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By now you’ve probably heard about the attacks on our nation. Don’t believe everything you hear. This isn’t “terrorism,” it is war. The towers of the World Trade Center did not “collapse,” they were knocked down. And no, Mr. President, kamikaze attacks are not “cowardly,” nor are the dead “victims,” they are casualties. This is not an accidental “tragedy,” it is a deliberate attack on our nation: our citizens, our government, and our institutions.
The response should reflect the nature of war, not crime. Bombs and bullets, not investigation and indictment, should be the rule. Sovereign states that harbor those who attack us are our enemies. They should be treated as such. To do less would be an injustice to the dead, a danger to the living, a disservice to our Constitution, and a threat to our way of life.
Let our enemies learn a harsh lesson of life: Payback is a bitch.
But here is a problem with Europe’s decision-makers, and it connects to decision-makers in America.
Damning “the elites” is often a mindless, phony and manipulative game. Malice and delusion combine to produce the refrains: “Those fancy people in their Georgetown cocktail parties,” “Those left-wing poseurs in their apartments in Brussels.” This is social resentment parading as insight, envy posing as authenticity.
But in this crisis talk of “the elites” is pertinent. The gap between those who run governments and those who are governed has now grown huge and portends nothing good.
Rules on immigration and refugees are made by safe people. These are the people who help run countries, who have nice homes in nice neighborhoods and are protected by their status. Those who live with the effects of immigration and asylum law are those who are less safe, who see a less beautiful face in it because they are daily confronted with a less beautiful reality—normal human roughness, human tensions. Decision-makers fear things like harsh words from the writers of editorials; normal human beings fear things like street crime. Decision-makers have the luxury of seeing life in the abstract. Normal people feel the implications of their decisions in the particular.
The decision-makers feel disdain for the anxieties of normal people, and ascribe them to small-minded bigotries, often religious and racial, and ignorant antagonisms. But normal people prize order because they can’t buy their way out of disorder.
People in gated communities of the mind, who glide by in Ubers, have bought their way out and are safe. Not to mention those in government-maintained mansions who glide by in SUVs followed by security details. Rulers can afford to see national-security threats as an abstraction—yes, yes, we must better integrate our new populations. But the unprotected, the vulnerable, have a right and a reason to worry.
The biggest thing leaders don’t do now is listen. They no longer hear the voices of common people. Or they imitate what they think it is and it sounds backward and embarrassing. In this age we will see political leaders, and institutions, rock, shatter and fall due to that deafness.
More than 50 intelligence analysts working out of the U.S. military’s Central Command have formally complained that their reports on ISIS and al Qaeda’s branch in Syria were being inappropriately altered by senior officials, The Daily Beast has learned.
The complaints spurred the Pentagon’s inspector general to open an investigation into the alleged manipulation of intelligence. The fact that so many people complained suggests there are deep-rooted, systemic problems in how the U.S. military command charged with the war against the self-proclaimed Islamic State assesses intelligence.
“The cancer was within the senior level of the intelligence command,” one defense official said.
Two senior analysts at CENTCOM signed a written complaint sent to the Defense Department inspector general in July alleging that the reports, some of which were briefed to President Obama, portrayed the terror groups as weaker than the analysts believe they are. The reports were changed by CENTCOM higher-ups to adhere to the administration’s public line that the U.S. is winning the battle against ISIS and al Nusra, al Qaeda’s branch in Syria, the analysts claim.
That complaint was supported by 50 other analysts, some of whom have complained about politicizing of intelligence reports for months. That’s according to 11 individuals who are knowledgeable about the details of the report and who spoke to The Daily Beast on condition of anonymity.
Ben Carson did not appear to be a man who set out to criticize Donald Trump Wednesday. ...
It was only when he was asked to name a difference between himself and Trump that Carson seemed to lean in.
“The biggest thing is that I realize where my success has come from, and I don’t any way deny my faith in God,” said Carson. “And I think that probably is a big difference between us.”
That was his entire answer. A reporter asked Carson to expand on that response, and on whether he didn’t believe Trump’s expressions of faith have been sincere.
“I haven’t heard it, I haven’t seen it,” said Carson. “You know, one of my favorite, Proverbs 22:4, it says: ‘By humility and the fear of the Lord, our riches and honor and life.’ And that’s a very big part of who I am. Humility, and fear of the Lord. I don’t get that impression with him. Maybe I’m wrong.”
It’s generally bad form to brag about humble you are, but Ben Carson may be the one guy who can get away with it. And the news here isn’t that Trump isn’t humble, but that Carson, like many others, sees the magnitude of Trump’s ego as an obstacle to his being president.
The Senate Committee investigating Hillary! is closing in [emphasis added]:
Even as she said she was sorry Tuesday, a new sign surfaced indicating the issue is likely to stick around. Two powerful Senate chairman said they are considering seeking one or more immunity orders for Bryan Pagliano, a former Clinton aide whose attorneys have indicated would refuse to answer questions under his Fifth Amendment right to protect himself against any prosecution. Pagliano was paid to maintain Clinton’s personal server while she was secretary of state.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson — both Republicans — wrote to Pagliano that they are considering seeking the immunity in an effort to compel Pagliano to testify, while ostensibly protecting him from any prosecution. The committees’ oversight function is unrelated to any potential prosecution, they wrote. The chairmen asked for a meeting with Pagliano’s attorneys to assess what might be revealed in such testimony.
As I’ve noted before, Congress can seek immunity until the cows come home, only the executive branch can grant it. And, as we learned from the Oliver North case decades ago, any immunity for congressional testimony will be treated by the courts broadly, essentially foreclosing any prosecution of Pagliano.
The key decisions here rest with Pagliano and the president. Pagliano’s criminal liability is twofold, but minor. First, he is the person who set up the system where classified information was put at risk. His defense is simple: Other people put classified information on it, I didn’t. Second, he has been caught outright in failing to report his outside income from Clinton Inc. while a State Department employee. I doubt he will get much punishment for that. He will argue that he wasn’t hiding employment from a foreign government or a multinational corporation, but from the very woman who runs the department. He will portray it as a mere technical violation. He has little incentive to talk.
As for the president, his decision will be guided by pure self-interest. He wants a Democratic successor. If Hillary! is the best bet, he will shield her. If not, he won’t.
Donald J. Trump, who received draft deferments through much of the Vietnam War, told the author of a forthcoming biography that he nevertheless “always felt that I was in the military” because of his education at a military-themed boarding school.
Mr. Trump said that his experience at the New York Military Academy, an expensive prep school where his parents had sent him to correct poor behavior, gave him “more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military.”
That claim may raise eyebrows given that Mr. Trump, now a Republican presidential candidate, never served in the military and mocked Senator John McCain, a decorated naval aviator, for his yearslong captivity during the Vietnam War.
“He’s not a war hero,” Mr. Trump said in July. “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.”
Don’t be alarmed. Trump “will be so good at the military, your head will spin.” Just ask him.
Roger L. Simon has an interesting take on the GOP field, rating each of the top eleven as Likely, Possible, or Unlikely in the general election. He rates only two (Paul, Huckabee) as Unlikely, which speaks more about the weakness of the Dems than the brilliance of the GOP candidates.
The Syrian war is like a positive feedback loop of migration and misery, with alienated second-generation Muslim immigrants leaving Europe to fight jihad in the Middle East, which in turn ruins the lives of middle eastern Muslims, who are forced to settle in Europe.