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An Entry in the Defense Department Essay Contest Honoring King Abdullah


The US Department of Defense is sponsoring an essay contest to honor the Saudi King.  Here is mine:

Dear King,

It is sad that you died of natural causes. I had an appointment in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. It was cancelled at the last minute. If only you could have been there in my place. How much you could have learned. Or perhaps you could have been a passenger in one of the planes that hit it. No doubt you would have had a first class seat, right at the front of the plane. After all, great men like you don’t sit with the college kids and nursing mothers in the back. What joy you would have had, seeing New York from the air, at closer range than any has ever had, or at least had since Solomon Andrews buzzed 5th Avenue in a gliding balloon in 1866. Then you could have been among the first to enter the building, and gone out in a flash as you experienced the true glory of the cult you had done so much to promote.

Just think, if you had been on that plane, you might have displaced a standby passenger, who did not deserve to be on it, as you so richly did.

But I understand that you may have had other engagements. Perhaps you were at home, whipping one of your approximately 35 wives (your laws prescribe a limit of 4, but laws, like terrorist suicide bombings and beheadings, are for the little people). Or perhaps you were in Kabul, in the soccer stadium, honoring the crowd, as you shared the joy of the event as together you cheered the sequential execution of terrified women, heads blown out from behind, one after the other, for the crime of teaching girls to read. Clearly you had a right to be there, as it was you that paid for the education of the fans.

And now you have gone to the other world, where we are all equal. I appreciate the indignity you must be suffering as a result. There you are, together with the women in the stadium, the economy class passengers, the secretaries and mail room boys dispatched from their 84th story offices, and the NYPD cops who died trying to rescue them. None of these people appreciate you, at least not the way your would-be peers from around the world, weeping sincerely at the side of your casket evidently do.

Perhaps you can take up the matter with the King. I’m sure he will set things right.

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An interesting question…

Is the White House a ‘Sleeper Cell’?

Just yesterday I theorized the real reason Obama didn’t go is he just couldn’t put the words “Islamic” and “terrorism” together in one sentence even if, forgive the tired image, it hit him in the face. (The exception of course being when insisting that something is NOT Islam.)  He just can’t handle it after nearly fifty years of virtually non-stop anti-imperialist programming.  His mind would fly apart if he had to utter the words “radical Islamic terrorism,” which French PM Valls, and any honest person, was quite willing to do.

Now I admit that was just a supposition.  Just because I’ve never heard him link Islam and terror doesn’t mean in his heart of hearts he doesn’t.  Though not a genius, he does have an IQ in triple digits and sees what’s right in front of his nose, I assume.  He just interprets it differently.  But why?

Is someone whispering in his ear?

Senator Dianne Feinstein has just informed us that, yes, there are Islamic terror sleeper cells in our midst in the USA.  If that’s true, I wonder why Feinstein wasted so much of her time wounding the CIA during the last weeks of her tenure as Senate Intelligence Committee chair, but never mind.  Could there be one of those cells in the White House?

I started this post thinking it was kind of funny.  I liked the hed — “Is the White House a ‘Sleeper Cell’?”  It reminded me of, um… Charlie Hebdo. But actually it’s not so funny.  And  it’s not impossible.  We know something close already happened during the communist era (Alger Hiss), and the Israelis famously planted an agent, Eli Cohen, at the highest echelons of the Syrian government until he was caught via the KGB and hanged in the central square of Damascus.  They say it was Cohen’s reports that were responsible for the rapid Israeli success against the Syrians in the Six-Day War.

But a “sleeper cell” in the White House?  It would certainly explain Obama’s not going to France, which was a decision that hurt the USA, hurt the effort against Islamic terror and hurt the president’s already tarnished reputation into the bargain. There are so many other things that the existence of a White House “sleeper cell” would explain that I couldn’t even begin to count them.  And as you know, a cell doesn’t have to be violent to be active.  There are many ways to do damage.

But who would be a member of this cell?  Is it one or all of them? Well that, I am sorry to say, I cannot tell you.  I do not have the proper clearance.  You are, however, free to guess.  Who would stop you?

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Up From Superficial Christian Compassion

There’s a refreshing Christianity Today article in which an Evangelical academic who once thought border security “callous” now argues that a “porous border is not compassionate—it is just chaotic…” He urges more funding for securing the border, explaining:

Caring for illegal immigrants is certainly a grace to the individual. But it doesn’t address the underlying problem. Indeed, when replicated on a large scale, it exacerbates the crisis. The more the church is viewed as welcoming any undocumented immigrant with open arms, the more it spurs undocumented immigration: more Central American families are broken apart, immigrants are forced into self-protection in our dangerous inner cities, and ties are strengthened between US gangs and Central American narco-networks. Moreover, Central American countries become increasingly dependent on foreign remittances at the cost of their development.

This thoughtful Evangelical’s analysis does what is increasingly rare in American Christian political witness: actually factoring unintended consequences instead of hyping superficial compassion focused on the moment. Once confined to old Social Gospel utopian liberalism, which imagined building God’s Kingdom through generous government programs, increasingly Catholics and Evangelicals sincerely advocate immediate gratification in public policy as an emblem of God’s mercy.

There is in American religion today a dearth of confident authority figures unafraid to speak as adults and risk the unpopular appearance of stern harshness. They emasculate their churches and urge upon the nation policies that espouse kindness but in fact hurt and destroy. If Jesus is their model, they should consider He never won any popularity contests during His brief earthly walk. Instead, He thought of consequences across generations, millennia, and eternity.

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‘Political correctness is killing us’


Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney had a blunt assessment of the terror attacks that killed at least 12 in Paris on Wednesday, telling a Fox News audience that a major driver of the violence was that those in positions of leadership refused to face the realities of radicalized Islam.

“Political correctness is killing us,” adding that the nation’s leaders needed to wake up to the dangers of the religion in order to keep America safe.

The attacks left two police officers and several members of the Paris-based satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, dead. Witnesses said they heard the attackers shout out “the Prophet has been avenged,” and “Allahu Akbar,” various media reported.

McInerney’s assessment of the situation is not new. He’s called on many prior occasions for U.S. leaders to quit treating radical Islamism as if it’s a religion like any other — that such political correctness would only endanger American lives — and was especially outspoken after the terror attacks on the U.S. Consulate compound in Benghazi that left four Americans dead.

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An unsurprising revelation…

‘Saudi prince paid for 9/11 pilots to learn to fly': Incredible claims of ’20th hijacker’ serving life in prison for terrorism as he asks to testify again in court and reveal all

A jihadist serving life in prison on terror charges brought in the wake of 9/11 has claimed the Saudi Arabian royal family helped finance the plot.

Zacarias Moussaoui, 46, says an unnamed Saudi Prince paid for flying lessons for him and the 19 terrorists who hijacked planes in the September 11 attacks in the run-up to the atrocities.

The incredible claims were made in documents filed to a federal court in Oklahoma, in which Moussaoui says a prince ‘was assisting me in my Islamic terrorist activities… and was doing so knowingly for Osama bin Laden’.

He also said that bin Laden provided assistance from Saudi leaders in planning the attacks, and that he was involved in a plot to shoot down Air Force One with President Bill Clinton on board.

The Saudi government has flatly denied any involvement in 9/11. Moussaoui’s own credibility is also suspect – as even Osama bin Laden has denied he had anything to do with his terrorist plots.

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And yet, all he does is talk…

Obama: ISIS Beheadings ‘Represent No Faith, Least of All the Muslim Faith’

Returning from his trip to Asia, President Obama issued a statement reacting to the beheading of U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig by Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) terrorists.

Kassig, a convert to Islam, took the name Abdul-Rahman and was captured and held hostage by members of ISIS a year ago.

“ISIL’s actions represent no faith, least of all the Muslim faith which Abdul-Rahman adopted as his own,” Obama wrote. “Today we grieve together, yet we also recall that the indomitable spirit of goodness and perseverance that burned so brightly in Abdul-Rahman Kassig, and which binds humanity together, ultimately is the light that will prevail over the darkness of ISIL.”

Obama called the action “an act of pure evil by a terrorist group that the world rightly associates with inhumanity.”

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Muslim Leader at National Cathedral: ‘We Condemn Persecution of Christians’


From the speaker’s podium at the National Cathedral, an Episcopal church, and in an interview with, a Muslim leader said that American Muslims are opposed to the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East.

“We condemn persecution of Christians – of any minorities in Muslim-majority countries,” Rizwan Jaka, chairman of the board of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, told at the Washington Natural Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on Friday where a Muslim prayer service was held.

When asked about the significance of the Muslim prayer service being held in a Christian church – an event that drew harsh criticism from some Christians and attracted one woman who tried to disrupt the service by shouting that Jesus Christ is the risen savior – Jaka said it reflects the country’s values.

“The significance is that America is a beacon of religious freedom and harmony, and that the Christian community embraces the Muslim community and that’s the message to the world,” Jaka said. “Look at the beautiful pluralism and democracy and harmony that we have in the United States of America.”

“And we ask that the world take that as an example that minorities in Muslim-minority countries should be treated with respect, treated with religious freedom, and that they should have the right to worship and the right to have equal rights and that we have to protect the churches and temples and synagogues in Muslim majority countries,” Jaka said.

When asked whether it was true that Christians are being persecuted in the Middle East, Jaka repeated his condemnation of the practice.

“We condemn persecution of Christians, of any minorities in Muslim-majority countries,” Jaka said. “We have actually had many initiatives – like I said the fundraising we do to rebuild churches is an example of that.”

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United Arab Emirates Designates Two American Muslim Groups As Terrorist Orgs


The United Arab Emirates has officially designated 83 groups as terrorist organizations, including two based in the U.S., the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim American Society.

UAE’s cabinet made the announcement following a meeting on Saturday.

Other groups designated as terrorists include al-Qaida, al Nusra, Boko Haram and the Muslim Brotherhood.

CAIR’s designation is interesting given its high profile here in the U.S.

The group was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation case in 2007. Leaders of the Holy Land Foundation were found guilty of aiding Hamas, which the U.S. has designated as a terrorist organization.

Starting in 2008, the FBI adopted a strict policy against dealing with CAIR in its investigations. Last year, the Department of Justice inspector general issued a report showing that the FBI had in some instances failed to maintain that arms-length requirement.

According to Reuters, which reported on UAE’s new terrorist designations, the country is at odds with Qatar over the latter’s relationship with Islamist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood.

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White House Did Not Discuss ISIS Strategy with Pentagon Prior to U.S.-Led Campaign


As of the end of August, there was no communication between the White House and the Pentagon concerning a strategy to fight the Islamic State, the Department of Defense (DoD) said in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Not only did the president not have a strategy, as he candidly admitted on August 28, the White House did not talk about developing a strategy with his Defense Department prior to launching airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq on August 8.

This contradicts comments by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest trying to explain Obama telling reporters on August 28, “We don’t have a strategy yet.”

The White House attempted to blame the Pentagon for delaying the development of a strategy.

On August 29, Earnest insisted that what Obama meant is that he was then-waiting for the Pentagon to make recommendations on what to do.

“The Pentagon is developing plans or military options for the president to consider if he decides that it’s necessary to do so,” he said. “But at this point, the president hasn’t made any decisions and hasn’t ordered any military action in Syria.”

In a response to a FOIA request filed by Dr. Larry Kawa as a concerned private citizen, DOD’s Office of Freedom of Information said that as of the end of August, it could not locate any paper or electronic communication documents between the president and the Pentagon mentioning a strategy to fight the Islamic State (IS, ISIS and ISIL).

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Why hasn’t Army’s report on Bowe Bergdahl been released?


The Army has apparently completed its investigation of the circumstances surrounding the suspected desertion of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, but no one expects to see the results before Tuesday’s elections. The last thing the Obama administration wants now is a round of attention to the sordid details of another public-relations disaster.

Sgt. Bergdahl, at the time a private, walked away from his base in Afghanistan in 2009 and spent nearly five years in Taliban captivity. His captors released him in May in exchange for five high-ranking Taliban terrorist commanders held at Guantanamo Bay. The Obama administration conducted the negotiations behind the back of Congress, and several soldiers who served with Sgt. Bergdahl, angry that the president traded five battle-hardened terrorists they had risked their lives to capture, said the sergeant had actually deserted his post. He may have gone looking for Taliban captors.

The Army has so far refused to release the report written by Brig. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, although it was completed weeks ago. Gen. Dahl earlier this month told The San Antonio Express-News that the document was being “reviewed by commanders.”

The Government Accountability Office’s nonpartisan legal analysts have already determined that the prisoner swap was illegal. Now there’s the possibility that Gen. Dahl concluded that Sgt. Bergdahl should be court-martialed, and this would further shine a bright light on President Obama’s incompetence and the ineptitude of his administration.

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