Monday, May 20, 2019

Khashoggi, Dynasties, and Double Standards By Joseph Duggan


Khashoggi, Dynasties, and Double Standards


A new Broadside pamphlet, Khashoggi, Dynasties, and Double Standards by Saudi Arabia expert, Joseph P. Duggan reveals how, as 2018 ended, an orchestrated propaganda campaign paralyzed U.S. foreign policy. The trigger was the killing in Istanbul of Jamal Khashoggi, a member of Saudi Arabia’s wealthy and politically powerful oligarchy. Mainstream media and misguided, melodramatic politicians hoodwinked millions by portraying Khashoggi as a martyr for press freedom and democracy. The real Khashoggi was nothing of the sort.

In death, Khashoggi became known to millions of consumers of Western mainstream media who had never before heard of the man. He was described as a courageous journalist. He was mourned as a martyred advocate of radical reform in Saudi Arabia. He was hailed as a champion of democracy and human rights as they are proclaimed in the West.

Duggan says, "It seems everybody's in D.C. is talking about Jamal Khashoggi, but I actually talked WITH him. I lived in Saudi Arabia and did writing and public relations for the top executives of Aramco, the Saudi oil company. I met Khashoggi at a conference in Dubai and talked extensively about his work. It's misleading to call him a "journalist." There is no independent journalism in Saudi Arabia or any of the Arab Gulf countries. He was an agent of influence, an intelligence operative, a propagandist for the Saudi government. The last year of his life, he turned away from the Saudi regime and began attacking it, on behalf of Qatar, Turkey, and the Muslim Brotherhood. His murder was horrible; it was a brutal political assassination. But Khashoggi was not a martyr for freedom, democracy, or human rights - he never supported these values or principles." 

The propaganda campaign concerning Khashoggi's murder is very misleading and it undermines truth-based, realistic, U.S. national security policy and foreign relations. The U.S. has to have alliances with regimes that DO NOT share all of our values. That's reality. Saudi Arabia and the UAE are what the great, wise Jeane Kirkpatrick called "traditional autocracies." While some of these allies' practices are repugnant to us Americans, they are still our allies, and we are allied against what Kirkpatrick distinguished as "revolutionary autocracies" - Khomeinist Iran, and the radical movements such as the Muslim Brotherhood, the latter of which gave birth to Al Qaeda and ISIS.

Moralistic Republican senators such as Rubio and Graham are among the worst threats to our national security today because they go against any sense of realism and prudence. For example, on the one hand they want to egg us on to a catastrophic war with Iran, while at the same time they want to impose crippling sanctions against OUR ALLY Saudi Arabia because of the largely phony Khashoggi propaganda campaign. How can we deter Iran if we punish our ally?

President Trump’s efforts to restore realism to foreign policy must contend not only with Democrats but also with naive Republicans who reject the national-interest realism of Jeane Kirkpatrick, author of “Dictatorships and Double Standards.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joseph P. Duggan is the head of C-Suite Strategic Counsel, an international business and public affairs consultancy. He served on the editorial board of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, in the Reagan State Department on the staffs of Ambassadors Jeane Kirkpatrick and Edward Rowny, and as a White House speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush. From 2009 to 2015 he worked in Saudi Arabia as speechwriter for the CEO of Aramco.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Climbing Out of the Wreck By Christine Stein


CLIMBING OUT OF THE WRECK
A Survivor's Tale
By Christine Stein [a pseudonym]
with Foreword by Suzanne Somers

Climbing Out of the Wreck is the story of a courageous young woman who grew up in a home headed by a sexual predator who molested her sister from the age of three, and then raped her when she grew older. Christine’s mother lost her mind when Christine was only fourteen, disappearing until she was a mother herself. Her story recounts the secrets and lies that were designed to protect the darkest family secret of all, which had the effect of making the eight children strangers to each other, and then prisoners of the passions that disordered their lives and set them against each other.

Christine’s story is filled with intense dramas - the horrifying revenge of the chosen son, the struggle between mother and daughter to the edge of the grave, and finally, the saga of Christine’s climb out of the family wreck: how choosing life instead of abortion and the birth of her child provided a new compass; how the family traumas failed to derail her quest to free herself and her new family from the chains of the past. The climax of her tale is a showdown with her siblings set off by the dark revelations of the sister at the center of the family secret. 

In Climbing Out of the Wreck, you'll learn:

·    How an abusive family operates under a web of secrets to cover up the crimes that its members commit - in this case the father’s rape of his daughter and the mother’s collusion... and the toll this takes on individual members who are made to feel guilty every time they tell the truth. For example, the victim in this story took her parents to court where they attacked her as a liar, a drug addict and a party animal.

·    The way the abuses are handed down through the generations

·    How Christine's mother went insane and forced her to be on her own at the age of 14... and how this abandonment was repeated from previous generations.

·    The toll the abuses and lies took on her 7 siblings... how it wrecked their lives.

·    How she rescued herself by deciding to have her child as a single mother and by dedicating her life to seeing that he did not grow up in a home like hers.

This is an inspiring, beautifully told story of individual courage with life lessons for others seeking to break free of similar circumstances.

"Eye-opening, riveting, jaw-dropping, courageous, heartbreaking, infuriating, and ultimately victorious; a significant contribution to the cycle-of-abuse literature." (Kirkus Reviews)

“A survivor’s tale indeed. This was like reading my story. The damage done to children by abuse and alcoholism is lifelong unless you are able to take back your life. The child feels it’s their fault, creating the continual cycle of destruction to prove again and again that you really are the piece of crap you’ve been programmed to believe. Very few find their way out, so deep is the damage. Christine Stein did it. If you’ve lived any version of this life, read this book and you will find hope, help, and inspiration to fix yourself and inherit the life you have always deserved. Her story has meaning. This is a great and important work.” 
—Suzanne Somers, actress and author of "Keeping Secrets"

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Christine Stein is the pseudonym of a photographer who achieved national prominence after creating a charity devoted to horse rescue, eventually named the official charity of the Kentucky Derby. She has been married for twenty-five years and has one son and two grandchildren.