National Security

The government’s nonchalant response to Hillary’s security breaches, part three

Featured image Paul Mirengoff has written about the government’s nonchalant response to the serious security issues raised Madam Hillary’s private email/server here (part 1) and here (part 2). At last word the government has retrieved Clinton’s (wiped) server from Platte River Networks, the company she had entrusted to do her dirty work. But consider these wrinkles: Platte River Networks says it copied the server before wiping it — copies of the emails »

The government’s nonchalant response to Hillary’s security breaches, Part Two

Featured image The Obama administration’s nonchalant response to Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of sensitive, classified, and even top secret information extends to its treatment of her lawyers. The Justice Department allowed emails and other sensitive information from Clinton’s server to remain in her lawyers’ hands even though they lack the requisite security clearances. Now, finally, the Justice Department has taken possession of the thumb drive containing work emails that Clinton’s personal attorney David »

Latest Clinton cash scandal carries national security implications

Featured image Ever since his days in Arkansas, Bill Clinton has had an unerring ability to sniff out corruption and get in bed with it. Or, in the case of Jim McDougal, to sit sweating in its chair. With the Clinton Foundation, Slick Willy has raised this skill to an art form. If there is a corrupt government with which to engage in mutual backscratching, Bill Clinton will find it. Before long, »

The real Rand Paul stands up

Featured image As John notes below, Rand Paul has used his Senatorial prerogative to block the Patriot Act. As a result, its provisions will expire at midnight. A new Act will be passed, but probably not for at least 72 hours. Let’s hope that terrorists worldwide respect Sen. Paul’s prerogative and wait 72 hours before using using U.S. phone lines to plot attacks on U.S. interests. Rand Paul is concerned, as he »

Megyn Kelly takes down Rand Paul on the Patriot Act

Featured image John has flagged Rand Paul’s ISIS whopper — the claim that Republicans are to blame for the rise of ISIS. When Republicans controlled the White House, ISIS was, as John says, little more than a dream in the minds of a few fanatics. The dream was realized not because of Republicans, but mostly because President Obama reversed President Bush’s policies and prematurely withdrew American forces from Iraq. But Rand Paul’s »

Secretary Carter lauds the boss

Featured image We doubt that President Obama is a great leader in the defense of the national security of the United States, and the evidence supporting our doubt is abundant. In the Middle East, we see Iran asserting its power from Iraq and Yemen to Syria and Lebanon. We see ISIS on the march. We see al Qaeda and its affiliates expanding their forces. Elsewhere in the world, we see China and »

An uncertain kazoo, cont’d

Featured image On May 20 President Obama traveled to New London to deliver the commencement address at the Coast Guard Academy. The White House transcript of the speech is posted here; the White House video is posted below. The White House blog posted photos featuring excerpts of the speech and the president in heroic poses here. In the Middle East, we see Iran asserting its power from Iraq and Yemen to Syria »

We Are the World? One Hopes Not…

Featured image NATO’s foreign ministers have been meeting in Antalya, Turkey, for the last two days. The proceedings sound pretty boring, according to the official press release: “The challenges we all face demand a comprehensive response, so all of us need to work even closer together,” [NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg] said at the end of a two-day meeting. But after dinner last night, the ministers locked arms and joined in a »

Clinton’s reckless and possibly criminal quest for secrecy

Featured image Hillary Clinton’s private email account, the only email account she used for State Department business, continues to spark commentary on the internet. Attorney Shannen Coffin wonders whether Clinton committed a felony. He points out that federal criminal law makes it a felony when any custodian of official government records “willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same.” The crime is punishable by up to three years »

Why no deal is better than Obama’s deal

Featured image I found Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress persuasive in all but one respect. I question Netanyahu’s claim that the alternative to the deal Obama seems prepared to settle for is “a better deal.” It believe that the Iranian regime’s overriding goal is to obtain nuclear weapons. If that’s the case, Iran will not agree to a deal that significantly impedes its ability to reach this goal. It follows that the »

Don’t abolish the filibuster

Featured image Charles Krauthammer urges Republicans to abolish the filibuster. He is prompted to advocate this fundamental change for a very narrow purpose — to pass a piece of legislation he expects President Obama to veto. But Krauthammer isn’t talking about an ordinary piece of legislation. He has in mind a bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security, minus the immigration service which would be denied funds to implement the »

ISIS on the march in Iraq; al Qaeda on the march in Yemen

Featured image This week, President Obama proclaimed that ISIS is on the defensive and that its morale is low. He cited no evidence, but if indeed ISIS’s morale had flagged, it will receive a pick-me-up from the capture by ISIS forces of an Iraqi town just a few miles away from a military base where hundreds of U.S. advisers are stationed. The town is called al-Baghdadi. The U.S. base lies only five »

Are we better off without Obama’s anti-ISIS AUMF? Probably

Featured image President Obama will conduct the American military action against ISIS as vigorously or (more likely) as halfheartedly as he desires. This is true whether or not Congress passes a new military authorization. Why, then, does Obama seek an anti-ISIS authorization for the use of military force. For two reasons, I believe: (1) for political cover and (2) to constrain his successor. The authorization Obama seeks does not authorize “the use »

Cotton on Gitmo, Take 3

Featured image Last night, Sen. Tom Cotton appeared on Megyn Kelly’s Fox News program to respond to criticism of his statement that terrorists at Gitmo should “rot in hell.” Kelly asked Senator Cotton to address the specific (and entirely bogus) complaint by the attorney for the 9/11 mastermind that Cotton’s statement endangers American captives abroad). Scott posted Senator Cotton’s response here. After Senator Cotton’s appearance, Kelly trotted out Andrew Napolitano, Fox News’ »

If it bleeds it leads. . .to denial by Obama

Featured image John did a great job of ripping President Obama’s pathetic musings on terrorism, as served up to Matthew Yglesias of I want to focus on Obama’s claim that the media “absolutely” sometimes overstates the level of alarm people should have about terrorism. Obama offered no evidence to support this claim. He merely asserted it, adding that he doesn’t blame the media for following the “the famous saying. . .if »

NSS 2015

Featured image The White House has just released our National Security Strategy 2015 and posted it online here. National Security adviser Susan Rice gave a speech touting the strategy that is posted here. It’s the first update to our national security strategy in five years. Rice insists that things are getting better all the time; I think the deterioration has steadily proceeded under Obama’s leadership. Quotable quote: “[T]oo often, what’s missing here »

Jeffrey Sterling convicted; his accomplice remains free

Featured image Jeffrey Sterling, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer, was convicted of espionage today. He was charged with telling a journalist about a secret operation to disrupt Iran’s nuclear program. The journalist was James Risen of the New York Times. Scott has written extensively about this case, focusing on Risen’s disclosure of Sterling’s secrets and the government’s unwillingness to require the journalist to testify in the case. Fortunately, Sterling was convicted »