President Trump Speech Transcript at Arab Islamic American Summit May 21, 2017

Arab Islamic American Summit

I want to thank King Salman for his extraordinary words, and the magnificent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting today’s summit. I am honored to be received by such gracious hosts. I have always heard about the splendor of your country and the kindness of your citizens, but words do not do justice to the grandeur of this remarkable place and the incredible hospitality you have shown us from the moment we arrived.

You also hosted me in the treasured home of King Abdulaziz, the founder of the Kingdom who united your great people. Working alongside another beloved leader – American President Franklin Roosevelt – King Abdulaziz began the enduring partnership between our two countries. King Salman: your father would be so proud to see that you are continuing his legacy – and just as he opened the first chapter in our partnership, today we begin a new chapter that will bring lasting benefits to our citizens.

Let me now also extend my deep and heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of the distinguished heads of state who made this journey here today. You greatly honor us with your presence, and I send the warmest regards from my country to yours. I know that our time together will bring many blessings to both your people and mine.

I stand before you as a representative of the American People, to deliver a message of friendship and hope. That is why I chose to make my first foreign visit a trip to the heart of the Muslim world, to the nation that serves as custodian of the two holiest sites in the Islamic Faith.

In my inaugural address to the American People, I pledged to strengthen America’s oldest friendships, and to build new partnerships in pursuit of peace. I also promised that America will not seek to impose our way of life on others, but to outstretch our hands in the spirit of cooperation and trust.
Our vision is one of peace, security, and prosperity—in this region, and in the world.
Our goal is a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing our children a hopeful future that does honor to God.

And so this historic and unprecedented gathering of leaders—unique in the history of nations—is a symbol to the world of our shared resolve and our mutual respect. To the leaders and citizens of every country assembled here today, I want you to know that the United States is eager to form closer bonds of friendship, security, culture and commerce.

For Americans, this is an exciting time. A new spirit of optimism is sweeping our country: in just a few months, we have created almost a million new jobs, added over 3 trillion dollars of new value, lifted the burdens on American industry, and made record investments in our military that will protect the safety of our people and enhance the security of our wonderful friends and allies – many of whom are here today.

Now, there is even more blessed news I am pleased to share with you. My meetings with King Salman, the Crown Prince, and the Deputy Crown Prince, have been filled with great warmth, good will, and tremendous cooperation. Yesterday, we signed historic agreements with the Kingdom that will invest almost $400 billion in our two countries and create many thousands of jobs in America and Saudi Arabia.

This landmark agreement includes the announcement of a $110 billion Saudi-funded defense purchase – and we will be sure to help our Saudi friends to get a good deal from our great American defense companies. This agreement will help the Saudi military to take a greater role in security operations.

We have also started discussions with many of the countries present today on strengthening partnerships, and forming new ones, to advance security and stability across the Middle East and beyond.

Later today, we will make history again with the opening of a new Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology – located right here, in this central part of the Islamic World.

This groundbreaking new center represents a clear declaration that Muslim-majority countries must take the lead in combatting radicalization, and I want to express our gratitude to King Salman for this strong demonstration of leadership.

I have had the pleasure of welcoming several of the leaders present today to the White House, and I look forward to working with all of you.

America is a sovereign nation and our first priority is always the safety and security of our citizens. We are not here to lecture—we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship. Instead, we are here to offer partnership – based on shared interests and values – to pursue a better future for us all.

Here at this summit we will discuss many interests we share together. But above all we must be united in pursuing the one goal that transcends every other consideration. That goal is to meet history’s great test—to conquer extremism and vanquish the forces of terrorism.

Young Muslim boys and girls should be able to grow up free from fear, safe from violence, and innocent of hatred. And young Muslim men and women should have the chance to build a new era of prosperity for themselves and their peoples.

With God’s help, this summit will mark the beginning of the end for those who practice terror and spread its vile creed. At the same time, we pray this special gathering may someday be remembered as the beginning of peace in the Middle East – and maybe, even all over the world.

But this future can only be achieved through defeating terrorism and the ideology that drives it.

Few nations have been spared its violent reach.

America has suffered repeated barbaric attacks – from the atrocities of September 11th to the devastation of the Boston Bombing, to the horrible killings in San Bernardino and Orlando.

The nations of Europe have also endured unspeakable horror. So too have the nations of Africa and even South America. India, Russia, China and Australia have been victims.
But, in sheer numbers, the deadliest toll has been exacted on the innocent people of Arab, Muslim and Middle Eastern nations. They have borne the brunt of the killings and the worst of the destruction in this wave of fanatical violence.

Some estimates hold that more than 95 percent of the victims of terrorism are themselves Muslim.

We now face a humanitarian and security disaster in this region that is spreading across the planet. It is a tragedy of epic proportions. No description of the suffering and depravity can begin to capture its full measure.
The true toll of ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, and so many others, must be counted not only in the number of dead. It must also be counted in generations of vanished dreams.

The Middle East is rich with natural beauty, vibrant cultures, and massive amounts of historic treasures. It should increasingly become one of the great global centers of commerce and opportunity.

This region should not be a place from which refugees flee, but to which newcomers flock.
Saudi Arabia is home to the holiest sites in one of the world’s great faiths. Each year millions of Muslims come from around the world to Saudi Arabia to take part in the Hajj. In addition to ancient wonders, this country is also home to modern ones—including soaring achievements in architecture.

Egypt was a thriving center of learning and achievement thousands of years before other parts of the world. The wonders of Giza, Luxor and Alexandria are proud monuments to that ancient heritage.

All over the world, people dream of walking through the ruins of Petra in Jordan. Iraq was the cradle of civilization and is a land of natural beauty. And the United Arab Emirates has reached incredible heights with glass and steel, and turned earth and water into spectacular works of art.

The entire region is at the center of the key shipping lanes of the Suez Canal, the Red Sea, and the Straits of Hormuz. The potential of this region has never been greater. 65 percent of its population is under the age of 30. Like all young men and women, they seek great futures to build, great national projects to join, and a place for their families to call home.

But this untapped potential, this tremendous cause for optimism, is held at bay by bloodshed and terror. There can be no coexistence with this violence. There can be no tolerating it, no accepting it, no excusing it, and no ignoring it.

Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person, and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith.
Terrorists do not worship God, they worship death.

If we do not act against this organized terror, then we know what will happen. Terrorism’s devastation of life will continue to spread. Peaceful societies will become engulfed by violence. And the futures of many generations will be sadly squandered.

If we do not stand in uniform condemnation of this killing—then not only will we be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, but we will be judged by God.

This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations.
This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it.
This is a battle between Good and Evil.
When we see the scenes of destruction in the wake of terror, we see no signs that those murdered were Jewish or Christian, Shia or Sunni. When we look upon the streams of innocent blood soaked into the ancient ground, we cannot see the faith or sect or tribe of the victims – we see only that they were Children of God whose deaths are an insult to all that is holy.

But we can only overcome this evil if the forces of good are united and strong – and if everyone in this room does their fair share and fulfills their part of the burden.
Terrorism has spread across the world. But the path to peace begins right here, on this ancient soil, in this sacred land.
America is prepared to stand with you – in pursuit of shared interests and common security.

But the nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them. The nations of the Middle East will have to decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their countries, and for their children.

It is a choice between two futures – and it is a choice America CANNOT make for you.
A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and extremists. Drive. Them. Out.

DRIVE THEM OUT of your places of worship.
DRIVE THEM OUT of your communities.
DRIVE THEM OUT of your holy land, and
DRIVE THEM OUT OF THIS EARTH.

For our part, America is committed to adjusting our strategies to meet evolving threats and new facts. We will discard those strategies that have not worked—and will apply new approaches informed by experience and judgment. We are adopting a Principled Realism, rooted in common values and shared interests.

Our friends will never question our support, and our enemies will never doubt our determination. Our partnerships will advance security through stability, not through radical disruption. We will make decisions based on real-world outcomes – not inflexible ideology. We will be guided by the lessons of experience, not the confines of rigid thinking. And, wherever possible, we will seek gradual reforms – not sudden intervention.
We must seek partners, not perfection—and to make allies of all who share our goals.
Above all, America seeks peace – not war.
Muslim nations must be willing to take on the burden, if we are going to defeat terrorism and send its wicked ideology into oblivion.
The first task in this joint effort is for your nations to deny all territory to the foot soldiers of evil. Every country in the region has an absolute duty to ensure that terrorists find no sanctuary on their soil.

Many are already making significant contributions to regional security: Jordanian pilots are crucial partners against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Saudi Arabia and a regional coalition have taken strong action against Houthi militants in Yemen. The Lebanese Army is hunting ISIS operatives who try to infiltrate their territory. Emirati troops are supporting our Afghan partners. In Mosul, American troops are supporting Kurds, Sunnis and Shias fighting together for their homeland. Qatar, which hosts the U.S. Central Command, is a crucial strategic partner. Our longstanding partnership with Kuwait and Bahrain continue to enhance security in the region. And courageous Afghan soldiers are making tremendous sacrifices in the fight against the Taliban, and others, in the fight for their country.

As we deny terrorist organizations control of territory and populations, we must also strip them of their access to funds. We must cut off the financial channels that let ISIS sell oil, let extremists pay their fighters, and help terrorists smuggle their reinforcements.

I am proud to announce that the nations here today will be signing an agreement to prevent the financing of terrorism, called the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center – co-chaired by the United States and Saudi Arabia, and joined by every member of the Gulf Cooperation Council. It is another historic step in a day that will be long remembered.

I also applaud the Gulf Cooperation Council for blocking funders from using their countries as a financial base for terror, and designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization last year. Saudi Arabia also joined us this week in placing sanctions on one of the most senior leaders of Hezbollah.

Of course, there is still much work to do.

That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires. And it means standing together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews, and the slaughter of Christians.

Religious leaders must make this absolutely clear: Barbarism will deliver you no glory – piety to evil will bring you no dignity. If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and YOUR SOUL WILL BE CONDEMNED.

And political leaders must speak out to affirm the same idea: heroes don’t kill innocents; they save them. Many nations here today have taken important steps to raise up that message. Saudi Arabia’s Vision for 2030 is an important and encouraging statement of tolerance, respect, empowering women, and economic development.

The United Arab Emirates has also engaged in the battle for hearts and souls—and with the U.S., launched a center to counter the online spread of hate. Bahrain too is working to undermine recruitment and radicalism.
I also applaud Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon for their role in hosting refugees. The surge of migrants and refugees leaving the Middle East depletes the human capital needed to build stable societies and economies. Instead of depriving this region of so much human potential, Middle Eastern countries can give young people hope for a brighter future in their home nations and regions.

That means promoting the aspirations and dreams of all citizens who seek a better life – including women, children, and followers of all faiths. Numerous Arab and Islamic scholars have eloquently argued that protecting equality strengthens Arab and Muslim communities.

For many centuries the Middle East has been home to Christians, Muslims and Jews living side-by-side. We must practice tolerance and respect for each other once again—and make this region a place where every man and woman, no matter their faith or ethnicity, can enjoy a life of dignity and hope.

In that spirit, after concluding my visit in Riyadh, I will travel to Jerusalem and Bethlehem, and then to the Vatican – visiting many of the holiest places in the three Abrahamic Faiths. If these three faiths can join together in cooperation, then peace in this world is possible – including peace between Israelis and Palestinians. I will be meeting with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Starving terrorists of their territory, their funding, and the false allure of their craven ideology, will be the basis for defeating them.
But no discussion of stamping out this threat would be complete without mentioning the government that gives terrorists all three—safe harbor, financial backing, and the social standing needed for recruitment. It is a regime that is responsible for so much instability in the region. I am speaking of course of Iran.
From Lebanon to Iraq to Yemen, Iran funds, arms, and trains terrorists, militias, and other extremist groups that spread destruction and chaos across the region. For decades, Iran has fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror.

It is a government that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing the destruction of Israel, death to America, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room.

Among Iran’s most tragic and destabilizing interventions have been in Syria. Bolstered by Iran, Assad has committed unspeakable crimes, and the United States has taken firm action in response to the use of banned chemical weapons by the Assad Regime – launching 59 tomahawk missiles at the Syrian air base from where that murderous attack originated.

Responsible nations must work together to end the humanitarian crisis in Syria, eradicate ISIS, and restore stability to the region. The Iranian regime’s longest-suffering victims are its own people. Iran has a rich history and culture, but the people of Iran have endured hardship and despair under their leaders’ reckless pursuit of conflict and terror.

Until the Iranian regime is willing to be a partner for peace, all nations of conscience must work together to isolate Iran, deny it funding for terrorism, and pray for the day when the Iranian people have the just and righteous government they deserve.
The decisions we make will affect countless lives.

King Salman, I thank you for the creation of this great moment in history, and for your massive investment in America, its industry and its jobs. I also thank you for investing in the future of this part of the world.

This fertile region has all the ingredients for extraordinary success – a rich history and culture, a young and vibrant people, a thriving spirit of enterprise. But you can only unlock this future if the citizens of the Middle East are freed from extremism, terror and violence.
We in this room are the leaders of our peoples. They look to us for answers, and for action. And when we look back at their faces, behind every pair of eyes is a soul that yearns for justice.

Today, billions of faces are now looking at us, waiting for us to act on the great question of our time.

Will we be indifferent in the presence of evil? Will we protect our citizens from its violent ideology? Will we let its venom spread through our societies? Will we let it destroy the most holy sites on earth? If we do not confront this deadly terror, we know what the future will bring—more suffering and despair. But if we act—if we leave this magnificent room unified and determined to do what it takes to destroy the terror that threatens the world—then there is no limit to the great future our citizens will have.

The birthplace of civilization is waiting to begin a new renaissance. Just imagine what tomorrow could bring.

Glorious wonders of science, art, medicine and commerce to inspire humankind. Great cities built on the ruins of shattered towns. New jobs and industries that will lift up millions of people. Parents who no longer worry for their children, families who no longer mourn for their loved ones, and the faithful who finally worship without fear.

These are the blessings of prosperity and peace. These are the desires that burn with a righteous flame in every human heart. And these are the just demands of our beloved peoples.

I ask you to join me, to join together, to work together, and to FIGHT together— BECAUSE UNITED, WE WILL NOT FAIL.

Thank you. God Bless You. God Bless Your Countries. And God Bless the United States of America.

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First Month of the Trump Administration

The Trump Administration has posted a summary of their first month –

President Donald J. Trump’s First Month: Achieving Results for the American People

After one month in office, President Donald J. Trump is already achieving results for the American people.

Jump starting Job Creation: President Trump is looking out for American workers that Washington has left behind.

  • Signed a Presidential Memorandum ordering the United States to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and agreement
  • Hosted the CEO of Intel to announce Intel’s plan to invest $7 billion in a United States factory that will create 10,000 American jobs
  • Signed a Presidential Memorandum to clear roadblocks to construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline Signed a Presidential Memorandum declaring that the Dakota Access Pipeline serves the national interest and initiating the process to complete construction
  • Signed a Presidential Memorandum ordering that all new pipeline construction and repair work use materials and equipment from the United States
  • Signed legislation, House Joint Resolution 38, to block the burdensome Stream Protection Rule from causing further harm to the coal industry
  • Signed legislation, House Joint Resolution 41, to eliminate a costly regulation that threatened to put domestic extraction companies and their employees at an unfair disadvantage

Saving Taxpayers Money: President Trump is fighting to save Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars.

  • Saved Americans $700 million on a new batch of F-35 fighters
  • Capped the cost of Boeing’s next-generation Air Force One fleet at millions below that which was agreed to by the Obama administration

Restoring Public Safety: President Trump will work to reduce the threats of crime and illegal immigration to public safety.

  • Signed an Executive Order to enhance the safety and security of the United States by, among other things, constructing a wall on the southern border
  • Signed an Executive Order to make sure Federal immigration laws are faithfully enforced throughout the country and that Americans’ tax dollars do not go to jurisdictions that obstruct the enforcement of immigration laws
  • Signed an Executive Order that directs the Attorney General to develop a strategy to more effectively prosecute people who engage in crimes against law enforcement officers
  • Signed an Executive Order that establishes a task force, led by the new Attorney General, to reduce crime and restore public safety in communities across America
  • Signed an Executive Order that re-focuses the Federal Government’s energy and resources on dismantling transnational criminal organizations, such as drug cartels

Getting Government Out of the Way: President Trump understands that excessive regulations stifle job-creation and harm our businesses.

  • Signed an Executive Order instructing Federal agencies “to minimize the burden” of the Affordable Care Act Required that for every new Federal regulation, two existing regulations be eliminated
  • Directed the Commerce Department to streamline Federal permitting processes for domestic manufacturing and to reduce regulatory burdens on domestic manufacturers
  • Signed an Executive Order expediting the environmental review and approval processes for domestic infrastructure projects

An America First Foreign Policy: The President’s first priority is the safety and security of the American people.

  • Department of the Treasury sanctioned 25 entities and individuals involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program
  • Signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of Defense to work with other Cabinet members to develop a plan to defeat ISIS
  • Called or met with more than 30 foreign leaders

Draining the Swamp: President Trump has taken action to ensure that all members of his Administration are working for the American people.

  • Signed an Executive Order establishing new ethics commitments for all Executive branch appointees, putting in place a five-year lobbying ban and a permanent ban on lobbying for foreign governments, so appointees serve the American people instead of their own interests
  • Put in place a hiring freeze for Federal civilian employees to stop the growth of a bloated government

Keeping His Promise to Defend the Constitution: President Trump promised a Supreme Court justice in the mold of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

  • Nominated Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court because of his consistent record defending the Constitution

Helping Women Succeed in Business: President Trump knows the country cannot reach its potential unless every American has a chance to prosper.

  • Launched the United States-Canada Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders

President Trump has spent the last 30 days fulfilling promises and helping the American people. He’s looking forward to the many more successful months and years of action to come.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2017/02/20/president-donald-j-trumps-first-month-achieving-results-american-people

Why Use the Phrase Radical Islam – Its So Simple

Over the last seven and a half years we’ve heard that it is wrong to use the phrase “radical Islam” and “radical Jihadist” from President Obama and people within the Obama administration. Last week we got a televised rant or temper tantrum from the “bully pulpit” of the president about his perspective on how ludicrous it is for people to use these phrases when describing terror attacks on the United States. I’ve bitten my tongue about this stupidity most every time he’s gone on the warpath about it, but I had an epiphany that explains it so simply that I had to share.

In order to wrap your mind around this concept, first you need to think like a coach. Let’s think like a high school football coach who is preparing for a weekly game. First, you want to prepare your team for the game. You want your team to win and you want to know as much about the challenger as possible. First you look at the schedule to see who you’re playing. You identify the team, you review the players, the coaches, their strategies, the plays they use against other teams – what works and what doesn’t, which players are the strongest and what are their weakenesses.

You do all these things not because you want a participation ribbon at the end of the day – but because you want to WIN. Your team and your fans want and NEED a win. Just like the US wants and NEEDS a win against the terrorists who threaten our way or life and our lives.

Any coach who doesn’t know what team they are playing, who doesn’t prepare their team and who doesn’t help their team do sufficient preparation for any confrontation or “game” – is leading them into a potential downfall. At a high school game its only a game – but the president as the Commander in Chief has a much more crucial role. Seems to me its way past time for him and his administration to suit up, we are NOT facing the JV team. We need to identify the enemy, call them by name, and study them so that we can defeat them. Its time for us to go on offense instead of getting lost in the backfield and coming up short on 4th down.

I expect all of us to remember that and operate on that basis going forward

Sounds like the “bully in chief” is issuing orders again – he is in no position to talk about ANYONE backing down. Of course he does seem to forget what he said yesterday or any other day – but he has backed down on so many things in his presidency that I have lost count. Maybe if he didn’t have such a “one size fits all” mentality about the world, maybe he would grasp that no dictate will ever be appropriate for “everyone”.

This was a breaking news alert put out this morning by CNN – its an excerpt from Obama’s interview with Candy Crowley.

President Barack Obama told CNN’s Candy Crowley in an exclusive interview that Americans will not give in to threats or cyberattacks like the one made by North Korea on Sony Pictures.

“This is a matter of setting a tone and being very clear that we’re not going to be intimidated by some … cyber hackers,” Obama said. “I expect all of us to remember that and operate on that basis going forward.”

Obama said the cyberattack by North Korea was a serious offense. “No, I don’t think it was an act of war. I think it was an act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive. We take it very seriously. We will respond proportionately.”

If you want to hear what else he had to say – these are additional excerpts from this interview.

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

President Obama on Sony Pictures decision to pull ‘The Interview’:Well, look, I was pretty sympathetic to the fact that they’ve got business considerations they’ve got to make. And, you know, had they talked to me directly about this decision, I might have called the movie theater chains and distributors and asked them what that story was.

 But what I was laying out was a principle that I think this country has to abide by. We believe in free speech. We believe in the right of artistic expression and things that powers that be might not like.

 And if we set a precedent in which a dictator in another country can disrupt, through cyber, you know, a company’s distribution chain or its products and, as a consequence, we start censoring ourselves, that’s a problem.”

 President Obama on if the cyber-attack was an act of war by North Korea: No, I don’t think it was an act of war. I think it was an act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive. We take it very seriously. We will respond proportionately, as I said.”

President Obama on normalizing relations with Cuba: “So Cuba offers us an example of an opportunity to try something different. For 50 years, we’ve tried to see if we can overthrow the regime through isolation. It hasn’t worked. If we engage, we have the opportunity to influence the course of events at a time when there’s going to be some generational change in that country. And I think we should seize it and I intend to do so.”

 President Obama on why the president feels it is important to continue trying to close Gitmo: I’m going to be doing everything I can to close it. It is a – it is something that continues to inspire jihadists and extremists around the world, the fact that these folks are being held. It is contrary to our values and it is wildly expensive. We’re spending millions for each individual there. And we have drawn down the population there significantly.”

Watch the full interview here – http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/2014/12/21/cnns-candy-crowley-interviews-president-barack-obama/

Hillary’s Accomplishments as Secretary of State in Her Own Words

hillary clinton accomplishments secretary of state

I heard her say this originally and it didn’t make any more sense straight out of her mouth —-

Quote of the day, no, of the week, make that a month. Yet it probably is quote of the year ! No. DECADE. Wait a minute. It’s the greatest quote ever !
“My accomplishments as Secretary of State? Well, I’m glad you asked! My proudest accomplishment in which I take the most pride, mostly because of the opposition it faced early on, you know… the remnants of prior situations and mindsets that were too narrowly focused in a manner whereby they may have overlooked the bigger picture and we didn’t do that and I’m proud of that. Very proud.  I would say that’s a major accomplishment.”

– Hillary Clinton 11 March 2014

Could someone please tell me what the hell she just said? 

Absentee Commander in Chief

President Obama’s PDB briefing book

Most people who keep an eye on current events are aware that Obama seems to be much more concerned about golf, Hollywood events and fundraisers – instead of the actual duties and responsiblities of the Commander in Chief.

This is very obvious in the way his daily briefings and foreign policy are “hit and miss”. Here are some details that show just how bad his “performance” on foreign policy awareness has been and the link to a Government Accountability Office report lays out just how “missing in

Empty Chair at Intel Briefing

Empty Chair at Intel Briefing

action” he has been, when it comes to keeping up with the security concerns for the US.

Let me say that I understand a daily intelligence briefing can be read on his own. BUT with a person who has NO military or intelligence experience, wouldn’t it just make sense to meet with the officials who know what they are talking about?

(I added the red – but the bold type was in the original article.)

President and Commander In Chief Barack Obama missed 6 of 10 daily intelligence briefings

The President of the United States, the most powerful person in the world, receives live, in-person Presidential Daily Briefs (PDB) that allow the Commander-in-Chief the chance for critical followup, feedback, questions, and the challenging of flawed intelligence assumptions.

An alarming report by the Governmental Accountability Institute (GAI) says that, in the 2,079 days (1/20/2009 thru’ 9/29/2014) since he became President and Commander-In-Chief, Barack Obama has attended a total of only 875 PDBs for an overall 42.09% attendance rate.

That means he missed 57.91% or 6 out of every 10 of his daily intelligence briefings.

Even worse, his attendance rate has worsened in his second term (41.26% attendance rate) as president than in his first term (42.43% attendance rate).

Wynton Hall reports for Breitbart, Sept. 29, 2014, that the GAI’s alarming findings come on the heels of Obama’s comments on CBS’s 60 Minutes on Sunday, wherein the president laid the blame for the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL) rapid rise squarely at the feet of his Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, saying:

“I think our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria.”

But Obama’s scapegoating of Clapper is directly contradicted by an Obamanational security staffer who told the Daily Mail, yesterday that the PDBs have contained detailed threat warnings about the Islamic State dating back to before the 2012 presidential election. The unnamed security staffer says, “It’s pretty well-known that the president hasn’t taken in-person intelligence briefings with any regularity since the early days of 2009. He gets them in writing. Unless someone very senior has been shredding the president’s daily briefings and telling him that the dog ate them, highly accurate predictions about ISIL have been showing up in the Oval Office since before the 2012 election.”

Daily Beast’s Eli Lake reports that other members of the Defense establishment are also “flabbergasted” by Obama’s attempt to shift blame. “Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting or he’s bullshitting,” a former senior Pentagon official “who worked closely on the threat posed by Sunni jihadists in Syria and Iraq” told the Daily Beast.

This is not the first time questions have been raised about Obama’s lack of engagement and interest in receiving in-person daily intelligence briefings.

On September 10, 2012, the GAI released a similar report showing that Obama had attended less than half (43.8%) of his daily intelligence briefings up to that point. When Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen mentioned the GAI’s findings in his column, then-White House Press Secretary Jay Carney dubbed the findings “hilarious.”The very next day, U.S. Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens and three American staff members were murdered in Benghazi. As Breitbart News reported at the time, the White House’s very own presidential calendar revealed Obama had not received his daily intel briefing in the five consecutive days leading up to the Benghazi attacks.

This is the link for the Government Accountability Office report – www.g-a-i.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/GAI-Report-PDB-Update-9.29.2014.pdf

Originally posted here – http://www.dcclothesline.com/2014/09/30/president-commander-chief-barack-obama-missed-6-10-daily-intelligence-briefings/

Empty Chair Image and the Accompanying Article – http://weaponsman.com/?p=4763

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech to

Benjamin Netanyahu speech to the UN Sept 2014

It is so nice to hear a leader that speaks his mind, states the truth – and isn’t afraid to call a spade a spade. Or in some cases, call a terrorist – a terrorist. Today Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a very interesting speech at the United Nations General Assembly. Below you will find the complete transcript from that speech. Wouldn’t you like to see the current President of the United States give a similar speech —

ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU DELIVERS REMARKS AT THE 69TH SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Distinguished delegates, I come here from Jerusalem to speak on behalf of my people, the people of Israel.  I’ve come here to speak about the dangers we face and about the opportunities we seek.  I’ve come here to expose the brazen lies spoken from this very podium against my country and against the brave soldiers who defend it.

Ladies and gentleman, the people of Israel pray for peace. But our hopes and the world’s hopes for peace are in danger because everywhere we look, militant Islam is on the march.

It’s not militants.  It’s not Islam.  It’s militant Islam. And typically, its first victims are other Muslims, but it spares no one. Christians, Jews, Yazidis, Kurds, no creed, no faith, no exit — no ethnic group is beyond its sights.  And it’s rapidly spreading in every part of the world.

You know the famous American saying, “All politics is local”? For the militant Islamists, all politics is global because their ultimate goal is to dominate the world.

Now, that threat might seem exaggerated to some since it starts out small, like a cancer that attacks a particular part of the body. But left unchecked, the cancer grows, metastasizing over wider and wider areas.  To protect the peace and security of the world, we must remove this cancer before it’s too late.

Last week, many of the countries represented here rightly applauded President Obama for leading the effort to confront ISIS. And yet weeks before, some of these same countries, same countries that now support confronting ISIS opposed Israel for confronting Hamas.

They evidently don’t understand that ISIS and Hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree.  ISIS and Hamas share a fanatical creed, which they both seek to impose well beyond the territory under their control.  Listen to ISIS self-declared caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

This is what he said two months ago.  “A day will soon come when the Muslim will walk everywhere as a master.  The Muslims who caused the world to hear and understand the meaning of terrorism and destroy the idol of democracy.”

Now listen to Khaled Mashal, the leader of Hamas.  He proclaims a similar vision of the future.  “We say this to the west: by Allah, you will be defeated.  Tomorrow our nation will sit on the throne of the world.”

As Hamas’ charter makes clear, Hamas’ immediate goal is to destroy Israel, but Hamas has a broader objective. They also want a caliphate.  Hamas shares the global ambitions of its fellow militant Islamists, and that’s why its supporters wildly cheered in the streets of Gaza as thousands of Americans were murdered in 9/11.

And that’s why its leaders condemned the United States for killing Osama bin Laden, whom they praised as a holy warrior. So when it comes to their ultimate goals, Hamas is ISIS, and ISIS is Hamas. And what they share in common, all militant Islamists share in common.

Boko Haram in Nigeria, Al Shabaab in Somalia, Hezbollah in Lebanon, al Nusra in Syria, the Mahdi Army in Iraq, and the Al Qaida branches in Yemen, Libya, the Philippines, India and elsewhere.  Some are radical Sunnis.  Some are radical Shiites. Some want to restore a pre-Medieval caliphate from the seventh century.  Others want to trigger the apocalyptic return of an Imam from the ninth century.

They operate in different lands.  They target different victims. And they even kill each other in their battle for supremacy, but they all share a fanatic ideology.  They all seek to create ever-expanding enclaves of militant Islam where there is no freedom and no tolerance; where women are treated as cattle; Christians are decimated; and minorities are subjugated, sometimes given the stark choice: convert or die.  For them, anyone can be considered an infidel, including fellow Muslims.

Ladies and gentlemen, militant Islam’s ambition to dominate the world seems mad.  But so, too, did the global ambitions of another fanatic ideology that swept into power eight decades ago.

The Nazis believed in a master race.  The militant Islamists believe in a master faith.  They just disagree who among them will be the master of the master faith.  That’s what they truly disagree about; and therefore, the question before us is whether militant Islam will have the power to realize its unbridled ambitions.

There’s one place where that could soon happen: the Islamic State of Iran.  For 35 years, Iran has relentlessly pursued the global mission, which was set forth by its founding ruler, Ayatollah Khomeini, in these words, ”We will export our revolution to the entire world until the cry, `There is no god but Allah will echo throughout the world over.’“

And ever since, the regime’s brutal enforcers, Iran’s revolutionary guards have done exactly that.  Listen to its current commander, General Mohammad Ali Jafari (ph).  And he clearly stated this goal.  He said, ”Our Imam did not limit the Islamic revolution to this country.  Our duty is to prepare the way for an Islamic world government.“

Iran’s president, Rouhani, stood here last week and shed crocodile tears over what he called the globalization of terrorism.  Maybe he should spare us those phony tears and have a word instead with the commanders of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.  He could ask them to call off Iran’s global terror campaign, which has included attacks in two dozen countries, on five continents since 2011 alone.

You know, to say that Iran doesn’t practice terrorism is like saying Derek Jeter never played shortstop for the New York Yankees. This is a — this bemoaning by the Iranian president of the spread of terrorism has got to be one of history’s greatest displays of double- talk.

Now, some argue that Iran’s global terror campaign, a subversion of countries throughout the Middle East, and well beyond the Middle East, some argue that this is the work of the extremists.  They say things are changing.  They point to last year’s election in Iran. They claim that Iran’s smooth-talking president and foreign minister, they’ve changed not only the tone of Iran’s foreign policy but also its substance.  They believe Rouhani and Zarif generally want to reconcile with the West, that they’ve abandoned the global mission of the Islamic revolution.

Really?  So, let’s look at what Foreign Minister Zarif wrote in his book just a few years ago.  ”We have a fundamental problem with the West and especially with America.  This is because we are heirs to a global mission which is tied to our raison d’etre.“  ”A global mission which is tied to our very reason for being.“

And then Zarif asks a question, I think an interesting one. He says,  ”How comma Malaysia,“ he’s referring to an overwhelming Muslim country, ”how comma Malaysia doesn’t have similar problems?“

And he answers, ”Because Malaysia is not trying to change the international order.“

That’s your moderate.

So don’t be fooled by Iran’s manipulative charm offensive. It’s designed for one purpose and for one purpose, only, to lift the sanctions and remove the obstacles to Iran’s path to the bomb.

The Islamic Republic is now trying to bamboozle its way to an agreement that will remove the sanctions it still faces and leave it with a capacity of thousands of refugees — of centrifuges, rather — to enrich uranium.  This would effectively cement Iran’s place as a threshold military nuclear power.  And in the future, at the time of its choosing, Iran, the world’s most dangerous regime, in the world’s most dangerous region, would obtain the world’s most dangerous weapons.

Allowing that to happen would pose the gravest threat to us all. It’s one thing to confront militant Islamists on pickup trucks armed with Kalashnikov rifles.  It’s another thing to confront militant Islamists armed with weapons of mass destruction.

I remember that last year, everyone here was rightly concerned about the chemical weapons in Syria, including the possibility that they would fall into the hands of terrorists.  Well, that didn’t happen.

And President Obama deserves great credit for leading the diplomatic effort to dismantle virtually all of Syria’s chemical weapons capability.  Imagine how much more dangerous the Islamic State, ISIS, would be if it possessed chemical weapons.  Now imagine how much more dangerous the Islamic state of Iran would be if it possessed nuclear weapons.

Ladies and gentlemen, would you let ISIS enrich uranium? Would you let ISIS build a heavy-water reactor?  Would you let ISIS develop inter-continental ballistic missiles.  Of course you wouldn’t.  Then you mustn’t let the Islamic state of Iran do those things either, because here’s what’ll happen.

Once Iran produces atomic bombs, all the charms and all the smiles will suddenly disappear.  They’ll just vanish.  And it’s then that the ayatollahs will show their true face and unleash their aggressive fanaticism on the entire world.

There is only one responsible course of action to address this threat.  Iran’s nuclear military capabilities must be fully dismantled.

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Make no mistake, ISIS must be defeated.  But to defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power is to win the battle and lose the war.

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To defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power is to win the battle and lose the war.  Ladies and gentlemen, the fight against militant Islam is indivisible.  When militant Islam succeeds anywhere, it’s emboldened everywhere.  When it suffers a blow in one place, it’s set back in every place.

That’s why Israel’s fight against Hamas is not just our fight, it’s your fight.  Israel is fighting a fanaticism today that your countries may be forced to fight tomorrow.

For 50 days this past summer, Hamas fired thousands of rockets at Israel, many of them supplied by Iran.  I want you to think about what your countries would do if thousands of rockets were fired at your cities.  Imagine millions of your citizens having seconds at most to scramble to bomb shelters, day after day.  You wouldn’t let terrorists fire rockets at your cities with impunity, nor would you let terrorists dig dozens of terror tunnels under your borders to infiltrate your towns in order to murder and kidnap your citizens.

NETANYAHU:  Israel justly defended itself against both rocket attacks and terror tunnels.

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Yet Israel faced another challenge.  We faced a propaganda war. Because in an attempt to win the world’s sympathy, Hamas cynically used Palestinian civilians as human shields.  It used schools, not just schools, U.N. schools, private homes, mosques, even hospitals to store and fire rockets at Israel.

As Israel surgically struck at the rocket launchers and at the tunnels, Palestinian civilians were tragically, but unintentionally killed.  There are heart-wrenching images that resulted, and these fuelled libelous charges that Israel was deliberately targeting civilians.

We were not.  We deeply regret every single civilian casualties. And the truth is this.  Israel was doing everything to minimize Palestinian civilian casualties.  Hamas was doing everything to maximize Israeli civilian casualties and Palestinian civilian casualties.

Israel dropped flyers, made phone calls, sent text messages, broadcast warnings in Arabic on Palestinian television, all this to enable Palestinian civilians to evacuate targeted areas.  No other country and no other army in history have gone to greater lengths to avoid casualties among the civilian population of their enemies.

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Now, this — concern for Palestinian life was all the more remarkable given that Israeli civilians were being bombarded by rockets day after day, night after night.  And as their families were being rocketed by Hamas, Israel’s citizen army, the brave soldiers of the IDF, our young boys and girls, they upheld the highest moral values of any army in the world.

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Israel’s soldiers deserve not condemnation but admiration, admiration from decent people everywhere.

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Now, here’s what Hamas did.  Here’s what Hamas did.  Hamas embedded its missile batteries in residential areas and told Palestinians to ignore Israel’s warnings to leave.  And just in case people didn’t get the message, they executed Palestinian civilians in Gaza who dared to protest.

And no less reprehensible, Hamas deliberately placed its rockets where Palestinian children live and play.  Let me show you a photograph.  It was taken by a France 24 crew during the recent conflict.  It shows two Hamas rocket launchers, which were used to attack us.  You see three children playing next to them.  Hamas deliberately put its rockets in hundreds of residential areas like this, hundreds of them.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is a war crime.  And I say to President Abbas, these are the crimes, the war crimes, committed by your Hamas partners in the national unity government which you head and you are responsible for.  And these are the real war crimes you should have investigated or spoken out against from this podium last week.

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Ladies and gentlemen, as Israel’s children huddle in bomb shelters and Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense knocked Hamas rockets out of the sky, the profound moral difference between Israel and Hamas couldn’t have been clearer.  Israel was using its missiles to protect its children.  Hamas was using its children to protect its missiles.

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By investigating Israel rather than Hamas for war crimes, the U.N.  Human Rights Council has betrayed its noble mission to protect the innocent.

In fact, what it’s doing is to — to turn the laws of war upside down.  Israel, which took unprecedented steps to minimize civilian casualties, Israel is condemned.  Hamas, which both targeted and hid behind civilians, that’s a double war crime, Hamas is given a pass.

The Human Rights Council is thus sending a clear message to terrorists everywhere:  Use civilians as a human shield.  Use them again and again and again.  And you know why?  Because, sadly, it works.

By granting international legitimacy to the use of human shields, the U.N. Human Rights Council has thus become a terrorist rights council.  And it will have repercussions, it probably already has, about the use of civilians as human shields.

It’s not just our interests, it’s not just our values that are under attack.  It’s your interests and your values.

Ladies and gentlemen, we live in a world steeped in tyranny and terror, where gays are hanged from cranes in Tehran, political prisoners are executed in Gaza, young girls abducted en masse in Nigeria, and hundreds of thousands are butchered in Syria, Libya, and Iraq.

Yet nearly half, nearly half, of the U.N. Human Rights Council’s resolutions focusing on a single country have been directed against Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East.  Israel, where issues are openly debated in a boisterous parliament, where human rights are protected by the — by independent courts and where women, gays and minorities live in a genuinely free society.

The human rights — the human — it’s an oxymoron, U.N. Human Rights Council, but I’ll use it just the same.

The council’s biased treatment of Israel is only one manifestation of the return of one of the world’s oldest prejudices. We hear mobs today in Europe call for the gassing of Jews.  We hear some national leaders compare Israel to the Nazis.

This is not a function of Israel’s policies.  It’s a function of diseased minds.  And that disease has a name.  It’s called anti- Semitism.  It is now spreading in polite society, where it masquerades as legitimate criticism of Israel.

For centuries, the Jewish people have been demonized with blood libels, and charges of deicide.  Today, the Jewish state is demonized with the apartheid libel and charges of genocide.  Genocide.

In what moral universe does genocide include warning the enemy’s civilian population to get out of harm’s way or ensuring that they receive tons, tons of humanitarian aid each day, even as thousands of rockets are being fired at us, or setting up a field hospital to aid their wounded.  Well, I suppose it’s the same moral universe where a man who wrote a dissertation of lies about the Holocaust and who insists on a Palestine free of Jews (inaudible) can stand at this podium and shamelessly accuse Israel of genocide and ethnic cleansing.

In the past, outrageous lies against the Jews were the precursors to the wholesale slaughter of our people.  But no more.  Today, we, the Jewish people, have the power to defend ourselves.  We will defend ourselves against our enemies on the battlefield.

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We will expose their lies against us in the court of public opinion.  Israel will continue to stand proud and unbowed.

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Ladies and gentlemen, despite the enormous challenges facing Israel, I believe we have an historic opportunity.  After decades of seeing Israel as their enemy, leading states in the Arab world increasingly recognize that together, we and they face many of the same dangers.  And principally, this means a nuclear-armed Iran and militant Islamist movements gaining ground in the Sunni world.

Our challenge is to transform these common interests to create a productive partnership, one that would build a more secure, peaceful, and prosperous Middle East.

Together, we can strengthen regional security, we can advance projects in water and agriculture, in transportation and health and energy and so many fields.

I believe, the partnership between us can also help facilitate peace between Israel and the Palestinians.  Now, many have long assumed that an Israeli-Palestinian peace can help facilitate a broader rapprochement between Israel and the Arab world.  But these days, I think it may work the other way around.

Namely, a broader rapprochement between Israel and the Arab world may help facilitate an Israeli-Palestinian peace.  And therefore, to achieve that peace, we must look not only to Jerusalem and Ramallah, but also to Cairo, to Amman, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, and elsewhere.

I believe peace could be realized with the active involvement of Arab countries.  Those that are willing to provide political, material, and other indispensable support.  I am ready to make a historic compromise, not because Israel occupies a foreign land.  The people of Israel are not occupiers in the land of Israel.

History, archaeology, and common sense all make clear that we have had a singular attachment to this land for over 3,000 years.  I want peace because I want to create a better future for my people.  But it must be a genuine peace, one that is anchored in mutual recognition and enduring security arrangements, rock solid security arrangements on the ground.

Because you see, Israel withdraws (ph) from Lebanon and Gaza created two militant Islamic enclaves on our borders from which tens of thousands of rockets have been fired at Israel, and these sobering experiences heightens Israel’s security concern regarded potential territorial concessions in the future.

Now those security concerns are even greater today.  Just look around you.  The Middle East is in chaos.  States are disintegrating. And militant Islamists are filling the void. Israel cannot have territories from which it withdraws taken over by Islamic militants yet again, as happened in Gaza and Lebanon.  That would place the likes of ISIS within mortar range, a few miles, of 80 percent of our population.

Now think about that.  The distance between the 1967 lines and the suburbs of Tel Aviv is like the distance between the U.N. building here and Times Square.  Israel’s a tiny country.

That’s why in any peace agreement, which will obviously necessitate a territorial compromise, I will always insist that Israel be able to defend itself, by itself against any threats.

And yet despite everything that has happened, some still don’t take Israel security concerns seriously, but I do and I always will.

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Because as prime minister of Israel, I am entrusted with the awesome responsibility of ensuring the future of the Jewish people and the future of the Jewish state.  And no matter what pressure is brought to bear, I will never waver in fulfilling that responsibility.

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I believe that with a fresh approach from our neighbors, we can advance peace, despite the difficulties we face.  You see in Israel, we have the record of making the impossible, possible. We’ve made a desolate land flourish, and with very few natural resources, we’ve used the fertile minds of our people to turn Israel into a global center of technology and innovation.  And peace, of course, would enable Israel to realize its full potential and to bring a promising future, not only for our people, not only for the Palestinian people, but for many, many others in our region.

But the old template for peace must be updated.  It must take into account new realities and new roles and responsibilities for our Arab neighbors.

Ladies and gentlemen, there is a new Middle East.  It presents new dangers, but also new opportunities. Israel is prepared to work with Arab partners and the international community to confront those dangers and to seize those opportunities.  Together, we must recognize the global threat of militant Islam, the primacy of dismantling Iran’s nuclear weapons capability, and the indispensable role of Arab states in advancing peace with the Palestinians.

All this may fly in the face of conventional wisdom, but it’s the truth.  And the truth must always be spoken, especially here in the United Nations.

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Isaiah, a great prophet of peace, taught us nearly 3,000 years ago in Jerusalem to speak truth to power.  L’mon tzion loykhashe ooleman Yerushalayim loyesh got.  Ad yetze ka noget tzitka vishu atah kelapivi val (ph).

For the sake of Zion, I will not be silent.  For the sake of Jerusalem, I will not be still.  Until our justice shines bright and our salvation glows like a flaming torch.

Ladies and gentlemen, let us light a torch of truth and justice to safeguard our common future.  Thank you.

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