Homegrown terror is an overwhelmingly Islamic phenomenon. And yet a search of the Homeland Security hearings in the 111th (Congress) yields not one mention of Islamism or jihad. So the cries of religious persecution from groups like CAIR and their allies on the left badly miss the point: it isn’t that we have cast a discriminatory eye toward Islam, but that excessive concern with the pieties of multicultural relativism has prevented us from being sufficiently critical of Islamism. A problem cannot be dealt with that is not first faced foursquarely, and, to appropriate a phrase, we have for too long been a nation of cowards when it comes to addressing jihadist radicalism between our shores. Representative King’s hearings make an honest first effort to do that.
VS: Well, that's very interesting and all that, but this man who followed in the footsteps of the late conservative GOP icon Senator Jesse Helms is acting like an addled old man and a pansy to boot. Which is how I've seen him all along, except I had to add the "old man" bit recently.
This GOP turncoat spouted off to the media that he would vote to oppose House-passed spending cuts!
Then the duplicitous jerk got cold feet, and said he would vote for the cuts, a centerpiece in the conservative GOP drive for fiscal sanity in Washington. He apologized for the "confusion", and commented, "I'm sorry if I misled people."
No confusion, Senator. You sold out the GOP, the Tea Party, and yourself.
Question: WWJD? What would Jesse do? Helms was head of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee when I knew him, and before Lugar took the reins. Jesse never switched a vote. He was a straight arrow, an implacable patriot and conservative. He knew where he stood, and so did everyone else.
Lugar is nothing more than a windvane -- a disappointing successor to the shining legacy of Jesse Helms.
The sense that Guantánamo would remain open for some time had become clearer in recent weeks, with both Obama’s attorney general and CIA director raising serious doubts to Congress about its closing.
The administration says it wants to close the facility because of the alleged torture and physical abuses that were committed against suspected terrorists.
“As Republicans have been saying all along, terrorists should be treated as enemy combatants, not common criminals,” he said in a statement. “Trying foreign terrorists in civilian court makes it harder for prosecutors to obtain convictions and gives terrorists a public forum to spew their radical hate for America.”
Short of doing that, any President can declare that Americans living in or visiting dangerous places, which Lebanon assuredly was in the 1980s, stay there at their own risk. Then the government can refuse to negotiate for release of any hostages taken. But when Americans are killed overseas, it is best to avenge their killings. Such action is complicated in the case of the Somali pirates, because the Somalis hold more than 700 hostages. Had they been dealt with a few years ago—through destroying their camps and ports of egress and sinking pirate vessels on sight if they refused to surrender, there would be far fewer hostages, if any, today.In 1815, Commodore Stephen Decatur led a punitive expedition to defeat the corsairs, and they left us alone for the rest of the 19th century. A repeat of that episode is called for. We will earn the right to be taken seriously if and when an American President has his naval commander say, upon finding pirate ships, what Adm. George Dewey said upon entering Manila Bay in 1898: “You may fire when ready, Gridley.”