The Obama adminstration begins its three-day summit on countering violent extremism with a "roundtable discussion" Tuesday afternoon led by Vice President Joe Biden and including "representatives from cities working to address the spread of violent extremism." President Barack Obama will join the summit twice this week, according to the Associated Press:Read more
Kayla Mueller, an American aid worker who became a hostage of the Islamic terrorist group ISIS, has been killed while being held by her captors. President Obama released an official statement Tuesday morning on Mueller's death, asserting that the "future belongs not" to terrorists like those aligned with ISIS.Read more
If you ignore the cringe-worthy opening line of this article from the Pew Research Center – the Holocaust did far worse than “decimate” Europe’s Jewish population – you will find some interesting facts. In a nutshell, Europe’s Jewish population continues to decline. There are now approximately 1.4 million Jews living in Europe, compared to 9.5 million in 1939. Only 10 percent of the world’s Jews now live in Europe, and a mere 0.2 percent of Europeans are Jewish.Read more
In response to the Islamic State’s horrific burning of a pilot, the Jordanian government has released from prison one of the most influential al Qaeda-allied ideologues in the world. Sound strange? It is.Read more
Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the former director under President Obama for the Defense Intel Agency, criticized America's terrorism strategy this morning on Fox:
"So are you saying that at this moment, after all these years, we do not have a coherent strategy, full 360 degrees, to combat Islamic terrorism?"
"I think what I'm saying is that the strategy that we've had is not working, I mean it's clearly not working," said Flynn.Read more
At a hearing this morning conducted by the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Tom Cotton, a war veteran, chided the Obama administration's justification to close the detention facility that has housed terrorism suspects since 2002. The administration's witness was Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Brian McKeon, who defended President Obama's policy that the facility needs to be closed because it is a national security risk.Read more
Secretary of State John Kerry argued that, as the Associated Press phrased it, "violent extremism is not Islamic" in a speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos:
"Today we are witnessing more than a form of criminal anarchy. A nihilism which illegitimately claims an idealogical and religious foundation," said Kerry.Read more
Alberto Nisman, the special prosecutor who had been investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center (the AMIA building) in Argentina, has been found dead in his Buenos Aires apartment. Nisman was famous in intelligence and law enforcement circles for amassing evidence that implicates Iran in the AMIA attack, which left 85 people dead and hundreds more wounded.Read more
President Obama's former defense secretary and former head of the CIA, Leon Panetta, said this morning on CNN that we've entered into "a much more dangerous chapter" of the war on terror:
“I don’t think there’s any question. I think what we’re seeing ... is a much more aggressive chapter and a much more dangerous chapter in terms of the war on terrorism,” Panetta told CNN's Fareed Zakaria.Read more
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Paris Friday in what was billed as a show of solidarity with the French people after terrorists attacked last week. The former Massachusetts senator brought fellow Bay Stater and singer-songwriter James Taylor to sing a slightly off-key rendition of "You've Got a Friend" to a Parisian audience. Watch the video below:Read more
John Kerry is going to France today to give "a big hug to Paris," a week after the brutal terrorist attacks there.
His plan is "to share a big hug with Paris and express the affection of the American people for France and for our friends there who have been through a terrible time," he told reporters today in Bulgaria.Read more
Steve Hayes, with Chuck Lane and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
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And here's the Internet aftershow:Read more
Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, a likely 2016 Republican presidential candidate, will give a major foreign policy address next week in London. According to early excerpts of the address, Jindal will use the speech to bash Hillary Clinton, the likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, and to go after radical Islam in wake of last week's Paris terrorist attacks.Read more
Under a cloudless Jerusalem sky, a crowd of thousands gathered at the cemetery at Givat Shaul on Tuesday, to bury the four Jews murdered at the Hyper Cacher in Paris. Yoav Hattab, Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham, and Francois-Michel Saada were laid to rest in Har Hamenuhot, on the approach to Jerusalem from the west.Read more
CNN described its reasoning for not showing the latest cover of Charlie Hebdo (the first issue to be published after last week's massacre) in a broadcast this morning:
"CNN will not show you the new cover, which depicts the Prophet Muhammad, because it is our policy not to show potentially offensive images of the prophet," the host declared this morning.
Here's the image CNN (and others!) refuse to show you:Read more
White House press secretary Josh Earnest told the press today he doesn't know what President Obama was doing while world leaders gathered in Paris yesterday to rally:Read more
Secretary of State John Kerry said that criticism that he and the Obama administration skipped the unity rally in Paris yesterday is "sort of quibbling a little bit." He made the comments at a press conference in India, after announcing that he'd be visiting France on Thursday.Read more
The White House announced today its next step in fighting extremism: a meeting.Read more
White House press secretary Josh Earnest explained to reporters today that the United States needs to "redouble" efforts to explain "what the tenets of Islam actually are." He made the comments in response to a question about how the U.S. might respond to the terror attack today in France.Read more
In remarks from the Oval Office, President Obama warned that the kind of terror attack that took place earlier today in Paris can "happen anywhere in the world."
"I think it's going to be important for us to make sure that we recognize these kinds of attacks can happen anywhere in the world," said Obama.
"And it's one of the things I'll be discussing with Secretary Kerry today."Read more
White House press secretary Josh Earnest refrained from calling the attack on a French magazine "terrorism" in an interview this morning on CNN:Read more
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