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Monday, May 22, 2017

Trump's Deals with Islam, Arrival in Israel

By Douglas V. Gibbs
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It is a difficult juggle of realities, and on Sunday President Donald Trump made his best attempt at placing his hands into the steaming cauldron.  I was impressed, because overall, it was a pretty good speech.  After eight years of hearing Obama apologize, it's nice to hear a voice of resolve and strength when dealing with the Middle East.

The speech was well received.  But, I have to admit it missed the point about terrorism not being the result of extremism, but that it is the result of Islam.  I believe the language used (extremism, extremists, cooperation) were calculated swerves that were necessary in order to navigate the complex waters of Muslim relations with The West, however.  Reality, unfortunately, is that Islam demands us to be careful on how we navigate those stormy waters, and the liberal left has made it a very complicated endeavor with their misguided ideas of multiculturalism and shared George W. Bush false belief that Islam is the "Religion of Peace".

Trump discussed the dangers of terrorism, and emphasized that it is up to Islam to clean its own house, and to fight "extremism".  I do believe are those in the Muslim world that truly supports the idea of a peaceful version of Islam somehow emerging.  In the eyes of the religious leaders, I guarantee you that makes those "moderates" bad Muslims, but I do believe that moderate element "may" exist.  Trump surely believes that, as well.  The tough part is who to believe, and how do you determine if a person in the Muslim world truly seeks a peaceful solution, or if they are lying as commanded by the Koran to further the grip of Islam's iron fist around the rest of the world? "We'll help, Trump said on Sunday, but Islam needs to take care of extremism in their midst themselves, too.

Trump's words were in the language of a negotiator.  It was filled with hope, even though the doubt was powerful.  That's what you say to reasonable people, or at least to people you hope are capable of being reasonable.  Trump wants our potential allies, no matter how temporary they may be, to believe we think they are reasonable.  The fact that, in the minds of those potential allies, Islam trumps all, is not the point.  We know they think that, they know that many of us have realized that they think that, but the game requires at least some consideration for the possibility of cooperation in order to save some lives, and get Islam out of The West.

The problem is, conservatives tend to seek what looks like perfection on the surface, and doesn't always understand the art of the deal, or the complexities of diplomacy.  It's all about smiling, seeking compromise without losing the store, and carefully hiding your crossed fingers behind your back.

The NeverTrump crowd (especially the conservative NeverTrumpers), and Trump supporters who voted for the billionaire because he was better than Hillary, but not necessarily because they like him, have likely found all kinds of things about Trump's speech and Middle East negotiations not to like.  They surely see his willingness to be a reasonable negotiator with the Saudis as some kind of broken promise, and dangerous path to tread, but I am not so sure that they are completely accurate with that assessment.

Yes, Saudi Arabia is not an ally to us like Israel, or Britain, has been.  Yes, the Muslim Majority country's leadership and wealthiest class pumped vast piles of money into the Clinton Foundation in the hopes that Hillary would win and continue the Democrat Party tradition of kissing their butts.  And yes, during the campaign, Trump talked tough about the Saudis, promising not to give an inch to them.

Then, he became President, and saw the reality of the real world.  Yes, the Saudis are as bad as he thought.  But, they are one of the key tools we can use to orchestrate a temporary lull in Middle East violence, and perhaps slow down, or stop, the flood of Muslim migrants into The West.  So, you throw them a few bones, and ask for cooperation.

Give them a few planes and armaments at a good price, and then ask them to help us stop the madness of the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, and an Iranian power grab that is definitely making the Sunnis in Saudi Arabia nervous enough to talk to us.

That all said, it is obvious that the Saudis are nearly as big of a problem as the Iranians are.  But, it's like paying off your credit cards.  They all suck, but you have to go after the easier one, and the most damaging one, first.  Get rid of it, then take care of the others, later.

The Saudis fund terrorism no different than Iran.  The Saudis fund infiltration into our education system, and entertainment industry, by Islamic fundamentalism.  I agree.  The Saudis are guilty.

Remember how we were working with Iraq when Iran was a problem in the 70s and early 80s?  Then, Iraq became the enemy, and we invaded Hussein's Iraq.  Now, we are trying to protect Iraq from ISIS, and we are trying to be firm with Iran.  That's how the Middle East goes.  It's a never ending spin of a roulette wheel where red, black, and the couple green slots, change as a winning combination constantly, and sometimes it is hard to tell which to choose.  For now, Trump is choosing Saudi Arabia and her Sunni allies.  The temporary winning combination may change soon, quickly, or not at all.  It's a constant game of maintenance and changing strategies.

A decent, but sometimes stressful, relationship with Saudi Arabia goes all the way back to Franklin Roosevelt, who helped establish an alliance during World War II (at a time when many of the kingdoms and countries in the area were siding with the Nazis).  Iran was an ally of Germany, back then, and "Iran" means "Aryan" (granted, Aryan is an ancient Persian word, an interesting coincidence regarding the ideologies of both areas claiming the term and the alliance Germany had with newly named Iran during the Nazi regime).

To be honest, it makes sense to work with Saudi Arabia, for now.  After all, we have common enemies in the Muslim Brotherhood, and ISIS (or, at least, that is what it seems).  Let us not forget, as well, that despite their ideological and religious differences, among Saudi Arabia's biggest allies in the Middle East is Israel; which, it turns out, is the United States' biggest ally in the region, as well.

Visiting, talking, and making deals with people who are not your 100% friend, but can be a useful tool in international relations, is what diplomacy and negotiations are all about, anyway, right?  Trump is, after all, going to visit the Pope at The Vatican, as well, and this Pope is definitely no friend of the Trump White House.  But, it's necessary.  It is a part of the difficult things a good President must do.  To refuse to try and at least talk to these people could create a public relations disaster the anti-Trump democrats and NeverTrumpers have been waiting for to happen.  That said, I am also happy he's not out there apologizing for the United States, like Obama was.

As for the Middle East's opinion about Trump trying to work with them, sincere or not, what we are hearing is that Saudi Arabia's King Salman stated President Donald Trump's visit to the Muslim kingdom in the Gulf was a "turning point" in relations between the two countries.

He said relations between the two countries will advance from a partnership to the "level of strengthening consultations, cooperation and coordination on all fronts".

The king also praised an "historic agreement" between Gulf monarchies and Washington "to take firm measures to target the financing of terrorism" and the setting up of a Riyadh-based center for the task.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia told the American president that he is "capable of doing the impossible."

When Trump arrived in Israel this morning, he said to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin that even challenges like a belligerent Iran with nuclear ambitions can be an "opportunity" as Tehran's saber-rattling "has brought many other parts of the Middle East toward Israel."

"You have a great opportunity right now," Trump said specifically, "There's a great feeling for peace throughout the Middle East. I think people have just had enough. They've had enough of the bloodshed and the killing."

Even Arab leaders, Trump said, have told him the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran is so great that they are finding themselves siding with the Jewish state.

"The United States and Israel can declare with one voice that Iran must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon – never ever!" Trump said outside the president's ceremonial residence in Jerusalem.

He demanded that Tehran "must cease its deadly funding, training and equipping of terrorists and militias. And it must cease immediately."

"The world needs a strong United States. The Middle East needs a strong United States. Israel needs a strong United States," Rivlin said.

Israel's Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Trump's anti-terror message.

"Yesterday in Saudi Arabia you delivered a forceful speech of clarity and conviction," he said. "You called on all nations to drive out terrorists and extremists. ... For 69 years Israel has been doing precisely that."

He thanked Trump for the powerful expression of friendship to Israel with his visit, as well.

Now, the question is, will Trump's White House live up to the billionaire's campaign promise of moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem?

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

A Turning Point In Riyadh For American Diplomacy

By Capt Joseph R. John, May 22, 2017: Op Ed # 349

In an unusual event in history, on May 21, 2017, the President of the United States addressed an extraordinary meeting of the leaders of 50 predominately Muslim nations who assembled in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  In a forceful, focused, and coherent speech of clarity and conviction, President Trump, projected the economic and military strength of the United States, and asked the 50 leaders to unite with the United States to stamp out Islamic extremism, drive out Islamic Terrorist from their countries, and work with the United States to create a peaceful world.  He stated that Iran, the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world, is behind a great deal of the terrorist violence in the Middle East.

The text of the speech (in the below listed article), signaled a turning point in American Diplomacy, resulted in a $109 billion weapons agreement for Saudi Arabia, and an investment of $350 billion by Saudi Arabia in the United States over the next 10 years (which will create thousands of new jobs). The historic speech was covered “live” by major TV Networks and the international press in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, and the FOX News Network in the United States.

Although the historic trip and speech was a turning point in American Diplomacy, it was not covered by the left of center liberal media establishment in the US, including the NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and MSNBC TV Networks who blacked out all coverage.

A recent Harvard University analysis of the above listed TV Networks and the liberal media establishment, reported that 93% of
the coverage of President Trump has been negative, with ”no” coverage of the President’s many successes.  Bob Woodward warned the media about losing their objective reporting, by “binge drinking anti-Trump Kool-Aide”, and advised them “To Stick to reporting.” Anti-Trump stories in Woodward’s Washington Post about James Comey and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein turned out not to be true.   Feminist philosopher Camille Paglia said of press reporting “It’s the collapse of journalism.”

Since the inauguration of President Trump, the left of center liberal news media including the above listed TV Networks, have been using unnamed sources, making unsubstantiated allegation and pumping out anti-Trump false reports, designed to mislead the American people and undermine President Trump.  The media has been repeating the lie that the Trump Campaign’s colluded with Russia to defeat Hillary Clinton—after 11 months, the press still cannot find proof of their false allegations.   

Ignoring and trying to cover up the historic initiative and speech in Riyadh is in keeping with the left of center liberal media establishment’s secret plot to mount a slow motion de facto coup of the government of the United States, by destroy the duly elected President of the United State, for the first time in 241 years.  The liberal media establishment has lost its ability to conduct objective journalism.  The media has been trying to disable the weak leaders of the Republican Majority, by accusing President Trump, non-stop, for the last 6 months, of being inexperienced, uncouth, crude, reckless, and an obstructer of justice.
The media releases are designed to destroy an elected United States President working in concert with Nazi Collaborator George Soros’ Pro-Communist “Open Society Foundation”, 100 Progressive& Leftist organizations that Soros funds for millions of dollars annually, the Marxist Leninist Communist Workers Party’s front, “ANSWER”.  “ANSWER” was funded by “Open Society Foundation”, the Communist Party “Progress Unity Fund.”, Al Sharpton’s “National Action Network,”  Obama’s Organization For America with 250 offices nationally, the left leaning Democratic Party, The New Black Panther Party, LA Raza, NOW, CAIR, the Communist Party USA, Black Lives Matter, the Muslim Brotherhood, The Weather Underground, American Immigration Lawyers Association, The International Refugee Assistance Project, The Nation of Islam, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Univision, The Tides Foundation, Planned Parenthood, Amnesty International, The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), American Federation of Teachers, CodePink, The Women’s March, the Service Employment International Union, and The International Refugee Assistance Project,

Republicans Congressmen returning to their districts to meet with their constituents are facing violence and death threats, because of the culture of violence being fostered by left-wing activists, organizations, and their allies, listed in the above paragraph, as well as the initiatives of the liberal media establishment.  President Trump’s speech in Riyadh, listed below, and his historic trip to Riyadh will improve the United States’ relations with 50 predominately Muslim nations, will strengthen the United States in the Middle East, and improve the United States image in the world.  That historic speech in  Riyadh should have been properly covered by the left of center liberal media establishment in the United States.

Copyright by Capt Joseph R. John.  All Rights Reserved.  The material can only posted on another Web site or distributed on the Internet by giving full credit to the author.  It may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without the permission from the author.  Re-published by Political Pistachio with special permission.  

Joseph R. John, USNA ‘62
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Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
-Isaiah 6:8
 "This is a fine speech, and I believe the President means every word of it."

Full transcript of Trump’s Riyadh speech, as released by White House

 I want to thank King Salman for his extraordinary words, and the magnificent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting today’s summit. I am honored to be received by such gracious hosts. I have always heard about the splendor of your country and the kindness of your citizens, but words do not do justice to the grandeur of this remarkable place and the incredible hospitality you have shown us from the moment we arrived.

You also hosted me in the treasured home of King Abdulaziz, the founder of the Kingdom who united your great people. Working alongside another beloved leader – American President Franklin Roosevelt – King Abdulaziz began the enduring partnership between our two countries. King Salman: your father would be so proud to see that you are continuing his legacy – and just as he opened the first chapter in our partnership, today we begin a new chapter that will bring lasting benefits to our citizens.

Let me now also extend my deep and heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of the distinguished heads of state who made this journey here today. You greatly honor us with your presence, and I send the warmest regards from my country to yours. I know that our time together will bring many blessings to both your people and mine

I stand before you as a representative of the American People, to deliver a message of friendship and hope. That is why I chose to make my first foreign visit a trip to the heart of the Muslim world, to the nation that serves as custodian of the two holiest sites in the Islamic Faith.

In my inaugural address to the American People, I pledged to strengthen America’s oldest friendships, and to build new partnerships in pursuit of peace. I also promised that America will not seek to impose our way of life on others, but to outstretch our hands in the spirit of cooperation and trust.
Our vision is one of peace, security, and prosperity—in this region, and in the world.
Our goal is a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing our children a hopeful future that does honor to God.

And so this historic and unprecedented gathering of leaders—unique in the history of nations—is a symbol to the world of our shared resolve and our mutual respect To the leaders and citizens of every country assembled here today, I want you to know that the United States is eager to form closer bonds of friendship, security, culture and commerce.

For Americans, this is an exciting time. A new spirit of optimism is sweeping our country: in just a few months, we have created almost a million new jobs, added over 3 trillion dollars of new value, lifted the burdens on American industry, and made record investments in our military that will protect the safety of our people and enhance the security of our wonderful friends and allies – many of whom are here today.

Now, there is even more blessed news I am pleased to share with you. My meetings with King Salman, the Crown Prince, and the Deputy Crown Prince, have been filled with great warmth, good will, and tremendous cooperation. Yesterday, we signed historic agreements with the Kingdom that will invest almost $400 billion in our two countries and create many thousands of jobs in America and Saudi Arabia.

This landmark agreement includes the announcement of a $110 billion Saudi-funded defense purchase – and we will be sure to help our Saudi friends to get a good deal from our great American defense companies. This agreement will help the Saudi military to take a greater role in security operations.

We have also started discussions with many of the countries present today on strengthening partnerships, and forming new ones, to advance security and stability across the Middle East and beyond.

Later today, we will make history again with the opening of a new Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology – located right here, in this central part of the Islamic World.

This groundbreaking new center represents a clear declaration that Muslim-majority countries must take the lead in combatting radicalization, and I want to express our gratitude to King Salman for this strong demonstration of leadership.

I have had the pleasure of welcoming several of the leaders present today to the White House, and I look forward to working with all of you.

America is a sovereign nation and our first priority is always the safety and security of our citizens. We are not here to lecture—we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship. Instead, we are here to offer partnership – based on shared interests and values – to pursue a better future for us all.

Here at this summit we will discuss many interests we share together. But above all we must be united in pursuing the one goal that transcends every other consideration. That goal is to meet history’s great test—to conquer extremism and vanquish the forces of terrorism.

Young Muslim boys and girls should be able to grow up free from fear, safe from violence, and innocent of hatred. And young Muslim men and women should have the chance to build a new era of prosperity for themselves and their peoples.

With God’s help, this summit will mark the beginning of the end for those who practice terror and spread its vile creed. At the same time, we pray this special gathering may someday be remembered as the beginning of peace in the Middle East – and maybe, even all over the world.

But this future can only be achieved through defeating terrorism and the ideology that drives it.

Few nations have been spared its violent reach.

America has suffered repeated barbaric attacks – from the atrocities of September 11th to the devastation of the Boston Bombing, to the horrible killings in San Bernardino and Orlando.

The nations of Europe have also endured unspeakable horror. So too have the nations of Africa and even South America. India, Russia, China and Australia have been victims.
But, in sheer numbers, the deadliest toll has been exacted on the innocent people of Arab, Muslim and Middle Eastern nations. They have borne the brunt of the killings and the worst of the destruction in this wave of fanatical violence.

Some estimates hold that more than 95 percent of the victims of terrorism are themselves Muslim.

We now face a humanitarian and security disaster in this region that is spreading across the planet. It is a tragedy of epic proportions. No description of the suffering and depravity can begin to capture its full measure.
The true toll of ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, and so many others, must be counted not only in the number of dead. It must also be counted in generations of vanished dreams.

The Middle East is rich with natural beauty, vibrant cultures, and massive amounts of historic treasures It should increasingly become one of the great global centers of commerce and opportunity.

This region should not be a place from which refugees flee, but to which newcomers flock.
Saudi Arabia is home to the holiest sites in one of the world’s great faiths. Each year millions of Muslims come from around the world to Saudi Arabia to take part in the Hajj. In addition to ancient wonders, this country is also home to modern ones—including soaring achievements in architecture.

Egypt was a thriving center of learning and achievement thousands of years before other parts of the world. The wonders of Giza, Luxor and Alexandria are proud monuments to that ancient heritage.

All over the world, people dream of walking through the ruins of Petra in Jordan. Iraq was the cradle of civilization and is a land of natural beauty. And the United Arab Emirates has reached incredible heights with glass and steel, and turned earth and water into spectacular works of art.

The entire region is at the center of the key shipping lanes of the Suez Canal, the Red Sea, and the Straits of Hormuz. The potential of this region has never been greater. 65 percent of its population is under the age of 30. Like all young men and women, they seek great futures to build, great national projects to join, and a place for their families to call home.

But this untapped potential, this tremendous cause for optimism, is held at bay by bloodshed and terror. There can be no coexistence with this violence. There can be no tolerating it, no accepting it, no excusing it, and no ignoring it.

Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person, and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith.
Terrorists do not worship God, they worship death.

If we do not act against this organized terror, then we know what will happen. Terrorism’s devastation of life will continue to spread. Peaceful societies will become engulfed by violence. And the futures of many generations will be sadly squandered.

If we do not stand in uniform condemnation of this killing—then not only will we be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, but we will be judged by God.

This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations.
This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it.
This is a battle between Good and Evil.
When we see the scenes of destruction in the wake of terror, we see no signs that those murdered were Jewish or Christian, Shia or Sunni. When we look upon the streams of innocent blood soaked into the ancient ground, we cannot see the faith or sect or tribe of the victims – we see only that they were Children of God whose deaths are an insult to all that is holy.

But we can only overcome this evil if the forces of good are united and strong – and if everyone in this room does their fair share and fulfills their part of the burden.
Terrorism has spread across the world. But the path to peace begins right here, on this ancient soil, in this sacred land.
America is prepared to stand with you – in pursuit of shared interests and common security.

But the nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them. The nations of the Middle East will have to decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their countries, and for their children.

It is a choice between two futures – and it is a choice America CANNOT make for you.
A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and extremists. Drive. Them. Out.

DRIVE THEM OUT of your places of worship.
DRIVE THEM OUT of your communities.
DRIVE THEM OUT of your holy land, and

For our part, America is committed to adjusting our strategies to meet evolving threats and new facts. We will discard those strategies that have not worked—and will apply new approaches informed by experience and judgment. We are adopting a Principled Realism, rooted in common values and shared interests.

Our friends will never question our support, and our enemies will never doubt our determination. Our partnerships will advance security through stability, not through radical disruption. We will make decisions based on real-world outcomes – not inflexible ideology. We will be guided by the lessons of experience, not the confines of rigid thinking. And, wherever possible, we will seek gradual reforms – not sudden intervention.
We must seek partners, not perfection—and to make allies of all who share our goals.
Above all, America seeks peace – not war.
Muslim nations must be willing to take on the burden, if we are going to defeat terrorism and send its wicked ideology into oblivion.
The first task in this joint effort is for your nations to deny all territory to the foot soldiers of evil. Every country in the region has an absolute duty to ensure that terrorists find no sanctuary on their soil.

Many are already making significant contributions to regional security: Jordanian pilots are crucial partners against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Saudi Arabia and a regional coalition have taken strong action against Houthi militants in Yemen. The Lebanese Army is hunting ISIS operatives who try to infiltrate their territory. Emirati troops are supporting our Afghan partners. In Mosul, American troops are supporting Kurds, Sunnis and Shias fighting together for their homeland. Qatar, which hosts the U.S. Central Command, is a crucial strategic partner. Our longstanding partnership with Kuwait and Bahrain continue to enhance security in the region. And courageous Afghan soldiers are making tremendous sacrifices in the fight against the Taliban, and others, in the fight for their country.

As we deny terrorist organizations control of territory and populations, we must also strip them of their access to funds. We must cut off the financial channels that let ISIS sell oil, let extremists pay their fighters, and help terrorists smuggle their reinforcements.

I am proud to announce that the nations here today will be signing an agreement to prevent the financing of terrorism, called the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center – co-chaired by the United States and Saudi Arabia, and joined by every member of the Gulf Cooperation Council. It is another historic step in a day that will be long remembered.

I also applaud the Gulf Cooperation Council for blocking funders from using their countries as a financial base for terror, and designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization last year. Saudi Arabia also joined us this week in placing sanctions on one of the most senior leaders of Hezbollah.

Of course, there is still much work to do.

That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires. And it means standing together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews, and the slaughter of Christians.

Religious leaders must make this absolutely clear: Barbarism will deliver you no glory – piety to evil will bring you no dignity. If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and YOUR SOUL WILL BE CONDEMNED.

And political leaders must speak out to affirm the same idea: heroes don’t kill innocents; they save them. Many nations here today have taken important steps to raise up that message. Saudi Arabia’s Vision for 2030 is an important and encouraging statement of tolerance, respect, empowering women, and economic development.

The United Arab Emirates has also engaged in the battle for hearts and souls—and with the U.S., launched a center to counter the online spread of hate. Bahrain too is working to undermine recruitment and radicalism.
I also applaud Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon for their role in hosting refugees. The surge of migrants and refugees leaving the Middle East depletes the human capital needed to build stable societies and economies. Instead of depriving this region of so much human potential, Middle Eastern countries can give young people hope for a brighter future in their home nations and regions.

That means promoting the aspirations and dreams of all citizens who seek a better life – including women, children, and followers of all faiths. Numerous Arab and Islamic scholars have eloquently argued that protecting equality strengthens Arab and Muslim communities.

For many centuries the Middle East has been home to Christians, Muslims and Jews living side-by-side. We must practice tolerance and respect for each other once again—and make this region a place where every man and woman, no matter their faith or ethnicity, can enjoy a life of dignity and hope.

In that spirit, after concluding my visit in Riyadh, I will travel to Jerusalem and Bethlehem, and then to the Vatican – visiting many of the holiest places in the three Abrahamic Faiths. If these three faiths can join together in cooperation, then peace in this world is possible – including peace between Israelis and Palestinians. I will be meeting with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Starving terrorists of their territory, their funding, and the false allure of their craven ideology, will be the basis for defeating them.
But no discussion of stamping out this threat would be complete without mentioning the government that gives terrorists all three—safe harbor, financial backing, and the social standing needed for recruitment. It is a regime that is responsible for so much instability in the region. I am speaking of course of Iran.
From Lebanon to Iraq to Yemen, Iran funds, arms, and trains terrorists, militias, and other extremist groups that spread destruction and chaos across the region. For decades, Iran has fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror.

It is a government that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing the destruction of Israel, death to America, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room.

Among Iran’s most tragic and destabilizing interventions have been in Syria. Bolstered by Iran, Assad has committed unspeakable crimes, and the United States has taken firm action in response to the use of banned chemical weapons by the Assad Regime – launching 59 tomahawk missiles at the Syrian air base from where that murderous attack originated.

Responsible nations must work together to end the humanitarian crisis in Syria, eradicate ISIS, and restore stability to the region. The Iranian regime’s longest-suffering victims are its own people. Iran has a rich history and culture, but the people of Iran have endured hardship and despair under their leaders’ reckless pursuit of conflict and terror.

Until the Iranian regime is willing to be a partner for peace, all nations of conscience must work together to isolate Iran, deny it funding for terrorism, and pray for the day when the Iranian people have the just and righteous government they deserve.
The decisions we make will affect countless lives.

King Salman, I thank you for the creation of this great moment in history, and for your massive investment in America, its industry and its jobs. I also thank you for investing in the future of this part of the world.

This fertile region has all the ingredients for extraordinary success – a rich history and culture, a young and vibrant people, a thriving spirit of enterprise. But you can only unlock this future if the citizens of the Middle East are freed from extremism, terror and violence.
We in this room are the leaders of our peoples. They look to us for answers, and for action. And when we look back at their faces, behind every pair of eyes is a soul that yearns for justice.

Today, billions of faces are now looking at us, waiting for us to act on the great question of our time.

Will we be indifferent in the presence of evil? Will we protect our citizens from its violent ideology? Will we let its venom spread through our societies? Will we let it destroy the most holy sites on earth? If we do not confront this deadly terror, we know what the future will bring—more suffering and despair. But if we act—if we leave this magnificent room unified and determined to do what it takes to destroy the terror that threatens the world—then there is no limit to the great future our citizens will have.

The birthplace of civilization is waiting to begin a new renaissance. Just imagine what tomorrow could bring.

Glorious wonders of science, art, medicine and commerce to inspire humankind. Great cities built on the ruins of shattered towns. New jobs and industries that will lift up millions of people. Parents who no longer worry for their children, families who no longer mourn for their loved ones, and the faithful who finally worship without fear.

These are the blessings of prosperity and peace. These are the desires that burn with a righteous flame in every human heart. And these are the just demands of our beloved peoples

I ask you to join me, to join together, to work together, and to FIGHT together— BECAUSE UNITED, WE WILL NOT FAIL.

Thank you. God Bless You. God Bless Your Countries. And God Bless the United States of America.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

It began with 25 Myths

Douglas V. Gibbs: AuthorSpeakerInstructorRadio Host

American Liberty is at risk, but the problem isn't as much that we've turned our back on the Constitution as much as it is that we don't understand the Constitution and we are allowing the liberal left to define it for us.

Hence, the reason my first book was 25 Myths of the United States Constitution.

I have been teaching Constitution Classes for free in Temecula since 2008.  I have since added Corona, and I conduct monthly presentations in Norco and Banning.  The handouts were originally one page summaries.  Over the years, however, they lengthened, and eventually became carefully constructed lessons.

In October of 2014, I put the lessons together into a book, with all of my resources listed, an index for ease in locating topics and concepts, and a glossary to help with the definitions of the terms as they appear in the text. The Basic Constitution: An Examination of the Principles and Philosophies of the United States Constitution.

After folks finished reading the two books, from which I received a lot of appreciation and good words regarding, some folks stated that, while they loved the books, they wished I had gone deeper into certain constitutional concepts (and unconstitutional concepts) mentioned in the first two books.  Always one to want to advance the education of those seeking to learn more about the U.S. Constitution, I wrote a new book that goes more deeply into those various concepts of the U.S. Constitution, appropriately named "Concepts of the United States Constitution."

Along my journeys I have also spent time fighting the good fight on the stage of abortion.  I have attended a large number pro-life events, have spent time with a large number of folks in the pro-life industry, and I myself have spoken at a handful of events.  I am currently the secretary for the board of directors for Birth Choice Temecula, a pro-life pregnancy center in Southwest Riverside County in Southern California (a region tucked between Los Angeles and San Diego, slightly inland).  Which led me to write my labor of love, Silenced Screams: Abortion in a Virtuous Society.

But, the work is not finished.  Among my many projects currently in process, coming soon is a textbook inspired by my work with the Congress of Racial Equality, American Freedom Alliance, Constitution Association, and my upcoming work with a home-school satellite study program.  The title of the book is "A Promise of American Liberty: Introduction to American Civics and Constitution Studies".

Stay tuned, I will post about it once the book, and my other projects, are available for you to purchase.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Ted Kennedy: Collusion with Russian Election Tampering, 1984

By Douglas V. Gibbs
AuthorSpeakerInstructorRadio Host

As the Democrats continue to pursue the lack of evidence regarding Trump's alleged collusion with the Russians, we have to remember that it is the Democrat Party that has a history of being friendly with our communist foes, and it was famed Democrat Teddy Kennedy who colluded with the Russians in hopes they could influence the 1984 Election (which began with his 1983 outreach to the Soviet Union where he sought the KGB's help in defeating Ronald Reagan).

But, I guess nobody remembers who the real traitors to the American System have historically been.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Attending the American Freedom Alliance Heroes of Conscience Dinner, 2017

Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

As a Fellow of the American Freedom Alliance, I wanted to make sure I was in attendance at this year's event, and I will be.  Last year's event was also incredible, but it was Avi Davis (founder of the AFA who passed away a year and a half ago) who was honored.

My wife rarely gets to attend events with me, so I am especially excited that she will be in attendance with me, as well.

In addition to my wife's presence, this year, many of my Inland Empire colleagues will be there, as well.

This year's recipient of the Heroes of Conscience Award is David Horowitz.  Keynote speaker is Geert Wilders of the Netherlands.

Looking forward to an extraordinary event.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Gas Taxes Go Up, Roads Crumble

By Douglas V. Gibbs
AuthorSpeakerInstructorRadio Host

In California, the Democrats have a super-majority, so they are having their way, and the corruption is flowing mercilessly.

Melissa Melendez, a republican assemblywoman fighting the good fight in Sacramento, when discussing SB-1, a new gas tax and rise in registration fees akin to the ones that got Gray Davis recalled over a decade ago, says the new law is a lie.  The Democrats illegally bought votes to get it to pass, and while promising the money will go to fixing the roads, the reality is that the Democrats plan to divert the money their pet projects that have nothing to do with roads, and everything to do with funding their insanity.

According to Melendez, "This budget is a perfect Democrat con job. After forcing a multi-billion dollar, potentially illegal, tax increase on all Californians, with the promise of better roads, Governor Brown and his fellow Democrats are already diverting funding...diverting 30 percent of funding from the gas tax to non-road related projects like building parks and job training for felons."  This is not to mention their plans to spend the money on out of control pensions, the bullet train that nobody plans to ride and funding to protect and encourage illegal immigration.

A network of legal, educational, and faith-based nonprofit groups will receive $300,000 to assist immigrants with a variety of issues, not just deportation.

Where is the money coming from?

Take a guess.

This is after the hidden tax of ten cents per grocery bag after the "single use bags" ban.

For the Democrats in Sacramento, the game is no longer what is best for California, but "how can we find more ways to squeeze dimes and nickels out of Californians so as to fund our utopian dream?"

The deceptive methods, however, are packaged nicely.  Save the planet.  Remember, Mr. Obama said that Climate Change is the greatest threat.

Never mind that the whole Climate Change hoax is falling apart...

So, what happens when we stop driving cars, and the gas tax goes away?  What happens when the fuel tax starves business, and goods stop coming to California?  What happens when the socialist dream becomes the same as the chaos in the streets of Venezuela?

Then, they will tax the air you breath and the number of steps you take.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary