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‘No Choice But To Respond’: Israel Weighs Retaliatory Options Against Iran As Biden Admin Urges Restraint

By The Daily Caller

Israel is weighing retaliation options against Iran, which attacked the country on Saturday, as the Biden administration ramps up calls for restraint.

Iran launched hundreds of ballistic missiles and suicide drones at Israel on Saturday — the vast majority of which were intercepted or missed their targets — in retaliation for Israel’s airstrikes on a diplomatic compound in Syria that killed several high-level Iranian military operatives on Apr. 1. Israel’s war cabinet convened on Monday to weigh response options as the Biden administration and European allies are calling on the country to deescalate the situation and embrace a diplomatic approach, rather than a military one.

President Joe Biden told Israeli Prime Minister  Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday he needed to “take the win” from Iran’s failed attack, which was also deterred by U.S. forces in the region, underscoring concerns that an Israeli response could spark a broader regional conflict, a senior administration official told Axios. Defense Minister Yoav Gallant told U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin during a phone call on Sunday there must be a response to Iran, according to a U.S. official and source familiar with the call who spoke to Axios, though it’s unclear what such a response could look like.

Documentation of ballistic missiles striking the Negev earlier tonight. pic.twitter.com/xgb8HlMraX

— Joe Truzman (@JoeTruzman) April 14, 2024

It is unacceptable to allow Iran to launch an attack directly from within its soil when Israel strikes Iranian targets inside of Syria, Gallant reportedly told Austin.

“If Israel absorbs these blows, she will be alone, her deterrence eroded and [Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei’s] direct attacks normalized,” Mark Dubowitz, CEO of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), said on Sunday. “Khamenei will go back to his proxy attacks, the world will just accept them and restrain Israel.”

“Time to hit the head of the Octopus,” Dubowtiz said. “But patience is a virtue.”

It is the first time Tehran has chosen to launch a strike from directly within its soil against Israel since Oct. 7, the day Hamas, an Iranian-backed terror group, invaded Israel and killed roughly 1,200 people, prompting a massive Israeli counter-offensive. Until Saturday, Iran has solely relied on its network of terror groups throughout the Middle East to launch attacks against Israel and its allies.

Netanyahu asked the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to provide him with a readout of potential targets and strike options, including hitting a facility inside of Tehran or launching a cyberattack, an official familiar with the talks told The Washington Post. Israel will likely engage in some sort of retaliatory response, but it’s likely to be measured so as to not spark broader regional conflict, Gabriel Noronha, executive director of Polaris National Security and former State Department official, told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

“Part of this is that the West would be smart if they actually offered tangible, real consequences on Iran to supplement or replace some of this kinetic action which Israel is considering. I think Israel still has to do something retaliatory, that can be kinetic, that can be cyber, that can be covert action, but they have to do something just to rebalance, or to settle the score,” Noronha told the DCNF.  “I don’t think in that Israeli response, they need to do anything lethal. I think if they take out either critical ballistic missile or drone-related infrastructure facilities, or perhaps oil-related, energy-related facilities, without causing the high casualties, I think that’s sort of a way to demonstrate, ‘Hey, you can’t go and launch missiles into our territory without consequence. But we’re not trying to turn into a tit-for-tat.’”

“Now the issue is that Iran is doing some interesting messaging. They’re basically saying, ‘If Israel responds, we will respond 10 times greater.’ That’s ridiculous, they don’t have like they don’t have the measures to do that unilaterally,” Noronha told the DCNF. “One thing is attacked demonstrated is that Iran’s conventional capabilities to attack Israel on their own are really bad. They don’t have they don’t have the ability, apparently, to actually hit targets on their own without using their [terror] proxies.”

Other experts speculated that striking back at Tehran could open a new front of conflict between Israel and Iran, which may threaten Israel’s — already fighting a war in Gaza — national security.

“That is a fight Israel cannot win. The Iron Dome system along with all the allied air power knocking down drones and missiles, performed brilliantly — this time. But Israel burned through a lot of interceptor missiles to knock down those cheap Iranian drones,” retired Lt. Col. Daniel Davis, a senior fellow and military expert at Defense Priorities, told the DCNF. “It seems likely that Iran can produce a lot more Shahid and similar type drones than Israel has Iron Dome and Patriot interceptor missiles.”

“If the two sides get into a sustained war measured in months, Israel may soon find itself with insufficient air defenses,” Davis told the DCNF. “Then even the slow-moving, unsophisticated Shahid drones would cause major harm to Israeli targets, as they pack a significant warhead and have excellent guidance systems.”

During their phone call on Sunday, Gallant told Austin that the current standoff with Tehran creates an opportunity to form “a strategic alliance to counter the threat posed by Iran,” according to Axios. But Biden told Netanyahu during their phone call a day prior that the U.S. would not participate in or support an Israeli counterattack against Iran, which could spur Israel not to strike, Davis told the DCNF.

“Netanyahu is now in a tough position, because if he strikes into Iran now — and especially if he hits Iranian nuclear facilities — he may get condemnation from some quarters in the West,” Davis told the DCNF.

Biden has been criticized for taking a policy of appeasement toward Iran in a bid to try and deter the country from acting hostile to U.S. allies. The Biden administration allowed Iran access to billions of dollars after failing to enforce oil sanctions, paying “ransom” for six hostages in late 2023 and extending a sanctions waiver so that Tehran could have access to revenues made from Iraqi energy transactions.

“President Biden needs to face reality: His policies of appeasing Iran while waging political warfare against Israel led Tehran to conclude it could launch a massive attack on Israel and face no consequences,” Richard Goldberg, senior fellow at FDD, wrote on Sunday. “The White House has been showering Tehran with access to cash in hopes of incentivizing better behavior.”

“It’s quite logical for the mullahs to examine the record and conclude a strategic-level strike on Israel would end in two results: zero consequences for Tehran and pressure on Israel not to respond,” Goldberg said. “Israel, however, has no choice but to respond forcefully to this attack — imposing costs high enough on Tehran to turn the ayatollah’s calculation into a miscalculation.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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JAKE SMITH

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Another big story unfolding in Iran that U.S. news media has ignored are the crackdowns by the mullah regime’s “morality police” who are beating & kidnapping women for not covering her hair in public through out Iran! Women are facing horrific abuse by the regime’s thugs & goons. pic.twitter.com/8gTU0hx0HX

— Karmel Melamed (@KarmelMelamed) April 16, 2024

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National Guardsman Shoots Migrant Who Allegedly Stabbed Two Others

By The Daily Caller

A National Guard soldier fired at a migrant who stabbed two individuals at the Texas-Mexico border, according to a document obtained by NewsNation.

The incident occurred on Sunday afternoon along the Rio Grande River in El Paso’s Lower Valley, NewsNation reported. A member of the Indiana National Guard — deployed to the area as part of Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star – witnessed an individual stab a fellow migrant and fired their weapon in response, according to the outlet.

The stabbing reportedly took place on the U.S. side of the river.

“Early on the afternoon of 14 April, a National Guard service member assigned to Operation Lone Star discharged a weapon in a border-related incident. The incident is under investigation,” the Texas Military Department said in a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation on Monday.

The individual crossed back onto the Mexican side of the border after being shot at, NewsNation reported. The document did not make clear if the attacker was struck by the shot.

Investigators later determined that two individuals were stabbed during the incident, according to NewsNation. A local fire and rescue crew responded shortly after and treated both migrants for “superficial wounds” that were not deemed to be life-threatening.

“More information will be made available as the investigation progresses,” the Texas Military Department continued in their statement.

The Texas Department of Public Safety did not immediately respond to the DCNF’s request for comment.

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JASON HOPKINS

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7.2 MILLION

That’s how many illegals have entered the United States under the Biden Administration— more than the population of 36 states.

Over 1,000 of them took over NYC City Hall Park here to protest being sent to shelters and they are demanding permanent housing. pic.twitter.com/O9LRNrJ0Rn

— Ashley St. Clair (@stclairashley) April 16, 2024

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Ethics, Harvard style

By Cherie Zaslawsky

Well, you’ll wait in vain.

Ms. Gay, untouchable due to her being both black and female, while forced to resign as Harvard’s President after her public unwillingness to call out the virulent antisemitic pro-Hamas protests at this once highly esteemed university, has been rewarded with a salary just shy of a million a year.

And, irony of ironies, she’ll be teaching a brand new ethics class!

One may well wonder what the topic will be: Situational ethics? Moral relativism? How to successfully plagiarize beyond your wildest dreams? And/or how to disguise your hatred of Jews as sympathy for those Palestinians who merely want all of Israel for themselves, minus the Jews, from the river to the sea?

The possibilities are rich indeed.

Read more about it in Gateway Pundit here.

©2024. Cherie Zaslawsky. All rights reserved.

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To Our friends in the IDF — Stop Talking & Start Planning Your Strategic, Operational & Tactical Response to Destroy the Iranian Government

By Geoff Ross

To our friends at the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) we salute you and send you our very best wishes.

Congratulations on your success and superior military capabilities in destroying the incoming ballistic missiles and drones fired upon your beautiful country Israel by the terrorist state of Iran.

I am a retired U.S. Navy Senior Chief, Surface Warfare and Air Warfare designated. I served with you in the past at a training command. I am also a veteran of Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.

I offer you my military strategic, operational and tactical advice such as it is from my past experiences.

  1. Stop stating publicly that you are going to respond militarily to the terrorist state of Iran. Stop talking and let the evil Iranian government fall into complacency. Instead state the matter is closed when in fact it is not.
  2. Do not tell the Biden administration or any country you consider friendly towards Israel any plans you may have for a future military strike against Iran. The Biden administration will share this information with the Iranian government. The Biden administration is NOT your friend.
  3. Military strategy is the long term planning and execution between adversaries. Military tactics is the movement of military troops on a particular battlefield. You know this already and “You’ve got this covered” just don’t talk about it.
  4. Stop talking to the American and all media outlets unless it’s disinformation because it will be fed back to the Iranian government. Ask yourself why was Biden on vacation over the weekend when he knew Iran was going to attack you.

In Operation Desert Storm in 1991 we told the fake news CNN we would enter Iraq and Kuwait from the South. Saddam Hussein thus relocated most of his military personnel and also buried his Russian made tanks in the Kuwaiti and Iraqi sand in the south after getting this information from CNN.

We then entered Iraq from the north quickly gaining military ground and air superiority. The Iraqi military that was left in the north surrendered quickly.

We then took out the Russian made tanks from the air while the tank crews ran their Air Conditioners as our pilots could see the tank heat signatures from the diesel engines that were used to run the AC units.

Thanks to CNN reporting the false information we fed them we had an easy entry into northern Iraq. CNN is not your friend.

We loved watching the fake news CNN reporting the disinformation from the beach in southern Kuwait and like the idiots they are nobody showed for their party.

Don’t talk to the fake news media unless it’s disinformation.

5. Do nothing and say nothing and wait for our Presidential election in November. Stop talking about future military operations unless it’s disinformation.

Plan your response in destroying the Iranian government in 2025. Trump will be in the White House and he is your true real friend not Biden. You must take out the government and their senior military leadership first.

Iran is a centralized government like most Communist countries. If you take out the people giving the orders first this dismantles their ability to respond to your just deserved military action. You can then take out their nuclear weapons facilities second.

6. Be patient and when the time is right do what must be done to ensure the permanent security of your nation and people. But wait – your enemy must fall into complacency. Right now they are waiting for your response.

7. The Iranian government used over 300 missiles and drones against your homeland and could replace them by 2025 that is true but disregard that.

You’ve already proven your strength and Iran rebuilding its missile and drone inventory should not be taken as a requirement to initiate immediate action against this evil regime. Patience is the key and an unprecedented military strike that totally eradicates their government should be taken but not yet.

Wait until 2025 and wait until Trump has hired real American leadership in our Pentagon that actually supports you. Give him time to rebuild our military leadership and remove the woke commie military leaders currently in our armed forces.

Then do what you have to do without notifying anyone. Bam! Take no prisoners.

Trump will back you up always.

©2024. Geoff Ross. All rights reserved.

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The Iranian threat has always been there.

Now, they have come out of the shadows to expose its true face—a radical and irrational regime that wants to end the entire free world. pic.twitter.com/7Gi1aGuMVs

— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) April 14, 2024

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The Future Of Israel

By Matthys van Raalten

I have been ten times in Israel. There, I have visited the Holy places and the unholy places. I can tell you, that I know this country inside and out.

Israel has been the only place in the World, where the Jews could feel relatively safe.

But this is no longer so. There is a real threat from Hamas, Hizballah and Iran that Israel can be destroyed.

In Gaza the Israel Defense Forces are killing a lot of terrorists, but at the same time creating a whole new generation of terrorists.

Iran is not intimidated by the new recruits of the Israel Defense Forces, for many are infected with Woke ideology from America.

As the solution for the problem that the USA and my country Holland lie in a return to Christian traditions, the solution for Israel lies in a return to the Commands by Moses. That comes down to ending the crazy “Gay Parades”.

The USA-Israel alliance has also become fragile. There is an essential problem inside the Democrat Party: It has been infiltrated by radical Muslims. They can now be found in the higher echelons and they participate in determining the course of politics.

Without the diplomatic and military aid from America, Israel is doomed. In Israel, the Left is blind for this problem. The Israeli Left thinks that Republicans are deep inside all anti-Semites.

In short, I predict that we will see a mass exodus of Jews to France and Italy, perhaps also to America. But in these countries outside the Middle-East, there are now also a lot of radical Muslims.

You all know how I think about Islam: it can’t be reformed. Thus, the Jews are trapped again. Just like 100 years ago in Europe.

This whole dire situation for the Jews started to arise when they begun to wave the Rainbow flag instead of following the Commands by Moses. Is that a coincidence?

©2024. Matthys van Raalten. All rights reserved.

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NEW REPORT! Columbia’s Antisemitism Problem

By Canary Mission

FEATURED CAMPAIGN

Columbia has become a hostile environment for Jews. Since Oct. 7, hundreds of Columbia students as well as faculty & staff have turned the campus into a bully pulpit in support of Hamas. The administration has done little to nothing about it.

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FEATURED VIDEOS

WATCH! The “banned” group Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine held an unauthorized protest on campus, shouting, “There is no safe place, DEATH to the Zionist State,” among other genocidal chants. Columbia professor Shai Davidai says Columbia KNEW about the protest in advance & did nothing to stop it.

The “banned” @ColumbiaSJP chapter held an unauthorized protest on campus, shouting “There is no safe place, DEATH to the Zionist State!” among other genocidal chants. @Columbia prof @ShaiDavidai says Columbia KNEW about the protest in advance & did nothing. https://t.co/sEJkgMKfbg pic.twitter.com/9tKAhFaQB7

— Canary Mission (@canarymission) February 14, 2024

SEE PROFESSOR DAVIDAI’S POST


Despite being under federal investigation for fostering an atmosphere of Jew hatred on campus, Columbia doubled down, hosting a pro-Hamas, terror-recruiting event on campus. WATCH this outrageous footage.

Despite being under federal investigation for fostering an atmosphere of Jew hatred on campus @Columbia just doubled down, hosting a pro-terror, pro-Hamas event on campus. WATCH this outrageous footage.

🎩H/T to @thestustustudio for the footage & @IsraelinUSA for titles pic.twitter.com/MwsmAXj8sF

— Canary Mission (@canarymission) March 27, 2024

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Mohamed Abdou

While already under scrutiny for the unabating antisemitism on campus, on January 16, 2024, Columbia University’s Middle East Institute welcomed Mohamed Abdou, whom they had just hired as a visiting professor.

Abou is on record as having declared his support for Hamas and “the resistance.” The terror group’s “dedicated few,” he said admiringly, worked in “stealth mode” on Oct. 7 to defeat a “larger enemy.”

SEE HIS PROFILE


Rashid Khalidi

Rashid Khalidi is a former spokesman for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and now a professor of modern Arab studies & faculty member of Columbia’s Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies.

Khalidi called terrorism against Israelis “acts of spontaneous resistance” and claimed the “occupation doesn’t have the right to call resistance ‘terrorists.’”

SEE HIS PROFILE


Aidan Parisi

Aidan Parisi, a student at Columbia School of Social Work, was suspended for participating in the unauthorized “Resistance 101” event. “Decolonization has, and always will be, returning land to indigenous peoples by any means necessary. Land back!…,” he says.

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SEE HIS PROFILE

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‘Israel, Free Us From The Islamic regime’: Iranians Support The IDF

By The Geller Report

When news broke that Iran had directly attacked Israel, I wrote here that I believed the Iranian people will join Israel to throw off the murdering mullahcracy, something they have been fighting for and dying for years.

‘Israel, free us from the Islamic regime’ – Iranians support the IDF

By World Israel News Staff, April 15, 2-24:

Iranian citizens are praising the Israeli army and calling on the Jewish State to assassinate key ruling figures such as the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khameini, as Iran girds for a potential Israeli retaliation following an unprecedented missile and drone attack.

Residents of Iran are expressing those sentiments via social media posts and subversive street graffiti, with many asking Israel to bring down the government, which rules according to a strict interpretation of Islamic law.

“Israel, strike back. They don’t have the guts to take revenge,” read one message spray-painted on a Tehran street corner. An image of the writing quickly went viral on social media, along with another message that called on Israel to “eliminate the Supreme Leader.”

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Pamela Geller

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— JonJon from SF 🇺🇸 🇺🇦 🇮🇱 (@jonjonfromsf) April 14, 2024

A day after the Iranian attack on Israel the streets of Iran are filled with graffiti by the civilian opponents of the regime with clear messages: “Israel, attack them!” “You will start and we will continue in the streets” and also “bomb the leader’s office”…
Both in Israel and… pic.twitter.com/HKnhrdJ46p

— Israel War Room (@IsraelWarRoom) April 15, 2024

Iranians stand with Israel against lsIamic regime!! pic.twitter.com/QjcRVvGOd9

— Azat Alsalem (@AzzatAlsaalem) April 13, 2024

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ELECTION RIGGING: Corrupt Biden-Donor Judge Says He Will Arrest Trump If He Skips One Day of Months Long Trial

By The Geller Report

If you can’t beat him, arrest him.

They banned him from attending his son’s graduation. And far more broadly, they are deliberately keeping him off the campaign trail.

Murderers, rapists, looters, illegal criminals roam our streets with impunity but Trump will be arrested.

More footage of Trump supporters gathering outside NYC courthouse.

pic.twitter.com/1rK3xZi6zg

— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) April 15, 2024

Story by Brian Bushard, Forbes Staff

New York Judge Juan Merchan on Monday warned former President Donald Trump could be arrested if he disrupts proceedings or skips the trial in his hush money case in Manhattan, as prosecutors claim Trump violated his gag order.

Key Facts

Trump, who faces 34 felony charges for allegedly falsifying business documents stemming from hush money payments to former adult film star Stormy Daniels, appeared in the Manhattan court Monday morning for a trial expected to last six weeks, despite Trump’s efforts to delay the proceedings.

Trump attorney Todd Blanche argued on Monday that Trump wants to be present for trial proceedings including sidebar conferences during the trial and voir dire—the initial examination of a witness or a juror…

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Pamela Geller

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Trump speaks after being told by the crooked judge he’s not allowed to go to Barron’s graduation. Screw him, Mr President. Go to your son’s graduation. Let the Commie try to arrest you. There will be the biggest uproar you’ve ever seen. I’m livid. pic.twitter.com/FgEBVzAskw

— PAMELA HENSLEY🇺🇸 (@PamelaHensley22) April 15, 2024

JUST IN — “If you do not show up there will be an arrest.”

Judge Merchan tells President Trump he has to be in court every single day of his hush money trial.

This is election interference. https://t.co/YRqwNl9Nan

— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) April 15, 2024

New York Judge Merchan to Trump: “If you do not show up, there will be an arrest.”

During peak election season, Trump will be forced to appear in court every day.

To be clear this is infinitely worse election interference than anything that the MSM accused Russia/Putin of…

— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) April 15, 2024

BIDEN DONOR JUDGE MERCHAN JUST SAID HE WILL ARREST TRUMP IF HE DOESN’T SHOW UP TO COURT EVERY DAY FOR THE NEXT FEW MONTHS!

The Democrats are trying to take away Trump’s ability to campaign in the middle of a Presidential election!

ELECTION INTERFERENCE!

— Alex Bruesewitz 🇺🇸 (@alexbruesewitz) April 15, 2024

🚨 EXCLUSIVE@ABC, @NBCNews and @CBS fail to identify Trump prosecutors as “Democrats” at least 90% of the time. @briansflood https://t.co/ShYbozoRBP

— Media Research Center (@theMRC) April 15, 2024

BREAKING: Corrupt Judge Merchan, a Biden donor whose family member has profited off this case & who illegally gagged President Trump just said “If you do not show up, there will be an arrest.”

A 6-8 week show trial… Total election interference.

RT if you agree!#SaveAmerica

— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) April 15, 2024

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NYC: Pro-Hamas protestors scream ‘Death to America,’ burn American flag

By Jihad Watch

No one will be deported. No one will even be investigated. It isn’t as if these were “insurrectionists” or some other group that is out of favor with the regime.

Pro-Palestinian protesters chant “d*ath to America” while waiving Hezbollah Flags and light an American Flag on fire at a protest in NYC.

The enemy is already here.pic.twitter.com/2jgzfLTxu3

— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) April 15, 2024

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ROBERT SPENCER

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REPORT: The target of the targeted strike on the vehicle in South Lebanon is a senior member of Hezbollah pic.twitter.com/UB4uZKfW8D

— Mossad Commentary (@MOSSADil) April 16, 2024

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Supreme Court To Weigh Case That Could Upend Hundreds Of Jan. 6 Prosecutions

By The Daily Caller

The Supreme Court will hear a case Tuesday that could have major implications for hundreds of Jan. 6 defendants — as well as special counsel Jack Smith’s prosecution of former President Donald Trump.

The case, Fischer v. United States, asks the Supreme Court to weigh the scope of an obstruction statute, Section 1512(c)(2), which penalizes anyone who corruptly “obstructs, influences, or impedes any official proceeding” with up to 20 years in prison. Joseph Fischer, who entered the Capitol on Jan. 6, argues that his prosecution under the law for obstructing Congress’ certification of the 2020 election was an “unprecedented expansion” of the statute.

The law, enacted as part of the Corporate Fraud and Accountability Act of 2002, was intended to target evidence tampering, focusing on “deterring fraud and abuse by corporate executives,” Fischer argues.

“Before the January 6 cases, no court had applied Section 1512(c)(2) to conduct not intended to affect the availability or integrity of evidence,” Fischer’s attorneys argued in a brief. “Nor had a defendant ever been convicted of an obstruction-of-Congress offense outside the context of a legislative inquiry or investigation.”

Fischer stated he was in the Capitol for less than four minutes —  after Congress had already recessed — and “was not part of the mob that forced the electoral certification to stop.” He was arrested in February 2021 on several chargesincluding assaulting Capitol police.

Should the Supreme Court agree with Fischer, it could impact not just his case, but hundreds of defendants the Department of Justice (DOJ) charged with a felony under the statute. Over 353 of the nearly 1,387 Jan. 6 defendants have been charged with “corruptly obstructing, influencing, or impeding an official proceeding,” according to the DOJ.

Several defendants have already been granted early release ahead of the ruling, including Kevin Seefried, Alexander Sheppard and Thomas B. Adams Jr., according to The Washington Post.

“It takes four justices to grant certiorari and, although this court will not attempt to read tea leaves, the Supreme Court’s decision to review Fischer means, at a minimum, that this case poses a ‘close question,’” District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta wrote in the January decision granting Adams’ release.

The government argues that the text “is not limited to conduct that affects the integrity or availability of evidence.”

“Instead, Congress adopted a traditional catchall clause, reaching all forms of corrupt obstruction of an official proceeding,” it said in a brief.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals favored the government’s interpretation 2-1 in an April 2023 ruling, finding that the “meaning of the statute is unambiguous.”

“Under the most natural reading of the statute, §1512(c)(2) applies to all forms of corrupt obstruction of an official proceeding,” Judge Florence Pan, a Biden appointee, wrote in the majority opinion.

But Judge Gregory Katsas, a Trump appointee, wrote that the government’s interpretation was “mistaken,” making it “implausibly broad and unconstitutional in a significant number of applications.”

“Among other things, that construction would sweep in advocacy, lobbying, and protest—common mechanisms by which citizens attempt to influence official proceedings,” he wrote. “Historically, these activities did not constitute obstruction unless they directly impinged on a proceeding’s truth-seeking function through acts such as bribing a decisionmaker or falsifying evidence presented to it.”

“The government’s reading is also hard to reconcile with the structure and history of section 1512, and with decades of precedent applying section 1512(c) only to acts that affect the integrity or availability of evidence,” he wrote.

Republican Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, House Judiciary Committee Chair Rep. Jim Jordan and 21 other members of Congress wrote in an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court that the lower court’s ruling “will only reward and incentivize politically motivated uses of ill-fitting criminal statutes with harsh penalties.”

Just when you thought Jack Smith’s J6 case against Donald Trump couldn’t get any more laughable–it just did.

In one week, SCOTUS will hear arguments on DOJ’s (ab)use of 1512c2, post Enron document shredding “obstruction of an official proceeding” statute passed in 2002.

My… pic.twitter.com/1MNLAWSHnp

— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) April 9, 2024

While the Supreme Court will weigh Trump’s bid to dismiss his election interference case based on presidential immunity in April, the Fischer case could also jeopardize part of the indictment.

Two of Trump’s charges in his election interference case are centered on the obstruction statute. Smith’s indictment alleges Trump used “knowingly false claims of election fraud to obstruct the federal government function by which those results are collected, counted, and certified.”

New York University law professor Richard A. Epstein wrote for the Hoover Institution in March that a correct reading of the statute “torpedoes a key part of the Smith indictment.”

“Trump never entered the Capitol building, and he never made any statement urging rioters to enter the building,” he wrote. “His despicable conduct consisted of watching the proceedings before asking the rioters and trespassers to leave the premises, which does not count as obstruction under any legal authority of which I am aware.”

Smith addressed this in the footnote of his brief filed this week in Trump’s election interference, claiming the charges would still be valid regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision on how to read the text of Section 1512(c)(2). He wrote that the “use of falsehoods or creation of ‘false’ documents satisfies an evidence-impairment interpretation.”

Trump’s case is currently on hold at the district court pending the justices’ decision. Oral arguments will be held April 25 to consider Trump’s presidential immunity argument.

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KATELYNN RICHARDSON

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‘Hammered From All Sides’: Minority Truckers Say California’s Green Regs Are Destroying Their American Dream

By The Daily Caller

Minority truckers are struggling to stay afloat as the state of California levies stringent green regulations on their businesses, according to some of those affected who spoke with the Daily Caller News Foundation.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB), California’s environmental regulatory agency, will ban the sale of new diesel heavy-duty trucks starting in 2036, a policy partially motivated by a desire to improve health outcomes for minority populations. That requirement is the latest in a string of similar requirements imposed in recent years, all of which have made it excessively difficult for minorities to operate their own trucking enterprises and pursue the American dream, some of those small business owners told the DCNF.

“Many California neighborhoods, especially Black and Brown, low-income and vulnerable communities, live, work, play and attend schools adjacent to the ports, railyards, distribution centers and freight corridors and experience the heaviest truck traffic,” CARB said in 2020 after proposing its most recent “clean truck” rule. That particular rule for trucks was motivated in part to address the “disproportionate risks and health and pollution burdens affecting these communities,” the agency said at the time.

Biden’s Emissions Rule For Trucks Could Crush Small Companies And Jack Up Costs, Truckers And Supply Chain Experts Say https://t.co/Y18vlz5F2F

— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 2, 2024

While bureaucrats writing the rules pitch them as a way to reduce respiratory and health ailments in minority communities that live in and around frequently-trafficked trucking routes, some minority truckers told the DCNF that the rules are squeezing them financially in ways that render any purported health benefits moot.

“A lot of our members are minority-owned small businesses,” Joe Rajkovacz, the director of governmental affairs and communications for the Western States Trucking Association, told the DCNF. “Here in California, there is a decided indifference to small business trucking by both politicians and bureaucrats.”

Randy Thomas, a black man, grew up in South Central Los Angeles as the son of a World War II veteran and a lifelong resident of California. He ran his trucking firm for many decades, growing his business from a one-man operation to a company that employed 15 drivers and provided enough income to send all of his children to college, making them the first in his family to get the chance to do so.

By 2009, the regulatory environment left him no choice to shut down his business, as it did not make financial sense for him to purchase new and expensive trucks to meet new mandates.

“I did my first trip when I was 20. Everything was going great from 1971 up until around the time that (former President Barack) Obama got into office,” Thomas told the DCNF. “By 2008, we come up with this clean truck program here. We were having all these meetings. I’m looking at the division between the environmentalists, telling us about CO2 and gases …  I’m looking at the charts of what our engines that we had at that time, which were made mainly mechanical diesel, and they had no idea what engine was gonna be the engine they were writing into prospective goals.”

“Guys are going out of business like you wouldn’t believe,” Thomas told the DCNF about other Californian truckers he knows.

After closing his business, Jackson moved on to a different company, and he still drives truck routes delivering medical supplies and other time-sensitive loads. But, as he explained to the DCNF, “it wasn’t my company anymore.”

Bill Aboudi, a Palestinian-American who still owns his own small trucking company operating out of the Port of Oakland, touched on some of the same themes in an interview with the DCNF.

Aboudi was born in 1966, and his father went missing in action during the Six Day War between Israel and a coalition of Arab states in 1967. Aboudi immigrated to the U.S. when he was 14 years old, and started helping his brother out with his trucking business in 1989 after he got out of the California National Guard and never left the industry.

“I live in the middle of getting hammered from all sides. One of the first things that CARB always makes it out to be, is if you’re in the trucking business, you’re a polluter. I always try and explain to them, I’ve got an organic garden, I have about three fruit trees in my backyard. I used to keep bees … I’ve got 12 chickens. I love the environment, and I want to get the best technology for my operation,” Aboudi told the DCNF. “It seems like the regulators have no clue. They want to be able to turn on a switch and have everybody switch directionally right away … They end up reducing our company size and stunting our growth.”

Assembly Bill 5, which reclassified California’s 70,000 independent owner-operators as employees of shipping companies rather than independent contractors, was another policy that hurt the workers politicians purported to help, Aboudi said.

“This kills the liberty of being a trucker and kills the American dream,” Miguel Ramirez, a Los Angeles-based trucker, told the DCNF in July 2022.

It’s not just truckers who are impacted by regulations and their impacts on California’s trucking operators, Aboudi explained to the DCNF. There are many thousands of blue-collar workers — including immigrants like him — whose jobs rely on California’s busy ports, providing parts for trucks and other closely-related trades.

“I am still paying for trucks that I upgraded on the last round, and I can’t use them,” Aboudi continued, referencing older regulations. “Now I’m paying for the newer trucks that I upgraded to. And I’m being told I’m gonna have to go to zero-emission trucks that are still in the first stage of development … We’ve already had to downsize our company from 13 trucks to eight trucks.”

While bureaucrats in Sacramento and the supporters of their political superiors in Los Angeles and San Francisco may think that their progressive approach to environmental policy is benefiting minority communities, the opposite is true in many cases, according to Donna Jackson, the director of membership development for the National Center for Public Policy Research’s Project 21.

“California leads the country in enacting climate change policies that are increasingly leading to tiered social classes, the rich and the poor,” Jackson told the DCNF. “Like the Biden administration, California has ignored the real needs of underserved communities. Its climate change policies are destroying minority businesses and creating needless barriers to upward economic mobility. The result of all of this is not just job losses, but lost role models, financially unstable families, declining home ownership rates and a loss of community pride.”

CARB did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

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The American Consumers are Funding Iran by Doing Business with Communist China

By Geoff Ross

The installed Marxist in the White House Joe Biden borrows money from Communist China with the approval of the Socialist controlled Republican Congress.

This money approved by the Republican controlled Congress has been used in the past to protect the borders of the corrupt nation of Ukraine.

We tax payers have also been funding the new homes and luxury SUVs purchased by corrupt Ukrainian government officials. All this while Biden and the Communist democrats and a group of socialist republicans ignore the immigration invasion of foreign nationals and terrorists on our southern border.

Communist China gets US currency and hard cash from our massive trade imbalance as Walmart etc. and the ignorant American consumer keeps buying and selling Communist Chinese products.

Communist China uses this cash from the US consumers and other nations and buys 83% of its oil from the terrorist state of Iran with a blind eye taken from the White House.

Iran then gets paid in cash for its oil from Communist China using US dollars in secure boxes on pallets offloaded at sea from ships flagged under the country of Panama.

This money is then used to help fund the Iranian military, to construct missiles and drones and fund proxy terror groups including Hezbollah. Russian also gets Iranian drones for its war in Ukraine.

This money also funds the death and destruction used against Israel and US military troops unconstitutionally stationed in Iraq and Syria.

We keep buying “stuff” from Communist China, we keep doing business with Communist China, we allow them to buy up real estate in our republic close to military bases and set up Chinese police stations to spy on Chinese Americans in the United States.

The new President of Argentina is the only world leader at this time who is blocking the import and export of goods from Communist China into Argentina.

Communist China keeps buying oil from Iran using US dollars and we keep doing business with China providing this dictatorship with the cash to buy Iranian oil thus funding the Iranian government indirectly.

Trump had this under control when he was president and we must return him to the White House to restore global security and to secure our borders and start dismantling the terror network of Iran with strongly enforced sanctions not military intervention.

Iran will crumble economically if we block 100% of its oil exports and other exports. In 2023 the Biden administration allowed over 2.2 million dollars worth of Iranian goods to enter the USA such as carpets, vegetables, antiques, coffee tea and spices. Not a huge sum but a significant chunk of change.

The Communists in our Congress and the White House are trying everything they can to destroy Trumps good name and financial strength. They will fail.

The American people are waking up to the Marxist regime embedded in our Congress and republic and the illegal immigrants currently claiming false asylum in the USA will all be deported by Trump. Start packing your bags.

Make sure you vote for Trump in November 2024 our children and grandchildren are depending on you.

©2024. Geoff Ross. All rights reserved.

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Comparing Two Democrats: Confederate Jefferson Davis and Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr.

By Dr. Rich Swier

Some would say that America is now in a second Civil War.

The first Civil War was between the Confederates and Union and lasted from April 12, 1861 to April 9, 1865. Elected President of the Confederate States of America was former Democrat Senator Jefferson Davis.

Davis was a compromise candidate chosen to appease both the moderate and radical factions in the Congress.

When the newly formed Confederacy opened fire on Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, Grant wrote that, There are but two parties now: traitors and patriots. And I want hereafter to be ranked with the latter.” 

Motivated by love for his country, Grant decided to help the Union cause by serving again in the Army under President Abraham Lincoln.

Fast forward 160 years later to January 20, 2021 and the inauguration of former Democrat Senator Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. as president of the United States of America.

Biden was also a compromise candidate chosen to appease both the moderate and radical factions of the Democrat Party and Democrat members of the U.S. Congress.

The American Civil War 2.0

The first America Civil War was about succeeding from the Union and embracing enslaving of blacks. The first civil war became an armed conflict.

According to the American Battlefield Trust, “The Civil War was America’s bloodiest conflict.  The unprecedented violence of battles such as Shiloh, Antietam, Stones River, and Gettysburg shocked citizens and international observers alike.  Nearly as many men died in captivity during the Civil War as were killed in the whole of the Vietnam War.  Hundreds of thousands died of disease.  Roughly 2% of the population, an estimated 620,000 men, lost their lives in the line of duty.  Taken as a percentage of today’s population, the toll would have risen as high as 6 million souls.

During his 2nd Inaugural Address on March 4, 1865,  President Abraham Lincoln said, “Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said ‘the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether’.”

American Civil War 2.0 is about destroying our Constitutional Republic and replacing it with a one world order. It also requires the enslaving of the American people.

It is yet to bee seen if it will become a full armed conflict, although we are witnessing groups like the pro-Hamas supporters calling for “the death of America” and their storming of the White House and violent marches across America waving the flag of the terrorist group Hamas and burning the American flag.

WATCH: Note that this group is called “pro-Palestinian” rather than pro-Hezbollah, note the Hezbollah flag in the background.

Pro-Palestinian protesters chant “d*ath to America” while waiving Hezbollah Flags and light an American Flag on fire at a protest in NYC.

The enemy is already here.pic.twitter.com/2jgzfLTxu3

— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) April 15, 2024

The American Civil War 2.0 is in essence succeeding from the United States but destroying it.

This effort is spearheaded by an alliance of four groups.

The Red-Green-Rainbow Alliance

An alliance of four groups is the new Confederacy. These four groups are:

  1. The Reds. The Marxists, Leninists, Communists who want to destroy our merit based economy and replace it with a state run and highly regulated dictatorship, much like Cuba. The economy is now controlled by Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) policies at every corporation and business in America. Simply put, ESG measures how a company operates while impact measures what a company does.
  2. The Green Islamists. The Islamists are anti-American, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian and anti-Israel. It become a driving force globally and across America after the un provoked October 7th massacre by Hamas.
  3. The Green Eco-Nazis’ Movement. This movement is bent on taking total control of two things: oil and CO2. Taking control of our oil means controlling all aspects of our economy from the automobile industry with all electric vehicles, to how one heats and cools their homes, to the cost of transporting goods and services across America.
  4. The Rainbow Alliance. The LGTBTQIE movement has taken control of our children from K-24, demanded the right to castrate oneself, caused massive gender confusion and is lead to the implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion programs from the schoolhouse to the White House and from the school room to every corporate board room in America.

Here is the most accurate summary titled “The Hour is Getting Late” of Donald J. Trump and why he must win on November 5th, 2024. 

The Bottom Line

When in a Civil War one needs a wartime President.

In a January 9th, 2021 article Cherie Zaslawsky wrote, “Those with the stomach to watch the proceedings in Congress on January 6th witnessed a shameful display of cowardice, deceit, ignorance and treasonous collusion as most of the members in both houses, but especially the Senate, couldn’t sell out their country fast enough.

At the time General McEnerny has said:

“He [President Trump] has got to declare a national emergency…He should also use The Insurrection Act because we have an insurrection right now in this country…The Democratic perpetrators of this, plus the Russians, Chinese and Iran, have not disguised this cyber warfare on America…” This is treason, folks! This is war!

Stewart Rhodes, the founder of Oath Keepers, put it this way, in an open letter to President Trump:

It’s time to honor [your] oath by defending the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. This is your moment of destiny. Will you take your place in history as the savior of our Republic, right up there with President Washington and Lincoln? Or will you fail to act, while you still can, and leave office on January 20, 2021, leaving We the People to fight a desperate revolution/civil war against an illegitimate usurper and his Chicom puppet regime?

You must act NOW as a wartime President, pursuant to your oath to defend the Constitution, which is very similar to the oath all of us veterans swore. We are already in a fight. It’s better to wage it with you as Commander-in-Chief than to have you comply with a fraudulent election, leave office, and leave the White House in the hands of illegitimate usurpers and Chinese puppets. Please don’t do it. Do NOT concede, and do NOT wait until January 20, 2021. Strike now.

We know what President Donald J. Trump must do when inaugurated on January 20th, 2025.

He must drain the swamp from the schoolhouse to the White House, completely and totally.

©2024. All rights reserved.

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If the World Sees Us [with a] Lack of Resolve, ‘They Will Come with Guns Blazing,’ Johnson Warns

By Family Research Council

Americans woke up to plenty of terrifying headlines Sunday after Iran lobbed more than 300 missiles and drones at Israel. “The world stands at the brink of an all-out war,” The Telegraph insisted. Columbian President Gustavo Petro publicly despaired, calling the weekend’s attack “a prelude to World War III.” Here at home, President Joe Biden continued to walk a political tightrope, declaring his “ironclad commitment to the security of Israel,” while privately urging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to suck it up and take whatever Iran dishes out.

Like most people watching the scene unfold, the editors at National Review can’t believe the White House’s suggestion that the Jewish state sit on its hands. “Any effort to impede Israel’s retaliation would be morally disgraceful and strategically inane,” they wrote. “… No nation could live under a situation in which another nation vowing to destroy it can threaten its population in this manner, and rest on the hope that it can meet every future attack with the same amount of success in shooting down weapons.”

On the Hill, leaders saw right through Biden’s cheap political ploy. This is a country, Rubio said of Israel, that has faced “constant existential threats to their existence on a repeated basis. … What I don’t understand is why Joe Biden and the administration would leak to the media, the contents of a conversation which he tells Netanyahu he doesn’t think that Netanyahu should respond at all,” unless, as he suspects, it’s to placate their pro-Palestine, anti-Semitic base. “It is the continuing part of the public game they are playing which frankly encourages Iran and Hezbollah.”

But then, as plenty of experts have pointed out, Biden has already done more than his share to help the Islamist regime. “Within weeks of taking office, Biden removed the terrorist designation on Iran’s proxy in Yemen, the Houthis,” NRO’s editors pointed out. “[H]e allowed the U.N. sanctions against the Iranian missile and drone program to expire. Those were the types of weapons not only that were used [Saturday] night but that Iran has sold to Russia for use against Ukraine.”

When pressed about the decision to relax sanctions — ultimately giving Iran five months to build up its missile capabilities and cash reserves — U.S. National Security Council Coordinator John Kirby defended Biden. Asked by Fox News’s Shannon Bream if the administration could’ve done more to deter Tehran, Kirby claimed that it was “hard to look at what President Biden has done with respect to Iran and say that he hasn’t been tough on Iran.”

That’s interesting, former National Security Council member Richard Goldberg said, since Biden hasn’t stopped the flow of money to Iran since the weekend’s attacks. The U.N. Security Council called an emergency meeting Sunday only to adjourn without taking “any meaningful action.” It’s unfathomable to Goldberg, who pointed out, “This was a massive, unprecedented, and unacceptable strategic attack on Israel. It would be a huge mistake to pull Israel back from a military retaliation — but it’s downright insanity to keep $10 billion accessible to Tehran in the aftermath. The president needs to lock down all the money he made available to Tehran these past months.”

Although American Ambassador Robert Wood made a tepid promise that Washington “will explore additional measures to hold Iran accountable,” no one is quite sure what that means. Meanwhile, Mark Dubowitz wanted people to know, there’s been a “massive increase in Iranian nuclear enrichment since President Biden [was] elected.” “Facts are stubborn things,” he warned. “So is [Ayatollah] Khamenei when he faces minimal American pressure and massive sanctions relief.”

At the very least, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) told the press, Congress can finally finish the work of Israeli aid that he started more than five months ago. As Family Research Council President Tony Perkins pointed out on “This Week on the Hill,” the first substantive bill that the House passed after Johnson took the gavel was $14.5 billion in assistance for Israel — which the new speaker offset by cutting an IRS slush fund. Democrats voted against it. “And what has the Senate done with it?” Perkins asked Johnson.

“Well,” he replied, “nothing. It’s been sitting on [Schumer’s] desk. I tried again to do a clean Israel [bill] just a full unpaid for assistance. One hundred sixty-six House Democrats voted against it, and Joe Biden threatened to veto it. A clean Israel funding bill. They said no. That’s a pretty amazing thing.”

Even more incredible, Johnson invited Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress, and Schumer refuses to authorize it — despite being the highest-ranking, longest-serving Jewish member of Congress. “It’s stunning, it really is,” the speaker agreed. What happened to Israel being a bipartisan issue, Perkins wanted to know? “Right,” Johnson replied. “The Democrats are turning their back on Israel now [from] the president on down.”

It’s all “deeply concerning” to Netanyahu, the speaker relayed after multiple conversations with the prime minister. “It’s almost unbelievable that the president has turned his back since October 7th on Israel. They’re leaning into the pro-Hamas, pro-protestor branch of their party. … [T]hey’re fearful of that wing of the party. And it’s a rising number of young progressives who are screaming that Israel is the enemy somehow. … You had 50 House Democrats just a few days ago, sent a letter saying that we should no longer have arms transfers to Israel so they can defend their very existence,” he pointed out. “It’s incredible.”

This whole shift in the Democratic Party is alarming, Johnson agreed. “The reason we stand with Israel, for us, it’s a matter of faith, but it’s also a matter of geopolitical stability. They’re the only democracy in the Middle East.”

Before he was speaker, Johnson talked about a meeting with Netanyahu and his cabinet, where they told him, “We want to remind you all that the reason that Israel can stand is because they know that our brother America — the big brother — as it were, is standing behind them, looking over their shoulder.” In other words, he explained, “If the world ever sees that we lack that resolve, they will come with all guns blazing, literally, against Israel. It’s a dangerous, dangerous situation right now. We cannot show a lack of resolve.”

And “the idea that we would not roll out the red carpet and invite our close friend and ally to come and update the Congress on [the war], to me, is unconscionable,” he reiterated. But these issues are going to come home to roost, Johnson warned. If the Democratic Party continues to be held hostage by radical forces that want to abandon Israel, it spells trouble for Biden and company.

“I think they’ve got a very real political problem on their hands. But this should transcend politics. This is bigger than that. This is about safety and security, not just [for] Israel, but the American people. We have got to stand strong right now. They need to put politics aside. But, yes, they’ve got a real problem going into an election year when a rising number of their base is now turning against Israel.”

The Americans who care about this situation, who understand the importance of our ally Israel, need to “let their voices be heard,” Johnson urged. “They need to prevail upon members of Congress to get this job done. I’ve tried to get Israel funded [with] the supplemental, the defense package, that they need. It’s about $14 billion.”

The Middle East is a tough neighborhood, Perkins pointed out. Most of the surrounding nations have threatened to wipe Israel off the map — including Iran. And “you cannot fight to a draw. You have to fight to win. The prime minister understands that. But apparently, the Biden administration does not.”

AUTHOR

Suzanne Bowdey

Suzanne Bowdey serves as editorial director and senior writer at The Washington Stand.

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Elementary School Denies Request to Start Prayer Club, Approves ‘Pride Club’

By Family Research Council

In 2015, religious freedom seemed compromised when a Washington high school football coach was fired for praying with his team after a game. Joe Kennedy waited roughly six years for the Supreme Court to hear the oral arguments for his case. He was represented by a Christian nonprofit legal organization, First Liberty Institute (FLI), which took the position that “no teacher or coach should lose their job for simply expressing their faith while in public.” This was a notable case in 2022, and recent events have caused the issue to resurface.

Earlier this year, Laura, an 11-year-old girl who attends Creekside Elementary in Washington State, requested to start an interfaith prayer club at her school. But her request was denied.

When Laura and her mom approached the principal about the matter in February, they were informed that the school’s budget for clubs had been finalized in October. And according to a spokesperson for Issaquah School District, “[C]lubs offered are student-interest driven and meet outside of the school day. At the elementary level, participation in a club also requires parent permission. Once the school year begins, the building budget is set, and additional clubs are usually not added until the following school year.” But the story doesn’t end here.

Laura’s group, which she hoped to start with her friend, was meant to include people of all different religious backgrounds. She shared with Fox News that she was feeling alone, and that she thought this would be a good idea to bring students together. “I think that this is something that I am very passionate about,” she added. “I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t really want to make this happen, if I didn’t think that it would be a great opportunity for everyone.” It was later discovered that an LGBT club was approved only a week prior to Laura’s club request being denied, which has caused spectators to raise their eyebrows.

As a result of this alleged hypocrisy, Laura filed a lawsuit on the grounds of religious discrimination with the help of FLI. Attorneys pointed out in a letter to the school, “The First Amendment ‘doubly protects religious speech.’ These First Amendment protections extend to elementary school students expressing their sincere religious beliefs through voluntary clubs. Yet the school district flouted its First Amendment obligations when they refused to allow a student-led interfaith prayer club. Its unlawful action violates both the Free Exercise Clause and the Free Speech Clause.”

Kayla Toney, associate counsel at First Liberty Institute, explained, “Denying the formation of a religious student club while allowing other clubs violates the Constitution,” drawing attention to the fact that the similar case with Coach Kennedy occurred “just a short drive away” from Laura’s elementary school. And in comments to The Washington Stand, Arielle Del Turco, Family Research Council’s director of the Center for Religious Liberty, said, “The fact that Creekside Elementary denied a religious club the same month that it approved a Pride club reveals a lot about American culture right now.”

She continued, “Sadly, the promotion of LGBT identities is held sacred while religion is sidelined and marginalized. It’s heartbreaking that Laura, a fifth-grade student, felt alone at school as a religious believer and that she knew other students who felt the same way. She reacted in exactly the right way by making an effort to build community with religious students.”

Del Turco went on to emphasize that, “Oftentimes, when people seek to prevent religious expression in government venues, they will use the excuse that they don’t want to imply that the government favors one religion over another.” However, when it comes to Laura’s case, she pointed out that “the school doesn’t even have that flimsy excuse because the students were seeking to start a … club that would be open to students of different faiths.”

Ultimately, “Any school that allows other clubs while specifically denying religious clubs is acting in a discriminatory manner and violating the First Amendment, which protects freedom of expression and the free exercise of religion.” Del Turco concluded, “Christian fifth graders shouldn’t face viewpoint discrimination from their school leadership. It shouldn’t have had to come to this, but I fully expect this injustice to be rectified in the courts.”

AUTHOR

Sarah Holliday

Sarah Holliday is a reporter at The Washington Stand.

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‘It’s Bullsh*t’: Marine At Center Of New Afghanistan Probe Accuses Pentagon Of Covering Up Evidence

By The Daily Caller

A Marine at the center of a supplemental probe into the deadly suicide bombing during the 2021 U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan accused the Pentagon of concealing information showing it could have been prevented.

Former Sgt. Tyler Vargas-Andrews caused a stir after he testified in March 2023 that he had sights on an individual he and others on the ground believed to be the suicide bomber while in the guard tower next to Abbey Gate, but was denied permission to engage. After CENTCOM opened up a new probe into the incident to address his allegations and found nothing to corroborate them, the former sniper told the Daily Caller News Foundation he agreed the bomber suspect at the time was a “separate individual” from the man the Pentagon just identified as the perpetrator but stood by his testimony.

“That is the truth. For anyone to say that this wasn’t preventable when we had on the ground intel passed to us stating the threat, it’s bullshit. We were told that the bomber was headed to Abbey Gate in real time, we all knew that,” he told the DCNF.

“I believe that a lot has been covered up,” he added.

Vargas-Andrews lost two of his limbs in the bombing, which took the lives of 13 U.S. service members and killed and wounded dozens of Afghan civilians.

Marines stationed in and around the watchtower near Hamid Karzai International Airport’s Abbey Gate may have confused formal intelligence with “spot reports” made by service members in real time that had not been vetted, the secondary review found, according to The Washington Post.

“Over the past two years, some service members have claimed that they had the bomber in their sights, and they could have prevented the attack,” a U.S. official on the supplemental review team said on Friday, according to CNN. “But we now know that is not correct.”

While Vargas-Andrews disputed the finding, he did not dispute that the person Marines at the time believed to be the prime threat was not the eventual bomber, he told the Post.

The first investigation completed in November 2021 concluded a lone suicide bomber managed to bypass Taliban checkpoints but contained nothing to suggest the perpetrator had been identified or that a request to shoot traveled up the chain of command, interview logs show.

Investigators, “although as thorough as they could be,” told Vargas-Andrews and his team during the course of the secondary probe that photos of the bomber, which were taken while the sniper team was tracking threats, could not be retrieved from any facility in the Pentagon or a U.S. intelligence agency.

“They stated they combed through everything high and low,” he told the DCNF. “So what happened to those hundreds of photos, which are potential intelligence? That is a failure.”

This is the image provided comparing the man officials say was the bomber (L) & the man snipers at the gate believed to be the bomber (R) hours before the attack.

Intel analysis of the two “received the strongest negative possible rating” that they were the same, officials said https://t.co/Cel6ZlGrWl pic.twitter.com/j74xmuQm7l

— Haley Britzky (@halbritz) April 15, 2024

Many photos Vargas-Andrews’ sniper team collected, and photos taken by other units, vanished during the course of the chaotic evacuation in August 2021, a person familiar with the investigation told the Post. Those included two individuals the snipers requested to shoot.

One individual nicknamed the “man in black,” due to his black headscarf and shaved head, was thought to be the suicide bomber, CNN reported.

Vargas told the DCNF the photo of the suspect referenced in the report came from a cell phone and was taken from the display on his team’s camera

CENTCOM’s secondary report identified the bomber as Abdul Rahman Al-Logari, an Islamic State (ISIS) operative whom the Taliban had recently released from prison, according to CNN. Cross-comparison of the figures in each photo — CENTCOM obtained al-Logari’s prison mugshot — “received the strongest negative possible rating” they depicted the same person, officials said.

Vargas-Andrews maintained he still had an opportunity to engage the bomber.

“I will stand by my testimony and what we experienced till the day I die,” Vargas-Andrews told the DCNF.

CENTCOM did not immediately respond to the DCNF’s request for comment.

AUTHOR

MICAELA BURROW

Investigative reporter, defense.

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The Mullahs Ruling Iran Are Not Iranians

By Amil Imani

I have repeatedly said that the mullahs ruling Iran are not Iranians. They truly despise Iran and its glorious past. Genetically, they are mostly Arabs. They even hate its name. There were never any questions about the Islamists denigrating Iran and exalting Muhammad. These creatures owe their very livelihood to the lucrative business that Muhammad launched for their parasitic, shameful existence. It is vital for these leeches to continue trumpeting the sainthood of the founder of their business and driving all the competition out of business.

Just recently, Sayyid Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami became a senior Iranian cleric, as well as a senior member of the Assembly of Experts, also Tehran’s Friday prayer leader. He once proved me right. Give this worm credit for paying homage to the source of his shameful livelihood.

“How dare the people of Iran even think of having a revolution or a referendum! This government belongs to Imam Zaman (The Lord of the Age), and if anyone considers himself an Iranian, he needs to get the hell out of here. This soil belongs to us, the followers of Imam Zaman and his tribe. Iran’s name was created by ignorant people, and incidentally, this name is very provocative. This ignorant name (Iran) must be changed to something like “Velayat” lest it provoke our enemies (Iranian people).”

The battle against these inhuman (subhuman) oppressors in Iran has been arduous and long. It is the battle of Iran’s true sons and daughters and the rest of mankind. It remains our duty to work our hardest to remove these leeches from power.

We recognize that the dysfunctional Islamic software is deeply ingrained in the minds of many Muslims, who opt to remain in mental bondage rather than purge their minds of this software and join the rest of the human family with a new emancipating program for life: liberty.

Islamic clergy, the parasitic prime beneficiaries of Islam, are master practitioners of the carrot-and-stick strategy. By drawing heavily from the Quran and the Hadith, the conniving mullahs and imams have assembled a potent arsenal of threats and promises to keep the faithful in line. They had little trouble in so doing since Islamic scripture is replete with descriptions of the graphic horrific punishment awaiting the wayward and the unbelievers, while the rewards for the obedient and docile if they are male, are described as an endless variety of sensual pleasures. Anyone daring to leave the corral of Islam is apostate and automatically condemned to death. And that’s just for starters. The punishment awaiting the ungrateful deserter of the one and only true path, Islam, is horrific eternal torment in Allah’s hell.

The Islamic Republic of Iran, which holds in great contempt any non-Islamic belief or heritage, has embarked on destroying many pre-Islamic archeological sites in Iran, such as Pasargad and Persepolis — some of humanity’s most prized cultural heritage — on the pretext of building a dam. The heinous destruction of the two Bamiyan Buddha statues by Afghanistan’s Taliban pales in comparison to the present barbaric designs of the Islamic Republic. Pasargad and Persepolis are more than a mere collection of ancient structures. They are an embodiment of humanity’s historical respect for liberty and tolerance of diversity.

But the high clergy of Iran is not exactly living up to its brand. The mullah Mafia has a great scam going. They promise the ignorant Islamic devotees the phony “paradise” of the afterlife while they themselves enjoy their paradise of women, wealth, and wine on this earth. They are unrivaled in duplicity and heartlessness. So, in nearly perfect emulation of Muhammad and his leadership 1400 years ago, the pious mullahs go about plotting earthly destruction as they enrich themselves and enjoy earthly pleasures on the backs of their people.

Many Iranians are praying that help is on its way and that the ongoing protests now will not result in a repeat of 2009, when Obama threw a lifeline to the mullahs’ regime by not supporting the Iranian people, in effect siding with the genocidal mullahs. The turbaned thugs were taking their final breath, being completely broke, and the good old USA came to the rescue, releasing billions of dollars and easing other sanctions. I will never understand this.

My aspiration for my motherland is to see it freed from the evil that has been visited upon it ever since our people bought into a most depraved version of Islam. Whether people become Baha’is, Zoroastrians, or Christians, this should be a free choice for each person. Even if a person insists on remaining Muslim, that is his or her prerogative. Yet imposing the suffocating intolerance of Islam on an entire nation is something that neither I nor any person who lives in Iran can accept. Our beloved Iran deserves to be a country where, once again, we take pride in being its children instead of the present, when we often do all we can to conceal our nation of birth when visiting abroad.

©2024. Amil Imani. All rights reserved.

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‘This Week On The Hill’: Tony Perkins Talks Faith with Speaker Mike Johnson

By Family Research Council

On Saturday morning, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins helmed the “maiden voyage” of Salem Radio Network’s newest program “This Week On The Hill,” featuring U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) as the show’s inaugural guest. The two Louisiana conservatives discussed, among other things, the role that Christian faith plays in American politics — from guiding legislation to holding the Republican Party together to ending abortion.

Referring to their decades-long friendship, Perkins said to Johnson, “You and I go back to when you were in law school, and faith plays a major role in our lives and in your life in particular. … And there’s some that say, ‘That has no place in [Congress].’” Johnson replied, “Well, those who say that don’t understand our history, the foundation of our country.” He continued, “We were built upon our Judeo-Christian heritage and our foundation is that, it’s chiseled into the marble right above the speaker’s rostrum, right there in the House chamber: ‘In God We Trust.’ That’s what makes us different. That’s what made us exceptional from the beginning.” Johnson added:

“If you look back in history and you study the writings of the founders and the previous leaders in the Congress, how they spoke, what they said, they were very open about this idea that God is our creator. He’s the one that gives us our rights, not government. These things used to be known as self-evident truths. Not so much anymore.”

The Speaker also noted that the first American presidents, including George Washington and John Adams, warned that the American republic is “an experiment on the world stage. We don’t know how long it’ll last. But … of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports, and we seem to have forgotten some of that.”

Perkins asked what role Christian faith plays in the policy decisions of today. Johnson responded, “We have to recognize right now we’re not really in a battle right now between Republicans and Democrats anymore. It’s deeper than that. This is between two competing visions for who we are as a country, who we are as Americans.” He continued:

“And if you’re a person of faith, you’re a Christian, that is a worldview, and that informs how you think about issues and you believe in absolute truths and in a sense of morality that is supposed to guide these decisions. If you don’t jettison that when you walk in the building, it’s supposed to be a part of the fabric of what you decide. … It is our philosophy. It is our worldview, and it informs what we do.”

Johnson also spoke of being elected Speaker back in October and recent challenges to his speakership from within the Republican Party. “This was not a job that I aspired to,” he said. “To be speaker of the House in this modern era is a unique challenge.” Referring to a move by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) to vacate the speakership, Johnson said, “Marjorie and I agree on philosophy, not on strategy. And she’s upset about the appropriations process, the spending bills. And guess what? So am I.” He explained, “We’re not going to get 100% of what we want. Because remember, whatever we pass, we’ve got to send over to the Senate that’s run by Chuck Schumer. And it’s got to be signed into law by Joe Biden. They’re not going to give us anything that we want.”

In discussing narrowly avoiding a government shutdown by compromising on appropriations bills, Johnson stated, “We shouldn’t be opposed [to] or scared of a government shutdown. But you have to have a plan to get a better policy outcome or to get something on the other side. You don’t shut it down just for the sake of that.” He explained that a government shutdown would eventually be blamed on House Republicans, many of whom may not be reelected as a result. Since Democrat votes would be needed to reopen the government, Johnson clarified, Republicans would have to make major concessions on policy to secure those votes and reopen the government. “It probably guarantees that we lose our House majority in the election in November, and I can’t reopen the government,” the Speaker said. “We would have wound up much worse off than the appropriations bills at the end of that, and we would have been blamed for everything.”

Turning to the issue of abortion, Johnson posited that Democrats are using the hot-button issue to distract voters from their policy failures. “They’re absolutely desperate in this election cycle,” the Speaker said. “And they believe abortion is the only thing they can run on. They know that because their policies have been so disastrous for everybody. They’re not being honest.” Johnson explained that in shielding their own extreme positions on abortion, Democrats are attempting to paint pro-life Republicans as restrictive extremists.

He also discussed the role that Christians and conservatives must play in building a “culture of life.” Johnson declared, “If you’re going to have political consensus on a controversial issue, you’ve got to have cultural consensus first.” He explained further:

“The challenge for us right now — for the church or people of faith or the Republican Party — is to help build that culture of life and so that we make people understand the stakes here, that’s why it’s so important and why this makes us who we are as Americans. It’s about human dignity. It’s about recognizing that all of us are not just born equal, we are created equal. That’s what our nation’s birth certificate says in the declaration.”

“This Week On The Hill” airs Saturday mornings at 7 a.m. EST on the Salem Radio Network. The show is also available on the Salem News Channel, Salem Podcast Network, and Townhall.com.

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S.A. McCarthy

S.A. McCarthy serves as a news writer at The Washington Stand.

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Bidenomics Inflate-and-Spend Policies Are Penny Bad, Pound Foolish

By Family Research Council

Under a metal standard, inflation is caused by bad pennies. Under the Biden standard, inflation is a bad penny, in that it keeps turning up. In fact, nearly two years after inflation peaked in the summer of 2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported Wednesday that inflation is still chugging along at nearly twice the Federal Reserve’s target rate. Not only does the Biden administration not understand inflation’s cumulative burden on workers and families, they don’t seem to understand the economic phenomenon at all.

According to BLS, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 0.4% in March and the same percentage in February, for a 12-month increase of 3.5%. Excluding the volatile categories of food and energy, core inflation rose 0.4% in March, matching February and January, and rose 3.8% over the past 12 months. Costs continue to rise across the economy, from gasoline (1.7%) to transportation services (1.5%) to electricity (0.9%) to apparel (0.7%) to medical care services (0.6%). For families who already feel like they’re carrying an armload of bricks, March’s report just placed one more brick on top.

The government has two ways to respond to inflation. One way is monetary policy, primarily controlled by the Federal Reserve raising interest rates to combat inflation and lowering them to combat recessions. The other way is fiscal policy, or how much money the federal government collects and expends.

As Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has “repeatedly insisted,” the Fed wants to keep price inflation at 2% annually — at least they do on paper. But economist Marc Goldwein observed that, “at our current pace, we’ll have 4%-4.5% inflation.” A third grader could explain that four is twice as much as two.

Despite its professed commitment to 2% inflation, the Federal Reserve has been reluctant to raise interest rates at all, and it has only done so slowly and gradually. The Fed was recently contemplating cuts to the interest rate as early as June, even though inflation had not yet returned to its 2% target.

Indeed, considering who first proclaimed the emperor’s nakedness, perhaps the Federal Reserve Board could learn wisdom from a third grader’s simplicity. “The CPI rebound is one more data point that the Fed’s monetary policy isn’t as tight as it claims,” argued The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). “Three months is more than a blip in the data.”

While the March inflation report wasn’t good, at least it may have forced the Fed to respond seriously. The WSJ suggested the ongoing prices hikes are “depriving [the Fed] of a credible justification for cutting rates.” An asset management strategist predicted to CNBC that “there is likely sufficient caution within the Fed … that a July cut may also be a stretch, by which point the US election will begin to intrude with Fed decision making.”

Speaking of the election, that decision point could be far more impactful to the other inflation-control level, fiscal policy. Voters have virtually no say over who runs the Federal Reserve, but they are directly responsible for choosing members of Congress and the occupant of the White House — those figures responsible for setting the nation’s fiscal policy.

Thus far, the vast majority of Americans are deeply frustrated about the cost of living. A recent WSJ poll of seven swing states found that 74% of voters thought inflation had moved in the wrong direction over the past year.

The White House has argued that “the only problem in the economy is consumer psychology,” noted the WSJ. “But if voters are downbeat about the economy, persistent inflation is a good reason. Price increases across the Biden Presidency are unlike anything Americans have seen in recent decades. They have been a particular shock for low-income and younger workers who haven’t accumulated a wealth cushion in the stock market or housing values.”

“It is not ‘the rich’ who are suffering in this economy; it’s everyone else,” declared National Review’s Charlie Cooke. “Grocery prices are up by more than 30 percent since 2020. The costs of new mortgages have skyrocketed, as have the costs of financing, insuring, and repairing a car.” Meanwhile, real average hourly wages are down 2.54% since January 2021, according to the WSJ.

The connection between the government’s disgraceful conduct and the disastrous consequences for average Americans is no secret. Inflation always occurs when there is too much money and not enough to spend it on. When the federal government runs a deficit, it effectively dumps extra money into circulation (even if the debt must be paid back later). When the federal government runs an obscenely large deficit, it can spark an inflationary cycle. That is exactly what happened when Congress went on a spending spree during COVID — a spree which has never stopped.

“The problem is the federal government ran a $2 trillion deficit last year, is set to run a similarly large deficit this year, and if Biden gets what he wants, it will run a $1.8 trillion deficit next year,” noted economic analyst Dominic Pino. The U.S. government is currently running a deficit equivalent to about 7% of national GDP — far more than other countries — without either a war or a recession to justify it,” Pino complained. “One really big thing that could help prevent these ugly situations is for the federal government to stop spending so much money that it doesn’t have.”

As a result of Washington’s reckless debt guzzling, “the Fed alone won’t be able to cure our sustained inflation,” argued National Review’s Veronique De Rugy. Extinguishing this inflationary blaze will take two committed parties who are hooked up to a hydrant. The Fed’s firehose cannot put out the fire until Congress and the president put down the flamethrower.

President Joe Biden paid lip service to this responsibility on Wednesday when he reacted to the BLS report with the claim, “Fighting inflation remains my top economic priority.”

“Who is he kidding?” retorted the WSJ editors. “His real priority is to keep the government and consumer spending spigot wide open with subsidies galore for electronic vehicles, student-loan write-offs and social welfare. His other main priority is using regulation to put government in control of more of the economy. None of this restrains prices.”

Biden attempted to preempt the obvious rebuttal. “I have a plan to lower costs for housing — by building and renovating more than two million homes — and I’m calling on corporations including grocery retailers to use record profits to reduce prices,” he declared. “My agenda is lowering costs for prescription drugs, health care, student debt, and hidden junk fees.”

Fear not, troubled householder! Lord Biden has heard your cries for price relief and has demonstrated his unparalleled knowledge of economics by demanding that prices be lower. Gape awestruck at his superior insight and bend a thankful knee.

Pino skewered “any sector-specific efforts to fight inflation” as “a game of economic Whack-a-Mole.” Since the fundamental “problem is too much money chasing too few goods,” he explained, “if you scare some of the money away from one category of goods, it will scurry to another category.” Thus, he predicted that “inflation will likely show up in seemingly random places” from month to month.

There are two methods to make a large float lie on the bottom of a pool. The first method is to simultaneously press down on every inch as it tries to rise to the surface. The second method is to drain the pool. Biden is not only trying the first method, but is also continuing to fill the pool.

A clever reader may object that Congress has at least as much control over fiscal policy as the president, as Congress is the organ of government responsible for raising the debt limit, authorizing spending, passing a budget (or, in lieu of a budget, a pork omnibus), and passing any other spending bills. Under normal circumstances — and under the Constitution — I would agree.

It’s true that Congress has failed — and has been failing — at its stewardship of taxpayer dollars (or, more accurately, the dollars future taxpayers have not yet earned).

However, it’s also true that Biden keeps trying to incur other costs not authorized by Congress. President Biden on Friday announced new plans to cancel student loans, something the Supreme Court already ruled he lacked the authority to do. In a lawsuit filed Monday that challenges Biden’s new student loan forgiveness scheme, seven state attorneys general argued the plan — which would cost $475 billion across 10 years — “is only the most recent instance in a long but troubling pattern of the President relying on innocuous language from decades-old statutes to impose drastic, costly policy changes on the American people without their consent.”

In exchange, Biden offered to target junk fees and build some houses. (By the time the federal government finishes “building and renovating more than 2 million homes” at the speed of a sloth in syrup, they’ll likely have to admit those units are barely sufficient to house the more than 2.3 million migrants who have illegally entered the country under Biden’s watch.) But forget about Biden lobbing inflation grenades into a crowded concourse; concentrate instead on how he personally supplied every member of the crowd with rubber gloves to shield themselves.

In November, the public will get their first direct opportunity to grade Biden’s performance as the nation’s chief executive, as well as the disgraceful conduct of other government officials who pretend to be in charge of fiscal policy. How will they rate them? “Americans, history shows us, will forgive a president who is obliged to fight inflation with higher interest rates,” Cooke granted, “unless, of course, he is the same president who is blamed for the inflation in the first place.”

Monetary policy and fiscal policy work like tongs. Between them, they can take hold of inflation — so long as both prongs contract. Getting inflation under control requires draining off all the excess money through higher interest rates — and then not adding more through deficit spending. But this plan would require a measure of fiscal discipline not seen in Washington — or the Fed — for decades.

Judging by the history of other nations, governments who embark on a debt-fueled vote-buying binge rarely restrain themselves until they crash off a fiscal cliff. Will American voters force our elected officials to be wiser?

We may learn the answer in November. For now, the Biden administration’s plan to combat inflation is to place trash cans under every drip from the ceiling, but never fix the leaky roof.

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Joshua Arnold

Joshua Arnold is a senior writer at The Washington Stand.

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Iran Attack on Israel Sparks Global Response

By Family Research Council

On Saturday, startled Americans watched as news anchors broke into their regular programming for a special report: Iran had begun a full-scale attack on Israel. After decades of using terrorist proxies like Hezbollah and the Houthis, Tehran took direct aim at the Jewish nation for the first time in 40 years, launching more than 300 missiles and drones at its enemy to the east.

Iran’s offensive was a shocking twist on an already explosive situation in the region, as Israel continues its march against Hamas over the international pressure to end the war. And while Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced that it had intercepted as many as 99% of the rockets fired from Iran, the assault marked a new and dangerous chapter in the Middle East tensions.

In Washington, President Joe Biden rushed back to the White House, calling for a G7 meeting to “coordinate a united diplomatic response to Iran’s brazen attack.” Together with Great Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan, Biden applauded Israel’s measures at self-defense but privately urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu against retaliation.

“The president’s been clear,” White House National Security Spokesman John Kirby told NBC Sunday morning. “We don’t want to see this escalate; we’re not looking for a wider war with Iran,” he said before adding, “I think the coming hours and days will tell us a lot.”

In the weeks leading up to the strike, Netanyahu had “been preparing for the possibility of a direct attack from Iran.” He reassured the country that its “air defenses are deployed. We are ready for any scenario, both in attack and defense.” Here at home, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin backed up the prime minister, telling the press corps, “We do not seek conflict with Iran, but we will not hesitate to act to protect our forces and support the defense of Israel.”

The initial wave caused “very little damage,” Israeli Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant wanted people to know, but it did manage to accomplish something else: revealing Iran’s real intent. “Overnight, the whole world saw the true face of Iran — a terrorist state that attacked the State of Israel from a distance of 1,500 km and in doing so also attempted to employ all of its proxies.”

Iran’s political and military leaders celebrated the largely unsuccessful mission, calling the operation a “historic, powerful, victorious operation against [the] Zionist regime.” Meanwhile, Israel was carrying out its own counter-offensive, pounding Hezbollah targets in Lebanon early Sunday. “A short while ago, IDF fighter jets struck a number of military structures in a complex belonging to Hezbollah’s Radwan Forces in the area of Jbaa in southern Lebanon,” the country’s forces announced. “Earlier during the night, IDF fighter jets struck Hezbollah military structures in the areas of Khiam and Kfarkela.”

As the weekend wore on, reaction from U.S. lawmakers poured in. House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) insisted that “America must show our full resolve to stand with our critical ally. The world must be assured: Israel is not alone.” He put the blame for the weekend’s conflict, at least in part, at the president’s feet. “I will continue to engage with the White House to insist upon a proper response. The Biden Administration’s undermining of Israel and appeasement of Iran have contributed to these terrible developments.”

While the president is desperately working to keep Israel from engaging Iran directly, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) called for more forceful action from the U.S. “We must move quickly and launch aggressive retaliatory strikes on Iran,” she urged.

Members of Biden’s own party joined the chorus for a stronger show of support for Israel after weeks of publicly abandoning our Middle East ally with calls for a ceasefire. Asked by CNN’s John Tapper if he agreed with Blackburn’s strategy, Senator John Fetterman (D-Pa.) said no, but reiterated, “I just think we should follow and have Israel’s back in the situation. I don’t agree with the president.” He’s “entitled to his own views and whatever he decides to do,” the colorful senator explained, “but I would never capitulate to the fringe [of the Democratic Party]. … [T]hat empowers Hamas, and Hamas is actually convinced they’re winning the PR war. And they’re never going to negotiate at this point.”

Over in the House, the weekend’s conflict is prompting leadership to pivot to crucial legislation on Israel. Legislation, several conservatives have pointed out, that Democrats refused to consider four months ago. “… The House will move from its previously announced legislative schedule next week to instead consider [aid proposals] that support our ally Israel and holds Iran and its terrorist proxies accountable,” Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) announced. “[T]here must be consequences for this unprovoked attack.”

An attack, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shook his head, that never should have happened. “So much for don’t,” the Trump official tweeted, referring to Biden’s one-word admonishment to Iran. “Don’t isn’t a national security policy,” Pompeo said last year when Biden made the comment. “It’s not even a deterrent.”

“When your Secretary of State declares near moral equivalence between good, our ally Israel — and evil, the Islamic Republic,” Pompeo pointed out over the weekend, “you get bad guys wreaking destruction.”

Former Israel Ambassador David Friedman was equally outraged by the administration’s tepid soundbites. “About six months ago, Biden looked Hezbollah and Iran in the proverbial eye and said ‘Don’t.’ Since then, Hezbollah has attacked Israel daily, almost 100,000 Israelis have been displaced from their homes in the North with no idea when they will return, Iran has received $26 billion in sanctions relief and the US carrier strike forces have sailed away. US policy here is weak, confused and unproductive,” he argued.

And the Democrats’ confused messaging doesn’t help matters. After calling for the overthrow of Netanyahu last month, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) dared to say he “stands” with Israelis. “… [T]he United States will do everything we can to support Israel’s defense against Iran,” he claimed.

This constant wavering on the Left, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said, has given the entire world the impression that the president’s party “tacitly supports Israel’s opponents.” Perkins, who was in Israel three weeks ago meeting with Netanyahu, agrees that “what happened [Saturday] was the result of the Biden administration vacillating back and forth in its support of Israel.” As the prime minister told him last month, “If we are not decisive in our victory against Hamas, it’s going to incite Iran directly to attack us.”

Like other military experts, Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Bob Maginnis believes Iran anticipated that Israel would be supported by the U.S., yet launched the operation anyway. “That means the present deterrence in the region failed,” FRC’s senior fellow for National Security told The Washington Stand. For 40-plus years, Maginnis has written about Iran, including in his book “Never Submit,” which addresses the tragic history of the Islamic Republic and its tyrants. He believes, “They no longer fear the U.S. — and unless the U.S. and others increase their presence and demonstrated willingness to use force, much worse is likely on the horizon.”

The reality is, Maginnis warned, “Iran has the capability to reach out and damage Israel. Jerusalem is no longer safe in spite of separation provided by the Arabian landmass and the Persian Gulf. It also appears some of the Iranian weapons platforms used Iraqi airspace, a consequence of our disengagement with Baghdad.” As he put it, “The mullahs in Tehran are now out of the closet and openly engaging, threatening Jerusalem.”

And the price to Israel is steep. One of Iran’s goals is to exhaust Israel’s arsenal of “expensive anti-missile systems like Iron Dome Patriot, Arrow, and David’s sling,” he pointed out. “In other words, Iran is trading cheap drones for anti-drone, ballistic missile rockets fired by Israel and her Western allies.”

In other words, Perkins said, “Israel is fighting for its survival.” Preaching at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills Sunday, the FRC president acknowledged that “we live in times of great uncertainty — both abroad and here at home. But we’ve been given clear instruction on how we as followers of Jesus Christ are to respond, “We’re to stand firm in the truth of God. Jesus warned us that these days would be coming. … God does not want us to be anxious. He does not want us to be worrying about this; He wants us to go to work.”

“This is the greatest threat that this nation of Israel has seen since its founding almost 76 years ago,” Perkins insisted. “And if we depart from our commitment to stand with Israel, I fear for our country’s future.” He announced that FRC and several churches around the country are declaring May 19 “Pray for and Stand with Israel Sunday.” It’s his goal to have churches all across America praying for the Jewish nation.

“While we may not have the political authority to negotiate and make decisions for our government … but as believers, we’ve been given the keys to the kingdom. And we need to exercise those keys. … We need to pray that God would show Himself mighty to save.”

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Suzanne Bowdey

Suzanne Bowdey serves as editorial director and senior writer at The Washington Stand.


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