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.
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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 >>
God is good. All the time.
With those six words, a 27 year-old Sudanese mother opened her address to the audience of the 2014 Values Voter Summit Saturday night. It was only four short months ago that a shackled Mariam Ibraheem gave birth to a baby girl in a disease-ridden Khartoum prison as she faced a death sentence -- all because she refused to renounce her faith in Christ.
Family Research Council had the distinct privilege of honoring Mariam with the first-ever Cost of Discipleship Award at the Summit's gala dinner on Saturday. Many of those who played a part in securing Mariam's release gave testimony to the fact that we can make a difference in cases like Mariam's. As Congressmen Frank Wolf (R-Va.), Chris Smith (R-N.J.), and Mark Meadows (R-N.J.) spoke to the crowd about how Congress worked with NGOs to fight for Mariam's life, we were all reminded that the silence of the President's administration didn't mean that America lacked a voice. Hardwired Global's Tina Ramirez talked about the legal maneuvering that went on in Sudan behind the scenes. It was all a vibrant picture of what we can do if we stand together -- even in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. more >>
I opened a recent TIME Magazine and saw in big bold words a quote from British Prime Minister David Cameron on ISIS: "They are not Muslims. They are murderers." With all due respect to the Prime Minister---they are Muslims, and they are murderers.
Our president said something similar after the beheading of American James Foley in August. "ISIL speaks for no religion. No just God would stand for what they did yesterday, or what they do every day. No faith teaches people to murder innocents.".
It's news to ISIL that they have nothing to do with Islam. Whatever you call them, ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) or ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) or IS (Islamic State) certainly has to do with Islam. They are informed by Islam which says to slay the infidel wherever you may find them (Surah 9:29) and to kill the Muslim who leaves his religion. more >>
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau appeared in a new video Thursday where he dismissed claims that he had been killed, and announced that he is implementing strict Sharia law on towns in Nigeria that have been captured by the terror group.
"Here I am, alive. I will only die the day Allah takes my breath," Shekau says in the video that was obtained by AFP. He adds that he is "running our ... Islamic caliphate" and administering strict Sharia punishments.
The video puts an end to hopes that Shekau might have been killed by anti-terror efforts, as the Nigerian army had earlier suggested. more >>