Required Reading – September 8 Afternoon Update

Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:

Rogan: In India, the Trump administration just scored a big win for US grand strategy

“On Thursday, the Trump administration scored an important win for U.S. grand strategy when they granted India access to advanced U.S. military technologies. It’s a win, because when it comes to global security, trade, and diplomacy, India offers the best possible partner towards consolidating the U.S.-led international order. Fortunately, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis (both were in New Dehli to sign the agreement) recognize that this order faces a profound challenge from China and, to a lesser degree, from Russia. As the Times of India notes, the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement grants India access to advanced U.S. sea guardian drones, command and control communications capabilities, and a range of other high-end U.S. military technologies. The agreement follows the Trump administration’s decision in August to grant India the highest strategic trade authorization level, putting New Delhi on a military technology access par with Australia, South Korea, and Japan.”

Read more at the Washington Examiner.

25 Straight Minutes Of Illegal Aliens Crossing Into US Through Arizona Ranch

“Arizona rancher John Chilton’s 50,000-acre spread along the U.S.-Mexico border is allegedly ground zero for human smugglers, drug cartel members and illegal immigrants, and he has videos showing trespassers sneaking through his property. […] The surveillance videos, which are mostly from 2018 but also date back to 2016, show an unrelenting stream of alleged cartel scouts, drug mules and human smugglers — known as coyotes — using secret trails to work their way into the interior of the state. Many of the trespassers tote long guns and sport military-style camouflage, posing a threat Chilton knows from firsthand experience.”

Read more/Watch video at Daily Caller.

Solomon: Bruce Ohr’s efforts to secretly reshape the Trump probe started earlier in summer ’16

“… new evidence shows former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr’s efforts to influence the FBI’s Russia probe — on behalf of Donald Trump -despising British spy Christopher Steele — started much earlier than previously described.  For much of the past year, many in Congress have labored under the notion that Ohr, then the No. 4 Department of Justice (DOJ) official, began assisting the FBI’s probe into Russia election collusion only after Trump won the 2016 election. But now, based on Ohr’s own account in a closed-door congressional interview and other contemporaneous documents, congressional investigators have learned that Ohr made his first contact with the FBI about Trump-Russia collusion evidence in late July and early August 2016.  […]  There is now growing confidence that the FBI’s sudden pivot from Papadopoulos to Steele was driven by several individuals, all with serious political baggage: . . .”

Read more at The Hill.

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