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Brian Hook on a stable and prosperous Middle East

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Brian Hook on a stable and prosperous Middle East

The Middle East has been the hottest spot for continual conflict since the dawn of man. Countless wars and constant tension have been part of life for those living in the region. Many have tried to bring peace, but rarely has it been sustainable.

The biggest challenge in the modern Middle East is Iran. Whether interfering in Iraq, threatening Israel, or stoking violence across the region, the Islamic regime has been a constant thorn in the side of peacemakers. The most recent attempt to bring stability to the region is being made by envoy Brian Hook. He wants an actual treaty with the nation that passes the United States Senate, not a fragile executive action by the United Nations Security Council as we got in 2015.

His hopes are slim, but he’s sticking to his guns by calling out the problem they pose in stark terms.

U.S. seeking to negotiate a treaty with Iran

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nuclear-iran-hook/u-s-seeking-to-negotiate-a-treaty-with-iran-idUSKCN1LZ1Y8Hook said Iran posed an international threat to peace and security that went beyond the six major powers that signs the initial nuclear deal. European and Asian countries have been trying to salvage the nuclear deal despite new U.S. sanctions against Tehran.

“If we want to have a stable and prosperous Middle East it starts with constraining Iran,” Hook said.

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As Benjamin Netanyahu meets with world leaders, focus centers on Iran in Syria

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As Benjamin Netanyahu meets with world leaders, focus centers on Iran in Syria

The threat represented by Iran in the war-torn nation of Syria manifests in multiple ways. Other Middle Eastern nations are concerned that if Iran’s military is allowed to get entrenched in Syria, they will have too much direct access to the region in ways that threaten the peace. The United States and western allies are concerned that exerting control over the Syrian regime will turn them into a puppet state that will not solve the problems faced by the Syrian people.

Meanwhile, Israel faces the greatest threat as the nation that wants to wipe them off the map would be next door neighbors if they continue to fortify themselves in Syria. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu knows this all too well and has not been shy about expressing these views to the world. In fact, he did it today in meetings with 60 world leaders and followed up by sharing his perspectives on Twitter.

Iran is not Israel’s problem alone. They are a problem for all freedom-loving countries in the region as well as powers throughout Europe, Africa, and parts of Asia. Israel needs our support as well as the support of others who realize the threat Iran poses to us all.

 


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Thomas Massie on the creeping leftism of the GOP

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Thomas Massie on the creeping leftism of the GOP

Republicans are on the right and Democrats are on the left. That’s how it’s always been, right? That’s how it is today, yes? Actually, there has been a shift over the last decade or so that has pulled Democrats further to the left and Republicans closer to the middle. Of course, that all happened already. What we’re seeing in 2019 is much, much worse.

Democrats skipped a few steps to get to where they are today. In the 1990s and early 2000s, they were mostly comprised of left-leaning moderates. Sure, conservatives liked to say they were far-left radicals (we always have and always will) but in reality they supported border security, generally opposed gay marriage, some were pro-life, and weren’t ready to destroy the economy.

Fast forward through the Obama years and they shifted their positions culturally to be much more pro-abortion, all in favor of gay marriage, and much more sympathetic to illegal immigrants who were not committing crimes.

Today, they seem to have skipped a few steps. This isn’t something that has been slowly creeping up on us. All of sudden, Democrats are more protective of criminal illegal immigrants than of American citizens. They’re calling for all-out socialism. They’re asking us to embrace a worldview that essentially doesn’t include the United States in the long term.

But we can fight those notions. We have truth on our side. What concerns me the most, and what seems to concern Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY), is the leftward lean that seems to be coming from the Republican Party.

If Republicans feel justified to pull towards the middle, they’re going to do just that. It’s a real concern because as they shift to the middle, the right is left with bad choice #1 versus worse choice #2. That’s not a way for America to push forward.

 


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Jason Chaffetz: AOC ‘really is the leader of the Democratic Party at this moment’

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Jason Chaffetz: AOC 'really is the leader of the Democratic Party at this moment'

Never in modern history has a freshman member of the House of Representatives wielded the level of power that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) holds. She tends to sway the direction of the party at will, which is extremely odd considering she doesn’t seem to know very much, nor does she have exceptionally new ideas. She’s just repeating the ideas of her predecessors, but she’s able to make them resonate at (or above) the level of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Former Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) was on Fox News today and said something very interesting about “AOC.” This isn’t something that’s new among commentators, but to hear a former politician acknowledge it is striking.

“The problem is that she really is the leader of the Democratic Party at this moment. When she says something, everybody tends to follow it.”

God help us all.

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