The parents of slain American journalist James Foley claim they knew the location of their son and 17 other hostages being held by Islamic State militants in Syria over six months before the U.S. government attempted to rescue the hostages.
In separate interviews with BBC News and BBC Radio 4 on Monday and Tuesday, Diane and John Foley offered that they feel that the U.S. government could have done more to save their son as it wasn't until 21 months after his capture that U.S. special forces finally attempted an extraction raid. The Foleys also said that the government failed keep the family informed about what was being done to save their son and additionally expressed concern with the federal policies that don't allow families to negotiate with terrorists.
With no idea as to what was being done by the U.S. government to help save their son, it wasn't until after their son's beheading in August that the family received an update from the government on what was done to attempt to save their son. more >>
"Wheels up, rings off." Secret Service traveling mantra
In the wake of an ongoing series of embarrassing security breaches, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned last week. She is thinking about going into something new and exciting, like security.
The fence jumper got so far into the White House that he ran into Hillary Clinton's decorator measuring for drapes. In addition, a member of the housekeeping staff found evidence that previously undiscovered gunshots had hit the building. Joe Biden was ruled out, as he has no shot at the White House. more >>
Left-wing activists in the government frequently target gun ranges, and sadly, one is finally about to be wrongly shut down. This is alarming, because it marks the beginning of a slippery slope leading to forcing other gun ranges out of business. This will ultimately lead to a lack of reputable places for people to learn how to defend themselves with firearms, and a major step backwards for the Second Amendment after years of withstanding progressive attacks.
Left-wing activists in government have targeted the Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club in Washington State for nearly 20 years now. I covered the events leading up to this previously here and here. KRRC has bravely fought the attacks off so far, mainly due to the efforts of its chief executive officer Marcus Carter, who has represented himself pro se throughout most of the proceedings, forcing himself to learn the law. But this last battle looks insurmountable if something doesn't change.
The targeting has been going on for so long that local mainstream news sources frequently run political cartoons about it. It all began due to a vendetta that gun-grabbing Democrat prosecutor, Russ Hauge, developed against the club. His hatred became so well-known that virtually every attorney who now challenges him in elections – even Democrats – denounce it during their debates and declare that if elected, they will stop running the office based on political vendettas. The Kitsap County Deputy Sheriff's Guild issued a strong statement this year announcing it would not endorse Hauge for reelection. Unfortunately, so many people entered the race to challenge Hauge, they split the vote in the primary election, and he may very well end up winning in the general election again. more >>
Over a decade ago, the U.S. conquered Iraq; its military and intelligence were on the ground for years with autonomy. In other words, U.S. influence and authority was more pronounced in Iraq than probably any other Muslim country in the world.
And yet it is in this one Muslim nation, where the U.S. had most authority, where U.S. blood and treasure were spent, that the absolute worst Islamic terrorist group—the Islamic State—was born.
Coincidence? more >>
Historically, Democrats have been politically vulnerable on military issues. The recent missteps President Barack Obama has made in dealing with Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and the situation in Syria are hurting his party's chances for keeping control of the Senate in the next Congress. Another problem for the President and Congressional Democrats, is having to spend the 2014 election cycle explaining to voters why our Veterans Hospitals are government-run healthcare disasters. In Phoenix, Veterans Administration secretary Robert McDonald acknowledged that secret waiting lists and bad care needlessly "caused the death of veterans."
Why is such an outrage possible? Answer: because Democrats reflexively favor government bureaucracy over the free marketplace. Sadly, at no point will the President's suggested reforms for veterans involve private hospitals or voucher-based coverage, even though that could mean better outcomes for the brave men and women who have served our nation in the armed forces. And while it is not life-and-death, the same can be said for efforts to educate active-duty military and younger veterans.
Recent veterans face a disproportionately high unemployment rate. According to the Department of Labor, about nine percent of servicemen and women who have served or enlisted since 2001, are unemployed. The unemployment rate for the general population is about four points lower. Additionally, recently retired military encounter obstacles that civilians can barely comprehend such as PTSD and bureaucratic red tape that forces qualified applicants to be re-certified for certain civilian jobs. However, one thing that can be done to help current military and recent veterans is attending a school that is designed to help them prepare for finding a job outside of the service. more >>
Terror group ISIS is reportedly set to complete its takeover of the key Syrian city of Kobane on Monday in what would be a major land victory for the Islamic militants, despite U.S.-led airstrikes that tried to halt the advance.
CNN said that ISIS' army has been hitting Kobani with tanks and heavy artillery, and is close to taking over the city, which is located near the border with Turkey. Victory would give the Islamic State, as the group is also known, territorial gains between the Turkish border and its stronghold in Raqqa, Syria, nearly 62 miles away.
"We are afraid of this. We are obliged to defend our home, our town," said Kurdish Kobane official Idriss Nassan, who vowed to fight on. "We didn't choose this war, but we are obliged to fight." more >>