This week’s political news opens with the New York Post and the Daily Mail digging into Human Abedin’s (Hillary Clinton’s aide) personal history, including her connection to the radical Islamic publication Journal for Muslim Minority Affairs. Lee Stranahan has a good summary posted over at Breitbart.
You cannot have a rational discussion with a man who prefers shooting you to being convinced by you.
The families of two to the victims of the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack are suing Hillary Clinton alleging that her use of her private email server contributed to the wrongful deaths of their sons. They are also suing her for defamation based on her subsequent comments about the families.
There’s a good essay about Europe and it response to the flood of Islamic immigrants it is currently absorbing over at the Hoover Institution’s website.
One of the great strengths and terrible weaknesses of Islamism is that it rejects most of the modern insights – including those of Adam Smith – about the origins of wealth, the nature of military power, and the structure of the limited state and the world it made. Faced with a determined and modern foe, these weaknesses should be crippling, for as Smith recognized, modernity was about mobilizing power in a competitive system. Against a pre-modern movement like Islamism, the power of the modern West should be irresistible. But this assumes that the West is in fact modern. As long as Europe continues to set its face against the modern vision that its own thinkers and statesmen devised, its response to Islamism will continue to be ineffective, piecemeal, belated and riddled with the doubts that belong to those who are certain that they do not know what they know, or who they are.
El Cid to the white courtesy phone, please.
WaPo reports: U.S. forces now on the ground supporting combat operations in Yemen.
The Hill has a post up by Philip Haney in which Mr. Haney, a former Department of Homeland Security official, alleges that he was ordered to remove pertinent information about terrorists from law enforcement databases.
As the number of successful and attempted Islamic terrorist attacks on America increased, the type of information that the Obama administration ordered removed from travel and national security databases was the kind of information that, if properly assessed, could have prevented subsequent domestic Islamist attacks like the ones committed by Faisal Shahzad (May 2010), Detroit “honor killing” perpetrator Rahim A. Alfetlawi (2011); Amine El Khalifi, who plotted to blow up the U.S. Capitol (2012); Dzhokhar or Tamerlan Tsarnaev who conducted the Boston Marathon bombing (2013); Oklahoma beheading suspect Alton Nolen (2014); or Muhammed Yusuf Abdulazeez, who opened fire on two military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee (2015).
Read the whole thing.
… false narrative. The Left in Germany is having trouble dealing with the fallout from the New Year’s Eve sex crimes in Cologne and other cities. John Hinderaker has a post about the elite’s resistance to the unraveling of their narrative about recent immigrants.
Europe’s leftists are clinging bitterly to their illusions, in some instances actually trying to excuse the sex criminals. Some city officials have issued recommendations for how young women should act to avoid “provoking” rapists from “other cultures.” Will non-elite Europeans put up with such nonsense? I doubt it. In Europe, even more than in the U.S., fundamental transformation through mass immigration is a policy that the elites just can’t sell.
Read the whole thing.
UPDATE—There’s something to be said for General Charles Napier‘s method of dealing with “other cultures” and their treatment of women.
UPDATE 2—Broken link fixed.