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A Day of Remembrance Is Nothing Without Poetry

Monday, May 25th, 2015 - by Robert Wargas

I have always been deficient in expressing emotion through anything other than the written word. It’s one reason I always return to poetry when the occasion calls for some depth of feeling. My favorite American poet, the late Richard Hugo, is a forgotten figure. You will not see his sinewy free verse quoted during special […]

Obama Uses Memorial Day Address to Explain That Our Soldiers Are No Longer Fighting a Real War

Monday, May 25th, 2015 - by Paula Bolyard

On Memorial Day, a day that we remember and honor our fallen heroes, those who gave the “last full measure of devotion” for their country and for the cause of freedom, President Obama took a few minutes out of his busy day (which no doubt will include some time on the golf course) to make […]

Kurdish Fighters Recapture Dozens of Syrian Towns From ISIS (Video)

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 - by Debra Heine

While Obama’s 60-nation coalition dithers,  Syrian Kurdish fighters of the YPG (People’s Protection Units) are making gains against the Islamic State (aka Daesh). In a two-week long offensive, they routed the jihadis, retaking dozens of Christian villages and towns. Via the Voice of America, Kurdish Service reporter Zana Omer was on the frontlines in Tal Shamiran […]

Obama’s Big Brass Clanging Tablets on Display at D.C. Synagogue

Friday, May 22nd, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

President Obama lectured Jews on Jewish values. Apparently he thinks being exterminated is a key Jewish value. — Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 22, 2015 Let’s make one thing perfectly clear: This Friday, hours before Shabbat is set to begin and one day before the holiday of Shavuot starts, President Obama walked into a D.C. synagogue […]

Obama Explains How It’s Acceptable to Broker Deal with Regime That Wants to Annihilate Jews

Thursday, May 21st, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

President Obama told The Atlantic that ISIS is not winning, but “the training of Iraqi security forces, the fortifications, the command-and-control systems are not happening fast enough in Anbar, in the Sunni parts of the country.” “I don’t think we’re losing,” Obama said. “There’s no doubt there was a tactical setback, although Ramadi had been […]

After Fall of Ramadi, U.S. Vets of Bloody Battles Express Anger and Frustration

Thursday, May 21st, 2015 - by Debra Heine

The first kick in the gut came in January of 2014 — when the “JV team” took Fallujah. Since then, they’ve been falling like dominoes — one Iraqi city after another. Remember that almost 4,500 U.S. troops paid the ultimate sacrifice during the eight-year war. Now that ISIS has planted its black and white flag in the center […]

State Dept. ‘Deeply Concerned’ as Ancient City Palmyra Falls to ISIS

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

There was  good news and bad news on the ISIS battlefront today. I’ll give you the bad news first. The Islamic State seized total control of the  ancient oasis city of Palmyra in central Syria Wednesday,  threatening to destroy  ”its its grand complex of 2,000-year-old colonnades and tombs, one of the world’s most magnificent remnants of antiquity.” This comes […]

Top Intel Dem: ‘No Sugarcoating’ Gravity of Ramadi Seizure by ISIS

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said there can be “no sugarcoating” the fall of Ramadi despite administration assurances that the ISIS victory isn’t as serious as it appears. “It’s a serious setback… It means, I think, we really have to redouble our efforts to get the Baghdad government to incorporate the Sunnis […]

ISIS Seizes One Third of the Ancient Syrian City of Palmyra (Video)

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

Islamic State fighters seized part of the historic Syrian city of Palmyra on Wednesday after heavy clashes with the Syrian military and allied combatants. They are now, the New York Times reports, “within blocks of one of the world’s most magnificent ancient sites.” As they have swept across Syria and Iraq, the extremists have destroyed or damaged numerous ancient sites and […]

White House Spox Josh Earnest: Obama’s Strategy Against ISIS Has ‘Overall’ Been a Success (Video)

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

At his daily press briefing Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told skeptical reporters that despite some “setbacks,” the U.S.-led coalition to defeat ISIS has been a success overall. ABC News White House correspondent Jonathan Karl had questioned Earnest about the administration’s assessment of their overall track record in Iraq. “You said, ‘we’ve seen […]

Boehner to Obama: Rip Up Your AUMF Request and Start Over

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said today that President Obama needs to trash his weak authorization for use of military force (AUMF) request. In February, Obama submitted his plan to Congress for an AUMF against “the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.” Obama’s AUMF plan specifically “does not authorize the use of the […]

Huge ISIS Convoy Parades Out in the Open in West Anbar Province in Iraq, Providing Target-Rich Environment for Coalition

Monday, May 18th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

According to a Twitter account that explores  ”the domestic and regional challenges facing Iraq’s security,” a massive convoy of ISIS fighters paraded out in the open desert in Western Anbar on Monday, providing a target rich environment for the U.S.-led coalition. But where was the coalition?  Da’ish convoy in Rutbah, W. #Anbar province, celebrating events […]

As Ramadi Falls to ISIS, POTUS Goes Golfing, Gets New Twitter Account

Monday, May 18th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

As ISIS fighters were storming Ramadi, seizing U.S. military equipment, including missile launchers and tanks – enough to  “take 3 more Mosuls and about 10 Ramadis,” according to one ISIS supporter – the president of the United States was enjoying some “me-time” on the Andrews Air Force Base golf course. Sunny and warm. Pres Obama playing golf […]

Kerry: Don’t Worry About Fall of Ramadi, ‘Daesh Has Been Driven Back’

Monday, May 18th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Secretary of State John Kerry said today not to worry, we’ll probably get Ramadi back from ISIS. ISIS took the city 80 miles east of Baghdad on Sunday despite a campaign of coalition airstrikes. Kerry said at a joint press conference with South Korea’s foreign minister today that the administration has “always said from day […]

Evangelicals to Bring Christian College Students to Israel

Monday, May 18th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Birthright Isn’t Just for Jews! Covenant Journey 2 bring 100′s of Christian students 2 #Israel http://t.co/OlJGk6NgS9 pic.twitter.com/eQnn9Vw1Oc — Adam Milstein (@AdamMilstein) May 17, 2015 Christian? In college? Want to go to Israel for $500? Haaretz reports: Conservative Jewish funders and Christian donors of Hobby Lobby fame have joined forces to launch a Christian Birthright trip, modeled after […]

Ramadi Falls, More U.S. Weapons Seized: See the Gains ISIS Made in Just Two Days

Sunday, May 17th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Via Islamic World News, this was Ramadi on Friday. The red represents Iraqi forces, the dark gray ISIS, and the magenta areas, including bridges, were contested. On Thursday, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey was asked about Ramadi’s imminent fall. “The city itself is — it’s not symbolic in any way. […]

Obama to Arab World: Negotiations With Iran Are Useless

Sunday, May 17th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

In the wake of this past week’s summit with Arab States at Camp David, President Obama granted his first-ever interview to an Arabic language newspaper, Asharq Al-Awsat, a pan-Arab daily headquartered in London that publishes in 14 locations worldwide. In his attempt to pander to his Arab audience, Obama reveals the inefficacy of negotiations with […]

Did the U.S. Just Agree to Support Arab Forces in a War Against Israel?

Sunday, May 17th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

On Thursday, the White House released the rather long-winded “U.S.- Gulf Cooperation Council Camp David Joint Statement” as an appeasement to our Arab allies in the region in the wake of negotiations with Iran. Mainstream outlets reported the statement using the following language: President Barack Obama has vowed to back Gulf allies against any “external […]

U.S. Special Forces Kill ISIS Commander in Syria (Video)

Saturday, May 16th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

A key ISIS commander and an estimated dozen ISIS fighters were killed by United States Army commandos in Syria on Friday. No Americans were killed or wounded during the raid. The commander, Abu Sayyaf, oversaw the Islamic State’s illicit oil and financial operations, was involved with the group’s military operations, and had apparently enslaved a young Yazidi woman […]

Obama Grilled on His Rwanda, Says He Didn’t Want to Violate International Law

Friday, May 15th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

President Obama got slammed on his Syria inaction — with an Al Arabiya interviewer asking if it will go down as his Rwanda — and claimed yet again that he disposed of Assad’s chemical weapons in a sit-down interview after his Camp David summit with the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. When asked exactly what he […]

Smartest President Ever Says Weaponized Chlorine Is Not a Chemical Weapon

Thursday, May 14th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Here is some video of the press conference (complete with a classic Obama snippy reply to a reporter). Here is a tweet from a reporter quoting him if you don’t want to watch the video: #Obama: #Assad gave away his Chemical weapons,no longer in possession of stockpile.We saw reports on Chlorine,not CW pic.twitter.com/UK7F3O3Tox — Joyce […]

Here Comes the Red Line Again as Syria Found Lying About Sarin

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The White House expressed no eagerness today about coming up against — again — President Obama’s red line on chemical weapons in Syria. The administration repeatedly asserts that President Bashar al-Assad disposed of his chemical weapons stockpile in a deal brokered by Russia to avoid military action at the last red line, when more than […]

Catholic Nun Engages in Shocking Anti-Islamic Rhetoric: ‘ISIS Is Islam; Islam Is ISIS’ (Video)

Saturday, May 9th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

  *A Catholic nun engaged in shocking anti-Islamic rhetoric when she was interviewed by the Christian Broadcasting Network earlier this week. Sister Hatune Dogan, who lived in multicultural bliss in Turkey before relocating to Germany as a young girl, has little tolerance for the devout Islamists who have moved into the ancient Christian communities of Iraq and Syria. Sister Dogan […]

State Dept Reverses Decision to Bar Iraqi Nun from Entering the United States

Saturday, May 9th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

Good news. The Obama State Department on Friday reversed its decision to bar an Iraqi Catholic nun from coming to the United states. Last week, religious freedom advocates loudly objected to the State Department’s decision to bar Sister Diana Momeka from entering the United States as part of delegation of Iraqi minority groups, and several […]

After Garland Attacks, FBI Decides It Should Pay Better Attention To ‘Marginal’ Threats

Friday, May 8th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Ya think?!?!? The FBI has ordered more U.S. terror suspects be put under 24/7 surveillance in the wake of the Garland, Texas shooting and a renewed emphasis by ISIS and other terror groups for potential American recruits to launch attacks at home, according to three FBI officials. The officials told ABC News that agents have […]

Susan Rice’s Disingenuous V-E Day Speech

Friday, May 8th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

Because he was on the road pushing his domestic agenda, the president dispatched White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice to speak at the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II ceremony at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., Friday morning. President Obama marked the 70th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s defeat with a tribute in his […]

Democrat Tim Kaine Thinks Maybe It’s Time We Call This Thing With ISIS A War

Thursday, May 7th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

I concur. Congress’ failure to even debate U.S. military action against Islamic State nine months after air strikes began is scandalous and disrespectful to Americans fighting an undeclared war, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine said on Thursday. Kaine, a Democratic member of the Foreign Relations Committee, has been an unrelenting critic of Congress’ failure to authorize […]

Obama Picks His Fifth Afghanistan Commander as Chairman of Joint Chiefs

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

President Obama today nominated the commandant of the Marine Corps to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Gen. Joseph Dunford would take over for Gen. Martin Dempsey, who has been chairman since October 2011. Dunford, who has been Marine commandant since last summer, led the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. […]

Why Is the State Department Barring an Iraqi Nun from Entering the United States?

Friday, May 1st, 2015 - by Debra Heine

Every member of a delegation of Iraqi minority groups has been granted visas to visit Washington for official meetings — except one. An Iraqi nun, who is a representative of the Nineveh Christians who have been forced to flee Iraq or be slaughtered by ISIS, has been barred from entering the United States by the Obama administration. […]

Why Are We Star Struck on Drone Strikes?

Friday, May 1st, 2015 - by James Jay Carafano

Recent polling finds a plurality in support of continuing the policy of hunting down our enemies with drones.  The results are intriguing. They come in the wake of the US government acknowledging one of the most high profile screw-ups ever in the controversial drone program. Last month, the president admitted that hostages, including a US citizen, […]

Kerry on ‘Acceleration’ of Global Zero, Pledge to Cut Nuclear Arsenal ‘Even Further’

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Secretary of State John Kerry told the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Review Conference at the United Nations in New York on Monday that as the U.S. negotiates with Iran to rein in its nuclear program, the administration is stepping up dismantlement of the nuclear arsenal at home. “We have and we will continue to scale […]

Ferguson-Palestine Seed Bearing Fruit in Baltimore Riots

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Youth throw stones after murders of Mohammed #AbuKhdeir and #FreddieGray – #BaltimoreRiots #Baltimore2Palestine pic.twitter.com/hmCFAvuK08 — Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) April 27, 2015 From Legal Insurrection: This is becoming a recurring theme. When there is a riot or other protest in the U.S., particularly if involving minority communities, “pro-Palestinian” activists try to hijack it and turn it […]

‘Are You Afraid of Turkey?’: Harf Gets Owned on Armenian Genocide Questions

Friday, April 24th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Reporters tried to get the G-word out of the administration today on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, but both the White House and State Department went through every verbal dance possible to not anger Turkey. President Obama edited the word Ankara hates out of Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, issuing a lengthy statement marking […]

Earn College Credit for Bashing Jews!

Friday, April 24th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Shalom Life reports: Outraged students and pro-Israel groups are up in arms over a new course being taught at the University of California Riverside. The class, called “Palestine & Israel: Settler-Colonialism and Apartheid,” labels Jewish citizens of Israel as “occupiers,” and tries to discredit their claims to their homeland. The class is being taught by […]

Obama Literally Edits Out the Genocide, Marks ‘Armenian Remembrance Day’

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The White House moments ago issued President Obama’s annual statement to mark Friday’s Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, and as promised there is no genocide to be found. In fact, the White House press release just called it “Armenian Remembrance Day.” “This year we mark the centennial of the Meds Yeghern, the first mass atrocity of […]