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JULY 3-4,  2023

THE GROWING ISSUE:  A few days ago we alerted you to a story, in its infancy, that was growing, a story of profound importance that could turn into a major scandal.  Despite the holiday, the story continues to grow.  Alert members of Congress are demanding answers, and in the weeks ahead we may learn more about why one of our leading diplomats, a man who reports to the president, has been stripped of his security clearance and had his salary stopped.  This is, as we told you, a very big deal, no matter where you sit politically.  From Fox: 

Republican senators and the powerful head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas., are leading the charge to secure answers about the Biden administration’s special envoy for Iran allegedly mishandling classified documents. 

President Biden's special envoy for Iran, Robert Malley, has been stripped of his security clearance and placed on unpaid leave until an investigation is completed. 

McCaul sent a detailed information request letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken last week. 

The Texas Republican wrote that Malley’s suspension earlier this year raises "serious concerns both regarding Malley’s conduct and whether the State Department misled Congress and the American public."

McCaul noted, "While the suspension of Special Envoy Malley’s clearance is independently troubling, our concern is compounded by the State Department’s failure to respond to the Committee’s efforts to conduct oversight of its negotiations with and policy toward Iran.

Since April 11, 2023, the Committee has repeatedly requested Special Envoy Malley’s testimony, which the Department has not fulfilled, despite Special Envoy Malley’s numerous press engagements dating back to May 30, 2023."

Malley declined to appear before the committee due to illness of a close family member, according to McCaul’s letter. However, "At no point did the Department indicate that Special Envoy Malley’s security clearance was suspended or under review, or that he was being investigated for potential misconduct," wrote the congressman.

He added "The Department’s failure to inform Congress of this matter demonstrates at best a lack of candor, and at worst represents deliberate and potentially unlawful misinformation."...

..Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., issued a Twitter thread with questions about Malley’s alleged misconduct and when Biden and Blinken first had knowledge of the accusations against the special envoy.

Hagerty also asked, "Why did they allow Malley to continue in his diplomatic role while under investigation?"

The Tennessee senator further wrote, "Malley’s contacts with Hamas & other extremist groups raised concerns in the past. Knowing his background & views, why did @Potus and & @SecBlinken select Malley for this sensitive position in the first place?"

COMMENT:  Having worked in one of the security services I can tell you that being stripped of your security clearance is about as bad as it gets.  It's like the US Government saying to you, "We believe you've done something awful, and we don't want you around."  It's not something you'd wish to bring home to your children.

We await answers.  While Republicans are carrying the ball right now, I'd imagine some Democrats will soon express their own concern.  This is national security.  There has got to be some bipartisanship, and there often is.

July 4,  2023     Permalink

 

 

ON INDEPENDENCE DAY, A POOR REPORT CARD FOR THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT:  As the nation celebrates its 247th birthday, the American people are signaling displeasure with their own government.  From Fox: 

A new Gallup poll released one day ahead of Independence Day shows confidence in the U.S. government to be the lowest across all countries in the G7.

According to the poll, just 31% of American adults "have confidence" in the U.S. government, down from 56%, the highest in the G7, in 2006. A whopping 69% of Americans said they did not have confidence in the government.

The U.S. was followed closely by the U.K., with just 33% of British adults having confidence in its government.

Among the other G7 countries, Germany ranked the highest with 61% of its citizens having confidence in its government, followed by Canada at 51%, France at 46%, Japan at 43%, and Italy at 41%.

According to Gallup, Americans' confidence in their government has declined sharply over the years, but saw a drop from 46% to 40% after President Biden took office in 2021, and again to 31% in 2022, on par with the lowest levels of confidence reached in 2013, 2016 and 2018.

The poll comes as Biden continues to be plagued by low approval ratings, hovering between 42% and 46% for the past year, according to a recent Fox News poll.

A separate Gallup poll released last week found that just 39% of U.S. adults expressed "extreme pride" in the country, just one percent higher than 2022's record-low number.

COMMENT:   There's an old political saying that democracies last 250 years.  We are three years away.  There are some political commentators who say that America is washed up, on its last legs.

I refuse to believe it.  Yes, there is dissatisfaction with the current government, and other polls show that fewer and fewer citizens are proud to be American.  These are serious warnings of decline, but we the people can fix this country.  There's a major election in a year.  That's part of the solution.  Vote in sane and mature leaders.  Vote them in from the White House to the court house. 

And flip local school boards from leftist to mainstream.  That's another part of the solution.

And turn off bad journalism, making clear that you will no longer accept the "news" programs that we're getting now.

Plenty we can do.

Happy fourth.

July 4,  2023     Permalink

 

 

 

JULY 1-2,  2023

AS JULY 4TH APPROACHES:  We can celebrate all we wish, and Americans always have something important to celebrate, but much of the world is a mess this weekend, and the U.S. is clearly losing influence.  Our Founders would disapprove.

Consider:  In France, an uprising largely made up of Muslim immigrants is threatening the stability of the nation.  It's the heart of the tourist season, and trotting off to Paris might not be the best idea.

In the Mideast, tensions are rising between the Israelis and Palestinians, with Israel making it clear it will defend the lives of its people.  Our weak government frowns at such bravado, hardly a way to side with an ally.

In our own country, the air is filled once again with the refuse of Canadian fires.  And imagine, only yesterday we were being told that almost all global warming was caused by American Buicks.  I don't know how CNN will handle the current climate truth.  They apparently know that Trump is to blame.

And look at this:  the war in Ukraine, perhaps the hottest hot spot in the world, is getting hotter.  From the New York Post: 

Ukraine is reportedly “preparing for a nuclear explosion” at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, heightening tensions in the wake of Russia’s first overnight drone attack on Kyiv in 12 days.

Worries over a potential blast have prompted training to prepare residents for what might occur, according to Kira Rudik, a member of the Ukrainian Parliament.

“I still cannot process that in the 21st century, this is what is happening. We are preparing for a nuclear explosion and the whole world is watching and there is nothing that can be done,” Rudik told Sky News.

It is “unprecedented” that Russia has not allowed UN officials into the power plant to carry out checks, according to Rudik, who noted Ukrainian officials called several times to make the plant a neutral zone, but “Russia never agreed to that.”

Russian troops have been ordered to leave the power plant — which has been under Russian control since March 2022 — by July 5, according to the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine.

"The latest data indicates that the occupying forces are gradually leaving the territory of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant. Three employees of Rosatom, who led the Russians’ actions, were among the first to leave the facility,” DIU said on Telegram.
Rosatom is a Russian state corporation specializing in nuclear energy.

“Ukrainian employees who have signed a contract with Rosatom have also been advised to evacuate. Under the instructions received, they should leave by 5 July,” DIU said.
Russian troops ordered to remain in the area have allegedly been instructed to “blame Ukraine in the event of any emergency,” Ukrayinska Pravda reported.

As the Zaporizhzhia region readies for the situation to possibly go nuclear, Russia launched an overnight drone attack on Kyiv and the surrounding region, Ukrainian military officials said Sunday.

COMMENT:  Americans seem to be forgetting Ukraine,  where a true European shooting war, just as in the good old days, is actually being fought.  We forget at our peril.  Russia has an estimated 5,000 nuclear warheads, and with political and military power unstable within the country, we must be physically ready for any contingency.

Have a happy fourth.  The best fireworks appear to be somewhere else.

July 2, 2023      Permalink

 

ANOTHER SCANDAL?  AH, SIGH, YES:  There is something new, and possibly ugly, brewing in Washington.  Readers are advised to follow this latest bubble in our nation's once glowing capital.

The story involves Robert Malley.  Sound familiar?  He was a good buddy of Barack Obama.  Despite his leftist views, a family leftist pedigree, and a tendency to cozy up to Iran, Obama stunned Washington by appointing Malley to head the American group negotiating with Iran for a nuclear restraint treaty.  This was 2015, and the result was an agreement so tilted in Iran's favor that Obama could not possibly get it through the Senate as a treaty, and so made it an executive agreement with Iran.   Iran got plenty of money.  We got some promises from Iran to restrict its nuclear weapons program.  And you know what that was worth.

President Trump correctly scrapped the agreement.

Flash forward to the age of Biden.  Joe wanted to get back into the agreement and needed a new negotiating team to work out the details.  And who did he pick to head it?  Why, Robert "Tehran Bob" Malley.  Why do I feel Barack Obama was pulling the strings?

And now, suddenly, Malley is in big trouble.  His security clearance has been suspended, one of the worst things that can happen to anyone involved with national security, a personal and political humiliation.  Members of Congress found out, and are showing extreme concern.  From the Jerusalem Post.   

US Special Envoy for Iran Rob Malley’s suspension over his handling of classified documents raised concerns that the Biden administration was misleading the public and lied to Congress, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) said on Friday.

Malley told media last week: “I have been informed that my security clearance is under review. I have not been provided any further information, but I expect the investigation to be resolved favorably and soon. In the meantime, I am on leave.”

The envoy’s suspension without pay came amid a State Department diplomatic security probe into the alleged mishandling of classified documents, according to US media reports.

McCaul said, “these reports raise serious concerns both regarding Malley’s conduct and whether the State Department misled Congress and the American public.”

The House Foreign Affairs Committee repeatedly requested Malley’s testimony since April 11, 2023, to no avail.

Rather than inform McCaul of the reason Malley was unavailable, “Senior State Department officials informed the Committee that Special Envoy Malley was unable to testify or brief because of a close family member, for which my staff expressed sympathy,” McCaul wrote.

“At no point did the Department indicate that Special Envoy Malley’s security clearance was suspended or under review, or that he was being investigated for potential misconduct...The Department’s failure to inform Congress of this matter demonstrates at best a lack of candor and at worst represents deliberate and potentially unlawful misinformation.”

Malley gave interviews about Iran as late as May 30, which was around the time much of his involvement stopped, a diplomatic source said.

The source pointed out that White House Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa Brett McGurk was the leading figure in advancing a new, pared-down deal with Iran in which Tehran would put its uranium enrichment on hold, but not roll it back, in exchange for the US lifting sanctions.

The deal was not meant to be put in writing, in order to avoid congressional review.

McCaul said the proximity of these events “underscores the importance of Congressional oversight on Iran negotiations and policy, and for transparency and accountability on the part of the State Department and the rest of the Biden administration.”

COMMENT:  This is serious stuff, especially considering Malley's leftist background, his sympathy for Iran, and his record in negotiating the Iran nuclear deal, which was a solid win for the wrong side. 

What precisely did Malley do?  How did he not get protected by the Biden administration?  Is it that bad?  The key here is to keep Republican heat on the whole sordid affair, and to refuse to allow the Biden press to bury the story.  I want to know everything.

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