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OPINION: The formula for making El Salvador great



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While we see America’s leadership and respect decline around the world at an accelerated rate under the leadership (or lack thereof) of Joe Biden, El Salvador under the leadership of President Nayib Bukele has gained the respect and admiration of many in the United States as well as the people in Latin America. El Salvador has become a beacon of hope, a reference point on how to address crime. Simply put, by putting criminals where they belong, in jail.

El Salvador has lowered the murder rate in 2022 to 7.8 per 100,000 and thus far in 2023, to an unprecedented 3.6 murders per 100,000 according to government statistics. Compare that to cities like New Orleans, where that number is  25.8 per 100,000 or the US murder capital, New Orleans with 74 murders per 100,000 as The Center Square has reported in February of this year.

Tucker Carlson said “Americans should apply for asylum in El Salvador, it’s safer than Baltimore and Chicago.” This could not be more fitting at a time when American liberal-run cities allow criminals to roam freely and act with impunity.

El Salvador has also continued to grow its economy, together with security, it has addressed the root cause of illegal migration, which Vice President Harris has ignored. CBP numbers show that less than 2.4% of encounters at the border came from El Salvador thus far this year, there has been a 40% reduction of numbers as compared to 2022. Of course, the Biden administration choses to sanctions Salvadoran officials, rather than work with them in these successful policies to address illegal migration.

Datoworld, an organization that tracks Presidential approval ratings, places Bukele at 91% approval, while President Biden stands at 56% disapprovals, according to the latest FoxNews poll. President Bukele’s security plan is supported by 95% of the population, that is more than 9 our of 10 people, who can now live in peace and go about their day without worrying about gang threats, extortions, or even being murdered.

While the United States continues to lose leadership and moral authority to dictate what is a “democracy”, El Salvador continues to make progress for its people. As President Bukele stated in a tweet, after President Trump’s indictment“Imagine if this happened to a leading opposition presidential candidate here in El Salvador”. What moral authority do we have to tell other countries what to do when we don’t even respect or follow the rule of la here in America? We are instead, weaponizing the FBI and other law enforcement agencies against political opponents something that only used to happen in third-world countries. The Biden administration should go after real criminals who terrorize liberal cities each and every day.

Magazines such as Colombia’s “Semana” – Time Magazine equivalent – call Bukele a “Miracle” and in Peru, a country that had been plagued by political instability, main media outlets have called for Bukele style policies, saying “We need a Bukele”. Even here in the US, a Newsweek opinion editorial called for “We need an American Bukele”, because of the out of control crime and murders is so many American cities.

There’s plenty of coverage about human rights and El Salvador but it’s completely misguided. With the so-called human rights groups don’t understand is that the rights of Salvadorans have been violated for the past 30 years and it’s only now that the rights of over 6 million people are finally being respected. Thanks for the policies make implemented by the Salvadoran government. When over 60,000 Salvadoran citizens were killed by the gangs, these human right groups and Soros-backed fake news outlets were silent.

There’s no shortage of mainstream, media articles, interviewing mothers of so-called innocent, jailed gang Members. No mother wife or daughter wants to believe or accept their loved one is a member of a gang, but the harsh reality is that the vast majority of the 68,000 plus of those arrested are member of a gang. Just this week, when a Salvadoran police officer was killed by two gang members who have evaded capture, President Bukele did what our own president fails to do, protect our men and women in uniform. Just 24 hours following the assassination, 5,000 troops and 500 police officers were deployed to the town where this murder took place to hunt down these killers. In other words, there is zero tolerance for criminals in El Salvador, especially cop killers, a lesson for our liberal leaders, who are more worried about the rights of criminals than law abiding citizens.

According to El Salvador Ministry of justice and public safety over 4000 people have been released from prison once investigations showed they had no ties with terrorist organizations. This, of course, is an inconvenient truth to the many mainstream news outlets, who either chose to ignore this statistic, or bury it deep into their stories. It is not in the El Salvador’s government interest to arrest innocent people, but mistakes do happen, and this is why they have a judicial system, which seems to be working much better than our own, just ask Sidney Holmes who spent more than 35 years serving a 400 year sentence before his innocence was proven.

On transnational crime, El Salvador has also worked closely with SOUTHCOM and its military counterparts in the Pentagon to intercept record breaking drug shipments at high seas. El Salvador has conducted over 14 successful joint operations, in which they have ceased over 21 tons of cocaine valued at more than $545 million, confiscated over 17 low profile vessels as far as 500 nautical miles off the coast of El Salvador, and detained more than 50 individuals of varies nationalities, including Mexicans and Colombians. Transnational crime has no place in El Salvador.

Luckily, on a recent visit by Sen. Marco Rubio to El Salvador, he saw first-hand the results of the war against the gangs, and how the Biden Administration, instead of embracing and looking to replicate these successful policies, condemns and sanctions members of the Bukele Administration. As Sen. Rubio put it, we make friends with our enemies, and be tough with our allies. This is the quickest way to isolate America, and because of these policies, we are losing our leadership position around the world.

President Biden and the democrats have much to learn from El Salvador and President Nayib Bukele. Implementing common sense policies is not difficult, it just takes political will and the basic understanding that those who hold elected positions are there to serve the people, not themselves.

Damian Merlo is a foreign policy adviser to President Nayib Bukele

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Biden’s Email Controversy Deepens: A Saga of Aliases, Whistleblowers, and Shadowy Communications



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In a bombshell revelation, new records released by the House Ways & Means Committee expose a labyrinth of email aliases and private addresses used by then-Vice President Joe Biden to communicate with his son Hunter and key business associates, according to metadata obtained from IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler.

Furthermore, according to reports from Fox News, the data, covering the span of nine years from 2010 to 2019, reveals an astonishing 327 exchanges between Biden and his son, notably during Biden’s tenure as vice president.

The majority of these clandestine communications were exclusively with Eric Schwerin, a pivotal figure described as “the architect of the Biden family’s shell companies.” The emails were conducted using aliases such as “robinware456,” “JRBware,” and “RobertLPeters.” House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer had previously hinted at the existence of Biden’s email aliases earlier this year.

According to reports, the whistleblowers, still actively employed as IRS investigators, ran a search for Biden’s email aliases in their existing files, revealing the 327 exchanges with Hunter Biden and Schwerin. The metadata access, however, falls short of scrutinizing email content, requiring a search warrant for deeper investigation.

Schwerin, former president of Hunter’s Rosemont Seneca Advisors, has found himself under the spotlight. In a March 2023 meeting with the House Oversight Committee, Schwerin claimed he was unaware of any transactions related to Biden family business in the then-Vice President’s bank account.

This assertion aligns with the White House narrative, pushing back against Republican scrutiny and an impeachment inquiry.

Amidst the rising scrutiny, House Oversight Committee Chairman Comer has subpoenaed Schwerin for a deposition on Nov. 9, indicating a deepening probe into the financial intricacies of the Biden family.

The data also reveals a spike in emails between Biden and Schwerin during the vice president’s travels to Ukraine, a period significantly coinciding with Hunter Biden’s board membership at Burisma Holdings.

The information underscores the increased communication between the two during crucial junctures, raising questions about the nature of their discussions and the potential intersection of official government business with family interests.

Ways & Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith, spearheading the impeachment inquiry against President Biden, asserts that the evidence points to Joe Biden’s use of private email accounts with aliases while conducting official duties on international trips.

The broader investigation by Smith, alongside House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan and House Oversight Committee Chairman Comer, delves into foreign money received by the Biden family and whether President Biden was involved in their foreign business dealings.

As the House intensifies its scrutiny, Hunter Biden’s scheduled deposition on Dec. 13 promises further revelations, with House Republicans pledging transparency by releasing the transcript and advocating for a public hearing. The saga of Biden’s emails unfolds against a backdrop of denial from the White House and Justice Department officials, creating a complex narrative.

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