Cruz’s vulnerability

Featured image I wrote here and here about what I take to be Marco Rubio’s greatest vulnerability in the GOP presidential race — his sponsorship of immigration reform legislation that would have granted amnesty and a path to citizenship to illegal immigrants. However, one views the merits of Rubio’s Gang of Eight legislation, I think it’s beyond dispute that this represents a serious problem for his campaign. Not surprisingly, Ted Cruz is »

Obama’s fallacious “religious test” argument

Featured image In response to the idea that the U.S. should limit the flow of Syrian refugees into this country to Christians, President Obama had this to say: That’s not American. That’s not who we are. We don’t have a religious test for our compassion. This sounds good in the abstract. For at least two reasons, however, it is not a persuasive objection to limiting entry to Christians. First, Syrian Christians face »

He would prefer not to

Featured image President Obama was visibly annoyed by the questions posed to him at his press conference in Turkey today. They lacked the deference to his majesty that he has grown accustomed to. The Federalist has posted a striking lowlight here (video below). Quotable quote: “What I’m not interested in doing is posing or pursuing some notion of American leadership or America winning or whatever other slogans they come up with that »

ISIS calling

Featured image A well-connected law enforcement source writes with comments that comport with those made by CIA Director Brennan today at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (C-SPAN video here and and Washington Times article here), but go beyond them. I thought readers would find these comments of interest: I’ve got a few good contacts in Middle Eastern and European intelligence and anti-terror police services and have been in contact with »

Al Franken: Don’t worry, just a few bad apples

Featured image Minnesota Senator Al Franken appeared on WCCO’s Sunday Morning with Esme Murphy yesterday to talk about the Paris massacres. WCCO has posted an unembeddable video under the heading “Franken talks on Paris attacks, fight against ISIS.” It also posted here on Facebook with unamused comments. Minnesota has sent more residents to fight with ISIS than any other of the 50 states. When it comes to supplying ISIS with foreign fighters, »

Paris close to home

Featured image One of the targets of Friday’s Paris attack was a popular Cambodian restaurant called Le Petit Cambodge. At least 13 people were killed there. My younger daughter, who lived in Paris for a year, has eaten at Le Petit Cambodge. It’s a favorite restaurant of one of her cousins who lives nearby. As soon as she heard about the attacks, my daughter contacted her cousin to see if he was »

The French government’s response to the Paris attacks

Featured image In the aftermath of the deadly attacks in Paris on Friday, the French government has taken three major actions: declaration of a state of emergency, implementation of border controls, and convening of Congress. James Gillespie, a lawyer in Paris and a Power Line reader, has prepared a discussion of these measures and their legal underpinnings. Here is James’ analysis: State of Emergency By a decree issued in the night of »

Could Aggressive Interrogation Have Prevented the Paris Attacks?

Featured image On November 5, nine days before the terrorist attacks on Paris, a 51-year old Montenegrin was stopped on an autobahn by German police. The officers found a revolver in the man’s glove compartment and continued searching the car. They discovered that the vehicle had been professionally modified to create secret compartments for weapons. The cache reportedly included eight AK-47s, two pistols, two hand grenades, fuses, detonators and a half pound »

After last night

Featured image Watching the Democratic presidential candidates’ event on CBS last night, I thought we had entered the Twilight Zone. You know, “You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension…” John Dickerson played Rod Serling. Herewith my impression of the highlights. Bernie Sanders explained that the phenomenon formerly known as global warming (PFKAGW) was the cause of the Paris massacres. Sanders is no outlier. He represents »

Exploiting Tragedy?

Featured image Today New York Times columnist Frank Bruni complained that various pundits have “exploited” last night’s terrorist attacks in Paris by relating them to issues like gun control and immigration. Bruni writes: “On Saturday morning I read that Paris was going to be good for Republicans. I read that Paris was going to be good for Democrats.” But every commentator he complains about is a conservative (if you assume Judith Miller »

Contain this

Featured image It usually takes more than a day or two for reality to betray Obama’s deep thoughts on our Islamist enemies and others, but it always does. Oh, wait. Our Islamist enemies — they’re not Islamic. And when the bill comes due for Obama’s unreciprocated tokens of love for the Islamic Republic of Iran (not Islamic either, right?), it’s going to be a doozy. At NR, Victor Davis Hanson captured Obama’s »

“The American Blood Is Best, and We Will Taste It Soon”

Featured image Fox News reports that jihadi web sites are rejoicing over today’s terrorist attacks in Paris. The line we have heard more than once from ISIS-related sites is, “The American blood is best, and we will taste it soon.” The French are tougher than many realize, but they are not the primary targets of Muslim extremists. This morning, in a burst of bad timing, Barack Obama said on ABC that ISIS »

The lesson from today’s attacks: step up our game

Featured image When I was in France this summer, I saw far more evidence of anti-terrorist security measures than one sees in the U.S. Military men with heavy weapons were visible at some of the major tourist spots in Paris and also at Reims Cathedral. Today, security must have been farily robust at the Stade de France for the France-Germany match attended by the French president. Otherwise, I imagine the attack would »

A report from Paris

Featured image A friend from Paris had this to say a about this evening’s attacks: This may well be France’s version of 9-11. I’m listening to French commentators on TV, and they sound like ours did when the towers came down. Shock, horror, and righteous anger. President Holland gave a short speech earlier tonight (very bad speech, actually – Obama’s was much better). He announced a state of emergency (the first time »

First Thoughts on the Paris Attacks [Updated]

Featured image We were recording a podcast, which will be posted shortly, when Islamic terrorists unleashed their coordinated attacks on Paris. Early reports are always wrong, at least in part, so the facts are still in flux, but here are some preliminary comments: 1) At the moment, French authorities are estimating 140 deaths and many injuries, in six coordinated attacks. No one doubted for a moment that the murders were committed by »

Executioners also die

Featured image Mohammed Emwazi, the man who beheaded several ISIS prisoners with a knife in those shocking videos, is believed to have been killed by a U.S. airstrike in Raqqa, Syria. It is not certain that the operation got its target (during a press briefing, British Prime Minister Cameron alternated between speaking about Emwazi in the past and the present tenses). However, the BBC, citing a “senior military source,” reported Friday that »

What If ISIS Bombed Russian Airliner?

Featured image News reports indicate that ISIS may have placed a bomb on board Russian Metrojet Flight 9268, which blew up and crashed Saturday in the Sinai Peninsula. If that is the case, Vladimir Putin and other Russians will be very unhappy. I dimly remembered a news story from several decades ago that also involved Arab terrorism, and found it via Google. Here it is, from 1986: The KGB has adopted novel, »