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Common Defense Richard Falknor on 22 Oct 2017

EMP Attack Now An Imminent Threat? Gates of Vienna’s Dymphna Tells Of “A Bang Followed by Whimpering… and Silence” And the barriers to protecting our electrical grid lie in a muddled Permanent Government and a short-sighted Utilities Industry!

Read all of Dymphna’s post on the grave EMP danger after her introduction below – –

“Gotta love The Swamp. Now that North Korea (probably) has the capability to fire a missile into our airspace, TPTB [the powers that be] have shut down the one governmental organization with the ability to do anything testicular to deter the Fat Boy driving the looming disaster.
Did you think NoKo is going to do something fissionable with its missiles and is going to simply try to ‘bomb’ us? Well, it would seem that’s the intention, but the real problem is the payload on their missiles. All they need is one EMP detonated in our skies (over the East Coast, where lies most of our outdated electrical infrastructure) to send the continent back to say, 1850…and that will mean ninety percent of our population gone within six months or less. One can envision the follow-up: a leisurely walk-through by China. It would be easy-peasy to sort through the pieces of what remained of Canada and the United States.”

Dymphna points to state action such as Maine has initiated as a way to protect the surrounding grid —

“At least Maine seems to be aware and active about the problem. Whether it’s past the initial stages of deciding what to do is hard to say, but its preliminary actions show the way forward for other states. States don’t have to wait for the Federal behemoth to move toward safety. They could even act regionally in a co-operative. This is especially important for our vulnerable northeastern corridor.”

Just last month Fox News’ Hollie McKay declared “As North Korea threatens electromagnetic pulse attack, questions over lapses in US grid security rise” —

“The U.S. electrical grid, which is deemed one of the most vital pieces of infrastructure in the country and serves more than 300 million, does not have one singular oversight body responsible for its safeguarding — hence authorities have cautioned that the magnitude of threat has fallen between the cracks.”

Perhaps the most immediately promising course comes from long-time defense expert Frank Gaffney–

“This week [September 28], America loses a national treasure. Inexplicably, just when we need the country’s most knowledgeable and influential minds advising about how to protect against a potentially imminent, nation-ending peril, the Congressional Electromagnetic Pulse Threat Commission is being shut down.
For seventeen years under the leadership of President Reagan’s Science Advisor, Dr. William Graham, this blue-ribbon panel has warned that we had to protect our electric grid from just the sorts of EMP attacks North Korea is now threatening to unleash upon us. Successive administrations and the electric utilities have shamefully failed to heed those warnings and take corrective action.
President Trump should give Dr. Graham and his team a new mandate as a presidential commission to oversee the immediate implementation of their recommendations.”
(Highlighting added throughout.)
Extra credit October 23: A frighteningly pertinent short story — Matthew Bracken’s Alas, Brave New Babylon

Common Defense Richard Falknor on 23 Oct 2016

“Make America Victorious Again”– Angelo Codevilla on Peace & War As Well As Domestic Affairs

Back in 2014, I shocked a group of Maryland activists when I said that advancing today’s conservatism without having considered Angelo Codevilla’s 2010 magisterial essay “The Ruling Class–And The Perils of Revolution” would be like explaining communism today without any familiarity with Marx and Engels and the Frankfurt School with its Cultural Marxism.

Last Tuesday, Codevilla published a new essay — “Make America Victorious Again” — offering his insights on peace and war in the presidential campaign.

Here are some of his central points.  (Highlighting throughout is Forum’s)

Why The Foreign Policy Establishment “Detests” Donald Trump

“At the 2016 elections our bipartisan foreign policy class is near-unanimous, not so much behind Hillary Clinton nor even against Donald Trump. Rather, it circles its wagons around its own identities, ideas, practices, and, yes, livelihoods. Clinton represents the ruling class’s people and priorities in foreign affairs as in domestic ones, though she seems to care even less about the former’s substance. Trump, a stranger to most of the foreign policy class (though not to its current epitome, Henry Kissinger) has voiced views on foreign affairs that are within the establishment’s variances in substance if not in tone. Chastise and threaten NATO for its lack of contributions? Senate majority Leader Mike Mansfield (D-MT) offered an amendment to that effect in 1970. Cozy up to Putin? Hillary Clinton brought him a bright red “reset” button in 2009.

Nevertheless, the foreign policy class does not merely reject Trump; it detests him. Why? Because Trump, in tone even more than substance, expresses the subversive thought that U.S. foreign policy has failed to ‘put America first,’ causing the nation to suffer defeat after defeat. Hence, the entire foreign policy class—in the bureaucracies, think tanks, academe, and the media—are a bunch of losers. Millions of Americans consider these two thoughts to be common sense. But the above-mentioned class takes the first as the root of heresies, and the second as a demagogic insult. Consequently, the 2016 election is not so much about any particular plank in any foreign policy platform. It is about who defines and what constitutes common sense.”

From Our Founders’ Views On War and Peace to the 20th Century

“. . . U.S. foreign policy’s bipartisan consistency for the past hundred years: grandiose commitments, then war, followed by no peace, prizes and honors for all.

Only President Ronald Reagan and, to a lesser extent, Dwight Eisenhower appointed a few people who looked at foreign affairs from a very different perspective, the common sense that had dominated American statecraft from George Washington’s time to the 20th century. The founders recognized that no other people had ever organized themselves around the proposition that ‘all men are created equal,’ making the Republic’s moral and political character unique. Because maintaining such a Republic would be difficult, it is and should be the American people’s paramount occupation. As students of history, they knew that international affairs hold out temptations to meddle in others’ affairs, to invite others to meddle in ours, and to foster strife among ourselves. And so the common sense of the men on Mount Rushmore—Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt—was as John Quincy Adams synthesized it: America first. Interfere in nobody’s affairs and suffer no interference in ours. Don’t go looking for monsters to destroy, but make war on whoever troubles our peace.

This is what the American people want and have always wanted. From earliest times to our own, people have come to America to live in peace as Americans, shedding ancestral interests, allegiances, and quarrels. (Recent immigrants from the Middle East excepted, many of whom nurse ancestral identities to the point of enmity to America.) Because America’s 19th-century statesmen shared the people’s peaceful America First perspective, they built this country into the world’s mightiest. George Kennan’s history of American diplomacy begins with the observation that by 1905 Americans could not imagine any harm coming to them from abroad.

Myths Arising from World War I Continuing Through World War II

“Participation in the Great War for the purpose of ending war forever left 117,000 Americans dead, thousands more wounded, and millions bitterly disillusioned. Then Democrats and Republicans competed in making moral commitments against war while cutting America’s armed forces. When war came, they blamed it on the unenlightened people’s isolationism and, once again, used the commitment to remaking the world to evade responsibility for matching Americans’ sacrifices to America’s interests in postwar peace. That, compounded by blind faith in Stalin and Mao, resulted in more than half of the globe under Soviet and Chinese communist tyrants intent on finishing off America. The American people were angry, and had every right to be angrier.”

The Foreign Policy Class: Islam and Israel

“Inexorably, Progressive foreign policy is gravitating in the direction of foreign Progressive forces. For Progressives, the benevolence of ‘the Arab Street’ and even of organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood is an article of faith. From government, the media, and the universities, Progressives indict as racists anyone who imputes responsibility for terrorism to Arabs, Muslims, or Islam. America’s Muslims vote Democrat. Any Progressive president would find it hard to depart from this part of his tribal identity, least of all Hillary Clinton, whose top aide, Huma Abedin, is deeply connected to the Muslim world. The Democratic Party, along with its bench in academe, has identified increasingly with Israel’s enemies as fellow Progressives. Surely and not so slowly, our foreign policy class has acted more and more as if Israel’s refusal to accede to Arab demands were the chief cause of the Middle East’s troubles.”

Patriots should take the time to read Codevilla’s essay carefully.

His conclusion:

“Trump’s virtue in foreign policy lies in having voiced this simple, vital thought: U.S. foreign policy must put America first, and deliver victories rather than defeats.”

The fight to put America’s interests first — in the Congress, in the Deep State, and within the media — will only have begun with Donald Trump’s election on November 8.

Without the informed and energetic participation of the Trump Movement, much of the opportunity gained by a November 8 victory will be lost.

Common Defense Richard Falknor on 19 Sep 2016

Most Time Sensitive! Brian Babin Urges Spending Pause Now In Continuing Resolution For Importing Refugees from Islamist Areas.

Republican U S Representative Brian Babin (Texas 36) again showed his vision last Thursday on reforming the refugee resettlement program.

Together with 37 of his colleagues he wrote the House leadership – – –

“We believe it is prudent and in the best interest of the American people that language be included in the upcoming FY 2017 Continuing Resolution to restore Congressional oversight and authority over the refugee program.  Specifically we would ask that you consider putting language in the continuing resolution that would:
1.      Prevent federal funds from being used to admit to the United States refugees from Syria, the Middle East and North Africa until the following conditions are met:
         a. Federal Immigration, law enforcement and national security agencies put in place processes to ensure that refugee and related programs are not able to be co-opted by would be terrorists;
         b. That such process and programs are provided to the Congress in both classified and public formats;
         c. That a longer-term monitoring process be put into place for those admitted to the U.S. as refugees; and
         d. That no federal funds may be used for refugee travel to the U.S. or any U.S. resettlement of refugees from this troubled region until Congress has passed by joint resolution a bill that specifically approves funding for such purposes.
2.      Permit U.S. funds to continue to be used to provide for the safety of refugees overseas, including housing, food and medical aid.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Here is a list of the 37 U. S. House members who joined Mr. Babin in his letter to the House leadership last Thursday – –

Rep. Brian Babin (TX)
Rep. Dave Brat (VA)
Rep. Bob Gibbs (OH)
Rep. Doug LaMalfa (CA)
Rep. David Rouzer (NC)
Rep. Ralph Abraham (LA)
Rep. Scott DesJarlais (TN)
Rep. Robert Pittenger (NC)
Rep. George Holding (NC)
Rep. Barry Loudermilk (GA)
Rep. Glen Grothman (WI)
Rep. Lou Barletta (PA)
Rep. Randy Weber (TX)
Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC)
Rep. Jim Bridenstine (OK)
Rep. Warren Davidson (OH)
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (KS)
Rep. Kevin Cramer (ND)
Rep. Diane Black (TN)
Rep. Mark Meadows (NC)
Rep. Mo Brooks (AL)
Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD)
Rep. Lee Zeldin (NY)
Rep. Jody Hice (GA)
Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX)
Rep. Kenny Marchant (TX)
Rep. Dan Newhouse (WA)
Rep. Joe Wilson (SC)
Rep. Steve King (IA)
Rep. Michael C. Burgess (TX)
Rep. Walter B. Jones (NC)
Rep. Sam Johnson (TX)
Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ)
Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ)
Rep. Cynthia M. Lummis (WY)
Rep. Jeff Miller (FL)
Rep. Ted S. Yoho (FL)
Rep. Lamar Smith (TX)

We thank the 38 and urge them to follow up with a phone call to the House GOP leadership!

The Speaker, the Majority Leader, and the House Appropriations chair need to know that the signers are serious–not doing so merely as a constituent “courtesy” with no real expectation of action.

But wherever you are in this grand country —if your GOP member is not on this letter — ask your own Representative to call the House GOP leadership and urge them to follow Brian Babin’s recommendations.

Why is this matter “Most Time Sensitive”? 

“Congress could have a continuing resolution to the President’s desk by the end of the week so long as it is not too loaded with policy riders distasteful to Democrats in both bodies who will be needed to assure passage. A restriction against increased resourcing to a Planned Parenthood affiliate in Puerto Rico may have been dropped over the weekend, clearing the way for Zika funding in a bill expected to be dropped this afternoon in the Senate ahead of a planned procedural vote. Last week, the White House sent over a $2.6 billion emergency funding request for flood recovery in Louisiana and the state’s congressional delegation are lobbying that resources to go out the door with the spending bill. Some Republicans are said to have demands in turn, such as halting admission of refugees from Syria where dangers have emanated since the rise of ISIS and its adherents have made trouble in Europe and elsewhere.” –fednet.net (Highlighting Forum’s)

Stay tuned!


Common Defense Richard Falknor on 21 May 2016

“Ten Arabic Words” Challenging All Our Elected Officials Who Swear To “[S]upport this Constitution”

The invaluable Gates of Vienna yesterday published “Ten Arabic Words: Bracken’s Challenge to National Security Professionals”.

Author Matthew Bracken is understandably exasperated with national-security figures who don’t “get it” about militant Islam–

“But if you are a national security professional, senior military officer or political leader involved in any aspect of the “Global War On Terror,” AKA “Countering Violent Extremism,” these are ten words that should already be a part of your working vocabulary. If you can’t readily discuss their meaning, significance, and relationships, then you are worse than a fool, you are disgrace to your office and a danger to your country.”

Here are the ten words–

“dawah, dhimmi, hijra, jizya, kafir, shaheed, shariah, takfir, taqiyya, ummah (Highlighting Forum’s)

Bracken continues–

“The charter of the OIC puts Islamic shariah law ahead of secular law. This means, for example, that the official position of the OIC is that Muslims who leave the faith should be killed, and that any faithful Muslim who kills an apostate ex-Muslim has done no sin, but instead should be thanked and congratulated for the deed. It’s the same with adulterers: they should die, and killing an adulterer is no crime.
Yes, that really is their position, and they really do believe it, and much more than that. The OIC is made up of fifty-seven Muslim nations, united by a common belief in the supremacy of Islam, and their mutual obligation to conduct both dawah and jihad until the Dar al Islam covers the globe, and Allah’s eternal and immutable shariah has supplanted godless democracy and all manmade laws. This dawah includes the practice of using taqiyya when making arrangements or having negotiations with as-yet unsubmitted kafirs in the dar al harb.”

Read all Bracken’s post here!

And don’t members of the Congress, who have the power to declare war and make rules for the military — as well as state legislators, governors, and judges — have a clear duty to assess for themselves the threat that militant Islam poses to our Constitution and way of life?

We can’t leave our security exclusively in the hands of the Deep State, even if its mandarins were now to take a crash course in militant Islam.

State legislators and governors are today wrestling with this Administration’s seeding of our communities with unscreened or unscreenable Muslim refugees. All these public officials must learn the larger meaning of these “Ten Arabic Words” — just as much as the denizens of the Pentagon or Foggy Bottom must do — if our politicians are effectively to support the Constitution.

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Readers may wish to revisit some of our earlier related posts —

“It’s ‘Feed My Sheep,’ Not ‘Feed My Sheep To the Wolves’”— Stephen Coughlin Unmasks Interfaith Dialogue Movement
Muslim Immigration: A Crucial Threat to America and the West
An Essential Ready Reference: “Catastrophic Failure” & Stephen Coughlin’s ‘Red Pill Brief’ On The Islamist Threat
“Getting” Jihad: Real Meat in A Non-Celebrity CPAC Panel

Common Defense Richard Falknor on 28 Nov 2015

Updates–Follow Our Tweets @highblueridge | “Hit The Brakes” On Refugees From Syria, Middle East,and North Africa:Ask Your House Member To Support Representative Brian Babin’s Request To Suspend Program

“The promotion of constitutional principles and civic education has always been foundational to the American immigration and naturalization process. We fatally undermine this process by narrowly vetting for terrorism rather than sharia adherence.” —Andrew C. McCarthy

GOP Representative Brian Babin and at least 73 other House members wrote the House of Representative leadership last week urging some basic but essential steps to protect the United States.

UPDATES November 30 and later! Click here for final Babin letter (& 73 other signers) to House leadership! Scroll to very bottom of this post for the typewritten list of signers; read Daniel Greenfield here — “If we bring Syrian Muslims to America, we will be importing a population that hates us”; click here for Blackburn-Lamar Smith-Bridenstine-Babin Nov 30 letter to House Appropriations chiefs; click here to learn about GOP chiefs’ surrender strategy–no time to waste calling your GOP member!  Follow our tweets @highblueridge for latest developments on the Obama-blessed refugee invasion.

Texan Babin’s “Dear Colleague letter” to fellow House members details his request to join his letter to the Leadership —

“Please join me in sending a letter to House Leadership requesting that Congress include the tenets of H.R. 3314, the Resettlement Accountability National Security Act of 2015, in its current form in the year end Omnibus spending bill.
Specifically, our letter requests that the following provisions be added to the Omnibus
1) Suspend the program permitting refugees from Syria, the Middle East, and North Africa to settle in the U.S. unless Congress reinstates the program by joint resolution. 2) Conducts a rigorous overhaul of the refugee investigation and admission process, and add new oversight measures and requirements before the program can resume. 3) Continue to provide reasonable funding for food, medicine, and shelter for refugees overseas.”(Highlighting Forum’s)

Below is the text of the Babin letter to the House leadership.


To date, we have learned the names of at least 72 members (scroll to bottom) who have signed the Babin letter to the House Leadership.

Yesterday The Hill’s Cristina Marcos reported (GOP eyes spending bill as leverage in refugee fight) that–

“A third of the 246-member House GOP conference is calling for a policy rider to prevent federal funds from going toward admitting refugees from Syria and neighboring countries unless the government can ensure the resettlement program could not be co-opted by would-be terrorists. 
Seventy-four House Republicans signed onto a letter spearheaded by Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) this week urging GOP leaders to include such language in the omnibus spending bill.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

The only way the U.S. refugee program from these Muslim-majority countries will be halted is by the House taking the lead in cutting the program’s money — what the Founders termed “the power of the purse.”

This will not happen unless voters insist that GOP members listen to them — no matter how fearful the House Republican leaders are of confronting the Obama Regime. 

Summing up: today author Andrew McCarthy asked

“Our nation is nearing $20 trillion in debt, still fighting in the Middle East, and facing the certain prospect of combat surges to quell the rising threat of jihadism.  So why is Congress, under the firm control of Republicans, paying for immigration policies that exacerbate our peril?” (Highlighting Forum’s)

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Below is a list of the names of 72 members who reportedly signed the Babin letter to the GOP Leadership. (There are apparently two or more additional names we do not have.)

If your member is not among those who signed, find out why and ask them to put their position in writing.

If your member or other friends in the House did sign, be sure to let them know of your appreciation and ask them to hang tough during what will  be a contentious negotiation.

Kudos to VA’s Dave Brat & MD’s Andy Harris!

“So Far 72 Members have signed on:

  • Brian Babin
  • Ralph Abraham
  • Lou Barletta
  • Diane Black
  • Marsha Blackburn
  • Charles Boustany
  • Dave Brat
  • Jim Bridenstine
  • Mo Brooks
  • Bradley Byrne
  • Steve Chabot
  • Curt Clawson
  • Chris Collins
  • Kevin Cramer
  • Ron DeSantis
  • Scott DesJarlais
  • Jeff Duncan
  • John Duncan
  • Blake Farenthold
  • John Fleming
  • Bob Gibbs
  • Louie Gohmert
  • Paul Gosar
  • Trey Gowdy
  • Garret Graves
  • Glenn Grothman
  • Frank Guinta
  • Gregg Harper
  • Andy Harris
  • Jody Hice
  • Tim Huelskamp
  • Duncan Hunter
  • Sam Johnson
  • Walter B. Jones
  • Jim Jordan
  • Trent Kelly
  • Steve King
  • Darin LaHood
  • Doug Lamborn
  • Leonard Lance
  • Mia Love
  • Cynthia Lummis
  • Kenny Marchant
  • Mark Meadows
  • John Mica
  • Jeff Miller
  • Dan Newhouse
  • Richard Nugent
  • Pete Olson
  • Gary Palmer
  • Scott Perry
  • Bruce Poliquin
  • Mike Pompeo
  • Bill Posey
  • Tom Reed
  • Tom Rice
  • Phil Roe
  • Thomas Rooney
  • David Rouzer
  • Matt Salmon
  • Mark Sanford
  • Austin Scott
  • John Shimkus
  • Bill Shuster
  • Jason Smith
  • Marlin Stutzman
  • Randy Weber
  • Bruce Westerman
  • Roger Williams
  • Ted Yoho
  • Todd Young (IN-09)
  • Ryan Zinke

Below is the typewritten list of signers of the final Babin letter to the House leadership






Common Defense Richard Falknor on 01 Oct 2015

Middle East Now: Norman Bailey, David P. Goldman (aka Spengler), George Koo

All three takes today from Asia Times-Chatham House Rules —

“Nothing positive can be expected from Washington until after January 2017 or at all from Europe now or in the foreseeable future.  It will be lucky to emerge from the current Islamic invasion with its culture tattered and dirtied but intact.  By no means certain.”
“Russia apparently is bombing CIA-backed rebels in Syria. How did they find them? The last time we heard from the Pentagon, there were only four or five of them.”
“Again, Asia Times is presenting a perspective not seen in the American mainstream, which is sad because the American public needs to be better informed.”

 Click here to see Asia Times contributors.