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Vigilance, Not Complacency

April 21, 2017  •  City Journal

The warnings from two senior counterterrorism officials this week could not have been starker, though they differed dramatically in tone and style. Americans have grown unduly complacent about the threat of Islamic terrorism, the officials said. We ignore it at our peril.

Director of Homeland Security John Kelly, a retired Marine general, was extraordinarily blunt Tuesday in a speech at George Washington University. "Make no mistake," he said. "We are, in fact, a nation under attack." Despite all that Washington has spent and done to protect Americans, the U.S. now faced "the highest terror threat level in years."

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Impassioned 'Homeland' Creators Gut Their Show to Avoid Trolling; Ratings Drop

April 20, 2017  •  Tablet

In its sixth season, Homeland went rogue. What began six years ago as a gripping, edgy dramatization of the war against Islamic terror waged by well-intentioned, but deeply flawed intelligence officers took a dramatic dive this season into the politically correct. Intelligence officials who risk their lives to prevent another Sept. 11 are anti-Islamic and untrustworthy. Israel is a racist state determined to oppress Palestinians and thwart America's nuclear deal with Iran. The nation's first female president—which must have seemed like a sure thing last summer when the show was initially scripted—turns out to be not what she seems. American Muslim communities are demonized victims of an overzealous FBI. While al-Qaida and its even more virulent successor, Islamic State, were the enemy in the first five seasons, the enemy in season six is no longer IS, but us.

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Trump, Egypt and the future

April 11, 2017  •  Fox News

The Palm Sunday bombings of Coptic churches in Egypt are a tragedy for Egyptian Christians, the Middle East's oldest and largest Christian community and for all Egyptians who oppose the Islamic State's intolerance and terror.

But this calamity has political benefits for Egypt's beleaguered President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi. The twin suicide bombings, the worst terror attack against Egypt's Christians since 28 people were killed near St. Mark's Coptic Cathedral in Cairo last December, have not only helped el-Sisi cement ties with President Trump, but they have given him even greater latitude to crack down on opponents of his policies.

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Syria airstrikes: The critical message Trump sent to North Korea, China and Russia

April 7, 2017  •  Fox News

President Trump's limited, proportional missile strike on a single Syrian air base had a clear purpose: Punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for having launched a chemical weapons attack that killed over 85 of his citizens and deter him (and others) from engaging in similar WMD-related war crimes.

The strike was not aimed at toppling Mr. Assad or ousting his minority Alawite regime, at least, not yet. Removing Mr. Assad would undermine what Mr. Trump has long called his key foreign policy objective — defeating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and the other most dangerous Islamists who have destabilized much of the Middle East.

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Syria, Trump's first national security test, needs more than tough tweets

April 5, 2017  •  Fox News

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's probable use of a banned militarized chemical agent in Khan Sheikhoun, a rebel-held area in northwest Syria, is not only a tragedy for the more than 75 Syrians, including at least 20 children, murdered in the attack. It is President Trump's first urgent national security test.

In a White House statement following initial reports of Tuesday's attack, President Trump accused Mr. Assad, whom he has been tacitly supporting as the lesser of evils in the fight against the Islamic State, of conducting a "reprehensible act" that "cannot be ignored by the civilized world."

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