Mr. Cameron, It’s Called Shariah

September 2, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday warned that his country needs new counter-terrorism tools to confront a threat currently assessed as “severe.”

Mr. Cameron described “the root cause of this threat” as “a poisonous ideology of Islamist extremism that believes in using the most brutal forms of terrorism to force people to accept a warped world view and to live in a mediaeval state.”

But then, the Prime Minister showed why Britain faces this threat.  He added, “We should be clear that this has nothing to do with Islam.”

In fact, the “poisonous ideology” is known as shariah.  And, while many Muslims don’t follow it, the authorities of Islam do.

Unless and until we stop blinding ourselves to this reality and protect Western freedoms and values against shariah, we are doomed.

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

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No NATO Arms for Russia

September 1, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Now that Russia has overtly invaded Ukraine, even some of the NATO allies who have been staving off meaningful penalties for Vladimir Putin’s aggression seem to agree that more needs to be done.

At the moment, the next step seems likely to be in the form of additional economic sanctions, whereby whole Russian industries would be targeted.  Putin’s palpable contempt for the West might even prompt this week’s NATO summit finally to green-light weapons transfers that would give the Ukrainian military a fighting chance to defend its homeland.  

If NATO really wants to show Putin it is serious, though, the allies need to stop arming the Russian military.  But France wants to deliver the first of two amphibious ships ideally suited to future attacks on Russia’s neighbors.

NATO should just say “Non.”  

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

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No Strategy Yet

August 29, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

A broken clock is right twice a day. And even a president not given to truthfulness occasionally is candid.

One such blue moon occurred yesterday when Barack Obama responded to questions about what his administration was going to do about the jihadist Islamic State in Iraq and Syria by saying, “We don’t have a strategy yet.”

Regrettably, the same applies to other unraveling international crises.  We don’t have a strategy yet for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Or for China’s increasing belligerence towards U.S. ships and aircraft and its neighbors in the Western Pacific.

We don’t have a strategy yet for our insecure borders and the threats coming across them, or for Iran’s incipient thermonuclear menace.

Worst of all, Mr. Obama seems to have no strategy for formulating any of these strategies.  

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

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Dissing the Congress on Climate Change

August 28, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

President Obama’s outrageously unconstitutional behavior just keeps accumulating.  The latest example is a rumored intention to use his “pen and phone” to circumvent bipartisan congressional opposition to his radical “climate change” agenda.

Reportedly, the President will assert that he can enter into what is, for all intents and purposes, a new treaty on the subject by claiming to be simply amending a very different, old one. This gambit would make a mockery of the U.S. Senate’s co-equal role in treaty-making.

The President evidently believes that he can get away with such an affront to the Constitution, as he has so many others to date, and oblige the United States to reduce its use of carbon emitting coal. Will endangered coal-state Democrats, let alone energy security-minded Republicans, let him perpetrate such a travesty?

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

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Obama’s Disastrous Mideast Legacy

August 27, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Aerial attacks launched from Egypt into Libya underscore, yet again, the abject failure of the Obama administration’s policy in the Middle East. Nations relatively aligned with us now face alone the predictably awful results of America’s involvement in the overthrow of a relatively friendly autocrat, Muammar Qaddafi.

Loose talk about an “Arab Spring” ushering in tolerant democracies has given way to the harsh reality of jihadist and sectarian mayhem. 

Presidential claims of putting al Qaeda on the “path to defeat” are now seen for what they always were: national security fraud.

And White House declarations that assorted wars have been unilaterally ended have been replaced by portentous  decisions seemingly guided by public relations, rather than strategic, considerations.

President Obama has emboldened our enemies, undermined our friends and diminished our country.  Some legacy.

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

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Obama’s China Policy is Out of Whack

August 26, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

In recent months, Communist China has repeatedly sent warplanes to intercept and endanger unarmed American reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace. The Obama administration has responded by scolding the Chinese for engaging in “unsafe and unprofessional behavior.”

Of course, just such behavior back in 2001 cost a Chinese pilot his life, but delivered to Beijing a top-secret U.S. signals intelligence aircraft.  There were no repercussions for China, even as they established that our spy planes operate at their peril, even outside of PRC airspace.

It is, therefore, all the more incredible that our government can’t figure out why the Chinese would do something so “out of whack.” What’s really out of whack is our failure to recognize that Communist China is a present and growing threat, and to respond appropriately.

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

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Declare War on Shariah

August 25, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The menacing ruthlessness of the jihadist group that calls itself the Islamic State is prompting some to say the United States should declare war on these increasingly powerful terrorists. 

But that would be like declaring war on Hitler’s SS storm-troopers instead of Nazism, or the Soviet KGB instead of Communism.  The Islamic State is just a manifestation of the underlying totalitarian ideology that impels it: Shariah.

The reality is that shariah’s adherents – whether they operate under the banners of, for example, al Qaeda, the Taliban, Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran or the Islamic State – have long been at war with us.

So, let us do what we should have done years ago: Declare war on shariah, and wage it as though our lives and posterity depend upon our victory. For indeed they do. 

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

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Obama’s Post-Foley Fraud About Shariah

August 22, 2014

President Barack Obama found time between golf rounds yesterday to condemn the beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State (also known as the Islamic State in the Levant or ISIL) and to assure the American people that he was all about protecting them against similar fates.

Unfortunately, aside from the President’s welcome condolences to the Foley family, the rest of his remarks amounted to serial misrepresentations about this latest act of terrorist violence at the hands of shariah-adherent jihadists.  Such conduct can only assure that more of us will die at their hands.

For example, Mr. Obama declared that: “No faith teaches people to massacre innocents.”  Actually, the authoritative Islamic doctrine (or ideology) known as shariah explicitly calls for violent jihad to force infidels to submit to Islam and, as the Koran puts it, “to make them feel subdued.”

The President sought to reinforce the notion that, because ISIL’s “victims are overwhelmingly Muslim,” the group’s terrorism has nothing to do with Islam.  In fact, practically from Islam’s inception, innumerable Muslims have been massacred by their co-religionists over such matters as Sunni-Shia differences concerning fine points of theology or insufficient conformity with shariah.

Mr. Obama also asserted that the Islamic State’s “ideology is bankrupt.”  Calling that ideology bankrupt at a moment when it is palpably on the march from North and sub-Saharan Africa to the Far East and Latin America bespeaks a contempt for the intelligence of the American people.  It is approximately as delusional and misleading as Obama’s previous, electioneering claim that one of shariah’s other jihadist franchises, al Qaeda, is “on the path to defeat.”

In short, President Obama’s comments marking the decapitation of James Foley are but the latest in a series of instances of national security fraud on his part.  Intentional or not, they have the effect of engendering a false sense of security at home, even as they embolden our jihadist and other enemies – who are ever-alert to weakness, lack of seriousness or irresolution on America’s part.

A particularly unsettling example of those qualities was evident in the President’s closing assurance that “we will be vigilant…and relentless” in protecting the American people.  Actually, at the moment he is being clueless, disingenuous and ineffectual in doing so.  And that puts us all at risk.

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Beheading is Jihad

August 21, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The videotaped beheading of an American journalist by the so-called Islamic State is not an isolated act of extremism, or a case of a self-styled Caliphate “hijacking Islam.”

In fact, jihadists have been slitting their enemies’ throats for over 1,000 years in accordance with the dictates of shariah. Such terrifying violence helps advance the objective of imposing this supremacist Islamic program on everyone, Muslim and non-Muslim alike.

The fact that the voice of the perpetrator of James Foley’s murder suggests he is British is a further warning – if any is still needed – that those who embrace shariah are not confined to distant Middle Eastern nations. 

It behooves us to root out from our midst such jihadists and those who enable them – as well as to defeat their counterparts elsewhere.

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

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Blinding Us to Civilization Jihad

August 20, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

For over fifty years, the Muslim Brotherhood has used front groups to wage what it calls “civilization jihad” against this country. That form of warfare uses subversion, rather than violence, to impose the Islamic supremacist code of shariah here.

Critical to the Brotherhood’s success is suppressing awareness of the danger its stealthy operations represent. Last week, Brotherhood fronts and other Islamist groups – joined by a number of leftist organizations – wrote the White House demanding a halt to training that exposes the civilization jihadists.  They seek mandatory deprogramming of federal officers who have received such training.

The Muslim Brotherhood may want us to believe that  truth-telling about shariah – and the effort to impose it here – is “offensive.”  It is also absolutely vital to our security and freedoms, and must not be suppressed.

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

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