“Minnesota men,” airport edition

Featured image This past April six “Minnesota men” were charged with seeking to support ISIS by joining up with the group in Syria. The charges represented the culmination of a 10-month FBI investigation conducted out of the FBI’s Minneapolis office. The office of the United States Attorney for Minnesota initiated the case by the filing of a criminal complaint and supporting FBI affidavit that are available online here. The Department of Justice »

Good news: ISIS control of Ramadi in jeopardy (but watch out for Afghanistan)

Featured image The Washington Post reports that Iraqi troops, supported by U.S. air strikes, have stormed into the center of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province. At last word, they hadn’t yet retaken the city from ISIS, but their prospects of doing so seem excellent. According to the Post, this is the first major offensive by the Iraqi army in which Shiite militias have been largely excluded. Thus, it can be viewed »

Annals of inanity

Featured image President Obama’s all-purpose explanation for the unpopularity of various of his policies never varies. He isn’t talking enough to make you understand and you aren’t smart enough to understand without his talking. Right? Well, we can all agree we’re stupid. That’s how he can account for his election and reelection to the presidency. Obama drew on his all-purpose explanation most recently in his year-end interview with Democrat State Radio with »

Bill and Hillary, ISIS recruiting tools

Featured image Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama seem to think we should order our affairs to make it more difficult for ISIS to recruit jihadists. This past Saturday night at the Dems’ Hillary be-in, Clinton therefore held it a black mark against Donald Trump that he had been featured in ISIS recruiting videos. One problem with her argument: Hillary was making up the factual predicate. Her campaign has conceded that no such »

New ISIS video stars Bill Clinton

Featured image As I note here, Hillary Clinton purports to think it a key point against Donald Trump that he is featured in ISIS recruiting videos. Her campaign has been unable to cite any such video so far, so Clinton maintains her batting average for veracity in making this point. At RedState, however, streiff has posted the new ISIS recruiting video (below). It stars a few prominent Americans including Barack Obama…and Bill »

ISIS’s best recruiting tool

Featured image The Democrats held their presidential candidates’ be-in on ABC this past Saturday night. Time has posted a transcript. I have posted the video below. The be-in made for difficult viewing, but reading the transcript isn’t much easier. It’s painful. Hillary will of course be the Democratic nominee. She seems to me an increasingly absurd figure. I find it hard to take her seriously, but she’s as serious as cancer. When »

Obama’s uncertain kazoo, cont’d

Featured image President Obama took a brief trip across the river to the Pentagon in order to hold a meeting with a subset of his national security team. Following the meeting he read a statement (transcript here, video here and below). Obama sought to reassure nervous Americans that all is well in the contest with ISIS, but his heart isn’t in it. He is going through the motions. He is pathetic. He »

Winning is the American tradition to which we should be true

Featured image In his address last night, President Obama described “our strategy to destroy ISIS” as follows: First, our military will continue to hunt down terrorist plotters in any country where it is necessary. In Iraq and Syria, airstrikes are taking out ISIL leaders, heavy weapons, oil tankers, infrastructure. And since the attacks in Paris, our closest allies — including France, Germany, and the United Kingdom — have ramped up their contributions »

President Obama: a wartime president who doesn’t seem to realize it

Featured image President Obama spoke to the nation tonight about the killings in San Bernardino and the matter of ISIS (or ISIL, as he says). The transcript of his address is here. John is working on a post about Obama’s speech and I may have some additional thoughts. But now, lets’s hear from Sen. Tom Cotton. He had this to say: President Obama is a wartime president who doesn’t seem to realize »

Waiting for the barbarians

Featured image The December 2015 issue of the New Criterion carries the magazine’s annual special section on art. The last of the essays in the special section is James Panero’s “The vengeance of the Vandals.” It’s an essay that smartly draws interesting historical connections, explains the barbaric vandalism of the Islamists, and makes sound policy recommendations. I can’t recall another essay quite like it. Here is James’s conclusion: It would be untrue »

Good news: ISIS is losing territory and revenue

Featured image We have been critical of President Obama’s campaign against ISIS, and we will continue to be. The air campaign against the terrorist state should have been far more vigorous from the outset and we should have more boots on the ground. In fairness, though, there are indications that ISIS is finally being pegged back. ISIS has lost a significant amount of territory. In Iraq, according to the Washington Post, up »

ISIS and al Qaeda — same sport, same level, different strategies

Featured image President Obama famously characterized ISIS as al Qaeda’s jayvee. This bit of idiocy will long be remembered, to the detriment of Obama’s legacy. But how should we compare ISIS and al Qaeda? A year ago, if I recall correctly, conventional wisdom had it that ISIS was preoccupied with securing and expanding its regional caliphate (sort of like Stalin’s “socialism in one country”), whereas al Qaeda was more internationally focused (Trotsky »

Under Obama, America is France’s jayvee

Featured image The Obama administration likes to boast about the thousands of sorties our Air Force has undertaken against ISIS in the past year-plus. But according to this report, if one takes into account the fact that only approximately 25 percent of our sorties result in the dropping of bombs, it turns out that we are striking ISIS from the air only around 11 times per day. This pales in comparison not »

ISIS calling (2)

Featured image Our well-connected law enforcement source writes following events in Paris overnight. I thought readers would be interested in his report: One of my friends in intel in Europe said tonight they got one cell in France but they believe there are others in Belgium, Spain, Germany and “other countries.” Their big worry at the moment is the possibility that these guys are trained or training to do swarm attacks on »

How Obama Has Tied Our Hands In the Fight Against ISIS

Featured image Byron York, with help from senior military officers with intimate knowledge of our bombing campaign against ISIS, explains how President Obama has made it impossible to wage war successfully: [T]he Pentagon announced Monday that American warplanes had struck a group of Islamic State trucks involved in the oil-smuggling business that brings the terrorist organization hundreds of millions of dollars a year. The strike, near Abu Kamal, in Syria, destroyed 116 »

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 »