In a brilliant primer entitled "Refute Palestinian Lies to Promote Mideast Peace" in The Wall Street…
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Notable Quote: Israel's Right to Exist

In a brilliant primer entitled "Refute Palestinian Lies to Promote Mideast Peace" in The Wall Street Journal, Max Singer refutes a persistent myth that the United States must work to refute:

[D]espite widespread use of the term in diplomatic documents and debate, there is no such thing as 'occupied Palestinian territory' because there has never been a Palestinian territory to occupy.  As some Palestinians point out, they have never had a state of their own.  This is far more than a game of semantics.  If the land was Palestinian, then Israel could have stolen it.  If the land isn't Palestinian, then Israel couldn't have stolen it.  It's critical that the U.S. actively combat the falsehood that Israel exists on stolen Palestinian land."

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December 13, 2018 • 05:34 pm

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On Comey Continuing to Display His Lack of Credibility:
 
 

"Fired former FBI director James Comey is at it again.

Last week, Comey testified before members of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. In a single appearance, Comey, on 245 separate occasions, while under oath, stonewalled questions with 'I don't know,' 'I don't remember' or 'I don't recall,' according to a congressional interrogator, Representative Jim Jordan (R., Ohio).

If any private citizen tried Comey's gambit with federal IRS auditors or FBI investigators, he would likely be indicted for perjury or obstruction. ...

Comey's sanctimoniousness and misdeeds pose lots of questions. Is Comey a mere hypocrite? Or in guilt does he project his sins onto others? Or does he, by design, pose as a moralist to help insulate himself from future legal jeopardy?

Or all of the above?"

 
 
— Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Nationally Syndicated Columnist
— Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Nationally Syndicated Columnist
Posted December 14, 2018 • 08:13 am
 
 
On Overshadowing the Threat From China:
 
 

"Russia's election interference and social media propaganda campaigns have overshadowed a 'greater, more existential threat' from China, said Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley.

"At a Judiciary hearing today on Chinese espionage activities, Grassley (R-Iowa) said the media hysteria over Russia neglects 'China's efforts to overtake the United States as the world's preeminent superpower in all phases of society.'

"His remarks come as the Trump administration plans a major push this week to punish China over its intellectual property theft and amid increasing tensions between Washington and Beijing over charges against a top Huawei executive. ...

"The Judiciary chairman's severe warnings about China received the backing from others, too, including the top Democrat on the panel, Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who called China's intellectual property theft the 'most pressing economic and national security challenge' facing the U.S."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Tim Starks, POLITICO
— Tim Starks, POLITICO
Posted December 13, 2018 • 08:01 am
 
 
On the New World Order of Instability and Populist Unrest:
 
 

"The particulars might be different, but the upheavals playing out in Britain and France this week have familiar and common undercurrents, born of the same forces - rebellion against globalization, fear of immigrants and distrust of traditional leaders - that have stoked discontent in Germany and other European countries and that are roiling politics in the United States.

"Instability appears to be the order of the day, whether in the United States or in Europe. Traditional politics, of the kind practiced in Western democracies for decades after World War II, is on shaky ground nearly everywhere, struggling to find the point of equilibrium that can satisfy populations fractured by economic, cultural and social changes. ...

"Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, summed up the state of affairs this week in a Tuesday morning tweet. 'A bad day as far as politics for what we used to call the West: political chaos over Brexit in the UK, political capitulation in France that will not satisfy anyone or settle anything and a political crisis in the United States that continues to grow in breadth and depth alike.'

"The dividing lines in this new world of unrest are no longer simply those along a left-right continuum, with conservatives pitted against liberals. Those battles still exist, here and elsewhere, but increasingly the forces of destabilization are coming from other angles and other directions. They are driven by what Ivo Daalder, president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and U.S. ambassador to NATO under former president Barack Obama, described as 'a population that is increasingly upset with how 20, 30, 40 years of globalization have changed the internal dynamics of society.'

"This has taken forms that are changing politics, political alliances and policies here and abroad: a growing divide between cosmopolitan and non-cosmopolitan populations; deepening cultural differences between urban and rural parts of society; widening differences among those favoring a society more open and welcoming to immigrants and those favoring closed borders and turning inward and taking care of the home front."

 
 
— Dan Balz, The Washington Post
— Dan Balz, The Washington Post
Posted December 12, 2018 • 08:34 am
 
 
On Upcoming Border Wall Negotiations:
 
 

"Don't look for a quick deal when President Trump meets with Democratic leaders of Congress at the White House on Tuesday.

"Neither side appears in the mood to offer concessions on a proposed border wall. President Trump is pushing for $5 billion to fund one of his top priorities, but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is under intense pressure not to give in just weeks after her party's midterm victories. She also has the Speaker's gavel on the line. ...

"That means another week of brinkmanship, with a possible partial government shutdown at the end of next week, is growing more likely."

 
 
— Alexander Bolton and Melanie Zadona, The Hill
— Alexander Bolton and Melanie Zadona, The Hill
Posted December 11, 2018 • 08:36 am
 
 
On Former FBI Director Comey's Selective Memory:
 
 

"The failures of Comey's remarkably turbulent and short tenure as FBI director were on display again Friday on Capitol Hill, when he was interviewed in a closed-door session by two House committees. Republican lawmakers were aghast at his sudden lack of recollection of key events.

"He didn't seem to know that his own FBI was using No. 4 Justice Department official Bruce Ohr as a conduit to keep collecting intelligence from Christopher Steele after the British intel operative was fired by the bureau for leaking and lying. In fact, Comey didn't seem to remember knowing that Steele had been terminated, according to sources in the room.

"'His memory was so bad I feared he might not remember how to get out of the room after the interview,' one lawmaker quipped. Lamented another: 'It was like he suddenly developed dementia or Alzheimer's, after conveniently remembering enough facts to sell his book.'"

 
 
— John Solomon, Award-Winning Investigative Journalist and The Hill Executive Vice President for Video
— John Solomon, Award-Winning Investigative Journalist and The Hill Executive Vice President for Video
Posted December 10, 2018 • 08:08 am
 
 
On Pearl Harbor Day:
 
 

"December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

"The United States was at peace with that Nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American Island of Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack.

"It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

"The attack ... on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu."

 
 
— President Franklin D. Roosevelt, December 8, 1941, in an Address to Congress Asking That a State of War Be Declared Between the United States and Japan
— President Franklin D. Roosevelt, December 8, 1941, in an Address to Congress Asking That a State of War Be Declared Between the United States and Japan
Posted December 07, 2018 • 07:48 am
 
 
On the Democrats' 2020 Field:
 
 

"In a few months, we may find ourselves looking back with nostalgic regret on 2015, when we only had a mere 16 candidates running for the Republican Party's nomination for president.

"That was nothing compared to what's likely in store for the Democrats in 2020. A sober estimate of the number of candidates who might contend for the Democratic presidential nomination next year and in 2020 approaches 40. Even if many of those decide finally not to take the plunge, we're almost certainly going to see a 20-person field at a minimum.

"This means the Democrats will face all the logistical problems the GOP faced - and more, owing to the Dems' ideological makeup and the nature of the social and cultural debates of the moment."

 
 
— John Podhoretz, New York Post
— John Podhoretz, New York Post
Posted December 06, 2018 • 08:15 am
 
 
On the Clock Ticking Down on GOP-Controlled Congress:
 
 

"Lawmakers are facing an end-of-the-year traffic jam with legislation piling up and a tight schedule that leaves them little wiggle room.

"Leadership is juggling a backlog of must-pass bills and nominations as well as eleventh-hour requests from rank-and-file members as legislators try to cram as much as possible into the final days of the work year. Republicans, in particular, are feeling pressure to make a last-ditch effort as they prepare to cede control of the House to Democrats in January.

"But the schedule got further scrambled following former President George H.W. Bush's death, with Washington expected to dedicate days to mourning the 41st president. House Republicans announced Monday they are canceling votes for the week, while the Senate is delaying the start of its work week.

"Republican leadership unveiled a two-week continuing resolution to prevent a partial government shutdown by Friday night's deadline for the seven appropriations bills they failed to pass by Sept. 30, the end of fiscal 2018.

"That would push the border wall fight until Dec. 21 and, potentially, give lawmakers a few more days to squeeze in additional votes. Even with the funding battle put on the back-burner, leadership is facing a lengthy to-do list and multiple hard deadlines."

 
 
— Jordain Carney, The Hill
— Jordain Carney, The Hill
Posted December 05, 2018 • 07:45 am
 
 
On the GOP's Need to Regain Trust on Money Issues:
 
 

"Republicans need to regain the offensive on the fiscal issues. The GOP has somehow allowed big-spending Democrats to get to the right of them on the issue of financial responsibility and balanced budgets.

"Polls show that Democrats are now more trusted on balancing the budget than Republicans. That's like losing an arm wrestling contest to Nancy Pelosi.

"The big first step for Republicans to regain American trust on fiscal responsibility is for President Donald Trump to deliver a nationally televised prime-time speech from the Oval Office to announce an all-hands-on-deck war on Washington waste. ...

"The issue is teed up right now because the spending trends have been so alarming. The Congressional Budget Office just announced that the government is now spending $2 billion more than it takes in every day. Don't even think about blaming the tax cuts. In 2018, the estimated $3.4 trillion raised in federal revenues was the highest level ever in American history -- even with the tax cuts. The problem is a spending avalanche that now exceeds $4 trillion of outlays a year."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Stephen Moore, Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity Chief Economist
— Stephen Moore, Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity Chief Economist
Posted December 04, 2018 • 08:12 am
 
 
On the Legacy of Former President George H.W. Bush:
 
 

"Bush believed in the essential goodness of the American people and in the nobility of the American experiment. His understanding of the nation and of the world seems antiquated now; it seemed so in real time, too, at least in the last year or so of his presidency. But there was nothing affected about Bush's vision of politics as a means to public service, of public service as the highest of callings. This vision - of himself engaged in what Oliver Wendell Holmes called the passion and action of the times - was as real and natural to him as the air he breathed. It was his whole world, and had been since his earliest days when he would watch his father come home from a day on Wall Street only to head back out to run the Greenwich Town Meeting. It was as simple - and as complicated - as that. ...

"His life was spent in the service of his nation, and his spirit of conciliation, common sense, and love of country will stand him in strong stead through the ebbs and flows of posterity's judgment. On that score - that George H.W. Bush was a uniquely good man in a political universe where good men were hard to come by - there was bipartisan consensus a quarter century after his White House years."

 
 
— Jon Meacham, Author of "Destiny and Power:The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush"
— Jon Meacham, Author of "Destiny and Power:The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush"
Posted December 03, 2018 • 08:02 am
 
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"Fired former FBI director James Comey is at it again.Last week, Comey testified before members of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. In a single appearance, Comey, on 245 separate occasions, while under oath, stonewalled questions with 'I don't know,' 'I don't remember' or 'I don't recall,' according to a congressional interrogator, Representative…[more]
 
 
—Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Nationally Syndicated Columnist
— Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Nationally Syndicated Columnist
 
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