Terrorism

Semi-Earnest

Featured image When the New Yorker published the gospel according to David (Remnick), approximately part XIX, this past January, Remnick quoted his lord and savior’s assessment of jihadist groups “in Iraq, and among various rebel factions in Syria” and “in parts of Africa.” (Here I am borrowing from Hunter Walker’s summary at Business Insider.) “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts »

Why Obama slept

Featured image Add Michael Morrell to the growing list of Obama administration officials and former officials who consider ISIS a clear and immediate threat to the United States. Morrell, who served two shifts as Obama’s acting CIA director, said on Face the Nation that ISIS’s rise presents “the most complex terrorism problem that I have ever seen.” What should the U.S. do in response? First, says Morrell, the United States must help »

When Barry gets blue, cont’d

Featured image Michael Goodwin devotes his New York Post column this morning to the spectacle of President Obama orating on the beheading of James Foley by the Islamic State and golfing with his buddies a few minutes later. In the New York Times, Peter Baker and Julie Davis assured us that, appearances to the contrary notwithstanding, everything was copacetic. I thought their evidence was thin at best. I wrote about Obama’s statement »

Sound Diagnosis, Pathetic Prescription

Featured image Earlier today, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel offered a surprisingly realistic and cogent evaluation of the threat posed by ISIL. This clip is only a minute and a half long, but it sums up the danger well: Hagel says, correctly, that ISIL “is beyond anything we’ve seen,” creates a “whole new dynamic,” is “as sophisticated and well-funded as any organization we’ve seen,” an “imminent threat to every interest we have,” »

Team Obama reveals that it tried to rescue Foley

Featured image When it comes to combatting ISIS, the Obama administration has precious few successes to talk about. So today it touted a failure: U.S. Special Operations forces staged an unsuccessful operation this summer to rescue photojournalist James Foley and other Americans being held in Syria by Islamic State militants, according to senior Obama administration officials. The attempt, involving several dozen U.S. commandos, one of whom was injured in a fierce firefight »

Appalling

Featured image President Obama gave a statement this afternoon on the beheading of James Foley by devotees of the Islamic State yesterday. Obama referred to him throughout as “Jim Foley” and “Jim,” seeking for some reason to convey the impression that he was on intimate terms with him, although I would like to think he would have been a little more upset than he was if he had been. The White House »

Leading ISIS fighters were former terrorist detainees

Featured image Today’s column by David Ignatius contains this line: “Most of al Qaeda in Iraq’s leading fighters were imprisoned by U.S. occupation troops, but incarceration was a school for jihad, and they emerged tougher, better connected and more dedicated.” Al Qaeda in Iraq is the original name for ISIS. I’m not sure what Ignatius’ point, if any, is. My point would be that the “incarceration as a school for jihad” theory »

Will ISIS be defeated in Iraq and will it attack the U.S.?

Featured image Yesterday, I attended a conference at the Heritage Foundation. The topic was Iraq and Obama’s approach to dealing with the current crisis. The panel consisted of Steven Hadley (formerly, President Bush’s National Security Adviser), Mary Habeck (of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies), and Steven Bucci (of Heritage and a retired Special Forces Colonel). The panel quickly agreed on two things. First, President Obama will not commit a »

Glad tidings to you; come join the CALIPHATE

Featured image ISIS supporters brought “glad tidings” (as they put it) to shoppers on Oxford Street in London today. The “Khilafah [sic] has been re-established” and “the dawn of a new era has begun,” read their posters. The bearers of glad tidings encouraged shoppers to “resettle” in the newly proclaimed Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. It could be a tough sell. The shopping is much better in London. On the other »

They’re Not the Jayvees Anymore…

Featured image In January, Barack Obama infamously referred to ISIS as a bunch of “jayvees.” During White House spokesman Josh Earnest’s briefing yesterday, Jim Acosta of CNN indulged in a bit of snark: Let me ask you about something [the president] said back in January when he told the New Yorker when assessing the ISIS threat, he said that, “the analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is »

The factory in the basement

Featured image With a little help from our friends we cut the video below of Rick Leventhal’s report broadcast on FOX News earlier this week. I think the video is a Power Line exclusive and wanted to take the liberty of drawing your attention to it while repeating the inferences I drew in case you missed what I wrote it in “Tweeting Rick Leventhal.” (I didn’t have the video when I originally »

Maliki finally aids Kurds; will Obama?

Featured image The Iraqi government has finally come to the aid of the beleaguered Kurds in their fight against ISIS. Prime Minister Maliki, alarmed by a string of ISIS victories in the north, sent his air force to support the Kurds. The air force began by bombing targets Sinjar, the most significant town captured by ISIS in the region so far. It then expanded its operations to a broader area, before returning »

From the Hamas combat manual

Featured image The IDF has obtained and posted an illuminating Hamas combat manual that it summarizes in relevant part as follows: IDF forces in the Gaza Strip found a Hamas manual on “Urban Warfare,” which belonged to the Shuja’iya Brigade of Hamas’ military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades. The manual explains how the civilian population can be used against IDF forces and reveals that Hamas knows the IDF is committed to minimizing harm »

ISIS advances as Kurds run out of ammunition

Featured image Last month, I noted the parlous situation of Iraqi Kurds and the unwillingness of President Obama to assist them in their effort to combat ISIS. Iraq’s Kurds must defend a 650 mile border, thanks to the collapse of the Iraq army in the north. And they receive virtually no arms from Baghdad, thanks to its animosity towards the Kurds. Yet Obama refuses to help. Now, the Washington Post reports that »

Barack Obama and “folks” who kill folks [Updated With Comments by John]

Featured image The word “folks” has a plasticity about it. “Folks” can refer to a group as small as one’s parents (“I’m going home to visit the folks”), the people in one’s community, or the “salt of the earth” inhabitants of a region or a country (the way Bill O’Reilly annoyingly uses the term). This plasticity is illustrated by the definition of “folksinger” that a local radio personality used in the early »

Obama’s reckoning

Featured image In the current Hamas hostilities against Israel, we have seen Barack Obama and John Kerry join in the war on the Jewish people. Not surprising, perhaps, but sobering. Obama and Kerry are working with Israel’s enemies in Qatar and Turkey to help Hamas emerge from the conflict with its key goals fulfilled. I take its key goals to include terminating Israel’s blockade (blockade of war matériel, that is) and facilitating »

Hadar Goldin’s abduction: The Hamas timeline

Featured image The staff at PJ Media’s The Grid has documented the evolution, shall we say, of Hamas’s statements regarding the abduction of IDF officer Hadar Goldin as the supposed ceasefire was to have gone into effect yesterday morning. The headline captures the story: “Hamas boasts about its capture of IDF soldier…then backtracks four times.” Stage 1: Not only did we do it, but what’s the big deal since it was before »