I distinctly remember the first Fort Hood shooting. I was driving to a speaking event in Dallas when my phone started ringing off the hook. The Third Armored Cavalry Regiment - my unit during my Iraq deployment - is based out of Fort Hood, and my friends were doing their own, informal "100 percent accountability" call to make sure we were all alive and unhurt. I can remember feeling simultaneously relieved that my friends were all okay and enraged that other soldiers had been shot down in cold blood on home soil.
My phone didn't ring immediately yesterday. By now, most of my brothers from Sabre Squadron have scattered around the country and around the world, but the thought of soldiers shot down, unarmed, on home soil is still infuriating - even if this time the shooter wasn't a jihadist.
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The Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., insisted Thursday that the organization is still in a relationship with the Federal Bureau of Investigations after the Bureau recently scrubbed it as a resource from its hate crimes website.
Several Christian groups had complained about the relationship labelling it "inappropriate" last month pointing out the SPLC's link to domestic terrorism and erroneous research.
Up until at least Feb. 10, the FBI promoted the SPLC, which produces a controversial list of "hate groups" many of which are mainstream Christian groups, as a resource for hate crimes across the United States. more >>
Far from being repentant of the Armenian Genocide, Turkey, under the leadership of Prime Minister Erdogan, is again targeting Armenians; is again causing their death and dislocation.
In the early morning hours of March 21, al-Qaeda linked Islamic jihadis crossed into Syrian territory from the Turkish border and launched a jihad on the Christian/Armenian town of Kessab. Among other thing, "Snipers targeted the civilian population and launched mortar attacks on the town and the surrounding villages." Reportedly eighty people were killed.
The jihadis later made a video touring the devastated town. No translation is needed, as the main phrase shouted throughout is Islam's triumphant war cry, "Allahu Akbar" (or, according to Sen. John McCain's translation, "thank God"). more >>
Groups supporting the usage of the "So Help Me God" oath for the military have posted a billboard in Colorado near the United States Air Force Academy.
The Chaplains Alliance for Religious Freedom and the Restore Military Religious Freedom coalition erected the billboard in Colorado Springs earlier this week.
Featuring a photo of Mount Rushmore, the billboard has an upper caption that asks, "Air Force cadets, are you free to say so help me God?" and a lower caption that says, "They did," in reference to the presidents on Rushmore. more >>
Military Religious Freedom Foundation President Mikey Weinstein wants an Air Force Academy cadet who wrote a Bible verse on his personal whiteboard, to be "visibly" punished.
"We want to have visible punishment for the cadet," Weinstein reportedly said on the American Center for Law and Justice's radio program on Thursday, according to an email from the law group.
The incident concerns an Air Force cadet who cited Galatians 2:20 on his personal whiteboard: "I have been crucified with Christ therefore I no longer live, but Christ lives in me." According to Weinstein, this prompted 29 cadets and four faculty and staff members to contact his organization to complain. more >>
With Vladimir Putin's seeming success in rolling over Crimea and pushing aside the Ukrainians, President Obama is talking tough. And, though Ukraine is not a member of NATO, Poland, the Baltic States, Hungary and the Czech Republic are. They need some shoring up. So Mr. Obama has sent Vice President Joe Biden to reassure the Poles. This makes sense to President Obama because Joe Biden sat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for nearly forty years. Sending Joe Biden to Warsaw will impress the Russians, the president believes. Now, they will surely know that Obama means business. The president famously said of his veep: "nobody messes with Joe."
Former Defense Secretary Bob Gates might not have suggested sending Biden to Poland. In his recently released memoir, Duty, the former Defense Sec. says "Joe Biden has been wrong on every foreign policy issue for thirty years."
Joe Biden supported his chief's decision early in this administration to cancel the missile defense agreement with Poland. The U.S. had promised to help Poland and the Czech Republic to defend themselves against Iran and, not incidentally, to enable these once captive nations to resist new pressures from Moscow. Now, Moscow is rising anew. more >>