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BOLTON: Focus In Syria Is Still on Defeating ISIS

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President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday from Jerusalem that the United States will continue to fight ISIS in the Middle Eastern country of Syria before Trump makes his announced pullout of troops. Bolton met with Israeli prime minister Netanyahu Sunday. (READ: Social Media Makes National Security Harder By Ending The Translation of Hebrew Tweets, Including Netanyahu’s Tweets).

Bolton notably did not discuss any plans for the United States to remove Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad from power, maintaining that U.S. presence in the region is still predicated on defeating the Islamic State, a sinister network of terrorists who seek to build a wicked Caliphate and submerge the world in darkness.

Bolton said that the pullout will happen “in a way to make sure ISIS is defeated and is not able to revive itself and become a threat again.” Also, Turkey’s leader Erdogan is on the hot seat to make sizable commitments to protect the Kurds in Syria.

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President Trump on Sunday celebrated the elimination of the terrorist leader of the USS Cole attack.

America’s top national security priority, many people feel, must be the destruction of ISIS and other terrorists who threaten the recently-globalized world through financial back-channeling, arms dealing, and gaming the migration system that faceless entities like the European Union have inflicted upon our world. Trump’s nationalist supporters believe that any operation to remove Assad will only de-stabilize the region and give rise to the Islamic State, creating another anarchic free-reign zone for the terrorist plotters like they have in Iraq.

President Trump has made great strides in destroying most of ISIS’ capacities. Many of Trump’s supporters feel that the war against ISIS must be merciless and uncompromising, and that ISIS and its allies must feel the full military might of the United States of America raining down upon them always.

I reported:

The United States-led coalition in Syria carried out a substantial bombing raid on ISIS that damaged major ISIS infrastructure right before President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. will be pulling out of Syria.

President Trump’s pullout was predicated on two factors: 1) America already defeated ISIS, and if it crops back up then there are other countries including Erdogan’s Turkey who can fight them, and 2) We have no interest in removing Bashar al Assad and de-stabilizing the region in a way that emboldens ISIS, the true enemy.

Newsmax reported: “The coalition said its attacks during the week of Dec. 16-22, including air strikes and “coordinated fires,” had destroyed logistics facilities and staging areas used by Islamic State, damaged the group’s ability to finance its activities and “removed several hundred ISIS fighters from the battlefield.’” Newsmax passage ends

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Former Mexican Defense Minister is Arrested in Los Angeles for Allegedly Protecting a Drug Cartel

More Proof that Mexico is An Institutional Dumpster Fire

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Retired Mexican General Salvador Cienfuegos was arrested on October 15, 2020.

According to allegations from U.S. prosecutors, General Cienfuegos received bribes from a powerful Mexican cartel and allowed to smuggle drugs into the United States.

An indictment that was unsealed on October 17, revealed that from December 2015 to February 2017, while he served as Mexico’s Secretary of National Defense, Cienfuegos allegedly worked on behalf of a drug cartel. In working with this drug cartel, Cienfuegos earned the nickname of “El Padrino” (The Godfather) by helping the H-2 Cartel move drugs from Mexico to the U.S.

“The defendant [Cienfuegos] abused that public position to help the H-2 Cartel, an extremely violent Mexican drug trafficking organization, traffic thousands of kilograms of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana into the United States,” prosecutors contended in a letter sent to a U.S. District Court judge in New York.

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“In exchange for bribe payments,” the letter argued, he allowed the cartel “to operate with impunity in Mexico” while it operated distribution networks in cities such as Los Angeles and Las Vegas and in other states such as Ohio, Minnesota, North Carolina and New York.

U.S. agents took the retired general into custody on October 15 at Los Angeles International Airport. Cienfuegos is expected to be transferred to New York.

Cienfuegos served as defense secretary from 2012 to 2018 under the administration of then-President Enrique Peña Nieto.

“The main problem in Mexico is corruption,” López Obrador declared during a news briefing on October 16 regarding the incident.

In López Obrador’s view, it is  “regrettable” that someone in such a high position of government has deep connections to drug cartels.

“This is a process of progressive degradation,” López Obrador continued, “and we are trying now to figure out how deep the corruption goes.”

As of now, Cienfuegos is the most prominent Mexican official to have been arrested on drug trafficking charges. In 2019, U.S. authorities arrested Genaro García Luna, the Secretary of Public Security under the administration of former President Felipe Calderón, for allegedly being involved in drug trafficking.

According to the U.S. indictment, Cienfuegos was working with H-2, an alleged branch of the Beltrán-Leyva criminal cartel. On top of that, prosecutors claims that the retired general received bribes to shield the cartel and its leaders. He then proceeded to inform them beforehand of military actions planned against them and even used troops to attack a rival cartel.

Mexico is clearly on the ropes institutionally. With a current president (AMLO) who wants to take a “hugs not bullets” approach to crime, the country will continue to spiral into chaos as drug cartels become even more powerful. President Trump has been right all along in building a wall to protect America from the potential spillover effects of Mexico’s drug war.

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