Facing defeat, Merkel pushes Islam on Germany
The Daily Star – FEBRUARY 18, 2017
The embattled leader says Europe has an obligation to take displaced people from Syria and Iraq.
She also said Islam “is not the cause of terrorism” and that combatting extremism needs the cooperation of Muslim countries.
In a wide-ranging speech at a Munich security conference, the German chief also vowed to work closely with Vladimir Putin’s Russia in the fight with ISIS in the Middle East.
A growing migrant crisis all over Europe as desperate refugees live in camps struggling to survive.
Mrs Merkel has come under fire for taking in up to one million refugees amid security concerns and a string of migrant sex attacks across Germany.
After the Berlin lorry attack at a Christmas market in December, ex-UKIP leader Nigel Farage said events such as that will be “Merkel’s legacy”.
Mrs Merkel had been a strong critic of Brexit, saying she had “deep regrets” about it.
She will go to the polls in September against Social Democrat candidate Martin Schulz, the former European Parliament President.
On Putin, she said Europe’s ties with Russia remained challenging, but it was important to work with them in the fight against Islamist terrorism.
She said: “The joint fight against Islamic terrorism is one area where we have the same interests and we can work together.”
Her comments about Islam and refugees follow her criticism of Donald Trump’s travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries.
New US Vice-President Mike Pence was in the audience and reaffirmed the US’ commitment to NATO in a speech of his own.
Germany is under increasing pressure to increase military spending, would do “everything possible” meet a NATO target for spending two percent of economic output on defence by 2024, Merkel told the conference.
By Aaron Blake
John McCain is increasingly mad as hell about President Trump. And on Friday, he went after Trump — hard.
During a speech at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, the Republican senator from Arizona delivered a pointed and striking point-by-point takedown of Trump’s worldview and brand of nationalism. McCain didn’t mention Trump’s name once, but he didn’t have to.
And even considering the two men’s up-and-down history and the terrible things Trump has said about McCain, it was a striking display from a senior leader of a party when it comes to a president of the same party.
In his speech, McCain suggested the Western world is uniquely imperiled this year — even more so than when Barack Obama was president — and proceeded to question whether it will even survive.
“In recent years, this question would invite accusations of hyperbole and alarmism; not this year,” McCain said. “If ever there were a time to treat this question with a deadly seriousness, it is now.”
In case there was any doubt that this was about Trump. Here’s what followed:
- “[The founders of the Munich conference] would be alarmed by an increasing turn away from universal values and toward old ties of blood and race and sectarianism.”
- “They would be alarmed by the hardening resentment we see towards immigrants and refugees and minority groups — especially Muslims.”
- “They would be alarmed by the growing inability — and even unwillingness — to separate truth from lies.”
- “They would be alarmed that more and more of our fellow citizens seem to be flirting with authoritarianism and romanticizing it as our moral equivalent.”
That’s Trump, Trump, Trump and Trump.
McCain continued: “But what would alarm them most, I think, is a sense that many of our peoples, including in my own country, are giving up on the West, that they see it as a bad deal that we may be better off without, and that while Western nations still have the power to maintain our world order, it’s unclear whether we have the will.”
Trump has repeatedly suggested a desire to pull out of or scale back on international involvement and agreements. His slogan is “America first,” after all. And it’s not just on free trade: It’s also when it comes to things like NATO, the transatlantic military alliance that Trump has suggested the United States is getting a bad deal on and has flirted with not enforcing.
Then McCain invoked some of those close to Trump and emphasized that his message won’t square with theirs:
I know there is profound concern across Europe and the world that America is laying down the mantle of global leadership. I can only speak for myself, but I do not believe that that is the message you will hear from all of the American leaders who cared enough to travel here to Munich this weekend. That’s not the message you heard today from Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. That is not the message you will hear from Vice President Mike Pence. That’s not the message you will hear from Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly. And that is certainly not the message you will hear tomorrow from our bipartisan congressional delegation.
McCain then concluded with another direct shot at Trump.
“I refuse to accept that our values are morally equivalent to those of our adversaries,” he said. “I am a proud, unapologetic believer in the West, and I believe we must always, always stand up for it. For if we do not, who will?
Two weeks ago, you may recall, Trump suggested the United States didn’t exactly have the moral high ground on Russia. Asked by Fox News host Bill O’Reilly about wanting good relations with a “killer” like Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump demurred.
By Rick Wells
How absolutely absurd is it for Nancy Pelosi, who defended and supported the criminal Hillary Clinton at every turn, including her run for president, who set up a secret server in her house and then put our secrets on it, who admitted to destroying 33,000 mails and then more that later surfaced to say what she’s saying. It’s the same Nancy Pelosi who, along with Elijah Cummings, defended the destruction of records by the IRS pertaining to Lois Lerner’s criminal activities, just as a few examples. How off the charts can the San Francisco native’s testosterone levels be to allow her to come out and speak to their staff of mainstream media propagandists in such a manner?
Pelosi and company, representing the criminal, anti-American cabal disguised as a political party, the Democrats, is attacking the credibility of the innocent Trump White House, projecting, as Democrats frequently do, her own transgressions upon her political opponents.
In a mainstream propagandists briefing, Pelosi said, “Secrecy is a tool of an autheratorian government. She clearly meant authoritarian but why should we fix her mistakes and help her hide her mental issues? That’s how she said it, that’s how it should be written. To her point, the secrecy and destruction of documents of Clinton and Lerner referenced above were conducted by members of the authoritarian Obama regime. Once in a while she unintentionally stumbles into a truthful statement.
She tells the propagandists that their role “in all of this,” the smearing and effort to take down the Trump Presidency “is very important.” This woman who represents the party that is teaming up with Google and Facebook to censor and remove opposing views from the public sphere as she speaks, declares that pointing out the abuses of the non-press as an attack on “freedom of the press.” The media is completely owned by six CFR entities. There is no mainstream free press remaining to attack.
Prune-mouth Pelosi talks down to her little media minions like they were school kids with a mission to go home and convince their parents of something, saying, with a fake smile for good measure, “So I’m counting on all of you.” If they do a good job she might give them a sticker. She can’t badger and attempt to mislead the American people by herself, the propagandists have to declare to the stupid people that what she says is true.
Knowing what she and so many of her Democrat allies have done in the past she embarks on some fanciful fear-mongering, claiming she fears the Republicans will destroy documents that never existed. Does she then plan to accuse them of destroying what never existed when they can’t be found? Probably, if she thinks she can get away with it, that’s the consideration that drives every action they take.
The hypocritical hag then states the fact that she would even make such a statement is an indication that the level of trust has gone “so far low in all of this.” She adds, “That’s too bad.” She’s happy to the extent that she can degrade anything to do with the Republican Party, particularly trust. After all, a lack of trust for the criminal they ran for President cost her the election. She then references the importance of national security after she pretends to be disheartened over the tensions.
Pelosi raising the issues of trust and national security? She must have kept a copy on one of Donald Trump’s campaign speeches, for future reference and decided now was the time. Somehow, Nancy, those words and the movement of your mouth just aren’t compatible.
By the way, Madam House Hagfish, perhaps you could explain what non-existent document in particular are you concerned with possibly being destroyed? How many Podesta emails can there be? Is it something to do with Russians a Media Matters special pizza? Where is this document now and how did you find out about it? Did WikiLeaks tweet you to expect a document dump? Is it typical Democrat BS, completely fabricated for use in a smear campaign?
By Rick Wells
We already knew that Hussein Obama sent his “community organizer” rabble-rousers, at our expense, into Israel in 2015 in a failed attempt to defeat sitting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Now comes more evidence that the Democrat Marxists and their minions in the intelligence community observe a policy of do as I say, not as I do.
The Democrats and RINOs are all stomping their feet and making threats over the non-existent Russian involvement in our election, the supposed hacking of the loosest cyber security known to man or woman, that of Democrat politicians.
They’re outraged that any government would insert itself into the domestic elections of another, or attempt to or successfully overthrow the leader of another nation, unless it’s being done by the United States. Then it’s not talked about, it’s a non-issue that is quickly forgotten.
A declaration of war and throwing the most volatile region of the world into chaos are the kind of things that can be overlooked if they were done by the right people for reasons that suit their interests. The killing of foreign leaders, as was the case with Saddam Hussein in Iraq or Gaddafi in Libya, is just not that big of a deal, they would have us believe. Throwing their nations into turmoil and Islamic totalitarianism can be considered a good thing, if the right person or oligarchs were calling the shots.
But nobody had better reveal the truth about Hillary Clinton, that she’s a sleazy, parasitic criminal. If that happens they’ll go ballistic. More evidence was just unveiled of the Democrat double standard, this time with elections in France. Start the countdown.
Once again, thanks to WikiLeaks, the hypocrisy and selective outrage of the Democrats, as well as their penchant for illegally intruding into the affairs of any nation, friend or foe, has been revealed. France, our ally, has been added to the list of nations targeted by our CIA. There is no reason to inquire as to various political strategies or internal communications unless one is seeking to use that information to either affect the outcome or blackmail at a later date. Consistent with the possibility of intrusion into the formulation of the new government, WikiLeaks noted that the CIA operation ran for ten months from Nov 21st, 2011 until Sep 29th, 2012, with the election taking place in April-May of 2012. No explanation was offered by the CIA as to why they continued their “research” for over four months following the completion of the election cycle. They weren’t going to mention any of it, until now.
According to the WikiLeaks release, “All major French political parties were targeted for infiltration by the CIA’s human (“HUMINT”) and electronic (“SIGINT”) spies in the seven months leading up to France’s 2012 presidential election. The revelations are contained within three CIA tasking orders published today by WikiLeaks as context for its forth coming CIA Vault 7 series. Named specifically as targets are the French Socialist Party (PS), the National Front (FN) and Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) together with current President Francois Hollande, then President Nicolas Sarkozy, current round one presidential front runner Marine Le Pen, and former presidential candidates Martine Aubry and Dominique Strauss-Khan.”
By Rick Wells
Army Lieutenant Colonel Tony Shaffer is clear in pointing the finger of blame directly at who he sees as being responsible for the leaks that are plaguing the Trump White House and which were used to construct a narrative that eventually resulted in the removal General Michael Flynn.
He’s asked in a Tuesday interview on the Fox Business Channel about the leaks of information regarding phone calls the President had with the leaders of Australian and Mexico and the variety of Russian hacking and meddling allegations, “Are leaks by Obama officials the problem?”
Shaffer answers immediately, “Absolutely, and I put this right at the feet of John Brennan and Jim Clapper. And I would even go so far as to say the White House was directly involved before they left. I’d put this in the forum of Ben Rhodes and those folks. Let’s be clear on this. I’ve watched this very carefully, the coverage.
Shaffer says, “And when you have NBC reporting that they’ve talked to six officials who have seen the transcript, someone is basically giving away both sensitive methods, the fact that they read a communication that was intercepted by sensitive methods. And more importantly, they’re saying that they saw this information which was beyond top secret, which tells me that clearly, someone had to have access to that and that is a key issue. Who leaked that information?”
Shaffer notes, “The implication made by these officials to NBC and these other outlets was that there was something sinister in it, which, I agree with Sean Spicer. I don’t believe for a minute that there was anything in there that was illegal. Mike Flynn is a pretty smart guy. He knows his phone calls are probably going to be intercepted or reviewed at some point. I’m sure he talked about sanctions but not in the way that it was portrayed by the left.”
Col Shaffer says the bottom line is that the White House will have to find out what Mike Flynn did or did not say. Let’s remember that this is an issue, apparently, between the Vice President and Mike Flynn. And let’s remember that when a White House is settling in you’re going to have a lot of personality conflicts pop up. Maybe there’s something here we’re missing on that.”
Shaffer points out that during the period in question, General Flynn was calling all of the leaders he was going to have to be dealing with. He says he doesn’t believe for a minute this was a Logan Act violation. This was one thing that was said, “Hey, when we roll in, when we’re in charge, this will all be revisited. That’s it and he has that right to say that.”
He’s asked if he would support an independent probe into General Flynn and the leaks, to which Shaffer replies, “Oh yeah. Oh yeah, because the fingers that they are going to be finding are pointing back at the former White House and some Democrats. The Democrats have been behind this and I would go so far to say some of the Republicans have also been involved in some of the leaks, so bring it on. I think it’s a good idea and I think, like we saw in the Detroit recount, when they were recounting Michigan’s votes, turned out to be voter fraud in all of these Democrat precincts. I think it’s what we’re going to find here, so go right ahead.”