"Contained?" ISIS Captures First City Beyond Iraq or Syria
Just hours prior to the terrorist massacre in Paris, Barack Obama foolishly claimed that ISIS was "contained." This morning, we awoke to more bad news, and additional refutation of Obama's assertion. Namely, ISIS has now captured Sirte, Libya, meaning that it now controls its first city beyond Syria or Iraq:
Even as foreign powers step up pressure against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, the militant group has expanded in Libya and established a new base close to Europe where it can generate oil revenue and plot terror attacks. Since announcing its presence in February in Sirte, the city on Libya's Mediterranean coast has become the first that the militant group governs outside of Syria and Iraq."
So much for "containment." What has become undeniably clear is that Obama's foreign policy…[more]
The impending departure of Speaker of the House John Boehner gives the House Republicans a real opportunity to accomplish something. But an opportunity is not a guarantee. It is a little like a football team being first down and goal at the ten-yard line.
You have a good chance of scoring a touchdown from there -- if you can get your act together. But you could also find yourself having to settle for a field goal. Or for a missed field goal.
And of course you can also fumble the ball and have the other team grab it -- and run it all the way back across the field to score a touchdown against you.…
"Washington's debate over refugee policy assumes an unmet American obligation to the world. It is as if we were not already doing and sacrificing far more than every other country combined. It is as if there were not dozens of Islamic countries, far closer than the United States to refugee hot-spots, to which it would be sensible to steer Muslim migrants. Yet, there is nothing obligatory about any…[more]
—Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review Institute Policy Fellow
— Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review Institute Policy Fellow