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mueller-investigation-coincidenceSpecial Counsel Mueller was himself appointed in rather strange circumstances.

Former FBI director James Comey deliberately leaked his own confidential notes about conversations with President Trump, hoping to prompt appointment of a special investigator to investigate a president — whom he said, also under oath, that he was not investigating.

Comey’s ploy worked all too well. Department of Justice officials, now in the Trump Justice Department but who once served in Barack Obama’s administration, selected Comey’s close friend and long associate Robert Mueller as investigator.

From that germination, an innate conflict of interest was born — given that Mueller’s appointment assumed that Comey himself would not come under his own investigation, a supposition that may be increasingly untenable.

Okay — one such conflict of interest swallow does not make a discredited spring.  But then, we now have an entire flock of such swallows.  Let’s count them.



witch-hunt-growsBy now it should be clear to every sentient American that the Mueller "investigation" is not an investigation at all.  It is, as President Trump and others have noted, a witch hunt.

As surely as the witch trials that began in 1692 were driven by hatred and hysteria, this one, too, is driven by hatred, intolerance, and fear.

The progressive left still refuses to accept the outcome of the 2016 election and has been trying to undo it by any means necessary.  The "collusion with Russia" meme was and remains a non-starter, so now the real motive for Mueller's appointment as special counsel is evident for all to see.

It was always to find a way to remove Trump from office.  The question now is:  Why is this travesty being allowed to continue?



the-living-bridge We’re going to talk today about the most unique, remote, unknown and interesting part of India.

It’s natural, cultural, and historical diversity is immense – from Tibetan monasteries in the high Himalayas to headhunters in dense jungles, from secluded tribes embracing Christianity to people who have retained their 4,000 year-old religion older than Hinduism, from modern cities to lands teeming with tigers and one-horned rhinoceros.

Yet it is also India’s most critical strategic vulnerability.  We’ll start by seeing why.  Then we’ll take a photo tour of the whole place.  We’ll end with how you can soon explore this fascinating region with me.



New Allies

New Allies

In the wake of President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last week (12/06), the “experts” crowding the media predicted strategic calamity: Vast, violent protests and a wave of terror would sweep the Muslim world in the coming days.

Instead, the largest demonstration anywhere this weekend was the funeral procession for Johnny Hallyday, the “French Elvis.” Nothing in the Middle East came close.

We have witnessed, yet again, the carefully phrased anti-Semitism of the pristinely educated; the global left’s fanatical pro-Palestinian bias; and the media’s yearning for career-making disasters.

But rather than waves of protest, the waiting world got tepid statements of disapproval from otherwise-occupied Arab governments.  An act of justice for Israel did not ignite Armageddon.

That’s because “Palestine” is so over.  Here’s why.



In 1959, the most popular hit song in America was Johnny Horton’s The Battle of New Orleans.  Yesterday (12/07), President Trump, in his twitter feed @realDonaldTrump, inserted among memorializations of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day:

trump-tweet-010817As the POTUS is a well-known admirer of America’s 7th president (1829-1837) placing his portrait in the Oval Office, you’d think Kilmeade had written a bio of Old Hickory.  Instead, it’s the story of Andrew Jackson winning the Battle of New Orleans at the end of 1814.

The question arises:  is Trump’s tweet a presidential dog-whistle?  For just about everyone old enough to remember Johnny Horton’s song in 1959 still does.  It’s still ranked as one of the top country music songs of all time.

The Brits were the world’s superpower still smarting from us colonial yokels beating them at Yorktown and were determined to reconquer us.  The invasion force they launched in New Orleans to seize control of the Mississippi River was enormous.  All Jackson had was a rag-tag assemblage of coonskin-hat militiamen, freed black slaves, Choctaw Indians, Jean Lafitte’s pirates, and 58 US Marines – Deplorables all to the Brits.

Yet Jackson’s Deplorables cleaned the Brits’ clock.  Trump was 13 when Horton’s song came out, and no doubt put to memory the most famous verse of the song like every other kid in America did (like me – I was 16), of what our ancestors did to the Redcoats:

Yeah they ran through the briers and they ran through the brambles And they ran through the bushes where a rabbit couldn't go They ran so fast that the hounds couldn't catch 'em On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico
So – why would Trump pick this week to hail out of the blue a book about a battle over 200 years ago?  Is he dog-whistling a message to us Deplorables that he intends to do to the Empire of the Left what Andy Jackson did to the Brits in 1814?

If so, he picked this week because his Winning is starting to reach warp-speed.  The week wags began calling it Strategic Omnidirectional MAGA-winning.  Such a deluge of winning that the HFR today is going to have a hard time encompassing its scope.  Might as well dive right in.



Tawang Tibetan Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh, India

Tawang Tibetan Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh, India

2018 is upon us.

You can bet the farm that it’s going to be an adventurous year politically.  But what about you personally?  None of us is getting younger – the arrow of time only flies in one direction.  Often, as we keep saying to ourselves, “Someday, I’m going to…” that someday never comes.

So how about your someday coming next year – making 2018 an adventurous year doing what you’ve dreamed of?

Here are a half-dozen adventures I’m planning for next year.  Why don’t you let me know if any of them get your juices flowing?  Hopefully, you’ll be able to join me on at least one, or they’ll spark ideas of yours.  Let’s all look forward to the Adventure of 2018.

Easter Island

Easter Island



The ball is now in their court

The ball is now in their court

The president's decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem announced yesterday (12/06) is already sending the usual suspects into a tizzy.

The famous Arab Street, we are told, will be erupting.  The despicable fascist that runs Turkey has warned of imminent disaster.  And the president of France is doing what the French usually do vis-a-vis the Jews -- well, not quite that bad.

But the real question is how the Palestinians themselves will react once the dust has settled.

Will they continue decades of self-destructive violent protests that have led many of us to believe they never had an interest in a two-state solution in the first place, that it was all posturing for handouts?

Or will they grow up and realize the time has come to negotiate to a conclusion and accept the responsibility of their own state and the adult compromises that would naturally entail?

By finally moving U.S. policy at least two degrees off years of unimaginative stagnation, Trump has forced the Palestinians  to face some measure of reality.  But he is not alone. They are also being challenged forcefully by Congress.



Mahmoud Abbas and Crown Prince Salman in Riyadh

Mahmoud Abbas and Crown Prince Salman in Riyadh

On Sunday (12/3), The New York Times published the Palestinian response to an alleged Saudi peace plan, headlined Talk of a Peace Plan That Snubs Palestinians Roils Middle East.

Saudi Crown Prince MBS bin Salman (known as MBS) reportedly presented it to PLO chief and Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas last month.  According to the Times’ report, MBS told Abbas he has two months to either accept the Saudi proposal or leave office to make way for a new Palestinian leader who will accept it.

The Palestinians and their European supporters are up in arms about the content of MBS’s plan. MBS has become a hated figure in wide circles of the foreign policy establishment in the West due to his trenchant opposition to Iran’s rise as a hegemonic power in the region.

Yes, surprise, the voices leading the charge against MBS are the same ones that developed the media echo chamber in pursuit of then president Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.  The truth is, they hate MBS’s plan because it actually could work.



trump-tweet_120317 While working with Lt. General Michael Flynn on The Field of Fight, I interviewed many of his former colleagues in order to better understand my co-author.

Virtually all of them described a man who cared deeply about the truth and presented it in circumstances that were certainly not favorable to him. These people portrayed General Flynn as a compulsive truth-teller.

So why has he now confessed to making false statements to the FBI?

Not only would such behavior be totally out of character, but it contradicts the bureau’s own publicly announced findings last February, and would have us believe that Gen. Flynn lied about actions that were themselves perfectly legal.

Thus the “guilty” plea tells us more about the Mueller investigation, and about the politicization of “justice” more generally, than it does about presumed malefactions by the retired general.



sperry-trump-tweetsMy esteemed TTP colleague Michael Ledeen offered his explanation to this puzzle today: Nothing About Collusion.  I have a conjecture that might serve as an alternative.

For ‘tis a puzzle.  Why would LTG Michael Flynn lie to the FBI about telephone conversations he had with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak that were not illegal, improper, or unusual?

As a career intelligence officer, Flynn had to know we were listening in on Kislyak’s phone calls. He ought to have assumed the FBI would listen to the intercepts, or read transcripts of them.

As in fact the FBI did, the Washington Post reported the day before Flynn's interview.

Since the FBI already knew what Flynn said to Kislyak, determined he’d done nothing wrong, why was the FBI interviewing him?

We may get answers to those questions – and much more – very soon.

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