policy Planning from Feb. 4, 2011 to Feb. 15, 2013. (Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State from Jan. 21, 2009 to Feb. 1, 2013.) Sullivan was senior policy adviser to Hillary’s failed 2016 presidential campaign. If Hillary had won the election, Sullivan would be a contender for the position of National Security Advisor.

Below is Sullivan’s email:

Now, President Trump is ending Obama’s insane policy of arming Syrian jihadists.
The Washington Post reports, July 19, 2017, that “President Trump has decided to end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad.”
But this being the anti-Trump Washington Post, the paper snidely calls President Trump’s decision “a move long sought by Russia,” as if Trump does not have a mind of his own.
WaPo continues:

The program [of arming Syrian “rebels”] was a central plank of a policy begun by the Obama administration in 2013 to put pressure on Assad to step aside, but even its backers have questioned its efficacy since Russia deployed forces in Syria two years later.
Officials said the phasing out of the secret program reflects Trump’s interest in finding ways to work with Russia, which saw the anti-Assad program as an assault on its interests. The shuttering of the program is also an acknowledgment of Washington’s limited leverage and desire to remove Assad from power. […]
Officials said Trump made the decision to scrap the CIA program nearly a month ago, after an Oval Office meeting with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and national security adviser H.R. McMaster ahead of a July 7 meeting in Germany with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Spokesmen for the National Security Council and the CIA declined to comment.
After the Trump-Putin meeting, the United States and Russia announced an agreement to back a new cease-fire in southwest Syria, along the Jordanian border, where many of the CIA-backed rebels have long operated. Trump described the limited cease-fire deal as one of the benefits of a constructive working relationship with Moscow. […]
The decision on the CIA-backed rebels will be welcomed by Moscow, which focused its firepower on those fighters after it intervened in Syria in 2015. […]
With the end of the CIA program, U.S. involvement in Syria now consists of a vigorous air campaign against the Islamic State and a Pentagon-run train-and-equip program in support of the largely Kurdish rebel force that is advancing on Islamic State strongholds in Raqqa and along the Euphrates River valley.”

Father Daniel Maes, a Flemish priest who had lived in Syria since 2010, will certainly welcome President Trump’s ending of Obama’s insane policy of arming Syrian jihadists.

According to 79-year-old Fr. Maes, the western media’s coverage of the Syrian war is based on lies. The problem is not Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who does not persecute Christians. Rather, the problem is U.S.-NATO politicians who support ISIS and Al Nusra (the name of Al Qaeda in Syria) in their quest to topple the Syrian government. As Fr. Maes puts it,

“Christians in Syria suffer from the fact that their fellow-Christians in the West forsake them. They simply do not understand. The real terrorist leaders are in the West and Saudi Arabia. Without Putin, Syria would have ceased to exist.”

Asked by journalist Eric van de Beek why so many countries (U.S., NATO, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Israel) want to get rid of Assad, Fr. Maes replies:

“In 2009, Qatar asked Bashar al-Assad to permit running a pipeline through Syria to the Mediterranean. Assad said, ‘We are not going to do that because we are already working on such a pipeline with Russia and Iran.’ Then the war began. Not in 2011.
We must not forget: Homs [a city in western Syria] is an important location for the passage of the pipeline. It’s no coincidence that the violence started right there, and that Qatar’s TV station Al Jazeera was on top of it.
For the West, it is unacceptable that Syria is still one of the few countries with a central bank that is truly independent and that the country had no state debt and thus did not need to be ‘saved’.
And the Turks. They just want to revive the Ottoman empire. It’s scandalous what they did in Aleppo. The city of Aleppo was the industrial heart of Syria. The Turks dismantled all of the factories in a few days and took them to Turkey.
Israel is also a very important motor behind the conflict. The Zionists want a pure Jewish state from the Nile to the Euphrates. They want to chop up Syria into a group of small, weak states, fighting each other. Likewise the old Roman motto: Divide et empera. Divide and rule.

The Israelis are bombarding Syria, they treat injured terrorists and they deliver weapons.
I think Zionism is as bad for Judaism as ISIS is for Islam. But let’s not say that out loud, for many Protestants might take you for the devil.”

While acknowledging that the Russians are aiding Assad partly out of self-interest, Fr. Maes nevertheless points out that:

“Putin is a true Christian, wanting to defend Christianity. And he also wants a multipolar world order, in which no country dominates the rest. It annoys Putin that the Americans do not play by international rules. They overthrew the Ukrainian government, and then had the nerve to say that the Russians responded so aggressively. Syria is a sovereign country. That is what Putin emphasises. He also says: ‘We are not there for the protection of Assad, but for the protection of the Syrian statehood.’ Russia doesn’t want another failed state, like Iraq and Libya. And let’s not forget: The Russian military is the only foreign army in Syria with the consent of the Syrian government. What are other countries doing there? The Americans? The French? The Saudis? They have no right to be there. They are working on the destruction of Syria.”

Fr. Maes is right about Israel aiding the Syrian jihadists. See my post, “Pact with the devil: Israel gives weapons and free medical care to Syrian jihad,” Dec. 21, 2015.

In ending the CIA’s arming of Syrian rebels jihadists, President Trump will also reduce the outflow of Syrian “refugees” into Europe and America.
God bless President Trump!
~Eowyn

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