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Image of the Day: The U.S. Remains a Center/Right Nation

As an encouraging Image of the Day, rumors of conservatism's demise have obviously been greatly exaggerated.  As illustrated by Gallup, the number of Americans labeling themselves "conservative" or "very conservative" has actually increased over the past three decades.  A significant 72% supermajority of Americans are either conservative or moderate, with conservatives actually leading the way with 37%:

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January 22, 2020 • 08:24 pm

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On Iran's Missile Attack on U.S. Bases in Iraq:

"Should the missile attack on Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops turn out to be the extent of Iran's response, then the operation to kill Iranian terrorist leader Qassem Soleimani will turn out to be a major victory for President Trump.

"Though the Pentagon has yet to release a full damage assessment, preliminary reports suggest that Iran's action resulted in no U.S. casualties. After days of tough talk and chants of, 'Death to America,' Iranian officials are now claiming that they have no interest in further escalation if the United States does not retaliate. This could be it.

"If this is indeed the case, there is no doubt that the U.S. dealt a far more devastating blow to Iran than it absorbed in return. Soleimani was one of the most important figures in Iran and the architect of its regional strategy to extend the regime's influence from Tehran to the Mediterranean Sea. He directed global terrorist attacks, targeted U.S. troops in Iraq, aided Bashar Assad in the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of his own people, supported the terrorist group Hezbollah, and fueled the civil war in Yemen by supporting the radical Houthi movement. ...

"The early indications are that Iran blinked. The regime dramatically launched ballistic missiles toward U.S. troops and made a big show of it to the world, but it also chose targets where it knew Americans were expecting an attack and would be able to take preparations to reduce or avoid casualties. It was telling that even the threats Iran issued tonight, that if the U.S. retaliates, Iran will attack Israel and Dubai, suggest an unwillingness to engage the U.S. were it to risk actual casualties."

— Philip Klein, Washington Examiner Executive Editor
— Philip Klein, Washington Examiner Executive Editor
Posted January 08, 2020 • 07:16 am
On Precedent for President Trump's Elimination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani:

"The United States has long had a policy of using targeted strikes to kill enemy leaders. After the 9/11 attacks, the Bush administration launched a program of drone strikes and Special Forces attacks to kill leaders of al-Qaeda and insurgent groups in Iraq and Afghanistan. Not only did Barack Obama continue these policies, he also launched an air war against Libya that sought as one of its goals to kill its leader, Moammar Qaddafi, in order to trigger regime change. Few, if any, Democratic officials criticized Obama for engaging in illegal assassination or for launching strikes in Libya or, later, in Syria, without congressional approval. ...

"Whether killing Soleimani amounted to valid self-defense would raise difficult factual questions if the United States were acting in a purely anticipatory manner. The United States and other countries have recognized that a nation can use force to preempt an imminent attack by an enemy. President Kennedy, for example, stretched the doctrine of anticipatory self-defense perhaps to its limits when he imposed a naval blockade during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis to prevent Soviet deployment of nuclear missiles on an island just 100 miles from Florida. Whether the United States could attack Soleimani in anticipatory self-defense would depend on the facts: whether Iranian forces under his control were planning or in the middle of an attack on U.S. forces or installations.

"But in this case, the events of the last few weeks make Trump's legal case all the easier. Iran had already begun attacking U.S. personnel. It supported militias that had already shelled a U.S. base in Iraq, an assault that killed one defense contractor and injured several U.S. soldiers. It had ordered its militias to storm the U.S. Embassy. With access to extensive electronic and human intelligence, the Trump administration could conclude that Soleimani and his associates were planning yet further attacks on American forces. Soleimani had, after all, planned the devastating campaign against U.S. forces during the Iraq occupation, provided support for Hezbollah and other terrorist groups that have lethally attacked American troops in the Middle East, and devised the Iranian drone strike on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities.

"President Trump could choose to make public the intelligence to prove that Soleimani and his associates were continuing further attacks on Americans. But he need not, as the immediate historical record already reveals the Iranian general's intentions to harm American personnel and installations. Instead of worrying about his constitutional authority, Trump would do better to explain to the American people the broader strategy toward Iran and how the killing of an old, implacable enemy in Soleimani will succeed in deterring, rather than triggering, a broader war with Iran."

Read entire article here.

— John Yoo, University of California at Berkeley Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law, AEI Visiting Scholar and Hoover Institution Visiting Fellow
— John Yoo, University of California at Berkeley Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law, AEI Visiting Scholar and Hoover Institution Visiting Fellow
Posted January 07, 2020 • 08:00 am
On Eliminating Iranian General Qassem Soleimani:

"The calendar turns and a decade begins, but there is nothing new under the sun in Washington. Even the killing of an Iranian mass murderer is cause for more partisan strife.

"In a sane country, which America used to be, there would be shared sober satisfaction over the elimination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Yet Democrats apparently outsourced their reactions to robots, whose script called for conceding that the departed was a very bad man, but prohibited approval of President Trump's decision to take him out.

"Instead, the quibblers' chorus raised questions of timing and expressed fear of escalation and retaliation. In the context of Iran's military aggression and Soleimani's bloody hands, there is another word for that fear: appeasement.

"Or, as defense specialist Michael Doran wrote in The New York Times, the fear of war 'ignores the fact that Mr. Soleimani has been waging war on America and its allies for years.'

"The latest example was the attack on our embassy in Baghdad, carried out by groups allied with Iran. That is the sort of dirty work Soleimani specialized in -- getting Arab Muslim proxies to fight and die for Iran's goal of regional dominance."

Read entire article here.

— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted January 06, 2020 • 08:03 am
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— The Members of the Board and Staff of Center for Individual Freedom
— The Members of the Board and Staff of Center for Individual Freedom
Posted December 22, 2019 • 08:08 am
On Speaker Pelosi's Delaying Tactics:

"It looks like Pelosi is going to delay sending over the articles of impeachment, which is a really bad idea. One, this is not a way to exercise leverage over McConnell, because he doesn't care to have the articles sent over in the first place. Two, it's bizarre to try to force the Senate to fight to get witnesses that the House didn't make much of an effort to get itself. Three, this contradicts the argument that impeachment was such an urgent necessity that it had to be rushed. Four, it will make impeachment look even more partisan and political. Five, it is exactly the wrong tack to win over those Republicans who might be persuadable on witness like Romney and Collins. Besides all that, it's a brilliant idea."

— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
Posted December 20, 2019 • 07:53 am
On the House Vote to Impeach President Trump:

"Watching the so-called debate Wednesday, I was struck by how the impeachers, desperate to inflate their base partisan passions into something noble, have cheapened our nation's history and language.

"They resembled Grade B actors performing for the cameras, their rehearsed references to oaths, prayers, the Founding Fathers, the rule of law, checks and balances and the Constitution itself all sounding contrived. Rather than reflecting actual gravitas, the words were trotted out to create the appearance of it.

"That was consistent with Pelosi's latest demand that her members stay 'solemn' in public, so as not to give the impression that they were gloating and joyful. In other words, hide how you really feel so we can fool more people into joining us.

"Only the damage to America is real."

— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted December 19, 2019 • 08:04 am
On FISA Court's Harsh Rebuke of FBI's Misconduct:

"Washington, D.C. -- The U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court harshly rebuked the FBI in a Tuesday afternoon order, saying FBI misconduct in applying for warrants against Trump campaign official Carter Page calls all past warrant applications into question, and setting a fast-approaching deadline to fix the system.

"The order was issued in response to an inspector general report that found the FBI failed to include exculpatory evidence in its four succesful applications for surveillance warrants on U.S. citizen, former Naval officer, and then-Trump campaign official Carter Page. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) is a secret court set up in 1978 to grant U.S. intelligence agencies warrants to spy on suspected spies from other countries, or, literally, to surveil foreign intelligence.

"'This order,' FISC Judge Rosemary Collyer wrote at the top of the four-page document, 'responds to reports that personnel of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) provided false information to the National Security Division (NSD) of the Department of Justice, and withheld material information from NSD which was detrimental to the FBI's case, in connection with four applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) for authority to conduct electronic surveillance of a U.S. citizen named Carter W. Page.'

'The frequency with which representations FBI personnel made to the court turned out to be unsupported or contradicted by information in their possession, and with which they withheld information detrimental to their case,' Judge Collyer continued, 'calls into question whether information contained in other FBI applications is reliable.'

"The document orders the government to, by Jan. 10, 'inform the Court in a sworn written submission of what it has done, and plans to do, to ensure that the statement of facts in each FBI application accurately and completely reflects information possessed by the FBI that is material to any issue presented by the application.'"

Read entire article here.

— Christopher Bedford, The Federalist Senior Editor
— Christopher Bedford, The Federalist Senior Editor
Posted December 18, 2019 • 08:01 am
On the Parallels Between Conservative Victory in U.K. and 2020 U.S. Presidential Election:

"Boris Johnson's landslide victory in the U.K. augurs well for President Trump's prospects in 2020. The parallels are numerous and undeniable.

"Voters in the U.K. rejected: a Big Government takeover of critical industries, globalization, class warfare, a 'green jobs revolution,' open borders and steadfast efforts to dismantle the 'gig' economy.

"They also voted against anti-Semitism, hypocrisy and, for the record, the 'establishment.'

"They voted for U.K. independence, tax cuts, job creation, infrastructure investment and shoring up popular institutions like the National Health Service.

"The choice could not have been starker. It is also likely to be quite similar to the decision that U.S. voters will face next year."

Read entire article here.

— Liz Peek, FOX News Contributor
— Liz Peek, FOX News Contributor
Posted December 17, 2019 • 07:52 am
On Former FBI Director James Comey's Reaction to DOJ IG Report:

"Former FBI Director James Comey admitted on 'Fox News Sunday' that the recently released Justice Department Inspector General's report on the launch of the FBI's Russia investigation and their use of the surveillance process showed that he was 'overconfident' when he defended his former agency's use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

"This comes days after Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report and testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee detailed concerns that included 17 'significant errors and omissions' by the FBI's investigative team when applying for a FISA warrant to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Horowitz referred 'the entire chain of command' to the FBI and DOJ for 'how to assess and address their performance failures' during the probe, which was conducted while Comey was in charge.

"'He's right, I was wrong,' Comey said about how the FBI used the FISA process, adding, 'I was overconfident as director in our procedures,' and that what happened 'was not acceptable.'"

Read entire article here.

— Ronn Blitzer, FOX News
— Ronn Blitzer, FOX News
Posted December 16, 2019 • 07:57 am
On Judiciary Committee Chairman Nadler's Midnight Madness:

"Gobsmacked Republicans made known their fury and frustration late Thursday as House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., abruptly wrapped up an all-day marathon hearing on the adoption of two articles of impeachment against President Trump by delaying planned votes on the matter until Friday morning.

"'It is now very late at night,' Nadler said shortly before midnight in D.C. 'I want the members on both sides of the aisle to think about what has happened over these last two days, and to search their consciences before we cast their final votes. Therefore, the committee will now stand in recess until tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., at which point I will move to divide the question so that each of us may have the opportunity to cast up-or-down votes on each of the articles of impeachment, and let history be our judge.'

"Ranking Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., raised an immediate objection as Nadler began leaving, saying it was 'the most bush-league stunt' he had ever seen.

"'Mr. Chairman, there was no consulting with the ranking member on your schedule for tomorrow -- you just blew up schedules for everyone?' Collins asked incredulously. 'You chose not to consult the ranking member on a scheduling issue of this magnitude? This is the kangaroo court we're talking about. Not even consult? Not even consult? 10 a.m. tomorrow?'

"He later told reporters: 'This is why people don't like us. This crap like this is why people are having such a terrible opinion of Congress. What Chairman Nadler just did, and his staff, and the rest of the majority who sat there quietly and said nothing, this is why they don't like us. They know it's all about games. It's all about the TV screens. They want the primetime hit. This is Speaker Pelosi and Adam Schiff and the others directing this committee. I don't have a chairman anymore. I guess I need to just go straight to Ms. Pelosi and say, what TV hit does this committee need to do? This committee has lost all relevance. I'll see y'all tomorrow.'"

Read entire article here.

— Gregg Re, FOX News
— Gregg Re, FOX News
Posted December 13, 2019 • 07:43 am
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"Near the end of his inflammatory opening remarks Tuesday, Sen. Chuck Schumer tried his best to scale the rhetorical heights. He declared the moment 'deep and solemn' and said, 'The eyes of the Founding Fathers are upon us.'If they're watching, they're probably rolling over in their graves. Day One of the Trump impeachment trial couldn't possibly be what they had in mind.Yes, it was that bad, as history…[more]
—Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
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