The State Department is apparently trying to cover up an embarrassing, politically damaging, and possibly discriminatory act. In an e-mail sent to me on Thursday, Kathryn Fitrell, press-unit chief of the Office of Policy Coordination and Public Affairs with State's Bureau of Consular Affairs, requested that I revise the text of my National Review article on the denial of a visitor visa to Sister Diana Momeka. I refused, and then on Friday — as the Department honored World Press Freedom Day — the Bureau contacted my employer, the Hudson Institute, with the same request.
DOS has offered no legitimate reason for us to comply. I reported Sister Diana's account of a conversation with Christopher Patch, an officer with the U.S. consulate in Erbil, and now I am asked to remove his name because, according to the e-mail sent to me, he "did not conduct a visa interview with Sister Diana Momeka."
But Sister Diana in my article did not characterize the conversation as a visa interview. Neither did I. more >>
The American Center for Law and Justice has warned that pastor Saeed Abedini and three other Americans imprisoned in Iran seem likely to be forgotten by President Barack Obama's administration in the proposed nuclear deal with Iran.
Beside Abedini, the law group has identified Jason Rezaian, Amir Hekmati, and Robert Levinson as three other U.S. citizens being held in Iranian prisons.
ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow wrote for Fox News on Wednesday that forgetting these Americans in the negotiations would be "outrageous," but the signs are showing that it might very well become a reality. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham has responded to the latest video of ISIS beheading Christians by calling on the U.S. government to immediately halt all immigration of Muslims from countries with active terror cells, and at the same time to take military action to defeat the terror group.
Following ISIS' video on Sunday that showed the militants shooting and beheading two groups of Ethiopian Christians in Libya, numbering 30 people in total, Graham asked in a Facebook message: "Can it be that the world is no longer as shocked by Christians having their heads cut off and then ISIS proudly promoting this on video? We should continue to be horrified and nauseated."
He added that Americans must make sure that their government properly recognizes Islam "for the danger it is." more >>
The conservative watchdog website Judicial Watch is claiming that Islamic State terrorists have established a training camp located 8 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border and plan on infiltrating the United States with the help of drug cartel smugglers.
Judicial Watch reported on Tuesday that unnamed sources within the Mexican Army and Mexican Federal Police have informed that they found evidence of ISIS militants establishing a training camp just outside of the Mexico border town of Ciudad Juarez in Anapra, which is about 8 miles from the U.S.'s southern border.
The report also claims that the militant group plans to use the border areas between Acala and Fort Hancock, Texas, and Santa Teresa and Sunland Park, New Mexico, to infiltrate the U.S. It adds that the militants will be aided by "coyotes" who work for the Juarez Cartel and spotters who will be located in the East Potrillo Mountains in New Mexico. more >>
As Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., officially became the second Republican to formally announce his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election on Tuesday, the 52-year-old obstetrician is already being attacked by conservatives as being "to the left of Obama" when it comes to his foreign policy and openness to negotiating with Iran.
Although Paul was victorious in the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference presidential straw poll in February, some prominent conservatives and even a conservative political action group have wasted no time in jumping on the presidential candidate over his stance on foreign policy issues.
Fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. expressed his concern with Paul's candidacy the day before Paul officially announced that he was going to run. more >>
President Obama's foreign policy is much like his domestic one: naïve and narcissistic. The results of his bravado are seldom good.
Obama has botched foreign relations. We are no better off anywhere in the world since he took office. The premise of his Middle East policy is that he is adored by the media and Democrats; therefore, the Muslim world will do whatever he suggests.
Now we have problems with not only Iraq but ISIS, ISIL (ISIS' evil twin), the IAEA and Iran. There are more "I's" in those names than in an Obama speech. What a bunch of ISILs. more >>