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Lindsey Graham Draws Senate Battle Lines Against Pelosi On Impeachment

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Leader of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Lindsey Graham, is making it clear to Democrat leadership that if they attempt to impeach President Donald Trump over his call with Ukraine.

According to The Hill, Graham appeared on “Fox and Friends” and reaffirmed that the GOP doesn’t believe the phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian president was anything impeachable, and that she can forget about Republican support in the Senate:

Graham, in an appearance on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends,” said that he was going to ask other Senate Republicans to sign a letter to Pelosi saying that they “do not believe the transcript of the phone call between the president and the Ukraine is an impeachable offense.”

“They’re about to destroy the nation for no good reason,” Graham said. “And I want Nancy Pelosi to know that Republican senators are not going to impeach this president based on this transcript, so she can stop now before she destroys the country.”

Graham has been making it absolutely clear from day one that the phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had no quid-pro-quo attached to it, and that the Democratic circus surrounding it was a “sham.”

He also said that the whistleblower complaint that began this controversy was all hearsay, and that a president wouldn’t be impached on hearsay as along as he was around.

(Watch: Lindsey Graham Buries Any Hope That Dems Will Impeach Trump On Whistleblower “Sham”)

He later said that to impeach a president over this phone call would be “insane.”

At this time, Democrats are still in their “impeachment inquiry” phase. It seems to be moving rather slowly and despite there being support from Democrats for it, its leadership has seemed more than a little wary on the subject. However, while Democrats are rallying behind the strategy of impeachment, Republicans have been raising millions of dollars off of it.

In fact, only 24 hours after the impeachment announcement, Trump raised $5 million from small donations.

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UN May Run out of Money by the End of the Month

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Large display monitors show the result of voting from member states during a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, Wednesday Oct. 26, 2016, at U.N. headquarters. The United States abstained for the first time in 25 years on a U.N. resolution condemning America’s economic embargo against Cuba, a measure it had always vehemently opposed. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

President Donald Trump caught a lot of flack from media when early onion his tenure, he insisted that NATO members should pay their own way, that the U.S. shouldn’t always have to be carrying the organization when other countries weren’t paying into it according to what they had agreed.

Media called his criticisms an attack on NATO and tried to link it to their Trump-Russia collusion narrative.

But as the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, later noted, Trump’s tough talk forced other countries to come across and at least up their contributions, thus, in his words, making NATO stronger. He praised Trump’s efforts to get everyone to pay their own way.

From USA Today:

President Donald Trump “is committed to NATO” and deserves credit in obtaining $100 billion more in defense spending for the alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, said Sunday.

“President Trump has been very clear: He is committed to NATO. He stated that clearly just a few days ago and also at the NATO summit in July,” Stoltenberg said on “Fox News Sunday.”

That’s thinking like a Republican and a business person.

Now, let’s compare that with thinking like a Democrat and believing there’s an endless pot of money from which you can plumb.

Let’s look at the news today that the U.N. may run out of money by the end of the month.

From Yahoo:

The United Nations is running a deficit of $230 million, Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Monday, and may run out of money by the end of October.

In a letter intended for the 37,000 employees at the UN secretariat and obtained by AFP, Guterres said unspecified “additional stop-gap measures” would have to be taken to ensure salaries and entitlements are paid.

“Member States have paid only 70 per cent of the total amount needed for our regular budget operations in 2019. This translates into a cash shortage of $230 million at the end of September. We run the risk of depleting our backup liquidity reserves by the end of the month,” he wrote.

Their response to being $230 million in the red? Maybe now we should cut down on expenses and restrict travel to “only essential activities.” So they were traveling for “non-essential activities” while they were continuing to rack up that deficit?

And unlike Trump, when member states refused to come across with the money they were obligated to pay, the U.N. simply let the members get away with it.

Of course, it’s always been the U.S. who has contributed the most, despite being the state who needs the U.N. the least. The U.S. pays 22 percent of their operating budget which is about $5.4 billion. It’s been the U.S. whose provided them a safe haven here.

Meanwhile their leadership has been staunchly anti-American for years.

The only president who has seemed to care about that, at least recently, has been Trump who has held their feet to the fire and tried to condition aid, and whose last ambassador, Nikki Haley, stood up to their frequent anti-American moves.

If they go under, one has to wonder what would be lost and how that would change the landscape.

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Video: Lee Zeldin Mic Drops on Schiff-Pelosi “Clown Show” Impeachment Inquiry Process, Volker Interview

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Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) speaks on Adam Schiff’s handling of the impeachment inquiry – 10/8/19. Screen grab via RNC Research.

On Tuesday, Rep. Lee Zeldin and other Republican members of Congress took questions from the media on the impeachment inquiry process. At one point they were asked why Adam Schiff should release full transcripts of testimony from witnesses including former Ambassador Kurt Volker before all witnesses had testified.

Zeldin proceeded to unload.

“There’s an argument against transparency?”, Zeldin asked the journalist.

“There’s an argument in favor of cherry-picking selective releases of texts. There’s an argument in favor of only telling the American public what is best in the interest of wanting to take down a sitting president. Maybe you should ask what was said inside of Volker’s deposition during his transcribed interview with regards to Adam Schiff’s fairy tale quid pro quo charge, that aid from the United States to the Ukraine was being linked to an investigation into the Bidens. Why don’t you ask what did Ambassador Volker say about that?”

Zeldin then went on to provide the answers, stating that Volker testified for several hours about how, among other things, President Zelensky “had no idea that there was a hold on aid” at the time of the July call.

He also noted that Volker testified that, “during this entire time, the aid was getting released. It was going to get released. And guess what happened? The aid got released” in spite of there being no new investigation into Joe Biden’s role in the firing of the Ukrainian prosecutor.

“This whole thing is a fairy tale,” Zeldin ranted. He also opined that Schiff is misleading the media and that they are going along with it, which in turn means the American people are being deceived. Schiff has lied numerous times about what was said during the phone call, which Volker confirmed with his full testimony, according to Zeldin.

Zeldin continued:

“…if we weren’t there last Thursday, you would have no idea of everything that Ambassador Volker said to obliterate Adam Schiff’s fairy-tale quid pro quo charge. You’d have no idea.

So we’re here. Now as far as the administration goes, if they don’t want to send Ambassador Sondland here, because this is a kangaroo court, because there has not been a vote to launch an impeachment inquiry, because the minority does not have any rights for subpoenas, because the president doesn’t have the right to have council present to ask questions for subpoena power, to present evidence. This entire thing is a political charade, is a clown show.”

Watch Zeldin dismantle the Schiff-Pelosi “clown show” below:

Related –>> Freedom Caucus demands release of full Volker transcript

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Trump Legal Team Hires Former South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy

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President Trump is adding another politician turned pundit onto his legal staff as he heads for a showdown with the Impeachment Posse on Capitol Hill. Former South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy has agreed to join the fight according to Axios

President Trump has asked former South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy to assist him with legal advice from outside the White House and Gowdy has agreed, though details are yet to be finalized, according to people familiar with the situation.

Where it stands: As the president faces an impeachment inquiry, Gowdy can offer Trump another opinion on where legal theory meets political reality, a person familiar told Axios’ Margaret Talev, adding that his Benghazi experience is seen as an asset. Gowdy is expected to advise the White House behind the scenes and appear on TV to advocate on behalf of the president.

At least one reporter from the New York Times is not buying this until POTUS 45 tweets about it

The president has yet to tweet about hiring Gowdy.

Gowdy is often effective on the T.V. side of things which is the main reason Trump inc probably wanted to hire him. Personally, I tuned him out after the Benghazi hearings when the GOP had control of the House of Representatives and nothing was done to anyone in the Obama administration for the awful debacle. Great speeches were made but nothing else.

This is another sign though that the White House is gearing up for an impeachment battle after the past week. ( READ: BREAKING: Trump Tells Democrats In Congress, Not Cooperating With Your Impeachment Inquiry.

Let’s see if they can get this circus done before CHRISTmas to make sure these aggrieved Democrats can make it home to panhandle off this debacle.

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An Official Was “Visibly Shaken” and “Frightened” About the Trump-Ukraine Call and It Exposes Something

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If you are starting to feel like the waters are so muddy at this point that it’s hard to even grasp what exactly the Democrats are doing on Trump-Ukraine, you aren’t the only one. After Trump released the transcript without a fight, it essentially blew up their script. Like the Kavanaugh hearings, Schiff and company clearly expected to be able to slow roll out multiple “whistle-blowers” in order to build a narrative of there simply being too much smoke to not be a fire.

With the transcript out though, we’ve all read it. We know what is there and what’s not, which is why a story yesterday (which was first covered by Nick Arama here at RedState) left me scratching my head.

The whistleblower said that he made a record of the conversation he had with a White House official concerning the call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.”

The memo describes the official as saying the call was ‘crazy,’ ‘frightening,’ and ‘completely lacking in substance related to national security.’”

Had the transcript not been released, this would have been gold for Democrats. Much like the Mueller leaks, such a memo on its own completely lacks context and provides no actual evidence about whether the “official” in this case was honestly describing what happened.

The problem? We have the transcript.

Anyone that reads what’s in that call and is “visibly shaken” probably should go curl into the fetal position and just hang out a while. Further, it seems to me that it’s pretty scary that such people are actually in charge of large parts of our national security apparatus. This is an official that’s expected to stand up to China and Russia, but they are physically affected by a phone call that can only be described as mundane at best? At this point, if you are reading this, you’ve likely read the transcript. What exactly is in there that is “frightening?” Trump only mentions Biden in a passive way, never making a demand, making no threats, and not bringing up aid at all. Perhaps you think that’s bad, but objectively, it’s simply not what it was first described to be.

Of course, some are rooting for this official to be something more than he/she probably is.

If this is John Bolton saying this stuff, then Trump 100% did the right thing by getting rid of him. But I don’t believe that. Bolton may have had his differences with the President given his hawkish nature, but he certainly has more mental fortitude than a preteen girl. Or at least I’d hope he does.

But here’s what this all shows us. As I said in the beginning of this piece, the Democrat strategy on the matter was completely blown up when Trump released the transcript. They really expected to push out multiple complaints and memos, all painting a dire picture, without having to actually show their work. Now that we have the call, all these second and third hand accounts are falling flat. It was the Kavanaugh playbook all over again, except they can’t successfully run it now.

No doubt, there will be more “whistle-blowers” that come forward, all represented by this partisan law group that pays them for their complaints, but who cares? We have the call. This is why you are seeing Democrats shift to obstruction arguments and being scared to death to actually vote on impeachment. Trump called their bluff and they are scrambling.

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Warren Has Overtaken Biden as Frontrunner, and This Is Bad News for Democrats

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FILE – In this May 18, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at a house party campaign stop in Rochester, N.H. Rising disagreement among congressional Democrats over whether to pursue impeachment of President Donald Trump has had little effect on the party’s presidential candidates, who mostly are avoiding calls to start such an inquiry. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

The inevitable finally came to pass. It would appear that Sen. Elizabeth Warren has finally taken the top spot among the 2020 Democratic primary candidates, overtaking former VP Joe Biden as the frontrunner.

Late last month, Warren had overtaken Biden in an Iowa poll. Despite her lead there, Biden still had a 30.2 approval over Warren’s 19.8. In that short time, Warren not only closed the gap, but also passed Biden.

She now has a .2 lead over him nationally according to Real Clear Politics. Warren now has a 26.6 average while Biden has 26.4.

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While this happened rather quickly, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. Biden’s approval had been in free fall for some time, thanks to his incessant gaffes and embarrassments. Now, with him and his family in the spotlight over the Ukraine scandal, Biden has become too risky.

While this may be good news for Warren, it’s not necessarily good news for Democrats. Warren has taken the mantle of radicalism within the party, and Americans have shown that they’re fully ready to reject that. Even worse for the Democrats is the fact that major Democrat donors have threatened to remove their money from the Democrat party and give it to President Donald Trump if Warren ended up being the primary winner.

(READ: Big Democrat Donors Threaten To Switch To Trump If Elizabeth Warren Wins The 2020 Nomination)

The reason for this is that Warren is openly at war with business. She has sworn to attack the banks and rich CEOs should she be elected, and not only do those banks and CEOs not like that idea, but many people who are employed by these rich people also don’t like it either.

But the crippling blow to her campaign is the fact that Warren has promised a lot of “free” stuff to Americans, but refuses to tell us how she’s going to pay for it. She has been asked repeatedly and very directly, even by leftist pundits and talking heads, if she plans on raising taxes on the middle class.

Warren has done everything her power to avoid answering that question.

(Watch: Warren Dips, Dodges, Ducks, Dives, And Dodges Answering If She’ll Raise Middle Class Taxes)

Warren may have taken the lead in the Democratic party, but it’s a shrinking party thanks to people like Warren driving voters out and into the arms of Trump.

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New Evidence Proves Ukraine Opened Investigation Into Biden Four Months BEFORE Trump/Zelensky July Call

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Investigative reporter John Solomon appeared on “Hannity” Tuesday night to present new documents which show Ukraine had reopened an investigation into Hunter Biden’s payments from Burisma four months before the July 25th conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

This information was conveniently omitted from the whistleblower’s complaint because it pretty much destroys both his case as well as the basis for this farsical impeachment inquiry.

In fact, I think the White House now has enough evidence to turn the guns on House Democrats for initiating this charade in the first place. Here is what Solomon, who has just joined Fox News as a contributor, told Hannity:

I can confirm to you tonight that the Ukrainian government was planning to reopen the Burisma investigation. This was long before the President ever imagined having a call with President Zelensky. In fact, it was before President Zelensky was even elected. This is a significant shift in the factual timeline. This is information that was omitted from the whistleblower’s complaint. Let me tell you what we learned today.

The U.S. government had open source intelligence and was aware that NABU [National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine], an FBI-like agency in Ukraine that fights corruption – in fact, it was started by Joe Biden – that it had reopened an investigation into Burisma, its owner Zlochevsky and unusual transactions in the Burisma accounts in February 2019. On March 28, 2019, the Prosecutor General’s office agreed to that request to open an investigation and they filed a 15-page notice of suspicion alleging that there may be illicit funds that were running through Burisma from 2010 all the way through 2015, that’s important, because Hunter Biden’s on the board for two of those years, 2014-2015. And specifically, that notice of suspicion said they were looking at the possibility that the $3.4 million paid to Hunter Biden’s firm may have been part of the illicit funds that were moving through the company. A month later, in April, the Prosecutor’s Office, open source intelligence again, the U.S. government officials confirming they were aware of this request of another investigative agency in Ukraine for assistance in going through these bank records. That is a significant change in the timeline. It was omitted from the whistleblower’s complaint and the question is, did he not know it or did he exclude it because it didn’t fit the narrative he was trying to write. That’s a question for Congress to answer.

There’s another oddity that comes out of the records. If you can put that back up on the screen. These are bank records from Hunter Biden’s firm. Hunter Biden and Joe Biden keeps saying he was getting $50,000 a month. There’s only one thing wrong with that. The FBI raided Devon Archer’s office and his bank records, in an unrelated case in 2016, they show transfers of $166,000 a month and as high as $220,000 in one month going into Hunter Biden’s and Devon Archer’s firm. That’s a lot more than $50,000 and it was one of those things that piqued the Ukrainian prosecutor’s interest into reopening the case in March of 2019. The size of the money was much larger than Hunter Biden and Joe Biden has been saying.

This blows up the Democrats most recent attempt to take down the President. It is just the latest in a series of facts that belie the bogus narrative they’ve spent the last three weeks promoting. At this point, it has to be dawning on, at the very least independent voters, and maybe even some moderate Democrats that House leadership is engaged in a corrupt, vicious, high stakes effort to frame the President.

What more is there to say?

Watch the video. (Relevant segment begins at 15:30.)

 

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Tea Party Group Demands Adam Schiff Be Investigated For Impeachment Inquiry

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NOW, this is really turning into a brawl.

On Tuesday a letter was received by the Office of Congressional Ethics in regards to the behavior of Congressman Adam Schiff who is a Democrat from California and also the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. The letter was sent by the Tea Party Patriots Action and they want Adam to be taken to the woodshed.

According to Fox News

“Rep. Schiff has repeatedly made false statements to the public and the media in his capacity as Ranking Member and now Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence,” Jenny Beth Martin, the honorary chairman of the Tea Party Patriots, wrote in her letter.

Martin added: “These instances of blatantly false and misleading statements – as well as Rep. Schiff’s ongoing misuse of his power and authority on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to advance his partisan political interests, his fabrication of testimony, and his overt efforts to seek incriminating information from Ukrainian sources about the President of the United States – bring into question Rep. Schiff’s suitability to continue to serve as Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, in particular when the critical subject that Rep. Schiff is making much of relates to the Ukraine.”

Schiff was a constant voice howling to anyone in the media during the Russian collusion investigation that you just had to wait until Robert Mueller and his team turned over that report. Even after Mueller released the report and found no collusion he still was saying that “Undoubtedly there is collusion,” AFTER A.G. Barr released a summary that the report later verified that there was not.

You might think he would have learned from that debacle and have taken a step back and relax.

Nope.

As Jenny Beth Martin indicates from her letter above, it seems Chairman Schiff might have totally missed the life lesson here and double-downed on his Trump Derangement Syndrome. Hopefully, his Congressional gold plated health care plan covers that.

Schiff embarrassed himself with his made-up conversation that he read aloud last week during a meeting of his committee, where he imagined a phone call between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and President Trump. Schiff later claimed it was meant as satire but he gave no indication of that before or after the reading of it. Also, no one from Saturday Night Live picked up the phone to offer him a job so you know that is was really bad and was not even remotely funny.

Also, his getting duped by two Russian Howard Stern wanna be’s doing a  prank caller about getting compromising photos of Trump shows that he is in way over his head. That does not bode well for someone who sees a lot of TOP SECRET material vital to this nation’s national security.

That Nancy Pelosi has not yet pulled the plug on his antics is surprising. This also indicates that while Pelosi was trying to slow-walk impeachment talk after the Russian collusion story failed, she is now double-downed to go after Trump in this manner. Even if she has to stomach the misfires of Adam Schiff.

The O.C.E. is supposed to be one of those arms in the legislative branch that operates as an impartial referee and calls as they see it. I would really love to say that this will get a fair shake and Schiff will be punished for his odd behavior over the past two years. Unfortunately, I don’t have the confidence that will happen.

Hopefully, more groups will follow the T.P.P. lead and demand that some sort of action is taken to reign in this weird behavior of Schiff.

If not he will continue to try out his comedy routine on deadly serious matters to this country and no one will be laughing about the result.

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Syrian Withdrawal Part III: The Current Battlespace

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This is Part III of IV. This part will examine the the current state of the rest of the region as it relates to the ongoing civil war in Syria. As in most cases where there is a mix of ethnic groups, some hostile to each other, competing ideologies and as always changing loyalties, this part of the World poses some special challenges. Some have called this a “no-win” situation for the United States. I wouldn’t personally go that far, but this area can get fairly complex. What follows is a by-no-means-comprehensive overview of the main actors in the area from a U.S. perspective. It is meant to give a little more analytical depth than merely, “Trump is abandoning our allies!”

First and foremost, the U.S. must consider Turkey. Long a NATO ally, Turkey, along with Greece was the guardian of our Southern flank when our main concern was a massive assault by the Soviet Union. Since the overthrow of the Shah of Iran and his replacement by a militant theocracy inimical to U.S. interests throughout the region, Turkey has been a fairly consistent ally, generally supporting U.S. interests. Then along came President Recep Erdogan.

Erdogan, like his predecessors, has had to deal with an active insurgency, fomented by a banned organization and recognized terrorist group, the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The U.S. has also determined the PKK to be a terrorist group. To this point, the U.S. and Turkey are on the same page…but there’s still Erdogan.

Recep Erdogan has a long history of support for Islamist Organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood. This appeared to be fine with the U.S. under the Obama administration, as the Brotherhood was the main organization that toppled a key U.S ally, Egyptian President Mubarak. Post Mubarak and under the control of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt was in turmoil until finally President Al Sisi was able to take over and restore order, stop the killing of Christians, the destruction of their churches and restore relations and cooperation with Israel..and the United States.

In addition to his support for the Muslim Brotherhood, Erdogan has some other shall I say, aspirations. Retired Navy Captain, Intelligence Officer and Red State Front Page Writer, Stu Cvrk puts it this way

What Erdogan is seeking through the deal with President Trump: In exchange for taking and dealing with all the captured ISIS terrorists – including a number of Europeans who volunteered to fight with ISIS that the EU countries don’t want back – Erdogan gets essentially free reign to deal with the Kurds in Turkey and Syria who are a primary roadblock to his political goal of consolidating the region into an Islamic State along the model proclaimed by the Muslim Brotherhood.

That is what Erdogan wants. What does Ayatollah Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran want? A number of things. Of primary interest to the United States, Khamenei wants to oppose pretty much anything the U.S. wants to achieve in the area and elsewhere. To him, the United States is still, “The Great Satan.” Long term, as the head of a Shia majority Muslim nation, he’d like to expand the Shia brand of Islam (along with Iranian influence if not outright control) throughout the region, especially into areas like Iraq which although 68% Shia, has until recently, been ruled by the Sunni minority. Iraq would seem to be a prime target for Khamenei’s long term aspirations. This brings us to Iraq. Simply put, The United States does not wish Iraq to become a failed state vulnerable to becoming an Iranian client.

Syria, except for its long term threat to Israel (of late, not as overt) is in and of itself, not as critical to U.S. interests. What does make it of current interest, is the recent Russian expansion of its military footprint there. That expansion mind you, can be directly tied to U.S. intervention in what had been an internal Syrian affair. Our meddling encouraged President Bashar Al Assad to seek outside assistance to remain in power in the face of a revolt that need up being supported by U.S. led efforts, up to and including U.S. ground troops in his country. Assad’s objective? Simple. Survive and remain in power. Ultimately, he might have been convinced to enjoy a lavishly funded retirement in exile, but with Russian support, he’s far less likely to take that option now.

Back to “The Kurds.” The one thing common to all three of the main Kurdish groups discussed in Part II of this series, is that they all want a Kurdish autonomous homeland and to one degree or another, they are willing to fight for it. Part II noted the major differences between the three main groups. As noted there, the most difficult part of the Kurdish puzzle appeared to be the Syrian Kurds. Tony Perkins of the Family Research council offered up the following

It is an oft-overlooked story that in the wake of ISIS’s genocide, the Kurdish-led SDF established a semi-autonomous area in Northeast Syria in which religious freedom flourished and religious minorities were protected. Pluralism thrived and democracy began to gain a foothold. This area stood in stark contrast to the surrounding countries where religious persecution is rampant. This beacon of freedom had the additional effect of serving as a bulwark against Iran, which would otherwise seek to gain influence in Syria, expanding its regional power and threatening Israel and the United States’ allies in the Gulf.

With Turkish President Erdogan’s announcement of his pending invasion, all of this is now at risk.

Read the whole article here: Northeast Syria: A Beacon of Religious Freedom that Deserves Our Protection

This enclave, appearing to mirror in a smaller scale, the Iraqi Kurdish Autonomous Region, could be something to build on. This of course, if we can stop Turkey’s misguided attempts to destroy it.

Although in absolutely no shape, manner, form or fashion a comprehensive evaluation, this is generally how I see the current battle space. These are many (certainly not all) of the major parts and pieces that the United States must come to grips with in resolving the Syria issue.

Part IV will offer some possible solutions that could possibly extract us from President Obama’s ill-advised Syrian adventure, without in turn causing even more problems for our foreign policy and national prestige. Stay tuned.

Mike Ford, a retired Infantry Officer, writes on Military, Foreign Affairs and occasionally dabbles in Political and Economic matters.

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Resolution Introduced in House to Expel Nancy Pelosi

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., talks to reporters during her weekly news conference, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 7, 2018. After several questions about President Donald Trump and his policies, Pelosi responded: The President said he was going to drain the swamp. He has become the swamp. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Democrats may be trying to ram through impeachment in secret with an anonymous whistleblower.

But although Republicans are outnumbered in the House, they are fighting back.

First, they filed a resolution to censure Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). The resolution has 61 co-sponsors at last count, with prominent names including the House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA).

Now, they’re also fighting back against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) who allowed this travesty to get so far.

Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-LA) has introduced a resolution to expel Pelosi from the House.

From Fox News:

“Nancy Pelosi’s vicious crusade against our lawfully-elected President is nothing more than a politically-motivated witch hunt and it must be stopped,” Abraham said in a statement. “She has disgraced the people’s House and weaponized the Speaker’s gavel for her party’s political gain.”

Abraham added: “House Democrats spent nearly three years obsessed with election meddling only to dwarf any such efforts with their own deceitful plan to nullify the 2016 election and prevent President Trump from winning in 2020. I have introduced a resolution calling for her to be expelled from the House and for the Speaker’s Office to be vacated.”

The White House is fighting back as well.

They refused to let the U.S. EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland testify before a House panel and they sent a stern letter back to the House, making it clear they regarded the inquiry as illegitimate and unconstitutional.

“I would love to send Ambassador Sondland, a really good man and great American, to testify, but unfortunately he would be testifying before a totally compromised kangaroo court, where Republican’s rights have been taken away, and true facts are not allowed out for the public to see,” Trump wrote on Twitter. ….

Adam Schiff of course immediately claimed the refusal constituted obstruction.

But Trump chastised Democrats calling what they were doing to the country “unthinkable.”

“It’s lucky that I’m the president,” he declared. “A lot of people said very few people could handle it. I sort of thrive on it,” Trump said Monday at the White House. “You can’t impeach a president for doing a great job. This is a scam.”

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