Terrorism

Tom Cotton Advises the State Department

Featured image This is via Twitchy. The State Department tweeted a request for advice on how to counter “violent extremism.” Senator Tom Cotton responded: Glad you asked-I have some ideas…RT @StateDept: We want your input. Share solutions you think are critical to countering violent extremism — Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) February 20, 2015 So here are Tom’s suggestions: .@StateDept Special Forces #RLTW pic.twitter.com/RUDBTIiOiI — Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) February 20, 2015 .@StateDept A-10 Warthog »

Obama’s “violent extremism” summit: an exercise in community organizing

Featured image Andy McCarthy points out that, even as the White House throws “a public hissy fit” over the upcoming speech to Congress by Benjamin Netanyahu, it chooses to be “chummy” with Salam al-Marayati, the Muslim activist best known for saying, right after the 9/11 attacks, that we should put the State of Israel on the suspect list. You have to hand it Obama, he knows who his friends are. It’s America’s »

The Defenders of the Faith Apologize for America

Featured image “Defender of the Faith” is one of the British sovereign’s titles. Of course, Britain has an official faith, the Church of England. The United States has no state religion, and if it did, it wouldn’t be Islam. Nevertheless, Barack Obama and his minions have set themselves up as official interpreters and defenders of the Muslim faith. This doesn’t stop with insisting that Islam has nothing–nothing!–to do with Islamic terrorism. Here »

Eyeless prez in topless jar

Featured image The cover of today’s New York Post seems like news all by itself. It gives us a sort of emperor-has-no-clothes moment. Geoff Earle’s story on Obama’s keynote speech at the Countering Violent Extremism Summit yesterday afternoon is the subject. Jonathan Tobin comments on Obama’s speech in the Post column “Obama dances around reality as ISIS plays the tune.” I have linked the text and posted the video of Obama’s speech »

The deep meaning of Marie Harf

Featured image Deputy State Department spokesman Marie Harf gives the catastrophic foreign policy of the Obama administration a lighter than air, Valley Girl kind of feel. She is a walking self-parody. As such, she presents a novel use of expressive form. The attention Harf has earned this week with her explanation of the Obama administration’s approach to ISIS gives us an occasion to meditate on her deep meaning. National Review’s Kevin Williamson »

Barack Obama, Neocon?

Featured image Yesterday Barack Obama had an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times titled, “Our fight against violent extremism.” It was intended, I think, as a prelude to the White House summit on Countering Violent Extremism–no particular extremism, just the violent kind–that is now under way. Obama articulated his vision for how we can defeat “violent extremism”: In Syria and Iraq, the terrorist group we call ISIL has slaughtered innocent civilians and »

Jobs For Jihadis!

Featured image Michael Ramirez piles on the hapless Marie Harf and her oh-so-nuanced jobs for jihadis plan: We cannot kill our way out of this war. We need in the medium to longer term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs… Click to enlarge: Can anyone think of a war that has been won by anyone, any time, any »

Care to turn U.S. domestic anti-terrorism policy over to CAIR?

Featured image The Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is seeking to limit our government’s ability to obtain information with which to counter Islamist terrorism and jihad. On the eve of a three-day White House meeting on federal efforts to mitigate jihadi violence, CAIR issued a statement calling, in effect, for the government to farm out its program for dealing with domestic Islamist terrorists to Muslim leaders — in other words to CAIR »

Marie Harf: I’m “too nuanced” for you

Featured image Wolf Blitzer invited Marie Harf on CNN’s Situation Room this afternoon. Blitzer sought her out to expand on her remarks on the administration’s approach to dealing with the Islamic State terrorists. Harf thinks that we must attack old-fashioned “root causes” of the material kind. Harf is promoting Great Society liberalism as the answer to “violent extremism.” Great Society liberalism couldn’t even cut it in the United States with more limited »

Marie Harf explains

Featured image Marie Harf trotted out the “root causes” school of thought last night to explain how ISIS will ultimately be defeated. “We cannot win this war by killing them,” according to Harf. “We cannot kill our way out of this war. We need in the medium to longer term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs…” And so »

Random acts of respect for a random killer

Featured image Shortly after Danish police killed terrorist Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, flowers appeared at the site where he was shot. Hussein had killed two people and wounded others in two random shooting incidents. His first random target was a forum on free speech; his second was a synagogue. Not long after the flowers appeared, a dozen or so men appeared at the site. Declaring themselves Hussein’s “brothers” and randomly shouting Allahu akbar, »

On Islamic Terrorism, the Administration’s Tone-Deafness Continues

Featured image I noted yesterday that the administration’s response to the terrorist attacks in Copenhagen has been weirdly tone-deaf, especially considering how badly President Obama fumbled the Paris attacks a few weeks ago, most notably with his bizarre description of the terrorist in the kosher deli attack “randomly shoot[ing] a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.” Obama could have retrieved that gaffe, at least partially, by properly taking note of »

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’ »