Terrorism

On Terrorism, Our President Is Tone-Deaf

Featured image Yesterday a Muslim named Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein fired thirty or more rounds into a Copenhagen restaurant where a free speech seminar was being held, killing one person and wounding several. A few hours later, he attacked the principal Copenhagen synagogue, where a bat mitzvah was taking place, killing a Jew who was acting as a guard–European synagogues need guards these days–and wounding two policemen. The attack on the synagogue »

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 »

An uncertain kazoo

Featured image The New York Times has posted the text of President Obama’s proposed resolution for the authorization of the use of force against the Islamic State here. The White House has posted the text of President Obama’s remarks on the proposed resolution here. NRO’s Mario Loyola observes that the proposed resolution contains three “poison pills.” He writes: First is the time limit of three years. This is another of Obama’s signature »

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’ »

One pillar of unwisdom revisited

Featured image Perhaps the most dispiriting element of President Obama’s Vox interview with Matthew Yglesias is Obama’s likening of terrorism to a problem of domestic law enforcement. Obama draws an analogy between terrorism and crime control. We need to keep the lid on and do our best to reduce it. But we’re not in a war where the enemy is recognized or the object is victory. Terrorism is one of those things »

Cotton on Gitmo, take 2

Featured image Senator Tom Cotton is not impressed by the argument that our detention facility at Gitmo is a recruiting tool for terrorists. Indeed, he thinks the argument is a pretext for the pursuit of Obama’s world-turned-upside-down views (as it obviously is). Senator Cotton made his point in dramatic fashion in the Senate Armed Services Committee last week as he interrogated Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Brian McKeon about Guantanamo »

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 Vox.com. 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 »

Man on a high horse

Featured image Barack Obama speech to those assembled at the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday represents the nadir of his presidency. The White House has posted the text of the speech here. John and Paul have provided devastating assessments of Obama’s speech here and here, respectively. I can’t improve on them. I want only to add this note. We see events spinning out of control in the Middle East. We see our efforts »

Cotton on Gitmo: Let them rot

Featured image Senator Tom Cotton is not impressed by the argument that our detention facility at Gitmo is a recruiting tool for terrorists. Indeed, he thinks the argument is a pretext for the pursuit of Obama’s world-turned-upside-down views (as it obviously is). Senator Cotton made his point in dramatic fashion in the Senate Armed Services Committee this morning as he interrogated Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Brian McKeon about Guantanamo »

ISIS Burns Captured Pilot Alive [Updated]

Featured image Moaz al-Kasasbeh, the Jordanian pilot who was shot down and captured by ISIS, has been burned alive on video: The footage, which is titled ‘Healing the Believers’ Chests’ appears to show the captured airman wearing an orange jumpsuit as a trail of petrol leading up to the cage is seen being set alight. Flames are seen quickly spreading to the cage where they completely engulf the helpless pilot in images »

Not Islamic either, part quatre

Featured image The Obama administration has dragged the Pentagon into its clown show on the Taliban and terrorism. Megyn Kelly devoted a segment to the swap of Bowe Bergdahl for the Taliban Five as well as the proper categorization of the Taliban last night on her FNC Kelly File show (full video below, eleven minutes long). Pentagon spokesman Admiral John Kirby appeared to respond to Kelly’s questions. As to the Taliban, Kirby »

Not Islamic either, part trois

Featured image NRO’s Brendan Bordelon reports: In the latest round of verbal gymnastics over the Taliban, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki refused to categorize the murder of American civilians at Kabul International Airport an act of “terrorism.” The Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack on Friday, which killed three civilian contractors working for the U.S. government and wounded one other. The gunman was reportedly a member of Afghan security forces who turned »

Not Islamic either, part deux

Featured image When he ran for president in 2008, then-Senator Obama castigated the Bush administration for taking his eye “off the ball.” “The ball” was the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan. Looking back on the campaign, Obama noted: “I talked frequently during this campaign that we took our eye off the ball when we invaded Iraq. And now it’s done. My job is to withdraw in a responsible way from Iraq »

Behind the White House’s defense of the Taliban

Featured image As Scott discusses in the post immediately below, the Obama administration today claimed that the Taliban is an “armed insurrection” — you know, kind of like George Washington’s Continental Army — not a terrorist group. It is therefore materially different, spokesperson Eric Schultz argued, from ISIS. Thus, it is okay for the U.S. to swap prisoners with the Taliban (see Bergdahl, Bowe), but not okay to make concessions to ISIS »

Not Islamic either

Featured image The Obama administration degenerates rapidly into a clown show. It may be a clown show that falls into the killer clown horror genre, but still it’s some kind of a clown show. In the latest installment of the clown show, White House spokesman Eric Schultz distinguishes the Taliban — not a terrorist group, but rather an “armed insurgency” — from ISIS — not an “armed insurgency,” but rather a terrorist »

Obama’s bogus Yemen success story

Featured image As John wrote earlier this evening, the government of Yemen, a significant U.S. ally in the war against Islamic extremism, is teetering on the brink of collapse. The situation is so dire that two U.S. Navy warships have moved into the area, ready to evacuate Americans from the U.S. embassy if necessary. Ships may be required for an evacuation because, in the wake of an embassy car being attacked today, »