State Department Tried to Block Investigation of Lab Leak

BY RICK MORAN

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/rick-moran/2021/06/03/bombshell-u-s-state-department-tried-to-block-investigation-of-lab-leak-at-wuhan-n1451851;

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A report in Vanity Fair details actions by some members of the U.S. State Department to block efforts to investigate the origins of the coronavirus because the inquiry could open “a can of worms.” An internal memo sent to department heads by Thomas DiNanno, former acting assistant secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance, warned: “not to pursue an investigation into the origin of COVID-19.”

The “can of worms” in question was the extensive funding by the U.S. government into the Wuhan Virology Lab’s “gain-of-function” virus research. It’s unclear whether DiNanno was concerned that an investigation would uncover evidence of a lab leak or the extent to which the U.S. was funding dangerous research.

Indeed, there’s a lot more going on with this gain-of-function research than has ever been revealed. There appears to be a powerful lobby within the U.S. government that is heavily invested in the dangerous research and is serious about keeping it quiet. Former CDC chairman Robert Redfield received death threats from fellow scientists after telling CNN that he believed COVID-19 had originated in a lab.

“I was threatened and ostracized because I proposed another hypothesis,” Redfield told Vanity Fair. “I expected it from politicians. I didn’t expect it from science.”

Going back to the beginning of the pandemic, ostracizing and ridiculing those who mentioned the lab-leak theory became common. It stems from a letter published in the medical journal Lancet, as the VF article points out.

On February 19, 2020, The Lancet, among the most respected and influential medical journals in the world, published a statement that roundly rejected the lab-leak hypothesis, effectively casting it as a xenophobic cousin to climate change denialism and anti-vaxxism. Signed by 27 scientists, the statement expressed “solidarity with all scientists and health professionals in China” and asserted: “We stand together to strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin.”

That was enough for the American media, which was in no mood to give Donald Trump a break in reporting on the virus. But why dismiss a hypothesis when no one had gathered any evidence of how the virus originated?

Then came the revelation that the Lancet statement was not only signed but organized by a zoologist named Peter Daszak, who has repackaged U.S. government grants and allocated them to facilities conducting gain-of-function research—among them the WIV itself. David Asher, now a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, ran the State Department’s day-to-day COVID-19 origins inquiry. He said it soon became clear that “there is a huge gain-of-function bureaucracy” inside the federal government.

Daszak, you may recall, is the founder and president of EcoHealth Alliance and was one of the primary investigators hired by the WHO to go to China and discover the origins of the coronavirus, even though he had a conflict of interest in investigating the Wuhan lab due to his arranging U.S. government funding for the lab’s gain-of-function research.

The “gain-of-function bureaucracy” inside the U.S. government was very busy in 2020.

As officials at the meeting discussed what they could share with the public, they were advised by Christopher Park, the director of the State Department’s Biological Policy Staff in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, not to say anything that would point to the U.S. government’s own role in gain-of-function research, according to documentation of the meeting obtained by Vanity Fair.

Some of the attendees were “absolutely floored,” said an official familiar with the proceedings. That someone in the U.S. government could “make an argument that is so nakedly against transparency, in light of the unfolding catastrophe, was…shocking and disturbing.”

More disturbing was the role that Park played in lifting the moratorium on funding gain-of-function research.

Park, who in 2017 had been involved in lifting a U.S. government moratorium on funding for gain-of-function research, was not the only official to warn the State Department investigators against digging in sensitive places. As the group probed the lab-leak scenario, among other possibilities, its members were repeatedly advised not to open a “Pandora’s box,” said four former State Department officials interviewed by Vanity Fair. The admonitions “smelled like a cover-up,” said Thomas DiNanno, “and I wasn’t going to be part of it.”

Eventually, efforts to cover up the mystery of the origin of the virus failed, and U.S. intelligence as well as the state department and national security agency are going full bore trying to uncover the truth. They won’t be able to succeed without the full cooperation of the Chinese Communists, which is why there will always be a question of whether the virus occurred naturally and was transmitted to humans as viruses have done for tens of thousands of years, or it was a careless leak in a lab.

Biden’s plan to open separate Jerusalem consulate for Palestinians violates US law

BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/05/bidens-plan-to-open-separate-jerusalem-consulate-for-palestinians-violates-us-law;

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The White House lived up to its promise to send Secretary of State Antony Blinken to the Middle East to “rebuild ties” with Palestinians. In fact, it exceeded expectations, with a pledge by Biden to ask Congress to donate $75,000,000 to the Palestinians. It didn’t stop there. Blinken formally announced the decision to reopen the Palestinian consulate in Jerusalem during a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. But to do so isn’t legal according to the article below, which was written by Mark Meadows, chief of staff to former President Donald Trump, and David Milstein, who served as special assistant to the US ambassador to Israel.

A Palestinian consulate in Jerusalem violates the Jeruslem Embassy Act that Trump activated in 2017. The Act recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and calls for Jerusalem to remain an undivided city.

Although Biden stated that Israel has a right to defend itself, his administration has bent over backwards to send the message to Palestinians that America under Biden supports the Palestinian cause —

which is jihad for the eradication of Israel.

“Biden’s plan for a diplomatic mission to the Palestinians blatantly violates US law,” by Mark Meadows and David Milstein, New York Post, May 26, 2021:

As presidential candidate, Joe Biden was asked if he would reverse President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem. Biden promised, “I wouldn’t reverse it.”

But candidate Biden also proposed re-opening the US diplomatic mission to the Palestinians in Jerusalem, which had merged with the Jerusalem embassy in 2019.

Now Team Biden is moving forward with the latter initiative. On May 25, Secretary of State Antony Blinken formally told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that Washington would seek to reopen this diplomatic mission. The move contradicts Biden’s campaign promise not to renege on the recognition of Jerusalem, since a pair of missions in the same city undercuts Jerusalem’s status as Israel’s capital. It also breaks the Jerusalem Embassy Act that sought to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem no later than 1999 — a law Biden voted for along with 92 other senators.

The 1995 law states that “Jerusalem should remain an undivided city, in which the rights of every ethnic and religious group are protected. … Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel.” In 2017, on the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification in the Six Day War, the Senate unanimously voted to reaffirm the act and called upon the US to “abide by its provisions.”

Former President Donald Trump fulfilled the will of the American people, as expressed by Congress, by relocating the embassy in 2018. In February 2021, the Senate also adopted an amendment by a 97-3 vote to “make the US Embassy in Jerusalem permanent, effectively preventing it from being downgraded or moved out of Israel’s capital, Jerusalem.”

The Biden administration’s intent to reopen a separate diplomatic mission to the Palestinians in Jerusalem, Israel’s capital and the location of the US Embassy, would be a violation of US law, wrongly signaling that Washington supports dividing Jerusalem.

If implemented, this could signal the return to a misguided diplomatic arrangement, under which the US ambassador to Israel historically lacked jurisdiction over the eastern part of Jerusalem, the West Bank or Gaza. Instead, a US consul general led a separate diplomatic mission to the Palestinians, who had jurisdiction over those geographic areas. The consulate general didn’t even report to the US ambassador to Israel, but directly to the State Department, often sending conflicting reports to DC.

The diplomatic mission included the US consulate general’s official residence, located in the western part of Jerusalem, thus resulting in the US having a diplomatic mission to the Palestinians in Jerusalem, despite that the fact that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.

The Trump administration’s decision to merge the US diplomatic mission to the Palestinians into the US Embassy in Jerusalem remedied the prior arrangement and implemented a key aspect of the Jerusalem Embassy Act, which requires that the US Embassy in Jerusalem include the ambassador’s official residence.

Reopening this separate diplomatic mission to the Palestinians would therefore render the US government noncompliant with American law…..

Blinken to ask Congress for $75,000,000 to help Palestinians in Gaza

BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/05/blinken-to-ask-congress-for-75000000-to-help-palestinians-in-gaza;

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That’s $75,000,000 of American taxpayer money to repair damage that was caused by Hamas in its jihad war against Israel. The White House announced a couple of days ago that Blinken was leaving for the Middle East to “rebuild ties” with the Palestinians; that is exactly what he is doing, lavishly. Meanwhile, Hamas is gloating, knowing full well that the next time it launches rockets at Israel and Israel defends itself, the Palestinians will suffer as nothing more than tools to utilize in its war against the state of Israel. Then America will come to the rescue.

Hamas has faced no consequences; instead, it has been rewarded for its rocket attacks against Israeli citizens, and for the fine job it has done in purveying propaganda.

“Blinken Announces New US Disaster Relief for Gaza,” by Nike Ching, VOA News, May 25, 2021:

RAMALLAH, WEST BANK – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken says he will ask Congress for $75 million in assistance for Palestinians in Gaza following the recent cease-fire that brought an end to the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Blinken made the announcement after talks in Ramallah with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday.

“We know that the last round of violence is symptomatic of a larger set of issues that we have to address if we’re going to prevent its recurrence and that’s what we talked about today,” Blinken said. “We welcome the cease-fire that continues to hold but that’s not enough, we have to build on the cease-fire and try to move things in a genuinely positive direction.”

Blinken also reiterated Tuesday that the Biden administration’s belief that a two-state solution “is the only way to truly assure Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state. And, of course, to give the Palestinians the state that they’re entitled to.”

The top U.S. diplomat said the U.S. would reopen its consulate in Jerusalem after the Trump administration closed it in 2019, provide $5.5 million in immediate disaster assistance and more than $32 million for a United Nations emergency humanitarian relief campaign.

Blinken said the consulate’s reopening is “an important way for our country to engage with and provide support to the Palestinian people.”

Of the U.S.-designated terror group that controls Gaza, Blinken said “We will work to ensure that Hamas doesn’t benefit from these reconstruction efforts.”

Earlier in the day, the secretary of state underscored Israel’s right to defend itself as he visited Jerusalem on Tuesday as part of an effort to build on a cease-fire.

Speaking alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Blinken said both Israel and the Palestinians experienced “profound” losses during the fighting, and that there is a lot of work ahead to restore hope, respect and trust.

“Casualties are often reduced to numbers, but behind every number is an individual human being — a daughter, a son, a father, a mother, a grandparent, a best friend,” said Blinken. “And as the Talmud teaches, to lose a life is to lose the whole world, whether that life is Palestinian or Israeli.”…

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Secretary of State Blinken Meets with Supporter of Third Intifada

https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/05/secretary-of-state-blinken-meets-with-supporter-of-third-intifada

Blinken leaves for Middle East to ‘rebuild ties’ with Palestinians

BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/05/blinken-leaves-for-middle-east-to-rebuild-ties-with-palestinians;

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This is the chief reason Blinken is visiting the Middle East, according to the White House:

“He will continue our Administration’s efforts to rebuild ties to, and support for, the Palestinian people and leaders, after years of neglect.”

“After years of neglect” is a slap to the Trump Administration, which rightly withdrew funds to the Palestinians for being entrenched in the jihad against Israel.

The Reuters report below is also yet another example of media avoiding the full picture. The report does not discuss the White House objective with the Palestinians. Instead, it begins by advancing a position of moral equivalence, in stating that Blinken’s trip is “to meet with Israeli and Palestinian officials.” It needs to be recognized and remembered that this is not an equal conflict. It is Israel being repeatedly attacked since 1948 and retaliating to defend its citizens.

Blinken will also discuss “international effort to ensure immediate assistance reaches Gaza in a way that benefits the people there and not Hamas.”  Although the White House outwardly expresses hopes that Hamas will not benefit, it knows full well that Gaza is ruled by Hamas, and that Hamas will inevitably benefit. It is a boost to Hamas to know that it can repeatedly launch attacks against Israel civilians, wounding and killing civilians intentionally, and then count on the United States under Biden (and the UN) to come to the rescue. Hamas also has Iran funding it.

It is Hamas that is responsible for the damage in the first place, including its monstrous use of Palestinian citizens as human shields. The current administration has no understanding of the longstanding Islamic religious war against Jews, or of the Palestinian culture of martyrdom, or of the disregard jihadists have for human life, especially that of kaffirs.

“Biden sends Blinken to Middle East amid Gaza ceasefire,” Reuters, May 24, 2921:

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will leave for the Middle East on Monday to meet with Israeli and Palestinian officials, among other regional leaders, as the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas appeared to hold for the fourth straight day.

Blinken will travel to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Cairo and Amman through Thursday and meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and Jordan’s King Abdullah, the State Department said.

U.S. President Joe Biden, in announcing the visit, said he had asked the top U.S. diplomat to make the trip following diplomatic efforts that sought to pause the worst outbreak in fighting between Israel and Hamas in year. read more

“Blinken will meet with Israeli leaders about our ironclad commitment to Israel’s security. He will continue our administration’s efforts to rebuild ties to, and support for, the Palestinian people and leaders after years of neglect,” Biden said in a statement released by the White House.

Blinken will also discuss “international effort to ensure immediate assistance reaches Gaza in a way that benefits the people there and not Hamas, and on reducing the risk of further conflict in the coming months,” Biden added.

Gaza is ruled by Hamas….

“Statement by President Joe Biden on Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s Visit to the Middle East,” The White House, May 24, 2021:

Following up on our quiet, intensive diplomacy to bring about a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, I have asked my Secretary of State, Tony Blinken, to travel to the Middle East this week. During his trip, Secretary Blinken will meet with Israeli leaders about our ironclad commitment to Israel’s security. He will continue our Administration’s efforts to rebuild ties to, and support for, the Palestinian people and leaders, after years of neglect. And he will engage other key partners in the region, including on the coordinated international effort to ensure immediate assistance reaches Gaza…

U.S. to Israeli Delegation: Come If You Must, But Our Minds Are Made Up

BY HUGH FITZGERALD

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/05/u-s-to-israeli-delegation-come-if-you-must-but-our-minds-are-made-up;

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While Robert Malley sends, via intermediaries, his billets-doux to Iran’s negotiator Mohammed Javad Zarif in Vienna, Israel is sending a high-level delegation of security personnel, headed by Yossi Cohen, the director of Mossad, to Washington, hoping to make the case for American caution, rather than insensate haste, in returning to the JCPOA and lifting sanctions on Iran. A report on this difficult mission is here: “Israeli Security Officials Head to Washington to Share Iran Threat Intel as White House Says It Can’t Be Swayed on Nuclear Deal,” by Sharon Wrobel, Algemeiner, April 26, 2021:

A high-profile Israeli security delegation, headed by Mossad Director Yossi Cohen, is arriving in Washington this week to discuss the dangers of restoring the original 2015 Iranian nuclear accord just days after the White House signaled that the Biden administration will not be swayed to change its policy on the deal.

Ahead of the arrival of the delegation of Israeli senior security officials, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Friday answered “no” when asked at a press briefing whether the visit was likely to change the US administration’s stance on reviving the nuclear deal, to which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is strongly opposed.

How indecent of the Bidenites to proclaim to the Israelis, even before they arrive, in front of the whole world, that there is nothing they can say to the Americans that will change their minds. Their minds are made up. The Americans don’t want to be reminded that just a few months ago they were themselves talking about the need “to lengthen and strengthen” the agreement with Iran. They are in no mood to listen to their closest ally in the Middle East. They don’t want to listen to the Israelis, who know better than anyone what Iran is up to with its nuclear program, understand how it plans to comply, or to pretend to, with the JCPOA, and what it will do in 2030 when it is allowed its “break out” and can manufacture, completely legally, nuclear weapons. They don’t want to listen to the Israelis, even though Israel, not America, is the main target of Iran’s nuclear program. How many times has Iran threatened to destroy the Jewish state? The Bidenites don’t want to hear about it. They don’t want to listen to the Israelis, whose tiny country’s very survival may depend on what agreement is concluded with Iran in Vienna and who, therefore, have beyond all others earned the right to be heard. The indifference of the Biden people to Israel’s attempt to present its arguments against a return to the Iran deal is unspeakable.

Despite Psaki’s statement, Dore Gold, President of the Jerusalem Center of Public Affairs, argued that that “it is important that Israel shares all the relevant intelligence on Iran and articulates what the problem is with negotiating with Iran.”

The most persuasive arguments are made face-to-face,” Gold, who served as Director-General of the Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2015, told The Algemeiner. “In the past Israel and the US had different assumptions on Iranian behavior, which have now become even more pronounced. Iran’s record of compliance with signed agreements is very weak.”

Gold is too optimistic – or perhaps he simply won’t allow himself to believe that the Americans can be so idiotically close-minded.  He’s still talking about the value of making “arguments…face-to-face” but the Americans have already said that nothing that is presented to them, no information the Israelis bring with them about just-uncovered examples of Iranian deception, no news about Iran’s ballistic missile program, or the nuclear facilities just completed deep inside the mountain at Fordow, will change their minds. “Don’t confuse us with facts. Our minds are made up.”

…Michael Oren, Israel’s former Ambassador to the US, told The Algemeiner that he is concerned about the symbolic significance of the Israeli delegation traveling to Washington after the White House comments on Friday.

“This is kind of humiliating after Israel’s important ally in the Middle East said it will not listen. I would be very hesitant in sending this delegation,” Oren commented. “If we are going back to the JCPOA, which is flawed, there could be a very dangerous outcome.”

“There is a lot of visual appearance in this in that it shows that there was consultation with Israelis. We should be very careful [not] to legitimize the agreement,” Oren warned.

Oren is right: the Israelis are being humiliated by Jen Psaki’s unembarrassed acknowledgement that there is nothing the visitors can say, no new information that they may bring, that will change Administration minds. And by agreeing to meet with members of the delegation in Washington, the Biden people – Oren fears – can make it appear to Israel’s American supporters that they did, after all, consult with the Israelis.

…There are ongoing discussions — or negotiations, I should say, that are happening now — they’re indirect, of course — on the potential for a diplomatic path forward on the new — on a nuclear deal,” White House’s Psaki said on Friday. “As it relates to Israel, we have kept them abreast as a key partner of these discussions — or of our intentions, and we will continue to do that on any future visits.”

It is not true that the Bidenites have “kept them [the Israelis] abreast” of what’s been going on in Vienna. A great deal has not been shared, which is one source of Israeli anxiety. Nor has the Biden administration asked for Israel’s opinion on those negotiations, much less allowed any Israeli objections to be taken into account. The Biden administration wants this deal to go through. It will jump through whatever hoops the Iranians hold out. In February, it was still insisting that Iran had to go first, and fully return to the deal, before American sanctions would be lifted. Iran wouldn’t have it, and we no longer hear that condition precedent being mentioned.

Commenting on the ongoing talks in Vienna, Gold noted that “there is a real dilemma, because if you remove sanctions there is a huge windfall of funds that becomes available for terrorist activities in the Middle East and around the world. At least the Biden administration is talking about a longer and stronger deal but I don’t think that the Iranians will agree.”

Gold apparently hasn’t noticed that while the Biden administration did, very early on, talk about the need for a “longer and stronger deal,” it has ceased to mention that requirement altogether. Now it refers vaguely to another deal that might be reached after the return to the JCPOA by both sides is accomplished, but why would Iran at that point, having obtained the lifting of all the American sanctions, feel any pressure to agree to a second deal about ballistic missiles and regional aggression through proxies?

Gold suggested that before sanctions are lifted Iran needs to demonstrate that it has changed direction, that it will not help the Hezbollah in missile inventory, and that it is prepared to confine itself to the terms of a deal.

Dore Gold’s suggestions make sense, but there is not the slightest chance that Iran would agree to any of it, nor that the Biden administration would put the slightest pressure on Iran to accept it. The sanctions will be lifted without any further Iranian concessions on missiles to Hezbollah or anything else; sanctions-lifting will provide Iran with a bonanza calculated to be at least 100 billion dollars, money to spend on weapons for itself and for its proxies in Yemen, Iraq, and Lebanon. Once it has the money, Iran will do what it likes, which means it will violate many of the terms of the JCPOA, just as it did between 2015 and 2018, when Donald Trump put an end to the farce, withdrew from the deal, and clamped crippling sanctions on Iran, that were just starting to have a devastating effect on Iran’s economy when the Biden cavalry came riding to Tehran’s rescue. And Israel will have to recognize that when it comes to foiling Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the Jewish state is now very much on its own.

 

State Dept declares April ‘Arab American Heritage Month,’ says Arab contributions to US ‘as old as America itself’

BY ROBERT SPENCER

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/04/state-dept-declares-april-arab-american-heritage-month-say-arab-contributions-to-us-as-old-as-america-itself;

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Obama made the same claim many times, but it’s fictional, just another example of the left’s relentless Islamopandering. Arab Americans’ contributions to the US are as old as America itself? Really? There were Arabs at Jamestown? In the Massachusetts Bay Colony? At Roanoke? Ned Price’s statement is so wildly ridiculous that it doesn’t just invite parody; it pleads for it. Remember the Arabs among the Founding Fathers, Yahya al-Adams and Iskandar Hamilton? Remember the Arabs who told James Madison about Muhammad’s Constitution of Medina so that he could lay out the foundations of a republic in the U.S. Constitution? Remember the Arabs who fought so valiantly in the Revolutionary Jihad, and the Jihad of 1812, and the Mexican Jihad, and the Civil War, aka the Jihad Between the Caliphates? Remember all the controversies about whether Muslim soldiers in the Civil War could make sex slaves out of the wives and daughters of Confederate commanders? The jihad suicide attacks that broke the Germans’ will to fight on during World War I?

Price didn’t mention the real contributions Arabs have made to our nation: you know, like rearranging the New York skyline, transforming government buildings into grim, nervous fortresses, making air travel into the exercise in annoyance and humiliation that it is today, and draining the American economy with two futile wars and hundreds of billions spent on security and counterterror initiatives.

“April is Arab American Heritage Month, the State Department declares,” by Mirna Alsharif, CNN, April 5, 2021:

(CNN)The culture of Arab Americans will be honored this month, with the designation by the State Department of April as Arab American Heritage Month, reflecting the group’s contributions to the US “are as old as America itself,” a spokesman said.

“The United States is home to more than 3.5 million Arab Americans representing a diverse array of cultures and traditions. Like their fellow citizens, Americans of Arab heritage are very much a part of the fabric of this nation,” Ned Price, a spokesman, said in a video statement on April 1.

“And Arab Americans have contributed in every field and profession, many of them, in fact, serve here at the State Department and throughout the interagency.”

Advocacy groups say this is the first time the State Department has designated a particular month for Arab American Heritage Month. States that have recognized April as Arab American History Month in 2021 and years past include Arkansas, Hawaii, Michigan, New York, North Carolina and Virginia.

Arab Americans trace their origins to 22 Arabic-speaking countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Arabs began immigrating to the US in the late 1800s fleeing war, persecution and economic hardships, according to the Migration Policy Institute. California, New York, Michigan and Illinois have the largest populations of Arab American residents in the country, based on data from the 2015-2019 ACS Ancestry survey.

While the State Department made this announcement, Arab American History Month is not officially recognized by the entire US government. A bill sponsored by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat, was introduced to Congress in 2019 and is still pending.
Advocacy groups such as the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and the Arab American Institute (AAI) have been advocating to get April designated as a month to celebrate Arab Americans for two decades.

“This is a breath of fresh air,” said Samer Khalaf, president of the ADC, about the State Department’s move. “It will give the community a sense of pride and it’s a chance to show what the community is all about, to educate people and dispel stereotypes.”

Maya Berry, executive director of the AAI, sees the recognition as a high-level opportunity to celebrate Arab American life in a visible way.

“The formality of it coming from an agency at this level is fantastic,” she said. “This month is about sharing our story with our fellow Americans.”…

Biden’s handlers hire Qatari agent as senior adviser

During her address at the 2019 Animus Summit, Erin Pelton discusses how defying the rules unlocked her potential and shaped her life and career. A career US foreign service officer until 2014, Erin served in senior roles in the Obama Administration as communications director, spokesperson and assistant press secretary in various agencies. Erin founded Puerto Rico Live to bring the world to PR through on-stage talks with some of the most influential names in politics, media, business, culture and the arts. Erin also founded Pinpoint Strategies, a public affairs firm offering strategic counsel for crisis communications and media relations.

BY ROBERT SPENCER

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/03/bidens-handlers-hire-qatari-agent-as-senior-adviser;

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How long can America survive all these post-American administrations? In addition to what is below, Qatar is a Muslim Brotherhood hub. Most major Muslim organizations in the U.S. are linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, which has the stated goal (according to a captured internal document) in America of “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within, and sabotaging its miserable house.” And those organizations own Biden as well.

“Biden Hires Qatari Agent as Senior Adviser,” by Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon, March 6, 2021:

President Joe Biden hired a new senior adviser on Friday who formerly lobbied on behalf of Qatar, the oil-rich Arab nation that has close ties to Iran and is a central hub for terrorism financing.

The White House announced on Friday evening that Erin Pelton is set to join the administration as a special assistant to Biden and a senior adviser on domestic policy issues. Pelton, a onetime foreign service officer and flak during the Obama administration, later advocated on behalf of foreign governments, including Qatar, according to public filings with the Department of Justice under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which mandates that Americans who are lobbying for foreign governments disclose their work.

Pelton’s work for Qatar is likely to raise questions about the revolving door between the Biden White House and lobbying firms that represent a host of foreign governments. Pelton is just the latest Biden administration official to have questionable ties to adversarial regimes. Biden’s Asia policy czar, Kurt Campbell, for instance, helped found a group that critics say is “heavily influenced by the CCP.” The administration’s potential pick to lead NASA, former senator Bill Nelson, invested in a Chinese telecom company that is blacklisted by the Pentagon.

Pelton lobbied on behalf of the Qatari embassy in 2018, when she was working for Mercury Public Affairs, a top lobbying shop in Washington, D.C., according to the Justice Department filings.

Qatar has spent billions of dollars lobbying American politicians and influencers. The country funds prominent think tanks, such as the Brookings Institution, and was alleged last year to have funded hack attacks on some 1,500 individuals, including political operatives based in Washington, D.C. A 2020 lawsuit alleged that Qatar financed terror attacks that killed Americans.

Despite its coordination with the United States on anti-terrorism operations, Qatar continues to maintain relations with Iran and is suspected of funding Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed terror group operating in Lebanon. Qatar’s terror financing has gone largely unaddressed due to Doha’s hosting of the Al Udeid military base, which houses U.S. Central Command’s regional headquarters….

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https://freebeacon.com/biden-administration/biden-hires-qatari-agent-as-senior-adviser/

CPAC: Mike Pompeo lets loose on John Kerry, China and more

ORLANDO: "I sent messages repeatedly to bad guys around the world that if you touch an American, you'll pay dearly...America First secures our freedom and the entire world benefits when America is fearless, bold and strong." - former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the audience about his accomplishments in national and international security during the Trump administration, speaks out against lawmakers who seek a different goal, and more. - via Newsmax TV's live coverage

Biden Nominee for Top State Dept Post Contributed to Book About How ‘Israel Lobby’ Controls American Politics

MUSLIM Uzra Zeya nominated for undersecretary of civilian security, democracy, and human rights

BY ALANA GOODMAN

SEE: https://freebeacon.com/biden-administration/biden-nom-for-top-state-dept-post-contributed-to-book-about-how-israel-lobby-controls-american-politics/;

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President Joe Biden's nominee for a top State Department position played a key role in assembling a book on the nefarious influence of the "Israel lobby" while working for an organization that promoted claims about Jewish media control and dual loyalty to Israel.

As a staffer at the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Uzra Zeya compiled research for a book that argues that "the Israel lobby has subverted the American political process to take control of U.S. Middle East policy" by establishing a secret network of "dirty money" PACs that bribe and extort congressional candidates into taking pro-Israel positions. Zeya, a former U.S. diplomat who was nominated for undersecretary for civilian security, democracy, and human rights, worked for the Washington Report and its publishing group, the American Educational Trust, in 1989 and 1990. The news outlet is staunchly anti-Israel and has published articles questioning the national loyalty of American Jews and opposing taxpayer funding to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Zeya's work for the Washington Report and American Educational Trust raises questions about her views on Israel and could become an obstacle during her confirmation hearings. Biden's recent hiring moves on foreign policy and conflicting statements from staffers have made it unclear how his administration plans to approach Israel policy issues. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki recently declined to denounce the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, contradicting statements condemning the movement from Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Biden's nominee for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, the Washington Free Beacon recently reported. Biden also tapped anti-Israel activist Maher Bitar for a top intelligence post and is reportedly considering Matt Duss, an outspoken critic of Israel, for a State Department position.

Sean Durns, a research analyst at the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, called the Washington Report a "fringe organization" that has "published content with anti-Semitic themes," including claims that the Mossad was behind the JFK assassination and the Sept. 11 attacks.

"Organizations like the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs have a history of propagating fringe and sometimes anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and I think it's absolutely fair for questions to be raised in any sort of potential hearings," said Durns.

Zeya did not respond to a request for comment sent through her nonprofit the Alliance for Peacebuilding. The White House also did not respond to a request for comment.

Zeya was listed as one of the staffers who helped compile the research for the American Educational Trust's 1990 book Stealth PACs: How Israel's American Lobby Took Control of U.S. Middle East Policy, according to the acknowledgments section.

In a section titled "Jewish Power in the Formulation of U.S. Middle East Policy," the book claims that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee gives American Jews secret marching orders on how to vote and which candidates to support financially.

"Congressmen must assume that individual Jewish donors will be informed in advance as to exactly where each local and national candidate stands on Israel, and that on Election Day Jewish voters will be willing to cast their own votes on that issue alone," says the book.

The book argues that "non-Jewish Americans increasingly perceive their Jewish fellow citizens as members of a single-issue voting bloc which, at best, divides its loyalties between an increasingly exploitative Israel, and an increasingly exploited United States."

"[T]he more strident lobbyists for Israel must also accept a major share of the blame for whatever changes have taken place in American public perceptions of the loyalties of America's Jews," says the book. "The inevitable public perception is that such ardent supporters of Israel have no real interest in making the United States a better place for all of its citizens, but only in making Israel a more secure and prosperous place for Jews."

The book ends with an appeal to readers to pressure members of Congress to stop accepting donations from pro-Israel PACs.

"When that happens, the people of the United States will regain control of their own Middle East policy," the book concludes. "For better or for worse, in the Middle East as in other parts of the world, American foreign policy will, at last, be truly American."

Zeya was hired as director of the American Educational Trust's speakers' bureau in July 1989, according to the Washington Report, where she helped connect the publication's writers with groups looking for speakers.

"Ms. Zeya, a Muslim, will seek out Islamic groups seeking to work effectively within the American political system, and non-Muslim groups looking for authoritative speakers on Islam," reported the outlet. She published several book reviews in the Washington Report and was listed as "program coordinator for the American Educational Trust specializing in Islamic affairs" in March 1990.

The Washington Report and its publisher, the American Educational Trust, were founded in 1982 by former U.S. foreign service officials Richard Curtiss and Andrew Killgore.

During Zeya's time at the Washington Report, the organization published multiple screeds against the "Jewish Lobby" and accusing American Jews of controlling the media.

"Many Jewish Americans would unhesitatingly declare they are not Zionists," wrote Alfred Lilienthal in an August 1989 column in the Washington Report. "But they conduct themselves, nonetheless, as if they were part of that nation and thus in possession of two national identities."

"Through their tremendous outpouring of financial and political support and their inordinate influence over the media, so many Jewish Americans indicate that they are moved, if not compelled, by this almost involuntary duality," Lilienthal wrote.

After her work at the Washington Report and the American Educational Trust, Zeya moved to the U.S. State Department where she worked in various diplomatic roles until 2018.

How the Trump Administration Permanently Transformed U.S. China Policy—Former state department mike Pompeo Adviser Miles Yu

“The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is probably the most ideologically intoxicated, most dogmatic political party of Leninist stripe in human history. Yet, we don't tend to think of the CCP that way.” Tonight, we sit down with Miles Yu, who served as Senior China Policy Adviser to Mike Pompeo when he was Secretary of State. While many today still harbor illusions about the Chinese regime, the CCP seeks to “replace the US-led international order with its own authoritarian model of governance,” Yu says. And “their internal designation of the United States as chief adversary has never changed.” Miles Yu grew up during China’s Cultural Revolution, a decade of revolutionary change and violence in which millions were killed. In 1985, he came to the U.S. as an exchange student. He’s been a professor at the U.S. Naval Academy for 26 years and after finishing his time at the State Department, he’s now a senior fellow with the Hudson Institute. I interviewed him in his personal capacity. This is American Thought Leaders, and I’m Jan Jekielek.

Report: Anti-Israel Activist Heading to Biden State Dept

Matt Duss, central to the anti-Israel movement, may be headed to Foggy Bottom

BY ADAM KREDO

SEE: https://freebeacon.com/biden-administration/report-anti-israel-activist-heading-to-biden-state-dept/;

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The State Department is reportedly set to hire a top aide for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) who has a lengthy history of anti-Israel activism and played a key role at the left-wing blog ThinkProgress when an anti-Semitism scandal rocked the publication.

Matt Duss, Sanders’s top foreign policy hand, is expected to move to the State Department, though it is not clear yet what his role will be, according to Politico. Duss will join a growing roster of Biden administration hires who have displayed a deep animus toward Israel, promoted boycotts of the Jewish state, and advocated for a Palestinian "right of return" that would destroy the country’s Jewish composition.

Duss's elevation is likely to serve as a bright line for pro-Israel groups that threaten to undermine their support for the Biden administration. While the Biden campaign took pains to distance itself from anti-Israel activists, including the anti-Semite Linda Sarsour, Duss's inclusion in the administration would be a further signal that the new president intends to govern differently.

Duss, whose writings have been described by a watchdog group, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, as "infected with Jew-hatred," has been a leading voice in the anti-Israel movement for the better part of the last decade. His criticisms of Israel were too much even for the Obama White House, which said it was "troubled" by blog posts penned by Duss and his colleagues at the now-defunct ThinkProgress.

His elevation would mark a key win for the Democratic Party’s far-left flank, which presented the Biden transition team a list of nearly 100 people—many of them, including Duss, fringe figures—whom it wants to see in the administration. When Sanders tapped Duss as an adviser to his 2020 presidential campaign, Jewish and pro-Israel officials expressed outrage, with one accusing the senator of "building a campaign team filled with people who have devoted their careers to running anti-Semitic campaigns and calling them anti-Israel."

Duss drew scrutiny last year for describing Israel's targeted killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist and military official as an act of terrorism. "Responding to the [Mohsen] Fakhrizadeh assassination by reaffirming the commitment to rejoin the JCPOA would be a good way to send the message that terrorism doesn't work," Duss tweeted, referring to the nuclear deal by its acronym.

The Sanders ally gained notoriety in 2011 when he and several other writers at the Center for American Progress’s now-defunct ThinkProgress leveled charges of dual loyalty against Israel’s American supporters, calling them "Israel firsters," a term that was widely condemned at the time as anti-Semitic.

In one 2010 posting on Israel’s deadly confrontation with a violent mob seeking to break its naval blockade of the Gaza Strip, Duss claimed the country’s policies are like "segregation in the American South" and a "moral abomination." Duss is also a defender of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and said in 2019 that congressional efforts to counter the anti-Israel crowd are a "con and Democrats need to stop playing along."

Republican foreign policy leaders are decrying the move before it is made. "Hiring someone who praises Fidel Castro and defames Israel’s prime minister is another indication that the only unity in Biden’s foreign policy is between the far left and the extreme left," Nikki Haley, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told the Washington Free Beacon.

Rep. Ronny Jackson (R., Texas), a freshman lawmaker who was tapped to serve on the powerful House Foreign Affairs and Armed Services Committees, told the Free Beacon that Biden should shun a figure who "has spewed anti-Semitic hate for years."

Duss’s "disdain for the Jewish people and the American-Israel alliance would be a cancer on the U.S. State Department," Jackson said, adding that his hiring "would be a step in the wrong direction for American foreign policy and for the future of the American-Israel alliance."

The State Department told the Free Beacon it has no personnel announcements when asked about Duss on Thursday.

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SEE ALSO:

https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/02/hard-left-matt-duss

https://freebeacon.com/national-security/sanders-fills-ranks-with-anti-israel-advocates-tied-to-anti-semitism-scandal/

https://freebeacon.com/national-security/a-confederacy-of-dusses/

https://thehill.com/policy/international/485821-meet-the-adviser-shaping-foreign-policy-for-sanders

Biden’s New Asst Sec of State Worked for Islamic Terror State That Funds Hamas

Effective Advocacy panel with Lara Friedman, Craig Swandby, and Hady Amr

ABOVE: Effective Advocacy panel with Lara Friedman, Craig Swandby, and Hady Amr

BY DANIEL GREENFIELD

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/02/bidens-new-asst-sec-of-state-worked-for-islamic-terror-state-that-funds-hamas;

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“I was inspired by the Palestinian intifada.”

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.

“I was inspired by the Palestinian intifada,” Hady Amr wrote a year after September 11, discussing his work as the national coordinator of the anti-Israel Middle East Justice Network.

Biden has now chosen Amr as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Israel-Palestine.

“I have news for every Israeli,” Amr ranted in one column written after Sheikh Salah Shahada, the head of Hamas’ Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, was taken out by an Israeli airstrike.

Amr warned that Arabs “now have televisions, and they will never, never forget what the Israeli people, the Israeli military and Israeli democracy have done to Palestinian children. And there will be thousands who will seek to avenge these brutal murders of innocents.”

He also threatened Americans that “we too shouldn’t be shocked when our military assistance to Israel and our security council vetoes that keep on protecting Israel come back to haunt us”

The future State Department official was making these threats less than a year after 9/11.

Hady Amr had accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing” and coordinated an organization that had accused Israel of “apartheid” making his appointment, like that of Maher Bitar, an anti-Israel activist appointed as the Senior Director for Intelligence on the NSC, a statement about the Biden administration’s hostile relationship to the Jewish State.

Amr’s job offer from Biden isn’t surprising. The Beirut-born Amr who grew up in Saudi Arabia had dived into politics as the director of ethnic outreach for Al Gore’s failed presidential campaign. And the Biden campaign listed Amr as one of its bundlers who fueled it with cash.

Biden’s move puts Amr, who had repeatedly advocated for a deal with Hamas, and worked closely with a terror state that serves as a major backer of Hamas, in a key policy position.

But Amr isn’t just another foreign policy expert with a history of hostility to Israel.

“What’s exciting about this project is that it’s a joint project of Brookings and the Qatari Government,” Hady Amr had gushed about his old role as the director of the Brookings Doha Center, whose aim he said was to “inform the American public and American policymakers”.

In, “Foreign Powers Buy Influence at Think Tanks”, the New York Times had reported that Qatar, an ally of Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood, was the single biggest foreign donor to the Brookings Institute.

“There was a no-go zone when it came to criticizing the Qatari government,” a visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center in Qatar in 2009 had told the Times.

Hady Amr had been the founding director of the Brookings Doha Center and had led it between 2006 and 2010. A Times report noted that the institution had forbade criticism of Qatar. Lawyers interviewed by the paper suggested that some of Brookings’ work with foreign governments merited “registration as foreign agents”. Brookings has not only not done so, its key personnel, like Amr, have gone on to work in important positions for the United States government.

Amr moved back and forth between Brookings and the United States Government, working for Brookings Doha and then the State Department, and returning to Brookings under the Trump Administration, before coming back to the State Department under Biden.

Qatar not only provided $14.8 million in funding for the Brookings Doha Center, but its advisory board was co-chaired by Qatar’s foreign prime minister and a member of its royal dynasty while its director had formerly worked for the second of the Qatari Emir’s three wives (and the only wife who also wasn’t a cousin) making it obvious that the organization was under Qatari control.

“The center will assume its role in reflecting the bright image of Qatar,” the Qatari Foreign Ministry had boasted.

Qatar is a major state sponsor of the Islamic terrorist group Hamas. It has been accused by US government officials of being utilized by Al Qaeda and the Taliban for fundraising purposes. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of September 11, operated out of Qatar. He fled after being warned by a member of the Qatari royal family that the Americans were on to him.

“The Qataris had a history of terrorist sympathies,” the NSC’s former chief counter-terrorism adviser wrote. “It has been true that Qatar has served as a sanctuary for leaders of groups that the U.S. or other countries deem to be terrorist organizations.”

Hady Amr’s backing for Islamists mirrored the support for Islamists by the Qatari regime.

At Brookings Doha, Amr had urged that the “Muslim brotherhood organizations across the Muslim World should be engaged”. Then he wondered, “in Lebanese and Palestinian society, the faith-based organizations are seen as the least corrupt… Hamas and Hezbollah are often cited by their populations as being non-corrupt. This needs more analysis. Is this the case?”

Over the past few years, Amr has repeatedly urged negotiations with Hamas. When the Trump administration unveiled its proposed peace deal, Amr co-wrote an article declaring that it should be scrapped in favor of focusing on a deal with Hamas. The article provides some insight into the policies that Amr may advance as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Israel-Palestine.

“By laying out the terms of a three-way Hamas-Israel-PA/PLO deal now, and building an international consensus around it, the United States could create a pathway toward resolution,” the article had argued. That would potentially not only restart Obama’s attempt to impose a plan on Israel, but would do so not only on behalf of the PLO, but also on behalf of Hamas.

The troubling connections between Qatar, an Islamic terrorist state that is allied with Iran, is a major sponsor of the Muslim Brotherhood and its terrorist arm, Hamas, and the influential Brookings Institute think-tank makes Amr’s appointment all the more problematic.

“Our business is to influence policy,” Martin Indyk admitted. “To be policy-relevant, we need to engage policymakers.”

Indyk, a key anti-Israel figure in the Democrat foreign policy establishment, who had worked for Clinton and Obama, had partnered with the Qatari government to set up Brookings in Doha.

Amr’s career was fueled by his work with Indyk and after Brookings, he went to work for the State Department and eventually became the Deputy to the Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations for Economics and Gaza under Obama. Now, after acting as a big money bundler for Biden, the anti-Israel figure has been rewarded with a major foreign policy role.

Hady Amr is not the only Brookings Doha alumnus to end up in a top policy position. Amr’s appointment may be an opportunity to scrutinize whether employees of an organization that effectively functioned as an arm of a foreign government should be allowed to hold such roles.

Through Al Jazeera and organizations like Brookings Doha, Qatar has worked to support and normalize Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood. Brookings Doha’s leadership made no secret of the fact that its goal was to influence policymakers. But, even more troublingly, the veterans of Brookings Doha, like Amr, are becoming policymakers in their own right.

Should foreign governments like Qatar be able to exercise such an influence over America?

 

The Once and Future ‘Clear-Eyed Expert’ Robert Malley

BY HUGH FITZGERALD

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/01/the-once-and-future-clear-eyed-expert-robert-malley;

republished below in full unedited for informational, educational & research purposes:

The Biden Administration has now appointed the anti-Israel and pro-Islamic Republic Robert Malley as America’s Special Envoy For Iran. It’s quite a choice. According to CNN,

State Department spokesperson Ned Price said that on Iran, Secretary of State Antony Blinken “is building a dedicated team, drawing from clear-eyed experts with a diversity of views. Leading that team as our Special Envoy for Iran will be Rob Malley, who brings to the position a track record of success negotiating constraints on Iran’s nuclear program. The Secretary is confident he and his team will be able to do that once again.”

So Malley is a “clear-eyed expert” who helped craft the 2015 Iran deal, which, we are told, constitutes part of his “track record of success”? Many would beg to differ, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who described that deal as “disastrous” and is fighting to keep it from being resurrected as written. Let’s not forget that the 2015 deal contained a sunset provision allowing Iran to acquire nuclear weapons after 15 years. But there is so much else that is wrong with the deal. Robert Satloff of the Washington Institute has provided a list of the most dangerous aspects of the 2015 deal here.

When will inspectors get into suspect sites? According to my [Satloff’s] read of the agreement, Iran has a total of 24 days to delay any set of inspections. While it may take more than 24 days to scrub clean a massive underground enrichment facility, there is a lot of illicit activity that Iran can hide with 24 days notice.

What are the consequences for Iranian violations?According to my read of the agreement, there is only one penalty for any infraction, big or small — taking Iran to the UN Security Council for the “snapback” of international sanctions. That is like saying that for any crime — whether a misdemeanor or a felony — the punishment is the death penalty. In the real world, that means there will be no punishments for anything less than a capital crime.

What does “snapback” mean in practice? Let’s say that the UN Security Council does order the reimposition of sanctions. According to my read of the agreement, all contracts signed by Iran up until that point are grandfathered in and immune from sanctions. That means one can expect a stampede of state-to-state and private sector contracts — some real, many hypothetical — all designed to shield Iran from the impact of possible reimposition of sanctions, thereby weakening the impact of the punishment.

But the problem with snapback gets worse. The agreement includes a statement that Iran considers a reimposition of sanctions as freeing it from all commitments and restrictions under the deal. In other words, the violation would have to be really big for the Security Council to blow up the agreement and reimpose sanctions. That effectively gives Iran a free pass on all manner of small to mid-level violations.

These and other gaps are substantial. They deserve close scrutiny by lawmakers and clear answers from the Administration. But concerns about the agreement are much broader.

The Iran deal also includes a dramatic rollback of all “nuclear-related” sanctions — whether imposed by the United Nations, the European Union or the United States. This includes all energy, financial, transportation and trade sanctions. Indeed, the agreement includes page after page of names of people and companies whose assets will be “unfrozen.” In addition, sanctions relief includes, in year five, the lifting of the conventional arms embargo on Iran and, in year eight, the lifting of limits on delivery of ballistic missile components to Iran.

Moreover, there is a key commitment in the agreement that signatories are prohibited from “re-introducing or re-imposing the sanctions” and, later in the text, are banned from “imposing discriminatory regulatory and procedural requirements in lieu of the sanctions and restrictive measures covered by the [agreement].” Does this mean the U.S. has tied its hands on applying these sanctions against Iran for other nefarious activity, from terrorism to human rights violations? At the very least, it appears that the United States did not make clear enough its intent to preserve sanctions for these non-nuclear purposes. Indeed, Iran may believe it is the only country in the world against whom a long list of penalties can never be applied for any crime it may do. That will only invite the bad behavior we hope to prevent.

The Iran accord goes further. On top of refraining from penalizing Iran for bad behavior, the U.S. and its partners commit to assist Iran to develop in energy, finance, technology and trade. The idea that America and its allies will actually help Iran grow stronger in these areas will sound a discordant note around the Middle East, where the Tehran regime is viewed as the eminence grise behind Bashar Assad’s brutal suppression of his people, the Houthi rebellion against state authority in Yemen, the creeping expansion of radical Shiite influence in Iraq and the activities of some of the most extreme Palestinian terrorist groups.

In that vein, this agreement is truly historic….

I read over what Robert Satloff wrote about the 2015 deal with increasing alarm and fury. This is the agreement which Robert Malley helped so considerably to craft. This “clear-eyed expert” didn’t realize or didn’t care that Mohammad Javad Zarif was running rings around him and the other Americans. And in Tehran, now that they have heard that Malley is back as the Special Envoy for Iran, they can hardly believe their luck. I wonder if Malley will, this time around, as he renegotiates with Iran, keep steadily in mind the criticisms made in 2015 by Robert Satloff that I’ve posted just above. I doubt it.

Malley also was one of the Americans who participated in the negotiations in 2000 at Camp David, between Yassir Arafat and Ehud Barak. Those talks, as everyone knows, ended in failure because, not having been given everything he wanted, and unwilling to agree to a clause declaring an “end to the conflict,” Yassir Arafat simply walked away. Clinton blamed Arafat for the failure. So did Ehud Barak, who had offered almost 100% of the West Bank to Arafat. So did Dennis Ross, a long-time American peace negotiator. Indeed, all the Americans involved knew that Arafat was to blame except Robert Malley. He alone insisted It was Ehud Barak who bore much of the blame. Malley’s father, Simon Malley, was an Egyptian Jew who led Egypt’s Communist Party and was for decades a confidant of Yassir Arafat. Perhaps that helps explain his son’s stout defense of the terror leader.

Some may remember that Malley was dropped from a role in Obama’s 2008 campaign because of protests from the Jewish community about his private meetings with Hamas. Yes, while Hamas had long been officially declared a terror group by the American government, Robert Malley thought he would open his own channels of communication to the terror group. Once Obama was in office, Malley was back as a senior policy advisor to Obama, who sent him to Egypt and Syria to discuss Obama’s policies on the Middle East. Malley seems to have a soft spot for Middle Eastern dictators, especially if they are anti-American. In 2007 he wrote an article in the L.A. Times advocating peace negotiations between Syria and Israel. The position of both the Israeli and the American governments was that such talks were a waste of time; Syria would demand back the Golan Heights, Israel would refuse, having in 1981 annexed the Golan as essential to the country’s defense, and that would be the end of the matter.

Malley, that “clear-eyed expert,” said this was the time for such an agreement because Syria is “unlikely to sponsor militant groups, jeopardize its newfound status, destabilize the region or threaten nascent economic ties for the sake of ideological purity once an agreement has been reached.” Can he possibly have been talking about the monstrous regime of the Assad family? Under their rule, Syria had long been a supporter of both Hezbollah and Hamas. Are these not “militant groups”? Didn’t Syria help, through its support of Hezbollah, to “destabilize” Lebanon? And did Malley really think there would be any chance of Syria making a deal with Israel if it did not get back the Golan, whatever “economic ties” it might be offered? Can Malley have been so muddle-headed and confused as to think that the Syrians would dare to defy Iran, their only sure ally, in order to try to make peace with Israel? Tehran would never have allowed it. Of course, Malley insisted (one of the six impossible things before breakfast he wanted everyone to believe) Damascus couldn’t be expected to “cut ties with Hezbollah, break with Hamas or alienate Iran as the entry fare for peace negotiations,” but Jerusalem, on the other hand – according to Robert Malley – would still have been willing to enter into such negotiations with Syria.

Robert Malley lurches from one wrongheaded conclusion to another (Ehud Barak is to blame for the breakdown in negotiations at Camp David! Syria’s Bashar Assad wants peace! Iran can be trusted to keep its solemn commitments under the nuclear deal!!). He has no great love for Israel. He has often written articles with his friend Hussein Agha, a former advisor to Arafat.

According to Lori Leventhal, reacting in 2009 to the news that Obama had put Malley in charge of dealing with ISIS, “Malley is the kind of new-age negotiator who thinks there is no tyrant too awful to shun — unless, of course, you are talking about Israel — and is always eager to play up the ‘positive’ aspects of genocidal terrorist regimes as the justification for allowing them right there in the tent, seated next to you. … With a history of dissing Israel, snuggling up to Hamas, shielding Assad, and promoting the containment of a nuclear-armed Iran, is it any surprise that Malley is Obama’s choice to spearhead the U.S. response to ISIS?”

We need only tweak, so as to update, Leventhal’s original verdict on Malley. He hasn’t changed a bit: “With a history of dissing Israel, snuggling up to Hamas, shielding Assad” and helping to fashion the disastrous Iran nuclear deal in 2015, Robert Malley is not a bad choice to be Special Envoy on Iran for the Biden Administration. He is the very worst choice. And now we are stuck with him and his deep miscomprehension of the Middle East. In Tehran, they must be very very pleased.

 

BIDEN PREPARES DRACONIAN EXECUTIVE ORDERS & NAMES THE MOST LIBERAL & PERVERSE APPOINTMENTS HE CAN GET HIS HANDS ON

Honduran migrants hoping to reach the U.S. border walk alongside a highway in Chiquimula, Guatemala, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. Guatemalan authorities estimated that as many as 9,000 Honduran migrants have crossed into Guatemala as part of an effort to form a new caravan to reach the U.S. border. (AP Photo/Sandra …

Biden names lead US negotiator of the Iran nuclear deal to be deputy secretary of state

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/01/biden-names-lead

EXCERPT:

The lead US negotiator of the Iran nuclear accord and a battle-tested hawk on Russia were named Saturday to top posts in President-elect Joe Biden’s State Department, signaling a return to a more traditional, multilateral approach after Donald Trump’s chaotic presidency.

Wendy Sherman, who brokered the Iran accord under Barack Obama and negotiated a nuclear deal with North Korea under Bill Clinton, was named as deputy secretary of state.

Victoria Nuland, a former career diplomat best known for her robust support for Ukrainian protesters seeking the ouster of a Russian-aligned president, was nominated undersecretary for political affairs — the State Department’s third-ranking post, in charge of day-to-day US diplomacy.

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Biden to Cancel Keystone XL Pipeline on First Day

SEE: https://thenewamerican.com/reports-biden-to-cancel-keystone-xl-pipeline-on-first-day/

EXCERPT: Several news sources are reporting that Joe Biden will use an executive order to cancel the permits granted to the Keystone XL pipeline on his first day in office as the nation’s 46th president. If true, this act would be a powerful demonstration that elections have consequences, as President Donald Trump was a huge advocate of the pipeline — a project that has faced both political and legal opposition for its entire existence.

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Biden plans 10-day blitz to reverse Trump legacy

SEE: https://www.wnd.com/2021/01/biden-plans-10-day-blitz-reverse-trump-legacy/

EXCERPT: On his first day in office, Joe Biden will issue a dozen executive directives to kick off a 10-day blitz that will include a flurry of legislative proposals aimed at reversing President Trump's legacy, the New York Times reported.

Along with proposing legislation to provide a pathway to citizenship for more than 10 million immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally, Biden will on Inauguration Day:

  • Rescind the ban travel from countries that aid and abet terrorism;
  • Rejoin the Paris climate-change accord
  • Extend pandemic-related limits on evictions and student loan payments.
  • Issue a mask mandate for federal property and interstate travel.

Biden also will ask Congress to pass a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief and economic stimulus package that will include a $15 minimum wage.

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Amnesty for Everyone Who Was Here on January 1

SEE: https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2021/01/18/joe-biden-amnesty-for-everyone-who-was-here-on-january-1/

EXCERPT:

President-elect Joe Biden’s amnesty plan will reportedly provide the glittering prize of U.S. citizenship to everyone who can show they were in the United States illegally on January 1, if Congress passes the wage-cutting, nation-changing legislation amid a deep economic recession.

“To qualify, immigrants must have been in the United States as of Jan. 1, a move meant to blunt any rush to the border,” according to a description provided “by transition officials” to the Washington Post.

But the “rush to the border” is likely because migrants and the coyotes’ smuggling industry can backdate documents and forge new identities, especially when the prize is the opportunity to escape their lives in undeveloped countries and then become citizens of the United States of America.

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Joe Biden Selects Pennsylvania Transgender Health Official Rachel Levine for HHS

SEE: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/01/19/joe-biden-selects-pennsylvania-transgender-health-official-rachel-levine-for-hhs/

EXCERPT:

President-elect Joe Biden announced Tuesday he had chosen Dr. Rachel Levine to serve as the assistant secretary of health for the Department of Health and Human Services.

Levine, born Richard Levine, is an openly transgender individual and would mark the first transgender official confirmed by the United States Senate, if approved.

Levine is currently the Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in charge of the local response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Levine joins Biden's Health and Human Services secretary nominee Xavier Becerra, a Latino politician who rose from humble beginnings to serve in Congress and as California’s attorney general.

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Biden Taps Transgender Health Official With Horrifying COVID-19 Nursing Home Record

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/tyler-o-neil/2021/01/19/biden-taps-transgender-health-official-with-horrifying-covid-19-nursing-home-record-n1395959

EXCERPTS: Levine, a male who identifies as female, faced harsh criticism for removing his mother from a personal care home during the COVID-19 pandemic after he had directed nursing facilities to admit people who had previously tested positive for COVID-19. The elderly are at particular risk for the virus. In May, multiple members of the Pennsylvania State House demanded Levine’s resignation over “the horrific results of the [health] department’s COVID-19 policy” on nursing homes and other facilities under the department’s oversight. More than half (10,022) of Pennsylvania’s 19,390 COVID-19 deaths can be traced back to long-term care facilities

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Biden to Allow Transgender Students to use Bathrooms of Their Choice via Executive Order 

SEE: https://amgreatness.com/2021/01/19/biden-to-allow-transgender-students-to-use-bathrooms-of-their-choice-via-executive-order/

EXCERPT: Joe Biden has vowed to reverse a previous Trump Administration decision revoking an Obama-era rule that allowed sel-identified transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms of their choosing, as reported by Fox News.

Sec Mike Pompeo: China’s Communist Party Is ‘Inside the Gates’

When it came to the Soviet Union, President Ronald Reagan said America should “trust, but verify.” Now, as the Chinese Communist Party has broken promise after promise, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calls for a policy of “distrust but verify.” In this episode, we sit down with Sec. Pompeo to discuss why it is important to distinguish between the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese nation, why religious freedom is at the core of U.S. foreign policy, and what it will take to protect the American republic from the Chinese communist regime. This is American Thought Leaders 🇺🇸, and I’m Jan Jekielek.

SEE ALSO: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/01/china-threat-real-and-upon-us-dw-wilber/

Mike Pompeo calls for release of Chinese Christian journalist

Christian reporter Zhang Zhan, 37, was found guilty by Shanghai Pudong New Area People’s Court of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble" due to her reporting on the COVID crisis in Wuhan.

BY  Leah MarieAnn Klett

SEE: https://www.christianpost.com/news/mike-pompeo-calls-for-release-of-chinese-christian-journalist.html;

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called for the release of Chinese Christian journalist Zhang Zhan, who was sentenced to four years in prison over her coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. He said her case is evidence the Chinese Communist Party fears “citizens who speak the truth.”

On Monday, Zhang became the first independent journalist to be sentenced to prison in China for covering the pandemic in Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus that sparked the ongoing global pandemic.

The 37-year-old Christian, who saw her work as “God’s will,” reported on the conditions of those suffering from COVID-19 infections as well as the overly harsh lockdowns implemented by the CCP.

In a statement Tuesday, Pompeo condemned Zhang’s sentence and called on China’s government to release her "immediately and unconditionally."

“The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has shown once again it will do whatever it takes to silence those who question the Party’s official line, even regarding crucial public health information,” he said.

“Because of the CCP’s gross malfeasance, the rest of the world relied heavily on uncensored reports from citizen journalists like Zhang to understand the true situation in Wuhan after the CCP-imposed strict media controls were enforced and a controllable outbreak turned into a deadly global pandemic,” he said. “Her hasty trial, to which foreign observers were denied access, shows how fearful the CCP is of Chinese citizens who speak the truth.”

Pompeo stressed that China’s "fear of transparency and its ongoing repression of fundamental freedoms are a sign of weakness, not strength, and a threat to all of us.”

Zhang was found guilty by Shanghai Pudong New Area People's Court of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” a charge the Chinese government uses for human rights activists and other dissidents. Prosecutors accused her of publishing “large amounts of fake information” and receiving interviews to purposely “stir up the Wuhan COVID-19 situation.”

After her arrest in May, Zhang stopped commenting publicly and began a hunger strike in late June. By December, she was suffering headaches, giddiness, stomach pains, a throat infection, and had low blood pressure.

When one of her attorneys visited her in detention, she reportedly said she wished she had a Bible and quoted 1 Corinthians 10:13, in which the apostle Paul said, “God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure.”

The Hudson Institute’s Michael Pillsbury told Fox News on Wednesday that Zhang is a “hero” for exposing “a great deal of things China doesn’t want out.”

“This hurts China's interest and excites really bipartisan anger at China,” he said. “There seems to be no limit to what they will do to crack down on whatever happened with the virus back in

January. It remains a mystery. There's been no explanation for it.”

Pillsbury said the case brings up bigger concerns and questions about how the incoming Biden administration “will handle China and combat China and be tough on China” like the Trump administration.

“We've got to take measures, steps, sanctions, punishment against China. We can't just get away with virtue signaling, condemning China rhetorically, and then doing nothing,” he said. “We still treat China as a friend in many ways. That's got to change.”

Though Zhang was the first of the citizen journalists known to face legal proceedings for her activities, other citizen journalists who covered the outbreak have disappeared without explanation, including Fang Bin, Chen Qiushi and Li Zehua.



Pompeo Says MIT Refused to Host Him to Avoid Offending Chinese Benefactors

"I must tell you that MIT wasn't interested in having me to their campus to give this exact set of remarks. President Rafael Rief implied that my arguments might insult their ethnic Chinese students and professors, but of course, nothing could be further from the truth." Mike Pompeo slammed MIT for dismissing the secretary of state's prepared remarks on China's looming threat over the U.S.

MIT PRESIDENT RAFAEL RIEF

L. Rafael Reif smiles as he addresses a news conference after he was announced as the 17th president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., Wednesday, May 16, 2012. Reif was elected to the post Wednesday morning by the MIT Corporation and will assume the presidency on July 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

SEE ALSO: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/06/25/mit-president-l-rafael-reif-chinese-americans-face-toxic-atmosphere.html

Secretary Pompeo highlights examples of MIT and UW for self-censorship due to CCP cash

"American people must know how the Chinese communist party poisons the well of our higher education institutions for its own end and how those actions degrade our freedom and American national security," says Secretary of State Michael Pompeo at Georgia Tech today. Important to separate the CCP and China/Chinese Americans 1:04 Case of Professor Fei-Ling Wang at Georgia Tech 1:21 CCP's talent recruitment plan 2:08 Students at Princeton have to use code names on their work to avoid persecution by the CCP for expressing their views on Hong Kong 3:05 Confucius Institutes target American students, faculty, and university administration 3:55 Why do schools censor themselves? MIT had no interest in hosting a similar speech of Secretary Pompeo for fearing to upset the CCP 5:20 A senior student at the University of Washington was put in a re-education camp for 5 months and house arrest for 18 months when she visited her father in China in 2017. The University of Washington refused to help because of a multi-million dollar deal with China. 6:33 Schools have disclosed $1.3 billion from China since 2013. They are hooked on the CCP cash. 7:50 Production: Terri Wu Date: December 9, 2020

BY LUIS MIGUEL

SEE: https://thenewamerican.com/pompeo-says-mit-refused-to-host-him-to-avoid-offending-chinese-benefactors/;

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lashed out at officials at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Wednesday for allegedly refusing to host him so as not to offend Communist China, which Pompeo has heavily criticized, and thus keep their Chinese interests intact.

While speaking at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Pompeo accused the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) of “poisoning” the nation’s university system and said U.S. schools were censoring anti-Beijing dissent because they’re “hooked on Chinese Communist Party cash.”

“MIT wasn’t interested in having me to their campus to give this exact set of remarks. President Raphael Reif implied that my arguments might insult their ethnic Chinese students and professors,” Pompeo told the crowd at Georgia Tech.

“But of course nothing could be further from the truth. These are the very people that this set of remarks is intended to protect, to protect their freedoms,” he said.

MIT is presently being investigated by the Department of Education for not fully declaring its donations from China.

But a spokeswoman for the school denied Pompeo’s claims, saying that it declined to host an event with him in order to follow COVID-19 social distancing rules. “MIT was contacted by a member of the Secretary’s staff in August 2020, seeking a venue for Secretary Pompeo to speak later in the fall. The Institute was honored to be considered,” said Kimberly Allen, MIT’s director of media relations.

“After thorough consideration with his senior team, President Reif concluded that to preserve public health on campus in the fall we must abide fully by our policies of no guests and no gatherings greater than 10 people,” she said.

Since 2013, Communist China has given over $1.3 billion to American universities, sparking a major probe by the Department of Education, which determined that Ivy League colleges are trying to conceal their ties to Beijing.

“Americans must know how the Chinese Communist Party is poisoning the well of our higher education institutions for its own ends, and how those actions degrade our freedoms and American national security,” Pompeo said Wednesday.

A report this week revealed that Columbia University accepted $1 million in CCP cash for the underwriting of an on-campus Confucius Institute — an educational program the State Department has called a “global influence and propaganda apparatus” for China.

Pompeo accused China of stealing American technology by means of covert espionage campaigns and asserted that Confucius Institutes were up to “no good.” “They want to influence American students as well. Professors and administrators too,” Pompeo said, adding that “They know that left-leaning college campuses are rife with anti-Americanism and present easy targets for the anti-American messaging.”

Harvard and Yale are under investigation for Section 117 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, which prohibits an “Institution of Higher Learning” from failing to properly report foreign gifts of $250,000 or more. State Department officials found that American universities have failed to declare $6.5 billion in funding from foreign countries like China and Saudi Arabia.

Additionally, the chairman of Harvard University’s chemistry department was charged in January with lying about working with Chinese research agencies.

Pompeo made clear that he has no issue with the Chinese people, but with the nation’s communist government. “Some of the CCP’s biggest victims on campuses are innocent Chinese nationals themselves, and this is a tragedy. We have a responsibility to police this,” he said.

The Trump administration has taken a strong stance against China’s growing influence in America and around the world. Back in July, the federal government ordered the closing of the Chinese consulate in Houston on the grounds that Chinese diplomats there had turned the facility into an illegal spying hub.

The State Department has also revealed that Chinese consulates in over two dozen cities are aiding undercover Communist Party soldiers who are posing as students in order to engage in espionage. “The individuals charged there are a microcosm, we believe, of a broader network of individuals in more than 25 cities,” a senior Department of Justice official said.

“That network is supported through the consulates here. Consulates have been giving individuals in that network guidance on how to evade and obstruct our investigation,” he said.

While the administration is making headway in detecting and dismantling China’s subversion of America, all of that may come to a halt if Joe Biden, whose supposed election victory was celebrated in the communist nation, becomes president.

 

Turkey plucked to pieces by Pompeo at NATO conference

BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2020/12/turkey-plucked-to-pieces-by-pompeo-at-nato-conference;

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Turkey has been an ongoing menace in the region, as well as a global threat. It is mystifying that Turkey remains part of NATO, considering that it is in reality an enemy of NATO. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s missions of reviving the Ottoman Empire is directly contrary to the goals and philosophy of the NATO alliance.

Meanwhile, Mehmet Tsavoysoglou’s claim that Greece has “maximalist ambitions” is a classic example of the phenomenon of accusing the other of what you yourself are guilty of doing.

“Turkey gets plucked to pieces at NATO conference,” by Alex Constantine, Greek City Times, December 2, 2020:

In what was described by sources as a fiery confrontation between Turkey and NATO allies at Tuesday’s NATO Foreign Affairs Ministers meeting, the US did not hold back its feelings on Turkey’s change of foreign policy and behaviour.

Specifically, outgoing US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted Turkey over its provocative behaviour in the East Med and for purchasing the Russian anti-missile system S-400, actions which he said are contrary to the principles and operation of NATO and ultimately undermine its cohesion.

According to diplomatic sources, Pompeo referred to the provocative actions of Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean, Libya, Syria, Nagorno-Karabakh and to Turkey’s purchase of the Russian anti-missile system S-400 which he described as “a gift to Russia” by a NATO alliance member.

The alliance’s deconfliction mechanism, which is not working because of Turkey, should restart, sources said quoting him.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mehmet Tsavoysoglou protested angrily at the accusations and went off-script during his defence of the Erdogan regime whilst also accusing Greece of having ‘maximalist ambitions’.

Greece rejected the accusation with Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias accusing Turkey of being the main disruptor in the region and demanding that it respect international law….

 

Biden Taps Globalist Blinken for Secretary of State

The Biden-Harris team announced key appointments on Monday.

And picks John Kerry to serve as special climate envoy.

BLINKEN PROPAGANDIZED CHILDREN ABOUT "REFUGEE" IMMIGRATION ON SESAME STREET:

SEE: https://www.infowars.com/posts/bidens-secretary-of-state-nominee-previously-appeared-on-sesame-street-to-promote-refugee-immigration/

Sesame Street's Grover and the U.S. State Department's Deputy Secretary Tony Blinken meet up at the United Nations in New York City to talk about refugees.

BY JOSEPH KLEIN

SEE: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/11/biden-picks-globalist-blinken-his-secretary-state-joseph-klein/;

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Joe Biden has gone back to the well of the foreign policy establishment to select his Secretary of State-designate. Biden chose his longtime confidante Antony Blinken, who served as the former Deputy Secretary of State and Deputy National Security Advisor in the Obama administration and as then-Vice President Biden’s National Security Advisor. Blinken is a globalist who worries more about how other countries perceive America than how other countries, especially China, have manipulated multilateral institutions and agreements to the detriment of the American people.

Indeed, Blinken wants to re-engage with the Chinese regime to deal with such global threats as climate change and pandemics. Blinken seems oblivious to the fact that China has made these problems worse in pursuit of its goal to overtake the United States as the world’s number one superpower. China has continued to increase its greenhouse gas emissions to support its economic growth while expecting the U.S to cut its emissions. And China hid the truth about the coronavirus outbreak, which originated in China, during the outbreak’s early days when the virus could have been prevented from spreading worldwide.

Blinken has said that climate change will be “a number one priority” for a Biden administration. To drive this point home, Biden chose former Secretary of State John Kerry to serve as his special presidential envoy for climate. In that role Kerry will sit on the National Security Council, where he will have plenty of opportunity to spout off to a receptive audience that climate change is our preeminent national security threat.

During the Obama-Biden administration, Kerry was a prime mover behind engaging with China to enter into the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Kerry was swindled then. And now he is back. “America will soon have a government that treats the climate crisis as the urgent national security threat it is,” Kerry tweeted after Biden’s announcement. “I'm proud to partner with the President-elect, our allies, and the young leaders of the climate movement to take on this crisis as the President's Climate Envoy.”

Through the artifice of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, China managed to maneuver the Obama-Biden administration into agreeing to severely handicap the U.S. economy. The Obama-Biden administration committed to make significant cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, through stifling, job-killing regulations. China meanwhile would be allowed to continue spewing more and more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere as it further accelerates its economic growth. President Trump wisely withdrew the U.S. from this con game. But Biden, with Blinken and Kerry by his side, intends to rejoin the Paris Agreement on Climate Change on day one of his administration and allow China to take us to the cleaners once again.

During an interview with the Hudson Institute last July, Antony Blinken admitted that “the status quo was really not sustainable particularly when it comes to China’s commercial and economic practices,” including “the lack of reciprocity in the relationships.” But Blinken, who left out his boss Biden’s part in helping to create this non-sustainable status quo in the first place, is ready to repeat the same mistakes while hoping this time for a more constructive response from China. That fits the classic definition of insanity, attributed to Albert Einstein, which is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Beginning in 2002, Blinken served for six years as Democratic Staff Director for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee when then-Senator Biden was committee chairman. Biden at the time was pushing for expanded trade with China within the framework of the rules-based World Trade Organization. Biden expected China to play by the rules and to reform its own government as it was integrated into the global economic system. That didn’t happen.

Nothing changed while Blinken was working closely with then-Vice President Biden as his National Security Advisor. Biden said in May 2011 that “a rising China is a positive, positive development, not only for China but for America and the world writ large.”

We know how that worked out. On Biden and Blinken’s watch at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and then during the Obama administration, a “rising China” has turned into an extremely negative development for “America and the world writ large.” Yet we are now supposed to believe that this same dynamic duo, together with John Kerry, will fix the mess that they helped create by reversing President Trump’s successful efforts to confront the “rising China” head-on. That’s like calling the arsonist to put out the fire.

During his Hudson Institute interview, Blinken said that “we are in a competition with China and there’s nothing wrong with competition if it’s fair.” Duh! The question is how to make it fair. Blinken offers more of the same conventional wisdom that he and the rest of the foreign policy establishment are so used to peddling.

“We need, in the first instance, to invest in our own competitiveness,” Blinken said. Until the China Virus came to our shores, the Trump administration had already restored the competitiveness of the American economy to new heights, including in manufacturing. But fair competitiveness requires a level playing field. And with China that means removing from the playing field China’s unfair trade practices and massive thefts of intellectual property. Blinken said during his Hudson Institute interview that a Biden administration will be tougher with China than in years past. But there is nothing in Biden’s long record of failures or in what Blinken recommended in his interview with the Hudson Institute that gives us any reason to believe him.

“We need to rally our allies and partners instead of alienating them to deal with some of the challenges that China poses,” Blinken suggested. Fine, but what happens if, out of fear, self-interest or both, they refuse to cooperate in taking on China’s increasingly aggressive behavior? Trump was willing to lead by example from the front with strong actions of his own. He had no use for collective cowardice with the U.S. leading from behind.

Blinken said during his Hudson Institute interview that “we need to be standing up for our values and put them back at the center of our foreign policy, not walk away from them.”  While Blinken no doubt intended this comment as a slap at the Trump administration’s focus on economic and national security issues with China, he is barking up the wrong tree. Trump did not walk away from our values. Far from it. Trump signed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020. And the Trump administration followed through by imposing sanctions on several senior officials of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The list of sanctioned senior officials included a member of CCP's most powerful political body, the 25-member Politburo.

The difference between Trump and the Biden-Blinken-Kerry foreign policy establishment is that Trump does not stop with high sounding rhetoric or meaningless symbolic gestures. He takes effective action.

Blinken makes the same mistake when it comes to defending the disastrous nuclear deal the Obama-Biden administration negotiated with Iran, with John Kerry leading the charge. Blinken sharply criticized the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the deal (known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) and apply maximum economic pressure on the Iranian regime. “We’re heading right back to where we were before the agreement,” Blinken said, “which is a really terrible binary choice between either taking action to stop the program of all of the potential unintended consequences of doing that (sic) or doing nothing and allowing Iran to be in a breakout position where it can develop a nuclear weapon on very, very short order.”

However, we would be facing precisely the same “binary choice” Blinken worries about just a few years from now if the U.S. had remained in the JCPOA as originally negotiated. Obama himself admitted back in 2015 that once the deal’s restrictions on Iran’s use of advanced centrifuges are lifted, Iran would be able to break out to produce enough fissile material for a nuclear bomb in “almost zero” time by 2028 or so. All that the JCPOA did was to kick the can down the road for a short time. By then, Iran will be more militarily prepared to defend its nuclear weapons production facilities than it is now.

Dictatorships like the Chinese and Iranian regimes pay lip service to the rules of multilateral institutions such as the World Trade Organization and World Health Organization while regularly flouting them in practice. They enter into multilateral agreements such as the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the JCPOA with every intention of manipulating them at the expense of their adversaries in a zero-sum game. With globalists like Antony Blinken and John Kerry around, Trump’s America First policies will be replaced by Biden’s sellout of America.

 

 

Irked Turks slam Pompeo for promoting religious freedom, call on him to focus on ‘Islamophobia’ instead

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) listens to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I

BY ROBERT SPENCER

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2020/11/irked-turks-slam-pompeo-for-promoting-religious-freedom-call-on-him-to-focus-on-islamophobia-instead;

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Pompeo is set to meet Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on Tuesday in Istanbul. He is not scheduled to meet Erdogan. The Turks are enraged because Pompeo is slated to focus on religious freedom, just months after Turkey converted two venerable Byzantine churches, Hagia Sophia and the Monastery at Chora, into mosques. Pompeo should instead, the Turks insisted, focus on Muslims as victims. The establishment media and most non-Muslim leaders around the world readily fall for this victimhood propaganda. Will Pompeo stand firm?

“Turkey condemns Pompeo: Focus on racism, Islamophobia in US before preaching on religious freedoms,” Ahlul Bayt News Agency, November 14, 2020 (thanks to Henry):

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Turkey has condemned U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for trying to promote religious freedom during an upcoming visit to Istanbul and called Wednesday on Washington to focus on racism and hate crimes in the United States instead.

The U.S State Department said in a statement Tuesday that Pompeo would travel to Istanbul to meet with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world’s Greek Orthodox Christians.

The top U.S. diplomat plans to discuss religious issues in Turkey and to promote “our strong stance on religious freedom around the world,” the statement read.

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry rebuked the statement “as extremely inappropriate,” insisting that the country protects the rights of citizens of various faiths to freely practice their religions.

“It would be more advisable for the United States to look in the mirror first and to show the necessary sensitivity to human rights violations such as racism, Islamophobia and hate crimes in its own country,” the Turkish ministry said in a statement….

 

WORKING GROUP ESTABLISHED TO ADDRESS INTENSIFYING THREAT FROM COMMUNIST CHINA

BY F. RIEHL

SEE: https://www.ammoland.com/2020/07/working-group-established-to-address-intensifying-threat-from-communist-china/#axzz6TUW3wkmm;

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Acting Secretary Wolf Establishes China Working Group to Address Intensifying Threat

WASHINGTON – -(AmmoLand.com)- Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf recently hosted the inaugural meeting of the Department’s China Working Group. The Group’s purpose is to holistically articulate, prioritize, and coordinate the Department’s response to evolving threats to the Homeland posed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

“The Chinese threat is intensifying at an alarming rate through CCP’s malign activity in the trade, cybersecurity, immigration, and intellectual property domains,” said Acting Secretary Wolf.

“Consistent with President Trump’s leadership and direction, DHS is at the forefront of combating these threats to the Homeland and our way of life. The Department’s role in curbing China’s malign activity has never been more important nor timely. DHS’s newly-established China Working Group will prioritize, coordinate, and articulate decisive near- and long-term actions commensurate with the threat we face.”

The Working Group will cement the Department’s already critical role of working on the frontlines to protect the Homeland from CCP’s systematic campaign to undermine our economic prosperity, national security, and fundamental freedoms. Recent Department actions have included:

  • Working with industry and State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial governments to combat CCP disinformation campaigns or broader efforts to distort our country’s public discourse and undermine confidence in our democratic processes.
  • Targeting illicit Chinese manufacturers who have exploited the pandemic—which originated in China and spread through CCP malfeasance—by producing and disseminating fraudulent or prohibited COVID-19 PPE and medical supplies to the United States. This has resulted in the seizure of over 1,000,000 FDA-prohibited COVID-19 test-kits and 750,000 counterfeit masks.
  • Leveraging the President’s May 29th Proclamation to deny entry to high-risk “graduate students” (F and J visas) whose purpose is stealing our intellectual property to advance Beijing’s economic and national security interests.
  • Reinforcing global norms (human rights, free and fair trade) by withholding from market goods forcibly produced by the more than 1 million Uyghurs (and other Muslim minorities in the
  • Xinjiang Province) CCP has interned in concentration camps.
  • Leveraging technology and innovation to target and interdict illicit fentanyl (and other synthetic substances originating in China) before it reaches our communities and claims more American lives.Department of Homeland Security
  • Working with others in the U.S. government and in the industry to protect our information and communications technology infrastructure from CCP malign activities (IPR theft, data collection, etc.)
  • Leveraging foreign investment oversight, including the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States and the interagency body formerly known as Team Telecom, to curb CCP’s attempts to exploit our free-market by exerting influence through corporate channels to undermine our economic competitiveness.
 

TENSIONS RISE AFTER U.S. ORDERS CLOSURE OF CHINESE CONSULATE IN HOUSTON

CHINESE BURN DOCUMENTS, ETC. & REFUSE TO LET FIRE DEPARTMENT ENTER

"MALICIOUS SLANDER" CHARGE LEVELED

BY LUIS MIGUEL

SEE: https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/foreign-policy/item/36467-tensions-rise-after-us-orders-closure-of-chinese-consultate-in-houston;

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In a surprise move, the U.S. government ordered China to shut down its consulate in Houston (shown), citing spying concerns. The Chinese government condemned the order, increasing the already-rising tensions between the two global powers.

The U.S. State Department stated succinctly, “We have directed the closure of PRC Consulate General Houston in order to protect American intellectual property and Americans’ private information,” announcing that the Chinese consulate must close by Friday.

Beijing indicated that the order “seriously violates” international relations norms and will result in retaliation unless America walks it back.

In a brief statement, State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said, “The United States will not tolerate the PRC’s violations of our sovereignty and intimidation of our people, just as we have not tolerated the PRC’s unfair trade practices, theft of American jobs, and other egregious behavior.”

Wang Wenbin, foreign ministry spokesperson for China, declared, “The unilateral closure of China’s consulate general in Houston within a short period of time is an unprecedented escalation of its recent actions against China.” He accused the United States of repeatedly opening Chinese diplomatic pouches without permission and of confiscating Chinese items for official use.

Wang also alleged that American diplomats in China engage in infiltration activities. “If we compare the two, it is only too evident which is engaged in interference, infiltration and confrontation,” he said, adding that the Chinese embassy in Washington allegedly received bomb and death threats.

The Houston Police Department received reports that the embassy began burning documents after 8:00pm on Tuesday evening. According to witnesses, a small amount of smoke could be seen and smelled from the outside. Dozens of local first responders arrived at the scene but did not enter the property.

“You could just smell the paper burning,” a witness at the scene told KPRC 2. “But, all the firefighters were just surrounding the building. They couldn’t go inside.”

The order to shut down the consulate came after the Justice Department on Tuesday unsealed an indictment charging two Chinese hackers with trying to steal coronavirus research from American companies.

According to the indictment, Chinese nationals Li Xiaoyu and Dong Jiazhi stole “material on military satellite programs, wireless networks and communication systems, high-powered microwave and laser systems as well as a counter-chemical weapons system” on behalf of China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS). The indictment stated that there were 25 unnamed alleged victims, including a Texas engineering company and a Virginia defense contractor.

“China has now taken its place — alongside Russia, Iran and North Korea — in that shameful club of nations that provide a safe haven for cyber criminals in exchange for those criminals being ‘on call’ to work for the benefit of the state,” said Assistant Attorney General John Demers, head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.

Bonnie Glaser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies said China would “almost certainly shut down the US consulate in Wuhan in retaliation.”

The federal government in recent days has taken a hardline stance against China. 

Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a speech to the Family Leadership Summit that for too long, “foreign policy thinkers” have mistakenly believed more trade with China would make America more free.

“But that’s not what’s happening today,” Pompeo warned. “Today, the Chinese Communist Party is crushing freedom in Hong Kong. It’s threatening a free Taiwan. It’s trying to dominate world communications networks, including those right here in places like Iowa.... We won’t stay still while Communist China tries to crush the world’s freedoms.”

Also last week, Attorney General William Barr criticized China, accusing the communist nation of trying to surpass the U.S. economy and of pressuring American companies to promote pro-China policies.

“Of the American people, they’re stealing the future of our children and grandchildren because it’s been our technological prowess,” the attorney general warned. “It’s created all the prosperity we have and the opportunity we have for future generations.”

He argued that business leaders are “the ones right there who can help us identify who the bad actors are ... and also the first line of defense to make sure that our technology doesn’t fall into the hands of Chinese graduate students or others that are actually working with the Chinese communist party.”

 

ATTORNEY GENERAL BARR JOINS WRAY & POMPEO IN WARNING AMERICANS ABOUT CHINESE THREAT

Barr Joins Wray & Pompeo in Warning Americans About Chinese Threat

BY LUIS MIGUEL

SEE: https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/36412-barr-joins-wray-pompeo-in-warning-of-chinese-threat-to-america;

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Attorney General William Barr warned Americans this week of what he said might be the “the most important issue for our nation and the world in the 21st century”: the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) goal of global supremacy.

During an address at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Barr discussed how China is “engaged in an economic blitzkrieg” with the aim of taking over key areas of the economy, such as the technology, pharmaceutical, and entertainment industries as a way of replacing the U.S. as the world’s leading superpower.

“The CCP has launched an orchestrated campaign, across all of its many tentacles in Chinese government and society, to exploit the openness of our institutions in order to destroy them,” Barr said. He contended that the communist nation is using “a wide array of predatory and often unlawful tactics,” including currency manipulation, cyberattacks, espionage, and intellectual property theft.

Barr pointed to the CCP’s “Made in China 2025,” which he said “poses a real threat to U.S. technological leadership” as the foreign power strives to take over several high tech industries. 

The attorney general further warned that America is already “dangerously dependent” in certain key areas, such as active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and rare earth materials for technological devices.

As one Defense Health Agency official noted, should China decide to limit or restrict the delivery of APIs to the United States, it could result in severe shortages of pharmaceuticals for both domestic and military uses,” Barr warned.

He added that China “has systematically preyed on American companies” by imposing health market obstacles like price limitations and counterfeiting. The attorney general noted that Chinese nationals employed at American pharmaceutical companies have been caught stealing secrets in both the U.S. and abroad.

“The ultimate ambition of China’s rulers isn’t to trade with the United States,” Barr said. “It is to raid the United States.” In his opinion, American companies have too often fallen in line with Chinese demands in their pursuit of short-term profits.

“Sadly, examples of American business bowing to Beijing are legion,” Barr said, giving as an example the way in which Hollywood regularly censors its own movies to appease the Chinese Communist Party.”

In blockbusters such as World War Z and Doctor Strange, for instance, filmmakers changed major aspects of the movies to avoid offending the Chinese government and losing out on a Chinese market made up of more than a billion people. 

Chinese government censors don’t need to say a word, because Hollywood is doing their work for them,” Barr lamented. “This is a massive propaganda coup for the Chinese Communist Party.”

Barr also named large tech companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo as being “all too willing to collaborate with the CCP,” citing Apple’s decision to take down the news app Quartz from their website because the Chinese government disliked their coverage of the Hong Kong protests.

Barr warned U.S. businesses considering working with China: “If you are an American business leader, appeasing the PRC may bring short-term rewards. But in the end, the PRC’s goal is to replace you.”

The attorney general’s remarks echo those of FBI Director Christopher Wray, who said earlier this month that the CCP is “engaged in a whole-of-state effort to become the world’s only superpower by any means necessary.”

Wray explained that the FBI opens a new China-related counterintelligence case every 10 hours and that their theft of Americans’ information, intellectual property, and more “represents one of the largest transfers of wealth in human history,” making China “the greatest long-term threat” to the United States.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also warned Americans about China this month, indicating that the Trump administration is strongly considering a ban on Chinese social media apps like TikTok, the popular video sharing platform.

President Trump has made taking on China one of his signature policy positions since he was a candidate in the 2016 election. Current events continue to prove that he’s right to want to limit the influence of the Sleeping Dragon on America. 

From unleashing the COVID-19 pandemic on the United States and then creating the drone technology to ensure compliance with lockdowns related to that pandemic to filling our classrooms with pro-CCP propaganda, China’s campaign to assume control of American life is now in high gear.

 
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