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HOUSE REPUBLICANS: CENSURE RESOLUTION AGAINST ADAM SCHIFF

October 9, 2019

Washington Times on October 2, 2019, reported that GOP House Minority Leader had signed a resolution to censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff. Excerpts below:

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on October 2, 2019, that he had signed a resolution to censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff.

“Chairman Adam Schiff has been lying to the American people for years. Now he is so desperate to damage the president he literally made up a false version of a phone call,” Mr. McCarthy, a California Republican, said in a tweet.

The measure to censure Mr. Schiff, a California Democrat, was introduced by last week by Rep. Andy Biggs, the incoming chairman of the House Freedom Caucus.

Mr. Biggs, an Arizona Republican, introduced the measure after Mr. Schiff misrepresented the phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky…

Mr. Trump did not ask Mr. Zelensky to make up dirt on his political rival, according to a transcript of the phone call released last week by the White House.

The measure alleges Mr. Schiff “misled the American people” and made “a mockery of the impeachment process” with “egregiously false and fabricated retelling.”

Mr. Biggs said members of the intelligence committee have lost faith in the chairman’s ability to lead the panel.

Earlier in the day, Mr. Trump called Mr. Schiff “sick” and said the congressman should resign over misrepresenting the phone conversation.

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FIGHT FOR FREEDOM. STAND WITH HONGKONG

October 7, 2019

It could be Hongkong today and the world tomorrow.

freedomhongkong.org is an initiative by Hongkong freedom fighters to launch various advertisment campaigns in support of the Hongkong freedom struggle starting from the 2019 G20 Osaka summit in June.

The demands of Freedom Hongkong are:

1. Complete withdrawal of the extradition bill;
2. Retraction of the characterisation of any anti-extradition protest as a riot;
3. Amnesty of all protesters in relation to the anti-extradition protests;
4. Establishment of an independent commission of inquiry to inquire into alleged police brutality; and
5. Immediate implementation of dual universal suffrage for Legislative Council and Chief Executive elections.

These are modest demands in light of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) tearing apart of Hongkong.

In spite of the existing treaty Beijing is de facto running the city. CCP has for years been infiltrating the political and business sectors of Hongkong. This and other forms of subversion have undermined institutions and eroded Hongkonger’s freedom.

Watch Freedom Hongkong’s advertisments on You Tube and follow freedomhongkong.org on the web.

FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER NEWT GINGRICH CALLS FOR IMPROVED TRILATERAL RELATIONS OF USA, SOUTH KOREA AND JAPAN

October 6, 2019

The Washington Times on October 5, 2019 reported on Newt Gingrich at a Japan summit calling for US Asia allies to rally in face of growing challenges from North Korea, China and Russia. Excerpts below:

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told an audience in Japan on October 5, 2019, that the U.S., South Korea and Japan need to improve trilateral relations in the face of growing challenges from North Korea, China and Russia.

“We can only be effective if we work with our allies,” Mr. Gingrich said at the Japan Summit and Leadership Conference in Nagoya, Japan. “It is vital to all three of us to find a way to reach past some of the grievances, and scrambling some of the politicians’ maneuvers, and find ways to come together and recognize how much more we have in common than separate.”

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said last week he wants to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un despite Pyongyang’s renewed testing of missiles.

North Korea resumed missile tests ahead of the scheduled resumption of nuclear negotiations with the United States.

Mr. Abe also insisted that Seoul must withdraw demands for Japanese wartime compensation beyond what was already paid under the peace treaty.

Comment: The call for improved relations between the United States and its main Asian allies is geopolitically important. Gingrich is an intellectually fearless visionary and historian, He is one of the foremost economic, social, political, and security-focused conservative thinkers of today. As politician he is well-known as the architect of the “Contract with America” that led the Republican Party to victory in 1994 by capturing a majority in the United States House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years.

Today, Gingrich is Chairman of Gingrich 360, a full-service American consulting, education, and media production group that connects the past, present, and future to inspire audiences, solve challenges, and develop opportunities. The company serves a Fortune 500 client base with consulting services and creates award-winning, entertaining media projects.

Newt’s World is an important podcast, a dynamic new weekly series that offers context to today’s world through entertaining stories and conversations.

A prolific author, he has published 36 books including 16 fiction and nonfiction New York Times best sellers.

He also taught officers from all five services as a distinguished visiting scholar and professor at the National Defense University served as a Member of the Defense Policy Board and of the Terrorism Task Force for the Council on Foreign Relations.

The former speaker of the House is married to Callista Gingrich, an American diplomat. The Gingriches have two daughters and two grandchildren.

TRUMP CAMPAIGN ACCUSES DEMOCRATS OF STAGING A ’COUP’

October 4, 2019

Fox News on October 2, 2019, reported that Trump’s 2020 campaign had launched a new ad accusing Democrats of staging a ’coup’. Excerpts below:

President Trump’s 2020 campaign launched a new ad on October 2, 2019, that takes on Democrats’ impeachment efforts, accusing them of staging a “coup” to oust the president.

It addresses the whistleblower complaint over Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, featuring a clip of Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., calling it “based on hearsay.” It also focuses on House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who discussed the complaint while using language he claimed was “parody.”

On October 3, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., added his name to a resolution calling for Schiff to be censured. McCarthy is now the most high-profile Republican to sign on to the resolution that was introduced last Friday by Rep. Andy Biggs, the Arizona Republican who chairs the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

“Chairman Adam Schiff has been lying to the American people for years,” McCarthy said in a tweet. “Now he is so desperate to damage the president that he literally made up a false version of a phone call. Enough is enough.”

“It’s nothing short of a coup and it must be stopped,” it closes, over images of Pelosi and Trump’s potential 2020 opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.

The spot is part of an $8 million ad buy, which the campaign previously announced, in addition to a separate Republican National Committee $2 million ad buy with different spots.

COUNTER-IMPEACHMENT CAMPAIGN BY THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE (RNC)

October 1, 2019

Fox News on September 30, 2019, published an article on a RNC counter-impeachment campaign targeting House Democrats. Excerpts below:

The Republican National Committee launched a national counter-impeachment campaign called “Stop the Madness” on [September 30, 2019], targeting House Democrats and vowing to cause “chaos” in response to the formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump.

“Democrats promised to reach across the aisle and work with President Trump and Republicans to serve the American people, but instead are now pushing their hyper-partisan impeachment agenda,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told Fox News on Monday. “Enough is enough; Americans are sick and tired of these witch hunts.”

She added: “We are going to hold Democrats accountable for their ridiculous charade and remind voters that their Democrat representative turned their back on them.”

As part of their aggressive impeachment response, the RNC on [September 30, 2019] launched a new website, stopthemadness.gop, with officials saying it will be used to target House Democrats for their “extreme actions.”

The site is slated to highlight dozens of Democrats in favor of impeachment in Trump-won districts, as well as states with upcoming key Senate and gubernatorial races.

In addition to the website launch, the RNC has committed to a $2 million ad buy on both TV and digital platforms, including on Facebook, Google, Youtube, Spotify and Pandora. Much of the focus will be in target congressional districts like Atlanta, Ga.; Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Chicago, Ill.; Charleston, S.C.; Richmond, Va.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas and more.

The RNC will also engage in an aggressive rapid response effort, led by RNC Rapid Response Director Steve Guest, including email blasts and response in real-time to the latest events.

CHINA GLOBAL STRATEGY TARGETING AMERICAN ECONOMY

September 7, 2019

Ret. USAF Brigadier General Robert Spalding in a June 2019 interview on radio warned that the geopolitical China threat to the United States had not been adressed strategically. Spalding has served at the White House as the Senior Director for Strategic Planning at the National Security Council, Washington D.C.:

China wages economic warfare against the U.S, said Spalding. It supports — and enriches itself off of — America’s competitors in Asia and the Middle East.

To approach this effectively the United States must work with its allies. In the Middle East with the Saudis and other Arab states and in Asia with mainly Japan and South Korea.

Spalding further said that in each of these regions, the partners there have to step up. America must reinvest in the country and grow the economy.

The focus has to be on deterrence and the growth of economy. Don’t spend all your money on weapons and focus on growing your economy. Military capacity cannot be separated from economic capacity, the brigadier general continued.

The United States must build and rebuild in the field of infrastructure and things that are actually growing the economy. If you don’t have a strong economy, it doesn’t matter, because you’re not going to be able to pay for the things you need to secure yourself.

When China entered the WTO, America closed 78,000 factories. 5.4 million people were put out of work. We closed ship-building facilities. We closed so much of our manufacturing capability that today we’re heavily reliant on the Chinese to provide the things we need to fight.

Spalding also said that the Chinese have managed to buy global ports and buying most of the global shipping — control the logistics. So think about that $800 billion defense budget we spend, and then all the money we’re spending to move and ship personnel and supplies all over the world, and you realize that the Chinese are making enormous sums out of what we do on a day-to-day basis. This is what they’ve built.

Spalding further highlighted China’s procurement of influence via financial relationship with America’s academia, businesses, entertainment and news media companies, non-profits and think tanks, and politicians.

The Chinese have studied the United States and the competition we had with the Soviet Union. They realized that if we ever became focused on their activities, then that would be tough for them because they relied on our openness in order to go after us. So they were essentially slowly eroding our personal freedoms through their economic and financial interaction with the country.

A large part of America’s elites have essentially aligned themselves — corporate interests, academia, politics, law firms, think tanks — with the Chinese Communist Party. The party knew that if it could go on to pursue that they could continue to slowly erode our competitive edge.

In essence, they want us to spend as much money as we can on defense, because that is not the area where they want to compete with us, Spalding warned. “They want us to bankrupt ourselves. That’s the goal.

President Donald Trump had in Spalding’s view reversed the status quo of America’s approach towards China set by his presidential predecessors. In 2017, the president basically said, ‘Enough is enough.’

They use the profits they make off the dealings with America to help the Iranians, to help the North Koreans, to help the Russians, both in a technological sense and economic sense,” concluded Spalding. He described Trump’s “decoupling” of America from dependence on Chinese exports and logistic as a means to reinforce America’s global positioning. China is aiding and abetting the countries that we try to put sanctions on. Whether or not they’re directly involved in the Iranians placing mines on tankers in the Persian Gulf, they’re complicit in that they’re enabling the Iranians to have the resources that enable them to do these things.

CHINA’S KILLING MACHINE – ORGAN-HARVESTING BY EXECUTION

July 30, 2019

New York Post on June 1, 2019, published an article by US China expert Steven W. Mosher on the brutal China organ harvesting for profit. The world is beginning to understand that transplants in China are costing human lives – every time. Excerpts below:

Zheng Qiaozhi — we will call him George — still has nightmares. He was interning at China’s Shenyang Army General Hospital when he was drafted to be part of an organ-harvesting team.

The prisoner was brought in, tied hand and foot, but very much alive. The army doctor in charge sliced him open from chest to belly button and exposed his two kidneys. “Cut the veins and arteries,” he told his shocked intern. George did as he was told. Blood spurted everywhere.

The kidneys were placed in an organ-transplant container.

Then the doctor ordered George to remove the man’s eyeballs. Hearing that, the dying prisoner gave him a look of sheer terror, and George froze. “I can’t do it,” he told the doctor, who then quickly scooped out the man’s eyeballs himself.

George was so unnerved by what he had seen that he soon quit his job at the hospital and returned home. Later, afraid that he might be the next victim of China’s forced organ-transplant business, he fled to Canada and assumed a new identity.

First-person accounts like George’s are understandably rare.

Experts estimate that between 60,000 and 100,000 organs are transplanted annually in China. Multiply that number times the cost of a liver transplant ($170,000) or a kidney transplant ($130,000), and the result is an eye-popping $10 billion to 20 billion.

…experts like Ethan Gutmann, author of several books on the subject, believe that the vast majority [of organs] obtained by executing prisoners of conscience.
One particularly rich source of fresh organs for China’s transplant industry in recent years has been the Falun Gong, which was declared a heretical Buddhist sect in 1999 by then-Party Secretary Jiang Zemin.

The Muslim minorities of China’s far west are apparently next in line. Over the past couple of years, between one to three million Uighur and Kazakh men have been arrested and sent to concentration camps — Beijing calls them “vocational training centers” — in the region.

Tellingly, all these prisoners of conscience not only had their blood drawn upon entry but also had their organs examined, presumably so they could be more quickly matched with those willing to pay for them.

All this suggests that assembly-line harvesting of Uighur, Kazakh and Tibetan organs is already getting underway.

Despite China’s claims to the contrary, its transplant business is booming. And, thanks to a Western technology called ECMO — extracorporeal membrane oxygenation — it has become much, much more lucrative.

Twenty years ago, it was only possible to successfully harvest an organ or two — two kidneys, say, or a heart — from a transplant victim. The other organs, such as the lungs and liver, had to be discarded because they had been deprived of oxygen too long to be usable.

Now, the victims are put on an ECMO machine, which serves as an artificial heart and lung and keeps every last organ fresh enough to be harvested. Before ECMO, a victim’s few salvageable organs were worth maybe $250,000. Now, with ECMO, every organ can be harvested — even the skin — and the victim is easily worth two or three times as much. ECMO, which has saved countless lives in the West, has had the opposite effect in China: It has accelerated the killing of innocent people.

Proof that the slaughter of “donors” continues is revealed by the country’s amazingly short wait times for organs. In normal countries, sick people can wait for many months or years for an organ to become available.

Only in China do organ tourists receive a kidney, heart or liver transplant within days or weeks of arriving. In fact, in some cases patients have reported that their transplant surgeries were scheduled before they even arrived in China — something that could only happen as a result of forced organ harvesting.

The world is beginning to wake up to the fact that virtually every organ transplant in China costs the life of an innocent human being.

China’s organ-transplant assembly line is not only murder for hire but may turn out to be a kind of genocide as well.

Steven W. Mosher is the president of the Population Research Institute and the author of “Bully of Asia: Why China’s Dream is the New Threat to World Order,” out now.

COMMUNISM’S DEATH TOLL

July 28, 2019

Foundation for Economic Education’s ”FEE Daily” on July 28, 2019, published an article on Ukraine’s legislation making natioinal socialism and communism legally synonymous. Below is an excerpt from the article:

The Black Book of Communism, an international bestseller, reveals that the handiwork of twentieth-century communists more than matched the Nazis. In fact, a glance at the figures shows the communist death toll dwarfs the bloody work of the Nazis: In China, 65 million dead; in the Soviet Union, nearly 20 million; Vietnam, 1 million; Cambodia, 2 million. North Korea is 2 million and counting. Chalk up a few million more with Eastern Europe (1 million), Africa (1.7 million), and Afghanistan (1.5 million).

The different perceptions of the horrors of Nazi Germany to horrors of twentieth-century communism have long been a source of frustration for many who see cognitive dissonance in how the hammer-and-sickle is treated compared to the Swastika.

For lawmakers in Ukraine, this cognitive dissonance was apparently more than they could bear. In 2015, legislation was passed to make Nazism and communism legally synonymous.

In 2019, that law was upheld by a Ukrainian court.

“The communist regime, like the Nazi regime, inflicted irreparable damages to human rights because during its existence, it had total control over society and politically motivated persecutions and repressions, violated its international obligations, and its own constitutions and laws,” the court declared, in a ruling published on its website.

The ruling…paves the way for the removal of most of the remaining communist monuments and landmarks bearing Soviet names in Ukraine. It also prohibits the use of Nazi and communist symbols.

The Starvation of Ukraine

That communism is a touchy subject in Ukraine should come as no surprise. As the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Applebaum chronicled in her 2017 book Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine, nearly 4 million Ukrainians died from starvation in the Soviet Union between 1931 and 1934. Applebaum makes is quite clear how this happened.

“The Soviet Union’s disastrous decision to force peasants to give up their land and join collective farms; the eviction of ‘kulaks,’ the wealthier peasants, from their homes; the chaos that followed,” she writes, “all [was] ultimately the responsibility of Joseph Stalin, the General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party.”

Millions of people starving is horrifying. What’s more terrifying is that this policy was not accidental.

As late as the summer of 1932 mass starvation appeared avoidable, Applebaum writes. The Soviets could have asked for international aid, as they had in previous famines. It could have stopped exporting grain or halted grain requisitions. Party leaders chose not to.

Instead, in the autumn of 1932, the Soviet Politburo, the elite leadership of the Soviet Communist Party, took a series of decisions that widened and deepened the famine in the Ukrainian countryside and at the same time prevented peasants from leaving the republic in search of food. At the height of the crisis, organized teams of policemen and party activists, motivated by hunger, fear, and a decade of hateful and conspiratorial rhetoric, entered peasant households and took everything edible: potatoes, beets, squash, beans, peas, anything in the oven and anything in the cupboard, farm animals and pets.

As a result, 3.9 million Ukrainians died. In light of these horrors, it’s no surprise that many in Ukraine, which suffered under Nazi rule the following decade, see little difference between the collective atrocities of the Nazis and the collective atrocities of the communists.

ÅRTIONDEN I DET PSYKOLOGISKA FÖRSVARET FRÅN 1975

May 28, 2019

Författaren Bertil Häggman har tidigare på denna blogg publicerat Del 3 av sina politiska memoarer. Här publiceras nu ett utdrag ur Del 4, som till skillnad från Del 1 (publicerad av Kindle Publishing House) är på svenska och behandlarförfattarens militära tjänstgöring, som han avslutade som stabsredaktör inom det psykologiska försvaret.

Till psykförsvaret och tiden i ToPF i södra Sverige

Det visade sig att mitt arbete till försvar av Sydvietnams frihet åren 1965 till 1975 skulle få betydelse för min fortsatta militära tjänstgöring. Först blev det dock en repetitionsövning vid Livregementets grenadjärer (I 3) i Örebro under maj månad 1973.

I början av 1970-talet kom jag i kontakt med major Anders Franchell, som hade en ledande ställning inom det militära psykologiska försvaret. Det ledde till att jag enligt ett förordnande den 1 februari 1975 blev stabsredaktör med placering vid det psykologiska försvaret (tjänstegrupp 2 det vill säga motsvarande fänrik, löjtnant eller kapten). I maj-juni 1975 genomgick jag en repetitionsövning (krigsförbandsövning) i Stockholm.

Jag sökte också medlemskap i ett förbund, som verkade för vidareutbildning av krigsplacerad personal inom det psykologiska försvaret. Sedan mitten av 1960-talet fanns det en organisation med detta syfte inom den militära informationstjänsten. År 1964 hade Sveriges Militära Psykförsvarsförening (SMIPS) bildats främst på initiativ av majorerna Anders Franchell och Bertil Flodin. SMIPS ingick liksom Fältartisterna i Personaltjänstförbundet (FPF), som verkade i den frivilliga befälsutbildningsverksamheten.

Under tiden visade det sig att SMIPS tilldelades allt för små medel för att kunna arbeta effektivt. Det ledde till att organisationen lämnade FPF och gick med i Centralförbundet för befälsutbildning (CFB). Vid årsstämman 1979 ändrades namnet till Totalförsvarets Psykförsvarsförbund (ToPF). Orsaken till namnändringen var bland annat att man i ökande utsträckning fick medlemmar, som hade uppgifter på andra områden än den militära informationstjänsten. Det var i samband med namnbytet, som jag blev medlem i den regionala föreningen ToPF i södra Sverige (förbundet hade fem regionala föreningar i stort sett efter dåvarande milo-indelning).

Stadgar för ToPF i södra Sverige antogs vid bildandet i november 1979 och enligt stadgarna skull verksamheten omfatta försvarsupplysning samt rekrytering och utbildning av frivillig personal ingående i totalförsvaret.

Förutom Försvarsstabens informationsavdelning engagerade sig även Beredskapsnämnden för psykologiskt försvar, som senare bytte namn till Styrelsen för psykologiskt försvar (SPF). Per Landahl, SPF:s kanslichef medverkade regelbundet vid förbundets möten. Landahl var också under en tid efter sin avgång med pension ordförande i ToPF. Bland de uppgifter som SPF hade kan nämnas informationsforskning och upplysning i krislägen. Styrelsen ansvarade också för de opinionsundersökningar som gjordes för att mäta svenskarnas försvarsvilja och inställning till väpnat försvar av Sverige.

Vid slutet av 1970-talet och under 1980-talet var förbundets huvuduppgift att se till att medlemmarnas kunskaper bibehölls framför allt då press- och informationsofficerare, det vill säga stabsredaktörer. När det under åren kom allt fler medlemmar utan anknytning till det militära tillkom en ny uppgift för förbundet: att rekrytera, informera och utbilda frivilliga för totalförsvarets beredskaps- och krigsorganisation inom ramen för det psykologiska försvarets verksamhetsområden. Därmed skulle medlemmarna kunna krigsplaceras även under det civila försvaret som till exempel informationsbefäl.

TEXAS SENATOR TED CRUZ WARNS: CHINA GREATEST THREAT

April 11, 2019

Washington Times on April 10, 2019, reported on a speech by Ted Cruz at a conference of the Committee on the Present Danger-China in which he warned that China is the greatest threat. Excerpts below:

Sen. Ted Cruz warned…that the United States is facing “perilous times” due to the growing threat from communist China.

“China is in my view the greatest long-term geopolitical risk to the United States,” the Texas Republican told a conference of China watchers hosted by the Committee on the Present Danger-China. “They are the greatest risk militarily, they are the greatest risk economically, and they are the greatest risk in expanding their world influence and seeking to constrain our own.”

He outlined three tools that can “combat the geopolitical and geomilitary threat that we face.”

They include exposing Chinese activities and abuses such as cyberattacks, human rights violations and other nefarious activities of the Beijing government.

“One tool is simply the light of transparency,” he said. “History teaches us something: Dictatorships fear truth. Tyrannies and dictatorships always appear stronger than they are until they crumble.”

The senator criticized pro-Beijing officials in government and the news media for perpetuating communist rule in China. “The apologists for the Chinese communists we have in the media, that we have, sadly, in Congress are not advancing the cause of peace, are not advancing the cause of human rights, they are not advancing the cause of truth by hiding the truth,” he said.

A second way to confront China is through building up American military power. The senator praised President Trump for the largest military buildup since the Reagan era.

China has invested billions of dollars in building up formidable military forces at the same time the Obama administration for eight years weakened “our ability to defend ourselves,” Mr. Cruz said. “It is critical that we are turning that around.”

Mr. Cruz took credit for helping pass recent legislation requiring the Pentagon to build space-based missile defense interceptors.

“The threat in space is profound. Our vulnerability in space is profound,” he said. “The Chinese are investing billions in offensive weaponry in space.”

Last, Mr. Cruz urged shutting down Chinese influence operations and technology theft networks inside the United States.

Chinese government-run Confucius Institutes are being used for spying and influence operations and must be countered, he argued. “Confucius Institutes far too often have served as bases for active and aggressive espionage,” Mr. Cruz said. “We need to guard ourselves at home.”

Mr. Cruz said in the end he believes the United States can neutralize the threat from China the way Reagan did to the Soviets in demanding that the Berlin Wall be torn down. “Truth is stronger than lies, and light is stronger than darkness,” he said.

Comment: Senator Cruz in his comments should perhaps also have brought up a recent aggressive move by the regime in Beijing. China seeks to corner the market in building emerging high-speed, next-generation 5G telecommunications networks around the world

U.S. and allied telecommunications companies are lagging behind Chinese companies that are receiving $180 billion in investment over five years for the high-speed networks that require larger numbers of cellular hardware than current systems. Adopting Chinese standards for 5G as international norms will undermine U.S. defense capabilities.

The massive number of connected devices in the 5G system will increase the vulnerability to cyberattacks and espionage. Larger volumes of data being transferred also will complicate network and information security and make it more difficult to detect malicious traffic on computer networks.

It is time that the United States and allies adopt the grand strategy of President Ronald Reagan: We win, they loose.