Jim Geraghty over at National Review has an interesting post up today about yesterday’s surgical strike in Baghdad that killed Qasem Soleimani, the man in charge of Iran’s terrorist Quds Force. In it, he notes the typical caterwauling of the Left whenever Donald Trump does something that makes him look like a tough and decisive President–basically anything that contradicts their Orange Man Bad narrative–citing the Democrat talking points memo that must surely be circulating among newsrooms this morning:
Last night you could see the conventional wisdom response assembling itself in real time on Twitter. It was darkly amusing to see the number of supposedly serious foreign-policy thinkers and lawmakers who skipped over the pro forma, “Make no mistake, Suleimani was a bad guy who killed a lot of Americans, but . . .” Within a few hours, that conventional wisdom had concealed: “Sure, Suleimani was a bad guy with a lot of innocent blood on his hands, but what’s the endgame?”
“What’s the endgame here?” There is none, and there never is one. Foreign policy is never “fixed,” and things never get tied up in a neat little bow, particularly in the Middle East. You manage the situations as best you can and try to adapt as best you can.
In other words, the Middle East is basically a game of whack-a-mole, and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future. There’s a lot of wisdom in this–not least because we’ve already seen the folly of trying to nation build in that part of the world, as demonstrated by our excursions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Eighteen years, thousands of lives and over $1 trillion later, the place is as big of a mess as it ever was–also with no end in sight. To my mind, if we’re constantly going to be cutting the head off the latest snake over there, we might as well be using drones and sanctions rather than putting American troops in the line of fire. The killing of Soleimani is a good roadmap for that kind of strategy–certainly a lot better than sending Iran pallets piled with cash, like Barack Obama did, in the hopes that the mad mullahs would keep the bloodshed to a minimum.
Toward that end, a lot of people are crediting Trump’s withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement for giving him the flexibility he needed to punch the Iranians so hard for their sponsored attack on the American embassy in Iraq earlier this week. Obama, who had tried to realign America’s interests in the region and curry favor with the Iranian regime, dared not make such a move for fear of derailing the agreement, which he considered a signature foreign policy achievement of his presidency. He therefore gave Iran free rein to do whatever it wanted–which included Soleimani’s efforts to consolidate Iranian influence in Syria and Lebanon via its Hezbollah proxies, not to mention their support of Bashar al-Assad and his wholesale slaughter of his own people. But Soleimani had been terrorizing the region for a long time before Obama and his policy of appeasement came along. In fact, his Quds Force had been arming the Iraqi insurgency and killing American soldiers throughout the entirety of the Second Gulf War, all under George W. Bush’s watch. Surely, there must have been opportunities to kill Soleimani during that time–not to mention plenty of justification for doing so. Why didn’t we do it?
The answer, I believe, is quite simple: Oil. Bush knew that escalating a conflict with Iran by taking out one of their senior leaders would most likely lead to serious disruptions with the flow of oil coming out of the Middle East. If Iran attacked tankers in the Strait of Hormuz or, God forbid, attacked the oil fields in Saudi Arabia, it could have dealt a crippling blow not only to America’s economy, but also to the entire world. We were therefore left with a balance of terror, in which we permitted a certain amount of Iranian malfeasance in exchange for them not seriously hampering the oil supply.
So what changed? Since that time, America has become the world’s largest supplier of oil and natural gas. As a result, we were are no longer at the mercy of crazy theocratic regimes in a part of the world where a large chunk of the population thinks of America as the Great Satan. And exactly how did this miraculous transformation come about?
Yes, fracking–that bane of the Left’s existence, which every single Democrat presidential candidate (with the possible exception of Tusi Gabbard) has made Target Numero Uno for banning should they be elected. Simply put, fracking has not only allowed us more options in how to deal with terrorist states like Iran, it has also weakened another geopolitical foe, Russia, because so much of their economy depends upon oil and gas prices. Not being dependent on the Middle East to keep those prices stable gives us so much more flexibility in how we conduct our foreign policy there–which not only includes the long-overdue killing of a terrorist mastermind, but also reducing the need for costly military interventions.
Voters should keep that in mind whenever Democrats talk about doing away with the most powerful national security tool in our arsenal.
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Big Pharma’s Five Major Minions that Everyone, Vaxxed or Unvaxxed, Must Oppose
This is not an “anti-vaxxer” article, per se. It’s a call for everyone to wake up to the nefarious motives behind vaccine mandates, booster shots, and condemnation of freedom.
The worst kept secret in world history SHOULD be that the unquenchable push for universal vaccinations against Covid-19 has little if anything to do with healthcare and everything to do with Big Pharma’s influence over the narrative. Unfortunately, that secret has stayed firmly hidden from the vast majority of people because of the five major minions working on behalf of Big Pharma.
What’s even worse is the fact that Big Pharma’s greed is merely a smokescreen to hide an even darker secret. We’ll tackle that later. First, let’s look at the public-facing ringleaders behind the vaccine push, namely Big Pharma. But before we get into their five major minions, it’s important to understand one thing. This is NOT just an article that speaks to the unvaccinated. Even those who believe in the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines must be made aware of agenda that’s at play.
Let’s start with some facts. The unvaccinated do NOT spread Covid-19 more rampantly than the vaccinated. Even Anthony Fauci acknowledged the viral load present in vaccinated people is just as high as in the unvaccinated. This fact alone should demolish the vaccine mandates as it demonstrates they have absolutely no effect on the spread of the disease. But wait! There’s definitely more.
This unhinged push to vaccinate everyone defies science. Those with natural immunity may actually have their stronger defenses against Covid-19 hampered by the introduction of the injections which fool the body into creating less-effective antibodies. Moreover, the push to vaccinate young people is completely bonkers. The recovery rate for those under the age of 20 is astronomical. Children neither contract, spread, nor succumb to Covid-19 in a statistically meaningful way. What they DO succumb to more often than Covid-19 are the adverse reactions to the vaccines, particularly boys.
All of this is known and accepted by the medical community, yet most Americans are still following the vaccinate-everybody script. It requires pure cognitive dissonance and an overabundant need for confirmation bias to make doctors and scientists willingly go along with the program. Yet, here we are and that should tell you something.
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Who does Big Pharma control? It starts with the obvious people, the ones who most Americans believe are actually behind this push. Our governments at all levels as well as governments around the world are not working with Big Pharma. They are working for Big Pharma. Some are proactive as direct recipients of cash. Others may oppose Big Pharma in spirit but would never speak out because they know anyone who does has no future in DC.
This may come as a shock to some, but it’s Big Pharma that drives the narrative and sets the agenda for the “experts” at the CDC, FDA, WHO, NIH, NIAID, and even non-medical government organizations.
Most believe it’s the other way around. They think that Big Pharma is beholden to the FDA for approval, but that’s not exactly the case. They need approval for a majority of their projects, but when it comes to the important ones such as the Covid injections, Big Pharma is calling the shots. They have the right people in the right places to push their machinations forward.
That’s not to say that everyone at the FDA is in on it. Big Pharma only needs a handful of friendlies planted in leadership in order to have their big wishes met. We have seen people quitting the FDA in recent weeks for this very reason. The same can be said about the other three- and five-letter agencies. Too many people in leadership have been bribed, bullied, or blackmailed into becoming occasional shills for the various Big Pharma corporations. Some have even been directly planted by Big Pharma. That’s the politics of healthcare and science that drives such things as Covid-19 “vaccines.”
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