GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson has said he is opposed to the U.S. welcoming 45,000 Syrian refugees, due to security concerns, but indicated that he's open to the idea of sending ground troops to combat the Islamic State terror group.
"There is currently no ability to vet these people. By letting refugees into our country without vetting we are putting America at risk. If our president cannot see the risk, then we must rise to the challenge and protect our country," Carson said in a statement on Monday.
"This morning President [Barack] Obama announced at his press conference that it was our responsibility to accept these refugees. He is wrong. He took an oath to protect and defend this country. There is simply not a way to vet these refugees," he added. more >>
The Islamic State has ruthlessly targeted Yazidi minorities in Iraq and the Obama administration has moved to label attacks against them "an act of genocide." But is the Administration counting Christians as being among the terror group's victims?
Yahoo News reports that President Barack Obama was prompted by a report released Thursday by the U.S. Holocaust Museum that chronicles the murders of Yazidis, calling it a genocide. Other Iraqi minority groups are also mentioned in the report.
Nina Shea, who is the director of the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom, is questioning why Christians are omitted as victims of genocide by the Administration. more >>
President Barack Obama has defended the U.S.'s anti-terror campaign in Syria against the Islamic State, insisting that it remains on the right track despite the "setback" of the attack on Paris Friday that left 129 people dead and over 350 injured.
"There will be setbacks and there will be successes. The terrible events in Paris were obviously a terrible and sickening setback," Obama said Monday at the G20 summit.
"We are going to continue to pursue the strategy that has the best chance of working even though it does not offer the satisfaction, I guess, of a neat headline or an immediate resolution," he added. more >>
The Nov. 13 Paris terrorist attack was well-coordinated with suicide bombings, grenade attacks, deadly shootings and hostage taking. As body counts rose, France's borders closed and a state of emergency declared. Hours later, the Islamic State threatened that was just the first with more to follow.
Seated somewhere in a parallel universe the day before the attacks, President Obama told ABC News he believed ISIS was contained and controlled. Granted, that was prior to the Paris attacks, but it was as if he was completely unaware of the group's expansion worldwide with recent ISIS-related bombings in Beirut, the downed Russian passenger jet in Sinai, recent beheadings of women and a child in Afghanistan, and massacres in Pakistan, Iraq and Syria.
For reasons only they can explain, President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton chose to ignore ISIS back before it grew into the scourge of the civilized world. Token drone hits, like the supposed recent drone killing of "Jihadi John," are positive, but fall far short of the action needed in the region to make a significant difference. more >>
Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said that while U.S. law enforcement is vigilant, there is no "specific, credible threat" of a terror attack from the Islamic State on American soil.
Rhodes received tough questions from CNN's Jake Tapper in a Sunday interview where the deputy national security advisor admitted there would be "tragic setbacks" in the conflict against IS.
"There are going to be setbacks, including tragic setbacks, like what we saw in Paris, that, obviously, it was an outrageous attack against one of our closest allies, and, as the president said, against all of humanity," said Rhodes. more >>
At a recent Congressional hearing, Dr. Mandy Cohen of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services explained that almost 700,000 Americans have lost their health coverage because the insurance co-ops formed under ObamaCare to foster competition couldn't compete with "big, experienced players" in the insurance marketplace.
Dr. Cohen was talking about the five major insurance companies that cover the vast majority of Americans: Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, UnitedHealthcare, and Humana. If the ObamaCare co-ops continue to fold (a virtual certainty) and the Aetna / Humana and Anthem / Cigna mergers take place (both probabilities), almost all Americans — and indeed America's entire healthcare system — will rely on just three insurance companies.
"My guiding principle is, and always has been that consumers do better when there is choice and competition," said President Barack Obama in 2009. "That's how the market works. In Alabama, almost 90 percent of the market is controlled by just one company. And without competition, the price of insurance goes up and quality goes down." more >>