10 reasons why we may actually have a nuclear war with North Korea.

August 12, 2017

A respected pundit on national television last night was asked if she really believed that there would be a nuclear war with North Korea.

“Probably not,” she answered.

That’s not good enough.

Even the possibility of such a serious event needs to be considered. Newsweek says a war with North Korea would result in one million dead. And that is if it doesn’t go nuclear.

None of us can even contemplate the death toll of a nuclear exchange. Some estimates say 10 million lives. Some say much more. Even if the United States totally annihilated her enemy, even one nuclear hit on our mainland would substantially reduce us as an economic power.

Below are ten reasons why nuclear war may happen.

#1) North Korean president, Kim Jong-Un has a psychotic streak. If NBC and USA Today are to be believed, he fed his uncle to live, hungry dogs. (Really?) And CNN says he likely arranged the assassination of his own half brother.

#2) Kim Jong-Un has shown a willingness to sacrifice his own people.

He has maintained prison camps for thousands of North Koreans, many who were born into the camps, where they are still imprisoned, because of the crimes of their parents.

A recent escapee reported that he was encouraged from birth to denounce his own parents and witnessed their torture and execution.

Thus the deterrent of mutual assured destruction, (MAD), that held the world in check for two generations, may no longer offer restraint.

#3) Kim has paid a huge price to get his nuclear weapons.

He allowed millions of North Koreans to die in a national famine, while using all of his resources to advance his military. For what purpose?

#4) Reports suggest that North Korea is on the verge of economic collapse and may be willing to sell its nuclear technology to terrorist organizations such as ISIS or to Iran.

#5) Kim’s hostility toward America is three generations in the making. Both his father and grandfather saw the United States as their chief enemy.

#6) Kim showed what he is capable of doing up close in the personal example of Otto Warmbier. Otto was an American student, visiting North Korea with a youth group. He was arrested for trying to take a propaganda poster as a souvenir. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison and then given an early release. He returned to the United States in coma where he died within days.

#7) Communist ideology allows for mass murder.

One of its tenets, promoted by Lenin, holds that there should be a one party state. This has led to the execution of opponents. Scholars estimate that the number of mass murders by communists regimes is between a low of 21 million to a high of 70 million. But some scholars put the figure at 85-100 million.

I visited Cambodia after the genocide of Pol Pot. In his virulent version of communism, he marked for execution all educators, journalists, artists, clergy, soldiers and even anyone wearing eye glasses. It was determined that if a person wore eye glasses they could probably read and Pol Pot wanted to build his new Marxist regime from the bottom up. We have no way of knowing what Pol Pot would have done if he had nuclear weapons.

#8) Kim is isolated and surrounded by sycophants. It will impact his judgement.

We have all experienced hubris in ourselves and others. Having worked for more than one president, I can tell you that the most humble, self effacing, person can be corrupted and will become corrupted within weeks of power. Kim Jong-Un has been insulated from criticism and lavished with praise for three generations.

#9) Kim may be talented enough to fund and build his nuclear program and still, at the same time, be illogical in conducting his nation’s war policy.

Governments can be both efficient and illogical at the same time. The Germans under Hitler organized the mass execution of millions of people even while many of their victims argued right up to the end that such a government program was not possible, that they and their professions were needed for the war effort. Why would a government kill its own doctors, scientists and talented engineers?

#10) History is filled with the stories of miscalculations that led to war.

World War One began when clumsy diplomats misunderstood communications.

We are told that the United States has many options and need not fear. I sat in the Green Room of Fox yesterday, talking to two, respected generals, who outlined what we can do to protect ourselves. But both generals admitted that we have consistently miscalculated about North Korean nuclear capabilities. And many of our options for defense have never been put to the test.

Can a government that cannot run its own Veteran’s Hospitals perfectly execute every offensive military program, every time?

 

 

 

 


Ivanka power not diminished

August 1, 2017
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Today, Ivanka Trump tweeted that she will be pleased to “serve alongside General Kelly.”
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The anti-Trump media went nuts.
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Did this represent a power play? What does it mean? “Serve alongside.”
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As one who has spent his life reading and writing about the children of presidents, interviewing 19 of them, traveling with them to foreign countries, visiting in their homes, entertaining them in mine, sitting in the Oval Office with several of them, I can offer a little perspective on this subject.

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Ivanka Trump meets with Lydia Pogu and Joy Bishara, two Chibok girls who escaped the Boko Haram. This was the day that the State Department released its report on human trafficking.

Yes, the new chief of staff, John Kelly, will run a tight ship. Projects and people will go through him.

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No, he will not isolate the president from his wife and children. Sorry. It doesn’t work that way. Does YOUR life work that way?
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And his wife and children will still lobby their favorite projects. Maybe after hours, or over a sandwich at lunch but it will still happen.
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Don’t YOUR children lobby you?
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A family does not cease to become a family when it moves into the White House.
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I worked closely, daily, with the children of George H.W. Bush. Including that time when James O. Baker, III was running the presidential campaign. And later when Governor John Sununu was running the White House. Baker and Sununu were arguably, two of the greatest chiefs of staff in American history. They were considered total control freaks. Every idea and scrap of paper went through their hands.
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But neither one blocked the president’s sons or daughter. I was sometimes with them when they called or he called them. Or when they met backstage or for a Chinese dinner.
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They were respectful enough not to usurp the authority of the president’s man but they did not shy away from offering their ideas or opinions. In fact, a case can be made, that if George W. Bush had been more involved, the Richard Darman tax increase would never have occurred and Bush, Sr. would not have broken his famous pledge, “read my lips” and just maybe he would have been re-elected to a second term.
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Ivanka hugs Lydia Pogu, escaped Chibok girl.

The very position of chief of staff owes its power to presidential children.
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George Washington took his stepson, Jackie, as an aide de camp at the battle of Yorktown. Jackie died from a communal disease. George Adams and John Adams, II, both served as secretary’s to the president. So did young Smith Van Buren, Robert Tyler, Jr., Richard Taylor, Robert Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant , Jr., Webb Hayes and the list goes on.
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As the position of secretary to the president grew, the first chiefs of staff emerged from the swamp. Sherman Adams stepped forth, running the White House for Dwight David Eisenhower. But even then, Ike’s son, John Eisenhower also worked on the White House staff and lived in the private quarters. His wife, Barbara, served as hostess on the road trips, since First Lady, Mamie Eisenhower had a fear of flying.
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It’s true, there have been some pretty tightly run White House operations that tended to shut out the children. FDR’s kids had to make an appointment to see their father. But Roosevelt had a dysfunctional marriage and family.  It should not be invoked by critics of “kid power” as an example. The last year in office, FDR brought in his daughter Anna, to run the White House and help him run interference with First Lady Eleanor, while he picked up his old romance with Lucy Rutherford. She was with him when he died in Warm Springs, Georgia.
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You can read it all in THE RAISING OF A PRESIDENT or in ALL THE PRESIDENTS CHILDREN.
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There is nothing to be alarmed about. The best things that have happened to Donald Trump have happened when Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump were involved. The trip to the Middle East, which involved back to back meetings with Saudi Arabia and Israel, is an exampmle.
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Yes, Kelly will run a tight ship, so too did James Baker, John Sununu and Leon Paneta, but Trump will not be denied face time with his own family. Not gonna happen. And John Kelly, who lost a son in combat, wouldn’t want it to happen.
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Donald Trump – Jeff Sessions? It has all happened before

July 26, 2017

He is perhaps the richest president in American history.

He is cantankerous, unpredictable, disruptive.

He hates the media and is openly at war with them. Meanwhile, the media have begun to attack his own family. He is secretly trying to buy his own media properties with plans to fight back.

He is at war with the Senate, including members from his own party. They retaliate by blocking some of his appointments.

He can’t trust his own cabinet, who he accuses of undermining him. This includes some of his most loyal, original supporters.

Behind it all is his campaign to “drain the swamp” and end what he sees as insider corruption, using the government to line their pockets.

I am speaking, of course, about Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States.

I was one of the first students of history to call attention to the uncanny comparisons between the populist, Andrew Jackson and Donald Trump. This was shared years ago in an interview with Neil Cavuto. Two weeks later it was written up in a New York Times article. Now, with the open dialogue between President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, its time to take another look.

Some would argue that George Washington was actually more wealthy, comparisons are subjective. But still, Andrew Jackson was very rich.

Andrew Jackson blamed the newspapers for the death of his wife. Journalists wrote stories about Rachel Jackson, accusing her of being an adulterer and bigamist. The devout, religious Rachel was protected from theses stories but finally found them during a shopping trip in Nashville. She was trying to buy a dress for the inauguration. Her girlfriends tried to keep her away from the stacks of old newspapers laying around the shops but she was riveted.

Rachel went into a deep funk and died before the inauguration. She never wore her inaugural dress and she never set foot in the White House.

The Senate quarreled with Jackson and for the first time in American history, refused to approve a presidents’ cabinet nominee.

Furious with his outspoken attacks, they officially censured him in 1834.

Jackson became so estranged from his own cabinet, each of which had their own political entanglements, that he started meeting secretly in a back room of the White House with some informal friends that he trusted. This included an army major, two editors of newspapers who helped advise him on fighting back at his print media tormentors, a sympathetic U.S. Senator, his personal secretary, among others.

Word of the meetings became public. Because the room was close to the White House kitchen the informal advisers were dubbed “the kitchen cabinet.”

Critics said it was outrageous and unconstitutional.  Instead, every president since Andrew Jackson has had his own “kitchen cabinet” of informal outside advisers.  It became the beginnings of a White House political staff.

Jackson’s enemies accused him of being a sexist. It was the wives of cabinet members who drove the personal animosity. It all erupted with “the Peggy Eaton affair” where Jackson defended one of their own who had married a woman who was allegedly a former prostitute.

Andrew Jackson’s unpredictable and mercurial personality didn’t help matters. He was quick tempered. By some estimates he fought in one hundred duels. He died with bullets still in his body.

Behind it all was “money.” Andrew Jackson opposed the national bank which he saw as a device for insiders to get wealthy off the backs of the common men. This was behind the Senate’s censure of Jackson. It was why they denied his appointment as Secretary of the Treasury. It was why Jackson became isolated from the Washington establishment.

In spite of it all, Andrew Jackson was extremely popular with the people, themselves. He eventually cobbled together a chain of newspapers, which were called “the Jackson papers” and were deadly at attacking the political opposition.

In 1831 the Senate had rejected Martin Van Buren, Andrew Jackson’s nominee for Ambassador to Great Britain. It was a personal slap in the face to the president, meant to be a teaching experience for the new president, a lesson in power politics.

Later, Andrew Jackson got his revenge. When he ran for reelection, Martin Van Buren was added to the ticket as his vice president. Upon leaving office, Jackson used his popularity with the people to help get Martin Van Buren elected president himself.

Political experts saw Andrew Jackson as a shooting star that would race across the sky and excite the masses for a few moments and then be gone. Instead, he re-ordered power in Washington and impacted American history forever.

Today, his bronze statue sits in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House. Andrew Jackson is on horseback, looking back at the front portico, waving his hat, obviously enjoying the last laugh. Perhaps, he is also waving to Donald Trump, and enjoying the ironies.

 

 


Inside the media coup d’etat of Donald Trump

June 23, 2017

Okay, let’s get this straight. The mainstream media is hot. And that goes for their allies in the corporate global community and friends buried in the deep state. They are steaming. Because YOU and I voted for the wrong person and elected Donald Trump.

Some in the media even think that we and our families should expect to be on the receiving end of violence because of our views. Entertainment stars openly talk about assassinating the President and blowing up the White House.

When Republican congressmen were targeted for assassination, the urbane and cool-under-pressure, former CBS News anchor, Scott Pelley, suggested that it might be their own fault. He suggested such violence may have been “self-inflicted.”

We are the cause. We are to blame. And we should be ashamed, like children, who believe that they are the cause of their parent’s divorce.

We are racist, even if we are African American or Hispanic, even if we voted twice for Barack Obama. Even those who actually voted for Hillary Clinton and not Donald Trump, many of you are still bad. Unless you are in the streets burning things down, breaking windows, and shouting profanity at people, you too share the blame.

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Protesters demand Trump to leave.

Even former president, Barack Obama, urged this kind of emotional purging and would not condemn the street violence.

We are all an embarrassment to the mainstream media and their European friends and their business associates, and the banks and companies, that enjoy the government protected monopolies that own the media and sponsor their news programs.

Oh, and some of you are probably Russian spies. So you are not just bad, in the ordinary sense, you are treasonous. Traitors. All because you voted wrong. Or have allowed your opposition to Trump lapse into nonviolence.

That said, here is a way for you to make up for your shortcomings, your deplorableness. You can join what Hillary Clinton calls the resistance.

Subscribing to these two main talking points below will provide you with some redemption and assist the mainstream media in their relentless crusade to undue the democratic election of Donald Trump and remove him from office.

Here are the main talking points.

#1) Donald Trump colluded with the Russians to corrupt the 2016 presidential election.

What can’t be discussed?

– The mainstream media provides no evidence of this charge.

– Even former FBI Director, James Comey, testified under oath that there was no evidence of this and there wasn’t even an investigation into such charges.

– He testified that a New York Times article claiming such an investigation, that had driven the media narrative for months, was in fact, false.

– Since assuming office, Trump has done nothing to help the Russians and has introduced a budget that would increase U.S. military spending.

– Skolkovo University, in Russia, gave $2 million to the Clinton Foundation while then, Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, arranged for a technology exchange that helped make Skolkovo the “Silicon Valley” of Russia, thus possibly empowering the very “bad actors” who later hacked into the Democratic Party emails.

– Russia donated $2.6 million to the Clinton Foundation at a time when their own Uranium One deal – through Canada, helped them mine uranium, thus assisting their nuclear program.

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Clinton and Putin, they did the Skolkovo-Silicon Valley deal.

– The fact that Russia hacked into Democratic emails had no impact whatsoever on the election, rather, it was what was found on those emails that was controversial. This included ridicule of Evangelical Christians and a Clinton plan to co-opt the Catholic Church, creating a fake, “Catholic Spring” to promote Leftist, socialist, Democratic policies.

And here is the second talking point.

#2) Donald Trump has obstructed justice by firing FBI Director, James Comey. This interrupted Comey’s investigation into Russian attempts to influence the US Election.

What can’t be discussed?

– The Democrats themselves called for the firing of James Comey.

–  Jim Comey, himself, was not personally directing the investigation. The FBI has 35,000 employees and an $8 billion budget, thus the firing of Comey did not even cause a road bump in the investigation.

– The Deputy Director of the FBI, the man who took Comey’s place, is Andrew McCabe, a Democrat, who led the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server and found her innocent. His wife, Jill McCabe, is a Democratic politician who ran for office in Virginia and received $700,000 in campaign funds from the Clinton machine. $500,000 came from Terry McAuliffe, the Chairman of the 2008 Bill Clinton presidential campaign.

Your job is to ignore the facts. Put on a mask so no one can identify you, just in case you are asked to hurt someone or do something illegal and get out on the streets and let’s bring this government down.

To paraphrase Scott Pelley, they are asking for it. They are inviting it. This will be their fault. Not yours. Like the rape victim under Sharia Law, they will have caused this to happen to them. There is still time for redemption. But don’t delay.


My crummy, false, inaccurate, Wikipedia site. How the bullies won.

April 12, 2017

I have long been a defender of Wikipedia. The fact that it allows for instant correction makes it far more reliable than many Pulitzer Award winning books, who sometimes have errors on their first page.

And the way it maintains balance in the midst of recent national socio-political discussions is remarkable

But if that applies to the big stories, I have good reasons to know that Wikipedia can also be a tool for political bullies to target their personal enemies. That is exactly what has happened to me.

For many years now my own Wikipedia site has been controlled by competing trolls who seem to have different agendas. I am told by people in the publishing industry that it has cost me hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions. Even when I get a contract I have to send links to publishers to show the accurate information.

Recently, a new Wiki editor has become involved and seems to be trying to clean up the site, for example, he (or she) has finally corrected my name, and this leads me to have hope that someone at Wikipedia will try to correct other mistakes that have been ongoing for years and, additionally, bring some balance to this article.

Here are some the issues.

#1) For years my name was incorrect.

#2) Even now, my birthday is incorrect. It is not May 19.

#3) The article has long had a qualifier at the beginning that implies it has been written as an “advertisement,” or by myself or persons directed by me, of for self-promotion, when in fact, I never asked for this article and attempts by anyone associated with me to correct obvious mistakes were always rebuffed.

#4) One of the trolls who has dominated this site uses it to promote a favorite member of congress.  Surely the congreewoman’s own Wikipedia article is the appropriate place to promote her. Persons who read my books or see me on television are not even aware that I ever ran for congress.

#5) It is said that I am credited for coining the phrase “compassionate conservative” but says a citation is needed. In fact, Wikipedia’s own page on “compassionate conservative” declares this fact and cites TIME magazine, books published and other sources. If Wikipedia’s own article on “compassionate conservative” is wrong about this, it should be taken down. If it is correct, then it should be accepted as a legitimate citation.

#6) The article says, “Beyond high school, Wead has no other formal education or college degree.” But omits honorary doctorates from two universities. (The article on Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales, includes his honorary doctorates.)

#7) The article includes critical quotes from persons I have never even met, Bill Press and Bill O’Reilly, but refuses to include quotes from President Ronald Reagan, for whom I wrote a book and spent many days and hours with and George H.W. Bush, with whom I co-authored a book and for whom I worked for in the White House. Nor does it include quotes from former president Gerald Ford who was entertained in my home on two occasions and who worked with me on the Charity Awards.

#8) Most people who contact me, know me from television appearances, but this Wikipedia site ignores that and at one time, when one of my publishers tried to correct it, the Wiki supervisor actually contended in the talk section that there is no evidence that I am / or ever have been on television.

Even now it does not mention it. While Amazon, Hachette and Simon and Schuster all refer to interviews with Matt Lauer, Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, Charlie Rose, Sean Hannity, Jake Tapper, etc. Not to mention earlier classics with all the top shows, from David Frost to Connie Chung and Dan Rather.

(You can subscribe to my YouTube Channel here. It captures more than 100 of my television appearances. You have to go directly to the networks for others. Most of the major networks do not allow clips on YouTube.)

#9) No mention is made of my recent book GAME OF THORNS, abut the 2016 election, which reached number 4 on Amazon and Barnes and Noble and drew widespread praise from Neil Cavuto and many others, and included information direct from candidate, Donald Trump.

My humble thanks to anyone who has any advice or knowledge of any legal help available to address these issues.

I have no ill will toward Wikipedia and continue to defend it to teachers and educators, because of its quick chance to correct mistakes. But sadly, my own personal experience has been disappointing.

If this site is not important enough to warrant supervision and rescue from persons who have a personal agenda, why don’t they take it down?

If it has to exist, then why should it be controlled by people who don’t even know my name or my birthdate and who only see it as a utility to hurt someone they imagine to be their political enemy?

If any of you have any similar experiences with Wikipedia, let me know. If you are afraid of reprisal you can write me privately at dougwead@aol.com.


Why Trump needs Jared and Ivanka? And why it is completely acceptable.

April 3, 2017

The fact that Donald Trump tapped his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to visit Iraq is provoking some in the national media to near hysteria. In fact, it is not unprecedented or unnatural. Nor is it big news that his daughter, Ivanka Trump Kushner, has been asked to help out in the West Wing.

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Ivanka and Jared, following footsteps of history.

I’ve been answering questions all week from journalists, quite agitated over these events, asking me to confirm their narrative that this is unprecedented. You’ve heard of “fake news”? Well, they are intent on forcing on us their version of “fake history.”

Here are the facts. Presidents have always called on their families to help them when they could do so. It started at the beginning and has not stopped in modern times.

“If my wishes be of any avail,” George Washington wrote to his successor, “they should go to you in a strong hope that you will not withhold merited promotion from Mr. John Adams because he is your son.” His successor, John Adams, did indeed appoint his son, John Quincy Adams, as Minister to Prussia. John Quincy would go onto become the sixth American president himself. And he would appoint two of his own sons to his White House staff.

There would be eighteen sons of presidents who would serve in their father’s White House, most of them with the title of “secretary to the president.”

“Yes,” the breathless journalists will admit to me, “but not a daughter.”

In fact, as many as 14 daughters and daughter in laws,  assumed great responsibilities, running the ceremonial duties of the White House and sometimes more. Martha Johnson, daughter of the 17th president, set in place many of the protocols that are still used in the White House today. She also lobbied Capitol Hill for appropriations.

But until Jared Kushner, presidential children were not sent on foreign missions.

Wrong again.

The whole nation followed the colorful Alice Roosevelt on her outlandish tour of Asia but her shenanigans masked a more serious mission. She was carrying secret messages to the Japanese government from her father. Theodore Roosevelt would later win the Noble Peace Prize for negotiating an end to the Russo-Japanese War.

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Alice Roosevelt was on a secret mission

And some of these missions were not so secret. Before World War Two, FDR sent his son, Jimmie Roosevelt, on a tour of Europe where he met face to face with the British Prime Minister, the Pope and sized up Benito Mussolini for his dad.

Anna Roosevelt, FDR’s daughter, went to Yalta helping to supervise the historic meeting with her father, Joseph Stalin, Charles DeGaulle and Winston Churchill. The first lady stayed at home.

Yes, but Anna Roosevelt did not have a title and an office like Ivanka.

Well, that’s true, but she did have her own bedroom in the family quarters of the White House. As they say, the 3 keys to real estate are location, location, location.

No one should doubt the role that Anna Roosevelt played in the last year of FDR’s White House. Her mother, the first lady, was conflicted, at times proud of her daughter’s power and at other times resentful. In one entry, Eleanor writes about bringing her husband a tall stack of memorandums and papers. “Franklin,” she said, “You must read and sign every one of these tonight.”

The president, exhausted, shoved the stack over to his daughter, Anna, saying, “We’ll let Sis take care of this.”

Keep in mind, the reason we have a nepotism law is because John Kennedy appointed his own brother as Attorney General and his brother in law as Director of the Peace Corps.

Later, to circumvent those laws, Jack Ford was put on the RNC payroll while helping his father, while his sister, Susan, worked as a volunteer in the White House Photography shop.

Jimmy Carter constantly called on his son, “Chip” Carter, who helped run the Peanut business, was put on the DNC payroll during the campaign and headed up the Friendship Foundation when the Carter’s left office.

I worked personally for George W. Bush, and traveled with him in private jets, commercial planes, campers, Winnebago’s, car caravans and crummy motels as he worked for his father.

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Doug Wead and George W. Bush, a lot younger.

After we won, we talked about him going into the White House but George H.W. Bush was adamant that it should not happen. I wondered how the staff would work without George W. there to guarantee loyalty.

Presidents have always called on their families to help them. They offer something no one else can give. Loyalty, candor and continuity. If George W. Bush had worked in his father’s White House, he would never have violated his campaign pledge, “read my lips, no new taxes.” The father probably would have been re-elected. But then, George W. would be forgotten by history.

What Jared and Ivanka are now doing for their father won’t make them any money or win them any applause but they will make America safer and stronger. I predicted it would happen in my new book GAME OF THORNS. Don’t fall for fake history. Jared and Ivanka are in good company. And they are following other famous footsteps of history.

 

 

 


Tucker Carlson confronts the defense attorney for alledged rapist

March 23, 2017

In one of the most powerful moments in television, Tucker Carlson confronted the defense attorney representing two young men accused of raping a 14 year old high school student in her Montgomery County, Maryland high school bathroom.

The national mainstream media, including ABC, NBC and CBS have ignored the story, presumably because the two young men, alleged rapists, are illegal immigrants.

Here is the dramatic moment on television.