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Priebus defends Flynn

Reported by the Washington Examiner:

Asked on ABC whether future National Security Advisor Flynn’s view that Islam is a political ideology that hides behind being a religion is in line with President-elect Trump’s view of Islam, Priebus answered “I think so.”

“Clearly there are some aspects of that faith that are problematic and we know them; we’ve seen it,” Priebus said. “It certainly isn’t a blanket for all people of that faith, but Mike Flynn is one of the most highly respected intelligence officers in America. Certainly no one can deny that.”

Some Trump supporters worried that Priebus was too much part of the establishment and as Chief of Staff he would be a Trojan Horse in the Trump administration, but we see here that Preibus is loyal to Trump and is diplomatically taking a very different approach to Islam than George W. Bush’s insistence that “Islam is a religion of peace.”

I initially had a positive impression of Priebus as Chief of Staff, and so far so good.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 20, 2016 at 12:14 pm

Posted in Politics

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  1. Consolidating the expansion of the Overton window.


    November 20, 2016 at 12:21 pm

  2. Priebus is an Orthodox Christian. Orthodox Christians have been resisting Muslim oppression for 1400 years. His position ought to come as no surprise to anybody.

    Tiomoid of Angle

    November 20, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    • I didn’t even realize he was Orthodox. Where is his beard and yarmuke?

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      November 20, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      • That’s interesting, Greek Orthodox, IIRC, from my days attending the Tridentine Mass at a Society of St Pius X Church the Greek Orthodox Mass was considered valid, as opposed to the Novus Ordo Mass, that’s opinion among the laity, not necessarily the institution and frankly the laity in one small southern church.

        SSPX was/is a paleo-conservative outfit to the core, vehemently anti-communist, anti-abortion and anti-homosexuality (ostensibly the Church is but the SSPX makes sure you know that), anti-all the rest to the core. I’m sure the Greeks have their liberal wing and all but for a group like the SSPX members to have stronger positive views towards them than the Romans is telling, if Priebus attends Mass regularly or even just remains sympathetic to the group, I would imagine Priebus is not a part of the establishment republicans in any meaningful way, I don’t think he could be.

        2 Minute Alpha

        November 21, 2016 at 9:22 am

    • Priebus is an Orthodox Christian.

      That might send a message to Putin.


      November 21, 2016 at 8:22 pm

  3. Have looked up some interviews and writings by Flynn and it quickly becomes clear he has very great influence over Trump. Phrases like “can’t say radical Islam” and “don’t tell them what we’re doing” are nearly direct Flynn quotes. Trump is also bringing Flynn with him already with him into meetings with foreign leaders. He’s gotten by far the least attention of the recent appointees, but is very important in his own right. Wonder if he could be Trump’s Kissinger figure?

    Giovanni Dannato

    November 20, 2016 at 12:42 pm

  4. The accommodation given to Islam in the West is appalling; many of its practitioners wish to destroy Judeo-Christian societies. If Muslims were predominantly white they would all be social outcasts. Good for Mike Flynn!

    The lioncub

    November 20, 2016 at 1:03 pm

  5. Lion, I think most of the underemployed talented people in the US are prevented from participating in the Silicon Valley economy by the high cost of housing in silicon valley

    why not re zone East Palo Alto to allow an unlimited number of 80 level apartment buildings – allow the free market to build three or four million new rental apartment units so that anyone in america that wants to move to East Palo alto and serve silicon valley people can do so ?


    November 20, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    • Ha! Great thinking, but of course we know that liberals in the San Francisco Bay Area mold desperately and vocally want low cost housing for the less fortunate, and they want you to know they want it, but what they can’t and won’t say is they don’t want it anywhere close to where they live, or work, or like to hang out.

      Two in the Bush

      November 20, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      • NIMBY


        November 20, 2016 at 4:05 pm

  6. How come nobody’s mentioning the obvious candidate for SoS in the new admin?

    Who has the most experience? Who has massive connections to America’s No.1 Allies: Israel, Saudi Arabia, Genghis Khan and Lucifer? Who would unite the country? Who would fulfill the token minority requirement?

    That’s right.

    Hilary Rodham Clinton

    The Philosopher

    November 20, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    • Hillary was crappy at State. That was not just a Trump line. She is a neocon who would wreck functioning countries and stir up trouble with Russia. Affirmative action hires should not be in dangerous positions.


      November 20, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    • She is a stupid neocon.


      November 20, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      • You’re just saying that because she’s a woman!

        The Philosopher

        November 20, 2016 at 7:41 pm

      • Who here is with Marine? Are you with her?

        Also, who thinks Priebus will resign as RNC head before Nov. 30? I have $50 that says he won’t.


        November 20, 2016 at 9:39 pm

      • “You’re just saying that because she’s a woman!”

        I hope you’re trolling and don’t really believe that people have a problem with Clinton because she’s a woman.

        The neocons: GWB, Cheney, Hillary, McCain, Lindsey Graham are all acolytes of a stupid philosophy. They believe that if you bomb a bunch of Muslims and then let them vote, then a utopia will break out. The reality is that you get a failed state. This is obvious to almost everybody but this special group of fools.

        Hillary is singlehandedly responsible for Libya and the refugee disaster that ensued. Obama sensibly was reluctant to wreck a functioning government, but Hillary was determined to go bombs away and Obama unfortunately went along with this.

        Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, these idiots are mental defectives who will never get it through their thick skulls that those parts of the world are not going to suddenly become first world countries if you bomb them into the stone age and let them vote. HBD and culture are totally foreign to these idiots and these idiots think that because toppling the government worked for Japan in WWII it will work everywhere else.

        Hillary wanted to topple Assad, after all the easy lessons in the other Mideast countries we toppled. This demonstrates that she is incredibly weak intellectually, like someone repeating fourth grade five times. If GW Bush was stupid for trying to remake Iraq and removing law and order in the process, how much dumber does one have to be to want to do the same thing in other countries AFTER the Iraq experience?

        Hillary also had a huge gripe with Russia, when Russia emphatically wants to stick to its own sphere and its own nearby environs only. It’s almost like she wants to go looking for problems, like someone with a Napoleon complex.


        November 20, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      • @Dan,

        “I hope you’re trolling and don’t really believe that people have a problem with Clinton because she’s a woman.”

        If you want to survive here, you have to learn a few things. He was joking. We joke around a lot here. Joking, not trolling.


        November 20, 2016 at 11:50 pm

      • Look ‘Dan’. No disrespect but removing Saddam Hussein or Gaddafi or Morsi or any other of the millions of muslim people from power wasn’t purely about the facile public argument you bring up of bringing freedom to the middle east but on a more serious note, a tough, jagged, knify-edged real-politik decision that these countries posed an existential threat to the West according to our best most scientific national intelligence.

        End Quote.

        Consider how Saddam had direct involvement with Al Qaeda or harboured weapons of mass destruction. Or how Assad and Gaddafi have chemical weapons that threaten to destroy the very fabric of space-time in the USA (pacific time)

        The hard cold hardened fact is that we need someone with the requisite links to the Golden Horde to maintain world peace and indeed, survival.

        Donald Trump has a poor understanding of world geopolitics beyond soundbites and reality TV experience. People who have studied this area assiduously in the Eurasian institute or Council on Foreign Sexual Relations have been hitting it out of the ball park and perhaps saved millions and millions of lives beyond the millions we have had to sacrifice in the middle east already to pacify these countries for….Master.

        End of Transmission

        The Philosopher

        November 21, 2016 at 8:17 am

  7. Some Trump supporters worried that Priebus was too much part of the establishment and as Chief of Staff he would be a Trojan Horse in the Trump administration, but we see here that Preibus is loyal to Trump and is diplomatically taking a very different approach to Islam than George W. Bush’s insistence that “Islam is a religion of peace.”

    Trump supporters should take this as a good sign.

    Meanwhile, Trucon libertarians are protesting Trump’s infrastructure plans. I refute on Hamiltonian grounds libertarians who want no role for the government in (as well as the cast of “Hamilton” for jeering Mike Pence) here :

    Anarcho-Libertarians agree with Hamiltonian capitalists on giving freedom to private actors to make individual business decisions.

    Where Anarcho-Libertarians always fails (and conservative critics of Trump’s infrastructure policy likewise fail) is the point where individual private actors fill the government’s role of setting common rules for all actors.

    This arrangement is inferior to Capitalistic systems because of the existence of a deep conflict of interest between the profit motive of individual actors and the requirement for the business environment to show no favoritism to specific private actors.

    Returning to our example of trade agreements, Libertarianism would fail in the task of negotiating a trade agreement if it were made by individual manufacturers instead of a national government because the single most powerful manufacturer or a conglomerate of manufacturers would collude to rig the deal to favor themselves unfairly against weaker competitors, perhaps by making a deal with the exporter to sell their resources at a higher price to smaller manufacturers, to sell exclusively to the largest manufacturers, or some other kind of collusion.

    Only a central government acting as fair arbiter (to the extent fairness is humanly possible) on behalf of all manufacturers would break this relationship between profit motive and the need for common rules.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    November 20, 2016 at 5:58 pm

  8. Why hasn’t Trump consulted with the #FailingNYT editorial board on any of his hires? Because they’re jealous that the Wall Street Journal edboard gets to put a bunch of low IQ chamber of commerce goons and Council on Foreign Sexual Relations neocon agents in the admin!!!! NYT would definitely not countenance Citigroup choosing a cabinet.


    The Philosopher

    November 20, 2016 at 7:44 pm

  9. Doesn’t really matter what Islam is as long as it isn’t in your country

    Jason Liu

    November 20, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    • Everyone who reads the NYT, watches PBS and listens to NPR knows that Islam is a religion of peace that’s been hijacked by a handful of radicals.

      Lewis Medlock

      November 21, 2016 at 2:36 pm

  10. The Democrats are really learning the wrong lessons from this election.

    Despite running the worst candidate they possibly could have, they won the popular vote (although illegals contributed an unknown amount to that margin). The Dem coalition of gentry liberals and minorities is a viable way to win elections, especially as the minority share of the electorate increases.

    Now, I know the Dems aren’t thinking about throwing their minority groups under the bus, but they are talking about returning to pre Bill Clinton, left wing economics. This is idiotic because not only will it not get them any additional WWC votes but it will devastate them amongst college educated whites and even Asians.

    The key to the Democrats success over the last 20 years has been the marriage of social liberalism with right wing economics. Social liberalism with left wing economics doesn’t win you any new voters and it kills you with educated whites and asians who will never agree to pay more taxes.

    What the Dems *should* do is nominate Cory Booker. He is a corporatist who is all in for open borders. He is the same policy wise as Hillary but is much more personally appealing, basically he is Obama lite. His black skins means he will be able to turn out the black vote en masse.

    What the Dems *will* do is nominate somebody like Kamala Harris. She is a California whackadoo liberal who supports high taxes on whites to give more free stuff to blacks and hispanics. She will do worse than Hillary not just with the WWC, but also college educated whites and Asians as well.

    Otis the Sweaty

    November 20, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    • “(although illegals contributed an unknown amount to that margin).”

      I used to dismiss this, but it’s true. I read Heartiste now & again and he linked to a peer-reviewed article about this. It’s excellent. Go check it out yourselves.

      Otis, tell us the official LoTB/Otis view on Standing Rock. Sympathetic or water cannon in the freezing weather?

      Actually, Bernie is asserting the leftist politics wing of the Dem Party, which is bizarre because he isn’t officially a Dem anymore.


      November 21, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    • What the Dems *should* do is nominate Cory Booker.

      I think Clinton/Booker 2016 WINS the election!

      Booker would have turned out enough blacks in PA/Michigan/Wisconsin and maybe Florida or even North Carolina to win it easily.

      Democrats have three younger non White women as potential stars.

      Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris and Tammy Duckworth.

      Minimally they are VP candidates.

      Democrats lost this time because they picked a degenerate in Clinton and because Trump was a unique maniac who could fight through the massive leftwing media attack machine.

      They would have killed anybody else.


      November 21, 2016 at 8:11 pm

  11. In case you missed it, Philip Weiss argues a lot of cries of antisemitism against Trump staffers like Bannon is really a reflection of a looming loss of status of Jewish elites:

    David Pinsen

    November 21, 2016 at 2:47 am

    • Briefly mentioned in the article is that it’s partly a loss of status _to other Jews_. Reminds me of Steve Sailer’s post about German-Jewish country clubs.


      November 21, 2016 at 11:41 am

      • Right, the Dunhamites and Foxmanites are losing to the Kushnerites.

        What’s also interesting is to see how ever so slightly the Jewish gene pool is changing, with the Sarah Silvermans losing out to the Ivankas.


        November 21, 2016 at 6:54 pm

      • “The WASPocracy, as I think of it, lost its confidence and, with it, the power and interest to lead.” –

        Is Ann Coulter a harbinger that the WASPocracy isn’t dead yet, or is she a one-off?


        November 21, 2016 at 7:08 pm

      • Is Ann Coulter a harbinger that the WASPocracy isn’t dead yet, or is she a one-off?

        50 years old, no kids!


        November 21, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      • Ann Coulter’s imaginary husband went full policy nerd and brought his papers with him to the Trump meeting. LOL.


        November 21, 2016 at 8:50 pm

  12. Who here thinks
    1. Bannon is an alcoholic
    2. Miller is gay


    November 21, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    • Who here thinks
      1. Bannon is an alcoholic

      He’s a fat, ugly Irish guy. Looks like a HDB type drunken Irish slob.

      Great to have him on the team, drunk or not!

      2. Miller is gay

      I get the Millers on team Trump confused I think there are at least three of them.

      Do you mean the guy from Duke who is on team Sessions?


      November 21, 2016 at 8:14 pm

      • Bannon was good looking when he was young. I was shocked at how good looking he was. Proves that massive weight gain is in and of itself a BAD thing.

        Yes, it’s the Duke Miller. I didn’t know he was on team Sessions. I think he used to give pre-Trump speeches at the rallies. He was pretty wild. Seemed kinda fruity to me. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.


        November 21, 2016 at 10:18 pm


        Before accepting the job as a senior policy adviser to Trump, Stephen Miller served as communications director for Sessions. He announced his hiring in an email to friends and colleagues.

        Ann Coulter is the star of 2016 along with Trump.

        Her book Adios America inspired Trump. Her imaginary husband Kobach is probably the new DHS and Stephen Miller is one of Trump’s top policy nerds.

        Plus, there are tapes of her all over YouTube being laughed at on the Bill Maher show for saying Trump can win from a year and a half ago.

        Seemed kinda fruity to me. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

        Nerd and gay tend to blend. But very different.

        You need to work on your nerddar.


        November 22, 2016 at 12:55 am

      • Miller has a strange accent, perhaps due to spending a lot of time in the South with Sessions.


        November 22, 2016 at 9:12 am

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