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Trump and his advisors are inteligent, qualified and pro-Israel

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Mar 29, 2016 at 04:30

Hello, Daniel

The demonstrations were perpetrated by the Anti-Trump people; so I don't see how you can possibly blame them on Donald.

I don't understand why you're so hot under the collar against the rank-and-file Republican plurality that supports Mr. Trump; because that is whom you are effectively criticizing. The rank and file have been supporting Donald since June, 2015. I know that you consider all these people to be "ignoramuses"; because if you consider Trump, a self-made billionaire and political genius, to be an ignoramus, then you must really think lowly of his supporters. This is how the Left-Wing and Monied media has been describing us; and you seem to have, to use your own words, "fallen into their trap".

Have you watched Trump's speech to AIPAC? The media has been describing him as "wavering" concerning Israel. I don't know how anyone watching that speech can come away with such an idea. Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, skipped the AIPAC event and used the time slot to make strongly anti-Israel statements. Hillary, meanwhile, gave her usual lies. I didn't even bother to watch her, because her track record speaks only of ineptitude compounded with bald-faced cover-ups.

You said you think Trump is an ignoramus (but a clever one, clever enough to entrap me and the plurality of Republicans); you say Kasich is irrelevant; and you say you like Ted Cruz. Fine -- I will vote for Trump, Kasich OR Cruz; and if it comes to a match-up of Clinton and Rubio, I will support Rubio as well. Get this: I would vote for Romney as well, as I did last time, and maybe even McCain. Jeb Bush? If he were the nominee, I would probably pass. We have write-in ballots here in Oregon; and I would likely vote for any Republican nominee; and get this as well: I don't think any of them are ignoramuses.

Again, I wonder what your agenda is, in calling my party's candidates by such a low remark. What is your agenda? You must know, of course, that if Trump is not nominated, a substantial part of the Republican Party will stay home in disgust, and Hillary will be our next President. Is that what you want? Another eight years of Clintons in the White House? Maybe she'll choose Monica Lewinsky as her running mate, just for spice.

Have you considered Trump's foreign policy team? They seem like a qualified group to me. They have to be, because the mainstream media has totally ignored them. If there were dirt in the choice, you can bet you would have heard about it by now:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/21/politics/donald-trump-foreign-policy-team/

Let's look at them:

1. Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions

Sessions signed Schumer-Graham letter to Secy. Rice from 79 Congress members

Dear Secretary Rice,
In the past, the lack of sufficient support from [non-participating] Arab states have made it difficult to reach agreements [on the Arab-Israeli conflict]. You should press friendly Arab countries that have not yet done so, to:
Participate in the upcoming international meeting and be a full partner of the US in advancing regional peace
Take visible, meaningful steps in the financial, diplomatic and political arena to help Palestinian President Abbas govern effectively and meet obligations to fight terror
Stop support for terrorist groups and cease all anti-Israel and anti-Jewish incitement
Recognize Israel's right to exist and not use such recognition as a bargaining chip for future Israeli concessions
End the Arab League economic boycott of Israel in all of its forms
Pressure Hamas to recognize Israel, reject terror, and accept prior agreements, and isolate Hamas until it takes such steps.

2. Counter-terrorism expert Walid Phares

Like many of colleagues on the far right, Phares has accused the Obama administration of supporting Islamist movements in the Middle East. In a December 2012 Fox Business interview, Phares claimed that outside of Washington, "Everybody knows—or at least everybody criticizes or accuses—the Obama administration of being a partner, of pushing, of helping the Morsi government [in Egypt]. And before that, the engagement with the Muslim Brotherhood. It's a well-known reality.

3. Energy consultant George Papadopoulos

NGE: How do you see the developing axis between Israel, Cyprus and Greece in relation to Turkey?

Mr. Papadopoulos: This is an unintended consequence of Turkey's foreign policy, which went from having no problems with its neighbours to now having problems with all her neighbours. When the Muslim Brotherhood were in office, Turkey was the Muslim Brotherhood's no. 1 ally. The Muslim Brotherhood in 2013 wanted to cancel the peace agreement with Israel and to nullify the EEZ with Cyprus, because both [those agreements] are against Turkey's interests. All of a sudden, the Muslim Brotherhood was overthrown and Turkey lost Egypt.

3. Former Defense Department inspector general Joe Schmitz

Joseph E. Schmitz served as Inspector General of the Department of Defense from April 2002 until September 2005; before that, while he was a Partner in the international law firm of Patton Boggs LLP, he served as Inspector General of the Naval Reserve Intelligence Command (as a Naval Reserve Captain). He co-founded the law firm of Schmitz & Socarras LLP in October 2014. He graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy, and earned his J.D. degree from Stanford Law School. In 2013,

4. Managing partner of Global Energy Capital Carter Page

Carter Page is Founder and Managing Partner of Global Energy Capital LLC, a New York-based financial institution and investment fund focused on energy investments in developing markets. He is the former Chief Operating Officer of the Energy & Power Group at Merrill Lynch. Until July 2007, he was Deputy Branch Manager of the bank's representative office in Moscow which he opened in 2004. Carter is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, where he was a former International Affairs Fellow and Co-Director of the Council's study group on the Caspian Sea region.

5. Former Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg

Prior to joining Cubic, Kellogg held several executive assignments with CACI and Oracle Corporation. In his military career, as a retired Lieutenant General he served as Director C4 Systems at the Pentagon as principal advisor to the Joint Chiefs of Staff on military command and control. Previous assignments included Assistant Army Chief of Staff for Operations; Commanding General 82nd Airborne Division; and Chief of Army Combat Development, TRADOC, Fort Monroe, Virginia.

Even supposing, as you assert, that Trump is an "ignoramus", you must admit that his knows quality when he sees in, in picking advisors. He also seems to have a pro-Israel attitude; and his advisors' credentials seem to point in that direction

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Demonstrations: Trump invites violence by encouraging his followers to assault interlopers and then pay their legal expenses.

Rank and file: Just because Trump has a plurality of Republican votes in the primaries thus far does not mean I have to sheep-like follow him. I loathe and fear him, will do all I can to prevent him from becoming president.

AIPAC: The speech was good. I don't believe it has any policy significance, however, as Trump panders to whoever he speaks to.

My agenda: To preserve the Republican party and the conservative movement from a vulgar buffoonish narcissist.

Foreign policy team: Trump has announced that he is his own advisor. There's no reason to think he would rely on anyone else.

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