Jill Biden: We’re Bringing Love From America’

 

This should cheer the cockles of Putin’s heart. Good to set the tone for Biden’s European debut on the world’s stage for the first time as President. Letting the NATO folks slide on their “fair share” dues because we feel the love again, as well as pushing the Climate change nonsense will be on the docket. But if we wondered who was wearing the pants and pulling Joe’s strings wonder no more.

The first lady said she wanted people to “feel a sense of unity for all the countries and feel a sense of hope after this year of the pandemic.” So she went for the classy look with the oh so chichi look. Rock on Jill. That’s Dr. Jill to us.

 

 

Setting the stage for the priorities for the big meeting. No kidding!! The Pentagon told him.

Biden: “global warming” is the greatest threat to America

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Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., asked Milley about Biden’s comments about global warming being America’s greatest threat.

Milley replied that climate change has had a significant effect on military operations that must be considered.

“Climate change is going to impact natural resources, for example,” he said. “It’s going to impact increased instability in various parts of the world. It’s going to impact migrations, and so on.”

He said there is no difference of opinion between himself and Biden when it comes to taking climate change as a serious threat.

“The president is looking at [potential threats] at a much broader angle than I am,” Milley said. “I’m looking at it from a strictly military standpoint and, from a strictly military standpoint, I’m putting China and Russia up there. That is not, however, in conflict with the acknowledgment that climate change, or infrastructure, or education systems — national security has a broad angle to it.”  Read more

Milley just trying to clean up a bit of Joe’s mess. Why yes, China and Russia are up there. Whew!

How about our VP? Still trying to figure out that visit the Mexico border thingy-

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Clueless Kamala Harris debuts -‘Do not come’

“Do not come,” Harris said in Guatemala, addressing potential illegal immigrants thinking about entering the US. “We will discourage illegal migration. The United States will continue to enforce our laws and secure our border. … If you come to our border, you will be turned back.” Of course the laugh line starts here and doesn’t end until the wheels touch down back in D.C. Did we really expect anything more of her? Her first foot in her mouth started with her interview with Lester Holt. Nope, she cannot, nor will she go to the border. But then again she hasn’t been to Europe. More on that later.

Tucker Carlson lays out and reviews her “visit.”

New York Post:

When Biden announced he was appointing the veep as his immigration czar, he was effectively passing her a grenade whose pin he had already pulled. When Harris went to Guatemala, that country’s president flat-out blamed Biden’s policies for the surge north. He said the United States’ “message changed to, ‘We are going to reunite families and we are going to reunite children’ … The very next day the coyotes here were organizing groups of children to take them to the United States.”

Trying to project authority and get a handle on the crisis, Harris was as convincing as Kevin Bacon at the end of “Animal House,” screaming, “Remain calm! All is well!” as the crowd stampedes over him.

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Kamala having a wonderful time South of the Border.

Tucker Carlson ‘Tonight’  recaps the Vice President’s latest blunders.

Tucker: “Media treats Kamala like a demi-God”

Kamala has not been to the border, but then she said she hadn’t been to Europe either. That indicates she hasn’t been to Spain either apparently. Something to end on a happy note. Crank er up.

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Harris Encourages U.S. Businesses To Outsource Investment From U.S. To Central America

When was the last time an administration encouraged American jobs to go overseas? So much for America First. As the hordes descend upon us, our savant, one Kamala Harris, has been tasked with solving our border crisis. Not bad enough to have millions storm our borders, better yet let’s send our jobs to the various hell holes of corruption. Meanwhile we send billions throughout the world in the form of so-called foreign aid. The thought of Harris negotiating with these third world countries should put a chill down anyone’s spine.

Kamala Harris“Kamala Harris” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Here we go:

Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday unveiled the agreements of 12 companies and organizations to invest in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador as part of the administration’s efforts to deal with a surge of migrants from Central America at the U.S. southern border.

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Biden administration officials have said the aim in part is for greater private-sector involvement to outlast shifts in policy and government aid between administrations, reducing over time the motivations for migrants to make the often dangerous journey to the U.S. border.

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While leading a recent GOP delegation to visit the border, Rep. James Comer (R., Ky.) said more government investments in the region wouldn’t deter migrants from making the journey to the U.S. “We’ve been giving foreign aid to a lot of those countries for decades, and it’s only gotten worse,” he said.

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Ms. Harris has said that private-sector investment along with help from nonprofits and the United Nations could speed up progress in the Northern Triangle. “We must think beyond government,” she said in a speech earlier this month to the Council of the Americas, a business group that focuses on economic and social development in the Western Hemisphere.

One potential hindrance for companies has been corruption. The Northern Triangle countries are among the most corrupt in the world, according to Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index, a global survey of 180 countries.

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Living in Disneyland

Living in Disneyland

by Mustang

No, I’m not talking about Goofy; he’s living in the White House.  I’m speaking about the average Joe, John Q. Citizen, Susie Doe, and everyone else who is not living within the confines of Bunkerville, U.S.A.

Disneyland 13

Anyone who’s been to Disneyland knows that it’s a fantasy park.  There really is no Micky; it’s really someone fighting drug addiction dressed in a costume who spends their day making four-year-old’s pee their pants.  That’s what America has become, as well.  Masks on — to save lives; Masks off — because masks don’t matter.  Covid-19 inoculations — to save lives; steadfast refusal to get a Covid-jab, because after nearly everyone got one, the CDC announced that the vaccine doesn’t prevent Covid infection.

Border walls — because illegal aliens constitute a prohibited assault upon our economy; borders open, because illegals are people, too, even if they pose a significant health risk to everyone in South Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Southern California — and, um, Chicago.

Also, you know all that money Congress set aside for Covid-19 assistance programs?  Well, Biden is spending it elsewhere.  Why?  Because he can, that’s why.  How dare you even question it.

Here’s a very clever leftist idea.  To prevent a dangerous psychotic from entering a school and shooting students to death, let’s have magic-marker printed signs placed on the palms of all students that read “Don’t” (on the right hand) and “Shoot” (on the left hand).  That should do it.  Now, of course, with reference to the Parkland shooting in Florida, it was the abject stupidity and cowardice of the School Board and a lily-livered deputy sheriff that let that horrific event happen, but of course, we don’t allow reality in Disneyland.

If we did allow reality, then we’d have to conclude that were it not for Democrats, dangerous psychotics sitting in our publicly funded classrooms would be identified, removed from general populations, and confined in an institution suitable for psychopaths (other than Congress).  But no … in Disneyland, we blame the problem on inanimate objects.

We’re also doing a good job keeping refrigerants out of the atmosphere and let’s not forget how grateful the environment is — evidenced by the fact that the recent five-day rainy period has moved on.  Overall, most Disneyites believe refrigerant control is a priority over a justice system that gives all of us confidence.  Not to worry, though, because in taking the lead from the 2002 Tom Cruise film Minority Report, we can prevent crime by reading the minds of conservatives by borrowing their DNA from Ancestry dot Com and then taking appropriate action, such as placing barbed wire fences all over Washington, traffic barriers, and increased personal security for members of the Congress Mob.

Some other key benefits to living in Disneyland (with a hat tip to Ed Bonderenka) include: putting oil and gas employees out of work so that they can draw state and federal unemployment benefits; reduce energy production so that all Disneyites can pay more for gasoline; an economy designed to increase the cost of goods and services while diminishing the value of the dollar; embracing Critical Race Theory as if it were an undeniable fact, and last (but not least) increasing the cost of admission to Disneyland.

In conclusion, don’t forget the Disneyland Parade.  You’re paying for it.  It is a small world, after all.

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John Kerry, Israel and his family ties to Iran UPDATE

How does Kerry keep getting recycled back into into the government? John Kerry, the U.S. special envoy for climate change, is facing calls for his resignation from Republican lawmakers and pundits for reportedly discussing Israeli military operations with Iran’s foreign minister when he served as then-President Obama’s secretary of State. Should we be surprised? UPDATE:

 

Iran orders probe into leaked audio of Zarif bemoaning military’s influence

Rouhani-ordered investigation seeks to identify who released ‘stolen’ three-hour recording that has sparked anger among country’s conservatives

 

“In the Islamic Republic the military field rules,” Zarif said in the audiotape, quoted by The New York Times. “I have sacrificed diplomacy for the military field rather than the field servicing diplomacy.”

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First, let’t take a look at his Iranian connection in case we wonder why his concern about Iran.

Kerry’s daughter Vanessa is married to an Iranian national and physician. Who was best man at the ceremony? The son of Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Zarif was also and Kerry’s chief counterpart in the nuclear deal negotiations.

Kerry also said he was “strongly committed to resolving” the differences between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran, “to the mutual benefit of both of our people.”

Blackmail?

“But what if the regime simply decides to round up Nahed’s family members and torture them? Or sends its goons to visit them at home? Or exerts some form of more subtle pressure on them that gets no publicity, and then makes it known they want the United States to release Iranians jailed in the United States on terrorism charges or for attempting to procure weapons technology or military spare parts”?

Our patriot Kerry:

Kerry exposes Iranian family tie — and subjects family to blackmail

In a greeting to the Iranian people on the occasion of the traditional New Year (Nowruz) holiday last week, Secretary of State John Kerry exposed a secret that journalists and academics have been agonizing over for the past six weeks: the fact that his daughter has married an Iranian-American who has extensive family ties to Iran.

Since its inception, the FBI has vetted U.S. government officials involved in national security issues, and it generally won’t grant clearances to individuals who are married to nationals of an enemy nation or have family members living in that country, for fear of divided loyalties or, more simply, blackmail.

Kerry has repeatedly appeared with groups such as the American Iranian Council (AIC), and has taken money from Iranian-Americans for his political campaigns, including at least one illegal donation from an Iranian woman who did not have a green card.

Among Sen. John Kerry’s top fund-raisers are three Iranian-Americans who have been pushing for dramatic changes in U.S. policy toward the Islamic Republic of Iran.

So he didn’t need to have an Iranian-American family member to believe that the United States should forge direct relations with the Islamic Republic or ease U.S. pressure on the regime.

Read more: Daily Caller

2013:

United States Secretary of State John Kerry has controversially claimed that American Senators should ‘stop listening to the Israelis’ in respect to Iran’s nuclear program. Kerry made the incendiary remark during a behind-close-doors briefing he gave to the Senate Banking Committee, where he made an impassioned plea to the lawmakers to put a halt to proposed new sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

But of course nothing will happen. Just a little snafu for Kerry.

Republican blowback is running the gamut from calling for Kerry to leave his position as the top official addressing climate change to calling for an investigation and his prosecution. Biden administration officials are dismissing the allegations, saying the information Kerry allegedly shared was widely known at the time.

Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) called for Kerry’s resignation in a floor speech, one of several senators to do so Monday.

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Let us not forget as well a post done in 2010. Lucky us, she is back again as well.

Iranian Born Valerie Jarrett Rises Again

Valerie Jarrett-Named Iranian of the Month

Obama’s closest aide is Shirazi

 Jarrett is a member of African-American and Chicago royalty. But her story and her life begin in the Middle East, not the Midwest. She was born in 1956 in Shiraz, Iran, Hospital, where Jarrett was born, and spent her early years. ”Every memory from Iran is a very happy memory,” Jarrett told me in an e-mail.  . Jarrett speaks Persian-Farsi and French.

“I had the honor of being in Shiraz and was student and later friend of Professor and Mrs Bowman (Valerie parent).
This Family is highly exceptional and Dr Bowman loves Iran and Shiraz and had been in touch with Shiraz ever since Valerie was in Shiraz and she is a brilliant and superb individual who belong to entire world”

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Back to Chinese Checkers

Back to Chinese Checkers

by Mustang

A few interesting developments among the so-called China watchers.  There is nothing for you to do about this, of course, but I thought it would provide at least some amusement.  So, there is this fellow named Sandeep Dhawan who writes advice to the US State Department suggesting what they ought to do about China.  I’m sure the State Department appreciates this advice — the Lord knows if anyone needed advice, it’s the US State Department.  Sandeep’s bona fides include the fact that he’s a former commander in the Indian navy.  I found this curious, so I did a few minutes of G-searching and could not find one single incident where the Indian Navy ever distinguished itself in a combat role at sea.  Well, it may not matter. 

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Sandeep is concerned because, as the United States withdraws from its foreign outposts, China is moving in to “fill up the vacuum.”  Moreover, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s latest visit to the Middle East seems to indicate (to Sandeep) that China is definitely “moving in.”  Now, maybe it’s just me, but … so what?  Yi’s vow to “work with Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, UAE, Bahrain, and Oman to “help protect their core interests against foreign interference” doesn’t bother me in the least.  More to the point, if Iran invaded Saudi Arabia tonight at midnight, I couldn’t care less.  Remember, I have long advocated that the solution to the petty tyrants in the Middle East is to convince the Saudis that the Iranians are good to eat.  Sorry, my friends, but I don’t care if China spends all of its silver taels on Algeria, Egypt, Palestine, Eritrea, or on Huey, Dewey, and Louie.  In fact, I think China should spend all their money in the Middle East.  We American taxpayers need a break.

Note:  I wonder if China realizes that all those countries hate each other almost as much as they hate us?

What does concern me, however, is that given America’s hunger for Chinese-made plastic bowls, it will be OUR spending at Wal-Mart that will actually fund China’s mischief in the Middle East.  Painfully, we all know that the average female shopper at Wal-Mart would trade in her first born son for a set of eight plastic storage bowls if they come in multiple colors.  Yeah, patriotism is important, so long as it doesn’t interfere in plastic storage ware.

Meanwhile, Russia’s Putin and China’s Xi are forming a mutual support arrangement.  They didn’t do this when Trump was president, of course … they know what a war hungry maniac Trump was.  But now that Joe Biden’s in the White House … well, off come the gloves.  Truly, this IS the danger of electing a nitwit to the presidency, and a former prostitute as his Vice … do you think anyone in the old country will respect America’s leadership, or will they take advantage of the opportunities handed to them by the American voter?

Note:  I don’t know for a fact that Kamala Harris ever was a prostitute, but that’s what Peter, who comments here, said — and it may all boil down to how one defines prostitution, but for the record I trust Peter, and this should go a long way toward reducing what I owe him.

But let’s be optimistic … even assuming that China and Russia “divide the world” among them, so what?  At some point in the future, the American dim-bulbs who voted for Biden will be called away and we’ll end up with a president with cajones.  After this new president nukes everyone one who is friends with China or Russia, the world will belong to us.  Then we can start fighting among ourselves, which is what we like to do almost better than anything (except Wal-Mart shopping).

Mustang’s take on the post Chinese checkers in the Middle East: Play or Perish

Biden picks for CIA Director William J. Burns with strong ties to China

 

An update on our fearless leader and China brings us to Biden’s choice for CIA Director William J Burns. This should take care of any concerns about Hunter as Burns has strong ties to China. But first I snagged Biden’s latest “extreme competition” idea as a way to  deal with China differently than Trump.

“I’ve said to him all along that we need not have a conflict,” Biden said of his Chinese counterpart.

“But there’s going to be extreme competition . . . I’m not going to do it the way Trump did. We’re going to focus on international rules of the road.” Biden still made it clear he does not intend to go “softer” on China when compared to Trump. On this point, FT noted in its review of Biden’s latest comments:

Biden, who spent considerable time with Xi as vice-president to Barack Obama, said the Chinese leader was “very bright” but “doesn’t have a democratic, small D, bone in his body”. At one point during the Democratic primary race last year, Biden described him as a “thug”.

In the first three weeks of the administration, senior US officials have taken a hard rhetorical stance towards China over everything from its rights record in Xinjiang and Hong Kong to its military activity near Taiwan.

Here’s a clip of the key part of the latest CBS interview wherein Biden said:

But there’s gonna be extreme competition. And I’m not going to do it the way he knows. And that’s because he’s sending signals as well. I’m not gonna do it the way Trump did. We’re gonna focus on international rules of the road.

 

 

  • William J. Burns, the nominee for CIA director, is the president of a prominent think tank that has received as much as $2 million in recent years from a Chinese businessman and a think tank with links to the Chinese Communist Party. 
  • As part of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s work with China, Burns invited a group of congressional staffers on a junket to China in 2019 where they met with a professor who works for the Chinese Communist Party’s central committee. They also met with the president of a prominent Chinese front group. 
  • Zhang Yichen, a Carnegie board member and prominent donor, is a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, which advises the Chinese Communist Party on policy issues. 

 

More at Daily Caller

 

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Biden loads his administration with Obama’s old warriors

 

They’re Baaackkk!

Career advisors are kind of like old soldiers — only they never fade away.

Last week I posted

Biden Snubs Erdogan, Refuses To Answer Phone Call In Rare NATO Cold Shoulder

and wondered how this would portend for our upcoming foreign policy since the so called Obama/Biden policy was such a smashing success.

Biden, however, has vowed to ‘stand up’ to Erdogan, and already it appears the Turkish president is being left out in the cold, as he’s being reportedly snubbed by the Biden camp. “With just seven days until Joe Biden assumes office, the US president-elect is yet to respond to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s offer of a phone call, an unusual snub for a powerful Nato ally,” Middle East Eye reports Thursday

 

Mustang put his fingers to the keyboard and gives us this –

Do any of these names sound familiar?  Wendy Sherman, brokered the Iran deal for Obama; Victoria Nuland, leading envoy to Europe and State Department spokesperson; Amanda Sloat, Obama’s expert in trans-Atlantic affairs and US-Turkey relations; Andrea Taylor, Obama’s advisor on Russia; Jon Finer, Biden’s former speech writer and advisor to the NSC under Barack Obama; Brett McGurk, Middle East Advisor for Bush, Obama, Trump; Sasha Baker, former advisor to Elizabeth Warren (known for her far left ideas); Elizabeth Cameron, Obama’s advisor in Global Health Security; Juan Gonzalez, Biden’s former Latin American advisor; and Sumona Guha, Obama’s advisor on Middle Eastern affairs.  

Well, they’re all back in Biden’s lineup because (a) Obama’s foreign policy was such a grand success, (b) because they need the work, and (c) because these unelected officials never, ever go away.  A few important posts remain unfilled so there is still room for Susan Rice, Jaimie Gorelick, and Samantha Power.

Reams of opinion-centered articles could be written about any of these people, but for now — let’s take a look at Brett McGurk, a man who served two Republican and one Democratic presidents.  He’s no light-weight.  He is well-educated and no doubt earmarked for wondrous things in the future.  He served three clerkships for notable jurists, including William Rehnquist.  He was an associate at Kirkland and Ellis as an appellate attorney, and he taught law courses at the University of Virginia School of Law.

 

Secretary Kerry Speaks With Deputy Assistant Secretary McGurk

 

According to his biography, McGurk “helped lead negotiations with Turkey to open Incirlik Airbase for counter-ISIL missions.”The phrase “helped lead” is honorific, of course.On international councils, the person who makes coffee is helping to lead.A coalitionist, by the way is a global community organizer.He was still working in this capacity under President Trump, whom McGurk said in 2017 had dramatically accelerated the US-led campaign against ISIL.McGurk is credited with “helping to organize Arab and Kurdish fighters” in defeating ISIS [Note 4].Within the Trump administration, he “led talks with Russia and Jordan” to establish a ceasefire zone in southwest Syria.Or, he drew a map of sorts and labeled it in the Cyrillic alphabet.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, however, publicly credited McGurk for doing a great job in Baghdad.

In 2012, after his nomination to become the US Ambassador to Iraq, replacing James Jeffrey, a series of emails were leaked to the press that suggested McGurk was having an extra-marital affair with Wall Street Journal reporter Gina Chon.Critics (likely Democrats) claimed that his illicit affair called into question is ability to serve as a US Ambassador; those who supported him argued that it was merely a temporary lapse in judgment. McGurk and Chon subsequently married, but Chon was fired from WSJ, allegedly for sharing articles with McGurk before publication.

When President Trump announced the US troop withdrawal from Syria, McGurk resigned his post “in protest.”The highly publicized resignation prompted President Trump to wonder, “Who is this McGurk fellow?”Within a month, McGurk openly criticized the president’s decision in The Washington Post (and on Twitter) because it was “made without deliberation, consultation with allies and Congress, or an appreciation for the facts.”

Of course, Brett McGurk has never had to personally inform a mother or wife that her husband was killed in a non-declared war in the middle of a desert no one really cares about — so one might understand why he was angry at President Trump for daring to make a presidential decision without consulting him first.On the other side of this coin, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice offered her highest appreciation for McGurk’s skill as a professional diplomat.

More recently, McGurk served at NBC and MSNBC as a senior foreign affairs analyst and, in this capacity, regularly speaks to public audience about nation security strategy, war, diplomacy, and high-level decision-making.Of course, no one who responds to his obvious charm and charismatic personality seems to understand that war constitutes a failure in diplomacy — which brings one to wonder, which of those two is he MOST expert in?

McGurk’s nomination to serve Biden on the National Security Council was heralded in the press as sending a “strong signal to Turkey” — although no one on the NSC staff or at foggy bottom seem to know what Turkish President is likely to do.And, as our friend Bunkerville pointed out the other day, President-elect Biden refused to accept a phone call from Erdogan, and if not a diplomatic faux pas, it is at least culturally insulting.If Erdogan was looking for a signal, he received one — but the question remains, what will Erdogan do with the snub?

Mutual snubbing has been the norm between Biden and Erdogan since 2016, when then Vice President Biden made a trip to Turkey and was officially greeted by the deputy mayor of Ankara, rather than a high-ranking diplomat.Under the Trump administration, relations between the US and Turkey improved and many of the so-called flash-points of strained relations were put aside.Now they’re back with Biden assuming the presidency.According to Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon official and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, “The only thing holding the [US-Turkey] relationship together for the last several years has been Trump’s personal relationship with Erdogan.With Trump removed, Erdogan should be very worried.”

Americans should be worried, as well — particularly those who are tired of the Middle Eastern Wars of attrition.I don’t see U. S. Marines landing in Turkey to beat the heathen into compliance with Biden’s foreign policy, but there is a good possibility that the Middle Eastern sandbox will get deeper when Iran (whom Biden favors over Turkey) reaps the benefits of a decidedly leftist, poorly contrived foreign policy.And the man leading that charge will no doubt be Brett McGurk — who as one knows, is an “expert” in war and organizing armies.

Indeedy — the swamp is just fine and we can be doubly proud of our American voters; another good job.

Endnotes:

[1] The current senior advisory committee includes Ken Dubertein, Caroline Kennedy, William Delahunt, David Axelrod, Richard Berke, Sara Bianchi, Heather Campion, Torie Clarke, Manny Diaz, Joseph Kennedy III, Susan Molinari, Philip Sharp, Olympia Snowe, Elsie Stefanik, and Christine Todd Whitman.

[2] There are over 5,000 members of the CFR, including senior politicians, more than a dozen former secretaries of state, CIA directors, bankers, lawyers, and senior media personalities.Janet Napolitano is a member of the board, along with Fareed Zakaria.

[3] Today, Allen runs the Brooking Institute, a left-leaning think tank.

[4] One has to wonder how someone without any advanced military training is able to claim expertise in military strategy or tactics, so one suspects this credit is an undeserved laurel intended to improve the resume of a third deputy assistant to the under-secretary of (fill in the blank.)Quite often in government, the term “senior policy advisor,,” , etc., is a title with no clear delineation of responsibility.

 

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State Dept. Documents Show Burisma Caught Paying $7 million Bribe Months After Hunter Biden Placed on Its Board

 

State Department documents were buried for five years and finally uncovered that show that Burisma, the company Hunter Biden was a Board member of, paid a $7 million bribe to local prosecutors investigating the Ukrainian firm’s corruption.

All of this news of course comes a day late and a dollar short. No doubt all of this will come out after the November election. After all, this only took 5 years to find this piece of gold. Maria Bartiromo comes up with some great interviews on Sunday morning. She keeps whacking away. Of course the Democrats are shaking in their boots. Still its worthy of note since no one else is covering it. Solomon’s piece is well worth the full look for those who enjoy the weeds.

John Solomon’s Just the News reported today:

Just eight months after Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter joined the board of Burisma Holdings, U.S. officials in Kiev developed evidence that the Ukrainian gas company may have paid a $7 million bribe to the local prosecutors investigating the firm for corruption, according to interviews and State Department memos.

 

State officials believed the alleged bribe was paid between May and December 2014 and got confirmation from one prosecutor. They argued the bribe amounted to a “gross miscarriage of justice that undermined months of US assistance” to fight corruption in Ukraine, contemporaneous memos show.

The anecdote, buried in five-year-old diplomatic files, provides a fresh illustration of the awkward, uncomfortable conflict of interest State officials perceived as they tried to fight pervasive corruption in Ukraine under Joe Biden’s leadership while the vice president’s son collected large payments as a board member for an energy firm widely viewed as corrupt.

A short time after this Joe Biden was in the Ukraine demanding that a prosecutor looking into Burisma be fired before the Obama Administration would provide the Ukraine money desperately needed to keep the country afloat.

Senator Ron Johnson wants to know what was the reason for the firing of the prosecutor in the Ukraine that Biden bragged about:

 

 

“What was the Serious Offense of Viktor Shokin? Why Did US Come to Conclusion he Had to be Fired?” – Sen. Ron Johnson is Looking at Biden’s Burisma Scandal.

H/T: Gateway Pundit

Other than this all is well in the swamp.

Who is the real Max Baucus former ambassador to China?

 

Max Baucus Despises Donald Trump…..

by Mustang

The headline is laughable.  It is certainly true that Max Baucus despises Trump (and all of those who voted for him in 2017) but the headline hardly constitutes the breaking story of the day.  Recently, Baucus criticized Trump for his open hostility toward China and in this context, compared Trump to Adolph Hitler.  Doing so isn’t news, either.  In a recent article, I read this insert to showcase Baucus’ bona fides:

[Snip] “Max Baucus, former Ambassador to China under President Barack Obama and a former US Senator from Montana, compared President Donald Trump to the 20th century Nazi leader Adolph for his rhetoric against China for the communist government’s unleashing of the COVID-19 Chinese Coronavirus on the US and the world.  Baucus also warned the US will ‘pay a price’ for criticizing China.”

[Snip] “In 2014, US President Barack Obama nominated Max Sieben Baucus to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Peoples Republic of China.  He served as Ambassador from February 21, 2014 until January 19, 2017.  Ambassador Baucus formerly served as the senior US Senator from Montana.  He served in the US Senate from 1978 to 2014 and was Montana’s longest serving US Senator as well as the third longest tenure among those serving in the US Senate.”

[Snip] “While in the Senate, Ambassador Baucus was Chairman and Ranking Member of the powerful Senate Committee on Finance.  While Chairman, he was the chief architect of the Affordable Health Care Act signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2009.”

[Snip] “Ambassador Baucus has extensive experience in international trade.  As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, he led passage and enactment of the Free Trade Agreements with 11 countries [countries listed].  He was also deeply involved in orchestrating the congressional approval of permanent normal trade relations with China in 2000 and in facilitating China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization in 2001.”

So, there you have it.  His official biography (on file with the US Chamber of Commerce) goes on to say that he’s also an expert and a leading hand in matters of taxation, agriculture, nutrition, forestry, farm subsidies, environment, public works, transportation, infrastructure and the US highway system.  Max Baucus is not only an expert in matters of foreign trade, he’s also an expert in matters of US-Chinese relations and the American health care system, which he helped to destroy.

Still, who is Max Baucus and what makes him such a multi-faceted expert, a go-to-guy in matters of US-Chinese relations?  Let’s peek:

Broken home, took his stepfather’s name, graduated from high school in 1959.  Attended Carleton College in Minnesota for a year and then transferred to Stanford University, graduating in 1964 with a degree in economics.  Attended Stanford Law School, graduating in 1967.  Worked for three years for the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is something lawyers do when they aren’t competitive or competent lawyers.  In 1972 he returned to Montana to serve as executive director of the state’s constitutional convention.

In that same year, he gained a seat in the Montana House of Representatives.  Two years later, the people of Montana elected him to the US House of Representatives, serving until his appointment to the US Senate in 1978.  He remained in the Senate for 36 years.

If Baucus is an expert in all the areas listed on the biographical data form on file with the US Chamber of Commerce, his only source of expertise is in his political affiliation in the US Senate.  Baucus never accomplished a single thing outside of the political arena, so one wonders how anyone can regard him as an “expert” in much beyond feeding from the public trough.  In my mind, claiming that Baucus is an expert in foreign trade is similar to the suggestion that a recently hung horse thief was an expert in hemp.

But wait … it gets better.

Max Baucus sits on the board of advisors to the Chinese company Alibaba Group.  We aren’t sure how long he has been sitting on that board, or even if this constitutes Baucus’ golden parachute from long government service.  We do know that Alibaba Group is a massive technology company specializing in retail e-commerce founded in 1994.  The company made its way into the US marketplace in 2014, which amazingly coincides with Baucus’ appointment as US Ambassador to China.

There are number of controversies surrounding Alibaba, of course, which began around 2011.  These include on-line fraud, sales of uranium to Iran, selling counterfeit retail items, and a class action suit alleging violations of the US Securities Act (where Baucus once served as a young lawyer).

While occupying a position on the board of Alibaba, Baucus also maintains an advisory position with the United States Central Intelligence Agency.

I’m sure there is nothing wrong with representing a foreign company while also advising the CIA and then berating the President of the United States for calling attention to China’s duplicity in the recent global pandemic.  Let’s be clear: Baucus isn’t the problem.  The problem is the corrupt nature of our elitist political system that permits treasonous associations with countries and interests that seek to destroy our nation.

Why do we allow US companies to employ Chinese-made drones that provide China with information about our electrical grid, transportation systems, and access to various US data bases, including Homeland Security?

Why do we allow the Chinese to own US companies?  By the way, here are a few US assets owned by Chinese companies: Smithfield Foods, Chicago Stock Exchange, AMC theaters, Legendary Entertainment Group, General Electric Appliances, The Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Strategic Hotels and Resorts, Riot Games, Ingram Micro (distributor of Apple products), and Motorola Mobility (phones).  There are over a hundred US companies now controlled by China.

No, Baucus isn’t the problem.  He’s only one of many who enrich themselves at the public’s expense and then lay claim to a golden parachute through their nefarious affiliations with nations that seek to destroy us.  Quite frankly, the only difference between Max Baucus and Bill and Hillary Clinton is that the Clinton’s are more adept in their duplicity.

Mustang also blogs at Fix Bayonets and Thoughts From Afar

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