Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Seablindness By Seth Cropsey

SEABLINDNESS
How Political Neglect is Choking American Seapower
By Seth Cropsey

“A finely researched combination of strategy, current events, and action-packed scenarios.”
--Former Senator Joseph I. Lieberman


Has the U.S. Navy reached its breaking point? In Seablindness: How Political Neglect is Choking American Seapower and What to Do About It, Fmr. Deputy Undersecretary of the U.S. Navy Seth Cropsey exposes how years of underfunding has left our nation’s most strategic arm of defense - American naval power - smaller today than any point since before World War I.

At the same time, our adversaries are modernizing their naval forces and, increasingly, testing our will to defend the open seas. Drawing on historic conflicts as reference points, Cropsey creates strikingly realistic scenarios in which rival powers like China, Russia, Iran and North Korea challenge our naval supremacy. The results will alarm anyone who recognizes America’s moral imperative to defend itself to preserve world peace and security in an era of emerging and multiplying global threats.

“Seablindness” is an old term to describe a maritime nation’s forgetfulness of the oceans’ role in its prosperity and security. The U.S. is losing the understanding that seapower is essential for protecting our commerce and preventing overseas conflicts from reaching our shores. The U.S. is the world’s most powerful supporter of the international order. If, because of defense budget cuts, the growth of adversary forces, the international order is overturned, our shipping, our ability to communicate with allies, and our position as a great power will be at risk.

In Seablindness, you’ll learn:

·     How the international order that the U.S. has supported since the end of World War II is threatened today by:
·     China’s actions in the international waters of the South and East China Seas;
·     the Russian navy’s forcible return to the Black Sea and its growing presence
                        in the Eastern Mediterranean;
·     its threats to NATO member states along the Baltic Sea; and
·     Iran’s threats to shipping in the Strait of Hormuz, and the virtual certainty that
                        Iranian naval presence will migrate into the Red Sea. 
·     Why U.S. seapower has been shrinking since the end of the Cold War and how President Obama’s administration reduced defense spending by hundreds of billions of dollars.
·     How the defense budget may still be asked to give up hundreds of billions of dollars if Congress and the president cannot avoid sequestration.
·     How an under-resourced and over-stretched fleet is experiencing collisions at sea.
·     How budget cuts affect all of U.S. seapower and the threats that U.S. seapower faces.
·     That to deter a potential enemy, U.S. seapower must change its focus from attacking land targets to commanding the seas nearest to a potential adversary.
·     How the far left of the Democratic Party believe we should substantially reduce our global engagement; yet our potential adversaries are at or nearby the world’s chokepoints. If we cannot assure the freedom of these chokepoints, our ability to conduct commerce and to communicate with allies will be at great risk.

American seapower has not been as small as it is today since before World War I. Unless reversed, it will continue its decline into the indefinite future as politicians ignore the widening gulf between the cost of modernizing and expanding American seapower, and the resources devoted to this most strategic arm of the nation's defense.

Seablindness explains the dilemma. It looks at the consequences of neglect including global scenarios set in the immediate future, the views of America's most knowledgeable military officers, the anxious reactions of U.S. allies, and hard facts to show how a lack of political will is dismantling the nation's global reach and with it, our position as the world's great power.

About the Author: Seth Cropsey served as deputy Undersecretary of the U.S. Navy in the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. He was an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1985 to 2004. Cropsey is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. and director of Hudson's Center for American Seapower. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Rogue Spooks By Dick Morris

FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF ARMAGEDDONCOMES A GROUNDBREAKING EXPOSE THAT UNCOVERS THE FACTS BEHIND THE ALLEGATIONS OF FOREIGN MEDDLING IN THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.
ROGUE SPOOKS
The Intelligence War on Donald Trump
By Dick Morris

A clandestine war is being waged against the Trump administration by rogue elements of the intelligence community, with the collusion of the media and liberal establishment. It amounts to an intelligence coup against the Trump presidency. In ROGUE SPOOKS: The Intelligence War on Donald Trump, bestselling author Dick Morris uncovers the facts behind allegations of foreign meddling in the 2016 presidential election. 


This groundbreaking expose will leave readers questioning the motives of U.S. Intelligence agencies, leftover partisans within our government, and members of the mainstream press.

Donald Trump's first 100 days in office were roiled by allegations of treasonous contacts between his campaign team and the Kremlin to rig the election. These outrageous charges first surfaced in the notorious “Trump Dossier,” an unverified document of suspect provenance, full of wild and salacious accusations.

This dossier—filled with little more than gossip, rumor, and innuendo––was compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence operative who teamed up with the FBI and anti-Trump partisans. Hillary Clinton supporters paid for Steele’s work.

When no news media would publish the unverified dossier, the ex-spook enlisted the help of a former UK ambassador to Russia, who arranged in turn for a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State to get the document to Senator John McCain, in the hope that he would then bring it to FBI Director James Comey’s attention. McCain did just that.

Comey himself played a critical role in the dossier ultimately going public, giving a confidential summary to President Obama and Congressional leaders. It was immediately leaked by rogue spooks in order to demean, destabilize, and destroy Donald Trump’s nascent presidency.

The dossier and this mythical intelligence are the basis for the phony claims about a Russia/Trump collusion to steal the election. No proof was found. No substantiation uncovered. Even Comey told Trump he was not under investigation for the Russian meddling charges. But that didn’t end the leaks or the allegations. Working in concert with liberal news outlets, these rogue spooks have formed a new intel/media complex that threatens our democracy. ROGUE SPOOKS will reveal how it works.



The many questions Dick Morris answers in ROGUE SPOOKS:
·     Was Russia the only nation meddling in the presidential election, or were the Brits at it too?
·     Are there still Obama moles burrowed into the FBI, CIA and the White House, sabotaging the Trump administration?
·     Did the FBI offer to pay the author of the infamous “Trump Dossier” $50,000 of taxpayer money to verify the dossier’s allegations, while he was also being paid by Clinton supporters?
·     What are the likely next moves of the leaders of the coup, and how can Trump defeat them?

In ROGUE SPOOKS, readers will be shocked to learn the truth about the false accusations against President Trump in the flawed dossier. They’ll be interested to know how leaks to the media fueled the phony scandal, and how intelligence agencies will try to use the newly appointed special prosecutor to oust President Trump.  They will also learn what we can do—specifically—to stop them.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dick Morris has authored nineteen books, including thirteen New York Times bestsellers. Morris served as Bill Clinton’s chief political consultant for twenty years, and is a regular political commentator on the Internet and Facebook.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

"America First Rally" Announcement

ACT FOR AMERICA ANNOUNCES “AMERICA FIRST RALLY” IN CITIES ACROSS AMERICA ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH
America’s largest National Security Grassroots Organization Members Will Show their Support for Common Sense National Defense


ACT for America announces a nationwide series of "America First” rallies to be held in cities across America on Saturday, September 9, 2017. These events will be held in memory of those who were lost in the worst terrorist attack targeting American civilians in our history, and to promote our agenda of common sense "America First" security policies proposed by President Trump, which prioritize real protection over political correctness, and celebrate American exceptionalism.

“Our nation made a vow after 9/11/2001 to "Never Forget," but remembrance, while a necessary debt, is not a sufficient one. We as Americans must also raise our voices when our nation remains vulnerable to recurring threats,” says Brigitte Gabriel, founder of ACT for America. These rallies will call for support of President Trump’s common-sense America First security policies and those aligned with it. These include:
  • To secure our borders from threats to our safety;
  • To defeat ISIS, Al Qaeda, and affiliates;
  • To designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization;
  • To ensure proper and effective vetting of refugees for the protection of all Americans; and
  • To respect law and order, our police, our military and those who put their lives on the line for us each day.
Rallies will be held in cities across America, with further details available at actforamerica.org/america. ACT for America is the largest national security organization in America, made up of some 750,000 citizens who have come together to demand that America put the safety of her own citizens first. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

America in the Age of Trump By Doug Schoen

America in the Age of Trump
Opportunities and Oppositions in an Unsettled World


By Doug Schoen & Jessica Tarlov

America in the Age of Trump by Doug Schoen and Jessica Tarlov is a bracing, essential look at the failure of a great nation to meet the needs of its people and the challenges of the age—and the resulting collapse of public trust in government, as well as a pervasive crisis of national values, from broken families to a loss of faith in the American idea itself.

This crisis of values occurs just as the country faces an unprecedented array of fiscal, economic, social, and national-security challenges—out of control federal spending, frighteningly large deficits, massive gaps of income and opportunity, cultural division, and a dangerous world in which American power seems increasingly incidental.

In America in the Age of Trump, Doug Schoen and Jessica Tarlov offer a definitive and unique assessment of a nation in turmoil, looking beneath well-known problems to identify underlying yet poorly understood causes. Readers will confront the crises, one by one: of trust, values, and governance; of education, economic opportunity, and fiscal solvency; of national security, domestic tranquility, and race relations.

In America in the Age of Trump, Doug addresses:
  • How Trump can be more bipartisan;
  • Clear plans to fix health care;
  • Plans to fix the budget and entitlements;
  • How to restore confidence in the American system; and
  • How to revitalize defense and bring the country back together.

America in the Age of Trump gathers in one place a clear and comprehensive evaluation of the fundamental issues confronting the American future while offering bold, fresh approaches to meeting these challenges. Other books have described the specter of American decline, but none has been so comprehensive in its diagnosis or forward-looking—and non-ideological—in its remedies, explaining how we might yet overcome national self-doubt to reclaim our traditional optimism, reassert our place in the world, and secure a prosperous future for our citizens.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Doug Schoen has been one of the most influential Democratic campaign consultants for over 30 years. His political clients include New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and Indiana governor Evan Bayh, and his corporate clients include AOL Time Warner, Procter & Gamble, and AT&T. Internationally, he has worked for the heads of states of over 15 countries. He is the author of multiple books and is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and various other newspapers and online publications as well as Fox News Channel.


Jessica Tarlov is Senior Director of Research and Consumer Insight at Bustle, the largest independent news and lifestyle site for women. She is a regular contributor on FOX News Channel.

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Challenge of Modernizing Islam By Christine Douglass-Williams

The Challenge of Modernizing Islam
By Christine Douglass-Williams


Can moderate Muslims modernize Islam to be more peaceful and tolerant? In the new book by award-winning journalist, Christine Douglass-Williams, The Challenge of Modernizing Islam she interviews prominent moderate and reformist Muslims on how they intend to challenge jihadism and how they will spread the message of an Islam that is genuinely peaceful, tolerant, pluralistic, and compatible with secular governance, freedom of speech, and the equality before the law.

Some of the foremost moderate and reformist Muslims in the Western world interviewed include the outspoken Zuhdi Jasser, Tawfik Hamid, Sheikh Dr. Subhy Mansour, Raheel Raza, Salim Mansur and Qanta Ahmed.  Christine asks them tough questions about how they deal with problematic Koran passages, how they intend to get their message across to the Muslim world, and more.

Christine can address the following talking points in The Challenge of Modernizing Islam:
  • Anti-Islamophobia motions and drives. The term “Islamophobia” is specific, very different from the term anti-Muslim bigotry, and is also a term which is not supported by genuine moderates and reformists;
  • The turf war raging within Islam and the distinction to be made between genuine moderates and crypto-moderates (usually with connections to the Muslim Brotherhood);
  • The race card and the power it wields to the point of political leaders and authorities compromising Western security and evolved constitutions - and how Islamists choose beleaguered groups to battle their anti-racism/Islamophobia causes, i.e., Black Lives Matter, natives in Canada and the Palestinian narrative;
  • The fake news of the far left in sustaining a victimology narrative and an us-versus-them formula (entrenched in past guilt) used to condition emotions;
  • How the Palestinian narrative of violent “resistance” has now permeated Western institutions and society at large through stealth Islamist infiltration and their messages;
  • How lack of cultural knowledge and how diversity groups/dialogues have been warped and manipulated by Islamists, how important goals toward necessary assimilation have been abandoned and suppressed by Islamic supremacist indoctrination;
  • The bigotry of low expectations and how global brutality and barbarism committed worldwide by “those brown and black people” in the name of Islam and are largely accepted. If called out, the truth-teller is labelled racist and a bigot;
  • Aayan Hirsi-Ali who was called a "white supremacist" by a group of Muslim women.  If white people or Jews were blowing up people globally in the name of Judaism and Christianity today and openly preaching hate in rallies, there would be a huge outcry;
  • The danger of civil war (which Sweden is close to) as a result of escalating rage among law-abiding citizens who are witnessing their fought-for democracy sink into a Sharia pit, where their freedom to speak truth is under attack, where their children's schools are being Islamized, and where they must kowtow to Muslims or be branded racists;
  • The effectiveness of Islamist incursion via the Muslim Brotherhood's fifth column, threats by jihadists and failure by Muslim refugees to assimilate, which are major threats to Western democracy; and
  • How mosques, madrasas, Islamic cultural centers are often radicalized and serve as “safe places” to conquer the House of War. 
Christine was there to witness Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch who recently almost lost his life to radical leftists in Iceland and she was also attacked.  She knows firsthand the dangers throughout the world and offers not only the in-depth interviews in the first half of the book, but also unique solutions in the second half.  She offers a crucial series of illuminating reflections on the challenges the reformers face, the chances they have of succeeding, and the implications of their struggle for the future of the Western world.

About the Author: Christine Douglass-Williams is a nine-time international award-winning journalist and television producer. She is an appointed director with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and an appointee to the Office of Religious Freedom as an external advisor. She also writes for the Gatestone International Policy Council, at which she has served on the Board of Governors. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Jewish Press, Breaking Israel News, Front Page Magazine, and the Hudson Institute, as well as many other news outlets.

Monday, May 22, 2017

2017 GI Film Festival

THE GI FILM FESTIVAL MARCHES BACK TO WASHINGTON, D.C.
11th ANNUAL “SUNDANCE FOR THE TROOPS” RUNS MAY 24th– 28th 

The Nation’s Only Military Film Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

Fest Program includes 50+ film premieres and scheduled appearances by Tom Berenger, Judd Nelson, Jamie Kaler, Ayla Brown, VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin, Rep. Tim Walz, and Rep. Jack Bergman

The GI Film Festival (GIFF), the nation’s premiere entertainment enterprise exclusively dedicated to presenting the veteran experience through film, television and special events, today announced its lineup for the 11th annual event, running May 24 – 28, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (See www.gifilmfestival.com.)

This year’s five-day program boasts a dynamic lineup of 50+ films, interactive Q&As with filmmakers and on-screen talent, an embassy soiree, live music, stand-up comedy, star-studded red carpets, and awards ceremonies, all honoring and lending a voice to the veteran community.

“The quality, depth and diversity of this year’s GI Film Festival film line-up is staggering,” says GI Film Festival Chairman and Co-Founder Brandon Millett.  “We have packed this year’s fest schedule with films of every genre, from action films to historical documentaries, animated comedies to dramas, thrillers to sci-fi films. Start to finish this is the best group of films we’ve ever showcased.”

Hailed by Bloomberg News as “Sundance for the Troops,” the GI Film Festival’s mission is to preserve the stories of military veterans through film, television and dynamic live special events. Since 2007, the GIFF has spearheaded the lead-up to Memorial Day in our nation’s capital by offering the country’s most expansive view of military themes on film.

In addition to its film line-up, the festival also provides a wide range of other entertainment and educational experiences. Including, for the first time, a live two-hour variety show entitled, “The Cinematic Salute to the Troops” on Saturday night, May 27th at the Howard Theater. Hosted by Navy veteran, television host and comic Jamie Kaler, the event will also feature appearances by actors Tom Berenger and Judd Nelson, a musical appearance by former American Idol contestant Ayla Brown, a short film presentation and awards.

The festival will also hosts a Congressional Reception, “Veteran Health: A New Hope,” featuring guest speakers Dr. David Shulkin, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and Congressmen Tim Walz and Jack Bergman. On Friday, May 26th, GIFF will host a “Pitchfest” where filmmakers will present their best film and television ideas to top industry professionals. Sunday night, May 28th, the festival will close with a special sneak peek of the epic 18-hour documentary series The Vietnam War, including a special message from Director Ken Burns during the festival’s “Best of Fest” Awards show.

Ticket prices range from $15 for a matinee screening with filmmaker Q&A to $375 for a festival “all access” pass providing access to select official GIFF screenings and special events. See www.gifilmfestival.com for a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets.

GI FILM FESTIVAL 2017 SELECT FILMS AND DESCRIPTIONS:

For the full 2017 festival and events schedule, please visit: www.gifilmfestival.com.
(Note: Details, including screening times, subject to adjustment.)

·        2 SIDES PROJECT (Documentary Feature): American and Vietnamese sons and daughters—who had all lost fathers fighting on opposite sides during the war—gather together in Vietnam seeking healing, closure and peace. [Thursday, May 25, 2:30 – 4:30 pm, U.S. Navy Memorial Theater.]

·        THE RIFLEMAN’S VIOLIN (Documentary Short): Revisit an extraordinary intersection of history and music that took place in July 1945 as Harry Truman, Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin prepared to negotiate the post-WWII fate of the world. With wit and verve, 90-year-old virtuoso violinist Stuart Canin recounts how, as a 19-year-old GI, he performed privately for the Big Three to break the ice of tense negotiations over the division of Europe and the prosecution of the war against Japan. [Thursday, May 25, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Embassy of Canada. Part of International Warrior film block.]

·        AMERICAN VETERAN (Documentary Feature): An intimate documentary portrait of Army Sergeant Nick Mendes, who was paralyzed from the neck down by a massive improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2011, when he was 21 years old. The film weaves together Nick’s past and present to show a nuanced portrait of a quadriplegic soldier’s sometimes harrowing, sometimes romantic and often surprisingly funny life. [Friday, May 26, 2:50 – 4:30 pm, U.S. Navy Memorial Theater.]

·        AFTER FIRE (Documentary Feature): AFTER FIRE highlights the challenges faced by the fastest-growing group of American veterans: women, who now account for one in five new recruits to the U.S. Armed Forces. Demonstrating courage during their military service and resilience in its aftermath, these women warriors confront the fallout of their experiences on their personal lives as they adjust to the civilian world. [Saturday, May 27, 12:30 – 2:30 pm, U.S. Navy Memorial Theater. Part of “Women Warriors” film block.]

·        COMEDY BOOTCAMP (Documentary Short): Meet the newest class of veteran comedians as they learn to use humor as a way to share their journeys and connect their stories to others. With a concluding White House performance, the participants share their stories of resilience, hope and humor. [Saturday, May 27, 3:00 – 5:00 pm, U.S. Navy Memorial Theater. Part of “Returning Home” film block.]

·        THE JOCKSTRAP RAIDERS (Animated/Narrative Short): THE JOCKSTRAP RAIDERS takes place during World War I in Leeds, England. A group of underdog misfits are excluded from the war due to various abnormalities. Threatened by the invading German Kaiser and his army, they must learn to become a team and overcome their deficiencies in order to save Britain and the world. [Saturday, May 27, 6:45 – 9:15 pm, The Howard Theater. Part of the “Cinematic Salute to the Troops.”]

·        THE COLONEL (Narrative Short): THE COLONEL begins in 1969 when a heralded Marine, Hap Tasker, on the brink of promotion to Brigadier, is told he has a deficient heart that prevents him from future military service. Crestfallen, he turns his disappointment into determination to continue serving his country through instructing his nation’s youth in his “time honored values,” by building a football program at a private high school battling rebellion, entitlement and bankruptcy. Based on a true story. Starring Kevin Durand. [Sunday, May 28, 12:30 – 2:30 pm, U.S. Navy Memorial Theater. Part of “Honor and Sacrifice” film block.]

·        STEALING VALOR (Documentary Short): This film examines military impostors and the phenomenon known as “stolen valor.” Veterans who make up an informal network of watchdogs work to expose these impostors and bring their lies to public exposure. [Sunday, May 28, 12:30 – 2:30 pm, U.S. Navy Memorial Theater. Part of “Honor and Sacrifice” film block.]

·        GARY SINISE: ALWAYS DO A LITTLE MORE (Documentary Short): Long before his role as Lt. Dan in the wildly successful film FOREST GUMP, Gary Sinise had developed a passion for the men and women who step into harm’s way to secure the freedom we enjoy as Americans. This film takes a look at the origins of Sinise’s commitment to the U.S. Military community, Veterans, First Responders and their families, and his unwavering dedication to serve them at every opportunity. [Sunday, May 27, 3:00 – 5:00 pm, U.S. Navy Memorial Theater. Part of “Honor and Sacrifice” film block.]

·        THE LIBERATION OF KUWAIT (Documentary Feature): Twenty-five years after the tanks of Saddam Hussein’s vaunted Republican Guard rolled into Kuwait, THE LIBERATION OF KUWAIT tells the story of a resilient Kuwaiti people skilled in diplomacy, and one of the most stunning, lopsided military victories in history, led by a brilliant American military. [Sunday, May 27, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, U.S. Navy Memorial Theater. Part of “Remembrance” film block.]


2017 GIFF XI sponsors include: TriWest Healthcare Alliance, USAA, The Military Times, The Gary Sinise Foundation, American Airlines, Pentagon Federal Credit Union, Got Your 6, Stars and Stripes, WMAL, and many more sponsors and partners. See here: https://gifilmfestival.com/sponsors-2017/.

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Unholy Trinity By Matt Walsh

THE UNHOLY TRINITY:
BLOCKING THE LEFT'S ASSAULT ON LIFE, MARRIAGE, AND GENDER
By TheBlaze contributor Matt Walsh

For years, conservative Americans have felt they have been under attack. Now, in a surprising turn of events, with a Republican-controlled presidency, Senate, and House of Representatives, many in the nation feel empowered to challenge the cultural revolution that quickly redefined the beliefs and traditions that many in the nation hold dear.

Matt Walsh, a contributor to TheBlaze, believes that this is the time to take a close look at the values that are under attack from the Left. In his new book, THE UNHOLY TRINITY: Blocking the Left's Assault on Life, Marriage, and Gender, Walsh, a lifelong Catholic, driven by his faith, draws on conservative Christian and political teachings that expose liberal hypocrisy concerning abortion, gay marriage, and the redefinition of what it means to be a man or a woman.
In The Unholy Trinity, you'll learn:
  • That "liberalism" is really just the worship of self - the belief in the supremacy of the individual;
  • How modern liberals promote tolerance and acceptance as not just cardinal virtues, but the only virtues;
  • Why abortion is liberalism's crowning achievement;
  • How feminism has been hijacked by ideological pirates;
  • How gay marriage is lauded and celebrated in the mainstream; and
  • About the insanity of transgenderism.
While conservatives have worried endlessly about peripheral issues, Walsh contends, liberals have been hard at work chipping away at the bedrock of our civilization, and putting a new foundation in its place. Liberal attitudes on abortion, gay marriage, and gender identity have radically altered the public discourse, dangerously placing man above God and the individual above the good of the whole. 
The potential consequences are dire, Walsh believes. If progressivism can bend life, family, and sex to its whims, he says, it has established relativism over God as the supreme law, which not only causes confusion and strife, but has the power to upend Western civilization. With his convictions, Walsh demands that conservatives stand up against what he sees as the value-bending ideologies that looks to unravel the fabric of traditional culture in America. 

ABOUT THE AUTHORMatt Walsh is a writer, speaker, and one of the religious Right's most influential young voices. His columns on TheBlaze are read by millions of people. You can learn more about the book at unholytrinitybook.com.