Iraq

Hillary Clinton Rope-a-Dopes Matt Lauer

If “I don’t remember” was Hillary Clinton’s most common answer to the FBI during the notorious softball interview that led the agency to give her a pass on the criminal charges of which she is so obviously guilty, “that was a mistake” was the first and perhaps most common answer she gave moderator Matt Lauer during last night’s “Commander in Chief” forum.

Turkey in Crisis: Another Lesson Why U.S. Should Avoid Foreign Meddling

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?

Would Donald Trump Save Americans From Unnecessary War?

Subsidizing prosperous, populous allies and attempting to remake failed states provides little benefit to most Americans, who do the dying and paying. Hillary Clinton’s foreign support actually reinforces Donald Trump’s point: the need for an international policy that advances the interests of the American people.

Remember Our Blessings - Reclaim Our Founders’ Revolutionary Legacy

There is much in America about which to be concerned, even anguished. Yet traveling the world reminds one just how special America remains.

The Islamic State Creates Killer Caliphate to Eradicate Christians

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.

How Republicans Perish

Patrick J. Buchanan, CNS News

America is creeping ever closer to war with the other two great nuclear powers because we have made their quarrels our quarrels, though at issue are tracts and bits of land of no vital interest to us. With no end to war on America's horizon, the prospect of this free republic enduring is, well, doubtful.

Stop Reassuring Saudi Arabia, a Worse Threat to the Middle East than Iran

At the Saudis’ behest Washington backs their misbegotten war in Yemen and remains formally committed to the overthrow of Syrian President Bashir al-Assad, the strongest force opposing the far more dangerous Islamic State. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia also underwrites extremist Islamic teaching in madrassas around the world.

Fed Up PAC Poll: Conservatives Want to Get Tough with the Islamic State

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.

Marco Rubio Desperately Plays the Isolationist Card

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.

Religious Persecution in the Middle East Threatens Us All

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.

Cruz and DeSantis Pair on Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act

In a not-so-subtle shot at the national security credibility of Senator Marco Rubio and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), CHQ’s endorsed candidate in the Florida Senate primary to succeed Rubio, has joined forces with Senator Ted Cruz on the Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act.

Turkey Downs Russian Plane, Shows Turkey is No Friend of USA

Turkey's President Erdogan is moving Turkey in a more Islamist direction. Worse, his government has aided the Islamic State. Despite agreeing to assist Washington, the Erdogan government appears to have played the U.S., directing most of Turkey’s fire against America’s Kurdish allies. Shooting down the Russian aircraft was even more irresponsible.

Senator Bob Corker Insults the Memory of 9/11 Victims & Middle East Vets

No matter what he says this Friday, Bob Corker’s shameless surrender of the Senate’s power to consent to treaties and his present phony opposition to the nuclear weapons agreement with Iran dishonors the victims of 9/11 and the thousands of Americans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan and lost their lives in the battle with Islamists.

VE Day Anniversary: What if the Greatest Generation Had Simply Declared Victory and Gone Home?

In the lead-up to World War II and throughout the war President Franklin Delano Roosevelt prepared Americans for a war to preserve our way of life, not to simply reclaim the territory Hitler and his dark legions had conquered. Contrast that clarity with our situation today. Americans have never been told by their President that this is a religious and cultural war and, most importantly, Americans have never heard from their President that we are in a war for the preservation of western civilization with a foe every bit has ruthless and genocidal as Hitler’s Nazis.

Washington’s Lonely Hearts Club: Six Allies America Should Dump

Washington has spent decades collecting allies, like many people accumulate Facebook “Friends.” After Valentine’s Day Washington should send the equivalent of a “Dear John” letter to at least a half dozen foreign capitals. America has many undeserving deadbeat friends.

Success of ‘American Sniper’ Rekindles Culture War Over Iraq

Elise Viebeck, The Hill

Clint Eastwood's box office smash “American Sniper” is opening a new front in the culture wars by reigniting debate over the Iraq War. It has quickly turned into the most politically charged movie of the year as pundits weigh in on its portrayal of Chris Kyle.

Congress Should Tell Obama No to War Against the Islamic State

President Obama did the right thing by belatedly asking Congress for authority to go to war.  Congress also should do the right thing—by saying no.

Tea Party Republicans Highly Motivated to Vote in Midterms

Frank Newport, Gallup.com

73% of Tea Party Repubs. are very motivated to vote, much more than non-Tea Party Repubs. or other Americans. About one in four Americans continue to say they support the Tea Party. Tea Party Repubs. are most focused on deficit, Iraq and Syria.

Rove Lied, Republican Brand Died

C. Edmund Wright, Breitbart

Perhaps this astonishing lesson in moral and political failure will finally wake up donors & decision makers for the GOP to the fact that Rove & his tactics aren't the way to win elections. It's time for conservatives to do for the truth what the liberal media and the Dems do for the lie, which is to repeat it over & over again.

What major announcements is the White House holding back until after the election?

Right now, the White House is postponing virtually all controversial decisions and appointments. At least, it is refusing to announce them. That makes sense politically. They don't want to force embattled Democrats to defend these choices or, worse, to oppose them publicly. What do you think they're hiding?