Former Arkansas governor and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has said that America is not at war with Islam, but with the radical aspects of the faith, and the jihadists willing to kill those who don't agree with them.
"We're not at war with Islam. We are at war with radical Islam. We are at war with jihadism, the people who believe that their purpose on Earth is to kill everybody who doesn't — who don't agree with them religiously," Huckabee told CBS News' Bob Schieffer in an interview on "Face the Nation" on Sunday.
"Yes, we are at war with that. And I think the sooner we come to grips with it and the sooner we realize that that level of religious fanaticism that is all about killing everybody, even other Muslims, the sooner we are going to be able to identify it, surround it, and, ultimately, defeat it." more >>
Sen. Ron Johnson, chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said Sunday that the United States is "certainly vulnerable" to the Islamic State, or ISIS, terror group, whose tens of thousands of sympathizers see it as a "winning organization." The U.S. must defeat it, he stressed.
"The best strategy the U.S. can employ to defeat this is actually defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria so that the reality is conveyed that this is not a winning organization, it is a losing organization," Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.
Johnson cited the recent shooting at a cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, as an example of ISIS-inspired attacks that mislead its sympathizers to think the terror group is winning. more >>
Terror group ISIS reportedly has 71 trained soldiers, at least 23 of who are ready to carry out attacks in 15 states similar to the shooting on Sunday at a cartoon contest featuring images of the Muslim prophet Muhammad in Garland, Texas.
"Out of the 71 trained soldiers 23 have signed up for missions like Sunday, we are increasing in number," reads the warning, posted on a file-sharing site and attributed to Abu Ibrahim Al Ameriki, the moniker of an American believed to have joined a terror group in Pakistan several years ago. "Of the 15 states, five we will name: Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, California, and Michigan."
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has promised to back a path to "full and equal citizenship" for illegal immigrants, and has accused Republicans of treating illegals as "second class."
"This is where I differ with everybody on the Republican side. Make no mistake, not a single Republican ... is clearly and consistently supporting a path to citizenship. Not one," Clinton said during a campaign stop in Nevada on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press. "When they talk about legal status, that is code for second-class status."
Clinton further said that she backs President Barack Obama's executive actions that allow some with an illegal status to temporarily stay and work in the U.S. The president has also sought to expand a program that protects people from deportation if they were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. more >>
Terror group ISIS claimed on Tuesday that it is responsible for the attack on Sunday at a cartoon contest featuring images of the Muslim prophet Muhammad in Garland, Texas, and warned "the defenders of the cross" that more attacks on U.S. soil are to follow.
Fox News reported that the claim was made on ISIS' Al Bayan radio station, based in the Syrian city of Raqqa, which the terror group has established as its capital.
"We say to the defenders of the cross, the U.S., that future attacks are going to be harsher and worse. The Islamic State soldiers will inflict harm on you with the grace of God. The future is just around the corner," the terror group said in its message, according to CNN. more >>
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 >>