4 Reasons Why Trump Picked Priebus For Chief Of Staff: He Has A Strong GOP-Elite Pedigree

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Before taking over the RNC, Priebus led the Republican Party of Wisconsin. During that time, Republicans picked up a senate seat, the governorship and two House seats. The state also came out ahead by earning the majority in both chambers of the state congress. He still has connections to the state including a relationship with fellow Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan who championed Trump’s choice of Priebus for chief of staff.

Reince considered himself a Republican by the time he was a teenager. At just 16, he was volunteering for several political campaigns in and around the Kenosha, Wisconsin area. After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, majoring in English and Political Science. He belonged to the Delta Chi fraternity and graduated cum laude in 1994. Prior to that Priebus served as student body president and was president of the College Republicans.

After graduating, he enrolled at the University of Miami Law School where he continued serving as clerk for the Wisconsin State of Appeals, Wisconsin Supreme Court and US District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He also interned at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in California. Priebus graduated from law school cum laude with a JD degree in 1998 after serving as president of the law school student body.

While he may have made a failed attempt at running for the Senate in 2004, Priebus thrived at the game of party politics which led to him becoming the youngest ever chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party. The success brought him national attention and a job in Washington as RNC general counsel under a chairman he would soon be vying to replace. He has had a successful run with the RNC to say the least.

4 Reasons Why Trump Picked Priebus For Chief Of Staff: Republican Elite Swamp Creatures Love Him

FILE-In this Jan. 24, 2014 file photo, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus is seen at the RNC winter meeting in Washington. Having fallen short twice recently, Ohio is making a big push to land the 2016 Republican National Convention with three cities bidding as finalists, eager to reassert its Midwestern political clout to a party that may be slowly moving away from it. In interviews, RNC chairman Reince Priebus and members of the selection committee including chairwoman Enid Mickelsen downplayed swing state status as a top factor in their decision, emphasizing that having at least $55 million in private fundraising, as well as hotel space and creating a good "delegate experience" were more important. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Priebus is a reassuring presence to the establishment Republicans who may still be uncertain about what Trump’s White House will look like. Picking someone with a strong establishment history signals that the President-elect is looking to build bridges in the swamp that is Washington D.C. and keep continuity with longtime Republican-Elite agenda.

Priebus is seen as a peacemaker of sorts. He is also seen as a deal maker who will be eager to give the right amount of persuasion to the new president when it comes to compromise. Trump himself has even called the soon to be chief of staff “Reince Mr. Switzerland” during a May 17th interview adding, “he’s doing a great job as peacemaker.”

As RNC chairman, he was seen as competent and represented a fighting chance to climb out of the RNC debt. Most consider the job thankless, but Reince saw opportunity. As the longest serving chairman in history, the RNC many are singing his praises. “Terrific,” said former RNC finance chairman Mel Sembler, while a Georgia committee member called Priebus’ accomplishments “an unbelievable job”.

The soon to be chief of staff has been forthcoming when it comes to anything that could be threatening the party’s viability. The donor class gave Priebus added acclaim after the Growth and Opportunity Project was released in 2013. It reported on the strengths within the Republican Congress and statehouses, but was “honest” about the threat of grassroots anger when it came down to support.

While this approach may have caught a group of Republicans off guard, Priebus continued on his mission to make the GOP establishment again. “After Romney’s loss, every major donor was just distraught and ready to bail convinced that we would never win a national election,” admitted a Washington based strategist. Priebus followed through with what was necessary to gather confidence within the donor class again and now we have a Republican president-elect.  What that new President-Elect will do, remains to be seen

5 US Weapons The Russians Should Fear-Allies


An ally to the United States may not be a weapon in the traditional sense, but our allies pack a powerful punch. The US global alliance network greatly enhances America’s ability to engage in a war against Russia if it came down to it. In this sense, it is no wonder that Russia lists NATO rather than the United States as its biggest security threat. The list of benefits the US has in its allies is lengthy.

Allies provide forward deployed bases for America’s military with many of them being along the Russian perimeter. From Europe, Japan, the Middle East, South Korea and the Philippines, the US along with its alliance with NATO and the GCC, we have encircled Russia. Truman was able to demonstrate this to the Soviet Union in 1948 during the Berlin blockade via eye-catching air exercises. These bases do not only enhance America’s military capabilities by reducing their range, it also allows for an attack on all sides by the US.

America also has the support from their allies’ military which poses another great threat to Russia. There are little exceptions to the top military spenders in the world being US allies – China, India and Brazil being the few. The US does take to task NATO for not spending enough on military defenses on a regular basis. However, even without the United States, NATO still spends approximately three times as much on defense each year as Russia does. As a matter of fact, any combination of Germany, France and the UK spend more than Russia does when it comes to military defense. There is also Japan that has a military budget that is over half that of Russia’s. Russia and its allies do not come anywhere close in terms of contribution made to any war effort or military defense systems.

5 US Weapons The Russians Should Fear-Missile Defense

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Russia’s conventional military power has diminished since the Cold War. This has caused them to become increasingly reliant on its strategic preventive strategies to meet security measures. Critics say this is why they revoked their agreement of “no first use” and is now willing to use nuclear tactics in order to deescalate conventional conflicts. A vast majority of Russian nukes are deployed on land based ballistic missiles making missile defense such an excruciating prospect for Russia.

Before the conflict with Ukraine erupted, missile defense was a subject of much disagreement between the two former Cold War adversaries. Russia was enraged about America’s plan to deploy a missile defense in Europe to counter Iran’s capabilities which is a “Phased Adaptive Approach” under the Obama Administration. What this means is that the US will be relying more on sea-based Aegis BMD ships and Aegis-Ashore sites that are located in Romania and Poland in order to counter up to 50 short and intermediate range ballistic missiles.

These tactics are all part of a multi-layer ballistic missile defense approach that includes NATO’s own missile defenses as well as a system that protects the US homeland. That system is known as the Ground-Based-Mid-Course-System – or GMD – and uses ground based kill vehicles to block strategic ballistic missiles in the mid-course phase. The cored of the GMD system is the thirty interceptors the United States currently deploys in California and Alaska. However, 14 new interceptors are being introduced in 2017 using an updated kill vehicle known as the Capability Enhancement – CE for short – II and it is worth mentioning the government’s desire to introduce more interceptors on the eastern coast as well.

The GMD system consists of ground based interceptors which use a solid multistage fuel booster with an Exo-Atmospheric Kill Vehicle – EKV – payload. This booster carries the EKV to the predicted location of the target in space when launched. After being released, the EKV uses data from the Ground Support and Fire Control System. The guidance data that is transmitted along with the on board sensors allow for destruction of the target warhead.

5 US Weapons Russia Should Fear-F-22 Raptor


The F-22 raptor holds all the qualifications to stand alone on the front line of a US and Russia war. This aircraft touts a stealthy design combined with supersonic, highly maneuverable, duel engine and long range capabilities. It was built to replace the aging F-15 fighters of America’s military. Unlike its predecessor, the F-22 is the first highly survivable fighter to be able to simultaneously conduct air-to-air and air-to-ground combat among a multitude of other missions. Intelligence gathering, surveillance reconnaissance and electronic attack are all highly functioning capabilities of the plane.

The maneuverability of the F-22 Raptor enhances its stealth capabilities. One particular aspect of the aircraft is is its ability to reach speeds greater than Mach 1.5 without afterburns. The advanced avionics of this stellar plane gives it the first advantage when it comes to look, shot and kill capabilities. What this means is that the F-22 is ahead of the adversary’s aircraft as it fights beyond the visual and radar range of any others out there all made possible by the weapon’s bay.

Another aspect that makes the F-22 stand out is its six Raytheon built AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missiles, otherwise known as AMRAAMs. It also boasts two AIM-9 sidewinder missiles which are of the AIM-9X variety.

The F-22 Raptor’s job in an event that Russia and the United States go to war is to bust open the front door and establish America’s air superiority. This newest generation would be crucial in defeating Russia’s highly effective Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker-E which has been labeled “an extremely dangerous foe to any US fighter, with the exception of the stealthy Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor” as noted by Dave Majumdar in National Interest.

On Lockheed Martin’s site, there is a perfect summation of the F-22 Raptor. It states that the plane “defines air dominance. The 5th generation F-22’s unique combination of stealth, speed, agility, and situational awareness combined with lethal long-range air-to-air and air-to-ground weaponry, makes it the best air dominance fighter in the world.”