1. VERBAL COMBAT: IRAN VS. ISRAEL
Might it lead to war?
November 30, 2017
U.S. voices at the United Nations (UN) and in the U.S. Congress are warning of the dangers of relying on Russia to curb Iran’s incursion deep into Syria, and warning of the treat this poses to U.S. allies, Israel and Jordan. Yet, the Trump administration seems to consider the status-quo in Syria, (minus ISIS), acceptable, essentially conceding the field to Russia when considering the future of Syria. In the meantime, verbal combat is occurring between Iran and Israel that might lead to a real war.
Earlier this month, the State Department announced a deal with Russia to expand “deconfliction zones” in southwestern Syria. It is allegedly designed to keep Iranian, Hezbollah, and Iranian recruited Shiite militias from Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Yemen, away from Syria’s borders with Israel and Jordan. But, if the Trump Administration is sincere about stopping Iran’s advance toward the Mediterranean Sea, or preventing a major conflict in the Middle East, it certainly falls short on this score. Moreover, Russia is using its air power to protect Iranian backed ground forces. The U.S., on its part, plans to end its involvement in Syria and Iraq once the Islamic State is defeated and ejected from the region. Regrettably, unlike the Russians, who have protected their Middle East allies, the U.S. appears to be abandoning their hitherto allies, the Syrian Democratic Forces, who are predominantly Kurds. This would allow the dictator, Bashar Assad, whose army slaughtered most of the 500,000 fellow Syrians using outlawed chemical weapons, to stay in power under Russian and Iranian protection.
At the UN last week, Russia vetoed the extension of a UN panel set to investigate Assad’s regimes use of chemical weapons, called the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM). Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the UN, twitted that “By using the veto to kill the mechanism in Syria that holds users of chemical weapons accountable, Russia proves they cannot be trusted or credible as we work toward a political solution in Syria.”
At a counterterrorism conference hosted by the Hudson Institute in Washington DC, U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AK) (leading member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence committees) had this to say about the Iranian threat to Israel. “Iran’s aggression against Israel has become much more widespread. It’s a very dangerous advance that Iran is making through northern Iraq and southern Syria. Iran is now providing not just rockets, it’s helping build precision-guided munitions factories in Syria, on the border with Lebanon, where Hezbollah can manufacture its own precision-guided munitions to use against Israel.” Cotton added, “We can’t allow the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) to have unmolested, resupply lines going from Iran to the Levant. It is not in the interest of the U.S. to have a revolutionary cause backed with the powers of a nation state expanding its influence throughout the region.”
The Iranian regime may be a threat to U.S. vital interests in the Middle East, as stated by U.S. Senator Tom Cotton, but it is a definitive existential threat to Israel. Tehran’s threats to Israel are not confined to rhetorical remarks by its leaders. It has now developed capabilities that will enable it to carry out its intentions to “destroy Israel.” The 2015 Nuclear Deal, which Iran is clearly subverting in various ways, includes developing long-range ballistic missiles and the accompanying delivery system.
Earlier this year, Mojtaba Zonour, a senior member of Iran’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission and a former Revolutionary Guards official, commented that, “Only 7 minutes is needed for the Iranian missile to hit Tel Aviv.” He also warned that his country (Iran) “would immediately strike Israel if the U.S. makes a mistake.”
Reuters reported (11/18/2017) that Iranian military chief-of-staff General Mohammad Baqeri said that the Islamic Republic would not accept Israeli violations of Syria, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). Baqeri stated during a visit to Damascus that, “It is not acceptable for the Zionist regime to violate Syria anytime it wants.”
Israel’s Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, on a visit to Israel’s northern border last week stated that, “Israel is prepared and ready for all eventualities.” He added that Israel will reserve its absolute freedom of action. He said that Israel won’t allow Iranian bases in Syria, and will not permit southwestern Syria to become a forward outpost against Israel.
Lieberman was accompanied on his visit with Israel’s Defense Forces (IDF) Chief-of-Staff Gadi Eizenkot, and senior IDF generals. It reflects Israel’s concerns over the recent Iranian moves that includes efforts to erect a permanent base on Syrian soil. Iran, it appears, is seeking to upgrade its threats against Israel, should her nuclear facilities be attacked, hence, an Iranian presence in Syria is extremely dangerous for Israel. In addition, Israel fears that in the near future, Iran might transfer to Syria advanced anti-aircraft and land-to-sea missiles that will directly threaten Israel’s freedom of navigation and its aircraft.
Behind the warlike declaration delivered over microphones, Israel is investing heavily in worldwide briefings, and in particular, appealing to Washington. Israeli representatives are explaining to officials the dangers of a permanent Iranian presence in Syria. Hitherto, the U.S. administration has shown little interest in acting on it.
When the dust of war clears over Syria, Bashar Assad, the butcher of Damascus, will be the winner in the civil war. The true rulers of Syria will be however, the Russians. Putin’s diplomats tell every side what they want to hear, including Israel. It is clear nonetheless that the Russians see their interests coincide with that of Iran. Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign Minister, confirmed that last week when he suggested that the Iranian presence in Syria is “legitimate.” On October 16, 2017, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, visited Israel after Israeli Air Force (IAF) planes conducting a photography mission over Lebanon, were fired upon by an anti-aircraft SA-5 battery of the Syrian army. A quartet of Israeli jets took off from an IAF base, and with four precise bombs, made direct hits and destroyed the radar unit launcher and the firing battery. In meetings with PM Netanyahu and DM Lieberman, Shoigu offered little practical solutions in dealing with Iranian expansionism.
According to the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat, Russia has rejected Israel’s request for a 40 kilometer buffer zone from the Israeli Golan Heights border, but was willing to expand a 10-15 kilometer zone, which will be off-limits to Iranian forces.
The escalating war of words between Jerusalem and Tehran can easily turn from verbal volleys to missiles flying on all sides. Although none of the parties want to be dragged into a war, the escalating threats and counter threats have their own dynamic force, and wars break out as a result of misunderstandings between enemies. This is an explosive situation that the Trump administration must not ignore. It is time for the U.S. to flex some muscle in Syria.
2. US, Israel sign secret agreement to counter Iranian threat
By: World Israel News Staff
The US and Israel have signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to deal with the Iranian nuclear threat, Channel 10 News reported Thursday.
The secret agreement was reportedly signed on December 12 at the White House following talks led by Israel’s National Security Council head Meir Ben-Shabat and US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. It was preceded by in-depth discussions between senior defense and intelligence officials and experts from both sides.
According to the report, the agreement is based on positions stated by President Donald Trump on October 13, when he announced that he decertified the Iran nuclear deal.
“We cannot and will not make this certification,” Trump said. “We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more terror and the very real threat of Iran’s nuclear breakout.”
Iran is the “world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism,” Trump said, noting that “the regime’s two favorite chants are ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel.’”
At the opening session of the Knesset later that month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the American leader for decertifying the deal.
3. SHIN BET CHIEF TELLS KNESSET: OVER 400 ATTACKS THWARTED IN 2017
DECEMBER 24, 2017 11:08
Nadav Agarman tells lawmakers that he opposes expanded death penalty currently in the works.
Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman told lawmakers on Sunday that he opposes Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s proposal to allow judges to sentence terrorists to death.
According to Channel 10 news, Argaman made the comments during a closed-door session with lawmakers in the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, after announcing that the agency had thwarted over 400 terrorist attacks in 2017, including 13 suicide attacks and 8 kidnappings, as well as 1,100 potential lone-wolf attacks.
Israeli law currently allows military courts to use the death penalty if there is a consensus of all the judges presiding over the trial. Right-wing lawmakers, led by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, have called for expanding that use of capital punishment to include certain kinds of terrorists.
The death penalty has only been invoked once in Israel, against Nazi commander Adolf Eichmann, who was hanged in 1962.
A new bill proposed by Liberman would allow a majority of judges to sentence a terrorist to death. A draft bill was agreed to by coalition leaders last week, despite opposition leaders saying the law would not deter terrorists from carrying out attacks.
“Liberman’s bill is political and not good for security, because if there was a security need for it, security forces would have demanded it, but they don’t want it,” said Zionist Union MK Tzipi Livni.
Speaking to lawmakers during the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting, Argaman warned that “the [period of] quiet we are experiencing is misleading; Hamas is hard at work trying to execute terrorist attacks.”
He further noted that in 2017, 54 attacks were successfully carried out, in comparison with 108 successful attacks in 2016. In 2016, the Shin Bet stopped 344 major attacks, meaning the total number of thwarted and successful attacks was similar for 2016 and 2017, but the security agency succeeded in thwarting more of them in 2017.
The major improvement was seen in the 400 potential lone-wolf attacks prevented in 2016, compared to 1,100 such potential attacks in 2017.
Those numbers, however, are the subject of much debate.
Law enforcement and intelligence officials in several countries have told The Jerusalem Post that while Israel is a pioneer in discerning and stopping potential lone-wolf attackers before they launch an attack, the line between busting people for social media posts that are free speech and those that are dangerous incitement is a fine one.
Some of those officials refuse to use such statistics to boost their credibility when reporting to their own legislative bodies, viewing the category of “potential attacker” as being too amorphous. Sometimes the Shin Bet thwarts potential attackers by arresting them, but sometimes it counters them on social media or has a serious sit-down talk and merely issues a warning.
Warning that the relative calm is misleading, “certainly following the Trump statement,” Argaman praised the work carried of the Shin Bet’s cyber unit and expressed confidence in the abilities of the Israeli security services to withstand challenges in the future. Referring to the negotiations between Hamas and Fatah, Argaman said, “Only time will tell if this process will be successful and what it will mean for us.”
Lahav Harkov and Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this report.
4. Obama must return Nobel Peace Prize, demands Israeli lawmaker
December 22, 2017
Barack Obama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.
If true that the former US president protected Hezbollah terrorists leading up to the Iran nuclear deal, Obama must return his Nobel Peace Prize, says Yair Lapid.
By: World Israel News staff
Former US President Barack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize just 10 months after being sworn in back in 2009, and the head of a major Israeli political party has now raised the issue of Obama’s fitness for the honor in light of recent revelations.
Former Finance Minister Yair Lapid, who chairs the Yesh Atid party, specifically referred to a report published by Politico on Monday that describes an Obama administration strategy to thwart effortsby the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to shut down a major source of Hezbollah’s funding, namely its international drug trafficking and criminal enterprise.
The DEA, which collaborated with American and foreign law enforcement and investigatory agencies on “Project Cassandra,” spent eight years on the trail of Hezbollah’s criminal operations, which covered drugs, weapons and money laundering to the tune of around $1 billion in annual revenues.
The Politico report, based on interviews, government documents and court records, describes a pattern of roadblocks set up by Obama’s officials to prevent prosecutions of key figures in the operation, which was connecting the dots between the Lebanon-based terror proxy and its primary sponsor, the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Obama administration’s obstacles were allegedly part of a strategy to appease Iran until the nuclear deal could be signed.
Israel, which is the Hezbollah terrorist group’s primary target, remained a vocal critic of the Iran deal.
On Monday, Lapid told party members that if the report is correct, then “Obama must return his Nobel Peace Prize.”
“Israel warned time and again that there cannot be a connection between the nuclear deal and counter-terror activity, especially against Hezbollah,” said Lapid. “We warned specifically [about the Hezbollah-Iran deal connection], because of the known link between Hezbollah and Iran.”
Former ambassador to US: Revelations not surprising
The revelations regarding “the Obama administration’s attempts to thwart federal investigations against Hezbollah and laundering drug money for terrorism do not surprise me or any Israeli who was involved in the effort to prevent a bad nuclear deal. It was clear that the [Obama] administration was willing to do anything to come to an agreement,” Michael Oren, a deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, stated. Oren, who served as US Ambassador to the US for four years during the Obama administration, authored a book, titled Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide, in which he documented what he perceived as hostility towards the Jewish state and the Netanyahu government in particular.
5. NEW NATIONAL SECURTY STRATEGY FOCUSES ON REAL THREATS TO AMERICAN PEOPLE
“Climate change” finally removed from list of national security threats.
December 19, 2017
The Trump administration’s National Security Strategy, released on December 18th, is premised on the belief that America’s economic security is national security. In reordering the skewed priorities of the Obama administration, “climate change” is no longer listed as a national security threat. Instead, the new National Security Strategy document emphasizes the importance of “energy dominance—America’s central position in the global energy system as a leading producer, consumer, and innovator.” The document goes on to state that our nation’s “abundant energy resources—coal, natural gas, petroleum, renewables, and nuclear—stimulates the economy and builds a foundation for future growth.” Climate policies cannot be so extreme that they risk undermining America’s strengths in energy, thus endangering America’s current and future economic security.
“The United States will continue to advance an approach that balances energy security, economic development, and environmental protection,” according to the National Security Strategy document. An anti-fossil fuel agenda not only is injurious to U.S. economic security. It fails to recognize the important role that fossil fuels must play for the foreseeable future, along with alternative forms of energy, in helping the developing world “power their economies and lift their people out of poverty.”
What a refreshing change from the last administration’s obsession with climate change, which former President Barack Obama had made the centerpiece of his national security agenda. “Today, there is no greater threat to our planet than climate change,” Obama declared during one of his weekly video addresses in 2015. At the climate change conference in Paris, which led to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change from which the United States is now withdrawing thanks to President Trump, Obama claimed that climate change is “akin to the problem of terrorism.” In September 2016, Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum on Climate Change and National Security, establishing a policy that the impacts of climate change must be considered in the development of national security-related doctrine, policies, and plans.
In his single-minded preoccupation with climate change, Obama kicked the can down the road when it came to dealing with more pressing national security issues, including the looming existential crisis posed by North Korea’s rapid development of nuclear arms and intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of striking the U.S. mainland. The Obama administration also facilitated the path for Iran to become a full-fledged nuclear power within a decade or so, by agreeing to the disastrous nuclear deal with Iran known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Former Secretary of State John Kerry made the delusional claim that the Iran deal and the Paris climate change agreement he negotiated were vital to global security, during a speech he delivered on June 5, 2017 at Ploughshares Fund’s annual Chain Reaction event. In both cases, all that his deals managed to do was to undermine U.S. national security.
The Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which Obama was in such a hurry to push over the finish line that he bypassed the U.S. Constitution’s Senate treaty ratification process, was a gift to China, America’s chief economic rival, as well as to other economic competitors. Obama agreed to implement onerous energy-related regulations likely to slow down U.S. economic growth without insisting on commensurate commitments from China or any other country.
In the U.S. submission of national objectives under the terms of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Obama committed the United States to making significant cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, through stifling regulations with disastrous consequence for the U.S. coal industry and other energy sectors. Meanwhile, the U.S.’s principal economic rival and the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter, China, could continue to increase its greenhouse gas emissions until 2030. Coal-fired electricity, Obama’s principal target for evisceration, will be the largest source of China’s increased emissions through 2030. China is not only fueling coal-fired electricity production for itself. It is also investing in building coal-fired power plants in other countries, such as Pakistan. In short, through the artifice of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, China managed to maneuver the Obama administration into agreeing to handicap the U.S. economy while allowing China to continue spewing more and more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere as it further stimulates its economic growth.
President Trump’s National Security Strategy document represents a major course correction. It is based on a sober evaluation of the world as it really is, not how some utopians would like it to be. While removing climate change from the list of national security threats, the Trump administration’s National Security Strategy document discusses real strategic challenges.
“China and Russia,” the document states, “are determined to make economies less free and less fair, to grow their militaries, and to control information and data to repress their societies and expand their influence. These competitions require the United States to rethink the policies of the past two decades — policies based on the assumption that engagement with rivals and their inclusion in international institutions and global commerce would turn them into benign actors and trustworthy partners. For the most part, this premise turned out to be false.”
The new National Security Strategy also focuses on means to protect America’s borders. “Reestablishing lawful control of our borders is a first step toward protecting the American homeland and strengthening American sovereignty,” the document states. “Strengthening control over our borders and immigration system is central to national security, economic prosperity, and the rule of law.” The Obama administration permitted porous borders and favored a policy of amnesty towards illegal immigrants.
The new National Security Strategy document explicitly calls out “jihadists” and their “radical Islamist ideology that encourages violence” as a national security threat, something which the Obama administration had refused to do.
To combat any military threats from those who would do us harm, the National Security Strategy document calls for a buildup of America’s military, including plans to counter modern threats such as electromagnetic pulse attacks and cyberattacks. The document does not introduce any policy of preemptive strikes. However, it discusses the need to enhance the nation’s military defenses. The Obama administration had downplayed key aspects of missile defense.
In addition, the document includes plans to promote U.S. economic prosperity, focusing on the importance of fairer trade deals and shared financial responsibility by other nations for mutual defense.
In his cover letter to his administration’s National Security Strategy document, President Trump said that it “lays out a strategic vision for protecting the American people and preserving our way of life, promoting our prosperity, preserving peace through strength, and advancing American influence in the world.” He added what we have been waiting eight years to hear from the president of the United States: “Most of all, we will serve the American people and uphold their right to a government that prioritizes their security, their prosperity, and their interests. This National Security Strategy puts America First.”
6. Russia Criticizes Trump’s ‘Imperial’ Security Strategy
By Jeff Seldin December 19, 2017
Russia said Tuesday it sees U.S. President Donald Trump’s new national security strategy as “imperial” and showing a lack of willingness to accept a multi-polar world.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia disagrees with the view that it is a security threat for the United States, but welcomed the Trump administration’s stated willingness to work together on mutual interests.
Trump unveiled his strategy Monday, warning the country’s greatness is being challenged by rival powers and promising the United States would use “every instrument” at its disposal to ignite what he portrayed as an American awakening.
The document says the United States “will seek areas of cooperation with competitors from a position of strength, foremost by ensuring our military power is second to none and fully integrated with our allies and all of our instruments of power.”
During a speech in Washington, Trump pointed to Russia and China as his chief concerns, saying both countries “seek to challenge American values, influence and wealth.”
But he promised the United States, under his leadership, would not back down.
“Whether we like it or not, we are engaged in a new era of competition,” Trump said, cautioning, “American success is not a foregone conclusion.”
“We are declaring that American is in the game and that America is going to win,” he said.
China’s Foreign Ministry responded Tuesday, saying the United States should abandon its “Cold War mentality” and stop deliberately distorting China’s intentions.
Trump said the new national security strategy, which he described as a return to the wisdom of the country’s founding fathers, would be a roadmap to greatness.
In recent days, senior officials had promoted the new strategy, 11 months in the making, as a “clear and actionable playbook” designed to take on growing threats by focusing on safeguarding U.S. vital interests.
“The global balance of power has shifted in unfavorable manners to American interests,” a senior administration official told reporters during a White House background briefing Sunday. “This new strategy presents a plan of how America can regain momentum to reverse many of these trends.”
Trump on Monday repeatedly criticized past U.S. leaders.
“They lost sight of America’s destiny, and they lost their belief in American greatness,” he said. “They surrendered our sovereignty to foreign bureaucrats in far away and distant capitals.”
In particular, Trump blamed previous U.S. administrations for failing to confront North Korea and its nuclear ambitions “when it was much easier to handle.”
And Trump renewed criticism of former President Barack Obama for what he described as a “disastrous” nuclear deal with Iran.
“Pushing back rather than simply engaging adversaries is important. I do think that was a weakness in the past,” said David Adesnik, director of research at the Washington-based policy institute Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
In his address Monday, the president insisted his administration’s efforts are already paying dividends from the Middle East and South Asia to North Korea and at home.
And while he described America’s rivals as both tough and tenacious, he said they could also become allies under the right conditions.
“We will attempt to build great partnerships with those [Russia and China] and other countries, but in a manner that always protects our national interests,” Trump said.
The president pointed to Sunday’s phone call from Russian President Vladimir Putin, thanking the United States for sharing intelligence to thwart a terror plot, as a sign of success.
“That’s a great thing and the way it’s supposed to work,” Trump said.
Other senior officials echoed the sentiment that under the principles of the new national security strategy, Washington’s relationship with Moscow had improved.
“We’re certainly better off right now than we were several months ago,” one official said. “But we still see a lot of areas where our interests just don’t align or directly conflict.”
National Security Strategy
And top officials, like U.S. National Security Advisor Gen. H.R. McMaster, continue to voice concern about what they describe as Russia’s “sophisticated campaigns of subversion and disinformation.”
The Trump national security strategy unveiled Monday aims to confront such threats by focusing on four vital national interests: protecting the homeland, promoting American prosperity, preserving peace through strength, and advancing American influence.
It proposes stronger controls along U.S. borders, increased restrictions on immigration, enhanced military spending, an improved national infrastructure designed to be resilient in the face of expected cyberattacks and stronger emphasis on fair trade and the protection of intellectual property.
Officials and analysts say elements of the new national security strategy, which some in the administration describe as “competitive engagement,” have been increasingly evident in Washington’s approach on the international stage.
“I think we already have clear signs of this especially on the Russian front,” said Nile Gardiner with the Washington D.C.-based think tank The Heritage Foundation.
“You’ve seen a significant increase in U.S. troop numbers in Eastern Europe especially the Baltic states. In Poland, for example, you now see the administration actively considering the idea of sending defensive weapons to Ukraine,” Gardiner said.
U.S. officials also seek to push back against the notion that President Trump’s campaign rallying cry of “America first,” should be interpreted as “America alone.”
“Our strategy emphasizes strengthening alliances,” the president said Monday. “It recognizes that our strength is magnified by allies who share principles — and our principles — and shoulder their fair share of responsibility for our common security.”
Yet some see this as an area in which the Trump administration could struggle, especially given the way the new strategy prioritizes and emphasizes U.S. economic interests, which Trump said would begin with “building up our wealth and power at home.”
“Focusing on protection of American economic interests in a global marketplace painted with rivals, rather than partners, will discourage the use of multilateral trade agreements in a global economy marked by partnership,” said Nicholas Glavin, formerly a researcher at the U.S. Naval War College’s Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups.
Glavin, who is currently studying at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, says that could actually weaken U.S. attempts to compete against key rivals on the word stage.
“Where Washington won’t lead, others will, most notably Beijing,” he said. “In the long term, this hurts the U.S. much more than multilateralism in the global economy would.”
Some former officials also fear that the administration, due in large part to the president’s rhetoric, is prone to self-sabotage, especially when it comes to one of its key goals – that of preserving the world order established at the end of World War II.
“By its actions, it has actually undermined U.S. leadership of the liberal international order,” said former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Michael Carpenter. “All of that has been downplayed in favor of a more realpolitik understanding that nations will pursue their own interests.”
And there are some who doubt China, seen as a key rival, will respond well.
“Trump’s words are always illogical,” said Shi Yinhong, the director of the U.S. Center at China People’s University in Beijing. “China doesn’t care much about what he says but what he does.”
“His flattering China visit is pleasing to Beijing, but what concerns Beijing the most is the U.S. doesn’t touch Taiwan,” Shi said.
There have also been concerns from former officials about what some see as a willingness to give up on the promotion of democratic values, a key component of U.S. leadership in previous administrations.
The president rejected such notions in his speech.
“America will lead again,” Trump said. “We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone but will champion the [democratic] values without apology.”
Another area where the new national security strategy departs dramatically from the previous administration’s strategy is climate change.
Obama’s 2015 strategy also called on the U.S. to confront “the urgent crisis of climate change.”
The Trump national security strategy does not.
“Climate change is not identified as national security threat,” said a senior administration official. “The importance of the environment and environmental stewardship are discussed.”
7. THE OBAMA YEARS: A LEGACY OF SCANDAL AND DECEPTION
Joe Biden’s bizarre disconnect regarding his scandal-ridden former boss.
December 27, 2017
On December 13, former vice president, Joe Biden, appeared on CBS with the hosts of “This Morning” where he peddled his new book and showered his former boss with praise. During the course of the interview, he was asked about his relationship with Obama and responded with the following; “I’ve served with eight presidents and I’ve gotten to know four of them very well. I’ve never met any president that has more character, more integrity, and more backbone than this guy does.” Then he went completely off the rails when he absurdly added; “And eight years, not a hint — not a hint — of a scandal.”
What was perhaps even more outrageous than the statement itself was the fact that none of This Morning’s hosts challenged the veracity of that statement and allowed it to pass without a scintilla of scrutiny, exposing yet again an extreme bias existing within elements of the establishment media. In fact, the Obama administration was among the most corrupt and scandal-ridden in recent memory. Biden’s comment merits further examination so let’s buckle up and take a stroll down memory lane.
Solyndra Scandal – The Obama administration provided this failing solar company with a $535 million stimulus-funded loan, courtesy of the American taxpayer. Taxpayer money kept pouring in despite the fact that the Office of Management and Budget warned that Solyndra was not a profitable or viable company. But it gets worse. The family foundation of billionaire George Kaiser, an Obama fundraiser, was one of Solyndra’s main investors. Can you say quid pro quo?
Veterans Affairs Scandal – Over 40 veterans needlessly died while waiting to be seen by doctors at a Phoenix VA facility. Another 1,700 veterans were forced to wait for months before being seen by medical personnel. An audit of the VA confirmed that VA officials systematically altered records and appointment schedules in a deliberate and methodical VA scheme to manipulate data to meet fabricated goals.
Operation Chokepoint Scandal – The Obama DOJ utilized the power of big government to pressure banks to cease doing business with industries with which the administration had ideological differences. Gun manufacturers and gun stores were prime targets even though they had not violated any laws. Eventually, the FDIC admitted to misconduct, bowed to pressure and significantly curtailed the discriminatory regulations after affected businesses threatened legal action.
Gibson Guitar Scandal – Armed federal agents executed four search warrants on Gibson Guitar Corp. facilities in Nashville and Memphis, Tenn., seizing guitars, electronic files and other inventory including wood that was purchased in India and Madagascar. The DOJ alleged that Gibson’s had violated an obscure law known as the Lacey Act which made it a crime to violate the environmental laws of another country. Gibson produced an affidavit from government officials in Madagascar stating that Gibson had violated none of that nation’s laws. Gibson also alleged that the DOJ was misinterpreting Indian law. Gibson’s CEO was a major donor to the GOP but his competitors, who purchased the same materials and were not GOP donors, were untouched by Obama’s DOJ. As part of a settlement to drop criminal charges, Gibson was required to pay a $250,000 fine and was required to donate $50,000 to an environmental group. Gibson was eventually able to retrieve its inventory from the clutches of the DOJ.
Fast & Furious Scandal – A scheme concocted by the Obama administration that went horribly wrong. The administration lost track of some 1,400 guns that made their way into the stream of criminal enterprises including those of the Mexican drug cartels. Two of the guns were found at the scene of the shooting of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Attorney General Eric Holder was cited for contempt of Congress for failing to turn over documents relating to the scandal. It was the first time Congress had taken such an action against a sitting Cabinet official. Seventeen Democrats joined Republicans in voting in favor of the criminal contempt resolution.
DOJ-James Rosen Scandal – FOX News journalist, James Rosen became the target of Obama’s DOJ in yet another example of extreme government overreaching. Believing that Rosen was responsible for a leak concerning a policy decision on North Korea, AG Eric Holder sought a subpoena for Rosen’s emails claiming that Rosen had broken the law “at the very least, either as an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator.” The government’s affidavit also accused Rosen of possibly violating the Espionage Act. It appeared that the DOJ was acting like the East German Stasi in chasing fictitious enemies of the state. In a rare instance of bipartisanship, Holder was roundly criticized from all sides of the political spectrum and Holder himself was later forced to acknowledge that he regretted the episode.
Gruber-Obamacare Scandal – To establish Obamacare’s validity, Obama hired economist and academic Jonathan Gruber to give the plan his seal of approval. Gruber was later caught on video and audio making several disparaging remarks about Americans, stating that Obamacare’s passage rested on the “stupidity of the American voter.” Democrats later tried to distance themselves from him and tried to minimize his role in formulating Obamacare but there was no debating that he was one of Obamacare’s chief architects and was paid nearly $400,000 for his services. Gruber confirmed what most of us already knew; that Obamacare passed as a result of a concerted effort by the administration to deceive the American people.
Skolkovo Scandal – While serving as secretary of state, Clinton oversaw a program meant to “reset” relations with Moscow and improve ties. The program centered around the Russian city of Skolkovo near Moscow with the stated aim of “identifying areas of cooperation and pursuing joint projects and actions that strengthen strategic stability, international security, economic well-being, and the development of ties between the American and Russian people.” The program transformed Skolkovo into a technology hub akin to a Silicon Valley. Sensitive American technology was transferred to the Russians, substantially enhancing their military and cyber capabilities. The US Army and the FBI concluded that Russia had exploited the program for military applications. The FBI warned American technology companies doing business in Skolkovo that the Skolkovo project was a means by which the Russians would acquire dual use technologies and apply them for military ends. According to investigative author Peter Schweizer, Russian and American companies and individuals involved in the Skolkovo fiasco “had major financial ties to the Clintons.” Moreover, during the Russian reset period, those entities provided the Clintons with “tens of millions of dollars” in the form of “contributions to the Clinton Foundation, paid for speeches by Bill Clinton, or investments in small start-up companies with deep Clinton ties.”
Benghazi Scandal – U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed during an attack on the American consulate office. The Obama administration initially denied that the attack was terror related and instead peddled the now false and discredited narrative that it was triggered by a reaction to an anti-Muslim film. However, emails later confirmed that administration officials were well aware that it was a well-orchestrated, premeditated attack planned by Islamist terrorists and had nothing to do with an internet film. In addition, a congressional committee found that the delay in deploying military assets to the theater, which it attributed to needless bureaucratic bungling, almost certainly cost those men their lives.
IRS Exemption Scandal – IRS officials, taking their cues from the White House delayed, ignored or rejected nonprofit status applications from groups deemed to be right-wing or pro-Israel. Eventually, Former IRS senior executive Lois Lerner, one of the key actors in the scandal was held to be in contempt of Congress, though Holder’s DOJ refused to prosecute.
Iran Ransom Scandal – In deal to secure the release of four Americans held hostage by Iran, the Obama administration gave the Iranian government $1.7 billion in unmarked, untraceable cash, stacked in pallets. The money promptly went to finance Iran’s terrorist activities. Attorney General Loretta Lynch was required to sign off on the ransom deal but no paper bearing her signature was ever produced despite congressional calls compelling her to do so.
Bergdahl-Guantanamo Scandal – Obama released 5 hardened Taliban terrorists for convicted deserter Bowe Bergdahl. The release of the terrorists was in violation of the National Defense Authorization Act. Obama was required to provide Congress with 30-days’ notice prior to releasing the Guantanamo detainees but he only provided notice on the actual day of the exchange. Consequently, the chief counsel for the Government Accountability Office determined that the Pentagon had illegally spent the money used to facilitate the prisoner exchange. In addition, like Benghazi, the administration tried to spin the story and portrayed Bergdahl as a soldier who “served with honor and distinction.” Lastly, at least 3 of the 5 detainees released for Bergdahl have reverted to their terrorist habits placing America and its allies at risk.
Dossier Scandal – Elements within the FBI and DOJ who were hostile to Trump and friendly to Clinton obtained a salacious and unverified dossier on Trump which was compiled by a British foreign agent from Russian sources. In addition to being unverified, unreliable and based exclusively on Russian sources, the dossier amounted to opposition research because it was obtained by agents and operatives working directly and indirectly for the Clinton campaign. Despite this knowledge, the FBI dressed up the dossier to appear as if it was a legitimate intelligence document and then used it to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on American citizens.
Clinton Email Server Scandal – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used an unsecured bathroom server to send and receive classified information. It is a virtual certainty that many of Clinton’s emails were compromised by foreign, hostile governments. Over 33,000 emails belonging to the State Department were deleted and some of Clinton’s state department emails ended up on a registered sex offender’s laptop. Clinton was criminally exonerated by the FBI and Loretta Lynch’s DOJ blindly accepted the FBI’s findings and recommendations without conducting an examination of its own. FBI agent Peter Strzok, who maintained a visceral hatred toward Trump and was deeply involved in the email investigation, later changed the wording of a memo exonerating Clinton to “extremely careless” from “grossly negligent.” The change was significant because the latter language tracked the wording of the criminal statute. FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was also involved in investigating Clinton, failed to disclose that his wife had accepted $500,000 for her state senate campaign from long-time Clinton ally, Terry McAuliffe.
Uranium 1 Scandal – While serving as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton signed off on a deal that allowed Russia to acquire 20 percent of America’s uranium mining capacity. While other members of the Obama cabinet were also required to sign off for approval of the deal, Clinton was the only cabinet figure to obtain direct pecuniary benefit, to the tune of millions of dollars, from entities with vested interests in seeing the acquisition completed. She never disclosed this conflict of interest when giving her authorization. Once in Russian hands, some of the uranium, the foundational material for nuclear bombs, was exported abroad.
Loretta Lynch-Bill Clinton Tarmac Scandal – While Hillary Clinton was being criminally investigated by the FBI, Loretta Lynch, the nation’s top law enforcement official met with Bill Clinton for 30 minutes at a Phoenix tarmac where she says they discussed “grandchildren” and “golf.” Later, it was revealed that she instructed FBI Director James Comey to refer to the investigation as a “matter” rather than an investigation, tracking the Clinton campaign’s talking points. Finally, Comey testified in a closed session before the Intelligence Committee, that he confronted Lynch with a sensitive document in which it was suggested that Lynch was going to use her authority and power of her office to thwart prosecution of Clinton irrespective of the FBI’s findings. Lynch reportedly stared at the document and then “looked up with a steely silence that lasted for some time, then asked him if he had any other business with her and if not that he should leave her office.”
Project Cassandra Scandal – In an effort to curry favor with the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Obama administration delayed, obstructed and ultimately shut down a DEA initiative aimed at thwarting Hezbollah arms trafficking, drug trafficking and money laundering schemes. As a result, Hezbollah continued to import drugs into the United States, continued to supply anti-American insurgents with deadly Explosively Formed Projectiles and continued to engage in massive money laundering schemes.
The level of corruption and scandal witnessed during Obama’s tenure rivals, and perhaps even surpasses that of the Nixon years. The administration’s legacy leaves a long and wide trail of lies, deception and government overreaching. Biden’s comment on This Morning would be laughable if it wasn’t so sad. Lastly, whether one opposes or favors Trump, all can acknowledge that but for Trump’s victory, many of these scandals would have never come to light because the Clinton administration would have happily swept all the filth under the rug.
8. Russians Could Stop Internet by Attacking Transatlantic Cables
Three small bundles of fiber optics, each containing 12 fiber strands, are unraveled for testing after the cable was brought to shore in Haines, Alaska, for the Alaska Power and Telephone Company. (Michael Penn/AP)
By David A. Patten | Friday, 22 Dec 2017 06:17 AM
There are over 700,000 miles of submarine cable worldwide, a network that has been growing ever since 1858 when the first transatlantic cable was laid between Newfoundland and Ireland.
Until recently, national defense experts counted on “security through obscurity,” that is, the expectation that vital communications arteries far beneath the surface of the world’s oceans would go largely unnoticed. Now, it appears that calculus is changing.
Τα επόμενα 2 άρθρα, μόνον για Τουρκομαθείς. Αξίζει πάντως οι υπόλοιποι να τα βάλλετε σε… “Μεταφραστή” και να τα διαβάσετε!.. Στο 2ο άρθρο (Νο “10”) μάλιστα, θα διαβάσετε τί πιστεύουν οι Τούρκοι, για το ποιά είναι η… “μάνα” του “ISIS“, η καταγωγή του!..
9. Yazılımın babayiğitlerinden hodri meydan
Küresel yazılım devlerinin dijital ambargo uygulama tehditlerine karşı Türk yazılımcılardan ‘Biz üretmeye hazırız’ mesajı geldi.
Küresel yazılım devlerinin iş dünyasını sarsan dijital ambargolarına yerli yazılım firmalarından karşı hamle geldi. Türkiye’de birçok önemli kamu ve özel sektör kuruluşunun yabancı sermayeli firmalarla çalıştığını ifade eden sektör temsilcileri, Türk yazılım sektörünün bu alandaki birçok ihtiyacı karşılayabilecek durumda olduğunu söyledi. Tartışmaların odağındaki Alman yazılım devi SAP, İran’la ticaret yapan firmalarla ilişkisini keseceği iddialarını yaptığı açıklamada doğruladı.
MİCROSOFT DA EKLENECEK
Ambargoya, Microsoft’un da ekleneceği iddiaları da konuşulmaya devam ediliyor. Yazılım şirketlerinin İran ambargosu tüm ülkeler için geçerli olsa da bu durumun en çok Türkiye’yi etkileyeceği belirtiliyor. Yazılımların şirketlerin en önemli bilgilerini içinde barındırdığını belirten CPM Yazılım Yönetim Kurulu Başkanı Recep Palamut, “Bugün yabancı yazılım firmalarının şirketlere uyguladığı dijital ambargo, yerli yazılımın ne kadar önemli olduğunu bir kez daha gözler önüne serdi. Yıllardır bıkmadan usanmadan ‘evinizin anahtarı başkasında olmasın sizde olsun’ diye anlattık. Anahtarın başkasında olmasının hem şirketlere hem de Türkiye’ye nasıl bir zarar verebileceğini bugün yaşanılan ambargoyla görmüş olduk” dedi.
Şirketlerin tüm süreçlerinin yurtdışı kaynaklı şirketlerin elinde olmasının ülkemiz açısından yarattığı tehlikenin altını çizen Recep Palamut, “Yabancı yazılım şirketlerine uygulanmayan vergiler yüzünden ülkemiz her yıl 1.2 milyar TL vergi kaybı yaşıyor. Bugün rakamlara baktığımızda Türkiye’nin 30 milyar TL’lik ihracat hedefi var. Yazılım firması, bir firmanın nereye ihracat yapacağı konusunda karar mercii değildir” dedi.
“Yazılım ve ekonomi olarak dışa bağımlılığımızı olabildiğince azaltmamız gereken bir dönemdeyiz” diyen Palamut sözlerine şu şekilde devam etti: “Türk yazılımcıları dünya sıralamasına girebilecek durumdayken, yabancı yazılım firmalarından hizmet almak ülkemiz ekonomisi açısından, özellikle bu dönemlerde sorgulamamız gereken bir durum. Türk sanayisi başta olmak üzere tüm kamu kuruluşları bu konuda daha hassas olmalılar.”
İPİ GÖĞÜSLEMEYE HAZIRIZ
Uyumsoft Bilgi Sistemleri ve Teknolojileri A.Ş. Genel Müdürü Hüseyin Şahin ise “Türkiye, 1990’lı yıllardan itibaren, yazılım geliştirmede, ciddi bir atak yapmış durumunda. Türk yazılım sektörü olarak, bilgi birikimi, proje yönetimi ve strateji geliştirme konularında dünya ile rekabet ediyoruz” dedi.
Şahin şunları kaydetti: “Türk yazılım firmaları olarak çözümlerimizi Çin’den Amerika’ya kadar birçok ülkeye ihraç etmeyi sürdürüyoruz. Özetle, Türk yazılım sektörü olarak yazılım çözümlerimiz ve mühendis kadrolarımız ile ülkemizdeki ve dünyadaki her sektör ve her büyüklükteki firmaya hizmet vermeye, değer katmaya hazırız. Kurumsal Kaynak Planlama (ERP) çözümlerimiz dahil yazılımda yaptığımız Ar-Ge’ler ve inovasyon kültürümüz ile uluslararası çözümlerin yerine, hizmet sağlamaya, ipi göğüslemeye varız. Bugüne kadar Türk yazılım sektörü olarak yüzlerce ve binlerce başarı öyküsüne imza attık. Ancak, üzülerek altını çizeceğimiz bir konu var ki, maalesef sahip olduğumuz potansiyelimizi ve gücümüzü, global şirketlerin marka baskıları ve ilişki yönetimleri nedeniyle de bugüne kadar yeterince gösteremedik. Eğer, Türk yazılım sektörüne kamu ve özel sektör daha fazla sahip çıkarsa, hem Türk yazılım sektöründen dünya markaları çıkarabiliriz, hem de ticaret sektöründeki firmaların yereldeki ve globaldeki büyüme yolculuklarına eşlik edebiliriz. 20 yıldır ERP çözümlerimiz ve e-Fatura’da binlerce işletmeye başarıyla hizmet veriyoruz ve bu başarımızı dünyaya taşımaya devam edeceğiz.”
“MİLLİ VE BAĞIMSIZ PROJELER ÜRETİYORUZ“
Türkiye’nin yerli yazılım ve Ar-Ge şirketleri hayata geçirdikleri buluşlarıyla cari açığın kapanmasında da önemli roller üstleniyor. Bu hedefle 2002’de kurulan ve İTÜ Arı Teknokent’te yer alan Eteration, Türkiye, Avrupa ve Asya’da faaliyet gösteren birçok dünya devine yüzde 100 yerli çözümler sunmayı başardı. Yerli ve milli bir şirket olarak hedeflerinin bu alandaki ithalatı aşağı çekmek olduğunu ifade eden Eteration Genel Müdürü Suat Eker, “Bağımsız ve milli projeler üretme motivasyonu ana misyonumuz oldu. Bugün itibarıyla 50 kişilik bir çalışan kadrosuna ulaştık. Ağırlıklı olarak telekomünikasyon, otomotiv ve finans gibi sektörlerde faaliyet gösteren kuruluşlara; yazılım, danışmanlık ve eğitim hizmetleri veriyoruz. Bizim sağladığımız en önemli avantaj onlara çeviklik katmak. Yeni teknolojilere hızla adapte olup, bu teknolojiyi onlarla buluşturuyoruz” dedi.
Eski Savunma İstihbarat Direktörü (Defense Intelligence Agency-DIA) Emekli Korgeneral Michael Flynn’in 3 yıl önce basına verdiği demeç herkesi şaşkına çevirdi. Önemli bir istihbarat aygıtının başındaki şahıs, “IŞİD’in kurulmasının hata olduğunu, CIA’yı bu konuda ikna edemediklerini, yazılan raporları da kaynak göstererek” ileri sürüyordu. ABD’de ve özellikle Türkiye’de basın yayın organları bu manşetlik demeci görmezden geldi. Daha sonra Michael Flynn’in rotası Başkan Trump ile kesişti. Kısa bir süre Ulusal Güvenlik Danışmanı olarak da görev yaptı. Muhtemelen IŞİD konusundaki bütün gerçekleri daha başkan olmadan Trump’a anlattı.
IŞİD’İ O KURDU!
Florida Sunrise’daki seçim kampanyası (11 Ağustos 2016) sırasında coşku ve alkışlardan mest olan başkan adayı Donald Trump ağzındaki baklayı çıkarıverdi: “ISIS is honoring President Obama. He is the founder of ISIS. He founded ISIS. And, I would say the co-founder would be crooked Hillary Clinton. (IŞİD, Başkan Obama’ya şeref veriyor. O IŞİD’in kurucusudur. IŞİD’i o kurdu. Söylemeliyim ki diğer kurucu ortak, eğri büğrü/yamuk Hillary Clinton’dır.)”
ABD’DE İÇ SAVAŞ!
Bu açıklamalar ABD derin devletinin (establishment) ülke içinde sorgulanmasına neden oldu. Şimdiye dek bu yapı Cumhuriyetçiler ve Demokratları birlikte idare ediyordu. Her iki yapının tepesinde olanlar derin devletin kirli sırlarını ifşa etmiyordu. Bu özel alana derin devlet kimseyi sokmuyordu. Ama ABD imparatorluğunun baş aşağı inişine koşut olarak burada da bir çatlak oluştu. Donald Trump, ABD derin devletinin yönlendirdiği basınının tüm çelmelerine rağmen Başkan seçildi. Derin devlet hiç vakit kaybetmeden ABD içinde bir iç savaş başlattı. Başkan Trump ve yakın çevresini adeta ablukaya aldı. IŞİD konusundaki sırların ortalığa dökülmesi devlet içinde devlet olan bu yapılanmaya kalıcı bir hasar verdi. Bu nedenle derin devlet, bu konuda asıl sorumlu gördüğü Michael Flynn ve Başkan Trump’ı hedef tahtasına oturttu. / SOS SOS SOS
IŞİD’i kimin yarattığı konusunda bazı çevrelerde hââküçük tereddütler vardı. Ancak Rakka’da kuşatılan (!) IŞİD’li teröristler elini kolunu sallayarak şehirden çıktı. Bu çıkışın görüntülerinin İngilizler tarafından yayımlanması tüm dünyada şok etkisi yarattı. Koalisyon sözcüsü ABD’li Yarbay Dillon bu görüntülerin IŞİD’e ait olduğunu kabul etti. Böylece bütün dünya “süper haydut devlet” gerçeği ile yüzleşmek zorunda kaldı.
TÜRKİYE RESMİ BERRAKLAŞTIRIYOR
Suriye Demokratik Güçleri (SDG) Sözcüsü Talal Silo PKK’dan kaçarak ülkemize sığındı. PKK, PYD ve IŞİD’in ABD bağlantıları hakkında çarpıcı açıklamalar yaptı. Bütün üst düzey gizli görüşmelere katılması nedeniyle ortaya net bir çerçeve çıktı. Anadolu Ajansı Talal Silo ile yaptığı uzun röportajı yayımladı. Böylece ABD’nin yaptığı örtülü faaliyetlerin çirkin yüzünü bütün dünya bir kez daha görmüş oldu. Talal Silo’nun verdiği bilgilerden kısaca şu sonuçlar çıkıyor:
PYD, bütünüyle PKK denetimdedir. PYD’nin karar mekanizmalarının üst noktası Kandil’dir. PYD yöneticilerinin hiçbir yetkisi yoktur.
Bu husus ABD tarafından da bilinmektedir. Üst düzey gizli görüşmelere ABD yetkilisi, PKK sorumlusu ve PYD yöneticileri katılmaktadır.
ABD, verdiği silahların hesabını bile tutmamaktadır. Bu silahların PKK ve PYD’nin ihtiyaçlarına göre kullanılacağını bilmektedir. Türkiye’nin muhtemel bir saldırısına tedbir olarak dağıtılmayan silahlar ABD’ye ait depolarda muhafaza edilmektedir.
IŞİD’in ipleri ABD’nin elindedir. İhtiyaca göre PKK/PYD ile IŞİD arasındaki işbirliği ABD tarafından sağlanmaktadır. ABD, PKK/ PYD’nin Suriye’de gasp ettiği petrolü IŞİD üzerinden pazarlamaktadır.
ABD, bölgedeki sorumlusu Brett McGurk başta olmak üzere, Merkezi Kuvvetler Komutanı Org. Votel da dâhil devlet görevlileri ile terör faaliyetlerini yönlendirmektedir. Hatta Senato Silahlı Kuvvetler Komitesi Başkanı olan Senatör John McCain’in bile gizli toplantılara katıldığı dikkate alınırsa, yasama organının bile terör faaliyetlerine bulaştığını görüyoruz.
Böyle bir devletin dünyaya yön vermesi, 4,5 milyar yıl yaşındaki gezegenimizin başına gelen en büyük felakettir. Şimdi de Kudüs’te insanlığa tuzak kuruyorlar…
To επόμενο (και τελευταίο) άρθρο ζητήθηκε από φίλο αναγνώστη, ο οποίος δηλώνει “ερευνητής” και τίθεται ως… τσόντα! “Προσπεράστε” το οι υπόλοιποι!..
11. ΑΠΟ ΣΗΜΕΡΑ ΞΕΒΡΑΚΩΝΟΥΜΕ… ΤΟ ΚΚΕ ΚΑΙ ΟΙ 350 ΠΡΟΒΟΚΑΤΟΡΕΣ ΤΗΣ ΚΥΠ ΠΟΥ ΣΧΕΔΙΑΣΑΝ ΤΟ ΠΟΛΥΤΕΧΝΕΙΟ ΟΠΩΣ ΕΛΕΓΑΝ ΑΠΟ ΤΟΤΕ ΟΙ ΚΟΜΜΟΥΝΙΣΤΕΣ
Κάθε χρόνο τέτοιες μέρες, οι σταλινοκομμουνιστές εμφανίζονται ως οι οργανωτές και καθοδηγητές της διαβόητης «εξέγερσης του Πολυτεχνείου». Έτσι και φέτος, το «τιμημένο κουκουέ» παρελαύνει από την… κεφάλα του Σβορώνου και τιμά τα 40 χρόνια του «ηρωικού Πολυτεχνείου» με σύνθημα «Με αγώνα και θυσία γράφεται η ιστορία». Ποια όμως ήταν η επίσημη θέση του (τότε παράνομου) ΚΚΕ για την «εξέγερση»;
Ας δούμε τι έγραφε τότε το υπ’ αριθμόν 8 τεύχος της «Πανσπουδαστικής», της φοιτητικής οργάνωσης του ΚΚΕ:
Ποιά είναι η αλήθεια; Πράγματι η «εξέγερση» έγινε από προβοκάτορες, αλλά όχι της ΚΥΠ. Επρόκειτο για αριστεριστές, επίστρατους των αμερικανικών μυστικών υπηρεσιών. Το σοβιετόδουλο ΚΚΕ δεν συμμετείχε στο πανηγύρι του αμερικανοκομμουνισμού, αλλά όταν είδε –μετά τη μεταπολίτευση- ότι γίνεται… μύθος του σάπιου καθεστώτος έσπευσε να το υιοθετήσει και να το παρουσιάσει ως δικό του… κατόρθωμα. Μάλιστα, μαζί με το μύθο υιοθέτησε και μερικά πρόσωπα-σύμβολά του, όπως την Δαμανάκη, τον Ανδρουλάκη κ.α., οι οποίοι το 1973 ήταν σε αριστερίστικες οργανώσεις. Βέβαια, εδώ και πολλά χρόνια, τα πρόσωπα-σύμβολα του τότε την κοπάνησαν από το ΚΚΕ. Τυχαίο; Δε νομίζω!
ΑΦΗΣΤΕ ΗΣΥΧΟ ΤΟΝ ΟΙΚΟΥΜΕΝΙΚΟ ΠΑΤΡΙΑΡΧΗ ΡΕ ΤΣΟΓΛΑΝΟΙ