Pray Scotland Votes ‘Nae’

September 18, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

In Scotland today, history is being made.  Or, perhaps, unmade.  For over three centuries, Britons and Scots have forged a United Kingdom, initially through conquest of the latter by the former.

That union may be undone today by Scottish voters, however.  At the moment, polls suggest that the momentum is behind those seeking independence from Great Britain.

In the course of a hotly contested campaign, much of the focus has been on the negative impact a “yes” vote would have for Scotland.  Of concern for the United States, however, should be the implications for the capabilities of one of its most important and reliable allies. 

For example, Britain’s submarine-based nuclear deterrent operates from a Scottish port known as Fastlane, with no obvious alternative elsewhere.

Here’s hoping the Scots say “nae.”

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

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Don’t Arm More Jihadists

September 17, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Congress is considering President Obama’s “strategy” for defeating and destroying the self-styled “Islamic State.”  Questions abound concerning the confidence being placed in the so-called Syrian “rebels” he is arming, ostensibly to fight this common enemy.

Ironically, the House of Representatives may vote on this dubious initiative today, just as its new select committee on Benghazigate is holding its first hearing.  The murders of four Americans in Libya was the by-product of President Obama’s previous efforts to arm and otherwise help “rebels” there, first to overthrow Muammar Qaddafi’s government and then to get arms to their comrades in Syria. 

As a practical matter, the present exercise will surely wind up doing what the last debacle did:  Helping enemies of this country and increasing threats to us.  Memo to Congress: Don’t go there.

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

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Mr. Kerry, We Are at War

September 16, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Secretary of State John Kerry can’t seem to make up his mind about whether we are “at war” with the Islamic State. Last week he said we weren’t.  This weekend he said we are. 

This performance is of a piece with the self-absorption and narcissism that has long characterized the Obama administration. For example, Mr. Obama has famously declared the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have ended.

The trouble is that in all these cases, Team Obama is neglecting the fact that our enemies get a vote. And they haven’t quit.

Indeed, one thing is certain: The Islamic State and the rest of the global jihad are at war with us.  And they will remain so, pursuant to their shariah doctrine, unless or until we submit, convert to Islam or die.

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

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It’s Time for the Truth About Shariah

September 15, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

After a British citizen was beheaded by the Islamic State on Saturday, UK Prime Minister David Cameron insisted that,  “Islam is a religion of peace.”  President Obama made a similarly false claim last week, contending that the Islamic State is “not Islamic.”

Such statements are problematic for three reasons: 

First, they demonstrate complete ignorance of the jihadist nature of Islam as practiced not by “extremists,” but by its authorities.

Second, downplaying this threat misleads Western populations about the growing danger posed by those – like the Islamic State – determined to impose globally through jihad the form of totalitarianism they call shariah.

And third, when our leaders lie about shariah, that ideology’s adherents perceive them as submitting to it. Which only further emboldens our enemies.

It’s time for the truth about Islam’s shariah.

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

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Fort Bliss the Movie

September 12, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

I had the good fortune last night to view the Hollywood premier of a stupendous new film called “Fort Bliss.” Its plot revolves around the often-unsung service and sacrifice of those who wear the uniform of the United States.  

“Fort Bliss” poignantly tells the story of a single-parent mom and Army medic and the many painful choices made, day-in and day-out, by those like her and her family.

The movie is brilliantly written, sensitively acted and beautifully shot. It renders a real service since we can’t pay tribute often enough to those who protect the rest of us against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

Every American should consider it their civic duty to see Fort Bliss – and strongly recommend that others do the same when it is released on September 19th. 

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

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A Deceptive Presidential Address

September 11, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

President Obama marked the thirteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by unveiling the latest of his acts of serial national security fraud.  His so-called “new strategy” reeks of cynical misdirection.

For example, the President insisted that the jihadist Islamic State or “ISIL” whose destruction he seeks is “not Islamic.” Nonsense.

His remarks were also deceptive about what it will take to roll back and defeat ISIL –just U.S. air-strikes, Persian Gulf nations’ money and foreign “boots on the ground.” 

In fact, as Ronald Reagan showed, a successful commitment to defeat a hostile ideology in a truly global struggle, requires the use of all instruments of national power.

Only by doing again can we hope to prevail against our times’ totalitarians – the global jihadists and their toxic agenda.

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

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Democrats Defect on Obama Lawlessness

September 10, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Yesterday, the House of Representatives adopted a most unusual and stinging bipartisan rebuke to Barack Obama. The issue was the President’s increasingly frequent practice of abiding by only those laws that suit him – in profound violation of his duty faithfully to defend the Constitution and enforce all statutes enacted pursuant to it.

With support from 22 Democrats, the House repudiated Mr. Obama for releasing five top Taliban commanders without notifying Congress, as he was legally required to do. 

It remains to be seen if this latest evidence of growing unrest within the President’s own party about the imperial and anti-constitutional character of his administration, will mark – at long last – the return of the legislative branch to its prescribed role as a real check-and-balance on executive overreach. We better pray it does.

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

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Defeat Shariah, Not Just the Islamic State

September 9, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

President Obama meets today with the bipartisan congressional leadership, ostensibly for “consultations” on the strategy that he has developed since announcing recently that he had none for dealing with the Islamic State.  The rest of us are supposed to learn of Mr. Obama’s plan on Wednesday.

Already, there are leaks of some of the elements, including ways he proposes to “destroy” the group he insists on calling ISIL, presumably to avoid having to make explicit its connection with Islam.

Until we acknowledge that essentially all our foes are animated by the Islamic supremacist code of shariah, however, we will be chasing one group after another in a deadly version of the children’s game “whack a mole.”

Will either Mr. Obama or his congressional interlocutors recognize this reality?  Don’t bet on it.   

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

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Amnesty Deferred is Still Amnesty

September 8, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Barack Obama says he’ll postpone granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens until after the American people vote for the Congress that will have to cope with the consequences of this reckless decision.

The President claims he doesn’t want to “politicize” the issue. But the principal reasons for this executive amnesty are entirely political: To circumvent the constitutional lawmaking process and put countless “alien unregistered Democrats” on the “path to citizenship” – and the vote.

It seems Mr. Obama and his party’s endangered Red State Senators think Americans who currently have the vote are too stupid to understand that something they don’t like is coming in two months. My guess is that they will vote for candidates who will oppose Obama’s amnesty – and the magnet it would constitute for millions more illegal invaders.

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Restore NATO’s Deterrent

September 5, 2014

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

NATO is expected today to respond to the growing threat from Vladimir Putin’s Russia by reconstituting a rapid-reaction force. It’s to be capable of deploying anywhere in a handful of days. Such a capability would be welcome, and maybe even helpful.

But if the objective is actually to prevent further Russian aggression, the alliance is going to have to do much more.

After all, Putin is an old KGB colonel, one with extensive experience in understanding – and countering – Western military capabilities.  For years, he has been building up his nuclear and other forces as the NATO allies have been cutting defense budgets and the U.S. nuclear umbrella has atrophied.  He has even threatened thermonuclear attacks.

The alliance must reestablish a credible nuclear deterrent if it expects actually to check Vladimir Putin’s aggression. 

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

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