America dodged a bullet yesterday. A truck carrying a cargo of highly radioactive hospital waste was stolen in Mexico earlier this week. For a time, the whereabouts of both the vehicle and its potentially lethal cargo were unknown.

In the wrong hands, the cobalt used in radiation therapy could have posed a significant danger. Used in a dirty bomb, it could kill or contaminate. Just their brief exposure to the unshielded material will likely shortly cause the thieves’ death.

Fortunately, the hijacked material was recovered yesterday. But it is instructive to contemplate what might have happened had it been smuggled into the United States – especially at a moment when we are being told our immigration laws must be further weakened and our open border with Mexico left insecure.

December 4, 2013

Wrong Side Obama

There’s a new revolution underway – this time in Ukraine. Mass demonstrations are insisting that country align with the European Union, not Russia, an idea adamantly opposed by Vladimir Putin and his puppets in Kiev.

America should be standing with those seeking freedom and closer ties to the West. Yet, the Obama administration is literally missing in action, with Secretary of State John Kerry just cancelling a planned trip to Ukraine.

See a pattern here? Where revolutionaries are working to overthrow friends of the United States, Team Obama is all for them.

Where revolutionaries oppose regimes hostile to the United States and freedom – as in Iran in 2009 or Ukraine today – President Obama offers no help, or even rhetorical support.

This pattern diminishes America’s standing internationally and makes for a more dangerous world.


A Kuwaiti newspaper says Team Obama is trying to follow its recent agreement with Iran with a presidential visit there. The White House denies the report. Let’s hope that, for once, the Obama administration is telling the truth.

After all, the deal with Iran isn’t actually done, even though sanctions have been eased on Tehran, allowing the regime to receive upwards of $5 billion in what amounts to critically needed life-support.
Moreover, Iran is at war with us. Whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, the United States is the object of the mullahs’ relentless hostility. They mean “Death to America” and are working hard on nuclear weapons and other ways of accomplishing it.

Legitimating such a regime, let alone enabling its malevolence, is not just ill-advised. It is downright dangerous.


This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Joe Biden is off to China. Team Obama hopes his personal relationship with Chinese president Xi Jinping will improve relations strained by Beijing’s aggressiveness, including a new air defense identification zone over several Japanese-controlled islands.

What’s wrong with this picture? First, the Chinese know our vice president is the object of ridicule from the White House on down. He’s unlikely to get respect from folks who don’t think much of Americans on a good day.

Second, Biden’s conciliatory message is as bad as the messenger. A visit to China for any purpose other than to tell its leadership to rescind the air defense zone announcement will be seen for what it is: accommodation to a new, Chinese-dictated order.

Joe Biden’s trip will increase the dangers of Chinese miscalculation, not erase them.

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

November 25, 2013


This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Move over Obamacare. Now there’s Obamabomb.

The president who promised us that his health care legislation would allow us to keep our insurance plans and doctors now insists that his agreement with Iran will not allow it to keep a nuclear weapons program.

What the two pledges have in common is that they are both lies. No matter how many times such statements are repeated and seconded by President Obama’s partisans and the press, they amount to serial, intentional and potentially fatal fraud.

Now, some Americans may still trust President Obama, or at least be inclined to give his deal a chance. But that means buying time and resources for an Iranian regime sure to use them, at last, to get the Bomb.

Let’s give credit where it’s due: Call it Obamabomb.

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

November 22, 2013

Obama is No JFK

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Fifty years ago today, John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. This anniversary affords both an opportunity to reflect on his truncated presidency and to contrast one of its most important moments with today’s events.

Earlier this week, I moderated an extraordinary symposium in Washington sponsored by EMPact America. It contrasted how President Kennedy responded forcefully and decisively to Soviet nuclear-armed missiles in Cuba with President Obama’s fecklessness in dealing with the now-incipient atomic threat from Iran. Former UN Ambassador John Bolton and others established an ominous reality: Barack Obama is no JFK.

At a moment when President Kennedy’s robustness is sorely needed, we have instead, President Obama’s appeasement. The latter’s potentially disastrous repercussions only add to the nostalgia Americans feel for their fallen leader.

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

November 18, 2013

American Betrayal 2.0

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt should have described November 16, 1933 as a day that will live in infamy.

Author Diana West notes that date marked the beginning of a terrible double-deception. It’s when FDR normalized relations with the Soviet Union after the Kremlin promised not to subvert the United States.

Of course, the Soviets lied. As Ms. West, documents in her powerful new book, American Betrayal, for years thereafter, so did our own government – with horrific effects – by insisting the Soviets were reliable friends, and even wartime allies.

Sound familiar? Today, Team Obama is engaging in its own, disastrous betrayals – from promising you can keep your health care to a deal that will allow Iran to keep its nuclear weapons program.

We must not be fooled again.

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

November 15, 2013

Lights Out on GridEx II

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

A much-anticipated national exercise that was supposed to simulate a serious disruption of America’s electric power grid ended yesterday.

So how did this “GridEx II” turn out? Were there devastating problems – like those simulated in a recent National Geographic docudrama called “American Blackout”? In that movie, the power was off for ten days due to a cyber attack and three-hundred thousand people died.

Unfortunately, we don’t know what happened in Grid Ex II – and its organizers won’t tell us until next spring. What we do know, though, is that they pretended the phones and internet would somehow work in their blackout – a totally unrealistic and seriously distorting assumption.

Meantime, we’re assured there’s “no need for panic” about fixing the grid’s well-documented and potentially life-threatening vulnerabilities.

Are you feeling lucky?

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


Suddenly, friends of Israel are frantic about President Obama’s increasingly hostile policies towards the Jewish State.

For one thing, Team Obama began easing sanctions on Iran well in advance of getting any deal it can claim – however fraudulently – will limit Tehran’s accelerating nuclear weapons program.
For another, Secretary of State John Kerry is blaming the victim, claiming that – unless Israel quickly makes strategic concessions to the Palestinians – it will be held responsible for the next, violent jihadist uprising, or “intifada.”

Such behavior is what one should expect from an administration populated by senior officials deeply hostile to the Jewish State, and sympathetic to its enemies. Many of them were confirmed with support from normally pro-Israel groups and individuals. That must not be allowed to happen again.

November 11, 2013

Obama’s Veterans Day Gambit

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Veterans Day should be a moment for solemn reflection and heartfelt thanks. Of course, that means we all should express appreciation for the sacrifice of millions of our countrymen and women.

On this and every other day, moreover, we need to ensure that tomorrow’s veterans – American patriots who are now serving in uniform – are given the training and equipment that they, and their successors, need to have to fight and win the nation’s wars.

Yet, Team Obama evidently sees Veterans Day as just another occasion to play politics. The President seems intent on buying vets’ support for various redistribution and entitlement schemes by promoting a sense of grievance against the society they once protected.

Fortunately, our veterans want to ensure that that society continues to be safeguarded, not undermined in this fashion.

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


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