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Silent Coup in the Pentagon: What really happened in Afghanistan

ANDY MARTIN       

Republican for U. S. Senator 2022

New Hampshire

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Dear Granite Stater:

The dodos in the Biden administration, starting from President “Dodo” Biden on down, would have you believe they were totally caught off guard when the Afghan military collapsed. That claim is true, in part, as you will read below. Biden was surprised. He believed his own b.s.

Based on my reporting, however, I believe the explanation for the collapse in Kabul was the result of a “silent coup” in the Pentagon. The collapse in Afghanistan was not a random event. It was engineered at the highest levels of our military. Amazingly, it is part of an ongoing series of situations where our military leaders have sought to protect officials from the risks created by presidential hubris and incompetence.

What you are about to read is original reporting based on extensive analysis and decades of military and intelligence experience.

I am calling what has happened since April, 2021 a “silent coup.” What do I mean? The military was given bad orders by President Biden. They were given orders that betrayed the sacrifice of our men and women since 2001. They were given orders that defied logic. They were given orders that would lead to the collapse of Afghanistan. They were given orders that could and will endanger our national security. And they carried out those orders to a letter. To a “t.” They knew that total “compliance” would lead to complete collapse. They even warned Biden and his boys what was going to happen.

And President Joe slept through all of it.

Since April, 2021 our military leadership has complied with Joe Biden’s ill-advised orders so meticulously that “compliance” ended up strangling his presidency. That “compliance” with orders which were obviously going to lead to disaster, is the basis for what has become in effect a silent coup. No fingerprints were left behind by the silent coup. There were no critical statements by the highest echelons of the military leadership. No “revolt of the generals.” But in the end, total compliance with Biden’s orders were used by Pentagon leaders to destroy his administration.

Mission accomplished.

1. What is “the military?”

We use the term “the military” and “the Pentagon” without giving much thought to what these institutions really are. We have an all-volunteer force; no one is forced to join our military services.

Almost all of our men and women in uniform are patriots. Almost all join out of patriotism. We draw a lot of volunteers from southern states, as well as rural areas. We also draw a large segment of our forces from minorities in urban areas.

When Biden made a retired military officer Secretary of Defense, he made a classic error. Secretary Austin spent decades in a highly successful career; he made it to multi-star general. Austin had absorbed the military ethos. Ultimately, as the Biden withdrawal fiasco proceeded, Austin could not betray his fellow officers and sound the alarm.

Military leaders are loyal to their civilian leaders. The system works well, as the Constitution intended. But high-ranking officers are not mere automatons. They also think for themselves. They know what will work and what won’t.

And when, as in the case of Biden, the president gave patently self-destructive and disloyal orders to the the Pentagon, generals decided to rebel in a novel way: by strictly and immediately and expeditiously complying with Biden’s orders, fully knowing such compliance would backfire and cause the Afghan mission to collapse in disgrace. Biden would get payback for ignoring military advice and his presidency would be mortally wounded.

The plan worked just as it was intended: Biden never knew what hit him in mid-August. The military “plot” succeeded beyond Biden’s wildest potential nightmares. By conducting a virtual silent coup through compliance, no one in the Biden hierarchy saw the disaster coming. Threw are no fingerprints of recalcitrant generals. Biden’s order had destroyed his administration.

General Austin probably supported the military’s advice in April to suspend an immediate withdrawal. But once the “plan” to “comply by excess” began, Austin was silent. That’s why Austin has been a “missing person” in the past few days. He knows what happened and he knows why and how it happened. Austin saw the silent coup unfold and he did not stop it because he couldn’t. His first loyalty was still to the military culture that had rewarded him.

Biden, on the other hand, was so blinded by hubris he didn’t realize the military’s immediate compliance with his order would become a weapon against him.

2. How did we start down the slippery slide to military activism?

Military activism began during the Obama administration. President Obama’s rigid doctrines about shutting down our presence in Iraq was based on his own ill-informed misconceptions. Because Obama’s ideas were contrary to military recommendations, the military “complied” with Obama’s orders by immediately removing troops and setting the stage for the Isis resurgence.

When Obama went further and called the resurgent Isis a “JV team,” the military responded by hanging back and allowing the terrorist organization to expand exponentially, again embarrassing Obama. Finally, Obama was forced to go back to the military and seek advice, which he again rejected. The result: a stalemate in Syria/Iraq when President Trump took office.

Trump was initially a hero to the military. When he allowed the command structure to perform, the results were spectacular. Isis was soon routed.

But when Trump decided to act as his own general and review deployments for political efficacy, disaster soon followed. After a phone call with the Turk dictator Erdogan, Trump announced he was abandoning the Kurds and allowing the Turkish army to take territory in Syria. Pentagon leaders were dumfounded. Trump took a stable area and wantonly destabilized it. Predictably, the betrayal of the Kurds resulted in chaos. But the military used its bureaucracy to partially nullify Trump’s edicts.

Trump tried to totally withdraw from Syria to claim a political benefit. But the troops are still there under Biden. Trump was probably surprised by how resilient the Syria mission was; it was reduced but never eliminated despite his insistent demands.

3. What did Biden order and how did the military comply? Totally

Biden’s order in April was simple. Get out. Biden set a date, 9/11, which was later moved.

The military had advised that a complete and precipitous withdrawal would be a disaster. Biden rejected that advice.

The silent coup began.

Instead of using military expertise to carefully plan the withdrawal from Afghanistan, Pentagon leaders ignored sound policies and simply ordered U S troops out of Afghanistan.

The shock was felt in Afghanistan, where soldiers heard about Biden’s order and saw U S forces quickly packing. Shortages of food and ammunition followed. The supply pipeline to Afghan forces went dry.

In mid-May I noted that, surprisingly, a large part of the U S presence was already gone. Dangerously so. I realized that the Afghan army would be demoralized by the virtually instant disappearance of U S forces. The departure of the American troops was a clear signal to their Afghan counterparts they were being abandoned on a rushed basis.

In May I said to my associate, “this withdrawal looks like ‘compliance with a vengeance’” with Biden’s order. The hasty withdrawal will bring down the Afghan government and destroy Biden’s plan to avoid a catastrophe. The military’s literal submission to Biden’s diktat rendered Biden’s dangerous order a time bomb.

There was no protest from the senior ranks in the Pentagon once Biden issued his ill-advised order. Generals complied with his command so literally that their immediate “compliance” to get out became a form of resistance to the self-destructive directive. By immediately complying with Biden’s order to get out on an expedited basis, the military was abandoning its usual expertise to plan a slower, but safer, removal of U S forces.

By mid-July the US was, unexpectedly, almost completely out of Afghanistan; ironically, this is where Biden and his posse were ambushed. They had no idea that the military’s compliance with the withdrawal order would lead to an immediate collapse of the Afghan government. Biden thought he was a genius for orchestrating a hasty withdrawal. The military knew better. The silent coup was in progress.

The net result: Biden’s ill-advised order triggered a de facto silent coup. Instead of publicly challenging Biden’s order, the military decided to take the opposite tack and comply instantly, while fully aware that their original advice to “go slow” was the correct approach. Biden’s order, on the other hand, would lead to an embarrassing collapse.

The collapse came soon after Bagram Air Base was abandoned, literally in the night. The Afghans were stunned, and humiliated. The U S military would normally have no reason to humiliate the Afghans and would not have done so. But by complying with Biden’s order on an instant basis, the Afghan military got the signal they feared. All was lost.

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates once said Joe Biden has been wrong on virtually every major foreign policy and military decision of the past forty (40!) years [please see Link # 1 below]. Thus, there was no way military leaders could communicate with a stubborn old man whose cognitive ability, i.e. his ability to reason and process complex information, was all but gone. Biden could not process the situational awareness of the rapidly collapsing situation in Kabul.

In the end, Biden has created his own latest and greatest crisis. The military helped expedite Biden’s downfall by complying literally and immediately with the president’s misguided order. The silent coup succeeded. The military had their revenge and Biden will go down in history for the most spectacular military failure in 75 years.

4. Who were the “Afghan military and security forces?”

It seems as though everyone is trashing the Afghan military. Except me. As I wrote yesterday, we tasked a small local force with garrisoning an entire nation. From the outset, it was an impossible task. But we also created the Afghan military in our own image, totally meshed in order for coordination with U S forces. No one ever designed the Afghan military to fight an enemy on its own, without air support, without massive supply networks and without intelligence oversight from above.

President Barry Obama started down fantasy lane in 2014 when he initiated the myth that Afghan soldiers were a separate army that would be expected to fight the Taliboys without the combined support that was necessary. Trump and Biden picked up on the fantasy that the Afghan military could be totally independent of our assistance. It never was and never could be. It wasn’t designed that way. We designed it to work with us, seamlessly.

When we withdrew our support of the Afghan forces, they collapsed.

5. How long will the Kabul disaster drag on?

I can’t say for sure, but I think the ongoing disaster in Kabul is going to drag on a lot longer than the Left anticipates or Joe Biden can tolerate.

Unless the Taliboys make a move against us or allied forces, arrangements to complete the withdrawal of tens of thousands of people could drag on for several weeks. Once again, Biden has set August 31 as a final pullout date. But that date is totally unrealistic given the tens of thousands of Americans and others who need to exit Afghanistan. Once again, Biden is setting himself up for disgrace and defeat.

The withdrawal from Kabul is going to dominate news coverage into the foreseeable future. The Left will not be happy. They will be looking for scapegoats, but they won’t be able to find any. There are no fingerprints left behind by the silent coup.

6. Where do we go from here?

The Left would like to blame the military for the Afghan collapse. But, on the contrary, it was Joe Biden’s capricious orders, and the Pentagon’s immediate, total and unconditional compliance with Biden’s asinine directives, that created conditions for the collapse we confront in Kabul.

Our military is just as well-organized and effective today as it ever was. Consider, within hours of being ordered, we had thousands of troops on their way to Kabul. Our system worked. If the Taliboys attempt to intimidate the U. S. Marines and the 82nd Airborne Division, the Taliboys will be obliterated. (Note to file: the “military” didn’t lose Afghanistan; the craven politicians on Capitol Hill and their media lackeys did.)

President Biden has some power in Kabul today only because our military works, and because it is organized to face the limitless challenges we face.

Biden wants to dismantle military spending and devote the money to day care centers and welfare payments for parents. It won’t happen. Republicans understand what Democrats deny. We need a strong military to defend our way of life.

Although the phrase has also been attributed to Winston Churchill, George Orwell is credited with the following words:

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

What do those words mean? They mean that in order for us to enjoy our quality of life, and the freedoms we often take for granted, we need to train and have ready to deploy men and women who can do extreme violence to our enemies. Extreme violence. Not politicians’ hot air.

This week we saw proof of Orwell’s remarks. The politicians screwed up, yes both Trump and Biden. But in baseball terms, Biden is credited with the loss. Within minutes of the emergency, we had forces deploying around the world to rescue Americans and our Afghan supporters.

We have taken control of Kabul Airport. While the situation is fluid and chaotic, the Taliboys will try to avoid challenging the U S. If they attack, the Taliboys will be obliterated. We can rely on our forces because we honor and respect them. No other nation in history has had such a continuing tradition of maintaining strength through peace. In our country, “Thank you for your service” means something. Loyalty. The kind of loyalty Democrats lack for our men and women in uniform.

As for Joe Biden, in silent and secret ways, his administration is now on the dung heap of history. Biden may not be removed from office until 2025, but his presidency is over.

Say it ain’t so, Joe.

[More to come, stay tuned. We are monitoring the dangerous situation in Kabul.]

Best wishes,

Andy

LINKS TO THIS STORY: (cut and paste the entire link below and not just the underlined portion):

Link #1:

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/aug/16/biden-has-been-wrong-on-every-major-foreign-policy/

ANDY MARTIN – A BRIEF BIO:

Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With over fifty (50) years of background in radio and television and with decades of intelligence, investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, military and intelligence matters. For a full bio, go to: http://www.AndyMartin.com. See also http://www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; http://www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for over fifty years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. http://www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind the Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at http://www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and http://www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire over 100 years ago; today he is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.

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Andy Martin analyzes the Afghanistan military implosion and explains the Biden Administration’s explosion

ANDY MARTIN       

Republican for U. S. Senator 2022

New Hampshire

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http://www.FirstRespondersOnline.us

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Dear Granite Stater:

Sunday, August 15, 2021 was one of the worst days in American history. The Afghan government imploded; the collapse in Kabul exploded the myth that Joe Biden is capable of leading the U. S. government. We have a national security crisis on our hands.

America’s political class, led by Zombie President Joe Biden, betrayed the American people, betrayed the Afghan people and massively increased the terror threat to the continental United States. Earlier, Biden said leaving Kabul would not resemble the catastrophe in Saigon in 1975. I agree with Joe! The departure from Kabul is much, much worse; the the long-term consequences will be much more dangerous for our national security than the Saigon debacle.

I have spent a large part of my adult life as an independent national security analyst and operator. You can see a resume of my experience below in “How Andy Became a Terrorism Expert.” I first went to Afghanistan in 1980, in an insanely dangerous mission to gather information about the Afghan resistance against the Soviet invasion. I worked alone, with one Afghan aide. We managed to drive into Herat. How I survived, I’ll never know. Afghanistan and I go back a long way.

Like many, I have questioned Joe Biden’s mental health. Biden’s competence is now front and center:


President Obama’s ambassador to Afghanistan stated openly that “I’m left with some grave questions in my mind about [Biden’s] ability to lead our nation as commander-in-chief,” [Ryan] Crocker said. “To have read this so wrong – or, even worse, to have understood what was likely to happen and not care.” [Please see Link # 1 below]. Crocker said the Afghan fiasco is “already an indelible stain on [Biden’s] presidency.” [Please see link #2 below]

The humiliation we saw in 1975 when Americans were lifted off the roof of the U. S. Embassy in Saigon has been reprised. Biden has sent in 5,000 troops to manage the evacuation; many thousands more than Trump had left behind to manage the withdrawal. While no firefights have broken out as I am writing, if U. S. forces stay long enough to evacuate Afghans who have been loyal to us and who were promised safe passage, conflict is inevitable.

None of this national failure was necessary. But as America has done so often in the postwar period, we have allowed our own bloated rhetoric to undermine sound foreign policy.

More critically, we have allowed the perfect to be the enemy of the good. In claiming no perfect solution is available in Afghanistan, we have destroyed the good efforts that existed. Millions of young girls were in school; now they are out. Tens of millions of people slept safely; now a terror regime has been imposed. When was the last time former President Ghani beheaded someone? Now, a bad pun: “heads will roll” in Kabul. Thanks to Joey Biden.

No, Afghanistan was not perfect, not by a long shot. But it was struggling to survive in a very dangerous neighborhood. Now all of our progress has been erased. In a few weeks, terror networks will reconstitute themselves.

Biden, who claimed he would “not send another generation of Americans to Afghanistan,” has guaranteed that another generation, or two, of Americans will have to return to Afghanistan to clean up the mess he created.

1. The Afghan military did not “collapse;” it was betrayed

The Afghan military and security forces do not have the esprit de corps of the U. S. Marines or NYPD. But Afghan soldiers performed decently. Who designed and created the Afghan military? We did (the U. S. military). We created a conventional military force to fight a “revolutionary war,” one driven by zealotry and not by mercenary interests, the same kind I have been studying since 1965. The Afghans expected air strikes, artillery, mobile support, high-tech resources and expansive surveillance and intelligence to support them. That’s how we trained them. To be an adjunct and to be interoperable with our own military. We created the Afghan forces in our own image. Then we abandoned them.

How long would U. S. forces last without air cover, without armor, without intelligence and without multiple weapons systems? Not long.

Sound familiar?

In fact, this is the second time Democrats have betrayed an allied military in the battlefield. The South Vietnamese military was also created in our image. Then Democrats in congress voted to “defund” South Vietnam forces. The result: a collapse of Saigon. Forty-fix years later we are repeating the same arrogant incompetence which the Democrats first “deployed” against Viet-Nam. Bingo.

Don’t blame the Afghan military. They did as well as can be expected when their de facto overlords, the Democratic Party in congress, started undermining them during the Obama-Biden administration. History repeats itself; so do Democratic Party military fiascos.

2. There was no “intelligence failure”

One of the false narratives being offered by Biden supporters is that the Afghan collapse is an “intelligence failure.” Northing is further from the truth. For years intelligence agencies have predicted that of if we abandoned the Afghan forces, they would collapse. No surprise there. Intelligence agencies all over the world, including communist spy organs, predicted exactly what would happen if Biden withdrew precipitously.

3. Biden’s delusions have exploded his presidency and the Democrats

Biden said last month that he had an [imaginary] “over-the-horizon” capacity to defend Afghanistan. Where was it when the Taliban was laying siege to Afghan cities? Nowhere. Bien’s over-the-horizon force was a delusion. America did not come to the defense of Afghan troops. Biden’s total incompetence, and the total incompetence of his officials, such as the disgraceful and incompetent Secretary of State Blinken, have exploded his presidency.

Out of nowhere, out of the blue in Biden’s mind, the Democratic Party has been bombed into disgrace and destruction by their own demented leader. “Who me?” they say. They want to blame Trump for Biden’s disaster. Trump is not responsible for Biden’s collapse.

4. Does honor mean anything to America?

I have lost track of the number of times both parties have betrayed our allies. The Kurds? Betrayed by Democrats and Republicans, tossed out like used toilet paper when they had served their purpose. Over and over again. Obama said Isis was a “JV team,” and then had to send forces to defeat his imaginary opponent; only ISIS was not imaginary. It took President Trump to clean out the Isis rat’s nest.

What do all of these betrayals mean? America’s political leaders, in both parties, lack any sense of national honor. Ten years ago, members of congress started asking for Special Immigrant Visas” (“SIV”) for Afghans who has worked for the U.S. Ten years later, noting had been done. Biden tried to dump the issue on congress. It was only after Biden pulled the plug on Afghanistan that the administration even started thinking about SIV’s. When Afghan workers and their families, as well as others who worked for US operations such as the media and aid organizations, are totaled up, there are over 100,000 people and their dependents that need to be evacuated. How many will die needlessly, because of American perfidiousness? Many thousands, perhaps tens of thousands.

America needs to address its lack of national honor and its betrayals of the commitments it has made to foreign nationals who support our troops in the field. To a military man or woman, honor means everything, it’s why they serve. When the politicians behave dishonorably, they stain the service and sacrifice of our own military forces.

5. Is twenty years enough, when national security is at stake?

How the media have betrayed Americans

I started out in life as a pollster in college. A poll is only as good as the question asked. If you ask, “Should we bring our troops back home?” almost everyone will say “Yes.” But if you ask, “Should we bring our troops back home if the result is going to be endangering national security and cause the homeland to be jeopardized?” not many people would say yes. The media asked trick questions, and fooled the American people into believing we could withdraw from Afghanistan effortlessly and without any long-term danger to our own nation.

Biden’s people claim they were “surprised” by the Afghan collapse. Funny, no one else was. Everyone who has ever focused on terrorism and intelligence knew what was ahead. The head of British intelligence, MI6, predicted a collapse if Afghanistan was abandoned. [Please see Link 3 below) So what was the Biden plan? Where were the resources? There were none. Afghan troops lacked food and ammunition How can any army fight under such circumstances?

6. The Mollie Hemingway doctrine

Perhaps the most idiotic comment I saw was from Mollie Hemingway, a commentator who said we should have an “In/Out” military policy. Hemingway seems to believe once hostilities cease, U. S. forces should high tail it and abandon the battlefield to our former adversaries.

Biden himself fed into this expedient narrative and said, “We’ve been there too long. The world has shifted.” Says who?

Mollie Hemingway has the answer: her “get in-get out” strategy. Utter nonsense. What would have happened if we withdrew from Europe in 1945? Stalin would have taken over Europe. What if we had left Japan in 1945? The militaristic Japanese military might have revived.

When you pledge to stay, your word is your bond. We have promised to protect Europe. Biden brags about “America being back” in NATO. Joe’s malarkey. Who will believe him after the Afghan catastrophe? The US has promised to protect Taiwan. Do the Taiwanese feel comfortable after “Kabul?” The thugs in China and the gangsters in Russia are salivating at the prospect of an enfeebled America. Biden’s problems are just beginning.

Biden and his crew of crackpot incompetents are endangering our national security. “And that’s no joke,” as Joey himself would say. “For real.”

To be continued.

Best wishes,

Andy

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[How Andy Martin became a terrorism and counterterrorism expert:

Andy has over fifty years of experience in Asia, Southwest Asia and the Middle East; he is regarded overseas as one of America’s most respected independent foreign policy, military and intelligence analysts. He is known as an “over-the-horizon” expert who synthesizes conditions to prepare predictive opinions.

Andy’s experience fighting terrorism began during the Cold War in 1965 when he went to Washington as an intern on legislative matters and also became an acolyte of Professor Bernard Fall.

Professor Fall believed that Viet-Nam was a “revolutionary” war, a military campaign based on nationalist goals that more properly fit the matrix of political analysis. After Professor Fall was blown up, Andy persevered in studying counterinsurgency (COIN) in Viet-Nam and around the world. Andy founded the Revolutionary War Research Center and in 1974 he began to offer counterterrorism consulting at the World Trade Center in New York, becoming one of the nation’s first counterterror specialists. Andy was in New York on September 11, 2001 and rendered assistance.

Andy first went to the Arab world in 1971 and has traveled to every country in that region. Andy was in Iran and Afghanistan during the hostage crisis in 1979-80.

He lived in Iraq in 2003.

His analysis of the terrorist threat in Iran during 1979-80, and again in Iraq in 2003, were leading-edge predictions of what Americans faced in the future. Andy has lived in or been in Israel, Jordan, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Viet-Nam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.]

LINKS TO THIS STORY: (cut and paste the entire link below and not just the underlined portion):

Link #1:

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2021/aug/14/a-self-inflicted-wound-former-ambassador-to-afghan/

Link # 2:

Link # 3:

https://news.sky.com/story/terror-threat-to-britain-will-grow-if-west-neglects-afghanistan-ex-spymaster-warns-12348573

ANDY MARTIN – A BRIEF BIO:

Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With over fifty (50) years of background in radio and television and with decades of intelligence, investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, military and intelligence matters. For a full bio, go to: http://www.AndyMartin.com. See also http://www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; http://www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for over fifty years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. http://www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind the Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at http://www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and http://www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire over 100 years ago; today he is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.

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The Death of Sean Connery: Andy Martin was his first fan

Former New Hampshire U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin was actor Sean Connery’s “first fan.” Andy remembers Connery on his death.

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October 31, 2020

Dear Granite Stater:

Since losing the primary in September I have been on vacation.

I decided to let the winners speak for themselves; I’ll be heard after November 3rd.

Later this weekend I will issue my strong endorsement of President Trump. Otherwise, I am on vacation with a capital “V.”

In the meantime, I’m back to writing and thinking. And while you may not be interested in my political views before the election, you might enjoy and be amused by the fact that I was movie star Sean Connery’s first fan. Sean died this weekend.

I learned a great lesson from Connery and it resonates with me even to this day.

My mother was born in Manchester, graduated from Central High School and also graduated from the University of New Hampshire. She was one of the first women from an immigrant family to receive a graduate degree from an Ivy League University, at Cornell. She was later offered a job at the CIA but decided instead to pursue a Ph.D. degree, and renewed her studies at Oxford University.

At the age of 13, I accompanied her to Oxford University.

Living at Oxford as an appendage to my graduate student mother was the most profound intellectual experience that you can imagine. Oxford changed my life, making it possible for me to mature in so many dimensions. Mornings I was a grammar school (high school) student. Afternoons I morphed into an Oxford undergraduate. Because I was tall, university students often assumed I was one of them. Oxford had unusual treats: mornings seeing the poet W. H. Auden at the Kadena Café; Friday afternoon teas at the Kemp Café, a student favourite.

My mother’s degree at Cornell was in speech and theater so, in addition to the focus of her academic research, we naturally went to many of the local Oxford productions.

The Oxford Playhouse is a small theater on Beaumont Street, and still there. Back then, a young Greek director, Milos Volonakis, was directing the Bacchae, a play by Euripides. (My mother was Greek-American so she was particularly interested.) We became part of the troupe while the play was in rehearsals and afterwards.

Who was the lead actor? Sean Connery.

Connery enjoyed having me around the production as his 13-year-old acolyte. I was his “first fan.”

What did I learn from Sean? That there is always a second act, another day, in life. When he acting at the Oxford Playhouse he was thought to be washed up, a bit player, a failed star, a nobody forced to do legitimate theater in small venues to survive. His acting career was moribund.

Connery had earlier made his way to Hollywood. He was good looking and had the potential to be a leading man. But he washed out. He left Hollywood and returned to Britain where he was taking lead roles in small productions. Life had dealt Connery a hard blow: early success with a shot at Hollywood, followed by a crash and burn and back to obscurity.

The Bacchae was a successful production, but it’s short run ended and Volonakis and Connery left Oxford. Volonakis never became a famous director, although he was well regarded in Britain.

Connery? I had met him at the “nadir” of his professional career.

Two years later he was cast as James Bond.

You know the rest of the story.

I followed Connery’s films but we never again crossed paths. But the lesson of his life still resonates: You never know what lies around the next corner. That moral applies to all of us. There is always a second act, a new day, a new opportunity.

I hope you enjoyed my reminiscences about Sean Connery, from his first fan.

See you after November 3rd.

Sincerely,

Andy

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U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin says President Trump must silence Dr. Anthony Fauci’s opposition to reopening America or Fauci and the CDC will undermine the president’s policies and defeat Trump for reelection

GOP U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin says President Trump should “bite the bullet” and silence Dr. Anthony Fauci. Andy says Fauci is a deadly political operative who pretends to be “just a scientist” but is sabotaging Trump’s reelection. If Fauci is allowed to maintain his current high visibility, Trump’s reelection will be in doubt.

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President Donald J. Trump

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Washington, DC 20500

Dear Donald:

I am committed to doing everything I can to ensure your reelection.

I am writing to ask you to restrict access to the media and public platforms of Dr. Anthony Fauci of your Coronavirus Task Force. Fauci is undermining your reopen and recovery policy. I also suggest you clean house at the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”). The CDC is also not being helpful.

Unless you take strong and decisive action, Fauci and the CDC will ensure your defeat in November.

In January and February and really into early March, Fauci failed to warn you of the coming Covid-19 tidal wave. As they say in sports, “let’s go to the tape.” Fauci’s repeatedly misleading analysis is on tape.

Once the seriousness of the Coronavirus situation was unavoidable, Fauci reversed himself and started calling for quarantines and shutdowns. He was way too late. But the media tried to blame you, not Fauci, for his belated realization of the virus threat.

Sweden took protective action but never shut down the Swedish economy. My belief is that history will find the national shutdown in the United States was a colossal error. Luckily, the American people will not blame you. You were clearly the victim of bad advice and incompetent management at the CDC.

Fauci says he is only a “scientist” and does not give advice “about economic things.” But the recommendations he has made have devastated our economy and jeopardized your reelection.

On masks, Fauci was a no-mask man before he was a yes-mask man. Cruising? Fauci saw no danger until March. But the doctor seems to endorse online sex. Who knew? Distancing? That is probably the only policy that everyone agrees on.

You were ridiculed when you left reopening to the governors. Some governors have done a good job with the task, and others have continued their mismanagement and incompetence. A hundred years ago Justice Brandeis spoke of the states as “laboratories of democracy.” New State Ice Co. v. Liebmann, 285 U.S. 262 (1932). Your approach has shown us which governors know how to manage, and which can only mismanage.

When we met forty years ago at Olympic Tower, I was already a seasoned political analyst. You were an up-and-coming developer. You developed the skill set to survive in New York City, not the ability to necessarily prevail in the shark tank of Washington. Based on my decades of political experience I can recognize a sabotage operation where others do not. Fauci has been sabotaging your coronavirus response at least since March. He has offered diktats, not opinions; when, if ever, for example, did Fauci discuss the Swedish response to Covid-19 as an option?

Fauci has extraordinary political skills. You do not survive in the bureaucracy for almost 40 years without knowing how to maneuver and manipulate.

Federal bureaucrats have fed you a steady diet of shutdown, shutdown, shutdown. They even convinced you to attack the Georgia governor when he tried to reopen several weeks ago. Georgia seems to be doing pretty well.

Significantly, your home state of Florida has done markedly better than New York and the Northeast in defending against the virus. What did Florida do that New York didn’t?

No one knows what will happen in the fall, or next year. The virus may come back, or it may disappear. And yet, despite the lack of certainty and predictability about the future course of the virus, yesterday we had another belching bureaucrat talking about a “darkest winter” unless you submit to his demands.

There is still time for you to recover if you take decisive action and assume control of your Coronavirus policy without kowtowing to the so-called “experts” and scientists.

The media will flay you, but the American people will recognize that you are a strong executive, not a dupe of the deep state.

The first step is to restrict Fauci to his laboratory and end his access to the media. Fauci has used his perch at your news conferences to contradict you and to devastate your efforts to get America open again. Earlier this week Fauci was at it again, contradicting your policy and conducting his own Covid-19 policy. That is not acceptable.

If Fauci wants to speak freely, he can retire. Government employees do not have free speech rights to contradict their bosses. Fauci has decades of seniority but he is spending most of his time as a political operative and media playboy, not as a serious scientist conducting actual research on the virus.

You cannot allow Fauci to speak for you or your administration.

I am not a fortune teller but I can predict the future where your reelection is concerned. If you do not restrain Fauci now, and limit his accessibility to the media and public platforms, he is going to be undermining your reopen and recovery policies with his own views all summer long, right up to the election. You have given him a mega-platform and so long as he has that platform your reelection is endangered.

So, please restrict Fauci right away.

I also suggest you consider a housecleaning at the CDC. Several years ago, the CDC had a poor response to the Zika virus. After the Zika breakdown, CDC adopted a policy to avoid future breakdowns. But in January the incompetents at CDC refused to use a simple Roche test, and insisted on creating their own defective test. The resulting CDC incompetence led to many weeks of delay while the virus metastasized.

Who has been fired for the CDC’s committing the same mistake with Covid-19 that they promised not to commit after the Zika failure? No one. In other words, after blowing the Zika virus response and promising not to sin again, CDC went right back and made the same mistakes all over again this year!

No one has been punished for incompetence and mismanagement at the CDC. When an organization repeatedly makes the same mistakes people should be held accountable. As someone with vast experience in the private sector you understand what I am saying. I would recommend a massive housecleaning at the CDC. The CDC, moreover, is much quieter than Fauci at undermining your efforts to reopen America. But the CDC’s agenda is painfully obvious, namely to sabotage your administration and your reelection.

I have wanted to send this letter for over a month. In fact, I sent you a letter in March warning of the consequences if you allowed an endless shutdown to continue.

The Covid-19 virus is a serious public health emergency. But as the Swedish approach has shown, there is not just one way to approach a response. The insanity, from New Hampshire to California, of closing public beaches, which are the safest refuges from the virus, show that many so-called “public health” experts are incompetent and operate with closed minds.

I urge you to restrict Fauci’s access and to order a housecleaning at the CDC; the media be damned. Whatever you do, the media will attack you and seek to undermine your reelection. So, in reality there is no price to be paid for shutting up Fauci and cleaning house at the CDC. Right now, by keeping Fauci, you are getting the onus without the bonus. If you limit him you will get the bonus while receiving the same onus.

“Just one more thing,” as Columbo would say. You need to appoint a reopening czar, a Peter Navarro-type to supervise reopening. Then let him run your operation. Tell him “no press conferences,” and just let the man or woman do their job. You’ll get better results without the hassles that attended your Coronavirus Task Force. Keep it simple.

We need you to win. Don’t blow it.

With sincere best wishes,

Andy

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He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind the Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at http://www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and http://www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

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American analyst Andy Martin says that French President Emmanuel Macron is beckoned by history to veto British membership in the European Union.

Will President Macron take the bold step of putting an end to the pathetic display of governmental incompetence in London, or will Marcon stay “petty” and forfeit the mantle of undisputed European leader? An exhaustive analysis by Contrarian Commentary comes to only one conclusion: France must veto British membership in the European Union.
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Republican conservative analyst and activist Andy Martin says the only EU course of action is for France to veto continuing British membership in the European Union

Martin says Britain today is a dagger pointed at the heart of the EU; only a hard and immediate Brexit can provide any prospect of “peace” for both Britain and EU members

Will President Emmanuel Macron have the courage to take decisive action and vote “non?”

(London-in-New York) (April 10, 2019)

This column started out to be an analysis of “Brexit” (terminating British membership in the EU). As I dug deeper and deeper into the morass created by both EU leaders and the visibly deranged British leader Theresa May, it became unavoidable that the perspective of France was being totally ignored.

But French interests stand at a historic crossroads. France is the most interesting “player” in the Brexit odyssey.

We at Contrarian Commentary have been studying the EU for over 20 years; our research goes deep into what was once called the “Eurosceptic” movement and now is known as the Brexit movement. We have seen Brexit move from being a fringe element of a handful of parliamentarians in the 1990’s to a majority position of ordinary UK citizens in 2019.

Because we do not write from a pro-British or pro-EU bias, and are only concerned with US interests in the ongoing travesty, we shifted our point of view to studying the French position – and French opportunity.

Today France stands at its most powerful and prominent position in 100 years. How France votes on UK membership will determine whether France assumes the primary leadership role in Europe or continues to play second fiddle to Germany.

Few media ever analyze the governing structures of the three leading EU nations. But there are significant differences between them. Germany has a strong governing structure, but a weak government because of the mistaken addition of one million undocumented refugees into German society. Angela Merkel, the most powerful leader in Europe, is a lame duck and most probably a dead duck. There is a vacuum of power in Germany and Merkel’s successor will not automatically assume Merkel’s role as EU ruler. Germany has internal challenges from the growing power of the far-right.

Britain’s governing structure is an anachronism that is collapsing on itself. Theresa May bungled her unnecessary national election and she manifests obvious mental concerns. She has actually faced voters herself in 1/650 of her nation, a single parliamentary constituency. She accidently fell into the Prime Minister’s role because Britain’s ancient parliament is too weak as an institution to function effectively in the modern era. (Most of the “laws” enacted in modern Britain are mandated by the EU; parliament has become a sovereign eunuch.)

The role of “head of state” in Britain, which confers democratic legitimacy on a political leader, is instead exercised by an honorable woman in her 90’s who by law has no democratic legitimacy. In effect the UK has no “head of state” who can run the government. This is why May has been unable to impose order or structure on the Brexit proceedings.

France has a rock-solid governing structure. There is a strong president and a legislature that he controls. Emmanuel Macron has national democratic legitimacy. Despite the anti-government demonstrations in Paris and elsewhere, the French government of 2019 is not the French government of 1958.

Because of his strong government, Macron has an opportunity that has eluded France for a century: to become the leader of Europe.

The Brexit chaos may have exposed Theresa May as a hapless and totally unqualified leader. But the Brexit situation has also exposed the EU’s weaknesses. Instead of treating a neighbor cordially, thuggish EU leaders have sought to exploit May’s incompetence by bludgeoning her into accepting an absurd “deal” that enjoys minimal support in London.

May herself voted against Brexit in the referendum! May’s government is controlled by anti-Brexit politicians. And yet liberal media in London and the US constantly flay Brexiteers as “extremists” when the real extremists are May and her cabal who have worked relentlessly to sabotage the 2016 vote of the British people (see link below).

UK citizens are inundated by a daily dose of propaganda from Brussels as to the dire consequences that will befall the country if it leaves the EU. These scare stories are nonsense. The US stands ready to support the UK. The financial capital of Europe, the “City” in London, has already hedged substantially all of its exposure. Britain is the only genuinely free market in “Europe.” Will German auto manufacturers stop selling in the UK, Germany’s biggest market, because of Brexit? Of course not. Will the French refuse to sell their cheese, the Dutch their flowers? Of course not. Trade is trade.

When Britain voted to leave the EU, it should have been given a cordial departure. Instead, the petty minds in Brussels, whose bureaucracy had strangled Britain in the first place and precipitated Brexit, decided to exploit May’s weaknesses and the structural deficiencies in Britain’s government structure. They were seeking to “make an example” of the UK. The EU’s dirty tactics have backfired, and could backfire even worse if a new extension for Brexit is agreed this week.

If Britain stays in the EU, it will be forced to conduct elections next month for the European Parliament. Almost all of the new Members of the Parliament (MEP’s) from the UK will be sworn enemies of the EU, working from the inside to disable and dismantle the EU.

Make no mistake: sooner or later Britain is leaving the EU. The EU can delay a departure but it cannot prevent Britain leaving. The EU’s own ham-handed tactics ensure that the separation will be increasingly bitter.

The conceit that the British people will agree to become non-voting vassals in the EU (which is the EU and May approach) is nonsense. What nation in history has ever agreed to be governed by rules and a rule of law in which that nation has no voice or vote? But that is what pathetic the “Maybot” “negotiated,” and that is what EU thugs are demanding.

The proposals to deprive the British people of their voice and to erase their 2016 vote for freedom, is liberal intelligentsia nonsense. That is why May has no legitimacy in parliament.

So how can both the UK and EU be saved? If Macon denies a new extension to the UK, and Britain leaves the EU under WTO (World Trade Organization) rules this weekend, everyone would end up a winner.

First, if Macron votes to deny Britain membership in the EU, he will establish himself as the premier and most powerful leader in Europe. Germany won’t always be confused and destabilized by its own internal challenges. Already the fascists (Alternative for Germany) are organizing, and reviving the mantra of the 1930’s that Germany and Britain have overriding and special interests together. The more things change…

Second, if Macron forces Britain out, the Brexit disturbance will be removed and Britain can end up next week as a neighbor and trading partner of the EU under internationally accepted WTO rules and procedures.

If Macron fails to grasp this moment in history, France will remain a caboose on a train with a wounded Germany as the conductor. And Britain will be fighting the EU from the inside until a full and complete Brexit becomes a reality.

Rationally, there is no option but for the EU to remove Britain, and for the hopeless May to be removed from parliament by a rebellion of her Conservative Party.

Where might Macron look for advice? To France, of course. In the 1960’s President Charles deGaulle vetoed British membership in the precursor to the EU. deGaulle understood that British presence in an EU focused on continental needs and interests would always be a disruptive force.

Seventy-five years ago, in June, British, Canadian and American troops landed in France to liberate Europe from the evils of Nazi Germany.

Does Macron really want 70 new anti-EU MEP’s from the UK landing in France this July, and proceeding to demolish the European Parliament in Strasbourg?

Macron has only one option: to answer the call of history, to reject Britain the way his predecessor deGaulle did, and to make France the leading power in the EU.

Further delays will only destroy the EU, not Britain. In order to save France, and save the EU, Macron must veto continuing British membership in that super-national organization.

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He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind the Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at http://www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and http://www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

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Is Jeff Bezos the real billionaire bully?

Although Jeff Bezos has attempted to claim he is a “victim” of “extortion” involving accurate news reporting about his marital philandering and possible financial risks to Amazon.com, legal expert Andy Martin suggests it is probably Bezos himself, and not the National Enquirer, who is the real bully.

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GOP Conservative activist Andy Martin says “Jeff Bezos is a billionaire bully”

Martin says Bezos may have pulled off a scam by accusing the National Enquirer of extortion, When the real extortionist is Bezos himself

Martin says left-wing national media are spawning conspiracy theories faster than anyone can absorb them

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(Manchester, NH) (February 11, 2019)

Dear American:

Almost all of you may have heard by now of the claim by Amazon.com owner Jeff Bezos that he has been “extorted” or “blackmailed” by the National Enquirer and its parent organization.

In this, my first 2019 letter to the people of New Hampshire and the American people, I express my contrarian view that Bezos may himself be the real extortionist and blackmailer, not the Enquirer. Bezos may have pulled off a classic scam by fooling the liberal media into believing he is a victim when in reality he is the victimizer.

This year I celebrate fifty (50, wow) years since graduating from law school. I have a considerably greater and broader amount of litigation experience than many of the so-called “legal experts” on the cable TV networks. In fact, you will read something below that so far as I am aware has not been meaningfully discussed anywhere on cable TV. It’s an exclusive.

First, a couple of small matters. In a few days I hope to announce my political plans for 2020 in New Hampshire. I also plan to publish a critique of the New Hampshire Republican Party’s conduct over the past decade, with a prescription for progress going forward. I don’t think my writing on Bezos has any relationship to the upcoming political activity. I am a conservative Republican but that’s a well-known fact.

Turning now to Bezos, the media have discussed the broad First Amendment privilege applicable to bona fide reporting. The National Enquirer has been in business for decades. It has published massive amounts of news which literally changed the face of politics. The Enquirer, for example, was the first to report on the infidelity of Senator John Edwards and the baby he fathered with Rielle Hunter.

The Enquirer mentioned me in a news story over twenty-five years ago. My claims led to legislative reform.

Our system of free speech in unique in the world. We allow unbridled publication of sometimes embarrassing, sometimes erroneous, often scandalous but true and almost always controversial information about public officials, celebrities and their private lives.

There is even an enhanced protection for publishing information which is true. The Enquirer’s stories on Bezos were true. He apparently admits the reporting was accurate but protests that it was/is “invasive.”

The fact that Jeff Bezos was carrying on an extramarital affair was indisputably legitimate news, especially when it could affect control of Amazon.com (his wife apparently has an equal interest in “Bezos” Amazon stock).

So how did Bezos react?

He hired a team of investigators, as is his right, to investigate where the embarrassing leak came from. Early on, the brother of Bezos’ paramour was identified as a strong suspect.

Lately Bezos is floating a conspiracy theory that Saudi Arabia is responsible for exposing his misconduct.

Bottom line: the Enquirer had a right to publish, and Bezos had a right to investigate. So far, no problem.

Then it gets dicey. At some point the Enquirer’s people approached Bezos. But it is also likely that Bezos’ people approached the Enquirer. They were facing off. Again, no problem. That’s what lawyers do. They “negotiate” and try to settle disputes. Settlement is the backbone of the legal system.

But the media have failed to even mention, let alone discuss, one of the most critical doctrines in civil law: there is an almost absolute privilege afforded to settlement negotiations. Bezos’ company itself uses privileged settlement negotiations, see Eat Right Foods vs. Whole Foods, 880 F.3d 1109 (9th Cir. 2018). Settlement negotiations are covered by Rule 408 of the Federal Rules of Evidence and the area is complex, see Rhoades v. Avon Products, 504 F.3d 1151 (9th Cir. 2007).

When parties engage in settlement negotiations, the normal rules are suspended. During settlement the lawyers almost always bully and threaten each other. In the Enquirer story involving me 25 years ago, I was threatened and bullied by a prominent Hollywood lawyer. (I ignored his threats.)

I have always been very conservative about advising lawyers in settlement negotiations. But some lawyers like to threaten and pound on the table. I am not aware of anyone who has ever been prosecuted for threats made in civil settlement negotiations. Have the media provided any examples? None. So, where’s the story, Jeff? It looks like Bezos, embarrassed by being an unfaithful husband, was trying to bamboozle the American people into believing he’s a “victim” when in reality he is the victimizer. Bezos’ threats backfired on him, and may backfire even more if the pictures leak out to another media platform.

None of the media have addressed the broad privilege accorded settlement negotiations and settlement offers afforded by Rule 408. Instead, they have adopted Bezos’ scam as their own because Bezos used the “magic word:” Trump. I suspect President Trump knew nothing of what was happening and only leaned about the fracas when it appeared in the newspaper.

It is clear that the Enquirer made a settlement offer. That offer, far from being a criminal act, was close to being an absolutely privileged communication.

So why is Bezos the bully and extortionist?

Bezos’ attorneys almost certainly also made counteroffers of settlement and compromise to the Enquirer. It is likely they were just as threatening and belligerent as those made by the Enquirer. But since the Enquirer is engaging in a constitutionally protected activity, news reporting, Bezos’ ability to threaten the Enquirer is much more restricted than if the Enquirer had published false stories. Bezos’ lawyers apparently didn’t like the Enquirer’s counter-settlement offer and took the controversy public.

So, who’s the real “guilty” party here? Bezos. He betrayed his wife, carrying on like a teenager with a married woman (who was also betraying her husband). He acted in a way more typical of a juvenile, taking selfies of his anatomy and sending them to his goumada. By email. And this man runs an Internet company? When he could not reach a settlement agreement with the Enquirer Bezos started acting like a wounded bull. It all sounds like “Bezos bull” to me.

Beware of the biased media that are trying to promote Bezos’ bull and seeing make this a Trump/Enquirer issue.

So-called legal analysts were quick to say “prosecutors are investigating.” When did the U. S. Attorney’s office in New York City become our national nanny to referee media disputes? The whole “prosecutors are investigating” trope is totally insincere.

Some liberal cable TV channels already have the Enquirer’s staff being hauled off to jail, and the newspaper being put out of business. Mr. Bezos has tried to pull a scam on the American people by pretending he’s the victim. In just a few days we went from Bezos’s gumshoes saying “it’s the brother” to “its’s the Saudis.” That’s “Amazon Prime” bull. Bezos is the bully, not the Enquirer. Near as I can tell, the Enquirer was only trying to make money by publishing a truthful story about Bezos. When did that become a crime?

Bezos’ bull and his bullying tactics may yet backfire on him.

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New Hampshire politics: Andy Martin’s endorsement in a close congressional race – Chris Pappas is my cousin; I’m voting for Eddie Edwards

New Hampshire conservative GOP leader Andy Martin explains why he is enthusiastically voting for Eddie Edwards for Congress. Andy got to know Edwards during the recent primary campaign and explains why he supports Eddie. Andy is a cousin of Democrat Chris Pappas, and grew up knowing all of the Puritan Restaurant’s founders and owners, making Andy’s endorsement of Eddie Edwards even more significant.

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Andy Martin supports Eddie Edwards for Congress

(Manchester, NH) (November 5, 2018)

Dear New Hampshire Voter:

Tomorrow is likely to be a close election. As a candidate in the primary, I did not want to seem like a buttinski during the general election. So I kept my mouth shut. But because of the closeness of the election, I feel honor bound to provide my input. I don’t want to remain silent when every vote counts.

Chris Pappas is my cousin. I am voting for Eddie Edwards.

Let me explain why.

1. Family connections

Chris Pappas’ great grandfather, Arthur Pappas, married my grandfather’s sister’s daughter. Growing up, we “lived” at the Puritan Restaurant when we came to Manchester. My mother had worked there as a high school and college girl. The Puritan had two major founders, Arthur Pappas and Louis Canotas. Canotas baptized my mother; he was her godfather. Charlie Pappas, who created the modern Puritan Backroom, was my mother’s favorite cousin and vice versa. My memories of Charlie are still vivid.

Arthur owned a property at 1040 Elm Street, where his son Charlie lived on the first floor and Cousin Theo lived on the second. I stayed there every time we came home to Manchester. A few times I even baby sat Chris’s father. I know so much about the family because I was the first born, and thus got to see and hear things for years, alone, as I was dragged from family event to family event. (I am the only one who is fluent in Greek.)

I flew back for Charlie Pappas’ funeral, as well as that of his wife Mary. I cannot really explain and express the love and warmth that existed among our families. (I could go on with more details, but enough. You get the point.)

I bore you with these historical facts – my family has been in Manchester over 100 years – because you can now understand why it is so difficult for me to endorse Edie Edwards over Chris Pappas.

Although I have never met Chris Pappas – we bumped into each other on the campaign trial – I haven’t been close for a long time. Charlie’s kids grew up and I lived in many places around the world. But I’m certain Chris and his dad are both fine people and my support for Edwards is not a slur on the family.

2. The 2018 primary

I am in a strange place vis a vis the September primary. My work with the Right to Know law really defined the primary. My campaign efforts ended up choosing the winner; unfortunately it wasn’t me.

During primaries, candidates often get to know each other and by election time they are sufficiently friendly – if still adversarial – they can support each other after the election. That is essential in New Hampshire where there is only a small gap between the primary and general elections.

Unfortunately, the evil leadership of the New Hampshire GOP did everything it could to sabotage my campaign. They were sending me solicitations for contributions, to use my own money against me! The party leadership supported Andy Sanborn but, with my Right to Know litigation driving the news, Edwards emerged the winner.

3. Eddie Edwards: why he has my vote

I have not spoken with Eddie since the primary and he has not asked for my endorsement. But I give it freely.

I did get to know Edwards during the primary. We are not close; but I have a lifetime of experience analyzing and observing individuals and assessing their potential. Despite the efforts of the evil clown man, Wayne McDonald, to separate the congressional candidates, I gradually got to know Edwards and eventually to like him.

I have also been close to African-Americans all of my life, from my days in primary school. I was recruited to play Big Ten football in part because the coach wanted someone who would break the color bar. Whites and Blacks roomed separately; during the turmoil of the civil rights era the coach wanted someone to break that disparity. My roommate was an African-American. Today I belong to a church with somewhere around 50% African-American membership. I worked in a U. S. Senator’s office during the darkest days of racism and bigotry in Chicago. I know the handicaps African-Americans have faced, and still face every day.

My relatives came to New Hampshire over 100 years ago and achieved the American dream. Eddie Edwards came as a navy recruit and he has achieved the American dream. He did so despite handicaps that make his success all the more extraordinary.

Chris Pappas has been a career politician since graduating from Harvard. So he is glib and conversant with the Democratic Party playbook: higher taxes, more spending, open borders, blah, blah, blah. Pappas will be a Nancy Pelosi clone if he is elected. Sad but true. Just look at who is supporting him. And who is behind him.

Eddie Edwards’ biggest challenge is that he is not a politician. He sometimes says things that Democrats exploit. Edwards is not going to abolish Social Security. Since, like Eddie, I am a weight lifter, I am the only guy who could punch him out if he even tried. Both parties have “think tanks” that put out psychobabble (to justify their own existences) and almost all of their output will never see the light of day in Congress. Like dumb elephants, Republicans always walk in their own doo doo and permit Democrats to engage in Mediscare. Medicare has been on the books for over 50 years and is going nowhere. President Trump understands that.

Here is where Eddie will stand out in Washington. He will stand up for what is right. (I’ll be there to help him if he wants my help.) His pre-primary refusal to endorse Andy Sanborn was one of the most courageous gestures I have seen in over a half century of political involvement.

Despite his TV ads, I don’t know what the state of Eddie’s muscles really is; weight lifting is a chore. But I can tell you he has one of the strongest backbones I have seen in many, many years. That is why I will vote for him Tuesday with enthusiasm. I know I will be proud to do so.

I hope you will also vote for Eddie Edwards. You’ll be proud you did.

Andy Martin

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New Hampshire Republican leader Andy Martin backs Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U. S. Supreme Court

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Dear Senator Grassley:

Because I believe your somewhat inept leadership of the Judiciary Committee is doing incalculable damage to the Senate and to your own staff, I am writing to express my opinions and to ask that you take strong leadership in the continuing matter of the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

1. My background and experience

I have litigated cases in the D. C. Circuit going back forty-nine (49) years with a surprisingly strong average of success, so I am familiar with that court. I was a witness concerning another nominee in a hearing before your committee in 1974. I worked for Senator Paul Douglas, worked with Senator Everett Dirksen’s office and served as an outside consultant to Senator Phil Hart. I am not a partisan ideologue although I am a conservative Republican.

I first went to the Senate as an intern in 1965, working on a senior thesis in the Parliamentarian’s office. I served as an informal background expert for the Church Committee regarding the CIA.

Until recently, I maintained an office on Connecticut Avenue where I did consulting, research and analysis.

2. Culture analyst

As a student writer, I wrote an unpublished novel titled the “Orphans of Suburbia,” which dealt with adolescents and college students such as Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanagh. That experience was woven into my analysis, research and profiling over the decades. So, I think I am somewhat unique in understanding the culture of Georgetown Prep and Yale. I was a football player and honor student at the University of Illinois so I toggled between the “jock culture” and the “nerd culture.” When I express analysis and opinions they are premised on a deep reservoir of experience and observation.

3. Similar incident experience

I have observed and participated in situations where students were acting out, and where someone exposed to a traumatic situation could not remember the episode a couple of hours later. (Seven years later the victim still did not have any awareness of the incident and the danger to her life.)

4. The witnesses

One witness, Dr. Ford, was a child, and has never been analyzed with a focus on her status as a child of fifteen (15) at the time her accusations arose. The perceptions of a child differ materially from those of a mature adult. The other “witness,” Ms. Ramirez, was a young adult at college. She can be expected to have greater awareness and cognition.

Unfortunately, they have been lumped together as “accusers” despite the fact that their emotional experiences were very different and should not be conflated. I do not believe either witness should be attacked. But even under the looser standards of a senate hearing the testimony of every witness must be tested for accuracy. The bizarre claim by some of your colleagues that any accusation, however undocumented, must automatically be believed is sheer nonsense.

A. Dr. Ford

I have an intuitive sense that Dr. Ford was exposed to something unpleasant. But I am challenged to believe her story about Judge Kavanaugh. Initially I thought she was at some large, raucous party. Today I became aware that the “party” may have been much smaller, a factor that has to be carefully weighed in evaluating the credibility of her testimony. I have been in fraternity parties at Wesleyan University where people were indeed out of control and probably were not aware who was doing what to whom (one reason I chose to attend the U. of I.).

We also have not seen any awareness of the guilt trigger. If someone is guilty about what happened to them in an incident, they will inevitably repress, suppress and distort memory of that event. With all due respect, there is a greater likelihood that Dr. Ford was failed by her parents than failed by Judge Cavanagh. A fifteen year-old girl (child) should not have been sent unsupervised to a “party” with a bunch of older boys. The conflicts and confusion that arose from an unspecified experience at some unspecified location at some unspecified date and time make her recollection of events tenuous even though there is a genuine core to her trauma.

I know we are in a senate hearing, and not a court of law, as some people seem to forget. But I doubt a prosecutor would take a case to a grand jury where the victim’s recollections were so highly selective and opaque.

I also find Dr. Ford to be highly manipulative. We seem to forget she has a Ph.D. in psychology and has been a researcher and faculty member for many years. So, when she claims she is an ingenue in public, seeking special treatment, her explanation seems somewhat hollow.

A person who is seeking to stay anonymous does not start by contacting a newspaper and “requesting confidentiality.” Whether she knows it or not, Dr. Ford’s initial contact with the Washington Post psychoanalytically was an effort to become public and to be drawn into a public arena. Like Bre’r Rabbit asking not to be thrown into the Briar Patch, constant protestations of a desire for confidentiality, all made to public officials, taken in totality are not the way an experienced college professor advised by an experienced attorney would protect her anonymity.

Dr. Ford’s constant confidentiality demands amount to a desire to enter the public sphere. That is why I believe she is a highly manipulative individual and, with an increasingly prominent cadre of attorneys to assist her, her uncompromising demands have successfully made the Senate into a laughingstock.

As I write Tuesday morning, she has “accepted” an offer to testify” without any announced criteria for her testimony. How can you accept an offer without accepting all of the offer? A partial acceptance is a counteroffer, not an acceptance. The Senate has looked feeble while Dr. Ford has now been “believed” by senators and members of the public who have never seen her, never heard her and have no idea what her detailed accusations or evidence are. Such “belief” is more akin to a cult that a confirmation proceeding.

B. Ms. Ramirez

The differences between a fifteen year-old child and an eighteen year-old woman are considerable. Thus Ms. Ramirez’ testimony can legitimately be held to a much higher standard. Unfortunately, she offers an even less credible platform for her accusations. If you have to caucus with a lawyer for several days to arrive at a “story,” no prosecutor would take such a claim seriously. If you are still not clear on who did what, decades later, there is little prospect that even the loser evidentiary standards of a senate proceeding can rescue such an insufficient body of factual information from irrelevance or disbelief.

5. Your somewhat bizarre leadership of the process

A. The ridiculous “witness” process

The clown show where “witnesses” pop up long after the committee’s investigation and hearings have been completed, and members of the Committee claim such witnesses “must be heard,” is nonsense. The Committee should adopt strict, public procedural rules for processing future nominations, so that the travesty of closing a hearing and a background check, only to face claims of a need to reopen, must be avoided.

The Committee looks incompetent, feckless and out of control. No one has a right to obstruct or disrupt the Senate. Orderly process is essential. Because you appear to have weak control of the committee, you have been forced to tolerate the regrettable process where people are popping up, demands are made for “investigations” and the abuse keeps repeating itself, all in an untimely manner. Every area of government, legislative, judicial and executive, routinely sets timetables and deadlines and adheres to them. Your committee is out of control. Constant deadlines, all of which were then ignored, undermine the credibility of the Committee. That is not negotiation; it is capitulation.

B. Your failure to defend staff

I have observed staff up close for over half a century. The senate has some of the most competent investigators and analysts in Washington. But when have you defended your staff and said their investigation can be the functional equivalent of an FBI background check? Instead we hear a constant chorus of demands for an “FBI investigation,” when agents would only do what your staff is doing, try to locate witnesses, listen to stale recollections and record them in some coherent manner. You need to stand up for your staff and not let your employees be bullied by blustering attorneys who do not hesitate to make exorbitant demands and posture for the media.

When the Church Committee staff was investigating allegations of CIA misconduct, the evidence was less than a decade old. I am not sure that FBI background checkers could do a better job than your staff in evaluating what are now 35 year-old matters, but nowhere have you stood up to say “enough of this FBI demand.” I can’t say for sure, but I suspect that your experienced staff members could do an even better job than the FBI, because they would be more relaxed and informal than agents.

C. Who runs the Committee?

While I realize that in most hearings senators want to ask the questions and posture for the cameras, when you are dealing with allegations of criminal conduct due process demands a more coherent interrogation process. I endorse the proposal that a female attorney ask the questions. That way the process will not be interrupted every few minutes as you switch from senator to senator, and counsel can ask follow-up and probing questions without the necessity of yielding every five minutes or so. Who should make the decision as to how questioning should proceed?

In what is one of the more bizarre, and suspicious, demands by Dr. Ford, she wants senators to interrogate her, because such questioning would be far less organized and coherent than an inquiry presented by a single staff attorney, preferably a woman. If you don’t have someone on staff that you believe can conduct a thorough examination of the witness, there are many, many very competent women who are former prosecutors and defense lawyers in Washington who would handle the job with ease. (I do not believe former Senator Ayotte is a strong enough interrogator to fill this role.)

Dr. Ford’s accusations have to be subjected to serious, searching inquiry. That is not possible with a rotating panel of twenty-one senators. Even if the Democrats will not agree to route their own questions through a single attorney, Republicans absolutely must employ a single questioner, preferably a woman. Don’t bungle the inquiry by using the traditional approach to more routine proceedings.

6. An offer of assistance

Your staff is free to pick up the phone and call me. I would be happy to offer insight and analysis. As you can see from the foregoing I am something of an “all-in-one” expert with experience in several areas of concern to the Committee.

7. Judge Kavanaugh deserves a scrupulously fair process, not a one-sided circus

Watching members of your Committee pontificate on their “belief” that Dr. Ford is telling the truth has been a very disappointing experience. I do not want to name names, but some senators are an embarrassment to themselves and the states that sent them to Washington. There is no way you can “believe” a witness you have never seen, who has never spoken and whose testimony remains secret. Rather, to use Justice Thomas’ eternal comments, you are allowing Judge Kavanaugh to be subjected to a “high-tech lynching.”

Judge Kavanaugh deserves better. Let’s see if you provide it, or if the Jell-O-like leadership of the Committee persists.

Respectfully submitted,

Andy

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Chicago news conference: New Hampshire congressional candidate Andy Martin, a strong supporter of veterans, focusses a national spotlight on the decrepit Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy where veterans are dying unnecessarily because of Legionnaire’s Disease

Andy Martin, a New Hampshire congressional candidate, will hold a news conference today in Chicago to charge that Governor Bruce Rauner has been ineffective in preventing Illinois veterans from dying of Legionnaire’s Disease at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. “I know I speak for New Hampshire’s veterans, and for veterans across the United States, in condemning the mismanagement of the Illinois Veterans Home and the mistreatment of Illinois veterans who belong to all of us, from coast-to-coast,” Andy says.

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New Hampshire congressional candidate and conservative columnist/blogger Andy Martin demands that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner protect Illinois veterans at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy

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Andy says that Illinois authorities have allowed a serious public health challenge to fester, causing over a dozen deaths of Illinois veterans

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Andy Martin says that every veteran, from New Hampshire to California, is outraged and incensed at the maltreatment of Illinois veterans by state authorities

Andy says that Illinois authorities have neglected basic public health protocols for protecting veterans from Legionnaire’s Disease

Andy calls for Governor Bruce Rauner to take emergency action to prevent any further deaths from Legionnaire’s Disease and to protect veterans who are being housed at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy

(Chicago, IL) (February 23, 2018) New Hampshire congressional candidate and corruption fighter Andy Martin has gone to Chicago to demand that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner stop neglecting veterans housed at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.

Andy will hold a Chicago news conference today to charge that Rauner’s efforts to provide a safe environment, free from Legionnaires’ disease (please see link [1] below), have been a dismal failure. Veterans continue to die from the infectious condition.

“Every veteran in America is outraged by the incompetent care being provided to Illinois’ veterans in Quincy,” Andy says. “In New Hampshire, we take protecting veterans seriously. The idea that the State of Illinois can’t protect veterans from a serious public health menace is preposterous [please see links [2] – [4] below).

“President Reagan spoke of the ‘Boys of Point Du Hoc’ who stormed the cliffs on D-Day. I was a friend of General Ray Davis who saved the ‘Frozen Chosin’ in what was one of the most brutal battles of the Korean War. I have seen our men and women at war from the Mekong River to the DMZ, from Iraq to Afghanistan. Are we to forget their sacrifices and consign them in their final years to negligent administration at the hands of incompetent politicians and bureaucrats in both political parties?

“Rauner is the governor, but the Democrats, who hold a stranglehold on the legislature, are also culpable. No veteran in Illinois or anywhere in the United States should die because of lack of proper care in a federal or state facility,” Andy says. “In New Hampshire we had a horrible VA facility; but we raised our collective voices to demand reform. Nationally, Congress has tried to reform the Veterans Administration, with mixed results. In Congress, I will be a strong advocate for veterans and for providing proper care for those few who bear the burden of protecting the many, us.

“With all due respect, if a private hospital neglected patients the way the State of Illinois has, the directors would be sent to jail. The hospital would be closed. But in government there is no accountability, there are no consequences for failure.

“I speak for every veteran across the United States [please see Link 5] in demanding that Governor Rauner take emergency action to end the preventable and avoidable Legionnaire’s Disease crisis in Quincy that is a disgrace to the people of Illinois.”

Andy is a GOP candidate in New Hampshire’s First Congressional District.
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[1]

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/legionnaires-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20351747

[2]

https://www.illinois.gov/veterans/homes/Pages/Quincy.aspx

[3]

https://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/legionnaires-disease-quincy-illinois-veterans-home/

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-bruce-rauner-legionnaires-quincy-20180220-story.html

[4]

http://interactive.wbez.org/legionnaires/

[5]

http://www.andymartin.com/cert.htm

http://www.andymartin.com/bio.htm

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Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With fifty years of background in radio and television and with five decades of intelligence, investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, military and intelligence matters. For a full bio, go to: http://www.AndyMartin.com; also see http://www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for fifty years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also http://www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; http://www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at http://www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and http://www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire over 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.

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GOP counterterror expert Andy Martin predicted a potential Hawai’i missile meltdown – in a November, 2017 Honolulu news conference

Counterterrorism expert Andy Martin, who over the past several years has repeatedly warned Hawai’i officials they do not take counterterrorism and critical infrastructure management seriously, told a Honolulu news conference on November 18, 2017 that the Governor and his staff were guilty of “pakololo politics” and charged that state’s residents are endangered by lackadaisical preparations for a threat. Saturday, January 13th, Andy’s predictions came true and Hawaii’s officials issued a “missile attack” warning that was not withdrawn for 38 minutes. Islanders were left in panic and there was an “emergency management meltdown” in the Aloha State.

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In a November, 2017 Honolulu news conference, GOP counterterror expert Andy Martin predicted that an episode such as Hawaii’s “missile meltdown” Saturday, January 13 was likely to happen

Andy has repeatedly warned Hawai’i officials that they do not take emergency management seriously

Andy says Hawaii’s lazy media do not act as a check on the incompetence and mismanagement of Governor Ige’s administration

Andy says because of the “insular” and “arrogant” attitude of Hawai’i leaders, President Trump should appoint an independent commission to investigate emergency management and counterterror preparation in Hawai’i

Over the past several years Andy has repeatedly warned Hawai’i officials of serious counterterror risks to the Aloha state

Andy says an air of “pakololo politics” pervades counterterrorism and emergency management preparation in Hawaii

(Manchester, NH) (January 14, 2018) Counterterrorism expert and current New Hampshire congressional candidate Andy Martin warned at a Honolulu news conference on November 18, 2017 (please see links below) that Hawaii officials were repeatedly failing to take counterterrorism and emergency management seriously. Andy said he was “concerned that a spirit of ‘pakololo politics’ pervades the state, with officials from the governor on down not taking counterterrorism seriously.

“Over the past several years I have repeatedly exposed and criticized lax security procedures in Hawai’i,” Andy says.

Here is what Andy said on November 18:

“I have seen how some states and cities respond, and others ignore the perils (of terrorism and emergency management). In Hawai’i, external threats are not taken seriously.

“Do state officials and local emergency management officers know where their infrastructure is exposed? Is there an inventory? A management plan? I blame the governor, I blame state officials and I blame city officials for lack of planning, lack of management and lack of a coordinated response. This time [the infrastructure meltdown] disruption was manageable. Next time the city may not be so lucky.”

Saturday, January 13, 2018, less than two months later, Andy’s prediction of an emergency management meltdown became real as Hawai’i officials bungled a “missile attack” and took 38 minutes to issue a clarification. Island residents and visitors were in a panic.

“Saturday afternoon, January 13, 2018 I was almost out the door to lunch when my phone rang. I went back and saw the call was from Hawai’i. My Honolulu station chief was very excited and said he had just received a warning the state was under missile attack. I told him I would check out the report but it took Hawai’i officials 38 minutes to issue a correction.

“Hawai’i is an increasingly one-party state where there is no opposition, virtually no oversight and absolutely no concern for emergency management. Hawai’i media likewise provide little oversight and do not act as a serious check on local corruption and mismanagement.

“Looking like the proverbial deer caught in the headlights, Saturday Governor Ige said the missile reporting disaster ‘would not happen again.’ But that is simply not true. The system is broken, not just the panic ‘button.’ Ige presides over an arrogant and incompetent administration where national security and emergency management threats are simply viewed as ‘haole hysteria.’ While Hawai’i no longer has pineapple plantations, there is a pineapple-like mentality in the state capitol.”

“The time has long since passed when Hawai’i officials should stop pretending they are an independent nation and start acting like one of the fifty states. They need to rejoin the real world. Because of its location in the mid-Pacific, Hawai’i is at the top of the terror target list. I have been making this case for years, with officials steadily rejecting any connection to unfolding events and risks facing the United States from North Korea, radical Islam and others.

“How could someone ‘make a mistake’ and ‘press the wrong button?’ Is that the way emergency management is structured in Honolulu? Did it really take them 38 minutes to figure out how to correct their mistake? Who was on duty? We need complete transparency, not flatulent promises? Was one person able to make such a serious decision without consulting anyone? Was there really a button that someone could press to warn of a nuclear attack? Who is responsible for this system? Who designed it? Are there no checks and balances? No fail-safe procedure? I have been warning about lax emergency management for years and years and no one in stat government takes the issue seriously. The result: Hawai’i leaders look like a bunch of incompetents.

“Adding to the incompetence of local officials is U. S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard’s effort to shift blame for Hawai’i incompetence to President Trump. Neither North Korea nor Trump are responsible for the mess in Honolulu. I have been exposing emergency management failures for years. If Gabbard really believes what her blubbering peacenik remarks reflect, she should zip it because her remarks only enroll her in Ige’s college of incompetent jerks.

“I call on President Trump to appoint an independent commission to investigate Hawaii’s incompetent emergency management and counterterror preparation. Hawai’i officials are neither capable nor competent enough to investigate themselves,” Andy says. “Governor Ige has made Hawai’i a worldwide laughingstock. That’s the unpleasant truth.”

Andy is also congressional candidate in New Hampshire’s First District.

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