Former E.U. Ambassador Sondland’s Testimony – More Fuel To Trump Fire

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  by Richard Cameron   Ambassador Sondland’s Testimony   Up to this point, the individuals that have been subpoenaed to testify before the various committees, (House Oversight, Intelligence, and Foreign Affairs), conducting the House Impeachment Inquiry, with regard to the question of Donald Trump’s manipulation of foreign policy on Ukraine – have been career agency officials from the State Department and other cabinet posts. They, including, former Ambassador and Special Envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker, former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, and National Security Council top Russian advisor, Fiona Hill, were all…

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Writer’s Lounge Edition One: 10-16-2019, Syria, Melania, Whistleblowers

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  Welcome to “Writer’s Lounge”   – a new, regular feature from National Compass, which we will be publishing tri-weekly to start off with. It will be a joint effort from the writing team, to briefly cover news items that are in currency within the 48 to 72 hour news cycle, in short form. But that’s not all. . . We’ll also share with you random impressions of things we’ve seen and heard in every category of societal endeavor, activity and cultural phenomena. Most will take the form of two…

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The Kurds – A Force For Moderation And Stability In Syria And Iraq

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  by Richard Cameron   Editor’s Note: This is an article I wrote in 2014, on a different outlet, as a brief outline of the role Kurdish fighters were playing in the U.S. led coalition’s war against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq and their development of a firewall against the further spread of Salafist militants. With Donald Trump’s decision to green light Turkey to commence a military campaign against the Kurds in Northern Syria, it seemed like it might be of value at this point, to repost it…

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Blowback: Trump’s Precipitous (And Traitorous) Immature And Premature Syrian Withdrawal

  by Richard Cameron   Hard to say if Donald Trump had any inkling of the reaction he was going to get from his announcement that he intends to leave the Kurds in Northern Syria twisting in the wind, exposed to a vindictive onslaught from Turkey’s military. Whether he did or not, casting caution and common sense and decency to the wind, he’s getting a reaction and most of it is ferocious, especially of note, by customary milquetoast GOP standards. Before we look at that, we should hear from the…

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Latest Evidence That The State Department Is Under Trump Political Control

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  by Richard Cameron   Saturday, October 5th, supplied another solid piece of evidence that the State Department has been commandeered by Donald Trump’s private agenda at the expense of security on the Korean peninsula. Signs of White House manipulation of our diplomatic endeavors poured in like flood water this week, with the texts that confirmed an operation designed to extort a vulnerable ally, with the threat of withholding arms needed to counter Russian aggression in Ukraine.  Let’s look at the background leading up to this.  In September, while Kim…

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Trump Versus Trump – Hailing Nationalism While Undermining Democracy

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  by Richard Cameron   I happened to be the recipient of a post on Facebook from a publisher I formerly contributed articles to. It was sort of out of the blue after a considerable time of non-communication and was also puzzling as to its content. Of all things this person might tag me on or post to my wall, it was a link to the full video of Donald Trump’s recent speech before the United Nations! The title of the link was, “The Speech They’re Trying To Hide: President…

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Open Carry Denied – The Retail Dominoes Fall; First Walmart, Now Publix And 7 More

  by Richard Cameron   National Compass recently published a comprehensive and wide ranging report on the issue of open carry in the United States; an issue that has become a prime facet of the debate over gun violence and the high visibility sub set of gun deaths – mass shootings. In that report, “Open Carry – The Legality, The Ethics And The Risk To Public Safety” we covered specifics of laws applying to open carry, both at the federal level and its status in the various states. We also…

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Are U.S. Farmers Done With Trump Yet? Rumblings Of A Pushback Against His Trade Wars

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by Richard Cameron   It’s clear that the most prominent aspect of Donald Trump’s high stakes casino game – known to us as his trade war with China, is the economic impact it is having and continues to have on American farmers. We know that Trump’s history with casinos was a colossal failure, so Trump’s gambit on trade, not only looks like a bad bet, but he might also be gambling his presidency on it.  To illustrate the reality of the “successful Trade battle” Trump refers to in the tweet,…

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The Electoral College, Faithless Electors and 2020 – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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by Richard Cameron   The Electoral College, “Faithless Electors” and the 2020 US Presidential Election   As if the uncertainties that loom over the 2020 Presidential election are not severe and sobering enough, mainly featuring the ongoing efforts of the Russian regime of Vladimir Putin to subvert America’s most vital democratic process – another contingency has emerged which might be added to the mix, “faithless electors”. Now – faithless electors, might at first blush, seem like a term of scorn, a badge of disgrace, a political Scarlet Letter, but once…

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The I.G. Jim Comey Report: Another Limb From The “Investigate The Investigators” Zombie Amputated

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  by Richard Cameron     The results of an investigation by the Department Of Justice’s Inspector General focused on the actions of former FBI Director, James B. Comey, fired by Donald Trump, has been released. Despite the expected hyperventilating from Trump and his congressional and media surrogates while the investigation was underway and now that it is complete, the conclusions of the report add up to a nothingburger for them. Most of the investigation concerned Comey’s having passed on some internal memos he authored, through a friend, Daniel Richman, …

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