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This week's syndicated column:

To keep former Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna behind bars until 2024 for the "unpremeditated murder" of an insurgent during the war in Iraq, U.S. military prosecutors have resorted to strange and disturbing twists of law, logic and morality. They were all on display again this week in Behenna's final plea before the military's highest court of appeals in Washington, D.C. It was enough to make the gold eagle on top of the American flag in the courtroom shake and then hang its head. Or so I imagined while listening intently as questions from the five civilian judges began to drill into a central argument advanced by the military prosecutor: that Lt. Behenna had "lost his right to self-defense" in the war zone when he embarked on an unauthorized interrogation of Ali Mansur, a suspected al-Qaida cell leader. Lost his right to self-defense? What does that mean to our soldiers at war, where extenuating circumstances are facts of life?...

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While Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey is busy, busy, busy ensuring that jihad, the enemy threat doctrine, as elucidated by Maj. Stephen Coughlin (USAR) among others, does not blow Islamispeace's reputation by entering the pure (ignorant) minds of our senior staff officers, that which Dempsey unconscionably calls "additional risk" marches on.

Never mind that a working knowledge of jihad, which is what Coughlin expertly imparts, would blow COIN sky high, making possible the strategy review necessary to save these American and NATO lives from Dempsey's "additional risk."

From the AP:

KABUL,...

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Nazis disposing of "objectionable material" that undermined Big Lies of the Third Reich

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It's probably fair to call Spencer Ackerman of Wired.com the king of the see-no-Islam beat. Whenever the government -- first, the FBI, now, "the entire US military" -- decides to purge training materials about Islam that undermine the Big Lie that "Islam is a religion of peace," Ackerman seems to be the one to break the story. Something to be proud of in the coming caliphate -- probably good for a pasha-ship, at least.

The latest from the Voice of Submission:

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday ordered the entire U.S. military to scour its training material to ensure it doesn’t contain anti-Islamic content, Danger Room has learned. The order came after the Pentagon suspended a course for senior officers that was found to contain derogatory material about Islam.

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On Wednesday evening, I will be on live with Glenn Beck to discuss "Rumors of War III," a new documentary Glenn's documentary unit, Mercury Radio Arts, has produced, and which I had the pleasure of appearing on along with such luminaries as my Team B II colleagues Gen. William G. "Jerry" Boykin, Andrew C. McCarthy, John Guandolo, Frank Gaffney, and also CBN's esteemed Erick Stackelbeck. Gen Boykin, Andy and I will all be be on the post-documentary show, along with Buck Sexton, National Security Editor of The Blaze.

The show starts at 7pm EST.


If, as the Obama administration is saying, the "war on terror" -- counter-jihad -- "is over," then why are we civilians still manning the front lines?

Image 1) Barricades 2012, pre-assault:

Image 2) Barricades 1916, pre-assault:



It's another Big Lie. Trust your eyes and the evidence; not the spin (lies) and image-making of "authority."

As noted here, Frank Gaffney, and Gens. Boykin and Soyster will today be at the National Press Club at 9:30am, live-streaming at www.MuslimBrotherhoodinAmerica.com, to discuss not that we have won the "war on terror," as the Obama administration absurdly claims, but rather why we are losing.





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Look, Ma -- no birth certificate!

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I am not a lawyer but I hereby solicit free legal opinions as to whether, in the folllowing bit of courtroom back and forth that I have unofficially jotted down from video of this month's New Jersey ballot challenge, Admininstrative Law Judge Jeff Masin led President Obama's counsel, Alexandra Hill, into stating her case more strongly before actually cutting her off at the moment the young lawyer introduced the national release of the online Obama birth certificate into the court record. It seems to me that despite Judge Masin's blunt intercession, Hill's introduction of the nationally (internationally) accessible online birth certificate provided the objectors, represented by attorney Mario Apuzzo, with a rationale for calling an expert witness to testify about the evidence of forgery in the online image. Judge Masin, however, having stifled Obama's counsel, did not see fit to permit the expert witness on online forgery to testify.

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Frank Gaffney, LTG William G. "Jerry"  Boykin (USA ret.) and LTG Harry Edward Soyster (USA ret.)

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The Center for Security Policy announces:

On Tuesday, April 24th, Center for Security Policy President Frank Gaffney and two former top leaders of the U.S. intelligence community will hold a press conference to address a question millions of Americans have pondered:   Why, despite more than ten years of efforts – involving, among other things, the loss of thousands of lives in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, well-over a trillion dollars spent, countless man-years wasted waiting in airport security lines and endless efforts to ensure that no offense is given to seemingly permanently aggrieved Islamist activists – are we no closer to victory in the so-called “war on terror” than we were on 9/11?   In fact, such a prospect is becoming more remote by the day--and no one seems able to explain the reason why.   The missing answer will be revealed tomorrow at the National Press Club at 9:30...

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Burqa-ready: the new Afghan ambassador to the United States?

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Outrage upon outrage: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) has been denied entry into Afghanistan. Worse, SecState Hillary Clinton served as conduit to Rorhabacher of Karzai's decision to designate Rorhabacher persona non grata. In other words, instead of Hillary telling Client Karzai some variant of "Nuts!" on hearing the Tinpot Corruptocrat Taliban Stooge's outrageous plan to prevent an elected American official from visiting Afghanistan, Hillary simply conveyed the Pashtun pasha's wishes to the Congressman. His wishes, apparently, are her command.

The Guardian has the story:

Relations between the US and Afghanistan's president, Hamid Karzai, came under renewed strain after a senior Congressman highly critical of the Kabul government was barred from entering Afghanistan.

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, Republican chairman of the House foreign affairs subcommittee on oversight and investigation, has been an outspoken opponent of Karzai. Rohrabacher has engaged with other Afghan leaders about a more decentralised form of government for Afghanistan and called for a US investigation into alleged government corruption.

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America texts while the world burns

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Today's dots start here:

1) Egypt terminates gas deal with Israel.

2)100.000 girls are genitally mutliated in Britain.

3) And we text, saying, hearing nothing, incessantly. Sherry Turkle, the author of today's trenchant New York Times article about the texting habit, part emotional wasteland, part nervous tick. describes what the article's title describes as "the flight from conversation." The syndrome is also and above a manifestation of the flight from reality.

They all connect.

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Good news.

Gates of Vienna reports:

The Danish historian and journalist Lars Hedegaard was acquitted today in the Danish Supreme Court. Seven justices voted to overturn, and none voted to uphold the earlier verdict.

The vote, led by Chief Justice Børge Dahl, acquitted the defendant of intended racism and hate speech.

“Denmark is still a free society,” said Mr. Hedegaard.

More details are expected later.



Below is this week's syndicated column: "Is Obama Disowning His Online Birth Certificate?" It takes in the shifting strategy of the Obama defense team in fending off challenges to Obama's eligibility to appear on presidential primary ballots. Obama's eligibility is a signal concern for the nation which should be the subject of informed, serious debate on the front pages, on news shows, and also, most important, in the Congress. Such debate is non-existent. Such concern is non-existent, too. It doesn't seem to matter to the citizenry that a fraudster may be completing one term in the White House while seeking another.

I recently had the occasion to discuss the matter with a very famous American conversative.

Famouse Conservative...

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Illustration by Pat Crowley

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Today, I am posting a contribution from a longtime email correspondent, George W. Ford, who opens with a simple, vital question:

Will we ever read in the  media -- even in the conservative media -- that President Obama is a fraud? 

Will we ever read an article that opens, for example: "In  2008, we elected a man who turned out to be a fraud.  Barack Obama deliberately misled the country about his origins, implying that he was eligible to hold the office of the Presidency."  The Webster's definitions of fraud include: intentional deception to cause a person to give up ... some lawful right; something said or done to deceive; or, colloquially, a person who deceives or is not what he pretends to be.   President Obama is a fraud, not "may be" a fraud.  But media, elected officials, and, worst of all, conservatives avoid drawing this...

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"Which way to Mecca, Jack?"

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When I read that a new UK website had come out billing itself as the "largest and most comprehensive survey of anti-Muslim and Islamophobic organisations to date [featuring] over 300 organizations and key individuals," my first thought was: if I don't make the cut, I'll buy a prayer rug. That is, if literally hundreds of weekly columns and a book devoted to chronicling the disconnect between facts about Islam and the blanker recesses of the Western mind, the first US newspaper interview with Geert Wilders, raclette with Oskar Freysinger in the Alps, extensive writings on Bat Ye'or's historical research, Filip Dewinter's political fights, and Lars Hedegaard's legal woes, a signed Kurt Westergard Motoon, a blurb on Fjordman's book, and Elisabeth Sabadistch-Wolff's wienerschnitzel recipe don't count among the...

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US service members preparing to deploy to the Afghanistan war zone learn proper tree pruning techniques.

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Welcome to "Agricultural Development for Afghanistan Pre-Deployment Training" (or ADAPT -- cute!), Uncle $ucker's latest stupid, totally wasteful, life-and-limb-risking idea for taming the Afghan beast via agricultural improvement. We already tried that, embarking on a massive, thirty-plus-year effort to modernize the Helmand Valley, to create "an America in Asia," between 1946 and 1979. It was a total failure.

Naturally, we continue to repeat the policy blunder -- only this time while fighting a war.

From the Sac Bee:

When Sgt. 1st Class Darrell Rowe's Army bosses told him they were sending him for...

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The differences are greater than any similarities, but there is nontheless some overlap between the topsy-turviness of this story -- Britain's first Muslim life peer, Lord Ahmed, has placed a L10,000,000 bounty on the heads of both Presidents Obama and Bush due to the US placing a similar bounty on the head of Hafiz Saeed, founder of L-e-T -- and the the topsy-turviness of the Sharpton-Holder nexus.

Let me see if I can get it across. In the world ordered by gravity, parliamentary democracy and Greenwich Mean Time,  British peers do not align themselves with Mumbai jihadists against the United States.

But now there...

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Karl Marx's birth certificate

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This week's syndicated column:

Now that Election 2012 is shaping up as a contest between President Obama and Mitt Romney, an observation and a prediction.

Our nation heads into a presidential campaign with an incumbent whose online birth certificate and Selective Service registration card are almost certainly forgeries, and this is a nonissue. (Don’t ask about the subpoena from a Georgia court that Obama ignored. Everyone else did, too.)

That’s the observation. The prediction is that unless voters come to view Barack Obama as a “socialist” – even a “democratic socialist” – and, as such, an existential threat to our (in theory) constitutional republic, President Obama, funny papers and all, will be re-elected in November.

The two stories are related. Both turn on the relative power of “evidence” vs....

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As you may have heard ... John Derbyshire is out at National Review for committing an offending act opinion writing at Taki's Magazine.

I am not preparing to embark on a dissection and  division of the piece into points I might admire or points I might disagree with as a means of determining whether John Derbyshire is fit to be associated with National Review and there's a reason. Parsing the piece in such a way reminds me of what ideological commissars do, what Thought Police do. Indeed, in the hot-frothing wake of the serial, overlapping, looping and repeating two-minute hates against the accomplished writer that went viral recently, this very exercise was conducted time and time again by an army of such commissars, from established media to small blogs. It was done time and again, not to engage with or even refute the arguments Derbyshire set down with frankness and cogent purpose, but to pass judgment on whether he as a lifelong contributor to public discourse should be banished from what passes for polite journalistic company. It was an odious exercise.

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Who would bet the farm -- or even a sawbuck -- that George Zimmerman will get justice in a Florida courtroom that is sure to be ringed by a baying, panting media cum lynch mob that now includes not just the New Black Panther Party, Al Sharpton, NBC, ABC, the President and the Attorney General, but also the United Nations High Commisioner for  Human Rights (so-called)? About the case, the UN official Navi Pillay recently said:  I will be awaiting an investigation and prosecution and trial and of course reparations for the victims concerned.

"I"????  Guess what, Mr. and Mrs. America. Your US Justice system is now expected to answer to the UN.

Discussing the charges brought this week against Zimmerman, an astutely pessimistic commenter at View from the Right brought up a similiar case that took place in New York in 1996. He wrote:

Some of the commenters on your blog seem to think the likelihood is that Zimmerman will be acquitted. I would not be so confident of that. To begin...

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Roger Kimball writes (via Ruthfully):

This morning, a friend sent me this image of a painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme. Some say that it depicts Napoleon III and Eugenie receiving the Siamese embassy. Recent historical research, however,  suggests that it actually depicts the liberal media at an Obama press conference. (Chris Matthews may be third from the front.)

It's 2012 and the PrObamedia are back, not that they ever left, of course. But now, as Mitt Romney emerges as the main obstacle between the PrObamedia and their collectivist heart's desire -- Obama, Term II -- their work gets serious. I hereby initiate an occasional feature, the PrObamedia Sweepstakes, to recognize the hard work and dedication it takes to get the bottom of the tank.

Yesterday, was "Buffet Rule" Day for Obama in Florida, where, as the non-prObamedia Washington Times led off, the President wedged a campaign-style presidential speech in between two $10,000/plate campaign fundraisers, where, funny thing, he neglected to mention the millionaire-taxing Buffet Rule, at least at the first fund-raiser (no word on No. 2). Meanwhile, thanks for the campaign ride on Air Force One, taxpayers. The New York Times, on the other hand, very obediently colored inside the lines, highlighting the Obama Message of the Day, the "Buffet Rule" as Obama delivered it in a "rousing speech"...

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Pastor Terry Jones continues to fight for free speech against sharia in America, taking his battle back to one of the most Islamic enclaves in America -- Dearborn, Michigan. There. in Dearborn's latest sharia-complying outrage, the city actually asked Jones to sign a legal agreement to forfeit his legal rights regarding any harm that might befall him during his latest lawful protest. Jones filed suit, and a Detroit federal judge ruled last week in his favor. 

What is notable about the Detroit Free Press account (below) of what happened when Jones recently returned to Dearborn is the way the story is constructed. It's not so much that pieces are missing, but rather that pieces appear out of order. In the newspaper report, 1) Jones warns about Islamic domination and sharia; 2) the mosque is on "lockdown" surrounded by 30 police cars and traffic into the area is halted; and 3) a sign at the Islamic Center reads "Happy Easter."

How's that for topsy-turvy? Then, finally, a partial...

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AP photo: Wounded American soldiers, dazed, hurt, unassisted, moments after a suicide bomber detonated in a park in Maimanah, Faryab Province, April 4, 2012.

American soldiers should not be dying for COIN's parks and bazaars in Afghanistan.

On January 18, 2012, a suicide bomber blew himself up around a bridge in Kajaki Sofla bazaar. There were, as expected, many terrible casualties, but what was especially disturbing about this incident was that the military failed to acknowledge any US military casualties. Local US media outlets, quoting family members, reported that Marine Cpl. Philip McGeath, 25, was killed in the Kajaki Sofla explosion. Marine Cpl. Chrisopher Bordoni, 21, was also grievously injured. Uncle Sam stayed mum. This was something I paid particular attention to, given an alarming report on January 17, 2012 in USA Today on...

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On January 18, 2012, Marine Cpl. Christopher Bordoni was grievously injured in a suicide bombing in Kajaki Sofla bazaar.

On April 3, 2012, the 21-year-old died of his wounds in a military hospital.

Not two weeks earlier, Marine Cpl. Christopher Bordon's mother Carol posted the following account of her 21-year-old son's medical condition. It is, among other things, an example of clear and affecting expository writing that Americans should read to understand what the nation has asked and continues to ask of our military, too often without heed and care for the cost.

March 22, 2012

We have been in San Antonio for 60 days now. We realize that since the moment of the "incident", there have been amazing people every step of the way that brought Chris home to us, and have since kept him here with us. We don’t ever ask why this happened to him, for that would be a wasted use of our energy and distract us from our focus of getting Christopher through this. We believe in...

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I don't know if this is what Kipling had in mind but ...

From the New York Daily News, February 14, 2012:

A harrowing 911 call captured a terror suspect with ties to Al Qaeda screaming a final prayer to Allah during a 100 mph suicide run across the Whitestone Expressway.

“There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger!” defendant Adis Medunjanin howls in Arabic during the 33-second recording from January 2010.

The unrattled police operator replies, “Hello? Do you need the police, fire department or the ambulance?”

He bolted from his Queens home in his Nissan Ultima within an hour after an NYPD detective detailed Medunjanin’s alleged ties to Al Qaeda and the bomb...

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Would this man lie?

No -- better question: How will we feel if/when we find out we wasted all that blood and treasure standing up a Hezb-i-Islami government in Afghanistan?

From The Wall Street Journal :

American officials are pressing the Afghan government to prosecute a former governor for what U.S. investigators say is involvement in the killings of an American lieutenant colonel and a U.S. servicewoman, as well as other alleged crimes.

President Hamid Karzai's administration has rejected requests to prosecute Ghulam Qawis Abu Bakr (photo above) for the killings and for alleged corruption, saying evidence is lacking.

That seems to be because, as reported later in the story, wiretaps are illegal in Afghanistan! (Meanwhile, a trusted military source tells me that in his experience, lie detectors are not used in Afghanistan due to Afghans' proven capacity to lie convincingly.)

Mr. Abu Bakr, who remains a power broker in his province of Kapisa just north of Kabul,...

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French Army Captain Christophe Schnetterle, 45, died on March 27 from injuries sustained on January 20, 2012, when he and other French soldiers came under attack on their base in Kapisa, Afghanistan by one of their "partners," an Afghan Army member. The attack initially drove French soldiers to surround their base and refuse to permit Afghans to enter. Later, French Prime Minister Sarkosy announced that France would withdraw earlier than scheduled from Afghanistan -- at the end of 2013, not the end of 2014. According to a February 12 BBC account, the French left Kapisa province altogether...

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