One Thing Americans Cannot be Thankful for This Year

As Americans begin preparations for our annual celebration of Thanksgiving to God for the many blessings He has bestowed upon our great nation, one thing we will find difficult to thank Him for is strong and principled leaders in Washington—none can be found anywhere in our government.

Over the past couple days, news of a “deal struck” with Iran has made the United States Diplomatic Corps giddy with excitement. Yet another agreement with Iran has been negotiated out of perceived weakness, including use of conciliatory language by American leaders who long to “get along” instead of govern with the best interests of the American people in mind.

The agreement, which includes billions of dollars in aid to the Iranian regime, will relieve pressure on Hezbollah”s benefactor to comply with international nuclear arms regulations. Diplomats, of course, will trumpet the “strict rules” of compliance the agreement imposes on Iran’s Uranium enrichment efforts, but since it has yet to comply with any of several international guidelines imposed on it to date, it is difficult to believe this agreement will be treated any different by Iran’s Mullahs just because Western governments have given them more wiggle room.

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Meanwhile, Israel and Saudi Arabia are gravely concerned, and for good reason. Benjamin Netanyahu has called the agreement with Iran a “historic mistake” and is sending his own team to Washington to speak to President Obama. Well aware that once U.S. forces are completely out of Iraq, Iran will have a clear path to the Saudi Kingdom, and understanding that a new era of war is on the horizon between the Shia and Sunni Muslim world, Saudi Arabia has a great deal to be concerned about, especially when the international community offers Iran leniency.

Great leaders have always understood that tyrannical and evil regimes must always be dealt with firmly because they know nothing of integrity of agreements or merciful conciliations. Regimes like Iran only understands the iron fist of strength, and they must know it will come down on them if they do not adhere to existing international law and agreements. This current weak agreement, which is standard fare with this administration, will only lead to further turmoil to the region.

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About John Guandolo

John Guandolo is the President and Founder of Guandolo Associates LLC, an organization dedicated to providing strategic and operational threat-focused consultation, education, and training for federal, state and local leadership and agencies. Mr. Guandolo is a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and took a commission as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps. He served with 2d Battalion 2d Marines as an Infantry Platoon Commander in combat Operations Desert Shield/Storm. From 1991-1996, he served in 2d Force Reconnaissance Company as a Platoon Commander, Assistant Operations Officer, and the unit’s Airborne and Diving Officer. During this time, he also deployed to the Adriatic/Bosnia. He served for one year as the Unit Leader for the CINC’s In-Extremis Force, directly reporting to a Combatant Commander in a classified mission profile. Mr. Guandolo was a combat diver, a military freefall parachutist, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School. In 1996, Mr. Guandolo resigned his commission in the Marine Corps and joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), serving at the Washington Field Office. From 1996-2000, he primarily conducted narcotics investigations domestically and overseas. In 2001, he served for one year as the FBI Liaison to the U.S. Capitol Police investigating threats on the President, Vice-President, Members of Congress and other high-level government officials. Shortly after 9/11, Mr. Guandolo began an assignment to the Counterterrorism Division of the FBI’s Washington Field Office developing an expertise in the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic Doctrine, the global Islamic Movement, and a myriad of terrorist organizations to include Hamas, Al Qaeda, and others. In 2006, Mr. Guandolo created and implemented the FBI’s first Counterterrorism Training/Education Program focusing on the Muslim Brotherhood and their subversive movement in the United States, Islamic Doctrine, and the global Islamic Movement. He was designated a “Subject Matter Expert” by FBI Headquarters. This course was hailed as “groundbreaking” by the FBI’s Executive Assistant Director in a brief to the Vice President’s National Security Staff. For his efforts, in 2007 Mr. Guandolo was presented the “Defender of the Homeland” Award by U.S. Senators John Kyl and Joseph Lieberman on behalf of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. While in the FBI, Mr. Guandolo received two (2) United States Attorney’s Awards for Investigative Excellence. Mr. Guandolo served on the Washington Field Office SWAT team for over nine years and as its Team Leader for three of those years. He was a certified Undercover Agent, and served in a variety of assignments in that capacity. Mr. Guandolo was a Nationally Registered Paramedic, a First Aid Instructor, and served as an “Advanced Capability Medic” with the FBI. His career has included significant overseas travel to include many areas of Africa, Southwest Asia, Europe and elsewhere. In his last year and a half in the FBI, Mr. Guandolo served on a Surveillance Unit. Mr. Guandolo advises governments – U.S. and others - on matters related to National Security, specifically the threat from the Global Islamic Movement. He actively advises members of Congress, law enforcement, the intelligence community, military, National Guard, key community leaders, and others. He served as an adjunct instructor at the Joint Forces Staff College and the U.S. Army War College, and is one of the authors of the “Shariah – The Threat to America,” the first comprehensive book on the threat from the Islamic Movement in the U.S. He has appeared on television and radio, and regularly publishes articles related to these matters in a number of media outlets.
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