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The attack on the families from La Mora community was horrific; no one would argue otherwise. The reasons for the attack are still unclear. These people were US citizens who left the Mormon Church to escape the ban on polygamy passed in 1885; although many who moved to Mexico identify as Mormons, they aren’t affiliated with the Mormon Church. (Not all of them practice polygamy these days.)
‘We came into Mexico gladly because we had to,’ one early pioneer stated. At that time, United States marshals were zealously executing the Edmunds-Tucker Law against those practicing plural marriage in the United States. Rather than renounce family ties already established or go to prison, many persons fled to Mexico as a haven from persecution.’
All good martinis yesterday, and none today. But we have three doozies for you. First, Jim and Greg discuss the new Project Veritas expose, clearly showing reporter/anchor Amy Robach blasting her bosses off air for refusing to air her story exposing Jeffrey Epstein and his powerful connections for the past three years. They blast ABC for engaging in the same kind of cover-up NBC did for Harvey Weinstein. They also shudder at reports that as many as ten Americans were killed by drug cartels in Mexico, the latest evidence that cartels clearly control key parts of Mexico and may even be more powerful than the Mexican military. And they laugh at the painfully predictable reaction from liberals on Twitter and far-left columnists like USA Today’s Christine Brennan after some of the Washington Nationals said nice things about President Trump and one even wore a MAGA hat.
Real walls matter, so long as they are observed and backed by effective enforcement of boundary rules. This is true for the most modest private property and for the most powerful nation. We have seen several encouraging developments in American national sovereignty and regional security in the past week or so. These developments ranged from at least a temporary green light for border wall construction, to an important power in the hemisphere declaring Hezbollah a terrorist group.
An American citizen, a single mother, worked her way through undergraduate and professional schools. She did all the right things. She networked successfully. At long last, she got a job with a six figure salary at a highly secured facility, in an industry under intense federal regulation.
Employment at such facilities is subject to constant federal scrutiny. The FBI takes the security clearances very seriously, and apparently routinely monitors indicators of risk, of possible compromise. We should all want this, because very bad things could happen if an employee in the right position was corrupted or coerced, perhaps by blackmail.
Now, Jeb!, the Chamber of Commerce wing of the Republican Party, and the red-green alliance all assure us that
illegal aliens “migrants” come here as an “act of love.” We are hectored about some duty to be grateful and welcoming to all. We are incessantly told that these are really good people, not criminals.
For this week’s Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten podcast, I had former CIA operative and leader of CIA’s Counter Terrorism Center’s WMD unit, author of the must-read and highly relevant 2009 book Beyond Repair: The Decline and Fall of the CIA and outspoken critic of the politicized leadership in America’s intelligence and national security apparatus, Charles Sam Faddis on to discuss among other things:
- Why Faddis supports revoking John Brennan’s security clearance — and the bureaucratization and politicization of the leadership of the intelligence community versus the rank-and-file analysts and operatives in the field
- Whether politics dominates over merit in the ranks of intelligence and the national security apparatus more broadly
- What members of the national security establishment really mean when they talk about “protecting the institutions“
- Why President Trump has been deemed a threat to the power of the political leaders within the national security establishment in a qualitatively different way than any of his predecessors — and that’s a positive thing
- What Faddis would do to reform intelligence
- The poor state of America’s counterintelligence capabilities
- The lessons of Iraq regarding U.S. intervention and the national interest
- Whether America has the capability to use intelligence to engage in ideological warfare and bring down Iran’s Khomeinist regime
- How China’s liquidation of our spy network reflects the problems plaguing America’s intelligence apparatus
- The long-term dire ramifications of China’s OPM hack
- The implications of China’s attempt to infiltrate Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office
- The threat to the U.S. homeland of a collapsing Venezuela and Mexico, combined with drug cartels, organized crime groups and Hezbollah in our hemisphere
- Faddis’ optimistic assessment of the Trump administration’s North Korea policy
- Why China poses the greatest long-term threat to America of all, and our willful blindness towards it
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome the news that American pastor Andrew Brunson was moved from a Turkish prison to house arrest, and they condemn the bogus allegations that Brunson provided aid for the failed coup. They also welcome the news that the ten most popular governors in America are Republican— great news in a year when most governorships are on the ballot. And they condemn the insanity of Santa Barbara, California, threatening fines and jail time for restaurant servers handing out plastic drinking straws without being asked, but Jim also sees a fantastic business opportunity there.
This AEI Events Podcast features the release of AEI’s new report, “Kingpins and Corruption: Targeting Transnational Organized Crime in the Americas.” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) delivers opening remarks and discusses with AEI’s Roger F. Noriega how Congress and the executive branch can proactively address the threats posed by transnational organized crime.
Following Sen. Rubio’s remarks, a panel of experts discuss some of the case studies featured in the report, including the Venezuelan regime’s widespread involvement in criminal activity, Hezbollah’s growing involvement in illicit networks regionally, and the role of FARC dissident in continued criminal activity in Colombia. Panelists include Douglas Farah (IBI Consultants), Joseph Humire (Center for a Free Society), Roger F. Noriega (AEI), and Celina Realuyo (National Defense University). The discussion is moderated by AEI’s Kirsten D. Madison.
Several years ago I heard an amusing story on NPR’s Planet Money program. The story described an Indian entrepreneur who, frustrated with India’s local political corruption and red tape, started a new business: Concierge Bribery. For a fee, he would seek out and pay off all of the sundry local officials whenever a local business needed something done. I thought how lucky we were that America had not yet descended to that level. I was deeply wrong. We, in fact, have had concierge bureaucracy managers for some time.
While it is generally a good maxim to never ascribe to mendacity that which can be explained by incompetence, normal logic seems rarely to apply to any of the corruption and rot stemming from Obamacare (and for the record, I refuse to call it “The Affordable Care Act”, or ACA). The act seems explicitly designed, among other things, as a tool to force a cartelization of the entire medical industry. We see this in the rapid demise of independent practices, as they close up shop and merge into large provider networks — effectively regional medical cartels. What we are not yet seeing, or rather noticing, on any scale is the very similar effect Obamacare (when coupled with the many other business strictures in place) is having on general employment itself.
So the Supreme Court has now struck down the Marketing Order which operated the California Raisin cartel, to the cheers and merriment of all. The farmer-plaintiff in this case has flouted the cartel’s rules and enjoyed the higher prices for his product that exist only because the cartel restricts supply. Those remaining in the cartel […]
First let me say that I am a staunch Conservative. My first vote cast was for Barry Goldwater and I have voted for conservative candidates ever since. My comments here may be construed as taking the liberal line but considering the options I think not. On our southern border we have total chaos and I […]
In Columbus, Ohio, the city council is trying to craft an ex post facto law to shut down Uber, the distributed ad hoc paid car service. Their reasoning is the usual: “Would you get on an airplane that wasn’t properly inspected?” said Morgan Kauffman, who owns Yellow Cab of Columbus. “There’s no chance in the […]