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Trump’s Ukraine Call Shows NO Quid Pro Quo, Unlike Biden’s Admissions

President Donald Trump’s administration released a summation of his phone call with the president of the Ukraine that proves Trump made no threats.



President Donald Trump’s administration released a summation of his phone call with the president of the Ukraine that proves Trump made no threats nor did he propose any quid pro quos in marked contrast to the threats and quid pro quo that Joe Biden admitted to forcing on Ukraine when he was Barack Obama’s vice president.

The transcript of the call does contain a segment where the president noted that Ukraine might want to look into the crooked dealings of Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son, who has been accused of crooked dealings with a Ukrainian gas company deal. But there is absolutely no explicit quid pro quo requested by Trump over the matter.

“There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great,” Trump said in the phone call according to Fox News. “Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it…It sounds horrible to me.”

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The document then shows Ukrainian President Zelensky telling Trump that the Biden matter would be looked into by a new prosecutor. “He or she will look into the situation specifically to the company that you mentioned in this issue, the issue of the investigation of the case is actually the issue to restore the honesty so we will take care of that and we will work on the investigation of the case.”

Trump also suggested that he would have his adviser Rudy Giuliani call. “I will have Mr. Giuliani give you a call, and I’m also going to have Attorney General Barr call, and we will get to the bottom of it. I’m sure you will figure it out,” Trump is said to have told Zelensky. But it is unclear if Trump’s urging that Zelensky talk to Giuliani in reference to an investigation into left-wing organization Crowd Strike or the Biden incident.

Clearly, Trump was asking Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden. But whether you think it is improper or not, there is nothing illegal about this. Indeed, a president has leeway for this sort of stuff in foreign policy.

On the other hand, if you think threatening Ukraine and using foreign policy as a weapon to force Ukraine to do something that would personally benefit a politician, Vice President Joe Biden’s actions certainly fit that bill. And Biden has admitted these actions in his own voice.

Here is a video showing Biden admitting that he told Ukraine that he would withhold U.S. financial aid unless they fired the prosecutor looking into Hunter Biden’s crooked dealings.

There are other problems with the Democrat’s approach to this whole incident, as well.

For instance, we now know two important things about the supposed “whistleblower” who originally claimed to have heard the phone call and reported the president’s comments.

Number one, we have discovered that the whistleblower did not actually hear the call himself. He heard someone else talk about it. So, this purported whistleblower does not have first-hand knowledge of anything — the latter usually being a prerequisite for being a witness.

Secondly, this whistleblower’s lawyers have been revealed as major anti-Trump operatives. The whistleblower’s lawyers work for Whistleblower Aid, a group that has promised to pay whistleblowers to turn against Trump.

Then there is the fact that the Democrats had been the first to try and pressure Ukraine to give them info they can use in their political fights.

In May of 2018, U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) penned a letter to the Ukrainian government demanding that Ukraine investigate Trump over their now proven false accusation that Trump “colluded” with Russia.

So, if using a position of American political power to force a foreign government to do something political is wrong, the Democrats did it first.

Finally, even as the Democrats are slobbering all over themselves over impeaching the president, a poll shows that impeachment is not popular with independents or swing counties.

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President Trump Announces Negotiated Permanent Cease-Fire Between Turkey and Kurds

On Wednesday after noon, President Donald Trump announced that he and his diplomatic team negotiated a permanent cease fire between the Kurds and Turkey.



On Wednesday after noon, President Donald Trump announced that he and his diplomatic team negotiated a permanent cease-fire between the Kurds and Turkey.

The cease-fire comes after Turkish-backed fighters entered Syria after Trump said that U.S. troops would be leaving the area.


“This was an outcome created by us, the United States, and nobody else,” Trump said.

“We have done them a great service and we’ve done a great job for all of them, and now we’re getting out,” Trump added. “Let someone else fight over this long-bloodstained sand.”

“Today’s announcement validates our course of action with Turkey that only a couple of weeks ago was scorned and now people are saying, ‘wow, what a great outcome, congratulations,'” Trump continued.

Trump also slammed those who he said were unhelpful.

“The same people that I watched and read giving me and the United States advice were the people that I have been watching and reading for many years. They are the people who got us into the Middle East mess, but never had the vision or the courage to get us out,” Trump said. “They just talk.”

Trump’s ceasefire comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a deal of their own on Tuesday. The deal called for a withdrawal of Syrian Kurdish forces from the Turkish border and the joint patrols of the area.

Immediately after Trump’s announcement, the commanding general of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Gen Mazloum Abdi, praised the president’s efforts.

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OSINT: “We Are In Deep Trouble”



A friend, probably the foremost practitioner of open source intelligence (OSINT), has been developing his craft for over 40 years. He has created nearly 1,500 search engines to comb through the internet, including the Deep and Dark webs and millions of online resources resident OPENLY on networks around the world.

He does no hacking, trolling, phishing or engages in any illegal or even questionable practices or techniques to obtain data. Everything he collects is obtained from sources resident on open and active networks and without expectations of privacy.

Advanced software allows the machine translation of 85 languages and his team has developed extraordinary decryption programs. His programming expertise has created algorithms to conduct machine analysis and computations that turns data into knowledge.

He sent me the following. What he says is fascinating, educational and a little frightening. It is important – critical – to understand this information is neither classified nor obtained by classified intelligence techniques. And I agree with his conclusions.


I am sitting here looking at our OSINT analysis, simulations and forecasts — and realize that we are in deep trouble!

  • Russia is now able to take over the Middle East and control a large percentage of the world´s known oil reserves
  • Our analysis suggests that Russia will soon have a naval base in the Gulf.
  • China is expanding rapidly in SE Asia
  • North Korea continues to build missile and nuclear warheads
  • Iran keeps on supporting terrorist groups
  • The Taliban will soon control all of Afghanistan, and we have spent trillions of dollars and many lives for nothing
  • ISIS are expanding in Asia and in Europe
  • NATO no longer trusts us
  • Many of our long term allies and friends are withdrawing their support due to our policies
  • Our domestic political situation is a total mess. No one is running the country anymore
  • Israel is feeling more and more isolated
  • Russia is now on their way to claim a large portion of the North Pole with all of it´s mineral resources
  • Venezuela is a mess, and we are not doing anything about it
  • We have a potential nuclear conflict brewing in the Kashmir
  • Russia and China are “taking over” African countries one by one, promising grand loans and support
  • Russia, China, Iran et all are preparing to influence our 2020 elections
  • We are heading for a global recession

All of above are pretty obvious to most of us, so why are we not doing anything about it?  We are so busy mud-slinging in the swamp, that we are about to lose our standing as the greatest democracy on Earth.  If we don´t support democracy around the World, democracy will die. That doesn´t mean that we have to play World Police either.

Last week I met a few good friends attending the AUSA in DC. Without exception, they had made the same observations.

My dear friend, I am really concerned for our country. Please tell me that what I am seeing is incorrect. If not, how can we help to prevent our great nation from becoming an isolated 2nd rate World Power??? What only takes a few months to lose will probably take decades to rebuild.

We have to be mature enough to disregard all partisan nonsense and look at what it best for our country!

(Republicans) are “losing” 3-4 states to the radical left, especially California and our weekend simulation now suggests that Mr. Trump will lose in 2020 – unless something is done.

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Media Falsely Claim White House ‘Admits’ Ukraine Quid Pro Quo

On Thursday, the media breathlessly proclaimed that the White House “admitted” that Trump perpetrated a quid pro quo on Ukraine. But it is all fake news.



On Thursday, the media breathlessly proclaimed that the White House “admitted” that Trump perpetrated a quid pro quo on Ukraine. But it is all fake news. In truth, the White House admitted no such thing.

As Breitbart News’ Joel Pollak reported, White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney admitted to no such thing during his Thursday presser.

As it happens, Mulvaney said just the opposite, that NO quid pro quo occurred.

What Mulvaney actually said was that the Trump administration had initially withheld funding from Ukraine for a variety of reasons, including the fact that Europe was not providing enough funding for military aid. Another reason, he said, was suspicion of past corruption in Ukraine — which included Ukraine’s possible role in interfering in the 2016 presidential election, including its possible possession of a Democratic National Committee server.

“The look back to what happened in 2016 certainly was part of the things [President Trump] was worried about in corruption with that nation. That is absolutely appropriate,” Mulvaney said on Thursday.

A reporter insisted that it sounded like a quid pro quo. But Mulvaney thoroughly disagreed. Indeed, he said this sort of stuff goes on all the time.

“He gave an example from this week: the U.S. had withheld aid from the ‘Northern Triangle’ nations — El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala — until they agreed to help stop migration,” Pollak wrote.

“The money held up had absolutely nothing to do with Biden,” Mulvaney noted.

Like a dog with a fake news bone, another reporter tried to throw out the “quid pro quo” charge. But Mulvaney struck back:

Those are the terms you use. Go look at what [U.S. Ambassador to the European Union] Gordon Sondland said today in his testimony — was that, I think, in his opening statement — he said something along the lines of, they were trying to get the “deliverable,” and the deliverable was a statement by the Ukraine about how they were going to deal with corruption. Okay? Go read his testimony, if you haven’t already. And what he says, and he’s right, that’s absolutely ordinary course of business. This is what you do. When you have someone come to the White House — when you either arrange a visit for the president, you have a phone call with the president — a lot of times we use that as the opportunity to get them to make a statement of their policy, or to announce something that they are going to do. It’s one of the reasons you can sort of announce that on the phone call or at the meeting. This is the ordinary course of foreign policy.

Naturally, the lefty media spent the rest of the day claiming Mulvaney “admitted” to a quid pro quo.

Clearly the media has a lie-filled agenda to push. It doesn’t care what the facts are.

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Pence, Pompeo Secure Cease-Fire Agreement In Syria

American leadership!



Pence, Pompeo Secure Cease-Fire Agreement In Syria

President Donald Trump celebrates a ‘great day for civilization’ as Pence, Pompeo secure Syria cease-fire agreement.

“This is a great day for civilization,” Trump declared in a tweet following a press conference where Pence and Pompeo discussed the deal. “I am proud of the United States for sticking by me in following a necessary, but somewhat unconventional, path. People have been trying to make this ‘Deal’ for many years. Millions of lives will be saved. Congratulations to ALL!”

Fox News:

President Trump declared Thursday “a great day for civilization” as Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced terms of a cease-fire agreement that would end violence between Turkey and Kurds in Syria, following a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara.

The deal is for a 120-hour cease-fire, during which time the Kurdish-led forces could pull back from the roughly 20-mile-wide safe zone on the Turkish-Syrian border. All Turkish military operations under the recent offensive known as Operation Peace Spring will pause during that time, and the operation itself will come to an end entirely upon the completion of the Kurdish withdrawal, under the terms of the deal. More

American leadership! No American casualties, no footing billions in US military costs, just some good old fashioned diplomacy. Well played Mr. President! Thank you Vice President Pence, Secretary Pompeo, and the entire team.

President Trump on the cease-fire agreement in Syria

“This is an incredible outcome.”Moments ago, President Donald J. Trump spoke about the cease-fire agreement announced by Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo between Turkey and Kurds, following a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara.

Posted by Fox News on Thursday, October 17, 2019

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“Whistleblower” Complaint Written By Committee

It would be very unusual to see a complaint from an individual having been written by “a committee” before it is initially filed.  This was a very organized and deliberate effort.



Document analysis (grammatic profiling) software has determined that the complaint submitted to Congress regarding a telephone conversation between President Trump and Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky was written by more than one person. (more…)

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Analysis: Iran War May Go Nuclear



An overnight analysis of thousands of foreign language documents indicate the most likely developments in the Iranian crisis.

Iranian controlled groups in Yemen, Iraq and in Syria will launch additional missiles against Israel and Saudi Arabia.

The U.S. will respond with a massive (>100) Tomahawk cruise missile stand-off attack from naval ships and submarines in the Mediterranean.

The Iranians will attempt to jam the GPS guidance in the cruise missiles and in the aircrafts, using Russian supplied jammers.

Iran will launch a large number of missiles against U.S. bases and ships in the Middle East, as well as against targets in Saudi Arabia, Israel and other Gulf states. They will temporarily cause a halt in Saudi oil production, leading to petroleum shortages and rapidly rising prices and stunting the global economy.  All shipping traffic through the Strait of Hormuz will stop.

Israel will respond with low flying aircraft attacks against Iranian nuclear sites and military bases.

The U.S. will respond with massive ordnance air blast bombs (MOABs) against Iranian underground mountain nuclear labs and missile storage facilities. The U.S. and Israel will lose a number of aircraft to Russian designed AAA batteries / missiles.

This all depends upon the leadership in Tehran. The old religious leadership will not hesitate to use nuclear warheads against Israel and Saudi Arabia, but younger leaders are less anxious to escalate.  Should Iran decide to use ICBMs with nuclear warheads (developed in cooperation with North Korea), regional casualties on the order of 10-20 million people and significant global consequences can be expected.

Analysis also indicates a high probability that Kim Jung Un will soon transfer additional nuclear warheads to Tehran, using Russian and Iranian commercial airlines, with the full knowledge of Vladimir Putin.  It is, then, critical that the United States and her allies initiate enhanced tracking of large Iranian and Russian aircraft in the region with tactical plans tk intercept and divert suspicious flights.

The potential for increased Iran-centric conflict is certain and with it, a greater likelihood of war.  Unfortunately, the Rouhani regime is all too willing to escalate it’s twisted ideology to a nuclear level, even if it means an even more certain suicide.

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Iran Wants War and Trump Knows It



The tensions in the Middle East are increasing very nearly to a point of no return as Iran ramps up the rhetoric, seemingly itching for a fight.  When words didn’t get the reaction for which they were hoping, they attacked – by proxy – Saudi Arabian oil, clearly trying to goad their adversaries into military action. (more…)

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