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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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Wayne Dupree on cutting entitlement programs

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Wayne Dupree on cutting entitlement programs

When the truth goes against the narrative, it’s hard for many to swallow. Entitlement reform, which has been on the Republican platform for decades, has been in the perpetual state of always getting promised but never getting delivered. The reason it keeps getting kicked down the road is because it’s simply too hard to take away things that millions have gotten used to receiving.

At least President Trump was honest enough to say from the beginning that he wasn’t touching entitlements.

What Democrats don’t want you to know and what Republicans only want you to remember on election day is that entitlements are crippling the economy. We can no longer say they’re going to hurt our children and grandchildren. It’s now to the point that we can’t make fiscal decisions as a country without considering the huge chunk that encompasses entitlements.

Conservative Radio Host Wayne Dupree has been fighting this battle for a while. He rightly contends that the pain we’d feel today if entitlements were cut is small compared to the pain we’ll feel in the near future and beyond if they’re not cut.

Yes, it’s hard to make cuts to something that supports millions of Americans, but there are ways to reform the system and still protect the most vulnerable. Kudos to Wayne Dupree for fighting this unpopular battle.

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J.J. McCullough tells the grim truth about Saudi Arabia

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JJ McCollough tells the grim truth about Saudi Arabia

America needs Saudi Arabia just as Saudi Arabia needs America. Few can argue that the symbiotic relationship is based solely on need and not any genuine goodwill towards each other. Quietly, they think we’re evil and that we meddle too much in other nations’ affairs. A little less quietly, we think their traditions are antiquated and their human rights violations are only tolerable because of the source.

We both see each other as evils. The problem is we both know we’re each other’s necessary evils.

I would contend that the relationship, as fruitful as it has been for decades, is so wrought with contention today that it can no longer be viewed as necessary.

The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi is getting journalists such as National Review’s J.J. McCullough to speak out against the Kingdom.

Jamal Khashoggi Disappearance & Saudi Arabian Society’s Immaturity

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/10/saudi-arabia-jamal-khashoggi-disappearance/The sad reality is that Saudi Arabia will remain a U.S. ally regardless of how deep and disturbing Riyadh’s involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is ultimately revealed to be. As Matthew Continetti recently emphasized, there are certain geopolitical realities — in particular the cold war with Iran — that make the Saudi–American alliance a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy, no matter how appalling the Saudi human-rights record gets.

What the alleged murder of Khashoggi does do, however, is rapidly eliminate any possibility that the Saudi alliance could be seen as something defensible and positive on its own terms, rather than a necessary evil.

Our long-standing relationship with Saudi Arabia is like a favorite old chair that’s tattered and starting to smell bad. It’s time to get our butts off it and push it to the curb.

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Danny Tarkanian has a message for his competitor and the people of Nevada

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Danny Tarkanian has a message for his competitor and the people of Nevada

Nevada needs ICE. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement is always in the news with most Democrats panning it while most Republicans support their efforts of capturing and removing criminal illegal immigrants. Some Democrats are even calling for the abolition of ICE altogether.

Danny Tarkanian’s opponent, Susie Lee, is one of those Democrats.

Anecdotally, it seems that most Independent voters and fair-minded people on both sides of the political aisle will acknowledge that there are challenges with ICE that must be addressed while refraining from calling for it to disappear or be replaced. No law enforcement agency in the nation is as properly trained and equipped to handle the growing problem of illegal immigration.

Let’s fix the immigration system. Let’s build the wall. Let’s sit at a table and discuss how to handle the illegal immigrants who are already here. Calling for the end of ICE is ridiculous. If Danny Tarkanian sits in Congress, he will do everything he can to prevent that from happening.

The elimination of ICE would surrender border security and end the enforcement of our federal immigration laws. I will not stand by and allow that to happen.

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