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Suspect In New York City, New Jersey Bombings Captured By Police

NYC Ezplosion

Just about two days after setting off bombs in New Jersey and New York City, a suspect is in custody.

Explosion From Apparent Bomb Injures 29 In New York City

NYC Ezplosion

An explosion that ended up injuring 29 people interrupted an otherwise quiet Saturday evening in the Chelsea neighborhood in New York City.

The Lost National ‘Unity’ Of September 11th


The sense of national ‘unity’ that existed in the wake of the September 11th attacks didn’t last for very long.

“We’re The Only Plane In The Sky”

Politico Cover

As we approach the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks on Sunday, Politico is up with a fascinating first-person account of the attack from the point of view of White House aides, military officers, and members of the traveling press corps who were with President Bush the day everything changed. It follows the story from […]

Donald Trump Calling Obama The “Founder” Of ISIS Requires One To Ignore History, And Reality

Obama ISIS

President Obama’s ISIS policy has been far from perfect, but to call him a “Founder” of ISIS is to ignore both history and reality.

Afghan Teen Attacks Hong Kong Family on German Subway With an Ax


Another bizarre attack that may be part of a larger pattern. Or a random act by a deranged individual. BBC: A teenage Afghan refugee armed with an axe and knife injured four people on a train in southern Germany before being shot dead by police, officials say. Three people in a group from Hong Kong […]

Dozens Dead, Dozens More Injured, As Truck Rams Bastille Day Crowd In Nice

Nice, France Truck Attack

A night of terror mars Bastille Day celebrations in France.

America’s Perpetual Wars


President Obama will leave office as the first two term President who presided over eight years of war. It didn’t start with him and it won’t end with him.

ISIS Suicide Bombers Hit Inside Saudi Arabia

Saudi Bombing

The wave of Ramadan attacks continues, including a strike near the second holiest site in Islam.

ISIS Attack Kills More Than 140 In Baghdad

Baghdad Bombing

A third major terrorist attack inside of a week.

20 Dead In Bangladesh Attack Claimed By ISIS

Bangladesh Attack

A third major ISIS-inspired or planned attack in three weeks.

On the Usage of “Radical Islam”


Via Vox:  I worked in the CIA under Bush. Obama is right to not say “radical Islam.” When I directed the Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program at the CIA in the early 2000s, I frequently interacted with senior Bush administration policymakers about how to engage Muslim communities and, when doing so, which words and phrases […]

Turkish Airport Attackers From Former Soviet Space (Or Not)


The men who carried out the terrorist attack on Turkey’s key airport were from Russia, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan. Turkish officials believe they were ISIS-related. CNN: Turkish authorities have now detained 22 people in connection with the Ataturk Airport attack, a Turkish official told CNN on Thursday. […] The official also said that Turkey has determined […]

At Least 41 Dead In Terror Attack On Istanbul Airport

Istanbul Airport Attack

A massive attack hits Istanbul’s airport.

What To Do About The ‘Lone Wolf’ Terrorist?

Terrorism Word Cloud

Stopping the next Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Syed Farook, or Omar Mateen is likely to be a lot more difficult than the politicians on either side of the aisle are leading us to believe.

Should We Ignore the Terrorists?


Should we treat terrorists as trolls?

Terrorist Attacks Strike Brussels

Brussels Airport

A series of bomb attacks across Brussels has left at least 26 dead, and dozens more injured.

Putin Announces Start Of Withdrawal Of Russian Forces From Syria

Vladimir Putin Sunglasses

To the surprise of many, Russia’s President announced that Russia would begin winding down its six month old intervention in Syria.

President Obama Submits Quixotic Plan To Close Guantanamo Bay Prison

The front gate of Camp Delta is shown at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay

The President has another plan to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. It’s as likely to be well-received on Capitol Hill as all of his other previous plans on this issue.

Apple Fighting Order To Assist In Decrypting Phone Of San Bernardino Terrorist


Apple is resisting a Federal Court order that it assist the F.B.I. in decryption of the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists.

War Against ISIS Poised To Expand Into Libya?

Obama ISIS

Get ready for an expansion of the war against ISIS into Libya, because it’s probably not far away.

Donald Trump’s Anti-Muslim Rhetoric Shows Up In Al Qaeda Recruitment Video


The anti-Muslim rhetoric Donald Trump has been using on the campaign trail has shown up in a recruitment video for an al Qaeda off-shoot group.

After More Than Three Decades, Americans Held Hostage In Iran To Receive Compensation

Iran Hostage Crisis

After more than three decades, the men and women held hostage in Iran for 444 days will receive at least some compensation.

Boko Haram Update


Via the LAT:  Boko Haram has grown stronger, more lethal and even less compromising Boko Haram was blamed for recent twin suicide bombings in Kano: one carried out by an 11-year-old girl, and a market bombing in Yola that killed 34. The extremist group was responsible for 6,644 deaths in 2014, a 300% increase from the […]

A Word Cloud That Speaks For Itself

Fifth Republican Debate

Eric Weisbrod, a news producer at CNN shared this word cloud prepared from the transcript of the prime time Republican debate on Wednesday. The larger the world, the more frequently it was used: Further comment seems unnecessary.

Cruz has a Plan for Fighting ISIS

Ted Cruz

Why hasn’t anyone else thought of this?

Another Poll Shows Republicans Support Donald Trump’s ‘Ban All Muslims’ Immigration Plan

Trump Nixon V

Heading into another Presidential debate, a new poll shows that Republicans are very receptive to Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslim immigration to the U.S.

Los Angeles Public Schools Closed In Wake Of ‘Unspecified Threats’

Los Angeles Public School Bus

Every public school in Los Angeles, which covers over 600,000 students, plus teachers and staff, has been closed for the day in the wake of unspecified threats.

Using The No-Fly List To Bar Gun Purchases Is Bad Policy, And Likely Unconstitutional

No-Fly List

The Governors of Connecticut and New York are joining President Obama and Hillary Clinton in favor of a really bad idea.

Is Syria Already A Quagmire For Putin?

Putin Smirk

Some analysts are already suggesting that Russia’s two month old intervention in Syria is becoming a quagmire. That seems to be a premature judgment, but it’s not accomplishing much more than anything the West is doing.

The Radicalization of Luke Skywalker


A pseudonymous government relations professional examines “The Radicalization of Luke Skywalker: A Jedi’s Path to Jihad.”

New Poll Appears To Show Majority GOP Support For Trump’s ‘Ban Muslims’ Immigration Plan

Trump Nixon V

A new poll appears to show that a majority of Republicans support Donald Trump’s plan to bar Muslims from immigrating to the United States.

FBI: San Bernardino Shooters Tashfeen Malik And Syed Farook Radicalized Years Before Marriage

Tashfeen Malik Syed Farook O'Hare July 2014

The Director of the F.B.i. told Congress today that the San Bernardino shooters were apparently radicalized much earlier than previously believed.

National Front Makes Major Gains In French Regional Elections

Eiffel Tower French Tricolor

Europe’s anti-immigrant, xenophobic far right scored major victories in France yesterday.

Obama’s Big ISIS Speech Was A Big Nothing

Obama Oval Office Podium

For an Oval Office address delivered on a Sunday night, President Obama’s speech last night sounded more like a statement read from the podium in the press room.

It’s Good To Be The King

While Brussels was on its highest alert levels last month due to threats of terrorist attack, many Belgians were apparently wondering where their King was. It turns out he was in Northern France receiving “health” treatments: The king and queen of Belgium relaxed at a spa in France during Belgium’s darkest hour and Brussels was […]

San Bernardino Leaves Anti-Terror Policy In Disarray As Obama Prepares To Address Nation

Obama ISIS

The attack in San Bernardino has seemingly left the Administration’s anti-terror strategy in disarray, so the President is addressing the nation tonight to say, well, something I guess.

German Parliament Approves Expansion Of Involvement In Anti-ISIS Campaign

German Flag

The German Parliament has approved expansion of the nation’s involvement in the campaign against ISIS, but that doesn’t make the current campaign any less incoherent.

San Bernardino Shooter Reportedly ‘Radicalized,’ Wife Pledged Support To ISIS, Before Attack

San Bernadino Shooting Aerial

The probability that the shootings in San Bernardino were at least inspired by ISIS and/or other Jihadist terror networks is increasing.

Our Feckless Congress Is Shirking Its Constitutional Duties On The War Against ISIS

United States Capitol Building, Washington, D.C. Aerial

Yesterday, the British Parliament debated the expansion of that nation’s military strikes against ISIS. For more than a year, our cowardly Congress has failed to even hold one debate or vote on America’s role in that conflict.

Suspects Dead In San Bernardino Mass Shooting, But Much Remains Unclear

San Bernardino Shoot SUV Cops

The suspects in the San Bernardino shootings are dead, but that’s about all we know so far this morning.

British Parliament Approves Airstrikes Against ISIS In Syria


The British Parliament has approved expansion of that countries airstrikes into Syria, but it’s unclear just how much of an impact that will have on the ground.

Francois Hollande’s Quest For A United Front Against ISIS May Be Doomed To Fail

Hollande Putin

France’s President has spent the week trying to forge and agreement on an anti-ISIS policy, but the two nations that matter the most also disagree the most.

Tensions Between Russia And Turkey Remain High In Wake Of Russian Jet Incident

Turkey Russia Flags

Tensions between Russia and Turkey remain high in the wake of yesterday’s incident, but there are some signs that things are starting to cool down.

Hillary Clinton’s Ideas On How To Fight ISIS Are As Incoherent And Flawed As Everyone Else’s

Clinton CFR Speech

Hillary Clinton’s recently announced policies toward the ISIS fight are as incoherent and misguided as President Obama’s and those of her Republican opponents.

Turkey Downs Russian Jet

Turkey Russia Flags

A potentially big complication in an already complicated situation.

Just Some Perspective


Andrew Shaver writing at The Monkey Cage:  You’re more likely to be fatally crushed by furniture than killed by a terrorist. I am not saying ignore it.  I am saying have some perspective.

Poll Finds American Fearful Of Terrorism, Distrustful Of Obama And Syrian Refugees

Terrorism Word Cloud

A new poll taken in the wake of the Paris attacks finds Americans increasingly fearful of ISIS attacks in the U.S., opposed to the admission of Syrian refugees, and not very confident in President Obama’s ability to deal with the ISIS threat.

Are The Intelligence Reports On ISIS Being Cooked, And If So Why?

ISIS Fighters

Disturbing reports over the weekend that American leaders may not be getting the kind of unbiased intelligence analysis about ISIS that they need to make decisions.

Some Hard Truths about Terrorism (and Anti-Terrorism Policy)


Rosa Brooks, writing at Foreign Policy offers some truth on the issue of terrorism:  The Threat Is Already Inside (And 9 other truths about terrorism that nobody wants to hear.) The while thing is worth readings, but here are some excerpts: Occasional terrorist attacks in the West are virtually inevitable, and odds are, we’ll see more […]

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