President Donald Trump’s decision to remove or pull back troops from parts of northern Syria has been labeled  by some on both sides of the aisle as a betrayal of the Kurds, who have done much of the fighting and dying  in the battle against ISIS.

Many claim this will damage our credibility with other allies, especially in the Middle East. ISIS is bound to return in force now, others say.

Well, beside the fact that many now ranting and raving about this are just looking for something else to use against Trump, I have a little different take on what constitutes “betrayal.”

I think President George W. Bush saying right after Sept. 11, 2001, that Islam is a peaceful religion and his declaring a war on a tactic rather than an enemy was a betrayal.

To make matters even worse, known leaders of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) — a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist group officially identified as an unindicted co-conspirator in the federal Holy Land Foundation  Islamic terrorism trial — were on stage with him when he said it. At that moment, he was a dhimmi-in-chief.

I think the fact that, despite overwhelming evidence, CAIR still hasn’t been indicted as a co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation Trial, the largest terror financing trial in U.S. history is a betrayal.

I think the Bush Administration’s rapid removal of other Bin Ladens from the United States before they all could be properly screened by the FBI was a betrayal, as was his continued kissing up to the Saudis, even though a majority of the hijackers came from Saudi Arabia.

I think the fact that the Bush Administration continued to allow the Saudis and other Islamist-ruled countries to finance Islamic outreach programs in our universities was a betrayal.

I think the fact that we continued to rely on foreign oil after 9-11 when we could have immediately started to further develop our own vast resources was a betrayal.

I think the fact that FBI agents and others in the intelligence community who knew and understood the Islamic threat were silenced was a betrayal. That continues to this day, by the way.

I think the fact that, even though our own borders were not secure, Bush and others wanting to give amnesty to illegals while we were in Iraq defending their borders was a betrayal.

I think President Barack Obama not securing our border and granting a de facto amnesty to unaccompanied minors who entered our country illegally was a betrayal.

I think Obama calling the Fort Hood massacre “workplace violence” was a betrayal.

I think then-Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey being concerned that reactions to the massacre at Fort Hood would hurt our “diversity” was a betrayal.

I think Obama removing any mention of Islamic terrorism from military and law enforcement officer training material was a betrayal.

I think Obama hiring numerous suspected (and in some cases, known) members of the Muslim Brotherhood to work in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was a betrayal.

I think Obama giving more than $150 billion in assets, including $1.7 billion in cash, to the Iranian mullahs — the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism — was a betrayal.

I think Obama’s rules of engagement that greatly endangered the lives of our troops was a betrayal.

I think Benghazi was a betrayal.

I think the fact that many in government, including senior military leaders, who want to keep our troops in places like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan and other places around the world yet balk at using our troops to defend our own wide-open border is a betrayal.

I think retired Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis trying to hire former Obama Administration official Anne Patterson, who negotiated with and supported the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, was a betrayal.

I think the fact that our government hasn’t declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, even though numerous other countries did so years ago, is a betrayal.

I think the fact that our military was used to set up governments in Iraq and Afghanistan that use Sharia law as the basis for their constitution was a betrayal.

I think that our government bringing in more Muslims from terror-prone countries to America through the Refugee Resettlement program is a betrayal.

While the blame for many of these betrayals doesn’t rest just with Obama and Bush, but includes the last several administrations, as well as the U.S. House and Senate going back years, the District of Columbia (D.C.) is not alone in it’s betrayal.

Here in Tennessee during Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration, Commissioner of Economic and Community Development and current U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty hired Sharia-compliant finance (SCF) expert Samar Ali.

Did Ali study SCF while serving as an intern at the Islamic Arab Bank in Jordan while it was under investigation for terrorist financing? Who knows?

Hagerty said it was Ali’s daddy, Subhi, who called him and asked him to consider Samar for the job.

Subhi Ali has been the chairman of the D.C.-based Jerusalem Fund since 2005, an organization steeped in anti-Israel hatred and support for the boycott-divest-sanctions (BDS) campaign against our ally Israel.

The Jerusalem Fund used to post the Hamas charter on its website. Hamas has been designated as a terrorist organization by our government.

And Hagerty wants to be our next senator?

And let’s not forget it was during the Haslam Administration that our state DHS formed a partnership with the American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) which has links to CAIR, a Muslim Brotherhood front group.

So, you don’t have to look to D.C. for betrayal. Tennessee politicians are perfectly capable on their own.

In fact, because of the politicians at the state level, through the schools our children get a pro-Islamic spin about the doctrine of the murdering, raping, pedophile Mohammed, instead of the truth.

With Veterans Day right around the corner, it’s sad to say, but be leery of many of the politicians from our state who like to play the patriot card and talk about their appreciation of veterans.

Depending who they are and for what they have voted, they may, in fact, have betrayed the very veterans they claim to revere.


DAVE VANCE of Stewart County is a member of the local Volunteers for Freedom Tea Party. His email address is

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