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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Obama Calls Paris Attack “Terrorism,” But Won’t Say “Islamist”

In order to win the war on terror, we have to be clear first that we’re in a war, and second about who we’re fighting. The Obama administration doesn’t appear to have much of a notion about either. President Obama today condemned the terrorist attack in Paris but failed to mention the obvious perpetrators, Islamist terrorists. I mean, even if he wants to be cautious,

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Torture Shrink: My Work Saved Lives

Former US Air Force psychologist Dr. James Mitchell, who helped devise and carry out torture sessions with terrorist prisoners, staged an impassioned defense last night of the interrogations, telling host Fox News host Megyn Kelly that his work saved lives and, in fact, he was given an award for it. Mitchell said he was never contacted by the Senate Intelligence Committee to respond to charges contained

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Actually, Obama Doesn’t Know “Who We are as Americans”

Once again, President Obama has claimed to speak on behalf of the American people. And once again, the l’état, c’est moi president is actually just speaking for himself. Obama, as chronicled recently by Andrew Ferguson in the Weekly Standard, is a self-professed expert on “who we are as Americans” and loves to represent us all on any number of topics. Like all left-wingers, the president assumes

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Kerry: Post-9/11 an “Ugly, Horrible Period”

Wait a second, bud. I remember, the years after 9/11. They were years of unparalleled American heroism, years when a country that had been brutally attacked stood up to the challenge and took the fight to its enemies, led by servicemen and women as brave and dedicated as the nation has ever produced, none of whom, to my knowledge, threw their medals over the White

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WH: Enhanced Interrogation Not Worth it Even if it Got Bin Laden

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest indicated Monday that the enhanced interrogation techniques employed under the Bush administration should not have been used, even if they helped snare Osama Bin Laden. The capture of Bin Laden is one of the greatest successes of Obama’s presidency. That success, however, was predicated on work done during the Bush administration, including intelligence that helped find Bin Laden. There is

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Al Qaeda Core? Administration Can’t Get Its Spin Together

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki keeps trying to say it’s not al Qaeda core that we’re fighting in Syria, even though other members of the administration, including her boss John Kerry, are suggesting it is. The problem, of course, is that if al Qaeda core still exists, then it belies one of the key claims President Obama used to justify his reelection, which was that

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Update on the Terrorist Attack in Oklahoma

Yesterday I wrote that with the attack in Oklahoma, the ISIS war had come to America. Today, several more facts have emerged that show Islamism was a motivating factor in the murder and attempted murder perpetrated by Alton Nolen, an American Muslim who was reportedly converted in jail. According to reports, all of which, of course, seem to be emanating from local Oklahoma and conservative media: Nolen was

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Todd: Obama Could Do “Jimmy Carter-Like Damage” to Democrats

NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd today suggested President Obama is on the cusp of throwing Democrats right back in the foreign policy disaster zone where they existed for at least a dozen years following Jimmy Carter’s feckless presidency. “He’s on the precipice of doing Jimmy Carter-like damage to the Democratic brand on foreign policy – if he’s not careful,” Todd said. Todd indicated

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ISIS Claims to have Beheaded a Second American

ISIS is claiming it beheaded another American journalist, increasing pressure on President Obama to take stronger action against the terrorist group, with decisions possibly pending as the president arrives in Europe this evening for consultations with NATO allies. White House press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked about the incident today but had no information about it at the midday briefing. An internet video posted today

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Cameron Defines the ISIS Threat

How refreshing to hear a Western leader – not ours, of course – name the threat we face, place it in historical context, and commit his country to a years-long effort to defeat it. British Prime Minister David Cameron today raised the threat level in Britain – declaring a terrorist attack “highly likely” – and spelled out for Britons the actual problem they have to

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Do Iraq’s Islamist Rebels Have Our Stinger Missiles?

While President Obama returns from his latest California weekend of golf today, maybe he will contemplate the utter catastrophe that is brewing in Iraq under his watch. Veteran CBS News foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan Sunday offered up an alarming summary of the types of weapons the Islamist ISIS group  – which is literally rampaging through Iraq – may now be in possession of, including

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