In the history of mankind, many republics have risen, have flourished for a less or greater time, and then have fallen because their citizens lost the power of governing themselves and thereby of governing their state. TR

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Aloha, Democrat Who Makes Sense

Well, not everyone who grew up in paradise finds it difficult to perceive reality. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Democrat of Hawaii, has no problem calling out a former – except for 16 days a year – resident of the Aloha State, Barack Obama, for the latter’s refusal to put the “Islamic” in Islamic extremism. As you probably know, for fear of offending somebody, the White House is

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Did Obama Trade a Terrorist for Two Americans?

Please tell me we are not trading terrorists for hostages. Please. Just leave it in the comment section. I don’t care if it’s not true, just tell me we’re not doing this. Please. According to a story in the Daily Beast, the United States in July 2014 was offered up two Americans imprisoned in Qatar, Matthew and Grace Huang, in exchange for an al Qaeda operative,

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Battle Against al Qaeda in Yemen Severely Hampered

In the latest Mideast foreign policy and counter-terrorism disaster, the fall of the U.S.-allied Yemeni leader has resulted in a severe setback for operations against the Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, perhaps the most dangerous branch of the group. According to the Washington Post: The Obama administration has been forced to suspend certain counterterrorism operations with Yemen in the aftermath of the collapse

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McDonough Takes Blame for Paris

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough took the blame Tuesday for the failure of President Obama or another senior official to attend the march for free speech in Paris earlier this month. “We’ve said we regret we didn’t send someone more senior than our ambassador,” McDonough said on NBC’s The Today Show. “That rests on me, that’s my job.” But McDonough did not say he

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Dobbs: Jarrett Diminished March, Calling it a “Parade”

I ran the video of Valerie Jarrett Thursday discussing President Obama’s no-show at the Paris march, but I missed this. I myself inadvertently called it a “parade” after hearing her remarks. But it was emphatically not a parade, and Jarrett probably was choosing her words carefully in order to minimize the issue. “Not once, but twice, she referred to that march as a parade, dismissing

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The Problem with Not Calling it “Islamic” Terror

President Obama’s ardent adherence to political correctness – exceeding now that even of the French – is a grave error that will harm, perhaps fatally, our war against Islamic extremism. And a war it is. ISIS has held most of its Caliphate and threatens the United States. Just today, it was reported that ISIS fighters in Syria were making gains despite U.S. bombing. Al Qaeda

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White House Stands By Earlier Criticism of Charlie Hebdo

The White House Monday refused to back away from its pre-Paris-attack criticism of the magazine Charlie Hebdo’s exercise of free speech, claiming it was meant as some kind of defense of our troops. The criticism came from former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, who on September 19, 2014, accused Charlie Hebdo of lacking “judgment.” That puts the White House among the many in the

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White House Effort to Insulate Obama from Criticism Falls Apart

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest Monday insisted that President Obama could not have attended Sunday’s march in Paris because security arrangements would have had an adverse impact on the event, but he admitted that the White House had not even consulted the Secret Service on the matter. Earnest acknowledged that some high ranking U.S. official other than the president or the vice president should have

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White House Admits “Higher Profile” Official Should Have Been in Paris

The White House today acknowledged that it should have sent a senior official to Sunday’s march honoring the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks. “We should have sent someone with a higher profile to be there,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest during today’s briefing. The United States was represented by its ambassador to France, and has come under criticism for not sending the

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Holder Declares the War on Terror Back On

Attorney General Eric Holder Sunday acknowledged that the United States is in a “war” against terror, just about a year and a half after President Obama declared the war over. It was May 23, 2013 when the president arrived at the National Defense University in Washington to say it was time to put all this talk of war to rest: Our systematic effort to dismantle terrorist

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White House to Host Home-Grown Terrorist Summit

Well, that’s not exactly what they call it, but that’s what it is. From the White House this morning: On February 18, 2015, the White House will host a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism to highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting, or inspiring individuals or groups in the United States and abroad to commit acts of

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