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“De-Fund the Police”: A Cancer on Our Society

Today’s Campaign Update (Because the Campaign Never Ends)

So, now we’re de-funding the police. That’s the new mantra being pushed by the radical Democrat Party as it moves into what appears to be the end game of Barack Obama’s and Bernie Sanders’ promise to “transform this country.”

The terms “de-fund the police” or “dismantle the police” as it is being used in Minneapolis, are interchangeable. They are simply code for the goal of destabilizing American society by re-segregation and creating so much chaos in the nation’s cities that the government ultimately falls. Members of the Minneapolis city council were all over the place on Thursday spreading that message, along with Brian Fallon, a former spokesman for … wait for it… Hillary Clinton and Eric Holder. What a surprise, right? Fallon is a Director for a radical left group called “Demand Justice,” which has been pushing this concept for years now.

Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender, a self-loathing white leftist, tweeted that ““We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a transformative [that word again] new model of public safety.” She later told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that “she could imagine a scenario where the state’s investigation results in Minneapolis police eventually entering a receivership that restructures the department.”

Councilman Jeremiah Ellison – the son of Antifa and radical Islam-supporting Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison – tweeted that “And when we’re done, we’re not simply gonna glue [the department] back together. We are going to dramatically rethink how we approach public safety and emergency response.” Of course, “rethinking” public safety and emergency response means there will be none of either.

The concept the council is pushing would segregate the already-segregated city even further into a group of individual “communities,” and give “leaders” in each community the ability to determine how it is policed. This of course means that the poorest, mostly-minority neighborhoods in the city will fall into even more chaos than already exists, as the local race-baiters and gang leaders inevitably rise to seize the controls.

Yeah, you won’t have abusive bad cops coming in and often hassling young black men who are doing nothing wrong – you won’t have cops at all.  There will be no businesses left, because what idiot would try to run a business in a community in which looting will inevitably become an accepted way of life? As we have seen over the last 10 days, it already is accepted in Minneapolis, New York, Chicago and other Democrat-run cities around the country.

This “solution” will be great for the anti-Semite Ilhan Omar, whose district is overwhelmingly Somali Muslim immigrants and already largely a no-go zone run by Sharia Law enforcers. Dismantling the police and turning the department into basically just another social worker program will permanently institutionalize that paradigm and guarantee Omar a lifetime in congress. Meanwhile, the Somali American women who came to this country expecting equal protection under the law will be doomed to lives of subservience and abuse. This is not something that America should allow to exist.

This concept is already in place in France and other parts of Europe, having been pushed by the ballooning Muslim immigrant populations there and acceded to by the leftist/globalist morons who dominate their governments. Cities like Paris, Berlin and London are filled with “no-go” zones to which the police and non-Muslims never travel.

What this is at its base is the re-segregation of the country.  And once you have re-segregated the country fully into “communities” of people who possess little in common and adhere to no national identity, no national government can adequately address everyone’s interests and needs.

This movement is a cancer on our country, and it is metastasizing before our very eyes. If it is allowed to take firm hold in Minneapolis, it will inevitably spread from there.

That is all.

Today’s news moves at a faster pace than ever. Whatfinger.com is my go-to source for keeping up with all the latest events in real time.

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READ: the U.S. Army Letter Notifying Iraq of Coalition Withdrawal – UPDATED

Today’s Campaign Update, Part III
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Today, President Donald Trump called the Iraqi government’s bluff, authorizing the commanding general of joint coalition forces in Iraq to send a formal letter to the Iraqi commanding officer notifying him of pending operations for coalition forces to depart from Iraq. This comes in the wake of the vote of the Iraqi parliament over the weekend to demand U.S. forces leave the region.

Here is a photo of the letter that is circulating on social media:

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Text:

sLTG Abu Amir
Deputy Director, Combined Joint Operations,Baghdad
Iraq-Ministry of Defense

 

Sir: In due deference to the sovereignty of the Republic of Iraq, and as requested by the Iraqi parliament and Prime Minister, CTJF-OIR will be repositioning forces over the coming days and weeks to prepare for onward movement.

In order to conduct this task, Coalition Forces are required to take certain measures to ensure that the movement out of Iraq is conducted in a safe and efficient manner.

During this time, there will be an increase in helicopter travel in and around the International Zone (IZ) of Baghdad. This increased traffic will include CH-47, UH-60 and AH-64 security escort helicopters.

Coalition forces will take appropriate measures to minimize and mitigate the disturbance to the public. In addition, we will conduct these operations during hours of darkness to help alleviate any perception that we may be bringing more coalition forces into the IZ.

As we begin implementing this next phase of operations, I want to reiterate the value of our friendship and partnership. We respect your sovereign decision to order our departure.

Very respectfully,

 

WILLIAM H. SEELY, III
Brigadier General, U.S. Marine Corps
Commanding General, TF-Iraq

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As we have repeatedly pointed out here at the Campaign Update, one of the main reasons why Donald J. Trump was elected to the presidency in 2016 was his promise to get U.S. armed forces personnel out of the myriad interminable Middle East conflicts into which his predecessors in office had gotten our country entangled.

Trump’s basic message during the campaign was that these wars between various Islamic countries and factions have been going on for eons, and nothing the U.S. can do – no amount of treasure or lives sacrificed – will end that reality. So, let the Islamic states in the region fight it out amongst themselves, and focus U.S. military efforts in the Middle East on protecting our assets and few real allies there – Israel and Saudi Arabia, mainly.

The Iraqi parliament’s demand over the weekend, whether serious or not, plays directly into the President’s hands in this regard.

It is also key to note that this strategic gambit would not be possible were it not for the fact that the U.S. today enjoys a much higher level of energy security than it did during past presidencies, thanks mainly to the shale oil and gas revolution that has taken place here over the past decade. The U.S. is not completely energy “independent” and probably never will be, but our country today has very little compelling national interest in risking American lives and treasure to keep the oil spigots in countries like Iran and Iraq open.

So, this letter from Brig. General Seely now puts the ball squarely back in the Iraqi government’s court. President Trump has basically said, hey, if you want to become a client state of the mullahs in Iran, go for it.

It will be interesting to see how Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd Al-Mahdi responds.

UPDATE: Well, maybe it’s not quite goodbye after all. Here is an official Pentagon statement on the matter:

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Dilley earlier stated that the letter is real, but the version released on social media is a “draft” that should not have gotten out. Prior to that Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that the letter was not real.

Did someone just get caught in a mole hunt?

I will update this story if the official version keeps changing.

 

That is all. For now.

 

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What Really Happened at NAS Pensacola, Part 2: “It’s a Complex World”

[Note: The piece we posted here on December 9 from from a former instructor at NAS Pensacola (What Really Happened at NAS Pensacola, and Why) has gone viral across the Internet and generated an array of compelling responses. Some are so compelling that I feel they deserve high profile posts of their own. Below is the first of those, from a former Air Force instructor who also trained foreign nationals during his military service. I found his information especially interesting as it provides insight about the personal interrelationships that become formed between U.S. military personnel and their international colleagues and students.]

From: Earl H. Tilford, PhD

I spent a good portion of my military life teaching in the Air Force and Army “Professional Military Education” systems at the Air Command and Staff College, Air War College and the Army War College.  I also have a doctorate in “American and European Military History, Soviet and East European Politics and History.”

The fact that Saudi officers assigned to Naval flight training are being afforded an opportunity to avail themselves of the finest military flying program in the world aside, since Saudi Arabia does not have nor probably ever will have an aircraft carrier, what are they doing in Pensacola?

That aside…

While I was at Maxwell I became friends with a fantastic human being from Saudi Arabia.  I never knew his real name because he preferred to be called simply “Bleuie.”  When Bleuie was a major at Air Command and Staff College he signed up for an optional M.A. in Military History offered by Air University in conjunction with the University of Alabama.  I taught several courses in that program, including “American Military History,” “Air Power History,” and “The Vietnam War.”

Bleuie’s English was not exceptional so he came to me for advice about hiring a tutor. I recommended a retired USAF officer with a PhD from Duke who had taught at the Air Force Academy.

When Bleuie finished the course successfully, he offered to fly me and his tutor to Washington to meet the Saudi Ambassador and stay there as guests of the his country.  We politely declined stating our official affiliation with the Air Force forbade accepting such generous gifts.   During his stay, Major Bleuie often broke bread with us.  He became a personal friend.

In 1990 I was elated to hear he’d made brigadier general and was returning to Air University as a student at the Air War College.  Then the Iraqis invaded Kuwait and Bleuie’s orders were cancelled.  I heard he was in charge of the Saudi Air Force’s Airborne Command and Control program.

The following year, I was gratified to see Bleuie back at Air University.  We hugged, and I noted, “You’re wearing Saudi colonel’s insignia.  I heard you were promoted to brigadier general.”  He answered that he was now a major general but he did not want to were his rank insignia noting that “too many foreign officers do that to lord it over their classmates.  I won’t do it.”

“Colonel Bleuie” showed up this time with his entire family to include several wives, a crew of servants, chefs, and bodyguards.  He rented an entire block of townhouses in a local apartment complex.

In those days I daily ran the six-mile course around the Maxwell Air Force Base runway which also included park and recreation areas.  On Sundays I’d see Bleuie playing soccer with his children and possibly other Saudi officers.  He acquired a mini-bus to haul his kids around.

At Christmas I received a nice invitation to the clubhouse at the townhouse complex where he rented.  It was an “Invitation to all my Christian and Jewish Friends to a Middle Eastern Feast.” Faculty, students to include a contingent from Israel, and their wives were treated to a fantastic evening of food, drink, and music.

Bleuie was a gentleman.  A kind and compassionate man.  I made several trips to the United Arab Emirates and to Israel in the years since.  I always hoped to run into him there since the trips I made to the region were connected to international security concerns, but I never did.  I also experienced Arab hospitality, which is lavish but also comes with certain strings attached.  From Tel Aviv to Dubai there are a myriad of cultures that clash with one another and with the Judeo-Christian West.

On my first trip to Abu Dhabi in 1998, I gave a presentation titled, “The Future of War.”  At that time I was Director of Research for the U.S. Army’s Strategic Studies Institute and we were tasked with looking out to 2015 to determine the strategic paradigm and what strategies might be appropriate for meeting future challenges.  We got it right, frighteningly so since we predicted massive unrest throughout the region and that Russia would not return to the global fray before 2015 and that by then China would be moving from regional to global hegemonic behavior.

During the question and answer period a Saudi colonel asked, “Do you think a war between the Christian West and the Islamic world is inevitable?”

I was caught off guard.  It was my first visit to the United Arab Emirates and the hospitality had been overwhelming.  I stammered a foolish answer. “Why no!” I exclaimed, then stupidly elaborated.  “Why we share so very much.  We love our families, we cherish freedom, we worship the same God.”

The Saudi colonel lept to his feet and yelled, “We do not worship the same god!  You are a polytheist infidel and not a worshiper of Allah!”  He continued until several robbed ushers intervened.  I stated something like, “I apologize for offending you.”  There were no more questions but I was invited back to speak a few more times over the years.

It’s a complex world.  We make alliances and not necessarily friendships.  Right now it is in our interest to ally ourselves with the Saudis against a common threat from Iran.  That will change as the world changes. But what we must do is harken to our own culture and, perhaps, take a cue from Shakespeare.  “To thine own self be true and it will follow at the night the day, thou canst not be false to any man.”

Earl Tilford

[Note: The additional information below came to me in an email from Prof. Tilford.]

I knew we trained Saudi pilots in the USAF, I was unaware the Navy did.  But knowing a number of Naval Aviators, including two of my brothers in law one of whom, Gerard Finnegan, trained the first female Naval Aviator, I think the training is awesome.  When I was looking around for a commissioning program as a college sophomore who wanted to serve as an officer and not a draftee, I inquired about USMC Platoon Leaders Course.  I opted for the Air Force because I could not fathom finding a vessel at sea from the air much less landing on one!

Much of my experience with foreign officers was in the PME programs, not pilot training.  They are not called “students” in the PME system because the command and staff and war colleges all grant some kind of M.A. in “strategic studies” or some such.  These degrees are not academic but they are accredited.  That being the case, many of these foreign officers come from places without certifiably good academic backgrounds.  This is, of course, unfair to Oxford-educated, or US-educated foreign officers who may possess legitimate undergraduate degrees.

This was brought to my attention when I was teaching a Vietnam War seminar at the Army War College.  I assigned a two-page, double-spaced writing task and offered as possible topics,

“My Lai Massacre, “ “Tet Offensive,” “First Battle of the Ia Drang,” and “Operation Rolling Thunder.”  A Greek colonel picked Rolling Thunder.  His paper was brilliant.  I was thrilled with its insights.  I also had written it for a Vietnam War encyclopedia.  He simply copied it and attached his name to it.

Furious, I went to the dean at the Army War College, telling him I intended to “throw the book” at the offender.  He said that would not happen, then pointed out had it been a US officer, he or she would be out with an Article 15.  But these were “Army War College Fellows” and not “Army War College Students.”

In the mid-1990s the first Russian officers came into the system.  The first Russian colonel assigned to the Air War College brought his wife, daughter and his son-in-law.  He was a jolly fellow who got himself named “co-chairman of the Combined Federal Campaign” along with the mayor of Montgomery, Emory Folmar.  His wife, daughter and son in law were artists who got active with the local art museum.  He spoke on life in Russia and the former Soviet Union to all the civic clubs.

When the day came for him and his family to return to Russia, they showed up at the Montgomery Airport with a lawyer to claim “political asylum.”  His claim was based on his wife, daughter and son-in-law being Jewish and historic anti-Semitism of the Russian system whether under czars, commissars, or whatever the former Soviet thugs now running the place claim to be.  The USAF nearly went nuts claiming he had “no job” in the US.  Judson College claimed they had just hired the colonel as an associate professor of Russian Language and History.  So he stayed.

The Army War College hosted two years worth of Russian officers.  After we got involved in Bosnia, the two students at AWC immediately went home.  The AWC runs followups on all its former “fellows” since in many cases they return home to become senior officers and occasionally take over their respective countries.  Every Russian officer we tracked was out of the Russian Army within a year of returning.

I teach at the University of Alabama and we are loaded with foreign students.  The Chinese are majoring in engineering and computer science, the Middle Easterners in computer science and business administration, and the Vietnamese in whatever but they will be good at it.

The best student I had at Grove City College was a young woman from Vietnam.  Her father, a former ARVN captain, was the chief engineer on the Saigon Electrical grid. Her mother, a former Viet Cong doctor, practiced medicine in Ho Chi Minh City.  They met when she was camp doctor at his reeducation camp.  This young lady graduated Magna Cum Laude and went to medical school.  She runs a clinic in Vung Tau.

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As Prof. Tilford notes, “It’s a complex world. We make alliances and not necessarily friendships.”

Our current ‘alliance’ with Saudi Arabia needlessly cost three innocent lives last week in Pensacola. Those lives were lost due to idiotic policies put in place by political and military leaders over the last 40 years. It remains to be seen whether this latest in a string of unnecessary fatal incidents will result in any changes to the stupidity.

That is all.

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Sayfullo Saipov: A Soldier In The Democrat War On Normal America

Today’s Campaign Update 

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

  • First, a heartfelt congratulations to the World Champion Houston Astros and their long-suffering fans for prevailing in the greatest World Series ever played, and to shortstop Carlos Correa for what has got to be the greatest marriage proposal ever made.  For Texans, it just doesn’t get any better than that.  The team and the City of Houston, which has spent the last two months suffering through the after-effects of Hurricane Harvey, will hold a parade through downtown tomorrow, a scene that will no doubt be insane.
  • Speaking of insanity, there’s plenty of it going around the rest of the country as well.  Let’s start with the latest terrorist attack on New York City, where we have very predictably found out that the budding terrorist was actually interviewed by the incompetent, corrupt boobs in the Obama FBI actually interviewed this guy in 2015 to interrogate him about possible ties to terror plots in the United States.  Equally predictably, the incompetent, corrupt Obama FBI boobs saw no reason to open a case against the guy or place him under surveillance.
  • So, this case is just like the Orlando massacre, the San Bernardino killings and the Boston Marathon bombings.  In all these Islamic terrorist attacks, we inevitably come to find out that the corrupt and incompetent Federal Bureau of Investigation knew about the terrorists in advance, had interviewed them, even arrested some of them, and had most if not all of them under surveillance prior to their mass murders and did nothing to stop them.  What’s the old saying?  Once is an accident, twice is coincidence, three times is a trend.  But this, this is insanity.
  • But it gets worse.  While the President and his advisers were considering naming the terrorist an enemy combatant and shipping him down to Gitmo for proper interrogation, Fox News is reporting this morning that the nitwits at the Justice Department decided to just give him his Miranda warning and assign him a public defender.  So now the guy’s in the system, and there will be no opportunity to aggressively interrogate him to determine if he has knowledge of other terror plots.  The utterly incompetent and worthless Jeff Sessions strikes again.  Insanity.
  • Of course, the worst insanity in this incident comes from the Democrat Party, which has been entirely co-opted by radical Islamism at this point, and which insists we continue to bring people like Sayfullo Saipov into our midst to keep maiming and murdering Americans.  The Democrats insist we maintain open borders immigration programs – like Chuck Schumer’s Diversity Visa program that let Saipov and 23 of his friends and relatives into our country via chain immigration – for the simple reason that they view Islamists to be reliable Democrat voters.  Trust me when I say that, if Islamists voted Republican, Chuck Schumer would not have come up with the whole Diversity Visa idea.
  • Few people want to say it, but the truth about the Democrat Party is that it views the 8 people killed by Saipov merely as collateral damage, an acceptable price for our society to pay in order to keep building a major new voting bloc to which Democrat candidates for office can pander.  ‘Hey, you want Sharia Law in your neighborhood?  No problem, vote for me.’
  • In case you still haven’t noticed, the Democrat Party is at war with “normal” America, and it values your life only so long as you support its world view.  It’s a disgrace and it’s insane, but these are Democrats we’re talking about here.  Progressives.  The Resistance.  Antifa supporters.  George Soros defenders.
  • All one need do to see this insanity is to observe the way in which New York’s Democrat “leaders” responded to this attack: With the same tired, meaningless and mindless platitudes we have heard a thousand times from a thousand non-leaders before in the wake of Islamic terror attacks that kill and maim our population, and with attacks on President Trump for correctly pointing to the source of the problem, which is our nation’s insane open borders immigration system.
  • In the end, meaningless and mindless platitudes, and attacks on their opponents are all the Democrat Party has.  It is an empty Party filled with empty people who are completely out of ideas, and their response to their own emptiness is to lash out at everyone else.  The worst and most dangerous insanity of all is that about 40% of America’s population keeps voting to put these people into office.  Stop it.

Just another day in Democrat insanity America.

That is all.

 

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