U.S. officials have never felt comfortable confronting the crime of religious persecution. They have few answers to offer other than pressing unwilling governments to better protect politically unpopular minorities.
Kuwait is one of the freest nations in the Persian Gulf, as well as one of America’s best friends. Yet its “liberalish” governance, as one Kuwaiti colleague described it, ironically impedes the adoption of market-oriented economic reforms necessary for the country’s prosperity.
To find senior defense and national security officials who share his views, President-elect Trump may have to look beyond the obvious choices who, though undoubtedly talented, have a long association with the failed policies he has promised to rethink.
Extended nuclear deterrence always has been a risky proposition for the U.S. It means being willing to fight a nuclear war on behalf of others, that is, Americans would risk Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles to, say, defend Berlin and Tokyo.
Washington should not be isolated from the world, but it should stop attempting to forcibly transform the world. In Turkey the U.S. has found itself forced to embrace a man who cannot be trusted to support people’s liberty at home or fight Islamic radicalism abroad. So why is America still supporting him?
The slaughter of Middle Eastern Christians and other persecuted faiths is one of the great tragedies of our age. There is no panacea, no easy solution to the ongoing conflict. But Americans can, indeed, must act even when their government does not.
Not only does Senator Cruz have a record of going head-to-head with Donald Trump and winning, he does it by appealing to the same voters that might otherwise vote for Trump, and together their segments make up a solid majority of the Republican base. Much as the Republican establishment would like to present Senator Marco Rubio as a viable alternative to Donald Trump, Rubio's candidacy is a non-starter for a huge percentage of grassroots conservatives who are simply not going to vote for a candidate who has the same position on amnesty for illegal aliens that Hillary Clinton has and wholeheartedly supported Obama’s failed policies in the Middle East.
If you take Jeb Bush’s policies and record on spending, education and amnesty for illegal aliens and add-in John McCain’s policies and record on amnesty for illegal aliens, bringing Muslims to America and engaging in endless and inconclusive adventures in the Middle East, and then add a dash of support for the Obama and Hillary Clinton disasters in Libya and Syria, plus a strong dose of their views on amnesty and funding left-wing racist organizations, you don’t get a limited government constitutional conservative – what you get is Marco Rubio – Jeb Bush, without the integrity and good manners.
Needy people can be helped overseas as well as at home. Last year I visited Zaartari Refugee Camp, located just a few miles from the Syrian border in Jordan. I was traveling with International Orthodox Christian Charities, which carries out an expansive ministry addressing the many needs of Syrians inside and outside of their country.
Changing the rules to give pilots more ability to make their own decision on attacking won 92% approval, while 77% said that Islamic state strongholds should be attacked even at the cost of civilian casualties. Bombing mosques, if they are being used for military purposes such as storing weapons, would be allowed by 95% of those polled.
NGOs offer the best means for Americans to help Syrians in need. There are many worthy organizations. Last year I traveled with International Orthodox Christian Charities to Lebanon and Jordan to view several aid projects. Since 2012 the charity has helped more than 3.2 million Syrians throughout the Middle East.
Trying to defend his record of supporting such disastrous misadventures as Iraq and Libya, Marco Rubio denounced unnamed foes who he claims seek “to derail the postwar consensus about America’s role in the world.” This anonymous “they,” he added, “will never call themselves isolationists, but that is exactly what they are.” Against Ted Cruz, the likely intended target, Rubio's claim obviously is nonsense.
The current persecutions inflicted on many Christians in the Arab world is nothing new; is an extension of centuries of Islamic law, discrimination and societal bias, which have relegated Christians, as well as other minorities, to second-class citizenship.
Nothing in liberal philosophy requires residents of the globe’s most powerful “liberal” nation to bankrupt themselves, sacrifice their liberty, and court national destruction to try to make the earth a better place. Americans, especially traditional liberals, should choose domestic peace and prosperity over international charity and conflict.
Americans should be concerned with Lebanon. The country combines a mix of tolerance, economic openness, pluralism, human rights, democracy, cultural freedom, and liberty unusual for the Middle East. All of these are under threat. If they disappear in Lebanon the Arab world will lose its only example of a humane political and social order. However, Washington will not solve Lebanon’s problems.
CHQ endorsed Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Ron DeSantis (R-FL) called for Congress to reject the Iran Deal in an OpEd that appeared in Time Magazine. In the OpEd, DeSantis cited the fact that the Iran Deal would provide Iran with $150 billion in unfrozen assets and Iran’s history as the world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism as reasons to reject the deal. The OpEd was co-written with Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, who like Ron DeSantis served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and was also endorsed by CHQ.
It is noteworthy that one of the key elements of Senator Tom Cotton’s questioning of Secretary of State John Kerry about the Iran nuclear weapons deal supports quite directly Ted Cruz’s point that the financial terms of the deal will make the Obama Administration the leading “financier of radical Islamic terrorism.” And a top French diplomat has contradicted Kerry's dire predictions that if Congress votes down the deal the rest of the world will walk away from the effort to stymie Iran's nuclear weapons program.
The Iranian Islamists have no intention of ending their war with us, and Obama’s plan to pay them to continue it, while giving them the nuclear weapons with which to win it, is giving aid and comfort to the enemy and nothing short of treason.