Trick and Punish

October 31, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

There’s something deeply cynical about the Obama administration’s approach to this election.  It is clearly trying to keep a lid on very dangerous developments until after all the voting is over. 

Today is Halloween, so the theme is “Trick or Treat.”  On November 4 – Election Day, what’s afoot looks more and more like a strategy to “Trick and Punish” voters.

After the balloting, expect much worse from global jihadists; a bad deal allowing Iran to get the bomb; a burgeoning epidemic of Ebola; and an unconstitutional presidential amnesty for millions of illegal aliens.

Fortunately, it seems the common sense of many Americans tells them that their security and well-being are increasingly at risk.

Here’s hoping they are going get out and vote as though their lives depend on it.  For, indeed, they do.

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. Learn more at SecureFreedom.org.

 

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Team Obama’s Latest Contribution to Mideast Disaster

October 30, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Unnamed senior U.S. officials have lately taken to calling Israel’s prime minister obscene names.  This marks, unfortunately, just the latest low-point in Team Obama’s sustained campaign against the Jewish State and its elected leader, Benjamin Netanyahu.  It may also be the most dangerous to date. 

President Obama has repeatedly embraced the Muslim Brotherhood, Turkey’s pro-Hamas government and other Islamists who share a commitment to Israel’s destruction.  He has personally demeaned, insulted and humiliated Mr. Netanyahu. And now his subordinates seem determined to neutralize preemptively Israeli objections over the recklessly defective nuclear deal the Obama administration is negotiating with Iran.

Israel is our friend.  Iran is its enemy – and ours.  Barack Obama, by allowing Iran to get the bomb, is emboldening a mortal foe and imperiling us, as well as our true ally.

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. Learn more at SecureFreedom.org.

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Al Qaeda’s War on our Energy Supply

October 29, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

America’s dependence on foreign sources of fuel for our transportation sector is a strategic vulnerability. Now, we are on notice that al Qaeda is determined to disrupt such supplies in order to destroy our country.

That’s the explicit message of the terrorism-promoting magazine, Resurgence, recently published by this “branch” of what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls “the Poison Tree.” Unfortunately, waging economic warfare against us is not only al Qaeda’s goal but that of all the other elements of the global jihadist enterprise. 

Therefore, we must hedge against such threats by allowing alternative, alcohol-based fuels to be used in our cars – fuels made from abundant resources here at home.  We’ll inevitably have to do that once the disruption takes place. It would be far easier, faster and safer to do it now.

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. Learn more at SecureFreedom.org.

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Follow the Military on Ebola

October 28, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The U.S. Army’s top general, Ray Ordierno, has decided that all of his soldiers returning from West Africa’s hot zone must be quarantined for twenty-one days. The Joint Chiefs of Staff are reportedly urging that all of the armed services do the same. 

This comes as Ron Klain, Team Obama’s political-operative-turned-Ebola-czar, has government agencies rejecting the idea that such common sense – and the decision of several governors to have their states guided by it – must be rejected. 

Rather than decrying quarantines as “unscientific,” or worrying about inconveniencing those who might spread the infection, Team Obama should be guided by one, reality: It’s far safer and efficient to contain the epidemic through confining such folks than it is to try figure out after symptoms are manifest all those with whom they have had contact. 

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. Learn more at SecureFreedom.org.

 

 

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Don’t Spin Us on Ebola

October 27, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Sunday morning’s news programs reinforced concerns that President Obama’s political-operative-turned-Ebola-czar will focus on spinning the American people through the election, rather than minimizing risks posed by the disease.

Ron Klain was not a guest on any of the five network shows, of course.  But the Center for Disease Control’s point man, Dr. Anthony Fauci, was.  On all of them.

And there he was pirouetting like a prima ballerina, endlessly repeating that Americans are safe. And insisting there’s no need for the quarantines imposed by governors in recent days. Or for flight bans.

I get that we don’t want to discourage health care professionals from going to the hot zones in West Africa.  The right answer, though, is to quarantine them – and other travelers from the region – in as comfortable a fashion as possible.  

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. Learn more at SecureFreedom.org.

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Executive Amnesty Equals Redistributed Prosperity

October 24, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The utter cynicism and lawlessness of the Obama administration was telegraphed yesterday by Labor Secretary Thomas Perez.  Perez, one of the front-runners to be our next Attorney General, announced that, after the election, the President will take “aggressive executive action” on immigration.

Translation: Once American voters can no longer punish Team Obama and its partisans in Congress, millions of illegal aliens will be given legal residency status. To add insult to the injury of such a gross and unconstitutional act of presidential overreach, Secretary Perez asserted that the effect will be to bring about more “shared prosperity.”

It would be more accurate to call it “redistributed” prosperity.  And American voters should use the opportunity of voting this fall to make it clear that this is totally unacceptable – now and after the election.  

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. Learn more at SecureFreedom.org.

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The Global Jihad Comes to Canada

October 23, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Over the past few days, Canada has been targeted by global jihadists.  Two soldiers – one in Montreal, the other in Ottawa – were murdered in cold blood.

The second perpetrator went on to fire shots in the Canadian parliament on Wednesday. Providentially, he did not cross paths with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who had been expected to introduce new – and more sweeping – counter-terrorism legislation there that very day.

Prime Minister Harper responded for all of us by declaring, “We will not be intimidated.” Every bit as important, however, is that we must recognize – on both sides of the border – the central role being played in these terrorist attacks by shariah, the Islamic supremacist code to which both of the assailants adhered. 

Only by knowing our enemy will we be able to defeat them.

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. Learn more at SecureFreedom.org.

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Embassy Baghdad Under Fire

October 22, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Yesterday, two mortar shells fell within 500 meters of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.  They should be the shots heard ’round the world – or at least in official Washington.

After all, the mortars were presumably fired by Islamic State jihadists. These attacks are sure to be followed by more, and more accurate, ones aimed at America’s largest overseas diplomatic complex.  

At that point, the thousands of U.S. personnel assigned to Embassy Baghdad may well be sitting ducks if, as seems likely, these jihadis are able to sever their sole remaining evacuation route: Baghdad International Airport. 

It seems prudent now to begin doing two things: 1) beefing up our military’s ability to project power regionally, well beyond the pin-prick airstrikes seen to date and 2) decreasing the number of Americans at risk in Iraq. 

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. Learn more at SecureFreedom.org.

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The Obama Amnesty Gambit

October 21, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

President Obama has cynically decided to delay until after the November mid-term elections the unpopular amnesty he has in mind for millions of illegal aliens.  The transparent reason for doing so is his desire to avoid a political landslide that repudiates those of his political allies left on Capitol Hill.

Reportedly, however, Team Obama is already preparing to print up millions of permanent residency cards. The goal is not only a “path to citizenship” for immense numbers of people currently here illegally – but perhaps for millions more who will be encouraged to come here by the promise of future amnesties 

Such presidential lawlessness and abuse of power is now commonplace.  This instance, however, is so egregious Mr. Obama feels he must wait until voters can no longer punish him for engaging in it. 

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. Learn more at SecureFreedom.org.

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Obama’s Disastrous Ebola Czar

October 20, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The missteps and dissembling of the Obama administration in contending with the Ebola epidemic is sharply eroding whatever confidence the public still reposes in the President. 

Now, as Andrew McCarthy notes at National Review Online, Mr. Obama has tapped Ron Klain as his Ebola “czar” – even though Klain is certain to mismanage it and  lie about the consequences. 

After all, Klain brought us the ultimate example of crony capitalism: a black hole for taxpayers called Solyndra. First, he got a half-a-billion dollar government investment in an Obama contributor’s failing solar panel business, then repeatedly obscured its incipient bankruptcy through the 2012 election. 

Ebola is not just another political crisis for Team Obama and the President’s party.  Given the immense stakes, we require, and deserve, competent crisis management – and the truth.

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. Learn more at SecureFreedom.org.

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