Unimaginable Horror of Nairobi Terror Attack Revealed

Featured image Soldiers taking control of what is left of Nairobi’s Westgate Mall have found that al Shabab’s terror attack was more horrifying than previously known. The Daily Mail has the appalling story: Soldiers told of the horrific torture meted out by terrorists in the Nairobi mall massacre yesterday with claims hostages were dismembered, had their eyes gouged out and were left hanging from hooks in the ceiling. Men were said to »

Kenya massacre highlights the mistaken focus of Obama’s anti-terror policy

Featured image Earlier this month, I argued that the U.S. is not really winning the war against al Qaeda. Although we have mainly succeeded against al Qaeda groups in Pakistan, at least for the time being, I noted that al Qaeda, having fundamentally shifted its approach, has become a global network. As such, it is arguably stronger today than it was in 2001. Events this weekend, highlighted here by Max Boot, tend »

Two Muslim Outrages

Featured image At last word, Kenyan troops were mounting an operation to mop up the remaining Muslim terrorists who attacked the Westgate Mall in Nairobi. At least 68 people are reported dead so far, many of them children, with another 175 injured. Most hostages have now been freed, but no doubt some additional casualties will come to light. Witnesses say that the terrorists demanded that hostages recite Muslim prayers; those who could »

A Minnesota connection to the Nairobi attack?

Featured image Minnesota is home to the largest Somali community in the United States, numbering at least 32,000. If it takes a village, we have a couple. Yet we know amazingly little about the Somali community, probably because we are afraid to ask the relevant questions. We know they are mostly Muslim — we can see the hijabs, we are familiar with the many local controversies to which their faith has given »

The spy left out in the cold

Featured image Robert Seldon Lady is a former covert CIA operative who performed extraordinary renditions on behalf of the agency in Italy while under diplomatic cover in Milan. In 2009 he was convicted of kidnapping for the snatching of an Egyptian Islamist in 2003. Rachel Donadio reported on the convictions of Lady and others in the New York Times, declaring the convictions “a landmark ruling.” Donadio was predictably excited and impressed. According »

Oslo at 20

Featured image In every area of modern life Israel boasts a genius that on a per capita basis must be unrivaled. Yet on the world stage its politicians seem almost bereft. The only statesman equal to the challenges it has faced over the past 20 years, so it seems to me, has been Benjamin Netanyahu, and the crucial chapter of his story is yet to be written. It is a remarkable fact »

Are we winning the war against al Qaeda?

Featured image From all that appears, America is safer today than it was 12 years ago because we now understand that al Qaeda and other such outfits are dedicated to killing us, and we have taken precautions. But have we significantly reduced the ability of al Qaeda to continue waging war against us? The answer appears to be: no. There are two ways in which we might eliminate or substantially reduce al »

The flight 93 national memorial

Featured image Earlier this summer, my wife and I visited the Flight 93 National Memorial in western Pennsylvania, about 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. United Flight 93, of course, was one of the four hijacked airlines that terrorists wanted to use strike highly populated buildings of great symbolic importance to America. In Flight 93′s case, the target is believed to have been the U.S. Capitol, some 130 miles or so away. Fortunately, »

Man in the Red Bandana

Featured image This video was produced by ESPN two years ago, but I hadn’t seen it until tonight, when my son pointed it out to me. It tells the story of Welles Crowther, a 24-year-old equities trader and former lacrosse player who worked in the South Tower of the World Trade Center. Crowther, who signed up as a volunteer firefighter when he was 16, was one of many heroes of September 11. »

A day to be proud…

Featured image I first wrote about Rick Rescorla in 2003 after finishing James Stewart’s Heart of a Soldier, the book based on Stewart’s New Yorker article “The real heroes are dead.” (“The real heroes are dead” is what Rescorla would say in response to recognition of his heroism on the battlefield in Vietnam.) The book is good, not great, but it touches on profound themes in a thought-provoking way: life and death, »

Dartmouth’s 9/11

Featured image Following 9/11 the New York Times ran Portraits of Grief profiling many of those lost in the 9/11 attacks. We can’t capture the magnitude of the loss, or the meaning of who and what we lost, but the Times’s focus on individuals made a contribution. Taking just one small slice, I want to retrieve from the series the Times’s portraits of Dartmouth alumni who lost their lives on 9/11. With »

Is This Why Obama Decided to Go to Congress?

Featured image President Obama did not seek Congressional approval for military action against Libya, and until last weekend, he was firmly on course to order some sort of reprisal against the Assad regime in Syria without going to Congress. Then, on Saturday, August 31, Obama suddenly and unexpectedly reversed course, announcing that he would ” seek authorization for the use of force from the American people’s representatives in Congress.” Since then, there »

Nixon or Obama? A quibble

Featured image John draws attention to the video brought to us by Michelle Fields of Next Generation TV. Fields didn’t have to go far to find what appear to be low information Obama voters on the Mall in Washington, D.C. to play the scandal game. The video is below. One of the questions evokes Benghazi and posits Obama as the right answer: “Under which administration was a diplomatic post attacked resulting in »

Missiles gone missing

Featured image Our friend Hugh Hewitt took up the question of missiles gone missing that we posed yesterday. Hugh raised the question on his syndicated radio show at the top of his interview with Rep. Peter King. Rep. King’s comments lend credence to the remarks of Joseph DiGenova’s that we discussed, though not necessarily to the Benghazi connection. Rep. King responded to Hugh’s question as follows: You know, I can’t go into »

“I Did It” Major Hasan Proclaims: So, What Took Four Years?

Featured image On November 5, 2009, Major Nidal Hasan murdered 13 fellow soldiers at Fort Hood and wounded more than 30 others. How could one man–a psychologist of sorts, amazingly enough, not a combat professional–inflict such damage on an Army base? Simple: the base is a gun-free zone. That’s just one of many facts that must make Major Hasan think we are even crazier than he is. Frustrated by being labeled a »

Major Hasan Explains

Featured image How frustrating it must be for Major Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood mass murderer, a self-described Soldier of Allah, to have his mighty act of religious defiance classified as “workplace violence” by the Obama administration! Yesterday Major Hasan sent several documents to Fox News, in which he explained himself as a jihadist. While much briefer, they can reasonably be compared to Mein Kampf, which Hitler, like Hasan, wrote while incarcerated. »

Obama Foreign Policy=Epic Fail

Featured image Never mind the Snowden defection to the Soviet Union Russia (which really is an old-style defection, with a decent interval to fool the American media); how about Obama’s obviously risible claim that “Al Qaeda is on the run.”  Yeah, because one way you keep terrorists on the run is to . . . close 21 embassies.  Riiiighht. This warning is supposedly based on increased “chatter.”  I expect this is true. »