International, War on Terror

The Predictable Media Reaction to the Trump-Kim Summit

Perhaps the president is onto something.

Upon returning from a potentially game-changing diplomatic summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un this week, President Donald Trump tweeted: “So funny to watch the Fake News, especially NBC and CNN. They are fighting hard to downplay the deal with North Korea. 500 days ago they would have ‘begged’ for this deal — looked like war would break out. Our Country’s biggest enemy is the Fake News so easily promulgated by fools!”

Trump’s frustration with the way the press covers his administration is shared by millions of Americans who see the stark difference between how mainstream media — saturated with elites and foot soldiers for the Democratic Party — treat liberal politicians and how they treat conservatives.

Take North Korea. Last year, when the rogue regime was rapidly advancing its nuclear arsenal, launching missiles over Japan and threatening to destroy America, President Trump didn’t back down. Instead, he used strong rhetoric, tweeting that “Little Rocket Man” Kim was on a suicide mission and that if he continued to threaten the United States, he would be met with “fire and fury.”

Instead of applauding the president for not cowering to threats of an unthinkable nuclear showdown, mainstream media pundits pounced. They accused the president of being unfit to be commander in chief. They assured us that his provocative tweets and unconventional rhetoric were “unhinged” and would start a war. In essence, the media echo chamber feigned outrage about Trump’s using an unprecedented approach toward handling the belligerent regime despite their knowing full well that the past three administrations’ path of least resistance was an utter failure.

What did Barack Obama’s strategy of “strategic patience” with North Korea yield?

It made the world a more dangerous place as dictator Kim Jong Un rapidly developed nuclear-tipped missiles capable of striking the continental United States — not to mention the possibility of a missile strike against Japan or another U.S. ally in the region. Clearly, a pivot in America’s foreign policy approach toward North Korea was needed to get Kim to denuclearize and bring peace to the Korean Peninsula.

In addition to tough talk, the Trump administration implemented a maximum pressure campaign against the regime, with toothy sanctions and measures to get the North Korean dictator to the negotiating table.

Fait accompli.

So far, Trump’s approach has worked, as Kim has pledged to denuclearize and live peacefully with his South Korean neighbors — potentially ending a decadeslong war between the countries.

But instead of hearing praise from the media and leaders in the Democratic Party, Trump has been subjected to a predictable barrage of negative sound bites inside and outside the Beltway.

It’s no wonder public trust in media is at an all-time low.

With all the disproportionally biased reporting and so-called journalists trafficking political narratives, who can blame the skeptics?

Adriana Cohen is a syndicated columnist with the Boston Herald. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16. To find out more about Adriana Cohen and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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U.S. Launches Bombing Raid on Syria, Russia Responds

In case you’ve been in a cave or a coma in the last 72 hours, we’re as close to going to war with Russia as we’ve ever been since the inauguration of President Trump little more than a year ago.

Last week, chemical attacks were launched against innocent civilians in Syria which left many dead, including women and children.

In the days following, accusations were leveled on all sides concerning who was responsible. Russia blamed everyone except the Assad regime.

But after deliberating for days, a coalition including the US, Britain, and France argued that intelligence proves Assad launched the attack.

President Trump announced yesterday that the coalition is attacking Syrian chemical weapons assets in response.

That’s when Russia responded with a promise of ‘consequences’. Stay tuned…

Here’s more from Redstate…

Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov has posted the first official response from the country regarding the allied strikes on chemical weapons targets in Syria that took place late Friday night.

“A pre-designed scenario is being implemented,” he warns.

This is a screenshot of the Facebook post from the Russian Embassy, and below that is the text typed out, followed by Gen. Mattis predicting exactly what Russia is doing.

Statement by the Ambassador of Russia to the USA Anatoly Antonov on the strikes on Syria

The worst apprehensions have come true. Our warnings have been left unheard.

A pre-designed scenario is being implemented. Again, we are being threatened. We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences.

All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris.

Insulting the President of Russia is unacceptable and inadmissible.

The U.S. – the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons – has no moral right to blame other countries.

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Poll: Nearly Half Support Troops Along The Border

Surprise, surprise. Nearly half of Americans are in favor of President Trump’s order to send the National Guard to the US-Mexico border.

The poll conducted by Politico shows 48 percent of respondents agree that the Guard is needed in order to counteract the flood of illegal immigrants across the border.

While it’s not quite a majority, it’s far greater than the 42 percent who disagreed.

That’s a stark contrast leading up to the November elections, and it could serve as a marker for how those elections will go if immigration remains a major issue.

Stay tuned.

Here’s more from Hotair…

A poll by Politico/Morning Consult found nearly half of Americans surveyed support sending National Guard troops to the border. Of course, there is a stark divide between Democrats and Republicans on the issue.

A plurality of 48 percent support sending troops to the border — greater than the 42 percent who oppose dispatching the National Guard. Nine percent of voters have no opinion of Trump’s order…

“President Trump’s decision to deploy National Guard troops is a hugely popular move with his base,” said Dropp. “Sixty percent of Trump voters ‘strongly’ approve of the decision. Among this same group, 49 percent ‘strongly’ approve of Trump’s job performance overall.”

The partisan split on the issue underscores this divide: Just 22 percent of Democratic voters support sending troops to the border, compared to 84 percent of Republicans. Independents are evenly divided: 44 percent support sending the National Guard to the border, and 44 percent oppose doing so.

As Jazz pointed out Monday, Border Patrol agents appear to be among those who are in support. The number of troops at the border will gradually ramp up until it reaches up to 4,000. CNN reports they are armed but are not expected to be interacting directly with illegal immigrants because they have no authority to detain or arrest anyone.

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Rumors of War: Israelis Strike Uprising on Gaza Strip

Israeli military forces fired upon a crowd of over ten thousand Palestinian protestors yesterday during the beginning of what has been called a six-week campaign for Palestinian refugees.

At least 12 people were killed and hundreds wounded both by live fire and tear gas as Israeli forces pushed back to keep the insurgents from crossing the 40-mile Gaza barrier into Israeli territory.

Protestors were also seen burning pictures of President Trump in defiance of the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem.

The planned protest has no doubt been emboldened by the decidedly anti-Israel UN Security Council, which US Ambassador Nikki Haley has called to task in recent months.

This likely will not end well.

Here’s more from Daily Mail…

At least 12 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds hurt during one of the largest Palestinian demonstrations along the Israel-Gaza border in recent years.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians, pressing for a right of return for refugees to what is now Israel, gathered at five locations along the fenced 40-mile frontier where tents were erected for a planned six-week protest, local officials said.

Demonstrators were also seen burning and stamping on posters with the face of U.S. President Donald Trump, who ordered the US embassy in Israel moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The protesters have vowed to remain at the border until the embassy moves to Jerusalem on May 14.

The Israeli military estimated there were 30,000 demonstrators and used a drone to drop tear gas on the massive crowds.

Gaza health officials said one of the 12 dead was aged 16 and at least 400 people were wounded by live gunfire, while others were struck by rubber bullets or treated for tear gas inhalation.

Families brought their children to the encampments just a few hundred yards from the Israeli security barrier with the Hamas Islamist-run enclave and football fields were marked in the sand and scout bands played.

But as the day wore on, hundreds of Palestinian youths ignored calls from the organizers and the Israeli military to stay away from the frontier, where Israeli soldiers across the border kept watch from dirt mound embankments.

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War on Terror

Breaking: FBI Cornered Austin Bomber, Blows Himself Up

The reign of terror in Austin, Texas is over today after local police and the FBI used a series of video surveillance and cell phone triangulation techniques to track down the serial bomber.

As they zeroed in on him in hopes of catching him by surprise, police say he detonated one of his own devices in his car, which he did not survive.

What’s of particular interest, despite his ultimate capture, is that he may have been able to mail more armed packages before he was discovered.

Police have urged Austin area residents to be on alert until the threat has been eliminated completely.

We suppose now it’s time for radical anti-bomb activists to call for a ban on bombs, right?

Here’s more from Redstate…

Wow, huge news breaking out of Austin, Texas as it appears the suspect in a string of bombings has been killed in a gun battle with police.

Austin ABC affiliate KVUE-TV has the stunning story this morning, reporting that law enforcement has confirmed the suspect was killed, following law enforcement tracking him down, and a subsequent face off with FBI and/or police.

The FBI was attempting an arrest when the suspect detonated the device he had on him…

And that’s when the gunfire started. It is unclear if the suspect was already dead from his own device when the shooting began.

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Airport Fail Number Two: Computers Offline at Miami Int’l

It wasn’t but a few weeks ago that Atlanta’s international airport was crippled by a mysterious fire in the basement that had passengers stranded in the dark and on the runway.

It took half a day to get everything back online again, but not before thousands of flights around the country were canceled, delayed or redirected.

And now Miami is added to the list of airports that have recently broadcast to terrorists how easy it is to bring American flights to their knees.

Miami’s international airport had thousands of passengers stuck in lines this week after computers went offline for no apparent reason.

One might have thought after 9-11 that simple issues like computers, electricity, and security would’ve been figured out.

And one would be wrong.

Here’s more from CBS…

It’s a rough night for international travelers at Miami International Airport.

Approximately 2,000 passengers are in line at customs at MIA due to an apparent computer outage impacting systems used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection at passport control.

The outage is affecting other airports across the county, according to an official familiar with the situation.

Travelers in Miami say it was a mass of people and a mess.

Jennifer Martin stood in line for hours.  She was frustrated.

“The kiosk machines shut down,” Martin said. “So we couldn’t get our passport pictures down, so they cattled us to this line, then they opened up the line after we been standing in it for an hour and let the people who just got off a flight in front of us in customs.”

Other passengers experienced similar problems.

“The machines for customs and border patrol aren’t working, so all the things are printing out with X’s on them and everyone’s freaking out, so the lines about an hour to get thru,” said Brittany Jason.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection released a statement saying, in part, “U.S. Customs and Border Protection experienced a temporary outage with its processing systems at various airports today beginning at 7:30 pm and ending approximately 9:30 pm.  All airports are currently back on line.

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Report: US Preparing ‘Bloody nose’ Attack on North Korea

If insider reports are correct, the Pentagon may soon be launching a preemptive strike against North Korea, finally answering the ongoing question of who will hit first.

According to sources both inside the administration and out, the DOD is planning likely to knock out a missile launch site ahead of intelligence that points to yet another ballistic missile test from Kim Jong Un.

The judgment is that diplomatic solutions have been exhausted and there are no signs of N. Korea pulling back from its testing.

If the Pentagon does strike, the obvious next question is whether and how Kim may retaliate.

Either way, it will mark a watershed moment in the Trump administration.

Here’s more from NY Post…

The US is preparing plans to deliver a “bloody nose” attack against North Korea to knock out its nuclear weapons program.

The White House has “dramatically” ramped up its military plans amid fears that diplomacy won’t thwart North Korean despot Kim Jong Un from making good on his threats, sources told the UK’s Telegraph.

One option is destroying a launch site before the rogue regime uses it for a new missile test, while another is targeting weapons stockpiles, according to the news outlet.

The Trump administration hopes that pre-emptive action would show the trigger-happy dictator that the United States is serious about stopping his bellicose pursuits and persuading him to negotiate.

The Telegraph cited three anonymous sources, one inside the administration and two former officials familiar with the White House thinking.

“The Pentagon is trying to find options that would allow them to punch the North Koreans in the nose, get their attention and show that we’re serious,” a former US security official briefed on policy told the Telegraph.

President Trump’s decision to launch 59 cruise missiles against a Syrian airfield in response to the country’s chemical weapons attack that killed more than 80 civilians is considered an indication of his resolve, the paper reported.

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Unprepared: Atlanta Airport Blackout Sends Message to Terrorists

Late last night power was fully restored to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport after an electrical switch was reportedly destroyed earlier in the day due to fire.

Passengers roamed the airport in the dark for hours while others were stranded in planes on the runway or tarmac with nowhere to go.

Thousands of flights were canceled or diverted causing a massive domino-effect across the country, given that Atlanta serves as a major hub for Delta.

And now the big question is whether to what extent other airports across the country are prepared for a rather small incident.

Experts are now pointing out the obvious: the international news of Atlanta’s calamity is certain to have caught the attention of terrorists across the globe who now recognize that crippling a nation’s travel doesn’t require an elaborate airline bombing…a simple basement fire will do the trick just as well.

Well done, Homeland Security.

Here’s more from Daily Beast…

If a terrorist wanted to find the most vulnerable point in America’s airport network they could not have hoped for a better guide than what just happened at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson.

Just after 1 p.m. Sunday the whole airport, the world’s busiest, went dark. Thousands of flights were disrupted. For many hours nobody in authority attempted to explain—or even seemed able to explain—what had happened.

Just imagine this is a classic plan for phase one of a terrorist attack: Render the target blind. None of the defenses are operational. Thousands of people are trapped in restricted space without directions about how they can find an exit.

As chaos spreads nobody knows who turn to for information. The communications blackout is as complete as the power blackout.

Given this situation a small band of suicide bombers could roam freely and commit mayhem and massacre on an unprecedented scale.

Initial responses as the story broke were that the holiday season travel would be disrupted for days. That is true. The ripple effect of the paralyzed airport will be worldwide as thousands of international connections are canceled.

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Trump Renews Calls for Travel Ban, Wall After Egypt Attack

The death toll in yesterday’s church bombing has risen to at least 235 in what quickly became the most deadly attack in Egypt’s modern history.

Though no group has claimed responsibility yet, it is believed the attack was staged by a radical group in association with ISIS.

The attack culminated in the detonation of a bomb within a packed mosque followed by militants gunning down worshipers as they fled the building.

President Trump quickly condemned the attack and reiterated his commitment to pushing through on a travel ban for countries that host radical terror groups along with finishing the border wall to stem the tide of illegal immigration.

Indeed. This isn’t rocket science, folks.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

President Trump renewed his call for travel restrictions affecting foreign citizens after the mass-murder of Sufi mosque-goers in Egypt.

The attack during Friday prayers killed at least 235 adherents of the Muslim minority group.

“Will be calling the President of Egypt in a short while to discuss the tragic terrorist attack, with so much loss of life,” Trump tweeted after the death count spiked.

“We have to get TOUGHER AND SMARTER than ever before, and we will. Need the WALL, need the BAN! God bless the people of Egypt,” Trump wrote.

As a candidate, Trump in 2015 first called for a travel ban to protect against Islamic terrorism after the San Bernardino, Calif., slaughter of 14 people at a company holiday party.

“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on,” Trump said, after U.S.-born citizen Rizwan Farook and his Pakistan-born wife committed the killings.

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Top Nuclear General: I’d Refuse ‘Illegal’ Launch Order From Trump

The media is making a rather large mountain of a molehill this weekend after what appeared to be controversial comments from a top US Air Force nuclear commander.

During a presentation at an international security conference in Novia Scotia, General John Hyten, who runs the U.S. Strategic Command, commented that he’d refuse an illegal order from President Trump concerning a nuclear launch.

The press has seized on those words to make a case for dissension within the ranks.

But looking at the context of his remarks, the key word is ‘illegal’ in which he was simply explaining that nuclear commanders must obey the law before they obey the Commander-in-Chief.

Either way, it’s good to know we have sober folks with their fingers near the red button.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, told a security conference in Nova Scotia that he would refuse to obey an “illegal” order from Donald Trump to launch nuclear weapons.

Asked if he has given much thought to how he would handle a nuclear strike order from President Trump that he thinks is unlawful, Hyten, who oversees the U.S. nuclear arsenal, answered, “I think some people think we’re stupid. We’re not stupid people. We think about these things a lot. When you have this responsibility, how do you not think about it?”

“I provide advice to the president, he will tell me what to do,” Hyten said. “And if it’s illegal, guess what’s going to happen? I’m going to say, ‘Mr. President, that’s illegal.’ And guess what he’s going to do? He’s going to say, ‘What would be legal?’ And we’ll come up options, with a mix of capabilities to respond to whatever the situation is, and that’s the way it works. It’s not that complicated.”

He explained that if he were to execute an unlawful order, “You will go to jail. You could go to jail for the rest of your life.”

The key word here is “illegal.” In fact, no U.S. military officer is bound to obey an order he believes to be “illegal,” so why this is being made into a big deal is something of a mystery.

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