Dec
06
2015
1

The only important thing to take away from that Obama speech…

…is this.

Everything else was pablum or nonsense, but this is at least useful.

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Dec
04
2015
2

FBI: we’re treating the San Bernardino attack as terrorism.

Everybody who is shocked, raise your hands: “The San Bernardino, California, mass shooting is now being investigated as “an act of terrorism,” FBI official David Bowdich said Friday.” They aren’t ruling out the possibility that the husband-and-wife death cultists acted alone, either. Just in case you wanted to really have your weekend ruined.

The FBI will be taking over this investigation, by the way. So, yeah, it’s pretty much a certainty that this was terrorism.  …And everything that I want to write after that is kind of mean-spirited, so I’m not going to type any of it out.

Nov
29
2015
3

My RedState post on ‘terrorism as climate change’ is up.

Found here. Short version: …we can work with this idea, actually. Presuming that I get to define what a proper response to ‘climate change’ would entail (hint: it would involve kinetic energy poisoning).

Nov
21
2015
5

My RedState post on anger vs fear is up.

Found here. Short version: terrorism either scares you, or it makes you angry. I recommend anger. Smarter long-term choice.

Nov
20
2015
4

Tweet of the Day, Turns Out Romney Was Right On Foreign Policy Again edition.

If Barack Obama had had the brains of a spavined ocelot, he would have made Mitt Romney Secretary of State.

…Really, Chrome? You recognize ‘spavined,’ but get huffy every time I write ‘roleplaying’ without a hyphen?

Nov
20
2015
3

Terrorist capture hotel in Mali; over 100 hostages.

Gee, I wonder what kind of terrorists they are: “Gunmen who are said to be holding more than 100 hostages in a siege on a Mali hotel Friday reportedly are forcing their captives to recite verses from the Koran or face death.” Of course, said terrorists’ habit of shouting “Allahu akbar!” as they attack something is usually diagnostic. It’s also an indication that the Left’s weird habit of not being able to say ‘radical Islam’ – no, really: (more…)

Nov
19
2015
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My RedState post on France & Syrian refugees is up.

Found here. Short version: the French are saying that, yeah, the refugee crisis made it easier for Islamic State to get into their country. And Barack Obama still doesn’t seem to understand the implications of that, when it comes to American domestic opinion.

Aug
21
2015
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Jihadist in Belgium stopped by off-duty US military.

I’d say that they should make a flick about this, except that it was over so quickly.

A massacre on a high-speed train in Belgium was prevented Friday when two members of the U.S. military in civilian clothing surprised an Islamist militant, authorities said.

The suspect was loading his automatic Kalashnikov rifle in a toilet, apparently preparing to attack, when the service members confronted him, said a European counterterrorism official.

As such things go, it ended well for the jihadi. Which is to say, he didn’t die. A trained American soldier who has been alerted to danger is not a soft target, armed or no. One of the soldiers was injured (three people total). Details beyond that are still a little sketchy, which is suggestive…

May
15
2015
2

Islamic State seizes key portions of Ramadi, we’re-still-calling-it-Iraq.

Well. I guess we now know why it was suddenly important to ask all the Republican candidates whether they would have gone into to Iraq, knowing now what we knew then.  It was done apparently to distract from the fact that the current Democratic President is still busy losing the war that the Republican President won for him: “Islamic State fighters took control of key sites in heart of Ramadi, capital of Iraq’s largest province, Iraqi officials said Friday, in what appeared to mark a significant blow to a U.S.-backed military campaign to retake territory from the militants.”  Ramadi, for those unfamiliar with the area, is about as far away from Baghdad as Trenton, NJ is from New York City. So this is, as they say, bad. Hopefully it’s still salvageable, but it’s still pretty bad. (more…)

May
08
2015
5

Obama judicial appointee Mary Helen Murguia put Elton Simpson back on the street.

Let’s unpack this.

[FBI Director James] Comey said that [Elton] Simpson was first placed under FBI watch since 2006, when the agency first learned the Phoenix-area man wanted to join al-Shabab, the al Qaeda-linked group in Somalia. Simpson was ultimately indicted on terrorism charges and convicted, but due to questions over the government’s case, he never went to prison and was sentenced to probation. The FBI officially closed its case into Simpson last year.

As in, let’s look at the timeline. (more…)

Jan
20
2015
1

French wisely fast-track Lassana Bathily for citizenship.

Reward the behavior that you want to see.

A 24-year-old Malian immigrant who hid a group of hostages during a terror attack at a kosher supermarket was awarded French citizenship Tuesday in a ceremony that showcased his courage and selflessness.

…[Lassana Bathily] stepped slowly to the podium. “People tell me I am a hero. I am not a hero. I am trying to stay myself,” he said, visibly moved. He expressed his desire to see and help his family back home. He received a standing ovation when he finished with: “I am very happy. Long live liberty! Long live friendship! Long live solidarity! Long live France!”

I can only hope that, if I’m ever in similar circumstances, I can act as clear-headedly and effectively as Monsieur Bathily did. I wish the man good luck in his new country and new life.

Jan
12
2015
4

Barack Obama’s Harriet Miers moment. Seriously.

This is getting remarkable. We’re seeing some possibly unexpectedly hostile reactions to the administration’s decision not to send anybody to participate in France’s anti-terrorism unity march:

  • Mike Lupica: “Everybody knows how complicated this country’s relationship with France has been, in war and in peace. Certainly there have been times when the leaders of France could have done better by us. We should have done better by them on Sunday. Only you couldn’t find us.”
  • Jake Tapper: “I say this as an American — not as a journalist, not as a representative of CNN — but as an American: I was ashamed.”
  • Michael Tomasky: “Look, it’s just my opinion, but extraordinary event; it’s our fight too. I, as a citizen, feel underrepresented.”
  • Fareed Zakaria: “Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN’s “Global Public Square,” called the absence of top U.S. officials a mistake… France is the United States’ “deepest ideological ally,” he said, and it would have been a meaningful image to have a senior administration member, or the President, standing shoulder to shoulder with other leaders.” (via Gateway Pundit, who is doing his own round-up.)
  • The New York Daily News (endorsed Obama for President): “The United States of America, Barack Obama, President, was inexcusably absent from one of the most critical turning points in the war between radical Islam and the West since 9/11.”

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