The Jihadist War

<a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_To-cV94Bo”>This five-minute video</a> will give you a sense of how that spread came about. It also contrasts this against the Crusades, on the same map.

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Hoaxes

The story of the Columbian cartel members “defending” a Paris restaurant from terrorists is apparently false. Other false tales that circulated after the attack are discussed after the link, which is translated by Google from a Spanish original.

It was an odd situation, twisting the old phrase “the best way to stop a bad guy […]

Outsourcing

Led by the Obama administration, the West seems to be “outsourcing by default” in key areas: We are not evidently competent enough in the arena of cyberwarfare to attack ISIS or defend against other enemies, so we now wait flaccidly while “Anonymous” does this work for us, and the FBI reports hopefully on their progress. We no longer have the will or understanding of the world’s strategic situation to fight ISIS on the ground, so we have outsourced these battles to Russia and Iran — at our own later peril. And we increasingly demand that law-abiding citizens be stripped of the ability to defend themselves, leaving criminals as the only ones who can defend citizens in a terrorist attack: […]

Fiorina and Islam

It’s interesting to see the attacks on Carly Fiorina. Fiorina does indeed have some genuine weaknesses, but those are generally ignored by the attackers, who focus on two topics: Her speech that included remarks about Islam, two weeks after the 9/11 attacks, and her corporate leadership of Hewlett-Packard, where she was brought in just before […]

Extremism

The Middle East is starting to look more sensible about Islamic extremism than is the Obama administration. Isn’t that a sad thing to say?

Here is a Saudi Arabian author being interviewed on television, and he describes the problem. He notes, correctly, that there is little difference between the “moderate” Muslim clerics and the most […]

Reformation

The sole difference between mocking Christianity and Judaism and Buddhism and the Sikh faith and so on versus Islam is that all of those others won’t kill you for it, as a general thing. Islam deserves to be mocked until it grows up and/or weeds out the jihadist (and jihad-supporting) elements that make up too large a portion of its adherents now. Islam has several categories of practitioners, it seems to me: […]

Bad Press

President Obama, speaking at the Summit of the Americas last month, made a couple of intriguing statements.

Perhaps President Correa has more confidence than I do in distinguishing between bad press and good press. There are a whole bunch of press that I think is bad, mainly because it criticizes me, but they continue to […]

Sanctions

One topic I am thinking about is the farcical kabuki dance surrounding the Iran sanctions regime. T^he lawmakesr pretend that they are going to be tough about the sanctions. Obama pretends that he will be tough about the sanctions. But in fact we effectively released them more than a year ago.

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Invitations

I listened to Benyamin Netanyahu’s speech. His message boiled down to: […]

Detainee

There is a story written by a Guantanamo inmate — Mohamedou Ould Slahi (or Salahi); he’s still there — that describes the “horrific torture” he was put through by US interrogators. The story portrays him as a completely innocent man — and there are tens of thousands of hits on this just published book, with multi-part writeups in Slate, loving responses in The Atlantic and countless other left-wing publications. They all agree: He had been briefly involved with al Qaida, but abandoned them and had no further contact until he was arrested in Mauritania in 2000. Over and over again, his innocence is asserted, and he says that he finally broke and gave his interrogators made-up information about al Qaida. So, we should believe his grotesque story about the torture, right? Well, perhaps not completely… […]

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