Hanson – A “conservative” foreign policy?;
NORTH KOREA: Cheng – RNOK backs down; Durden – Ukrainian missiles to Korea.
CHARLOTTESVILLE: White – Cruz/Left uses Charlottesville; McAdoo – Soros; Bluestein – Scrub Stone Mountain?; Phillips – Totalitarianism takes the West; Cartillier – Trump defiant; McCarthy – Let Virginia manage things; Bridges – NC topples a statue.
HEALTH CARE – Josh Umber sites.
LEADS: Pollock – Obama had his list of Russian hacks; Hodges – TX stops abortion funds; Zumbrun – Record household debt.
RECOMMENDED: Convention of States; Mark Levin (08-15-17); D’Souza – The Big Li; Brody – Truths.
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Is There Still a Conservative Foreign Policy?”
“Trump did not create the divide in the GOP policy world — he exposed it.
“The Trump victory and the Republican establishment’s mostly negative reaction to it have in matters of foreign policy called into question who is conservative, who not — and whether the old ideological rubrics even matter anymore.
“For all practical purposes, there are no real isolationists today, at least of the 1930s mode. “Isolationism” is more a slur than a description of a common conservative ideology.
“Even a Senator Rand Paul does not wish to unilaterally bow out of NATO — despite what he may say or write to paleo-conservative audiences. Readers of the American Conservative probably do not wish to bring all U.S. troops home from strategic U.S. bases in the spirit of the 1930s (when we actually had lots of bases abroad).
“Rather, neo-isolationism today is akin to something like neo-interventionism of the late 1930s — a guarded willingness, mostly in reactive and defensive fashion, to use force only for perceived American interests abroad, without committing U.S. military resources in service to other nations or causes other than narrow American interests, however defined.
“Note the paradox in the present controversies over H. R. McMaster: His nominally neo-isolationist and “America first” critics thought McMaster was too soft on Iran (he purportedly favored a reactive “let Iran break the deal and then pounce” approach). Instead, they advocated preemptively nullifying the Iran Deal — a move that could bring matters to an interventionist head and more quickly square Iran off against the U.S. . .”
Michael Brendan Dougherty, NRO: “Let Ukraine Defend Itself”
“Say an expert tells you that if you don’t follow his advice, the world or a substantial part of it might go up in flames. You do nothing, and two years later no fire is apparent — but the same expert returns, offering the same advice. Would you take his suggestion the second time around?
“That is roughly the position of those who argue that we must arm Ukraine. Two years ago the Brookings Institution put out a proposal for arming Ukraine and warned that failing to do so could bring about “worldwide conflagration.” If you haven’t noticed, most of us are still walking about.
“Yet in the last month, calls have come again for arming Ukraine. These were cheered, predictably, by Russia hawks such as Senator John McCain — and seconded by critics of my recent piece urging a different course of action. It seems appropriate to answer them.
“Casey Michel, writing here at National Review, disputes my characterization of Ukraine as “not a particularly admirable state.” His rebuttal amounts to an assertion that the Ukrainian government’s fight against Russian-backed secessionists is evidence enough that it’s worthy of support.
“I don’t think so. Ukraine’s post-independence history has been marked by political instability, corrupt leadership, disputed elections, and dissolved parliaments. Some of this was due to Russian interference. Much of it reflected a native capacity for disorder. Ukraine’s recent treatment of crimes committed during the Maidan strikes even sympathetic observers as having the quality of partisan “revolutionary justice.”
“Why should we assume that pro-Western forces will remain in power in Kiev when they’ve been undone by their own corruption before? Do we know that any successor to the pro-Moscow Party of the Regions will be excluded from power? And if it is, will this be accomplished using means consistent with democratic norms?
“As for fighting Russians, I’m not sure that alone qualifies a country for American respect and support. If America supplies arms, will the Ukrainian government pass them on to militias such as the Azov Battalion, which is made up of fascists who fight Russians while wearing symbols such as the wolfsangel and the “Black Sun,” last sported in Europe by the Nazis and their SS. . . “
Jonathan Cheng, WSJ: “North Korea Backs Off Guam Missile-Attack Threat”
“Kim Jong Un warns he could change his mind if the U.S. persists in ‘extremely dangerous reckless actions’
“(For a deeper analysis of the issues in this story, please see “North Korea Backs Off Threat to Hit Guam”)
“The report, published early Tuesday, could help dial back tensions that had spiraled last week following an exchange of threats between North Korea and U.S. President Donald Trump.
“Mr. Trump warned Pyongyang last week that the U.S. military was “locked and loaded” and could engulf the North in “fire and fury,” while North Korea, through its state media, had threatened to fire four missiles in a bid to surround the U.S. territory of Guam in “enveloping fire.”
“North Korean state media said in its report Tuesday that Mr. Kim had made his decision not to fire on Guam after visiting a military command post and examining a military plan presented to him by his senior officers.
“While Mr. Kim said he had decided not to launch the attack on Guam yet, he advised the U.S. “to take into full account” whether the current standoff was to its benefit. He also said it was incumbent on the U.S. to “stop at once arrogant provocations against the DPRK and unilateral demands and not provoke it any longer” . . .
Replay from 8/14/17: Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “NYT Shocking Report: US ‘Ally’ Ukraine Is Source of North Korean Missile Engines”
“When the US State Department supported Ukraine domestic forces and nationalist elements to stage a successful and deadly coup against then pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych in 2014, the outcome was supposed to be a nation that is a undisputed US ally and persistent threat, distraction and non-NATO opponent to bordering Russia. Instead, it now appears that it has been Ukraine which was, as the NYT writes, the secret behind the success of North Korea’s ballistic missile program.
Specifically, in a blockbuster report this morning, the NYT alleges that North Korea has been making black-market purchases of powerful rocket engines from a Ukrainian factory citing “expert analysis being published Monday and classified assessments by American intelligence agencies.”
“‘The studies may solve the mystery of how North Korea began succeeding so suddenly after a string of fiery missile failures, some of which may have been caused by American sabotage of its supply chains and cyberattacks on its launches. After those failures, the North changed designs and suppliers in the past two years, according to a new study by Michael Elleman, a missile expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.’
“According to the report, analysts who studied photographs of Kim Jong-un, inspecting the new rocket motors concluded that they derive from designs that once powered the Soviet Union’s missile fleet. ‘The engines were so powerful that a single missile could hurl 10 thermonuclear warheads between continents.’
“Since the alleged engines have been linked to only a few former Soviet sites, government investigators and experts have focused their inquiries on a missile factory in Dnipro, Ukraine, on the edge of the territory where Russia is fighting a low-level war to break off part of Ukraine. During the Cold War, the factory made the deadliest missiles in the Soviet arsenal, including the giant SS-18. It remained one of Russia’s primary producers of missiles even after Ukraine gained independence. . .”
Jamie White, NewsWars: “Cruz: Left Using Charlottesville to Label GOP as ‘Crazy, Racist Nutbags’”
“The Democrats and the mainstream media are seizing the issues surrounding the violence in Charlottesville to depict Republicans and conservatives as “crazy, racist nutbags,” says Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
“The media and the Democrats, to the surprise of no one, [are] demagoguing this issue and using it for political advantage,” Cruz said in a radio interview Tuesday on the Mark Davis Show.
“In the media’s telling, they want to tar and feather any Republican, any conservative, and paint us as these crazy, racist nutbags.”
“Violence erupted Saturday between white nationalists and Antifa in Charlottesville, Virginia, where the former group was protesting the removal of a statue of Civil War general Robert E. Lee.
“One woman died and 19 others were injured after 20-year old James Alex Fields plowed a car into a group of Antifa counter-protesters amid the chaos. . .”
Lee Ann McAdoo, InfoWars: “BOMBSHELL CONNECTION BETWEEN CHARLOTTESVILLE, SOROS, CIA”
“Nazi collaborator Soros funding division in America just like Ukraine
“As demonstrated this weekend, a civil war is brewing in this country, laying the foundation for a violent coup to take out Trump.
“Soros-funded NGO’s have been able to achieve regime change in other countries by quite literally teaming up with Neo-nazis and “moderate” terrorists.
Now, investigative reporter Lee Stranahan reveals the same players involved in the Ukraine overthrow are working behind the scenes to oust President Trump.”
Greg Bluestein, AJC: “Abrams calls for removal of Confederate faces off Stone Mountain”
“Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams called for the removal of the giant carving that depicts three Confederate war leaders on the face of state-owned Stone Mountain, saying it “remains a blight on our state and should be removed.”
“We must never celebrate those who defended slavery and tried to destroy the union,” Abrams said in a series of tweets posted early Tuesday, a response to the deadly violence sparked by white supremacist groups in Charlottesville, Va.
“Removing the faces of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson would take a monster of a sandblaster and require a change in state law. The Georgia code has a clear mandate for the memorial, saying it should be ‘preserved and protected for all time as a tribute to the bravery and heroism of the citizens of this state who suffered and died in their cause.’ . . .”
Melanie Phillips, “HOW TOTALITARIANISM IS WINNING IN THE WEST”
“Credit to the left-leaning Atlantic magazine for running a piece by Peter Beinart, who has actually looked at what is happening in American society and reached an uncomfortable conclusion which would be hard to find elsewhere in the media – and which is all-too pertinent in the wake of Charlottesville.
“For Beinart warns that the left is lurching into totalitarianism and violence. ‘Antifa’ purport to be anti-fascist. But they define as fascist anyone they disagree with including mainstream conservatives. Hence their violent suppression of commentators and scholars such as the conservative columnist Ann Coulter, the Breitbart controversialist Milo Yiannopoulos and the political scientist Charles Murray.
“What Antifa most certainly do not do is defend democracy, freedom and liberal values. As Beinart observes:
‘Since antifa is heavily composed of anarchists, its activists place little faith in the state, which they consider complicit in fascism and racism. They prefer direct action: They pressure venues to deny white supremacists space to meet. They pressure employers to fire them and landlords to evict them. And when people they deem racists and fascists manage to assemble, antifa’s partisans try to break up their gatherings, including by force.’
“If this was just a bunch of anarchists, the problem wouldn’t be so bad. What takes this onto a different level altogether is the fact that the mainstream left does not disavow Antifa but tolerates, sanitises and condones it. . .”
Jerome Cartillier, YAHOO!: Trump defiant on Charlottesville unrest: ‘Blame on both sides’”
“. . . In a rowdy exchange with journalists at Trump Tower in New York, Trump made clear on Tuesday that he was fed up with continued questioning about the issue.
“I think there is blame on both sides,” Trump said.
His new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, a former Marine general, appeared displeased during the president’s long tirade, standing rigidly.
“You had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And nobody wants to say that, but I’ll say it right now,” Trump continued.
“What about the alt-left that came charging… at the, as you say, the alt-right? Do they have any semblance of guilt? (…) There are two sides to a story.”
“What about the fact they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do. As far as I am concerned, that was a horrible, horrible day,” Trump said. . .”
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Let Virginia Prosecute the Charlottesville Terrorism”
“Domestic acts of violent crime are typically the purview of the states, not the feds.
“One of the odder sidelines of this weekend’s murderous vehicular attack in Charlottesville, which killed a young woman and injured at least 19 others, has been pointed media questioning of Trump-administration officials about terrorism. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was asked about it on ABC’s Good Morning America on Monday morning. Sunday, in appearances on NBC’s Meet the Press and ABC’s This Week, General H. R. McMaster, the White House national-security adviser, was pressed on the matter.
“Let’s be clear: This line of inquiry is political, not legal.
“As a legal matter, to question whether the attack qualifies as terrorism is akin to asking whether the sky is blue. A 20-year-old neo-Nazi, James Alex Field Jr., plowed a car into a crowd of opposition protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. The act easily meets federal law’s definition of domestic terrorism. Codified in Section 2331(5) of the penal code, the concept includes:
‘activities that (A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are in violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State; (B) appear to be intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; . . . and (C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.’
“You probably noticed that I used the word concept in explaining the federal criminal law’s take on domestic terrorism. I did not say crime. Domestic terrorism is not a federal criminal offense. Federal law reserves criminalization mainly for international terrorism — which involves the same kind of violent intimidation, but only when it transcends national borders or occurs outside our country.
“Given the plethora of activity regulated and criminalized by federal law, the omission of domestic terrorism seems strange at first blush. But there are sound policy reasons for it.
“Terrorism is often bound up with dissent against our country and our government’s policies. When this activity is driven by foreign forces, it often implicates the first responsibility of the federal government: to protect against alien threats to our national security.
“Yet, when protest is internal, when it is engaged in by Americans against the government and other groups of Americans, it often involves constitutionally protected political speech and assembly. Moreover, our regard for the privacy interests of our fellow Americans — even those who have come to hold their own country in contempt — is considerably higher than it is for foreign actors, and that limits the degree of surveillance and other police intrusion we are willing to abide. After all, the Constitution is a guarantee of the inherent rights of Americans; it does not grant those rights, and therefore the government, in upholding the Constitution, does not get to pick and choose which Americans are protected. . .”
Virginia Bridges, Herald Sun: “Protesters topple Confederate soldier statue in downtown Durham”
“DURHAM: “A protest in downtown Durham on Monday night left a statue of a Confederate soldier erected nearly a century ago crumpled on the ground.
“Sheriff’s deputies recorded the event but did not intervene as a protester climbed a ladder and slipped a yellow, bungie-like cord around the soldier’s head and arm and a group pulled the cord.
“The statue did a somersault, collapsing against the stone pedestal in front of the old county courthouse on East Main Street.
“Protesters cheered and started to kick the crumpled mass. . .”
Also – Casey Toth & Virginia Bridges, Herald Sun: “Raw Video: Confederate statue toppled by protesters in Durham” http://www.heraldsun.com/news/local/counties/durham-county/article167201667.html
Also – Jeff Paul, DFW CBS Local: “Dallas Group Forms To Protect Confederate Monuments”
“. . . Several cities across America have now begun to remove or talk about removing Confederate markers shortly after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville turned deadly.
“Former city council member Sandra Crenshaw thinks removing the statues won’t help.
“‘I’m not intimidated by Robert E. Lee’s statue. I’m not intimidated by it. It doesn’t scare me,’ said Crenshaw. ‘We don’t want America to think that all African Americans are supportive of this.’
“Crenshaw, along with some Buffalo Solider historians and Sons of Confederate Veterans are coming together to help protect the Confederate markers from toppling over in Dallas. . .”
Hannity: Josh Umber Sites
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Richard Pollock, Daily Caller: “EXCLUSIVE: Obama Never Told 21 States Russians Were Hacking Their Voting Systems”
“. . . The testimony of Jeanette Manfra, acting deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity and communications at DHS’s National Protection and Programs Directorate, before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence stunned NAAS.
“We have evidence of election-related systems in 21 states that were targeted,” she said. (RELATED: Obama Knew In 2014 Of Russian Attempts To Disrupt Elections)
Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, a Republican from Vice President Mike Pence’s home state, said she was shocked to learn of the hacking during the hearing and incredulous that federal officials have provided no further information.
“Well it is extraordinary and is somewhat ridiculous,” Lawson said. “It’s frustration beyond belief. I have never heard from any secretaries of state and I believe that NASS has not heard either from any secretary that they have been told that their state was one the states that was targeted during the 2016 election,” she said.
Fr. Mark Hodges, Lifesite: “BREAKING: Texas permanently bans taxpayer funding of abortion”
“. . . ‘As a firm believer in Texas values I am proud to sign legislation that ensures no Texan is ever required to pay for a procedure that ends the life of an unborn child,” Gov. Abbott said. “This bill prohibits insurance providers from forcing Texas policy holders to subsidize elective abortions. I am grateful to the Texas legislature for getting this bill to my desk, and working to protect innocent life this special session.’ . . .”
Josh Zumbrun, WSJ: “Household Debt Hits Record as Auto Loans and Credit Cards Climb”
“Total debt figure is 67% of the second quarter’s nominal gross domestic product
U.S. household debt reached a new record of $12.8 trillion in the second quarter, driven by rising mortgage debt, a strong quarter for auto loan originations, and an uptick in credit-card balances, which reached their highest level since 2009.
Today’s report marked the 12th consecutive quarterly increase in household debt, as Americans continue to re-embrace credit as the financial crisis recedes into memory. The total volume of debt is now $1.7 trillion higher than it was in 2013, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s quarterly report on household debt and credit.
“While overall debt has increased, the figures aren’t adjusted for the growth of the population or the economy. Total debt was 67% of the nominal gross domestic product in the second quarter, down from as high as 87% in 2009.
“The increase partly reflects renewed confidence in the economy, as Americans are more willing to purchase homes and borrow to fuel consumer spending. But there are signs that some households are becoming overstretched, with a rising share of credit cards going delinquent each quarter. . .”
Convention of States: “https://www.conventionofstates.com”
MARK LEVIN (08-15-17)
Dinesh D’Souza – The Big Lie
“The real history of the Democratic Party in America was completely covered up following WWII. In D’Souza’s new book The Big Lie, all of this secret, ugly history is brought to light.
“The Big Lie also proves that the Democrats today are the functionally and ideologically the same as the leftists of the 1930s that provided Hitler with blueprints for many of his racist policies.
“Learn about the whole shocking past of the Democratic Party—click here to order The Big Lietoday.”
Truths? James Brody
Chris Stigall this morning described the Union League as a guardian for Lincoln and his troops. Another story: the “War Between the States” was not a “civil war” nor one about slavery. Lincoln was elected and New York immediately announced its intentions to withdraw from the Union if the South did not have to pay tariffs. Lincoln chose war. Blacks were recruited by Lincoln when he ran out of white recruits. And after the War, Union League members invaded southern states and drove farmers off their property. The Klan was born to defend southerners from the Union League. And slaves were rarely a good investment: farmers bought them because the next farmer up the road had them.
See Adams, Charles (2000) When in the Course of Human Events: Arguing the Case for Southern Secession. Lanham, Maryland: Roman & Littlefield; DiLorenzo, Thomas (2003) The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War. NY: Three Rivers Press. (8/28/10).