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  • The Khorosan Group Does Not Exist

    09/27/2014 1:56:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 27, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    We’re being had. Again. For six years, President Obama has endeavored to will the country into accepting two pillars of his alternative national-security reality. First, he claims to have dealt decisively with the terrorist threat, rendering it a disparate series of ragtag jayvees. Second, he asserts that the threat is unrelated to Islam, which is innately peaceful, moderate, and opposed to the wanton “violent extremists” who purport to act in its name. Now, the president has been compelled to act against a jihad that has neither ended nor been “decimated.” The jihad, in fact, has inevitably intensified under his counterfactual...
  • The Islamic State . . . of Saudi Arabia [Mohammed Pedophile & MassMurderer: Ordered 700 Beheadings!]

    09/20/2014 3:04:39 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | September 20, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    SEPTEMBER 20, 2014 The Islamic State . . . of Saudi Arabia Between beheadings, theyll help train the moderate Syrian rebels. By Andrew C. McCarthy Andrew C. McCarthy The beheadings over the last several weeks were intended to terrorize, to intimidate, to coerce obedience, and to enforce a construction of sharia law that, being scripturally rooted, is draconian and repressive. And lets not kid ourselves: We know there will be more beheadings in the coming weeks, and on into the future. Apostates from Islam, homosexuals, and perceived blasphemers will face brutal persecution and death. Women will be treated as chattel...
  • The Islamic State . . . of Saudi Arabia

    09/20/2014 7:53:25 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 13 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 9-20-2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The beheadings over the last several weeks were intended to terrorize, to intimidate, to coerce obedience, and to enforce a construction of sharia law that, being scripturally rooted, is draconian and repressive. And lets not kid ourselves: We know there will be more beheadings in the coming weeks, and on into the future. Apostates from Islam, homosexuals, and perceived blasphemers will face brutal persecution and death. Women will be treated as chattel and face institutionalized abuse. Islamic-supremacist ideology, with its incitements to jihad and conquest, with its virulent hostility toward the West, will spew from the mosques onto the streets....
  • Its Not a Misnomer: The Islamic State has EVERYTHING to do with Islam

    09/12/2014 7:17:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/12/2014 | Andrew McCarthy
    When you are dealing with an administration whose officials look you in the eye and tell you the Muslim Brotherhood is a largely secular organization, its tempting to laugh off the idiocy spouted by President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry about how the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam. We should resist the temptation, though, because there is a dangerous purpose behind the laughable assertion. Obviously, Bing West and Daniel Pipes are correct that the terrorist group is entirely Islamic. As Ive been arguing here more times and for more years than I care to...
  • The Islamic State Is Nothing New

    09/03/2014 3:58:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/3/2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The beheading of yet another Western journalist, Steven Sotloff, has ignited another round of commentary suggesting that the Islamic State is the worst terrorist network ever. There is value in this: The current jihadist threat to the United States and the West is more dire than the threat that existed just prior to the 9/11 attacks, so anything that increases pressure for a sea change in our Islamic-supremacist-enabling governments policies helps. Nevertheless, the perception that the Islamic State is something new and different and aberrational compared with the Islamic-supremacist threat weve been living with for three decades is wrong, perhaps...
  • Judicial Watch: Feds Bulletin Describes Threat of Imminent Terrorist Attack on Southern Border

    08/29/2014 11:24:48 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies ^ | August 29, 2014 1:47 PM | By Andrew C. McCarthy
    For those of us whove been raising alarms about both the jihadist threat and the national-security vulnerability created by the Obama administrations non-enforcement of the immigration laws, this is not a surprise particularly less than two weeks before September 11. But it is nonetheless jarring to read. Judicial Watch has just put out this statement: Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch...
  • Eric Holder, Racial Profiler: The Investigation of Darren Wilson Is Solely Based On His Race.

    08/23/2014 10:16:42 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | August 23, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    AUGUST 23, 2014 Eric Holder, Racial Profiler The Investigation of Darren Wilson Is Solely Based On His Race. By Andrew C. McCarthy Why has a federal civil-rights murder investigation arisen out of the tumult in a St. Louis exurb? There is only one plausible reason: Eric Holder is guilty of racial profiling. To be clear, we are not talking here about whether there was justification for the shooting of a young black man, 18-year-old Michael Brown, by a young white police officer, 28-year-old Darren Wilson. Was the shooting a legitimate exercise in self-defense by an officer under attack? Was it...
  • Obamas America Is September 10th America (by Andrew C. McCarthy)

    08/23/2014 9:15:01 PM PDT · by Innovative · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | Aug 22, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Our barbaric jihadist enemies the ones President Obama repeatedly assured us he had decimated and put on the path to defeat are now stronger than ever. Not stronger than they have been in years, or decades stronger than ever. They have seized a country-size swath of territory (and growing). They have just beheaded an American journalist which is the sort of thing they do as a matter of routine but has obviously, and finally, gotten our attention. Not to worry, though: The Obama Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation. Im sure ISIS is quaking. The...
  • Eric Holder, Racial Profiler

    08/23/2014 11:06:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    NRO ^ | August 23, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Why has a federal civil-rights murder investigation arisen out of the tumult in a St. Louis exurb? There is only one plausible reason: Eric Holder is guilty of racial profiling. To be clear, we are not talking here about whether there was justification for the shooting of a young black man, 18-year-old Michael Brown, by a young white police officer, 28-year-old Darren Wilson. Was the shooting a legitimate exercise in self-defense by an officer under attack? Was it an overreaction for which Officer Wilson should suffer serious civil and criminal consequences? Such questions can only be answered by a thorough...
  • Carter and Robinson: The Hamas Jihads Useful Idiots

    08/07/2014 6:26:01 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 7,2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Jimmy Carter and Mary Robinson have jointly penned a characteristically appalling op-ed in Foreign Policy magazine assigning primary blame to Israel for the war in the Middle East. The key to ending the violence, they contend, is for the United States and the European Union to recognize the Hamas terrorist organization as a legitimate political force. Equally laughable is Carter and Robinsons contention that, by its agreement to the unity government, Hamas should be vicariously understood as assenting to the technocratic governments agreement to the three Quartet conditions: nonviolence, recognition of Israel, and adherence to past agreements. In reality, as...
  • How Not to Indict a Terrorist

    07/05/2014 8:56:45 AM PDT · by kristinn · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | Saturday, July 5, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    What happens when the president who has politicized law-enforcement to a degree unprecedented in American history meets a terrorist responsible for killing Americans he has recklessly failed to protect, decimating his pretensions about decimating al-Qaeda? What happens is: You get the most politicized terrorism indictment ever produced by the Justice Department. Behold United States v. Khatallah, Case No. 14 Crim. 141, quietly unsealed in a Washington courtroom last Saturday while the country dozed off into summer-vacation mode. Ahmed Abu Khatallah, of course, is the only suspect apprehended in connection with the Benghazi massacre, a terrorist attack on a still-mysterious U.S....
  • Boehner Is Bringing a Whistle to a Gunfight

    07/02/2014 5:57:44 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | June 28, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    You wish you could call the police. But the neighbor who is robbing your house at gunpoint is the police. You are stupefied, so inconceivable does it seem to you that the man sworn to uphold the law could be an outlaw. Yet, the architects who designed your house not only conceived of that danger, they took precautions. As a result, you not only have your own arsenal of emergency firepower; youre also in charge of all the ammunition. See, the architects hoped wed always have good, honorable police, but they didnt make your life depend on it. They knew...
  • Boehner Is Bringing a Whistle to a Gunfight: Why the Obama Lawsuit is an Awful Idea

    06/28/2014 7:24:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/28/2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    You wish you could call the police. But the neighbor who is robbing your house at gunpoint is the police. You are stupefied, so inconceivable does it seem to you that the man sworn to uphold the law could be an outlaw. Yet, the architects who designed your house not only conceived of that danger, they took precautions. As a result, you not only have your own arsenal of emergency firepower; youre also in charge of all the ammunition. See, the architects hoped wed always have good, honorable police, but they didnt make your life depend on it. They knew...
  • Andy McCarthy's Faithless Execution

    06/17/2014 7:04:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | June 17, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    My good friend Andy McCarthy has another book out, "Faithless Execution," which couldn't be timelier in view of the deplorable state of current events in America. Though I have been a consistent critic of President Barack Obama's -- decrying his lawlessness and his disastrous and destructive policies -- I have always replied in the negative when people have asked me whether Republicans should pursue impeachment against him. My response has never been based on any doubt that Obama has committed impeachable offenses. Rather, it has been my painful awareness that impeachment is more a political matter than it is a...
  • Former Top Prosecutor: Heres How to Impeach Obama [VIDEO]

    06/13/2014 12:13:12 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 17 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | June 13 2014 | Conservative Tribune
    The movement to impeach Obama is exploding. Thousands of citizens are demanding Obamas removal from office, citing his many failures, high crimes, and misdemeanors. We the People have mountains of evidence at our disposal to assist with this impeachment, from Benghazi to the release of five dangerous terrorists. After all, Obama is perhaps the worst president we have ever seen! However, many claim that impeachment is impossible and that we should accept that Obama is president. But, former prosecutor Andrew McCarthy has a new book that makes the opposing case. Via TheBlaze: In an interview with Stu Burguiere, a guest...
  • Obama Knows He Can Ignore Scandal with Impunity (Un-impeachable)

    06/01/2014 8:28:56 AM PDT · by kristinn · 57 replies
    The New York Post ^ | Saturday, May 31, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    President Obamas record of lawlessness is prodigious. There is the assumption of a power to rule by presidential decree unilaterally amending ObamaCare provisions, immigration statutes, and other enactments in flagrant disregard of Congresss constitutional power to write the laws. There is rampant fraud on the American people think: If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan, period, just for a start. In the Benghazi massacre, we see the arc of administration malfeasance: In the absence of congressional authorization, the president instigated an unprovoked and ultimately disastrous war in Libya, empowering virulently anti-American...
  • Exposure of CIA Station Chief Spotlights Administrations Immaturity

    05/27/2014 3:24:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 27, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Anybody can make a mistake, and that certainly appears to be what led to the Obama White Houses exposure of the top CIA official in Afghanistan this weekend. Unfortunately, as Roger Kimball details , this is not an isolated incident. In year six of the Obama administration, it speaks volumes about not just incompetence but immaturity and the skewed priorities that come with it. Exactly because anyone can make a mistake, large organizations presidential administrations included build layers of vetting into the disclosure of information to the public. In this instance, because the commander-in-chief made a surprise visit...
  • IRS: The Internal Repression Service

    05/17/2014 10:17:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/17/2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Through months of Obama administration stonewalling, the redoubtable Judicial Watch perseveres in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, finally uncovering bombshell documents that have eluded several congressional investigations. For the second time in a matter of days, we find that standing oversight committees with competing subject-matter jurisdictions and limited attention spans are incapable of the grand-jury-style probe needed to get to the bottom of administration lawlessness. For that, in the absence of a scrupulous special prosecutor reasonably independent from the Obama Justice Department (not gonna happen), it becomes clear that a select committee will be necessary. Just two weeks ago,...
  • Hillary Clintons State Dept. Blocked Terrorist Designation for Boko Haram

    05/08/2014 3:49:19 PM PDT · by opentalk · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | May 8, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    We must stand up to terrorism, bleated Hillary Clinton a few days ago in a tweet expressing outrage againstBokoHaram, the jihadist organization that has abducted hundreds of young girls in Nigeria. Yet, when she was actually in a position to stand up toBokoHaramsterrorism as secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton instead protected the group.At theDaily Beast, JoshRoginreports: The State Department under Hillary Clinton fought hard against placing the al Qaeda-linked militant group Boko Haram on its official list of foreign terrorist organizations for two years. And now, lawmakers and former U.S. officials are saying that the decision may have hampered the...
  • Advice for Benghazi Select Committee: Dont Draft McCarthy

    05/05/2014 9:51:30 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 10 replies
    National Review - The Corner ^ | 5-5-2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy - Commentary
    May 5, 2014 11:51 AM Advice for Benghazi Select Committee: Don't Draft McCarthyBy Andrew C. McCarthy The Benghazi Massacre specifically, the commander-in-chiefs derelictions of duty and his administrations fraudulent depiction of the terrorist attack in the 2012 campaign stretch was the subject of my weekend column, as well as a column late last week after newly revealed e-mails corroborated what several of us have been arguing ever since four Americans were killed in the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack: Blame the Video was an Obama administration-crafted lie. It now looks like House speaker John Boehner will finally do...
  • Obamas Blame the Video Fraud Started in Cairo, Not Benghazi [it was Hillary]

    05/01/2014 4:38:57 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/1/2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The e-mail revelations and the Obama administrations lies Here is the main point: The rioting at the American embassy in Cairo was not about the anti-Muslim video. As argued here repeatedly (see here and here), the Obama administrations Blame the Video story was a fraudulent explanation for the September 11, 2012, rioting in Cairo every bit as much as it was a fraudulent explanation for the massacre in Benghazi several hours later. Well come back to that because, once you grasp this well-hidden fact, the Obama administrations derelictions of duty in connection with Benghazi become much easier to see. But...
  • Obama Subverts the Law in the Name of Clemency

    04/26/2014 7:15:18 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 26, 2014 | By Andrew C. McCarthy
    So now its the pardon power. To this point, in making a mockery of his core constitutional duty to execute the laws faithfully, the broad law-enforcement discretion the Constitution vests in the executive branch has been President Obamas preferred sleight of hand. In reality, prosecutorial discretion is merely a resource-allocation doctrine peculiar to criminal law: a recognition of the obvious fact that enforcement resources are finite; that it is neither possible nor desirable that every penal infraction be prosecuted; and therefore that priorities must be established about which cases should be pursued, which left to state law-enforcement to handle, and...
  • Debt-Ceiling Surrender: Republicans use Senate rules to play a con game on the folks back home.

    02/22/2014 10:44:40 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 22, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Its a sad day in the history of the Senate, Mitch McConnell bitterly announced. The minority leader wanted Americans to know, or at least to believe, that Republicans were outraged by what he called the Democratic majoritys power grab detonation of the so-called nuclear option, exploding the minoritys ability to block presidential nominees. In truth, the GOP had not done much of anything to oppose Obama picks. Eric Holder, to take just one example, was confirmed by a whopping 7521 margin with 19 Republican yeas despite the Mark Rich scandal, the FALN terrorist pardons, and a history...
  • Red herrings - A review of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character by...

    02/12/2014 10:20:46 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies
    The New Criterion ^ | December 3, 2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Red herrings - A review of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character by Diana West Stumbling into a barroom brawl was the last thing Id intended. Lined up on one side: sculptors of a hagiography that is now conventional wisdom crow about a noble conquest over totalitarian dictators. The other side bellows: Nonsense! In defeating one monster, your heroes merely helped create another, sullying us with their atrocities and burdening us for decades with a global security nightmare. The first side spews that its critics are deranged, defamatory conspiracy-mongers. The critics fire back that these court historians...
  • National Security Heavyweights Allege Muslim Brotherhood Ties to GOP

    02/12/2014 10:40:44 PM PST · by Rufus2007 · 24 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | February 13, 2014 | Matthew Boyle and Jonathan Strong
    A heavyweight lineup of former national security officials banded together late Tuesday to accuse Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) president Grover Norquist and high-ranking GOP political operative Suhail Khan of connections to the Muslim Brotherhood. The officials authored a 45-page dossier on the issue to Cleta Mitchell, the top lawyer for the American Conservatives Union who in 2011 cleared Norquist of the allegations initially brought by former high-ranking Reagan official Frank Gaffney. The signatories include numerous powerful and respected former officials, including former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, former CIA Director James Woolsey, former Florida Rep. Allen West, retired Army Lt....
  • The GOP Should Use the Power of the Purse

    02/08/2014 9:25:20 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/8/2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The House should sharply reduce IRS funding until the agency is more responsive. Well, Id have omitted everything after funding but this was still an astute observation, offered at the conclusion of Thursdays excellent Wall Street Journal editorial. Im grateful to have smart guys on the team, even if slumming with us power-of-the-purse radicals may get them booted from the GOPs Were only one-half of one-third circle of submission. The editors were exercised over the revenue agencys latest shenanigans, which include covering up its past shenanigans the willful targeting of conservative groups in order to frustrate their opposition to...
  • Four words in the ACA could spell its doom

    01/30/2014 5:37:41 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 1-29-14 | George F. Will
    Someone you probably are not familiar with has filed a suit you probably have not heard about concerning a four-word phrase you should know about. The suit could blow to smithereens something everyone has heard altogether too much about, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (hereafter, ACA). Scott Pruitt and some kindred spirits might accelerate the ACAs collapse by blocking another of the Obama administrations lawless uses of the Internal Revenue Service. Pruitt was elected Oklahomas attorney general by promising to defend states prerogatives against federal encroachment, and today he and some properly litigious people elsewhere are defending a...
  • Amnesty, but Not for DSouza

    02/01/2014 6:01:38 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 2-1-2014 | Andrew McCarthy
    FEBRUARY 1, 2014 4:00 AM Amnesty, but Not for DSouza For Obamas Justice Department, campaign-finance law is a partisan club.By Andrew C. McCarthy How come no ones worried about bringing Dinesh DSouza out of the shadows? After all, the poor fellow didnt do anything wrong not really. He just wanted to participate fully in our national life, in our democratic process. He didnt want to hide he was forced to take cover by our draconian, inhumane campaign-finance laws. Mr. DSouzas real crime, the only offense that really matters in Washington these days, is being an Obama critic. Oh,...
  • Down the Times Benghazi Rabbit Hole

    01/04/2014 3:37:47 PM PST · by kristinn · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | Saturday, January 4, 2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    What was the commander-in-chief of the United States armed forces doing through the night of September 11, 2012, while he knew Americans were under jihadist siege in Libya? You wont learn the answer to that question by reading the mini-book-length, six-chapter revisionist history of the Benghazi massacre cooked up by David D. Kirkpatrick and the New York Times. The Times report is a labor of love in the service of President Obama and, in particular, the Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign ramp-up. Former secretary of state Clinton, of course, was a key architect of Obamas Libya policy. She was also chiefly...
  • Coercing Conformity: A government that creates the climate for bullying is the worst of the bullies.

    12/28/2013 6:38:22 AM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 28, 2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    In protecting the rights of all people to worship the way they choose, thensecretary of state Hillary Clinton vowed to use some old-fashioned techniques of peer pressure and shaming, so that people dont feel that they have the support to do what we abhor. Mrs. Clinton required translation into the language of truth, as she generally does when her lips are moving. By the rights of all people to worship as they choose, she meant the sharia-based desire of Muslim supremacists to foreclose critical examination of Islam. Madame Secretary, you see, was speechifying before her friends at the Organization of...
  • Remembering Mandela, without Rose-Colored Glasses - The South African reality differs from the...

    12/15/2013 7:07:37 AM PST · by neverdem · 40 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 14, 2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The South African reality differs from the Western lore.Go safely Umkhonto. Umkhonto we Sizwe. We the members of the Umkhonto have pledged ourselves to kill them kill the whites. These are lyrics from the anthem of Umkhonto we Sizwe, or Spear of the Nation. The organization is better known as the MK, the military wing of the Marxist African National Congress (ANC). The MK was established by its commander, Nelson Mandela, to prosecute a terrorist war against South Africas racist apartheid regime. Mandela had been out of prison for about two years in September 1992 when, fist clenched in...
  • The Lawlessness of the Fix by Andrew C. McCarthy

    11/16/2013 8:01:43 AM PST · by Innovative · 35 replies
    National Review ^ | Nov 16, 2013 | Andrew C McCarthy
    Insurance companies would be insane to offer plans that failed to comply with the ACA. No, the purpose is to highlight how insouciantly lawless and transparently political the presidents latest Obamacare fix is. I refer, of course, to Obamas magnanimous proclamation that he now deigns to permit insurers to issue policies made illegal by the Obamacare statute at least until the Democrats can get through the 2014 elections. This was frivolous to the point of malfeasance. Lets start with the basics. The president has no power to rewrite statutes he is bereft of dictatorial power to legitimize what...
  • The Art of the Impossible

    10/19/2013 8:55:39 AM PDT · by Bratch · 11 replies
    National Review Online ^ | OCTOBER 19, 2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    <p>Could Democrats have been made fearful that the public would hold Obama responsible for keeping the government shut down solely over Obamacare in spite of the laws unreadiness and unpopularity? It was a long shot in which three things had to go right: (a) The public had to see that the government shutdown was not as painful in reality as the media had predicted it would be; (b) Obamacares deleterious consequences had to begin to emerge such that they were seen as a bigger problem than the shutdown; and (c) the Republicans had to stay united they had to keep pounding these themes with unwavering conviction.</p>
  • The Art of the Impossible (Why the RINO's are Wrong)

    10/20/2013 11:00:22 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 25 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 19, 2013 | Andrew McCarthy
    In considering the Republican retreat that ended the partial government shutdown, funded Obamacare, and unconditionally extended more credit on Uncle Sams tapped-out credit card, my friend Jonah Goldberg argues that we should be more understanding of Senate minority leader Mitch McConnells predicament. Politics, Jonah aptly observes, is the art of the possible, and McConnell had no good options when he led the GOP cave-in to all of President Obamas demands a decision that, McConnell insists, was not in any way influenced by the tidy $3 billion earmark thrown in for one of his pet Kentucky boondoggles. I agree that...
  • Funding Jihadists while Denying Military Benefits

    10/12/2013 6:36:36 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 12 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 10-12-13 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Here is where were at: The Republican establishment the guys who told us that for a trillion dollars and several thousand American casualties, we could build Islamic democracies that would be reliable U.S. allies in the War on Terror say it is Ted Cruz who is delusional and the effort to stave off Obamacare that is unattainable. These self-appointed sages are, of course, the same guys who told us the way to stabilize and democratize Libya was to help jihadists topple and kill the resident dictator who, at the time, was a U.S. ally, providing intelligence about...
  • How to Constitutionally Fund the Government: Its the Houses prerogative to supply funds, or not...

    09/28/2013 1:37:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 62 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 28, 2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Its the Houses prerogative to supply funds, or not, for Obamacare.Republican leaders are right: There was a flaw in Ted Cruzs plan to defund Obamacare: He took Republican leaders seriously. Senator Cruz, along with Senator Mike Lee and House conservatives, devised a strategy to forestall the unpopular socialized-medicine scheme that Democrats unilaterally rammed through Congress in 2010. They would starve it of funds, not unlike the way Democrats and Republicans have slashed funds for fence construction along the Mexican border, even though the fence has been the law of the land for seven years. The Obamacare defunding strategy, though, depended...
  • If Ted Cruzs Plan Is Implausible, Whats the GOP Establishments Plausible Strategy Against...?

    09/25/2013 7:52:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 25th, 2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    If Ted Cruz’s Plan Is Implausible, What’s the GOP Establishment’s Plausible Strategy Against Obamacare?In mounting their case against Senators Ted Cruz, House conservatives, and the grass-roots campaign to defund Obamacare, the Republican establishment and its like-minded scribes pound an oft-repeated talking point into conventional wisdom: Cruz cannot win.In this telling, the senator has recklessly embarked on a populist campaign that taps into public anger over Obamacare but has no winning endgame. The Beltway clerisy elaborates that Cruz and his defunding partner, Senator Mike Lee, have failed to account for the Democratic majority and procedural rules that control the Senate. These...
  • Defund Obamacare! This is an argument Conservatives can win, shutdown or no shutdown.

    09/20/2013 7:35:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 09/20/2013 | Andrew McCarthy
    Grassroots pressure from conservatives has induced the House Republican leadership to permit a vote on a continuing resolution that defunds Obamacare. That is excellent news. For spearheading the move to defund the (Not Remotely) Affordable Care Act, intrepid Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) have been scalded by the usual ruling class crowd of GOP establishment leaders and Obama administration officials. Yet public resistance to a law the public has never liked and about which the public grows increasingly anxious as its deleterious consequences and exploding costs begin to materialize has forced leaderships hand even as...
  • What Conservative Foreign Policy Looks Like (Andrew McCarthy)

    09/14/2013 6:13:21 AM PDT · by Innovative · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | Sept 14, 2013 | Andrew C McCarthy
    In the Syrian rubble of Barack Obamas foreign policy lies a moment of opportunity for conservatives. It is a moment for building a muscular foreign policy based on a recognition of good and evil; on an unapologetic conviction that the United States stands firmly on the right side of that ledger because it stands for the liberty and equal dignity of every human being; and, therefore, on an unwavering commitment to have our interventions guided solely by American national interests. It is a Ronald Reagan moment. Now, all we need is a Ronald Reagan. For now, we have only pretenders,...
  • McCarthy: McCain did more for Syria non-intervention with idiotic Allahu Ackbar remark than

    09/03/2013 9:49:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 9/3/13 | Mark Levin
    Andrew McCarthy told Mark Levin that Allahu Ackbar doesnt even mean Thank God at all. Rather its a war cry that means god is greater and Muslims believe that when they go into battle they will win because their god is greater, thus they keep chanting it. And it comes from Muhammad who first used it when he waged war against Khaybar where he brutally eradicated the Jews from Arabia. So yeah McCarthy said McCain did more for non-intervention into Syria with that idiotic remark than the actual non-interventionists.
  • The plot to save America

    09/01/2013 11:23:58 AM PDT · by Dysart · 24 replies
    New Criterion ^ | 9-1-2013 | Andrew McCarthy
    One oft-overlooked aspect of the Constitutions genius is the Framers humility. They had two animating ideals to guide the Republic they designed. The first, of course, was liberty: The United States would be the first Republic in history in which sovereignty was vested in We the People, not the central government; in which the central governments function was to serve rather than rule the people; and in which the citizens autonomy over his life and property was presumedthe central government permitted to burden it only in limited and strictly defined ways. The second ideal was separation of powers: The recognition...
  • In Egypt, the Military Is the Only Chance

    08/17/2013 9:23:45 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 36 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 8/17/2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    To add to Stanleys sage observations (both today and earlier this week), I argue in this weekends column that elections are not democracy and, in fact, that popular elections in a sharia culture that inevitably empower Islamic supremacists are innately anti-democratic which is why our commentariat ought to stop referring to Mohamed Morsi as Egypts democratically elected president. He is (or was) the popularly-elected in an anti-democratic society.
  • The Huma Unmentionables

    07/27/2013 7:03:07 AM PDT · by opentalk · 47 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 24, 2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Charlottes revulsion over Huma Abedins calculated stand by your man routine is surely right. Still, it is amazing, as we speculate about Ms. Abedins political future, that the elephant in the room goes unnoticed, or at least studiously unmentioned. Sorry to interrupt the Best Enabler of a Sociopath Award ceremony but, to recap, Ms. Abedin worked for many years at a journal that promotes Islamic-supremacist ideology that was founded by a top al-Qaeda financier, Abdullah Omar Naseef. Naseef ran the Rabita Trust, a formally designated foreign terrorist organization under American law. Ms. Abedin and Naseef overlapped at the Journal of...
  • Syria Fairy Tales - Contra Senator Pauls critics, Islamic supremacism pervades Assads opposition.

    07/28/2013 2:23:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 27, 2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    As they have from the start, the Free Syrian Army was rolling out the welcome mat for al-Qaeda. They are welcome to help us fight the regime, explained Colonel Abdel Rahman Suweis, a member of the FSAs Supreme Military Council. This is not ancient history. The report from Al Jazeera (which Bill Roggio excerpts at the invaluable Long War Journal) has the FSA commander making these remarks less than two weeks ago. Just a couple of days later came another nugget from the al-Qaeda side of the rebel equation: A top leader of one of the terror networks two major...
  • The Obama Administration's Race - Baiting Campaign

    07/20/2013 7:49:28 AM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | July 20, 2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The first thing to remember is that, with the Obama administration, there are no coincidences. The attorney general of the United States is engaged in a shocking extrajudicial publicity campaign. Eric Holder is prosecuting George Zimmerman in the court of public opinion because he knows he wouldn't have a prayer of convicting him in a court of law. Worse, in doing so, Holder is quite deliberately stoking resentment and tension - under the guise of leading a "national conversation" about race. At precisely the same time, the United States secretary of health and human services has loathsomely injected race into...
  • Obamas Rule by Decree: The collapse of law is the Obama administrations most egregious scandal.

    07/13/2013 6:18:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/13/2013 | Andrew Mccarthy
    Barack Obama has never been clear on the distinction between sovereign and servant, between the American people and those, including himself, elected to do the peoples business. We saw that yet again this week with the presidents unilateral rewrite of the Bataan Death March known as the Affordable Care Act Obamacare. For this president, laws are not binding expressions of the popular will, but trifling recommendations to be ignored when expedient. The collapse of law not just Obamacare but law in general is the Obama administrations most egregious scandal. With the IRS here, Benghazi there, and Eric...
  • Elections Are Not Democracy - A lesson from Egypt. (Andrew C. McCarthy)

    07/06/2013 3:58:03 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 6, 2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The democracy fetish would be worth having if it were about promoting real democracy. Instead, as illustrated by media coverage of the military coup that ousted Egypts popularly elected Muslim Brotherhood president, were still confusing democratic legitimacy with legitimate democracy. The latter is real a culture of liberty that safeguards minority rights. Attaining it is a worthy aspiration, but one that requires years of patient, disciplined, and often unpopular work. The former is an illusion the pretense that if a Muslim country holds popular elections and elects totalitarian Islamists, voila, it has a democracy, and progressives the world...
  • The National-Security Right Goes Silent

    06/15/2013 10:15:34 AM PDT · by kristinn · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | Saturday, June 15, 2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The jihad rages on, but the War on Terror is over. There is no longer a national-security consensus no longer the political support for wartime defense measures, much less offensive combat operations. While the enemy continues to fight, our will to break the enemys will has vanished. After a contentious week, that much is clear. The controversy swirling around shadowy intelligence programs hasnt gotten to the bottom of those programs, but it tells us everything we need to know about . . . us. Sir Arthur Conan Doyles dog that did not bark is a metaphor worn out by...
  • What Is Private, What Is Not (Andrew C. McCarthy)

    06/09/2013 3:37:48 PM PDT · by neverdem · 65 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 8, 2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The national security of the United States justifies the collection of metadata. Seemed reasonable to me. I want the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of every person in the five boroughs. I barked the instruction to one of the eager young interns whose job was not to wonder aloud why cranky federal prosecutors made such demands but to produce the goods, pronto.He was new, but not so new that it didnt seem like a bizarre directive. He wouldnt say so, but his eyes were pleading, Is everyone a suspect?Never mind, said I as he started to scurry out the door....
  • Phone Record Gathering Story Blown Out of Proportion

    06/06/2013 8:12:31 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 68 replies ^ | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Phone Record Gathering Story Blown Out of Proportion By Andrew C. McCarthy June 6, 2013 10:29 AM Now, we begin to see the wages of having an administration that abuses its awesome powers, then, as night follows day, stonewalls and misleads Congress and the public. Crucial national security measures, which operate on the forgiving assumption that government officials will conduct themselves honorably, are put at risk. The Washington Post publishes a wildly exaggerated report this morning about the governments collection of telephone records for national security purposes. Mind you, I said collection of telephone records, not wiretapping of telephone conversations,...