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.

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Karl Rove’s “Biggest Mistake”

October 17, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Yesterday, the New York Times editorialized on a story it reported the day before about the George W. Bush administration allowing some of Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons to remain in Iraq and, as a result, to be used against American troops.

Incredibly, having previously promoted the false narrative that “Bush lied and people died,” the paper still insists that President Bush was wrong in claiming Saddam had chemical weapons – even as it reveals that thousands of them were discovered in post-liberation Iraq.  

Ironically, the President’s own top political advisor, Karl Rove, allowed the Times and its fellow partisans to get away with the earlier meme – to the great detriment of the Bush presidency and our country.  He has since called that his “biggest mistake.”

The question occurs: Should anyone trust Rove’s judgment  now?

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The New York Times Lied and People Died

October 16, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Here’s a news flash: The New York Times reported Wednesday that American military personnel in Iraq last decade were harmed by some of Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons. 

What makes this newsworthy, of course, is that the New York Times – and all the rest of the mainstream media – had been saying for years that there were no chemical or other weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.  The meme they relentlessly promoted was that “Bush lied and people died.” 

It turns out that, if the George W. Bush administration lied, it was by declining to refute this slander. Instead, it concealed the fact that American troops were harmed by some of the thousands of chemical arms discovered by U.S. forces, but left in place.  

That error destroyed the Bush presidency. And needlessly devastated American lives.

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Jimmy Carter 2.0

October 15, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Barack Obama has been compared unfavorably to the man widely regarded as America’s worst president, Jimmy Carter.  That comparison could become even more obvious if, as seems likely, the Carter administration’s most notorious hallmark is even more disastrously repeated.

After President Carter helped bring to power in Iran a jihadist named Ayatollah Khomeini, the U.S. embassy in Tehran was seized and hostages made of 52 of its personnel.

President Obama has helped create conditions that have given rise to the jihadist Islamic State in Iraq. Its forces are now threatening the exit routes for some 1,000 diplomats and military personnel at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.

At this rate, the next embassy crisis will make Carter’s pale by comparison -- and the need for a new, Reaganesque commander-in-chief all the more palpable.

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Who Will Defend Us Against All Enemies?

October 14, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

USA Today’s Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page opined on Sunday that “the Ebola virus and the threat from ISIS are feeding into a sense that Americans have that the world is not only a dangerous place, but the government is not competent to handle them.” Unfortunately, they’re right.

With each passing day, the blithe official assurances that we’ll be able to manage any Ebola outbreak here are being disproven. And we are hearing alarming reports that some Islamic State operatives have been apprehended coming across our border, suggesting that many more have gotten in already.

The 2014 elections are an opportunity for corrective action. Will we entrust our government to people who are actually committed to their oath of office – namely, to defend our Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic?

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Obama’s Failed Strategy Endangers Us

October 13, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

President Obama’s so-called “strategy” for “defeating and ultimately destroying” the Islamic State is failing disastrously.

That’s hardly a surprise:  The President said it would be modeled after his campaigns to counter “violent extremists” in Somalia and Yemen. Somalia is still awash with al Qaeda’s franchise there and Iranian jihadists have just overrun the Yemeni capital.

Worse yet, the Islamic State itself has actually expanded its reach since the U.S. military was ordered to begin pin-prick airstrikes against its forces. From northern Syria’s Kurdish city of Kobani to the outskirts of Baghdad, this self-declared “Caliphate” is murderously imposing its shariah doctrine on Muslims and non-Muslims, alike.

Now, though, the Islamic State will be able to boast that it is defeating America. Which will only encourage them to bring their jihad here.

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Are We Ready for Benghazi 2.0?

October 10, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

President Obama’s former Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, has lately made statements confirming what has long been suspected:  We haven’t gotten the full story about the murderous jihadist attack in Benghazi two years ago. 

Some of the President’s defenders have called him a traitor. Others wonder why on earth we didn’t hear the truth from him at the time.

One thing is clear:  With U.S. diplomatic missions and personnel in Libya, Yemen, Iraq and probably elsewhere in the jihadis’ cross-hairs, we must establish whether the lessons of Benghazi have even been identified, let alone learned, by our government.

In light of the present dangers to those targets, Rep. Trey Gowdy and his House select committee need to take testimony under oath now from Secretary Panetta and the others directly responsible for Benghazi.

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When Military Service Becomes a Right

October 9, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

A planning commission on transgender military service recently concluded that it is possible to have in the armed forces “people whose sex at birth is opposite from who they know they are on the inside.” 

This is the logical, if bizarre, endpoint of President Obama’s social engineering of the U.S. armed services.  He has, as a practical matter, made service in uniform a right enjoyed by all, not a dangerous, but vital, role to be performed strictly by those most fit – physically and mentally – to be the warriors who protect the rest of us.

The question occurs:  By the time Mr. Obama has imposed sexual identity-challenged transgender individuals, militant gays and lesbians, female ground combatants and illegal aliens on the military, will anyone we really need in it still be willing to serve?  

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