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On September 12, 2002, Benjamin Netanyahu — then a private citizen — was invited to Congress to give “an Israeli perspective” in support of a U.S. invasion of Iraq. Netanyahu issued a confident prediction: “if you take out Saddam, Saddam’s regime, I guarantee you that it will have enormous positive reverberations on the region,” adding, “and I think that people sitting right next door in Iran, young people, and many others, will say the time of such regimes, of such despots is gone.”

In 2015, Netanyahu returned to Congress — this time as Israel’s prime minister — to undermine the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) negotiations led by the Obama administration along with key U.S. allies the United Kingdom, Germany, and France. After a tepid acknowledgement of President Obama’s support for Israel — Obama ultimately gave Israel $38 billion, the largest military aid package in history — Netanyahu spent the remainder of his speech attacking what would become one of the sitting president’s signature foreign policy achievements.

In both cases, Netanyahu’s advice was catastrophically wrong. America’s invasion of Iraq was a bloody disaster that killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions more, creating massive instability in the region and paving the way for ISIS’s rise.

Meanwhile, Obama’s deal with Iran had succeeded in rolling Iran’s nuclear program back and blocking its pathways to a bomb — that is until the Trump administration followed Netanyahu’s advice and backed out of the deal in 2018, thus forfeiting our capability to contain Iran’s nuclear program while torpedoing prospects for productive engagement with Tehran on reducing regional tensions.

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Now that President Joe Biden has made the unprecedented decision to end his reelection campaign and endorse Vice President Kamala Harris for president, we need to ask: what will be her foreign policy if she wins in November?

It is safe to assume that there will be broad continuity with the Biden administration’s overall approach to the world, but there is some evidence that Harris might guide U.S. foreign policy in a somewhat less destructive direction than where it has been going under Biden.

First off, Harris did not run for president in 2020 on foreign policy and has relatively little foreign policy experience from her short time in the Senate and her tenure as vice president. While she has cast a number of tie-breaking votes in favor of Biden’s domestic agenda in the Senate, she has played a smaller role in foreign policy by representing the U.S. at international meetings that the president has been unable to attend. She was tasked by Biden to focus on the “root causes” in Latin America leading to the undocumented migrant issue at the nation’s southern border, drawing mixed reviews at best.

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Before I even start with my analysis, I want to make the point that I hope President Biden is doing fine and on the path to recovery from Covid, as his doctor claimed in a letter (I’ll discuss below) that he was. I hope we can take the administration at their word, but I also think it’s helpful to not ignore mounting critical questions for our country.

I don’t want to start the morning off with hyperbole or sensationalism, honestly, but rather with what, in my opinon, has developed as a legitimate question over the last 24 to 48 hours: is the current President of the United States still alive and/or fit to lead?

Ever since dropping out of the presidential race on Sunday via a letter with a signature that has been in question and conspicuously lacking the seal of the White House or President of the United States, President Joe Biden has failed to turn up anywhere in person.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is eager to meet Republican candidate Donald Trump during his U.S. visit. But, a Politico report has casted doubt over the possibility of Trump-Netanyahu meeting. The report citing sources said ex-President Trump has not rejected the idea outright but he is yet to agree. Report said that meeting between the two leaders could be possible on Thursday after Trump’s North Carolina rally.

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President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw as the Democratic Party’s nominee solved an immediate problem for his party. Biden has plummeted in the polls as the vast majority of voters concluded that he is too diminished by age to serve another term. Yet, it has now created several new problems, including the obvious problem of a president who is viewed as incapable of running for an office that he continues to hold.

The Democratic Party essentially created its own political version of the 25th Amendment in forcing Biden off the ticket. This decision was about as voluntary as leaving a building by way of a window on the 46th floor. That is particularly the case when you are thrown out of the window by your closest friends.

The unseemly image of succession by defenestration will soon be whitewashed by a media that will praise Biden after weeks of declaring him incompetent and enfeebled.

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Pastor Robert Jeffress, leader of the historic First Baptist Church in Dallas, said former President Donald Trump reached out after the church's historic sanctuary burned down.

On Friday shortly after 6 p.m., Dallas Fire and Rescue received a call about a fire at the church's historic sanctuary, which had been in use since the 1890s. The fire eventually grew to a four-alarm blaze that took more than three hours to extinguish. Fortunately, no one was injured or killed in the fire.

'If the SBC had a Notre Dame it would be FBC Dallas. This is heartbreaking.'

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, and the investigation into the cause — which includes the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — is ongoing.

But Pastor Jeffress, who is an ardent Trump supporter, told local media that he doesn't believe his support for the former president is behind the fire.

More importantly, he said Trump is offering his support in the wake of the devastating fire.

"I don't believe my support for President Trump has anything to do with this fire," Jeffress told KTVT-TV. "I did receive a nice note from the president, who has spoken here before at our church. He offered his help to do anything he could."

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A cell phone associated with the home and work addresses of would-be assassin Thomas Matthew Crooks visited the Gallery Place building in Washington, D.C., that houses a mall and offices of the FBI, the Heritage Oversight Project reported July 22.

The Oversight Project, part of the Heritage Foundation, began a geo-location investigation hours after the July 13 attempted assassination of former President Donald J. Trump at a fairground in Butler, Pennsylvania.

Crooks, 20, was killed by a Secret Service counter-sniper after opening fire on Trump and the crowd just after 6:11 p.m. ET. Only a perfectly timed turn of his head kept Trump from being killed instantly by a rifle round fired from about 130 yards away, experts said.

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Attorney John Morgan, a major Biden donor, issued the Democratic Party a warning on Sunday after the party began coalescing around Vice President Kamala Harris as the favorite for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.

After President Joe Biden announced Sunday that he is not going to seek re-election, Morgan told ABC News that he will stop fundraising for Democrats if Harris is their presidential nominee.

His reason is simple: Morgan believes running Harris is a fool's errand because she is too far-left to win a general election.

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More than anything else, the elite want a president that is easy to control.  That is why they love Joe Biden and that is why they hate Donald Trump.  It all comes down to control.  No matter what happens, the elite want to feel confident that whoever is in the White House is going to be a team player.  So the elite are really excited about the possibility that Kamala Harris could become the next president of the United States.  Whenever she makes a public appearance, it is clear that she is in way, way over her head, and if she actually makes it into the Oval Office she will be exceedingly easy to manipulate.
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Authored by Yves Engler via Counterpunch.org,

NATO’s new focus on China harkens back to the belligerent alliance’s early days.

At the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s 75th anniversary summit in Washington, DC, last week China was a big part of the agenda. The NATO summit’s final declaration mentioned the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) 14 times. It noted that “the PRC continues to pose systemic challenges to Euro-Atlantic security” and China’s “stated ambitions and coercive policies continue to challenge our interests, security and values.”

The leaders of NATO “partner” nations Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia attended the summit. They collectively met NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to map out strategy for the Asia Pacific region. NATO announced four new joint projects with countries that are important to Washington’s bid to establish an anti-China military bloc. In response, Beijing accused NATO of “inciting bloc confrontation and hyping up regional tensions”.

Unsurprisingly, NATO frames its focus on China as defensive. “The PRC has become a decisive enabler of Russia’s war against Ukraine”, claimed the summit’s final communique. According to this storyline, Chinese relations with Russia threaten NATO. But this is exaggerated. China has taken a cautious approach to Russia’s war largely complying with (illegal) US sanctions and refusing to sell arms (though its companies sell some dual use products to Russian firms). Conversely, North Korea and Iran are selling Russia arms while NATO countries are donating large amounts of weapons to Ukraine.

Comparing Chinese ties to India’s highlights NATO’s exaggeration. India is buying more oil and weapons from Russia than China and when NATO began its meeting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Moscow to meet President Vladimir Putin.

In 2022, NATO released a strategic concept listing China for the first-time. It labeled Beijing a challenge to the alliance’s “interests, security and values” and at the time Stoltenberg declared, “China is substantially building up its military forces, including nuclear weapons, bullying its neighbours, threatening Taiwan ….”

This is all part of the US empire’s bid to contain China’s rise. Washington has become obsessed with an emerging “peer competitor” that may eventually rival its power.

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Harris has been repeatedly slammed for squandering her “considerable potential” during the 2020 campaign, during which she stumbled as a candidate and unsuccessfully tried to project authenticity.

With Joe Biden endorsing Kamala Harris as the Democratic nominee after his decision to exit the presidential race on Sunday, the first female US vice president "will likely have to answer questions" about her last botched campaign for the top job, the Washington Post has reported.

Harris, who has said that she intends to "earn and win" the nomination, is now facing "an abrupt launch" of her surprise second presidential campaign, the success of which will depend on how she resolves the problems that hampered the first campaign, according to the newspaper.

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President Biden has canceled nine trips that were scheduled for the next two weeks after suddenly dropping out of the 2024 race, The Post can reveal.

Biden was scheduled to leave Monday for the West Coast, where he was to make stops in California, Denver, Houston and Austin – but all of those trips have been suddenly canceled, a White House source told The Post.

Biden, who has been isolating with COVID-19, was set to leave his home in Rehoboth, Del., on Monday, but extended his stay until Wednesday after announcing the end of his campaign the night before.

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President Biden may not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday as planned, according to a report.

Axios journalist Barak Ravid reported on X that Netanyahu's team is no longer expecting to meet with Biden Tuesday. An Israeli official told Ravid that Netanyahu, who is visiting Washington, D.C., this week, is still "waiting for an answer" from the White House.

The development comes days after Biden announced that he was diagnosed with COVID-19.

As of Monday afternoon, the president is still isolated in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, though he is said to be recovering.

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European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has denounced the relentless Israeli offensives against Palestinians in Gaza as “unacceptable”, emphasizing that the bloc cannot continue normally its relationship with the Tel Aviv regime in the wake of unfolding redevelopments.

Borrel stated that it is not possible to continue cooperation with Israel normally in light of the current situation.

“Israel can interpret history as it wishes, but respect for international law is binding,” he continued.

Borrell said, “What we see in Gaza is a humanitarian catastrophe, man-made, of unbearable dimensions; 17.000 orphans; almost 40.000 people being killed.”

“In order to rebuild Gaza [they] will need 10 years of taking rubble out.”

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Seconds after Joe Biden announced he was dropping out of the race, Democrats were propping up Kamala Harris. On the surface, she looks like an obvious replacement.

Vice presidents often follow their bosses to the White House. The big problem is: Kamala is not a shoo-in. And she is just as bad of a leader as Biden, and liked even less.

Democrats don’t have time to do a true primary process. That leaves delegates to make closed-door deals for the nominee of their choice.

You better believe Harris is scrambling to secure as many delegates as possible. Who knows what she is promising them, to win enough votes to be on the November ticket?

But not everyone on the left is sold on Harris, who is best known for her word salads and lacking basic leadership skills. Now, the New York Times editorial board just dropped a bomb on Harris. And this could sink her chances, big time.

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Biden announced his decision to not seek re-election in a letter on Twitter, endorsing Vice President Kamala Harris as his replacement. This is odd since Biden doesn’t post to his own Twitter account, and usually, an announcement like this would be shared in a speech at the White House.  This move has sent shockwaves through the Democratic Party, which now finds itself scrambling to realign its strategy for the upcoming election.

The letter stated, “I believe it is in the best interest of my party and the country for me to stand down and focus solely on fulfilling my duties as President for the remainder of my term.” Yet, many are left questioning the transparency and timing of this decision.

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by Tyler Durden

The Chinese are now producing documentaries on the collapse of American cities. What this showcases is the grim aftermath of decades of deindustrialization, disastrous progressive policies, and an opioid crisis—ironically fueled by China. 

"Chinese are making documentaries about ultra-extreme poverty and decaying cities since they don't exist in China anymore," X user S.L. Kanthan wrote in a recent post, accompanied by a short clip from the documentary highlighting the implosion of Oakland, California. 

Since the video was narrated in Chinese, X user TranslateMom translated some of the captions, which said, "Everywhere is garbage ... People don't live in places. There are wanderers everywhere."

Remember late last year when leftist California Gov. Gavin Newsom admitted he cleaned up several city blocks ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to town? 

The problem with Oakland is long-term de-industrial trends, compounded with medium-term failed progressive policies that have only led to crime, chaos, homelessness, and rampant decay of households amid the worst drug overdose crisis ever. 

In April, the House Select Committee on the Strategic Competition between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party uncovered that China is actively subsidizing the sale of fentanyl chemicals to Mexico. Drug cartels in Mexico then cook these chemicals, and the finished product is then flooded into the US via open southern borders. Some have referred to this crisis as the 'Reverse Opium War.' 


Claire's Observations:  Should she actually steal the election, Vice-President Harris is going to do the same thing for our inner cities' decay and drug blight, as she did for the US border crisis, dealing with a  completely  broken Southern  border:  absoflippinglutely nothing.

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When Kalama Harris was serving as California attorney general, she was sued at least twice by gun rights groups, including the Second Amendment Foundation, over enforcing the state’s restrictive gun control policies, and gun owners haven’t forgotten.
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Kamala Harris could be just months away from being elected as the first female President of the United States, after Joe Biden announced he was dropping out of the 2024 race for election on Sunday. 

The current vice president, 59, has been endorsed by Biden, 81, as the Democratic nominee to take on Donald Trump in November.

Despite receiving the support of the current president, Harris has been ridiculed since becoming VP for a series of blunders when addressing public issues in interviews, press conferences and even in statements. 

From stumbling over her words when addressing the White House's Covid-19 strategy to confusedly repeating herself over the use of community banks, here are some of her most embarrassing slip-ups.

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Joe Biden's phone call to former campaign staffers on Monday has sparked new theories on the president's health after an odd moment between the president and Kamala Harris.

The 81-year-old spoke in a scratchy voice from COVID isolation at his Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, home and told Harris: 'I'm watching you kid'.

However, many noted a strange exchange between the vice president and her boss, who has not been seen in five days and since he shocked the world by dropping out of the race via a letter posted to social media on Sunday.

The new presumptive Democratic nominee Harris said: 'Joe, I know you're still on the rec… on the call.'

With many having wildly suggested Biden is seriously ill because of the way he announced his departure, conservative firebrand Marjorie Taylor Greene wondered if the game had been given up by Harris' slip of the tongue.

'Did Kamala spill the beans? Was it a recording? That's what she started to say,' Greene said Monday.

Conservative activist Charlie Kirk called it a 'very strange slip' which got Congresswoman Lauren Boebert's attention.

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Submitted by QTR's Fringe Finance

Short of Joe Biden staying in the race while exemplifying the energy and lucidity of an empty bag of Lay's Sour Cream and Onion potato chips on the floor of a basement frat party, "passing the torch" to Kamala Harris is the best thing Republicans could have wished for — and simply "the next worst thing" for Democrats who, in their hail mary hour, reached into their quiver and pulled out the political equivalent of a Fran Drescher laugh track on repeat.

The entire party all of a sudden throwing their endorsement behind a woman who polled worse than a quart of cottage cheese that was left to sit in the sun for six months during the 2020 primary exemplifies the point I made a month or two ago when I argued that politicians have a talent for making the worst possible decisions.

QTR’s Fringe Finance is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.Not only did Tulsi Gabbard publicly humiliate Kamala Harris on the debate stage during the 2020 primaries, but both polling and the results of Harris’ campaign forced us to one conclusion: most Americans find Harris detestable. And, in 2024, there doesn’t seem to be any indication that this attitude has changed.

Democrats’ disingenuous logic continues to whack them in the face when they least expect it like Chevy Chase in the attic, stepping on two-by-fours in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

I can’t describe the pleasure I get from watching the stupid decisions the Democratic party makes—namely, selecting Kamala Harris based on her gender and race to be Vice President of the f*cking United States —come back to bite them in the ass

Claire's Observations:  DEI "hires" have a tendency to do that!!

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