Fear Of Donald Trump Kept Putin From Invading Ukraine. Here’s How Trump Pulled It Off

Fear Of Donald Trump Kept Putin From Invading Ukraine. Here’s How Trump Pulled It Off


MARCH 03, 2022

John Ratcliffe served as the 6th U.S. Director of National Intelligence. Cliff Sims served as U.S. Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Strategy and Communications.

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Trump not only successfully deterred Russia from acting against Ukraine, he effectively deterred a lot of bad behavior across the planet.

Author John Ratcliffe and Cliff Sims profile


A recent Harvard-Harris poll found that 62 percent of Americans believe that Russia would not have invaded Ukraine if Donald Trump were still in the Oval Office. As former senior intelligence officials under President Trump, we agree with that view.

Russia invaded Georgia in 2008 when George W. Bush was president. Russia took Crimea in 2014 when Barack Obama was president. Russia has now invaded Ukraine with Joe Biden as president. However, when Donald Trump was president, Russia did not seize territory from any of its neighbors.

During his four years in office, Trump not only successfully deterred Russia from acting against Ukraine, he effectively deterred a lot of bad behavior across the planet. He focused on ending America’s foreign wars rather than launching new ones. At the same time, he brokered the Abraham Accords to expand peace in the Middle East.

The exercise of American power to deter adversaries is a complicated business. It involves a mix of military, economic, political, and diplomatic strategies and actions that together communicate the costs of threatening U.S. national interests.

Ultimately, the art of statecraft boils down to whether a president projects American strength that deters adversaries, or projects American weakness that emboldens our adversaries. 

So how did Trump succeed in containing Putin while the Russian autocrat has run wild with others in the White House? Why was he so successful at spreading peace elsewhere? We believe the long answer begins with these ten ways that Donald Trump projected American strength and kept the bad guys in check:

  1. Rebuilt the American Military
  2. Crusaded for American Energy Dominance
  3. Set the Tone by Launching Surgical Missile Strikes in Syria in Early 2017
  4. Developed Strong Relationships with Middle Eastern Nations Based on Mutual Interests
  5. Was Ruthless with the Taliban While Winding Down the Afghanistan War
  6. Crushed the ISIS Caliphate
  7. Demonstrated a Consistent Willingness to Take out the Bad Guys
  8. Stood Up to China
  9. Strategically Used Unpredictability as an Asset in Foreign Affairs
  10. Advanced Tough Russia Policies and Provided Lethal Aid to Ukraine while Maintaining an Open Dialogue

Each of these points are worthy of unpacking in-depth, but there are several that illustrate the dramatic difference in approach between Trump and Biden, starting with Afghanistan.

When President Trump initiated the process of ending America’s longest war, senior officials huddled in the Situation Room to discuss tactical challenges on the ground. The president reminded the group of America’s humiliating withdrawal from Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War, and said we must do whatever it takes to leave in a safe, orderly, and dignified way. When military leaders bemoaned the costs and logistical challenges of bringing home our equipment, the president said that he did not care if it was a helicopter or a styrofoam cooler. If it had an American flag on it, it was either coming home or getting destroyed to keep it from falling into the hands of our enemies. He vowed that we would leave on our terms, or we would not leave at all. 

Tragically, President Biden’s approach – which included the decision to abandon the strategically important Bagram Air Base prior to the evacuation – cost the lives of 13 American servicemembers and led to the Taliban parading victoriously through Kabul with billions of dollars of American combat equipment. The administration’s stunning incompetence – detailed in an official U.S. Army report – made the United States look weak and vulnerable on the world stage, and Putin was watching.

The world took notice when Trump ordered the killing of Iranian terrorist general Qassem Soleimani, who had operated with impunity throughout the Middle East until the U.S. military sent two Hellfire missiles through his vehicle. As a candidate for president, Biden released a statement condemning the righteous attack as a “hugely escalatory move” that brought us to “the brink of a major conflict across the Middle East.” This, of course, proved to not be the case, but it illustrated Biden’s unwillingness to do what it takes to establish credible deterrence. 

This principle of deterrence applies across the globe, which explains why the Chinese military has sent a record number of airplanes into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone since Biden took office.

To the specific case at hand, Trump was much tougher on Russia than the media have led people to believe, while Biden has been far softer. 

Trump deployed such aggressive sanctions against Russia that President Obama’s Secretary of Defense Robert Gates called them the toughest in history, and he withdrew from one-sided treaties that hamstrung the U.S. while Russia violated the terms.

Biden has taken the opposite approach, appeasing Putin by handing him his top two geopolitical priorities on a silver platter. He unconditionally extended the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, allowing Russia to continue building tactical nuclear weapons while constraining our ability to modernize. And while Trump imposed sanctions to stop Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline in its tracks, construction was allowed to resume when Biden took office.

President Trump understood the power of building American energy dominance. By slashing onerous regulations, Trump sparked an American energy boom that ensured we would never be reliant on any other nation to meet our energy needs. Geopolitically, America’s increased export capacity reduced Putin’s leverage over our European allies, who depend on Russia for 40 percent of their gas and more than a quarter of their oil.

Trump approved the Keystone XL oil pipeline at home and shut down Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Eastern Europe. Biden reversed both decisions, meaning he has been harder on America’s energy producers than he has been on Russia’s. To add insult to injury, as the Russian army pushed into Ukraine, Biden’s climate envoy John Kerry hoped aloud that “President Putin will help us to stay on track with respect to what we need to do for the climate.”

Vladimir Putin’s appetite for expansion did not wane during the four years Trump was in office, and the world was not just miraculously a safer place. Bad actors like Putin simply knew that they had to restrain themselves or deal with the consequences. In nearly every way possible, President Biden has weakened the United States and our allies and empowered Putin. As a result, Russia is on the march, even as the Ukrainian people have inspired the world with their courage and resilience. And in the wings, America’s greatest threat – Xi Jinping’s China – waits, and watches.


Trump: Biden Admits 2020 Election May Have Been Fraudulent

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“We put together I think the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history American politics“ – Joe Biden

“Quote” “We put together I think the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history American politics” – Joe Biden

Former President Donald Trump on Thursday said President Joe Biden questioned the 2020 election results “in his own very different way.”

During a rare press conference on Wednesday, Biden said the upcoming midterm election results could be “illegitimate.”

“President Biden admitted yesterday, in his own very different way, that the 2020 election may very well have been a fraud, which I know it was,” Trump said in a statement released by his joint fundraising committee Save America.

“I’m sure his representatives, who work so hard to make it look legit, are not happy,” he added.

Biden on Wednesday was asked whether he believed the 2022 election will be conducted fairly and its results legitimate.

“Well, it all depends on whether or not we’re able to make the case to the American people that some of this is being set up to try to alter the outcome of the election,” said Biden, taking a stance for which Trump has been vilified by the left and the mainstream media.

The former president and his allies have said that Biden prevailed in 2020 due to voter fraud in several key battleground states.

Later, during the press conference Biden was asked whether the 2022 election would be “free and fair” if some state legislatures reformed their voting protocols.

“Oh, yeah, I think it easily could be — be illegitimate,” the president said.

Biden said the legitimacy of the midterms could depend on whether Democrats passed their voting legislation — which was blocked by Republicans on Wednesday evening.

The bill would have implemented election reform demanding federal “pre-clearance” from the Justice Department before states and localities could change voting regulations — a power the Constitution left to the states.

Biden and fellow progressives have insisted that states — largely GOP-led ones — are making it harder to vote, particularly for minorities.

Republicans say states simply are tightening requirements to improve the voting process and its accuracy so there are fewer problems going forward.

Reference https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/2020-election-trump-biden-fraudulent/2022/01/20/id/1053245/

Trump Rips Biden: ‘Our Country Is Being Destroyed’

Formers President Donald Trump. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

By Jeffrey Rodack    |   Friday, 04 February 2022 12:01 PM

Former President Donald Trump is blasting President Joe Biden, saying he is destroying the country.

Trump’s comments came during an interview on the “NRSC Red Zone” podcast. The podcast is hosted by Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Trump ripped into Biden policies on border security, Afghanistan, the economy and gas prices. He also took the opportunity to go after those Democrats who favor defunding the police.

“Our country is being destroyed in one year,” Trump said. “The borders are horrible. So many things are horrible. The way [Biden] has handled COVID has been horrible. So many things are bad, but this is a thing that’s really hit people: This all took place in one year.

“I think the withdrawal from Afghanistan was so bad on so many fronts. Number one: The way it was done. I was the one who was going to get out. But we were going to get out with strength and dignity. To this day many Americans are left behind.

“Nobody even knows what happened., But you had 13 killed and many, many wounded of our military and other people. We took our military out first. It was absolutely ridiculous. Then, of course, you had $85 billion worth of equipment  — 70,000 trucks, 700,000 machine guns and rifles [left behind]. … One of the most incredible, stupid deals, that I’ve ever heard of.”

Trump noted that during his administration the U.S. had “the greatest economy in history.”

“I don’t think there’s anything that’s ever been like it,” he said. “Then we had COVID and then we built it up again from that point.”

But he added: “Bad things are happening for our country.”

And he said the price of fuel has to be brought back down.

“They [Biden Administration officials] have no idea what they’re doing,” he said. “It’s a very sad situation because we were energy independent. We had very low gasoline prices, very low heating prices, etc. etc. Natural gas was coming out stronger and stronger. It’s clean. And we were doing great both in terms of the environment and in terms of the costs.

“I think a very important thing to do right now is getting the energy costs down. It’s a big factor in respect to inflation.

“We were at $1.87 for gasoline and now we’re hitting $5, $6 and $7. Pretty incredible. I think it’s had a huge, negative impact on the Biden administration.”

Trump agreed with Scott that Biden doesn’t seem to “care” about border security and the amount of migrants entering the U.S.

“We had the lowest numbers in history, and today you have the highest number,” he said. “We had the lowest amounts of drugs coming in in decades and now you have the most. Drugs are pouring through the border right now. I had it down to a number nobody had seen in decades.

“It actually looks like [Biden] doesn’t care about the drugs coming in and they’re killing people by the tens of thousands.”

And he criticized Democrats for the move to defund police.

“In New York we just lost as number of great policemen — shot, killed,” he said. 

He condemned those responsible for the fatal attacks on police.

“These are murderers — horrible murderers,” he said. “And nothing happens. If you’re a murderer they let you out. No cash bail. It’s just killing our country.

“All Democrat-run cities. We don’t have Republican cities like this. The only way you’re going to fix it is the opposite of what they’re doing. Not defund the police, but to defend the police. Police can do their jobs so well. They had for years and now this philosophy to defund the police. It’s not going away. It’s so ridiculous.

“The American people are on our side. These are just politicians who have gone crazy.”

The Leftists Addiction to Trump

Maybe Joe Biden was “onto” something when he called a reporter a “junkie?” American Media is addicted to conflict, drama, and “bad guys.” Blame is the game: drama requires enemies.

Our new “supplier” is a modern Karl Marx sending media minions out peddling the old class warfare updated with the latest genres fixated on gender and race.

In my new book, Citizen Trump: A One Man Show, I capture the gargantuan David and Goliath effort it took for a Media phenom like Trump (like William Randolph Hearst before him) to take on the system and win repeatedly!

The sin of envy? Trump’s leftist enemies didn’t realize then (or now) that their sickness is a terrible addiction deep in their DNA. Whether it’s race, gender or politics, they need to externalize blame.

The dramatic triangle is a model of human interaction proposed by Dr. Stephen B. Karpman. It maps vicious cycles that occur in people’s lives to sustain the conflict. In psychotherapy, characters play their roles in the drama as persecutors, victims and rescuers.

Even though Trump is no longer in office, the media still needs their “ex-Trump” in the room. His memory must perpetuate the cycle to create further victims, allowing self-righteous anchors to play rescuer. Otherwise, no one would watch the news.

The reward of the cycle? Externalizing blame.

Maybe you’ve made yourself a victim? What if you made other decisions, made different choices, or even re-evaluated why you require the fix? No, wait: it’s Donald Trump’s fault?

How about a little independent thinking? Maybe find a new start, change direction, and discover a new self? Yes, the most challenging part of being an adult, but what are our alternatives?

  • Shutting down speech through censorship?
  • Using elementary schools as reeducation camps?
  • Transforming American federalism into a one-party state?

The current Media blends with political agendas, so the creative instinct to find the enemy for entertainment ratings can now also be infused by a radical ideology to gain power.

Whom we choose as enemy reveals our deepest fears. In today’s media, it’s still Trump. He’s white; he made America First a winning message, and most importantly, he beat the Media at their own game.

As Trump called them the enemy of the people, and their vicious attacks were so severe, they turned “The Apprentice” star into the victim, feeding the beast.

After the so-called Capitol insurrection, the channels changed again. Trump, cut off from Twitter, unwittingly provided the networks a counter-narrative to disguise months of looting and violence (500 riots).

Knowing how to escape the triangle is essential to ending the American Media addiction. The simple answer is to disengage from the blame game, build a new independent network outside the leviathan.

For conservative media, this means stop whining and build your spheres of influence so that you too can show-not-tell your audience through a pro-America Media network.

Rather than leave the battle to one reality TV star, build a ground army, rallying Americans to support straightforward nonpolitical (non-Leftist) films and shows with producers and directors who can reach a mass audience.

As I write in Citizen Trump, Donald Trump once dreamed of being a Media Mogul. Why not now? The timing could not be better. As the counter-narrative to Left billionaires like George Soros and Bill Gates, Trump could direct and grow our movement from behind the scenes, seeding new armies of American First patriots.

As we see in Hearst’s life told through Citizen Kane, only when Charles Foster Kane exposes himself to the light of public opinion does he open the door for the personal attack.

Turn the Rallies into movie screenings with part of the ticket price supporting new films and shows to support new programming networks, with Trump as the Executive Producer!

Have the new screening outlets feed new platforms so average Americans can bypass the streams of Leftist indoctrination and redirect to more of the mainstream American story.

Create new stars and stories of tomorrow that reflect the true American legacy in fair textbooks and multi-media resources for children, detoxing the poison of grievance, envy, and resentment.

An American restoration.

If not, as I warn in my book, the cycle will only continue to divide the country and make it easier for more radicals to trade on groups and victimhood, speaking good TV and a lousy body politic.

The Dramatic Triangle roles feed off fear and anxiety. It’s time we step off and embrace a Judeo-Christian life of empathy. Like an army on defense, it’s OK the American system cut its losses until it can rebuild again.

The Media is addicted to Trump, and without him, they have no identity. I hope Trump uses his star power to demand a new America-first patriotic Media. We all need to dream, but for now, we need to pull the plug and regroup.

Robert Orlando is a filmmaker, an author, an entrepreneur and a scholar. As an entrepreneur, he founded Nexus Media. As a scholar, he has in-depth knowledge of ancient and modern history and politics. As an award-winning writer/director, his latest films are the thought-provoking documentaries “Apostle Paul: A Polite Bribe,” “Silence Patton,” and the new release, “The Divine Plan: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Dramatic End of the Cold War.” His books include “Apostle Paul: A Polite Bribe” and, as co-author, “The Divine Plan.” His work was published in “Writing Short Scripts” and he has written numerous articles on a wide range of topics for HuffPost, Patheos and Daily Caller. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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Senate Republicans block January 6 commission

Senate Republicans block January 6 commission

By , Ted Barrett, and , CNNUpdated 12:32 PM EDT, Fri May 28, 2021


Deflecting from the audits are not doing you any good! Let’s talk about the audit investigations so we can address the STOLEN ELECTION OF 2020!



Can We “Circle-Back” to the Trump Presidency Please?Gas Prices in the US and Happy Memorial Day.

Just something to think about.

U.S. gas prices stabilize some, but expected to rise for Memorial Day

By Clyde Hughes (0)

Source: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2021/05/25/gas-prices-memorial-day-aaa/7841621952531/

Drivers line up at an Arlington, Va., gas station to buy fuel on May 13, amid shortages due to the Colonial Pipeline attack. Photo by Jemal Countess/UPI

May 25 (UPI) — Drivers in the United States will see the most expensive gas prices in seven years, experts say.

While gas prices have stabilized since the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack, AAA expects prices to hover above $3 per gallon in many parts of the United States. That’s a rise of 17 cents per gallon over the past month.

The last time prices were this high for Memorial Day weekend was 2014.

The Energy Information Administration said Monday gas prices are up by at least $1 compared to 2020 in virtually every segment of the country.

“AAA expects 37 million Americans to travel, mostly by car and plane, for the Memorial Day holiday weekend,” AAA spokeswoman Jeanette McGee said in a statement.

“That is a 60% increase over last year’s holiday and a strong indication that summer travel is going to be largely popular.

The national average on Tuesday was $3.04 per gallon, according to AAA. California has the most expensive gas ($4.17 per gallon) and Mississippi and Louisiana have the least expensive fuel ($2.71).

“With the increase in travel demand, gas prices are going to be expensive no matter where you fill up, so plan ahead,” McGee added.

“Holiday road trippers may come across some gas stations with low fuel supply in popular travel destinations, like beaches, mountains or national parks.”

Let’s “CIRCLE-BACK” to May 18th and see what the analysis looked like then. I think President Trump knows what he’s talking about.

Cost of gas in U.S. rises to highest level in 6 years due to pipeline attack

By Don Johnson (0)

Source: https://upi.com/7096791

May 18 (UPI) — The average price for gasoline in the United States has risen to the highest level in years and is well over $3 per gallon.

As of Tuesday, the national average is $3.04 per gallon — the highest average in six years.

AAA says the cyberattack that disrupted the Colonial Pipeline last week has been a significant factor in the rise. The pipeline, which carries gasoline from the Gulf Coast to the East Coast, resumed operating last weekend.

The disruption created limited supplies of gasoline in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, AAA noted, and prices in those states climbed as much as 21 cents per gallon last week.

RELATED: Colonial Pipeline resumes ‘normal operations’

Over the past week, the national average increased 8 cents.

With the pipeline returning to normal operation, gas prices in the southeastern states and the nation have stabilized, AAA said.

“The Southeast will continue to experience tight supply this week as terminals and gas stations are refueled,” AAA spokesperson Jeanette McGee said in a statement.

RELATED: Biden administration outlines plans for electric vehicle chargers

“Over the weekend, gas prices started to stabilize, but are expected to fluctuate in the lead up to Memorial Day weekend.”

AAA says more than 30 million Americans are expected to travel for Memorial Day weekend, from May 27-31 — a 52% increase compared to last year.

“This is going to be an expensive summer for motorists,” McGee added. “However, we do not expect it to deter travelers from hitting the road.

RELATED: Buoyed by cost of gas, U.S. consumer prices up 0.4% in February

“Despite the higher pump prices, Americans still take their road trips, but just may not travel as far as originally planned, or go to their planned destination and spend a little less.”

AAA says crude oil prices and gasoline demand will be the greatest factors in how far gas prices will climb.

Virginia and Tennessee have seen the greatest increases over the past week (18 cents), followed by Alabama (17 cents), Maryland (16 cents), Mississippi (12 cents), West Virginia (10 cents) and Texas (10 cents).

As of Tuesday, California has the most expensive gas in the United States, at $4.14 per gallon, followed by Hawaii, Nevada and Washington state. Louisiana, $2.72 per gallon, has the nation’s least expensive gas, followed by Mississippi, Texas and Missouri. (0)

Now then…………………………….

He KNEW……….He always does!

President Donald Trump Thursday insisted, while gas prices are creeping up to new highs for Memorial Day weekend, that the United States is “energy independent no more,” but while he was in the White House, prices remained low.

“I’m sorry to say the gasoline prices that you will be confronted with are far higher than they were just a short number of months ago where we had gasoline under $2 a gallon,” Trump said on his website.

“Remember as you’re watching the meter tick, and your dollars pile up, how great of a job Donald Trump did as President. Soon Russia and the Middle East will be making a fortune on oil, and you will be saying how good it was to have me as your President.”
“Wasn’t it great to be energy independent, but we are energy independent no more,” he added. “Shame, shame, shame. Other than that, have a great Memorial Day Weekend!”

I was having a conversation with someone about this topic just this morning. Isn’t it ironic that Biden had no problem whatsoever closing down the pipeline and putting all those hard working US citizen’s out of a great paying job in which to support their families? And THEN… TURNS AROUND and gives Putin exactly what he wants…??? And to top it off when we were the number one in the gas industry while President Trump was ruling the roost, now we have no status! Am I the only one who thinks something stinks to high heaven here? Is it just me that gets the notion that there’s more than meets the eye here?

The REAL question is…. 👇


Biden Just Rescinded A Key Trump Executive Order That Targets Online Censorship

Biden Just Rescinded A Key Trump Executive Order That Targets Online Censorship

By Staff – May 17, 2021

OPINION | This article contains political commentary which reflects the author’s opinion.

Joe Biden Rescinded Another Trump executive order that focuses on online censorship, according to The Daily Wire.

The executive order implemented but the Trump administration was supposed to hold large social media companies such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google responsible for content responsible for posts on their platforms.

Trump’s Executive Order 13925 states “an internet provider be exposed to liability like any traditional editor and publisher that is not an online provider.”

Trump specified, “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be held liable on account of any action voluntarily taken in good faith to restrict access to or availability of material that the provider or user considers to be obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable, whether or not such material is constitutionally protected.”

By using the term “otherwise objectionable” it opened up the opportunity for the social media giants to censor content they fins as “otherwise objectionable.”

Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, said, “Of course, our ability to provide access to a wide range of information is only possible because of existing legal frameworks, like Section 230.”

“The United States adopted Section 230 early in the internet’s history, and it has been foundational to US leadership in the tech sector.”

“Section 230 protects the freedom to create and share content while supporting the ability of platforms and services of all sizes to responsibly address harmful content.”

In Trump’s executive order stated, “Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube wield immense, if not unprecedented, power to shape the interpretation of public events; to censor, delete, or disappear information; and to control what people see or do not see. …”

“Section 230(c) was designed to address early court decisions holding that, if an online platform restricted access to some content posted by others, it would thereby become a “publisher” of all the content posted on its site for purposes of torts such as defamation. As the title of section 230(c) makes clear, the provision provides limited liability “protection” to a provider of an interactive computer service (such as an online platform) that engages in “‘Good Samaritan’ blocking” of harmful content.”

“In particular, the Congress sought to provide protections for online platforms that attempted to protect minors from harmful content and intended to ensure that such providers would not be discouraged from taking down harmful material.”

“The provision was also intended to further the express vision of the Congress that the internet is a “forum for a true diversity of political discourse.”

“The limited protections provided by the statute should be construed with these purposes in mind. …”

“In particular, subparagraph (c)(2) expressly addresses protections from “civil liability” and specifies that an interactive computer service provider may not be made liable “on account of” its decision in “good faith” to restrict access to content that it considers to be “obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing or otherwise objectionable.”

“It is the policy of the United States to ensure that, to the maximum extent permissible under the law, this provision is not distorted to provide liability protection for online platforms that—far from acting in “good faith” to remove objectionable content—instead engage in deceptive or pretextual actions (often contrary to their stated terms of service) to stifle viewpoints with which they disagree. …”

From The Daily Wire:

Section 230 was not intended to allow a handful of companies to grow into titans controlling vital avenues for our national discourse under the guise of promoting open forums for debate, and then to provide those behemoths blanket immunity when they use their power to censor content and silence viewpoints that they dislike. When an interactive computer service provider removes or restricts access to content and its actions do not meet the criteria of subparagraph (c)(2)(A), it is engaged in editorial conduct. It is the policy of the United States that such a provider should properly lose the limited liability shield of subparagraph (c)(2)(A) and be exposed to liability like any traditional editor and publisher that is not an online provider.

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