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  • Issue Brief posted June 8, 2016 by Mike Gonzalez New White House Policy Promotes Ethnic Separation—Congress Should Reject It

    The Obama Administration last week unveiled new federal policy recommendations[1] that instruct states to support and encourage children to retain separate languages and cultural attachments. The policy was included in a joint policy statement[2] by the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services (HHS). The Administration stresses that these are mere…

  • Commentary posted May 25, 2016 by Mike Gonzalez The Real Reason the Islamic State Successfully Recruits Fighters

    Which country has the highest percentage of its Muslim population fighting for the Islamic State as foreign recruits? Algeria? Afghanistan? Indonesia? Nope. Try Finland. No. 2 is Belgium, followed by Ireland and Sweden. What do these countries have in common, besides being European? They're wealthy, democratic and have high levels of education, health and income. They…

  • Commentary posted January 28, 2016 by Mike Gonzalez The Right Fight for One National Identity, Not Multiculturalism

    Barely a quarter century after their defeat of the Soviet Union and its international socialism, the U.S. and Europe are faced again with the national question. To wit, in the age of Islamist terrorism that knows no borders and migration patterns that threaten cohesion, can Western countries put the evil genie of multiculturalism back in the bottle and promote an…

  • Special Report posted January 8, 2016 by Mike Gonzalez Patriotic Assimilation Is an Indispensable Condition in a Land of Immigrants

    Executive Summary Patriotic assimilation is the bond that allows America to be a nation of immigrants. Without it, America either ceases to be a nation, becoming instead a hodgepodge of groups—or it becomes a nation that can no longer welcome immigrants. It cannot be both a unified nation and a place that welcomes immigrants without patriotic assimilation. Over the past…

  • Commentary posted January 7, 2016 by Peter Brookes Saudi Execution Fuels Regional Rift

    Well, it looks like the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have decided to kick off the New Year by throwing another log on the already-roaring fire that is burning much of the Middle East. A bigger blaze that engulfs even more of the region isn’t out of the question. The latest crisis revolves around Riyadh’s mass execution of 47 people last…

  • Commentary posted December 21, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez One Year After Obama Recognized Their Dictator, Cuba's Dissidents Cry Foul

    It’s been a full year since President Obama announced he would recognize the dictatorship of Raul Castro, and the tally so far is grim. Cuba is further than ever from becoming a democracy where people enjoy normal civil liberties; it is in fact closer to becoming what China specialist have identified as a rival model, a “resilient authoritarian regime.” Just last week,…

  • Commentary posted December 21, 2015 by Peter Brookes Expectations Low for Mideast Trip

    One of the White House’s latest initiatives on the
Islamic State (aka ISIS or ISIL) fight is to dispatch Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to the Middle East to drum up support for beating the terrorist “army.” Talk about “Mission: Near-Impossible.” Don’t get me wrong, I support the president naming allies that are aiding the anti-ISIS effort (France, Germany and the…

  • Commentary posted December 10, 2015 by Peter Brookes Brookes: Prez Outmatched by Islamist Terrorists' Resolve

    After the San Bernardino terror attack, it’s getting awfully hard for anyone to argue that President Obama is fully on top of what may turn out to be this century’s epic struggle — the fight against violent Islamist extremism. Like many Americans, I found it painful to listen to the president’s Oval Office speech on Sunday calling on us to stay his chosen course in…

  • Commentary posted December 9, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez No New Strategies Were Delivered in Obama's Address on ISIS

    President Barack Obama clearly meant to convey the seriousness of the situation we currently face as a nation from the terrorist group known as the Islamic State (ISIS) by delivering his third address to the nation from the Oval Office Sunday night. The address, however, did not contain any new strategy, or any new ideas, about how to defeat a group that has in quick…

  • Commentary posted December 7, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez On Terrorism, President Obama Is Divorced from Reality

    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair strode into Washington last week speaking urgently about the need to have a long-term strategy to defeat Islamist extremism on the ground as well as ideologically, with both superior military force and confident Western values. It was as if he were a visitor not from the UK but from another planet. Washington is not exactly…

  • Commentary posted December 7, 2015 by Peter Brookes Blaming Terrorism on Climate Change Isn't Just Stupid—It's Dangerous

    It distracts America from today’s life-and-death threats of terrorism. President Obama certainly knows how to use a red-hot news hook to highlight his agenda. This week, during the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris, he appeared to conflate climate change and terrorism. Coming hot on the heels of the ISIS massacres in the “City of Lights,” that…

  • Commentary posted December 1, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez Belgium's Divisions Played A Role In The Paris Massacre

    Belgium is a lovely country. Flanders, in the north, has some of the prettiest towns in Europe. Wallonia, to the south, has lush forests and picturesque valleys. This partition, alas, also comes with an ethno-linguistic segregation that has torn Belgium apart and may have even helped make it an epicenter of terrorism. Americans take heed. News that Belgium is in its…

  • Commentary posted November 30, 2015 by Peter Brookes Brookes: ISIS gains strength on global scale

    No matter how President Obama disses or dismisses the media, Congress, his critics or skeptics — on both sides of the aisle — about his strategy against the Islamic State, the ISIS crisis isn’t getting any better. That’s certainly no comfort on the busiest travel day of the year and the beginning of the holiday season, when folks would rather think of the warm embrace…

  • Commentary posted November 30, 2015 by Peter Brookes, David Inserra Brookes and Inserra: Don’t let those visa fears take flight

    Despite the deep erudition of this newspaper’s readers — especially of this column — we suggest everyone take a deep breath over their concerns about the possibility of terrorism here aided and abetted by the visa waiver program. Everybody: In with the good air; out with the bad. Great! Now, the current worry is that Europeans who have traveled to Syria, Iraq,…

  • Commentary posted November 12, 2015 by Peter Brookes Brookes: Barack-Bibi rift now all in the family

    It was a lot like one of those holiday family get-togethers. You know, one of those annual gatherings that are well-intentioned expressions of love and affection but are simultaneously pregnant with tensions built up over the years among the attending relatives. When that trying day of togetherness at Grandma’s house ends without the expected fusillade of familial…