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Friday, May 29, 2015

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

General Hayden: U.S. Troops In Iraq “Over-Regulated And Constrained”

High-level government officials tend to avoid commenting on politics after they leave their posts. That’s especially true for high-ranking members of the military who serve in presidential administrations.

But several top Obama administration officials have criticized the president after leaving government. The latest is Air Force four-star general Michael Hayden, who was director of the Central Intelligence Agency under President Bush and then, for a short time, under President Obama.

Appearing on “Newsmax Prime” with J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Khan yesterday, Hayden made some extraordinary statements about why our efforts in Iraq are not succeeding.

Hayden argued that we will never be able to defeat ISIS unless we put more boots on the ground and until we let them “do the kinds of things they’re capable of doing.” Hayden continued:

“[U.S. troops in Iraq are] not free to move forward with Iraqi units below the brigade level. They’re not free to have tactical air control parties forward in order to bring in precise air power. We don’t use our special operation forces very often, although we did have one successful raid about 10 days ago. There are more things we could be doing even with the forces we have, but again, we’re over-regulated and constrained. It appears to me that the political control of this military effort is actually incredibly powerful.”

Hayden added that some military pilots involved in anti-ISIS airstrikes have complained that the rules of engagement are too restrictive and suggested that the order to be cautious may be coming “all the way back here to Pennsylvania Avenue.”

With these comments, Hayden repeated what most of the Republican candidates for president (with the notable exception of Rand Paul) have been saying. If Hayden is right, that Obama has chosen a war strategy that allows him to say that we’re doing something but is also doomed to fail, then this is a scandal of historic proportions.

It is a wonderful time around the world to be a jihadist. It’s a growth industry, and it will continue to be as long as the only country able to stop it is hobbled by a lack of leadership.

Join Me In July!

Join me in the nation’s capital July 13th and 14th for the 10th annual Christians United for Israel Washington Summit.

Founded by Pastor John Hagee, Christians United for Israel (CUFI) is the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States with more than two million members. I am honored to serve as director of Christians United for Israel Action Fund, CUFI’s Washington, D.C. lobbying arm.

Watch this brief video about the Washington Summit.

This year’s Summit features an outstanding lineup of speakers, including:

Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel
Dr. Charles Stanley
Dennis Prager
Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address the Summit via satellite.

There will be educational sessions analyzing recent developments in the Middle East, the threats confronting Israel and a 2016 presidential candidates forum.

Register now.

I look forward to seeing you there!


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Thursday, May 28, 2015

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Do Christian Black Lives Matter?

The slogan “Black lives matter” has been used as a rallying cry in protests across the country over black men killed in altercations with police. The media have dutifully broadcasted the slogan to the point where some people seem to believe that every black American is in danger of getting killed by a racist police officer.

The media have been mostly silent, however, about the loss of life among black Christians at the hands of Muslim terrorists in Nigeria.

In recent days, Boko Haram-which, translates roughly to “Western education is sinful”-has committed a series of attacks in which Christians have been the prime targets. At a bus station recently, 31 mostly Christians were killed or injured when a young girl Boko Haram had forced to become a suicide bomber detonated explosives hidden under her clothes.

Last week, 10 members of the Church of the Brethren were hacked to death by machete-wielding Islamists in Northern Nigeria. Other attacks on Christians include a May 19th shooting that killed another 10 Christians.

Until recently, it had appeared that the Nigerian government was making some progress in fighting Boko Haram and was regaining some of the territory it lost to the Islamists over the last several years. In April, government soldiers rescued some 300 women and girls from the clutches of Boko Haram.

But the lack of reporting on this crisis reveals how much “black lives matter” to the media. We’ve reached a point where many journalists are too busy bashing Israel and lecturing us about our supposed “Islamaphobia” to take the time to pay attention to the growing body count of Christians all over the world at hands of radical Islam.

Meanwhile, of course, Boko Haram and other radical Muslim groups will continue to wage war on Christians, Jews and all of Western civilization.

Has Iran Been Meeting With North Korea Over Nukes?

According to a report by an exiled Iranian opposition group, a delegation of North Korean nuclear experts visited a military site near Tehran last month. The group-the National Council of Resistance of Iran-says it is the third time this year that North Koreans have visited Iran to talk about its nuclear program.

This is just the latest sign of possible increasing cooperation between the two outlaw countries. For years the two countries have been linked over the development of ballistic missiles. But this is the first report of cooperation on the nuclear front.

The Obama administration continues to push for a nuclear deal with Iran, and it goes out of its way not to do or say anything that might offend Iranian sensibilities. Meanwhile, as its reported dealings with North Korea show, the Iranians have not altered their conduct at all.

Virtually the entire world has isolated North Korea, which is a country locked in collective insanity. But not Iran. The fact that North Korean delegations would be invited to Iran tells us everything we need to know about the Iranian regime and whether it can be trusted.

In related news, Iran has deployed some 5,000 troops from its elite Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force to Yemen to help pro-Iranian Houthi rebels trying to seize the southern part of the country. Iran also dispatched Lebanese Hezbollah fighters to help the insurgency in Yemen.

According to reports, the ultimate goal of the Iranians is to control the Bab-el-Mandeb, a strategic chokepoint on the Red Sea that Iran could use to block oil shipments as well as U.S. warship movements.

This is the behavior Iran is engaging in when we think they don’t yet have nukes. When the mullahs get nuclear weapons, which the treaty will guarantee will happen, there is no reason to believe that their behavior will be less provocative or aggressive.

This is why everyone who wishes to defend Western Civilization-Republicans, Democrats, independents and all people of goodwill-must do everything they can in the months ahead to stop a really bad nuclear treaty from being implemented.

Rand Blames Republicans

Sometimes it is hard to know which party’s nomination Rand Paul is seeking. Yesterday, the junior senator from Kentucky went on MSDNC — whoops, I mean MSNBC — to bash “hawks” in the Republican Party. Paul’s comments were very instructive. He said:

“ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately, and most of those arms were snatched up by ISIS. . . . They’ve created these people.”

This is the kind of talking point President Obama and Hillary Clinton have been promoting. Republicans did not create ISIS. The Islamic State was created when Obama prematurely withdrew American troops from Iraq in order to check off a box on his “to do” list. ISIS emerged from the power vacuum that Obama created. Why Paul would give Obama a pass and use the opportunity to attack fellow Republicans is mystifying.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal blasted Rand Paul’s remarks as disqualifying him for the Oval Office. Jindal said:

“This is a perfect example of why Senator Paul is unsuited to be Commander-in-Chief. We have men and women in the military who are in the field trying to fight ISIS right now, and Senator Paul is taking the weakest, most liberal Democrat position. . . . We should all be clear that evil and Radical Islam are at fault for the rise of ISIS, and people like President Obama and Hillary Clinton exacerbate it.”

In recent months, Senator Paul has gone to great lengths to try to reassure conservative voters that he is not like his father when it comes to foreign policy and Israel. But blaming Republicans for creating ISIS sounds an awful lot like Ron Paul blaming America for 9/11.

End Of Day Report

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Obama vs. The Courts

After yesterday’s ruling by a federal appeals court striking a blow against President Obama’s immigration amnesty plans, the Washington Post noticed that much of Obama’s agenda is being challenged in the courts. Citing Obamacare, climate change and other issues, the Post writes that “Obama’s legacy is increasingly in legal jeopardy.”

But betting on the courts is risky for conservatives. After six and a half years of Obama packing the courts with left-wing appointees, the judicial branch has become more radical than it’s ever been.

In some cases, Obama has managed to fundamentally transform the ideological balance of key appellate courts. Last week, for example, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to grant a rehearing to Catholic organizations challenging Obamacare’s contraception mandate.

Issues that divide the circuit courts, often end up before the Supreme Court. That court is also divided with four center-right justices, four liberals and Justice Anthony Kennedy frequently casting the deciding vote. As a result, we win some decisions 5-to-4 and lose others 5-to-4.

If you need a reason to be actively involved in the 2016 elections, consider this: Four justices of the Supreme Court are 76 years-old or older.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 82.
Justice Antonin Scalia is 79.
Justice Anthony Kennedy is 78.
Justice Stephen Breyer is 76.

The odds are overwhelming that the next president will fundamentally change the ideological balance of the Supreme Court.

If a President Hillary Clinton or Martin O’Malley replaces Scalia or Kennedy, the conservative agenda will be on life support. If a President Walker, Rubio, Cruz, Santorum or another potential conservative replaces Breyer, Ginsburg or Kennedy, we will have a chance to preserve religious liberty and our commonsense values.

If nothing else divided the Democratic and Republican nominees, this issue alone would be worth every effort you can possibly make between now and next November to ensure that we take back the White House.

Obama’s “Rational Ayatollah Hypothesis”

President Obama’s recent interview with the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg made a little news, but it didn’t get the attention it deserved. If a conservative had uttered as much idiocy, trust me, it would have made headlines.

Unbelievably, Barack Obama actually suggested that anti-Semitism was just a peripheral issue in Iran and that the ayatollah can be reasoned with and induced to act logically. In Obama’s mind, the regime’s anti-Israel rhetoric is just that — words designed to stir the base but no real indication of policy or national ambitions.

As I explained last week, the Iranian regime is led by Shiite Muslims with a radical vision. They believe they can cause an Islamic messiah to come to Earth by bringing about the apocalypse.

Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal demolished Obama’s wishful thinking. Here are some excerpts:

“So let’s recall some basic facts. Iran has no border, and no territorial dispute, with Israel. The two countries have a common enemy in Islamic State and other radical Sunni groups. . . .

“So on the basis of what self-interest does Iran arm and subsidize Hamas, probably devoting more than $1 billion of (scarce) dollars to the effort? What’s the economic rationale for hosting conferences of Holocaust deniers in Tehran. . . ? What was the political logic to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s calls to wipe Israel off the map. . .? How does the regime shore up its domestic legitimacy by preaching a state ideology that makes the country a global pariah?

“Maybe all this behavior serves Tehran’s instrumental purposes by putting the regime at the vanguard of a united Shiite-Sunni ‘resistance’ to Western imperialism and Zionism. . . . The likelier explanation is that the regime believes what it says, practices what it preaches, and is willing to pay a steep price for doing so. . . .

“Does it occur to Mr. Obama that Mr. Khamenei might operate according to a different set of principles than political or economic self-interest? What if Mr. Khamenei believes that some things in life are, in fact, worth fighting for, the elimination of Zionism above all?”

You can read the full column here.

Texas Floods

Carol and I have been heartbroken by the images coming out of Texas. The state has endured incredible drought in recent years. Now torrential rains have brought widespread flooding, tragically affecting many families and businesses. More than a dozen people are dead and more are still missing.

We have many great friends and supporters in the Lone Star State. Please join us in praying for those affected by these storms.

End Of Day Report

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

BREAKING NEWS: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the Obama Administration’s request to lift a federal court injunction against President Obama’s executive order granting amnesty to as many as five million illegal immigrants.

To be clear, the court did not strike down Obama’s immigration amnesty program. But by refusing to lift the injunction, the court strongly signaled that it believes the president’s amnesty is likely illegal. Federal officials will continue to be barred from implementing Obama’s amnesty while the legal challenge to its constitutionality is argued in federal court.

Why Obama Is Losing

It has become obvious in recent days that President Obama’s strategy for confronting ISIS isn’t working. Today’s New York Times explains why: Obama has handcuffed our military.

According to the report, U.S. intelligence has identified seven buildings in Raqqa, Syria, that essentially function as the headquarters of ISIS. Yet the Times writes that the buildings have not been bombed “during the 10-month allied air campaign.” When ISIS captured Ramadi, its fighters “paraded triumphantly through the streets . . . unscathed by coalition fighter-bombers.”

What’s going on? The Times tells us that “American officials say they are not striking significant — and obvious — Islamic State targets out of fear that the attacks will accidentally kill civilians.”

We have seen this tactic before. Hamas and Hezbollah routinely hide weapons in civilian areas. But under international law the jihadists are responsible for any civilian casualties.

The conditions imposed by Obama are so severe that “only about one of every four” sorties actually results in a strike. According to the New York Times, “The rest of the missions have returned to the base after failing to find a target they were permitted to hit under strict rules of engagement.”

Consider these statistics for some perspective:

“The [anti-ISIS] air campaign has averaged a combined total of about 15 strikes a day in Iraq and Syria. In contrast, the NATO air war against Libya in 2011 carried out about 50 strikes a day in its first two months. The campaign in Afghanistan in 2001 averaged 85 daily airstrikes, and the Iraq war in 2003 about 800 a day.”

While I appreciate the desire to avoid civilian casualties, ISIS is responsible for any civilian deaths when it uses innocent people as human shields. But Obama is allowing ISIS to turn our sensibilities against us. Obama is allowing an enemy that decapitates Christians and burns prisoners alive to dictate our strategy.

Far from ending the war, Obama is prolonging it. And he is prolonging the suffering in the region as well. Even worse, each passing day that ISIS survives increases the danger to our homeland from ISIS plots hatched overseas, jihadis returning home or radicalized lone-wolf sympathizers.

Baltimore Loses Its Charm

News broke just before the holiday weekend began that the six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray were indicted by a grand jury Friday. Thugs in Charm City, as Baltimore is nicknamed, rejoiced. Over the weekend 28 people were shot, nine were killed. The killings have made this May the deadliest month in Charm City in more than 15 years.

Baltimore has been in the grip of the left politically for decades. But now the entire left-wing movement has descended on the city just as it did in Ferguson and Cleveland. It is bringing with it a narrative that portrays street thugs as noble and police as villains. It casts minority youth as victims of society. It suggests that the breakdown of the family doesn’t matter. It demands we keep the Ten Commandments away from children.

As the left implements its philosophy, particularly moral relativism, the inevitable result is that government must expand to control the passions of the people. The left loves government when its bureaucrats are engineering our lives. But it despises government when it is the local cop on the beat trying to contend with the wreckage of left-wing policies.

I have an extended family member who serves on the Baltimore police force. I am told that demoralization is pervasive in the force and that many officers may quit.

The media cameras may be gone, but the cell phone cameras are not. When the police are called to respond to a reported crime, they are often greeted by an angry crowd. They are verbally and physically harassed. Multiple videos are being shot by people hoping to get their 15 seconds of fame or grounds for a lawsuit. Arrests in Baltimore have plummeted because the police have no idea what they are supposed to do when someone resists arrest.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she is “disheartened” by the violence, “especially when we think about the progress that we’ve made.” What progress?

Did some business ignore the burning buildings and make an illogical decision to open a new factory in Baltimore to create jobs there? Have the gangs surrendered their weapons? I’m not aware of anything in Baltimore that the mayor or anyone else could consider progress.

Restore Law And Order

As the 2016 campaign heats up, I’m seeing more and more pundits suggesting that the GOP needs to abandon its positions on drugs, abortion, marriage, etc. You name the issue, the problem is that Republicans just aren’t enough like Democrats or so we’re told.

Here’s my advice: Go back to the values the party has always believed in. One of those was quaintly referred to as “law and order.” Do we think there’s a big constituency for anarchy and disorder?

I’ve said it before but it is worth repeating again: Restoring order here at home and abroad should be a major theme in 2016. That is the way to restore prosperity and respect for our values. These ideas are winning issues and much more compelling than Obama’s trade deal, which GOP leaders are now trying to pass through Congress.

End Of Day Report

Thursday, May 21, 2015

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

ISIS Advances

While Barack Obama is waging war on climate change, ISIS is advancing on all fronts. The key Iraqi city of Ramadi fell over the weekend. Yesterday, the jihadists seized the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria. Ramadi is 80 miles from Baghdad. Palmyra is 130 miles from Damascus.

The Associated Press reports that nearly 17,000 foreigners from 90 countries are reinforcing the jihadi ranks. By some accounts, ISIS — that “JV team” Obama once dismissed — may now control more than half of Syria, including most of its gas and oil fields. Combined with its territory in Iraq, the Islamic State is larger than Great Britain.

A year ago, Obama admitted that he didn’t have a strategy for dealing with ISIS. It is increasingly obvious that he still does not have one. Even many on the left now realize it and they are starting to speak up.

Former CNN commentator Piers Morgan penned a blistering op-ed this week warning that ISIS was winning and that President Obama “only has himself to blame.” Here’s an excerpt:

“Obama’s had plenty of time to devise a successful strategy for dealing with the emerging threat of ISIS, and so far he has spectacularly failed.

“As they beheaded Americans, he made somber speeches, then played golf minutes literally seven minutes later. . . . The clear message? ‘Don’t worry, I’ve got this all under control.’ Only he hasn’t. Many parts of Iraq and Syria are demonstrably raging OUT of control. Obama’s ‘lead from behind’ military strategy . . . now looks hopelessly misguided. His decision to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq seems even more disastrous. . .

“It’s time President Obama stopped talking a good game, and actually played one. Because I don’t think it’s too big a leap to suggest ISIS currently represents one of the biggest threats to global peace since the Nazis. . . . Sometimes, as the world found with Hitler, the only way to beat such an oppressive, evil enemy is through might. . . .

“President Obama has to stop telling us how well everything’s going, admit this is now a very serious and unstable situation, and do something meaningful about it. . . . In short, the President has to show that the golf clubs are back in the bag now, and he’s serious. ISIS is winning. They must be stopped. Or we’ll all lose.”

Scouts Cave

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, also the national president of the Boy Scouts of America, said today that he is urging the BSA to end its ban on homosexual adult leaders. Press reports say the decision was made “in order to avert potentially destructive legal battles.”

I can’t say that I am surprised. It was inevitable after the organization liberalized its membership rules two years ago. Many families committed to Judeo-Christian values have since joined Trail Life USA.

But note the reasoning behind this decision. The tolerant thing to do would have been for gay scouts to form their own group rather than demand that the Boy Scouts of America change its values under threat of “destructive legal battles.”

But the militant left isn’t asking for tolerance. It is demanding submission to its agenda.

The Silencing

Speaking of the intolerant left, if you’re looking for good summer reading material, I recommend Kirsten Powers’ new book, “The Silencing: How The Left Is Killing Free Speech.”

Conservatives have long complained about the media’s liberal bias. But even some liberals like Powers are disturbed by the left’s increasing intolerance and hostility.

A USA Today columnist and commentator on Fox News, Powers is a recent convert to Christianity and it seems the scales are falling from her eyes in more ways than one. Consider this excerpt from her book:

“This intolerance is not a passive matter of opinion. It’s an aggressive, illiberal impulse to silence people. This conduct has become an existential threat to those who hold orthodox religious beliefs. But increasingly I hear from people across the political spectrum who are fearful not only of expressing their views, but also as to where all of this is heading.

“I’ve followed this trend closely as a columnist with growing concern. It’s become clear that the attempts — too often successful — to silence dissent from the liberal worldview aren’t isolated outbursts. They are part of a bigger story.”

Needless to say, Powers is now under incredible attack from the left, which is attempting — of course — to silence her! I don’t agree with Powers on everything, but she is absolutely right about the left. And I am happy to recommend her book as a way of showing support for free speech and expression.

Kudos To Cruz

Tuesday Senator Ted Cruz did a brief interview with a local reporter in Beaumont, Texas. The reporter repeatedly hectored Cruz with “gotcha” questions such as, “Do you have a personal animosity toward gay Americans?”

The senator knocked it out of the park. Here’s what Cruz said:

“Is there something about the left — and I am going to put the media in this category — that is obsessed with sex? . . . ISIS is executing homosexuals — you want to talk about gay rights? This week was a very bad week for gay rights because the expansion of ISIS, the expansion of radical, theocratic, Islamic zealots that crucify Christians, that behead children and that murder homosexuals — that ought to be concerning you far more than asking six questions all on the same topic.”

Sticking to his script, the reporter again asked, “Do you have a personal animosity toward gay Americans?” Cruz shot back:

“Do you have a personal animosity against Christians, sir? Your line of questioning is highly curious. You seem fixated on a particular subject. Look, I’m a Christian. Scripture commands us to love everybody. And what I have been talking about, with respect to same-sex marriage, is the Constitution, which is what we should all be focused on. The Constitution gives marriage to elected state legislators. It doesn’t give the power of marriage to a president or to unelected judges to tear down the decisions enacted by democratically elected state legislatures.”

Kudos to Ted Cruz! That is the right answer and the right way to handle hostile media.

End Of Day Report

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Confronting Reality

The fall of Ramadi to ISIS militants and Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons is bringing President Obama’s foreign policy failures into sharp focus. Here’s the reality that the next president will inherit the day he walks into the Oval Office.

First is a nuclear-armed Iran. The Iranian regime is led by Shiite Muslims with an apocalyptic vision. Christians often say, “Please come, Jesus.” Radical Shiites say, “Please come, Mahdi.” That’s a reference to the 12th imam, an Islamic messiah.

They believe they can cause the Mahdi to come to Earth by bringing about the apocalypse, by waging war against infidels — Christians, Jews and even other Muslims.

Tehran has proxies in Hezbollah, Hamas and the Houthis in Yemen. Dealing with the radical Shiites in the future will be more costly than it would have been at any time in the past six years.

The other great threat comes from radical Sunnis. ISIS is the public face of that Islamic movement. The Shiites already have their caliphate. It’s called Iran. ISIS is trying to build its caliphate based on the teachings of Sunni Islam, and it is metastasizing all over the world.

Authorities in Malaysia have arrested more than 100 people for being part of an ISIS cell. Dozens of Malaysian military officers are believed to be ISIS sympathizers. Police arrested ten people in Canada who were trying to join ISIS. The movement is thriving throughout Africa.

It rejects every concept of decency. There are credible reports from all over ISIS controlled territories that aid workers seldom see girls over the age of nine. Why? Because ISIS takes the girls at 10 and hands them over to their “soldiers” who do to them whatever they want.

ISIS is in Syria. ISIS is in Iraq. ISIS is in Libya. ISIS is in Malaysia. How about ISIS in Michigan, Ohio and Texas?

Our own government is tracking ISIS sympathizers in every state of the union. At this very moment a radical Sunni Muslim infrastructure is being built within our own country.

The fall of Ramadi triggered a wave of refugees into Baghdad. Iraqi officials shut the roads into the capital. Why? Because they couldn’t distinguish the refugees from potential ISIS fighters. As callous as that may sound, at least the Iraqi officials had the common sense to control Baghdad’s borders!

How will our next commander-in-chief handle these challenges? Given Hillary Clinton’s record at the State Department, there is no reason to think that she will be any more adept than Obama at confronting radical Islam.

As for the Republicans, we want a candidate who shares our values and who will shrink government. But reality demands our attention. The next Republican president’s legacy, whether we like it or not, may well be decided on the world stage. And I didn’t even mention a resurgent Russia or an increasingly aggressive China.

Misplaced Priorities

Here’s a perfect example of Obama’s misplaced priorities. While delivering the commencement address to the Coast Guard Academy today, the president’s remarks were dominated by one subject — climate change. He said:

“I’m here today to say that climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security, an immediate risk to our national security. And make no mistake, it will impact how our military defends our country. And so we need to act — and we need to act now.”

The words “radical Islam” did not pass his lips.

Ayatollah Says “No” — Again

As the world’s major powers begin another round of talks with Iran regarding its nuclear weapons program, the tyrants in Tehran continue to reject essential elements of the deal.

For obvious reasons, one of the most critically important components is inspections — access to nuclear scientists and the ability to conduct unannounced inspections of suspected research sites. So consider what Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said today on state television:

“The impudent and brazen enemy expects that we allow them to talk to our scientists and researchers . . . but no such permission will be allowed. No inspection of any military site or interview with nuclear scientists will be allowed. I will not allow foreigners to interview — which is tantamount to interrogation — the prominent beloved scientists and sons of this nation.”

This is at least the third time this month that the ayatollah or another top official has declared Iran’s military facilities off limits to international inspections. But this is non-negotiable. Without intrusive inspections any deal is meaningless.

Hillary’s State Secrets

Today’s Wall Street Journal reports that Hillary Clinton’s top aides at the State Department routinely quashed Freedom of Information Act requests in order to keep “politically sensitive” information secret.

The report specifically cites the influence of Cheryl Mills, Hillary’s chief of staff, who “demanded” that some requested documents related to the Keystone XL pipeline be withheld. “After Ms. Mills began scrutinizing documents, the State Department’s disclosure of records related to Keystone fell off sharply,” the Journal writes.

Mills’ actions contradict the purpose of the Freedom of Information Act, which is to guarantee public access to government records and prevent undue political interference. FOIA experts told the Journal that each agency employs FOIA staff in order to provide for impartial decisions.

This is par for the course with the Clintons. The rules just don’t apply to them. Hillary used a private email server to circumvent disclosure laws and evidently used her staff to evade public records laws.

By the way, it seems that scrutinizing documents is Ms. Mills’ specialty. You may recall that it was Cheryl Mills who allegedly directed State Department staff to scrub Benghazi documents that “might put anybody . . . [on] the seventh floor [Hillary’s office] in a bad light.”

The Wall Street Journal’s report is just another reminder of why we should be skeptical about Hillary’s claims that the 30,000 emails deleted from her private server were only about her yoga routine and Chelsea’s wedding plans. And skeptical of another Clinton presidency!

End Of Day Report

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

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Wrong Track

A new Gallup poll finds that just barely a quarter of adults (26%) think the country is headed on the right track. That’s down six points since February and ten points off Gallup’s historic average.

What explains this pessimism? The three issues most frequently cited were dissatisfaction with government, Congress and politicians (14%), the economy (12%) and unemployment (10%). Those concerns were followed by race relations (8%), illegal immigration (6%), declining values (6%), healthcare (5%) and terrorism (5%).

Let me put it another way.

Americans heard the news about slow first quarter growth and worry about the possibility of a new recession. Gas prices are going up and their paychecks are flat.

They look overseas and see the results of Obama’s failed foreign policy: anarchy, disorder and extremism spreading around the world. It also seems to be spreading within the United States with riots, police shootings and surging crime.

Meanwhile, cultural radicalism is continuing unabated and unnerving many Americans. While government and corporate elites obsess about secret trade deals, the institution of marriage is weeks away from being fundamentally redefined. More and more foolishness is being forced into the classroom.

There is massive, uncontrolled immigration into the country. It is not only a national security problem, it’s also an economic security problem. Huge numbers of people are coming in and competing for scarce jobs.

At the same time most of our leaders are unwilling to defend the American ideal — that this nation is unique, that our rights come from God and that while we are many people, we are stronger as one culture. Rather than emphasizing what unites us, we are told to “celebrate diversity.”

It makes you wonder who those 26% are who think everything’s just fine.

Benghazi Attack Planned

A memo from the Defense Intelligence Agency dated one day after the 2012 Benghazi attack has just been released by Judicial Watch. The memo was delivered to top officials, including the secretaries of state and defense.

No doubt you’ll recall that the Obama White House repeatedly insisted that the attacks were a spontaneous demonstration in response to an anti-Islamic video. U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice was sent on five different Sunday talk shows to make the case. Let me remind of what she said on ABC’s “This Week:”

“Our current best assessment, based on the information that we have at present, is that . . . it was a spontaneous — not a premeditated — response to what had transpired in Cairo. In Cairo, as you know, a few hours earlier, there was a violent protest that was undertaken in reaction to this very offensive video that was disseminated.”

Now consider this excerpt from the DIA memo:

“The attack was planned ten or more days prior on approximately 01 September 2012. The intention was to attack the consulate and to kill as many Americans as possible to seek revenge for U.S. killing of Aboyahiye (ALALIBY) in Pakistan and in memorial of the 11 September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center buildings.”

If George Stephanopoulos has any desire to rebuild his reputation, he should latch onto this report like a junkyard dog and pursue the truth.

GOP Field Grows

The burgeoning field of Republican presidential candidates is getting bigger. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Ohio Governor John Kasich and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum all appear ready to throw their hats into the ring.

Senator Graham will make foreign policy a top priority. He has scheduled a formal announcement for June 1. But yesterday the senator told CBS that he was considering running “because of what you see on television . . . because I think the world is falling apart.”

Governor John Kasich has a populist style and a keen focus on balanced budgets and fiscal responsibility. He also comes from a “must-win” state for both parties.

Governor Bobby Jindal is well-known for his intellect. Jindal was a Rhodes Scholar who studied health care during his college years. He was appointed secretary of Louisiana’s Health Department at the age of 24.

In recent weeks he has distinguished himself by standing firm on values issues. Referring to the recent controversy about religious freedom laws in some states, Jindal said, “America did not create religious liberty. Religious liberty created America. . . . Government should never step in and tell Christians that they have to choose between making a living and their Christian values.”

Senator Santorum ran a surprisingly strong race in 2012, finishing second to Mitt Romney. The Republican Party has a history of nominating previous second-place finishers. He is making an announcement next Wednesday.

By March 1st, the field will most likely be winnowed down to three or four candidates. In the meantime, this extremely large field of candidates presents some practical problems. For example, how does the Republican Party or a news outlet host a presidential debate with a dozen or more people on the stage?

Some have suggested that candidates averaging less than 5% in the polls be excluded. But if you do that, you likely eliminate the only female candidate and several others who might gain traction with conservative voters. Perhaps there could be two nights of debates with each night featuring half of the candidates. Stay tuned!

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