"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]
Many people naturally assume that since I work in political journalism, I must breathe, drink and eat politics 24/7/365 — including on the Thanksgiving holiday.
The thought of it gives me indigestion.
Self-absorbed creatures who have no life outside the Beltway world are the most tiresome ogres. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest advised Americans "sitting around the Thanksgiving table" to talk about gun control. The left-wing National Memo published "5 Things To Tell Your Republican relatives at Thanksgiving." And The New York Times served up its own version of…
"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