Tag: War on Terror

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Below is an excerpt from our recently published piece The 9/11 Attacks: Understanding Al-Qaeda and the Domestic Fall-Out from America’s Secret War: With American military personnel now entering service who were not even alive on 9/11, this seems an appropriate time to reexamine the events of September 11, 2001 – the opaque motives for the attacks, […]

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It’s easy to forget the ongoing war in Yemen. But a pair of news stories this week serves not only of a reminder of American involvement there but the foolishness in involving ourselves in yet another civil war.

The first story is the bombing of a school bus by Saudi warplanes that killed 29 children under the age of 15 in Saada Province. For what it’s worth (which isn’t much), the Saudis claim they didn’t intentionally target a bus full of children and that this was a “legitimate military operation.” Civil wars are usually full of atrocities, but this particular horror and the 29 dead children (and many others in this war) was made possible by generous assistance from the United States government and American taxpayers.

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The distinguishing feature of war is that it’s the one time that most people recognize that it becomes appropriate to do inappropriate things. It’s wrong to kill another man, unless you’re doing it in war, at which point it becomes okay due to necessity at best and at worst something you need to take up […]

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I found this story extraordinary, given today’s squeamishness of political correctness. The world has gotten so distressing that Poland is dialing up the heavenly hosts for help. The Poles are scattered to every part of their country’s borders to pray for protection for their country, and the whole world. Christians, mainly Catholics, took to the […]

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My husband has an allergy problem. Every season he coughs and sneezes, no over the counter meds work. He ends up at an emergency care clinic begging for antibiotics twice a year, when it turns into an infection. Only this past year, it never cleared up. A check up and referral to allergist is coming, […]

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 I wanted to write this post because of some of the background articles to this post. Written by @viator . I also wanted to write because people have such a hard time understanding the important differences between different Islamic movements and insurgencies that exist in the world today. It sometimes seems that Americans have a […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. What’s In A Name?

 

quote-know-the-enemy-and-know-yourself-in-a-hundred-battles-you-will-never-be-defeated-sun-tzu-310915Over at The Corner, Jim Talent has a terrific post on the Democrats’ willful blindness regarding the ongoing threat of Islamic terrorism:

It’s hard to overcome any problem in your life if you refuse to recognize essential elements of the problem; in fact, one of the first objects of psychotherapists is to get their patients to face the real issues that are disabling them. It’s even harder to win a war if you won’t permit yourself to recognize whom you’re fighting — and not only because, as a practical matter, you have to know your enemy to properly assess his plans and tactics

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. America, Alone, Is Enough to Win the Fight

 

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We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
Alfred, Lord Tenneson, “Ulyssses” 

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. US seizes large Iranian arms shipment in Arabian Sea

 

You detain 10 of our sailors, we’ll take a boatload of arms:

The crew of a U.S. Navy ship stopped a massive Iranian arms shipment dead in its tracks, seizing thousands of weapons, AK-47 rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers that likely were headed to Yemen, the Pentagon announced Monday.

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Fulfilling one of his last campaign promises, Obama has sent Congress his plan to close the Guantanamo Bay prison:

Unveiling the plan from the Roosevelt Room at the White House, the president made clear his frustration at how what was once a bipartisan goal shared by both his predecessor, President George W. Bush, and his 2008 Republican opponent, Senator John McCain, had become a partisan dispute. He urged Congress to give his plan a “fair hearing,” saying the prison wasted money, raised tensions with allies and fueled anti-American sentiments abroad.

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The argument against letting them in is that the government, being completely incompetent, can’t possibly sort through ten thousand people and pick out the terrorists. Syria is just too chaotic, and you never really know what’s in someone’s heart and mind.

But if we look back to the discussion on our government’s programs that applied waterboarding, EIT, and indefinite detention, we were also told that the government only applied these things to known, dangerous terrorists.

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“Now is the time for the moderates on all lands, in all languages, from all faiths to mourn together, and then rally and find a way to work together and stand up to extremism in all forms across the world.” We’re going to stand up to the intersectional feminists, black lives matter activists, and Bernie […]

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1086461_1280x720As I watched President Obama’s press conference in Antalya, Turkey, I began to feel that I was seeing an historic moment unfold.

It was deceptively like what we’re used to, full of condescension, impatience, hubris, straw men and false choices. He mentioned multiple times that he has to meet every few weeks with a bunch of guys to go over details, that it’s complicated. He reminded more that one journalist that he’d already answered ‘that’ question. He diminished his critics’ understanding and motives.

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Thanks to the ongoing War(s) on Terror, there are now thousands of National Guard and reserves who have extensive training and experience on how to quell an armed counter-insurgency operation in an urban environment. They learned how to secure a neighborhood and make it safe, how to work with and not against the local populace […]

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Have you heard the news? Today, this evening, two American Marines stopped a terror attack in France. Another Muslim terrorist having nothing to do with any of the previous ones or the ones sure to follow. The terrorist, a Moroccan man, boarded in Amsterdam & commenced what would have been a slaughter after the train crossed […]

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We’re just shy of fifteen years into the Global War On Terror. While the law of averages says the next fifteen will yield better results, at this juncture simply being allowed to keep our shoes on when boarding a plane seems like a major victory.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. How Can a President Tell the Truth About Radical Islam?

 

640px-EnterpriseTripoliFrom a weekly column by Rev. George Rutler:

Exactly 229 years ago this month, when the Barbary pirates were menacing ships of the newborn United States off the coasts of Tunis and Algiers, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams met in London with a Muslim diplomat representing the Bey of Algiers to inquire why his religion made his people so hostile to a new country that posed them no threat. They reported to Congress through a letter to John Jay, then Secretary of Foreign Affairs, the ambassador’s explanation that:

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Community Organizing Against Terror

 

In a short span of a holiday weekend, the world watched an ISIS-inspired gunman shoot up a cafe and synagogue. ISIS members also beheaded 21 Coptic Christians in Libya and burned 45 people to death in Iraq. This came on the heels of ISIS burning a Jordanian pilot to death in a cage and emailing American hostage Kayla Mueller’s family pictures of her dead body. Jordan responded with massive air strikes, as did Egypt.

Barack Obama responded with a selfie stick and golf.

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… recent history shows us it’s going to take more than just a hashtag to defeat Islamic terrorism. Last year, the Nigerian Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped, raped and sold into slavery an entire school of 12-15 year old girls, due in large part to their Christian faith. More

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