November 8, 2013

A World Not Rid of Nukes

Barack Obama is determined to “rid the world of nuclear weapons.” But how’s that working out?

In fact, we face growing threats of nuclear attack. For example, the Chinese recently issued a map showing the American cities they plan to destroy with submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

North Korea has a similar map and, reportedly, it has acquired electromagnetic pulse (or EMP) warheads capable of devastating our electric grid.

Iran is working to acquire similar capabilities.

Now, the BBC reports Saudi Arabia – which fears a nuclear Iran – can get its own such weapons from Pakistan whenever it wants.

It is recklessly irresponsible to think that such a world will actually be safer if the United States persists delusionally in “ridding it of nuclear weapons,” starting with ours.

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November 7, 2013

Farewell to Dan McMichael

A few weeks ago, I lost a dear friend and mentor – and America lost a great patriot. His name was R. Daniel McMichael and his extraordinary service to our country over five decades will likely never be properly recognized.

Throughout those years, Dan helped one of our nation’s most generous and visionary philanthropists, Richard Mellon Scaife, to build and nurture the institutions of modern conservatism. In particular, this partnership and its organizational offspring were instrumental to our understanding of the threat posed by Soviet communism, and to our ultimately successful fight against its adherents.

Like Ronald Reagan, Dan McMichael understood the need for each generation to defend freedom against existential threats. They did so brilliantly. It falls now to us in their absence to do the same with the Islamists’ shariah.

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Recent press reports say one of Barack Obama’s top goals for his second term is brokering a “peace” deal between the Israelis and Palestinians. But, if negotiations fail, he is said to be willing to impose his preferred outcome on the Israelis.

Until now, Republican and Democratic presidents alike have refused to foist a so-called peace agreement on Israel that was unacceptable to our most important Mideast ally.

What makes Obama’s approach so dangerous is that the concessions demanded of Israel would require her to surrender strategic real estate, with potentially suicidal results. It empowers Israel’s enemies, and ours.
The Obama gambit would reinforce the world’s perception that it is better to be America’s enemy than its friend. And that is a formula for inciting conflict – with more foes and fewer allies.

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November 5, 2013

Morsi & America on Trial

Yesterday, Mohamed Morsi went on trial in Egypt on charges of inciting murderous violence. Morsi is the Muslim Brother whose arrogant drive to impose full-blown sharia on an unwilling nation led to his overthrow in July 2013.

On the eve of this potentially explosive proceeding, Secretary of State John Kerry dropped by. He used the visit to lecture the regime that displaced Morsi on the need promptly to return to what he called “democratic and inclusive” government.

The trouble is, as a practical matter, that means the United States is once more pressing the new anti-Muslim Brotherhood government to allow its Islamist enemies to compete for power. By so doing, Team Obama is placing America yet again on the wrong side of history. That’s neither in Egypt’s interests, nor ours.

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November 4, 2013

Death to America

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Thirty-four years ago today, so-called “students” attacked the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking hostage and imprisoning dozens of Americans for over a year.

The mullahs’ Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps says this anniversary will be marked by the launch of a new campaign to promote its trademark slogan: “Death to America.”

History teaches that ignoring the rhetoric and dictates of totalitarians is a serious mistake. Yet, President Obama is negotiating with those in Iran who don’t just say they desire our destruction, but who are actively building the capabilities to accomplish it – including the capacity to destroy our electric grid with electromagnetic pulse weapons.

To prevent “death to America,” we must oppose efforts to prop up the regime that seeks it. That means no easing of sanctions and, inevitably, U.S. military action.

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

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November 1, 2013

Obamavote

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

For some time, it’s been apparent that the Obama presidency is promoting creeping socialism. Obamacare’s intervention in, and substantial takeover of, one-sixth of our economy is a particularly ominous manifestation of the administration’s agenda – and evidence of its progress.

Not content with creeping, though, Team Obama’s socialists have broken into a full gallop. That’s the practical implication of a newly revealed facet of Obamacare: Whatever its other shortcomings and outright failings, the health care registration process is being used effectively to compel Americans to register to vote.

The process lends itself to abuse and fraud. And allies of the President say the goal is to register sixty-eight million, most low-income voters. If successful, expect a permanent majority demanding government hand-outs – and the end of America as we have known it.

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

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October 30, 2013

Polio Redux

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Polio is one of the most horrific of diseases. It leaves unvaccinated children gravely ill, disfigured and, in some cases, dead.

The good news is that, thanks to worldwide public health efforts, polio has been virtually eliminated globally. Until, that is, recently.

The bad news is that fresh outbreaks are occurring, many of them in developing nations where Islam is dominant. Apparently, some religious leaders have claimed that polio vaccination programs are an infidel plot to render Muslim women infertile.

Add in the opportunities for the disease to spread during the annual pilgrimage of millions to Mecca and a civil war in Syria and polio may once again become a blight on all humanity. Where are the Muslim leaders condemning this needless nightmare – and leading the charge to prevent it?

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

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

“We’re here to kill Americans.” According to CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” that’s what the jihadists who attacked the U.S. mission in Benghazi last year told Libyans who were supposed to help protect it. The Libyans were beaten; four Americans were murdered.

That phrase pretty much captures what Islamists have in mind for the rest of us, too. Their supremacist doctrine of shariah commands them to kill infidels who don’t submit to Islam. If they are not stopped, more Americans will die.

Don’t count on stopping them if, as former Vice President Dick Cheney put it yesterday: “Our friends no longer count on us, no longer trust us and our adversaries don’t fear us.” If we are to survive, let alone defeat, the jihadists’ murderous designs, we must turn around such perceptions.

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

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October 22, 2013

Turkey is No Friend

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

For decades, the Eastern Mediterranean nation of Turkey has been an important strategic ally of the United States. Situated at the juncture of Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East, the Turks played a particularly critical role in defending the Free World during the Cold War.

Ten years ago, however, an Islamist named Recep Erdogan was elected prime minister and started what his friend, President Obama, would call a “fundamental transformation” of Turkey. Erdogan has mutated his country into one in which the repressive Islamic doctrine of shariah has steadily and insidiously supplanted democratic freedom.

Turkey has also ceased to be a reliable Western ally. Most recently, it helped the Iranian mullahs destroy an Israeli spy network providing vital intelligence on Iran’s nuclear weapons program. With friends like Recep Erdogan, who needs enemies?

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

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October 21, 2013

Farewell to Bill Young

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

It is rare these days to find in Washington a legislator who conscientiously does his job, gets things done and shuns undue publicity or credit. It’s even more rare to find one deeply knowledgeable about national security and tireless in his support of the men and women in uniform who safeguard it. Still more exceptional is such a lawmaker who is actually in a position to “provide for the common defense.”

Tragically, the universe of people with these qualities just shrank even further with the passing Friday of Representative Bill Young, the Chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. During fifty years of public service, in uniform and in the Florida and federal legislatures, Mr. Young distinguished himself as a truly Great American. He will be sorely missed in the dangerous days ahead.

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

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