We have written before about how the George Soros-infested State Department is trying to impose its will in Albania.
Unfortunately, the problem is metastasizing like a virulent cancer, threatening to destroy conservative governments throughout the Balkans.
The latest sovereign country where the U.S. ambassador has overstepped his bounds to assist the left’s agenda is Macedonia, where conservatives are in a death match against what is now called the “Soros Army” in the struggle to put together a new government. The results of a win by allies of Mr. Soros, the billionaire patron of leftist causes in the U.S. and around the world, would be an influx of unchecked Islamic immigration, along with all of the other “progressive” policies of the Dark Emperor Soros and his Sith Lord, Barack Obama.
Judicial Watch, famed for its dogged investigations of corruption under Mr. Obama, recently wrote a brilliant analysis of the problem, reporting that “the U.S. government has quietly spent millions of taxpayer dollars to destabilize the democratically elected, center-right government in Macedonia by colluding with left-wing billionaire philanthropist George Soros.” The watchdog group contends that Jess L. Baily, Mr. Obama’s pick to be ambassador to Macedonia, has “worked behind the scenes with Mr. Soros’ Open Society Foundation to funnel large sums of American dollars for the cause, constituting an interference of the U.S. ambassador in domestic political affairs in violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.”
Anyone familiar with recent history in the Balkans knows that the region is a myriad of tribes and factions, which have engaged in brutal hostilities from time to time over the last few centuries. The last tribal areas the U.S. government intervened in order to push the Soros agenda were Iraq and Syria. Those operations didn’t turn out so well, and Europe is still paying the price as millions of migrants flood the continent, urged on by Mr. Soros, Mr. Obama and their supporters. That scenario may play out again if the leftist Social Democrats, backed by an alliance of ethnic Albanian powers, win the power struggle now playing out in Skopje.
Several U.S. lawmakers have raised their concerns about the Macedonia crisis, but the new leadership at the State Department is not moving fast enough. As the Democrats stall the Trump agenda as much as possible, preventing the new president’s appointees from taking power, the thrust of their strategy becomes clear — to undercut the conservative movement around the globe as much as possible before they are replaced.
Seven Republican House members, including Christopher H. Smith of New Jersey, Robert B. Aderholt of Alabama and Trent Franks of Arizona, have written a letter to the U.S. comptroller general expressing concerns about the questionable use of U.S. funds in Macedonia.
“We have heard credible reports that, over the past two years, the U.S. Mission to Macedonia has actively intervened in the party politics of Macedonia,” the lawmakers wrote, “as well as in the shaping of its media environment and civil society, in an improperly partisan manner. According to reports, this intervention consistently favors the parties, media and civil society groups of the left and center-left.”
It seems clear that Ambassador Baily has broken the rules. He and his staff should be removed — immediately. New Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson needs to start weeding out Mr. Obama’s appointees in the Balkans and Eastern Europe, where the ground is especially fertile for the Soros Army to wield its malign influence and further the leftist agenda to cause harm and human suffering throughout the region, as we have seen in Sweden, Germany, the U.K. and elsewhere.
Have we not seen enough of the corrupt fruits of Mr. Soros’ labors around the world? Have we not seen enough death and destruction? Have we not seen enough war? Have we not seen enough children dying? The seeds for more horrible suffering are what the Soros Army is now sowing in Eastern Europe and the Balkans.
America should return to being a beacon of light and hope in the world, not a vessel for the destruction of societies by the wealth of a few manipulative, ideologically misguided men and women.
Action is needed in Macedonia — yesterday!
• L. Todd Wood is a former special operations helicopter pilot and Wall Street debt trader, and has contributed to Fox Business, The Moscow Times, National Review, the New York Post and many other publications. He can be reached through his website, LToddWood.com.
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