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Bill’s Excellent Adventure

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I’ve refrained from rapid reaction to the controversy over Bill Clinton’s trip to North Korea to secure the release of two American journalists because I’ve been torn between competing maxims.  I agree with the critics who say rewarding despots who have seized American citizens is bad precedent, incentivizing illegal behavior.  Yet, Bob Manning is right, […]

Torture Worked! Foiled Los Angeles Attack! Yay Torture!

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After several days of inflamed public debate following official confirmation that the United States government tortured suspected terrorists under specific authorization from the Bush administration, the inevitable pushback has begun.  Several reports now suggest that these extreme interrogation techniques had the desired effect, yielding valuable intelligence that saved lives. The most interesting of these, alas, […]

Yet Another Blow to the FARC

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Via the BBC: Farc ‘co-ordinator’ held in Spain Spanish police say they have arrested the representative of the left-wing Colombian rebel group Farc in Spain. Maria Remedios Garcia Albert, a Spanish national, was detained near Madrid, as part of a joint operation by the Spanish and Colombian authorities. […] It is claimed that Ms Garcia […]

U.S. Stationing Diplomats in Iran

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The United States has not had a formal diplomatic presence in Iran since our embassy there was stormed and its staff taken hostage on November 4, 1979.  That may soon change, Ewen MacAskin reports for The Guardian. The Guardian has learned that an announcement will be made in the next month to establish a US […]

Colombia Misused Red Cross Symbol in Betancourt Rescue

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The daring rescue of Ingrid Betancourt from FARC terrorists misused the Red Cross symbol in violation of the Geneva Conventions. A member of the military mission that tricked Colombian rebels into freeing 15 hostages wore the insignia of the International Red Cross during the operation, President Alvaro Uribe said Wednesday. Mr. Uribe said his government […]

Chinese Terror Cops Get Segways

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This story is a few days old now, but Noah Shachtman‘s post is the first I’ve seen it: Chinese elite anti-terror police officers are wheeling into action ahead of next month’s Beijing Olympics on two-wheeled scooters.  Members of the country’s armed police unit practised on the Segway models that have been re-named ‘Anti-Terror Assault Vehicles’ […]

Ingrid Betancourt Rescued by Colombia Army

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Íngrid Betancourt Pulecio was freed yesterday in a daring rescue by the Colombian National Army after more than five years of captivity by FARC narco-terrorists. [S]he and 14 other hostages — including three U.S. military contractors held since 2003 — were airlifted to freedom in an audaciously “perfect” operation involving military spies who tricked the […]

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Rachael Ray, Donut Terrorist

Rachel Ray, Donut Terrorist Photo

Dunkin’ Donuts has pulled an ad spot featuring Rachael Ray wearing a scarf around her neck because some thought it was a subtle nod of support to Palestinians. Does Dunkin’ Donuts really think its customers could mistake Rachael Ray for a terrorist sympathizer? The Canton-based company has abruptly canceled an ad in which the domestic […]

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U.S. Foreign Policy in the Post-Bush Era

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Fareed Zakaria argues that John McCain’s foreign policy would be bellicose whereas Barack Obama’s would be conciliatiatory but, as Dave Schuler notes, both are “confrontational” and “interventionist,” just with slightly different priorities. Zakaria points to a recent McCain speech: Not only does it declare war on Russia and China, it places the United States in […]

U.S. Kills Jihadists with Stroke of Pen, Creating Violent Extremists as Byproduct

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The war against Jihadists and Islamo-Fascists has been won; each and every last one of these vermin has been eradicated courtesy of the United States Government. Unfortunately, the victory is quite literally in name only. The Bush administration has launched a new front in the war on terrorism, this time targeting language. Federal agencies, including […]

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Keith Maupin’s Remains Identified

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The body of Staff Sergeant Keith Maupin, the American soldier who was captured and murdered nearly four years ago, has finally been officially identified. Sgt. Keith Matthew Maupin’s parents vowed to never let the U.S. Army forget about finding their son. Their efforts included trips to the Pentagon and even meeting with President Bush, but […]

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12 Year Old Taliban Boy Beheads Man on Video

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A few years back, the horrific videos of Islamic terrorists sawing off the heads of kidnapped hostages on video had the Internet abuzz. Eventually, though, the tactic lost its shock value and it seemed to backfire, causing disgust among the Muslim populations who had otherwise been sympathetic to the Islamist cause. Indeed, there were so […]

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Mike Huckabee Too Moralistic to be President?

Mike Huckabee Too Moralistic to be President?

Paul Mirengoff argues that Mike Huckabee is weak on national security because he’s blinded by his ideals. My main objection to Huckabee — the reason why he’s my fifth choice out of five — is that I lack confidence in his ability to fight terrorism. It’s not just that he lacks experience in this realm, […]

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Hostages At Clinton Campaign Office

Hostages At Clinton Campaign Office

Two Hillary Clinton campaign workers in Rochester, Hew Hampshire have been taken hostage, WMUR reports. An armed man has taken two campaign workers hostage at the Hillary Clinton campaign office in Rochester, police said. Officials with the campaign confirmed that there were two workers taken hostage in the office on 28 North Main St.. A […]

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Turkey Set to Invade Iraq? (Updated)

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The Turkish parliament yesterday voted 507 to 19 to give Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan permission to order strategic strikes or large-scale invasions of Iraq to deal with invasions by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). While Erdogan has indicated that he plans no immediate action, Tom Grant thinks the authorization quite serious. Turkish politicians no […]

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Demonizing Ahmadinejad

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University of Michigan Middle East scholar Juan Cole argues that the demonization of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is misguided and part of a right wing propaganda campaign to agitate for another war. Critics have also cited his statements about the Holocaust or his hopes that the Israeli state will collapse. He has been depicted as […]

Ahmadinejad to Visit Ground Zero, Speak at Columbia University

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Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is coming to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York next week, and plans to lay a wreath at Ground Zero and speak to students at Columbia University while here. This, not surprisingly, has caused quite an uproar. The visit to the former site of the World Trade Center […]

Terrorists, Toe Tappers, and Law Enforcement Resources

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Despite his resignation from the Senate, the Larry Craig story won’t die. Arianna Huffington spent her Labor Day wondering, “In the Age of Terror, Isn’t Busting Toe-Tappers an Insane Use of Our Law Enforcement Resources?” Sometimes a clever title is used as a hook to attract reader attention but the article itself goes in a […]

Wyoming Latest to Defy New Hampshire Date

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James Pindell has an interesting look at the Wyoming GOP’s decision to move their caucus to January 5th, risking the wrath of the national party in so doing. They feel they have already benefited, regardless of the outcome, because the system as it has operated previously made them a total non-factor in the nominating process. […]

Iraq Withdrawal Logistics (Updated)

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Phil Carter draws my attention to a report by Lawrence Korb and colleagues on the logistics of troop withdrawal from Iraq. The study’s working assumption, that the Surge will inevitably fail and that withdrawal must commence immediately, is a political question that’s hotly contested. The military-logistical questions, though, are interesting in their own right. Those […]

Islamic State of Iraq Leader Abu Shahid Captured

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Khaled Abdul-Fattah Dawoud Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, aka Abu Shahid, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq has been captured. The U.S. command said Wednesday the highest-ranking Iraqi in the leadership of al-Qaida in Iraq has been arrested, adding that information from him indicates the group’s foreign-based leadership wields considerable influence over the Iraqi chapter. Khaled […]

Homeland Security Staffing Problems

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The Department of Homeland Security suffers from under staffing at the senior levels as well as political infighting and poor morale, according to a front page piece in today’s WaPo. The Bush administration has failed to fill roughly a quarter of the top leadership posts at the Department of Homeland Security, creating a “gaping hole” […]

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Held Prisoner by a Toy Factory

Do not under any circumstances miss David Barboza of the New York Times’s remarkable article, My Time as a Hostage, and I’m a Business Reporter. I guarantee that having read it you’ll know a heckuva lot more about the realities of China today. A sample: Thus began our interrogation, which was followed by hours of […]

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Colombia Releases FARC Prisoners–Inlcuding a Key FARC Leader

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Cross-posted from La Política Colombiana: Via the BBC: Colombia releases top Farc rebel The Colombian government has released a jailed guerrilla leader in the hope he will encourage the rebels to release the 56 hostages they hold. Rodrigo Granda, known as the Farc rebel group’s “foreign minister”, was freed as the authorities prepare to release […]

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