Friday, July 31, 2015
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
Arming Our Enemies
One of the key provisions of Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran is that the Islamic Republic will gain access to more than $100 billion in assets currently frozen because of U.S. sanctions. Many have pointed out that this transfer indirectly makes Obama’s deal the biggest aid to terrorism ever. And the proof is that Iran is already spending the money.
They are buying a highly sophisticated air defense system from Russia. Russia will use that money to promote unrest in Ukraine and elsewhere. There are reports today that Iran has signed a deal to buy fighter jets from China. China will likely use the money to counter U.S. influence in Asia. And, of course, Hamas and Hezbollah are awaiting their windfalls from the agreement. The deal is a disaster for this reason alone!
By the way, we reported two weeks ago that U.S. personnel are banned from participating in the international inspections of suspect Iranian nuclear sites. Yesterday the Associated Press finally picked up on this news.
Clinton Damage Assessment
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has repeatedly claimed that she never handled classified information on her unsecured private server. We learned last week that her claim wasn’t true.
Today, the Washington Times reports that intelligence officials are scrambling to conduct a damage assessment. According to the Times:
Hillary reportedly had information on her server from five intelligence agencies — the National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National-Geospatial Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Moreover, her attorney, David Kendall, reportedly has a thumb drive with all the emails she turned over to the State Department, meaning that Mr. Kendall is in possession of classified information too.
This news prompted Senator Charles Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to send a letter to FBI Director James Comey demanding to know what the FBI was doing to secure the classified information in Mr. Kendall’s possession.
This issue alone should end Hillary’s White House ambitions. She could end up in jail. She must not end up in the White House!
Army Misses Its Target
The U.S. Army is 14% short of its annual recruitment goal. This news comes on the heels of reports that the Army is cutting 40,000 troops. This is the first time in six years that the Army has failed to meet its recruitment goal.
What possibly could have happened a little over six years ago that might explain this? The Army blames the improving economy. I think another factor is a commander-in-chief who’s seemingly committed to a declining America.
Learn From Trump
I hope the GOP stops fretting about Donald Trump and starts learning from him. The Republican Party should become more aggressive on the things it says it believes in. It should force Democrats to vote on common sense conservative ideas and force Obama to veto them. For example:
The list goes on.
GOP candidates could learn from Trump too. Voters want authentic, straight talk. But they also want evidence that candidates are fighters, not compromisers.
When I have been in meetings with other conservatives discussing 2016, one of the things we have agreed on is that the GOP nominee not only has to have the right positions on key issues, but there must be evidence that, if elected, he or she will go about the task of restoring America with the same ambition, energy and enthusiasm that Barack Obama has demonstrated in trying to fundamentally transform America during the last seven years.
The Republican Party and its candidates need to show that they are able, and willing to take on the Democrat smear machine, the left-wing media and federal bureaucracy. Happy talk about finding common ground suggests to many disillusioned conservatives that those candidates just don’t have the stomach for the brutal fights necessary to restore our country.
See You In September!
Join me at the 2015 Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., September 25th – 27th.
The Values Voter Summit is sponsored by American Values, the Family Research Council, FRC Action, AFA Action, Liberty Institute and Ohio Christian University.
This year’s Summit features an incredible lineup of speakers, including:
Lt. Gen. William Boykin (Ret.)
Dr. Ben Carson
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR)
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA)
Former Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX)
Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA)
Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) And many more outstanding conservative leaders!
There will be educational sessions on a broad range of topics, including: the growing threats to religious liberty, the importance of traditional marriage to children, and the clash of values in the Middle East.
My public policy organization, American Values, will host a special luncheon on Saturday, September 26th. (To attend the luncheon, you must purchase a separate ticket.)
To learn more or to register online, click here now.
I look forward to seeing you there!