20K Afghan ‘Refugees’ and Counting. Is Another 9/11 Coming?

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Afghan refugees arriving at Dulles International Airport

According to a State Department spokesman, the United States has flown at least 23,876 Afghans into America since the Kabul airlift began.

Prior to the announcement by the State Department’s Ned Price, the White House had not given information about how many of the 123,000 people evacuated from Afghanistan had been brought to the United States.

There were 31,107 evacuees between August 17 and August 31. Of these, 14 percent are U.S. citizens, nine percent are legal permanent residents, and 77 percent are “Afghans at risk,” Price said.

Price did not specify how many of those Afghans were part of the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) pipeline due to work with the U.S. military. On Wednesday, a senior State Department official said most SIV applicants were unable to get out.

Major General Hank Taylor at the Pentagon told journalists on August 21 that “intelligence, law enforcement, and counterterrorism professionals are conducting screening and security vetting for all SIV applicants and other vulnerable Afghans before they are allowed into the U.S.”

Taylor did not say that vetting would be completed before allowing migrants to enter the country.

Ken Cuccinelli, who served as deputy chief of homeland security under President Trump, said it is very difficult for U.S. troops in Afghanistan to vet Afghans who claim to have fought alongside American troops or to have worked for U.S. projects. 

“It is brutally difficult to get that done with any reliability.… It is impossible when you no longer have a presence in the area,” Cuccinelli said.

Cuccinelli argued that “If [the vetting] is going to happen, it has to happen in these third countries before they get to the United States.”

The Left isn’t wasting the chance to use the chaos of the Afghanistan withdrawal to demand more refugees be brought into the country. “The US Should Take as Many Afghan Refugees as it Can,” demands a recent headline in New York magazine. Those who voice opposition to this refugee inundation are called racists and xenophobes.

While Democrats, Big Tech, the media, and the intelligence/justice communities continually say that America is threatened more by “far right” domestic terrorism than by foreign-born terrorists, a quick history refresher reminds us of the opposite. 

After all, the 9/11 hijackers, who were responsible for the deaths of nearly 3,000 Americans, were all foreign-born individuals in the United States on visas.

Have Americans already forgotten the days when terror attacks preceded by shouts of “Allahu Akbar” were a common occurrence?

President Trump’s travel ban on terror hotspots, along with his crackdown on migration from the southern border (which also serves as an entryway for people from the Middle East) and his successful campaign against ISIS helped to effectively end Islamic terrorism in the United States during his presidency.

But will Biden’s fast-tracking of Afghan refugees, combined with his revocation of the Trump travel ban and refusal to protect the southern border make inevitable another 9/11-size terrorist attack on American soil?

Such a terror attack would not only result in the loss of American lives, but give the federal government pretext to launch another slew of unconstitutional surveillance programs with which to spy on political dissenters under the guise of combating terrorism.

But because the establishment considers conservatives to be the true terrorists, programs such as the Patriot Act are used more on right-wing citizens than they are on foreign terrorists.

Last month, the Department of Homeland Security put out an alert warning that “extremists may seek to exploit the emergence of COVID-19 variants by viewing the potential re-establishment of public health restrictions across the United States as a rationale to conduct attacks.”

“DHS has seen an increasing but modest level of individuals calling for violence in response to the unsubstantiated claims of fraud related to the 2020 election fraud and the alleged ‘reinstatement’ of former President Trump,” DHS also said in August.

“We are currently in a heightened terrorism-related threat environment, and DHS is aware of previous instances of violence associated with the dissemination of disinformation, false narratives and conspiracy theories about the 2020 election,” a spokesman for the department added.

Terrorist attacks here in America. A war on terror. Mass surveillance. Is history about to repeat itself?



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Big Business Is Counting On Progressives To Protect Their Dealings In China

U.S. companies and lobbying groups including the Chamber of Commerce, the U.S.-China Business Council (USCBC) and the National Retail Federation have been campaigning for months against tougher economic measures on China. Many are now turning to progressives in order to protect their business interests in the communist regime.

In recent months, the USCBC, which represents more than 250 U.S. companies that do business in China, has reached out to aides to Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and groups like Justice is Global, Politico reported on Wednesday. A number of progressive groups have been urging Congress to focus on cooperating with Beijing on issues like climate change.

The U.S. can still hold China accountable for human rights and economic abuses, some progressives argue, without placing economic restrictions on Chinese companies or eschewing cooperation with Beijing.

General Joseph Dunford (L), chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army General Fang Fenghui shake hands after signing an agreement in Beijing on Aug. 15, 2017 (Mark Schiefelbein/AFP via Getty Images)

“We’ve tried to message that national security obviously has to be tended to and prioritized,” USCBC vice president Anna Ashton told Politico. “That may change some of the parameters of commercial engagement with China, but at the end of the day our economy has benefited enormously by being able to [trade] with China.”

Tensions between the U.S. and China have been increasing in recent years, and both Congress and the White House have taken steps to confront China across multiple fronts, particularly on human rights and trade.

President Joe Biden’s administration has imposed new trade restrictions and sanctions on Chinese companies and officials while keeping in place many of the economic measures introduced under former President Donald Trump.

Lobbying groups representing hundreds of the largest U.S. companies have campaigned against legislation in Congress that would counter China’s human rights and trade abuses. Companies lobbied against a bill that would mandate government reviews for U.S. investment in China and another bill that would ban products made in the Xinjiang region using forced labor. (RELATED: Dozens Of Business Groups Urge Biden To End Tariffs On Chinese Imports)

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Some business groups are reportedly worried their traditional allies in Congress may no longer share their interests when it comes to China, according to Politico. Both Republicans and Democrats have been supportive of efforts to ramp up pressure on China’s government and Chinese companies.

“It feels like the business community doesn’t have any true blue friends on the Hill at this point when it comes to China,” said one lobbyist who asked not to be named due to ongoing work with Congress. “Everything is a matter of degree.”

The emerging bipartisan consensus on China that has emerged in Washington has left companies and lobbyists turning to progressives for support. Some progressive lawmakers and groups are skeptical of a hard-line stance on China but many are skeptical of large U.S. companies as well.

Groups like the Chamber of Commerce and the USCBC are now trying to make common cause with progressives, but it’s unclear to what extent progressives will work with companies and corporate lobbyists on the issue, according to Politico.

“There is a scenario where we might find common cause on the trade war,” Justice Is Global director Tobita Chow told the outlet. “But if we did work with them, it’d have to be behind the scenes.”



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Biden Administration Is Counting on Americans to Lose Interest in Afghanistan: Report

President Joe Biden intends to navigate his way through his administration’s deadly and botched Afghanistan exit by hoping Americans have a short memory, according to a report.

Reuters on Friday reported the 78-year-old, who mostly remained hidden this last week as images from Afghanistan have left the world in shock, will hedge his political future on the idea that Americans are tired of war in the Middle East.

“Biden and his top aides argue they are managing an evacuation mission as well as could be expected given the faster-than-anticipated takeover of the country by Taliban insurgents, and are seeking to draw attention back to the choice to get U.S. troops out of the country,” Reuters noted after speaking to people close to the White House.

The wire service quoted an anonymous alleged Biden ally who stated the president and his advisers expect the American people to quickly forget what they’ve seen this past week.

“The public opinion is pretty damn clear that Americans wanted out of the ongoing war and don’t want to get back in. It’s true today and it’s going to be true in six months,” the source said. “It isn’t about not caring or being empathetic about what’s going on over there, but worrying about what’s happening in America.”

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Reuters reported the White House conducted internal and public polling which showed ending the war in Afghanistan is Biden’s most popular decision, even if people are not happy with how the mission concluded.

It ended, of course, with the Taliban taking over Kabul and killing civilians with connections to the U.S.

Do you think Americans will soon forget the humiliation in Afghanistan?

“They expect the Afghanistan story to recede from the headlines, replaced by the resurgence in COVID-19 cases, the economic recovery and other issues, people familiar with the matter said,” Reuters reported.

The report itself brought about a backlash online for its elitist tone:

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Hoping Americans have a short memory seems to be something of a pattern strategy for Biden with regard to the chaos in Afghanistan. In an interview with ABC News this week, Biden brushed off images of Afghans falling thousands of feet to their deaths from an aircraft that left Kabul.

“[W]e’ve all seen the pictures. We’ve seen those hundreds of people packed in a C-17. We’ve seen Afghans falling,” George Stephanopoulos said.

“That was four days ago, five days ago,” Biden fired back.

The comments went viral, and the entire interview drew bipartisan criticism.





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Brickbat: Five and Counting

A Georgia sheriff, who is already facing facing federal civil rights charges for placing four inmates in a restraint chair for hours even though they complied with officers, has now been charged with violating the civil rights of a fifth inmate. According to the indictment, the man was arrested for speeding and driving on a suspended license and was taken to the Clayton County jail, where Sheriff Victor Hill had him placed in a restraint chair even though he wasn’t aggressive. The indictment said Hill was present when a guard struck the man twice.



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Arizona Audit: Maricopa County Election Audit Finishes Counting Ballots

Arizona Senate President Karen Fann announced this week that Maricopa County’s ballot tabulation part of the election audit is complete and the 2.1 million ballots will now be sent to labs for analysis.

“The counting of the ballots is complete and they are being returned to Maricopa County,” Fann said in a tweet. “Now we wait for the draft and final reports. Ken Bennett will be an important part of those reports.” Ken Bennett is the Republican former Secretary of State of Arizona as well as the state Senate’s current audit liaison.

Just days after the final step of the audit was completed, two major Twitter accounts affiliated with the 2020 election audit in Maricopa County were suspended on Tuesday for allegedly violating Twitter’s rules.

The accounts, @TheAuditWarRoom and @ArizonaAudit, are two outlets that focused on updating the public on the current audit status. They also often criticized the handling of the 2020 presidential election. Twitter said the accounts were permanently suspended for violating their rules regarding platform manipulation and spam.

State Sen. Wendy Rogers, R-Flagstaff, and other vocal supporters of the Arizona audit, have criticized Twitter’s move to suspend the audit accounts, slamming Big Tech’s attempt at silencing anyone who supports election audits.

“Follow me on Telegram and Gab for when I am booted. I will be next,” said Rogers.

But Twitter did not stop at the two Arizona-based audit accounts. On the same day, Twitter also suspended other accounts providing updates on election audits across the country. The “Audit War Room” accounts for Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Wisconsin, and Georgia were also removed from the platform.

Although Twitter is clearly attempting to those who support election integrity, they may find it increasingly difficult to do so as the audit nears completion.

According to a July 29 update, Maricopa County Elections Department said that they are in the process of picking up nearly 2.1 million 2020 General Election ballots and other subpoenaed items.

“One thing we know, the state senate has long said that they do not want a drip, drip, drip, of information from the audit,” said Ward. “No leaks. They want the final report to be given and it be an accurate account. Now, we know the fake news loves to distract from the truth of this full forensic audit. So take everything, everything you hear, with a grain of salt.”

Arizona officials expect a final report of the Maricopa County audit by the end of August.





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Pennsylvania punishes county that allowed audit of vote counting machines

The Pennsylvania Department of State decertified Fulton County’s voting machines on Wednesday after officials there participated in a third-party audit.

The voluntary probe came at the request of Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-Gettysburg) who’s currently spearheading a larger effort to audit machines in Tioga, York and Philadelphia counties amid his ongoing campaign to ferret out fraudulent activity during the past two elections.

At least two of the counties confirmed they wouldn’t comply with Mastriano’s request because they can’t afford to replace their machines if the state decertifies them for participating, too.

Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid said Wednesday she has “no other choice” after Fulton County officials confirmed that Wake Technology Services Inc. accessed its Dominion voting machines earlier this year, violating the state’s chain of custody provisions and other “strict limitations” designed to prevent tampering.

Degraffenreid said Wake TSI lacks any knowledge or expertise in election technology and was still given access to “key components” of the machine, including the county’s election database, its results files and Windows system logs. The company also preserved hard drive images onto USB devices.

“These actions were taken in a manner that was not transparent or bipartisan,” she claimed. “As a result of the access granted to Wake TSI, Fulton County’s certified system has been compromised and neither Fulton County; the vendor, Dominion Voting Systems; nor the Department of State can verify that the impacted components of Fulton County’s leased voting system are safe to use in future elections.”

Wake TSI served on the audit team involved in Arizona’s recount of more than 2.3 million ballots in Maricopa County. Mastriano and two other Republican lawmakers visited the Phoenix site last month before meeting with Arizona legislators to discuss the team’s findings.

Wake TSI reportedly left the audit team after its contract ended on May 14, according to a report from the Fulton County News.

Fulton County Commission Chairman Stuart Ulsh said during a Feb. 9 public meeting that he didn’t know who paid for the audit, but that the board agreed to do it to prove the county “didn’t do anything wrong,” according to a report from the Arizona Mirror.

The Center Square reached out to the commissioners for comment on Wednesday, but did not receive an immediate response.

Mastriano said in a news release last week that Degraffenreid lacked the authority to decertify counties’ machines. He said the Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee, of which he is chairman, “will press forward in the pursuit of a forensic investigation.”

“What we are seeing is a convergence of scare tactics from Wolf Administration and the Attorney General to intimidate county officials and obstruct a forensic investigation,” he said.

“Governor Wolf and AG Shapiro are standing in the way of the constitutional authority of the General Assembly,” he added. “For people who once lectured the state about transparency and accountability, we all ask, what do they have to hide?”

Democrats insist they have nothing to hide and view the audit as just the latest in a string of stunts from Mastriano to curry favor with former President Donald Trump and earn his endorsement in a potential gubernatorial run next year.

“Continuing to indulge Donald Trump’s #BigLie could lead to more activity like what we saw on January 6th,” Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Pittsburgh) said on Twitter. “It betrays trust in our electoral system without cause and can reduce participation in that important process.”

Biden won Pennsylvania by about 81,000 votes in November. The Trump campaign fired off a series of lawsuits alleging mail-in voter fraud that were later dismissed for lack of evidence. Several Republican lawmakers supported the effort, Mastriano chief among them.

Soon after, Mastriano faced national scrutiny for chartering buses to the Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington D.C. He was photographed near Capitol Hill, but said he left before rioters stormed the building.



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2,006 Fight The Fines cases and counting: Our Legal Coordinator Victoria Solomon joins Ezra Levant

Rebel News Legal Coordinator Victoria Solomon joins Ezra Levant on Friday’s episode of The Ezra Levant Show to give an update on the status of our largest civil liberties project to date.

The pandemic lockdowns started in March of 2020 when they said two weeks to flatten the curve. 

We’re in our second year of the pandemic and they flattened the curve while simultaneously flattening our freedoms and civil liberties on the way. 

The first crazy story was actually that of Pastor Artur Pawlowski who was fined for feeding the homelessand he’s now infamous because he was arrested and jailed for opening his church. 

Soon we started hearing about other crazy cases across Canada. Like Walter Matheson in New Brunswick, who got a lockdown fine for literally sitting in his car by himself, in a Tim Hortons parking lot, drinking a coffee.

So now Rebel News has taken on over 2,006 clients.

And a couple of months ago, we had a huge breakthrough — we are now working with the CRA charity called The Democracy Fund which gives charitable tax receipts for donations. So unlike donations to Rebel News, which aren’t charitable, donations to fight the fines are charitable, and you’ll get a receipt from TDF.

We’re doing our best to manage costs but with 2,006 cases we’re pretty much running our own law firm.

We now have a full-time in-house lawyer, and two full-time paralegals, working directly for Fight The Fines, helping to coordinate all the clients and all the lawyers.

But we still need your help to fund this fight and win back our freedoms. 

Ordinary Canadians shouldn’t be the ones paying the price for just trying to live their lives when politicians like Tyler Shandro get to do what they want. 

If you can chip in a few dollars to help us cover the cost of fighting thousands of tickets on behalf of Canadians we would greatly appreciate it. 

This is only an excerpt of The Ezra Levant Show. To watch the full episode become a subscriber to RebelNews+.





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TLC cancels ‘Counting On’ amid Josh Duggar’s disturbing child porn charges

TLC has canceled “Counting On” as “19 Kids and Counting” star
Josh Duggar faces lurid child pornography charges.

What’s a brief history here?

Authorities arrested Duggar, 33, in late April on federal charges related to possessing child pornography.

If convicted on the charges, Duggar faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000.

Reports
stated that some children featured in the material were under the age of 12, and investigators said that Duggar reportedly had more than 200 images of child pornography on his computer, including footage of babies as young as 18 months.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges, and his trial has been set for November.

What are the details?

On Wednesday,
ABC News reported that TLC canceled the spinoff show so that the Duggar family has the “opportunity to address their situation privately.”

“TLC will not be producing additional seasons of ‘Counting On,'” the network said in a statement. “TLC feels it is important to give the Duggar family the opportunity to address their situation privately.”

“Counting On” debuted in 2015 and followed Duggar daughters Jessa Seewald, Jinger Vuolo, and Joy-Anna Forsyth and their respective families.

On Wednesday, Vuolo spoke out in an Instagram post and said that she supports the network’s cancellation.

She wrote, “We are grateful for TLC giving us the opportunity to be on the network over the years and their kindness towards the Vuolo family. It’s been a remarkable journey that has opened doors to traveling and experiencing the world in a way that we wouldn’t have imagined possible. We wholeheartedly agree with TLC’s decision not to renew ‘Counting On’ and are excited for the next chapter in our lives. We’d like to thank our fans, friends and the amazing film crew who have shown us love and support. We look forward to continuing our creative journey in Los Angeles and seeing what the future holds.”

TLC canceled “19 Kids and Counting” in 2015 following reports that Duggar reportedly molested several young girls, including some of his sisters.





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Let’s stop counting COVID cases – HotAir

As the pandemic is easing in the United States, other parts of the world are not so lucky. This includes much of Asia, where Japan and the Koreas are currently battling resurgences of the virus. This has led to yet another round of lockdowns and quarantines, with residents being sent home yet again to await the arrival of larger shipments of vaccines. Singapore has also seen a spike in new cases, but they are moving toward a different approach to dealing with COVID. Their pandemic task force has proposed that they simply open up the country fully and stop counting new cases every day. Shockingly, CNN has published a report on this proposal describing it in favorable terms and suggesting that it could be “a model for other countries.”

As countries around the Asia-Pacific region tighten restrictions once again to curb potential breakouts of the Delta coronavirus variant, Singapore has laid out a new vision for life to return to normal.

The roadmap, proposed by three members of Singapore’s Covid-19 task force, would scrap lockdowns and mass contact tracing and allow for a return to quarantine-free travel and the resumption of large gatherings. It would even stop counting the daily Covid cases.

The proposal is a radical departure from the so-called “zero transmission” model adopted by several countries and territories — including rival Asian business hub Hong Kong — which have so far proved successful at avoiding large outbreaks.

The secret to what they hope will be their success is Singapore’s high vaccination rates. The city is closing in on having 66% of the population with at least one dose of the vaccine by next week, a remarkable accomplishment under the circumstances. They anticipate having nearly everyone fully vaccinated by the end of the summer. It’s a heavy lift for a population of 5.7 million people, but they seem to be getting it done.

The conclusions of the task force seem like common sense. They’re saying that living with COVID over the long run is possible and with sustained vaccination rates, it can be treated basically the same as the flu or chickenpox. As long as the number of new cases doesn’t rise to the point where their hospitals are overwhelmed, it will remain a manageable situation. The alternative, they point out, would be to keep counting and continue locking down large portions of the city. That’s simply not sustainable. You might stop a few more people from dying, but the city will die instead as businesses close and both tourism and the flow of goods and services go elsewhere.

So why isn’t the United States already doing this? We’re taking the first steps already, with most of the country reopening and most lockdowns already having ended. But we’re still obsessing over the numbers. Governors and mayors are still providing updates on a regular basis and the mainstream media can’t go a single day without talking about the new case numbers and vaccination rates, finding ways to spin both into some form of political controversy. It’s growing tiresome and other countries are talking about similar cases of fatigue. Even Boris Johnson recently said that we’re going to have to learn to live with COVID sooner or later.

America has more than enough vaccines to go around and very soon now we will be vaccinating children of all ages. Before too long, everyone who is willing to be vaccinated will have gotten their shots. The rest will probably catch COVID sooner or later and the vast majority of them will survive and develop their own antibodies. Singapore is making an awful lot of sense right about now. It’s time to put this behind us and get back to the normal business of living.



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Putin Is Laughing and Counting All the US Dollars Now Headed His Way Thanks to Biden’s Move Against American Energy

We didn’t stop needing oil the moment President Joe Biden took office on Jan. 20 — and Russian President Vladimir Putin will be laughing all the way to the bank over it for a long time to come.

According to Just the News, new data from the International Energy Agency shows that the United States imported more petroleum products from Russia in March than it has in over a decade.

The 22,938 barrels of crude oil and petroleum imported are short of the 24,371 imported in August 2010. Only one month saw more imports from Russia than this: May 2009, with 25,083 barrels of crude oil and petroleum products.

“Crude oil imports from Russia in March stood at 6.1 million barrels, making Russia the third-largest oil exporter to the United States,” Just the News’ Bethany Blankley reported Friday.

“The spike in U.S. imports of crude oil and petroleum products from Russia began in 2002 and continued to climb in 2010. They dipped down in 2014 and rose significantly in 2020, according to an IEA analysis.”

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Of course, this didn’t happen as a result of Joe Biden suddenly taking office. It’s a sign, however, that America’s energy consumption patterns are changing with the petering out of the pandemic. It’s also an augury that this is going to be happening a lot more in the future — particularly as Biden’s administration is making it harder to drill, transport and produce oil.

One of the first acts of the new administration was to cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline project, which would have brought crude oil down from the oil sands of Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Biden also ended drilling licenses in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, stopped new drilling on federal lands and promised to cut carbon emissions in half by 2030.

Price Future Group senior energy analyst Phil Flynn, in a June 14 piece for Fox Business, said Biden’s energy policies had allowed Russia to grab more of the world energy market.

Flynn wrote that “exports of oil to the U.S. are at an all-time high, reaching almost 750,000 b/d in March, according to International Energy Agency (IEA) data, making Russia the number-three oil exporter to the U.S.

Does the United States need to be independent from Russian energy?

“Here at home, U.S. oil production has fallen by 1.715 million barrels from a year ago, so a large part of that void is being filled by Russia,” he said.

This is a change from what we saw during the last administration.

“During Trump’s term, America was competing with Russia and Saudi Arabia to be the world’s dominant oil and gas producer, yet under Biden, we are retreating from that race in the name of climate change,” Flynn wrote.

“The problem is that the Biden administration’s carbon goals are unrealistic, and even the IEA admits that unless we stop investing in fossil fuels the carbon goals will not be met,” he said.

While Biden might give pie-in-the-sky predictions involving renewables, Flynn said, Putin is more realistic about where the world’s energy needs are.

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“We already know that Russia is not going to stop investing in oil and gas, because the demand for fossil fuels will soon spike to all-time highs and it will be decades before we start to see a meaningful demand decline,” he said.

“In the meantime, Russia will see a big economic boost as fossil fuel prices will undoubtedly rise as the U.S. falls back from the oil and gas production stage,” Flynn wrote.

And yet, while Biden is busy canceling pipelines at home, he’s not willing to take any action against Russia for building them in Europe.

Last month, the president announced he wouldn’t be sanctioning the companies involved in the Russian-controlled Nord Stream 2 pipeline because doing so would be “counterproductive” since it was almost finished.

“I have been opposed to Nord Stream 2 from the beginning but it only has — it’s almost completed,” Biden said. “To go ahead and impose sanctions now would, I think, be counterproductive in terms of our European relations.”

The pipeline will send about 1.9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas into Europe each year. Nord Stream 2 will also bypass Ukraine, depriving that country of gas transit fees.

Not only is it bad for European energy security, therefore, it’s also an attempt to cut Ukraine off from funding. Yet Biden won’t make a move against it because that would be “counterproductive.”

Kathleen Sgamma, president of the Western Energy Alliance, said in a statement that Biden’s administration is “buttressing the Iranian and Russian industries” and has “tipped us into oil dependence on Russia just a year after complete independence” from them, according to Just the News.

Sgamma went on to call it “a geopolitical gift” to Moscow.

It’s a gift that’s going to keep on giving, sadly, particularly as the West becomes suicidally dependent on the Russian oil spigot.

C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he’s written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.

C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he’s written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).

Birthplace

Morristown, New Jersey

Education

Catholic University of America

Languages Spoken

English, Spanish

Topics of Expertise

American Politics, World Politics, Culture





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